ANZAC DAY 2022

Berrima honoured the sacrifice of Australian and New Zealand men and women on ANZAC Day in the War Memorial Garden in the Marketplace in Berrima in 2022.

Over 200 people attended the Dawn Services at 5.45am and were invited to refreshments afterwards in the Berrima Village Hall. A further 200 people attended the Morning Service at 10.30am.

Special thanks to everyone who worked to deliver the ceremonies. In particular, we acknowledge the contribution from the Ven. Geoff Webb, Lynn Watson, Air Commodore Bob Rodgers AM, Squadron Leader Joel Hardy, Ros Jones, Richard Lane and the Wingecarribee Vocal Muster Singers, Andrew Hearn, Yvonne and John D’Arcy, the Berrima Public School, Gumnut Patisserie and Wingecarribee Shire Council.  ANZAC Services have been presented by the Berrima Residents Association in the War Memorial Garden since its was restored by the Association in 2007.

The ANZAC Address was delivered this year by Berrima resident Air Commodore Bob Rodgers AM CSM.

ANZAC DAY 2022

ADDRESS By AIR COMMODORE BOB RODGERS AM CSM

 WE STAND HERE THIS MORNING ON GUNDUNGURRA LAND.

I ACKNOWLEDGE THE TRADITIONAL OWNERS AND RECOGNISE THEIR CONTINUING CONNECTION TO LAND, WATERS AND CULTURE. WE PAY RESPECT TO THE ELDERS, PAST, PRESENT AND EMERGING.

TODAY WE DON’T COME TOGETHER TO COMMEMORATE OR GLORIFY WAR. WE COME TOGETHER TO COMMEMORATE THE SACRIFICES OF ORDINARY AUSTRALIAN MEN AND WOMEN. SINCE FEDERATION FARMERS, SEAMSTRESSES, MINERS, NURSES, TRADESMAN HAVE ALL PUT ON A UNIFORM FOR THEIR NATION.  WHEN MEN AND WOMEN LEAVE TO SERVE, THEY LEAVE THEIR FAMILIES, THEIR FRIENDS AND FOR A TIME THEY LEAVE THEIR ASPIRATIONS AND HOPES BEHIND. THEY DO THIS BECAUSE THEY PUT OTHERS BEFORE THEMSELVES.

SADLY, CONFLICT HAS BEEN A CONSTANT THREAD THROUGHOUT THE HISTORY OF MANKIND. EACH GENERATION HOPES THAT THE SACRIFICES IT MAKES WILL MEAN THE GENERATIONS THAT FOLLOW MAY NOT HAVE TO EXPERIENCE THE NEED FOR THOSE SAME SACRIFICES.

INEVITABLY HISTORY HAS SHOWN THERE WILL ALWAYS BE A NEED FOR VIGILANCE AND AT TIMES RESPONSE WHEN GREED OR HUBRIS DRIVE THE LEADERSHIP OF OTHER NATIONS.

THE COUNTRY IN WHICH WE LIVE IS STABLE AND OUR GEOGRAPHY PROVIDES ADVANTAGES THAT OUTWEIGH THE DISADVANTAGES. THOUGH IT MUST BE RECOGNISED THAT WE TOO ARE FACING SOME GROWING TENSIONS WITH THE BEHAVIOUR AND ASPIRATION OF OTHER NATIONS.

IN THE PAST, WHEN NEEDED, AUSTRALIAN MEN AND WOMEN ANSWERED THE CALL. THE BOER WAR, WORLD WARS ONE AND TWO, KOREA, MALAYAN CONFRONTATION, VIETNAM, TIMOR, IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN AND SO MANY OPERATIONS UNDER THE RUBRIC OF THE UNITED NATIONS.

 SINCE FEDERATION, MEN AND WOMEN HAVE VOLUNTEERED TO LEAVE THEIR HOMES AND THEIR TRADES, JOIN THEIR PROFESSIONAL MILITARY COLLEAGUES AND LEAVE OUR SHORES TO SERVE.   THEY HAVE REPRESENTED US THROUGHOUT THE WORLD IN COMBAT, IN PEACEKEEPING AND IN HUMANITARIAN ROLES.

SOME MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE. ….JUST UNDER 103,000 AUSTRALIANS HAVE DIED IN OPERATIONAL SERVICE, THE MOST RECENT OF COURSE, IN AFGHANISTAN.

 AND THOUGH SOME GAVE ALL,  ALL GAVE SOME…….

