Access to the RAR National Memorial Walk – Gallipoli Barracks Enoggera Brisbane

This information applies to all persons wanting to visit The Walk except for those attending approved activities where an approved person from the Association is acting as escort.

Entry to Gallipoli Barracks is through the Security Office at Lloyd St, Enoggera where you advise the staff that you want to visit the Walk. You will be required to complete the entry documentation that requires you to produce photographic identification (driver’s licence etc), to be photographed and issued with a Pass and to watch a 10 minute Barrack Security and Safety orientation video. The staff will call the duty room of the on call duty Battalion (either 6 or 8/9 RAR) who will provide an escort for you during your visit.

To arrange a planned visit with an RARA escort please contact the RARAQ Secretary Greg Decker [email protected]

QUEENSLAND STATE ELECTION – Summary of Parties’ Positions on Issues Affecting Former and Current ADF Members and Their Families.

DFWA contacted the ALP, LNP, Greens, One Nation and Katter Parties and sought their position on veteran issues which fall under the remit of the State and  that had been raised through the Qld Veterans Advisory Council, or by DFWA,  other ESO and community groups.

All parties responded except the Katter Party. Actual Party responses are here. The Summary Status Report (current as of 18 Nov 2017)  is here

DFWA (and RARA) is apolitical and non-partisan and offers no recommendation regarding voting nor any indication on the value of the political party pledges and undertakings. Without going into a “how to suck eggs” discussion, it is suggested that views of Independents, candidates from other parties not included in the Summary, and of candidates from the above parties in your own electorate,  should be sought to help make your own decision. Questioning party workers and candidates can only increase the influence of the Defence Community now and in future State and Federal elections.

DFWA (Qld) is grateful that the political parties now recognise the value of former and serving ADF members and their families sufficient to respond to the DFWA request. In the past there has been no interest in veteran family issues at State elections.

The RARA endorses DFWA’s Status Summary

“We Will Remember Them”

It is that time of year again when at the 11th Hour on the 11th Day of the 11th Month, we remember the sacrifice of all Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen who have served and those who have sacrificed their lives in the defence of our Nation.

The Great War, as World War I became known was thought to be the war to end all wars at the time.  Compiègne Forest where the armistice was signed in a railway carriage in France, was the scene of jubilation in WWII when Adolf Hitler did a victory dance at the same spot following the success of the  German armies Blitzkrieg in 1940.

On September 7th 1920, in strictest secrecy four unidentified British bodies were exhumed from temporary battlefield cemeteries at Ypres, Arras, the Asine and the Somme. None of the soldiers who did the digging were told why. The bodies were taken by field ambulance to GHQ at St-Pol-sur-Ternoise. There the bodies were draped with the Union Flag. Sentries were posted and Brigadier-General Wyatt and a Colonel Gell selected one body at Random. A French honour guard was selected, who stood by the coffin overnight. In the morning of the 8th a specially designed coffin made of oak from the grounds of Hampton Court was brought and the Unknown Warrior placed inside.

On top was placed a Crusaders Sword and a shield on which was inscribed ‘A British Warrior who fell in the Great War 1914-1918. For King and Country’. On the 9th of November the Unknown Warrior was taken by horse drawn carriage through Guards of Honour and the sound of tolling bells and bugle calls to the Quayside. There it was saluted by Marshall Foche and loaded onto HMS Verdun bound for Dover…..The coffin stood on the deck covered in wreaths and surrounded by the French Honour Guard. On arrival at Dover the the Unknown Warrior was greeted with a 19 gun salute, normally only reserved for field marshals. He then traveled by special train to Victoria station London. He stayed there overnight and on the morning of the 11th of November he was taken to Westminster Abbey.

The Idea of the Unknown Soldier was thought of by a Padre called David Railton who had served at the front during the Great War and it was the Union Flag he used as an altar cloth at the front, that had been draped over the coffin. The intention was that all relatives of the 517,773 combatants whose bodies had not been identified could believe that the Unknown Warrior could very well be their lost Husband, Father, Brother or Son….

The Tomb of our Unknown Soldier is buried in Canberra, at the Australian War Memorial and not only on Remembrance Day, remember the men and women of the Australian Defence Force by holding your hand over your heart in recognition that we all hold our respect for their sacrifices made for our great Nation.

