Coral and Balmoral, battle of Fire Support Bases.
One of the Australian Army’s most significant battles of the Vietnam War was fought at the Fire Support Patrol Bases (FSPB or FSB) of Coral and Balmoral. The battle is remembered for the courage of Australian soldiers who fought desperately as hundreds of troops from the 7th Division of the North Vietnamese Army hammered their positions.
Our mates Brian Simpson (Simmo) and Blue Kelly were at FSB Coral, right in the thick of it. Simmo had a chance to catch up with Trudie Leigo from ABC Wide Bay during our recent Veterans Day Event. Click HERE to listen.
The Gulf War: Australia's contribution
Over 1,800 Australian Defence personnel were deployed in the Gulf War from August 1990 to September 1991. The force comprised units from the Army, Navy and RAAF.
At Camp Gregory Veterans Day 2018 Trudie Leigo from ABC Wide Bay had a chance to catch up with Pattie McGavin. Pattie is the wife of an Australian Gulf War Veteran. Pattie was able to share a genuine heartfelt message. Click HERE to listen.
Camp Gregory Veteran's Day 18 August 2018
A special ceremony was held at Camp Gregory Veteran's Retreat to honour regular Camp Gregory attendees Brian 'Simmo' Simpson and Blue Kelly, who earlier this year received Citations for Bravery, for their involvement in the Battles of Coral and Balmoral.
Fifty years ago these two men fought in Australia's largest and most hazardous battle of the Vietnam War.
"It was scary as all hell," Mr Simpson said.
"You were on edge the whole time.
"That's why so many veterans suffer from PTSD, you never got a break."
Camp Gregory is a quiet bush retreat near Woodgate that is set up to help support veterans of all conflicts, and their families.
Donation of water tank by "Aussie vets ptsd group"
The Camp Gregory Veterans Retreat members and community wish to make a big shout out to Mary and the Aussie Vets PTSD Group for their generosity in donating a brand new 22,500lt poly water tank.
Camp Gregory is available to all current & former service personnel & their dependents. First Responders are also welcome.
the camp gregory caretaker 'kit'
This is the Camp Gregory Veterans Retreat caretaker ‘Kit’ with his pal Jess.
Kit lives onsite at Camp Gregory and has a fantastic palace!
Some recent guests up at Camp Gregory Veterans Retreat thanks for sharing your photos Keith
Check out the new bollards & mulch that Bundaberg Regional Council have installed across the ‘Esplanade’ area adjacent to the Gregory River. More bollards along with some trees and shrubs will be planted. The area is so far looking fantastic, a big thanks to Bundaberg Regional Council and your great workers for your support!
A lovely young family who recently visited Camp Gregory Veterans Retreat . Our camp mascot “Gabby Dog” checking things out!
Our new entrance sign!
Timber donated by Rhino English and art work by Jim Chisnall!
Looks fantastic, thank you Rhino and Jim!
Camp Gregory anzac day special!
Our Anzac Day Special courtesy of ABC Wide Bay. Thank you Ross and Brad for these wonderful feature.
Bundaberg newsmail- april 2018
Click here to see the recent article by Sarah Steger from the Bundaberg NewsMail
VVAA - SUNSHINE COAST SUB-BRanch. APRIl 2018
We would like to acknowledge and thank the VVAA Sunshine Coast Sub-branch for their continued support and enthusiasm toward our Veterans Retreat.
Recently we had the Editor of their monthly newsletter RICOCHET John come and visit with his wife.
John has writen a fantastic article about their visit.
You can read it by clicking HERE.
ANZAC DAY 2018
*****ANZAC DAY 2018*****
We will be hosting a small sombre ANZAC Day Service as per past years, to be followed by a BBQ Lunch.
If you would like to reserve accommodation in one of our DONGAS please phone our Caretaker 'Kit' on 0499 728 800.
If you a self sufficent Camper ie. Caravans, Camper trailer etc you do NOT need to make bookings.
For those Veterans who do not feel comfortable attending the big services, this may be an option for you.
We hope that all our members, supporters and guests had a safe and happy festive season.
Recently we had the pleasure of having Brad Marsellos from ABC Wide Bay visit us at the Camp. Brad along with his colleague Trudie Leigo have produced a fantastic piece on our retreat.
18 November 2017
The last couple of weeks have been very busy with lots of improvements up at the Camp.
We were privileged to have WO1 Crokery, SGT Eagle & SGT Tritton from 6th Engineer Support Regiment visit, conducting a RECON for possible future work & assistance with Camp projects.
The Camp Windmill has gone up and the floor in the Lysaght Military Shed has been painted and stencilled. This work wouldn’t have been completed without the assistance of a generous donation and the volunteer hours contributed by some of our members, a great effort.
1 November 2017
in late october we held a working bee at the Camp and we had fantastic results.
