- Cockburn RSL's centenary commemorations include launch of new Veterans Hub
- McGowan Government acknowledges sacrifice and service of veterans
Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley will lead the centenary commemorations for the Cockburn sub-branch of the Returned and Services League of Western Australia (RSLWA) by launching its new Veterans Hub.
The Veterans Hub will provide a private and confidential space in the Hamilton Hill based sub-branch and provide veterans with access to a dedicated support network.
Established on October 19, 1919, RSLWA's Cockburn branch has helped create a connected sense of community among its returned servicemen and women, which many members continue to benefit from to this day.
In marking the milestone, Mr Tinley will also unveil a commemorative plaque as part of the evening's celebrations.
The symbolism of the anniversary continues last month's commemoration of the final troopship to reach port in Fremantle 100 years ago - bringing home the last contingent of WA soldiers to have served in World War One.
The Minister used the occasion of that commemoration to launch the McGowan Government's WA Veterans and Families Strategy which focuses on the five themes of; recognition, understanding, support, participation and commemoration.
Visit https://www.communities.wa.gov.au/projects/wa-veterans-and-families-strategy for more detail of the WA Veterans and Families Strategy.
Comments attributed to Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley:
"As Veterans Issues Minister, and as a veteran myself, I understand how important it is to acknowledge and support our veterans community.
"It is through their individual acts of sacrifice and service, that we, as a society, enjoy the freedoms that we have today.
"The purpose of the RSLWA was to establish a sense of community among returned servicemen and women, and to provide the support network that many, if not most, needed.
"This new Veterans Hub will continue to meet those needs and work as a reminder of the McGowan Government's vision of developing and implementing policies and initiatives that promote the wellbeing of WA veterans and their families."
Minister's office - 6552 5300