103 Medium Battery 1975
Laurie Skinner in Vietnam
3.7 inch Mark 3 Heavy Anti Aircraft Gun - Live Firing North Head Manly
No 53 of 1974 Gun Course - School of Artillery 1974
Anti Aircraft Radar No 3 Mark 7
25 Pounder New Guinea 1944

         

Following the success of the 2014 National Gunner Dinner and the avalanche of enquiries with regards "When are you holding the next one" coupled with the results of the Survey which clearly identified that we the Gunner community want such quality events every 2 to 3 years, we have decided hold our next National Gunner Dinner on Saturday 27th May 2017.

Hereafter any reference to the "Regiments" is inclusive of the following units: School of Artillery, 1st Regiment, 4th Regiment, 8th/12th Regiment, 16th Air Land Regiment and the 20th Surveillance and Target Acquisition Regiment.

The 2017 National Gunner Dinner will again be held at The Event Centre in Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. Consideration was given to a number of other locations however no other location offered: suitable facilities capable of catering for in excess of 1000 attendees with a restaurant quality meal; providing a number of furnished Ante-rooms for quiet discussions away from the main dinner group; providing a stage suitable for putting on a large live performance; close to 2 Regiments; close to the Royal Australian Artillery 1st Regiment Band  and finally close enough for the lead up to the event to be micro managed every step of the way by a local to ensure that the quality of the function is of the highest standard.  We set the bar high with the 2014 National Gunner Dinner, we now aim to raise that bar even higher!

The concept of the 2017 National Gunner Dinner will be to hold a Dinner dance.   That statement in itself is overly simplistic of what will be an 8 hour fun filled action packed event. See details below for a complete overview of the event.

Again we hope to bring together Gunners from all over Australia (and indeed the world), of all ranks, trades and service types and we also includes an open invitation to those from other Corps that have served in an Artillery unit, many of whom, continue to this day their association with the various Artillery Associations throughout Australia.   An invitation has also been extended to the Royal New Zealand Artillery Association for any of their members to attend.   You do not have to be a member of the Australian Artillery Association or any other Artillery association to participate in this event.   This invitation is also warmly extended to the wives/partners and families of attendees and their very close personal friends.

The aim of the event, on this occasion, will be to unashamedly raise monies for both the Regiments and the RAA Regimental Fund.   The biggest benefactor however will be, without any doubt, each and every attendee.   100% of the monies raised, after all costs are covered, will be donated back to the RAA Regimental Funds and the Regiments.   In addition to raising funds for the Regiments and the RAA Regimental Funds we also seek to make this a regular occasion conducted every 2 to 3 years the likes of which will become the envy of all other Corps.

For this event to be viable we will need a minimum attendance of 400 however we anticipate that the number of attendees will be around or greater than 600 making this truly an event not to be missed.

The Australian Artillery Association's 2017 National Gunner Dinner will commence at 4:20pm for 5:00pm at The Event Centre Caloundra and conclude at 12:00 midnight.   The event will be broken into 2 elements the first of which will be the semi formal dinner between 5:00pm and 8:00pm during which we will be entertained by the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery 1st Regiment Band.  Following a 30 minute break a live band will provide the entertainment for the Dinner Dance element of the evening between 8:30pm and 11:00pm.   For those so inclined, the live band is more than amicable for individuals or small groups of people wishing to join them on stage to sing a song or accompany them with an instrument (bring your own instrument).

Below is a more detailed overview of the entire event including costs.

         
SMEAC
         
Situation
         

Due to significant demand, following the success of the 2014 National Gunner Dinner the Australian Artillery Association will hold a 2017 National Gunner Dinner on the 27th May 2017 at which we hope to attract no less than 600 attendees thereby cementing the necessity to hold such an event every 2 to 3 years clearly supported by both serving and non serving Artillerymen/women of all ranks, trades and service types.

         
Mission
         

To hold the 2017 National Gunner Dinner with attendance figures that surpass the 2014 National Gunner Dinner,  inclusive of all ranks and trades from all forms of service from all over Australia and abroad, inclusive of personnel from other Corps who have served in an Artillery unit.  An invitation will also be extended to the members of the Royal New Zealand Artillery Association making this truly an International Gunner Dinner.

         
Execution
         
THE HAPPY HOUR!
         