The tradition of holding our hand on our heart should be observed by all Australians, not just servicemen, as it is in recognition of the Unknown Soldier, buried to represent all soldiers unable to be identified or found. During the internment of the Unknown Soldier in Westminster Abbey, the guard of honour was made up of 100 recipients of the Victoria Cross and the guests of honour were a group of about one hundred women chosen because they had each lost their husband and all their sons in the war. Every recipient of the Victoria Cross held their hands, not over their heart, but over their medals, hiding them in recognition that their deeds of valour were indeed nothing in comparison to the sacrifice of those who had laid down their lives.

“Lest we Forget” 

RAR 69th Birthday Function – Saturday 25 November 2017 Perth WA

The RARA – WA Branch will be holding a function to celebrate the Royal Australian Regiment’s 69th Birthday at the Grosvenor Hotel on Saturday  25 November  2017  from 5:00  to 11.00 PM.

The Grosvenor Hotel is close to public transport and they have allocated a function area for us to catch up with our old and new mates. 






RAR warriors all  this is an opportunity for fellowship and celebration our Regiment’s past and present.  Drinks and meals will be available at own cost. Bring your partners and enjoy the evening in good company.

Dress – Neat casual or Jacket & Tie (medals optional)

Duty First

For more information contact Jack Babbage , RARA WA Secretary [email protected]

Online Program Gives Veterans Tools To Thrive

Veterans struggling with transition and mental health issues will be able to access online peer-to-peer support through a new pilot partnership from RSL Queensland and Survive to Thrive Nation.

The pilot will enable veterans to access the Post War: Survive to Thrive personal development coaching program.

RSL Queensland General Manager Scott Denner said Survive to Thrive provided a valuable forum for veterans to build resilience and regain control of their lives.

“A significant difference with the Survive to Thrive program is that it has been developed by a veteran to address the issues he was facing in his own life,” Mr Denner said.

“There is sometimes a perception among veterans that civilian health professionals cannot understand what they are going through, but they can recognise the military mindset that underlies the Survive to Thrive program.

“As well as providing personal development coaching, Survive to Thrive allows veterans to connect with others who have been through similar experiences and come out the other side.”

“It is also a great option for veterans who are living in rural or remote areas, who may have limited access to face-to-face support programs,” Mr Denner said.

He said an independent evaluation by the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation (GMRF) indicated that veterans experienced positive outcomes after participating in the program, particularly if combined with clinical therapies.

Survive to Thrive founder and former infantry soldier Dane Christison said he had developed the program after suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) himself.

“I began clinical treatment, but I found the courses and programs were tailored for civilians; they didn’t answer the questions I had,” Mr Christison said.

“It wasn’t until I stopped blaming everyone else and took back the power for my own recovery that I began to see how I could move forward.

“Survive to Thrive teaches participants to accept their situation but not tolerate it. We give them the training structure and tools to allow them to take control of their own recovery and boost their wellbeing, confidence and self-esteem.”

Former Army bomb disposal technician Corey Stamp said Survive to Thrive had made a big difference in his life since he discharged two years ago.

“It was what I needed when I got out,” Mr Stamp said.

“I had a breakdown after my first tour of Afghanistan in 2010 but I wanted to go back so I just suppressed everything I was feeling.

“To a certain extent, Defence provides a safety blanket – losing that, combined with losing the routine and all my mates was a real shock to the system.

“Survive to Thrive gave me back the structure that I was missing from Defence, as well as giving me the strength to take ownership of what I was going through and to stop playing the victim,” he said.

Mr Denner said through the pilot program, RSL would provide licences to eligible veterans who might not otherwise be able to afford the program.

“Veterans will get ongoing 24/7 access to the Survive to Thrive portal, including eight coaching modules and an online support group where participants encourage, inspire and motivate each other.”


Veterans interested in the program should contact [email protected] or visit

Opening of 2RAR Display – Vietnam Veterans Association of Australian National Museum

Notice from Gordon W. Hurford, AM, Secretary 2 RAR Association, Inc
The 2RAR display at the VVAA National Museum has, over the last few months, been radically upgraded.  The work was done by Max Ingles and Noel Rumsey with some assistance from Allan Roberts in the early stages of the project.