APPROX 180,000 HAVE BEEN WOUNDED, WITH A SIMILAR NUMBER FOR NON BATTLE RELATED ILLNESS AND INJURY.  WE MUST ALSO ACKNOWLEDGE THE SUFFERING AND DEPRIVATION OF OUR PRISONERS OF WAR.

THE WOUNDS ARE NOT ALWAYS VISIBLE, MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS ARE SADLY EVIDENT IN MANY OF THOSE WHO HAVED RETURNED. ANY MAN OR WOMAN WHO HAS UNDERTAKEN OPERATIONAL SERVICE IS AFFECTED BY IT IN SOMEWAY.

ACROSS EVERY GENERATION, MANY OF THOSE WHO HAVE RETURNED HAVE HAD DIFFICULTY READJUSTING TO THEIR LIVES DUE THEIR OPERATIONAL SERVICE.  AND SOME UNFORTUNATELY COULDN’T FACE THEIR EXPERIENCES OR THE IMPACT OF THOSE EXPERIENCES ON THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES.  TODAY  WE STILL HEAR OF EX SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN WHO CHOSE TO TAKE THEIR OWN LIVES.

THE AUSTRALIAN VETERAN SUICIDE RATE IS DOUBLE THE AUSTRALIAN AVERAGE AT TWENTYTWO POINT TWO PER ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND.  THIS EQUATES TO A VETERAN SUICIDE EVERY TWO WEEKS.

EFFORTS ARE UNDERWAY TO UNDERSTAND AND REMEDIATE THIS LINGERING COST THAT HAS HAUNTED EVERY GENERATION OF SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN.

OF COURSE, NUMBERS DON’T EVEN BEGIN TO ALLOW US TO SEE THE PAIN AND SUFFERING THAT SIT BEHIND THEM. EACH NUMBER IS A PERSON AND A FAMILY WITH THEIR OWN STORY.

BATTLE CASUALTY, NON-BATTLE CASUALTY AND VETERAN SUICIDE ALL OF THESE REFLECT THE COSTS OF SERVICE.

WE MUST ACKNOWLEDGE THAT IT IS THE FAMILIES OF SERVICEMEN AND SERVICEWOMEN THAT BEAR THE REAL ONGOING HUMAN COST OF WAR. FAMILIES BEAR THE BURDEN OF ABSENCE, AND WHEN A SOLDIER, SAILOR OR AVIATOR DOESN’T COME HOME OR IS INJURED, THIS ABSENCE OR INJURY BECOMES THE BACKDROP FOR THEIR LIVES AND THIS IMPACT IS GENERATIONAL.

IN AUSTRALIA WE HAVE WORKED TO SUPPORT THE WAR WIDOWS AND CHILDREN OF OUR SERVICEMEN FROM PAST WARS. LEGACY WAS FOUNDED AFTER WORLD WAR ONE TO DO THIS AND CONTINUES TODAY.  TODAY VETERANS AFFAIRS SUPPORTS ABOUT 225,000 VETERANS DIRECTLY AND 100,000 DEPENDANTS OF VETERANS WHICH INCLUDES THEIR PARTNERS AND/OR CHILDREN. THIS IS PART OF OUR NATIONAL PROMISE TO OUR GENERATIONS OF SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN.

AS A NATION WE MUST SUSTAIN THESE EFFORTS AS NEW GENERATIONS OF FAMILIES FACE THE IMPACTS OF THE SERVICE ON THEIR LOVED ONES.  TODAY THIS MEANS WIDOWERS AS WELL, AS MORE AND MORE WOMEN STEP UP TO VOLUNTEER TO WEAR THE UNIFORM OF OUR COUNTRY. SINCE 1985, 373500 AUSTRALIANS HAVE VOLUNTEERED TO SERVE IN THE ADF.  AS WE STAND HERE TODAY, THERE ARE 641000 VETERANS IN AUSTRALIA.  11 PERCENT OF THESE ARE WOMEN AND THAT NUMBER IS STEADILY INCREASING.

WAR IS NOT GLORIOUS. WAR IS NOT ENOBLING.   IT IS PAIN, SUFFERING AND LOSS FOR ALL WHO PARTICIPATE IN IT. EVEN MORE SO, FOR THOSE OF THE NATION WHO HAVE NOT SOUGHT CONFLICT BUT ARE FORCED TO DEFEND THEMSELVES AND THEIR CULTURE FROM AN AGGRESSOR.  TODAY WE ACKNOWLEDGE THE COURAGE AND SACRIFICE OF THOSE WHO PLAYED THEIR PART IN THE DEFENCE OF THEIR NATION AND OF THEIR FAMILIES.  THEY ALSO FOUGHT FOR THE PERSON WHO SHOULDERED ARMS NEXT TO THEM, CREATING BONDS THAT FOR MANY ARE LIFELONG.

