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Jurien RSL gets federal grant for new HQ

Edward ScownMidwest Times
The site of Jurien Bay RSL will remain bushland until final plans are approved
Camera IconThe site of Jurien Bay RSL will remain bushland until final plans are approved

The Jurien Bay sub-branch of the RSL finally has its sights on a permanent home, with a $1.2 million Federal Government grant allowing works to start next year.

The sub-branch, which has been fundraising since 2012, plans a new building on the north side of the war memorial, allowing Anzac Day and Remembrance Day services to be observed from the shelter of the club.

“It’s all about the welfare of our veterans,” sub-branch president Wayne Gibson said.

The land is on a slope, making room for a big lower section, which will become a museum.

Mr Gibson said the club was lobbying for an 81mm mortar kit, an M79 grenade launcher and an armoured personnel carrier: “Or a tank ... that would be great.”

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The club, formed in 2008, has met in backyards, pubs, and lately, the Jurien Bay Bowling Club. The club’s focus is now on helping younger veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, and Mr Gibson hopes the headquarters will serve as an attractive home for new members.

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