Hervey Bay RSL Sub Branch

Project Description

Location
11-13 Torquay Road,
Pialba, Hervey Bay, QLD 4655
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Sub Branch Newsletter

 


Information for Members

The Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch is established for the principal purpose of promoting the interests and welfare of former and serving members of the ADF and their dependants by:

  • Assisting and caring for the sick, elderly and needy
  • Preserving the memory and records of those who served, suffered and died for the Commonwealth of Australia
  • Encouraging the members of the League and citizens to serve the Nation with a spirit of self sacrifice and loyalty
  • Nurturing of the youth of Australia to ensure that the strength, vitality and security of our Nation is preserved and enhanced

In addition, assist the veteran community of Hervey Bay in the provision of pension and welfare advocacy for compensation and benefits; medical treatment and other forms of welfare.

We help with information and assistance on any of the following:

  • Service related medical conditions.
  • Reassessment of accepted conditions
  • Lodgement of appeals to the Veterans’ Review Board and/or Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
  • War Widow/Widower benefits

Annual General Meetings are held on the last Saturday in February

General Meetings are held three times a year in May, August and November

Committee Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month

Commemorative days:
To ensure the effort and sacrifice made by the Hervey Bay veteran community and members of the ADF is commemorated appropriately.

  • ANZAC Day
  • Rimau Commemoration
  • Korea Memorial Day
  • VP Day
  • Vietnam Veterans’ Day
  • Peacekeepers Day
  • Remembrance Day

Short History of the Sub Branch

On 17 May 1929 the first official meeting of the Pialba Sub-Branch of the Returned Sailors’ & Soldiers’ Imperial League of Australia was held in the Pialba Shire Hall. Through enthusiastic efforts to raise funds over the years, the Sub-Branch has grown in colossal proportions to many other Sub-Branches around the State.

Inauguration of a Women’s Auxiliary in support of the League and its policies occurred in 1929. There were many fundraising schemes that consisted mainly of organising and catering for social functions. The proceeds of such events contributed to the growth of the Sub-Branch and to satisfying diggers’ appeals for relief. Indeed it was the efforts of these women, together with those of the Sub-Branch, that allowed the RSL Club in Hervey Bay to reach its present capacity.

Pialba Railway Square Common became the site of Hervey Bay’s first cenotaph, which was unveiled on 17 July 1921.

Hervey Bay has a large population of returned servicemen and women in Australia. It was therefore a fitting tribute that a memorial of national significance should crown Freedom Park in the year of the Gallipoli centenary. A design of two black granite walls to depict a World War 1 Trench in Beersheba and a Light Horseman bronze statue represents our brave ANZAC jumping over that trench on the way to battle was dedicated 11 October 2014.