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