Hon Joe Francis MLA

Hon Joe Francis MLA

Former Minister for Emergency Services; Fisheries; Corrective Services; Veterans

    New faces on Veterans Advisory Council

    17/06/2016 9:20 AM
    • Five new members appointed to the Veterans Advisory Council 

    Veterans Minister Joe Francis has announced the appointment of five new members to the advisory body that guides the Liberal National Government on veterans issues.


    The Veterans Advisory Council (VAC), established by the State Government in 2014, has 10 members.  The term of five inaugural members has now finished.


    "I thank the departing council members for their valuable contribution in furthering the interests of the veterans community in Western Australia," Mr Francis said.


    The council investigates matters referred to it by the Minister for Veterans and provides advice on issues such as health, employment and welfare.


    "The age demographic in the veterans community has shifted, with a greater number of veterans from the more recent conflicts in East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan.


    "With this younger veterans cohort, a primary focus of the council will be on promoting ex-service personnel employment and mental health support."


    The new council members are: 

    • Rear Admiral Mark Bonser AO CSC (retd):  Royal Australian Navy deployments to Vietnam and the Middle East.  Appointed Commander Australian Theatre in 2002, with oversight of all Australian operations including East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq
    • Amanda Williamson:  Former Army Lieutenant Colonel, logistician and Indonesian linguist who served in operations in East Timor and Afghanistan
    • Peter Winnall DSM and Bar:  Former Army Major who served most of his career in Special Operations Command with the Special Air Services Regiment
    • Vivian Blycha:  Former Army Major and logistician who served in operations in East Timor and the Middle East
    • Liam Haven:  Former rifleman with the 6th Battalion the Royal Australian Regiment who is now an advocate for veterans' issues. 

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