December 12, 2022

Murgon RSL Sub-Branch celebrated the opening of the newly created Veterans Memorial Park in Murgon today with a Garden Party and Plaque Unveiling Ceremony.

The RSL Sub-Branch received funding from the Australian Government to create a quiet space of reflection and commemoration for veterans and the wider community.

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced that Memorial Park had received funding from the Australian Government’s Saluting Their Service Program for the installation of five cast bronze plaques to commemorate those who have served in wars and conflicts since the Vietnam War.

“Saluting Their Service funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs supports projects and activities that commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australia’s military personnel in wars, conflicts, and peace operations,” Mr O’Brien said.

Murgon RSL Sub-Branch Secretary Liz Williamson explained that the recent work undertaken on the park is to acknowledge all veterans who have served since World War I.

“There are existing memorials to World Wars I and II, Korea, and a large Vietnam Cross in the centre of the park,” Mrs Williamson said.

“Each of the 5 plaques funded from the Saluting Their Service grant are dedicated to veterans of the modern conflicts and peace keeping missions that occurred after the Vietnam War.”

Veterans Memorial Park also received funding from the former Coalition Government’s Planting Trees for the Queen’s Jubilee Program, to beautify the local environment by planting native trees and installing a commemorative plaque.

“Earlier in 2022, the former Coalition Government supported a range of national and community events to commemorate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee, and to honour her life’s achievements,” Mr O’Brien said today.

“20 native trees were planted that will mature to create a shady canopy and a lasting legacy to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and her 70 years of service as Australia’s Head of State.”


In the spirit of Australia, I acknowledge all citizens who contribute to making our nation the greatest on earth.

I acknowledge our defence force personnel, past, present, and emerging, for their service to our nation, and particularly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the defence of Australia.

I also acknowledge the Australian taxpayers who, through their hard work, pay for the infrastructure, health, education, and emergency services that keep our proud nation healthy, safe, and prosperous.