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40th Anniversary Dinner report

Friday, March 24th, 2017

We all enjoyed the 40th anniversary dinner held at Wallsend on Saturday 6th August.

Apart from a good attendance by members from across the State, we appreciated support from our Patron, Greg Ackman of Mobile One Antennas, Paul Humphreys of H Events and Trevor Millgate of Cessnock Rescue Squad representing the head of the VRA, Mark Gibson.

Our guest speaker was Trudy Hanson who told us 1st-hand of the beginnings of CREST.

We were also honoured to welcome Anna Payne, widow of Bill the founder of CREST who passed away in March 2015.

The function was held at the Wallsend Diggers Club who served up pumpkin soup and cannelloni, followed by melt in your mouth scotch fillet and pine nut crusted barramundi fillet.

In lieu of dessert, Anna cut and distributed our CREST 40th birthday cake and the Club put what was left over in the fridge overnight to be gobbled up at our morning tea on Sunday.

Anna’s guest was Bill Payne’s nephew, Bill Jackson who as a young boy used to accompany his uncle, learnt to operate the early radios and watched history being made.

We were all impressed by the many displays of radios from the beginnings to the present and also memorabilia including newspapers from the time CREST was bubbling up under the surface. Our thanks to Andrew Pain, Terry Matts, Des Cottle, Greg Ackman.

Anna brought along her late husband’s Order of Australia medal from Australia Day 2014, his Certificate and framed photos of the presentation to him by Dame Marie Bashir, then Governor of NSW.
The age range of attendees was 22 to 90.  One member everyone was keen to see from the early days was John Manthey, accompanied by his wife Nola.
Thank you everyone for coming and making it a really enjoyable evening.

CREST NSW 40 year Anniversary Dinner

Friday, February 12th, 2016


You’re invited to a Dinner celebrating

CREST NSW and its 40 years

assisting the community with communications and safety

Where: Diggers

5 Tyrrell Street


(11km from Newcastle CBD)

When: Saturday, 6th August, 2016

6:00 for 6:30 pm

Cost: $40.00 each, at time of booking – please advise any special dietary requirements

Online ANZ, BSB: 012 754, A/c: 201 881 916 –

email receipt to,

A/c Name or cheque in favour: “CREST NSW INC”

You should note that bookings are not confirmed until payment received

RSVP: Friday 22nd July 2016 – email


OR text/phone Julie on 0414 949 768

St Albans Writers’ Festival

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Julie Garrash and Des Cottle (CREST NSW Sydney Post) attended the St Albans Writers’ Festival from 17 to 20 September 2015 in St Albans NSW. The request for assistance came to CREST from the event organisers impressed with our work with the St Albans RFS and Max Adventure for the Convict 100 event.

The CREST logo and name were mentioned on the event website and we were officially thanked at the end of the event. The organisers are considering running this event every 2 years.

Letter of thanks

CREST preparing for a celebration

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

CREST will be turning 40 in 2016 and is currently preparing for a celebration. Past members and those who we have assisted are encouraged to get in touch with CREST via info <at> crest <dot> org <dot> au. A press release is attached.


CREST turning 40

Founder of CREST passes

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

A Eulogy delivered at by the CREST Executive at a wake to honour Bill Payne

Since the creation of CREST in 1976 by Bill, the organisation has seen many changes.

The initial aim of providing a Monitoring Service to assist travellers and others in times of emergency saw the organisation spread across the country.

As technology moved on and the Mobile Phone became more affordable, this monitoring service provided by CREST appeared to have outlived its usefulness.

While still providing this monitoring in some areas, CREST finds that the emphasis is now on Safety Communications for organised sporting events.

CREST Members in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland regularly turn out to assist Marathon Runs, Triathlons, Adventure races and a myriad of other events.

This is a legacy of Bill.

By Des Cottle (NSW 1)
State Director

Bill Payne order of service 12 03 15