1963 HMAS LEEUWIN WEEKLY NEWS

  1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 18 December 2011

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G'day and Welcome,

Hope all is well on the home front.   A Merry Christmas, a safe, healthy and happy festive season and New Year.  Hope you catch up with all your family. 

There will be no Weekly News until the second week of January. 

Has anybody seen or heard from Trevor Lally.  Mal Ritchie is trying to contact him, I have recently lost his email address.  Please let me know if you have any contact details.

We will be in Husky on Friday 10 February for our annual function and VOYAGER memorial service.  Tom Houldsworth is organising, please let me know if you intend to attend.  Will let you know the kick off time and other details soon.  The responses are starting to come in.

Is anybody into ‘facebook’ have a look and get onto our page  https://www.facebook.com/#!/LEEUWIN1963

Birthdays these coming weekw are celebrated by Tank Evans, Ted Hase, Wally Gawne, Ross Fullarton, Doug Brown, Henry Ptak, Pete Sutton, Perry Whitehouse, John Gredfell, Dave Ferguson, Warwick Burns, Gavan Howard, Mick Gilfoyle, Gary Angel, Glenn Butler and Sandy Powell.   Give them a ring, console with them how they probably got ripped off by having their birthday so close to Christmas, send an email, if you don’t have their details contact me, I will give you the email address.  Say G'day.  Happy Birthday blokes from all of us.

This week the DFRDB and ESO link on our website   http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page27.htm has been updated with articles on:
DFWA update 2011

This week the DVA link on our website http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page28.htm has been updated with articles on:

This week the Other Associations and Common Interest link on our website http://www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv26/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page29.htm has been updated with articles on:
No new articles this week


Also this week:
Interstate TPI Visitors Pass - Victoria
Pussers Pogo Stick
Missing sailor – CPOQMG Cameron Walker

Cheers

Ron

SUBJECT    Interstate TPI Visitors Pass – VICTORIA

The Victorian Government has changed the rules in relation to a Visitors Transport Pass in Victoria.  To obtain a pass you will have to have proof of war service overseas, peacekeeping or peace making service to qualify.  To obtain a pass you must send a request to:

Central Pass Office
Southern Cross Station
99 Spencer St
MELBOURNE VIC 3008 or

Email:  metlinkmelbourne.com.au  together with a photo copy of your Gold Card marked TPI, plus a letter from DVA stating that you have Qualifying Service.

Once this information is received it will be saved for future requests.

SUBJECT  PUSSERS POGO STICK

A good question – It is a  sailor’s clothes washing device.   It is an inverted funnel with a number of holes in its side attached to a handle about 60 cm long that has a T piece attached to hold onto.   It is usually made of brass or copper.    The clothes are placed in a clean metal garbage can, soap powder (dhobi dust) and water added then you agitate the washing process by pounding the pogo stick up and down long enough to get the clothes clean.

It was very effective but hard work.   It was all we had available to do personal clothes washing.   The RAN eventually replaced them with washing machines.

If you have one please contact Speed Dwyer   speed_dwyer@yahoo.com.au of the HMAS SYDNEY VLVSA Victorian Branch.


SUBJECT      CAMERON WALKER


If you are able to help with the following please contact   Andrew Howell at email address:  andrewhowell@bigpond.com   or Tony Howell at tony.howell51@optusnet.com.au
Were organizing our 30 year Navy College Reunion - I was going to invite your old drinking buddy and my band master - CPO QMG Cameron Walker and his wife.  
Last time I saw him was on Magnetic Island where we played a game of golf, about 10 years ago.   Do you have any contact details for him?   Cheers  Andrew

  

 

 

1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 11 December 2011

 

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G'day and Welcome,

 

Hope all is well on the home front.  There is a letter from a former CO of NIRIMBA CAPT Brian Swan on his thoughts on NIRIMBA's closing. Caught up with Mike Hogan on Wednesday. Shot the breeze and had a coffee, he is thinking of going to Husky in February..  

 

We will be in Husky on Friday 10 February for our annual function and VOYAGER memorial service. Tom Houldsworth is organising, please let me know if you intend to attend. Will let you know the kick off time and other details soon. The responses are starting to come in.

 

Is anybody into 'facebook' have a look and get onto our page https://www.facebook.com/#!/LEEUWIN1963

 

Birthdays this coming week are celebrated by Trevor Bartlett.  Give him a ring, send an email, if you don't have his details contact me, I will give you his email address. Say G'day. Happy Birthday bloke from all of us.

 

This week the DFRDB and ESO link on our website  http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page27.htm has been updated with articles on:

No new articles this week

 

This week the DVA link on our website http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page28.htm has been updated with articles on:

BROADBAND NETWORK PROVIDES IN-HOME HEALTHCARE

 

This week the Other Associations and Common Interest link on our website http://www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv26/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page29.htm has been updated with articles on:

No new articles this week

 

 

Also this week:

HMAS NIRIMBA

TOUCH BASE

REQUEST FOR DFRDB BROCHURES

 

Cheers

 

Ron

 

SUBJECT                                             HMAS NIRIMBA

 

PAYING A PRICE

 

As one who served for 35 years and had first experience in the (then) trade training establishment HMAS Nirimba, I was dismayed to read of its closure through economic stringencies ("Navy's fleet high and dry", ST, 27/11).

The navy is now paying the price for closing a specialist training establishment with the specific purpose of providing the fleet with trades men and women whose duty it was to repair, maintain and operate ships, submarines and aircraft. Not only were they specialist in what they did, they provided an avenue of recruitment which now seem extinct.  As these trades men and women reach the end of their engagement they are leaving the navy and going into Australian industry. Who can blame them.  It used to be that every ship, every submarine and every aircraft was maintained by Nirimba-trained people. Who is doing it now?  For the navy to "recover" its technical know-how they need 10 years and a new trade training facility.  Nirimba's closure is a glaring example of short gain for long-term pain.

 

BRIAN SWAN, Epping, former commanding officer, HMAS Nirimba.

 

 

SUBJECT                              TOUCH BASE

 

Welcome to the third edition of touchbase e-newsletter

December 2011

As a subscriber to the touchbase website or its Find Your Mates facility you receive this e-newsletter filled with relevant and interesting stories for the ex-service community.

In this edition of the touchbase e-newsletter you will find great stories from former Australian Defence Force personnel who have battled adversity and won. You'll read the inspirational story from Steve who got his life back on track after being medically discharged from the Navy.

Cooking up a Rehab Plan

Steve was living the dream. He had devoted 16 years of his life to the Navy, Steve enjoyed being both at sea and on base. However, after numerous sporting injuries to his knees and a terrible incident where he fell down a hatchway, he was medically discharged from the Navy. Read more

Were you involved in maintenance of F-111 fuel tanks?

If you were involved in maintenance of F-111 fuel tanks between 1973 and 2000 you are encouraged to come forward to apply for health care and compensation. Read more

On Base Advisory Service

A new network of trained DVA advisors has been deployed to over 35 ADF bases across Australia as part of the On Base Advisory Service (OBAS) to help meet the needs of the modern Australian Defence Force (ADF). Read more

Help over Christmas

Sometimes Christmas can be a difficult and lonely time. The touchbase website can help you or a loved one through difficult times.

 

If you need help over the Christmas period you can find useful tools on the website or you can call VVCS - Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service on 1800 011 046

Find Your Mates with touchbase

The touchbase website now also provides users with the opportunity to keep in touch or reconnect with other former serving personnel, family and friends using a new online community Find Your Mates. You can search other members for those you served with by name, gender, age, location and service - access Find Your Mates via touchbase now.

touchbase survey - we need your help

We are currently evaluating the touchbase website and are conducting an online survey.

The survey is online and easy to do, just follow this link http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NSCYF2X

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SUBJECT                                                                             REQUEST FOR DFRDB BROCHURES

 

Dear Member

 

The DFWA is attempting to lay its hands on any Defence (Navy, Army or Air Force) recruiting or informational brochures between 1976 and 1991 which describe DFRDB or military conditions of service as they relate to superannuation. 

 

Given the prompt and surprising stuff that came back from the 1991 MSBS changeover call, for which the DFWA is very grateful, we may well turn up something of interest with this request !f you can help would you please advise:

 

Les Bienkiewicz

Executive Director

Defence Force Welfare Association

PO Box 4166 KINGSTON ACT 2604 

P: 02 62659530

M: 0411 444248

E:national@dfwa.org.au

W: www.dfwa.org.au

 

Thank you and may I take this opportunity to wish you and yours a happy and safe Christmas and New Year.

 

Ian Scott

President

DFWA NSW Branch

 

 


1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 4 December 2011

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G'day and Welcome,

Hope all is well on the home front.   Caught up with (Santa Claus) Mick Gallagher at Parramatta Westfield on Wednesday, he was doing a one day gig as the old bloke.  I intended to have a photo shoot with him and my Grandson Noah, despite extensive bribery, Noah would have nothing to do with him.    Please note the website will not allow me to post this Weekly News and add ons as yet.  It will be posted ASAP.

We will be in Husky on Friday 10 February for our annual function and VOYAGER memorial service.  Tom Houldsworth is organising, please let me know if you intend to attend.  Will let you know the kick off time and other details soon.

Is anybody into 'facebook' have a look and get onto our page  https://www.facebook.com/#!/LEEUWIN1963

Birthdays this coming week are celebrated by Lew Smith, Gil Larsson and Brissles Lassau.   Give them a ring, send an email, if you don't have their details contact me, I will give their email address to you.  Say G'day.  Happy Birthday blokes from all of us.

This week the DFRDB and ESO link on our website   http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page27.htm has been updated with articles on:
DFWA letter to Minister for Defence dated 30 Nov 11
ADSO Update - featuring Peter Criss

This week the DVA link on our website http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page28.htm has been updated with articles on:
No new articles

This week the Other Associations and Common Interest link on our website http://www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv26/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page29.htm has been updated with articles on:
Ships crest wall plaques


Also this week:
PTSD

Cheers

Ron

SUBJECT         PTSD

www.ptsdlimited.com

 

 

1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 27 November 2011

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G'day and Welcome,

Hope all is well on the home front.   Caught up with Annie Oakley and Gordon Davison on Wednesday, besides joining together, they were in the same class at primary school together in Hambledon North Queensland.  Annie and his wife Jerrie are now on the way back to Cairns. 

The article below is about a 'Special Forces Documentary' on Monday night.  Should be interesting.

Darby Ashton presented Kev and Larraine Uttley with the proceeds of the reunion raffle and donations.  Photos are on the website http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page16.htm   Larraine also forwarded this email which also updates Kev's condition. 
Dear Ron,  Darby Ashton and a friend of his, Darryl (Hill, I think) came to visit Kevin and myself this week.  Kevin was thrilled to see them and it never fails to surprise both of us, that even after a year has passed since his stroke, his mates have not forgotten him. 
We can't thank you all enough for your kind and generous gift.  It was really overwhelming and it's so nice to know that we are part of a large family who look out for their own.

Kevin has been to see both the surgeon who performed the heart valve replacement and the cardiologist this week.  The surgeon was thrilled with Kevin's recovery and said that he was going to "send him on his way" as we don't need to see him again.  The cardiologist also gave a glowing report and is very pleased to see that the size of his heart has almost return to it's normal size.

Kevin finishes at day rehab this week and we will be continuing with physio and speech therapy at home.  It has been a hard and long year for Kevin and he has worked hard at his recovery.  We are believing that 2012 is going to be brilliant as he continues to go from strength to strength.

Bless you all for thoughts and prayers.

Larraine Uttley
Birthdays this coming week are celebrated by Col Mundt, Greg (Hyphen) Henderson-Smith and Rod King.   Give them a ring, send an email, if you don't have their details contact me, I will give their email address to you.  Say G'day.  Happy Birthday blokes from all of us.

This week the DFRDB and ESO link on our website   http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page27.htm has been updated with articles on:
DFWA 2012-2013 Budget Submission

This week the DVA link on our website http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page28.htm has been updated with articles on:
On Base Advisors Supporting ADF Members Across Australia

This week the Other Associations and Common Interest link on our website http://www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv26/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page29.htm has been updated with articles on:
No new articles


Also this week:
Special Forces Documentary

Cheers

Ron

SUBJECT         SPECIAL FORCES DOCUMENTARY                              

 

 

 
 
 
SPECIAL FORCES GRANT TEN NEWS EXCLUSIVE ACCESS For the first time ever, Australia's most secretive soldiers, the Special Forces, have invited a TV crew to document them in action in Afghanistan. This exclusive TEN documentary, over three years in the making, follows investigative journalist and four time Walkley winner Chris Masters as he goes deep into the field with the Special Air Services Regiment, the SAS. The most comprehensive account of these elite forces in action, TEN cameras accompany the Special Forces on several missions inside enemy lines, including night raids on Taliban hotspots, to a high risk undercover operation to destroy a multi-million dollar Taliban drug lab. Australian Special Forces soldiers, some of whom have been wounded in action, talk candidly of their experiences, about the dangers of working with allies who can turn on them, and on their views of progress in Afghanistan, as the transition phase evolves towards local control. TEN cameras are there on a key date in this conflict, that of the tenth anniversary of September 11th, the day that changed the world and marked the start of this war on terror. On making the documentary, Chris Masters says: "This program is a first in many ways. It is the first time news cameras were allowed to follow Australian Special Forces into action; the first time we see the Afghanistan war from their perspective and talk to the normally secretive SASR, Commandos and IRR at what passes for a front line. It is also the first time in my view, that at last in Afghanistan we see the fight being taken to the enemy." TEN's interim Head of News Dermot O'Brien says: "This must-see documentary is a significant effort by Chris Masters, one of Australia's leading investigative journalists, which delivers a rare insight into Australia's elite forces fighting in Afghanistan. Though not fought on our shores, this conflict affects the lives of Australian's every single day, and it's a privilege for TEN to be able to share the stories and unique experiences of the special forces soldiers who put themselves on the line for their country."
 
Tour of Duty: Australia's Secret war is on: Monday 28th November at 7.30pm on TEN
An extended Watch..****90 minute version on Monday 5th December at 9.30pm on ONE****
Preview at:  http://soldiersystems.net/2011/11/23/oreview-tour-of-duty-australias-secret-war/
 

 

 

 

 

1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 20 November 2011

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G'day and Welcome,

Hope all is well on the home front.   Have heard another of our group Max Delahunty is not travelling too well.  I am sure he would like to hear from his mates.  The email address I have is delamars@bigpond.net.au  Meeting up with Annie Oakley this week, he and Jerrie travelled from Cairns to Mildura and is now on the way back North.  Have a look at the Recruiting and PR ads of the 60's, it might bring a tear to your eye.  There are a number of scams expected over the holiday period these are listed below.

Darby Ashton's photos are now on the photo page of the website; you may see yourself 48 years ago.

Steve Coll who celebrated his birthday last week has responded:  Ron, et al:  Thanks for the birthday wishes.  I can't believe I am 64!  Bloody hell - what an adventure the last 40 odd years in the 'Puss' have been.  I still intend to write a book one day, mainly for my family, but you never know - it just might sell!  As you know I finally retired (again) in January 2010. I had a couple of months off and was offered a job as Security Coordinator at the local General Hospital (Rockingham).  It's a good job - at least till I find something more challenging anyway: although after the last three and a half years with ADFIS it would be hard to find something as exciting.  Still, we all need to slow down sometime I guess.  Anyway, life's good and WA is the promised land!

Thought you would be interested to know that I have just engaged a local legal firm (no win - no fee) to pursue a claim for me, in relation to my diagnosed 'asbestosis pleural plaque (interstitial) disease'.  Although DVA recognized the condition as caused through military service, the military compensation mob some years ago declined my claim for compensation).  That was not the end of the world anyway.  It's not too bad at this stage, luckily, and hasn't progressed to anything worse, although it does affect the breathing at times. 

The respiratory specialist engaged by the legal firm  reckons it has affected my lung capacity, will deteriorate gradually  and seems to think  I have a fair case for compensation.  My saving grace is I have never smoked [merely ingested copious quantities of alcohol (Thai whiskey, Manila rum, San Miguel and Budweiser) over the years and chased exotic sheilas all over the 'mystic Orient'].  I also have always been a runner and a cyclist so that all helps to offset the effects.  Maybe all those FFO, ballast and fresh water tanks I cleaned, chipped  and painted without the benefit of PPE have preserved my innards(?).  Anyway, feel free to post this for anyone who is interested and I will certainly keep you posted about the outcome.

Regards to all.

Stevan A. Coll, OAM
(Class of July '63, HMAS Leeuwin)
Ph: 0415 294 271

Max Hart has responded to the call for  a Gold on Black Flash "TINGIRA" etc.  Thanks Max.

Birthdays this coming week are celebrated by Tom Houldsworth, Kev Bock, Barry Andrew, Charlie Burrows, Peewee Petherick and Bill Irwin.   Give them a ring, send an email, if you don't have their details contact me, I will give their email address to you.  Say G'day.  Happy Birthday blokes from all of us.

This week the DFRDB and ESO link on our website   http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page27.htm has been updated with articles on:
DFWA update for November

This week the DVA link on our website http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page28.htm has been updated with articles on:
How is Voluntary Work treated under the VEA

This week the Other Associations and Common Interest link on our website http://www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv26/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page29.htm has been updated with articles on:
No new articles


Also this week:
Scams over the Christmas Holidays
1960's RAN Recruiting and PR Films (What a hoot)
Christmas packages for our troops
RSL National Executive in Full retreat

Cheers

Ron

SUBJECT                                        SCAMS OVER THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS

The 12 scams of Christmas
View radar online.
SCAMwatch is advising consumers to watch out for this year's 12 scams of Christmas. Scams occur all year round but scammers prey on people's generosity and vulnerabilities at this time of year.
1. Holiday accommodation scams
Time for a holiday? Whether you're relaxing in Australia or travelling overseas this festive season, scammers may try to get hold of your money and personal details. Look out for fake accommodation vouchers, scam travel clubs and scammers asking you to pay upfront deposits for properties which aren't actually available for rent.
Protect yourself
• Always check travel offers are legitimate before you sign up, search the wording of the offer or the company name on the web as many scams can be identified this way.
• Before buying holiday or accommodation vouchers check with the hotel that they are genuine and will be honoured during the period that you intend on using them.
• Never provide your credit card details and other personal information to someone you don't know or trust.
2. Flight booking scams
Scammers set up fake websites which look genuine and make you believe you are purchasing an authentic flight ticket. When you arrive at the airport you may find your booking was a fake.
Protect yourself
• Always book flights through a legitimate travel agent, airline, flight booking or travel website.
• Be cautious when deciding to purchase very cheap airfares - if it looks too good to be true it may be a scam.
• Check that the ABN quoted on a flight booking website is genuinely registered to the trader named on the site. You can look up an ABN on the Australian Government's business.gov.au website.
3. Charity scams
At Christmas many legitimate charities appeal for donations of money, food, clothing and children's gifts. Unfortunately scammers also try to get your money by camouflaging themselves as genuine charities.
Protect yourself
• Beware that scam charity emails and websites may use official-looking logos and words which make them look genuine. Always check that a website is legitimate before donating.
• Approach legitimate charity organisations directly to make a donation or offer support.
• Don't rely on any phone number or website address given by the person who first called, visited or emailed you. Independently search for the charity name online as many scams can be identified this way.
4. Online shopping scams
Found that perfect gift online? Beware, scammers post fake classified ads, auction listings, and run bogus websites. If you get caught by a scammer you will not only lose your money but will also never receive the item you were trying to purchase!
Protect yourself
• Be cautious if the advertised price of an item online looks unusually low. Scam ads quote goods at much lower prices than similar items on the same or other sites.
• Avoid any arrangement with a stranger that asks for up-front payment via money order or international wire transfer. Scammers will ask you to pay outside of the website's official payment systems. 
• Beware, some scammers will send scam emails which appear to be from official payment companies requesting payment, others will direct you to fake payment websites which look genuine but have a different URL.
• Be especially cautious when buying pets and pedigree puppies, smartphones and tablet devices, horses and saddles, motor bikes, cars and boats. These are common scam targets.
5. Parcel delivery scams
Australians are predicted to send and receive millions of parcels at Christmas time. If you are expecting a parcel from family or friends, it's important to be aware of scams involving parcel collection. Scammers may call or email pretending to be from a logistics or parcel delivery service such as Australia Post, claiming that a non-existent parcel could not be delivered to you. They will offer to redeliver the parcel in exchange for a fee and may also ask for personal details.
Protect yourself
• If you are in doubt about the authenticity of a parcel delivery call or email, don't commit to anything. Call the company directly using their official customer service number to verify that it is genuine. Never use contact details provided by the caller or in an email.
• If you think you have provided your banking or credit card details to a scammer contact your bank or financial institution immediately.
6. Social media gift voucher and free product scams
Gift vouchers make handy presents when someone is hard to buy for, but always buy them from an official source to avoid being scammed. Recent scams have involved fake gift vouchers and "free products" being offered via social networking sites. Scam offers will ask victims to give personal details via survey in return for vouchers and products which either never arrive or are not honoured.
Protect yourself
• Never click on suspicious links on social networking sites - even if they are from your friends. Remember if an offer seems too good to be true it probably is!
• Be very wary when filling in surveys linked to via social networking posts and pages. Scammers commonly use these surveys to steal your valuable personal information.
• If in doubt about the authenticity of a free offer always contact the company on their official customer service number to verify that it is genuine. You can also search the internet using the exact wording of the offer as many social media scams can be identified this way.
• If you think you have provided your banking or credit card details to a scammer contact your bank or financial institution immediately.
7. Door-to-door scams
Lots of legitimate traders sell products and services door-to-door over the holiday season. Unfortunately scammers also approach their victims this way trying to sell poor quality products that don't do what is promised. If you fall victim, you will not get value for your money and money-back guarantees will turn out to be useless.
Protect yourself
• If someone comes to your door, ask to see their identification. You do not have to let them in, and they must leave if you ask them to.
• Do not agree to offers or deals straight away: tell the person that you are not interested or that you want to get some independent advice before making a decision.
• Carry out a web search on the trader to see if there are other consumers who have commented on the quality of their product or service.
8. Telephone scams
If you are taking time off work over the Christmas and New Year period, you may find you receive scam calls on your home landline telephone. These scams have been prominent over 2011 with scam callers claiming that your computer is infected with a virus, offering fake government grants/compensation or seeking bank details in order to process a bank fee or tax refund.
Protect yourself
• Be cautious if you are contacted out of the blue by someone claiming to be from a government department, a business or private organisation requesting personal information or payment for various services or fees. If you're not sure that a call is a scam you can check by independently using official contact details, never use phone numbers or email addresses provided by the caller.
• NEVER provide or confirm your personal, credit card or online account details over the phone unless you made the call using details you found yourself and you trust the other party.
9. Christmas e-card scams
At this time of year it's not uncommon to be sent emails containing links to Christmas e-cards. Whilst these emails often come from colleagues, friends and family, they may have unknowingly forwarded on attachments containing hidden malware or links scam websites. The emails may contain animations, pictures, videos or links which when opened, download malicious software onto you're your machine. Malware can be used to steal sensitive personal information stored on the computer or to record your keystrokes when you enter passwords online.
Protect yourself
• Never open unsolicited emails, delete them immediately!
• As fun as they may look, exercise caution when opening e-cards even if they've come from someone you know. Never click on any links or open any attachments in these emails.
• Keep your computer updated with the latest anti-virus and anti-spy ware software. Also, use a good firewall.
10. Romance scams
Online dating scams are very common and last year cost Australians more than $15 million. If you are looking for that special someone online be cautious. Scammers post fake profiles on legitimate online dating websites and will give various excuses to ask you to send them money via international wire transfer.
Protect yourself
• Be wary of anyone who you have not personally met who asks you to send them money, gifts or your banking and credit card details.
• Be very careful about how much personal information you share on social network and dating sites.
11. Weight loss Scams
Many of us make resolutions to loose weight over the Summer holidays, but watch out for scammers offering 'miracle' weight loss pills and potions.  These scams may promise weight loss for little or no effort or may involve unusual or restrictive diets, 'revolutionary' exercise or fat-busting devices, or products such as pills, patches, or creams. Also watch out for 'free trials' that may sign you up to unexpected payments.
Protect yourself
• Remember, there are no magic pills for rapid weight loss, instead speak with your GP about healthy and safe weight loss options.
• Be very careful about offers for medicines, supplements or other treatments: always seek the advice of your health care professional.
12. Lottery scams
There are many legitimate lottery jackpots, competitions and sweepstakes throughout the festive season, however lottery scams also circulate at this time of year. These scams will often use the names of legitimate overseas lotteries or carry the name of a well known company, event or person. You will usually be asked to pay various ongoing fees to release your winnings but you will lose all the money you pay and won't receive anything in return.
Protect yourself
• If you receive a letter, email or SMS out of the blue claiming you have won a lottery which you never entered it's most likely a scam - ignore it.
• Ask yourself why you are being asked to pay fees when these could come out of the winnings. Genuine lotteries don't operate this way.
Report
You can report scams to the ACCC via the report a scam page on SCAMwatch or by calling 1300 795 995.
Stay one step ahead of scammers, follow @SCAMwatch_gov on Twitter or visit http://twitter.com/SCAMwatch_gov.

SUBJECT    1960'S RAN RECRUITING AND PR FILMS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=jQV3A0t9Y9w
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=Xlw8QgdqfCk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=M8LJDhMTJ-s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=NimJ1XENZoA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=_vs2hbAyMsE


SUBJECT   CHRISTMAS PACKAGES FOR OUR TROOPS

 Hi All,

As you may or not be aware I am a member of a website called Cheapskates.com and a recent post was made by the editor on the forum regarding care packages for our troops overseas.

Now I know some of you may not agree with us being over in some of the places the military is currently serving but as the men and woman who are serving overseas don't have a choice I'd like you to put aside your differences and think about how you would feel being away from home at Christmas time.  

Anyway enough of that talk, You'll find below a list of items that are in high demand and also how to send the packages etc if you would like to send something.

Care packages can be made up of:

Australian lollies like Minties, Fantails, Columbines etc are really appreciated
snack foods like tinned flavoured fish (the small tins)
biscuits, especially Tim Tams, are like gold and Shapes (BBQ, Pizza etc) are appreciated
A book or magazine is also appreciated
Good coffee sachets and flavoured coffee sachets are appreciated
packs of different types of tea (English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Oolong, Peppermint, etc)
flavoured tea (rose hip, raspberry, peach, etc), are liked by some, too.
Copies of the latest RAGE, Video hits etc on DVD.
M & M's - I understand the peanut ones are the favourite
Car Mags, 4wd mags etc
Latest movies on DVD or thumb drives.
Latest music on thumb drives (All sorts of music as these get shared around to all the boys and girls)
Brew mugs (with something different on them), they keep getting broken, or left behind or something so being able to get a replacement is always good
Shampoo and Conditioner
Chap sticks
Socks - strange as it may seem they get stolen a lot - woollen socks are good, especially for the Middle East as it's going into winter over there and winters are bitterly cold

What not to send:
The following items are prohibited to all destinations due to safety and customs issues:
aerosols
cigarettes
clothing other than socks
The following items are prohibited to Middle East destinations:
alcohol
pork
magazines with naked women
any religious materials

If you have anything in the package that may burst under pressure put it in a ziplock bag before you pack it in the box, just to be safe.

Don't worry about what you send - anything and everything can be used or swapped for something that is needed.

The parcel
• must be 2kg or under, and
• must be the size of a BM Australia Post cardboard box or smaller,
• must not contain aerosols, batteries or other goods prohibited in the post,
• must be accompanied by a customs douane,
• must be posted by someone who has a photo identity (drivers licence).

Australia Post carries the parcel free as long as it is under 2kg in weight and under the size of the BM box from anywhere in Australia to the AFPO in Sydney.

If you have several magazines you can send them bundled together for free, wrapped or packaged, clearly addressed, with douane etc, as long as the bundle is under 2kg.

The Post Office is aware of the parcel arrangement with the Department of Defence.

2011 CHRISTMAS MAILING - COMMENCES 7 NOVEMBER - DEADLINE IS 9 DECEMBER

Please note, the addresses below will only be active for the Christmas Mailout from November 7 to December 9, 2011.

All the parcel regulations that apply to the other day mailings for defence force personnel apply to the Christmas Mail.

The format of the address is as follows:

For the Middle East:
An Australian Defence Force Member (TO SEND TO A FEMALE JUST ADD "FEMALE" AFTER)
Good Will Mail
Middle East
AFPO 60
Australian Defence Force NSW 2890.

For Timor Leste:
An Australian Defence Force Member
Good Will Mail
Timor Leste
AFPO 61
Australian Defence Force NSW 2890.

For the Solomon Islands:
An Australian Defence Force Member
Good Will Mail
Solomon Islands Operations
AFPO 62
Australian Defence Force NSW 2890.

To send to a Explosive Detection Dog (they need toys and treats too)
An Australian Defence Force EDD HANDLER
Good Will Mail
Middle East
AFPO 60
Australian Defence Force NSW 2890
Don't forget something for the handler

You will need to have photo ID and complete a customs douane to send your parcel.

I believe that Christmas mail is treated a little differently to regular mail in that it is held back until Christmas Day and then distributed to members so they have something to open on Christmas.

Thanks heaps.

SUBJECT      NATIONAL RSL EXECUTIVE IN FULL RETREAT

The RSL has retreated from the battle to maintain and improve Veterans Entitlements.
 Their quarterly meetings with the Secretary of the Department of Veterans' Affairs, Ian Campbell is deafeningly silent on the questions of DVA Disability Pensions being denied the 2.7% of average wage increase granted to all other pensions and the DFRB/DFRDB indexation of payments to other than the lowest economy indicator the CPI.
 The organisation that touts itself as the premier ESO is a disgrace to the veteran community with this retreat from gaining just and equal income in line with the general public norms.
 The RSL National Executive is a mob of Quislings, traitors to their membership by doing the ALPs bidding in failing to prosecute these matters.
 In full retreat in face of the face of this governments disgraceful treatment of veterans you can bet assured they will be in the advance party on the Turkish Express Gravy Train come the 2015 junkets along with the pollies spending up big on the taxpayers slush account.
 Officers of the Executive your limp wristed approach to Veterans Entitlements may go down well in the Club Room but to the blokes who did the fighting, the ones who count you are nothing less than a bunch of useless tossers.
 Jock O'Neill
PO Box 698
Applecross
WA 6953.
The article he refers to is included on the DFRDB and ESO page of our website under National Veterans Affair Committee meeting

 

1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 13 November 2011

http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page2.htm

G'day and Welcome,

Hope all is well on the home front.   There is an article immediately under on Asbestos exposure - please read, Spook Cairns has recently been diagnosed with Asbestosis.   We are moving further ahead in the IT age, Nev Thomas has come onboard and is helping, I will elaborate more in the upcoming Newsletter.  For those of you who were a bit keen on the tooth, look through the article on the Navy Mess Changes - would you have entered or reengaged?  Amongst other informative dits there is an article on the role of 'Women in combat'.

Defence Asbestos Exposure Evaluation Scheme

Defence is concerned about the impact to the health of current and ADF members and APS employees who may have been exposed to asbestos in the course of their Defence employment.    Current serving and former ADF members and APS employees who believe they may have been exposed to asbestos and would like to have their asbestos related medical status evaluated are encouraged to contact 1800 DEFENCE (1800 333 362) and register with the Defence Asbestos Exposure Evaluation Scheme. 

Received an email from Larraine Uttley - in part Hi Ron So glad to hear that the week-end reunion went well.  It is now 10 weeks since Kevin's open heart surgery and he is doing well.  He has more energy and is getting stronger as he walks with his four pronged stick.  Unfortunately, he still needs supervision when he is walking but he has certainly defied the doctor's reports that he would never walk again. 
I was reading the email that you received from Nifty Nev Barry and he mentioned that he was trying to get off Warfrin.  When Kevin was first in rehab we met a guy in there who was trialing a drug called Dabigatran ( I think that's the correct spelling) which was a replacement for Warfrin.  He said that it had been very successful for him and there were none of the usual side effects.  Perhaps Nifty may like to mention this to his doctor. All the best  Larraine Uttley

Glenn Summerhayes sent the following email:  HI Ron and ALL,  Glad you had a great Reunion in Mildura last weekend - I spent it in Hospital.   All OK but another one of my many Ailments decided to "Crash" with Major Medication Rejection.   Seeing "Specialists" tomorrow for 'ANOTHER' Trial Medication Regime'.
 
I note you received a copy of the "Papers in Australian Maritime Affairs No.29"  HMAS LEEUWIN: The Story of the RAN's Junior Recruits by Brian Adams & Others.   It's a full report of the "Boy Sailor Scheme" especially Leeuwin JRTE over 25 years or so.  June 1960 to Dec 1984.  Its GREAT READING when you look at all the info - brings back many memories, good and bad.  What it does indicate, especially to me who traces Military History that the First Five (5) Years of the System at Leeuwin July 1960 to June 1965 Intakes 1 to 8.  Intakes 6 & 7 (1963) were right in the Formation of the System and following there seemed to be many improvements, conditions etc for JRTE.  I believe ALL OF US FROM 1963 SHOULD READ THIS DOCUMENT, even only for the interest Factor "BUT WE REALLY STAND OUT AS THE 'GUINEE PIGS'.
 
Can anyone Help Me 'Acquire' a Gold on Black Flash "TINGIRA"
and a HMAS LEEUWIN Hatband, Gold on Black Leading Hand Rank and Single Good Behavior Stripe???   Maybe even an ROS (Special 'of course') & ROD (Data) Category Badges.
 
Best wishes to all, Cheers R94128 Glenn SUMMERHAYES  7/63

Birthdays this coming week and the next are celebrated by Stevan Coll, then three on the same day John Wright, Peter Pagett and John Stephens, then another two on the same day Vic Soszynski and Dave Hanlon.  Some of the real birthdays are a year apart.   Give them a ring, send an email, if you don't have their details contact me, I will give their email address to you.  Say G'day.  Happy Birthday blokes from all of us.

This week the DFRDB and ESO link on our website   http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page27.htm has been updated with articles on:
Wilkie speaks about Indexation and other things
treatment of military superannuation Widows' Pensions
Fair Go - ADSO FGC VIDEO SERIES - THE FACES OF UNFAIR INDEXATION: SUE'S STORY

This week the DVA link on our website http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page28.htm has been updated with articles on:
No new articles

This week the Other Associations and Common Interest link on our website http://www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv26/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page29.htm has been updated with articles on:

HMAS VENDETTA - Polo Shirts for sale
HMAS KUTTABUL COMMEMORATION PROJECT
Women in Combat

Also this week:

Article from Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers Magazine
OTAMA Loss of Life in 87
DEFENCE HONOURS AND AWARDS - 2 December 2011-11-13
Vale - ex CPO Coxswain Charlie Mackenzie R57063
Naval Mess Changes
Aussie Diggers support Utube site


Cheers

Ron

SUBJECT     


Article from the Australian Institute of Marine & Power Engineers magazine "On Watch" October 2011
 

SUBJECT    LOSS OF LIFE IN OTAMA IN 1987

If you are able to assist with the following please contact David Woodcock at email address:    dwoodcock46@optusnet.com.au
 
 Do you know where I could start looking for details of the Naval Inquiry to this matter - also the Coroner's Report.
 
03.08.1987 Able Seaman Hugh Markrow HMAS Otama (Sub) Sydney Coast Submarine dived while topside
03.08.1987 Seaman Damien Humphries HMAS Otama (Sub) Sydney Coast Submarine dived while topside
 
SUBJECT    DEFENCE HONOURS AND AWARDS

Good afternoon.
 
Thank you for subscribing to the Defence Honours & Awards newsletter. Issue 11 - November 2011 of the Defence Honours & Awards newsletter has just been published and can be downloaded from the Defence Honours and Awards' website at: 
www.defence.gov.au/medals/
Issue 11 coincides with Remembrance Day and our lead article reflects this important occasion.
 
The newsletter is a bi-annual production which is currently available to every serving Australian Defence Force member as an insert in Service newspapers published.  Future editions of the newsletter will be included in the Service newspapers, as well as being published on the Defence Honours and Awards website, around Anzac Day and Remembrance Day each year.
 
Current and past editions of the newsletter are available on the Defence Honours and Awards website and can be downloaded and printed. 
 
I trust that you find Issue 11 - November 2011 of the Defence Honours & Awards newsletter interesting and informative.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Peter Short
Brigadier
Director General
Base & Customer Support Services
Defence Support Group
Department of Defence


SUBJECT    ATTENDING CERBERUS DIVISIONS -2 DECEMBER 2011

G'day All,

Attached for your information are two documents; the first being a contact list for the members of the Melbourne Naval Centre with the other being an invitation from Captain David Garnock CSC for two (2) members of your association to attend the last Ceremonial Divisions and Recruit Passing Out Parade for 2011being conducted at HMAS Cerberus.

Following the parade, a light lunch will be supplied along with an address from Captain Garnock.

Please have a read and respond to me nlt 25th November.

I look forward to hearing from you very soon.

Cheers,

Carm

Carmel Tom 
Contractor Programme Security Officer
Weapon's Systems
BAE Systems Australia
40 River Boulevard
Richmond Vic 3121
P  (03)  9918 4009 / 9918 4530
F (03)  9918 4900
M 0418 710 510
SUBJECT     VALE - ex CPO COXN CHARLIE MACKENZIE R57063

The funeral service for Charlie was held at 1400 on Wednesday 9th November at Bunurong Memorial Park, 790 Frankston -Dandenong Rd, Dandenong South

SUBJECT     NAVAL MESS MEALS

That's it - I will never sign on again - no duff with lunch. Enough is enough.

CHANGES TO MEAL CHOICES IN NAVY DINING FACILITIES
From 1 November, you may notice a change to the number of meal choices offered in your local messes.   IAW DI(G) LOG 4-7-003 Defence Catering Manual (DCM) of 12 December 2010, Defence is standardising the number of meal choices available in all ADF Dining Facilities (Messes, Galleys and Dining Halls) across Australia.  Currently, in some ADF Dining Facilities, up to nine meal choices are offered. From 1November, up to four meal options, plus a cold buffet sandwich bar, will be available at lunch and dinner meal times in most messes. In addition, dessert will no longer be provided at lunch.   Importantly, meal choices will still meet all quality, portion size, religious and nutritional requirements that are set out in the DCM and the ADF Ration Scales.   The standardisation of meal options across all ADF Dining Facilities in Australia is the first part of a broader hospitality and catering review being undertaken across Defence.   Further information on this implementation will be available in your local dining facility as well as from your Base Support staff.
 
 
COMSPT
 
SUBJECT     AUSSIE DIGGERS SUPPORT UTUBE

http://youtu.be/apScD-kcP84


 

 

 

  

 1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 6 November 2011

 

http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page2.htm

 

G'day and Welcome,

 

Hope all is well on the home front.   We had a fun time on the long weekend in Victoria, a wrapup of the reunion will come out as a Newsletter soon. There is a lot of material this week, nearly a months worth. Late notices of some of our shipmates who have passed over the bar, an interesting note on those who have Qualifying Service and receive a Gold Card at age of 70. Don't laugh that is us in about 5 years. Also a flyer on products available to ex members. There is a new page on the website, it is listed below 'Other Associations'. There is a PDF copy of the book written about the history of LEEUWIN written by Brian Adams. Have a look at the titles if they interest you log on.

 

Nifty Nev Barry sent this email, he is trying to contact Peter Taudavin. Does anybody know his contact details: Hi Ron,tried that number you gave me for Pete;has been disconnected,maybe someone out there knows his whereabouts. My health is steady, am trying to get off "warfarin"[rat poison] after 12 years use consider this is whats causing all my health problems, nobody seems to know the long term side effects. Still waiting on surgeons reply. Cheers Nev Barry

 

Barry and KayMarie Andrew has put together some words on his trip to the reunion, they are on the travel stories page http://www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv26/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page18.htm

 

An email sent to Ken Dobbie re Rememberance Day in Perth: Hi Ken, Hope you are keeping well in that lovely Tassie environment. The reason for my email is that Leeuwin is once again hosting a Remembrance Day service at the main flag pole by the JR Memorial.  We also have a Navy cenotaph and band, choir, etc etc.  Last year's ceremony was very well received, hence it will be bigger and better this year. 

 

I was hoping to invite some local (WA based) ex JRs, and wondered if you have a contact list specific to WA, or would know where I can obtain one?   I think they would really enjoy being here again.

Look forward to hearing from you.  Cheers, Olwen

 

Birthdays this coming week and the next are celebrated by Wayne Godenzie, Brian Freier, Bill Healey, Terry Coulthard, Pete McMillan and Max Nugent.   Give them a ring, send an email, say G'day.  Happy Birthday blokes from all of us.

 

This week the DFRDB and ESO link on our website   http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page27.htmhas been updated with articles on:

 

Letter to Local Member re DFRDB Indexation and reply (A good read)

DFWA media release regarding ADF workplace remuneration;

Government Fact sheets on Military Superannuation Pensions and the rebuttal of the Government Fact sheets;

DFWA on Taxation of Military Superannuation

Products and services available to members of the ADF and EX Defence Members

Discussion Paper re RAN Poison

DFWA update for October 2011

 

This week the DVA link on our websitehttp://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page28.htmhas been updated with articles on:

 

Veterans urged to strengthen their mental health

 

This week the Other Associations link on our websitehttp://www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv26/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page29.htmhas been updated with articles on:

 

HMAS LEEUWIN - The Book by Brian Adams

Naval Commemoration Committee of Victoria (Rogues Yarn)

 

Also this week:

 

Vale Michael Marwick

Gunnery Reunion

Special Anzac Day Train from Darwin to Adelaide next year (2012)

Vale Charlie McKenzie

Who served in TARANGAU in 65-67

Gold Card Benefits for Veterans who turn 70 and have qualifying service (us in 5 or so years)

 Vale LTOTrevor Sidney Haymes R104431

 

 

Cheers

 

Ron

 

SUBJECT                                                     VALE MICHAEL MARWICK R62136

 

You may not have heard but Michael "Maverick" Marwick passed away early Sunday Morning after a long battle. Mick was a "Starvo" who served a lot of time at Leeuwin/Diamantina/Albatross, etc. 

Some of you may remember him as a jovial type who was also a good bloke. Mick served for many years as treasurer at Bicton Palmyra Sub-Branch of the RSL. Funeral arrangements have not as yet been released.

 

SUBJECT                                                                GUNNERY RATES REUNION

 

Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2011 16:23:22 +1100 Good Afternoon Gentlemen, I hope you are all well and healthy and enjoying life.  This e-mail is for Expressions of Interest to conduct an all Rates Gunnery School and Boatswain Mate Reunion on the 24/25/26 April 2013 in Hobart. To register your interest please e-mail:  Graham 'Pennellie' Halton,   forcetth@bigpond.com  Mossy Lowe,   lowecharmaine81@yahoo.com.au  Feel free to pass this e-mail to all the Gunnery Jacks you have contact with.  I will be putting this out on a nationwide media release, we need as many as we can get. Best Regards Graham 'Pennellie' Halton

SUBJECT                             SPECIAL ANZAC DAY TRAIN FROM DARWIN TO ADELAIDE NEXT YEAR 2012

 

 

Great Southern Railways are running a Special Anzac Day Train from Darwin to Adelaide next year (2012).

Costs to Darwin and from Adelaide are ones own care.

Proposed Itinerary is :-

Day 1      Tuesday 24/4/12.  Depart Darwin 3.30pm for Adelaide River.
                                                Go to Adelaide River War Cemetery
                                                 Depart 6.30 pm for Katherine and pull into siding at some ungodly hour.
Day 2      Wed  25/4/12        Dawn Service at Katherine
                                                Breakfast at Katherine R.S.L.
                                                Participate in Anzac Day March at Katherine if you wish
                                                Tour of Katherine.
                                                Depart Katherine6.pmfor Alice Springs
Day 3      Thurs  26/4/12      Arrive Alice Springs 9.10 am
                                                Local tours (at your own cost)
                                                Depart for Port Augusta
Day 4       Fri     27/4/12      Take Old "Pitchie Ritchie" War Train from Port Augusta to Quorn & return
                                                Depart for Adelaide
                                                End of Tour.
 
Cost        Gold Kangaroo      For TPI    $1206    includes all meals in Queen Adelaide Restaurant

 Carers     Same Price.
 
Price includes all of the above except Alice Springs Tours.   Bookings are now open.


SUBJECT                                                     VALE CHARLIE McKENZIE

R57063 RAN Charlie Mackenzie DOB 18/10/1942 of Ballarat  -  Vietnam HMAS Sydney three trips - passed away last night Thursday 27/10/2011 in Melbourne of cancer.