Date: Friday 26th May 2017
         
Location: The Event Centre 20 Minchinton Street, CALOUNDRA QLD 4551
         
Timings: 4:00pm to 9:00pm      
   
Outline:

A Happy Hour will be held at The Event Centre on Friday 26th May 2017 between the hours of 4:00pm and 9:00pm.   The Event Centre have limited the cost of a beer to just $5.00.   Additionally snack food will be available for purchase such as wedges, chips, party pies and sausage rolls etc.  The Australian Artillery Association will also put on a number of cheese platters throughout the evening.

At this point we are intending to have live entertainment in the background by way of a quintet for approximately 3 hours during the Happy Hour.

The Event Centre will also make available a dining room adjacent to the function room for people wishing to have dinner at The Event Centre.  The meal timing will be limited to between 5:00pm and 7:30pm.   A copy of the menu and cost will be advised shortly.   The provision of a dinner meal is subject to a minimum number of people ordering in advance, thereby making it cost effective for The Event Centre to engage catering and waiting staff, for this purpose.   Included in the Registration Form below is an area whereby you can indicate if you wish to have dinner at The Event Centre and the number of reservations required.

The costs of your meal will need to be paid in advance ( and in addition to the cost for attending the 2017 National Gunner Dinner) however the Australian Artillery Association will not pay for the meals until the final moment which will be 10 days prior.  Thereafter you will not be able to be refunded should you change your mind or be unable to attend.   Further advice will be made know to those who indicate their desire to have a dinner meal at The Event Centre during the Happy Hour, all you need do at this point in time is to indicate if you would like to have a meal and the number of reservations required.

It would be appreciated if you could indicate your intention to attend the Happy Hour on the Registration Form below.

         
THE 2017 NATIONAL GUNNER DINNER
         
Date: Saturday 27th May 2017  
         
Location: The Event Centre
20 Minchinton Street
CALOUNDRA QLD 4551

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Outline: 4:20pm for 5:00pm Arrive at The Event Centre and be seated
     
  5:00pm to 8:00pm

5:00pm to 5:10pm

Australian Artillery Association 2017 National Gunner Dinner

Welcome Speech & Grace

Dinner includes the following:

- 3 course alternate drop meal
- with a 3 hour drinks package consisting of:
- House white wine
- House red wine
- House sparkling
- Standard local beers (XXXX Gold, XXXX Bitter, VB, Carlton Mid),
- Juice and Soft Drink
- Event specific labelled port

     
  8:00pm to 8:30pm

Break.  

     
  8:30pm to 11:00pm

Dinner Dance with a Live Band.   Note Ante-rooms will be available for quiet discussions.

     
  11:00pm to 12:00am The final hour of the 2017 National Gunner Dinner
       
  Note: -

Drinks package commences at 5:00pm to 8:00pm.   Thereafter drinks are available on a cash basis from the bar/waiting staff.

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Seating at the dinner will be in tables of 10. Group bookings will be accepted.

Administration & Logistics      
         
Dress: Happy Hour. Neat Casual attire (no thongs)

Australian Artillery Association 2017 National Gunner Dinner - Minimum coat & tie with medals and evening attire for females.   Serving Officers, Warrant Officers and Senior Non Commissioned Officers are encouraged to wear their Mess Dress.  Whilst not a requirement, by wearing your Mess Dress you will significantly add to the ambience of the night.

         
VIP Passes:

VIP Passes will need to be worn to gain access to Happy Hour and Dinner.   Passes will be mailed out upon receipt of final/full payment to all participants and guests.

         
Accommodation:

The location of the Event Centre in Caloundra means that hundreds of rooms ranging from on-site cabins to 5 star apartments with panoramic coastal and mountain views, are all within 10 minutes walking distance.   The variety of surrounding accommodation will ensure that attendees have a real choice in accommodation that will appeal to any budget.

The best option for comparing and booking accommodation is to visit wotif.com.  Use the link provided to go straight to the Caloundra webpage on their website.

         
Transport:

The Sunshine Coast has its own regional airport which is serviced by Jet Star and Virgin airlines.   The Brisbane airport is located 1 hour south of Caloundra with a number of organisations providing hourly door to door transfers to and from the Brisbane airport.   In addition to these the local area is supported by a bus service and taxis.

