Upgrade planned for Heyfield RSL

Heyfield RSL president Greg Mackenzie and Gippsland East MLA and shadow veterans minister Tim Bull discuss the proposed upgrades planned for the Heyfield RSL clubrooms

HEYFIELD RSL, which recently marked its centenary, will receive $19,000 for upgrades to its hall under the Veterans Capital Works Grant Program.

The Veterans Capital Works Grant Program grants are made available for projects which support building and facility improvements for not-for-profit organisations delivering services to veterans, their families and communities.

Sub-branch president Greg Mackenzie said the grant would help to give the facilities a whole new lease of life.

“We plan to address several long-standing occupational health and safety issues and install new security lighting, air conditioning, curtains and bring the well-worn timber floors back to their former glory,” he said.

“I would like to acknowledge the wonderful assistance our committee received from Jane Harvie in putting this grant submission together.”

Gippsland East MLA and shadow veterans minister Tim Bull said he was delighted the sub-branch had been successful in its application.

“This is good news and a just reward for the hard work of the Heyfield RSL sub-branch committee,” said Mr Bull.

“It’s a terrific little sub-branch that through its proactiveness has seen improvements over a period of time.

“The venue is a valuable asset to the community and this money will go a long way toward improving them for everyone’s enjoyment.

“We should never forget that it is solely from the service of our veterans that we enjoy the lives we live today.

“It is remarkable that Heyfield RSL has been continuously providing vital support to veterans and their families in the district for more than 100 years.”