 

SUBJECT                                                                 HMAS TARANGAU 1965-1967

 

If you are able to assist please contact Del Heuke at email address: del.heuke@gmail.com I am assisting in a widows claim for Cancer of the Pancreas.  The SOP requires that contact with DDT over a period of 12months.  This man served on Manus for 2 years 1965-67.  Can anyone give me proof of the fact that DDT was used in the fogging machines for Mosquitoes used in Manus

 

SUBJECT                                                     GOLD CARD BENEFITS FOR VETERANS AT 70 WHO HAVE QUALIFYING SERVICE

 

The government has granted the Gold Card to all veterans with qualifying service over the age of 70 as of 1 July 2002, but many are not aware of what else they may be eligible and many are not aware of why they may be entitled to the Gold Card.

These reasons may include:-

Veterans receiving a disability pension at 100% or more of the general rate.

Intermediate rate pensioners.

Extreme Disablement Adjustment (EDA) pensioners.

Special Rate pensioners: i.e. T&PI & 'Blinded' veterans.

Veterans receiving a disability pension at or above 50% of the general rate and receiving any amount of servicepension.

Veterans receiving a disability pension including an additional amount for specific service-related amputationsor blindness in one eye.

Veterans receiving a service pension and whose income and assets are below certain prescribed limits.

World War 2 returned servicewomen of Australia's defence force who have 'qualifying service' as defined underthe VEA.

War Widows/Widowers and eligible dependants of a deceased veteran, whose death has been accepted as war caused.

All veterans of Australia's defence force, including Australian mariners, who are aged 70 years and over andwho have qualifying service as a result of their service during World War 2.

As of 1 July 2002, all Australian veterans who are 70 years of age and over and who have qualifying service(from post World War 2 conflicts).

Former members of the ADF who are eligible for a Special Rate Disability Pension under the MRCA.

Former members of the ADF with an impairment rating of 60 or more impairment points under the MRCA.

Former members of the ADF with an impairment rating of 30 or more impairments points under the MRCA andreceiving any amount of service pension under the VEA and whose income and assets are below certain prescribed limits.

All MRCA members who are 70 years of age (and over) who have rendered warlike service on or after 1 July2004; and A wholly dependent partner and "Eligible Young Person" (EYP) of a former ADF member who is entitled tocompensation for the member's death under the MRCA. To qualify as an "Eligible Young Person" under the MRCA, the child of the deceased member must be less than 16 years of age or aged between 16 and 25 and undertaking full-time study and not in full-time employment

 

SUBJECT                                                                             VALE TREVOR SIDNEY HAYMES R104431

 

We sadly inform you of the passing of LTO Trevor Sidney Haymes - R104431.

 

Dad had been suffering from Lung Cancer over the past year and passed away on 5th October 2011 aged 59 years.

He served on HMAS Melbourne, Vampire, Brisbane and Stalwart. 

 

A funeral service will be held on Thursday at St Matthews Anglican Church Windsor (NSW) commencing at 10.00am.


Can you please pass it on to all concerned.

Kind Regards

Danny Haymes
0413.092.732

 

1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 23 - 30October 2011

 

http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page2.htm

 

G'day and Welcome,

 

Hope all is well on the home front.   Apologise for the fact there are no ads at all this week from ESO's or DVA as I am running late.   We are on the way to Mildura for the party of the year.  If your plans have changed and you can make it this weekend give me a call.   0410529797.  To see who is attending, follow the link http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm

 

You all may know our host at Mildura Tug Wilson is the President of the Sub Branch.  Besides all the hard yards he has put in organising the various functions, he has put together a few initiatives you may like, we have quality wine and champagne with souvenir 63 LEEUWIN labels.  Bottles will be included in your welcoming bag.  We have 63 LEEUWIN car stickers.   We have 63 LEEUWIN pens.  All in your bag.  He has organised the Mayor to welcome us to Mildura on Friday afternoon.  He has arranged for additional raffle items including some of his personal collection to cover the cost.  He has done a top job, don't forget to congratulate him on his endeavours.

 

You may also be aware we are donating the gross total of the main raffle on Saturday night to Kev and Larraine Uttley.  Donations have been received to boost this figure.  If you wish to help Kev out donations can be made into our account or by cheque but please contact me to let me know..  You will be recognized at the raffle draw on Saturday night.

 

Doug Wilson forwarded the following on Hot Air Ballooning in Mildura:   While we are down in Albury Trish myself and Russ Loane have booked a balloon flight on the Friday morning the problem is he needs 6 people for a flight and there are only 3 of us booked so far.  We have tried to fly in a balloon before and have experienced cancellations due to weather so this time we were hoping we could do    If you know anyone who wants to experience a balloon flight the contact is Andrew Musgrove ph 0428246901 from Mildura Ballooning.  The cost is $295, not cheap but well worth it.  Cheers Doug Wilson

 

Tank Evans is looking to catch up:  Hope you enjoyed being at sea again.    If Wales had to loose in the Rugby, I suppose Australia was the best team to do it.    I am currently entrenched in our Mildura resort and was wondering if you could mention this saying that if anyone else is in town early and would like some company and a chat to give us a ring on 0429 181 247.    Really looking forward to catching up with the mob again and  listening to the goss and warries.  Cheers Tank

         

Birthdays this coming week and the next are celebrated by Roy Rigg, Darrell Nicholson, Marty Edwards, Chris Mansbridge and Guy Irwin.   Give them a ring, send an email, say G'day.  Happy Birthday blokes from all of us.

 

This week the DFRDB and ESO link on our website   http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page27.htmhas been updated with articles on:

 

This week the DVA link on our websitehttp://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page28.htmhas been updated with articles on:

 

Cheers

 

Ron

 

 

 

1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 16 October 2011

 

http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page2.htm

 

G'day and Welcome,

 

Hope all is well on the home front.   Am in Auckland for the Wallaby V New Zealand game.   Go the Wallabies.   The Australian Services Rugby Union are in town also, they are competing in an international event which plays the Grand Final next Saturday.  There is a request for input into a book - read below, you may be the person she is looking for.

 

We are still taking names for the Mildura reunion.     Get onboard have the best holiday of your life.  To see who is attending, follow the link http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm

 

Doug Wilson forwarded the following on the bowls organised for the Sunday morning:

Have been in touch with John Prowse in Mildura about the bowls day.  Could not have been more helpful.  Even asked me if we wanted the bar open, I told him yes, they all seem to like a drink!  Let's hope there are not too many sore heads from Saturday night.  The bowls club is near the Arts Centre overlooking the river and is easy to find, I am told.We will kick off about 9.30am with about 15 ends which should take us up to about noon,time for lunch.   So if anyone who needs tuition be there between 9am and 9.15am and everyone else be there in time to kick off about 9.30am.
 
Green fees are $7.00 per head, wear flat soled shoes or bare feet are acceptable.  We will start with a spider(prizes to be won) and then 3 bowl triples with a draw at the end for winning lead seconds and skippers.  Should be a good day weather permitting.
  
Cheers
Doug Wilson

 

 

Darby Ashton has sent me his photos of LEEUWIN in 63.  I will have them on the website as soon as possible.  It is a good collection so have a bo peep.  You may there.

 

Birthdays this coming week are celebrated by Fred Auty, John Amourous and John Laundon.   Give them a ring, send an email, say G'day.  Happy Birthday blokes from all of us.

 

This week the DFRDB and ESO link on our website   http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page27.htmhas been updated with articles on:

How can we fix MSBS

 

This week the DVA link on our websitehttp://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page28.htmhas been updated with articles on:

113 Projects to honour war veterans;

Veteran's Health Week;

2012 Scholarships, Bursaries and Grants that are available to help selected children and grandchildren of the Australian Ex-Service Community with the cost of tertiary education;

New ANZAC Centenary Advisory Board announced;

ACT Submission mercury poisoning on contaminated water in Vietnam waters;

 

 

Cheers

 

Ron

 

SUBJECT                                                                                          BOOK - UNDER THE QUEEN'S COLOURS

 

If you are able to assist with the following please email

Penny Legg direct at email address: penny@pennylegg.com

  

I am now working in London at the High Commission as the Naval Adviser.

 

The purpose of this email is to pass on to the email below from Mrs Penny Legg who has been commissioned to write a book for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee next year - the details are below but a summary is:

 

The book, Under the Queen's Colours, is a book of the reminiscences of (ex-)service personnel who have served under the flag of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, during the sixty years of her reign - 1952 - 2012.  The book will be a commemorative hardback edition of 272 pages, 100,000 words and about 140 images, and will be published by The History Press, England's largest history publisher, in May 2012.

  

 The main reason I am passing this on is that there is no Australian contribution as yet and any support you could provide - primarily by 'spreading the word' and getting people to email Penny direct - would be greatly appreciated.  I understand there is only a short window before it goes to the publishers (about a month) so any Australian input I think would be a good thing

 

Best wishes,

 

SIMON O'BRIEN

CAPT, RAN

Naval Adviser & VCDF Group Liaison

Australian Defence Staff London

t: +44 (0)20 7887 5379   m: +44 (0)7899 818 016

 

 

From: Penny Legg[mailto:penny@pennylegg.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 27 September 2011 22:03
To: O'Brien, Simon CAPT - RAN
Subject: From Penny Legg - Under the Queen's Colours

The book, Under the Queen's Colours, is a book of the reminiscences of (ex-)service personnel who have served under the flag of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, during the sixty years of her reign - 1952 - 2012.  The book will be a commemorative hardback edition of 272 pages, 100,000 words and about 140 images, and will be published by The History Press, England's largest history publisher, in May 2012.

 

I am looking for contributions of memories - dits, longer stories and anecdotes, together with photos to illustrate the words - from former or currently serving armed forces personnel from all branches of the services, male and female, who served within the sixty year time period.  These can be from a sentence or two to several pages in length.  They will showcase the vast variety of experiences serving under the Queen's colours (flag) produces.  The stories can be happy, sad, or thought-provoking.  I have put one or two that have already arrived below, as examples of the kind of thing I am looking for.  

 

I am not looking for political or controversial stories.  Nor am I looking for comment on policy or current missions or anything along these lines.

 

I have no Australian stories at present and it would be a shame to miss out on this opportunity for Australian voices to be heard.  I am hoping that you will be able to spread the word for me.  All contributions will, of course, be fully credited in the book, as will any assistance received to obtain suitable stories.   The book will raise money for service charities and my publisher is currently negotiating the terms of the donations.  

 

Anyone interested in contributing to this book should email me directly on:penny@pennylegg.comby Monday 31 October, 2011.

 

For information:  I am a member of the Society of Authors, the National Union of Journalists and the National Association of Writers in Education here in the UK.  This will be the sixth of nine commissioned books for The History Press.  My website gives a flavour of my life and work:www.pennylegg.com

 

 

Very best wishes,

Penny

 

Examples of stories in so far (names omitted, strictly copyright and not for reproduction elsewhere):

 

Borneo, 1965

Flairs were let off around our camp, so we had a stand-to, thinking the Indonesians were attacking us.  We all stood-to and this certain person who shall be nameless said, 'I think he's over here.  I'm going under this wire to apprehend him.' So he crawled under the wire and, all of a sudden, there was a mighty scream and this person said, 'Don't shoot, I'm coming back.'  He'd cleared the barbed wire and he had gone into the bush where all the noise was and he'd jumped on the back of an orang-utan!  It's true!

 

Britannia

I served onboard HMY Britannia from July 1991 to February 1998.  One day in Portsmouth, I was detailed as 'car door opener' when we were embarking some members of the Royal Family.  I was told it'd be Princess Alexandra and her husband (the late Sir Angus Ogilvy).  I assumed that the Princess would be in the rear of the car with her husband, the driver and bodyguard in the front.  When the car came to a stop I opened the rear door, saluted and, before the Princess emerged, I saw a shadow on my left shoulder and heard a voice say, "Thank you very much".  It was Sir Angus, who had been sitting in the front with the driver.  I immediately thought, "Oh crap" or something similar, and I'd be in front of the XO for not being aware of what I was doing etc.  As it turned out, nothing was said about it as I'd followed procedure and opened the door for the right person.  I don't know if the Princess asked who I was (I can only guess that she did) because, a few years later, I was again car door opener in Tokyo, Japan, and when I opened her car door she said, "Thank you, Dougie," as she emerged.  

For all the formality, shiny brasswork, pomp and ceremony of the Royal Yacht, it was a very relaxed vessel, first names and nicknames were the norm, but when we were preparing for Royal Duty everything would get done quickly, on time and (most importantly) very quietly.

 

 

Penny Legg

Writer, Editor, Photographer

Tel: 02380 438931 (office), 0752 669 0226 (mobile)

My books, published by The History Press, are out now!

Web: www.pennylegg.com

 

 

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1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 9 October 2011

 

http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page2.htm

 

G'day and Welcome,

 

Hope all is well on the home front.   Am in Wellington for the Australia V South Africa game.  The passengers on the ship are predominantly either Springbok or Wallaby, tonight half of us will be disappointed.  Go the Wallabies.

 

We are still taking names for the Mildura reunion.   Les Allan sent me an SMS this week confirming his attendance.   Get onboard have the best holiday of your life.  To see who is attending, follow the link http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm

 

Do not have any more photos to display, if you have some and are happy to share with everybody, please scan and forward.

 

Birthdays this coming week are celebrated by Gordon Davidson, Wayne Chapman, Grant Dernedde and Gavin Whitney.   Give them a ring, send an email, say G'day.  Happy Birthday blokes from all of us.

 

Rocky Freier forwarded me this 'Open letter to Gillard and Abbot' (attached)

 

The DFRDB and ESO link on our website   http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page27.htm

 

This week the DVA link on our websitehttp://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page28.htmhas been updated with articles on:

Vietnam - contaminated water (attached)

RSL view on Voluntary or unpaid work (attached)

Full Federal Court judgment - on unpaid work (attached)

 

Cheers

 

Ron

 

SUBJECT                                                           DFRDB/MSBS CHANGEOVER MATERIAL

 

 

DFWA is seeking copies of any brochures etc that would have been issued to members of the ADF in about 1990 providing information about the new MSBS scheme.  The brochure/s would have been issued to inform ADF members when making a decision about whether to remain in DFRDB or transfer to MSBS.

 

If anyone has kept a copy could DFWA be provided with them please - we can return after we have copied.

 

 

SUBJECT                     ESTABLISHING FORMAL LINKS WITH THOSE WHO FOUGHT ON BOTH SIDES OF THE VIETNAM WAR

 

Dear fellow members of the RSL and other Vietnam Veterans,
 
Your many emails about the possibility of initiating a link between those who fought on both sides of the Vietnam War make it clear that this issue has not been properly or clearly explained.
 
For this I apologise.
 
The initiative has its genesis in requests from significant numbers of League members. They have been visiting Vietnam for many years and during these excursions have built friendly and positive relationships with former foes. These members of the RSL proposed that some sort of formal link between veterans from both sides of the conflict might be a way of furthering understanding. The National Executive took up the issue at the request of these RSL members.
 
An approach was made to the Minister for Foreign Affairs to ascertain the Government's reaction. After receiving a positive response, contact was made with the Australian Ambassador in Hanoi seeking his advice - and I took the opportunity during an informal chance meeting with the Vietnamese Ambassador to Australia to raise the topic. The Ambassador listened politely but there was no commitment by him or by me.
 
The possibility of furthering this initiative by means of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) arose out of these events - and there is not and never has been any intention of taking formal steps without first seeking the opinion of the wider RSL membership.
 
The first draft of the MOU was considered at the August meeting of the RSL National Executive where it was agreed it was essential the National Executive be informed of the views of the State Branch Executives.  It was for this reason that copies of the draft MOU were forwarded to State Branches. As reflected in your emails there are RSL members and other Vietnam Veterans who oppose any rapprochement with our former foes in Vietnam; and there are RSL members and other Vietnam Veterans who support the initiative. The National Executive is involved in the process of trying to ascertain what the wider RSL membership believes to be in the best long term interests of the League - and we are mindful of the need to take account of the views of other Vietnam Veterans. This will take time and we have not nor will not set a deadline by which this process is to end.
 
The MOU remains no more than a first draft. It may or may not be used to progress this issue. Whether the RSL proceeds with attempts to forge a link with former foes in Vietnam in the near term or defers the issue until some unspecified time in the future will depend upon ongoing discussions at Sub Branch and Branch level. As my widely circulated email to the Tasmanian State Branch President noted, "we have started to move down the path of rapprochement with our former enemies during the Vietnam War...(and)...our only commitment is to move ahead cautiously and sensitively." And lest there be any doubt, I do not resile from my words in that email that "we owe it to the future to do all we can to bring former enemies together."
 
I accept responsibility for the substantial amount of incorrect information being bandied about concerning this matter - and am willing to meet face to face with RSL members at Sub Branches to further discuss this or any other matters of concern to the wider RSL membership. I have made a similar offer to the National President of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia.
 
Please feel free to circulate this message as widely as you choose.
 
Regards to all,
 
Ken Doolan

 


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1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 2 October 2011

 

http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page2.htm

 

G'day and Welcome,

 

Hope all is well on the home front.   I am off to NZ on Tuesday to check out the sheep and the RWC, returning on Monday 24 October.  Should have email contact for the full period.

 

We are still taking names for the Mildura reunion.   Get onboard have the best holiday of your life.  Nobody has responded to Spook Cairns' challenge to play tennis on the Sunday-are we a pack of woosis.   To see who is attending, follow the link http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm

 

Am starting a new page on the web site for DVA matters.http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page28.htm

 

Have a peek at the photo Rob Cavanagh forwarded of Terry Hume having a LLD ashore in Singapore in 69. http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page17.htm

 

Still receiving heaps about DFRDB and other important issues again this week.    There is a letter to Senator Wright, the author requests all to use the format of the letter and forward it to their respective Federal politicians.  Remember all DFRDB Issues and ESO information are now contained on a page on our site.   http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page27.htm

 

Birthdays this coming week are celebrated by Barrie Quigley, Peter Magnuson, Ted Worcester, Rob Mackinnon, Russ Nelson and Jim Claypole.   Give them a ring, send an email, say G'day.  Happy Birthday blokes from all of us.

 

There is a further ad by the 'Tingira Association Group' for the dinner at PENGUIN on the 11thNovember.   If you wish to attend please access the TINGIRA website.  There is limited numbers (60) so get in early.

 

 

Also this week

HMAS CERBERUS - Open Day

Navy Week Wreath Laying Service Melbourne (Attached)http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/wreath laying in OCT11.pdf

National Vietnam Veterans Museum Report

Defence Service Homes info (Attached) http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/Defence Service Homes Info.pdf

 

Cheers

 

Ron

 

SUBJECT                              HMAS CERBERUS OPEN DAY

 

HMAS CERBERUS - OPEN DAY 

Sunday 23rd October, 2011

Time: 1000 -1600

HMAS CERBERUS, Crib Point, Victoria

 

SUBJECT                                        NATIONAL VIETNAM VETERANS MUSEUM REPORT

 

Your Home - Your Legacy

 

 

 

 

The multi-award winning National Vietnam Veterans Museum (NVVM) at Phillip Island continues to expand, develop and amaze. Since it's relocation and official opening in March 2007 it has doubled in size and continues to impress all who visit.

The Museum works hard to be an educational resource for future generations and you would be pleased at the increasing number of schools that are visiting. When they have been once, the schools continue to come with each new class.

The Museum is established as the Spiritual Home of Vietnam Veterans and after a visit you will understand why. Perhaps more importantly, the NVVM is the legacy of ALL Vietnam veterans. It is your Museum, it is your history. When we all 'fall off the perch', the Museum will remain as a tribute to your faithful service.

Most Corps and Services are represented; some better than others. Recently as a result of a visit by one person, the members from the 1 Australian Field Hospital Association Committee visited and now there is a drive for better representation of the important work that they did for us. Unfortunately the Medical Corps, the Nurses and the Red Cross don't have the coverage that they deserve. That is now being rectified. If you can assist - please do.

The point is that one person with a bit of drive can make a difference. That could be you and your unit may have its' important story told.

Please have a look at your memorabilia (Stuff), work out what the kids are going to do with it - and then if there is any doubt - give it to us! We want your photographs / slides - or copies of them. If you can fill in some gaps and say who is in them or where they were taken - so much the better. Even if you can't or don't have the time - we still want them.

Any letters to or from home? You could put a caveat on them if you want to, that they are not to be displayed until ... 2015! These personal mini time capsules  provide a snapshot of a tumultuous time in your life, and will have immense value in years to come. Sometimes we forget that we are living history- and when we are gone, people will be even more interested.

Roll Books, Phone books, text books. Pamphlets, Cards, Aide memoirs, uniforms or part thereof, instruments, anecdotes, old newsletters, old newspapers, we want it all. If it was interesting enough for you to store it, we are happy to receive it.

We will acknowledge all donations to the Museum or deliberately forget who gave things to us, if that is what you want. As a rule, things are gifted to the Museum and then become the property of the Museum. That way we don't get caught up in disputes at a later date. Please don't be too fussy: let us sort out what is junk.

 

One fellow who visited the Museum got the 'What are your kids going to do with it? question and said he might have something. He sent us little chipped rice bowl, a tiny cracked Chinese tea cup and a little pill bottle with a small wick coming from it as a make-shift lantern- junk from his drawer. When he added that they were taken from a cave in the Long Hai's on Operation Pinaroo they become diamonds in context.

The Museum is pleased to have a marching banner from the Nurses. But that is all we have. Many soldiers at one time or another were in love with a nurse (or would liked to have been!) We do not even have a nurse's uniform. This is an area that we are criticised on - so we really need your help.

Other ways to Help.   Volunteering: We can always use a helping hand in almost every field. If you have the time and are able to commit to being there regularly - you can assist. Even a few hours or one day per month, don't under-estimate your skills - put some of your experience to good use.

Donations: Memorabilia is our main interest however if you have something that we can use that would also be welcome. Recently we have benefited with display cabinets from a change in furnishings in a Mess, the closing down of an RSL and a Chemist Shop having a new fit-out. 

Money:

·       Recently we have been the beneficiary of two smallbequestsand they have been of great support.  We can help with information on bequests if required.

We continue to have the Buy-A-Brick program for the maintenance and development of the Museum but recently have added Buy-A-Slab program, from Bronze through to Platinum - plus Corporate, which is specifically designed to pour the Slab floor for the Museum extension.

 

·       So far we have one person who has made a programmed allotment to us so that every 25thof the month, we get $35.00 into our account. If he had a few more mates doing a similar thing, these small amounts add up to something special.

We look forward to a good turn out at the Museum Day on 27thNovember. Most of the Slab should be poured to better present the new Wessex helicopter and to facilitate the restoration of the other Wessex and the Canberra Bomber.

When the slab is down the next project will be to utilise the new display space available. To this end The Mezzanine will be extended down the west wall by another 30+ metres and the east wall mezzanine will extend over the top of the 'Light and Sound show' and 2/3's across the interior back wall. All of the corresponding bays will be lined to significantly increase the display area.

The National Vietnam Veterans Museum has won a number of both business and Museum awards. What this indicates is thatyourMuseum is in good hands. Come and see us. Get a feel of the place and see how you as a veteran are portrayed and how your Corps or unit is represented. Any comments are listened to and most donations are displayed. If you are considering a bequest - please let us know.

 

The National Vietnam Veterans Museum is open every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day between 10.00 and 5.00pm. Ph: (03) 5956 6400

25 Veterans Drive, Newhaven - next to Phillip Island airfield.

Postal: P O Box 318, San Remo  Vic  3925

www.vietnamvetsmuseum.org(Note the website is undergoing a makeover. It can be used but is not current at the moment.)

 

 

1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 25 September 2011

 

http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page2.htm

 

G'day and Welcome,

 

Hope all is well on the home front.   

 

I mentioned last week about the DVD's Brent Balchin forwarded to me for use at the Mildura function, they are top shelf; have now found out he has produced them himself.  Congratulations Brent.

 

We are still taking names for the Mildura reunion.   Get onboard have the best holiday of your life.  Sandy Powell has invited a 1stIntake bloke Trevor Cangeni and his wife to the Meet and Greet.  Trevor was the first JR to return to LEEUWIN as the Parade Ground Chief.  Spook Cairns wants to know who wants to play him tennis on the Sunday.  We certainly are a multi talented sporting group.   To see who is attending,follow the link http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm

 

Have received a lot about DFRDB and other important issues again this week.  If you are from South East Queensland you may be inclined to attend a meeting at Ipswich on Saturday 8 October - read the email on the web page.  Remember all DFRDB Issues and ESO information are now contained on a page on our site.   http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page27.htm

 

Birthdays this coming week are celebrated by Selwyn Trott, Russ Dale, Rick Avey, Vic Dzodz and Mick Roberts, Russ and Rick share the same date but not the same year.   Give them a ring, send an email, say G'day.  Happy Birthday blokes from all of us.

 

Received some more photos, this time from Rob Cavanagh, they are in the 'Photos' page  One of the photos has Kev Smith, Gary Blyton, Rex Geoghan and Rob Cavanagh in a boat.

 

 

Also this week

New Disability Rates, Limits and Allowances

Increase to Veteran Pension Rates

Looking after a new generation of Veterans

Vale POMTP Monte Cavanagh - LEEUWIN 14thIntake

 

Cheers

 

Ron

 

SUBJECT                              NEW DISABILITY RATES, LIMITS AND ALLOWANCES

 

http://factsheets.dva.gov.au/factsheets/documents/IS30%20Pension%20Rates,%20Limits%20and%20Allowances%20Summary.pdf

 

SUBJECT                              INCREASE TO VETERAN PENSION RATES

 

Tuesday 20 September 2011                                                                          VA078

 

INCREASE TO VETERAN PENSION RATES ON 20SEPTEMBER

 

Some 320,000 veterans, partners andwar widows and widowers will now receive increased pensions and income support payments from 20 September 2011,Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Warren Snowdon announced today.

 

Mr Snowdon said the increase was part of the bi-annual pension indexation process and will help to support veterans and provide extra assistance to those who need it most.

 

"The indexation reforms introduced by this Government have delivered a fairer pension system for our veteran community and will help them to meet the increasing costs of living," he said.

 

This increase will affect all DVA pensions, including the Service Pension, War Widow Pension and Disability Pension.

 

The first full payments under the new rates will take place on 6 October 2011.

 

The table below highlights the changes to some of the key rates per fortnight.

 

Pension

Old Rate

New Rate 20 September

Increase

Service Pension-single

$729.30

$748.80

$19.50

Service Pension-couples

$1,099.40 couple

$549.70 each

$1,129.00 couple

$564.50 each

$29.60

$14.80

War Widow Pension

$738.70

$758.70

$20.00

Income Support Supplement

$220.80

$226.80

$6.00

Special Rate (TPI) Pension

$1,113.70

$1,143.80

$30.10

Intermediate Rate Disability Pension

$755.80

$776.30

$20.50

Extreme Disablement Adjustment

$614.80

$631.50

$16.70

100 per cent General Rate of Disability

$395.70

$406.40

$10.70

 

A full list is available on the factsheets section of the DVA website atwww.dva.gov.auor by calling 133 254 (metro) and1800 555 254 (regional).

 

Pensions are indexed twice a year in March and September to the highest of three measures: the Consumer Price Index (CPI), Male Total Average Weekly Earnings (MTAWE) and the Pensioner and Beneficiary Living Cost Index (PBLCI).

 

Media inquiries:          Minister Snowdon: Alice Plate 02 6277 7820

                             Department of Veterans' Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

 

 

SUBJECT                              LOOKING AFTER A NEW GENERATION OF VETERANS

 

 

Addressing the Returned and Services League of Australia's National Congress in Melbourne today, Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Warren Snowdon outlined challenges faced by the Australian Government in servicing the changing demographic of Australia's war veterans.

 

"While we continue to look after our older generations of veterans, we must also transition to the needs of the current generation.

 

"We must recognise that the experience of an Australian Defence Force member today is quite different to that of previous generations of servicemen and women," Mr Snowdon said.

 

"The average age of our Second World War veteran is 89, compared to the average age of our current serving ADF personnel at 28 years. More than likely they have been deployed to the Middle East, or on other overseas operations such as East Timor. Many have been deployed more than once, and almost all will pursue other careers."

 

"While we have a comprehensive system of support and compensation for older members of the veteran community, we must ensure support remains relevant to younger clients.It's not an easy task, but it's one we in government are dedicated to and are working hard on.

 

"This transition is also a priority for the RSL and other ex-service organisations."

 

Mr Snowdon said since taking office the Labor Governmenthas focused on programs tailored to meet the needs of this new generation of veterans.

 

"Support programs are being enhanced to ensure they reach across both the Australian Defence Organisation and Veterans' Affairs to assist those ADF members that require help through the transition process from military to civilian life.

 

"We have developed the Support to Wounded, Injured and Ill Program (SWIIP) to support ADF members dealing with injury, physical and mental health issues, accessing information on their entitlements and ultimately improving their transition to civilian life."

Defence is providing dedicated support staff and in-house rehabilitation services across all three services and from next month, 57 Veterans' Affairs staff will have an on-base presence across 25 Defence establishments.

 

There are also initiatives such as the new Joint eHealth Data and Information system - JeHDI - which will eventually ensure the transfer of health information between agencies and will considerably speed up the assessment of claims.IT systems are also being developed that will allow individuals to claim online and track the progress of those claims.

 

The Australian Government has also announced Professor Michael Reade would take up the appointment as the inaugural Chair of Military Surgery and Medicine at the University of Queensland to lead military research with a focus on the unique requirements of Defence in pre-hospital care, trauma, burns, damage control, resuscitation and surgery.

Defence and DVA also have an increased focus on supporting families of veterans. A new initiative aimed at the new generation of families is the FamilySMART program that involves 26 Defence social workers delivering small group programs to the partners of ADF members. 

 

"By undertaking this work now, we will be better placed and prepared for the future and working hand-in-hand with Defence and ex-service organisations such as the RSL," Mr Snowdon said.

 

For more information on the DVA programs visitwww.dva.gov.au

 

Media inquiries:           Minister Snowdon: Alice Plate 0400 045 999 or 02 6277 7820

                             Department of Veterans' Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

 

 

SUBJECT                     VALE POMTP MONTE CAVANAGH

 

It is with great sadness that I have to report the Crossing of the Bar ofPOMTP Monte Francis Cavanagh. 

 

Born 13APR50 - Died 20SEP11.

 

Monte passed away at home at Kingston Queensland.

 

He Joined HMAS Leeuwin January 1966 as a  14thIntake Junior Recruit.

 

Funeral arrangements will be advised when known. 

 

Len Kingston-Kerr

 

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1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 18 September 2011

 

http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page2.htm

 

G'day and Welcome,

 

Hope all is well on the home front.  Received several 'must see' DVD's from Brent Balchin, some I had seen before, but not all, I am not sure whether he has filmed all of them, but do know he is responsible for at least two of them, he does a very professional job, really interesting and entertaining, we will be displaying them over the Mildura weekend. Thanks again Brent.

 

We are still taking names for the Mildura reunion.  Mick Gallagher joined our band during the week, he is now in Africa for a few weeks. Get onboard have the best holiday of your life.   It is time to pay for your attendance and rabbits.   The final day for ordering rabbits for Mildura will be next Monday 19 September.   Let me know if you are having trouble downloading the order form.  To see who is attending by following the link http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm

 

Larraine Uttley forwarded:Hi Ron, Just an update on Kevin's progress.  He is doing well and the doctor is very pleased with the operation.  He is just waiting on a bed to become available and will then go to Rehab for a week to help to regain some on his strength before coming home.  Regards Larraine

 

Received a photo in the mail of Mokare 1 with signatures of all from Ron Carroll and ann image vide email from Geoff Anderson, Ron also forwarded a copy of the Instructors photo.  I now have Winjan 1, Mokare 1, Kaiber 1 and Nakina 1 and 2, where are the Mokare 2 and Winjan 4 photos.   I need A4 size photos.   Please, Please scan your photo of your division and send me a copy.

 

Have received a lot about DFRDB and other important issues again this week, Defence being ripped off is still very current, I hear a lot about it on 2UE Talk Back radio.  Remember all DFRDB Issues and ESO information are now contained on a page on our site.  It appears as if the movement is becoming stronger and more vocal.  http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page27.htm

 

Birthdays this coming week are celebrated by Irish O'Leary on the 20th, Mick Gallagher, Greg Williams, Harold Hunt and Ron May on the 21stand Ken Dobbie on the 23rd.   Give them a ring, send an email, say G'day.  Happy Birthday blokes from all of us.

 

Mike Hogan forwarded this - Did you know you are eligible for an onboard credit when at sea (No not seving on the grey funnel line) CarnivalAustralia, incorporating P&O CruisesAustralia, Princess Cruises and Cunard are giving serving and ex-service personnel a $250.00 onboard credit when taking a cruise on any of their vessels. To obtain the credit, you need to send a copy of proof of your service (Discharge Certificate, Certificate of Service), when making your booking to: 

Snail Mail 

Defence Benefits 
PO Box2006

North Sydney  NSW   2059 FAX: 0284249161 Email defencebenefits@carnivalaustralia.com

You then receive confirmation of the credit. Carry this with your Cruise paperwork when boarding.


If you have already booked a future cruise, but had not applied for the credit, then as well as your copy of proof of service, you need to send your cruise details (Cruise number, departure date, etc.).

There is a web address for ROP's being populated, personally, I cannot wait for its completion. Have a Bo Peep if you are interested.

 Pommie Laundon forwarded some photos of the 05 reunion - have a look - some good snaps.

This has been around before, however Hec Hart asked whether it could be published again.

 

Veteran to Veteran

When a Veteran leaves the 'job' and retires to a better life, many are jealous, some are pleased, and others, who may have already retired, wonder if he knows what he is leaving behind, because we already know.


1.
We know, for example, that after a lifetime of camaraderie that few experience, it will remain as a longing for those past times.

2. We know in the Military life there is a fellowship which lasts long after the uniforms are hung up in the back of the closet.

3. We know even if he throws them away, they will be on him with every step and breath that remains in his life. We also know how the very bearing of the man speaks of what he was and in his heart still is.

These are the burdens of the job. You will still look at people suspiciously, still see what others do not see or choose to ignore and always will look at the rest of the Military world with a respect for what they do; only grown in a lifetime of knowing.

Never think for one moment you are escaping from that life. You are only escaping the 'job' and merely being allowed to leave 'active' duty.

So what I wish for you is that whenever you ease into retirement, in your heart you never forget for one moment that you are still a member of the greatest fraternity the world has ever known.

NOW.... Civilian Friends vs. Veteran Friends Comparisons:

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Get upset if you're too busy to talk to them for a week.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Are glad to see you after years, and will happily carry on the same conversation you were having the last time you met.
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CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Have never seen you cry.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Have cried with you.
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CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Keep your stuff so long they forget it's yours.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Borrow your stuff for a few days then give it back.
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CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Know a few things about you.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Could write a book with direct quotes from you.
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CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will leave you behind if that's what the crowd is doing.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Will stand by you no matter what the crowd does.
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CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Most Are for a while.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Are for life.
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CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Have shared a few experiences...
VETERAN FRIENDS: Have shared a lifetime of experiences no citizen could ever dream of...
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CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will take your drink away when they think you've had enough.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Will look at you stumbling all over the place and say, 'You better drink the rest of that before you spill it!' Then carry you home safely and put you to bed...
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CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will ignore this.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Will forward this.

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A veteran - whether active duty, retired, served one hitch, or reserve is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The People and the Government of Australia' for an amount of 'up to and including my life'.

From one Veteran to another, it's an honor to be in your company. Thank you for your service to our country and defending the freedoms we enjoy.

 

Also this week

 

Report of Proceedings

Carbon Price - How it will affect the Veteran Community

WRANS QLD Annual Reunion

Navy News Online

 

 

Cheers

 

Ron

 

SUBJECT                                       REPORT OF PROCEEDINGS

 

Click here:  www.awm.gov.au/collection/records/awm78

 

If it doesn't work - just cut and paste the site address to your browser.

 

 

 

SUBJECT          CARBON PRICE (READ TAX) - HOW IT WILL AFFECT THE VETERAN COMMUNITY

 

 

 

 

SUBJECT                    WRANS ANNUAL QLD REUNION

 

Annual WRANS Qld Reunion Luncheon for 2011

 

 

·        Our Annual Reunion Luncheon this year falls on Saturday 5 November.

·        It will be held as in previous years at the stately United Services Club in Brisbane, at 183 Wickham Terrace.

·        Parking at the rear of the club (enter from Upper Edward Street) is free and plentiful, however if you prefer not to drive, it is but a short walk (uphill) from Central Station.

·        Registration begins at 11.30am for a 12pm start.

·        The cost for the two course meal is $55 per person with drinks on a pay-as-you go basis at the bar.

·        Dress: Smart, semi-formal.

·        All ex WRANS, and ladies who have served or are still serving in the RAN are more than welcome to attend, but payment must be made prior to the day, in instalments if preferred, to enable our Treasurer freedom to enjoy the luncheon like everyone else.  Receipts will be issued on the day. 

·        Payment should be made to the Treasurer by cheque or money order made payable to WRANS Qld, and should be sent to:

o   The Secretary, PO Box 3289, BRACKEN RIDGE, Q., 4017

o  Payment can now also be made via bank transfer if desired. 

§ Bank Details:

Account Name:   Qld WRANS Sub Section Naval Assoc. Aust.

BSB No.:              064-135

Account No.:       00902245

Ref:   [Your Surname] and [Subject of payment eg Subs/Luncheon]

(Reference section is vital so that the payment can be attributed to the correct person)

·        Everyone attending is asked to bring a small wrapped contribution for the multi draw raffles.  Value should be approximately $10.

·        Special dietary requirements can be catered for if advance notice is given, so please indicate on the payment form  if this applies, and specify requirement.

·        Reservations (with payment) close on 25 October, and there will be no refunds after this date.  Payment/reservation forms can be obtained on request from the Secretary at the above address, on emailwransqld@bigpond.comor by telephone at 07 3880 2602.

 

Regards

 

Wendy Griggs

 

WENDY GRIGGS

Secretary

Naval Association of Australia                  

WRANS Sub Section Qld                     

        

Phone:  07 3880 2602

Mobile:  0412 017 123

PO BOX 3289, BRACKEN RIDGE,    Q   4017

wransqld@bigpond.com

Skype:wendy.griggs

 

 

SUBJECT                             NAVY NEWS ONLINE

 

Your fortnightly online copy of Navy News is now available. Items in this edition include:


FURY STRIKES:More than 600 sailors take part in Exercise Triton Fury in West Australian Exercise Area 
pages 1, 3 
TORPEDO LAUNCH SUCCESS:
HMASWarramunga test fires MU90 Light Weight Practice Delivery Torpedo as part of Joint Project 2070 - page 2
ENGINEERING KEY TO SUCCESS: RADM Mick Uzzell takes up post as Head of Navy Engineering following recommendations of Rizzo Report- page 5
CN SETS SIGNATURE BEHAVIOUR CHALLENGE:
 Call for 'truth in reporting' in performance appraisal system - page 8
REFLECTING ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001:
 Sailors,including those who were on HMASAnzacwhich crash sailed in the Middle East, remember the attacks of 9/11 -centrespread
Click on the front cover to read the latest edition.



Or follow this link
http://digital.realviewtechnologies.com/?xml=defencenews_navy.xml.

 

 

 

 

1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 11 September 2011

 

http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page2.htm

 

G'day and Welcome,

 

Hope all is well on the home front.   The start of the Rugby World Cup. Can the Wallabies do it for a third time. I certainly hope so. On a sadder note, Monsignor Tiger Lyons has passed on, what a wonderful bloke he was, I think he played for Geelong as a young bloke. I had the pleasure as an ORD to work as the 'Sin Bosuns Yeoman' on Melbourne in 64.

 

We are still taking names for the Mildura reunion.  Get onboard if you haven't decided yet, let me know.   It is time to pay for your attendance and rabbits.   The final day for taking rabbits for Mildura will be Monday 19 September.   Let me know if you are having trouble downloading the order form.  To see who is attending by following the link http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm

 

Mal Chatfield forwarded a photo of Winjan 1, additionally Ron Pope and Surfie Richards both forwarded a photo of Nakina 2 7thintake, these were the only answers last week to my plea for photos of the 7thintake, I now have Winjan 1, Kaiber 1 and Nakina 1 and 2, where are the Mokare and Winjan 4 photos.   I need A4 size photos.   Please, Please scan your photo of your division and send me a copy.

 

A lot about DFRDB again this week, it is very current on 2UE Talk Back radio.  Remember all DFRDB Issues and ESO information are now contained on a page on our site.  It appears as if the movement is becoming stronger and more vocal.  http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page27.htm

 

An email from Larraine Uttley -Hi Ron Thanks so much for your email. It means so much to Kevin knowing that his mates are thinking of him.  I was lost for words when I read your Navy newsletter and found out you were organizing a raffle on our behalf.  I can't thank you all enough for your friendship and generosity - you are an amazing bunch of guys!

 

Kevin had his operation on lst September.  The doctors told us he would be assisted with the lung breathing tube/machine and be asleep for 24 hours after the operation.  However, true to form, 6 hours after the operation the doctor said that the tube could be removed and Kevin was breathing on his own with just an oxygen mask. He also opened his eyes and was checking his wrist for his watch.

 

The next morning when we visited we were so surprised to see him wide awake and ready for visitors.  The physio got him out of bed for a few moments in the afternoon which wiped him out a bit, but he is doing well. I will pass on your get well wishes to him. Regards Larraine

 

Birthdays this coming week are celebrated by Paul Finch, Andrew Hammond, Chris Neville and Bob Dearden.   Give them a ring, send an email, say G'day.  Happy Birthday blokes from all of us

 

I have received quite a few photos this week, look up our web site on the 'photos' page and have a look.

 

Did you know that DVA will pay for Gym membership, I didn't - they will pay for the cost of exercising in the gym -Go to the DVA website and go to Fact Sheet HSV 30

 

Fred Howes forwarded an email (in part) I am currently on "pre-retirement" leave and have been busy travelling back and forth to Adelaide (150 km) two or three times a week as I have the boat laid up for a major re-fit, she is now 21 y/o. Getting it ready for retirement. I leave tomorrow to sail back to Wallaroo and hope to take about 2 weeks, cruising via Port Lincoln and the islands of Spencer Gulf. So you can see things have been hectic. Look forward to catching up with you then. Good fishing, and sailing! Regards, Phred

 

Vale Monsignor Frank Tiger Lyons - >> This is to let you know that Monsignor Francis (Frank) Lyons passed away peacefully yesterday at St Josephs home Northcote in Melbourne.  Universally known throughout the Navy as "Tiger" he will be sadly missed by his many friends

 

Save on Energy Charges -Everyone should check this out. 30 seconds to join & you may save some bucks on your gas & electricity. http://www.10000sparks.com.au/

 

Have a look at this - it is called 'Old Mate' I enjoyed it         http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHGsMYtrYOc

 

Cheers

 

Ron

 

 

1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 4 September 2011

 http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page2.htm

 G'day and Welcome,

 Happy Fathers Day.  Hope all is well on the home front.   This has been a big week, lots of news.  Kev Uttley has had his op, have not heard any more news to promulgate.   It surprises me how many of our group have serious health issues, it shouldn't I know but it does.  Are we representative of the community, from the emails I receive, heart issues and cancer seem to affect our number the most.   In my view, in our short lives, it makes going on holidays and participating in reunions a priority.

 Received emails from several blokes, one from Davo where people who have gold cards can get free movie tickets, Russ Loane in respect of Legacy and Hoss Potter, http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/Hoss1.jpg, http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/Hoss2.jpg, http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/Hoss3.jpghttp://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/Hoss4.jpg Glenn Summerhayes - a sitrep, John Klich (prospector) and John Shinn ESO issues.

 Irish O'Leary forwarded me a photo of Nakina 1 7thintake, this was the only answer to my plea for photos of the 7thintake, I now have Kaiber 1 and Nakina 1, where are the Mokare and Winjan photos.   I need A4 size photos.   Please, Please scan your photo of your division and send me a copy.

 We are still taking names for the Mildura reunion.  Get onboard if you haven't decided yet, let me know.   It is time to pay for your attendance and rabbits.   The final day for taking rabbits for Mildura will be Monday 19 September.   Let me know if you are having trouble downloading the order form.  To see who is attending by following the link http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm

 Received a call from David Low, he is Kev Uttley's DVA advocate, he tells me Kev needs all the financial support we can give.  We have decided to run a raffle at the Mildura reunion to support Kev and Larraine.  If you would like to donate a prize or a cash donation, (you can deposit the cash into our 63 Account) please let me know.

