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

 

 

 SUBJECT                                                                 CENTENARY CAR STICKER


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ANNOUNCE AVAILABILITY OF


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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 linkhttp://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.jpghttp://www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/Hoss2.jpghttp://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

 

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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

 

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

 

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

 

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