Beaudesert celebrates the official hand over of a mobile RSL welfare trailer

BEAUDESERT RSL Sub-Branch members and supporters congregated in Jubilee Park for the official hand-over of a mobile welfare trailer.

RSL Sub-Branch welfare vice president Steve Monteath said the unit was purpose-built by a team from AJ Bush and Sons.

“We are very grateful to Member for Wright Scott Buchholz, the Veterans’ Affairs Department, Dr Robert Maher and AJ Bush for making this happen,” he said.

“This trailer is amazing – it has a built-n barbecue, a generator and 200 litres of water on board.”

He said the equipment would help them to visit isolated places within the region.

“The trailer doesn’t belong to anyone, it will be available to others like the National Servicemen’s Association and the RSL Women’s Auxilliary as and when required.” 

Mr Monteath said the Sub-Branch had been fortunate in the amount of government support they had received in the past five years, thanks to Scott Buchholz.

Mr Buchholz said they had been able to access a number of grants available during Anzac centenary celebrations.

“We rode the wave of grants coming from this and instead of just asking for money, all I did was tell people about the strides that have been made by the sub-branch over the past four years,” he said.

“I tell them about the advocacy being done here, not just for older veterans but also the younger ones coming from Afghanistan.”

Mr Monteath said they were on a mission to rejuvenate welfare services.

“The trailer will help us to reach older veterans and their families, bring them on board for minor counselling and direction and get them out of their houses and into their communities,” he said.

“We have a 25-year-old veteran undertaking advocacy training and he will be there for veterans who see the rest of us as old farts who don’t have a clue about modern warfare.”

He said the RSL Sub-Branch was very different from the RSL Club and rather than being confused with an organisation involved with poker machines and alcohol sales they were aiming to get back to their roots.

“The RSL Sub-Branch is about welfare and our welfare goes further than money,” he said.

“There’s a story about a WWI digger dying in the trenches in France, who asked his mate to look after his wife and children if he made it home and this is what our welfare program is all about, looking after families.”

The event concluded with a sausage sizzle and speeches from federal member for Wright Scott Buchholz, David Kassucke from AJ Bush and RSL Sub_Branch executives Errlo Guilfoyle and Steve Monteath.