Next trek: 7th – 12th August 2022,
Location: in the vicinity of Millmerran, QLD.
These treks will be sponsored by Bolton Clarke (RSL Care Qld and the RSL Qld)
For information, nomination, and completion of the other admin required before arrival please contact the respective POC:
Peter Keith 0478 755 322 email@example.com
Melissa Bridge 0417 845 303 firstname.lastname@example.org
Male POC (pre-Trek)
Brendan Barry 0419 384 214 email@example.com
Female POC (pre-Trek)
Melissa Bridge 0417 845 303 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: You will be required to gain a doctor’s clearance to attend.
If you are interested in attending you need to look at the following forms.
Personal and medical information (Will download as a Word file)
General Instructions (Will download as a Word file)
Trojan’s Trek August 2022 for male and female participants will be conducted in the vicinity of Millmeran, Queensland from 7 to 12 August 2022. The trek will cater for up to 12 to 15 ex-service or serving personnel and emergency services of each gender identified as individuals who will benefit from the experience.
2. The trek will be based at SSAA range facility at Captain’s Mountain, which is 20 km west of Millmerran on the Gore Highway between Toowoomba and Goondiwindi in Southeast Queensland. A significant part of the course will involve presentations on several wide-ranging subjects by skilled leaders. Most nights will be spent in the bush in relatively rough conditions so please prepare accordingly.
3. The aim of Trojan’s Trek is to provide a setting and conditions under which participants will experience a lasting, positive shift in personal values and interpersonal relationships.
4. The objectives of the trek are to develop in the participants through joint and individual challenge:
- an understanding of how thoughts and feelings influence behaviour,
- exposure to various strategies which will bring about positive change,
- suggested individual responses which are effective in achieving the aim, and
- enhance self-esteem.
5. The course will involve two groups of up to 12-15 participants who will be taken on a journey, both literally and figuratively, to explore issues which affect their lives. Group dynamics will be utilised by activities at team and individual levels. It is anticipated that the calming effect of the remote environment and the peace experienced by being part of this landscape will positively affect awareness, perception and outcomes.
6. The area in which the trek will be conducted is out of mobile phone range and commercial radio signals are weak. The nearest large town is Millmerran which is 20 minutes away from the SSAA base camp. The next largest town is Toowoomba, about 75 minutes by road. Participants are to ensure that enough personal items, such as soap, tobacco etc are carried in sufficient quantity to last the period.
7. This course is the first for 2 years since the relaxation of COVID restrictions.
8. Peter Keith, Director has overall responsibility for the conduct of the trek which will be based at the SSAA Range Facility Base Camp. The participants and most of the staff will be living in the field.
9. Participants must volunteer to attend. The website www.trojanstrek.com provides anecdotal and other reports which explain the trek’s philosophy. The course is not physically demanding however a basic standard of fitness is required. Points of contact are listed at above. Potential trekkers are encouraged to call or contact those listed for further information. Participants are selected on the basis:
• they have volunteered to attend,
• that a clearance from their GP is completed, and
• they have completed and submitted Annex A.
Annex A is the Personal and Medical Information Form which is to be completed by participants and their respective doctors. This form MUST be returned by 22 Jul 22 to the POC. Participants should note this Annex includes other relevant information which is required during the trek. For example, it is vital that the details of next of kin and personal contact details are accurately recorded.
10. Additionally, all staff and participants are required to:
• undertake a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) three days before deployment date and results advised by email to the male or female contacts listed on the Annex A form.
• ONLY if the test is negative is the member to continue to plan on attending.
• undertake a RAT test on the day of departure for the bush. and,
• ONLY if the second test is negative is the member to attend.
Further information will be provided closer to the start date.
11. Travel assistance to and from Brisbane is available for those who require it. Early contact with the POC is advised as soon as possible to confirm entitlement and funding availability.
Note. Once teams have arrived at Captain’s Mountain, it will be difficult for individual participants to return to Brisbane earlier than 12 August 2022.
12. Movement to the base camp at Captain’s Mountain will be as follows:
a. Base Staff
6 Aug. Camp Commandant, Chef and a staff member will depart Brisbane in one 4WD vehicle with trailer to organise the delivery of food and stores from local suppliers.
b. Field Staff
6 Aug. The remaining staff members will depart Brisbane to arrive at 1200 hrs in 4WD vehicles, one with trailer. Further instructions will follow.
7 Aug. Participants will depart by bus from Kedron-Wavell Services Club, Kittyhawk Drive, Chermside at 0830 hrs under the direction of staff member. The driving time from Brisbane to Captain’s Mountain is approximately three and a half hours.
