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Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch Inc. Website 2020





Click here to read the June 2020 edition of “The Branch” newsletter




This year, stand in your driveway, on your balcony or in your living room to remember all those who have served and sacrificed.

Just imagine how special it would be if every Australian was standing in their driveway at 6am on ANZAC Day, united in spirit to remember all those who have served and sacrificed for the lifestyle we enjoy today. 


Click here to read the February edition of “The Branch” newsletter


17 February 2020

Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch continue to support Suicide Awareness Prevention by promoting training in conjunction with CORES and Fraser Coast Suicide Prevention.

President Brian Tidyman, along with Harry Ghitgos FCSP Councillor organised a great day at the RSL Club “Boardroom” with over 40 people attending.


Harry Ghitgos, Brian Tidyman and Ross Romeo, CORES Queensland Co-ordinator


New style bullet pens and keyrings are now available from the RSL Club reception.All items have been individually crafted by Joshua, a young veteran from Toogoom.




‘Thank you luncheon’ for the volunteers – January 2020

Each January the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch hosts a ‘thank you luncheon’ for the volunteers who assist the Sub-Branch. Secretary Kevin Collins hosted the event for 54 people which was held on “The Deck” at the Hervey Bay RSL & Services Memorial Club.


Glyn and Carol Jenkins

Mal and Judy Toy

Florie Cook and Barry Toohill

Gavin Anderson and Marilyn West

Ian Allsop and Chaplain Jeff Jarvis

Michael “Tiny” Anderson with Aileen Bennett and Margaret Harris

Cherie and Tony Lewis

Sub-Branch Secretary Kevin Collins thanking all who attended and the RSL Club staff



On Saturday 4 January and Sunday 5 January 2020 the Hervey Bay RSL & Services Memorial Club collected $3,000.00 from patrons. The RSL Club and Sub-Branch pledged to match the funds raised, making a total of $9,000.00.
Thank you to all who generously donated and to (L-R) Sub-Branch Treasurer Tracy Gillespie, RSL Club CEO Jason Lynch, Sub-Branch Secretary Kevin Collins and RSL Club Senior Floor Manager Sharon Rowlings.



Click here to catch up on the latest news from the Naval Association Australia Fraser Coast Sub-Section 


Remembrance Day 2019 

Simon Morley (Sub-Branch Committee Member/Memorabilia Officer) as Flag Marshal

Once again the ex-service, currently serving personnel and locals in the Hervey Bay community attended the Remembrance Day service at the Light Horse War Memorial.

President Brian Tidyman welcomed everyone to Freedom Park. Sub-Branch Chaplain Jeff Jarvis B.Ed gave a moving prayer including past and present servicemen and women. The Chaplain also made reference to all involved in the current devastating bushfires.

There were 38 wreath layers including 14 wreaths laid by schools in the area. Fraser Coast Anglican College student Andries du Plooy did an excellent job as bugler with the Last Post and, after the minute’s silence, the Rouse.  

As always, we thank the 9th Battalion Delta Company Royal Queensland Regiment for acting as catafalque party and Simon Morley on flag duty.

Lest We Forget



L-R Kevin Collins (Sub-Branch Secretary), Harry Ghitgos BHMS ACA, Marion Sneddon (Uniting Care Community Service Leader) and Brian Tidyman (Sub-Branch President)

On 30 October 2019, the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch in conjunction with LifeLine and the Department of Veterans Affairs held a Safe Talk regarding Suicide at the RSL Club for Veterans Health Week. 

The event was put together with the assistance of  Lisa Tietz, (Sub-Branch Business Manager) and Harry Ghitgos BHMS ACA, a qualified Alcohol & Drug Counsellor affiliated with the Hervey Bay Sub-Branch. 

Those that did attend found the talk to be very informative. 



24 October 2019 – President Brian Tidyman presented Padre Vic Burgess a Certificate of Appreciation In recognition of his dedicated service to the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch Inc, the Defence Service Community & the People of Hervey Bay.


Quarterly Meeting

The Sub-Branch will be holding its regular quarterly meeting on Saturday, November 3 commencing at 1030 hours. This will be a general information session. All financial members are invited to attend.


Ensure the RSL Club has your correct mobile phone details to receive event notifications and reminders. 

Call in to reception or phone the Club on 4197 7444.



Don’t forget to stop by the memorabilia cabinets in the foyer and have a look at the displays.  Simon Morley, our Memorabilia Officer, has been busy!


Peacekeepers Day – 14 September 2019

Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch President Brian Tidyman with Chaplain Jeff Jarvis during the commemoration at Freedom Park

– L-R back: Piper Belinda McBroom, Ian Allsop. L-R Front wreath layers: Col Payne (President Vietnam Veterans Assoc. Australia Hervey Bay City Sub-Branch, Ted Sorensen (LNP Member for Hervey Bay), Graeme Inglis (representing Legacy Fraser Burnett) and Dutchy Lensing

People attending the Commemoration at Freedom Park











Peacekeepers Day 2019 was commemorated at the Freedom Park Memorial in Hervey Bay on Saturday 14 September. The service was officiated by the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch President, Brian Tidyman. The service commenced with an opening prayer by Chaplain Jeff Jarvis in which he remembered those peacekeepers who were unable to attend and be with us.