 A lot about DFRDB again this week, it is very current on 2UE Talk Back radio.  Remember all DFRDB Issues and ESO information are now contained on a page on our site.  It appears as if the movement is becoming stronger and more vocal.  http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page27.htm

 Have just spent a couple of hours on the data base for LEEUWIN 63 birthdays - it was the data base from hell - Excel could not filter the data as the codes were from Navy Personnel, so had to do it long hand.  To cut a long story short, I have missed congratulating a lot of blokes on their birthdays this year - sorry about this blokes.   Birthdays this coming week are celebrated by Trevor Knobby Clark, Nev Coghlan, Darryl Genrich, Jeff Wake, Doug Wilson, Darby Ashton, Chris Jamieson, Norm Friebe, Hoss Potter, Peter Taudevin, Max Hart, Ken Scarisbrick and Tiny Graves.   Think about the odds of this Knobby, Nev, Darryl and Jeff share 4 Sep, Doug Wilson, Darby Ashton and Chris Jamieson (nearly forgot Freddie Mercury-Doug Wilson shared this little bit of trivia with me) share 5 Sep, Norm Friebe, Hoss Potter and Peter Taudevin the 9th,Max Hart and Ken Scarisbrick the 10th- Tiny was a loner.   Give them a ring, send an email, say G'day.  Happy Birthday blokes from all of us.    John Grenfell forwarded this email in response to my question who is the youngest in our intakes - Hi Ron I was in the 7th intake and my birthdate is 28 december 1947.  See you in mildura.   Regards John Grenfell R94023 (My records indicate John is the youngest but I am missing all those discharged pre EDP in 1967).

 Glenn Summerhayes forwarded this - Hi Ron and All,  Still hanging in there, as previously notified Jennie' and I can Not make the Mildura Reunion due to my inability to drive for long distances at this time.   Settled into our move back to Port Macquarie after some 21 years absence - it's good to be home - we have a lovely new 2 Bed Villa which is very nice and plenty of room for us.   Been following the "Youngest" JR in your newsletter,  Moot mentioned he was borne in december 1947, in fact I was born 22nd January 1947 so I don't know where that places me in the big picture.   I should have enlisted in the January 1963 Intake but I had my appendix removed which delayed my entry.   Keep the new flowing - will catch up with you all again soon.   Regards & Best Wishes to ALL   Glenn & Jennie' Summerhayes  R94128 7th Intake June 1963

 Last week, I sent a LEEUWIN dance photo to John Klich, his response - Been to Anakie Gemfest & Claremont Coal and Gold Festivals looking for pay dirt during past weeks, so was out of contact.  Greatly appreciate photo of us in the old days.  Definitely Leeuwin but where I don't know. 

If my son Chris had access to a sailors uniform I'd say that was him in the picture.   How we have changed over the years.   We have at least two prospectors in our group Bill and Narelle Hay spend a lot of time underground.

 Gordon (Davo) Davison forwarded this - G'day Ron,Was good to catch up and have a cuppa the other day, will have to do it again after we get back from the States,I have just read HMAS Vampire ROPs for our period onboard, brought back a lot of memories and some things I had totally forgotten about.   I think I read in one of you emails about movie theatres giving cheap seats with a DVA gold card, if you go to Hoyts (Blacktown) they will give you one ticket for $1, nothing for your partner, now if you go to Event Cinema (was Greater Union) at Castle Hill they will give you two FREE tickets we go over there often, I took a mate once and still got 2 free tickets.  I don't know if this the same for other cinema complexes.  Cheers mate.  Catch you when we get back in October.  Davo

 Also this week

Defence Service Housing Insurance

Vietnam Veterans

Navy borrows Customs ship

Lost Soul - Mark Brandon

LHD - ANZAC

 

Cheers

 

Ron

 

SUBJECT                     DEFENCE SERVICE HOUSING INSURANCE

 

Yes, seems that buying insurance from Defence isn't such a good deal anymore. I've changed over to another company. Following email was sent by me to DVA in July this year...............

Dear Sir/Madam

Thank you for forwarding my Home Contents renewal for the 2011/2012 period. I note that you are employing QBE (Australia) as your underwriters. I also understand that QBE has been employed in that position by Defence Service Homes Insurance for a number of years.

I have taken the opportunity of viewing your Housing and accommodation Factsheet HAC02 in which you state interalia that " DSHIS has designed a special contents insurance package at an exclusive low Premium. "

It was a surprise therefore to discover that this exclusive low premium had risen by a gigantic 32.5% to $560 since last year ($425) whilst the cover provided had increased by only 6% to $164000. As a comparison to the aforementioned increases it is interesting to note that the CPI has been adjusted by 3.3% through the year to the March quarter 2011, which are the latest figures available at the time of writing.

To the best of my recollection, in the 30 years that I have held Home Contents insurance with you I have not made a claim. As with the rest of your clientele, most Veterans are now of an age where we are reliant on our pensions to get us through our everyday living expenses. To this end, this latest unconscionable imposition is not acceptable. I suggest to you that it may be time to search for alternate underwriters.

As a matter of interest, an almost identical quotation from two other most reputable insurers elicited the following;

GIO cover for $208,500 is available with a $500 excess for $450.07
Budget Direct cover for $164000 is available for $416 ($300 excess)

I would be delighted if both DSHC and Minister Snowdon would care to comment on the above observations. In the meantime please be aware that unless a better outcome in the premium is offered, I do not intend to renew this policy. Additionally, as a matter of elucidation, it is my intention to forward a copy of this email to my ex-service friends and acquaintances.

Sincerely

Christopher Nicolaides OAM

 

SUBJECT                     VIETNAM VETERANS

 

SOURCE: THE SUNDAY MAIL (SA)

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/opinion/goers-lost-generation-ofmen-s  till-fighting-their-war/story-e6freafu-1226123472195  Lost generation of men still fighting their war.   Peter Goers   August 28, 2011

 

SOME of the best men - and mates - were the boys sent to the Vietnam War, writes Peter Goers.   THEY'RE the best men I've ever known, Vietnam veterans.   A lost generation we must never stop trying to find. It's been one of the best things that ever happened to me that I fell in with these blokes and I can't remember how or why it happened. It just did.   I've never known a more forgiving, friendly, big-hearted group of people.

 

I was too young to have opposed their war but I admire most of those who did.   Had I been old enough I would have marched proudly in the streets to oppose that most stupid, wretched and useless war. I would have inevitably made the mistake of that generation of blaming the soldiers for the war.   That was wrong and very hurtful and those wounds are still being healed. We can never, as a society, redress that error sufficiently but we must continue to try.

 

Also, as a nation of volunteers, we've been quick to support liberty and capitalism all over the world and more than 105,000 of the very finest Australians lay buried in foreign fields because of wars not of our own making.   The worst of the Vietnam War was that for the only time in our history men were sent against their will as conscripts in a lottery of death.

 

Former prime minister Robert Menzies declined to volunteer for World War I yet championed the conscription of the Australians other than himself in two wars. Bastard.   Politicians love winning wars they very rarely fight in.   The Viet vets are the legacy of the lesson we all learnt: never blame the

soldier for the war. It ain't his fault and he ain't heavy, he's my brother.   War and life is about your mates.

 

Believing in them. Fighting for them because they may not make it. You're fighting for those around you, those you love - not flags or countries and especially not causes, because they come and go.   The irony of the anti-war movement is that unlike the Diggers they opposed, important as the anti-war movement was, it was never noble and they no longer have each other.

 

No commune lasts for very long and hip becomes hip replacement. It's hard to remain radical all your life and, believe me, I'm trying.   The Viet vets remain together because only they know what they went through and they did it tough before, during and after, with no support from the home front in an unpopular war - even worse, a dirty war.   Broken men have become strong in each other. And they tell me stuff that's funny and sad and we laugh and cry and we look into each others' eyes and see hope.

 

It was a beautiful day in our city last Sunday and the Viet vets gathered to honour their own. They marched and had their memorial service at their own memorial. A dog "laid" a wreath (symbolising the amazing tracker dogs).   Then lots of big, broken blokes shed a tear and then some got pissed and ate sausages and Vietnamese food and took part in the annual concert at the Torrens Parade Ground and we all came together to share their story.   The Diggers sang and danced - some of them to their own music in their own heads.   It's now a rag-tag army with its own eccentric style with the nobility of the battler. The only true nobility. Some wear medals and some didn't even pick them up from the post office - returned to sender, address unknown. Who cares? You don't get medals for the courage that is required to survive from day to day in a war that never ends.

 

Every year I go to the concert to hang out with the vets and the entertainers and I always bullshit and say "I'm just here for the sandwiches" - which are always excellent. The bearer of the first breasts I ever really noticed (on a telethon), Big Pretzel (aka Pat Kennedy), also has a heart as big as Texas and organises these concerts.   The forces' sweetheart is a reluctant star and these days she'd rather umpire netball, but she loves her boys and they love her. So do I. She wrangles entertainers who performed for the troops in Vietnam to do it again at the concert and others.   This year it was the splendid Navy band, the Red Hot Mama and the trooper's trouper, Linda McCarthy, the genial Evan Jones, the hilariously droll "Old Fella" comedian Rod Gregory, the wonderful Graham Cornes Allstar Band, and, wow, John Schumann singing to those who were only 19.   They gather around him and they mouth that song as a catechism of their conflict, the "war within yourself" and they cry with and without tears. It's a great day.

 

As Australians we have a sacred duty to honour, service and sacrifice until we can say "we've got to get out of this place if it's the last thing we ever do", and mean it.  

 

SUBJECT                     NAVY BORROWS CUSTOMS SHIP

 

SOURCE: SMH

http://www.smh.com.au/national/navy-thumbs-ride-as-second-ship-too-decrepit-to-fix-20110818-1j044.html

 

Navy thumbs ride

as second ship too decrepit to fix

Dan Oakes

August 19, 2011

 

THE saga of Australia's amphibious fleet has taken another twist after it was announced that the second of the navy's two main troop carriers will be scrapped, leaving the Defence Force dependent on a single borrowed Customs ship.

The Defence Minister, Stephen Smith, said yesterday that HMAS Kanimbla will join its sister ship, Manoora, on the scrap heap after Defence decided it would cost too much time and money to repair.

It would cost $35 million and take 12 months to repair the Kanimbla.

Photo: David Wicks

 

Mr Smith publicly lambasted Defence in February after discovering that the two ships - and the smaller HMAS Tobruk - were unseaworthy, effectively wiping out the navy's ability to transport troops and equipment.

 

He said at the time that the Manoora would be scrapped immediately, but that the Tobruk and Kanimbla would eventually put to sea again. Defence has since admitted it would cost $35 million and take 12 months to repair the Kanimbla, sealing the 40-year-old ship's fate.

The Manoora and Kanimbla became notorious in the history of Defence procurement after they were purchased in the United States in 1994 in apparent ignorance of their decayed state.

In a statement, Mr Smith said Tobruk will put to sea briefly later this month, but will then dock again for further repairs before the cyclone season. It was the unavailability of the amphibious fleet in the aftermath of cyclone Yasi earlier this year that sparked Mr Smith's anger, and the review of the navy's amphibious capability.

To plug the gap until two huge landing helicopter dock ships are delivered from their builder in Spain by the end of 2015, the navy leased the Antarctic support vessel Aurora Australis for $3.4 million and negotiated the joint use of New Zealand's amphibious lift ship HMNZS Canterbury. But the lease on the Aurora Australis ran out last week.

The latest piece of the cobbled-together amphibious fleet will be the borrowed Customs ship Ocean Protector, which will provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief while the Tobruk is laid up.

Australia has also spent $100 million on a Royal Navy amphibious ship, but it will not arrive from Britain until the end of this year. It will be christened HMAS Choules, in honour of Claude Choules, the last known veteran to have served on active service in World War I.

The opposition spokesman for defence science, technology and personnel, Stuart Robert, said the decommissioning of the Kanimbla was another indictment of Mr Smith's handling of his portfolio.

''My question to the Defence Minister is a simple one: what is your plan if our nation needs this capability now to meet a disaster scenario?'' Mr Robert said.

''I want this Minister to act. I want him to fix this problem as he promised he would, and I want him to fix it now.

''History has repeated itself with regard to this glaring capability gap and the Defence Minister has proven himself to be totally ineffectual in fixing this serious problem.''

 

SUBJECT           LOST SOUL MARK BRANDON

 

If you are able to assist please contact Craig McCarthy direct atemail address: kelleybowman@bigpond.com 

 

My names Craig McCarthy and I'm looking for a mate I joined up with. His name is Mark Brandon ex CPO MTP, the last time I saw him was in 96 in Darwin, he was posted to DNB. We joined in April 81. He was on Stalwart during the Gassing in 84 with Ross Dinning. If you could.  Ask around on your website that would be great.   Regards  Craig McCarthy

 

 

SUBJECT                     LHD - ANZAC

 

You may find these web links interesting

 

http://www.navy.gov.au/Canberra_Class

 

http://www.imcbrokers.com/blog/overview/p/detail/propulsion-azimuth-thrusters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 28 August 2011

 

http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page2.htm

 

G'day and Welcome,

 

Hope all is well on the home front.  Am off fishing in JB for the weekend, ergo the early edition. Am trying to put together some photos to use as place mats for the Mildura reunion. Well I have good size photos for the 6th intake, but there it ends. Where are all the 7th intake photos. I have a good copy of Kaiber 1 and the half size photos of the year book for some of the other divisions but not all. I need A4 size photos.  Please, Please scan your photo of your division and send me a copy.

 

Wendy James responded to last weeks 'Weekly News'. She has provided all the details.

Hi Ron, thank you for your kind words. Ian remained a courageous fighter, kept his independence right till the end and only spent his last six days in hospital - had gone in to get pain management under control and was due to start further radiation on the Monday. Whilst he decided in the last week that he needed to cut back on his Uni studies he was dictating his next history essay to me in his last couple of days. The cancer had spread from the oesophagus to most parts of his body but it was actually pneumonia that took him in the end (a much kinder option than some of the possibilities he faced). His last 12 hours were the most peaceful I have ever known him to be and we were all with him when he slipped away. I didn't realise when the funeral was set that it was on Vietnam Veterans Day but despite many of the guys having prior commitments and Ian always saying he did not want any fuss there were over 200 at the funeral. Sam Devine organised for the white ensign and Bill Eggins read the sailor's prayer? Men's Health have lost a passionate advocate and our sons and I have lost a wonderful husband and father who will be greatly missed. Ian desperately wanted to see his boys graduate and Stuart was admitted to the Bar only five days after his passing and Garry will graduate at the end of the year. Big thank you Ron to you for all that you do keeping everyone in touch and kind regards to all.

Wendy James

 

Forgot to mention last week I caught up with Gordon 'Davo' Davison and his wife Faye for coffee on Wednesday morning at Castle Hill.  They are going to the US for six weeks on holiday. Davo looks OK and Faye is doing a good job keeping him on the straight and narrow.

 

 We are still taking names for the Mildura reunion. Get onboard if you haven't decided yet, let me know.  Annie and Jerry Oakley and their friend have confirmed attendance and paid. It is time to pay for your attendance and rabbits.  The final day for taking rabbits for Mildura will be Monday 19 September.  Let me know if you are having trouble downloading the order form. To see who is attending by following the link http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm

 

A further reminder that all DFRDB Issues and ESO information is now contained on a page on our site. It appears as if the movement is becoming stronger and more vocal. There is a lot of traffic again this week.  http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page27.htm

 

Birthdays this coming week are celebrated by Don Muller and John Stockings. Give them a ring, send an email, say G'day. Happy Birthday blokes from all of us. Moot Sutton has responded to my request last week, he forwarded this email.  G'day Ron,I was 15 and a half plus seven days on 1JUL63 because my birthday was 25DEC47 but I think Glen Summerhayes was even a bit younger, his birthday falling later in DEC47. Just something I read somewhere.

 

 

Cheers

 

Ron

 

SUBJECT                                                              THE WARRIOR WRITERS WEBSITE

 

http://www.ranwriters.com/html/Cerberus/cerberus.html

 

 

SUB JECT                                                             SHIPS HISTORY

 

Anyone who served on Sydney, Perth, Vampire or Vendetta might be interested in this/

 

 

www.awm.gov.au/collection/records/awm78

 

 

1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 21 August  2011

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G'day and Welcome,

Hope all is well on the home front.   You all know now that Jessie James has passed away.  Our sincere condolences to Wendy and family.  The good blokes, Jessie was the best, nothing too much trouble, look at what he has done in the last couple of years, back at Uni, working on Mens health, a contributor - what more can you ask for or give.   If he was well enough, he was going to come to Mildura.   Jessie and Wendy attended several of our functions and reunions.  Makes me very emotional to think of his loss.  I do not know any other details than what was forwarded.  We have lost another brother and a great Australian.

Received this email from Gordon Stringer - Ron, I visited Kev Uttley last Friday, and had a great day with him and Larraine. He has a problem with his heart at the moment, I think it is a valve, and he has just finished seeing the specialist and surgeon. He has been given the green light for his heart op and I think he is having it on 1/9. I have included his email address, the best one to get him, on the cc line. Can you please include this address for your newsletter; I know he would enjoy getting it.  Regards  Gordon  Mob 0487 202 909

We are still taking names for the Mildura reunion. Mal and Robyn Chatfield are bringing Greg & Robyn Rouse who were both Communicators.   Get onboard if you haven't decided yet, let me know. It is time to pay for your attendance and rabbits.   The final day for taking rabbits for Mildura will be Monday 19 September.   Let me know if you are having trouble downloading the order form.  To see who is attending by following the link  http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm

Long Tan Day saw Jack Davey, Checkers Aldridge, (Checkers is hoping to have his replacement leg sorted out by Christmas) Mike Hogan, Tassie Mason and myself.  Unfortunately Spook Cairns was crook and Mick Gallagher was undertaking a seminar on how to be a politician or something.  We had a really good day, the weather gods favoured us, the photos in the photos page of the web site show us with the NSW Governor.  She is the best, takes an interest in what we are about.

A further reminder that all DFRDB Issues and ESO information is now contained on a page on our site.  It appears as if the movement is becoming stronger and more vocal.  There is a lot of traffic again this week.   http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page27.htm

Irish O'leary wrote - Hi Ron  A couple of things you may be able to help me with.  Could you forward Dinky's phone number for me, I had it but it has gone missing, I put it somewhere safe, also if anyone can help with the results of the RAAF F111 tank descaling  deterimination by DVA also anyone who has had dealings with toxic chemicals & DVA it could help me a lot with my lung problems & a claim.  Thanks Ron  take care & stay safe  Cheers  Irish

Peter 'Moot' Sutton emailed me telling me he boxed against Dinky Dalton at LEEUWIN.  Dinky beat him on points after Bill Storrie instructed the judges to take a point off Moot as Bill considered Moot holding.  Hope to talk to Dinky about that in Mildura.

Birthdays this coming week are celebrated by Les Barclay who is still working as a swimming coach in Canberra and 'Nifty' Nev Thomas. Give them a ring, send an email, say G'day.  Happy Birthday blokes from all of us.  Sandy Powell has responded to my request last week, he stated he could be the oldest of the 7th intake.    Hi Ron, I may be the oldest in the 7th intake, DOB 05/01/47.  I was a couple of days too old for the intake but was accepted as I was knocked back from the 6th intake on medical grounds which was an error on the medics part.  Left LEEUWIN with a healthy Bank Book as I was on adult pay for 6 months.  Looking forward to Mildura  Regards  Sandy Powell   Who is the youngest.  Checkers Aldridge tells me he has a complete list of the 7th intake birthdays, my list is not necessarily correct as it is only those who were still in after 67, the year EDP was introduced.

The replacement for HMAS MANOORA the RFA LARGS BAY the ship the RAN is acquiring from the RN is being named HMAS CHOULES.      A little more on HMAS CHOULES.  She certainly is a big bugger!!! Claude Choules had a distinguished Naval career in the RN and RAN, and was Australia's last serviceman to have seen combat in WW1. He was at the Battle of Jutland with the RN.  He served with the RAN from the 30s to 1956.  He published his memoirs at 108yo and was Australia's oldest person when he died ealier this year at 110yo.  He is only the second sailor to have had an RAN ship named after him - Ted Sheean being the first.

Cheers

Ron

The Vendetta Veterans' Association (Qld Division)

 The next luncheon/meeting of the Association
 will be held on Sunday - 4th September 2011
 at the home of John and Jan Balabouhin
 8 Oakridge Street, Burbank commencing at 11.00am
 Cost - only $5.00 per person BYO drinks and chairs
 ALL WELCOME
 For catering purposes please RSVP 28th August, 2011
 Phone: 07.3288.1702 or 0428.881.702
 or send an email to: MKRAUSE@bigpond.net.au

 

 

 

1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 14 August  2011

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G'day and Welcome,

Hope all is well on the home front.   We are still taking names for the Mildura reunion, Dolly Gray and Danny Tiley have added their names, also Ron Pope is taking his wife and a mate as is Annie and Jerry Oakley bringing a mate.   Get onboard if you haven't decided yet, let me know.  E.g Mick Gallagher has not indicated his intentions, he must be in jail.   Additionally, it is time to pay for your attendance and rabbits.  Let me know if you are having trouble downloading the order form.

Long Tan Day is next Thursday, 18 August.  We will meet at Martin Place at 1000ish for 1030.   Join us for lunch, it will be our final function prior to Mildura.   Let me know if you intend to attend.

There are now several people bringing a friend with them to the reunion, predominately females, if your wife or partner needs a little support, bring her mate.  If you would like to bring a mate, feel free, they are very welcome, as you know, our motto is " 1963 Leeuwin JR's and interested parties".  All those that are coming to the reunion please forward your payment, check.  To see who is attending by following the link  http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm

A further reminder that all DFRDB Issues and ESO information is now contained on a page on our site.  It appears as if the movement is becoming stronger and more vocal.  There is a lot of traffic again this week.   http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page27.htm

The final day for taking rabbits for Mildura will be Monday 19 September.  Please get your orders in as early as possible.  For those that have not committed, we are less than two and a half months out of the best party you will ever go to.     All the details are contained on http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm

After advertising Dinky Dalton's birthday, Ron Pope contacted him, he is probably coming to the Mildura bash, onya Ron.

Birthdays this coming week are celebrated by Allan 'Tug' Wilson (your host in Mildura), Stephen Sternbeck, John Klich and Michael Moore. Give them a ring send an email, say G'day.  Happy Birthday blokes from all of us.  John Klich is the oldest bloke in the 6th intake.  Who is the oldest and youngest in the 7th intake.


Cheers

Ron

 

 

 

1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 7 August 2011

 

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G'day and Welcome,

 

Hope all is well on the home front. For those going to the reunion, it is time to pay for your attendance and rabbits. Let me know if you are having trouble downloading the order form.

 

Long Tan Day is Thursday 18 August. We will meet at Martin Place at 1000ish for 1030. Due to popular demand from some of those who intend to turn up, on completion of the service, we will be returning to the Rocks area to see whether the Hero of Waterloo is still in place. Join us for lunch have a bit of fun in a old pub and be part of the happy little band of Vegemites. It will be our final function prior to Mildura.  Let me know if you intend to attend.

 

Nev Barry has been questioning his local MP Mr Bob Katter on DFRDB issues.  He appeared to be receiving mixed messages. Nev asked for others to talk to their respective MP's and see what response they get.

 

I asked if I had missed anyone out who had done long time service, well Tom Kinross responded:

With regard to time in this man's Navy (no longer that!) I will have done just on 48 years when I transfer from Active Reserve to the Retired List of Officers in Dec this year. Just over 42 years of that was full time Service!

 

I thought one only got 20 years for murder!!

 

There are now several people bringing a friend with them to the reunion, predominately females, if your wife or partner needs a little support, bring her mate. If you would like to bring a mate, feel free, they are very welcome, as you know, our motto is " 1963 Leeuwin JR's and interested parties". All those that are coming to the reunion please forward your payment, check. To see who is attending by following the link http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm

 

A further reminder that all DFRDB Issues and ESO information is now contained on a page on our site. It appears as if the movement is becoming stronger and more vocal. There is a lot of traffic again this week.  http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page27.htm

 

The final day for taking rabbits for Mildura will be Monday 19 September. Please get your orders in as early as possible. For those that have not committed, we are less than 3 months out of the best party you will ever go to.   Send me an email and let me know if you intend to attend or otherwise.  All the details are contained onhttp://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm

 

Birthdays this coming week are celebrated by Dinky Dalton, give hima ring or send an email, say G'day. Happy Birthday Dinky from all of us. I know Dinky is in SA and I think Jim Harris contacted him a couple of years ago - haven't heard about him since.

 

Received the following email: My name is Bruce Crane, from Canning Vale, ex CPO ERA, R42914, last served in Submarines (Otway), RAN 1964 to 1974, and I am a member of the Submarine Association.  My cousin in Queensland wants to contact an old school chum about a reunion, and has asked me to try to contact a Phillip Dempster who is ex Navy, and is supposed to be living in WA.  I have contacted all the Dempster's with the initial P. in their name in the phone book without any luck, also there are no Quinton Dempster who is his brother, as such I was wondering if you had a Phillip Dempster on your books?  Any assistance would be much appreciated.   Regards, Bruce Crane

 

Cheers

 

Ron

 

 

 

1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 31 July  2011

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G'day and Welcome,

Hope all is well on the home front.    On Monday evening on 'Your ABC' at 2000 'Australia Story' will feature a show called 'A measure of courage'.  It is about Teddy Sheean and Hec Waller - should be a must to check out.   These blokes could be the first VC's awarded to men of the RAN.

Long Tan Day is Thursday 18 August.  We will meet at Martin Place at 1000ish for 1030.  Due to popular demand from some of those who intend to turn up, on completion of the service, we will be returning to the Rocks area to see whether the Hero of Waterloo is still in place.  Join us for lunch have a bit of fun in a old pub and be part of the happy little band of Vegemites.  It will be our final function prior to Mildura.   Let me know if you intend to attend.

Jungle Jim Carroll forwarded the following email: 
 A quick note.   As a Junior Recruit in early 1964 I had doubts that the Navy was for me and wrote to my father saying I wanted out.  He being an ex Leading Stoker wrote to the Commanding Officer, HMAS LEEUWIN of my concerns.  Well CPOQMG Buck Rodgers took me aside and turned my life around.  I did nearly thirty years in the Permanent Navy. Since then I have been in the Reserves doing service for nearly nineteen years and served at least 20 days each year, bar two years that there wasn't the money to employ Reservist.  I've been awarded the sixth Clasp to my Defence Long Service Medal in February 2011 but the bloody thing has been lost between the Directorate of Honours  in Canberra and the Commanding Officer, HMAS CAIRNS so I haven't been presented with it yet.  I am currently employed a couple of nights a week as the Duty Overnight Military Officer (DOMM) with the Defence Indigenous Development Program - North Queensland.  I passed my Pussers Medical on Monday to continue service.  I am in the process of putting together a request for a two year extension of service past Compulsory Retirement Age of 65  which happens 4FEB12, so that I can hope to say that I did 50 years in the Royal Australian Navy.   Cheers   James Carroll

Who is it going to be the longest serving member of our intakes Brian Gorringe, Eddie Sheavils or Jungle's - Have I missed someone?

Ken and Marilyn Fielding are bringing a friend with them to the reunion.  If you would like to bring a mate, feel free, they are very welcome, as you know, our motto is " 1963 Leeuwin JR's and interested parties".  All those that are coming to the reunion please forward your payment, check to see who is attending by following the link  http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm

A further reminder that all DFRDB Issues and ESO information is now contained on a page on our site.   There is a lot of traffic again this week.   Check out Minister Smith's performance during his ABC interview.     https://secure.mrsite.co.uk/pw.asp?mode=simple&editcurrpage=27

Ross Fullarton forwarded a dit on reunions in the form of a poem - a good read this is included on the website:  
http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page20.htm

The final day for taking rabbits for Mildura will be Monday 19 September.  Please get your orders in as early as possible.  For those that have not committed, we are now only 3 months out of the best party you will ever go to.    Send me an email and let me know if you intend to attend or otherwise.   All the details are contained on http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm

Birthdays this coming week are celebrated by John Kean, Alan McManus, Errol Delaney, Ron Lockwood, Phil Longdon and Phil Narramore, give them a ring or send an email, say G'day.  Happy Birthday to you blokes from all of us.


Cheers

Ron

 

 

 

http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/Credit Card Scam.pdf 

1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 24 July 2011

 

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G'day and Welcome,

 

Hope all is well on the home front. Peewee Petherick forwarded an email last week, part of it 'I"ve been talking to Larraine Uttley this morning, and she informed me that Kev has had a couple of seizures and is back in Greenslopes hospital. His heart is enlarged, and apparently needs a new valve, but she was saying that Kev indicated that he wasn't sure about the op. The heart surgeon is giving them a bit of time to think about it, and will have another talk to them in a month's time'.

 

Mal Chatfield retires next Friday. Congratulations from all of us Mal, hope you and Rob have a fun time in your retirement.

 

Received the following email from Ken Railton:

Ron, Just a quick note to wish you all a great time in Mildura! I had a chance to have a chat with Russ Crane a couple of weekends ago and if he and you guys don't prove what a great scheme Junior Recruit Training was, I don't know what will! Old Bill Storrie would certainly agree and it is great that so many of you are now enjoying your time together. 

 

By the way, I think Dick Llewellyn might have been in touch with you a while back or at least lurking like I have been.  He has recently been diagnosed with Leukaemia and already had macular degeneration so he is not having a really good time. So if anybody should ask about him I can provide phone No and email address if needed.

 

Again, all the very best for your reunion. You guys have something that is very precious in this world today and I mean identity! I have met a few detractors, but they were essentially blokes who were too immature to deal with the adult life we threw you all into.

Please remember me to anyone who might remember this grumpy old tur+ too, if you would be so kind!

Enjoy!! Oh, and tell them that ADSO and DFWA are still working very hard for them, but to be prepared to write to their pollies (not email, registered letters!). DFWA.org.au is easy enough to remember and has all the answers on ADSO (The Alliance) and DFWA itself!

Cheers! KenR Ken Railton 70 Dunlin Drive   BURLEIGH WATERS  Q   4220   Tel: 07 5576 5985 Mob: 0407 591 597

 

Dave Hanlon forwarded the following email: Ron, You might want to pass this on to all the boys. I went to the movies today at Hoyts and found out that all Gold Card holders can get in for $1. That's right $1. Pass it on. I do not know about the others. Dave Hanlon

 

Long Tan Day is Thursday 18 August. We will meet at Martin Place at 1000ish for 1030. Due to popular demand from some of those who intend to turn up, on completion of the service, we will be returning to the Rocks area to see whether the Hero of Waterloo is still in place. Join us for lunch have a bit of fun in a old pub and be part of the happy little band of Vegemites. It will be our final function prior to Mildura.  Let me know if you intend to attend.

 

All those that are coming to the reunion please forward your payment, check to see who is attending by following the link http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm

 

A further reminder that all DFRDB Issues and ESO information is now contained on a page on our site.  There is quite a bit of new material even a poem this week. https://secure.mrsite.co.uk/pw.asp?mode=simple&editcurrpage=27

 

The final day for taking rabbits for Mildura will be Monday 19 September. Please get your orders in as early as possible. For those that have not committed, we are now only 4 months out of the best party you will ever go to.   Send me an email and let me know if you intend to attend or otherwise.  All the details are contained on http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm

 

Birthdays this coming week are celebrated by Tony Zajer, Stew Dewar, Dennis Elliot and John Ryder, give them a ring or send an email, say G'day. Happy Birthday to you blokes from all of us.

 

Have a look at the attachments, both are worth the look and one is very encouraging for us that are climate change skeptics.

 

Also this week:

Credit Card scam (attached)Credit Card Sccam.pdf

Carbon Emissions (from the horses mouth) (attached) 

 

cheers

 

Ron

 

 

1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 15 July  2011
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G'day and Welcome,
Hope all is well on the home front.   I have had more than a few phone calls this week from members of our group who are bloody crook.   Get well blokes and hopefully in quick time.   For those that are well, go out and buy your vans and get on the road, enjoy your health.  On that note it was sad to have to report the death of Bryan McInnes in UK which occurred in 2008
The numbers are increasing for the reunion, Buck and Nelly Rogers and Max Lampo and Ann Fitton have paid up for Mildura.  I am getting excited, we have only a little over three months to go, make the commitment and let me know your intentions.  Check to see who is attending by following the link  http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm
Long Tan Day is Thursday 18 August.  We will meet at Martin Place at 1000ish for 1030.  Due to popular demand from some of those who intend to turn up, on completion of the service, we will be returning to the Rocks area to see whether the Hero of Waterloo is still in place.  Join us for lunch have a bit of fun in a old pub and be part of the happy little band of Vegemites.  It will be our final function prior to Mildura.   Let me know if you intend to attend.
DFRDB Issues and ESO information.  Due to the increasing traffic, particularly on DFRDB issues we now have a web page dedicated to all DFRDB issues and Newsletters and Updates from the various ESO's.  I will hyperlink the address each week as they occur.  Don't forget to get out there and support this cause, these people are fighting a battle which benefits us, our families and our mates.  There are some interesting items for this week.  Read and enjoy  https://secure.mrsite.co.uk/pw.asp?mode=simple&editcurrpage=27
The final day for taking rabbits for Mildura will be Monday 19 September.  Please get your orders in as early as possible.  For those that have not committed, we are now only 4 months out of the best party you will ever go to.    Send me an email and let me know if you intend to attend or otherwise.   All the details are contained on http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm
Birthdays this coming week are celebrated by Jessie James (hope you are on the mend Jess), Ross Gowers and Peter Jorgensen, give them a ring or send an email, say G'day.  Happy Birthday to you blokes from all of us.
Also this week:
Sailors and Rum
Carbon Price Household Assistance Measures Veteran Community (attached)
RAN Centenary Book
cheers
Ron

SUBJECT   RAN CENTENARY BOOK
 
THE BOOK FEATURES HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY IMAGES AND ARTICLES BY BOTH NAVY PERSONNEL AND PROFESSIONAL AUTHORS.   THE BOOK IS BEING DISTRIBUTED TO NAVAL ASSOCIATIONS AND RSL HEADQUARTERS. THE BOOK IS NOT FOR SALE BUT AN ONLINE VERSION IS FREELY AVAILABLE AT  WWW.RAN100.COM.AU.
 
SUBJECT  SAILORS AND RUM

England conquered Jamaica in 1655, and an enterprising local captain started issuing a daily ration of rum to his sailors, instead of the official Royal Navy beer ration of a gallon a day.
The Royal Navy took over officially in 1740. From that date, each sailor in the Service was issued with half a pint of strong rum each day, half at noon, half at sunset. Before and after a battle, double rations were issued.
It was issued neat for a few years, but (oddly enough) some sailors stored up their rations, and then got completely blotto on them. So from 1756, the standard "grog" rum was issued - 2 parts water to 1 part rum, mixed with lime or lemon juice, and cinnamon. It's thought that the nickname "limey" comes from this practice of adding citrus juice to the rum, a habit which combated scurvy.
The Up Spirit Ritual - The issuing of the rum ration became an elaborate ceremony. At 11am, the boatswain's mate piped the tune "Up Spirits", and a procession ladled out the rum, into portions for the more senior, and the rest mixed with water (etc) for the ratings.
At midday, the boatswain's mate piped the tune, "Muster for Rum", and the crew came and got their half-pints of grog. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the officers' rum rations were accompanied by toasts - first the Loyal Toast (to the King or Queen) followed by a different toast for each day of the week:
Monday, "Our ships at sea"
Tuesday, "Our men"
Wednesday, "Ourselves"
Thursday, "A bloody war, and quick promotion"
Friday, "A willing soul and sea room"
Saturday, "Sweethearts and wives, may they never meet"
Sunday, "Absent friends, and those at sea"
On 31st July 1970, the last rum was issued to ratings - on a day known as "Black Tot Day".


 

 

 

1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 10 July  2011

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G'day and Welcome,

Hope all is well on the home front.   Thanks to all who have responded (it was a lot) and indicated their intentions in respect of the Mildura reunion, for those that still have not indicated their status please do.  Please feel free to tell me you will not be attending.  It is the only way I will know.   Received an email from Bongo indicating he and Jo will not be attending, he further indicated he has been crook as Rookwood, he has had to have 5 transfusions as he lost so much blood.  All the best for a speedy recovery Mate.

The CANBERRA I referred to last week is HMAS CANBERRA the FFG.   Did anybody else serve in her, if so please let me know as I have some info you may be interested in.

The final day for taking rabbits for Mildura will be Monday 19 September.  Please get your orders in as early as possible.  For those that have not committed, we are now only 4 months out of the best party you will ever go to.    Send me an email and let me know if you intend to attend or otherwise.   All the details are contained on http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm

Irish O'Leary forwarded the following email re his application for a claim to DVA, hopefully somebody can help
Hi Ron
Could you enquire through the network if anyone has had any success on a claim for toxic chemicals, paints, smoking etc.
It would be appreciated if they would contact me at my email address.
I am at the moment preparing a case for my lung problem, it is creating a few problems, one thing I have is that it is recorded in my medical doc's.
I have tried before but couldn't get it through this time the specialist is on my side.
Thanks for this Take care & stay safe Cheers  Irish

Long Tan Day is Thursday 18 August.  We will meet at Martin Place at 1000ish for 1030.  Hope to see you there.

Birthdays this coming week are celebrated by Trevor Elias and Jim Wilson, give them a ring or send an email, say G'day.  Happy Birthday to you blokes from all of us.   I made a blue last week and included Glen Singline, Glen as you know passed over the bar some time ago.  Sorry about that.

Have received emails this week about attendance at the Mildura weekend Butch Cousins and Rod Hazell, will be attending; Rocky Freier, Glenn Forno, Barry and Margaret Parker, Ken Dobbie, Ronny Gall, Tony and Ann Gysen, Stan and Margaret Church, Bill and Alison Godenzie, Chris and Angela Jamieson, Irish and Sue O'Leary, Bongo and Jo DiBetta, Davo Davison, Knobby and Rhonda Clark, Guy Irwin, Vic Dzodz, Stew Dewar, Jock McGregor, Ted Hase and Max Hart have indicated they will not be there.  Thanks very much to all for signalling your intentions.

Also this week:
DFRDB FIGHT

cheers

Ron

SUBJECT      DFRDB FIGHT
 
 A CALL TO ARMS - WE NEED YOU!

We have won Round 1 of this fight.  We are united as never before. ….

The groundswell of discontent, anger and frustration is palpable and continues to grow rapidly in the Defence Community, both serving and ex members, as a result of the Senate's rejection of the Defence Force Retirement & Death Benefits Amendment (Fair Indexation) Bill 2010.  There is also a growing sense of betrayal by our Politicians as, despite this huge outpouring of disgust, they appear to be ignoring our plight….

This unity of purpose would not have been possible without the outstanding support and contributions from you, including hundreds of emails from our serving members.

WE MUST WIN THIS FIGHT FOR ALL PAST, PRESENT AND SERVING MEMBERS OF THE ADF AND THEIR FAMILIES

There will be attempts by the Politicians, their spin doctors and the media, to divide us to set one group of superannuants against the other. 

WE MUST STAND UNITED, AS PEOPLE POWER WITH RESOLVE & COMMITMENT WILL WIN OUT

This will be a long hard slog and we ask you all to stay the fight.

Please continue to bombard the politicians, especially the ALP members in marginal seats as well as the Greens and the Independent members.   Remember to send your letters by registered mail.  (it does not cost much) as our politicians simply delete emails.  We must retain our professionalism and our integrity so please do not use abusive or inflammatory language as this will only discredit our cause.

In addition, we must undertake an "airwaves war", prosecuted by everyone contacting their local radio stations and continue to do this daily. 

While it is acknowledged that this a difficult request, we need people who are in difficult financial situations and the surviving spouses of DFRB/DFRDB recipients to come forward and speak out. This will mobilize the general community to come out to support our fight for "A FAIR GO."

Remember the average annual Superannuation "Pension" is a misery $22,559 which is indexed against the CPI, and the spouses of the DFRB/DFRDB recipients only receive 5/8  of this $14,100, which is absolutely appalling.   Some of our members are really doing it tough.   COULD YOU LIVE ON $22,559, I BET YOU OUR POLITICIANS CAN'T…….!!!!!!!!

This is a National disgrace and it is time this terrible injustice, to those who have committed 20 years or more to the service of our Nation, often in harm's way, was righted.

There are so 56,000 DFRB/DFRDB members and it has been estimated that there are approximately 3,000,000 people in the wider Defence community.  This represents approximately 13% of the Australian population, so we have considerable clout at the polling booths, PROVIDED WE REMAIN UNITED.

The economic rationalists will argue that any increase to the Indexation method will create "a huge black hole" in the Australian economy.  The Defence Force Welfare Association and other people, including Peter Thornton, have repeatedly said that this is garbage! 

The  Defence Force Welfare Association estimates that it will cost approximately $20 million per year.  As a percentage of our GDP, this is a miniscule amount and pales into insignificance when compared with the Government's wasted millions of dollars spent on failed projects.

By now, most of you will know that TESS LAWRENCE, journalist with the online Independent Australia publication has led our media campaign.  Tess has been inspirational and she writes with such pathos and conviction.  Without her assistance, we would not have won this first fight to establish our unity.

If you have not done so already, I encourage you to log on to the Independent Australia web page and their Facebook page to read Tess's articles and all the comments you have made which are added below.  I am sure you will immediately gain the sense of anger and betrayal that has been under the surface for many years.  Tess has provided a voice for all of us to speak out. 

Those links are as follows:

1.       (www.independentaustralia.net/2011/politics/exclusive-breaking-news
2.       (www.independentaustralia.net/2011/defence/exclusive-diggergate-continues-the-march-for-justice/
3.       www.Facebook.com/IndependentAus

Finally, we have breached the code of silence by the major media outlets and in today's (2nd July) Daily Telegraph, Gemma Jones has written an excellent article on our situation.  It is hoped that this will galvanize the other major media outlets into action.  In the interim, we should take advantage of this story and I encourage you to send your letters to the Daily Telegraph and other newspapers, referring to the Daily Telegraph article and ask them to follow up on Gemma's story.

The link for the Daily Telegraph article is:

          www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/a-diggers-true-worth-politicians-are-snubbing-war-   heroes/story-e6freuzr-1226085922768      

There will also be an article in the Northern Services Courier which will be released early next week.

We acknowledge the courage and integrity of Ian McManus, a former ALP member in the NSW Government  and a former Veteran, who has come out publicly to support us.  Thanks Ian.

Contributions to the exclusive editorial in the Independent Australia clearly demonstrate the growing groundswell of discontent and anger within the Defence community, including ex members and serving members, as well as the general public.  The fact that their plight has not been covered by the National media is inflaming their sense of betrayal.

Regardless of this situation, WE MUST AND WE WILL WIN THIS BATTLE as we owe it to all past, present and future members of the ADF and their families.  The media and our politicians are hoping that we will give up the fight as we have done in the past.  Do not let this happen!

The battle lines have just been drawn. Please stay the fight with us until the end. 

We need your own going support.  We need you to stay in touch with us and with each other and remember that there are those who are no longer with us who would expect us, nay they would demand us to do nothing else.

Evil will only prevail when good men and women do nothing.

Remember Lest we forget.
 
PLEASE REDISTRIBUTE THIS EMAIL TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS

 

1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 3 July  2011
www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv2/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page2.htm

G'day and Welcome,

Hope all is well on the home front.   Due to the poor response I have been sending out personal emails asking all for their status on attending the reunion.  Please feel free to tell me you will not be attending.  It is the only way I will know.

Did anybody else serve in CANBERRA, if so please let me know as I have some info you may be interested in.

The final day for taking rabbits for Mildura will be Monday 19 September.  Please get your orders in as early as possible.  For those that have not committed, we are now only 4 months out of the best party you will ever go to.    Send me an email and let me know if you intend to attend or otherwise.   All the details are contained on http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm

Long Tan Day is Thursday 18 August.  We will meet at Martin Place at 1000ish for 1030.  Hope to see you there.

Birthdays this coming week are celebrated by Allan Kirkman, Bob Scharper and Glen Singline, give them a ring or send an email, say G'day.  Happy Birthday to you blokes from all of us.

Have received emails this week about attendance at the Mildura weekend Barry Andrew, Wally and Robyn Gawne, Roger and Marian Pearson will be attending; Wayne and Judy Chapman, Don and Kathy Churchward, James Carroll, Tony and Mary Bath, Kev Bock, Larry and Penny Kent, and Darby and Frances Ashton have indicated they will not be there.  Thanks very much to all for signalling your intentions.

Also this week:

Mobile Phones (again)
Letter to Politicans re the DFRDB Outcome

cheers

Ron

SUBJECT      MOBILE PHONES

Worth a go especially this bit    '' YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR TELERMARKETING CALLS''
I gather you are charged when the calls go onto voice mail.  This is for Australian phone numbers

REMEMBER: Mobile Phone Numbers Go Public next month.  REMINDER all mobile phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sale calls.
YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR TELERMARKETING CALLS

Below is a link where you can enter your phone numbers online to put an end to telemarketing calls. Don't just delete those calls
otherwise you will find that you have been signed up for all sorts of extra services that you didn't want or know about. Like special
chimes, music etc.

https://www.donotcall.gov.au/   I found the online registration easy to use, and you can register mobiles and home phone numbers. You then receive a swift confirmation.