Dennis from the Woodgate Hardware prepared the ground with his bobcat on the first day, the second day the turf was laid with a great turnout of volunteers. The Camp memorial is looking fantastic with beautiful grass all around along with the kitchen and common area. One the turf was laid the abient tempreaturn in the kitchen dropped by a number of degrees providing a cool, relaxing and beatiful area for all Camp stayer to enjoy!
Thanks to all out volunteers and Denis at the Woodgate Hardware for all your help!
September 2017 updaTES!
Alot has been happening around Camp Gregory since our 2017 Veterans Day.
The Greenbank Navy Association very kindly donated a tool kit to the Camp for use by our volunteer workers, below you can see a photo of 'Kit' the Camp Caretaker reluctantly posing for a photo! Thank you to the Greenbank Navy Association who donated this , your support is much appreciated.
The driveway as you enter the Camp has undergone some beautification with the assistance of our dedicated volunteer workers and the help of the Woodgate Hardware, garden beds have been built adjacent to the driveway with shrubs planted.
The Camp workshop shed has been erected, now all the workshop equipment located around the seconded accommodation Donga closest to the main camp area can be relocated into it. The accommodation Donga will be renovated to the same standard as the other Dongas. Thank you to the Woodgate Hardware who assistance in organising the relocation of this shed from the generous woodgate community member who donated the shed itself.
All the big water tanks that were waiting to go in around the Camp site have been installed, now we are just waiting out for the RAIN! They look great.
The kitchen area has had a clean up with the assistance of some Veteran Camp stayers and our volunteer workers. The kitchen is certainly looking better now!
veterans day 2017
A few photos of camp gregory veterans retreat 'veterans day' 2017, there was a great turnout at the Camp this year!
use the small arrows either side of the photo to scroll.
latest camp gregory video clip
Thank You to one of our supporters who contributed by creating this great video clip.
A big thank you again to the Bundaberg NewsMail for this great clip.
Veterans week 2017
The information below was published in the Bundaberg News Mail on 15th Jul 2017 10:37 AM.
Funds boost for veterans' camp
A CAMP SITE designed to help heal the emotional wounds of veterans has been awarded $31,395 through the latest round of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.
Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett said he was thrilled Camp Gregory Veterans Retreat, a dedicated camp site set up to look after the emotional welfare of veterans, had received funds to improve its facilities.
"The impressive retreat was set up solely by voluntary labour of veterans and their families some 16years ago to provide a place of sanctuary to connect diggers and their families and allow them to cope with personal problems related to service experiences,” Mr Bennett said.
"I have spoken with veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder who have expressed the need for a secluded, safe and peaceful place to breathe in fresh air and relax, and Camp Gregory ticks all those boxes for our veterans.”
Mr Bennett said the funds would allow camp facilitators to upgrade facilities to provide extra comfort for veterans and their families to meet growing needs.
"Over the past couple of years, Camp Gregory Veterans Retreat has seen some rapid progress and increased usage of the site from veterans,” he said.
Retreat spokesman Roger Dwyer welcomed the funding announcement.
"Camp Gregory and its network of volunteers are all very grateful for the ongoing support we receive from Stephen Bennett - the recent funding we were successful in applying for is credit to this,” Mr Dwyer said.
"This funding will go a long way for us to make further improvements and upgrades to facilities available at Camp Gregory.
"Camp Gregory only keeps on improving due to the tireless effort from our network of volunteers from within the veteran community.”
Mr Bennett visited the camp site to present Camp Gregory Veterans Retreat with a brand new Queensland flag.
Newly ACQUIRED wINDMILLS
Early on in Camp Gregory's History our dedicated network of volunteers attempted tirelessly to track down a windmill for our camp bore. As we came to realise, a windmill was a hard item to track down as many people use solar powered pumps these days, so this is what we settled for.
Unbeknown to us our network of volunteers has recently come across not 1 but 3 windmills, out of these 3 Windmills we will have one fully functional windmill and a variety of spare parts. What fantastic news and progress for Camp Gregory, thank you to the volunteers who assisted with pickup and delivery of Windmill Number 1!
Anzac day 2017
For those unaware we hold low key services on Anzac Day, Vietnam Veterans Day, Remembrance Day and any other days of significance as arranged. Here we have one of Camp Gregory's dedicated volunteers, Simmo who is having a talk at our Anzac Day Service, what a great time we all had, in a relaxed and laid back non threatening environment.
The lysaght military shed!
It took some time..but the Lysaght Military Shed donated to Camp Gregory Veterans Retreat by Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt MP has gone up!
thanks to all those hard dedicated people who made this possible for us!
So many people contributed in different ways toward this project, from the ladies assisting with lunch to the Veterans banging the nails, thank you everyone, the veteran community will benefit from this for generations to come.
This would not have been possible without our supporters who put in countless amounts of volunteer hours to make things happen, you are all such genourus people.