Services and Support for Our Members
We endeavour to provide a range of services for local veterans and their families, especially members of Toowoomba Sub Branch. Our 'Veterans' Hub' has provided us with more opportunities to expand the services and support we offer. These are only made possible through the events of our team of volunteers. As a member of the Sub Branch or the Citizens' Auxiliary, you and your family are welcome to avail yourself of any of the services listed below.
Become a part of our organisation or support our work by Joining the RSL, or get in touch by Contacting Us.
You're welcome at 'The Hub'
Our Sub Branch HQ is a relaxed welcoming space. It's up to you whether you join in any of the activities or just call in for a cuppa and a friendly chat. Our front porch is a great place for a coffee with your mates. Maybe you need a quiet corner to sit and read, or table space to do some work. Come along and make yourself at home. Free tea/coffee always available. Families are welcome too - we have a kids' corner inside and a fully fenced backyard.
If you visit our Hub and hear the name 'Flying Pineapple' we are referring to the project car some of our members have been working on. The Flying Pineapple has been restored complete with awesome paint job by the members of the Young Veteran's Race Team. The members of the Race Team have some exciting plans to continue racing. Workshop evenings are held at The Hub every Thursday so come along, meet our Young Veterans over the free BBQ, and have a tinker around.
For motoring enthusiasts, how about challenging yourself with our race simulator which was recently installed. Can you set the fastest lap time in our friendly competition?
Tool Lending Library
The Sub Branch has a collection of gardening and maintenance tools which have been donated to us. These are available to hire from The Hub so if you have a task to do around the house and don't have the tool for the job, just ask and we may be able to help.
There is nothing more relaxing than spending a day on the water, maybe wetting a line or getting some low impact exercise. We have a 2 person fishing kayak for the use of our members. Please enquire at the Sub Branch office.
Ever heard of a UAV? Maybe you know them better as drones. We have some professional grade UAVs and have set up as a registered UAV operator. Sub Branch members can use these drones to film family events, holidays or just learn about this fun new technology.
As a registered operator, we can tender and complete works such as site surveys, commercial photography, roof inspections, etc. Our concept is to assist veterans to find work in a growing industry.
'Skill at Arms'
In association with the Toowoomba Sporting Shooters, we hold regular range days at the Captain's Mountain Shooting Complex. Our Sub Branch has access to four rifles so non-owners are also welcome to come along and try their skills in a friendly relaxed environment.
Sub Branch Vehicle
We have a 12 seater Toyota Hiace which is used to provide welfare for our members but is also available for use by members in return for a donation. Perhaps you have a family event coming up and would like to travel together or belong to a group which needs a medium size vehicle now and again for outings. Our bus is automatic and can be driven by any registered driver.
We have a large range of merchandise covering all conflicts as well as ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day specific items which make ideal gifts for all ages or would appeal to the military collector. All funds from the sale of merchandise throughout the year including our regular community stalls leading up to ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day are used to support our services to local veterans.
'Flags on the Homefront'
Join your fellow Australians and show your patriotic pride by having a flagpole installed in your front yard by the team from TRSL. In return for your donation, we will install a polished metal 5.5 metre flagpole at your place. Use your own flag or purchase the National Flag at a specially reduced price from our friends at Flag World. So far we have installed over 100 flagpoles all around our district.
Pensions and Welfare Service
Trained advocates are available to assist all members to access their entitlements through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and/or to offer a guiding hand in obtaining other pension and welfare services. The Pensions and Welfare Service, located in the RSL Western District Branch Inc. office at 126 South St, Centenary Heights, is staffed by experienced advocates who are available by appointment. To access this service, please contact Michael Boyd, Regional Coordinator, Veteran Services on (07) 4687 4906 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A small team of volunteers is happy to visit our members who may be unable to leave their homes, including residential aged care facilities. We also offer a friendly visit to local veterans as well as those from around the district, who may be hospitalised. This service extends to St Vincent's Toowoomba and St. Andrew's Toowoomba hospitals.
Funeral and Bereavement Team
An important role that Toowoomba RSL Sub Branch Inc. fulfills is to ensure that our veterans are given appropriate recognition as part of their final farewell. The Funeral Team will officiate at a Poppy Service and will, upon request, deliver a eulogy which acknowledges the deceased veteran’s service. This team is overseen by one of our members, Mr Jim Danskin.
Our active Citizens' Auxiliary consists of over 25 people who are involved in many welfare and fundraising activities. New members are always welcome - this is a great way for non-veterans to join in and support the activities of the Sub Branch.
To join the Citizens' Auxiliary, please complete the membership application form on the Join the RSL page.
Friday Evening Catchup
Relax and unwind at the end of a busy week. All members, ex-service personnel, current serving members and their guests are welcome to drop in to The Hub on Friday evenings from 5pm - 8pm (except when closed over Christmas/New Year) for a friendly chat, delicious finger food and drinks (alcoholic / non-alcoholic). This is a great way to meet your fellow members and learn about the latest happenings.
Don't forget to use the off street carpark in Nell E. Robinson Park next door to The Hub.
'Carry On' Newsletter
Our quarterly newsletter provides members with all the latest information and articles about the life of the Sub Branch and other items of interest. It is distributed by email or post. Contributions and suggestions are always welcome.
You can keep up to date with all the latest happenings and Sub Branch news on our Facebook page - facebook.com/pg/ToowoombaUnitedRSL/about/