SUBJECT    LETTER TO POLITICIANS RE THE DFRDBY OUTCOME

        30 Hinchinbrook Drive,
        Kirwan, Townsville, 4817   QLD
        Telephone (07) 477 39632

        22nd June, 2011

Senator Nick Xenophon
Senator Penny Wong
Senator Bob Brown
Senator Kate Lundy
The Hon. Prime Minister Julia Gillard MP
The Hon. Tony Abbott MP

Following the Senate's rejection of the Fair Indexation Bill on 16th June, 2011, I forwarded a number of emails to your office to express my bitter disappointment on the Senate's decision as, in my view, it was a shameful betrayal of the men and women who have served our Nation in the Australian Defence Force for 20 years or more.

I was appalled that this decision was primarily based on financial restraints and yet our Politicians, including you, never hesitate to approve an increase to your own salaries, despite the financial state of the Nation!!

It is a complete mockery for members of our Parliament to attend the funerals of our young warriors who have been killed in action, and to observe a minute's silence in the House of Representatives and in the Senate, and yet you reject a Bill which would have aligned the increases to DFRB and DFRDB superannuants' pensions with our old age pensioners.  This disgraceful decision, obviously based on Party lines, has alienated the Veteran Community and it has ensured that DFRB and DFRDB superannuants will see their measly pension (average annual pension is approximately $23,600) continue to lose its purchasing power.   This will be exacerbated by increases to the cost of electricity, increased vehicle registration, increased cost of food, increased cost of petrol, increased insurance cost, increased medical costs and the list goes on and undoubtedly will include new taxes!! 

This is compounded for those surviving spouses who only receive 5/8th of the DFRB/DFRDB superannuants' pension which continues to be indexed against the CPI.  It seems inequitable and immoral to me that the surviving spouse of a political pensioner has his/her pension indexed against the increases to the salary of a back bencher.   Does this mean that a politician's spouse makes such a huge contribution to the defence and well-being of our Nation when compared to the spouse of a lowly soldier, airman or navy personnel?  Where is the justice in this?

Could you please explain to me why the Government has accepted the recommendation by the Matthews Review that the CPI remains the most appropriate method of indexation for military superannuants?   If this is a legitimate argument, then please explain to the Veteran Community why your pensions are not indexed against the CPI when you retire?

The Matthews Review does suggest the use of an Analytical Living Cost Index and the Government introduced the Pensioners and Beneficiaries Cost of Living Index (PBCLI) the day after the Matthews Review was released.  Why was the PBCLI not accepted as a fair indexation for military superannuants?

Apparently my emails, to which I referred in my opening paragraph did not reach your office.  Consequently I am enclosing copies of both emails for your attention.  Please note that they have been distributed to a very wide distribution list and most recipients have in turn redistributed them to their own mailing lists.

You should be aware that this decision has angered the Veteran Community and we will continue to fight for a "fair go", especially as the Labor Party has abandoned the spirit of its election commitment
to conduct a review that would address the inadequacy and inequity of the Indexation method (CPI) which has not kept up with the cost of living.

This is immoral, it lacks the principle of "a fair go" espoused by all politicians and especially by the Labor Party.   How do you explain this to a Veteran who has fought for his country, who has been sent into action by his Government, who has seen his mates fall in action, who has readily surrendered his own freedoms so that our nation can meet its International commitments and to ensure our Nation remains free?

I formerly request that you acknowledge receipt of my letter and that you provide me with your answers, not your Party line answers, to the questions I have posed in this missive.

Yours sincerely,

Neil Weekes, AM, MC
Brigadier Retired

Patron of The Townsville Sub-Branch of the RSL
Patron of The Townsville Branch of Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia
Patron of The Townsville Branch of the National Servicemen's Association of Australia

 

 

1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 26 June  2011
www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv2/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page2.htm

G'day and Welcome,

Hope all is well on the home front.   It has been a quiet week in downtown Dee Why.  Things must be slowing down as the financial year draws to a close.  The final day for taking rabbits for Mildura will be Monday 19 September.  Please get your orders in as early as possible.  For those that have not committed, we are now only 4 months out of the best party you will ever go to.    Send me an email and let me know if you intend to attend or otherwise.   All the details are contained on http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm

There is a Ginger Megss cartoon attached -  have a look and see what you think.

Tony Zajer forwarded this email asking for assistance  Hi Ron,  If possible could you please mention this item in the newsletter and maybe someone could help us (Bunbury RSL).  The RSL maintains a military museum in the Dardanup Heritage Park about 9kms out of town and is open to visitors each Wednesday and Sunday. The museum has large array of items and military paraphernalia from various areas of conflict. Our latest acquisition is a Leopard Tank.   We are now searching for items to increase our naval display. We are hoping to locate a 12" Signalling Lamp. If anyone from the 63 intake is able to point us in the right direction  or provide contact details that could assist us in our search we would be most appreciative    See you in Mildura   Cheers  Tony Zajer PO Box 1647 BunburyWA  6231 tngzajer@bigpond.com  0448 094 153

Glen Butller is leaving Adelaide to work in the States for about three years and as a result will miss the reunion.   All the best Mae it was good having you at our functions.

Long Tan Day is Thursday 18 August.  We will meet at Martin Place at 1000ish for 1030.  Hope to see you there.

In this edition we celebrate the birthday of the youngest bloke of the 6th intake.  Guess who it is?   I must have had one too many reds last weekend, I have missed out on some birthdays, sorry about that blokes.  John (Dolly) Gray, Bill Smith, Chris Bayly Lindsay Stiles, John Law, celebrated their birthdays this week.  Next week Spook Cairns, Ron Mitchell, Alex Vujic, Billy Bacon and Russ Loane will celebrate their birthdays this coming week, give them a ring or send an email, say G'day.  Happy Birthday to you blokes from all of us.

Has anybody have a photo of Winjan 4.  If you have could you please scan it and forward it to me.  I will include it in the website.

Also this week:
June 2011 Newsletter Victoria (attached)

1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 26 June  2011
www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv2/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page2.htm

G'day and Welcome,

Hope all is well on the home front.   It has been a quiet week in downtown Dee Why.  Things must be slowing down as the financial year draws to a close.  The final day for taking rabbits for Mildura will be Monday 19 September.  Please get your orders in as early as possible.  For those that have not committed, we are now only 4 months out of the best party you will ever go to.    Send me an email and let me know if you intend to attend or otherwise.   All the details are contained on http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm

There is a Ginger Megss cartoon attached -  have a look and see what you think.

Tony Zajer forwarded this email asking for assistance  Hi Ron,  If possible could you please mention this item in the newsletter and maybe someone could help us (Bunbury RSL).  The RSL maintains a military museum in the Dardanup Heritage Park about 9kms out of town and is open to visitors each Wednesday and Sunday. The museum has large array of items and military paraphernalia from various areas of conflict. Our latest acquisition is a Leopard Tank.   We are now searching for items to increase our naval display. We are hoping to locate a 12" Signalling Lamp. If anyone from the 63 intake is able to point us in the right direction  or provide contact details that could assist us in our search we would be most appreciative    See you in Mildura   Cheers  Tony Zajer PO Box 1647 BunburyWA  6231 tngzajer@bigpond.com  0448 094 153

Glen Butller is leaving Adelaide to work in the States for about three years and as a result will miss the reunion.   All the best Mae it was good having you at our functions.

Long Tan Day is Thursday 18 August.  We will meet at Martin Place at 1000ish for 1030.  Hope to see you there.

In this edition we celebrate the birthday of the youngest bloke of the 6th intake.  Guess who it is?   I must have had one too many reds last weekend, I have missed out on some birthdays, sorry about that blokes.  John (Dolly) Gray, Bill Smith, Chris Bayly Lindsay Stiles, John Law, celebrated their birthdays this week.  Next week Spook Cairns, Ron Mitchell, Alex Vujic, Billy Bacon and Russ Loane will celebrate their birthdays this coming week, give them a ring or send an email, say G'day.  Happy Birthday to you blokes from all of us.

Has anybody have a photo of Winjan 4.  If you have could you please scan it and forward it to me.  I will include it in the website.

Also this week:
June 2011 Newsletter Victoria (attached)
Energy Saving Bulbs warning (attached)
VENDETTA function

cheers

Ron

SUBJECT      VENDETTA FUNCTION
 
The Vendetta Veterans' Association (Qld Division)
The next luncheon/meeting of the Association will be held on Sunday - 4th September 2011
at the home of John and Jan Balabouhin
8 Oakridge Street, Burbank
commencing at 11.00am Cost - only $5.00 per person BYO drinks and chairs ALL WELCOME
For catering purposes please  RSVP 28th August, 2011
 Phone: 07.3288.1702 or 0428.881.702  or send an email to: MKRAUSE@bigpond.net.au

SUBJECT     TPI LETTER TO PM RE CARBON

The Australian Federation of Totally and Permanently
Incapacitated Ex Servicemen and Women Ltd
(Incorporated in the ACT)
DIFFERENT CONFLICT- SAME SACRIFICE
                                                                 Patron-in-Chief
                                              Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC

                                  Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
12 June 2011
The Hon Julia Gillard   
Prime Minister
Parliament House
Canberra

Dear Prime Minister,

I am writing to you to express the concerns of the TPI Federation regarding the introduction of a price on carbon. Those concerns are shared by many disabled veterans and their families.

It has been reported by ABC News Online that as a result of the introduction of a price on carbon the Federal Government will permanently boost payments to pensioners including up-front cash compensation and plans to increase pensions by 2.5%.

Climate Change Minister Greg Combet is reported to have said the Government wants to assist pensioners when he said "We will make sure that pensioners have got more money right from the start of the carbon price and the assistance that we provide will be permanent."

Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan is reported to have said it is important to assist pensioners. He stated "What we've said is we will provide assistance to pensioners over and above their normal indexation".

Previously veterans who receive a disability pension under the Veterans' Entitlements Act were assured they would be included in the Harmer Review. Treasurer Swan said publicly that veterans' disability pensions would be included as part of the Harmer Review. Our understanding that veterans' disability pensions would be part of the review was reinforced by comments such as those from the Treasurer who in an interview on Brisbane Radio said:
CALLER:
What will the Minister be doing to rectify the TPI pension and let alone the veterans on lesser payments?
TREASURER:
Well certainly we're including in our review all those on pensions, unlike Dr Nelson whose just singled out age pensioners.  We've got to look at all of them.  And of course the Vietnam Veterans have issued a very tough statement about this a couple of days ago.  My father actually was a TPI pensioner when he died.  I understand how veterans feel, and that's why they're part of the comprehensive review.  You can't just snap your fingers and think you can fix one problem when there are so many other problems in the system.  And that's what we're doing.
 http://ministers.treasury.gov.au/DisplayDocs.aspx?doc=transcripts/2008/127

Based on this assurance from a senior government Minister we expected that veterans' disability pensions would be included in the review so that the veteran community would have an opportunity, as did the other affected groups, to inform and advise your Government of the pressures faced by veterans and their families in the very difficult economic climate of the time. 

We consistently advised the Minister and the Repatriation Commission that we expected veterans' disability pensions to be increased in line with the other pensions so that they would maintain their relativity and at no time did anybody from Government or the Department indicate that the Government intended to do otherwise.

One-off legislation was introduced to by-pass the existing legislation with the result that whilst Old Age, Service, War Widows' and Centrelink disability pensions were increased as a result of the Harmer Review, veterans' disability pensions were not. We see this as a disgraceful betrayal of the veteran community by the government you now lead.

Prime Minister, you will understand why we are sceptical when we hear what Treasurer Swan and Minister Combet have to say concerning the Carbon Tax compensation for pensioners. Will these increases be extended to veteran disability recipients and their families or will further legislation be introduced to bypass disabled veterans as was done with your Government's response to the Harmer Review?

What we seek is an unequivocal guarantee that with the introduction of a price on carbon, veteran disability pensioners will be fully and properly compensated to ensure their disability pensions will maintain their relative value to other government pensions.

The TPI Federation is available to discuss this issue with your office in person as they are of great concern to members of the Federation and the ex-service community at large.

Yours sincerely,  John (Blue) Ryan OAM  National President

 

1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 26 June  2011
www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv2/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page2.htm

G'day and Welcome,

Hope all is well on the home front.   It has been a quiet week in downtown Dee Why.  Things must be slowing down as the financial year draws to a close.  The final day for taking rabbits for Mildura will be Monday 19 September.  Please get your orders in as early as possible.  For those that have not committed, we are now only 4 months out of the best party you will ever go to.    Send me an email and let me know if you intend to attend or otherwise.   All the details are contained on http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm

There is a Ginger Megss cartoon attached -  have a look and see what you think.

Tony Zajer forwarded this email asking for assistance  Hi Ron,  If possible could you please mention this item in the newsletter and maybe someone could help us (Bunbury RSL).  The RSL maintains a military museum in the Dardanup Heritage Park about 9kms out of town and is open to visitors each Wednesday and Sunday. The museum has large array of items and military paraphernalia from various areas of conflict. Our latest acquisition is a Leopard Tank.   We are now searching for items to increase our naval display. We are hoping to locate a 12" Signalling Lamp. If anyone from the 63 intake is able to point us in the right direction  or provide contact details that could assist us in our search we would be most appreciative    See you in Mildura   Cheers  Tony Zajer PO Box 1647 BunburyWA  6231 tngzajer@bigpond.com  0448 094 153

Glen Butller is leaving Adelaide to work in the States for about three years and as a result will miss the reunion.   All the best Mae it was good having you at our functions.

Long Tan Day is Thursday 18 August.  We will meet at Martin Place at 1000ish for 1030.  Hope to see you there.

In this edition we celebrate the birthday of the youngest bloke of the 6th intake.  Guess who it is?   I must have had one too many reds last weekend, I have missed out on some birthdays, sorry about that blokes.  John (Dolly) Gray, Bill Smith, Chris Bayly Lindsay Stiles, John Law, celebrated their birthdays this week.  Next week Spook Cairns, Ron Mitchell, Alex Vujic, Billy Bacon and Russ Loane will celebrate their birthdays this coming week, give them a ring or send an email, say G'day.  Happy Birthday to you blokes from all of us.

Has anybody have a photo of Winjan 4.  If you have could you please scan it and forward it to me.  I will include it in the website.

Also this week:
June 2011 Newsletter Victoria (attached)
Energy Saving Bulbs warning (attached)
VENDETTA function

cheers

Ron

SUBJECT      VENDETTA FUNCTION
 
The Vendetta Veterans' Association (Qld Division)
The next luncheon/meeting of the Association will be held on Sunday - 4th September 2011
at the home of John and Jan Balabouhin
8 Oakridge Street, Burbank
commencing at 11.00am Cost - only $5.00 per person BYO drinks and chairs ALL WELCOME
For catering purposes please  RSVP 28th August, 2011
 Phone: 07.3288.1702 or 0428.881.702  or send an email to: MKRAUSE@bigpond.net.au

SUBJECT     TPI LETTER TO PM RE CARBON

The Australian Federation of Totally and Permanently
Incapacitated Ex Servicemen and Women Ltd
(Incorporated in the ACT)
DIFFERENT CONFLICT- SAME SACRIFICE
                                                                 Patron-in-Chief
                                              Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC

                                  Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
12 June 2011
The Hon Julia Gillard   
Prime Minister
Parliament House
Canberra

Dear Prime Minister,

I am writing to you to express the concerns of the TPI Federation regarding the introduction of a price on carbon. Those concerns are shared by many disabled veterans and their families.

It has been reported by ABC News Online that as a result of the introduction of a price on carbon the Federal Government will permanently boost payments to pensioners including up-front cash compensation and plans to increase pensions by 2.5%.

Climate Change Minister Greg Combet is reported to have said the Government wants to assist pensioners when he said "We will make sure that pensioners have got more money right from the start of the carbon price and the assistance that we provide will be permanent."

Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan is reported to have said it is important to assist pensioners. He stated "What we've said is we will provide assistance to pensioners over and above their normal indexation".

Previously veterans who receive a disability pension under the Veterans' Entitlements Act were assured they would be included in the Harmer Review. Treasurer Swan said publicly that veterans' disability pensions would be included as part of the Harmer Review. Our understanding that veterans' disability pensions would be part of the review was reinforced by comments such as those from the Treasurer who in an interview on Brisbane Radio said:
CALLER:
What will the Minister be doing to rectify the TPI pension and let alone the veterans on lesser payments?
TREASURER:
Well certainly we're including in our review all those on pensions, unlike Dr Nelson whose just singled out age pensioners.  We've got to look at all of them.  And of course the Vietnam Veterans have issued a very tough statement about this a couple of days ago.  My father actually was a TPI pensioner when he died.  I understand how veterans feel, and that's why they're part of the comprehensive review.  You can't just snap your fingers and think you can fix one problem when there are so many other problems in the system.  And that's what we're doing.
 http://ministers.treasury.gov.au/DisplayDocs.aspx?doc=transcripts/2008/127

Based on this assurance from a senior government Minister we expected that veterans' disability pensions would be included in the review so that the veteran community would have an opportunity, as did the other affected groups, to inform and advise your Government of the pressures faced by veterans and their families in the very difficult economic climate of the time. 

We consistently advised the Minister and the Repatriation Commission that we expected veterans' disability pensions to be increased in line with the other pensions so that they would maintain their relativity and at no time did anybody from Government or the Department indicate that the Government intended to do otherwise.

One-off legislation was introduced to by-pass the existing legislation with the result that whilst Old Age, Service, War Widows' and Centrelink disability pensions were increased as a result of the Harmer Review, veterans' disability pensions were not. We see this as a disgraceful betrayal of the veteran community by the government you now lead.

Prime Minister, you will understand why we are sceptical when we hear what Treasurer Swan and Minister Combet have to say concerning the Carbon Tax compensation for pensioners. Will these increases be extended to veteran disability recipients and their families or will further legislation be introduced to bypass disabled veterans as was done with your Government's response to the Harmer Review?

What we seek is an unequivocal guarantee that with the introduction of a price on carbon, veteran disability pensioners will be fully and properly compensated to ensure their disability pensions will maintain their relative value to other government pensions.

The TPI Federation is available to discuss this issue with your office in person as they are of great concern to members of the Federation and the ex-service community at large.

Yours sincerely,  John (Blue) Ryan OAM  National President

Energy Saving Bulbs warning (attached)
VENDETTA function

cheers

Ron

SUBJECT      VENDETTA FUNCTION
 
The Vendetta Veterans' Association (Qld Division)
The next luncheon/meeting of the Association will be held on Sunday - 4th September 2011
at the home of John and Jan Balabouhin
8 Oakridge Street, Burbank
commencing at 11.00am Cost - only $5.00 per person BYO drinks and chairs ALL WELCOME
For catering purposes please  RSVP 28th August, 2011
 Phone: 07.3288.1702 or 0428.881.702  or send an email to: MKRAUSE@bigpond.net.au

SUBJECT     TPI LETTER TO PM RE CARBON

The Australian Federation of Totally and Permanently
Incapacitated Ex Servicemen and Women Ltd
(Incorporated in the ACT)
DIFFERENT CONFLICT- SAME SACRIFICE
                                                                 Patron-in-Chief
                                              Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC

                                  Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
12 June 2011
The Hon Julia Gillard   
Prime Minister
Parliament House
Canberra

Dear Prime Minister,

I am writing to you to express the concerns of the TPI Federation regarding the introduction of a price on carbon. Those concerns are shared by many disabled veterans and their families.

It has been reported by ABC News Online that as a result of the introduction of a price on carbon the Federal Government will permanently boost payments to pensioners including up-front cash compensation and plans to increase pensions by 2.5%.

Climate Change Minister Greg Combet is reported to have said the Government wants to assist pensioners when he said "We will make sure that pensioners have got more money right from the start of the carbon price and the assistance that we provide will be permanent."

Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan is reported to have said it is important to assist pensioners. He stated "What we've said is we will provide assistance to pensioners over and above their normal indexation".

Previously veterans who receive a disability pension under the Veterans' Entitlements Act were assured they would be included in the Harmer Review. Treasurer Swan said publicly that veterans' disability pensions would be included as part of the Harmer Review. Our understanding that veterans' disability pensions would be part of the review was reinforced by comments such as those from the Treasurer who in an interview on Brisbane Radio said:
CALLER:
What will the Minister be doing to rectify the TPI pension and let alone the veterans on lesser payments?
TREASURER:
Well certainly we're including in our review all those on pensions, unlike Dr Nelson whose just singled out age pensioners.  We've got to look at all of them.  And of course the Vietnam Veterans have issued a very tough statement about this a couple of days ago.  My father actually was a TPI pensioner when he died.  I understand how veterans feel, and that's why they're part of the comprehensive review.  You can't just snap your fingers and think you can fix one problem when there are so many other problems in the system.  And that's what we're doing.
 http://ministers.treasury.gov.au/DisplayDocs.aspx?doc=transcripts/2008/127

Based on this assurance from a senior government Minister we expected that veterans' disability pensions would be included in the review so that the veteran community would have an opportunity, as did the other affected groups, to inform and advise your Government of the pressures faced by veterans and their families in the very difficult economic climate of the time. 

We consistently advised the Minister and the Repatriation Commission that we expected veterans' disability pensions to be increased in line with the other pensions so that they would maintain their relativity and at no time did anybody from Government or the Department indicate that the Government intended to do otherwise.

One-off legislation was introduced to by-pass the existing legislation with the result that whilst Old Age, Service, War Widows' and Centrelink disability pensions were increased as a result of the Harmer Review, veterans' disability pensions were not. We see this as a disgraceful betrayal of the veteran community by the government you now lead.

Prime Minister, you will understand why we are sceptical when we hear what Treasurer Swan and Minister Combet have to say concerning the Carbon Tax compensation for pensioners. Will these increases be extended to veteran disability recipients and their families or will further legislation be introduced to bypass disabled veterans as was done with your Government's response to the Harmer Review?

What we seek is an unequivocal guarantee that with the introduction of a price on carbon, veteran disability pensioners will be fully and properly compensated to ensure their disability pensions will maintain their relative value to other government pensions.

The TPI Federation is available to discuss this issue with your office in person as they are of great concern to members of the Federation and the ex-service community at large.

Yours sincerely,  John (Blue) Ryan OAM  National President

 

