Exercising of Freedom of Entry

Exercising of Freedom of Entry

by No 24 (City of Adelaide) Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force – 7th May 2021


On Friday, 7 May, members of the public were invited to witness the Royal Australian Air Force’s No. 24 Squadron exercise its Freedom of Entry to the City of Adelaide.

The Freedom of Entry March is a historic practice dating back centuries. Today, the granting of Freedom of Entry to the City of Adelaide provides an appropriate way to honour a distinguished unit of the Australian Defence Force with a close association to the City of Adelaide.

It stems from medieval tradition and represents the highest honour that the city can confer on a military unit. No. 24 Squadron has only exercised its Freedom of Entry on three previous occasions; in 1989, 1994 and 2017.

This event was a Historic event with a Smoking Ceremony conducted at the start on the event.


Members of the AVSA Committee were in attendance.

The event opened with Wing Commander Alison Tinker, Commanding Officer No. 24 Squadron who lead a march of 50 aviators from Kintore Avenue to King William Street.

An AP-3C Orion did a flypast of the march to acknowledge the significant relationship between the aircraft, No. 24 Squadron and the City of Adelaide.

The traditional Freedom of Entry Challenge was made by the South Australian Commissioner of Police, Mr Grant Stevens.

The event finished with a unique Aboriginal ceremony that took place between Kaurna elder, Uncle Ivan Tiwu Copley OAM JP and the RAAF Base Edinburgh Indigenous Liaison Officer to broker access to the traditional lands of the Kaurna people, followed by a smoking ceremony.


Photo and Blog written by Uncle Ivan Tiwu Copley OAM JP








Reconciliation SA is encouraging friends, allies and partners to embrace this theme in 2021 and build upon 2020’s efforts.

Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation.

Let’s create opportunities within our community to come together and show our support for a more unified and just community..


We are encouraging people to take action within the Reconciliation movement...by moving!!!


Have some fun with us over the course of Reconciliation Week, have a little competition in your workplace, school, sporting club or community group and participate in this years….



Lets Get Moving Competition

We all have a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and build a community that is respectful and values the First Peoples’ of this country.



Take Action Now!


Walk, run, or ride as far as you can individually, or within a group (remember to consider any Covid-19 restrictions) during Reconciliation Week (27 May to 03 June).

Each day logon to the Reconciliation SA website and log your distance – it will send a message to all South Australians that we are all indeed taking action.

In this way, we can all demonstrate our personal commitment to learn more about our rich and diverse Australian history and Culture, and teach the world that reconciliation is more than a word. Reconciliation takes action.




Competition Details


Who can enter the competition?

Any and all persons can enter


How can we send our entry in?

  1. Register your name and email
  2. Each day log in and record your steps
  3. Remember to REFER a friend or family member so they can participate


What do participants receive?

Each person who completes the 8 day challenge will receive a 'Certificate of Participation'.

Prizes will be presented in the following categories

  • Most KM travelled (individual)
    • Bike
    • Walk/Run
  • Most KM travelled (group)
  • Most Referrals


What are the important dates?

  • Register at anytime prior to May 27th 2021
  • Walking (or preferred activity) to be completed each day from May 27th 2021 to and inclusive of 3rd June 2021
  • Last date to record your steps is June 4th 2021
  • The winners will be announced on Monday 7 June 2021 via Facebook at 3pm


Please contact admin@reconciliationsa.org.au for further information and support.