YES, ANZAC DAY IS A DAY THAT WE REFLECT ON THE SACRIFICES OF THE GENERATIONS THAT HAVE COME BEFORE US. BUT ANZAC DAY IS MUCH MORE THAN LOOKING BACK TO RECOGNISE THE PAST, IT IS ALSO A NATIONAL OPPORTUNITY TO CONTEMPLATE THE PRESENT AND THE FUTURE. IT’S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR EACH OF US TO ASK OURSELVES, WHAT WILL WE DO WHEN THE CALL COMES? AS ONE DAY IT WILL COME, AS THIS IS THE INEVITABILITY OF HUMAN HISTORY.

 LEST WE FORGET

 

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Seniors Festival 2022

Welcome

to Wingecarribee Shire 2022 Seniors Festival!

The link below takes you to the booklet that lists Wingecarribee Shire 2022 Seniors Festival events by date. All Wingecarribee Shire 2022 Seniors Festival events are free, unless stated.

Link here: http://www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/Events-Directory/Seniors-Festival

Details are listed for each event, through Wingecarribee Shire Council or the event organiser.

Online bookings made through Eventbrite will receive tickets and event confirmation direct from Eventbrite.

Please visit https://www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/Events-Directory/Seniors-Festival for any additional community events added after printing this program.

Some events involve physical activity. If you are unsure whether these events are suitable for you, please discuss your fitness level/physical limitations with the event organiser.

Covid safe measures will be in place as per NSW Health guidelines.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this program, and all details were correct at the time of publication. Events are subject to change without notice.

If you have any questions, please contact Council’s Community Development Officer on 02 4868 0888.

 

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Regenerating Australia – Film Screening in Bowral Sunday 27 March 2022

On behalf of Regen Studios, WWF-Australia, WinZero and WSC we would like to invite Berrima Residents Assoc members to attend the Southern highlands premier of “Regenerating Australia”.

About the film: Regenerating Australia is set on New Year’s Eve 2029 and takes the form of a news bulletin looking back at the decade ‘that could be’. A decade that saw Australia transition to a fairer, cleaner, more community-focused economy.
Featuring Kerry O’Brien, Gorgi Coghlan, Sandra Sully, Tim Flannery, Larissa Behrendt, David Pocock and other well-known voices, the film is based on a four-month ‘listening campaign’ with a diverse group of Australians who shared their hopes and dreams for the country’s future.

It is a new story for our nation: a story of empowerment. A story of solutions. A story of regeneration.

This special event features a Q&A with director Damon Gameau and a panel of guest speakers including John Hewson and others and info on how the Southern Highlands can access support and funds for local solutions. All screenings will feature an audience Q&A with expert local panelists and live entertainment from local artists.

BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE by clicking on this link:

https://events.humanitix.com/regenerating-australia-bowral-empire-cinema?fbclid=IwAR3PfdQw5k01OECMHwCWX3fZcRvVY2RXOk7Vm-1dLKzBc65JwEYlYSEcvBE

 

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Register now for Clean Up Australia Day

Get in early and sign up for the country’s largest community-based environmental event, Clean Up Australia Day!

Clean Up Australia Day will be held on Sunday 6 March 2022.

Help us rid our precious environment of rubbish like discarded single-use plastics, facemasks and takeaway coffee cups

We encourage all volunteers to sign up early to show their commitment to improving the environment.

Registration is easy, and all participants receive a free Clean Up kit containing gloves and bags and other resources, with packs for individuals, families or groups available.

Contact Council to Register:

Waste Education Project and Policy Officer – Phoebe Ward
02 4868 0888

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Annual General Meeting

The Association held its Annual General Meeting on Sunday 6 February in the Anglican Church Hall from 4.oo pm.

At the meeting, the members attending elected the following Committee for 2022 in accordance with the Association’s Constitution.

President            Eric Savage

Vice President     Phil Martin

Secretary             Vacant

Treasurer            Conor Lynch

Member               Jill Brophy

Member               Fran Meagher

Member               Chrissie Mallet

Member               Chris Mallet

Member               David Palmer

Member               Clive West

 

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Goulburn MP, the Hon. Wendy Tuckerman presents the BRA with a War Memorial Grant for $10,000

The successful grant awarded to the BRA for $10,000 from the NSW War Memorial Fund will contribute to the preparation of a Conservation Management Plan for the 9 hectare Berrima Remembrance Grove site on the Old Hume Highway at the Medway and Berrima Road Roundabout. The Conservation Management Plan will be prepared by the highly regarded local landscape and heritage team of Charlotte and Chris Webb.

