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NOTICE BOARD

POSTED 19 SEPTEMBER 2022

LAST POST CEREMONY
LIEUTENANT JOHN CARRUTHERS 5 RAR

The AWM will be conducting their Last Post Ceremony for Lieutenant Carruthers who commanded 4 Platoon B Company and was wounded in action on the 21st February 1967 and succumbed to his wounds 3 days later on the 24th February 1967.

The Last Post Ceremony will be held on Tuesday 11th October and will be 'live streamed' from approximately 4.45 pm AEST.

John Carruthers' name will be projected onto the exterior of the Hall of Memory on: Monday 10 October 2022 at 12:20am.

The ceremony can be viewed via this link: Here


POSTED 31 AUGUST 2022

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR BRUCE DAVID HERON

Bruce Heron

Bruce's wife Lorrine is organising a Memorial Service in September. Bruce did both tours with the battalion and was wounded in action twice during his 2nd tour The memorial details >>Here  Lorrine's email: nene@netspace.net.au


POSTED 26 JULY 2022

Exposure Draft Legislation: Taxation of Military Superannuation Benefits

The Full Federal Court decision, Commissioner of Taxation v Douglas (the Douglas decision), changed the tax treatment of certain superannuation benefits paid to veterans from the Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits (DFRDB) and Military Superannuation Benefits (MSB) schemes.

The Government is introducing legislation to ensure that the Douglas decision only affects the schemes and benefits specifically outlined in the decision and that no veteran faces worse income tax outcomes because of the decision. A draft bill, Treasury Laws Amendment (Measures for a later sitting) Bill 2022: Taxation of military superannuation benefits, and associated draft explanatory material, have been released for public consultation. More Here

The Link to the Treasury website on the document is broken. You can access the website by clicking on this link: https://treasury.gov.au/consultation/c2022-297409 


POSTED 24 JUNE 2022

Vietnam war hero Michael von Berg wants Adam Bandt to apologise for removing Australian flag at press conference (Sky News)

Chairman of the Royal Australian Regiment Association Mr. Michael von Berg MC (5 RAR Vietnam 1966-67) is demanding a public apology from Greens leader Adam Bandt who refused to stand in front of the Australian flag this week.

Conflict of code means that I cannot link to the video from this, or other pages, but his open letter to Bandt, The Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition can be read >>Here


POSTED 13 JUNE 2022

MEDAL (OAM) OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL DIVISION

Mr Phillip John WINNEY, Merewether NSW 2291
For service to veterans and their families.

From Don Harrod:

G’day everyone,

It is with great pleasure that I can advise you that Phil Winney, 9 Platoon C Company 5RAR 1969/70, has been awarded the OAM in this year’s Queens Birthday Honours List. Phil’s citation outlines his services to veterans, the RSL and the community of the Newcastle (NSW) region over a period of almost 40 years.

We offer Phil our sincere congratulations.


POSTED 10 JUNE 2022

Our ADF veterans deserve a voice. We must restore Veterans’ Affairs to Cabinet.

My name is Neil. I am a third-generation Australian military veteran. I am extremely disappointed that the Ministry of Veterans’ Affairs has been removed from Cabinet by the Albanese Government.

This decision is an insult to those who have served our country, and disrespects the peace and prosperity secured by their service.

This is why I am calling on the Federal Government to include the Ministry of Veterans’ Affairs in the National Cabinet.

Military veterans have made a huge contribution to this country and we deserve to have a seat at the table. The exclusion of Veterans’ Affairs from Cabinet, especially while a royal commission into veterans suicide is still underway, feels like a slap in the face.

This isn’t about politics. It’s about respect. Important care initiatives such as the NDIS, housing and social services are front and center on the national stage. Why aren’t veterans being given the same level of attention?

This decision will go a long way to honour and respect our veterans and their families. If you support a #VoiceForVeterans, please sign this petition.

