Committee





Stephen Karsai is the Sub-Branch President and Senior Case Manager. He joined the Regular Army on 3 March 1970 and was posted to the Royal Australian Armoured Corps. Steve served with C Sqdn 1 Armoured Rgt in South Vietnam in 1971. On returning home he transferred to the royal Australian Corps of Military Police where he served for the next 22 years until his discharge in 1990 and served with the Army Reserve for another 4 years. Steve was recalled to duty in 1999 for active service in Kosovo. He was made Night Manager of Operation Safe Haven and continued on from looking after the Kosovo refugees to the East Timor refugees. Steve was discharged the second time in 2002.

After leaving the army Steve undertook studies at different universities gaining a Batchelor of Arts in Legal Administration and a Doctorate in Security and Disaster Management. He has worked as a pension officer at Greensborough RSL, Victoria, Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital Veterans Centre and for the past three and a half years with the VVPPAA Central Coast Sub-Branch.

 





Alan Ball , Senior Vice President of the Sub-Branch for the past 3 years and served as President of our mobile museum, The Nambus, for many years.

Alan served in South Vietnam with 104 Signal Sqdn, 1968, and joined the army reserve for a further 4 years and as a volunteer fireman for 12 years on his return.

In ‘Civilian’ life Alan was a train driver for 30 years followed by 10 years as a Fireman/Observer.

 





Wayne Jennings , Treasurer of the Sub-Branch for the past 4 years, served in South Vietnam with 1APC Sqdn from 1966-67 and ran his own Insurance Brokerage in Melbourne for 30 years. He has been a member of Rotary for seven years and is a Life Member of Apex Club of Mulgrave, Victoria, and the Quill Club.

 





Chris Stone, President of the Nambus for the past 5 years and 1 year as President of the Sub-Branch, was called up in 1967 and spent his 2 years in Australia. In 1970 he rejoined the Army and went to South Vietnam with the AFV Provost Unit in 1971-72. He stayed in the regular army with the Military Police for 7 years and 2 years in transport until his further discharge in 1979.

Chris joined the NSW Police Force in 1979 and served for 24 years. During that time she served in East Timor with the United Nations Serious Crime Investigation Unit.

 


Our Patrons





Col, Don Tait OAM Rtd , graduate of the Officer Training School of Australia, Australian Army Staff College and Joint Services Staff College.

Served 36 years in the Department of Defence.

Commanded appointments: Artillery troop, medium battery, field regiment, 1st Divisional Artillery, Land Command Artillery and Reserve Infantry brigade.

War Service: Malaya and Vietnam.

Overseas Postings: Malaya/Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Papua Guinea and United Kingdom.

Awards/Medals:
  • Australian Active Service Medal 1945/75 – Bars: Malaya 1965 and Vietnam 1968/69,
  • Active Service Medal Vietnam,
  • Australian Service Medal 1945/75-Bars: South East Asia and Papua New Guinea,
  • Australian Service Medal,
  • Australian Defence Medal with 4 bars:,
  • Australian Defence Medal,
  • Vietnam Star,
  • Punjat Jasa Medal, and
  • Army Combat Badge.

Post retirement activities have mainly been involved with the ex-service community through the RSL and other ex-service organisations such as VVPPA, and the planning and conduct of the 40th Anniversary of the Battle of Coral and the Centenary of ANZAC.

 





Mr. Christopher Holstein - Community Patron , has lived on the Central Coast since he was eight years old and was elected to the Gosford City Council in 1991 as an independent Councillor. He served as Mayor from 2002 to 2010.

At the end of 2010 Chis decided to move on to State politics and was elected to serve on the New South Wales Legislative Council as a member of the State Liberal Party from 2011 to 2015.

He now spends his time as a volunteer worker for Coast Shelter & Regional Youth Services, an organisation which aids and supports the homeless on the Central Coast. He works in the planning and fundraising areas of the association.

 



Upcoming Events

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Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Vietnam Veterans, Peacekeepers & Peacemakers A...

25/03/2018
@ 11:00am
 
Nominations for Vacant Positio

All members are encouraged to nominate for positions on the Executive Committee ...

12/03/2018
@ 1:00pm
 
DO YOU NEED HELP?

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01/01/2016
@ 9 a.m.