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Published by Committee in General • 24/08/2013 4:57:54 PM

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New Veterans Card Press Release

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Recognising and Respecting our Veterans– DVA media release 27 October 2018

Veterans and their families are at the centre of a fresh package of initiatives from our Government to recognise their vital role and service to Australia. We understand the home front is just as important as the front line. Our Government will develop an Australian Veterans’ Covenant that will be enacted in legislation, so the nation can recognise the unique nature of military service and support veterans and their families. Like the United Kingdom Armed Forces Covenant, the Australian Veterans’ Covenant is for the Australian community to recognise the service and sacrifice of the men and women who commit to defend the nation and pledge their commitment to support veterans and their families. As part of this Veterans’ Covenant, a new Australian Veterans’ Card and an Australian Veterans’ Lapel Pin will make it easier for all Australians to recognise and respect the unique contribution that veterans have made to Australia and for our veterans to reconnect with others who have served. As we have seen throughout the Invictus Games and in the lead up to the Centenary of Armistice, Australians want to acknowledge and show respect for our veterans who have given so much in their service. Businesses, government and community organisations can also play their part in recognising and respecting those who have served. The card and the pin can help these organisations identify veterans when they aren’t wearing their uniform or medals, so they can offer discounts and extra support.


The new Card and Lapel Pin will for the first time enable everyone across the nation to recognise and acknowledge the unique nature of military service and support the more than 300,000 veterans in Australia and their families. The Prime Minister will be writing to businesses and communities to urge them to recognise the service of our veterans. In addition to the record $11.2 billion annual support our government delivers for veterans and their

families, we will invest $11.1 million in these measures to deliver a national approach to recognise veterans and will further consult defence and veterans’ communities in coming weeks. We will also deliver $6.7 million to develop the Soldier-On Fussell House accommodation facility to be co-located at the Concord Repatriation Hospital in Sydney that the NSW Government is investing more than $340 million to rebuild. This includes the National Centre for Veterans Health – an Australian first, state of the art centre for specialised health care for veterans. Named for Lieutenant Michael Fussell who was (Ed: he was an Artillery Forward Observer with 2 Commando Regiment – formally 4RAR) serving with the Special Operations Task Group in Afghanistan when he was killed in action by an Improvised Explosive Device detonation, the facility will house up to 40 veterans and their families at a time and will especially benefit those from regional and rural areas when veterans are getting treatment.


The Government will also invest $7.6 million for the Kookaburra Kids Defence Program to boost their targeted support to children of ex-serving defence force members who are experiencing mental health issues due to their service. The Kookaburra Kids Defence Program was first supported by our government with a $2.1 million injection in a pilot program in NSW, the ACT, Queensland and the NT for 569 children, and this extra investment will see the program expand into Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia for 1,750 children.

As a country we can always do more to recognise and back in our veterans. The government is committed to setting Australia up to support the veterans of today and tomorrow.

(Ed: the Defence Force Welfare Association and other ESO's have for the past decade been fighting for the Military Covenant. The Government and Opposition have finally accepted the concept, albeit with the word Defence changed to Veteran. However, despite the definitions of Veteran in the two DVA Acts (VEA & MRCA), DVA now defines the word Veteran to mean and Serviceperson who has completed at least one (yes one) day service in the permanent Australian Defence Force. Your Watercart Operator has no issues with this definition)

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107 Battery Assn – Reunion Seymour & Cowes April 2019

 Informal gathering of Rammers. Book your own accommodation and pay your own way as you go.

Seymour Reunion: Wed 24 – Sun 28 April 2019
Contact Hilton Lenard e: hiltonlenard@hotmail.com m: 0418 695 345

Wednesday 24 April: Arrive Seymour and book into your selected accommodation motel. Evening welcome drinks & meal (buy your own) from 5.00pm at Prince of Wales Hotel (45 Emily St – Cnr Robert St).

Thursday 25 April: Dawn service followed by Seymour March and post march fellowship Seymour RSL Club (2 Crawford St - Cnr Station St) Full details to follow.

Friday 26 April: visit School of Artillery and the RAAOC (tank) Museum (subject to clearances being obtained from Puckapunyal Military Area). You will need government issued photo ID and I will require the details of this to be lodged the week prior to the entry to Puckapunyal. From 6.00 pm, evening Reunion dinner & drinks Royal Hotel (buy your own) (26 Emily St – Cnr of Manners St).

Saturday 27 April: Tour Seymour Vietnam Veterans’ Museum followed by visit to wineries of Mitchellstown (and The Ministry of Chocolate factory) and Tabilk with lunch at Tabilk, (near Nagambie 30 kms north of Seymour). Farwell evening: Seymour (RSL) Club (1 Elizabeth St – Cnr Tallarook St – note this is different location to the RSL club open only for Anzac Day).