1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 19 June 2011 www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv2/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page2.htm G'day and Welcome, Hope all is well on the home front. Missed the 12 June Weekly News. We were in Yamba for the weekend enjoying the rain. Long Tan Day is Thursday 18 August. We will meet at Martin Place at 1000ish for 1030. Hope to see you there. The Indexing of the DFRDB Pension Bill has been through both houses, supported unanimously by all parties in the lower house then defeated in the Senate by the Labor, Greens and one SA Independent. See attachment. There are a few changes to the proforma for Mildura, additions include who wants to play bowls and golf (those participating, their details will be forwarded to Doug Wilson (bowls) and John Hatchman (golf) to work out the finer details of these fun days. The River Cruise is going to cost more ? the price has just been jacked up. For those who have booked and paid to date there will be no increase. Nick Bryant and Brian Hooper celebrated their birthdays this week; Pete Craker, Geoff Harte, Terry Rogers, Mal Chatfield, Missy Miscamble, Ron Carroll, Dave Rhook and Gordon Stringer will celebrate their birthdays this coming week, give them a ring or send an email, say G'day. Happy Birthday to you blokes from all of us. Has anybody have a photo of Winjan 4. If you have could you please scan it and forward it to me. I will include it in the website. MILDURA REUNION - The programme: Friday 28 Lunch at the RSL - Meet and Greet, Saturday AM - River Cruise - lunch, Saturday PM ? Dinner (dress code is smart casual) 1900 for 1930, Sunday - Sports Day, Monday - Free, Tuesday Melbourne Cup Races at Mildura. The status of who is attending the reunion is now contained on the web site under Mildura http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm Is your name there? In the last week Peewe and Christine Petherick have indicated they may be attending whereas, Max Delahunty, Ray Poole, Glen and Jenny Summerhayes indicated they will not be attending. There are currently 95 starters. Is your name there? Please let me know, if you are a 'yes' 'no' or 'maybe'. Accommodation - We have booked accommodation in at the Central Motel from Friday to Wednesday, this motel is opposite the RSL and close to all amenities in town. We are paying $105 a night for a double. Ron Pope sent an email indicating there were not many Kaiber 2 blokes attending. Where are YOU!! These are further details and prices: Meet and Greet @ $10 per head River Cruise @ $45 per head Dinner @ $45 per head Farewell Free Registration @ $5 per head Merchandise Place mats $7 Mugs $7 Shirts $35 Ball caps $15 Stubby Holders $8 All items require prepayment - an order form is attached as an enclosure which includes the following banking details. Return the completed forms by either email to me rugbyron@bigpond.com and forward all cheques and hard copy orders to me at PO Box 137 Dee Why NSW 2099 ITF:1963 REUNION HMAS LEEUWIN BSB/ACCT NO 032003 307469 To positively identify who deposits money into this account please follow the instructions, either: a. Go to a Westpac Bank, use a standard deposit slip include the above account details plus fill in the box which contains the Auxiliary Serial number with your service number preceded by a zero in lieu of the R or S (eg 093840), and in the Transaction Code box include the number 60. b. Use the net, in the Payments, pay anyone pages, there is a description box, please insert the six numbers of your service number, c. Send a cheque to Ron Giveen, PO Box 137 Dee Why NSW 2099 endorsed with ?1963 Reunion HMAS LEEUWIN? or d. Do not send a Money Order unless there is absolutely no other option. If you have to, endorse it ?Ron Giveen? as Australia Post does not know who ?1963 Reunion HMAS LEEUWIN? is. Also this week: 100 years of RAN in Australia - Publication Carnival Australia 2011 MORETON REUNION DINNER Wicked Camper Vans (attached)Click here to download this file DFRDB (Attached)Click here to download this file cheers Ron SUBJECT 100 YEARS OF RAN IN AUSTRALIA New publication about 100 years of RAN, check it out at the site below. http://www.nxtbook.com/faircount/RoyalAustralianNavy/RAN100/index.php#/0 SUBJECT CARNIVAL AUSTRALIA Carnival Australia, incorporating P&O Cruises Australia, Princess Cruises and Cunard are giving serving and ex-service personnel a $250.00 onboard credit when taking a cruise on any of their vessels. To obtain the credit, you need to send a copy of proof of your service (Discharge Certificate, Certificate of Service), when making your booking to: Snail Mail Defence Benefits PO Box 2006 North Sydney NSW 2059 FAX: 0284249161 Email defencebenefits@carnivalaustralia.com You then receive confirmation of the credit. Carry this with your Cruise paperwork when boarding. If you have already booked a future cruise, but had not applied for the credit, then as well as your copy of proof of service, you need to send your cruise details (Cruise number, departure date, etc.). SUBJECT MORETON REUNION DINNER 2011 MORETON REUNION DINNER You and your partner are invited to join with your shipmates Venue: United Service Club, Wickham Terrace, Brisbane DATE Friday 29th July, 2011 Time: 1830 for 1900 Dress: Gentlemen: Lounge Suit or Uniform (W4) Ladies: After Five Cost: $70.00 per person (Three Course Dinner - drinks not included) Enquires: Ray Sketcher. Tel: 3278 4004 Glenn Williams. Tel:3455 2783 M: 0407 337 963 RSVP: 22 July, 2011 Please return acceptance slip and cheque made payable to ?The Moreton Navy Social Club? to: K. Drinkwater 38 Coronet Crescent, BURLEIGH WATERS QLD 4220 Tel: 55763865 M: 0409623239 Name: ___________________________________________________ Partner?s Name: ___________________________________________ Phone Contact: ___________________________________________ Email Address: ______________________________________________ Amount enclosed: $____________________ 1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 5 June 2011 www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv2/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page2.htm G'day and Welcome, Hope all is well on the home front. Boong Franklin and Stan Church have been in contact and are both contactable by email. As you know Boong lives in Indonesia (he wished to send his regards to all the troopers) and Stan has recently sold his home in Townsville and is currently on the road somewhere in the West. Get in contact with them. Stan?s number is 0407148068. There are a few changes to the proforma for Mildura, additions include who wants to play bowls and golf (those participating, their details will be forwarded to Doug Wilson (bowls) and John Hatchman (golf) to work out the finer details of these fun days. The River Cruise is going to cost more ? the price has just been jacked up. For those who have booked and paid to date there will be no increase. We had a great time at Rockers on Friday. A Newsletter will be promulgated in the very near future. James Dean, Bongo DiBetta, Sandy Michels, Tony Bath and Surfie Richards will celebrate their birthdays this coming week, give them a ring or send an email, say G'day. Happy Birthday to you blokes from all of us. MILDURA REUNION - The programme: Friday 28 Lunch at the RSL - Meet and Greet, Saturday AM - River Cruise - lunch, Saturday PM ? Dinner (dress code is smart casual) 1900 for 1930, Sunday - Sports Day, Monday - Free, Tuesday Melbourne Cup Races at Mildura. The status of who is attending the reunion is now contained on the web site under Mildura http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm Is your name there? In the last week Boong Franklin indicated he will not be attending. There are currently 95 starters. Is your name there? Please let me know, if you are a 'yes' 'no' or 'maybe'. Accommodation - We have booked accommodation in at the Central Motel from Friday to Wednesday, this motel is opposite the RSL and close to all amenities in town. We are paying $105 a night for a double. These are further details and prices: Meet and Greet @ $10 per head River Cruise @ $45 per head Dinner @ $45 per head Farewell Free Registration @ $5 per head Merchandise Place mats $7 Mugs $7 Shirts $35 Ball caps $15 Stubby Holders $8 All items require prepayment - an order form is attached as an enclosure which includes the following banking details. Return the completed forms by either email to me rugbyron@bigpond.com and forward all cheques and hard copy orders to me at PO Box 137 Dee Why NSW 2099 ITF:1963 REUNION HMAS LEEUWIN BSB/ACCT NO 032003 307469 To positively identify who deposits money into this account please follow the instructions, either: a. Go to a Westpac Bank, use a standard deposit slip include the above account details plus fill in the box which contains the Auxiliary Serial number with your service number preceded by a zero in lieu of the R or S (eg 093840), and in the Transaction Code box include the number 60. b. Use the net, in the Payments, pay anyone pages, there is a description box, please insert the six numbers of your service number, c. Send a cheque to Ron Giveen, PO Box 137 Dee Why NSW 2099 endorsed with ?1963 Reunion HMAS LEEUWIN? or d. Do not send a Money Order unless there is absolutely no other option. If you have to, endorse it ?Ron Giveen? as Australia Post does not know who ?1963 Reunion HMAS LEEUWIN? is. There is a new Chief of Navy, his name is Admiral Ray Griggs. He took over from Admiral Russ Crane. Also this week: 817 SQN - ex-Senior Sailor Maintainers and Engineers WRANS REUNION 2012Click here to download this file Release of Records ie Your info at Navy Office to the public cheers Ron SUBJECT 817 SQN - ex-Senior Sailor Maintainers and Engineers http://home.iprimus.com.au/bevinstringer/index.html Anthony Wills To all ex-Senior Sailor Maintainers and Engineers. In this, the final year of 817Sqn and our Sea Kings. The currently serving maintenance senior sailors would like to invite all past maintenance Senior Sailors and Engineers to a reunion to be held Friday evening 11 Nov 11. At this stage the venue will be the Bomaderry RSL, with a cover charge of $10 per person to cover venue hire, smally eats and initial social lubricants. The venue has a cap of 100 people, therefore if the response warrants we will source an alternate venue and advise all. We would appreciate the word being spread by as many personnel as possible. In order to lock in numbers, we would appreciate people depositing the cover charge direct into our Senior Sailor's Social Fund bank account as well as a reply email to either bradley.graham@defence.gov.au or simon.hustwit@defence.gov.au with reference to your intentions to attend. If you could please include your name and the word "reunion" that will help our treasurer make sense of it all. Bank account details are: DEFCREDIT 817Sqn SSSF BSB: 803-205 Acc: 20796417 Thank you all and we look forward to a glut of replies and a great evening reliving highlights of the squadron we love. Warm Regards, Brad & Simon 02 44241750 Fear God, Honour the King Aude Facere SUBJECT Release of records by the National Archives of Australia BACKGROUND The National Archives of Australia is responsible for making Commonwealth records available to the public under the provisions of the Archives Act 1983. The Act requires the National Archives to release records for public access which are in the open access period unless they contain information that falls into one or more of the 16 exemption categories as defined in section 33 of the Act. This applies to both records in the Archives? custody and those still with government agencies. Following amendments to the Archives Act in May 2010, the closed access period was reduced from 30 years to 20 years. The changes will be phased in over a 10-year period. Each year, the open access period for Commonwealth records will increase by two years. Before release each file is examined by specialist Archives? staff who are delegated under the Act to examine records and make decisions about whether they can be released. Sometimes this is done in consultation with relevant departments and agencies. The National Archives holds a range of information about identified individuals, including files about service personnel, migrants, and subjects of investigation by the security services. Personal information available in these records may include full name, date and place of birth, addresses, next-of-kin details, education qualifications, medical details and work history. The majority of researchers seeking access to these files are family historians, subjects of the files or next of kin. Under section 33 (1)(g) of the Act material can be exempted if it constitutes an unreasonable disclosure of personal affairs. In the case of medical health information, the age of the material, the amount of detail in the record, and whether the subject of the information is deceased is taken into account. Detailed medical histories and material containing information of continuing sensitivity are not released. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 1. What records are available for possible release? The Archives Act applies to all records except those of the Courts, some records of the Parliament, governors-general, the monarch and some records held by other national collecting institutions, such as the National Library of Australia. There is a right of access to all other records in the open access period, including those held by government agencies. Before the National Archives releases records for public access they are examined to ensure they do not contain information requiring exemption. 2. Who can access the documents? Once the file has been examined and any exemptions have been applied, the file is available to any person who wants to view it. 3. Can normal records of service be released, and if so, to whom? Yes they can be released, once they have reached the open period and after they have been examined, and to anyone who has requested them. Service records are used by the services to administer the movements and pay of personnel. They commonly contain biographical information as well as service information such as movements, postings, training and performance reports, changes in rank, and brief mention of injuries or illness. 4. Can medical documents be released? Minor medical information such as administrative documents in service dossiers are usually suitable for release. Sensitive medical information on service dossiers would generally be removed from the dossiers and retained by the Department of Defence before records are transferred to the National Archives. Department of Veterans? Affairs (DVA) case files which may include hospital, medical or pension files contain personal information that is sensitive, so therefore are not always available for public release. Because many World War II and post-World War II veterans or their spouses or siblings are still alive DVA case files from later years are not suitable for public release even though they are in the open period. The Archives advises inquirers requesting DVA files or Defence health records to contact the departments directly. 5. Can service performance reports be released, and if so, to whom? Service performance reports can be released. Section 33 (1)(g) of the Archives Act provides that a record is exempt from public access if it contains ?information or matter of which under this Act would involve the unreasonable disclosure of personal affairs of any person (including a deceased person)?. Both the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) and the Federal Court have determined that information relating to a person?s professional affairs, including their employment performance, is not considered to be their personal affairs and therefore cannot be exempted under the personal affairs exemption. Under section 33 (1)(j), information about the business or professional affairs of a person can be withheld where release of this information would adversely impact on lawful business or affairs. 6. Would the service dossiers of SAS soldiers be released? SAS members? service documents are still in the custody of Department of Defence. At the present time the department is preparing dossiers of those who served in Korea and Vietnam, including the SAS, for transfer to the National Archives. Sensitive operational information is not usually held on a member?s file but all records are being checked for sensitive operational and medical information before transfer. If any of this information is found it will be removed from the file and retained by the Department of Defence. 7. Are subjects of files notified before release of documents relating to them? While the Freedom of Information Act requires agencies to consult individuals named in records before release, the Archives Act contains no such provision. This recognises the difference in age of records each Act deals with and the practical difficulties that such a provision would entail. After more than 20 years it is unlikely that the National Archives would be able to contact the large numbers of individuals about whom information is released each year, so in the interests of consistency and equity the Archives does not seek individual views. 8. Can an individual pre-empt the release of any documents by taking some course of action with the National Archives? No. The Archives Act requires the National Archives to make open period records available for public access unless they contain exempt information as defined at section 33 of the Act. Any person can apply to the Archives for access to an open period record. No person can seek to pre-empt an application for access being processed. Under the law an applicant is not required to explain why they want access nor are they required to be related to, or to have sought permission from, the subject of the record or the subject?s relative. The National Archives provides access to records through its reading rooms, copying service and its website. Because the Act does not prescribe delivery channels, the National Archives is able to exercise some discretion about what it makes available online. In certain circumstances online access will be withdrawn if the subject of a record, or an immediate relative, objects to a record being online. Where online access is withdrawn, records will continue to be available through the National Archives? reading rooms and copying service as according to the Archives Act. 9. What, if any, other external documents does the National Archives use to interpret the Act? Under the Act, the National Archives is the decision maker in relation to providing access to Commonwealth records. Decisions are made using a detailed Access Examination manual which has been informed by relevant decisions by the AAT and Federal Court and sometimes advice sought from government agencies and departments. Due to changes in the Act reducing the closed period from 30 to 20 years the National Archives is currently reviewing the Access Manual to reflect this change. When the review is completed the Access Manual will be available on the Archives website. If you seek further information or have concerns about information that has been released, please consult Fact Sheets available on our website (www.naa.gov.au) or contact: Director, Reference & Information Services National Archives of Australia PO Box 7425 CANBERRA BUSINESS CENTRE ACT 2610 1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 29 May 2011 www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv2/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page2.htm G'day and Welcome, Hope all is well on the home front. Plenty to read this week mostly leading towards the Centenary of the Navy celebrations. Went into the KUTTABUL SS Mess for Pay Day raffles on Thursday and had about 40 people sign the petition for the DFRDB Petition. Don?t forget to fax yours off. Don?t forget about our little shindig at the Rockers this Friday 3 June commencing at 1200. Currently Ted Hase, John Hatchman, Mick Gallagher, Doug Wilson, Jack Davey, Mike Hogan, Schubes, Tom Houldsworth, Spook Cairns and myself have indicated we will be attending. Sandy Powell has forwarded his apologies. For those of you sitting on the fence, wondering what you will be doing on a sunny day in early June come on down and say G?day. Please let me know if you are attending. Dave Staines, John Tant, Ron Pope and Doug Rasmussen will celebrate their birthdays this coming week, give them a ring or send an email, say G'day. Happy Birthday to you blokes from all of us. Glenn and Jennie Summerhayes forwarded the following: Hi Ron and All, It hits home these days as we lose more and more of our shipmates to various cancers etc. Nothing more out of the USA regarding the links to Agent Orange and Asbestos. It seems from the info received that the US Senate has withdrawn all funding of these two items from the research area. Now Settling into our move back home to Port Macquarie NSW and catching up with old friends from the 80's. Do you have anybody in my area on the books, especially from Intake 7 of 1963? Would it be possible if not too much of a hassle to Record the Intake against different mates who have made contact or respond, especially those that pass over the bar. Old age and names seem to be my biggest hurdles these days. Great to keep up the Newsletters Ron. Have we ever done a review of how many JR's graduated from Leeuwin in Intakes 6 & 7? There would seem to be a number still out there that we have no contact with. Best wishes to all and "Thank You" to those who have made contact with me over the past six months since my illness has deteriorated - a little improvement at the moment - I'm just a University 'Guinea Pig' these days but maybe some will get some benefit from the Research. Regards and Best Wishes to ALL Glenn & Jennie SUMMERHAYES R94128 Intake 7 / 63 MILDURA REUNION - The programme: Friday 28 Lunch at the RSL - Meet and Greet, Saturday AM - River Cruise - lunch, Saturday PM ? Dinner (dress code is smart casual) 1900 for 1930, Sunday - Sports Day, Monday - Free, Tuesday Melbourne Cup Races at Mildura. The status of who is attending the reunion is now contained on the web site under Mildura http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm Is your name there? In the last week KI and Mary Fielding have indicated they will be attending. Glen Butler who is a starter, has emailed saying he is going overseas for two years but may be back in October for the reunion. There are currently 95 starters. Is your name there? Please let me know, if you are a 'yes' 'no' or 'maybe'. Accommodation - We have booked accommodation in at the Central Motel from Friday to Wednesday, this motel is opposite the RSL and close to all amenities in town. We are paying $105 a night for a double. These are further details and prices: Meet and Greet @ $10 per head River Cruise @ $40 per head Dinner @ $45 per head Farewell Free Registration @ $5 per head Merchandise Place mats $7 Mugs $7 Shirts $35 Ball caps $15 Stubby Holders $8 All items require prepayment - an order form is attached as an enclosure which includes the following banking details. Return the completed forms by either email to me rugbyron@bigpond.com and forward all cheques and hard copy orders to me at PO Box 137 Dee Why NSW 2099 ITF:1963 REUNION HMAS LEEUWIN BSB/ACCT NO 032003 307469 To positively identify who deposits money into this account please follow the instructions, either: a. Go to a Westpac Bank, use a standard deposit slip include the above account details plus fill in the box which contains the Auxiliary Serial number with your service number preceded by a zero in lieu of the R or S (eg 093840), and in the Transaction Code box include the number 60. b. Use the net, in the Payments, pay anyone pages, there is a description box, please insert the six numbers of your service number, c. Send a cheque to Ron Giveen, PO Box 137 Dee Why NSW 2099 endorsed with ?1963 Reunion HMAS LEEUWIN? or d. Do not send a Money Order unless there is absolutely no other option. If you have to, endorse it ?Ron Giveen? as Australia Post does not know who ?1963 Reunion HMAS LEEUWIN? is. Also this week: Australian Navy Weapons DVA- ENews Navy Birthday Frankston (Attached)Click here to download this file RADM P.G. Kennedy funeral details Partners of Veterans (Attached)Click here to download this file RAN Centenary Medallion House Sitting (Attached)Click here to download this file RAN Band Concert for centenary celebration July 2011 Medical Survey into the use of solvents in the Australian Defence Forces Navy Centenary Celebrations in Brisbane (Attached)Click here to download this file All Ranks Naval Stores Reunion - Gold Coast - November 2011(attached)Click here to download this file cheers Ron SUBJECT AUSTRALIAN NAVY WEAPONS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJz3nSfC13Y&feature=related SUBJECT DVA ENews Issue - 2 - 2011 This issue, we look at news across DVA, post another successful Anzac Day. Minister Snowdon was amongst the 6,500 people who made the pilgrimage to Turkey, to help mark the landings at Gallipoli. Some 4,000 also attended the annual dawn service held at the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, France. DVA organises both the Gallipoli and Villers-Bretonneux events each year. Other services were held at significant sites from Australia?s military history across the globe. Locally, thousands of Australians, young and old, attended services and marches across the nation, helping to ensure that this significant day of reflection and remembrance lives on. ________________________________________ Greece and Crete Commemorative Mission This year marks the 70th anniversaries of the Battles for Greece and Crete. During the battles, Australians fought alongside New Zealand, Greek and British troops to help defend the country from enemy invasion. A commemorative mission involving six Second World War veterans was undertaken between 15-26 May. The mission party visited significant sites linked to the battles. For more information please visit the DVA Media Centre. ________________________________________ The 2011-12 Budget provided $60.7 million in initiatives for veterans. This includes $30.1 million for a Veterans? Pharmaceutical Reimbursement Scheme and $3.4 million to overhaul the rehabilitation and compensation claims process. A new Prisoner of War (POW) Recognition Supplement will provide former POWs with an extra $500 per fortnight in recognition of their special service and sacrifice at a total cost of $27.2 million. For more information on these budget measures, visit the DVA website. ________________________________________ DVA's new Coordinated Veterans? Care Program commenced on 1 May 2011. The program aims to reduce unplanned hospitalisations through improved community care for eligible Gold Card holders with chronic and complex illnesses. DVA will progressively write to Gold Card holders who might benefit most from the program, suggesting an assessment from their GP. Once enrolled in the program, the GP, a nurse coordinator and the participant will work together to better plan, manage and coordinate the participant?s health and community care. Participation is not mandatory and doesn?t affect any other DVA entitlements. For further information please visit the CVC website. ________________________________________ Feedback sought on Review of Military Compensation Arrangements report The Minister for Veterans? Affairs, Warren Snowdon, publicly released the report of the Review of Military Compensation Arrangements on 18 March 2011. Feedback is being sought from the defence and veteran communities on the report with comments due by 30 June 2011. The report made 108 recommendations, including four pairs of two alternative recommendations. The report can be accessed on the DVA website. Feedback can be provided in writing to the Review?s Secretariat by email at milcomp.review@dva.gov.au or mail to: Military Compensation Review Secretariat GPO Box 9998 CANBERRA ACT 2601 ________________________________________ New online health assistance with the Wellbeing Toolbox The Department has recently launched a new health and wellbeing website - the Wellbeing Toolbox. The Wellbeing Toolbox provides interactive educational material in key areas such as problem solving, building support, helpful thinking, getting active, keeping calm and sleeping better. It has been developed in conjunction with leading experts at the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health and can be accessed at www.wellbeingtoolbox.net.au or via www.touchbase.gov.au. ________________________________________ Find Your Mates with touchbase The touchbase website now also provides users with the opportunity to keep in touch or reconnect with other former serving personnel, family and friends using a new online community Find Your Mates. You can search for people that you served with by name, gender, age, location and service. Find Your Mates is available through the touchbase website. ________________________________________ Review of Cooking For One or Two Program Since its inception, the Cooking For One or Two (C4 1-2) program has been effective in helping men to improve their cooking skills, knowledge and has helped to change their perceptions about the degree of difficulty involved in preparing healthy and tasty meals. DVA has begun the process of reviewing the C4 1-2 resource kit and wants to hear feedback from ex-service organisation members who are current or former program facilitators, about how the resource kit can be improved. An online survey has been created, featuring nine questions about the strengths and weaknesses of the program. It should take around 10 minutes to complete. The survey is open until 30 June 2011. To participate, check out the online survey. For more information contact DVA?s Specialist Advisory Unit on 133 254 (metropolitan) or 1800 555 254 (regional). ________________________________________ Men?s Health Peer Education (MHPE) aims to raise the veteran community?s awareness of men?s health issues by encouraging members of the veteran and ex-service community to share the responsibility for managing their own health and wellbeing. What?s new? Go to the MHPE website to read the March issue of the MHPE magazine. You?ll also find the new Men?s Quick Health Check. The checklist will only take a couple of minutes. The checklist will confirm the things you?re doing well and suggest things you could do to improve your health. ________________________________________ Scams The Department of Veterans? Affairs is aware of scam activity which specifically targets DVA clients. There is now a dedicated page on the DVA website with information on potential scams and measures you can take to avoid being scammed. Another useful government website to monitor is SCAMwatch, this site contains information on how to protect your privacy and regular updates on scam activity. ________________________________________ Veterans' Health Week 2011 Veterans' Health Week will be held the week of 24 - 30 October 2011 this year. This year?s theme is building on the strengths of the veteran community ? mental wellness. We are working in partnership with ex-service and community groups to develop and fund a program of activities. Like previous years, Veterans' Health Week will encourage the veteran community to consider their health needs and provide suggestions for positive changes to live stronger, healthier and happier lives. For more information on how to get involved visit the DVA website or email vhw@dva.gov.au. ________________________________________ Media releases For the latest news across the Department visit the Media Centre page of the DVA website. Veterans' Affairs e-News is a regular service provided by the Department of Veterans' Affairs. To unsubscribe to e-News, send an email to e-news-unsubscribe@dvalists.aaa.net.au with the word UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject field. To subscribe to e-News, send an email to e-news-subscribe@dvalists.aaa.net.au with the word SUBSCRIBE in the subject field. Once joined, you will receive a confirmation email. Comments or feedback on Veterans' Affairs e-News may be sent to DVAmedia@dva.gov.au SUBJECT RADM Kennedy funeral details Admiral Kennedy's funeral details are as follows. The Funeral Mass for Phil Kennedy will be celebrated at the Holy Rosary Church in Nedlands at 9.30 on Tuesday the 31st of May. The Church is at the corner Thomas and Elizabeth Streets Nedlands. On completion of the service the cortege will proceed to Karrakatta for a burial service at 11.15. The RAN will be providing a Funeral Party from HMAS Stirling and the VLSVA will Parade their Banner also providing a guard of honour. It is hoped that the Brisbane banner will also be Paraded. Flowers appreciated or donations in lieu to the Arthritis Foundation of WA.Inc. Medals are to be worn. There will be a gathering of the family and friends at Hollywood Bowling Club on completion of the Funeral. The Club is at 42 Smyth Road Nedlands In order that a fine Officer a true Gentleman and every ones friend be given a very fitting farewell it is requested that as many of you who can put aside some time to attend, do so. It would be great to see you all there. Yours Aye, Peter Flockhart. SUBJECT RAN CENTENARY MEDALLION Below is an image of a 60mm double sided Medallion commemorating the Centenary of the RAN (1911 -2011) The medallion is offered for purchase through the FESR Qld Division and comes in a presentation box. The small plastic stands do not come with the medallion but are available separately. You are able to view more details of this medallion and how to order by opening the "Slops & Memorabilia" menu of the FESR website http://www.fesrnavy.asn.au Regards Les Sheehan Pic shows both sides of medallion and the presentation box. SUBJECT RAN BAND CONCENT IN SYDNEY ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A Signal from The Director of Music, Royal Australian Navy: The Royal Australian Navy has a proud record of service to the nation, and on 10 July 2011 will celebrate its centenary. To mark this important milestone, the Royal Australian Navy Band will present A Naval Salute at the City Recital Hall at Angel Place, Sydney. This concert will be held on 10 July 2011 commencing at 1930 and concluding at 2200. A Naval Salute will promote core messages about the history, current activities and people, and future direction of the Royal Australian Navy using narrative and music with audio visual accompaniment. Key elements of Navy?s ceremonial repertoire including Colours, Beat to Quarters, Man Ship, Cheer Ship, and Ceremonial Sunset will feature during the concert along with the outstanding ensemble and individual performance skill of the Royal Australian Navy Band and its musicians. Specially commissioned music to celebrate the occasion will be performed on the evening, and artwork to acknowledge Indigenous service to the Royal Australian Navy will be unveiled. Her Excellency, Ms Quentin Bryce AC, the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia has indicated that she will be attending the concert. As she will be formally welcomed with military honours, you are requested to be seated by 7.15 pm in time for the commencement of formalities. To assist with seating allocation and indicate your intention to accept this invitation, please contact Leading Seaman Catherine Wainwright at navy.band@defence.gov.au or by telephone on 02 9359 2618. You and your guests are most welcome. Tickets confirming your seating allocation will be dispatched to you on 27 June 2011. I look forward to your company and to welcoming you aboard. Yours aye, P.C. ANDERSON OAM Commander, RAN Director of Music Serving in Harmony +61 417 487 842 +61 2 9359 3802 Website: www.navy.gov.au/Navy_Band and www.youtube.com/dmusn 1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 22 May 2011 www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv2/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page2.htm G'day and Welcome, Hope all is well on the home front. Athol Marsh passed over the bar last Sunday the funeral service conducted on Saturday 21. Thanks to all who have helped with the photos plus the condolences and encouragement which you have forwarded to his daughter Natasha. It seems the only photo we could come up with at LEEUWIN was the class one. Jim Bush is working on a good copy to send. Mick Gallagher had two recent photos of Athol taken at the 2008 reunion , one of Athol and himself, the other, Athol with Schubes. As a result of the appeal for photos, two taken by Mick and another received from Darby Ashton taken at the Recruiting Centre in Brisbane on 7 Jan 63 have been included on the web site. Received this email recently from Natasha: Thank you so much for all of your help so far, i would appreciate it if you could pass on our upmost appreciation to everyone that is helping find these photos. My address is 3 Gannet Lane, Australind WA 6233. Once again thank you all as i appreciate any that you are able to help with. cheers Natasha Don?t forget about our little shindig at the Rockers on 3 June commencing at 1200. Currently Doug Wilson, Jack Davey, Mike Hogan, Schubes, Tom Houldsworth, Spook Cairns have indicated they will be attending. For those of you sitting on the fence, wondering what you will be doing on a sunny day in early June come on down and say G?day. Please let me know if you are attending. The Navy Rugby team had a good week in Canberra, defeating both the RAAF and then on Saturday the Army. Well done Navy. Jim Clegg, K.I. Fielding, Gary McGrath and Jack Davey will celebrate their birthdays this coming week, give them a ring or send an email, say G'day. Happy Birthday to you blokes from all of us. JR COMMEMORATIVE MEDALS - There are 15 JR Commemorative Medallions still available from the foundry. The cost is $85 plus postage and anyone wanting to buy one should contact Jim Benny at Techast Australia in Ballarat techcast@iprimus.com.au . These are left from orders that were not paid for and collected. Jim as you know is an ex JR who helped us tremendously in the project and if these can be sold it will mean he is not out of pocket so to speak. DVA Claim - Tug Wilson our host in Mildura would like all to know: He is a DVA Advocate and would like to hear from anyone who wishes to make a claim. In his words, anytime of the day is OK. His details are allan@ncable.com.au 03 50230631 0429 964 842 A little clarification on the reunion, it is not school holidays however as it is over the Melbourne Cup weekend the bookings are similar to that of the school holidays. So whatever your accommodation intentions are, it is now time to book. We have booked in at the Central Motel from Friday to Wednesday, this motel is opposite the RSL and close to all amenities in town. We are paying $105 a night for a double. MILDURA REUNION - The programme: Friday 28 Lunch at the RSL - Meet and Greet, Saturday AM - River Cruise - lunch, Saturday PM ? Dinner (dress code is smart casual) 1900 for 1930, Sunday - Sports Day, Monday - Free, Tuesday Melbourne Cup Races at Mildura. The status of who is attending the reunion is now contained on the web site under Mildura http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm Is your name there? In the last week Jeff and Jenny Wake and Les Barclay have indicated they are unable to attend. There are currently 93 starters. Is your name there? Please let me know, if you are a 'yes' 'no' or 'maybe'. These are further details and prices: Meet and Greet @ $10 per head River Cruise @ $40 per head Dinner @ $45 per head Farewell Free Registration @ $5 per head Merchandise Place mats $7 Mugs $7 Shirts $35 Ball caps $15 Stubby Holders $8 An order form is attached as an enclosure.Click here to download this file Also this week Touchbase Newsletter No1 DFRDB Petition (Attached)Click here to download this file cheers Ron SUBJECT DFRDB PETITION Gentlemen, Can I ask for a favour? I have to table my petition on DFRDB the week after next. I have only received about 300 signatures. Time is short and I need more people to sign. Can I ask you to send this petition to all your mates and get them to hustle theirs for signatures if they have not already signed? Thank you in anticipation Ewen Jones M e m b e r f o r H e r b e r t Phone 07 4725 2066 Fax 07 4725 2088 Web www.ewenjones.com.au Email ewen.jones@aph.gov.au Address Nathan Business Centre Cnr Ross River Rd & Nathan St Cranbrook QLD 4814 SUBJECT TOUCHBASE NEWSLETTER NO 1 Welcome to the first edition of touchbase e-newsletter May 2011 This e-newsletter is part of a new service dedicated to supporting men and women who have separated from the Australian Defence Force (ADF). As a subscriber to the touchbase website or its Find Your Mates facility you will receive this regular e-newsletter filled with relevant and interesting stories for the ex-service community. Out of the Army, into Africa They say Africa gets under your skin. Once you have been, you yearn to return and again steep yourself in the rich and exciting experiences of that beautiful, challenging continent. For ex-Army officer Brad Horn, he turned his love of Africa into a way of life after he separated from the ADF in 1993. Read more Yoga and the art of rehabilitation Leaving school at the age of 15 to go straight into the Army, Bryce Tunny didn?t envisage he?d one day become a yogi. But this former Lance Corporal has used the ancient practice of yoga to rehabilitate his body after years of physical neglect, including from his days in the ADF. Read more A helping hand for you and your family The transition from military service to civilian life can present many challenges. Sometimes individuals or families require extra help to make the adjustment or to deal with problems that can emerge, even years after separation. In addition to counselling and group programs, the VVCS ? Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service, offers support for those with complex issues. Read more New online health assistance with the Wellbeing Toolbox The Department of Veterans? Affairs has recently launched a new health and wellbeing website - the Wellbeing Toolbox. The Wellbeing Toolbox provides interactive educational material in key areas such as problem solving, building support, helpful thinking, getting active, keeping calm and sleeping better. It has been developed in conjunction with leading experts at the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health and can be accessed at www.wellbeingtoolbox.net.au or through the touchbase website www.touchbase.gov.au. Find Your Mates with touchbase The touchbase website now also provides users with the opportunity to keep in touch or reconnect with other former serving personnel, family and friends using a new online community Find Your Mates. You can search other members for those you served with by name, gender, age, location and service ? access Find Your Mates via touchbase now. What?s happening? For details about upcoming events and other activities of interest to the ex-service community, please visit the what?s happening page on touchbase. Help promote touchbase You may like to help spread the word about touchbase to others in the ex-service community. You can send on the touchbase website link or there are posters and brochures available at www.touchbase.gov.au which you can print out for display or distribution. Do you have a story to share? If you would like to share your story about life after the ADF like Brad and Bryce, we would love to hear from you. Please email us at touchbase@dva.gov.au 1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 15 May 2011 www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv2/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page2.htm G'day and Welcome, Hope all is well on the home front. Am in FNQ for the remainder of the week, please give me a call (0410529797) if anybody would like to catch up. This week there is a further update on Kev Uttley, a travel note from Bob Stupple and advice on JR Commemorative Medals from Ken Dobbie besides a lot of other items. Don?t forget about our little shindig at the Rockers on 3 June commencing at 1200. Let me know if you are attending. Max Delahunty, Ken Fielding, Doug Heath, Lindsay Best, Mick Aylmer and Terry Burgess will celebrate their birthdays this coming week, give them a ring or send an email, say G'day. Happy Birthday to you blokes from all of us. A further update on Kev Uttley - Dear Darby & Frances, Just thought I would let you know that we have finally found a lowset villa to move into. It is a little bit expensive, but that seems to be the price that you have to pay to rent these days. We moved all our furniture and everything Kevin has been hording for years with the help of some very kind people from our church. We will be moving in ourselves tomorrow and looking forward to settling down to some sort of normality. Kevin is in day Rehab 2 days per week for the next few weeks. He is doing very well and is now walking with the aid of a four pronged walking stick. He is not allowed to walk without someone beside him just yet, but is getting stronger each day. He now has movement in his right shoulder, his right elbow is starting to move as well and a his fingers are starting to show a little sign as well. Unfortunately, his right ankle and wrist have not responded yet, but we are far from giving up. The hardest part for Kevin is his speech has now improved very much and it would appear that this will be his biggest hurdle but he is a fighter and has a great sense of humour. If you are ever coming down to Brisbane please let us know if you have time to visit and it would be lovely to meet Frances if she is with you. We still haven't received Kevin's pension card and the guy who rang me from DVA was saying that he wasn't sure that Kevin had worked enough hours to claim his pension bonus. So we are hoping that they can sort it out very soon. I hope all is going well for you and would appreciate it if you could pass this information onto the other guys. Hope all is going well for you and yours. Bless you Kevin and Larraine Bob Stupple forwarded this email re the Small Arms Museum at Lithgow. Hi there Ron, Pat and i have just visited the Small Arms Museum in Lithgow and would recommend this place to everyone. Chris Mitchell ex JR 1966 is one of the guides, and gives an excellent tour. could you let members know in your newsletter. Regards Bob Stupple Vale Ian Mc Lauchlan - It is my sad duty to inform the Vendetta Association that CPO WTR Ian McLauchlan passed away this morning. The funeral will be held on Friday at 1400 at the Uniting Church, Forster NSW. For those who remember Ian as the Chief PO Writer on board the Vendetta on its first commission and served on the ship from 1958, 1959 and 1960. This man was always cheerful and a smile never left his face. Sadly missed by all Tony (bogey) Knight. JR COMMEMORATIVE MEDALS - G'day Ron, I have just been made aware that there are 15 JR Commemorative Medallions still available from the foundry. The cost is $85 plus postage and anyone wanting to buy one should contact Jim Benny at Techast Australia in Ballarat techcast@iprimus.com.au . These are left from orders that were not paid for and collected. Jim as you know is an ex JR who helped us tremendously in the project and if these can be sold it will mean he is not out of pocket so to speak. If you can put something in your next newsletter we might be able to help him out. Cheers Ken D DVA Claim - Tug Wilson our host in Mildura would like all to know: He is a DVA Advocate and would like to hear from anyone who wishes to make a claim. In his words, anytime of the day is OK. His details are allan@ncable.com.au 03 50230631 0429 964 842 A little clarification on the reunion, it is not school holidays however as it is over the Melbourne Cup weekend the bookings are similar to that of the school holidays. So whatever your accommodation intentions are, it is now time to book. MILDURA REUNION - The programme: Friday 28 Lunch at the RSL - Meet and Greet, Saturday AM - River Cruise - lunch, Saturday PM ? Dinner (dress code is smart casual) 1900 for 1930, Sunday - Sports Day, Monday - Free, Tuesday Melbourne Cup Races at Mildura. The status of who is attending the reunion is now contained on the web site under Mildura http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm Is your name there? In the last week nobody has contacted me. There are currently 93 starters. Is your name there? Please let me know, if you are a 'yes' 'no' or 'maybe'. Also this week Splice the Mainbrace in Frankston in July (Attached)Click here to download this file Budget ? Veteran Community Military History WW2 ? can you help Scrap Iron Flotilla ? Mess Dinner DFWA Update 260 (attached)Click here to download this file cheers Ron SUBJECT BUDGET ? VETERAN COMMUNITY The Gillard Government has maintained its commitment to Australian veterans and their families in the 2011-12 Budget, and provided $60.7 million in new initiatives. This includes $30.1 million for a Veterans? Pharmaceutical Reimbursement Scheme and $3.4 million to better meet the needs of our troops through an overhaul of the rehabilitation and compensation claims process. A new $27.2 million Prisoner of War (POW) Recognition Supplement will provide former POWs with an extra $500 per fortnight in recognition of their special service and sacrifice. Finding room in a responsible Budget for new initiatives reflects the Government?s commitment to continued support for more than 360,000 veterans and their families. Veterans? Pharmaceutical Reimbursement Scheme The $30.1 million Veterans? Pharmaceutical Reimbursement Scheme will assist around 70,000 veterans with out-of-pocket costs for medications, and delivers on an election commitment to introduce a fair solution that provides veterans with war or war-like service relief from pharmaceutical costs. Minister for Veterans? Affairs, Warren Snowdon, said many veterans have complex health needs arising from or compounded by their war service and face increasing costs from the medications they need. ?This is a positive outcome for many veterans who have additional costs from the pharmaceutical co-payments not covered under existing entitlements to veterans,? he said. Veterans who have qualifying service and are in receipt of a disability pension (or equivalent under other Department of Veterans? Affairs administered entitlements) will receive this additional support towards their health care needs. The Scheme will be effective from 1 January 2012, with the first reimbursements to be made in early 2013. For eligible veterans, the reimbursements will cover the gap between the pharmaceutical allowance component of the Pension Supplement and the pharmaceutical safety net. New initiative to overhaul rehabilitation and compensation claims process ?Under a new $3.4 million initiative, the Department of Veterans? Affairs will begin a major overhaul of the rehabilitation and compensation claims process to better meet the needs of our troops who are injured or adversely affected as a result of their service,? Mr Snowdon said. The Gillard Government is committed to ensuring this process is improved, especially for our personnel currently serving overseas. Over time the claims process has been criticised for being complex, unwieldy and slow, and it?s clear that veterans require a more modern and sustainable support system. This initiative will help identify changes required to streamline rehabilitation and compensation processes, and will provide a simpler experience for clients, their advocates and the broader veteran community, to better meet their needs. Planning and investigation, including a pilot project, will commence this year and conclude in early 2012. The 2011-12 Budget also delivers funding already committed by the Australian Government, including: ? More than $8 million per year in additional funding for the Australian War Memorial; and $3.3 million for the establishment of a world-first education centre in Washington DC honouring Vietnam veterans, delivering on a 2010 Labor election commitment. Media inquiries: Minister Snowdon: Alice Plate 0400 045 999 Department of Veterans? Affairs Media: 02 6289 SUBJECT MILITARY HISTORY If you are able to assist with the following please contact Tom Lewis direct at email address: talewis@bigpond.com.au I'm seeking shipmates (or their descendents) who served with LCDR Rankin at any time up to and including his death in combat aboard HMAS Yarra, Dr Tom Lewis Military Historian If you can be of any assistance please contact Tom Lewis direct at email address: talewis@bigpond.com.au I'm trying to contact any members of HMAS Deloraine, the WWII corvette, who were on board when she fought the Japanese submarine I-124. Dr Tom Lewis Military Historian SUBJECT SCRAP IRON FLOTILLA ? MESS DINNER SATURDAY 25 JUNE 2011 INVITATION TO NAVAL MESS DINNER COMMEMORATING THE SCRAP IRON FLOTILLA AT KINGSGROVE RSL 1. The Cadets and Staff of TS Sirius are honoured to invite you to join us on Saturday 25 June 2011 at a Naval Mess Dinner and Ceremonial Feature to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Scrap Iron Flotilla?s service in the Mediterranean Campaign, and in particular, to mark the loss of HMAS Waterhen on 29/30 June 1941, the first Australian warship to be lost to enemy action in World War Two. The activity will be held at Kingsgrove RSL between 1830 and 2230. 2.. Invited Guests include members of the Scrap Iron Flotilla ? HMA Ships Waterhen, Stuart, Vampire, Vendetta and Voyager, succeeding namesake HMA Ships, Rats of Tobruk, members of Kingsgrove RSL, other RSL members and allied veterans of World War Two, and any other interested veterans or service personnel, together with members of the Australian Army Cadets (233AAC), and Australian Air Force Cadets (302SQN AAFC). 3. The Official Guests of Honour will be members of the Scrap Iron Flotilla, together with Navy Officers, and a senior RSL Official. 4. Tickets will cost $45 per person. Dinner will include a three-course meal and non-alcoholic drinks. A separate bar service will be available for adult guests, and will be a personal responsibility. 5. A brass ensemble from the Royal Australian Navy Band will provide music and entertainment during the evening. Cadets will conduct ceremonial feature presentation in honour of the Scrap Iron Flotilla. 6. Dress for the evening is Mess Dress with medals for serving members and veterans, or lounge suit with medals, and after-fives (evening wear) for ladies. 7. Entry into Kingsgrove RSL at 4 Brocklehurt Lane, Kingsgrove is via The Avenue/Kingsgrove Road intersection, and multi-level car parking is available. 8. RSVP and Bookings can be made by Monday 13 June 2011 with SBLT Chris Hartley ANC by email to: chrishartley_navy@yahoo.com.au or phone 0422 698 737. Tickets are limited, so please do not delay in responding. 9. Payment of $45 per person can be made by cheque/money order payable to TS SIRIUS. The postal address for all correspondence is: SBLT Chris Hartley ANC XO TS Sirius PO Box 2178 SMITHFIELD NSW 2164 Please also refer to the following links for your enjoyment of Navy music and reflection upon the service given by Australia's naval community. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXLlQ9OEQ_o ? Australian Navy tribute The Scrap Iron Flotilla Theme ? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_d_8nsG9Gs Proud Echo ? Performance at the 2010 Sea Power Conference http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcT-MyPpVtI&feature=related I look forward to hearing from you. yours aye, Chris Hartley SBLT ANC XO TS Sirius Reliance Flotilla AUSTRALIAN NAVY CADETS "Heavens Light Our Guide" Phone: 0422 698 737 1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 8 May 2011 www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv2/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page2.htm G'day and Welcome, Am away in FNQ for a few weeks, catching up with family and going TO Port Douglas fishing with my three brothers later week. It has been a busy week for some, look at the attachments. Gordon Stringer sent me an email saying Kev Uttley is home and doing outpatient therapy. Great news, I hope the recovery is swift and complete. All the best Kev. I have included another two photos in the photos page of the web site, one is of Chuckles Cuculowsky, the other is of six good looking roosters from Yagan 2. Don?t forget about our little shindig at the Rockers on 3 June commencing at 1200. Let me know if you are attending. Geoff Anderson, John Hatchman, Vic Purvey, Dave Walker and John Hume will celebrate their birthdays this coming week, give them a ring or send an email, say G'day. Happy Birthday to you blokes from all of us. DVA Claim - Tug Wilson our host in Mildura would like all to know: He is a DVA Advocate and would like to hear from anyone who wishes to make a claim. In his words, anytime of the day is OK. His details are allan@ncable.com.au 03 50230631 0429 964 842 A little clarification on the reunion, it is not school holidays however as it is over the Melbourne Cup weekend the bookings are similar to that of the school holidays. So whatever your accommodation intentions are, it is now time to book. MILDURA REUNION - The programme: Friday 28 Lunch at the RSL - Meet and Greet, Saturday AM - River Cruise - lunch, Saturday PM ? Dinner (dress code is smart casual) 1900 for 1930, Sunday - Sports Day, Monday - Free, Tuesday Melbourne Cup Races at Mildura. The status of who is attending the reunion is now contained on the web site under Mildura http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm Is your name there? In the last week Nifty and Dianne Thomas indicated they will be there, Bob Cavanagh, Gil and Lyn Larsson have indicated they are non starter, thanks for that blokes. Is your name there? Please let me know, if you are a 'yes' 'no' or 'maybe'. Also this week Vietnam Veterans Day Hobart (attached) X 2Click here to download this file Click here to download this file RAN 1960-1972 photos and videos RAN Crews and Ships records DFWA Supplementary Submission on Indexation Fair Go (attached) x 6 Click here to download this file Click here to download this file Click here to download this file Click here to download this file Click here to download this file Click here to download this file NAA Shipmates BBQ in QLD (attached)Click here to download this file Australian Destroyers in Vietnam RAN Centenary (attached)Click here to download this file DFWA Update (attached) Click here to download this file Jim Stallard ? photo cheers Ron SUBJECT MELBOURNE/EVANS REUNION The USS Frank E Evans/HMAS Melbourne reunion is in Waterloo, Iowa in Mid-September this year. Anyone wishing to attend, please forward your full mailing address to me ASAP, so that invitations can be mailed to you from the States. Please only respond if you are seriously considering going, as the mail-out cost is not cheap. I will be sending out further details at a later date as a general message, but we need the addresses for those who intend going. Cheers Ron Baker (aka Nullarbor) bakschae@optusnet.com.au SUBJECT RAN 1960 -1972 All the navy photos in this video feature the ships and aircraft of the "Royal Australian Navy" taken between 1960 and 1972 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERy5sp3-jf0&feature=fvsr SUBJECT RAN CREWS AND SHIPS RECORDS http://www.naa.gov.au/about-us/publications/fact-sheets/fs31.aspx It looks like Fact Sheets 30, 31, 138 but mainly 31 are the necessary areas to look. SUBJECT DFWA Supplementary Submission on Indexation http://www.dfwa.org.au/images/submissions/FAIR%20INDEXATION%20BILL%20SUPPLEMENTARY%20SUBMISSION.pdf SUBJECT NAA SHIPMATES BBQ This is an advance notice of the Annual NAA Shipmates? Barbecue to held at the Queensland Museum on Sunday, July 3rd, 2011. Sub-Sections? Presidents are encouraged to use this occasion as an opportunity for their members to catch up with Shipmates from other Sub-Sections and Affiliates for this great day of socialisation and fellowship. