Support for soldiers
A NEW young veterans’ retreat to support soldiers of recent conflicts is being set up in the Central Highlands thanks to a $100,000 State Government grant.
The RSL project at Dago Point will bring together young veterans who served in Rwanda, Solomon Islands, Iraq, Timor Leste, Afghanistan and Bougainville work to transform an existing shack into a family retreat.
RSL Tasmania state president Terry Roe said the retreat would be a fantastic initiative which paid respect to those who have served.
“The project is very important as it will bring together young veterans and hopefully provide a place to relax,” Mr Roe said.
He said the funding was a major boost for the initiative.
“I think it’ll go a long way,” he said.
“Already there’s a lot of plumbing work that needs doing so that will cost a fair bit, but we’ll continue to seek ongoing support.”
Central Highlands Mayor Lou Triffitt said she was thrilled to see Australia’s first young veterans’ retreat set up in the municipality.
“It’s a fantastic initiative for us,” she said.
“The young veterans will embark on this project to for a place to get away from it all and enjoy some peace and quiet, which I think will be great.
“The council encourages and supports this project and will continue to offer support going forward.”
Barry Quinn, a 15 -year veteran who served in Rwanda, is helping lead the project and said the retreat would be valued by ex-service men and women.
“The project is located next door to a Vietnam Veterans retreat and it’s been great to have their support through the early stages of the initiative,” he said.
“The retreat will be good for the brains of young veterans. It will help them take their mind off some of the issues they’ve faced.”
Mr Quinn said he was working to see the retreat be made available to police, fire and ambulance officers.