Forest Lake and Districts RSL Sub-Branch update

by Alan Greig

Unfortunately Covid-19 restrictions means that there is little to report upon RSL Sub-branch activities, so I have written about the August census as it affects veterans and the part that the ADF plays in Australian disasters. The ABS Census on August 10th included a question about service in the ADF.

Veterans’ Affairs Minister, Darren Chester, said, “The census will provide a better understanding of how many veterans exist and where they live, enabling the ‘right services’ in the ‘right areas’ to support their needs.

“The Census will provide better data to help guide services and support for Australia’s veterans and will help inform our policy response to issues facing veterans such as health, housing and employment.”

Resulting data will have the potential to help federal, state and territory governments and ex–service organisations better target and improve services and support.

The CH-47 Chinook helicopter celebrated a dual anniversary when 5 Aviation Regiment C Squadron marked its 25th anniversary as well as the 40th year of operations in Australia on June 30th. The squadron was re-postured to develop and support Army’s amphibious aviation capability alongside Navy’s newly commissioned Canberra- class LHD, with an increasing focus on humanitarian aid and disaster response.

It will be recalled that the Squadron was deployed to assist people affected by Tropical Cyclone Debbie floods in the North Queensland in early 2019 and in Operation Bushfire Assist in 2019-20.

C Squadron plans to hold a gathering in Townsville for past and present members of the Chinook community towards the end of this year to celebrate the squadron’s 25th anniversary and 40 years of Australian operations. Event dates are to be confirmed in line with COVID-19 restrictions easing.

Most of foregoing content was taken, with thanks to AIR FORCE Vol.62 No.11, the official newspaper of the Royal Australian Air Force.

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