Sgt. Matthew Locke MG Charity Match 2020

Dear 8 RAR Members.

My name is Debbie Locke, sister to Matthew. For the past 11 years we have held an annual event in Bellingen, Matt's home town to celebrate his life and honour those serving past and present.

We have been extremely lucky to have so much support and continue to look ways to grow. Our intentions is to raise funds for some worthwhile causes. This year in 2020 that will be Soldier On, The Grub Club and the local Tyringham Rural Fire Service. They were on the front line of recent fires at the beginning of September. The event is held on the weekend starting Friday 6th March and runs through to Sunday 8th, with the flagship event on Saturday 7th at Bellingen.

I am hoping you will consider spreading word of our event to all your members.  hoping you would put it out there in newsletters or your website and other social media outlets.

I have set myself the goal of raising $25,000 this year and to do so I have to build a little more. We have a great event on Friday the 6th which is a 4 man Ambrose at Bellingen Golf Course with lots of prizes. $160 per team. I need 18 teams. Then on Saturday is the first round of the ADF Interservices at Bellingen featuring all mens and womens ADF rugby league teams. The flagship event is Bellingen Magpies versus Army Thunder.

Please, please consider helping me spread the word and build this weekend into the greatest ever. If you require any further information please do not hesitate in contacing my on 0429977959.

Kindest regards
Deb Locke

Debbie Locke
7 Hollibone St
Dorrigo NSW 2453

If you know any veterans who are not receiving a Gold or White card or who are doing it really tough financially, please refer them to the Low Income Health Care Card website below. Eligibility is spelled out in the website. The important feature of the LIHC Card is possible retrospectivity.


Veterans Retreats WA INC

Come Relax at Meentheena

•  Fishing, crafty catfish
•  Swimming , NO Crocs
•  Snoozing, in the shade
•  Rock Hound heaven
•  Gold Panning 
•  Spectacular scenery
•  Quiet walks
•  Birdlife abounds
•  Local  wildlife, Camels, wild turkey's dingo's, 
and station cattle
•  Extreme Outback
•  Canoe on the Nullagine River
•  Clear skies and great sunsets
•  Lots of sightseeing in the area

Other Items of Interest

•  It is the only remote retreat with-in 1500km of a capital 
•  Nearest health Facilities are at Marble Bar, however the 
camp is equipped with a registered RFDS first aid kit 
and the caretaker is trained in its use by the RFDS.
•  CHECK IN AND CHECK OUT rules apply, as we need to 
know all are safe at all times
•  The retreat is equipped with a registered P.I.B.
(personal Location Beacon) for emergencies.
•  UHF or VHF is essential while GPS is good as all maps 
have co-ordinates.
•  We have erected a tower which has a mobile phone 
antenna. It is not guaranteed to receive telephone 
reception at all times but has been reasonably good. 
•  PLEASE BE SELF SUFFICIENT. Our full time camp host 
carries no additional food/fuel supplies.
•  Drop in and set up camp for a couple of days. 
•  Two canoes are at the paperbarks. Go for a paddle up 
the Nullagine river. 
•  There is an adequate supply of potable water.
•  A two person camp shower is available onsite (under 
the water tank )
•  A double self composting toilet unit is on site.Please contact our camp host on phone number 0427291747 before arrival 
This will enable the camp host to be onsite 
when you arrive.
Other contacts are


P.O. Box 15 Mandurah, WA. 6210
Please view our website for more details


75 km east of Marble Bar.
5km off the Ripon 
Hills Road.
Approx 280km from Pt Hedland

Veterans retreats of WA Inc (VRWA is an association dedicated to those veterans who have served Australia. 
Included are members and ex members of the Defence Forces, Para-military, peacekeepers, Police, 
Fire and Rescue, SES, and Ambulance officers. (This is a guide only and not a barrier). All service personnel will be considered.
THE SITE in the Pilbara is a disused cattle station currently owned by the Department of Lands  and leased to VRWA for 5 
years. At the end of this time ownership will be taken over by DPaW, Dept Parks and Widlife formerly CALM and the lease 
rolled over to us; (provided we have done the right thing of course.) Liaison with the depts. is ongoing and friendly.
FACILITIES  include central camp/caravan site accessible by some cars, (track can be rough) utes, soft roaders & 4wd’s plus
many campsites along the 26km of river frontage we control. Billabongs are fresh all year and a very pleasant way to spend a 
lazy  day  fishing (catfish) and swimming  in running (well moving anyway!) Clean water.
CENTRAL CAMP SITE  has potable water ex bore, 24/7 limited power, showers & ablutions. Shade for vans, a basic 
DIY workshop,  a camp kitchen & clubhouse are  currently being upgraded.  Telstra Next G mobile phone reception is 
available depending on the weather conditions.


Marble Bar is a veteran friendly town. It has a Post Office/General Store. Check out the Memorial park in the centre of town. Take a 
short drive to the old Comet gold mine/Tourist centre. On the way check out the actual Marble Bar (Jasper), and Chinaman's 
pool or have a coldie in the famous Ironclad Hotel. We are not a caravan park and facilities are very basic, 
a good caravan park is located at Marble Bar for day visitors to Meentheena Veterans Retreat

OUTSIDE MAIN SITE is 4wd only, the tracks are crossed by dry creek beds and somewhat rough. Great 
river access is available in many spots and the billabongs are overhung with paperbark and gum trees. Most sites are shaded. 
Take it in take it outpolicy applies. Food, fuel and town facilities are available at Marble Bar, please support the town and it’s business’s they support us.