$ 200,000 boost to city’s his­toric Nasho re­union

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - Bar­bara Lynch

TOWNSVILLE City Coun­cil will in­ject more than $ 200,000 in cash and in-kind do­na­tions to­wards one of Aus­tralia’s big­gest re­unions of our Na­tional Ser­vice­man.

Coun­cil, with the sup­port of the Na­tional Ser­vice­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia – Townsville and Dis­tricts branch as well as serv­ing and ex-de­fence mem­bers, will host the Septem­ber re­union to mark the 60th an­niver­sary of Na­tional Ser­vice.

Mayor Les Tyrell said it was a ma­jor an­niver­sary and the spot­light would be on Townsville.

‘‘ The boost to the econ­omy will be sub­stan­tial,’’ he said.

Cr Tyrell said it was a sub­stan­tial com­mem­o­ra­tion as well as a na­tional com­mem­o­ra­tion for the gar­ri­son city.

The $ 200,000 would go to­wards or­gan­is­ing the meet and greet, pub­lic con­cert, a gala din­ner dance and ser­vice and march through the city cen­tre.

Nasho Geoff Ni­col said the cel­e­bra­tions could be som­bre but he looked for­ward to catch­ing up with fel­low na­tional ser­vice­men.

‘‘ We won’t see any­thing like this again in all our life­time . . . un­for­tu­nately,’’ the 74-year-old said.

T h e 6 0 t h a n n i v e r s a r y c e l - ebra­tions are held be­tween Septem­ber 8 and 11 in Townsville.

ONCE IN A LIFE­TIME: War­ren He­garty ( front), Neville Cole­man, Geoff Ni­col and Ian Daw­son

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