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MEDIA STATEMENThttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/media-statementMEDIA STATEMENT2022-09-22T14:00:00Z
MEDIA STATEMENThttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/media-statement1MEDIA STATEMENT2022-09-21T14:00:00Z
22 September 2022 trading hourshttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/public-holiday-closures22 September 2022 trading hours2022-09-15T14:00:00Z
Welcome to Welcoming Weekhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/welcome-to-welcoming-weekWelcome to Welcoming Week2022-09-12T14:00:00Z
Let’s Go First Nationshttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/let’s-go-first-nationsLet’s Go First Nations2022-09-12T14:00:00Z
Float to Survive with Bondi Rescue starhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/float-to-survive-with-bondi-rescue-starFloat to Survive with Bondi Rescue star2022-08-29T14:00:00Z
Pass some time at the 'Time Pass' exhibitionhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/pass-some-time-at-the-time-pass-exhibitionPass some time at the 'Time Pass' exhibition2022-08-29T14:00:00Z
Facts and Fun at Community Safety Expohttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/facts-and-fun-at-community-safety-expoFacts and Fun at Community Safety Expo2022-08-29T14:00:00Z
Winter blues make way for Gig in the Garden - emerging talent on showhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/winter-blues-make-way-for-gig-in-the-garden-emerging-talent-on-showWinter blues make way for Gig in the Garden - emerging talent on show2022-08-21T14:00:00Z
Lebanese Film Festival celebrates its 10th Anniversary in Bankstownhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/lebanese-film-festival-celebrates-its-10th-anniversary-in-bankstownLebanese Film Festival celebrates its 10th Anniversary in Bankstown2022-08-16T14:00:00Z
Join Costa Georgiadis in Bankstown for Jungle Jam: a festival for treeshttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/join-costa-georgiadis-in-bankstown-for-jungle-jam-a-festival-for-treesJoin Costa Georgiadis in Bankstown for Jungle Jam: a festival for trees2022-08-15T14:00:00Z
Score with futsal and netball competitons!https://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/score-with-futsal-and-netball-competitonsScore with futsal and netball competitons!2022-08-14T14:00:00Z
The perfect playdate: bring the kids to the fabulous new playground at Parry Parkhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/the-perfect-playdate-bring-the-kids-to-the-fabulous-new-playground-at-parry-parkThe perfect playdate: bring the kids to the fabulous new playground at Parry Park2022-08-14T14:00:00Z
International singing star Dami Im to perform at “World Music in the Park”https://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/international-singing-star-dami-im-to-perform-at-world-music-in-the-parkInternational singing star Dami Im to perform at “World Music in the Park”2022-08-08T14:00:00Z
Canterbury-Bankstown Council takes action on waste reviewhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/canterbury-bankstown-council-takes-action-on-waste-reviewCanterbury-Bankstown Council takes action on waste review2022-08-07T14:00:00Z
National Tree Day: 1000 trees planted in Canterbury-Bankstown to help drive sustainable futurehttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/national-tree-day-1000-trees-planted-in-canterbury-bankstown-to-help-drive-sustainable-futureNational Tree Day: 1000 trees planted in Canterbury-Bankstown to help drive sustainable future2022-08-03T14:00:00Z
Campsie’s first preschool offers free educationhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/campsie’s-first-preschool-offers-free-education-(2)Campsie’s first preschool offers free education2022-08-02T14:00:00Z
Bankstown Bites returns for fabulous foodie festivalhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/bankstown-bites-returns-for-fabulous-foodie-festivalBankstown Bites returns for fabulous foodie festival2022-07-25T14:00:00Z
Bankstown Arts Centre branches out with exhibition devoted to treeshttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/bankstown-arts-centre-branches-out-with-exhibition-devoted-to-treesBankstown Arts Centre branches out with exhibition devoted to trees2022-07-17T14:00:00Z
Bankstown Winter Weekends: fabulous free entertainment for all!https://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/bankstown-winter-weekends-fabulous-free-entertainment-for-allBankstown Winter Weekends: fabulous free entertainment for all!2022-07-17T14:00:00Z
Bankstown Bites is back: bigger & better than ever!https://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/bankstown-bites-is-back-bigger-better-than-everBankstown Bites is back: bigger & better than ever!2022-07-10T14:00:00Z
Studioventure: CBCity’s new commercial studio will help local businesses thrivehttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/studioventure-cbcity’s-new-commercial-studio-will-help-local-businesses-thriveStudioventure: CBCity’s new commercial studio will help local businesses thrive2022-07-10T14:00:00Z
Celebrate NAIDOC Week: a time to focus on challenges faced by First Nations Peoplehttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/celebrate-naidoc-week-a-time-to-focus-on-challenges-faced-by-first-nations-peopleCelebrate NAIDOC Week: a time to focus on challenges faced by First Nations People2022-06-28T14:00:00Z
Activefest: fun, fitness and laughterhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/activefest-fun-fitness-and-laughterActivefest: fun, fitness and laughter2022-06-27T14:00:00Z
Winter fun for kids with school holiday activitieshttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/winter-fun-for-kids-with-school-holiday-activitiesWinter fun for kids with school holiday activities2022-06-26T14:00:00Z
Greenacre family delights Australian Citizenship Ceremonyhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/greenacre-family-delights-australian-citizenship-ceremonyGreenacre family delights Australian Citizenship Ceremony2022-06-23T14:00:00Z
Meals on Wheels needs more volunteers to meet demandhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/meals-on-wheels-needs-more-volunteers-to-meet-demandMeals on Wheels needs more volunteers to meet demand2022-06-23T14:00:00Z
Bryan Brown opens Little Library in Milperrahttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/bryan-brown-opens-little-library-in-milperraBryan Brown opens Little Library in Milperra2022-06-21T14:00:00Z
Bankstown Arts Centre presents ‘Homelands’ for Refugee Weekhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/bankstown-arts-centre-presents-‘homelands’-for-refugee-weekBankstown Arts Centre presents ‘Homelands’ for Refugee Week2022-06-14T14:00:00Z
Canterbury-Bankstown’s trial Is building safer roadshttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/canterbury-bankstown’s-trial-is-building-safer-roadsCanterbury-Bankstown’s trial Is building safer roads2022-06-01T14:00:00Z

