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The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC

MEDIA RELEASE

13 February 2019

New appointment brings unique perspective to Council of the Australian War Memorial

The Council of the Australian War Memorial will benefit from the unique perspectives of its latest appointment, Ms Gwen Cherne.

Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester today announced that Ms Cherne would serve on the Council for a period of three years, replacing Rear Admiral Ken Doolan AO RAN (Ret'd).

"Ms Cherne is an active member of the War Widows Guild of Australia NSW, and a strong advocate for current serving families and those who are having difficulty settling into civilian life following transition from the defence force," Mr Chester said.

"Ms Cherne has a wealth of experience working in and with government agencies, non-government organisations and the United Nations and, as a war widow herself, will have a unique perspective to offer the Council.

"I have no doubt Ms Cherne will be an asset to the Council and will provide valuable insight as the War Memorial plans its $500 million expansion to proudly tell the stories of veterans from recent conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Solomon Islands and East Timor."

Acknowledging her new role Ms Cherne said, "I am keen to work in the interests of veterans and the defence community, and make them proud.

"It is important to continue the Australian War Memorial's efforts in helping educate the Australian public to better understand the sacrifices of our serving men and women and their families, recognising the scars of their service," Ms Cherne said.

The Council of the Australian War Memorial has oversight of the executive management and policies of the Memorial.

Mr Chester thanked outgoing member, Rear Admiral Doolan for his dedication and hard work in preserving and sharing Australia's military history as part of the Council.

"Not only has Ken has served on the Council for nine years, but three of those were as Chairman and in 2016 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Australian War Memorial for his outstanding contribution to the Memorial, significantly over and above what would normally be expected.

"Thank you Ken for your service, both in and out of uniform, to Australia and in ensuring the stories of our veterans are told to future generations."

More information about the Council can be found on the Australian War Memorial website.

Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester, Ms Gwen Cherne and DVA Secretary Liz Cosson.

Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester, Ms Gwen Cherne and DVA Secretary, Liz Cosson.

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