Aug 04

Fraser Coast Naval Association



The Naval Association of Australia is committed to four important principles:

Care (i.e. the welfare of our members), Commemoration, Camaraderie, and we assist our local naval Cadet units.


FRASER COAST Sub-section

The Naval Association of Australia is committed to four important principals;

Care (i.e. the welfare of our members), Commemoration, Camaraderie, and we assist our local naval Cadet units.

Care: We endeavour to visit any of our members/family who might be in hospital, or disadvantaged locally, and use our network to provide support to those who might be in hospital further afield. We pay home visits to members who are alone, and unable to easily get out and about.

Commemoration: In the past quarter, there being no scheduled RSL Sub-branch commemorations, we have taken the opportunity to remember the 82 Voyager crew lost in the collision with HMAS Melbourne on 10th February, 1964 (the number of lives lost included one civilian worker).

This was followed on the 1st March with a service to remember the 1,046 sailors and US marines lost in the Battle of Sunda Strait (1942), which involved the cruisers HMAS Perth and USS Houston, against a vastly superior Japanese naval force. Another 106 were to die as P.O.W.’s. Both memorial services were held at the cenotaph at Freedom Park, Pialba.

Camaraderie: We are ramping-up our social calendar for this year, starting with a member’s meet and greet BBQ which was held at ESA Park, Point Vernon on Sunday 4th March. A total of 43 nominated including existing members, newly joined members, and a good number of potential members in the mix. The weather was fine and sunny and a good time was had by all!

Cadets:  There is not a great deal to report on TS Krait, due to its’ shut down over the Christmas holiday break. It was very pleasing to see the unit’s C.O. and X.O. join the Sub-section as full members.  

The Sub-section AGM was held on the 11th February, with the following executive members elected;

  • President: Peter McDermott
  • Vice president: Steve Zahra
  • Secretary: Greg McHugh
  • Treasurer: Jim Dellar.
  • Junior vice president: Marty Price

We welcome Marty and Jim to our executive committee.

The Fraser Coast Sub-section continue to meet at the Hervey RSL Boardroom on the 2nd Sunday of the month (Except January). Application for membership is invited; please contact Peter McDermott on 0409 260 255, or email pmcd@southernphone.com.au



Contribution by Peter McDermott

March 2018



Fraser Coast Sub-section June 2017


The Sub-section has recruited in excess of 60 financial full members to date. We are looking carefully towards the Maryborough area with the view of either attracting new members, or helping to set up a new Sub-section.

Our general meetings are well attended with our quarterly average attendance is creeping up into the low to mid 30’s. This has resulted in our meetings being moved to a larger room in the RSL club.

If you are eligible for membership, and would like to be part of our extremely social group, please contact Rod Beckinsale (M) 0409625570, or Peter McDermott (M) 0409260255.

We currently meet at the Hervey Bay RSL Club Board Room at 1100 on the second Sunday of the month (Feb-Dec).

Community activities:

  • Following on from our Commemoration service on 1st March, 2017 to recognise the 50th anniversary since the adoption by the R.A.N. of the Australian White Ensign, we have seen another very successful Anzac Day.
  • The Naval Association were given the honour of leading the ESO part of the Anzac Day parade this year and it was very pleasing to see over 60 marchers in our ranks.
  • The Naval Cadets at TS Krait held their annual inspection on Saturday 6th The cadets were well turned out and their marching drill was very good. The inspecting (cadet) officer was very pleased with the overall presentation.
  • Coming up in July are the RIMAU Commemoration (9th July) and Korea Memorial Day (27th July).

Southbank Naval Memorial:

The ceremony to unveil the Southbank Naval Memorial (“Sailor with his kit-bag”) was held on Saturday 27th May at South Brisbane Memorial Park. Dignitaries included Chief of Navy and the Queensland Governor.

Fostered by the F.E.S.R. Association (a special mention for Rudi Bianchi) and with funding from many sources, this statue is the only public memorial in Queensland to honour those who serve or have served in the Royal Australian Navy since Federation in times of both war and peace. The bronze statue was sculptured by Catherine Anderson.

A good number of Fraser Coast NAA members made the trip down to Brisbane to attend the service.


Our social life for the quarter continues to run quite well and is gaining strength:

  • We continue to conduct our get-togethers on a fortnightly basis at the RSL Club Anzac bar;
  • We attend lunch together after our GM’s;
  • Are planning a BBQ at the Botanical Gardens in June; and
  • Our annual dinner will be held in early July.

Peter McDermott

President Fraser Coast NAA

13th June, 2017


We invite ALL eligible ex-serving, and serving members, residing in our designated region, to join our Sub-section.