$1.2 million for Jurien Bay RSL
May 15, 2019
Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price was thrilled to visit Jurien Bay on Tuesday, to announce that Jurien Bay RSL will receive $1.2 million for a new community centre in the coastal town.
Ms Price said she fought hard for this and is delighted the Liberal Government has made this election commitment to establish a facility for Returned Services League activities and events.
“I have long supported and fought for the construction of this facility in Jurien Bay and my government has now committed to its establishment,” she said.
Jurien Bay Sub-Branch President Wayne Gibson said the RSL had been talking to Ms Price for a couple of years and thanked her for listening.
“We sincerely thank you for your support to gain our RSL a home in Jurien Bay,” said Mr Gibson.
Joined at the announcement at the Jurien Bay RSL memorial by some of the RSL members, and their wives - who form an important part of the organisation - Mr Gibson said the sub-branch has well over 80 members.
“Our wives are an important part of our Sub-branch as are our service groups, police, ambulance officers, firies, sea rescue – they are all welcomed as members,” he said.
Ms Price said with an increasing population, the centre would be of significant benefit to residents and visitors as a community space.
“It will not only be for RSL activities, but will be suitable for corporate meetings, community group meetings and functions, and will be available for private event hire,” she said.
“This will contribute to an active and sustainable town and deliver economic benefits to Jurien Bay,” said Ms Price.
“It will also fill the gap between Geraldton and Perth for visiting RSL members and tourists.”
It is planned to feature war memorabilia, pivotal to creating a sense of place, and offer a safe and supportive space for current and ex-servicemen and women, particularly young veterans.
Contained within the walls of the memorial is sand brought back from the Gallipoli battlefields, a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by those brave men who fought so valiantly in the First World War.
Pic caption: Members of Jurien Bay RSL Sub-branch, with Melissa Price at the announcement of the funding for a community centre at the RSL Memorial in Jurien Bay.