A Veteran’s Oasis: Gladstone’s New Support Facility Unveiled

A Veteran’s Oasis: Gladstone’s New Support Facility Unveiled

A new facility dedicated to supporting veterans has been unveiled at the Gladstone ANZAC Memorials Bowls and Citizens Club.

This new addition, located on the western end of the building’s second story, offers a range of essential amenities.

It features a conference room, a convenient kitchenette, and three private counselling rooms, specially designed to provide crucial post traumatic stress advice and support to veterans in need. 

Notably, the Gladstone Foundation generously awarded the Gladstone RSL a substantial $550,000 grant back in 2019, perfectly timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of ANZAC Centenary service since World War I.

Tim Griffin OAM, serving as the Independent Chair for the Gladstone Foundation, has offered his perspective on the recent unveiling. 

“I was honoured to award the grant to the Gladstone RSL on the 100 year ANZAC Centenary and I’m thrilled to see this facility is now complete,” exclaimed Mr Griffin.

“This new meeting space will provide veterans and their family and friends across Gladstone more room to access vital treatment and support and that’s exactly what we’d like to see.”

Graham McVean, the Chairman of the Management Board for the Gladstone Bowls Club and a patron of the Gladstone RSL, has expressed his enthusiasm for the unveiling of this new facility. 

“This new facility will provide the RSL with a dignified and high quality space for them to provide their services and we’re really happy with the outcome,” shared Graham.

“This stands as a crucial piece of regional infrastructure, one that fills us with pride upon its completion. It boasts several accessibility features, including lifts and well-equipped restrooms. Additionally, it offers three private counselling rooms, a spacious conference hall for accommodating larger group training sessions and even a convenient kitchenette!”

“We want veterans to visit the club, make the most of these facilities and the services offered by the RSL because this facility is for our veterans,” stated Graham.

“On behalf of the Management Board and the Gladstone RSL, I’d like to thank the Gladstone Foundation and the Queensland Public Trustee for their support.”

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