As of 2 Apr 15, I have now been advised that two pallet loads of books have been despatched from China to Australia – the expected delivery date at the HOC Cell Bandiana is now around 30 Apr 15. Given this firm time-line, I have recommended to the HOC, BRIG Andrew Mathewson that the project team will continue:
- with the on-line sales process over the next few months, and subsequently encourage our community to continue purchasing the book on-line; and
- for his team to plan for the commencement of book distribution soon after the books are available at Bandiana/Bonegilla, in early May 2015.
Our other good news is that BRIG Mathewson, has negotiated, with assistance from COL Tom Reynolds the COL COMDT – NSW/ACT, for the national book launch to occur on 15 Jul 15 at the Australian War Memorial (AWM) in Canberra. This launch will include a number of activities, including the changing of the guard, a ‘Last Post Ceremony’, to celebrate the life of A RAEME soldier who died on active service, and a wreath-laying.
I encourage you all to continue monitoring the new RAEME National Association Website and RAEME Face book. http://www.raeme.org.au/ . If you wish to place an order, please go to the ‘shop’ tab on the website and follow the prompts.