Caloundra RSL offers club premises in pandemic

State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle today congratulated the Caloundra RSL Services Club and Sub Branch for offering its facilities to support local health services in the event that the Sunshine Coast suffers a crisis during the current pandemic. 

“The Caloundra RSL Services Club, while is it not able to function as usual, has determine that best opportunity it has to assist people across the Sunshine Coast is to offer the facilities of the club to assist in any overflow from the Sunshine Coast University Hospital if a crisis COVID-19 situation arises,” Mr McArdle said.  

“No one wants this to occur but I congratulate the RSL Services Club and Sub Branch on taking this initiative. I repeat, let’s hope this never has to be taken up, but the RSL understands this is a time that as a community we need to pull together. 

“In a number of conversations with the RSL Services Club they agreed that its facilities, located in the precinct including parking, open floor space, kitchens and the like were sitting going to waste at this point. They decided the offer would be made with the real hope that it will never be taken up.” 

Cathy Stamp, the President of the RSL Services Club said with the club premises currently not being used, they believe offering the facilities to be utilised by SCUH in the event of an emergency is the best way they can help.  

“This was a decision the Caloundra RSL Sub-Branch, made with best interest of all Sunshine Coast residents in mind. 

“Like any insurance policy we hope there never comes a time when we need to use it but at the end of the day planning for the future is so important. If the worst does arrive we have to be ready for it and the RSL is here to support our health workers however we can,” Mrs Stamp concluded.   

Ends. 

For further information contact and media enquiries contact:    

Graeme Devin, General Manager of Caloundra RSL Services Club  – 0403 006 995 or graemed@caloundrarslcom.au Media Unit, Office of Mark McArdle, 0438 449 243 or caloundra@parliament.qld.gov.au