RSL boost thanks to federal funding
MEMBERS of the Glasshouse Country RSL and its local community will benefit from improved social and function facilities, and a more welcoming and safe environment following a $258,000 federal grant.
Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace said about 7000 local residents used the RSL every year, and that many more were expected after the renovations.
“A safe, attractive hall, with up-to-date facilities and the latest equipment will be a major boost for the region. As locals will know, I have been advocating ... for this funding and I am grateful to the community for helping me by showing their support,” Mr Wallace said.
The funding included in this week’s Federal Budget under the Community Development Grants scheme will go toward upgrades and new equipment for the bar and dining areas, increased space for military heritage displays, safety and security improvements throughout and a redesigned office area.
Mr Wallace said the funding would help attract younger former servicemen and women to the RSL and improve privacy for those seeking access to welfare services.
Glasshouse Country RSL sub branch secretary Wendy Siebrecht said the refurbishment that was made possible by the grant was “invaluable” to veterans, their families and the local community.
“We will finally have a comfortable and private area to attend to welfare issues, the dining and social areas will be upmarket and visually appealing, and the new display cabinets will provide a wonderful area for our memorabilia,” she said.
VITAL GRANT: MP Andrew Wallace with members of the RSL.