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CWR Online Group Letter Key Stakeholders 27 May 2020(004)



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RARA SA Temporary Closure due to COVID-19

In line with current public health advice and the demographics of our membership, the committee has decided to cease operations at Beatty Street with immediate effect from 18 March.

We will remain closed UFN.


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Army News Edition 1466, 28 May 2020

In this edition of Army News

  • Synergy in the north – Reflecting on contributions made by Indigenous Australians – Page 7
  • Supporting our Cadets – Cadets are working towards a stronger future – Page 17
  • Aussies and Kiwis unite in hackathon – Identifying opportunities to strengthen Australia’s sovereign supply chains – Page 3



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Photo of the Week – Greg Dwiar, Joy and Brian Johnson

2016 RARA Xmas Raffle winner Joy

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National Servicemen in Combat

An interesting read    National-Servicemen-in-Combat

Courtesy Dave Wilkins OAM and 5RAR Website

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DVA Veteran Access Network

DVA’s Veteran Access Network (VAN) is one of our most important access points for our clients, and while we need to look at temporarily suspending our face-to-face office locations, we continue to provide enhanced online and telephone support to our veteran community and their families.

Veterans will have access to the services they need and rely on from DVA.  The temporary shift in service delivery, to an online and telephone based approach, aligns with social distancing requirements due to COVID-19.

DVA’s number one priority will remain the health and wellbeing of the Australian veteran community including, focussing our efforts on supporting essential services for veterans and their families.

DVA services can be accessed online through the DVA website and MyService or telephone on

1800 555 254.  Skilled DVA general enquiry staff will work through your enquiry, and veterans with more complex needs will have the option to pre-book a telephone appointment with a VAN officer.

Interviews between veterans and VAN officers will be conducted by telephone in the first instance.

For the safety of both the veteran community and staff, DVA staff face-to-face service delivery at VAN offices, shopfronts and Services Australia locations have been temporarily suspended.

Service delivery will not be impacted, just provided differently.  This is a short-term measure until the current COVID-19 situation eases and face-to-face service delivery can return to normal.

Members of the veteran community who require assistance should access MyService, lodge an online enquiry or call 1800 555 254.



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Latest RARA SA Infantryman

Hot off the press, Infantryman for April 2020

Infantryman April 2020

Below from last December

Infantryman December 14.12.2019

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Media release from Minister Chester – Health and Stimulus Package

Chester release – Health and Stimulus packages support veteran community

Minister Chester media release – Veterans to be counted on 2021 Census

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2 and 2/4 RAR Malaysia Reunions – 31 Aug 20

Details here  Malaya Reunion

Registration here Registration-Form-Malaya


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Latest on Long Tan

Fred Fairhead has completed an updated account of the battle.

Details are here Flyer


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DFRDB Matters


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Minister’s Media Releases

Latest release is here 190815 Media release – Minister Chester – Outgoing Australian War Memorial Director thanked

VA064 – Minister Chester – Australia marks Reserve Forces Day

VA061 Minister Chester Statement – Veteran Treatment Cycle

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Back Issues of the Infantryman

This is the current issue of the Infantryman

Infantryman August 2019

Below for April 2019

Infantryman April 2019

Below for December 2018

Infantryman December 2018 FINAL

Below for August 2018

Infantryman August

Below for March 2018

Infantryman final 2 March 2018

Below is December 2017

Infantryman December 2017 Dec 4

Below is the August 2017 issue

Infantryman August 2017

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Film posted by John Neervoort

I have posted a number of videos on Youtube of film that I took on 6RAR’s second tour in 1969-70. Each video is about 5 minutes long.  There is no commentary, just appropriate sounds of aircraft/guns/armour and background music. I originally did these for the National Vietnam Veterans Museum so they could be used on a free standing TV operated by the viewer alongside the museum item on display (eg, film of guns firing next to a 105mm howitzer).

One special film is when I went on a flight with Jade 8 (between operations) and witnessed an airstrike by Canberra bombers from the air. Years later after contacting Chris in Texas, he said he had taped the cockpit conversations between the Forward Air Controller (himself) and a flight of Canberra bombers on a similar airstrike. I have included that to add to the authenticity. I believe the film of the bombs dropping from the Canberra is unique in that can only be done from the perspective of a Forward Air Controller.

Vietnam War Aussie Armour

Vietnam War Aussie Artillery

Vietnam War Aussie Airstrike

Vietnam War Aussie Infantry

Vietnam War Aussie Hueys

Vietnam War Aussie Navy

Vietnam War Aussie R&C Vung Tau

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Regimental Dinner 2018

Yet again, a highly enjoyable and successful Dinner with fabulous food, great friends and wonderful comradeship.

A selection of photos below


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Latest Photos from the RARA SA

Greek Night – 4 May 18.

A highly successful evening with more than 65 guests enjoying a feast provided by Tim, Tas, Con & Sia.


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RARA SA Wine Tasting 25 March 2018

What a great afternoon of eating drinking and generally making merry with wonderful friends along with our two very learned wine experts in William Smidmore and Mike von Berg.  Of course without the wonderful team of workers who made it all happen and come together  and of course the Caterers who did a fabulous job and making life a little easier for the team – if I mention names then sure as eggs somebody will be left out and we cannot let that happen.    

So a great day had by all. Cheers. Mrs. Vice (aka Lynn Graham)

And photos – courtesy of Penelope & Bruce Forster – below, as always, click on photos for better viewing and captions.


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RARA SA Regimental Dinner 19 Aug 2017

Here are a few photos of our highly successful dinner.  As always, by selecting a photo you will be able to view a better photo as well as the caption for it.

And some nostalgic memories of our May 2013 Regimental Dinner


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Two Items Worth Revisiting

Click on the image for improved viewing, 1967 I think.


Join Army

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RCB Update

Please view the latest news on the RCB campaign here RCB Update

There is an extensive history to this campaign under the Advocacy tab (above).

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