NORM Henstridge and Dr John Griffin on the site of what will be the new RSL Sub-Branch. PHOTO: BLAINEY WOODHAM D130615
NORM Henstridge and Dr John Griffin on the site of what will be the new RSL Sub-Branch. PHOTO: BLAINEY WOODHAM D130615

Solid foundations for new Sub-Branch

CONSTRUCTION is well underway at the Twin Towns RSL Sub-Branch’s new site.

Treasurer Norm Henstridge and Secretary Doctor John Griffin last week invited the Tweed Border Mail to inspect developments at the site, which began construction in December and is due for completion mid-February.

Mr Henstridge said the appeal of the new location was its proximity to underground parking.

“Because of its layout we’ll be able to make it a more effective meeting place than the previous facility,” he said.

“Plus members won’t have to park out the back of the club and walk around.”

Dr Griffin said the facility was roughly 350 square metres and would replace Twin Towns’ kids’ space, allowing ample room for meetings of between 50 to 80 members, from a membership of about 1700; the largest Sub-Branch membership in Australia.

“It came from the club having a development approval to look at the current facilities,” he said.

“The approval suggested we may want to take the opportunity to relinquish what we had.”

The Sub-Branch will feature offices, a committee room and a new Anzac room catering to any military organisation’s needs.

Dr Griffin said ex-service or military organisations external to Twin Towns and the RSL could use it for free if they asked.

“There’s provision for three interview rooms where pension officers can interview and assist ex-servicemen,” he said.

“Twin Towns are spending $350,000 on it and the RSL is leasing it from them at a very low cost.”

He said the RSL originally started Twin Towns club and sold it to private ownership in about 1976.

“It’s been a very harmonious relationship.

“Twin Towns Services Club give the RSL grants during the year and without that we’d find it difficult to survive.

“Members are deliriously happy with the new Sub-Branch.”

Dr Griffin said loss of the Kids’ Space was minor compared to the RSL’s engagement with youth.

“We’re very supportive of co-operating with schools and we hope to integrate with schools and bring students in to observe things,” he said.

“It’ll give us a chance for the young people of today to interact with the ex-servicepeople of yesterday.”

Mr Henstridge said “just so they understand history, we gave a grant to some kids who went to Sandakan—site of the infamous World War Two death marches—and they participated in Anzac services”.

A formal opening ceremony may occur in March or April.



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