Glasshouse Country RSL to be transformed by $258,000 Federal Government Grant
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 successful campaign for Federal funding by local Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace. Mr Wallace announced the grant of $258,000 on a visit to the RSL today.
Mr Wallace said that around 7,000 local residents use the RSL every year, and that many more were expected after the renovations.
“Glasshouse Country RSL is not simply the only hall for veterans of its kind in the Southern part of the Sunshine Coast hinterland. It is also home to other groups like Diggers Rest and Wet Vets. The RSL hosts community groups of every kind from the local Orchid Society to Probus and this renovation will draw many more.” Mr Wallace said.
“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 strongly in Canberra for this funding and I am grateful to the community for helping me by showing their support.”
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 added that the funding would help to attract younger former service men and women to the RSL and improve privacy for those seeking access to welfare services.
“This grant is going to help attract younger members to the RSL and help to get them access to the comradeship and the services that only the RSL can provide. Importantly the funding will allow the RSL to build a dedicated private Welfare Office, ensuring that those who need help can discuss their needs in a comfortable and confidential environment.” he said.
The Glasshouse RSL hope to encourage greater use of the facility for weddings, community events and other functions, generating an important new revenue stream for the Sub Branch.
Glasshouse Country RSL Sub Branch Secretary Wendy Siebrecht said “The refurbishment that we will be able to achieve with this grant is invaluable to Veterans, their families and our local community.”
“Being run by Volunteers and being not for profit this is the only way the refurbishment of the Sub Branch would be able to happen. 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.”
“We really hope to be able to provide a venue that brings together Veterans (and their families) from all age groups in a welcoming and supporting atmosphere. This is the only RSL Hall in the Landsborough, Beerwah and Glass House area and many local groups who utilise the facilities are also looking forward to the long-awaited upgrade, along with our Veterans and members. The modernisation of the Sub Branch hall and facilities will take the branch forward for the next 20 years and for us to be able concentrate on the RSL’s mission.”
For further information on the Community Development Grants program please visit https://regional.gov.au/regional/programs/community-development-grants.aspx