Official Opening and Inaugural Anzac Day Service.
Partnerships Hub Opened By Premier Steven Marshall
In front of a crowd of more than 80 guests including senior South Australian politicians, public servants and ADF representatives the Hon Steven Marshall MP, Premier of South Australia officially opened the Partnerships Hub on Friday the 20th of April 2018.
The event marked the first official duty performed by Premier Marshall in his capacity as the Minister for Veterans Affairs, a role that will remain a part of his Ministerial portfolio.
The opening address made by Director of Veterans SA, Robert Manton, noted the relevance of the Hub as a facility for “all veterans past and present, and their families” that added another layer to the clinical and post discharge support offered by The Jamie Larcombe Centre. Describing the Hub as a “one stop shop” for access to support services, transition support and a centralised information service. Rob called upon all ESO’s and support service providers to collaborate and make best use of the facility for the benefit of the South Australian veteran community.
In his speech the Premier acknowledged the importance of the ADF presence in SA and the ongoing commitment that the Liberal government has to the provision of effective and relevant mental health care to the current and ex-serving veteran community. The Premier was joined by Sapper Jamie Larcombe’s mother, Mrs Tricia Larcombe, and together they cut the ribbon, officially opening the Hub. “We owe a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid to Jamie’s family for the ultimate price they have paid in the service of this state and our nation” the Premier said, “and it is a fitting tribute to Jamie’s service that the Partnerships Hub becomes a formal part of The Jamie Larcombe Centre”.
Following the formalities the Premier took time to meet and talk with guests as they toured the facility and enjoyed a BBQ lunch provided by the Ex-Military Rehabilitation Centre (XMRC) Edinburgh. Our thanks go to the XMRC team for running such an efficient service in support of the opening.
The Hub has wheel chair access and offers up to 7 hot desks with computer and internet access for use by veterans and their families, meeting rooms, kitchen and break out areas which are available to ESO’s and support service providers to book and use. The fully refurbished facility and manicured grounds provide a pleasant environment for guests and visitors in which to gather and relax as they seek support and for service providers to work together to meet the needs of veterans and their families.
Soldier On will hold the first official veteran support activity on Tuesday evening the 22nd of May from 1800-2000 (6pm – 8pm) as they host employers from around Adelaide in an employment pathways networking event. Veterans and their family members seeking employment are encouraged to contact Soldier On SA or the Hub and book their place at the event.
The Partnerships Hub contact details are as follows:
Mobile: 0418 264 886
Anzac Day Service
In this the 100th anniversary year of Armistice, The Jamie Larcombe Centre held its inaugural Anzac Day service, attended by more than 80 guests including the Honourable Terry Stevens MLC representing the Premier. Also in attendance were senior representatives of the ADF, Navy Lieutenant Commander Ainsley Slattery, Air Force Group Captain Brendan Rogers CMC CSM, and Army Lieutenant Colonel Grant Schuster.
The service was conducted in near perfect early morning weather by Chaplain Ian Lutze, former chaplain for the RGH and veteran of many such services. The main address was provided by Vietnam Veteran Peter Haran quoting Afghanistan veteran Major Clare O’Brien who spoke of the identity crisis that she and so many other younger serving and ex-serving members felt when considering themselves to be veterans. Peter spoke of his own struggles in coming to terms with being classified as a veteran and how this was a generational anomaly as the face of war continues to change. “I don’t know about your war, I don’t understand it” he said, as he spoke to the younger veterans in the audience. “I don’t understand it because it was unique to your time………. but I feel it. The unspoken bond between generations of veterans is something that is difficult to describe but it will always be there. We know how each other feels about their war whether we understand it or not”. Peter’s words resonated with the predominantly contemporary veteran audience who acknowledged his address in the conversations that followed the service. The Last Post with it’s hauntingly beautiful and piercing tone rang out for the first time around The Jamie Larcombe Centre signalling the beginning of a minutes silence for the fallen. Wreaths and tributes were laid at the base of each the three service monuments and the service came to an end.
The Anzac spirit is alive and well in our younger veterans who have become the custodians of the legend and who continue to serve this nation with the same courage, commitment, self-sacrifice and dedication as their forefathers. Our veterans are young, they are male and female, they are professional and disciplined and will carry the Anzac baton with pride well into the future.
Our thanks to all who attended the service, particularly those who are currently inpatients at the JLC and we look forward to your company on Remembrance Day in November at the same location.
Lest we forget.