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or comments re contents of this email or the attachment. Regards, Trevor Rigby, State President. SUBJECT AUSTRALIAN DESTROYERS IN VIETNAM I am Executive Director of Tin Can Sailors, Inc. which is an American association of destroyer veterans numbering about 19,000 members. As a Vietnam Veteran myself I am interested in the Australian ships that operated with us there. We publish a quarterly newspaper of which I am editor and I would like to be able to include occasional stories from the Australians who crewed those ships. I have run the story of the tragic accidental bombing of HMAS Hobart but I know that there are other stories that our readers would like to hear. I would very much appreciate it if you could put me in contact with the RAN side of your organization or someone who might further my search for stories of Australian destroyers for an American audience. Best Regards, Terry Miller Executive Director & Editor Tin Can Sailors, Inc. The National Association of Destroyer Veterans (U.S.) www.destroyers.org terrymiller@destroyers.org dd836@ymail.com PO Box 1544 North Wales PA 19454-0544 USA SUBJECT JIM STALLARD ? PHOTO I have a request to find a photograph of Jim Stallard, RAN 1959-1971 - Rating CPO/ERA. Jim was a Voyager survivor and he passed away on 24.03.08. Nambour RSL is looking for this photograph to place in their continuous list of late members. This request came to me on ANZAC Day in Brisbane and I promised to endeavour to follow this up through you, as you both have so many contacts within the Navy. My name is Alex Garlin, the Nominal Roll Compiler for the National Servicemen Assn. I can be contacted on 07 5446 5210 regards. 1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 1 May 2011 www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv2/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page2.htm G'day and Welcome, Missed last week as we circumnavigated NSW which included touring around the major rivers of NSW with some mates. Had a great time. Caught up with Barry Langan and his wife Di at the Veterans Retreat just outside Mildura. Barry was a Starvo and is a 4th intake from LEEUWIN. They manage a Veterans Retreat which is a caravan park for us about twenty k?s from Mildura. Our motley group stayed there and had a terrific time. We enjoyed the Happy Hour and of course catching up. Barry indicated he would provide a bus to take anybody who stayed at their park to the dinner on the Saturday night. He also mentioned that the reunion is during the school holidays. So whatever your accommodation intentions are, it is now time to book. Hope everybody commemorated ANZAC Day in the appropriate way. Barry Nichols, John Shinn, Wally Cook, Greg Peers, Merv Sempfel, had birthdays last week, Kev Rowland, Charlie Russell, Ian Hine, Wally Jankwisky, John (Woody) Woodward, Pat Zegenhagen and me will celebrate their birthdays this coming week, give us a ring or send us an email, say G'day. Happy Birthday to you blokes from all of us. Has anybody heard from or know where Charlie Russell is, would like to catch up. You may recall some weeks ago I asked about Reg Blakemore, well I received the following from Glenn Summerhayes, Re: Reg (Wayne) BLAKEMORE joined JRTE in July 1963 7th Intake in Nakina 4. I was a close friend of him during our time at Leeuwin and only caught up with him again in 2006. I believe he discharged from the RAN in about 1966/67. When I saw him in 2006 he was very unwell and living with his navy mate partner in Cardiff, NSW near Newcastle. Unfortunately I was not aware that he had crossed the bar until your Email. I know he was survived by his younger sister and family - not sure if he was ever married or had children. Cheers Glenn SUMMERHAYES R94128 (7/1963) Slowly back on the mend - still have 8 Kilo's in weight to gain. Victoria Cross - Ken Dobbie forwarded this information on the Victoria Cross Inquiry (details are under) - G'day Ron, many of our intake did their initial sea time on Vampire in 1964. The captain at the time was David Hamer. I see in today's Australian that he is being considered for recognition for past acts of gallantry and valour. Given that he was awarded a DSC in WW2 I am assuming that he is now being considered for something a bit higher such as a VC. The web site is www.defence-honours-tribunal.gov.au David Hamer had a distinguished career in the Royal Australian Navy, serving as a gunnery officer on ships during World War II. There are many stories of his bravery. One that I will mention is about when he was serving in the Philippines on HMAS Australia, which was being dive-bombed by six Japanese Kamikaze dive-bombers. David stood up in the gun turret and broadcast to the ship's crew exactly what the Kamikaze pilots were doing as they attacked his ship, thus advising all around him of the danger and how they might respond. That is just one of many stories that are told of his bravery in service. For this distinguished command and leadership in action, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. He also served in Korea on HMAS Tobruk, and later was the Director of Naval Intelligence and commander of the 10th destroyer flotilla. He retired from the Navy in 1967 with the rank of captain. Who is coming to the Rockers for lunch on Friday 3 June? This will be our final function this year outside the reunion in Mildura. We should meet around 1200 have a drink, have some lunch, talk about the reunion or whatever, have another drink and depart when you want to. Should be a interesting departure from your normal Friday activities. DVA Claim - Tug Wilson our host in Mildura would like all to know: He is a DVA Advocate and would like to hear from anyone who wishes to make a claim. In his words, anytime of the day is OK. His details are allan@ncable.com.au 03 50230631 0429 964 842 MILDURA REUNION - The programme: Friday 28 Lunch at the RSL - Meet and Greet, Saturday AM - River Cruise - lunch, Saturday PM - Major function, Sunday - Sports Day, Monday - Free, Tuesday Melbourne Cup Races at Mildura. The status of who is attending the reunion is now contained on the web site under Mildura http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm Is your name there? In the last week Hoss and Judy Potter, Chris and Ruth Rowland and Alan and June White will be there, Ken Scarisbrick has indicated he is a non starter, thanks for that Ken. Is your name there? Please let me know, if you are a 'yes' 'no' or 'maybe'. Also this week Fair Indexation Bill Plus attachment aboveClick here to download this file VENDETTA Plaque attendance documentClick here to download this file Victoria Cross Inquiry DFWA Update (Attached)Click here to download this file cheers Ron SUBJECT FAIR INDEXATION BILL SUBMISSION You are probably aware there is a Bill before the Senate, introduced by the Coalition, to provide fair indexation of DFRDB pensions. After initial debate, the Bill was referred (yet again!) for another Senate Inquiry. The Committee is due to report back to the Senate by 10 May. Very little time was allowed for public submissions. Nevertheless, The Alliance of Defence Service Organisations (ADSO) has made a submission to the Inquiry, and this is attached for your information. Before the Senate votes on this Bill, The Alliance is also sending a letter to all Senators to argue for their support for the Bill. The Fair go Campaign (through the Alliance) is also asking everyone with Non-Coalition Senate Representation to write to their Labor, Green or Independent Senators, and strongly express their personal support for the Bill. The Fair Go Campaign is developing a standard format letter to use as a base line for this and it will probably be released shortly. However, the more personal the letters are the better. Every letter they receive is another unhappy constituent, and they do count them. If you feel inclined to support this action, the attached submission can be used for as much ammunition as you feel necessary. Please feel free to circulate the attachment widely among your contacts. In fact, it would be very helpful if you did. SUBJECT Victoria Cross Inquiry The Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator David Feeney, today announced that the independent Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal will inquire into unresolved recognition for past acts of naval and military gallantry and valour. ?There have been numerous acts of gallantry and valour by Australian naval and military servicemen since World War I,? Senator Feeney said. ?I am pleased that the Tribunal will inquire into recognition for thirteen naval and military personnel. Their brave acts of gallantry and valour deserve greater recognition. ?Their stories are heroic. Robert Davies fired at enemy aircraft, as he and his gun mount slowly submerged. Francis Emms manned a machine gun whilst severely wounded. Ordinary Seaman ?Teddy? Sheehan bravely shot down a bomber and kept aircraft away from his mates in the water. He went down with his ship. These Australians will now receive the national recognition that they deserve,? Senator Feeney said. The thirteen servicemen include: 1. Gunner Albert Neil (Neale) Cleary ? Army (East Geelong, VIC) 2. Midshipman Robert Ian Davies ? Navy (Greenwich, Sydney, NSW) 3. Leading Cook Francis Bassett Emms ? Navy (Launceston, TAS) 4. Lieutenant David John Hamer ? Navy (Melbourne, VIC) 5. Private John Simpson Kirkpatrick ? Army (Shield, County Durham, UK.) 6. Lieutenant Commander Robert William Rankin ? Navy (Cobar, NSW) 7. Able Seaman Dalmorton Joseph Owendale Rudd ? Navy (Unknown) 8. Ordinary Seaman Edward Sheehan ? Navy (Barrington, Devonport, TAS) 9. Leading Aircrewman Noel Ervin Shipp ? Navy (Julia Creek, North QLD) 10. Lieutenant Commander Francis Edward Smith ? Navy (Lismore, NSW) 11. Lieutenant Commander Henry Hugh Gordon Dacre Stoker ? Navy (Unknown) 12. Leading Seaman Ronald Taylor ? Navy (Unknown) 13. Captain Hector Macdonald Laws Waller ? Navy (Unknown) ?A number of people have raised the issue of a Victoria Cross for former Defence Force personnel with the Gillard Government,? Senator Feeney said. ?Through the Terms of Reference, I have directed the Tribunal to make recommendations on the eligibility of the listed naval and military members to receive the Victoria Cross, the Victoria Cross for Australia or other forms of recognition for their service. ?I am also pleased to announce that as part of this Inquiry, the Tribunal will receive submissions from interested members of the public for other Defence Force members who may also be worthy of appropriate recognition for an act of gallantry or valour. ?However, it is important that these submissions are supported by appropriate documentation, not just anecdotal evidence,? Senator Feeney said. It is important to note that although submissions for servicemen other than the thirteen cases will be received as part of this Inquiry, they will not be considered in detail at this time. All submissions will be recorded, acknowledged, analysed and referred to the Gillard Government for decision concerning possible future action. ?I encourage former service members, historians, family of the thirteen military personnel and members of the general public to take advantage of this opportunity and make a submission to the Tribunal,? Senator Feeney said. The Inquiry will be headed by the Chair of the Tribunal, Emeritus Professor Dennis Pearce AO. He will be assisted by Tribunal members: - Professor David Horner AM, Professor of Australian Defence History in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University; - Vice Admiral Don Chalmers AO (Retd), former Chief of Navy; - Brigadier Gary Bornholt AM, CSC (Retd), former senior Army officer; and - Air Commodore Mark Lax OAM, CSM (Retd), former senior Air Force officer. ?Before the Tribunal can make any recommendations on the eligibility of the thirteen cases for any form of retrospective recognition, we will have to look at the rules, procedures and issues of principle relating to the award of the Victoria Cross, the Victoria Cross for Australia, and other forms of appropriate recognition and the evidentiary standards,? Professor Pearce said. ?We will consult experts in the field of honours and awards. We will also take into account the constitutional and diplomatic issues. ?Only once this has all been done, will the Tribunal be able to proceed to the consideration of the thirteen cases. We are expecting to conduct public hearings around Australia in the second half of this year,? Professor Pearce said. A call for submissions will be released shortly in the national press. Submissions to the Inquiry will close on 30 June 2011. The full terms of reference for the inquiry and guidance on how to make a submission can be obtained at: www.defence-honours-tribunal.gov.au The Tribunal can be contacted at: Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal Locked Bag 7765 CANBERRA BUSINESS CENTRE ACT 2610 or via e-mail to DHA.Tribunal@defence.gov.au Further Information: Mary Bermingham, Acting Executive Officer, Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal (02) 6266 3486 1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 17 April 2011 www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv2/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page2.htm G'day and Welcome, An early one this week. Have just arrived in Toowoomba, and ready to take off to do the 'Two men in a tinnie trick' i.e. from central Queensland, pick up the Darling River then the Murray, will turn left at the Murray and do the source rather than the mouth. We don?t have a tinnie but I am carrying a kayak and expect to do a couple of hours a day on that, the rest will be just driving alongside the rivers. We expect to do some fishing and yabbying, so should be fun. It was a shock to hear of Lindsay Edgerton's passing, I think he was our age, a great sportsman and a great man, a sad loss. Gordon Duncan, Rod Hazell, Billy Broome, Col Yench and Jim Juleff celebrate birthdays this coming week, give them a ring or send them an email, say G'day. Happy Birthday to you blokes from all of us. Has anybody heard from or know where Bill Broome or Jim Juleff are, would like to catch up. Who is coming to the Rockers for lunch on Friday 3 June? This will be our final function this year outside the reunion in Mildura. We should meet around 1200 have a drink, have some lunch, talk about the reunion or whatever, have another drink and depart when you want to. Should be a interesting departure from your normal Friday activities. DVA Claim - Tug Wilson our host in Mildura would like all to know: He is a DVA Advocate and would like to hear from anyone who wishes to make a claim. In his words, anytime of the day is OK and he isn?t busy right now. His details are allan@ncable.com.au 03 50230631 0429 964 842 MILDURA REUNION - The programme: Friday 28 Lunch at the RSL - Meet and Greet, Saturday AM - River Cruise - lunch, Saturday PM - Major function, Sunday - Sports Day, Monday - Free, Tuesday Melbourne Cup Races at Mildura. The status of who is attending the reunion is now contained on the web site under Mildura http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm Is your name there? In the last week Norm and Narelle Friebe plus Kim and Kay Daw have indicated they will be attending. Freddy Auty is not as well as he should be, he has indicated he will not be able to turn up. Is your name there? Please let me know, if you are a 'yes' 'no' or 'maybe'. Greg Henderson-Smith forwarded the following email: Ron I have to continue to send apologies for functions that are too far from home. Unfortunately my health is still such that I may be required to take a ride in an ambulance whenever my problem rears its? ugly head. Hopefully the routine I have recently started to follow may alleviate this in the future, but for now I am fairly restricted in my travel. When and if I ever get a clearance from my specialists things may change but for now please list me as an apology for Mildura. Send my best to all attendees for an enjoyable time. I really would like to get together with everyone before my twig finally breaks. Regards Hyphen Also this week Navy Victorian Network HMAS YARRA - Sydney ANZAC Day HMAS VENDETTA - Brisbane ANZAC Day 100th Anniversary Badges and Stickers cheers Ron SUBJECT NAVY VICTORIA NETWORK (NVN) Dear Inaugural Recipient, Welcome to the Commissioning of an exciting new website NVN, and, as a flow on from that, a regular Electronic Newsletter. Please go to http://navyvic.net to view the Website which is still under construction with more exciting things to come. By way of background of the NVN, in mid 2010, 6 ex Navy people met informally over a lunch in Melbourne to discuss what could be done to bring the extended Navy family in Victoria closer together as the passage of time (particularly for the WWII Veterans), tougher drinking laws and harsh economic times were forcing the closure of many Navy Associations (and also large numbers of RSL?s) thus leaving the Navy Veteran without any support or knowledge of what was happening in the ex- Navy Community. The main reason for these people wanting to set up a website and a regular electronic newsletter was because they would often bump into ex-Navy personnel who complained that they never know what?s going on (particularly in relation to ?naval activities? in their own State) but that, given a ?heads-up? about things of interest, they?d love to be more active ?observers? or ?participants? in order to be ?reconnected? with likeminded ex-Navy (and serving) personnel. This new Website does not belong to any existing Navy Association nor are they trying to poach members from other Organisations. It is a free service with no membership fees or strings attached. All we ask is that you bring the details of the web-site address to the attention of your members so they can see, at their convenience, what's happening in and around Victoria at any time. It would also be appreciated if you could encourage them to sign up to receive the monthly 'Electronic Newsletters' by completing the application on the right hand side of the home page. Once signed up they will then receive monthly 'Newsletters' which provide updates about what's new or changed on the web-site relating to the subjects described in the attached Mission Statement. Although primarily designed with Victorians in mind, anyone can subscribe to the Newsletter and access the Website. All that is required is an email address. Unfortunately time and resources preclude having a printed Newsletter distributed via Australia Post. The creation of the website and ongoing costs has been made possible by a Grant from the Melbourne Naval Centre. NVN Team http://navyvic.net www.navyvic.net Email address: webmaster@navyvic.net A web based only information highway for the Victorian Navy family (and other interested parties) as follows: MISSION To provide a free, all-inclusive medium for the electronic exchange of information of interest to the extended Navy Community of Victoria. OBJECTIVES 1. Advertise events of interest. 2. Promote knowledge of and networking between ex Naval associations and organisations. 3. Promulgate information. 4. Encourage relatives of ex-Navy persons to reflect on their family's service. 5. Foster camaraderie across the extended Navy Community. ADVERTISE EVENTS OF INTEREST Provide an annual calendar of events for the wider Navy community including: ? RAN warship visits ? Open days ? Ship?s company activities ? RAN Band Vic public recitals ? Marches ? Memorial services ? RAN community support activities and events organised by ex Naval associations that they?d like advertised to the wider Navy community PROMOTING KNOWLEDGE OF (AND NETWORKING BETWEEN) EXISTING ASSOCIATIONS AND ORGANISATIONS ? Maintain a database of all existing Victorian based Naval associations, the names of their Presidents and Secretaries and their POCs for further information ? Promulgate links to and contacts within the existing and ex Naval organisations and associations ? Encourage readers of the NVN website to pass details/links to their ex Navy and Reserve friends ? Encourage registration of email addresses for obligation free regular updates PROMULGATE INFORMATION ? Provide tag lines of interest in Naval and Defence magazines and ex association newsletters with POCs to these sources ? Draw attention to issue affecting ex Navy & Reserve personnel (eg. Indexation of military pensions) FOSTER CAMARADERIE IN THE WIDER NAVY COMMUNITY ? Promote the free flow of information between NVN ?reporters? and key POCs in all Victorian based ex Naval associations ? Promote interest in social and community Maritime events where camaraderie can be fostered ? Provide capacity to put registered names in contact with each other ? Provide a central point of contact The Webmaster is Laurie ?Lozza? PEGLER and he can be contacted on webmaster@navyvic.net SUBJECT HMAS YARRA - SYDNEY ANZAC DAY Dear Members, Family and Friends, Well time is moving fast once again and Anzac day is nearly upon us. On Anzac Day we will be meeting at the usual gathering point on the corner of King and Castlereagh Streets. We need to be ready to step-off will by 0900 from that point. The banner is to be in position and displayed by 0830. The Association would like to welcome the Officers and Crew of HMAS Yarra to march with us on such an important day representing our Ships names; Yarra?s I, II, III and IV. It should be noted that not only is the name HMAS Yarra from a foundation Ship of the RAN but we also have representatives of persons who served on Yarra?s II, III and IV. Although our President did go onboard Yarra I as a Sea Cadet. After the march we will meet in Hyde Park for our Bi-Annual General Meeting, after which we will hold a divisional meeting (same as last year) at the Strand Hotel, 99 William St, Darlinghurst ? 9360 6910. A free beer with a possible lunch is still being negotiated. If anyone is thirsty before the march then we can meet at the Grand Hotel on 30 Hunter Street (exit train at Wynyard station on George St, turn left on exiting station on George St, take first right and its 50 metres on Left) we?ll be standing outside on the road as usual. As I?m trying to negotiate a deal with the Strand Hotel for beers and hopefully some lunch, would it be possible to have numbers as soon as possible please. Please let me know if you have any questions and we look forward to seeing you on Anzac Day. Remember to wear your Association Badges and your annual fees are due. PS ? please note that at this stage we are unaware of the details for the arrangements for Anzac Day in Melbourne. regards Ray Vidler HMAS Yarra Association SUBJECT HMAS VENDETTA - ANZAC DAY BRISBANE Newsletter - 20/2011 Hello Shipmates, I hope that this year?s letter finds you all in good health and you are all looking forward to continued prosperity and health in 2011. This year in Brisbane it is back to normal with the exception that it is the 100th anniversary of the Australian Navy receiving royal assent in 1911 by the King. From that time the ships of the Royal Australian Navy became known as His Majesty?s Australian Ships. They became Her Majesty's Australian Ships after Queen Elizabeth II became the monarch. ANZAC DAY 2011 You are most welcome to come along and participate in the march through Brisbane as normal. 8.00 AM NEWSTEAD PARK ? CORVETTE MEMORIAL NAVAL ASSOCIATION MEMORIAL SERVICE 10.00AM FALL IN FOR MARCH ? near the TREASURY CASINO on WILLIAM STREET at the Cnr of WILLIAM AND ELIZABETH STS AFTER MARCH LUNCH (commences at 1200) JADE BUDDHA RESTAURANT 1 Eagle Street Pier Brisbane Cost: $35.00/ head for Members and Partners $45.00/ head for Non-Members RSVP Friday, 15 April 2011 For those attending the Brisbane march there are a couple of things you need to be aware of: a. We step off first this year so you need to be at the marshalling point by no later than 0945. We will be assembling in the marshalling area from around 0930. Look for our banner on the corner of William and Elizabeth Streets. b. Participation in the march is primarily for veterans. The involvement of non-veterans marching under the Vendetta Veterans Association banner is at the digression of the unit leader. c. Anzac Day is a ceremonial event and only full size medals are to be worn. Miniatures are for evening wear and ?out? for the march. d. BCC buses will be rotating from 0830 ? 1030 with pick-up points at Central Station, Queens Park and Elizabeth Street to take participants to the marshalling area. Queensland Division Activities Throughout the past year the Queensland Division of the Association has continued to meet regularly. Our project for 2011 is to have a bronze plaque mounted at the Australian War Memorial dedicated to the service of HMAS Vendetta (1958-79) and her crews. To realise this project we applied for a grant and received $3460.00 from the Department of Veterans Affairs under ?Saluting Their Service? Commemorations Program. The wording for the plaque was agreed to towards the end of 2010 and the order was placed for the plaque in early 2011. The plaque is now at the Australian War Memorial where it will be mounted in the Western Courtyard of the AWM prior to the dedication ceremony on 14th October 2011. AWM Plaque Dedication A Dedication Ceremony for the HMAS VENDETTA (1958-79) Commemorative Plaque will be conducted at the Australian War Memorial (AWM) on the afternoon of Friday 14th October 2011. The plaque will be cast in bronze by Arrow Bronze from Dandenong South, Victoria to the pre-determined standards of the AWM. The plaque will placed alongside those of other Navy, Army and RAAF Service Units in the Western Courtyard of the AWM. This new plaque will join the Scrap Iron Flotilla plaque featuring the same named ship HMAS Vendetta (1933-45). The Plaque will commemorate the Service of the Destroyer and her crews in Malaya, Singapore, Borneo, FESR and Vietnam between 1958 and 1979. The Chief of Navy has been invited to unveil the HMAS VENDETTA Plaque in the presence of the Destroyer?s surviving crew members along with their families and the family and friends of those no longer with us. This event has been made possible with a grant through the generous support of the Department of Veterans Affairs ?Saluting Their Service? Commemorations Grants program. The grant covers the cost of the plaque, its mounting at the AWM and the afternoon tea. Friday, 14 Oct 11 1400 Plaque Dedication Ceremony AWM, Western Courtyard 1500 Afternoon Tea AWM Western Courtyard Responsibility for the Canberra Dedication program is being shared by both the Queensland Division and the National Division of the Association. The Queensland Division is solely responsible for the Friday Dedication Ceremony and the National Division is responsible for every event after the Dedication Ceremony. The program for the weekend is still being finalised and details will be forwarded in the near future. Vendetta Veterans? Badges Name badges are issued to all current financial members of the Queensland Division of the Association. So remember to wear your name badge. If you forget to wear your name badge, bring an extra $2.00 for the fine. Replacement badges for members and spouse/partners are available through the Association for $10.00 each. We have a new stock of Vendetta Veterans? Association badges are available for sale. These can be obtained when you renew your membership either posting $20.00 by cheque/cash/money order or EFT to the address on the membership renewal form or bring the money on Anzac Day. Badges can be forwarded by return mail. EFT is Available Any payment to the Queensland Division of the Association may be made via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). If you wish to make payments by this method here are the details: Account Name: Vendetta Veterans Association (Qld) BSB: 484-799 A/C Number: 045145589 Membership Renewal MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTION RENEWALS ARE DUE ON ANZAC DAY $5.00 WW2 VETERANS - $10.00 ALL OTHERS In accordance with our constitution membership renewals are due on every Anzac Day. You can pay on the day if you plan to attend the march and/or the lunch or alternatively pay before the due day by taking advantage of the alternative payment options below. You can send a money order/cheque or take advantage of the EFT facilities available. If you use the EFT facility just be sure your name appears in the transaction so we can recognise your renewal. If your contact details haven?t changed and you are using EFT don?t worry about the form below. SUBJECT 100TH ANNIVERSARY BADGES AND STICKERS To all Navy/ex-Navy Personnel, The 100th Anniversary set is complete, and is now on sale and in stock for immediate post out. 20 mm Anniversary brass lapel/tie badge, with 12mm long pin for that thick coat or tie. Cost: $8.00 ea posted or, $6.00 ea for 2 or more +$3.00 post up to 20 90 mm iron on Anniversary patches: Cost: $10.00 posted, or $8.00 ea, for 2 or more + $3.00 post up to 10. 90 mm interior & exterior UV protected, car window decal stickers. Cost: $8.00 posted, or $6.00 ea, for 2 or more + $3.00 post up to 20. When ordering please state interior or exterior. Photos attached. For full details visit http://hmassydney.com Get that badge before Anzac Day cheers -- Lozza Webmaster http://hmassydney.com 1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 10 April 2011 www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv2/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page2.htm G'day and Welcome, A fairly quiet week has passed. I was told the initial meeting in Sydney on 2 April of the Tingira Group attracted about 40, three in uniform, Chief of Navy, his offsider and a mate Bob Saunders. If anybody is interested in this group, just google Tingira. For those going to Mildura, please look at the list, http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm see who is not going, especially if your mate is not listed as going, contact him and ascertain his intentions. This is going to be a good show, everybody will be able to enjoy themselves and received this from Doug Wilson: Hi Ron I have been in contact with Tug Wilson at Mildura and he has given me a name and a contact number at the bowling club at Mildura. Before I contact him I thought I would try and get an idea of numbers we will have so we can organise the amount of rinks we need and if we need to organise sets of bowls for the non regular bowlers. No one needs to be a regular bowler to participate all they need are a pair of flat soled shoes to wear on the green, clothing is of course mufti. The idea I have is for three bowl triples of eleven ends with nominated skippers and leads and seconds picked from a draw to encourage everyone to mix. The game should last about 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours it will be a fun day and a good chance for anyone who hasnt played bowls to give it a go, any game you can play with a schooner in your hand is a good game. As far as I know Barry Quigley isnt going so the game should be free of violence and sledging. Maybe the best way to go is for people to email me if they wish to play, so if you could let everyone know in your weekly news the can contact me at doug.trish@live.com.au Cheers Doug Wilson R93949 Neil Duckworth, Dave McFarlane, Scott Pascoe-Lambert and Kev Uttley celebrate birthdays this coming week, give them a ring or send them an email, say G'day. Happy Birthday to you blokes from all of us. DVA Claim - Tug Wilson our host in Mildura would like all to know: He is a DVA Advocate and would like to hear from anyone who wishes to make a claim. In his words, anytime of the day is OK. His details are allan@ncable.com.au 03 50230631 0429 964 842 MILDURA REUNION - Did you know, by attending our reunion you will be celebrating an event which is occurring during the centennial year of the RAN. What a Buzz. And of course 2012 is the centenary of Navy Rugby. The programme: Friday 28 Lunch at the RSL - Meet and Greet, Saturday AM - River Cruise - lunch, Saturday PM - Major function, Sunday - Sports Day, Monday - Free, Tuesday Melbourne Cup Races at Mildura. The status of who is attending the reunion is now contained on the web site under Mildura http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm Is your name there? In the last week we have had no additions. What's going on?? Is your name there? When I was in Perth at the Memorial Service, each and every 63 JR I spoke to was going to attend the Mildura Reunion this year in late October early November - so far the acceptances have been a little slow. Please let me know, if you are a 'yes' 'no' or 'maybe'. Also this week Lost Soul - Kevin Clark cheers Ron SUBJECT LOST SOUL - KEVIN CLARK Can any of you good people help to locate Kevin (KC) Clark who was a JR and possibly joined around 1965 - 67....He was on the Duchess in 1968 - 69 an old mate is trying to chase him down.....any help would be appreciated....cheers and good health....Errol Tomkins tomkins@tadaust.org.au 1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 3 April 2011 www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv2/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page2.htm G'day and Welcome, Another early version this week, off to CRESWELL to do a tad of fishing with the KUTTABUL SS Mess and some of Navy Rugby team. Should be a good weekend. Garry Pyke has retired as of today - Congratulations mate, enjoy the future. Howie Foot, Daryl (Speedy) Hannant, David (Larry) Kent, Jim Harris and Trevor Kay celebrate birthdays next week, give them a ring or send them an email, say G'day. Happy Birthday to you blokes from all of us. Thanks to those who responded with their birthdays from the list below, There are still 55 who have not responded. I have birthdays for all other names not listed. Had two responses to the official weights article. Ken Dobbie forwarded this: G'day Ron, those who compiled the list on weights etc might like to have another look at the weight of ammunition lifted by sailors. 40/60 ammo was stored in aluminium boxes on clips (I think 4 to a clip and 20 to a box) all 40/60 ammunition was carried to the gun mount in these boxes and only uncased prior to firing. The weight of each box would be 20 times the weight listed in the tables. For the purposes of re ammunitioning DDG's on the Gunline, special cradles(wood) were used and they held two rounds and as such you need to double the weight listed in the tables. I am aware of DVA cases that have been successful on the basis of the number of times each individual weight was lifted. In the case of re ammunitioning at sea on the Gunline hypothetically a sailor could have lifted say the weight of a 5" shell many hundreds of times in a short period. Typically an ammo transfer might take about one hour and as such the successful claim was based on repetitive lifting of the piece of ammunition rather than the actual weight of each shell. Cheers Ken D and Doug Heath: G'day Ron. And they forgot the weight of the SMLE; nine pounds, ten ounces (unloaded) as all who used one on chooks could verify. Cheers, Doug DVA Claim - Tug Wilson our host in Mildura would like all to know: He is a DVA Advocate and would like to hear from anyone who wishes to make a claim. In his words, anytime of the day is OK. His details are allan@ncable.com.au 03 50230631 0429 964 842 MILDURA REUNION - Did you know, by attending our reunion you will be celebrating an event which is occurring during the centennial year of the RAN. What a Buzz. And of course 2012 is the centenary of Navy Rugby. The programme: Friday 28 Lunch at the RSL - Meet and Greet, Saturday AM - River Cruise - lunch, Saturday PM - Major function, Sunday - Sports Day, Monday - Free, Tuesday Melbourne Cup Races at Mildura. The status of who is attending the reunion is now contained on the web site under Mildura http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm Is your name there? In the last week we have had Jessie and Wendy James and Doug Heath have advised they are 'maybes'. The impetus is growing!! Is your name there? Had a call from an old mate Barry Langan, he was a Starvo in his previous life an a real good bloke, now he managing a Veterans Retreat not far from Mildura. He rang the other night and forwarded his brochure which is attached. He also indicated he had access to a 23 seater and would be happy to take the starters to the Saturday night function at the RSL. This is a great opportunity for the grey nomads. The flyer is also on the Mildura page of the web site. When I was in Perth at the Memorial Service, each and every 63 JR I spoke to was going to attend the Mildura Reunion this year in late October early November - so far the acceptances have been a little slow. Please let me know, if you are a 'yes' 'no' or 'maybe'. Also this week Lunch at Parliament House Birthday Dates only 55 names to go John Bele - Passing over the bar Cheers Ron SUBJECT LUNCH AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE Dear Member Associations, Just a very late reminder of three items associated with our Annual Luncheon at Parliament House on Thu 14 Apr 2011. Exactly 2 weeks from today. These points are: 1. We currently have approx 180 Members and Guests attending. That's down on last year, primarily I believe, due to the cost increasing from $60.00 to $75.00 per head. I sincerely regret that there is NOTHING the FNSA could do to offset the additional costs. We will certainly look further afield for next year's Luncheon Venue. Meanwhile if some Members and wives/partners are out there who wish to attend then there is just enough time to get your cheque to Mary Bell at; 42 The Grandstand, St Clair NSW 2759. If you wish to attend and have not yet taken action then I recommend you call Mary on 9670 4025 or Ken Swain on 9907 9003 to indicate names etc and let us know your cheque is "on its way". 2. Parking at Parliament House is NOW only available to persons with a Disabled Car Sticker on the front window. We currently have 5 vehicle requests for Disabled Parking. The requests already received have been actioned. Last chance for any disabled Member who requires parking at Parliament House MUST email or phone Mary or myself (numbers in 1. above) to advise one of us of the number of your Disabled Parking Sticker, Make, Reg No and Colour of your vehicle no later than Fri 8 April. We will then pass this information on to Parliament House Security. 3. As yet we have not received ANY special requests from Members or Guests requiring a "Special Diet". Be advised that ALL meals at parliament House are Gluten Free. Any Member requiring a Special Diet i.e vegetarian etc MUST advise Mary or myself via email or phone by Friday 8 April. 4. Parliament House required payment which has been done by the Association. If you are unable to attend and have paid, unfortunately we are unable to do any refunds. However, if you can arrange for another person to take your place, please advise Mary as soon as possible so that that person will be included in the seating plan. Finally, it would be appreciated if Presidents/Secretaries or Representatives could relay this message to ALCON and in particular to those members already attending the Luncheon who may require disabled parking or a Special Diet. Ken Swain, President SUBJECT BIRTHDAY DATES I DO NOT HAVE 93966 BAXTER DENNIS EDWARD 93969 BIRT WILLIAM ARTHUR 93970 BLAKEMORE REGINALD WAYNE 93981 CAMPBELL DONALD ROBERT 93799 CECHNER MAXIMILLIAN RUDOLF 93801 CHAPMAN WILLIAM MAURICE 93892 CLAREY ROBERT ALLEN 93805 COLLINS ROGER WILLIAM 93809 COVENTON ROBERT RENNIE 93996 CSENDES KARL ANDRAEAS 93810 CULLEN BRUCE ARNOLD 93997 CUNNINGHAM IAN 93998 CURWOOD IAN ARTHUR 93820 DUNN JEFFERY 93822 EDWARDS HENRICK WILLIAM 94025 HAINING DAVID GRAHAM 93854 HINCH STEVEN FREDRICK 93860 HUNTER JOHN RAYMOND 94042 JABLONSKI WLADYSLAW JAN 93868 KING TERRY ERNEST 93873 KRAJEWSKI BERND WALTER 93878 LEITCH RICHARD JOHN 93882 LOWES ALLEN TREVOR 93885 McLOUGHLIN JOHN 94083 NICHOLSON JOHN LESTER 94084 NICOLSON DONALD ALASTAIR IAN 94087 O?MEARA PHILLIP JOHN 93898 OLIVER BRUCE CAMERON 94088 OVERMARS EVERHARDUS ANTONIUS HENRICUS 93901 PARTINGTON JOHN EDWARD 94093 PETERS GEOFFRY HOWARD 94095 POLLARD ROBERT FRANCIS 93908 POLLOCK MICHAEL ROBERT 94100 PRICE MALCOLM KENNETH 93914 RADLEY FREDRICK GEORGE 93915 RADOS JOSEPH 94104 RAMSAY BRIAN KEITH 94106 RENWICK PETER MARK 93917 RHEA JOHN CHARLES 93904 ROBERTS Steve GUENTER 94016 ROGERS IAN DOUGLAS 93921 RUSSELL COLIN CHARLES 93923 SAMS ALLEN JAMES 94116 SEABROOK GRAHAM ROY 94117 SHAKESPEARE THOMAS WILLIAM 94120 SMITH ALAN LESLIE 94124 STEPHENS JAMES FRANCIS EDWARD 93933 STEWART CHARLES DAVID 94131 TOOLE GEOFFREY JOHN 94134 TURNBULL IAN ALWYN 94136 VITENBERGS ROBERT BRUCE 94139 WALKER DARRYL WAYNE MARTIN 94140 WALTON PETER JOHN 94142 WEEKLEY RONALD RICHARD 94148 WILLIAMS ROGER FREDERICK SUBJECT JOHN BELE - PASSING OVER THE BAR Received this from Athol Marsh Ron, I was at a funeral yesterday in Bunbury of a friend John Percival Bele. during the service they showed pictures of his past life and it turns out he was an ex Navy man. I do not know when he was in but he would have been born around 74 years ago and looked like a young bloke of about 17 to 19 yrs old when the pic was taken. I did my best to honour an ex sailor . Thought that you may be able to let people know that ha has crossed the bar, There may be some old shipmates still out there who may want to know of his passing. 1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 20 March 2011 1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 27 March 2011 www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv2/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page2.htm G'day and Welcome, Hope all is well on the home front. There is quite a bit to read this week, Tassy Mason sent the attachment 'Daily News Summary' above. Click here to download this file It contains information on what is happening in Navy as we speak. There is also an attachment listing official weights you may have carried when in the Puss. A good document for DVA claims. Click here to download this file There is also an attachment illustrating the midget submarine attack on Sydney Harbour. It is worth a look, I thought it was brilliant. Kev Uttley - (email from Gordon Stringer) Ron, I have been speaking to Lorraine re Kev, and they are sending him home because they say he has reached a plateau, Lorraine is not too happy about this because she has seen some slight improvement in his bad arm. The bigger problem for her right now is the house they are in (rented) is more than one level and stairs everywhere, and Kev will be unable to use them, so she will have to shift. I really think she doesn't know which way is up at the moment. I think kind words and support are the order of the day for both of them. Dave Lowe is pulling out stops to help them, he is a real good bloke. Gordon Glen Summerhayes is still having a fairly rough time, give him a call, he forwarded this email- Hi Ron & Fellow 63 JR's, Sorry for the delay in getting back to you - but unfortunately in November 2010 I took a turn for the worst and was struck down with Partial Renial Failure & Extreme Dehydration (10 Kg's) Loss over a very short period. Thankfully for my Medical Research Team of Eight (8) Professors and collegues from Sydney & NSW Universities I am her to-day. Under their direction I have returned to Port Macquarie (my old home during the 80's) to get my PTSD under control to continue to fight this "Acute undiagnosed Intestinal Condition" under control again. My Email Address is still unchanged as: g.summerhayes@optusnet.com.au Home Ph: (02)6582.3844 Mobile: 0428 832 966 Diver Macca Mackenzie has forwarded this flyer - If anyone knows this bloke could they get him to contact me please? I might have some one in a senior RAN position that can advise him. Eric (Macca) McKenzie NSW Secretary RAN CD Association PO Box 5116 Dora Creek NSW 2264 02 49156722 04 28899376 www.rancd60.org.au www.rancd-association.com HeraldSun Gassed sailor slams navy From: HeraldSun March 18, 2011 ALMOST five years after a serious design flaw caused four sailors to be gassed on a navy patrol boat, six of the 14 vessels in the fleet have not been fixed. Alternatively, you can copy and paste this link into your browser: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/patrol-boats-still-toxic-after-gassings/story-e6frf7l6-1226023476633 Allan Kay, Terry Hume, Fred Howes and Peter Robinson celebrate birthdays next week, give them a ring or send them an email, say G'day. Happy Birthday to you blokes from all of us. Thanks to those who responded with their birthdays from the list below, There are still 59 who have not responded. I have birthdays for all other names not listed The 'Touch Base' article advertises 'finding your mates'. For us that could be good, if you haven?t seen your best oppo for twenty or thirty years or more, this may be the site for you. If you do find him let me know, would love to include him in our group. Remember, we are '1963 and interested parties', we just love company. DVA Claim - Tug Wilson our host in Mildura would like all to know: He is a DVA Advocate and would like to hear from anyone who wishes to make a claim. In his words, anytime of the day is OK. His details are allan@ncable.com.au 03 50230631 0429 964 842 MILDURA REUNION - Did you know, by attending our reunion you will be celebrating an event which is occurring during the centennial year of the RAN. What a Buzz. And of course 2012 is the centenary of Navy Rugby. The programme: Friday 28 Lunch at the RSL - Meet and Greet, Saturday AM - River Cruise - lunch, Saturday PM - Major function, Sunday - Sports Day, Monday - Free, Tuesday Melbourne Cup Races at Mildura. Memorabilia - This year amongst other items we will have polo shirts for sale, these shirts will contain only the LEEUWIN crest and 1963 i.e. no venue address or year - could you please let me know as a survey, if you prefer a pocket or no pocket. We will also be advertising Stubby Coolers, Caps - same as before, coffee mugs with venue and year as a souvenir of the year and location. I will forward prices when I know them and then ask for orders. Don't forget to respond whether you prefer pocket or no pocket on the polo shirt. The status of who is attending the reunion is now contained on the web site under Mildura http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm Is your name there? In the last week we have had Gordon Stringer and his partner Nita confirming their attendance. The impetus is growing!! Is your name there? Had a call from an old mate Barry Langan, he was a Starvo in his previous life an a real good bloke, now he managing a Veterans Retreat not far from Mildura. He rang the other night and forwarded his brochure which is attached. He also indicated he had access to a 23 seater and would be happy to take the starters to the Saturday night function at the RSL. This is a great opportunity for the grey nomads. The flyer is also on the Mildura page of the web site. When I was in Perth at the Memorial Service, each and every 63 JR I spoke to was going to attend the Mildura Reunion this year in late October early November - so far the acceptances have been a little slow. Please let me know, if you are a 'yes' 'no' or 'maybe'. Also this week Birthday Dates only 59 to go Lost Soul - John Taylor Attack on Sydney by Japanese midget submarines Release of the Campbell Review of Military Compensation Arrangements (Attached)Click here to download this file Lost Soul - Haydyn Hughes David Jamieson - DFRDB Indexation Cheers Ron SUBJECT BIRTHDAY DATES I DO NOT HAVE 93966 BAXTER DENNIS EDWARD 93969 BIRT WILLIAM ARTHUR 93970 BLAKEMORE REGINALD WAYNE 93981 CAMPBELL DONALD ROBERT 93799 CECHNER MAXIMILLIAN RUDOLF 93801 CHAPMAN WILLIAM MAURICE 93892 CLAREY ROBERT ALLEN 93805 COLLINS ROGER WILLIAM 93809 COVENTON ROBERT RENNIE 93996 CSENDES KARL ANDRAEAS 93810 CULLEN BRUCE ARNOLD 93997 CUNNINGHAM IAN 93998 CURWOOD IAN ARTHUR 93820 DUNN JEFFERY 93822 EDWARDS HENRICK WILLIAM 93834 GAWNE ANTHONY JOHN 94025 HAINING DAVID GRAHAM 94155 HEATH DOUGLAS ANGUS 93854 HINCH STEVEN FREDRICK 93860 HUNTER JOHN RAYMOND 94042 JABLONSKI WLADYSLAW JAN 93868 KING TERRY ERNEST 93873 KRAJEWSKI BERND WALTER 93878 LEITCH RICHARD JOHN 93882 LOWES ALLEN TREVOR 93885 McLOUGHLIN JOHN 94083 NICHOLSON JOHN LESTER 94084 NICOLSON DONALD ALASTAIR IAN 94087 O?MEARA PHILLIP JOHN 93898 OLIVER BRUCE CAMERON 94088 OVERMARS EVERHARDUS ANTONIUS HENRICUS 93901 PARTINGTON JOHN EDWARD 94093 PETERS GEOFFRY HOWARD 94095 POLLARD ROBERT FRANCIS 93908 POLLOCK MICHAEL ROBERT 93909 POTACZALA K ( graham) STANLEY 94100 PRICE MALCOLM KENNETH 93914 RADLEY FREDRICK GEORGE 93915 RADOS JOSEPH 94104 RAMSAY BRIAN KEITH 94106 RENWICK PETER MARK 93917 RHEA JOHN CHARLES 93904 ROBERTS Steve GUENTER 94016 ROGERS IAN DOUGLAS 93921 RUSSELL COLIN CHARLES 93923 SAMS ALLEN JAMES 94116 SEABROOK GRAHAM ROY 94117 SHAKESPEARE THOMAS WILLIAM 94119 SLOTBOOM JAN KAREL 94120 SMITH ALAN LESLIE 94124 STEPHENS JAMES FRANCIS EDWARD 93933 STEWART CHARLES DAVID 94131 TOOLE GEOFFREY JOHN 94134 TURNBULL IAN ALWYN 94136 VITENBERGS ROBERT BRUCE 94139 WALKER DARRYL WAYNE MARTIN 94140 WALTON PETER JOHN 94142 WEEKLEY RONALD RICHARD 94148 WILLIAMS ROGER FREDERICK SUBJECT LOST SOUL - JOHN TAYLOR If you are able to help with the following please contact Kerry Kerry at email address: kerry@navystokers.org I am trying to find a Stoker by the name of John Hartley (Squizze) Taylor R58278. I think he would be located in Melbourne, but.................Regards Kerry SUBJECT ATTACK ON SYDNEY BY JAPANESE MIDGET SUBMARINES WW2 midget submarine attack on Sydney Harbour http://ww2australia.gov.au/underattack/sub18.html SUBJECT LOST SOUL - HAYDYN HUGHES If you are able to assist with the following please contact Ron Bell at email address: shelagh.bell@masterbuilders.com.au My name is Ron (Dinger) Bell. CPOUW. I joined in 62 as a UW served in Malay/Borneo on Hawk and then stayed with minesweepers for a while but then went to Vendetta, Hobart, Perth, Supply, Westralia (commissioning crew as the buffer). Originally paid off in 82 but then was asked back in 87 as a full time reservists where I stayed until 96. Last posting was at the Seamanship school at Cerberus. I am trying to track down an old PO Stoker mate Haydn Hughes (R59093) who moved to Tasmania when he paid off and became a taxi driver (I think). The contact listed below is my wife's email address, any help would be appreciated. Thank You Ron SUBJECT DAVID JAMIESON - DFRDB INDEXATION Gents, When I spoke to Rob Oakeshott earlier this year he made the comment that he ?needed to do something about indexation? so I don?t doubt he is still supporting us but in terms of action he has not initiated anything that I am aware of. At our meeting with Andrew Wilkie, he stated that the independent members had been briefed that the ?fair indexation? bill was unconstitutional so he would not be voting for it. I then stated that as they had negotiated a way through this same issue on the students allowance matter they needed to take a similar approach to military superannuation indexation. Failure to achieve a positive outcome would see everybody as losers and more particularly the independents with him (Wilkie) to the fore as he had publicly stated his strong support for fair indexation just after his election. (Remember these guys are the politicians and they need to be across their ?craft?; results are what we need not honeyed words.) This is why we worded the Update the way we did. We are watching and ready to pounce if Oakeshott and Wilkie etal fail! Noel, I?m sympathetic to Bill?s approach. It would be very useful to meet with Oakeshott and reinforce the strength of our conviction that he has to carry through with his commitment and achieve a positive outcome. Failure to do so will rebound on him as the military superannuant community has waited long enough! There is a time scale on this dictated by the handling of the Opposition?s bill. How this pans out will determine our next set of actions. One way or the other we have to succeed even if we have to resort to some form of direct action! David David K Jamison. AM National President Defence Force Welfare Association Phone; 0416 107557 Skype: David k Jamison Email: jamison@bigpond.com web: www.dfwa.org.au www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv2/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page2.htm G'day and Welcome, Hope all is well on the home front. There is quite a bit to read this week, most of it is really interesting stuff, grab a beer, settle down and enjoy. An early version again this week as I am off tomorrow morning to the Gold Coast to swim in the Old Farts (I mean) AIF National Championships. You may remember Ted Walsh, he will be there, a good bloke, he was the OIC at PENGUIN NBCD School in the 60's and 70's as he served in the RN from a boy. He later changed over to the RAN and was the first bloke in charge of the Wreckers. If you don?t know what that term represents, it means the difference between it was when you were at sea and what it is now. From my experience post first Gulf War V 60's-80's service at sea, that is cruising watches to defence watches all the time, overalls, committees to organise committees, the only similarity is Sunday night roast. At last week's Hobart Writer's reunion, there was only Lew Smith and myself attended from our group. We had ten Writers in both intakes. Ted Hase who was one of the missing Writers, he sent me an email from LA airport on Sunday. Our little newsletter gets around. For those living in Sydney and use the Harbour Bridge and Tunnel and you are in receipt of a DVA pension, you may be entitled to free passage over or under Sydney Harbour. Contact the ETAG people in Parramatta who will assist you. Bill Hay, Ross Muller, Dave Clifford, Trevor Lally and Allan Kay celebrate birthdays next week, give them a ring or send them an email, say G'day. Happy Birthday to you blokes from all of us. Thanks to those who responded with their birthdays from the list below, however I will run it for a few weeks to try and get some more. I have all others not listed. The DFWA Update is attached, as usual, it is informative and a good read. The 'Touch Base' article advertises 'finding your mates'. For us that could be good, if you haven?t seen your best oppo for twenty or thirty years or more, this may be the site for you. If you do find him let me know, would love to include him in our group. Remember, we are '1963 and interested parties', we just love company. DVA Claim - Tug Wilson our host in Mildura would like all to know: He is a DVA Advocate and would like to hear from anyone who wishes to make a claim. In his words, anytime of the day is OK. His details are allan@ncable.com.au 03 50230631 0429 964 842 MILDURA REUNION - Did you know, by attending our reunion you will be celebrating an event which is occurring during the centennial year of the RAN. What a Buzz. The programme: Friday 28 Lunch at the RSL - Meet and Greet, Saturday AM - River Cruise - lunch, Saturday PM - Major function, Sunday - Sports Day, Monday - Free, Tuesday Melbourne Cup Races at Mildura. Memorabilia - This year amongst other items we will have polo shirts for sale, these shirts will contain only the LEEUWIN crest and 1963 i.e. no venue address or year - could you please let me know as a survey, if you prefer a pocket or no pocket. We will also be advertising Stubby Coolers, Caps - same as before, coffee mugs with venue and year as a souvenir of the year and location. I will forward prices when I know them and then ask for orders. Don't forget to respond whether you prefer pocket or no pocket on the polo shirt. The status of who is attending the reunion is now contained on the web site under Mildura http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm Is your name there? In the last week we have had Russ Loane confirming The impetus is growing!! Had a call from an old mate Barry Langan, he was a Starvo in his previous life an a real good bloke, now he managing a Veterans Retreat not far from Mildura. He rang the other night and forwarded his brochure which is attached. He also indicated he had access to a 23 seater and would be happy to take the starters to the Saturday night function at the RSL. This is a great opportunity for the grey nomads. The flyer will also be on the Mildura page of the web site. When I was in Perth at the Memorial Service, each and every 63 JR I spoke to was going to attend the Mildura Reunion this year in late October early November - so far the acceptances have been a little slow. Please let me know, if you are a 'yes' 'no' or 'maybe'. Also this week BIRTHDAY DATES I DO NOT HAVE DVA CLAIM - VENDETTA SAILOR IN VIETNAM 100th Anniversary Car Stickers (Attached) Veteran Pension to increase 20 March 2011-03-17 Ramon Deed Veterans RetreatClick