Recently posted to RAAF Base Pearce, Indigenous Liaison Officer Flight Lieutenant Tramaine Dukes has hit the ground running, literally. 

Flight Lieutenant Dukes is a proud Mara woman from the Northern Territory, but was born in Tom Price and grew up in Perth on Whadjuk Noongar Country. 

Despite having only been at the base for a month, Flight Lieutenant Dukes took the initiative to theme the bases’ fortnightly run/walk to “NAIDOC Friday”. 

“I thought it would be a great low-key inaugural event to start creating awareness about NAIDOC Week and to demonstrate how simple it is to show support for our fellow brothers and sisters,” Flight Lieutenant Dukes said. 

Enticed by the compelling cause – and bacon and egg rolls – participants turned out in force. 

Notably, when briefing the contingent before the exercise, physical training instructors stated they didn’t know there were so many people on the base. 

Flight Lieutenant Dukes said she welcomed the support of everyone involved and was looking forward to leading RAAF Pearce’s liaison with traditional owners.

NAIDOC Week, traditionally held in the first week of July, has been postponed to November this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.  

It was established to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.