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VAC Meeting Key Outcomes

Friday 10 June, 2016

A Veterans’ Advisory Council (VAC) meeting was held on Thursday, 9 June, 2016, in the Combined Mess at Torrens Parade Ground. This was the first meeting for the incoming Chair of the VAC, Air Vice-Marshal Brent Espeland AM, following eight years of exceptional service by the Hon Sir Eric Neal AC CVO who retired on 30 April, 2016, following the completion of the Anzac Centenary Memorial Walk.

AVM Espeland introduced himself to the VAC and said he was honoured to be appointed Chair and looked forward to working with the entire veteran community to better the lot of South Australia’s veterans. He hopes to use the knowledge and skills gained from 36 years in the Royal Australian Air Force, ten years in senior sports administration, and extensive volunteer work to achieve this objective.

The Director of Veterans SA, Rob Manton, briefed the VAC about the Anzac Centenary Memorial Walk project, which was opened on 23 April, 2016. The development application to relocate the Australasian Soldiers Dardanelles Cenotaph to the northern end of the Memorial Walk will be heard by the Development Assessment Commission on 23 June, 2016.

The VAC received a briefing from the outgoing Chair of the Veterans’ Health Advisory Council (VHAC), COL Chris Burns CSC including review of the Veterans’ Health Framework 2016-2020. He spoke of his new role as South Australia’s Mental Health Commissioner which he will commence in from 4 July, 2016. BRIG Tim Hanna AM, State President of the RSL briefed the VAC about the RSL Repat Park project for Daw Park.

The consultation process for the naming of the Veterans’ Mental Health Precinct was outlined by the Director of Veterans SA, Rob Manton in his capacity as Chair of the Memorialisation Workgroup for the new precinct. The consultation closes on 1 July, 2016. Details including an opportunity have input into the naming of various elements throughout the purpose-built precinct can be found at:

Other matters considered at the meeting by the VAC included:

  • Child Care for ADF Personnel
  • Hero 2 Hired Pilot Program
  • Ex-Service Organisation Mapping Project
  • Anzac Centenary Upcoming Events
  • Cheer-Up Hut Regional Engagement Strategy
  • Prime Ministerial Advisory Council on Veterans’ Mental Health

For more information about any of the matters discussed by the VAC, or to suggest an agenda item for the next meeting on 9 June, 2016, please call Paul Sykes on 8226 8552 or email:

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