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

         

We celebrated getting together in 2014 followed by the 2017 National Gunner Dinner being in support of the "Regiments" at which we raised $800.00 for each of the 5 Regiments and the School of Artillery, now it is time to show our loyalty to the Corps.   The Australian Artillery Association's 2019 National Gunner Dinner is dedicated to the Corps of the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery and we invite you to join with us on Saturday 24th August 2019 to celebrate the Corps we all love, respect and have served or are currently serving.

The 2019 National Gunner Dinner will again be held at The Event Centre in Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland.

Again we hope to bring together Gunners from all over Australia (and indeed the world), of all ranks, trades and service types both ex serving and serving.   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 raise money for 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.  

For this event to be viable we will need a minimum attendance of 350 however we anticipate that the number of attendees will be around or greater than 400 making this an event not to be missed.

The Australian Artillery Association's 2019 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 again be broken into 2 elements the first of which will be the semi formal dinner between 5:00pm and 8:00pm.   Entertainment will be made available for the remainder of the evening including a dance floor for those so inclined, up to 11:00pm.   Between 11:00pm and midnight the entertainment will cease as we bring the evening to a close with last drinks and vacating the premises by midnight.   Note more details will be made available soon on the type of entertainment to be made available throughout the evening - watch this space!

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

         
SMEAC
         
Situation
         

Our 2014 dinner was simply to get everyone together then the 2017 dinner was dedicated to the "Regiments" both of which proved immensely popular and well supported.  The Australian Artillery Association's 2019 National Gunner Dinner has been dedicated to the "Corps" and your all invited.

         
Mission
         

To hold the 2019 National Gunner Dinner bringing everyone together regardless of rank, trade or unit affiliation inclusive of those who served in other Corps in support of the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery.   Additionally at the 2019 National Gunner Dinner you are invited to bring a friend to experience the esprit-de-corps within the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery.

         
Execution
         
THE HAPPY HOUR!
         
Date: Friday 23rd August 2019
         
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 23rd August 2019 between the hours of 4:00pm and 9:00pm.   The Event Centre have limited the cost of a beer to just $7.00.   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.  Everyone wishing to have a meal will be required to be seated between 5:30pm and 6:00pm.   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 2019 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 2019 NATIONAL GUNNER DINNER
         
Date: Saturday 24th August 2019  
         
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 by no later than 5:00pm
     
  5:00pm to 8:00pm

5:00pm to 5:10pm

Australian Artillery Association 2019 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

Semi formal dinner with evening entertainment.   Note Ante-rooms will be available for quiet discussions.

     
  11:00pm to 12:00am The final hour of the 2019 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 9. Group bookings will be available.

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

Australian Artillery Association 2019 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.

A good option for comparing and booking accommodation is to visit wotif.com website and search availability of rooms in Caloundra over the period of intended stay.

         
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 number of Photographers to capture group and individual photographs and video footage of participants at the Happy Hour and the 2019 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 cost of attending the Australian Artillery Association's 2019 National Gunner Dinner on Saturday 24th August 2019 will remain at $175.00 per head even though there has been an overall increase of 12% for the hiring of the facilities at the Event Centre and the cost of the meal.    

$10.00 of your registration fee is guaranteed to go towards the RAA Regimental Fund.

         
  Payment In Full:

Full payment will be required within 48 hours or registering for those registering after 30th June 2019 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 June 2019.

         
  Notes: -

A refund will only be approved if sought by 30th June 2019.   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 2019 National Gunner Dinner a full refund of your registration fee 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 2019 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 2019 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 2019 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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