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Digger Dollars is BACK!

IT’S back! Digger Dollars, the iconic competition that has, since September, 2006, handed out more than $40,000 in cash prizes is now online.
There are no restrictions – anybody, whether they’re in uniform or not – can win.
They just need to be a Member of NSCnews Online to be in the draw.

Check out Pillow Talk specials

BE sure to check out the terrific specials for Defence personnel and Defence workers at  Pillow Talk at Domain Central and Fairfield Waters.
Show Defence ID and get 20 per cent off any full-priced item, or an additional 10 per cent off any item already on sale.
It’s a terrific offer, and one that will particularly help newly-arrived Defence families put personal touches in their new homes.



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All That We Carry

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Sport – Athletics

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Commander’s Trophy

ENDURANCE and persistence were the hallmarks of 1RAR’s domination of the Commander’s Trophy in 2016. Each of the Brigade’s three...


3Bde Swimming Carnival

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One goal at a time

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Carols at Geckos

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Christmas at Lavarack

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Geckos Christmas Lunch

Some Defence families in Townsville enjoyed a 'Staying Local' Christmas lunch at Geckos at Lavarack Barracks before Christmas...


Snipers Concentration

SNIPERS from 2nd Commando Regiment and 2RAR bagged the podium positions at the RAR Sniper Concentration hosted by 3RAR...


Cameleers Travelling

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TRUST will be a word much-used in the 1RAR this year. CO 1RAR LTCOL Ben McLennan, wants every member of the Battalion to consider and...



CO 2RAR LTCOL Doug Pashley has been quietly working his way into the Battalion for most of the past 12 months. Previously stationed in...


Legacy Christmas

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Leaving the Battalion

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Lady Birds Lunch

The Legacy Lady Birds enjoyed Christmas lunch at the Townsville RSL. Marion Bligh kept her fellow Lady Birds entertained with a...


60yrs Dancing

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2CHC Starlight Ball

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Circles of Life

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New CO 27Sqn

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3CSSB Birthday

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WHEN Jen Harris enlisted in 1996 she aspired to serve as an engineer, and one day, command a Combat Engineer Regiment. Now CO 3CER...


NQ trainee officers

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Australia Day

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The Year Ahead

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City Desk

I WOULD like to extend a warm welcome to all the Defence Force members and their families who have been posted to Townsville for the...


Commander’s Desk

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Members’ Draw

WO2 Troy White has won the first NSCnews Online Members’ draw. He won an iPad Air2 worth more than $600. He has been a Member since...


Digger Dollars back

THE iconic Digger Dollars game is back! This time it's online, and anybody can win - provided they're members of NSCnews Online. The...