Photo caption: President of the Walcha RSL Sub-Branch David Campbell, left, Vice President Adam Hall, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall and member Eric O’Keefe at the Soldier’s Memorial Park Cenotaph in Walcha, with news of a $2,000 grant.
Thursday, 20 April 2023
THE Walcha Returned Services League (RSL) RSL Sub-Branch has received a $2,000 State Government grant under the ANZAC Community Grants Program which will be used to properly display local war memorabilia, Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall announced today.
Mr Marshall said the news came at an important time, as people across the region prepared to gather at cenotaphs, public halls and monuments to pay respect and honour past and present diggers on ANZAC Day next week.
“The grant money will be used to display some of the sub-branch’s war memorabilia at the Walcha Bowling Club, including honour boards, display cabinets and mounted medals,” Mr Marshall said.
“Displaying these important items will ensure the sub-branch continues to have a presence in the community and gives families and friends of current and past service personnel a focal point.
“The memorabilia have been in storage for some time and not available for the community to pay their respects.
“It will also help educate a new generation of Australians about the sacrifices that servicemen and servicewomen have made.”
Walcha RSL Sub-Branch Vice President Adam Hall said the members were very grateful to receive the funding.
“On behalf of the Walcha RSL sub-Branch I would like to extend our gratitude to Adam Marshall and his office for making these grants available,” Mr Hall said.
“Our Auxiliary members fundraise throughout the year to ensure we have funds available to assist our local ex-service personnel in times of hardship.
“Having grants like this available means we can continue our work while creating a strong community presence to ensure future generations have the opportunity to learn about our town’s long and distinguished military history.”