The Annual RAEME Get Together 2023

The Annual RAEME Get Together.

It is often said “From little things, big things grow,” and this is certainly the case with an idea a couple of retired RAEME people, Stan (Squeaky) New and Bob Carlos had in 2017 based on a similar RAEME gathering in Townsville. From this, the first ever ‘SE Qld RAEME Get Together’ was held in late February 2018 at Somerset Dam, near Kilcoy Qld. The first event boasted 16 “Spanners” some solo, most with partners for a total of 30 people. With limited sites available to us in a central location, Greg Riley couldn’t get a site nearby, and was situated away from the main group, at Bob Carlos’ suggestion, this become known as the Sgt’s Mess Annex, the name stuck and is now an ingrained part of Get Together legend. Unfortunately, ‘Squeaky’ New was unable to attend the event and Dave Roberts stepped up to help. While the weather was unkind with constant drizzle and mud underfoot, thanks to good company and a fair bit of Esprit De Corp, the Get Together was an enormous success, and plans were made to hold another again next year.


 The group photo at the ‘Get Together’ 2023,

Straight from the Horse's Mouth

Ladies and Gents,

We are proud to announce the impending release of RAEME's new humour book, Straight from the Horse's Mouth.

This book is a compilation of 101 funny stories from around our Corps. Some of these stories go back to the late 1940s, being when our Corps was in its infancy.

Names have been changed to protect the innocent (and the not-so-innocent) but we are sure those who were there at the time will remember exactly what happened.

RAEME Humour Book - Calls for Advertising

A compilation of funny stories from around our Corps is nearing completion for release by 01 Dec 2021. This is a private project initiated by two RAEME members, Ian Cook and Pete Shefford.

Space exists in the book for sponsors to advertise their businesses. 


Tanks to Tractors



The Problem

  • Australia is facing a chronic skilled farm labour shortage, following our international border closure and the nation’s hard border stance during the ongoing COVID19 pandemic. 
  • Our Grains sector is at risk of reputational harm and market failure especially from a lack of skilled heavy farm machinery operators as well as truck and other farm workers, who are central to the proper functioning of the entire grains supply chain. Potential losses on some farms could be many $millions, with $billions at risk on a national level. 
  • Australia is at or close to the technical threshold of "full employment", putting the grains industry in the difficult situation of competing for workers in a very tight labour market, particularly with a booming mining economy that also requires workers with the same or similar skill sets. 
  • The industry, initially in WA and Queensland, requires access to a suitable workforce by early-mid September 2021 in preparation for the upcoming harvest season. The situation in most other States is similar, if slightly delayed as the grains in WA are the first due for harvesting. Please note the short lead time.

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