Tilligerry RSL Sub-Branch completes the first stage in the refurbishment of its club war memorial

REFURBISHED: Tilligerry RSL Sub-Branch treasurer John Olive in front of the refurbished war memorial.
REFURBISHED: Tilligerry RSL Sub-Branch treasurer John Olive in front of the refurbished war memorial.

The Tilligerry RSL Sub-Branch has just completed the first stage in the refurbishment of the war memorial located at the front of the Tanilba Bay-based club.

The upgrade, estimated to be worth in the vicinity of $12,000, was undertaken through the efforts of sub-branch members John Olive (treasurer), Ray Harvey (vice-president) and Gary Davis.

They are part of a newly elected leadership team which includes president Paul Carleton, allowing former longtime president Noel Cartwright to take on the role of patron.

Mr Olive, a retired builder who spent 13 years in the Air Force, said the enhancement of the cenotaph was made possible through the hard work of sub-branch members and some generous sponsors.

"We appreciate the support of Hawkins Civil, who were kind enough to provide the turf and road base, in addition to Civic Bricks, Maccas Sand and Tilligerry Rural Fire Service for their support," he said.

"The next stage is to plant some appropriate hedge trees. I think most visitors will appreciate the work and effort gone into this very special monument."

Mr Olive said that the sub-branch was also close to erecting the names of the 128 veterans from the TIlligerry peninsula who enlisted in the wars on the memorial wall, located near the front entrance of the Tilligerry RSL Sports Club.

"Our aim is to have the plaques installed before Remembrance Day (November 11). We believe we have all the names but if anyone is aware of a missing veteran then we would be happy to hear from them."

He said that the sub-branch was hoping to win a government grant to offset the $34,000 cost of the plaques. "We will be looking for support from our local politicians."

Mr Olive also thanked the work of both Mr Cartwright and Alan Curry.

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