HELPING HAND: Second World War veteran Jim Shaw (left) and war widow Glenda Lowe have been ably assisted by pension and welfare officer Alan Birkenhead.
HELPING HAND: Second World War veteran Jim Shaw (left) and war widow Glenda Lowe have been ably assisted by pension and welfare officer Alan Birkenhead. Renee Albrecht

New service centre to support veterans

THE new Gympie RSL Sub-Branch veterans support centre was officially opened last Friday.

The opening was very well attended, according to Alan Birkenhead, pension and welfare officer for RSL Queensland Branch.

Gympie Mayor Mick Curran, Tony Perrett MP and other dignitaries were in attendance, as was the president of the Wide Bay and Burnett District Branch, Bill Taylor.

Second World War veteran, Lyle "Jimmy" Shaw officially opened the centre.

The event was a perfect opportunity for people to network the different services available to ex-servicemen and their families, said Mr Birkenhead, as there were representatives present from Legacy, Vietnam Veterans Counselling Service and the Salvation Army.

Mr Birkenhead's role is primarily to assist local ex-servicemen and women and their families to find and receive the financial assistance and support they are entitled to.

He covers a wide area, travelling to Hervey Bay on Monday, Bundaberg on Tuesday and out to Kingaroy, and the Cooloola Coast when required, while based at the Gympie centre the remainder of the time.

If you, or someone you know would like information or assistance liaising with the Department of Veteran Affairs, contact Alan Birkenhead on 0429795612.