Many thanks

The Link: https://www.change.org/p/i-am-a-third-generation-military-veteran-we-must-restore-veterans-affairs-to-cabinet?signed=true


POSTED 16 FEBRUARY 2022

The Association has a vacancy on the Committee for the Queensland Representative.

Our current Rep, Vince Feenstra has indicated that he would like to step aside, as he concentrates on his ongoing health matters.

The man we are seeking ideally should be Brisbane (or surrounds) based, as that person would have the responsibility of being “the keeper of the banner” which should be on call for Anzac Day Marches and similar events. We ask that any persons interested in taking on this role to contact the Secretary Geoff Pearson on 0417 223 001 or E: secretary@5rar.asn.au


POSTED 7 NOVEMBER 2021

THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE DEFENCE & VETERANS LEGAL SERVICE

This nationwide service will provide free and independent information and legal support to assist Australian Defence Force personnel and veterans, as well as their families, carers and supporters, to safely share their experiences with the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide. The service commences from 1 November 2021. For your convenience, please see attached further information about the service, including contact details. Further detail about these services can also be found at:

Welcome to Defence and Veterans Legal Service — Defence and Veterans Legal Service (defenceveteranslegalservice.org.au)


POSTED 31 OCTOBER 2021

ROYAL COMMISSION INTO DEFENCE AND VETERAN SUICIDE

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POSTED 3 APRIL 2021

5RAR STATEMENT ON VETERAN SUICIDE COMMISSIONS

After significant discussion the Committee of the 5th Battalion Association has chosen to make a public statement on this issue, in so doing, we support the recent statements of the national RAR Association and the Alliance of Defence Service Organisations on this issue. To read the Statement »Click Here.


POSTED 26 FEBRUARY 2021

Research into experiences of ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF)
personnel in corrective services systems in Australia

The Open Door: Veteran Transition Integration Wellbeing research initiative at Flinders University has been contracted by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to undertake the first national study of veterans in corrective services systems in Australia. This is a one-year study being conducted across South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland

Advisory Flyer Here Support Flyer Here


POSTED 15 DECEMBER 2019

MEMORIES ……AND COLLATERAL DAMAGE



POSTED 11 NOVEMBER 2018 ( Still Accepting Donations)

RAR Corporation Funding Campaign to Support Legal Matters

At the RAR Associations National Council Meeting in Townsville in October it was determined to establish a fund to obtain legal positions and/or defend any legal matters which have the capacity to bring into disrepute the good standing of the RAR and its associations. The national HQ of the RAR Association has now established a "crowd funding" mechanism whereby members and supporters of all associations can donate as they see fit to support any legal matters confronting the organisation. Further background to the purpose and need to establish this contingency fund is provided on this link. https://chuffed.org/project/protecting-the-rar# The link does not mention any specific cases but there is an ongoing legal matter that is of direct interest to 5RARA members as it involves one of our own. Some of you would be aware that Michael von Berg MC, OAM is being sued for defamation by an ex 8RAR Sergeant cook, who on a nomination form for appointment as an RSL Director in SA, made some highly questionable claims of "being and acting Platoon Sergeant and Platoon Commander of 8 Platoon, C Company 8RAR on Operation Hamersley, Long Hai Mountains". He also claimed to have been "a Liaison Officer with the Americans at Long Dien". All claims are disputed by members of 8 Platoon and C Company 8RAR in general. Mick, in his capacity as Chairman of the RAR Corporation and President of RARA SA, wrote to the RSL to alert them to these facts and the former Sergeant cook on that basis has sued Mick for defamation. The legal costs in defending this action are already in excess of $60,000. If you see fit to support this fund which has already received some considerable donations, you can do so on the link above.


POSTED 19 MAY 2015

AUSTRALIA'S VIETNAM WAR
Explore the Combat Actions of 1st Australian Task Force

A new interactive website created by the Defence Force Academy about the Vietnam war.
The 1st Australian Task Force (1 ATF) operated in Vietnam from March 1966 until November 1971. Some of its battles have become well-known to the public through film and literature. Many however, have not.