The centre photographic display is of three soldiers of 11Pl D Coy first tour (namely, Dennis Enright, Harry Leggett and Stan Radomi).  This photo was taken seconds before a misfired rocket ploughed into D Coy.  Radomi was killed, Leggett and Enright  were wounded.  Enright passed away about three months ago and Harry is the last one standing (no pun intended).

Our President, Leo Van De Kamp will open the display on Tuesday 21st November at 11.30am at the Museum on Phillip Island VIC.

All members of the Association are welcome.  The entrance charge will be paid by the Association and a serve-yourself morning tea will be available prior to the opening.

“Second to None”

Gordon W. Hurford, AM
[email protected]
(07) 5443 5583
0407 926 270

Invitation to Visit the Gold Coast War Museum

FROM Bob Meehan OAM

“Hello from the Gold Coast War Museum,
May I suggest that the museum could be a venue for your members or social group to visit.
The primary aim of Gold Coast War Museum is not only to restore and preserve and display valuable memorabilia donated by past and present members of our military forces for posterity, but also to promote awareness of its existence to the community and, in particular, ex-service organizations and community groups.
Our museum has extensive displays on all wars and deployments Australian Military Forces have been involved in since 1788 and up and including the present deployments. These include Army, Navy & Air Force. Items on display range from a small cuff-link pistol right through to tanks and even a “Huey” helicopter. We have an extensive display on the Royal Australian Regiment.

The Gold Coast War Museum encourages Social Groups to visit and we have guides on request with prior notice of their visit. These guides are all returned servicemen with a vast knowledge of our military history.

Kind Regards. Bob Meehan OAM: Museum Curator (EX-RAR)

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 9am to 4pm
Prices: Adults $15.00
Pensioners $10.00
Children $5.00

Located: 42 John Rogers Rd (off the Springbrook Rd) Mudgeeraba Qld.4213
Inquiries or Bookings: Ph: 07 55305464
Our motto “Sharing the Knowledge”

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Advice From DVA that can be used as an Information article for distribution to our Defence Family.

Are you struggling to cope because of something that happened to you in the Australian Defence Force (ADF)?

All current and former members of the ADF who have at least one day continuous full-time service, including Reservists, are able to access treatment for any mental health condition. The condition does not have to be related to ADF service and a diagnosis is not required.

To access treatment, call 1800 555 254 or email [email protected].

The Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service also provides the veteran community and their families with specialist free counselling and group programs.

This service is available at all times by phoning 1800 011 046, or via its website at

If your condition relates to having been sexually or physically abused while serving, DVA has introduced measures that may make it simpler for you to access compensation and to receive the mental health support you need.

DVA has broadened the use of statutory declarations as part of abuse compensation claims, making it possible for such a declaration to constitute sufficient evidence to establish that abuse took place, in some instances.

For example, if you were abused before 11 April 2011 and you were a child at the time, a statutory declaration alone will now be sufficient to establish that an abuse event occurred (provided that there is no contradictory evidence).

Please note, however, that if you were an adult at the time of the abuse, or the abuse took place after 11 April 2011, supporting evidence will also be required in addition to a statutory declaration. A statutory declaration in these instances will be taken as strong evidence in favour of the claim.

Claims will be determined on the basis of all available evidence.

These changes make it easier to prove that abuse occurred, if it was not reported at the time. This change will benefit those who may not have reported abuse at the time it occurred or may never have previously spoken about it.

DVA has established dedicated teams to manage all new claims relating to sexual and physical abuse, ensuring that all claims are managed with sensitivity and discretion.


30 October 2017

On the 2 November 75 years ago, Australian soldiers retook the village of Kokoda in Papua New Guinea.


Between July and November 1942, Australian forces fought the numerically stronger Japanese in abysmal conditions along the Kokoda Track, sustaining more than 600 dead and more than 1,600 wounded or struck down by illness or disease.

The Australians forced the Japanese into retreat, culminating in battles at the Beachheads which came at an enormous cost — more than 1,200 Australian lives lost and more than 2,000 wounded.

Today, I ask all Australians to pause and reflect on the service and sacrifice of these great Australians and of all those who served on the Kokoda Track and at the Beachheads during the Second World War.

We also remember the estimated 50,000 Papuan civilians who provided supplies to Australian soldiers and evacuated our sick and wounded.

Lest we forget.