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RAQ Darling Downs Luncheon - Toowoomba - 18 August 2024

Above: Members and guests at the May 2024 function.

The RAQ Darling Downs luncheon is held quarterly and is open to all members, guests, families, partners and others who are associated with the Corps.

The functions are held on the Ambrose Deck at the City Golf Club. As with most clubs, one advantage of membership of the City Golf Club, is that you get discounts on meals and drinks. You also get free tickets in the monthly draw for a car (held on the last Sunday of each month). Good news is that membership is free and lasts for three years.

If you know of anyone who would be interested could you pass this on. 

  • Time: 1200-1600hrs
  • Venue/Address: 254 South St, South Toowoomba, QLD 4350.
  • Catering: Meals/Drinks available at own cost. 
  • Dress: Casual
  • RSVP: 16 August 2024This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Organiser: Peter Pile/Clarrie Sanders

 We look forward to seeing you on the day :-)


Reserve Reunion - Saturday 17 August 2024

The Annual reunion is open to all serving and ex members of RAEME (Army Reserve/CMF or Regular Army) or associated Corps who served with RAEME Res/ CMF units, their families and other people who were associated with RAEME and who wish to renew past friendships. Ex cadre staff members most welcome.

  • When: Saturday 17 August 2024
  • Where: Sherwood/Indooroopilly RSL Sub Branch. 2 Clewley Street CORINDA
  • Cost: $5 includes BBQ lunch
  • Drinks at bar prices
  • ** NOTE: This year the Reunion has been changed to Saturday so as not to clash with Vietnam Veterans Day on the following Sunday.

If you know of anyone interested in attending who may not be aware of the function could you pass on this information.

Great raffles including:
• Books, Wine, Gift Vouchers $100, $50, $20 & More
• Drinks at bar prices


RAEME National Network - Operation Spanner Pack - PNG & Solomons

The Corps at any one time has a number of soldiers who are serving on operations and other areas on overseas deployment. The RAEME Associations, with your assistance, send "Spanner Packs" (not tools) to our Corps Soldiers on operations. These packs contain items not supplied by Defence or locally available, which will assist our soldiers to live more comfortably and enjoy some of those favourite things they miss from home. 

To date July 2024, 4848 (approx 9986 Kg) of Spanner Packs have been dispatched to RAEME members on operations in Kuwait, Middle East, Sinai, Iraq, Afghanistan, PNG, South Sudan, Solomon’s and Timor including embedded RAEME members.

 

Above: (L-R) Typical example of the content of a Spanner Pack. Photo of the latest dispatch of 9 x packs, 4 x packs to PNG and 5 x packs to the Solomon Islands.

If you know of someone who is currently serving overseas and would benefit from a pack, please contact the Spanner Pack Committee Raymond Norman via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the qld.raeme.org.au contact us page.

The RAQ proudly supports this initiative on behalf of all RAEME Associations.

If you would like to support Spanner Pack, please click on this link to donate


 

CDF Change of Command - Canberra

Above: Outgoing Chief of Defence Force General Angus Campbell AO, DSC, hands over the Chief of Defence Force ensign to Incoming Chief of Defence Force Admiral David Johnston AC, RAN, marking the transfer of command, during Change of Command Parade at Russell Offices.

General Angus J. Campbell, AO, DSC transferred Command of the Australian Defence Force to Admiral David Johnston, AC, RAN at a Ceremonial Parade at Russell Offices, Canberra on 10 July 2024.

Image and article courtesy of Defence


Moves to simplify entitlements for Veterans

Recently a significant milestone for Australia's veterans was achived with the introduction of the Veterans’ Entitlements, Treatment and Support (Simplification and Harmonisation) Bill 2024. This new legislation aims to streamline and unify the compensation claims process under a single, improved Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA), applicable to all new claims from 1 July 2026, regardless of when or where the veteran served.

This reform is a crucial step in addressing the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide’s Interim Report, reflecting extensive community consultation.

In August 2022, the Royal Commission highlighted that the existing legislation governing veterans' compensation and rehabilitation is "so complicated that it adversely affects the mental health of some veterans and can be a contributing factor to suicidality." This new Bill aims to eliminate decades of piecemeal changes and create a coherent system that veterans and their families can easily understand, facilitating better support from veteran advocates and ensuring veterans receive the benefits and support they need and deserve.

The Government assures that no veteran will experience a reduction in their benefits. Veterans currently receiving benefits under an existing scheme will continue to do so without changes.

The 2024 Federal Budget has allocated an additional $222 million over two years from the commencement of this legislation to support these enhancements in veteran and family entitlements.

This reform signifies a major step towards a more efficient and compassionate system, ensuring that veterans and their families receive timely and adequate support and compensation.

For further details see the recent media release

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