Our Purpose

The Management, Conduct and Development of the Craigieburn War Memorial, ANZAC Day Service and other related Remembrance activities.

Our Patrons

Community Patron


Military Patron


Group Captain Carl Schiller, OAM, CSM (Rtd)
Royal Australian Air Force

Group Captain Carl Schiller’s Air Force career spanned 46 years, commencing as an enlisted airman. Initially trained in communications and cryptography, he saw active service with No2 Squadron in Vietnam. Carl was commissioned as an Adminstrative Officer shortly after his return to Australia.

Carl had numerous postings and a wide variety of employment that included officer training, recruitment, personnel and force structure development. In 1987 Carl retired from the Air Force and taught teaching at Secondary College in Accounting and Economics.

Carl rejoined the Airforce in 1996 and was involved in developing Force Structure and the establishment of a national structure for the Air Force Reserves.

Carl was decorated in the Australia Day Honours List with the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2003 and with the Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM) in 2014 for his contribution to Force Development.

Carl served as President, Air Force Association – Victoria from 2015 to 2018 and remains a Director on the Association’s Board. Carl was appointed National President in 2017 and is also Patron of B24 Liberator Restoration Australia. Carl resides in New Gisborne with his wife, Christine.

Our Supporters

Ros Spence MP

State member for Kalkallo

Iwan Walters MP

State Member for Greenvale

Committee Members

Kevin O’Callaghan, ESM 


Kevin and his wife Anne moved to Craigieburn in 1978 and have both been involved as volunteer members of the Craigieburn Unit of the Victoria State Emergency Service; Kevin is a foundation member (1981) and Anne since 1986 . Kevin retired after forty-two years as a Defence Public Servant working as a senior executive in project management and fleet sustainment. Kevin served in the Citizens Military Force (Army Reserve) from 1972 until 1975 – 7thTransport Company, Royal Australian Army Service Corps/Royal Australian Corps of Transport. Kevin is a member of the Epping RSL Sub-Branch. Kevin, along with Paul Ledwich and Fred Tyrrell, assisted by the Craigieburn SES Unit, reintroduced the Craigieburn ANZAC Day Service in 2008 and he continues to be involved to the present. Kevin was awarded the Emergency Services Medal in the 2003 Australia Day Honours list. Kevin was named Hume Citizen of the Year on Australia Day in 2014. Kevin was awarded ANZAC of the Year by RSL National in 2018.

Alan Bolton

Vice President

Alan Bolton

Alan Bolton and Maureen have lived in Craigieburn / Mickleham for some 33 years. Alan is a Past Master in Freemasonry. His Lodge did a lot of Charity work in the Brunswick, Coburg and Preston areas.After Alan completed his apprenticeship in the trade of Fitting & Turning he joined the Victorian Public Service.  He was later employed at the Apprenticeship Commission and then joined the TAFE system for 34 years.Alan was at Kangan TAFE as Facilities and Security Manager where he was awarded Security Manager of the year in 2010 by the Australian Security Industry Association: Ltd (ASIAL).

Alan served time in the Army, a member of the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME) with 3 Electrical Mechanical Engineers (later 105 Field workshop). Alan has been a member of the Watsonia RSL for 45 years. Alan & Maureen spend a lot of time at their holiday home at Inverloch, Vic and are co-founders the Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club which was established in 1998, and are now Life Members.Alan is the licensee and he and Maureen manage the bar between them during the summer season.
Alan has been very active in the Craigieburn area wherebyhe was Deputy Mayor of the Hume City Council representing, Aitken Ward.

Community projects Alan was involved in were;
– Craigieburn War Memorial and Remembrance Committee – financial Life Member
– Splash /-Athletics / Anzac Park
– Craigieburn Dog Park
– Installation of white fencing to D.S. Aitken oval
– Upgrade of Craigieburn Bowling Club, Craigieburn Sporting Club and other facilities,

 Josie Mitzi


Josie and her family have lived in Craigieburn since 1982 and is an active member of Our Lady’s Parish Community.  Josie has worked for Hume City Council for over twenty-five years and currently holds the position of Children’s Library Technician at Craigieburn Library.  Josie has been a member of many community groups and strongly believes that volunteering can make a real difference to the lives of people, animals, and organisations in need.  Josie is very keen to be part of the ANZAC team to help highlight the importance of remembering those who have fought for our home and country.

