About The Association

The Association was formed for members past, current, future or attached to the 17th Construction Squdron, regardless of their corps.

The Norton Bear

Behind The Bear

During the Second World War, about 1943, the company Australian Durex Products was formed by a consortium of American manufacturers.

The company was formed to produce the much needed items of sandpaper and grinding wheels to support the Arms and Munitions industries. The company continued and expanded after the war with several name changes, one of which in August 1951 was Behr-Manning (Aust) Pty Ltd.

During the Behr-Manning days a new products, the now very popular “transparent cellulose” or sticky tape was developed at the Lidcombe NSW plant. Thousands of people wrote the company telling how they had “fixed” something or mended it with “BEHR” or “BEAR” tape.

The fame spread and the talk of adhesives, sealants, electrical, masking, packaging tapes and grinding wheels became “BEAR” products, although very few were ever officially called “BEAR” in the catalogue.

During this time the Behr-Manning company held a competition among staff and families for a slogan that would be suitable for use in advertising. Two ladies, both wives of employees came up with the slogan “A Little Bear will Fix it”. Pat Hartmann and Lorraine Handel shared a ten pound prize.

The little Bear was born.

The Americans loved it and adopted the slogan in the US and all over the world. The company had several more name changes over the years and is currently trading as Norton Pty Ltd.

On 20 Sep 1970, 17 Construction Squadron celebrated its 21st birthday. It was at this time that the unit adopted the “Little Bear” symbol and the motto “A Little Bear will Fix it”.

This motto carries on today.

Our Mission & Vision

Life in and after service can be exceptionally rewarding and yet confronting. The association was formed to provide support for members past and present, during and after service.

Our Mission

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Our Vision

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How we support our members

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Member Support

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Family Support

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Community Engagement

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Unit Functions

Team

Our Committee

Michael Borg

President

Michael was a Sapper in the Squadron from Nov 1998 to Dec 2020.  During his time in the Sqn he deployed to AACAP Jumbun, East Timor as part of INTERFET and OP Gold for the Sydney Olympics. Michael Discharged in Aug 01.

Michael is very passionate about the little bear and after ANZAC Day in 2009 a group of Sapper reformed the Association with Michael taking on the role of President. He has been in this role since it was reformed.

 Michael is married to Wendy and they have 2 children, Rosie and Caleb.

Simon Lovell

Vice President

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Wendy Borg

Secretary

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Mick McCardle

Treasurer

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Rick Beattie

Ex-Offico – Squadron Sergeant Major

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Former and current members, family and friends

Become a member today, its easy.

Email Us

info@17construction.asn.au

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C/- 17 Const Sqn Association
8 Foster Place Griffith NSW 2680