General Meeting on 25Jul21 is CANCELLED
Regettably, next Sunday's General Meeting is cancelled due to COVID Public Health Orders.
We will advise you when we can next meet.
Coffee Club Meetings
Please note that the Coffee Club on 14 July has been cancelled because of COVID restrictions.
Please see link for other dates.
Veterans Well Being Centre Hornsby
RSL Hornsby sub-Branch has recently established the Veterans Well Being Centre - Hornsby. The Veterans Well Being Centre - Hornsby objectives are to:
Veterans wishing to contact the Centre can do so through the sub-Branch on 02 9476 6680 or through our Welfare Officer, Roslyn Hutchinson on 02 9485 3204 or 0408 237 678
DVA Expansion of Face to Face Services
Hornsby sub-Branch has received the following information from RSL NSW. The message is reproduced in full for the information of readers.
RSL NSW has received advice from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) that its service delivery to veterans and their families has been expanded.
Veterans and their families can now access face-to-face DVA services at 318 Services Australia service centres across Australia. You can find your closest centre by following this link.
All Services Australia staff will undertake mandatory training to ensure they can provide the support that veterans and their families are looking for.
The expanded service offering will not impact the services and support currently provided through the DVA’s Veterans Access Network.
Another welcome part of the service expansion is that Services Australia will actively recognise and promote significant national commemorations such as ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day.
It is intended that these changes will enable easier access to DVA services, in particular for those living in rural and regional areas and are an important expansion of the DVA footprint to reach the veteran community. Veterans and their families will be able to walk into any Services Australia shopfront and receive assistance.
Impact of COVID-19
Please bear in mind that depending on your location, the NSW Government’s current COVID-19 restrictions may limit the availability of face-to-face services provided by Services Australia and DVA.
Did you know that our partner charity RSL DefenceCare provides free, specialist assistance with submitting claims to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs or appealing rejected claims.
RSL DefenceCare claims and advocacy specialists can help veterans to achieve the best possible result with their DVA claim including advocating on their behalf at the Veterans’ Review Board.
Click here to find out more or call 02 8088 0388.
Defence Force Welfare Association Newsletter
The Defence Force Welfare Association has provided the sub-Branch with a copy of its latest newsletter. Topic which may be of interest to readers include
Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide
Productivity Commission Report Recommendations
Senate Inquiry Into Accuracy of Information Provided to DFRDB Members
A copy of the newsletter can be found at:
Phillip Chin Quan Interview
As part of the 2021 ANZAC Day commemorations, SBS published a feature on the experiences of one of our members, Phillip Chin Quan during his time in Vietnam and his subsequent struggles with PTSD. Interested members can find the feature at SBS feature - Phillip Chin Quan
Veterans Bowls Day
The following message has been received from Veteran Sport Australia.
"I am writing to invite you to an event that we are hosting in conjunction with our sporting partner Bowl’s Australia in collaboration with North Sydney RSL Sub Branch, North Sydney Bowling Club and The Greens in August.
To provide some background, Veteran Sport Australia and Bowls Australia in conjunction with local bowling clubs have hosted a number of successful veteran and family bowls days. These days have been a lot of fun for everyone, with veterans of all ages and their families coming together for the day and enjoying the game of bowls. We had a similar day last year, and thanks to the generosity of The Greens, we have been able to bring this event back again.
The details of the day are as follows:
Date: 8th August
Time: 11am – 1.30pm
Venue: The Greens North Sydney, 50 Ridge Street North Sydney.
This event is free to attend for any veteran and their families. Bring along your spouse, children and grandchildren for the day!
The day involves coaching and skills in a barefoot bowls format – so is a great day for beginners as well as the seasoned bowler. Younger children can experience the game of bowls through a Bowls Australia program known as Rookie Rollers, which is a game based version of bowls. Lunch will be served, and again, this is free (drinks are not included and will need to be purchased).
We would love to invite your members, and their family to come along and participate. The day will be an enjoyable opportunity to try out the sport and form new relationships in the veteran community. I understand that for some, this may involve some travel, but it will be a fun and fantastic day.
Registration is essential – due to COVID and for catering purposes, so could you please register via the QR code attached or by emailing [email protected] by COB 3rd August 2021. If it is easier to email as a sub-branch group, please send a main contact name, email and phone number with the number of adults attending and the number of children attending. "
Barker College Scholarship
Barker College has advised the Hornsby sub_Branch that it is currently finalising arrangements to be able to provide an academic scholarship for a student in Year 11 and then into Year 12 who is the child, or step child of a current or former member of the Australian Defence Force, CMF or Reservists. Their intent is to provide this scholarship from 2022.
There is a set of criteria and the Director of Enrollments can provide further information.
Bathurst Remembers World War 2 Exhibition 2021
Members may be interested in this exhbition.