In his address to the gathering, President Brian spoke of the Australian Peacekeepers who have been serving somewhere in the world since 1947. “Australia has made a significant contribution to worldwide peace operations, and today we recognise the Peacekeepers who have served and those who continue to serve, in countries around the world. We honour the service and sacrifice of every Australian who defends our values and freedoms and today we pay that special tribute to remind us of the valued efforts by our Australian Peacekeepers”.

President Brian cited the long list of peacekeeping duties and services in which Australia has participated. He said that he was impressed with those who have participated in this commemorative event. “It demonstrates that Hervey Bay people value those who have given service for peace in our world”.


To find out about businesses and organisations that support Veteran Card holders in the Hervey Bay area and beyond, click here


Click here to read the September edition of “The Branch” newsletter 


The Long Tan Bursary

Children, and now grandchildren, of Vietnam Veterans are encouraged to apply for funding under The Long Tan Bursary Scheme for the 2020 educational year.

See the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Factsheet in relation to The Long Tan Bursary here

Applications close on 31 October 2019.  For more information visit the DVA grants website.  


All financial Sub-Branch Members (together with their spouses/partners) are welcome to make an appointment with Chris Thompson, Solicitor/Director to have their Wills, EPOAs and/or Advance Health Directives drawn up FOR FREE.

Call Law Essentials  on 07 4197 5600 –  79 Torquay Road, Hervey Bay


Click here to see the Sub-Branch Military Library Catalogue



VP Commemoration 15 August 2019

Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch President Brian Tidyman led the VP Day Commemoration Service at Freedom Park. Sub-Branch Chaplain Father Jeff Jarvis B.Ed said a prayer for the fallen. Sub-Branch Treasurer Tracy Gillespie was Flag Marshall. Many ex-service organisations attended the service and laid wreaths at the Cenotaph.

Flag Marshall: Tracy Gillespie (Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch Treasurer)

L-R Ken Hayden (WWII Veteran), Ken Rees (standing just behind), Col Payne (holding the wreath – President of the Vietnam Veterans Association Hervey Bay City), Ray Eustace (President Hervey Bay RSL & Services Memorial Club), Troy Gill (Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch Member and volunteer support officer) at the Cenotaph in Freedom Park.

People at the Commemoration Service during speech given by Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch President, Brian Tidyman (far right)

L-R wreath layers: Roger Widdowson (President Hervey Bay Old Salts) and Ken Hayden (WWII Veteran)



On Sunday 7th July the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch held a commemorative service for the World War 2 Operation Rimau. It was held at the TS KRAIT memorial at Dayman Park in Urangan, Hervey Bay.

The service was conducted by the Hervey Bay Sub-Branch President, Brian Tidyman, with a crowd of over seventy people. The catafalque party was presented by the TS KRAIT Cadets and Chaplain Jeffrey Jarvis lead the prayers for the service.

The names of all those who were members of the “Operation Rimau” were read out and a bell rung for each of them. The TS KRAIT memorial is a main feature of Dayman Park and was erected in area that overlooks the waters to Fraser Island where the training took place for those who participated in Operation Rimau.

Chaplain Jeffrey Jarvis with Sub-Branch Secretary Kevin Collins and Sub-Branch President Brian Tidyman at the KRAIT Memorial

Sub-Branch Deputy President John Beattie and Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen and Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour laying wreaths at the KRAIT Memorial

Wreath Layers at the Commemoration Service at Dayman Park

Wreath Layers at the KRAIT Memorial in Dayman Park

Sub-Branch President Brian Tidyman with Sub-Branch Secretary Kevin Collins and Chaplain Jeff Jarvis

Sub-Branch Committee Member and Memorabilia Officer Simon Morley on flag duties at the KRAIT Memorial in Dayman Park

TS KRAIT Cadets as Catafalque Party at the KRAIT Memorial


Photographs by Vic Jackson


On Monday 1st July 2019 the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch held a workshop for the Sub-Branch wellbeing and support officers at the RSL Club. Harry Ghitgos BHMS ACA, a qualified Alcohol & Drug Counsellor affiliated with the Hervey Bay Sub-Branch, invited Ross Remano from Cores Training to train our wellbeing officers in how to deal with clients who have suicide ideation. Coping skills and strategies were presented along with taking the stigma away from being confronted with a situation involving suicide. This workshop is part of the on-going training to keep our support officers on track to provide assistance to veterans and their families. Always remember, the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch is here to help veterans and their families.




