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AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT)

The ACT Branch executive intent in 2024 will include focused effort to provide value-based leadership, support, empathy and advocacy to us, our mates and comrades and our, families. We will be proactive in bringing our member human centric stories to celebrate and commemorate unique
shared service.


The ACT Branch propose to support a broader plan to ‘reset and pivot’ the narrative and re-frame current sullied, disgraced and diminished narrative - that characterizes SAS Service in Afghanistan.

Australian SAS Association National Executive
Annual General Meeting was held 13-14 November 2023 in Canberra ACT.

NEWSLETTER

LOCAL NEWS

MEMBERSHIP

The ACT Branch stated purpose and future credibility
with contemporary SOF veterans.


• Discussion included the need to establish / consider funds for future activities, s the ACT Executive has not been collecting membership fees in a formal manner. Member’s categorization was linked to a levy payment for the ANZAC Dinner or cash paid at for ‘attendance’ at the AGM.
• This governance, while practical for the period, is now not optimal. The $ inputs have been depleted and there is now a requirement to re-establish the operating fund and be ‘black letter’ compliant with the Constitution. Accordingly, discussion on the
potential funding options and member governance, fees (and the quantum): led to the proposal to establish a fee.

Outline member process and applcation fees.

EVENTS

Key Events 2023


• SOF Networking Event – Kurajong Hotel, Canberra; 09 Mar23. Excellent event co Hosted with the ACT Branch of the Australian Commando Association.

• ANZAC Dinner Commonwealth Club, Canberra; 21Apr23 Flagship annual event for ACT Branch in superb venue. Keynote speaker this year was Mr Joe Buffone (1984 reo – via 2Cdo Coy).

• ANZAC Day Commemorative March ANZAC Parade - AWM – 25 Apr23 Solid turn-out for the ANZAC March as part of wonderful celebration in the National Capital.
 

• Long Range E-bike Group (LREG) Taipan(=Jim Truscott) Memorial patrol. Conducted 28 April-01 May 23 – 265km Mungo Loop (Balranald to Mungo loge return).


• RMC-D Graduation Prizes and Awards Ceremony Jun /Dec – ACT Branch sponsor and
present the ‘CAPT Tim Stevens Award’ (RIP: 12 Jun 96).

• VIETNAM CONFLICT 50TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIONS – LAST POST CEREMONY-
AWM LCPL FISHER – 18 AUG 23 – Wonderful opportunity to provide context and shared

memories, including significant lived experiences with ASASA Vietnam veterans.

  • 2024 Annual ANZAC Day Dinner
    2024 Annual ANZAC Day Dinner
    Fri, Apr 19
    Commonwealth Club
    Apr 19, 2024, 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM GMT+10
    Commonwealth Club, 25 Forster Cres, Yarralumla ACT 2600, Australia
    Apr 19, 2024, 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM GMT+10
    Commonwealth Club, 25 Forster Cres, Yarralumla ACT 2600, Australia
    The President of the ASASA-ACT Branch, Mr Dan Fortune, DSC & Bar requests the pleasure of ASASA-ACT Branch Members, Partners, and Friends at the Annual ANZAC Day Dinner.
  • ACA ACT Social Evening
    ACA ACT Social Evening
    Thu, Mar 14
    Canberra Services Club
    Mar 14, 2024, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Canberra Services Club, 51 Blackall St, Barton ACT 2600, Australia
    Mar 14, 2024, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Canberra Services Club, 51 Blackall St, Barton ACT 2600, Australia
    Quick reminder on behalf of the ASASA ACT Branch President and the President of the ACA ACT extending the invite to attend the function. The combined social event should provide a great opportunity to meet and socialise with the respective committees and other association members on the night.

Future Events Coming Soon!

WELFARE & FAMILIES

The SAS Resources Trust was formed in 1996 as a result of the Blackhawk helicopter tragedy, which occurred outside Townsville, Queensland on 12 June 1996.  In 2012 the Trust was renamed the SAS Resources Fund. The Board of Trustees oversees the SAS Resources Fund, to which charitable donations are made and distributed as required to the various Trusts established to support SASR.

 

SAS Resources Trust : This Trust is a perpetual Trust Fund which provides relief to current and former members of SASR who become deceased or permanently disabled in or as a result of operational service or in training.

SAS Resources Trust No 2: The Trustees saw a need for a second Trust to allow it to help more members of SASR who did not qualify for assistance under the terms of our Primary Trust.

 

SAS Resources Trust No 3: This new Trust was established in May 2011 for the purpose of promoting the comfort, recreation and welfare of current serving members of SASR who, in the opinion of the Commanding Officer taking into consideration the mental, physical and emotional welfare of the members, require it as a result of service in the Regiment.

ADVOCATES

The advocacy and wellbeing section of the ASASA WA operates from within the Frank Skyes room within the,  The House of the  ASASA  WA. The room has been set up to accommodate areas for advocacy volunteers to engage with the clients. Future BEST grant funding will enhance this set up.  

Advocacy and Welfare group of the WA Branch of the ASAS Assn consists of: 

  • Compensation Advocate Level 3 (located in Broome),

  • Compensation Advocate Level 2 at the House,

  • 3 x Trainee Compensation Advocates at the House all completing E-Learning Level 1,

  • Wellbeing Advocate Level 1 at the House,

  • 2 x Trainee Wellbeing Advocates at the House registered for but haven’t commenced E-Learning Level 1 at the House,

  • Training activities continue at the House each week before scheduled interviews are commenced.

PROJECTS

Key projects / Way Forward

 

The ACT Branch executive intent in 2024 will include focused effort to:

  • Why. Provide value-based leadership, support, empathy and advocacy to us, our mates and comrades and our, families and, most importantly, the key elements of the effort will involve a theme of Proactive human centric stories to celebrate and commemorate unique shared service.

  • What+Who. Initial concept planning will be centered on the award- winning local WA produced documentary ‘The Battle for the Golden Road’ which captured the 1/84 SASSC. This Video platform and Human-interest Storyline(s) provides a unique opportunity that may be worth further effort.

  • Then and now’.. eg LTCOL Dave Bachi, SESB3 Joe Buffone, Myself. There may be others?

  • When. Preliminary engagement with RSM/RHQ SASR is underway to celebrate the ‘1984 Reinforcement cycle 40th Anniversary, planned to occur to coincide with SAS Beret parade in Campbell barracks Dec 2024.

  • How. I will write in early 2024, to selected stakeholders eg; State and Federal Ministers for Veterans Affairs ‘; Veterans back bench parliamentarians (both sides of politics eg Phillip Thompson+ Luke Gosling); as well as other ESO and Veterans advocacy groups to seek support and collaboration on celebrating and commemorating this documentary as a wonderful snapshot in time of the history and legacy of SASR across the last four decades.

  • What next. This effort is linked to the ACT Branch proposals and is designed to support a broader plan to ‘reset and pivot’ the narrative and re-frame current sullied+ disgraced and diminished narrative - that characterizes SAS Service in Afghanistan.

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