Mandurah Cadet Expansion

The Assistant Minister for Defence and Federal Member for Canning, Andrew Hastie, on Wednesday presented a new Australian flag to 707 Squadron, Australian Air Force Cadets at Coodanup College.

Assistant Minister Hastie said it was a pleasure to present the new flag to the Squadron and spoke to cadets about the Morrison Government’s $3.67 million investment in upgrading local cadet facilities, delivered through our $1 billion cadet expansion program. 

“I was pleased to announce the expansion of ADF cadets here in Mandurah and the Peel region. Supporting and growing cadets locally is a key priority of mine, and this funding will enable it to happen,” Assistant Minister Hastie said. 

“I have always been a strong supporter of cadet programs in the Peel region. I was a cadet myself, and I know that involvement in cadets will help kids build the character and skills to meet their future life and career goals. Cadet programs are especially important as a youth development opportunity for disadvantaged young people in our area.

“There will also be numerous business opportunities for local industry and suppliers and contractors through the development and delivery of the project. 

“I know first-hand that cadets provide young Australians with opportunities to lead, grow, and serve our country. It is a vital part of Defence’s contribution to building Australia’s future leaders.

“Successful ADF Cadet Programs broaden community engagement with Defence by bringing together local youth, volunteers and aspects of military culture.”