New Info. for Veterans Camping and 4WD Retreat in the Pilbara

Submitted: Friday, Feb 04, 2011 at 17:50
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On 27 Oct last year, I put up a thread (# 82155) about a proposed Veterans Retreat for Meentheena Station, or a portion thereof, in the Pilbara.

I have just received further information from Member David L1 (Vic) and it now seems to be full speed ahead.

"According to a West Australian Ministerial Media Statement dated 3 Feb 11,Norm Whitburn signed a 5 year agreement for a portion (3 km wide X 52 km long) of Meentheena Station. Sending this for your info. As a follow on to archived thread 82155."

This will become a stop over for many members of ExplorOz, and I for one, can't wait to visit and support

I will try to get enough info together to include it in Places, but I may need some help with that, as my computing literacy is not that great. I know Mick O gave us the gps co-ordinates in the original thread.

Cheers all.

Fred.


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Reply By: Member - Jack - Friday, Feb 04, 2011 at 20:21

Friday, Feb 04, 2011 at 20:21
Great news, Fred.

I know it got into the November 2010 NSW 'Salute', the journal for the NSW TPIs.

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Follow Up By: Fred G NSW - Friday, Feb 04, 2011 at 21:24

Friday, Feb 04, 2011 at 21:24
Jack, it's all the messdeck buzz from what I'm hearing mate. What a base to do the NWWA aye mate ?????

Fred.
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Follow Up By: Member - David M (SA) - Friday, Feb 04, 2011 at 22:04

Friday, Feb 04, 2011 at 22:04
Not to much water out there. Sounds like Army territory. :)
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Reply By: vk1dx - Friday, Feb 04, 2011 at 21:16

Friday, Feb 04, 2011 at 21:16
Sounds good. I hope we get over there. I will drop in if we do.

Cheers

Phil (110 and 104 Sigs)
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Follow Up By: Fred G NSW - Friday, Feb 04, 2011 at 21:21

Friday, Feb 04, 2011 at 21:21
Bravo Zulu Phil. Catch up on the track mate, aye. You'll do it old mate :-))

Fred.
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Saturday, Feb 05, 2011 at 07:03

Saturday, Feb 05, 2011 at 07:03
Fred

I hope so. But I have a serious "bucket list" and its not just for a joke.

Are you going to a reunion at the Tweed in November?

Just wondering if we belong to the same mob.

Phil
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Follow Up By: Lindsaydi - Saturday, Feb 05, 2011 at 10:41

Saturday, Feb 05, 2011 at 10:41
ex-110 ? When ? Did you know that there is another reunion planned for 2012 in Vungers? If you are going to Meentheena go in the winter months. Also a great R&R spot for other trips to this bueatiful and remote part of Aus.
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Follow Up By: Fred G NSW - Saturday, Feb 05, 2011 at 10:52

Saturday, Feb 05, 2011 at 10:52
Phil, no mate...different mob...Grey Funnel Line :-) including V/T Ferry.
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Saturday, Feb 05, 2011 at 10:53

Saturday, Feb 05, 2011 at 10:53
70 to 71. Mainly with 110 in VT but used to go up to 104 every now and then. Also worked in 104 when they were in Ingleburn. Did a few "quiet" things with "special" corps while there.

Not going to Vietnam. I hate the place. It totally stuffed me up for many years until someone (rubber legs" if you know him) grabbed me by the collar and we checked me out. No way. My skin crawls around asians. And my eldest son married one. I cannot help it and she is the most gracious and lovely woman. Of course after my wife that is.

Not really into stopping long in one place so R&R at the retreats is not my style. A couple of nights is our bag.

What about you? Going to the Tweed thing.

And I think we should not go too far as this is a bit OT. Even though it is very important to us, others wont want it here.

Catchya

Phil
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Saturday, Feb 05, 2011 at 10:55

Saturday, Feb 05, 2011 at 10:55
That was mainly addressed to you Lindsay.

Fred beat me to the thread. Typical Navy. Always trying to justify why they claim to be the senior service.

Phil
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Follow Up By: Lindsaydi - Saturday, Feb 05, 2011 at 14:54

Saturday, Feb 05, 2011 at 14:54
I agree. I was 70/71. Would like to touch base. Perhaps through Exploroz??

Cya
Lindsay
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Saturday, Feb 05, 2011 at 18:34

Saturday, Feb 05, 2011 at 18:34
A bit hard through ExplorOz. I am not a member.

No worries.

Cheers

Phil
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Follow Up By: Denis H - Saturday, Feb 05, 2011 at 21:23

Saturday, Feb 05, 2011 at 21:23
You had better come to Tweed Heads in Nov 2011

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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Saturday, Feb 05, 2011 at 22:25

Saturday, Feb 05, 2011 at 22:25
Already paid and have the motel room paid as well. I am sure you know who this mate. Good to catch up with you.

Phil R
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Reply By: bibtracker - Friday, Feb 04, 2011 at 23:26

Friday, Feb 04, 2011 at 23:26
Forwarding an email about this good news received yesterday:

Today was a truly a historic day for all veterans and Para-military veterans . Today we signed the licence for a respite at Meentheena in the presence of the Deputy Premier and Regional Development and Lands. In company of Secretary Derek Phillips and Vice President Peter Fitzpatrick the occasion was a memorable one . My sincere thanks to the committee and the effort that has been put into this project for it to become a reality. THANK YOU.
Now the hard work begins , the committee is having a closed meeting to get our priorities together for fund / donations / membership going so we can get the station liverable for veterans to start visiting 2011. We must be mind full that at this time no insurance is available to protect veterans ,so it is visit at own risk and be care full
Our secretary will be publishing our plan of attack and will be asking for sub committees such as work and social directors etc. This is a chance to be part of building something substantial for the future veterans.

Norman L. Whitburn
President
Veterans Retreats of Western Australia. Inc.
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