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To all Defence Employees
SmartSalary launches Purple meets Green --
our new carbon offset program
Who is SmartSalary?
SmartSalary is the approved salary packaging provider for the
Department of Defence -- currently over 12,000 Defence staff
salary package with us.
Introducing Purple meets Green
SmartSalary is pleased to announce the launch of our new
environmental program -- Purple meets Green -- offering our
customers the opportunity to reduce the environmental impact of
their car travel.
Motor vehicles produce harmful carbon emissions that damage
our environment. We believe it is our responsibility to minimise
that damage -- that's why we've partnered with not-for-profit
organisation Greenfleet to help offset carbon emissions generated
by vehicles leased through SmartSalary.
How does it work?
We aim to encourage our customers who finance a novated car
lease through SmartSalary Car Leasing to participate in this
program by making a pre-tax donation to Greenfleet. Greenfleet will
plant 21 native trees for each annual donation which will be used to
plant forests that soak up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
These forests are made up of Australian native trees and will not only
absorb greenhouse gases, they also create vital habitat for
native wildlife and improve water quality in rivers and streams.
Why we believe it's a good idea?
Get the opportunity to:
1. Join the leaders in the quest for environmental change
2. Help offset your vehicle's carbon emission
3. Help Greenfleet plant forests full of Australian native trees
We look forward to working together to build a more
environmentally conscious car leasing industry.
Chief Executive Officer
SmartSalary Pty Limited
P.S For more details about the Purple meets Green program,
please visit our website www.smartsalary.com.au/green or
call our Leasing team on 1300 751 644.
Op Padang Assist
AIR FORCE October 15, 2009
AIR FORCE assets are play-
ing a major role in the ADF's relief
response to the earthquake disaster that
struck the city of Padang, Sumatra in
Indonesia on October 1.
Following requests for assistance
from the Indonesian government to
Australia on October 2, Operation
Padang Assist was activated.
The ADF's relief efforts in Padang
swung into top gear as a joint task force
(JTF629) was established and deployed
to Sumatra by Air Force C-17 and C-
130 aircraft. The Hercules was the first
away from RAAF Base Darwin on the
late morning of the 2nd. It carried the
JTF headquarters element, a 10-man
Army engineer reconnaissance team
and two Air Force health assessment
teams with their equipment.
The C-17 departed Amberley later
that day with an ADF medical team
and a 44-strong civilian urban search
and rescue team from Emergency
Management Australia with 17 tonnes
Since then, the Air Force has con-
tinued to provide substantial airlift
support delivering personnel and sup-
plies from Australia but also flying two
C-130s between Jakarta and Padang.
As well as personnel and stores, the
flights between Australia and Indonesia
carried civilian medical teams and
stores, an Air Force airfields works
supervisor, imagery specialists, military
public affairs, and the Air Force combat
support, air component augmentation
personnel and equipment.
In addition, Air Force is providing
medical, combat support, command
and control and operational planning
elements in support of the operation.
As of October 6, Air Force flew
three C-17 and six C-130 flights to and
By the same date, flights inside
Indonesia comprised 14 C-130 flights
moving relief/assistance personnel and
equipment and supplies. These includ-
ed Indonesian military and non-govern-
ment personnel and stores and foreign
personnel from the US, UK, Korea,
Canada and Japan.
On the ground, Air Force engi-
neers joined Army colleagues to con-
duct reconnaissance of the area. From
this activity, a water purification plant
capable of providing 200,000 litres of
potable water a day was airlifted to the
area on October 5 and was operational
by the 6th (see next page for full story).
Also by the 6th, the total ADF com-
mitment to Operation Padang Assist
was approximately 500 personnel with
more than 200 ADF personnel on the
ground in Indonesia.
Of these, 71 were Air Force per-
sonnel, drawn primarily from 44WG,
86WG and Combat Support Group.
More personnel are expected as the
operation is reviewed.
Estimates by the same date indi-
cated the operation will last between
four and six weeks.
CAF AIRMSHL Mark Binskin
said he was very proud of Air Force's
tireless efforts in supporting both
FAST ACTION: A RAAF airload team assists members of the Republic
of Singapore Air Force unload medical supplies flown into Padang's
Minangkabau International Airport by 36SQN C-17.
LOADING UP: Right, members of the Queensland Fire and Rescue
Service disembark a C-17 at Jakarta on the way to assist with the relief
efforts in Sumatra.
Photos: CPL Guy Young
Operations Samoa Assist and Padang
"We are making an essential con-
tribution to these disaster recovery
operations in the region in order to
help families that have been adversely
affected by these disasters," he said. "I
thank you all for your contributions."
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