Branch - Ballarat

The Air Force Association’s Ballarat Branch was established in 1945.

Meetings

All meetings are held at our rooms at Airport Hut 48, Airport Drive, Mitchell Park (ie Ballarat Aerodrome).

Monthly Social Meetings

Our Social Luncheon Meetings are held on the SECOND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH, (except January), with arrival time by 11.45 am for a 12 Noon commencement

Monthly Business Meetings

Our Business Meetings, open to all members, are held at 3 pm on the SECOND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH. These meetings immediately follow a monthly Committee meeting.

Where Are We?

 Contacts

President/Treasurer : Peter Dowling RFD   (ballarat.afa@gmail.com)

Secretary : Susan Alexander 

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - February/March 2024

From the Editor:

In this newsletter, we celebrate two of our most regular attendees, Dr Tom Roberts and Mr Kevin Grundell, on the milestone of their 90th birthdays.........

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - December-January 2024

From the Editor:

We are conscious of the advancing age of many members and this curbs opportunities for excursions that were a feature of past years. However............

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - October-November 2023

From the Editor:

Our monthly social luncheons have been very successful with a steady number of members in attendance...........

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - August-September 2023

From the Editor:

We are heading rapidly towards the end of the year with our last few events being planned. Following on from the success of our Christmas lunch held off site last year, we have planned again to have our lunch catered for us...........

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - June-July 2023

From the Editor:

Following an invitation by Mark Pilkington, President of the Friends of the RAAF Point Cook Museum to the aerial display and soft re-opening of the museum, BAFA was pleased to host a contingent of “Friends” for lunch during a museum visit day on
Saturday 22 July.....

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - April-May 2023

From the Editor:

I attended the AFA-Victoria Annual General Meeting which was held on 25 May. At this meeting, Max McGregor stepped down as President..........

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - February-March 2023

From the Editor:

At the February meeting, we had the opportunity to introduce APCO Alfredton - our new sponsor for the 1WAGS website.......

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - January 2023

From the Editor:

As most of you know, our President Noel Hutchins has moved to Maryborough in Queensland and will be spending around the next 12 months in Thailand prior to locating permanently in Queensland........

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - August/September 2022

From the Editor:

Having needed to cancel both our 2020 and 2021 Services due to Covid restrictions, things were looking good for a successful holding of our Service this year. The City of Ballarat were very much on board with us and ready to set-out areas for the marquees and other things on the Friday afternoon before the event...

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - April/May 2022

From the Editor:

AIR FORCE CENTENARY MEMORIAL : Branch President Noel Hutchins and Immediate Past President Tom Roberts OAM were honoured with invitations to attend the unveiling and dedication of the new Air Force Centenary Memorial at RAAF Base Point Cook on 30th March.........

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - February/March2022

From the Editor:

Thanks to Secretary/Treasurer Peter Dowling for looking after all matters relating to our March Social Luncheon meeting and for conducting the meeting in my absence. While many members were unable to attend the meeting due to illness or isolation requirements, I am aware that a smaller than normal attendance experienced a most enjoyable meeting. Thank you Peter.

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - December/January 2021-2022

From the Editor:

I am optimistic that the coming 2022 year will see us get to the other side of Covid-19 and I look forward to a time when we get back to a fully open economy where there are no more restrictions on anyone and we are ALL able to gather together and get back to the gatherings and activities that our Branch of the Air Force Association is all about.............

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - October/November 2021

From the Editor:

It had looked as though we may have needed to have members required to “book” to attend our upcoming November Social Luncheon Meeting so at to control the numbers to a maximum of 30 attendees which is the maximum allowed for our rooms at the 70% phase of the Covid road map. However, with the State Government announcing our 80% double-dose easing of restrictions from 6pm on Friday 29 October, there will be no problem in being able to fit everybody in while meeting the DQ4 density requirements.

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - August/September 2021

From the Editor:

THE GOOD NEWS IS : since our June/July newsletter, we were able to have both our July and August Social Luncheon  Meetings.............

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - June/July 2021

From the Editor:

Our July meeting this coming Tuesday 6th July is all okay to go ahead. Please arrive by no later than 11.45 am, Remember your mask, a savoury item for your lunch, your own mug or cup for your tea or coffee. Our guest speaker will be Victoria Police Senior Sergeant Barry Jenks who will have interesting things to tell us about his involvement with the Kokoda Track.......

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Mrs Margaret Wood and the Birdham Girls of the Women’s Royal Naval Service in WWII

The incredible story of the of the late Mrs Margaret Wood – as told to Noel Hutchins, President of the Air Association Victoria’s Ballarat Branch.

