Local MP Annabelle Cleeland is advocating for local veterans and urging the government to finance a planned refurb and expansion of Seymour RSL under the The Veteran Wellbeing Grants Program.
Ms Cleeland, and Federal Member for Nicholls Sam Birrell MP, have been fighting for the RSL to get the funding they need as soon as possible.
“I am proud to endorse the Seymour RSL for government funding,” said Ms Cleeland.
“It is an extremely important part of the local community, offering a central location in town for veterans and their families to gather.
“By helping connect veterans to services, providing them with a way to develop social networks, and providing practical support, the Seymour RSL is offering a service that cannot be replaced.
“However, the current facilities are no longer fit for purpose.”
The project aims to revitalise and develop the original 1940s building, constructed with great dedication by local veterans from the first world war.
The lack of accessibility for disabled individuals, including veterans, is especially a pressing concern.
“I have been working with the Seymour RSL on this expansion for a long time,” said Mr Birrell. “An application for funding has been made and we are hopeful for its success, as it is well deserved and needed for those hard working people at the RSL.”
To address these challenges, the project will undertake significant improvements, including a substantial extension of the existing meeting hall and function area, installing modern and accessible toilet facilities, the inclusion of a family-friendly playground, and a commemorative mural paying tribute to the service and sacrifices made by the local veterans.
Seymour RSL President Matt McLaughlin highlighted the desperate need for funding.
“We are so thankful for all the work Annabelle Cleeland and Sam Birrell have done to help us, because without government grants, we may even have to close,” said Mr McLaughlin
“Our toilets do not have disabled access and do not meet requirements – we cannot support our veterans if we don’t have the space or services.
“We also need a modern, family friendly facility to provide for our younger veterans.
“Now we just need the government to get it done.”