Western Australia


Occasional electronic newsletter from

The Order of Australia Association, Western Australian Branch

It’s all about the National Conference …

This year the Western Australian Branch of the Order of Australia Association is host to the annual national conference.

All members of the Association are eligible and invited to attend.

Registrations are going well with numbers of members from eastern States branches already registered.

Time for Western Australian members to commit!

Outline programe:

Thursday 16 May

Reception at Government House

Friday 17 May

Conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel

All sessions, morning and afternoon tea and lunch

Saturday 18 May

Annual General Meeting of the Order of Australia Association

and Members’ Forum, at the Hyatt

Saturday 18 May

Conference Dinner including Scholarships of the Order of Australia Foundation awards presentations

Gala event of the Conference at the Hyatt, including entertainment by the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

In the presence of HE the Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia

Sunday 19 May

Wreath laying at the War Memorial, King’s Park, followed by

Sunday 19 May

Farewell Lunch at Frasers Restaurant, King’s Park

Sunday 19 May

Ecumenical Choral Evensong at St George’s Cathedral, St

George’s Terrace, Perth

For more information and to register for the National Conference:


Western Australian Chairman’s report

The City of Stirling were, once again, our hosts for the 2024 Australia Day Honours Reception. It was a very successful evening with 31 recipients of an award joining members and guests together with the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Stirling.

How quickly the year is flying past – already halfway through March and the National Conference is drawing ever closer. I am pleased to tell you we already have a good number of registrations but we need more. There will be an E News going out to all members across the country to encourage those who have not already registered to do so. This E News will include details of our Speakers something a number of people have asked for. There are a number of WA members already registered but we need many more.

Volunteers needed for the conference:

We will need volunteers to assist in a number of ways to assist the smooth running of the Conference. If you are able to assist in any of the following areas please contact Velma Tomasich [email protected] to register your interest.

We will need:

2 people to insert name labels into the holders on Tuesday 14th May at the Hyatt

3 people to pack “goodies” into Conference bags on Tuesday 14th May at the Hyatt

6 people to act as “Hosts” over the 3 days of the Conference (2 each day)

2 people to distribute Conference bags at the Registration Desk

2 Transport Marshalls on Thursday 16th and Sunday 19th

2 people to assist on the Merchandise Table (experience with an Eftpos machine would be helpful)

Visit to Hainault Winery now 6th April

The WA Branch has been invited to participate in the Government House Open Days on 13th and 14th April which is an opportunity for us to speak with a wide variety of people we otherwise would not meet.

Therefore, we have brought our visit to Hainault forward a week. Details are as follows:

Hainault Winery and Cellar door 255 Walnut Road, Bickley

12.00 noon on 6th April for a talk on managing an organic vineyard, wine tasting, shared platter lunch, followed by coffee and cake

RSVP to Margaret Lobo 0418 865 313 by 29th March please. Payment $50 each by EFT to BSB 036-237 A/C 456289 Extracted from Hainault’s website:

“Hainault is a boutique cellar door situated in the picturesque Bickley Valley, just 25 km from the Perth Central Business District. Nestled in Jarrah forest on the Darling Scarp at an elevation of 400 m. Hainault is the highest vineyard in Western Australia and is in one of the coldest parts of the State. All of our wines are made from estate grown, hand harvested fruit using minimal interventions”.

Dates for your Diary: 18th September Annual Dinner Royal Perth Golf Club

Newsletter editor

26th November Christmas Lunch RAAFA Bullcreek

For input and material, please send to Bill Hassell, AM, JP – [email protected]

[email protected] – Secretary – 26B Albemarle Street, Scarborough W A 6019 for correspondence and for any financial correspondence, the Treasurer: P O Box 477, West Perth W A 6872

Telephone: Hon. Sec. Margaret Lobo 0418 865 313

Recent photographs from Branch events courtesy Jackie Barnwell:

Annual General Meeting, February at Matilda Bay

Reception for Australia Day awardees at the City of Stirling:

Your 2023-2024 Committee


Bettine Heathcote, AM


Margaret Lobo, AM


Michael Lee, OAM

WA Nominated National Board Director

Clive Robartson AM

Committee persons

Michael Bleus, OAM

Lorraine Hammond, AM

Bill Hassell, AM, JP

Judith Hogben, AM

Ronald Lewis, OAM

Brad Norman, AM

Jackie Scurlock, OAM

Rebecca Tolstoy, AM

Great Southern Group of the WA Branch Convenor

Janet Savage, OAM, JP

South West Group of the WA Branch Convenor

Hon Barry House, AM

Peel Group of the WA Branch Convenor

Professor Jo Barker, AM