Helping a little bear go a long way

Having a military background means it’s a no brainer for me to support veterans and veteran organisations. We put our skills to work to help a little bear go a long way.

Having a military background means it’s a no-brainer for supporting veterans and veteran organisations. We put our skills to work to help a little bear go a long way.

A Little Bear Will Fix It

In late 2009 not long after I enlisted in the Australian Army and completed the initial employment training, I was posted to the 17th Construction Squadron (6th Engineer Regiment).

“A Little Bear Will Fix It” was the unit motto for the Norton Bear being the unit logo. The Norton Bear has a history of its own dating back to 1943 during the second world war. You can learn more about that at the association’s website by clicking here.

During my time at the unit, I had the privilege of playing a small part in Operations Queensland Flood Assist during 2011 and the Army Aboriginal Community Assistance Program (AACAP) in 2012.

It’s safe to say the unit’s time had a profound impact on shaping me as a young soldier and later a Junior Non-Commissioned Officer.

A Little Bear Will Support You

Funnily enough, in the year, I enlisted Michael Borg, a former member of the unit had organised, with a group of sappers, to reform the squadrons association.

Since I left the Army, I’ve expanded my passion for web design and helping small businesses get online. So when Michael reached out asking for assistance with the Association’s website – I was more than happy to help.

The original site is not much to look at, but it’s what they had, and it got the job done.

Now, my hat’s off to whoever built the original association site, but I sincerely hope that it may rest in peace. Web technology has come a long way, so it was time for the association’s site to modernise.

The new 17th Construction Squadron Association Website.

We took the core pillars of what the association does and transformed it into a modern-day website. Complete with a blog and a built-in membership system that we hope to expand later.

The development work for this website and its upkeep are provided free of charge to the association, with only the cost of hosting passed on.

We look forward to working with the association now and in the future.

You can visit the site here at to learn more about the association and how it supports its members.

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