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Unavailability of Club Berth for 2018-19 summer season
Nick Gales, Director of AAD has advised the Joe Johnson, President of the ANARE Club that unfortunately, AAD will not be able to provide a Club Berth during 2018-19. In his email, Nick states that
"The 2018-19 season will be one in which we will have much more limited capacity in our program than is usual.
As I am sure you are aware, the principal reason for this is the need for us to close Wilkins aerodrome from mid-November 2018 to mid-February 2018, in order to undertake essential refurbishment and realignment of the runway.
This will restrict us to running only 10 return flights to Casey early and late in the season.
This limitation in aviation capability will increase our reliance on births on the Aurora Australis."

The Director also mentions other works which would impinge on considerations of a Club Berth placement, but assures us that
"this is a one-off situation and that we are highly confident that we will be able to offer the Club a berth in 2019-20 and following seasons."

The 2017-18 Voyage Representative was Mr Rowan Butler and you can read Rowan's Voyage Report along with Previous Voyage Reports.

Rowan's Antarctic Service;

Station Year Season Job
Mawson 1981 Winter Upper Atmosphere Physics Engineer
Casey 1984 Winter Upper Atmosphere Physics & Glaciology Engineer
Marine Science Voyage 1985 Spring ADBEX Voyage Electronics Engineer
Bunger Hills 1986 Summer Photographer
Marine Science Voyage 1987 Summer AAMBER Voyage Electronics Engineer
For many years, the Antarctic Division has commonly made available a berth on one of the round-trip voyages during a season to be occupied by a member of the ANARE Club. This chance in a lifetime trip enables a Club member to revisit Antarctica and importantly to recruit new Club members.

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This generous arrangement not only symbolises the good relationship which  exists between the Club and the Division, but also gives our representative a chance to travel south to broaden their Antarctic experience, and more importantly to recruit new Club members among the expeditioners on the voyage and the stations visited.
However, space is usually at a premium and there are a number of competing claims on the berths available.  There are some seasons when operational requirements prevent AAD from making a berth available.

In selecting who should occupy the berth, the Club is looking for someone well able to represent the Club to expeditioners.  This will usually mean, although not necessarily, someone with a long record of membership of, and service to, the Club. The successful Applicant must be computer literate and be prepared to provide digital updates, imagery and stories of their trip for Aurora. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions of Appointment and Application form on the Club's website.

It will be necessary for the successful candidate to pass the rigorous medical assessment required of all expeditioners. As a precaution we will select a second candidate in case our first choice does not pass the assessment.
You should note that holding the Club berth will involve some costs for which you will be personally liable. They will not be paid by the Club.

These include expenses associated with medical examinations, the cost of travel between your home and the ports of embarkation and disembarkation and associated accommodation. While you are on the voyage you will be kitted and maintained by the Division.

The Club will advise members when applications are being sought by placing a notice in Aurora and posting on this website.
Details of the application process will be included in that advice.

Previous Anare Club Berth Representatives
and their Voyage Reports can be viewed here A suggested Action plan for selected Club Berth Representatives is also linked to the Club Berth Voyage Report webpage.

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