This website is the product of over twenty years of research. It provides unprecedented access to information on nearly all ground combat actions Australians fought in during the Vietnam War, numbering over 4,500. Through the use of modern Web technologies, veterans, researchers and the general public now have the power to understand the Vietnam War at a scale and depth not previously possible.

The Battle Map provides an ideal way to catalogue and share veterans’ stories, keeping them accessible to current and future generations. Our aim is to enable Vietnam veterans to record their stories, perspectives and images against contacts on the Battle Map. In doing so, we hope to develop the ‘ground truth’ picture of what happened at the tactical level, revealing the human dimension of the War. »More Here


20 February 2019

Highflya Banner

5RAR ASSOCIATION MEMBER OFFER

From Robert Brett MC (Officer Commanding 2 Platoon A Company 2nd Tour).
"I own a tour company that specialises in Vietnam and Siberia. The Vietnam Tours cover leisure and golf but in the main are military focused. The company is HIGHFLYA TOURS and the web site www.highflya.com.au

I am prepared to offer any association member a 5% discount on any tour plus donate $100 to the Association for each person booked. For groups of over 20 I will provide a 10% discount and $120 donation per person."


POSTED 21 DECEMBER 2014

THE RSL VIRTUAL WAR MEMORIAL

The RSL Virtual War Memorial is to be the definitive resource and repository for anyone wanting to research, study or contribute to the commemoration of South Australia's and the Northern Territory's socio-military history, from the Boer War to the present day. 

The RSL Virtual War Memorial has four key foundation principles:

Education - local context for school students studying under the National Curriculum

Commemoration - give greater depth of meaning to our memorial infrastructure.

Community Engagement - crowd sourcing of community family and personal information, and
        
Accessibility – connect 24/7 anywhere with internet access via mobile devices.
to visit the RSL Virtual War Memorial »Click Here
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From a RSLVWM Moderator:
Dear all,
We have now been granted access to the above nominal rolls so everything should be in place by Christmas, in the meantime you can help by logging in to look at or interact with the site.
As you know those men and women who during their service were KIA, DOW, etc. have, as they should, their names carved in stone. Lest we Forget
This site provides all of us with a unique opportunity not only to put a face to their names and forever remember them but it also allows us to remember the service and sacrifice of all who died later.
You can open any name (including your own) herein so please take the opportunity and do so in order to leave an enduring legacy by ensuring our descendants will have a good start point at which to find what you and yours did during your service overseas.
Currently there are only a hand full of moderators so please help by adding your service details, a photo (preferably in uniform) and a story if you wish.
For examples please place a name in the search box provided; If you do log in, your email address and whatever password you make up is secure.

Please forward this to your mates

Volunteers of the RSL Virtual War Memorial

Telephone: 8100 7300

Email: virtual.memorial@rslsa.org.au

Website: https://www.rslvirtualwarmemorial.org.au


POSTED: 14 JANUARY 2013

NAMES WANTED

Original E Company 1RAR formed as A Company 5RAR

Photograph of the original A Company 5RAR on the grass verge at Holsworthy in March 1965. A Company had been re-formed from the old E Company 1RAR. The larger image can be »Here


POSTED: 29 NOVEMBER 2008

BATTLE WING INGLEBURN 1965

Battle Wing 1965

We are endeavouring to put names to the many faces in the above photograph. How many served with 5RAR? To see a larger image »Here


POSTED: 2 MAY 2007

C COMPANY MEMBERS 1ST TOUR

 

Roger Wainwright and Gary Townsend are trying to put 'names to faces' on a photograph of C Company that was taken at Nui Dat in February 1967. At this point we believe that we have named 35 out of the 94 in the line up and it would be great to get as many as we can. If any one feels that they can help, or thinks they would like to, please contact Gary and if needed, a photo and list of names will be emailed to them. We know that our memories are not as good as they were but even if we get a contribution of only one new name from each member it is possible that we could succeed and preserve some history of C Company 1966-67. View larger image Here.
Email Gary At: garyt.5rar@gmail.com

 

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