RSL boost thanks to fed­eral fund­ing

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

VI­TAL GRANT: MP An­drew Wallace with mem­bers of the RSL.

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