News

Seaman served rewarding job

Able seaman Veniasi Turuva on board HMAS Melbourne.
Able seaman Veniasi Turuva on board HMAS Melbourne. SGT Mick Davis

AS an able seaman in the Royal Australian Navy, Collingwood Park's Venaisi Turuva is always ready to serve his country - breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The 26-year-old is currently serving as a cook aboard the HMAS Melbourne, a missile frigate currently stationed in the Middle East.

It is a far cry from his former life as an fitness instructor.

"I've always wanted a career that involved good work, made good money and allowed me to travel," he said.

"And the Navy ticked all three boxes."

As part of Operation Slipper, his ship provides support for maritime security operations to counter terrorism, smuggling and piracy activities in the region..

As the vessel patrols the waters, Mr Turuva spends each day busy in the kitchen preparing meals for 236 crew.

"There are a lot of people to feed so it can be a full on job," he said.

"The cooks are definitely among the hardest working on the ship."

Despite long shifts that can begin early in the morning and finish late at night Mr Turuva said he thoroughly enjoyed his work.

"The only difficult part of the job is being away from my wife and family for such long periods."

The HMAS Melbourne is due back in Australia in August.


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

New electorates to be announced Friday

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk expects the next election will be fought using electorate boundaries to be proposed on Friday.

Commission to reveal new electorates on Friday

Baden-Clay: Gerard blocked from Allison's super, insurance

Allison Baden-Clay’s parents Geoff and Priscilla Dickie outside Brisbane Supreme Court today.

Allison’s father Geoff Dickie granted the power to manage her estate

Unions take to streets as Sunday penalty rates cut

Retail workers will be among those hit by the changes.

Thousands of lowest paid workers to be hit by changes to pay rates

Local Partners

Buderim dad rejects gay son's emotional plea for second time

Bride and Prejudice: Son’s emotional plea rejected again by unmoved father

What's on the big screen this week

Ewan McGregor and Jonny Lee Miller in a scene from the movie T2: Trainspotting.

This week's new releases offer plenty of variety for movie buffs.

REVIEW: Under the Gun doco looks at right to bear arms

ARMED: A still from the 2016 documentary film Under the Gun by Stephanie Soechtig.

An in-depth look into America's gun culture.

Hodges proud to be part of first channel dedicated to NRL

Justin Hodges is gearing up for his new gig on Fox League.

Footy star hopes to provide a voice for players on new NRL channel

Furious Price wants to quit I'm a Celeb after clash with Keira

Steve Price has threatened to quit the jungle.

Will camp ration clash with Keira cause Steve to call it quits?

Novel with lots of heart

The romance in A Quiet Kind of Thunder was only one of the joys of the book.

Book proves to be a gem with layers

Bliss N Eso announce tribute show for stuntman

Bliss N Eso will play a tribute show at Coolangatta in honour of Johann Ofner. The stuntman died during the filming of the group's Friend Like You film clip earlier this year.

BLISS N Eso to play tribute show to raise funds for killed stuntman

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Expert: Why renters, home buyers may struggle

Matusik Property Insights director Michael Matusik.

What's next for the city's housing market

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!