Drew Jessop, OAM  


Drew has lived in Craigieburn with his wife Ann and family since 1985. Drew is a former long serving Hume Councillor for for Aitken Ward, having represented the area in this role since 1997. Drew has had extensive governance experience in a wide range of not-for profit, community, primary school, and sporting groups in the Craigieburn district. In addition to his treasurer role in this Committee and foundation member of the Craigieburn ANZAC Day Service, Drew is currently a sponsor/member of the Craigieburn Basketball Association, Bowling Club and Football Clubs respectively, member of the Craigieburn Residents’ Association, the Highlands Residents’ Association, and long serving church council member (currently Secretary) of the St Thomas’ Uniting Church Craigieburn. He is also an honorary member of the Craigieburn SES Unit.   Drew has a strong family connection to the Great War (Grandfather and two Great Uncles who served in France) and has an enduring commitment to recognising those who served, and sacrificed so much for our country.

Paul Ledwich


Paul has lived in Craigieburn with his wife Emily, son Martin and daughter Maria since 1979 when he moved to Craigieburn at the time of the Reserve Bank relocation. Paul worked as printer at the Reserve Bank for over 30 years until he retired in 1990. Paul is a foundation member of the Victoria State Emergency Service – Craigieburn Unit – and has served with distinction since 1981. Paul is also a foundation member of the Craigieburn ANZAC Day Committee, being a key member in re-instituting the Service in 2008. It is Paul’s desire to see the ANZAC Day Service maintained as an enduring part of Community life. Paul and Emily have also been long standing parishioners of Our Lady’s; both actively participating in Parish life. Paul completed his National Service Commitment in 1957 and served in the 2nd Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery (Citizen Military Forces) for over nine years.

Harminder Singh 


Harminder and his wife, Aradhana, and daughter Sahez, have lived in Craigieburn for since 2012. Harminder joined the CWMRC in May 2016 and has been an active member assisting at all of our Remembrance Services. Harminder is also a Volunteer Rescue Officer with the Victoria State Emergency Service – Craigieburn Unit having joined in July 2015. Harminder is also an aviid, and multi gold medal winner, athelete who has competed in numerous Community Sports events as well as the Victorian Police and Emergency Service Games. Harminder operates his own mobile car panel and paint repair business.

Vicky Casha


Vicky and her husband Mario have resided in Craigieburn since 1988. Vicky is an active volunteer member of the Victoria State Emergency Service; joining in 1989. Vicky is also an active member of Our Lady’s Parish Community. Vicky is a home maker and is the proud mother of David and Michael. Vicky has also been an active member, since 2008, of the Craigieburn ANZAC Day planning group and takes great pride participating in the conduct of our local ANZAC Day Service.

Major Domenic Mercuri


To be advised

Alan Penaluna, ESM


Alan moved to Craigieburn in 1982 and was one of the first members to join the newly formed Victoria State Emergency Service – Craigieburn Unit. Alan had previously served as a St John Ambulance Volunteer for over twelve years, including several as a member of the St John Road Accident Rescue Team. Alan commenced as an Ambulance Officer in 1988 soon qualifying as a Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance officer in 1996. Alan is a foundation member of the CWMRC and has been involved in the management of ANZAC Day Services since 2008. The relocation of the Commemorative Stone to the new Craigieburn SES Memorial occurred during Alan’s tenure as Controller. Alan was recognized for his service to the Community through the award of the Emergency Services Medal in the Australian Day Honours List in 2006

John Lynch, OAM, KSJ, JP

Technical Advisor (Remembrance Services)

John retired after an aviation career, as both a technician and senior manager, that spanned sixty years that included service in the Royal Australian Navy Fleet Air Arm (RAN), Trans Australia Airlines (TAA), QANTAS, Gulfair and New Guinea Civil Aviation. John’s aviation career also included a period where he founded his own aviation consultancy company.
John’s RAN service included operational deployments with the Far East Strategic Reserve during the Malayan Emergency. John was Defence service was recognised with the award of the Australian Active Service Medal, Australian General Service Medal and the Australian Defence Medal.
John served as the President of a traditional RSL Sub-Branch at Romsey, Victoria, from 2005 – 2014 and is a Life Member of the Sub-Branch. John is Vice President of the Australian Malayan Borneo Veterans Association and is a Fellow of the Royal Victoria Association of Honorary Justices.
John and his wife Carline have been residents of Craigieburn since 2014. John believes, that as a Veteran he has an obligation to honour those who have served Australia, especially those who paid the supreme sacrifice.