A bright new mosaic wall at Cooroy-Pomona RSL will be a lasting reminder of the sacrifices made by Australian servicemen and women, with Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O’Brien officially opening the artwork today.
The Cooroy Pomona RSL Sub-Branch received $8,240 towards the cost of three mosaics, depicting members of the Navy, Air Force and Army respectively, through Round 5 of the Morrison Government’s Stronger Communities Programme, which supports capital projects to benefit local communities.
“This engaging mosaic artwork will brighten the streetscape of Cooroy, attracting locals and visitors alike to view the panels and drawing their attention to the sacrifices made by the Defence Services Personnel who have helped make Cooroy the strong community it is today,” Mr O’Brien said.
“I congratulate the Pomona Cooroy RSL on their successful application for funding, and thank the Sub-Branch committee and artist Sue Hoskins for their hard work and dedication in creating this beautiful commemorative artwork.”
Other successful Wide Bay applicants in Round 5 of the Stronger Communities Programme include Noosa disability service Sunshine Butterflies, Noosa Boardriders, Cooroy Gymnastics, Cooloola Coast Medical Transport, Rotary Club of Murgon, Gympie’s Graham House Community Centre, the Queensland Dairy and Heritage Museum and Murgon Men’s Shed.
Mr O’Brien also presented the Cooroy Pomona RSL Sub-Branch and the Noosa Tewantin RSL Sub-Branch with special commemoratives medallion marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, which fell on 15 August this year.
“Wide Bay was well-represented among the almost one million Australians who served in the Second World War, and local people took on significant roles in protecting our country,” Mr O’Brien said.
“These medallions are an acknowledgement of this remarkable generation who served during World War 2, and they ensure the people of Wide Bay can show their gratitude to veterans within our region.”
The medals are now available to every living Second World War veteran, in acknowledgement of their service. Second World War veterans, or their families on their behalf, can apply online at dva.gov.au/medallion or by phone on 02 6191 8217 during business hours.