         
Local Area:

Local activities available in and around the Caloundra area also include the following:

      - Championship & public golf courses
- Skydiving
- Scenic Flights
- Australia Zoo
- Underwater World
- Deep Sea Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Aussie World / Ettamogah Pub Theme Park
- Wine Tasting and Arts Trail Tours
- Half Day Hinterland Tours
- Big Kart Track
- Beach Walks
- City and beachfront alfresco and cosmopolitan dining
- Multi theatre complex (currently $8.50 for any movie)
- River cruises
- And much much more

         
Security: A dedicated Security Guard will be engaged throughout the entire event.
         
Photographs:

The Australian Artillery Association will again engage the services of a Photographer to capture group and individual photographs and video footage of participants at the Happy Hour and the 2017 National Gunner Dinner.  All these images and video clips will be uploaded to the Australian Artillery Association's Photo Gallery into a dedicated Photo Album to celebrate the event and may be viewed or downloaded free or charge at any time.   Photos will be in the range of 3mb to 18mb per image and therefore of a very high quality.

         
Costs:

The costs to attend the 2017 National Gunner Dinner on Saturday 27th May 2017 is $175.00 per head.   We acknowledge that the price has increased slightly from the last dinner.   $10.00 of your registration fee is guaranteed to go towards the Regiments and the RAA Regimental Fund.  The additional increase of $20 is due to rising costs associated with the function centre to provide a venue for the Happy Hour and the associated food etc for the dinner in addition to the provision of a live band on the night of the dinner.   Payment options are shown below.

         
  Payment In Full:

Full payment will be required within 48 hours or registering for those registering after 30th March 2017 unless prior arrangements have been made.

Alternatively you can put down a deposit of $55.00 per head followed followed by full payment by no later than 30th March 2017.

         
  Notes: -

A refund will only be approved if sought by 30th March 2017.   Thereafter a refund will only be considered for exceptional circumstances.

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In the event the Australian Artillery Association cancels, for whatever reason, the 2017 National Gunner Dinner a full refund will be made.

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Reference to " Cash Bar " throughout this document implies an individuals responsibility to purchase refreshments/drinks should they so desire.

       
Payments: Internet Banking: -

Funds can be electronically transferred to the following account:

   
Bank: ANZ
BSB: 012864
Account No: 455071649
Account Name: K.I. McGrath & T.G. Hampton
Important:

Please ensure that you use your Army Number and Surname as the Reference for deposit. Failure to provide a Reference when making a deposit may make it impossible to identify your deposit.

  ANZ Branch
Cash/Cheque Deposit:
 

Funds can be deposited directly into the account at any ANZ branch utilising the account details below:

   
Bank: ANZ
BSB: 012864
Account No: 455071649
Account Name: K.I. McGrath & T.G. Hampton
Important:

Please ensure that you use your Army Number as the Reference for deposit.   You need to advise the Teller of this when making the deposit.   Failure to provide a Reference number when making a deposit may make it impossible to identify your deposit.

     

Important: Do not deposit any moneys without first filling in and submitted the online registration form below, this is the only way we have of cross referencing who has made a deposit.

       
Additional Info:

The above detail outlines the majority of activities to take place at both the Happy Hour and the Australian Artillery Association 2017 National Gunner Dinner.   In addition to the above a number of official guests will be invited whose names will appear at the top of the Registered Attendees webpage.

         
Command &
Control

The Australian Artillery Association is both hosting and organising the 2017 National Gunner Dinner.   Any enquiries relating to the event should be made to either of the following representatives:

 
 
Mr Kim McGrath
President
Australian Artillery Association
Mobile:
Email:



0417 422 427
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or,  
   
Mr Graham Hampton
Secretary/Webmaster
Australian Artillery Association
Mobile:
Email:



0411 141 580
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Register

To register your interest in participating in the Australian Artillery Association 2017 National Gunner Dinner please complete the Form below and press Submit.   Registering your interest to participate does not secure you a seat at the event nor does it commit you to participating, it simply reserves a seat for you.   Upon receipt of a deposit your seat will be secured.

Group bookings will be accepted and the Form below accommodates this requirement.   However the Form below will need to be completed by each individual attending the event and reference to the Surname of the individual making the Group Booking is required in the space provided.

         
Registered
Attendees:
View registered attendees list.  
         

     
 

 

         
A Field Battery in Vietnam - Gunner Tiffy
Sergeants from the No. 1 Queensland Volunteer Artillery
Artillery In Action At Heilly France - Circa 1918
Members of 102 (Coral) Battery in Vietnam
Gunner Claude Rubin Winduss (Second from Left) in World War 1

         
         

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