RSL villas named in honour of soldier
GAYNDAH war veterans and their families have moved into six new independent living units named after a soldier who died in Afghanistan four years ago.
While Lyn Miller’s father was one of the Rats of Tobruk, husband Rob entered the Citizen’s Military Force in Brisbane as he “missed both call-ups for ’Nam”.
“The Citizens Military Force started when they stopped Nasho (national service),” Mr Miller said.
“I was trained in first aid, gunnery, navigation and transport courses (and) anticipated being included in the second call-up.”
At yesterday’s opening, the entrance and driveway to the complex were named after Sapper Jacob “Snowy” Moerland, who died in Afghanistan on June 7, 2010.
RSL Queensland CEO Chris McHugh said the villas were something “we’re really proud of”.
“We realise, we know a lot of people across Queensland that need help; we have a requirement to help ex-servicemen and women in Gayndah,” Mr McHugh said.
“I’ve spent a lot of time in regional Queensland, and a lot of people who retire don’t want to go to the city, they need accommodation outside Brisbane.”
Gayndah RSL secretary and treasurer Craig Fothergill said it was important to provide low-cost housing for veterans and their families.
Another new resident, Helen Walker, had done a lot for the community, Mr Fothergill said. “It’s good to be able to give something back to her now. She was Australian of the Year a couple of years ago.”
A NEW LIFE IN TOWN: Lyn and Rob Miller toast their new living quarters.