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Veterans’ Advisory Council Meeting

Friday 31 July, 2015

A Veterans’ Advisory Council (VAC) meeting was held on Thursday, 30 July, 2015.

Anzac Centenary Memorial Garden Walk

The Director of Veterans SA, Rob Manton briefed the VAC about the latest design options being considered for the Anzac Centenary Memorial Garden Walk on Kintore Avenue.  The VAC was presented with an overview of the project along with some of the landscaping options being considered in the development of the project.  Mr Manton also spoke about the project’s Public Works Committee Hearing, the Ex-Service Organisations Briefing and the upcoming External Stakeholder Briefing.

Australasian Soldiers Dardanelles Cenotaph

The VAC considered a suggestion by VAC member Leon Eddy, to relocate the Australasian Soldiers Dardanelles Cenotaph, South Terrace to the Northern entrance of the Anzac Centenary Memorial Garden Walk.  The Cenotaph is the first known significant memorial dedicated to the Australians and New Zealanders lost at Gallipoli.  This is evidenced by the use of the term Dardanelles rather than Gallipoli and Australasian rather than ANZAC.

This year will mark the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Cenotaph on 7 September, 1915.  The memorial was moved from its original location, Cohen Avenue in the South Parklands, in October 1940 to its current position in Lundie Gardens (Western end of South Terrace).

The VAC supported the proposal to relocate the Cenotaph to the Anzac Centenary Memorial Garden Walk.  This will now be subject to the necessary Adelaide City Council processes to consider such a relocation.

Future Use of the Repatriation General Hospital Site

A Registration of Interest process to identify alternate uses for the Repatriation General Hospital site closed on Friday 22 May 2015. 30 registrations were received, mainly from health, aged care, education providers and community organisations.

The VAC has established a sub-committee to consider the advice it will provide to the State Government about how the Chapel, Museum and Remembrance Garden will be managed and maintained into the future.

Transforming Health

The VAC considered information it received from the South Australian Centre of Excellence for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Panel.

The VAC expressed its support for the process the South Australian Centre of Excellence for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Panel has undertaken to determine the model of care and recommending a location for the future Post Traumatic Stress Centre for Excellence and acknowledged it leadership on this issue.

Anzac Centenary

Rachel Cope, Principal Project Officer, Anzac Centenary Coordination Unit, briefed the VAC about the activities of the unit including:

Upcoming Anzac Centenary events include:

Centenary of Anzac – Gallipoli Film Festival – Proceeds to AMOSA
1:00pm – 5:30pm, Sunday 02 August, 2015
The Regal Theatre
275 Kensington Road, Kensington Park

Peace Education Program – Soldier On
5:30pm, Thursday 06 August, 2015
Memorial Hall
Torrens Parade Ground

Freedom of Entry Parade in the City of Adelaide
3:00pm, Saturday 08 August, 2015
Northern end of Victoria Square going past Town Hall and turning up Pirie Street and disbanding at the Pedestrian crossing outside Council’s Customer Centre.

Employment Assistance for Veterans

The VAC considered information provided by VAC member Bronson Horan about the UberX/Uber Military veterans’ employment pilot programme proposal.

The VAC has requested that further information be provided by Uber about its proposed UberX/Uber Military veterans’ employment pilot programme before it considers the matter.

 Korean War Missing in Action

A paper prepared by VAC member, Mike von Berg MC OAM about identifying the remains of Australian Defence Force Personnel MIA, presumed KIA from the Korean War.

The VAC carried a motion requesting that Minister Hamilton-Smith seek Premier Weatherill’s support in approaching the Prime Minister to request that every effort be made to identify, repatriate and lay to rest the remains of the Australian Defence Force Personnel Missing in Action, presumed Killed in Action from the Korean War.

Veterans SA Matters and Correspondence

The Director of Veterans SA, Rob Manton briefed the VAC about the following matters:

  • Home Automation for Disabled & Elderly Partnering Opportunity
  • Veterans Data Collection – 90 Day Project
  • 70TH Anniversary of Victory in the Pacific
  • 100th Anniversary of Unveiling of Australasian Soldiers Dardanelles Cenotaph on Sunday, 6 September, 2015 at 10.30am
  • Award of an Appropriate Medal to NOK
  • Peace Education Program – Soldier On
  • Car Parking Arrangements at Repatriation General Hospital
  • Boards and Committees Review Discussion Paper
  • Seventh Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, 50th Anniversary

For more information about any of the matters discussed by the VAC or to suggest an agenda item for the next meeting on Thursday, 8 October, 2015, please call Paul on 8226 8552 or email:


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