Goulburn MP, the Hon. Wendy Tuckerman, Minister for Local Government, formally presented the grant in a ceremony on 2 February 2022, on-site at the Remembrance Gove, witnessed by many Association members.

BRA President, Eric Savage, thanked Ms Tuckerman and the NSW Government for their continued support for the project.

This grant follows on from a War Memorial Fund grant in 2020-21 for $9,000 that funded a comprehensive survey and condition report on the entire plantation that was planted between 1956 and 1965 to commemorate the sacrifice of Australian Servicemen and Servicewomen in WWII and the Korean War.”

A call will now go out to the Southern Highlands community for heritage, horticultural, landscape and management specialists to join an Expert Committee which will oversee the implementation of the Plan into the future.

The Berrima Residents Association assumed the permanent custodianship of the Berrima Remembrance Grove from the NSW Remembrance Driveway Council in late 2019, under a formal Memorandum of Understanding.

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BRA President named ‘Wingecarribee Citizen of the Year’ for 2022

Wingecarribee Interim Administrator, Mr Viv May PSM, announced on Australia Day that BRA President, Eric Savage, was named “Wingecarribee Citizen of the Year” for 2022.

In accepting the award, Eric thanked Mr May and all the friends and colleagues he had had the pleasure of working with since moving to Berrima in 2002. Eric said that ”the award recognised the importance of the volunteer and community sector in building a just and inclusive society.”

When asked what he like best about living in Berrima Eric said “Definitely the Post Office, where you have to collect your mail and chat to Bronwyn or Judith about nothing and everything in particular. But also Berrima Gaol, Harper’s Mansion, the General Store, Josh’s, the Berrima Museum, and the Little Hand Stirred Jam Shop, the 1830s houses around the Marketplace and Dawn Service on ANZAC Day.”

 

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Christmas Tree in the Berrima Marketplace

As part of the Shire-wide celebration of Christmas, Wingecarribee Shire Council put up a tree, decorated with lights in the Berrima Marketplace close to the Children’s Playground.

The tree was lit up at night and welcomed visitors from the south as they crossed into Berrima over the Wingecarribee River bridge.

The Association thanks Council also for its generous donation of $2,500 which was put toward a village Christmas Party at the Surveyor General Inn on 8 December 2021.

 

 

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Remembrance Day 11 November 2021

Remembrance Day 2021  – Celebrated at the Berrima Cenotaph in the Marketplace

Every year, the Berrima Primary School organises the village’s observance of Armistice Day, 11 November 1919, that marked the end of First World War.

The children in turn read passages explaining the significance of the event to the small crowd gathered under the Sir Henry Parkes’ Oak Tree and give thanks for the sacrifice of Australian and New Zealand servicemen and women who died during that terrible conflict which failed in its promise of being ‘the war to end all wars’. The Children observe a Minute’s Silence and raise the flags from half-mast.

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Berrima Remembrance Grove New Grant Funding Awarded

The NSW Department of Veteran Affairs awarded the BRA a $10,000 grant to undertake the next step in the $25,500 project to prepare a comprehensive Conservation Management Plan for the important heritage plantation just south of Berrima on the Old Hume Highway.

The plantation at Berrima was started in 1956 and formed part of the 1954 Sydney to Canberra Remembrance Driveway that commemorates the sacrifice of Australian servicemen and women in WWII and later conflicts. By way of background, the NSW Remembrance Driveway Council transferred custodianship of the site to the Association in a Memorandum of Understanding signed on 19 December 2019.

 

The first stage in the current project was completed in 2021 when a full inventory of the plantation was made by Chris and Charlotte Webb. As the Memorial was established in 1956 many of the trees in the plantation are reaching full maturity. This report was also funded from NSW War Memorial Fund grant of $9,000.

The second stage of the project involves the preparation of a Conservation Management Plan (CMP), also by Charlotte and Chris Webb, that will guide the future, maintenance, conservation, and interpretation of the 9-hectare site based on best practice heritage conservation. The CMP will also address issues of public access, security and the scope for quiet reflection and public commemorative events.

The Berrima Residents Association is committed to managing the Remembrance Grove memorial in a professional manner into the future. The CMP is essential if the Association is to undertake this responsibility correctly.

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