Sub-Branch Signal - Issue 5 - 2016

Issue 5/2016


From the President’s Pen…


RSL mateship to the fore

On Tuesday, May 31 our National President also visited Ocean Reef RSL Sub-Branch for a similar Roundtable with Northern Sub-Branches.

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It is always fulfilling seeing the good work being done by RSL Sub-Branches. This week I took National President - Rear Admiral Ken Doolan AO RAN (Retd), to meet with residents from Yarloop and surrounding areas before laying a wreath at the devastated town’s incredible memorial. The National President spoke of the enormous impact on the town and the two deaths from the January fires - including that of Vietnam Veteran Les (Squizzy) Taylor. He laid the wreath and we stood for a minutes silence. It was particularly poignant having recently attended Les’s funeral on May 13 with members of his unit who served with him during his two tours of Vietnam. One of the things the National President noted during his visit was how he was yet again witnessing the support and camaraderie that RSL members offer to each other in times of great difficulty. In Yarloop we saw the Harvey, Pinjarra, Waroona – Hamel and other sub-branches of the RSL helping out each other in times of need. Thanks to all the members turning out, including Eric Hall and Tracey Fickling. The truth is we never know when we might need help. Surely an example is Les Liddington, who has spent most of his life in service – as a soldier or Welfare Officer at Harvey RSL Sub-Branch. The fires took his house; the biggest in town, and suddenly and uncomfortably for him, he was in need. Sub- Branches and the WA Aged Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen’s Relief Trust Fund kicked in to help out. The Yarloop visit was one of three stops: the others were for Roundtables in Bunbury and Mandurah. The Sub-Branches attending the Roundtables included Bunbury, Busselton, Karridale – Augusta, Nannup, Waroona – Hamel, Collie – Cardiff, Margaret River, Greenbushes, Donnybrook, Riverton, City of Rockingham, Pinjarra, Port Kennedy, Dawesville and Fremantle.

RESPECT: National RSL President Ken Doolan bows his head in respect at the Yarloop War Memorial.

The recently renamed Joondalup City RSL Sub-Branch was presented with its new Charter as sub-branches came from as far afield as Three Springs — Arrino. Others taking part were North Beach, Quinns Rocks, Joondalup City and Scarborough. A consistent issue brought to our attention by RSL members at these roundtables related to the increasing impost of compliance for ANZAC Day Services. Concerns were expressed about the need to find money to spend on safety audits and traffic and road safety management; about cost-shifting and other costly bureaucracy. I reminded them that on March 2 in the front page of The West Australian I made the same point in a report which warned ANZAC Day services were "under threat" because of the burden falling on RSL volunteers. ANZAC Day costs including road closures, security, infrastructure and equipment needed to make services safe are continually increasing as is the amount of paperwork required before approval is even given to hold the service.

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