Boost for Hinterland ADF veterans as transformed Glasshouse Country RSL opens
Veterans throughout the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, and the local community in Glasshouse Mountains, will benefit from new social and function facilities, and improved welfare programs following the opening of the renovated Glasshouse Country RSL on Saturday. The transformative renovations were paid for with a grant of $258,000 from the Federal Government.
Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace, who officially opened the RSL on Saturday, said that the renovations would create a unique new community asset for the Hinterland, and see many more people use the RSL every year.
“The Glasshouse Country RSL was already home to community groups like Probus and the Orchid Society, but with these first class new facilities I know that there will be many more locals knocking on the door. The new ‘Kevin’s Bar’ will be perfect for wedding receptions and birthdays, and the comfortable, modern rooms are crying out to be filled with the sounds of meetings, hobby groups and volunteer events. It is a major new asset for this community and importantly, will not contain a single poker machine.”
Mr Wallace added that the renovations would also ensure that more veterans were able to benefit from improved welfare and veterans mental health activities.
“Glasshouse Country RSL is the only facility for veterans of this kind in the Southern Sunshine Coast Hinterland. This funding has allowed 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.”
The Glasshouse RSL intend to encourage greater use of the facility for weddings, community events and other functions, generating an important new revenue stream for the Sub Branch.
“With more revenue coming in, the RSL will be able to afford more programs and activities for younger veterans to help deliver the comradeship and support that is so critical to good mental health. It goes to show what local volunteer organisations can achieve without bringing more poker machines to our community.” Mr Wallace said.
The renovations, funded as part of the 2019/20 Federal Budget, included 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.
“I have been advocating strongly in Canberra for this funding since the beginning of last year and I am grateful to the community for helping me by showing their support at every stage. I would urge locals throughout the Hinterland to show your support once more, and book the Glasshouse Country RSL for your next event!” he said.
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