Stand with our Sergeant, our Hero. Lest We Forget

Stand with our Sergeant, our Hero. Lest We Forget Bert’s story is just about “an ordinary bloke” who is a “very lucky fella”. But to most, it’s nothing but extraordinary. No Stand with our Sergeant, our Hero. Lest We Forget Bert’s story is just about “an ordinary bloke” who is a “very lucky fella”. But to most, it’s nothing but extraordinary. News Columns; News and Updates
Albert Collins

When you meet Albert ‘Bert’ Maurice Collins it’s clear there are very few people like him left. It’s not least of all because at 104 he’s physically healthy and has a remarkably sharp mind. Rather, it’s because of the debt our nation owes him for his service during World War II. ​

Bert’s story is just about “an ordinary bloke” who is a “very lucky fella”. But to most, it’s nothing but extraordinary.

Reflecting from the front porch of his Bankstown home where he’s lived for more than 70 years, the veteran who rose to the rank of sergeant in the 52nd Australian Composite Anti-Aircraft Regiment (AIF) in Dutch New Guinea says he has many memories and stories to tell.

As a boy, “Bert” had a penchant to join the navy. That dream was fulfilled when, he joined at the tender age of 16 - the record listed him as cadet Collins C243. But his hopes of sailing the high seas was not to be fulfilled and shortly after joining, he was discharged from service.

“I was a cadet and one day we were standing in the hot sun for so long I thought, ‘what the hell’s up here?’ and the next thing I thought was, ‘what the hell am I doing laying down here (the ground)?’,” Mr Collins said.

“People were asking me if I was alright and I said, ‘yes, what’s up?’ They told me I’d passed out (but) so did they, because of heatstroke! There were about four others. We were all discharged as unsuitable.”

In August 1940, he received a letter from the army and served as a searchlight operator. After a short stint and a discussion with his men he decided to join the AIF, leaving for Dutch New Guinea (now Indonesia) in 1942.

Mr Collins explained how he had three searchlights and was responsible for directing these lights whenever planes flew overhead.

“I’d have to direct the searchlights and say, ‘searchlight number one, machine gun action on west; number two, bomber; and number three…’ I set them all up and kept an eye out on them. Many a time I was scared, I’m not frightented to admit that,” he said.

It was a far cry from his first job, where he worked at the Eastershow and had to “sing out ‘hot soup! Hot soup! Here you are ladies and gentlemen, over here!’” ​

In recounting his stories, it’s clear the centenarian veteran has refused to give up the Anzac Spirit in him, every time he’s come face to face with death. But he’s always reminding himself and others about how lucky he is to be alive.

He once had to dive into his gun pit after bombs rained down and he felt a thud on his back. It was a close brush with death, which left him with spent shrapnel lodged in his left shoulder blade. But he said he was one of the more fortunate ones seeing as it was “just” shrapnel.

After returning to civilian life in 1945 the veteran became a champion ballroom dancer, but his life of discipline and service has never left.

Last year, Mr Collins was the oldest WWII veteran to march in Sydney’s Anzac Day commemorations.

“The things that happened in wartime is imprinted in my mind … I believe in Anzac Day so much and I should be marching but I can’t because of this scourge (COVID-19). But as far as I’m concerned, I’m with the Anzacs, even though I have to stay home,” he said.

“Many people have to stay home and have their own service … with all the little kiddies too … I hope that everyone who is able to walk, can make their way to their front gate, face east and remember Anzac Day in the early morning.”

This we all should do to Stand with Bert - lest we forget.


 22/04/2020 4:49 PM