RAQ Sunshine Coast Luncheon 2020

From 12.09.2020 12:30 until 12.09.2020 17:00
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You are invited to attend the RAEME Association – Queensland (RAQ), Sunshine Coast Chapter, Annual Luncheon to be held at the Maroochy RSL on Saturday 12 September 2020.  The invitation is extended to all current and past members of RAEME, and friends of RAEME, who live on the Sunshine Coast/Wide Bay area, or the surrounding region, including Brisbane.  Visitors to the area at the time are also welcome.

As previous attendees will be aware, the prime purpose of the gathering is to provide an opportunity for those of us who live in the wonderful Sunshine Coast region to renew old friendships and meet newly retired ‘Bluebells’ who may have moved to SE QLD.  The luncheon this year is of particular importance as it will provide most, if not all attendees the opportunity, after many months, to collectively celebrate surviving the COVID 19 pandemic and the easing of social restrictions. 

In line with our traditions, we are proud to announce that Lieutenant Colonel Colin Lingo, CO 7CSSB, will be guest speaker this year*. The Colonel Commandant, Queensland, Colonel Steve Evans (Retd), will host the lunch and once again BRIG Ross Grant (Retd) will be our MC.  We will again be ably supported by the Maroochy RSL catering staff who will look after our every need.

Lunch Details. Important details to remember include the following:

  • Venue – Room M4 Maroochy RSL, corner Memorial and First Avenues, Maroochydore.
  • Timings – 1200 for 1230 hours on Saturday 12 September 2020.
  • Cost - Members and up to one Member Guest $43 Each. All other Guests $48. 
  • Dress – Neat casual.
  • Menu –  Three Course Meal, with Tea/Coffee. Meals will be served as ‘alternate drop’ ( Details in the file below). Please let us know of any special dietary needs.
  • Drinks – The bar opens at 1200 hours and drinks can be purchased at your own expense.
  • Parking - Free parking is available in the multi floor car park directly opposite the RSL. Before departing, and to ensure easy exit from the carpark, please advise the attendant at the front desk in the Club foyer of your vehicle registration number to facilitate egress.

Reserve a Seat(s).  Click on the "Register" Button above to book. nearly 40% of the tickets are already sold. Please note that we are limited to only 80 guests, so get in early. The cost of the lunch is $43.00 per head for RAQ members, including their partners, and $48.00 per head for non-members.

The following COVID restrictions will apply during the lunch:

  • Tables will be limited to a maximum of six guests.
  • All guests will be required to sign in on arrival at the function room and out when departing.
  • social distancing of 1.5 m between guests is to be maintained when queuing at the entrance to the function, the bar or toilets.
  • sanitizer machines will  be available for use around the club.

Notwithstanding, we encourage you to make up a table of friends and enjoy the day within the ‘social distancing’ rules.  If you do wish to request specific seating, or arrange that table of friends, please email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Whichever way you wish to secure your booking(s) for the lunch, they need to be made and paid for by COB 03 September 2020 as we need to confirm numbers with the venue management.

*We cannot guarantee the guest speaker attendance due to Defence operational requirements

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  • LTCOL Colin Lingo

    LTCOL Colin Lingo

    Biography -  Lieutenant Colonel Colin Lingo Commanding Officer 7th Combat Service Support Battalion

    Lieutenant Colonel Lingo was born on 26 October 1978 in El Paso, Texas, USA. He completed officer training at the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Royal Military College in 2000 and graduated into the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

    In the Command and Leadership Pathway, Lieutenant Colonel Lingo has had extensive Regimental experience incorporating integral and close logistic support roles within Mechanised, Armoured and Combat Service Support units. He contributed to significant organisational change in two of these roles; supporting the introduction into service of the M1 AIM Abrams Tank in 1st Armoured Regiment in 2007 and both the re-mechanisation of the 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment and its subsequent assumption of the role of RBG, the latter being the first instance of this forces rotation outside of the 3rd Brigade. In January 2019 he was appointed the Commanding Officer of the 7th Combat Service Support Battalion.

    As a staff officer, Lieutenant Colonel Lingo has served as Staff Officer to CJLOG, exposing him to the interactions of Senior ADF officers, the committee process, Senate Estimates hearings, engagements with Federal and State Governments, and Departmental, Inter-departmental and Interagency interactions. As SO1 Operations on HQ 17 Sustainment Bde, he was responsible for coordinating enabling support to all Army commands, the development of Force level support to the Amphibious capability, and support to the broader ADF and other government organisations as part of disaster relief operations.

    In the Capability and Project Management Pathway, Lieutenant Colonel Lingo has served as an Engineering Officer and Systems Engineering Manager at the Captain and Major level within the Land Systems Division of the Capability and Sustainment Group. These postings exposed him to the leadership responsibilities of integrated APS, ADF and contractor teams, and the opportunity to undertake formal negotiation training in preparation for participation in formal contract negotiations for a major through life support contract as part of the CoA team.

    Lieutenant Colonel Lingo’s operational experience includes deploying to Timor Leste as a member of AUSBATT VII under UNMISET in 2003. In 2017 he led the creation and deployment of the first rotation of the Advisory Mission to the Afghan National Army Command and Staff Academy as part of NATO Mission Resolute Support. This experience has been a career highlight due to the extensive autonomy afforded to him in terms of mission development, integration with coalition team members, relationship establishment with advisees, and balancing National Command and NATO requirements.

    Lieutenant Colonel Lingo is a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College, the University of New South Wales, the Australian National University, and Cranfield University (UK). He has completed a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, a Master of Engineering Science in Project Management, a Master of Science majoring in Military Vehicle Technology, and a Master of Military and Defence Studies.

    Lieutenant Colonel Lingo is married to his wife Allison and has two children (Cooper 10, and Leila 6). He enjoys time with family, studying military and political history, and is a keen cricketer



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  • Gravatar Barry (Tip) & Marjolein Tiller
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