RSL vil­las named in hon­our of sol­dier

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.”

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

A NEW LIFE IN TOWN: Lyn and Rob Miller toast their new liv­ing quar­ters.

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