here to download this file NEW ONLINE HEALTH ASSISTANCE PILOTED FOR EX-SERVICE PERSONNEL DFWA UPDATE (Attached)Click here to download this file YARRA ASSOCIATION AND ANZAC DAY SYDNEY VENDETTA ASSOCIATION IN BRISBANE AND ANZAC DAY Cheers Ron SUBJECT BIRTHDAY DATES I DO NOT HAVE 93966 BAXTER DENNIS EDWARD 93969 BIRT WILLIAM ARTHUR 93970 BLAKEMORE REGINALD WAYNE 93797 BUTTERFIELD WAYNE DENNIS 93981 CAMPBELL DONALD ROBERT 93799 CECHNER MAXIMILLIAN RUDOLF 93801 CHAPMAN WILLIAM MAURICE 93892 CLAREY ROBERT ALLEN 93805 COLLINS ROGER WILLIAM 93809 COVENTON ROBERT RENNIE 93996 CSENDES KARL ANDRAEAS 93810 CULLEN BRUCE ARNOLD 93997 CUNNINGHAM IAN 93998 CURWOOD IAN ARTHUR 93820 DUNN JEFFERY 93822 EDWARDS HENRICK WILLIAM 93834 GAWNE ANTHONY JOHN 94025 HAINING DAVID GRAHAM 94155 HEATH DOUGLAS ANGUS 93854 HINCH STEVEN FREDRICK 93860 HUNTER JOHN RAYMOND 94042 JABLONSKI WLADYSLAW JAN 93868 KING TERRY ERNEST 93873 KRAJEWSKI BERND WALTER 93878 LEITCH RICHARD JOHN 93882 LOWES ALLEN TREVOR 93890 MARSH ATHOL HENERY 93885 McLOUGHLIN JOHN 94083 NICHOLSON JOHN LESTER 94084 NICOLSON DONALD ALASTAIR IAN 94087 O?MEARA PHILLIP JOHN 93898 OLIVER BRUCE CAMERON 94088 OVERMARS EVERHARDUS ANTONIUS HENRICUS 93901 PARTINGTON JOHN EDWARD 94093 PETERS GEOFFRY HOWARD 94095 POLLARD ROBERT FRANCIS 93908 POLLOCK MICHAEL ROBERT 93909 POTACZALA K ( graham) STANLEY 94100 PRICE MALCOLM KENNETH 93914 RADLEY FREDRICK GEORGE 93915 RADOS JOSEPH 94104 RAMSAY BRIAN KEITH 94106 RENWICK PETER MARK 93917 RHEA JOHN CHARLES 93904 ROBERTS Steve GUENTER 94016 ROGERS IAN DOUGLAS 93921 RUSSELL COLIN CHARLES 93923 SAMS ALLEN JAMES 94116 SEABROOK GRAHAM ROY 94117 SHAKESPEARE THOMAS WILLIAM 93928 SHINN JOHN LESLIE 94119 SLOTBOOM JAN KAREL 94120 SMITH ALAN LESLIE 94123 STAINES DAVID GEORGE 94124 STEPHENS JAMES FRANCIS EDWARD 93933 STEWART CHARLES DAVID 94131 TOOLE GEOFFREY JOHN 94134 TURNBULL IAN ALWYN 94136 VITENBERGS ROBERT BRUCE 94139 WALKER DARRYL WAYNE MARTIN 94140 WALTON PETER JOHN 94142 WEEKLEY RONALD RICHARD 94148 WILLIAMS ROGER FREDERICK SUBJECT VENDETTA SAILOR - DVA CLAIM If you are able to assist with the following please contact Jim Gresty direct at email address: Jim Gresty jimgresty@yahoo.com.au I currently have a claim with DVA regarding a incident where an SVN patrol boat, after it left Vendetta shot a suspect VC prisoner. If anyone has any information that may help in this claim it would be appreciated. Jim Gresty ex AB/QMG SUBJECT 100TH ANNIVERSARY CAR STICKERS RAN 100th Anniversary inside car stickers HMAS SYDNEY & VLSVA (Vic Inc) ANNOUNCE Now available: RAN 100th Anniversary inside car window stickers (90mm). Beautifully finished in deep sharp colours Cost to you: $8.00 posted for 1 2 - 10, $6.00ea + $2.00 post 10 - 20 $6.00ea + $4.00 post. Visit our web site for further details: http://hmassydney.com No virus found in this incoming message. SUBJECT VETERAN PENSION RATES TO INCREASE 20 MARCH 2011-03-17 VETERAN PENSION RATES TO INCREASE ON 20 MARCH More than 330,000 veterans, partners and war widows/widowers will receive increased pensions and income support payments from 20 March 2011, Minister for Veterans? Affairs, Warren Snowdon said today. ?This Government is committed to the support for our veterans and their families, and I welcome this increase and the assistance it will provide to those who need it most. ?This increase sees single service pensioners receive an extra $13.20 a fortnight, since the last indexation in September. ?Couples on the service pension now receive an extra $19.80 a fortnight, bringing the combined pension to $1099.40,? Mr Snowdon said. Veterans will begin to benefit from the increased pension rates from 20 March this year and veterans should be aware that their payments will change in coming weeks. The payment on the pension payday on 24 March 2011 will be a combination of the old rates and the new rates. Therefore, the first full payment at the new rates will be on the pension payday 7 April 2011. The table below highlights the changes to some of the key rates per fortnight. Pension Old Rate New Rate 20 March Increase Service Pension - single $716.10 $729.30 $13.20 Service Pension - couples $1,079.60 couple $1,099.40 couple $19.80 $539.80 each $549.70 each $9.90 War Widow Pension $725.10 $738.70 $13.60 Income Support Supplement $216.60 $220.80 $4.20 Special Rate (TPI) Pension $1,092.90 $1,113.70 $20.80 Intermediate Rate Disability Pension $741.60 $755.80 $14.20 Extreme Disablement Adjustment $603.30 $614.80 $11.50 100 per cent General Rate of Disability $388.30 $395.70 $7.40 Pensions are indexed twice a year in March and September to the highest of three measures: the Consumer Price Index (CPI), Male Total Average Weekly Earnings (MTAWE) and the Pensioner and Beneficiary Living Cost Index (PBLCI). The March pension indexation increase is driven by wages growth in the six months to November 2010. The indexation reforms introduced by this Government have delivered a fairer pension system. Pension indexation rates can be accessed from www.dva.gov.au and for more information call 133 254. SUBJECT NEW ONLINE HEALTH ASSISTANCE PILOTED FOR EX-SERVICE PERSONNEL http://www.touchbase.gov.au/ NEW ONLINE HEALTH ASSISTANCE PILOTED FOR EX-SERVICE PERSONNEL Two new websites are being piloted to provide the ex-service community with access to vital health resources, the Minister for Veterans? Affairs and Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, Warren Snowdon, announced today. Mr Snowdon said the sites, the Wellbeing Toolbox and touchbase, have been developed specifically for ex-service and transitioning personnel, their families and friends to help them face challenges that moving from military to civilian life may present. ?It is important that our service personnel and their families have access to helpful and informative resources to assist them in their day-to-day life. ?These websites provide information links and where necessary, facilitate early intervention options for those who may be experiencing mental health issues. The Wellbeing Toolbox provides interactive educational material in key areas such as problem solving, building support, helpful thinking, getting active, keeping calm and sleeping better and has been developed in conjunction with leading experts at the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health. ?The site provides practical step-by-step tips and tools for improving mental and physical wellbeing and relieving stress,? Mr Snowdon said. The touchbase website, developed jointly by Defence and the Department of Veterans? Affairs provides information on lifestyle issues such as employment and finances, and is a one-stop-shop for useful links on topics ranging from compensation and finances to health, housing and parenting support. The touchbase website also provides users with the opportunity to keep in touch or reconnect with other former serving personnel, family and friends using its online community Find Your Mates. ?These websites are being piloted and I would encourage any current transitioning or recently discharged service personnel using the sites to provide feedback on how we can continue to improve the information and support provided during such a crucial time in a serving member?s life,? Mr Snowdon said. The Wellbeing Toolbox can be accessed at www.wellbeingtoolbox.net.au and touchbase at www.touchbase.gov.au SUBJECT PROGRESS ON NEW HEALTH PROGRAMME FOR VETERANS Minister for Veterans? Affairs Mailing List Thursday, 17 March 2011 VA018 PROGRESS ON NEW HEALTH PROGRAM FOR VETERANS Significant progress is being made towards introducing a new program to improve the health of chronically ill veterans and war widows who have complex care needs and are at risk of hospitalisation. The Minister for Veterans? Affairs, Warren Snowdon, said service partners had been selected for the innovative Coordinated Veterans? Care (CVC) Program, which starts on 1 May. Bupa Health Dialog has been selected as the Primary Service Provider. Bupa Health Dialog, the Australian arm of Health Dialog, is a wellness, prevention and chronic disease management company with expertise in analytics. It will analyse client data to identify and contact the veterans and war widows who are DVA Gold Card holders and are most likely to benefit from taking part in the CVC Program. The Australian General Practice Network, the nation?s peak body for general practice networks, will provide training in chronic disease management to General Practitioners (GPs) and nurses, and produce program resources such as templates and guidelines. Grosvenor Management Consulting will monitor the program and provide an independent evaluation of its effectiveness. ?The signing of contracts with these organisations means we?re on track to introduce a new health care program for our most vulnerable veterans and war widows,? Mr Snowdon said. ?The key element of the CVC Program is its coordinated approach. GPs and nurses will work even more closely with DVA Gold Card holder veterans and war widows to improve their quality of care, and ultimately reduce unplanned hospital admissions. ?In recognition of the increased time GPs and nurses will spend on planning and coordinating veterans? care, new payments will be introduced to cover this extra work. ?The Australian Government sees this as a positive step towards improving the wellbeing and quality of life of those who proudly served our nation and their dependants. ?This initiative aligns with key Gillard Labor Government health reform priorities such as increasing the focus on primary health care and investing in prevention. In the future, the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record System will also support the CVC Program by helping to streamline communication between the various health professionals involved in a veteran?s care,? Mr Snowdon said. The Coordinated Veterans? Care Program was formerly called the ?Preventable Admissions and Improved Community Care Program? and was renamed after consultation with GPs, nurses and veterans. More information about the program is available from www.dva.gov.au/cvc.htm Media inquiries: Minister Snowdon: Alice Plate 0400 045 999 Department of Veterans? Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203 SUBJECT YARRA ASSOCIATION Dear Members, Family and Friends, Well time is moving fast once again and Anzac day is nearly upon us. On Anzac Day we will be meeting at the usual gathering point on the corner of King and Castlereagh Streets. We need to be ready to step-off will by 0900 from that point. The banner is to be in position and displayed by 0830. The Association would like to welcome the Officers and Crew of HMAS Yarra to march with us on such an important day representing our Ships names; Yarra?s I, II, III and IV. It should be noted that not only is the name HMAS Yarra from a foundation Ship of the RAN but we also have representatives of persons who served on Yarra?s II, III and IV. Although our President did go onboard Yarra I as a Sea Cadet. After the march we will meet in Hyde Park for our Bi-Annual General Meeting, after which we will hold a divisional meeting (same as last year) at the Strand Hotel, 99 William St, Darlinghurst - 9360 6910. A free beer with a possible lunch is still being negotiated. If anyone is thirsty before the march then we can meet at the Grand Hotel on 30 Hunter Street (exit train at Wynyard station on George St, turn left on exiting station on George St, take first right and its 50 metres on Left) we?ll be standing outside on the road as usual. As I?m trying to negotiate a deal with the Strand Hotel for beers and hopefully some lunch, would it be possible to have numbers as soon as possible please. Please let me know if you have any questions and we look forward to seeing you on Anzac Day. Remember to wear your Association Badges and your annual fees are due. PS ? please note that at this stage we are unaware of the details for the arrangements for Anzac Day in Melbourne. regards Ray Vidler HMAS Yarra Association Phone 02 9874 2729 Fax 02 9804 0453 Mobile 0409 304 442 SUBJECT VENDETTA ASSOCIATION AND ANZAC DAY ARRANGEMENTS Newsletter - 20/2011 Hello Shipmates, I hope that this year?s letter finds you all in good health and you are all looking forward to continued prosperity and health in 2011. This year in Brisbane it is back to normal with the exception that it is the 100th anniversary of the Australian Navy receiving royal assent in 1911 by the King. From that time the ships of the Royal Australian Navy became known as His Majesty?s Australian Ships. They became Her Mayesty?s Australian Ships after Queen Elizabeth II became the monarch. ANZAC DAY 2011 You are most welcome to come along and participate in the march through Brisbane as normal. 8.00 AM NEWSTEAD PARK ? CORVETTE MEMORIAL NAVAL ASSOCIATION MEMORIAL SERVICE 10.00AM FALL IN FOR MARCH ? TREASURY CASINO ON WILLIAM STREET near the CNR. WILLIAM AND ELIZABETH STS AFTER MARCH LUNCH (commences at 1200) JADE BUDDHA RESTAURANT 1 Eagle Street Pier Brisbane Cost: $35.00/ head for Members and Partners $45.00/ head for Non-Members For those attending the Brisbane march there are a couple of things you need to be aware of: a. We step off first this year so you need to be at the marshalling point by no later than 0945. We will be assembling in the marshalling area from around 0930. Look for our banner on the corner of William and Elizabeth Streets. b. Participation in the march is now back to the way it was before all non ex-service personnel were asked not to participate in the march by the Anzac Day Parade Committee. This matter has now been sorted out and families and grand children are again welcome. c. Full size medals only to be worn at the request of the Anzac Day March Committee. Miniatures are ?out? for the march. d. BCC buses will be rotating from 0830 ? 1030 with pick-up points at Central Station, Queens Park and Elizabeth Street to take participants to the marshalling area. Queensland Division Activities Throughout the past year the the Queensland Division of the Association has continued to meet regularly. Our project for 2011 is to have a bronze plaque mounted at the Australian War Memorial dedicated to the service of HMAS Vendetta (1958-79) and her crews. To realise this project we applied for a grant and received $3460.00 from the Department of Veterans Affairs under ?Satuting Their Service? Commemotations Program. The wording for the plaque was agreed to towards the end of 2010 and the order was placed for the plaque in early 2011. The plaque is now at the Australian War Memorial where it will be mounted in the Western Courtyard of the AWM prior to the dedication ceremony on 14th October 2011. AWM Plaque Dedication A Dedication Ceremony for the HMAS VENDETTA (1958-79) Commemorative Plaque will be conducted at the Australian War Memorial (AWM) on the afternoon of Friday 14th October 2011. The plaque will be cast in bronze by Arrow Bronze from Dandenong South, Victoria to the pre-determined standards of the AWM. The plaque will placed alongside those of other Navy, Army and RAAF Service Units in the Western Courtyard of the AWM. This new plaque will join the Scrap Iron Flotilla plaque featuring the same named ship HMAS Vendetta (1933-45). The Plaque will commemorate the Service of the Destroyer and her crews in Malaya, Singapore, Borneo, FESR and Vietnam between 1958 and 1979. The Chief of Navy has been invited to unveil the HMAS VENDETTA Plaque in the presence of the Destroyer?s surviving crew members along with their families and the family and friends of those no longer with us. This event has been made possible with a grant through the generous support of the Department of Veterans Affairs ?Saluting Their Service? Commemorations Grants program. The grant covers the cost of the plaque, its mounting at the AWM and the afternoon tea. Friday, 14 Oct 11 1400 Plaque Dedication Ceremony AWM, Western Courtyard 1500 Afternoon Tea AWM Western Courtyard Responsibility for the Canberra Dedication program is being shared by both the Queensland Division and the National Division of the Association. The Queensland Division is solely responsible for the Friday Dedication Ceremony and the National Division is responsible for every event after the Dedication Ceremony. The program for the weekend is still being finalised and details will be forwarded in the near future. Vendetta Veterans? Badges Name badges are issued to all current financial members of the Queensland Division of the Association. So remember to wear your name badge. If you forget to wear your name badge, bring an extra $2.00 for the fine. Replacement badges for members and spouse/partners are available through the Association for $10.00 each. We have a new stock of Vendetta Veterans? Association badges are available for sale. These can be obtained when you renew your membership either posting $20.00 by cheque/cash/money order or EFT to the address on the membership renewal form or bring the money on Anzac Day. Badges can be forwarded by return mail. EFT is Available Any payment to the Queensland Division of the Association may be made via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). If you wish to make payments by this method here are the details: Account Name: Vendetta Veterans Association (Qld) BSB: 484-799 A/C Number: 045145589 Membership Renewal MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTION RENEWALS ARE DUE ON ANZAC DAY $5.00 WW2 VETERANS - $10.00 ALL OTHERS In accordance with our constitution membership renewals are due on every Anzac Day. You can pay on the day if you plan to attend the march and/or the lunch or alternatively pay before the due day by taking advantage of the alternative payment options below. You can send a money order/cheque or take advantage of the EFT facilities available. If you use the EFT facility just be sure your name appears in the transaction so we can recognise your renewal. If your contact details haven?t changed and you are using EFT don?t worry about the form below. 58 Fiona Street, Telephone: (07) 3288.1702 Bellbird Park Qld 4300 0417 700 531 Email: MKRAUSE@bigpond.net.au www.vendettaveterans.com MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL ? 2011/2012 Subscription renewal due 25/04/2011 Could you please pay at the function on ANZAC Day or complete the following and forward together with your subscription to: Vendetta Veterans? Association (Qld) 58 Fiona Street Bellbird Park Qld 4300 NAME: ???????????????????????????????????????. ADDRESS: ???????????????????????????????????????.. TELEPHONE: :???????????????????????????????????????. EMAIL: ????????????????????????????????????????. VENDETTA VETERANS? BADGE: (Badges are available at $20.00 each including postage) Please forward me a Vendetta Veterans? badge ? $20.00 enclosed Name Badge: (Preferred Name) ?????????????????????????? (If you don?t already have one?) AMOUNT ENCLOSED: ???????????or EFT Amount ????????????. $5.00 per year for WW2 Veterans - $10.00 per year for all others. 1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 13 March 2011 www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv2/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page2.htm G'day and Welcome, Hope all is well on the home front. An early version this week as we are off to Hobart for the Writers reunion. At least I do not have to apologise for the company I keep. Have been doing a little research into your birthday with help from Tassy Mason. I have most, the blokes I missed out on are contained below. Let me know your birthday please. I intend acknowledging your day on the week prior to the happy event. Let me know if your name appears below, just somebody, might look at the list and contact you. Now would that be a bad thing!! This week congratulations to Mike Hogan, Reg Turnbull, Dave Cargill and Bill Hay. Enjoy your day boys. The record indicate Pie Pieda is the oldest bloke in our year he was born 2 July 1946, whereas the youngest is John Grenfell born on 28 Dec 1947 - is this correct? Does anybody remember John McInnerney, he paid off as a Commodore, unfortunately, he passed away earlier this week. He was in his eighties. I missed the funeral notice and the funeral, however I would have been honoured to attend. He was CO of KUTTABUL when we won the Dempster Cup in 1972. He gave us a week off work. He was the sort of bloke who took an interest in all the Ships Company, irrespective of rank and enjoyed the banter of sailor talk. What a champion bloke. Will be missed by many. Talking of Rugby, next year is the centenary of Navy Rugby. For my sins, I look after the Rugby Heritage collection. Why do I advertise this, well, we are looking for further memorabilia of Navy Rugby. It could be a photo or 'relic' of a team you played for in a ship, establishment or an Interservice team. Would you like to share it with the rest of the world? If you could send an electronic copy of the photo with details eg names, location and scores would be really good but not essential as I can farm out to anybody else that can be identified. If you would like to send a copy or a copy of your copy that also would be great. I have a photo of Barry Quigley in a Rugby team, I wonder whether he has that photo. All these photos will be going on the RANRU website for all to see. Next year RANRU host the Commonwealth Navies Rugby Cup so it will be a big year. Does anybody have a photo of Winjan 4? Dave Laundon would like a copy. Please let me know. Would like to put it in our photos page. DVA Claim - Tug Wilson our host in Mildura would like all to know: He is a DVA Advocate and would like to hear from anyone who wishes to make a claim. In his words, anytime of the day is OK. His details are allan@ncable.com.au 03 50230631 0429 964 842 MILDURA REUNION - Did you know, by attending our reunion you will be celebrating an event which is occurring during the centennial year of the RAN. What a Buzz. The programme: Friday 28 Lunch at the RSL - Meet and Greet, Saturday AM - River Cruise - lunch, Saturday PM - Major function, Sunday - Sports Day, Monday - Free, Tuesday Melbourne Cup Races at Mildura. Memorabilia - This year amongst other items we will have polo shirts for sale, these shirts will contain only the LEEUWIN crest and 1963 i.e. no venue address or year - could you please let me know as a survey, if you prefer a pocket or no pocket. We will also be advertising Stubby Coolers, Caps - same as before, coffee mugs with venue and year as a souvenir of the year and location. I will forward prices when I know them and then ask for orders. Don't forget to respond whether you prefer pocket or no pocket on the polo shirt. The status of who is attending the reunion is now contained on the web site under Mildura http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm Is your name there? In the last week we have had Les Allan, Hector Hart plus Mike Aylmer and Jill Moncrieff notify me as starters. Wayne and Margaret Butterfield are 'maybe'- have I missed anybody? The impetus is growing!! When I was in Perth at the Memorial Service, each and every 63 JR I spoke to was going to attend the Mildura Reunion this year in late October early November - so far the acceptances have been a little slow. Please let me know, if you are a 'yes' 'no' or 'maybe'. Also this week BIRTHDAY DATES I DO NOT HAVE Lost soul - Phil Swain Disability Pension Info DFWA Media release (attached)Click here to download this file Cheers Ron SUBJECT BIRTHDAY DATES I DO NOT HAVE 93966 BAXTER DENNIS EDWARD 93969 BIRT WILLIAM ARTHUR 93970 BLAKEMORE REGINALD WAYNE 93797 BUTTERFIELD WAYNE DENNIS 93981 CAMPBELL DONALD ROBERT 93799 CECHNER MAXIMILLIAN RUDOLF 93801 CHAPMAN WILLIAM MAURICE 93892 CLAREY ROBERT ALLEN 93805 COLLINS ROGER WILLIAM 93809 COVENTON ROBERT RENNIE 93996 CSENDES KARL ANDRAEAS 93810 CULLEN BRUCE ARNOLD 93997 CUNNINGHAM IAN 93998 CURWOOD IAN ARTHUR 93820 DUNN JEFFERY 93822 EDWARDS HENRICK WILLIAM 93831 FULLARTON ROSS ADRIANE 93834 GAWNE ANTHONY JOHN 94025 HAINING DAVID GRAHAM 94155 HEATH DOUGLAS ANGUS 93854 HINCH STEVEN FREDRICK 93860 HUNTER JOHN RAYMOND 94042 JABLONSKI WLADYSLAW JAN 93868 KING TERRY ERNEST 93873 KRAJEWSKI BERND WALTER 94058 LARSSON GILMOUR STEVENS 94059 LAUNDON JOHN DAVID 93878 LEITCH RICHARD JOHN 93882 LOWES ALLEN TREVOR 93890 MARSH ATHOL HENERY 93885 McLOUGHLIN JOHN 94083 NICHOLSON JOHN LESTER 94084 NICOLSON DONALD ALASTAIR IAN 94087 O?MEARA PHILLIP JOHN 93898 OLIVER BRUCE CAMERON 94088 OVERMARS EVERHARDUS ANTONIUS HENRICUS 93901 PARTINGTON JOHN EDWARD 94093 PETERS GEOFFRY HOWARD 94095 POLLARD ROBERT FRANCIS 93908 POLLOCK MICHAEL ROBERT 93909 POTACZALA K ( graham) STANLEY 94100 PRICE MALCOLM KENNETH 94103 QUETCHER RONALD EDWIN 93914 RADLEY FREDRICK GEORGE 93915 RADOS JOSEPH 94104 RAMSAY BRIAN KEITH 94106 RENWICK PETER MARK 93917 RHEA JOHN CHARLES 93904 ROBERTS Steve GUENTER 94016 ROGERS IAN DOUGLAS 93921 RUSSELL COLIN CHARLES 93923 SAMS ALLEN JAMES 94116 SEABROOK GRAHAM ROY 94117 SHAKESPEARE THOMAS WILLIAM 93928 SHINN JOHN LESLIE 94119 SLOTBOOM JAN KAREL 94120 SMITH ALAN LESLIE 94123 STAINES DAVID GEORGE 94124 STEPHENS JAMES FRANCIS EDWARD 93933 STEWART CHARLES DAVID 94130 THOMAS NEVILLE WAYNE 94131 TOOLE GEOFFREY JOHN 94134 TURNBULL IAN ALWYN 94136 VITENBERGS ROBERT BRUCE 94139 WALKER DARRYL WAYNE MARTIN 94140 WALTON PETER JOHN 94142 WEEKLEY RONALD RICHARD 94148 WILLIAMS ROGER FREDERICK SUBJECT LOST SOUL - PHIL SWAIN I'm trying to locate ex LSRO Phil Swain, who I served with on HMAS PERTH back in the seventies. He paid off whilst posted to Hobart, TAS, in the eighties, and stayed there for a number of years. I met him a few times afterwards when the ship I was on visited there and we exchanged Xmas cards for a long time. Last I heard from him was about 7 years ago, when he and Glenda, his wife, moved back to Eungella, but from there the trail goes cold. Hopefully someone out there knows of the whereabouts of either Phil or Glenda. Harry O'Hare. harold_ohare@netspace.net.au SUBJECT DISABILITY PENSION The Federal Government decision to provide extra funding to the War Memorial is welcome but overdue. It is a pity that it is only as a result of arm twisting and government embarrassment that it has taken place. The Shadow Minister, Senator Ronaldson, is to be congratulated on his efforts in pursuing this matter and focussing attention on the Government and the Minister's disregard of their responsibilities to ensure proper funding for the War Memorial. The money saved by this government as a consequence of their betrayal of veteran disability pensioners makes it easier for them to meet their responsibilities to the War Memorial. Existing legislation ensures the Service, Old Aged, Centrelink Disability, War Widow and Veterans Disability Pensions (DP) maintain their real value via the indexation arrangements and it was a long hard battle by the TPI Federation to have veterans' DP included. As a result of the Harmer Review, all pensions were increased except veterans DP. This was achieved by one off legislation to bypass the existing legislation. When asked for an explanation the Government response is lies, spin and nonsense. It is a disgrace and this Labor government ought to be ashamed of itself. We trust that Senator Ronaldson will pursue the DP issue with the same vigour that he directed at the War Memorial issue. Some years back at a TPI Federation congress when asked if under a Labor government DP would continue to be paid after age 65 the then Shadow Minister for Veterans Affairs, Senator Mark Bishop, said Nothing is set in stone ?HOW RIGHT HE WAS???HOW RIGHT HE WAS? Could you please pass this on.? Regards, Blue Ryan TPI National President 1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 6 March 2011 www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv2/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page2.htm G'day and Welcome, Hope all is well on the home front. An early version this week as I am off fishing down the South Coast with four ex birdies, yeah I know, I should be careful of the company I keep. The photo from last week was of Kev Uttley and Henry Hinch. Has anybody heard from him? Glen Butler indicated he was a Runner after the VOYAGER collision. Thanks to those who responded and identified him. Kev Uttley update - Darby Ashton on forwarded this email - Hi Darby, Thanks for keeping in touch. Kevin is doing well in Rehab and there has been some movement in his right arm as well. He is still frustrated as his speech is not returning as fast as he would like, but he is still determined to beat this. I have just about got all the information together for the DVA pension application. Boy, what a challenge it has been for me. Thanks for all your help. Bless you Larraine Boxing at LEEUWIN in February 63 - David Lowe forwarded the following: Could you please include in the next newsletter a request for anybody who has information regarding the boxing match, particularly copy of program or some other form of concrete evidence, to make contact with me. I am making a claim on DVA bur require more evidence that the event took place on a particular day. Contact details:- David Lowe Phone 03 5996 3745 Mobile 0447020048 dlow5@bigpond.net.au Regards, David Butch Cousins may not be travelling as well as he should be, but he is now alive on email. If you wish to contact Butch his email address is petercousins2011@hotmail.com VOYAGER - MELBOURNE collision - There is an article below on David Hollows the Lawyer who acted for a lot who were involved in the VOYAGER collision - please read. DVA Claim - Tug Wilson our host in Mildura would like all to know: He is a DVA Advocate and would like to hear from anyone who wishes to make a claim. In his words, anytime of the day is OK. His details are allan@ncable.com.au 03 50230631 0429 964 842 MILDURA REUNION - Did you know, by attending our reunion you will be celebrating an event which is occurring during the centennial year of the RAN. What a Buzz. The programme: Friday 28 Lunch at the RSL - Meet and Greet, Saturday AM - River Cruise - lunch, Saturday PM - Major function, Sunday - Sports Day, Monday - Free, Tuesday Melbourne Cup Races at Mildura. Memorabilia - This year amongst other items we will have polo shirts for sale, these shirts will contain only the LEEUWIN crest and 1963 i.e. no venue address or year - could you please let me know as a survey, if you prefer a pocket or no pocket. We will also be advertising Stubby Coolers, Caps - same as before, coffee mugs with venue and year as a souvenir of the year and location. I will forward prices when I know them and then ask for orders. Don't forget to respond whether you prefer pocket or no pocket on the polo shirt. The status of who is attending the reunion is now contained on the web site under Mildura http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm Is your name there? In the last week we have had Carl and Kaye Slotboom, plus Col and Liz Yench have indicated they are attending. Where are all the Victorians? Tug and Margaret Wilson, Carl and Kaye Slotboom - have I missed anybody? When I was in Perth at the Memorial Service, each and every 63 JR I spoke to was going to attend the Mildura Reunion this year in late October early November - so far the acceptances have been a little slow. Please let me know, if you are a 'yes' 'no' or 'maybe'. There is plenty to read this week, hope you enjoy. Also this week GOVERNMENT ACCUSED OF NEGLECTING VETERANS VOYAGER/MELBOURNE CREWS ST MARY'S/RAN 100 YEAR MEMORIAL INVITATION IN SE QUEENSLAND Cheers Ron SUBJECT GOVERNMENT ACCUSED OF NEGLECTING VETERANS The Defence Force Welfare Association says the Government is neglecting those who have served the country by refusing to increase their pensions. Some government pensions increase in line with the cost of living, but military pensions do not. The association's David Jamison says the Government keeps making excuses about not being able to afford it. "I think potential recruits need to think quite seriously about whether or not they've got confidence that they will be treated fairly during their service, and should something happen to them, and after they've retired," he said. "They see their purchasing power being eroded year by year and the Government is denying them this sort of justice." Mr Jamison says he met with the Government about a week-and-a-half ago and was told it could not afford to increase the pension. "They keep coming up with different excuses and different amounts of what it will cost," he said. Some Labor MPs have told Caucus they are concerned about the issue. It is understood they are worried the issue could damage the Government, while at least one says increasing pensions is the right thing to do. Opposition defence personnel spokesman Stuart Robert says the money can be found. "Savings should be made to honour our fighting men and women," he said. The Opposition has put forward a bill to make the changes, but there are concerns it may be unconstitutional. SUBJECT VOYAGER/MELBOURNE COLLISION CREWS As some may know, David Forster of Hollows Solicitors in Victoria has had his business placed in protective receivership by the regulators. Note he has done a lot of veteran's affairs work, notably on the Voyager collision. You can read more about the receivership here: http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2010/s3080887.htm Its crucial that not just Melbourne survivors who had cases run by Hollows, but also Voyager survivors who may have used him also seek advice as soon as possible. It really should not matter how long ago the settlements were - in fact David Forster has spent a long time arguing that time limits shouldn't matter in litigation! It may be quite possible to re-open the billing that Hollows has conducted on their file. They should immediately contact either their solicitors or the Victorian regulators - such as the Law Institute of Victoria or the Legal Services Board. Time is of the essence. SUBJECT ST MARY'S/RAN 100 YEAR MEMORIAL INVITATION Hi all ? no doubt some of you may have already heard that a Committee was formed to build a substantial Navy Memorial Wall overlooking the Historical Naval Stores on Brisbane River, dedicated to all who paid the supreme sacrifice and who also served in Qld Navy, Aust Commonwealth Navy, and RAN for over 100 years. The site was chosen on land that was used by RAN for the first successful ship shore signal, at the cliff top in front of St Mary?s Anglican Church which also shared a long history with the Navy. Weather, and earthquakes have forced us to take a step back and therefore will not be able to complete memorial for the 100th Anniversary on 10th July 2011. However from the enclosed update you will see that we will still move ahead with our plans for the memorial to completed when possible. Please circulate this information along with the invitation to attend our Official Launch where possible. Looking forward to your support AND REQUEST RSVP TO THE DETAILS GIVEN ON THE INVITATION FOR LOGISTICAL/CATERING PURPOSES. Many thanks Sonja Hellier, Hon Secretary St Mary?s Naval Centenary Memorial Committee, PO Box 119, HOLLAND PARK 4121, 07 3397 0561 PROJECT UPDATE Since our last correspondence in November of last year, there have been numerous developments which have affected our project. 1. The Bad News; ? The weather has intervened. There is no way we as a Committee would seek donations for this Memorial while people are suffering from floods and cyclones. We cannot also approach the Queensland Government or Brisbane City Council for the same reason. We await a decision from DVA on our application for funding. ? We have read the fine print in the Tax Office literature on Gift Deductibility and it specifically rules out new Memorials. We are not eligible. 2. The Good News; ? We have had many encouraging letters of support from a range of authorities and it is obvious that this project has struck a chord. ? The project will go ahead and on 10th July, 2011 we will dedicate the Foundation stone for the Memorial in the gardens at St Mary?s. ? The Memorial itself will be completed at a later date. ? We have opened a new Bank Account at the Bank of Queensland in New Farm in the name of ?Naval Centenary Memorial Committee? BSB 124-158 Account Number 21549138. Please direct any donations there. ? We have a formal Constitution and are now in a position to approach various sources for funding 3. The Project Launch; ? Although we contacted you all last year, we intend to launch the project officially at a function in the gardens of St Mary?s on Friday 25th March from 6.00pm to 8.00pm ? see attached invitation. ? Invitations have been forwarded to Governor of Queensland, The Archbishop, the Premier and the Lord Mayor and other high profile members of the community. ? We want as many as possible of the Naval and Maritime community in SEQ to come along; we want you to show your support for this project and to get behind it. Please let anyone who has any connection with the RAN know about our project. ? PARKING IS VERY LIMITED at St Mary?s ; parking in nearby streets, or use alternate transport. 1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 27 February 2011 www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv2/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page2.htm G'day and Welcome, Hope all is well on the home front. Received the above photo from Des Honess - I recognize Kev Uttley, the other bloke's name escapes me - can you help? DVA Claim - Tug Wilson our host in Mildura would like all to know: He is a DVA Advocate and would like to hear from anyone who wishes to make a claim. In his words, anytime of the day is OK. His details are allan@ncable.com.au 03 50230631 0429 964 842 Received this email from Col Yench - Just a short note to let you know I bumped into Don Muller and wife Anne this morning and Don is not travelling too well, has a few ticker problems and is undergoing Tests and medication tests to try and find out what the specialist can do to help him, also couple of weeks ago literally bumped into Vic Purvey who is looking really well. That about it, still working on a couple more for Mildura will let you know when I get a definitive answer. Regards col yench. Thanks Col - if you can, please forward updates on Don. Vic may like to give us a few pointers on his recovery process. MILDURA REUNION - Did you know, by attending our reunion you will be celebrating an event which is occurring during the centennial year of the RAN. What a Buzz. The programme: Friday 28 Lunch at the RSL - Meet and Greet, Saturday AM - River Cruise - lunch, Saturday PM - Major function, Sunday - Sports Day, Monday - Free, Tuesday Melbourne Cup Races at Mildura. Memorabilla - This year amongst other items we will have polo shirts for sale, these shirts will contain only the LEEUWIN crest and 1963 ie no venue address or year - could you please let me know as a survey, if you prefer a pocket or no pocket. We will also be advertising Stubbie Coolers, Caps - same as before, coffee mugs with venue and year as a souvenier of the year and location. I will forward prices when I know them and then ask for orders. Don't forget to respond whether you prefer pocket or no pocket on the polo shirt. The status of who is attending the reunion is now contained on the web site under Mildura http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm Is your name there? In the last week we have had Garry and Leah Pyke have indicated they are attending and Butch Cousins intends turning up if he is well enough. When I was in Perth at the Memorial Service, each and every 63 JR I spoke to was going to attend the Mildura Reunion this year in late October early November - so far the acceptances have been a little slow. Please let me know, if you are a 'yes' 'no' or 'maybe'. There is plenty to read this week, hope you enjoy. Also this week Lots of Navy Photos Vietnam Research HMAS TEAL Cheers Ron SUBJECT LOTS OF NAVY PHOTOS http://www.flickr.com/photos/41311545@N05/ SUBJECT VIETNAM RESEARCH There are 521 Australian Service personnel recorded on the Australian War Memorial Honour Roll as having lost their lives as a result of Australia's involvement in the Vietnam Conflict, arguably in Australia's most contentious conflict. Each of these 521 Australians has a story that needs to be recorded, before it is too late, their lives before they entered the military, their military service and how they lost (their sacrifice) their lives. Coupled with their story, is the story of how their death effected and continues to affect their families, friends and the mates they served with, which also needs to be recorded. I have started researching each of ''The 552211'' to produce a book honouring and documenting their lives, how each touched those around them, how they lost their life and the affect that their loss on their family, friends and the mates they served with. My reason for writing this book is because I want to ensure that current and future generations remember them, remember the sacrifice they made and how their loss effected and continue to affect their families, friends and the mates they served with. Additionally, as part of my research for my book I am trying to visit the final resting places of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the Vietnam Conflict; to place a flag and poppy at their final resting place as a mark of respect. To assist me in this endeavour I would like to talk to and interview anyone who served with any of the 521 Australians; this includes members of their families and friends. Please contact me directly via bazz662@bigpond.com or via the contact page on my webpage www.barryhampson.com or my mobile 0424 750 943. Anyone interviewed will be asked to elect whether they are happy to be quoted as a source of information in the book or remain totally anonymous. A bit about myself, I have a military background having enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in 1980, as a Private, serving 23 plus year and working my way through the ranks. When I enlisted in the Army the majority of my Corporals, Sergeants, etc were Vietnam Veterans. Additionally, my father is a Vietnam Veteran having served with 1st Battalion Group in 1965-66; as such I hold those who have served in Vietnam with the utmost respect. For myself, I have served overseas in the Middle East and East Timor. I am a member of the following historical associations: Professional Historians Association (www.historians.org.au). The association represents qualified historians who are professionally employed or commissioned to undertake historical work. Australian Historical Association (www.theaha.org.au). The association was founded in 1973 and it is a national organisation of historians, academic, professional and others working in all fields of history. Oral History Association of Australia (www.ohaa.net.au). The association was founded in 1978. Its objectives are to promote the practice and methods of oral history, to educate in the use of oral history methods, to encourage discussions on all aspects of history and to foster the preservation of oral history records. If required, I am happy to provide additional information to anyone who requires it, please do not hesitate to contact me. bazz662@bigpond.com or phone 0424.750.943 SUBJECT HMAS TEAL If you are able to help with any information, photos, press clippings etc please contact Phil Bensted at email address: dialabull1@bigpond.com HMAS Teal, 1152, De-Commissioned in 1973 and was sold in 1977 to the Gold Coast to be converted to a prawn trawler for the Gulf of Carpentaria fisheries (thanks to Phil Robson who was onboard her in the Gulf), then sold to two Greek brothers (named Palace or Palice ?) from Tasmania who converted her down there to an abalone mother ship. She was next heard of in Perth for the America's Cup in 1983, where she had the aft superstructure added to work as a ferry and a "race chaser" before ending up in Hong Kong and being sold to The Near East University (NEU), Cyprus. Any information about the Teal or sightings of her in Tassie or in Perth would be appreciated. Any recollections of newspaper articles or ads (as a "race Chaser " or ferry in Perth) also any photos. Teal is still a working research ship with the Near East University, Cyprus Thanks all Phil Bensted email: dialabull1@bigpond.com 1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 20 February 2011 www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv2/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page2.htm G'day and Welcome, Hope all is well on the home front. For those like me, who did not check the lotto results last Saturday night, we ran last, Doug and Trish have been sacked as our official lotto leaders. I think we scored about 4 numbers total for the four games. Nev Barry - Hi all, have been to see Greg hyphen who, with his wife stayed at a friend's place .They are both safe and well as can be. .Nev Barry. Thanks Nifty Ron Pope and his bride are on the move, he forwarded the following - Hi Ron, Just to let everyone know we will be in Moama for 5 days 15 May, a week in Canberra following that, if anyone is around to catch up. cheers Ron MILDURA REUNION - Did you know, by attending our reunion you will be celebrating the centennial year of the RAN. What a Buzz. I received this email: G'day Ron, I have been reading in your news letter about the reunion at Mildura, we recently were in the area but stayed at the Ramon Deed Veterans Retreat, which is at Dareton about halfway between Mildura and Wentworth on the NSW side of the Murray River, there is a number of powered sites and unlimited camping sites which is complemented by a great Club Room and kitchen. It could be another option for any of the 63's who may be travelling with a caravan or tent. The Retreat is being run by Di and Barry Langan, Barry is a 2nd Intake JR and PO(V),Phone 03 50274447 also the RSL Sub Branch at Wentworth has a 9th Intake JR as its President, Peter Griffen, phone 0407 689 488. Cheers, Peter Girven 3rd Intake. The status of who is attending the reunion is now contained on the web site under Mildura http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm Is your name there? When I was in Perth at the Memorial Service, each and every 63 JR I spoke to was going to attend the Mildura Reunion this year in late October early November - so far the acceptances have been a little slow. Please let me know, if you are a 'yes' 'no' or 'maybe'. There is plenty to read this week, hope you enjoy. Also this week 100TH Anniversary BadgeClick here to download this file Lost Soul - Gary Doust DFWA Update (Attached)Click here to download this file DIGGERS TO GET AUTOMATIC ENTRY TO RSL AND SERVICES CLUBS ACROSS NSW DFRDB Class Action REVIEW DELIVERS POSITIVE OUTCOMES FOR VETERAN COMMUNITY HMAS STUART AND SCRAP IRON FLOTTILA LUNCH 25 March (attached)Click here to download this file Lost Soul - Thomas Edward Harrison Companion Card Cheers Ron SUBJECT 100TH ANNIVERSARY BADGE To all Navy/ex-Navy Personnel, The HMAS Sydney & VLSVA(Vic Inc.) have designed a special R.A.N. 100th Anniversary Embroidered Badge. The designed has been approved by the Navy. You can have this badge embroidered on a Polo shirt to mark this special occasion. As the badge is quite intricate, (over 30,000 stitches) the price is a little more than our normal Polo shirt. e.g. 1. Polo: Anniversary badge left Breast. Right Breast, your name and years served underneath = $35.00 2. Polo: Anniversary badge left Breast, years served underneath. Right Breast, Ships crest (e.g. VENDETTA), your name underneath = $37.00 The badges can also be embroidered on rugby tops, chambray shirt and reversible vests. Prices available on request. Full details and order form can be found on the associations website: http://hmassydney.com/poloshirts.html SUBJECT LOST SOUL - GARY DOUST I'm trying to locate Gary Doust - R59261 - DOB - 24/11/1944 - Ex Voyager and a Survivor. Last known location for Gary was Tweed Heads West. If you are able to help please contact me at email address: lnisent@gmail.com SUBJECT DIGGERS TO GET AUTOMATIC ENTRY TO RSL AND SERVICES CLUBS ACROSS NSW A NSW Liberals & Nationals Government will legislate to grant ex-servicemen and women who are full service RSL members automatic entry to all RSL and Services Clubs, without the need to sign in, NSW Opposition Leader Barry O'Farrell and Shadow Minister for Hospitality, Tourism and Major Events George Souris announced today. "The days of diggers signing into every RSL club they visit will end," Mr O'Farrell said. "This will allow the State's 55,000 RSL ex-servicemen and women Sub-Branch members to enter any RSL or Services Club and not have to sign the 'temporary members register'," he said. "Many former servicemen and women visit clubs in the RSL family when travelling - we owe them the right to access any of our 270 RSL and Services Clubs across NSW without having to sign in. "This is a mark of recognition and respect for those RSL and Services Club members that have served our country, and if we can make their lives a little bit easier, we should do so." Mr Souris said a NSW Liberals & Nationals Government would amend the Registered Clubs Act to allow ex-servicemen and women who are RSL members entry to RSL and kindred clubs on producing a valid financial membership card of the RSL. "This is a sensible and practical measure that will bring NSW into line with Victoria," he said. "There is considerable confusion, and in some cases angst in border towns and regions where RSL members can feel offended by being asked to sign in. "This initiative will allow members of all RSL Sub-Branches in Australia entry to RSL and Services Clubs in NSW just as in the case with NSW veterans visiting Victoria at present. "Not only will this plan make life easier for servicemen and women, but it will make our RSL's more accessible." NSW RSL State President Don Rowe and RSL & Services Clubs Association Chairman Bryn Miller welcomed the announcement which has been a long term goal of the Association. "This is good news for our members who will be able to more easily access RSL and Services Clubs across NSW," Mr Rowe said. "I am happy the NSW Liberals & Nationals took the time to listen to our concerns and act positively to help our members and their clubs," he said. SUBJECT DFRDB CLASS ACTION DFRDB Class Action February 11, 2011 Dear Jim (and associates), The word is getting out there slowly but I am a little concerned it may be giving false hope to many. On ABC radio recently there was a discussion on the increase in Class Actions in Australia (up from 14 to 20 a year). One representative of a law firm freely admitted they were interested only in the profit to be gained - figures like 25% to 45% of the settlement were quoted. In our cases the settlement is the amount overpaid for commutation - our money. There would be no penalty awards. One could guarantee the Government would appeal if we won, which would increase any legal costs. I have heard a minimum cost to approach the Supreme Court (for an individual) is $66000 - $6000 for the Solicitor and $60000 for the Barrister. You would need to add Court costs to this. Then there is progression to the Federal Court and High Court to consider. I think the amount of the claim determines which court you start at. I have records of 10 members who have passed their Life Expectancy and have begun to pay in excess (I am up for $4100.52). Obviously the excess varies with circumstances but any percentage of these figures would not be very 'mouth-watering' to a legal firm. If you take the mean (leaving off the extremes) to be $2500 (at this time) with 100 applicants the total excess would be about $250,000. This may interest a legal firm, that is, $62500 to $112500 in fees but the responses you have had so far are not encouraging, probably for the aforementioned reasons, especially with only 43 names. Here is the real data: Rank Service Years Life-Expt Commutation Elected Ann.Ded Excess paid (to date) FSGT 1953-1973 20 70.59 9601.69 4.00 277.59 946.58 FSGT 1951-1974 23 70.75 16187.98 3.82 494.29 2100.73 WOFF 1953-1976 23 71.67 19806.89 4.00 588.27 782.40 WOFF 1951-1976 25 71.84 22764.23 4.00 714.96 2259.27 WGCDR 1953-1977 24 71.75 27802.40 4.00 848.93 1061.16 WOFF 1953-1979 26 72.14 27811.52 4.00 954.41 2729.61 WGCDR 1951-1976 25 72.03 30876.58 4.00 1028.19 4081.91 WGCDR 1953-1981 28 72.25 53146.58 4.00 1881.29 3292.26 WGCDR 1953-1985 32 72.80 84744.17 4.10 3417.10 4100.52 AVM 1943-1982 39 74.18 152880.00 4.00 7970.80 78273.26 Of course, if the whole 56,000 came on board we would be looking at $140,000,000, which would get some attention. Therein lies the rub! The best strategy would seem to be to establish a cost basis which is attractive to a law firm then go to the masses with a proposition. Each individual would only stand to gain and should become involved (how do you make it mandatory?). One question for me is - how would the 'settlement' residue be paid to individuals? Another question is, how would this apply to deceased estates? If, however, the most likely result was that the DFRDB Authority were to be bound to cease deductions in excess, with no refund, the law firms may not be interested at all. Jim, as an aside, I don't have your retirement details (I would like to do a print-out for you) and I can't see where you get the figure owed to you of $40,997.79? If you take a WGCDR with similar Service to you, say fourth from the bottom of the table, it seems you have moved a decimal place somewhere! Best regards Jim, and thank you for your efforts. Bill Arden Bill greetings, Thank you for your e-mail of 13 Feb. In regard to your point re false hope. I am very careful to stress to people that I cannot guarantee success but that all I can guarantee is that I will raise merry hell to redress the current scandalous situation. Yes the way ahead will be difficult and strewn with huge, almost insurmountable, legal pebbles put there by the Federal Government and the Federal Public Service. Proof positive of this fact can be found in the chronology of my puny efforts to obtain my legal retired pay entitlement (DFRDB 33 dated 6 June 2010). However, this must not deter but firm our resolve. In general the legal profession consists of a bunch of money hungry parasites. However, there are exceptions. It is the exception that I am after. A legal eagle with balls, common sense and get up and go. Male or female it matters not. Bill I do not understand your figures particularly the "Excess" column. What I have done to establish the quantum of the amount of retired pay I have forfeited to the DFRDB Authority is based on: The calculation of an annual "Retired Pay Entitlement Pre-commutation" figure using the formula used by the DFRDB Authority to establish the "new annual rate of pension benefit, i.e., A + (AxC) where A is the existing rate of pre-commutated retired pay and B is the percentage movement of the Consumer Price Index. I have then compared this figure with the quantum of the retired pay I have actually received to establish the amount forfeited to the DFRDB Authority. My Situation 1 October 1951- Joined RAAF - Became a contributor to the DFRB arrangement. 12 December 1976 - Retired with 25 years and 73 days service. 13 December 1976 - Retired Pay Entitlement Start Date 1997 Retired Pay Entitlement - Reference DFRDB Authority Letter dated 24 January 1977. Retired pay $8660.23 per annum based on percentage factor of 42.50% (25 years effective service). Retired pay after commutation $7395.04 per annum. Difference per annum $1265.19 per annum. CPI Figures - CPI figures supplied by DFRDB Authority in Letter to me dated 6 December 2007 and subsequently from annual Pension Benefits Notifications issued by DFRDB Authority or ComSuper. 