 The Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch Inc. will hold a commemoration service on

Sunday 7 July 2019 at 10:00am at the KRAIT Memorial, Dayman Park, in Urangan

All welcome to this service


Click here to see ANZAC Day 2019 photos 



Donation of replica Lewis Gun
to the
Maryborough Military Museum

On Friday 8th March 2019 the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch Inc. donated the replica Lewis Gun to the Maryborough Military Museum. 

John Myer (centre), President of the Maryborough Military Museum was pleased to accept the donation from Sub-Branch Memorabilia Officer, Simon Morley (left) and President Brian Tidyman (right).






The Committee for 2019:

President: Brian Tidyman

Deputy President: John Beattie

Vice President: Anthony (Toby) Tidyman

Secretary: Kevin Collins

Treasurer: Tracy Gillespie

Committee Members: Christine Bell, Paul Bloomfield, Bradley Gray, Victor Jackson, Simon Morley, Glen Tancred.

Welcome to our newest committee member, Brad Gray.


Thank you Luncheon January 2019

President Brian Tidyman of the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch hosted a luncheon for the volunteers who assist the Sub-Branch.  Brian thanked the pension officers, welfare visitation officers, welfare bus drivers and the Sub-Branch committee for their hard work and dedication throughout the year.

The luncheon was held on “The Deck”  at the Hervey Bay RSL & Services Memorial Club on Wednesday 16th January 2019.   As usual, the meal was delicious and all present acknowledged the outstanding service from the catering and bar staff on the day.

Glyn and Carol Jenkins, (front) Lyn and David Fricke (rear)

Alan and Margaret Harris (rear) Judy and Mal Toy (front).


 Hervey  Bay  Australian  Light  Horse  Interpretive  Centre

This project is proudly supported by the Queensland Government 

Don’t forget to stop by the memorabilia cabinets in the foyer and have a look at the displays.  Simon Morley, our Memorabilia Officer, has been busy!


Tune in to Radio Station 107.5 Fraser Coast FM at 8:00am on the 1st Friday of each month to hear Brian Tidyman chat to David Grainger about the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch Inc.Brian Tidyman, President


Wall of Remembrance  –  Bayside Gardens

Don’t forget when putting your affairs in order to book your niche in the Wall of Remembrance.

Niches are $50.00 and are available to all ex-service personnel and their partners.

Spaces are limited.

Call in to the Sub-Branch between 9:00am and 12:30pm to discuss your requirements.


Purchase a Copy Now:   There are only 1915 copies being printed.

anzacbook  LIMITED EDITION COMMEMORATIVE BOOK Only 1915. One of these limited edition books commemorating the stirring centennial story of the birth of our brave ANZACs can now be yours. Invest in this beautiful and rare collector’s item that follows in the spirited, footsteps of our Light Horsemen, and Hervey Bay’s unique bronze memorial, that marks their selfless fight to preserve our times freedom. BUY YOUR COPY TODAY – Now at a reduced price of only $15.00 Call or visit the HERVEY BAY RSL SUB-BRANCH (07) 4197 7477


The Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch is here to provide Welfare, Pension and Advocacy services not only to its members but also to serving and ex-service persons and their dependents, especially those in need of assistance. We have a committed Support Group who regularly visit veterans in hospital, nursing homes or their own residences. We remember and commemorate those who have served our Country. This is achieved through the organisation of ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day services, Operation RIMAU, and assisting in services remembering Korea, Vietnam, VP Day and RSL funeral services for departed comrades. Hervey Bay has a large RSL Community Link program within local schools and the community who march as a unit under their own banner at ANZAC Day parades. The Sub-Branch sponsors a Legacy Scholarship for wards of Legacy to assist with education costs and the Hervey Bay RSL Community Service Award wherein community service organizations, viz. Volunteer Marine Rescue, State Emergency Service, Rural Fire Service, Life Savers, Police, Ambulance, Fire & Rescue, are invited to nominate a member for their outstanding service to the community, not just their own organisation. We encourage fellowship and mateship and, as a national group, we can effectively lobby the Government. The Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch provides effective and efficient management of the Sub-Branch’s assets and resources for the benefit of its members and of the serving members of the Australian Defence Force. We are able to offer contact details for the many affiliated ex-service organisations in the Hervey Bay area, amongst others the Australian Veterans Group Post 1975. On 17 May 1929 the first official meeting of the Pialba Sub Branch of the Returned Sailors’ & Soldiers’ Imperial League of Australia was held in the Pialba Shire Hall. The Hervey Bay Sub Branch of the Returned Sailors’ & Soldiers’ and Airmens’ Imperial League of Australia was Granted it’s charter on the 1st of January 1948. An Anniversary Dinner is held on the Saturday closest to 17th of May for the Hervey Bay RSL Sub Branch, Members And invited Guests. Hervey Bay RSL Sub Branch 11 Torquay Road, Pialba Hervey Bay, 4655 (07) 4197 7477 Open from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm Monday to Friday