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Anzac Day 2020

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Executive Committee

Northam RSL Sub Branch

At a recent meeting of the Northam Sub Branch executive it was agreed that the following activities be promoted through the Northam district as a way for the community to honour our Anzacs.

Resources for families to access will be made available on Facebook and the sub branch website (northamrsl.com) to encourage discussion about Anzac Day. These resources include a picture of the Australian Flag, poppies and a Anzac lantern, these items could then be used as decorations for the home service on Anzac Day.

The community is encouraged to utilise local radio broadcasts of both the Dawn Service and the 11am Anzac Service. Check local guides for details.

At 11am at the Northam Memorial, Northam RSL President Mick Prytulak, will lay a wreath on behalf of the Service Community other wreaths can be laid by the President representing the organisation.

There will be a flyover at this time viewable from most homes in Northam.

Any persons attending the Memorial privately during the day must obey the COVID-19 protocols. It is requested that serious consideration be given whether your visit is essential.

Should any community group wish the President to lay a wreath on their behalf please contact the RSL Secretary by email, northamrslsb@hotmail.com or advise the florist when ordering the floral tribute who will arrange for delivery to the sub branch.

The Northam Sub Branch remind any service personnel needing assistance to contact the sub branch, confidentiality is assured.

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Press Release

The Executive of the Northam RSL have met and discussed the ramifications of the Perth lockdown on our parade.

Because of the interaction of the community with the Metropolitan area we have decided that the risk of encouraging a “Northam Cluster” is too great.

We have made the following changes to our commemorations.

The Vigil – has been cancelled.

Dawn Service – will commence at 6am with an extended wreath laying component.

Participants must social distance and anyone having been in the metro area since 17 April must wear a face mask.

Gunfire breakfast has been cancelled

The Main Parade and Service has been cancelled.

For further information please contact President Mick Prytulak  0403 849 452 or Secretary Steve Dyer 0428 130 244.

Thank you for your understanding

Commemoration service

Anzac Day in Northam 2021

The Northam RSL is endeavouring to hold normal Anzac Day commemorations despite Covid-19 restrictions. At this time there will be the following activities:-

Anzac Eve Vigil

The Northam Scout Group will hold a Vigil at the Memorial commencing 6pm Anzac Eve.

Dawn Service

The Sub Branch will hold a Dawn Service at 6am at the Memorial Hall. Those members wishing to attend as a group please meet at the Post Office by 5.45am when they will proceed to the hall.

A Gunfire Breakfast will be held at the conclusion of the service. Due to Covid-19 restrictions the breakfast will be modified from previous years and social distancing must be maintained.

Anzac Day Parade and Service

The parade will form up as usual on Grey st and march to the Memorial Hall at 1040am where a service and wreath laying will be conducted.

This year the Reviewing Office will be Mr Tony Mylius AM well known cardiologist and wheatbelt identity.

The address will be given by Ms Karen Glass, a member of our Sub Branch.

Unfortunately there will be no morning tea served to the General Public after the march due Covid protocols and administration difficulties.

It is hoped that many people will attend the parade and enjoy themselves within the social distancing rules.

For those unable to attend and wish to have a driveway service again this year resources are available on the Sub Branch website northamrsl.com

For further information please contact President Mick Prytulak 0403 849 452 or Secretary Steve Dyer 0428 130 244.

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Memorable day at Veteran Central

Thank you to Mike for writing up this report of the recent trip to ANZAC House.

Coffee & cake

Memorable day at Veteran Central

THE SUCCESS of our first excursion of the Covid era was mainly due to the venue – Perth’s recently opened ANZAC House Veteran Central.

This striking redevelopment on St George’s Terrace has an amazing story to tell. So for those of us who were having so much fun at lunch, here’s the important detail:

Built on the site of the old ANZAC House (1934), this stunning $29-million “spiritual home” for the Returned & Services League of Australia WA Branch Inc. (RSLWA) has a different name to represent a groundbreaking new approach to serving the needs of veterans. For the first time in Australia, a wide range of services is now available under one roof.

The purpose-built seven-storey structure, with sweeping views over Government House to the Swan River, is designed for modern efficiency while retaining subtle elements of the defence forces’ long traditions. Memorabilia has been retained from the old building, with additional items reflecting the closer association with the Karrakatta Club, the oldest club for women in Australia.

The striking lobby has a concierge ensuring a warm welcome, and is adjacent to a coffee lounge and flower shop. The ANZAC Club is the members’ space, available for lunch, dinner and social gatherings. While the sub-branches retain their social component, Veteran Central offers a dining area and bar.

Medical, mental health, hearing and dental services occupy the next floors, with consultants in advocacy, welfare assistance, aged care support, transitioning and employment. There is ‘pop-up’ office space for those who need it.

RSLWA headquarters occupies the level below the two top floors, which comprise Perth’s premier function facilities, catering for corporate gatherings, seminars, training sessions, reunions and weddings.

The dynamic, groundbreaking development is contained in the central levels. For the first time, a truly collaborative and centralised model of service delivery will support the core aims of veteran health-care, well-being, transition, welfare, advocacy and DVA assistance, commemoration and aged care.

Over the next five years, RSLWA will work even more closely with other ex-service organisations and civilian veteran service agencies to provide a wider and more diverse range of services for WA’s 25,000 veterans through Veteran Central – hence the new name.

The model places veterans and their families at the centre of the circle of services and support to provide more easy access. The functions of the new Veteran Central will be supported by strategically located veteran ‘hubs’ located around the metropolitan area and in regional centres in WA.

In the words of the Hon. Kim Beazley, Governor of WA, in opening AHVC in November: “As a community, we have inherited the freedoms forged by our forebears. And as a community, we need to continually strive to support those who have supported us for so long.”