RSL WA - Contemporary Veterans follow up

POSTPONED - They have not yet moved in.  The finishing touches are taking longer than expected.....


I would like to thank you for your interest in supporting how RSL(WA) can better engage with contemporary veterans.

A key outcome from the initial consultation on the 5th of August was a commitment for a follow up 6 weeks later, allowing two board meetings and the move into the new facility to occur. I would like to propose the second consultation

Date: 23 September, Wednesday
Timings: Tour 1630 - 1700
Consultation 1700 - 1800
Location: 28 St Georges Terrace, ANZAC Club

I would be very appreciative if each of you could please pass this invitation onto other veterans you know are in the community. The more people involved in this process the better outcome we will collectively achieve.

A summary of the first consultation was provided to the Board on the 6th of August and was warmly accepted. This summary included key outcomes of ‘what is a contemporary veteran?’ and the proposal for a RSL(WA) Family Day event at Kings Park.
Summary of points discussed:

1. Is it important to be a member or not? Can non member veterans access services?
2. There is a significant gap in awareness of what RSL(WA) does
3. There are 3 cohorts that RSL(WA) needs to consider to better engage contemporary veterans, those without children, those with children still living at home and ‘empty nester’ veterans.
4. Communication should always be improved.
5. The 2 areas that RSL(WA) should focus on are camaraderie (inclusive of family's) and service delivery
6. Corporate partnerships are an opportunity to better engage with veterans.
7. Better engagement with the current full time and reserve ADF units in WA.
8. A family day for all veterans, Kings Park, with food, activities for kids and possibly some sporting identities
9. A simple find your RSL tool
10. Identifying a different way to commemorate conflicts and periods of service
11. 13 Brigade involvement in support displays and engagement with various associations
12. A follow-up consultation in 6 weeks
13. Going to an RSL sometimes feels like ‘going to another units boozer’.

Where to from here?

I would like the second consultation to focus on answering ‘How does RSL(WA) better engage with contemporary veterans?’. I am very interested in being able to propose actionable initiatives that can engage the three identified cohorts.
Thank you again for your interest and support. Collectively I am confident we can make a real difference in WA.

Kind regards


ANZAC Day 2020

On ANZAC Day, we’re asking Australians to stand in your driveway, on your balcony or in your living room to remember all those who have served and sacrificed. Join us by lighting a candle and listening to the ANZAC Day driveway Dawn Service at 5.55am on April 25. You can tuning in to ABC Radio, 6PR, 96FM and 6IX for the dawn commemoration that will include The Ode, The Last Post and one-minute’s silence #DrivewayDawnService


Vietnam Veterans Association Australia

To all,

Find below the link to the “Camaraderie” videos. Both Generations and Vietnam Remembered.

Happy viewing.


Richard Williams. OAM.

V.V.A.A. W.A.

Vietnam Day/Long Tan Day 2019

The RAEME Banner was held high on Sunday the 18th August where it took pride in place at the front of the Vietnam / Battle of Long Tan Day march.  This years march was well attended..

This years formalities recognised the significance of the 53rd anniversary of The Battle of Long Tan however concentrated on the Battle of Binh Bah. The battle occurred 50 years ago and was fundamental to clearing Binh Ba village of a significant enemy force that had been assembled to threaten Nui Dat.

"The Battle of Binh Ba: 6-7 June, 1969. The Battle of Binh Ba, fought 50 years ago on June 6 and 7, 1969 was a key moment in the history of Australian operations in Vietnam and is a prime example of combined arms and joint operations in general, and infantry and armour cooperation in particular." (army.gov.au)  To read more about the battle click HERE.

Unfortunately we had a reduced attendance at lunch (a few late withdrawals due to ill health), however those who attended had a great time.

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