RSL units bear sap­per’s name

Trib­utes paid to town’s “Snowy” as first res­i­dents move in

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

SAP­PER Ja­cob “Snowy” Moerland, who died in Afghanistan in 2010, was hon­oured as six new RSL in­de­pen­dent liv­ing vil­las in Gayn­dah were opened last week.

Ja­cob Moerland Close, the en­try to Gayn­dah’s RSL com­plex, was ded­i­cated in mem­ory of the 21-year-old Gayn­dah sol­dier.

Sec­ond Com­bat En­gi­neers Reg­i­ment com­man­der Lt-Col Matthew Richard­son said while he had not served with “Snowy”, he had gained an un­der­stand­ing of the mate­ship 2CER had with the Moerland fam­ily.

“I look at his photo ev­ery day; he had pierc­ing blue eyes and was a big man – larger than life – and 21-years-old, and he died serv­ing his coun­try,” Lt-Col Richard­son said.

“He was a lar­rikin and a hard worker, which is ev­ery­thing I ex­pect of a com­bat engi­neer, and what the mod­ern Aus­tralian sol­dier is.”

His ser­vice as a sap­per (com­bat engi­neer) made him the man he was, he said.

Ja­cob’s mother San­dra Moerland proudly un­veiled the sign with Gayn­dah RSL Sub-branch sec­re­tary and trea­surer Craig Fothergill, whose ef­forts had en­sured the con­struc­tion of six new units in the new com­plex.

New res­i­dents Noel and Edna Hunter said they and Ja­cob Moerland had been hon­oured by the RSL.

“It’s an hon­our to him (Ja­cob), his town, his fam­ily and the peo­ple who knew him,” Mr Hunter said.

Laura Moerland, who cut the rib­bon across the en­try to the com­plex, ap­pre­ci­ated the RSL’s com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing low-cost hous­ing to ex-ser­vice­men and women, and their sup­port of her brother Ja­cob.

“It’s nice to hon­our Ja­cob and to know his name will be there even af­ter we’re gone,” Ms Moerland said.

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

JA­COB MOERLAND CLOSE: The en­try to Gayn­dah's RSL com­plexwas named af­ter Sap­per Ja­cob "Snowy" Moerland who died in Afghanistan in 2010. Sis­ter Laura Moerland cut the rib­bon, ac­com­pa­nied by Gayn­dah RSL Sub-branch sec­re­tary Craig Fothergill (right), San­dra Moerland (left), Lt Col Matthew Richard­son, RSL Queens­land CEO Chris McHugh and pres­i­dent Terry Mee­han.

Sap­pers Henry, Tas­sell, Al­banese and Vardy share a laugh in Gayn­dah. The soldiers from the Sec­ond Com­bat En­gi­neers Reg­i­ment were in town to hon­our their fallen com­rade, Sap­per Ja­cob Moerland.

RSL Mary­bor­ough's Ge­orge Mel­lick and pres­i­dent Robert Evans (cen­tre), and Bob Stret­ton (Gympie, right).

Gayn­dah RSL pres­i­dent Boyd Baker (left) with Sap­pers Tas­sell and Da­leris af­ter the ded­i­ca­tion of Ja­cob Moerland Close, the en­try to Gayn­dah's RSL com­plex.

North Bur­nett Coun­cil­lor Kevin “Lofty” Wendt (left) with War­rant Of­fi­cer I Graeme Na­gle and Theodore RSL Sub-branch pres­i­dent Ben O'Don­nell.

Neil Burrows and John and Jackie Sim­mons at the open­ing of new RSL units in Gayn­dah.

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