13. Participants are requested to arrange their own transport to and from the departure location.
14. Vehicles are to carry complete tool kits. Drivers are to ensure that spare tyres, wheel brace, first aid kits and the like are present and serviceable before departure. This includes the trailers. Separate instructions will be issued to drivers.
15. Various roads in the trek area are unsealed. Due care must be exercised by all drivers and supervising staff. Normal speed limits apply, and care must be exercised when driving off roads. Further instructions concerning driving standards will be issued after arrival.
Dress and Equipment
16. Day temperatures are expected to be around 25-39 degrees. Evening temperatures are cool and will drop to around -2 degrees. Rain is likely so the carriage of some form of wet weather gear is advisable.
17. All participants are to bring the following items packed in a duffle bag or similar:
• personal toilet items,
• camera (preferred instead of mobile phone camera),
• sleeping bag, pillow and nightwear (suitable for very cold and hot conditions),
• swag (swags are available from Trojan’s Trek if required, refer Annex A for indication),
• insect repellent and sunscreen,
• comfortable sturdy boots suitable for walking – sneakers/runners are ok,
• good quality socks,
• long sleeved shirt/T-shirts and long trousers/shorts for bush wear,
• warm jacket or pullover for night wear,
• rain coat of some sort to stay dry,
• torch/head torch,
• money and driver’s licence,
• water bottle (preferably 2) brew mug optional,
• prescription medicines,
• wide brimmed hat/cap, and
• notebook, pen or pencil.
NOTE. No weapons, alcohol, drugs (other than covered by prescription) are to be taken to or consumed during the trek.
Stores and Equipment
18. Rations, stores and equipment will be carried to Captain’s Mountain with the advance party and staff in the 4WD. Rations will be organised separately by the Admin Officer.
19. A first aider will be in each camp for the duration of the trek. A St John’s medical kit will be located with each group. The nearest hospital is in Millmerran. Medical advice from a doctor is available by phone 24 hours per day.
Rations and Quarters
20. Rations and quarters will be provided for the complete duration of the trek. Stops en-route to and from the trek area will allow the purchase of snacks at members’ expense. Participants will spend at least three nights in in the bush in swags. Any special dietary requirements should be indicated in
the Annex A.
Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS)
21. In accord with the concept of recovery, participants will be encouraged to set personal goals which will guide self-management of their condition. Previous experience has indicated that this approach to mental health conditions is relevant and personal, and has aided long term recovery.
Use of Private property / State Forest
22. The program will be conducted on private property as well as Crown land/State forest. All participants are reminded of the common courtesies demanded in the bush. They are:
- gates are to be left as found,
- remove all litter,
- do not cut vegetation,
- respect flora, fauna and stock, and
- extinguish unattended fires.
Fuel and Repairs
23. Fuel and repairs including repair of punctures are available from Millmerran on a debit card held by the Director.
24. Communication to and from SSAA quarters is by telephone. The number is listed below. This is to be used for incoming calls in an emergency only. Mobile phones do not operate in the trek area. Communications during the trek will be by CB radio and satellite phone when required.
25. The contact details are listed below:
• Director Peter Keith 0478 755 322 email@example.com
• Trek Commander Melissa Bridge 0417 845 303 firstname.lastname@example.org
• Male Trek POC (pre-Trek) Brendan Barry 0419 384 214 email@example.com
• Female Trek POC (pre-Trek) Melissa Bridge 0417 845 303 firstname.lastname@example.org
• SSAA Quarters (07) 4695 4273 answered out of hours during the Trek
• Camp Commandant Trevor Hewitt 0409 021 165
• Millmerran Hospital (07) 4695 3111
26. A media release will be issued prior to the commencement of the trek. Queries will be handled by the Director.
27. The trek is covered by the Trojan’s Trek public liability policy.
28. The report will be completed by the trek commander.
29. Participants will return to Brisbane on Friday 12 August 2022 arriving back at the Kedron-Wavell RSL Services Club at approximately 1300 hrs. Those requiring airport travel will then be taken directly to the airport. Please do not book return flights before 1600 hours on Friday 12 August 2022.
30. Visitors wishing to visit the project are requested to seek approval from the Director prior to 1 Aug 2022.
31. Trekkers are encouraged to attend the trek with an open mind. The opportunity to meet and share experiences with other individuals in a similar position is unique. For a short investment of time, trekkers will have the opportunity to make a new start with relationships and in life.
Reminder: Participants are required to gain a doctor’s clearance to attend. Further information will be provided to you and your partner (if applicable) if you are interested in attending. If you have any questions, please call the respective POC detailed in the contact numbers listed.
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Annex A. Personal and Medical Information