Veterans to scooter from Brisbane to Townsville

At some point in 2022, 40 people — mostly veterans — will set off from RAAF Base Amberley near Brisbane on 50cc-scooters for the 2,100-kilometre trip to RAAF Base Townsville.

Nicknamed ‘Scootaville’, the trip has been organised by the RAAF Radschool Association based in Brisbane, partly to celebrate the centenary of the Royal Australian Air Force but also to raise funds for the organisation.

The Association was established in 1999 for graduates of the RAAF Radio School, but its membership now includes veterans from all three services. Its work includes organising reunions for veterans, reuniting old mates, and helping members in their dealings with DVA.

Association Secretary & Treasurer Trevor Benneworth says the trip will take 13 days and involve passing through a variety of iconic Queensland towns including Kilcoy, Kingaroy, Mundubbera, Biloela, Emerald, Barcaldine, Longreach, Winton, Hughenden and Charters Towers. Individual IGA and Woolworth’s supermarkets along the way will provide ingredients for cooked breakfasts, which will be prepared by a mobile kitchen. He says, ‘those who dare to take part will have a hell of a lot of fun’.

While most of the 40 riders have been confirmed for the trip, it is still not too late to register your interest in participating in this event, either as a rider or to show your support along the way. If you are interested in taking part in ‘Scootaville’, then please email Trevor at trev [at] radschool.org.au. You don’t need to be a veteran to participate or show your support.

The Association is raising funds through corporate sponsorship. If your organisation would like to sponsor Scootaville, contact Trevor at the email address above.

You can find out more about the scooter trip on the Association’s website.

This event was originally scheduled for 12 September 2021 but has been postponed due to COVID.

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Road sign saying Flinders Highway and Charters Towers and Townsville