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - April/May 2021

From the Editor:

Well done to the Ballarat RSL for persisting, under diffculties, with Anzac Day arrangements which subsequently enabled full
Anzac Day Services in Ballarat for 2021 including the Dawn Service, the March and Morning Service, followed by camaraderie at the Midland-Ballarat RSL Sports & Services Club...........

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - March 2021


ANZAC DAY 2021 

Ballarat RSL President Alan Douglas has advised that approval has now been given for the 2021 ANZAC DAY SERVICES TO BE HELD AT THE CENOTAPH IN STURT STREET.

Timings are as follows :

5:45 AM DAWN SERVICE after which GUNFIRE BREAKFAST will be held at Midlands-Ballarat RSL Sports and Services Club. Buses will be provided from the Cenotaph to Midlands and then return for the 10:00 AM MARCH ASSEMBLY in Lyons Street South. MARCH MOVES OFF AT 10.30 AM for the 10.45 AM SERVICE. Refreshments and camaraderie will follow at Midlands - Ballarat RSL Sports and Services Club , with TWO-UP AND CAMARADERIE TO COMMENCE AT 1 PM.

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - February 2021

YOUR 2021 EXECUTIVE AND GENERAL COMMITTEE


At our 2021 Annual General Meeting Mr Peter Dowling RFD was elected as the new Branch Secretary to replace Rob Petty who was not able to make himself available to continue in the role. I thank Rob for his service as Secretary and also for his Runway’s Dance initiative......

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - Dec 2020 - Jan 2021

Well the time is nearing for us to put a most difficult 2020 year behind us. I don't need to list here the problems that we have faced during the year, we all faced difficulties associated with the COVID-19 situation throughout 2020. But locally, we have fared very well in comparison to other communities around our own country and the much more serious situations that developed around the World and that are still wreaking havoc with peoples lives..........

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - October 2020

From the Editor:

In just a few days, (from the time of writing), a commemorative service marking the 50th anniversary of the loss of these two RAAF officers will be held at the National Vietnam Veterans Museum, 25 Veterans Drive, Newhaven, Phillip Island, on Tuesday 3rd November at 1100 hours.


ARE YOU ABLE TO ATTEND?

It has been confirmed that Melbourne metropolitan residents will not be permitted to travel to this Commemorative event which will likely result in a very disappointing very small attendance. Regional Victoria residents are permitted to travel through Melbourne. I will be leaving my Wallace address at 0700 hours on the day and at this stage Leigh Harvey and Rob Petty will be travelling with me. I have room for one more passenger who can be at my place before 0700 hours on the day..contact me ASAP.

ARE YOU ABLE TO ATTEND AND PROVIDE TRANSPORT FOR OTHERS ? Please let me know ASAP. (Noel, 0439 929 322)..........

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - September 2020

From the Editor:

Thank you to all who provided photographs for this newsletter. Would other members with military service
please get some photos to me. 

RELAUNCHED AFA NATIONAL WEBSITE : Our National President Carl Schiller has relaunched an updated National Air Force Association website. It was intended to include an article from myself relating to the establishment of the 1wags website but I was a bit tardy in submitting my article to him, but this has now been done and it will be included after it has been restructured to suit the website. The site looks great ~ have a look : the url remains the old raafa.org.au ......... while your at it have a look at our State AFAVic website at : afavic.org.au

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - August 2020

REQUEST FROM EDITOR:

GET OUT THOSE PHOTOGRAPHS : In coming issues of the newsletter I would like to feature some (1) MEMBERS IN UNIFORM and (2) MEMBERS SERVICE TIME PHOTOS.

So will members with military service please send me some photos, say, 3 or 4 of yourself in uniform and/or photographs from your time in the service with a bit of a story to go with them.

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President Update 2 August 2020

SUSPENSION OF ALL ACTIVITIES OF BALLARAT BRANCH OF THE AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION


Following the declaration by the Victorian Premier this afternoon of a State of Disaster for Victoria and strengthening of restrictions including the imposition of Stage 3 Covid-19 restrictions covering our area, ALL MEETING AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES of our Branch of the Air Force Association are SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE...........

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - August 2019

In this edition: We were privileged to have as guest speaker for the first half of our July Social Meeting, Mr Alan Crute and Best Friend and Companion “Mave”. Alan spoke of the joys as well as the trials and tribulations of taking on the training of a Seeing Eye Dog puppy...

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