13 December 1976 to 27 June 1977 CPI Increase Figure Applicable to Period - Effective Date: 1 July 1976 - Rate: 13.4% Fortnights in Period - 14 & 1/2 Retired Pay Entitlement Pre-commutation Rate per annum - $8660.23 Rate per fortnight - $333.09 Pre-commutation Entitlement Amount over period: $4829.81 Retired Pay Actually Received Post Commutation Rate per Annum - $7395.04 - Fortnights in Period 14/1/2 Gross Amount Received Over Period: $4112.93 Amount Paid Back over Period: $4829.81 - $4112.93 = $716.88 Total Amount Paid Back Since Retirement (12 Dec 76): $716.88 27 June 1977 to 1 July 1978 CPI Increase Figure Applicable to Period - Effective Date: I July 1977 - Rate: 13.6% Fortnights in Period - 26 Retired Pay Entitlement Pre-commutation Rate per Annum: $8660.23 + ($8660.23 x 13.6%) = $9838.02 Thus, Entitlement Amount: over period: $9838.02 Retired Pay Actually Received Post Commutation Gross Amount Received Over Period: $7981.72 Amount Paid Back over Period: $9838.02 - $7981.72 = $1856.30 Total Amount Paid Back Since Retirement (12 Dec 76): $716.88 + $1856.30 = $2573.18 1 July 1978 to 30 June 1979 CPI Increase Figure Applicable to Period - Effective Date: 30 June 1978 - Rate: 8.2% Fortnights in Period: 26 Retired Pay Entitlement Pre-commutation Rate Per Annum: $9838.02 + ($9838.02 X 8.2%) = $10644.74 Thus, Entitlement Amount over Period: $10644.74 Retired Pay Actually Received Post Commutation Gross Amount Received Over Period: $8636.22 Amount Paid Back Over Period: $10644.74 - $8636.22 = $2008.52 Total Amount Paid Back Since Retirement (12 Dec 76): $2573.18 + $2008.52 = $4581.70 1 July 1979 to 30 June 1980 CPI Increase Figure Applicable to Period - Effective Date: 29 June 1979 - Rate: 8.2% Fortnights over Period: 26 Retired Pay Entitlement Pre-commutation Rate Per Annum: $10644.74 + ($10644.74 X 8.2%) = $11517.61 Thus, Entitlement Amount over Period: $11517.61 Retired Pay Actually Received Post Commutation Gross Amount Received Over Period: $9344.39 Amount Paid Back over Period: $11517.61 - $9344.39 = $2173.22 Total Amount Paid Back Since Retirement (12 Dec 76): $2173.22 + $4581.70 = $6754.92 Thus, in the first four years after I left the RAAF I forfeited $6754.92 to the DFRDB Authority. $6754 in four years and so it has continued for the next 35 years with the amount now reaching substantial proportions. NB: at the moment I am working out the total figure as at December 2010. To date, as a computer illiterate, I have established the figures using a hand held calculator. However, I have asked a computer whip to develop a program which I will make available to interested parties when it comes to hand. At this time, if people are interested, I can supply CPI figures from 1976 until now. Bill in terms of the DRFDB scheme I think that it is a very generous arrangement and that we are looked after pretty well. However, as a group, in the main, we served the government with honour, did what we were asked to do, stuck our necks out, and dragged our family around the world and back again. This was recognized by the Jess Committee who made provision to assist our re-settlement by recommending that we could obtain an advance on our retired pay entitlement - commutation. In fact when you think about the arrangement it was something the government probably should have done separate to the DFRDB Scheme anyway. Thus, the retired pay commutation arrangement relieved the government of this moral responsibility. There was never any suggestion by the Jess Committee that a long term financial penalty was to be associated with the receipt of an advance by way of the commutation provision of the Act. Further, I was never told, either verbally, or in writing, that a long term financial penalty would be involved. I rather imagine the same applies to most DFRDB recipients who elect to commute. Thus, as a group I believe we have been unfairly set upon by the higher echelon of the public service aided and abetted by Ministers of State of both political persuasions. Accordingly, my aim is simply to obtain the full legal retired pay entitlement for myself and other DFRDB retired pay recipients who have exercised the commutation provision of the Act. In fact for me, and probably, many other people of my vintage, other than repayment of the excess of the deduction made by the DFRDB Authority, there will be little or no financial penalty to the government. For the simple reason that an increase in our fortnightly retired pay entitlement will mean that our "Part Service Pension" will decrease by the same amount. This is the current situation for those of us who rely on a "Part Service Pension" to supplement our DFRDB Retired Pay to provide an acceptable standard of living. In fact, in effect, we receive no standard of living adjustment and are falling further and further behind financially as a consequence. Bill if you can find a hole in the calculations presented earlier please let me know. In addition, I think that what you have put to me is important. I also think that your thoughts could be crossing other minds. Accordingly, I saw a need to disseminate your thoughts far and wide which is the reason I have sent your e-mail, and my reply, to everyman and his dog. I only hope that the dog doesn't return to bite me on the backside. Be of good cheer - regards, J the T SUBJECT REVIEW DELIVERS POSITIVE OUTCOMES FOR VETERAN COMMUNITY The Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Warren Snowdon, today welcomed the release of the Review of Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA)-Funded Ex-Service Organisation (ESO) Advocacy and Welfare Services Report. Minister Snowdon said the Government would implement all 45 recommendations from the Review which offered many positives outcomes for Australia's ex-service community and prescribed a framework to ensure veterans, war widow/ers and their families have access to quality advocacy, welfare and support services. "The Review recommended important changes to help standardise ESO advocacy and welfare services and improve transparency and accountability in the way funds are distributed to the ex-service organisations that support Australia's veteran and defence communities," he said. The Review covered the Building Excellence in Support and Training Program (BEST), Training Information Program (TIP), and the Veteran and Community Grants (V&C) program. "As the needs of the veteran and defence communities change, so must these support programs. The Review delivers on the Government's commitment to move to a more evidence-based decision-making process and an equitable distribution of funds. "The Review has also taken into account the valuable contribution of the volunteer workforce which always has the welfare and interests of the veteran community as its priority," Mr Snowdon said. ESOs will be encouraged to work closely together to ensure that appropriate advice and support is provided to veterans and defence members. Support for the Training Information Program will be strengthened by ensuring that advocates, and pension and welfare officers are provided with the standard of training and support they require to undertake their important role. "The ongoing involvement of the ESO community throughout the consultation process has been the key to the success of the Review and I am confident that the recommendations will receive broad support," Mr Snowdon said. BEST Round 13 applications open today and close on 11 March 2011. Applicants should familiarise themselves with the new guidelines before submitting an application. The full Review report, including all the recommendations and more information on BEST grants can be accessed at www.dva.gov.au/grants. SUBJECT LOST SOUL THOMAS EDWARD HARRISON If you are able to assist with the following please contact John Hay at email address: john@tellingthoughts.com or phone 07.3357.5034 I am trying to locate an old school friend to let him know of a School reunion after 58 years. It is scheduled to take place later this year as a Reunion of the 1953 Scholarship classes of Eagle Junction State School, in Brisbane. To date we have had no luck in locating our school friend. Tom would be 70 or 71 years old by now. We understand that he attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander at some stage of his career in the RAN. I met Tom's younger brother Philip years ago and Philip told me that Tom had achieved that rank but also added that he had become a Barrister at Law. Perhaps in the Navy? Last week one of our schoolmates told me that he met Tom in Sydney some years ago and he recalled that Tom was wearing the uniform of a Naval officer. SUBJECT COMPANION CARD Companion Card The Companion Card program has been introduced to support people with a disability who have a life-long need for attendant care and support to participate in community activities and attend venues. The Companion Card allows one accompanying carer to travel with the cardholder at no charge. Additional companions must also hold or purchase a valid ticket or pass. Cardholders must hold or purchase a valid ticket or pass for their travel. The card is accepted on all TransLink bus, rail and ferry services in south east Queensland, as well as on qconnect urban bus services in regional centres of Queensland. Cardholders from any state or territory may use their card on these services. 1963 LEEUWIN J/R's Weekly News 13 February 2011 For more information, contact Smart Service Queensland on 13 13 04t (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm) or email cardservices@smartservice.qld.gov.au. Alternatively, to download an application form or learn more about eligibility and the affiliated venues and services where the card is accepted across Australia, visit the national Companion Card website*. *The content found by using this link is not created, controlled or approved by this department. No responsibility is taken for the consequences of viewing content on this site. This link will load into a new window. A Local call from anywhere in Australia, call charges apply for calls from mobile phones and pay phones www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv2/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page2.htm G'day and Welcome, Hope all is well on the home front. Kev Uttley - An update on Kev from Darby Ashton on 6 Feb - Kev has just finished his first week in rehab. It has been full on but he has certainly put in a good effort. He is getting stronger each day and we are still believing for his total recovery as time goes on. Received this from Nev Barry who lives in Tully: Finally we have got coverage for phone and e-mail, never ever hope to go thru anything like that again, All the family came out of the blow with no problems, just very shaken & stirred have not heard how Greg hyphen fared, will attempt to find Greg's whereabouts over next couple of days. See ya!. We had a really good time at Husky on Thursday evening, a report will be forwarded later in the week in a Newsletter. One thing we did do, was collectively invest in Saturday Night's 20 million dollar lotto. Thanks to Trish and Doug Wilson who collected the money and purchased the tickets. Best of luck everybody. Eyes down and looking, tonight's lucky numbers are: System 7 09 13 18 20 21 29 43 System 8 03 10 13 15 17 31 39 41 System 9 01 07 18 20 21 25 27 30 35 System 10 02 04 06 11 13 24 29 30 38 45 Those who contributed: Dot & Jock McGregor Russ Nelson Narelle & Bill Hay John Hatchman Tom & Val Houldsworth Ian Schubert Tom & Carol Kinross Warren French Jan & Sandy Powell Mick Gallagher Tony & Robin Gawne Dave Cairns Doug & Trish Wilson Ron Giveen MILDURA REUNION - The status of who is attending the reunion is now contained on the web site under Mildura http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm Is your name there? When I was in Perth at the Memorial Service, each and every 63 JR I spoke to was going to attend the Mildura Reunion this year in late October early November - so far the acceptances have been a little slow. Please let me know, if you are a 'yes' 'no' or 'maybe'. Also this week Bruce (Jacko) Jackson - Very Sick For Whom the Bell Tolls - Don Dargusch Lost Soul - Ian Smith Man O'War steps ADF - Medical and Service Records Opening of Navy in Vietnam Cafe and Quarterdeck Art Gallery/Ship Model Room at HMAS CERBERUS Dedication of RAN River Class Frigates in Sydney 12 Feb 2011 Cheers Ron SUBJECT BRUCE (JACKO) JACKSON Not sure if many of our brothers would know him but ex CPOCOX (formerly POWM) Bruce "Jacko" Jackson is in palliative care on the Mornington Peninsula and hasn't long to live after a lengthy battle with cancer. Until Bruce became ill and had to leave work, he was the VIC, TAS, and SA Manager for Defence Maritime Services based out of HMAS Cerberus. Most will know DMS provide a lot of services throughout the RAN. SUBJECT FOR THE BELL TOLLS - DON DARGUSCH Just advising you that Don Dargusch (ex WOETC) R59497 Dob 15 Jan 1941 passed away peacefully on 26th Jan 2011 after a long illness. Don served in Vendetta during 26.2.62 to 29 4.64. He travelled to Vietnam on board Anzac in 1968. He was cremated at Traditional Funerals, Burpengary, QLD yesterday. SUBJECT IAN SMITH Looking for Ian Smith (Greenie) ex HMAS VOYAGER, please contact Les Sheehan at email address: lnisent@gmail.com SUBJECT MAN O'WAR STEPS Since early days, Man O'War steps have played an important part in the history of Sydney and sailors of many nations and I think, deserves a place in our memories. I mentioned this point to our Vice President Bill Baylis and in his usual manner, still went about the business of collecting as much information from books, documents and other sources as he could. To the Royal Australian Historical Society for their information and to Bill Baylis for his help, my sincere thanks. My interest in Man O'War Steps started during the 1930's when as a Telegraph messenger with the then PMG Dept. at the age of 14/15, it was quite common to have to deliver a telegram addressed to some Naval Ship or Sailor which we delivered to Man O'War Steps. During that period also, I remember the sad sight of a lady dressed all in white, dress, shoes, stockings, hat and handbag in the fashion of the 1914/1920 period, walking south up Pitt St, past the G.P.O. The story behind this Lady was that she had farewelled her son at Man O'War Steps as he sailed off to the First World War 1914/1918 from which he did not return. This lady, who came from Glebe had not accepted the fact that her son was not coming back and each night, walked from Glebe to Man O'War Steps hoping to greet her son on his return. She would walk up Pitt St. and then home to Glebe again. Such was the routine of this lady that she passed the G.P.O. in Pitt St. at exactly 8.45 p.m. each night on her long walk home. This is the sad part of the history of Man O'War Steps but alas not the last time that Man O'War Steps was the last touch of Australia for too many. Those who have "stepped ashore" at Man O'War Steps or caught the duty boat back to their various ships from there, will remember that this was the stone jetty on Bennelong Point on the western side of Farm Cove and was the landing point for Naval Personnel visiting Sydney since early days. For most of us it was a moment of great joy as we "stepped ashore" and later a moment of reflection as we departed Man O'War Steps for our various ships, "swinging around the buoy" or alongside at Garden island which in those days was still an island. Cattle Point where the first cattle were landed in Australia and later named Bennelong Point was the sight of the first fortification of Sydney. In 1788, the redoubt was completed and was armed with two brass six pounder cannons. Among the many buildings authorised by Governor Major General Lachlan Macquarie (1st January 1810 - 1st December 1821) was a stone fort on Bennelong Point for which he laid the foundation stone on 17th December 1817. Just prior to the commencement of the new Fort Macquarie, Governor Macquarie had a private landing place built for himself and the small sandy beach to the north of this landing place was for a time known as Port Lachlan and later as "Watering Place". Port Lachlan became the birth place of the watermen of Sydney who plied their trade as water taxis throughout Port Jackson and even as far south as Botany Bay. These watermen were the forerunners of our present water taxis and small ferry owners. Probably the best known families of watermen that we know was Stannards. Fort Macquarie was demolished and in 1903 was replaced by an imitation fort built for a tram shed which was itself demolished for the erection of the Sydney Opera House which commenced on 5th May 1959. Whilst all this activity was going on around it, the stone jetty except for the erection of a wooden shelter and an iron fence to keep undesirables away, remained the same. During the 1859's, female immigrants were landed at this stone jetty and gradually the place became known as Man O'War Steps. Since Governor Macquarie's time, most Governors, Admirals and Naval personnel used Man O'War Steps as their private landing place although towards the end of the 1890's, a dispute between the then Sydney Harbour Trust, State Government and the C I C Royal Navy as to the right of use and the responsibility for the upkeep of Man O'War Steps arose. It appears that this dispute finally found its way into the "Too Hard" basket and the "status quo" remained. Man O'War Steps was the only permissible landing place within Farm Cove and in fact, still is to this day. When the Sydney Opera House was officially opened on 28th September 1973, the then State Department of Public Works and Maritime Services Board restored the Man O'War Steps by adding a ramp and a pontoon to the jetty. On 20th October 1973, a bronze plaque on the right pillar at the entrance to the ramp was unveiled and the inscription reads .. Man O'War Steps In conjunction with the official opening of the Sydney Opera House in 1973, the stone jetty known as Man O'War Steps, was restored jointly by The department of Public Works and the Maritime Services Board when a ramp and berthing pontoon were added to the structure. The stone jetty is situated near the site of the private landing steps built during the administration of Major General Lachlan Macquarie Governor (1810-1821) and for a period formed one of the walls of a small boat harbour named "Watering Place" and no doubt was used by vessels at anchorage in Farm Cove, to obtain water supplies. The use of the jetty for the movement of personnel and stores to and from Naval vessels moored in the Man O'War anchorage nearby began early last century and the facilities continued to be used by The Royal Australian Navy until work on the present reconstruction commenced. The Maritime Services Board Minister for Public Works N.S.W. 20th October 1973. On 30th January 1983, a bronze plaque was unveiled on the left pillar at the entrance to the ramp and the inscription reads .. Man O'War Steps. This landing area, erected by the Royal Navy was taken over by The Royal Australian Navy in 1913. For 150 years, Man O'War Steps served as a landing and embarkation point for the men of the British and Australian fleets in peace and war. From these steps 2215 officers and sailors of The Royal Australian Navy left to serve their country in the Great War 1914 - 1918. The second World War 1939 - 1945, Korea, Malaya and Vietnam, never to return to enjoy the fruits of their labour in their native land. Ye who tread their footsteps, remember their glory. Erected by Naval association of Australia 30th January 1983. I recently visited Man O'War Steps to see how things had changed over the years and was pleased to see a clean bare jetty ringed by Standard Lights about 1 metre tall and with two pontoons moored alongside. The next time that you are around the Circular Quay area, walk past the Opera House, stand and read the two plaques, have a look at Man O'War Steps and over to Farm Cove and if you were ever lucky enough, remember those days "Swinging Around the Buoy" and "Stepping Ashore" at Man O'War Steps. By Dave Tibbitts SUBJECT MEDICAL AND SERVICE RECORDS Australian Defence Force - Service Records & Medical Records Copies of your Service and Medical records are available. Some fees may be involved; check with the contacts below. For copies of your or your ancestor's service records: http://www.defence.gov.au/footer/contacts.htm#04 Service Records Proof of identity or Next-of-Kin relationship is required and all requests require a signature. Due to privacy restrictions, specific regulations apply to the distribution of confidential personnel records. Contact Contact Details Postal Navy - Personnel Records RAN Phone: +61 2 6266 5962 Fax: +61 2 6266 5851 Queanbeyan Annex 2, Department of Defence Canberra ACT 2600 Army - Central Army Records Office Phone: +61 3 9282 5393 or +61 3 9282 6235 Fax: +61 3 9282 5434 E-mail: caro.hq@defence.gov.au GPO Box 393 Melbourne VIC 3001 Air Force - Personnel Records RAAF Phone: +61 2 6266 5965 Fax: +61 2 6266 5851 Queanbeyan Annex 2, Department of Defence Canberra ACT 2600 Historical service records - WWI and WW2 National Archives of Australia Phone: 1300 886 881 E-mail: ww1prs@naa.gov.au http://www.naa.gov.au For copies of your or your ancestor's medical records: http://www.defence.gov.au/Army/CARO/HealthMedical_Records.asp Health/Medical records World War II: Contact the Department of Veterans' Affairs - 1800 555 254. For details Post 1947: Australian Defence Force Health Records - Army (ADFHR-A) GPO Box 1932 MELBOURNE VIC 3001 Telephone Number: (03) 9282 4911 Facsimile Number: (03) 9282 5978 SUBJECT Opening of Navy in Vietnam Cafe and Quarterdeck Art Gallery/Ship Model Room at HMAS CERBERUS The HMAS SYDNEY and Vietnam Logistical Support Veterans Association (Vic) and Crest Canteens (formerly Millies) at HMAS CERBERUS have recently completed the development of a Cafe and Art Gallery/Ship Model Room in the old Gunnery Administration Building adjacent to the Museum of HMAS CERBERUS (old Supply School). The paintings are all the work of ex Navy man, Randall "Tug" WILSON an internationally acclaimed Maritime Artist. You can view his magnificent work at www.navart.com.au Ship models are the work of another ex Navy man Max MONTAGUE. Both are proud members of the HMAS SYDNEY Association here in Victoria and will be in attendance on the day. Banners and window decals have been supplied by another ex Navy man, Brent BALCHIN who has also produced a number of excellent DVD's which will be shown on the day. The Webmaster of our HMAS SYDNEY Association, ex Navy man, Laurie PEGLER has also been involved with the project and will also be in attendance on the day. The 50 framed prints on display in the Navy in Vietnam Cafe have been kindly donated by Steve LEWIS, Author and Publisher of Voyages to Vietnam. You, your family and friends, are cordially invited to attend the Official opening at HMAS CERBERUS on Thursday 24th February at 1100. Rooms will be opened by the Patron of the HMAS SYDNEY& VLSVA (Vic), CDRE J.S. DICKSON, AM, MBE, RAN, RTD. This is also a unique opportunity to attend Ships Company Divisions as a visitor, not a victim, which commences at 0900 on the morning - if you so desire. Come along and watch the spectacle, instead of being part of it. You will not even get picked up for a haircut, that's assuming you still have some. No need to even clean your shoes. Come along as a complete scran bag. Pay back time at last? Morning tea will be served in the Cafe on completion of Divisions. The brand new Millies Mobile (as yet unnamed) aka the Roach Coach, painted in distinctive DPU Colours (the same as our new uniforms) will also be available for the purchase of snacks on completion of the opening ceremony. Just let the civilian security staff manning the security box half way down the main road inside HMAS CERBERUS that you are attending the opening of the Rooms. The Gangway as we knew it is no longer in operation. Guides will direct you to the appropriate parking area which I sure will be the covered in Parade Ground. Veterans are requested to wear Medals. For any further information please contact Marty GROGAN at grevillethedevil@gmail.com or 0417 377 763 SUBJECT DEDICATION OF RAN RIVER CLASS FRIGATES Dedication for Royal Australian Navy River-class frigates A plaque, which, for the first time officially recognises the service to the nation of all 12 of the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) River-class frigates, and the crews who served in them in war and peace, will be unveiled tomorrow, 12 February in Sydney. Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Defence Science and Personnel Warren Snowdon said the plaque dedication ensured the RAN River-class frigates and their crews were recognised and honoured in our naval history. "The River-class frigates are all named after Australian rivers, were built in Australia and were in service with the RAN from 1942-1979," Mr Snowdon said. "All but one of the River-class frigates were sold and scrapped after they were decommissioned, with HMAS Diamantina preserved as a museum ship at the Queensland Maritime Museum." Mr Snowdon said the Australian Government was pleased to be able to provide funding for the plaque through the Saluting Their Service commemorations grants program. The Saluting Their Service commemorations grants program supports projects and activities which directly commemorate Australia's servicemen and women who served in wars, conflicts and peace operations. Lieutenant Vince Fazio (retired), President of the HMAS Condamine Association, served onboard HMAS Condamine, which saw action during the Korean War. He commissioned the plaque after receiving the Department of Veterans' Affairs grant. "I'm expecting about 70 guests at the ceremony. Veterans from the majority of the 12 River-class frigates including a couple of veterans from HMAS Hawkesbury, which saw action during World War II," Lieutenant Fazio (retired) said. "The President of Gascoyne together with the President of Culgoa will be invited to unveil the plaque, representing the first and last of class ships. "It will be great to catch up with some old mates," he said. Commander Shane Moore CSM, Director of the RAN's Naval Heritage Collection, said that an important part of Australia's naval history had been preserved with the plaque dedication. "Outside the Navy community, little is known about these frigates and the men who served on them. You could argue that historians have overlooked their fine service to the nation but, it is fitting that it has now been recognised through this plaque." The plaque unveiling and dedication service will be held at 11am, 12 February at the RAN Heritage Centre, Garden Island and will be followed by afternoon tea. Media note: Media interested in attending the plaque dedication should contact Commander Shane Moore. Commander Moore and Lieutenant Vince Fazio will be available for interview. For more information on the history of the RAN's River class frigates go to: www.navy.gov.au/history The RAN Heritage Centre is open from 9:30am to 3:30pm daily except on public holidays. Entry is free. To visit the centre, take the Watson's Bay ferry from Circular Quay Wharf 4 to Garden Island Ferry Wharf. More information is available at http://www.navy.gov.au/Ranhc Media Contacts: Minister Snowdon's office: Alice Plate 0400 045 999 Director, RAN's Naval Heritage Collection: Commander Shane Moore 0412 258 098 HMAS Condamine Association President: Lieutenant Vince Fazio (retd) 0431044510 1963 LEEUWIN J/R?s Weekly News 6 February 2011 www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv2/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page2.htm G?day and Welcome, Hope all is well on the home front. Am off to the South Coast today for the Navy Rugby Camp weekend at ALBATROSS/CRESWELL, fishing down near Batemans Bay until Thursday and then Thursday night?s function. Kev Uttley ? An update on Kev from Darby Ashton - Darby has onforwarded an email from Kev?s wife Larraine - Dear Darby, Thank you for the information below. I haven't contacted the advocate yet as it has been quite hectic with transferring Kevin in Rehab. He had his assessments done today and will commence Rehab tomorrow. We are expecting great results! He is in good spirits and I think he is looking forward to getting stuck into the Rehab program. I look forward to meeting up with you again one day when you are in the area. Bless you Larraine Huskisson Function this Thursday 10 February ? The format - dinner in the bistro booked for 1830 ? eat from the general menu. Dress Neat Casual. There will be a service commemorating the VOYAGER sailors who perished on the 10 Feb 64. Attending, Bill and Narelle Hay, Pete Sutton, Russ and Georgina Nelson, Mick Gallagher, John and Lyn Hatchman, Tony and Robyn Gawne, Tom and Val Houldsworth, Spook Cairns, Doug and Trish Wilson, Glen Butler, Schubes Schubert, Jock and Dorothy McGregor, Sandy and Jan Powell, Tom and Carol Kinross, Warren French and myself. Apologies, Terry and Helen Dack, Ken Railton, Sandy and Rhonda Michels, Mike Hogan and Ted Hase. Haven?t heard from Brissles and Lou Lassau, Gordon and Robin Duncan or Phil and Denise Longdon ? they either attended or offered apologies at last year?s function. Please let me know if you still wish to attend. MILDURA REUNION ? The status of who is attending the reunion is now on the web site under Mildura http://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm Is your name there? When I was in Perth at the Memorial Service, each and every 63 JR I spoke to was going to attend the Mildura Reunion this year in late October early November ? so far the acceptances have been a little slow. Please let me know, if you are a ?yes? ?no? or ?maybe?. Also this week DFRDB Bill Vietnam Veterans Day in Hobart Cheers Ron SUBJECT DFRDB BILL The Parliament House site is back on the air. This link: http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Fbillsdgs%2F447650%22 is to the bills digest for the current bill on the DFRDB. The digest is a background paper prepared by the Parliamentary Library research staff and will give an insight into what has happened in the past and where they are proposing to go now. The page for the bill and sundry other docs is on this link: http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Fbillhome%2Fs809%22 There is no explanatory memorandum there as yet, but one will appear before too long. SUBJECT VIETNAM VETERANS DAY HOBART ? 13 AUGUST Anybody wishing to attend Vietnam Veterans Day in Hobart please contact Warwick. Warwick Luttrell State President Tasmania Branch Inc. Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Phone: (03) 64312627 Mobile: 0408 333360 Email: vvaataspres@aussiebroadband.com.au 1963 LEEUWIN J/R?s Weekly News 30 January 2011 www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv2/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page2.htm G?day and Welcome, Hope all is well on the home front. Kev Uttley ? An update on Kev from Darby Ashton - Message 1 - Visited Kev Utley today but it was a short visit because his Physio turned up and that is more important to him at this stage. Had a little talk to Larraine and she said that he feels great when old mates get in touch because he at least knows then that he hasn?t been forgotten. For the short time I had to talk to him he was in good spirits and his biggest frustration is not being able to talk and express his thought etc. Message 2 - Spoke to Larraine last night and after physio yesterday afternoon Kev was able to move his right leg three times. We need heaps of prayers so that he makes a full recovery. Darby also forwarded the following: I have given Larraine the name of an Advocate who will help her sort out the DVA problems. Kev?s situation should be a timely reminder for anyone who may have problems of any sort and won?t do anything about it? don?t feel guilty/shy or whatever about seeking help if you need it. Too often the wives are left holding the ?baby?, so to speak, because men won?t admit that they might have a problem. Advocates and Pension & Welfare Officers are there to assist us in whatever way they can so don?t be backward in coming forward in talking to them. Huskisson Function 10 February ? The format - dinner in the bistro booked for 1830 ? eat from the general menu. Dress Neat Casual. There will be a service commemorating the VOYAGER sailors who perished on the 10 Feb 64. Attending, Pete Sutton, Russ and Georgina Nelson, Mick Gallagher, John and Lyn Hatchman, Tony and Robyn Gawne, Tom and Val Houldsworth, Spook Cairns, Doug and Trish Wilson, Glen Butler, Schubes Schubert, Jock and Dorothy McGregor, Sandy and Jan Powell, Tom and Carol Kinross, Warren French and myself. Apologies, Terry and Helen Dack, Ken Railton, Sandy and Rhonda Michels, Mike Hogan. Haven?t heard from Brissles and Lou Lassau, Gordon and Robin Duncan, Bill and Narelle Hay or Phil and Denise Longdon ? they either attended or offered apologies at last year?s function. MILDURA REUNION ? When I was in Perth at the Memorial Service, each and every 63 JR I spoke to was going to attend the Mildura Reunion this year in late October early November ? so far the acceptances have been a little slow. Please let me know, if you are a ?yes? ?no? or ?maybe?. Brent Balchin has put together another photo video celebrating 100 years of the RAN and 90 years of Cerberus. You can now view it on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VDa03qMUgc Rowing Photos ? look in the photos page of the website and see if you can identify all the crew. Let me know please. Surfie Richards forwarded an email on the ARK ROYAL and the song ?Sailing?; the link is below. Also this week Lost soul ? Keith Johnson CDT3 Video - Vietnam HMS ARK ROYAL - SaiIing Cheers Ron SUBJECT LOST SOUL? KEITH JOHNSON If you are able to help with the following please contact Pat Amos direct at email address: pat_t41@yahoo.co.uk I'm trying to locate a nave personnel called KEITH REGINALD JOHNSON who according to the Australian Archives (naa.gov.au) was in the navy and his number is listed as R106741. He joined in 1969 for 12 years as a Clearance Diver. He travelled to Vietnam on HMAS Sydney. We went to school in Warwick, UK. He left for Australia on an assisted passage in 1966 with his family and lived at 16 Dunbar Terrace, East Glenelg, Adelaide. I am sorry if this appears an imposition, but I would dearly like to be re-united with this family. My Email address is: pat_t41@yahoo.co.uk My telephone number is: 0044 1425 470484 Kind regards Pat Amos SUBJECT CDT3 VIDEON ? VIETNAM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miZzfcKq4Ls SUBJECT HMS ARK ROYAL ? SAILING I do not know if anyone is interested but in 1976 the BBC did a TV show called ?Sailor?, a voyage on the HMS Ark Royal, with Rod Stewart singing the title song ?Sailing?, well the BBC is about to release the series on DVD (only originally released on Video) . You can pre order the series (delivery is March) which I think reflects some of the day to day activities of Jack Tar. There has been changes to the title song which now the Royal Maries Band play, probably to do with copyright. In saying all that I have attached a link for anyone wishing to purchase. Also there are some clips from the show on You Tube. http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004DYKEPU/ref=oss_product All the best Ian (Surfie) Richards 1963 LEEUWIN J/R?s Weekly News 23 January 2011 www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv2/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page2.htm G?day and Welcome, Hope all is well on the home front. Kev Uttley ? An update on Kev from Ken Fielding - have been talking to Larraine and she tells me that Kev has had some bad days, having difficulty breathing and they think he may have a chest infection, so here?s hoping he gets over that pretty quick. I also told Larraine that I am here to help with the pension claim form. Rgds Ken F Huskisson Function 10 February ? The format - dinner in the bistro booked for 1830 ? eat from the general menu. Dress Neat Casual. There will be a service commemorating the VOYAGER sailors who perished on the 10 Feb 64. Attending, Russ and Georgina Nelson, Mick Gallagher, John and Lyn Hatchman, Tony and Robyn Gawne, Tom and Val Houldsworth, Spook Cairns, Doug and Trish Wilson, Glen Butler, Schubes Schubert, Jock and Dorothy McGregor, Sandy and Jan Powell, Tom and Carol Kinross, Warren French and myself. Apologies, Ken Railton, Sandy and Rhonda Michels, Mike Hogan. Haven?t heard from Brissles and Lou Lassau, Peter Sutton, Gordon and Robin Duncan, Bill and Narelle Hay or Phil and Denise Longdon ? they either attended or offered apologies at last year?s function. MILDURA REUNION ? When I was in Perth at the Memorial Service, each and every 63 JR I spoke to was going to attend the Mildura Reunion this year in late October early November ? so far the acceptances have been a little slow. Please let me know, if you are a ?yes? ?no? or ?maybe?. Rick and Lea Avey you may recall were in a van park in Brisbane during the recent floods, they have produced another episode to their travel blog ? have a look - The Aveys on the Road Rowing Photos ? further comment from Jock McGregor ? Looking at the old rowing photos, I was in the crew of July?63, these are the fourth and sixth photos, the crew is Bow Don Churchward 2 The only person I haven?t got a name for , sorry 3. D. Girvan 4. Phillip O?Meara 5. H.J. Foot 6. Danny Kay 7. Myself ( Jock McGregor) Stroke Rodney King Cox G.McGuiness Coach Lindsay Wallis Fremantle Rowing Club, this crew raced in the state eight?s, the day we left Leeuwin at end of term. On the race from Fremantle to Perth, we got as far as the old Swan Brewery and sunk in choppy waters, great time by all. Jock McGregor jbrewer4@bigpond.com Also this week Commentary on DFRDB fair indexation bill _Final Version (Attached)Click here to download this file Queensland TPI Travel Pass (Attached)Click here to download this file Click here to download this file Cheers Ron SUBJECT INFORMATION TO HELP QUEENSLAND VETERANS ACCESS FLOOD SUPPORT Minister for Veterans' Affairs Mailing List Thursday, 13 January 2011 VA002 The Minister for Veterans? Affairs, Warren Snowdon, today reiterated that information is readily available to help Queensland veterans affected by flooding, access support and financial assistance. ?The Queensland veteran community can access information on insurance, payments and counselling and I encourage those in flooded areas to take advantage of these services as soon as possible,? Mr Snowdon said. ?Widespread flooding is taking its toll across extensive parts of Queensland, and with more than 61,000 veterans living in the State, we know that a number will be affected. ?Veterans who have had property damaged by the floods and are insured with Defence Service Homes Insurance are encouraged to contact 1300 552 662 to make a claim.? To date 112 claims for assistance have been received by Defence Service Homes Insurance (as at 13/1/2011). These numbers are expected to grow in the coming weeks as people return to their properties. ?Veterans and their families in need of emotional support or counselling can contact The VVCS - Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service 24 hours a day on 1800 011 046,? Mr Snowdon said. Mr Snowdon also reassured the Queensland veteran community that there would be no interruption to Department of Veterans? Affairs services. ?Although we closed the Brisbane offices this week for the safety of our staff, services for Queensland Department of Veterans? Affairs clients will continue.? o Accessing your usual Department of Veterans? Affairs payments ? call DVA to discuss your circumstances. Call 133 254 or 1800 555 254 (regional callers). o Veterans? Affairs Network (VAN) offices ? to contact your local office about any queries or concerns you may have regarding DVA services and support, or if you need help connecting with local support networks in your area call 1300 55 1918. An Australian Government disaster recovery payment is available to eligible residents in Queensland. Further assistance is available through Disaster Relief and Recovery QLD (www.thepremier.qld.gov.au/initiatives/disaster_recovery/index.aspx) Media inquiries: Minister Snowdon: Alice Plate 0400 045 999 Department of Veterans? Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203 ________________________________________ SUBJECT VETERANS HOME MAINTENANCE LINE The Veterans? Home Maintenance Line (VHML) is a toll free telephone service for members of the Veteran Community which: ? Provides advice on general home maintenance matters; ? Provides local referral to reliable and efficient tradespeople with appropriate qualifications, and both professional indemnity and public liability insurance cover; ? Provides 24 hour access for emergency repairs; ? Offers a home inspection service to identify current or possible future maintenance problems and is available during weekdays in business hours; and ? Provides links to Government subsidised services where possible. Who is eligible? VHML is available to all members of the Veteran Community. Who pays for the service? The advice or referral for home maintenance is free, but you are required to pay for any work undertaken by the tradesperson, including any call out fee. You are also required to pay for the home inspection service. Follow up The VHML staff may contact you after the work has been completed to ask whether you are completely satisfied with the service that was arranged. How to apply? It?s easy! Just ring 1800 80 1945 and ask for home maintenance advice or a referral to a tradesperson. Preventing Falls Falls are not an inevitable part of ageing. Most falls can be prevented. One in three people aged 65 and over report falling at least once each year. ? One quarter of these people sustain significant injuries and 5% sustain a fracture (usually humerus, wrist, hip or pelvis). ? Strength and balance exercise has shown to reduce falls by older people. ? Falls and accidents are a key factor in causing otherwise avoidable admissions to hospital. HomeFront is a falls and accident prevention program available for all Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) gold and white card holders. A free HomeFront assessment is available each year and the department makes a financial contribution towards the cost of recommended items and modifications. HomeFront aims to maintain the health and independence of the veteran community and reduce potential medical and hospital costs by reducing the incidence of falls and accidents in and around the home. Following the home assessment, DVA will make a financial contribution, currently $203, towards the cost of recommended aids and minor home modifications that will reduce the risk of falls and accidents. The recommended minor home modifications and/or aids and appliances are generally low cost items such as the provision of non slip treatment on steps or floors or extra lighting. The HomeFront assessor also provides information about local community and Government services that are available to assist veterans and war widows to remain living in their own home for as long as possible. A HomeFront assessment can be arranged by telephoning 1800 80 1945. There are currently around 272 000 Australian veterans that are eligible for the HomeFront program. More information, including interesting statistics, are available on DVA's website - http://www.dva.gov.au/health_and_wellbeing/health_programs/homefront/Pages/intro.aspx SUBJECT NAVAL AND FAMILY HISTORY UPDATE As the centenary of World War 1 approaches, Naval-History.Net is concentrating on this important period in world history: New to Naval-History.Net from the 1914-20 editions of the London Gazette - Royal Navy and British Army despatches, including Gallipoli and the HMAS Sydney action, and Royal Navy Honours and Gallantry Awards from Albert Medal to Victoria Cross, via Order of the Bath, DSO, DSC, MC, CGM, DCM, DSM, MM, Mentions, etc. These include all Australian naval awards Old Weather update - This University of Oxford/Citizen's Science Alliance project is collecting weather and naval information from the logbooks of 280 British warships around World War 1 - including HMAS Fantome, Parramatta, Sydney, Una and Warrego. It will be used to help climate modelers, as well as naval and family historians. 37 percent of the logbooks have now been transcribed, a total of 293,593 pages. Anyone can take part by visiting OldWeather.org You can now find Naval-History.Net on Facebook Regards Gordon Smith Naval-History.Net 17 Norris Close, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan CF64 2QW, UK Tel: 029-20636953 or 07590070038 1963 LEEUWIN J/R?s Weekly News 16 January 2011 www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv2/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page2.htm G?day and Welcome, Hope all is well on the home front. What a week; floods in the Eastern States and fire in the West. Have received further emails of support for the Queensland floods: Hi Ron, we have beds for at least 6 people here in Hervey Bay. we don't have a flood problem but food is a bit short. I can be contacted on 0412085451. Cheers, Robyn Gawne Have also received emails from those affected: Col and Liz Yench - Yeah we are fine thanks Ron, we are about 15k`s from any water trouble, just on standby to help our girls if they strike problems, but so far all is good Col Rick and Lea Avey - Thanks Ron ? we are now more or less under control (as much as we ever are). We have been able to move back into the caravan park and were never in any danger, just a little inconvenience. Our thoughts and prayers go to all the other poor souls who have lost so much. Love Lea & Rick Kev Uttley ? An update on Kev from Ken Fielding - Ron, Just a quick update on Kevin, There has not been much change of late, but there have not been any set backs so that?s a good thing, but he is in good spirits and is hanging in and still has a positive attitude. Cheers Ken F Huskisson Function 10 February ? Attending, Tom and Val Houldsworth, Spook Cairns, Doug and Trish Wilson, Glen Butler, Schubes Schubert, Jock McGregor, Sandy and Jan Powell, Tom and Carol Kinross, Warren French and myself. Who else intends to attend? Malaya Pingat Medal ? Service Pension - You may recall the article last week. I must express thanks to Jim Bush who worked for DVA in Perth for putting so much effort into an article . He has been good enough to assist us by forwarding DVA info to balance the contents of the previous advice: His initial reaction and concern was in relation to the context of the wording that indicated, and could be interpreted by some people that Service Pension eligibility would be dependent on receiving a partial DVA Pension of 50% disability or higher, and will bring them to 100% for entitlement for a Gold Card, which is not correct. Jim offered me the opportunity to edit the information ? It is forwarded as received. Hi Rugby, I was interested to read the article below regarding the Malaya Pingat Medal issued to Navy Veterans and its relationship with eligibility for Service Pension and Gold Card. I have a few comments to make and questions to raise which I think need to be clarified with regard to the comment made in the message below, requiring payment of a partial Disability Pension of 50% or more to be eligible for Service Pension. Comments My understanding of the eligibility required for Service Pension from DVA relates specifically to Qualifying Service having been rendered by a veteran pursuant to the provisions set out in Section 7A(Qualifying Service) of the Veterans Entitlement Act 1986 (VEA). Where this is the case, and this service has been determined and accepted by DVA then there are no pre-conditions required for the Service Pension, such as having to receive a partial Disability Pension at 50% or higher which will bring them to 100% to receive a Gold Card. Also, there is no guarantee that a recipient of a Disability Pension at 50% or above will be successful in the future of reaching 100% disability to qualify them for the Gold Card under the conditions related to receiving a Disability Pension at 100% of the General Rate of Disability Pension. On the contrary; The only limitations placed on the entitlement to be granted a Service Pension to an eligible veteran is subject to satisfying the threshold limits set out in the Income and Assets Test for Service Pension, and is not dependent on receiving a partial Disability Pension. The eligibility for a Gold Card under the 50% or higher rate of Disability Pension provision, is dependent on being eligible for Service Pension, and receiving any amount of Service Pension, and not the other way round as indicated in the message below. Questions Is DVA saying that they are recognising the Malaya Pingat Medal under a different provision in the VEA that relates specifically to Campaign Medals, and it is different to that relating to Qualifying Service, as set out in Section 7A(1)(iii) of the VEA. If so, are they saying the provisions and conditions relating to Campaign Medals under the VEA are different for Service Pension and Gold Card eligibility. Is DVA going to say that recognition of the Malaya Pingat Medal as a Campaign Medal will attract Service Pension eligibility only, and will not attract entitlement to a Gold Card at age 70 for veterans with post World War 2 Qualifying Service and Service Pension eligibility. I would be surprised if this is the case, as this would be inconsistent within the provisions of the VEA and apply different qualification criteria for Service Pension and Gold Card eligibility for Qualifying Service and Campaign Medals. Summary I could be wrong and will stand corrected. However my view is that the Australian Government may have extended the level of service for Navy veterans who served on ships in the conflict that qualified them for the Malaya Pingat Medal from the Malayan Government, and has accepted it as a Campaign Medal and, in doing so has extended the level of service from Operational Service to Qualifying Service under the VEA. As a consequence of this, Service Pension eligibility and the associated eligibility conditions that apply for a Gold Card, will apply to these veterans granted Service Pension. Bearing in mind, the extension of eligibility for Qualifying Service should also invoke another special condition to flow on that applies to all veterans with Qualifying Service involved in post-World War 2 conflicts. This is, they will be issued a Gold Card at age 70, irrespective of whether they receive a Service Pension or not, and have not already been issued a Gold Card under the Low Income Threshold Limits and Service Pension, Service Pension and Disability Pension at the 50% or higher rate, Disability Pension at the 100% rate or a TPI Pension at the special rate. I am sure the RSL and Ex-Service Organisations would not accept veterans who have been issued Campaign Medals and/or have rendered Qualifying Service, should be treated any different with regard to eligibility for Service Pension and Gold Card entitlements. Hope I haven?t created a monster with this, and any comments would be welcome. Cheers Jim Rowing Photos ? they are in the ?photo?s page? on the web site. Spike Jones who was Cox of a boat sent the following: Hello I remember being Cox of one of the JR rowing crews and my best recollection is that it would have been the 1964 crew under possibly Lt Railton. I will be interested to hear of anyone else's memory and to see any photos. Cheers Spike (Ron) Jones Does anybody else have any photos? I have received some comments on the movie ?Hearts of Oak? made in LEEUWIN in 63. Have contacted Bill Krause who may have a copy. He is in the process of ?having a look? and getting back to me. I will let you know when it comes to hand. Also this week DVA Factsheets DFRDB and DFRDB Bill (Attached)Click here to download this file QLD Rail Concessions (Attached X2)Click here to download this file Click here to download this file Cheers Ron SUBJECT DVA FACT SHEETS 1963 LEEUWIN J/R?s Weekly News 9 January 2011 http://factsheets.dva.gov.au/factsheets/ 1963 http://www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv2/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page2.htm 9 Jan 2011 G?day and Welcome, Hope you and yours are well. We had a great Christmas, our daughter who lives overseas permanently, surprised us on Boxing Day by turning up on the doorstep. Hope you all had happy similar experiences. Kev Uttley?s illness is a sobering reminder of how fragile we all are. You may all remember Kev is the only bloke in our year who still looks the same as when he joined, I don?t think he has a grey hair or an age line in his head. Thank goodness for Gordon Stringer who was concerned enough to chase up a convoluted message he received. He contacted Kev?s wife Larraine and ascertained his condition. It?s great to see all who have either visited Kev in hospital or been instrumental in trying to organise some type of DVA assistance. Ken (KI) Fielding is leading the charge. Support for Kev has also come those around the SE QLD area and those visiting the area. Besides KI, Peewee Petherick and Vic Dzodz have been to see Kev. Jim Bush, David Low, Allan ?Tug? Wilson from Mildura, Jeff Wake and Ken Railton have all waded in with DVA and advocacy assistance. On behalf of all of the 63 JR?s thanks very much to all these blokes for their fantastic contribution to one of us. I will provide further updates on Kev?s condition as they arrive. Rod Hazell has forwarded an email stating that a movie was made at LEEUWIN when we were there. He is asking anybody who knows the title or has a copy to let him know. Please let me know also. Ken Railton has forwarded some photos of some of those who ?rowed? in 63 and 64 and a little bit of history. Makes interesting reading. This is a copy of his email. I will be putting the photos on the website in the next few days. Saying that there are some other new photos inserted of the 7th intake Mokare 2 in the ?photos? page. Ron, As promised here are the few pictures of the JR rowing crews that I have recently come across! There were two VIIIs one put together in early 1963 from the January intake ? I arrived in March or so and we got straight to it. That crew was, to the best of my recollection, some 47 years later: Bow Gabby (if I have it right!) Allen No2 Dick Geverding No3 Ross Fullarton No 4 Bongo Dibetta No 5 Tom Kinross No 6 Stalky Oliver No 7 Splewy Kropp Stroke Charlie Stewart (early discharge) Cox Peewee Petherick I know it is a sign of old age, but I cannot remember too many of the 1964 crew(in the PTI shirts), other than Hugh Foot who is in the No 5 seat. The faces are mostly familiar but that is as far as I can get. I also thought that Mick Horn, later topman and Captain S rowed 6 in this crew, but it doesn?t look like Mick to me. I think he was pulled out when he made topman. But I also think he later came back to rowing and I think he stroked the IV, but unfortunately I don?t have any pictures, nor can I remember if the IV was 1963 or 1964. Perhaps someone else can remember. Failing that if anyone has Mick?s contact info I will write to him myself! We were unique in that no other navy crews, as far as I can ascertain ever competed in any part of the national rowing association competition in Australia. The 1963 JR VIII won the Novice Eights Championship of WA that year, but I also think we did a lot more and even won a maiden eight championship, but I cannot remember which year. Pretty cool really when you think that the national eight oared championship (that the NSW crew that I was in, won in 1959), and known as the Kings Cup was presented to the AIF VIII for winning the Allied Forces championship at the Armistice Regatta at Henley on Thames in 1919. So this was the first time that any of the ADF had competed at any level after such an auspicious start! Ho hum, but we old blokes still get a kick from this stuff! Hope some of you young buggars do too! Cheers! KenR 10 February at Husky. Who is coming to this dinner function and dedication service on the 47th anniversary of the VOYAGER incident. For those who attended last year, all will attest they enjoyed the gathering. I will forward details as they come to hand. Please indicate your attendance ASAP. Also this week Malaya Pingat Medal ? SERVICE PENSION Floods and DVA Response DVA Website ? TOUCHBASE VOICEPIPE ? JAN 2011 Edition DFWA UPDATE (Attached) Scamming Again (Attached) Cheers Ron SUBJECT MALAYA PINGAT MEDAL ? SERVICE PENSION "Further to our phone conversation a few minutes ago I was advised by DVA this morning that any ex navy person who has been issued with the Malaya Pingat Medal which is now classified as a campaign medal is entitled to a service pension if they have a partial DVA pension related to disability 50% or over which will bring them to 100% with the Gold Card and free travel Hope this will assist many Regards Alan" SUBJECT FLOODS AND DVA RESPONSE Good morning I hope you are all well and wish you all the best for 2011. I wanted to give you an overview of how DVA is responding to the floods and also seek you assistance in letting us know of any members of the veteran community who may need assistance. We have a small coordination team headed by myself to ensure that our areas have their responses in place as well as to be best placed to respond to any issues. The other members of the team are Leanne Cameron, Director Client Access (you will remember Leanne from our last meeting) and Craig Gould. We are briefing the Commission daily and have also briefed the Minister. We also have a larger team group which covers all business areas to ensure that our business is coordinated because many of the issues do cross business lines. This team is meeting every few days but also have input into and receive daily updates. We have a single point of contact with Centrelink as they are on the ground in the Recovery Centres. We have analysed the numbers of veterans in the areas most affected which is about 11,000. However only around 215 of these are currently in the claims or review process. We are managing decisions and mailouts so that we are not giving any additional burdens to people who are affected. We are also aware that there may need to be temporary acceptance of proof of identify or replacement of lost documents. Defence Services Housing Insurance Services has assessed the number of possible claimants from the flood areas and have the assessors ready to go into locations once given the go ahead from the local authorities. We are aware that aids and appliances may have been lost or damaged and again have processes in place for priority replacement. At this time of year there is not generally much elective surgery but again we are aware of where there are travel bookings and have put in place alternative arrangements where needed. VVCS is available for counselling and have checked that counsellors are on board and available. This is not the definitive list but wanted to give you an overall summary of where at and what we are doing. There are now individual cases emerging and I encourage you to let your members know that they should ring the Department so we can do whatever we can to assist. Alison Stanley Deputy Commissioner Queensland Department of Veterans' Affairs Telephone 07 32238737 Fax 07 32238304 alison.stanley@dva.gov.au SUBJECT TOUCHBASE ? DVA WEBSITE This is the address of the new Touchbase DVA website. Recommend you have a look at it and pass it on to others http://www.touchbase.gov.au SUBJECT VOICEPIPE ? JAN 2011 EDITION Hello Junior Recruit members Please visit the Reunion Website www.jrsreunion.org --- Go to the Index [main] page for the latest information on the website and down load the first edition of Voice Pipe for 2011. We trust that you like what you see. We will keep you up to ?speed? in the very near future Cheers for now To you and your families please have a very Happy New Year Kind regards Tingira Committee SUBJECT VIETNAM VETERANS FAMILY STUDY Hello, Please find attached a letter from the Chair of the Vietnam Veterans' Family Study, Major General Mark Kelly AO, updating you on the progress of the Study. If you have any questions please either respond to this email address (health.study@dva.gov.au) or ring the Family Study Team on 1800 502 302. Regards, Family Study Program Team Department of Veterans' Affairs Telephone: 1800 502 302 E-mail: health.study@dva.gov.au SUBJECT NATIONAL ARCHIVES Future cabinet papers will be released after 20 years, instead of 30 years, following legislation by federal parliament last year The National Archives is phasing in the change by releasing two years' documents each year for the next 10 years. The cabinet records are on the National Archives website www.naa.gov.au from today. Click on the 'collection' tab the 'explore' then 'cabinet'. The documents are also available at the National Archives reading room in Canberra from Tuesday. For 1981, titles of documents are on the National Archives website. Requests for the documents can be made via RecordsSearch on the National Archives website or by contacting the Archives through ref@naa.gov.au or 1300 866 881. The website will post selected documents from 1981 during this year. Have fun! Veteranweb Network raypayne@veteranweb.asn.au