Sunday 27: RTU – relocate to Cowes or return to unit (home)

Seymour Accommodation:
check Google but recommended for central location are:

1. Comfort Inn Coach and Bushmen’s 66 Emily St – ph: 03 5792 3744.

2. New Crossing Place – 53 Emily St ph: 03 5792 2800

Make you own accommodation bookings for each location. In true KISS principal, it will be a pay for yourself as you go Reunion.

Bring your partner and grandkids. All will be welcome to march behind the RAMMER Banner.

Check accommodation using your favourite search engine (eg booking.com) BUT THEN phone the hotel/motel direct to make your booking. You will pay no more and usually have more flexible payment & cancellation arrangement. BUT most importantly, it will prevent a significant proportion (around 40%) of your accommodation fee being sent direct to booking agency in the USA and away from the local Cowes or Seymour communities.

More Information?? Then contact your Secretary Hilton Lenard at email: hiltonlenard@hotmail.com – or mobile: 0418 695 345

Phillip Island (Cowes) Reunion Sun 28 to Thu 1 May 2019

Our Rammer at Cowes is Geoff Wayde; email: geoff.wade15@gmail.com mob: 0407 311 134. To advice your attendance and more details contact Hilton Lenard e: hiltonlenard@hotmail.com m: 0418 695 345

Some may wish to stay longer and undertake further tourist activities, as listed below.

Sunday 28 April: Relocate and arrive Cowes by own means and book into your own accommodation. At 4.30 pm, gather at RSL for welcome and evening meal. Book own accommodation from the list below.

Monday 29 April: Visit National Vietnam Veterans Museum, lunch at cafe at museum. Around 5.00 pm meet at RSL (or perhaps an alternative Pub/Restaurant?) for evening meal.

Tuesday 30 April: Phillip Island tour in own vehicles, guided by Geoff, with lunch at Purple Hen Winery (details to be confirmed) OR select alternative from the list below. Then around 6.00 pm meet at RSL for farewell and evening meal.

Wednesday 1 May – Return to Unit (home) or continue touring Victoria.

Cowes Motel/Hotels: (rates are indicative at per room night, see note below).

1. Arthur Phillip Motel: close to RSL and reasonable walk to shops.

2. Woodbyne Resort: close to RSL and good walk to the shops.

3. Comfort Resort Kaloha:  close to the shops.

4. Coachman Motel: close to the shops.

5. Sea Horse Motel: close to the shops.

6. North Pier Hotel: close to shops.

Cowes Caravan Parks:

1. Cowes Foreshore Tourist Park: quality cabins and powered sites. Approximately 15-minute walk to shops.

2. Anchor Belle Holiday Park: They have available variety of cabins. 40-minute walk to the shops.

Cowes shopping area comprises coffee shops, restaurants, supermarkets and tourist shops.

Things to see on Cowes:

1. The National Vietnam Veterans Museum visit as a group booking of $10 PP and a morning tea or lunch could be arranged at an additional cost. Needs to be pre-booked.  

2. Seal watching cruise, leaves Cowes to the nobbies seal rock colony. Prices are $80 PP adult, $72 PP concession, Group 5+ $68 PP or Group 20-70 $60 PP.

3. Helicopter flights from Newhaven, around $85 PP for 8 minutes, $420 PP 42 minutes.

4. Churchill Island Heritage Farm, adults $13 PP, Concession $9-10 PP.

5. Koala Conservation Centre: Adults $13 PP, Concession $9-10 PP.

6. Penguin Parade, the penguins arrive at beach around dusk. Need to book ahead as it is very popular with foreign tourists, adults: $26 PP & concession $19 PP.

7. Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies, adult $18 PP, concession $13 PP.

8. Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit includes Go Karts, Hot Laps, Slot Cars and History of Motor Sport (mainly Phillip Island Track) Museum.

9. Purple Hen winery.

4-Park Pass available at the Information centre at Newhaven or Cowes, including Penguin Parade, Antarctic Journey, Koala Centre, and Churchill Island Heritage Farm. Adult $58-80 save $11-40.

All prices are indicative and may vary. The accommodation costs are based on late April.

Regards Geoff Wade - 107 Battery Assn representative at Cowes, Phillip Island Victoria

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New Veterans Card Press Release

When the Veteran Card and Pin legislation, currently before Federal Parliament, passes and is given Royal Assent by the Governor General, you will then be issued with your Veterans' card and Veterans' pin by DVA.

But you MUST be a DVA registered Veteran. The easiest way to do this is to open a DVA MyService account.

Any Veteran (any service or ex-service person who has served at least one day full time service) can now open a DVA My-Gov account.

Link below is a step by step video to show all Veterans how to gain a new Veteran’s card.  It can be found by clicking HERE  

This is especially useful for those Veterans who have not yet accessed their DVA My-Account and for any new Veterans looking for access to DVA support services.

If you already have a Gold or White DVA treatment Card, you will be issued your Veterans' Pin in due course. BUT open a DVA MyService account anyway so you can access your DVA online account.