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Wellbeing and Sub-Branch

Welfare Officers are available by appointment

Monday to Friday
between 10.00am and 2.00pm

Phone (07) 4333 1208 or 0408 670 283 to make an appointment

Sub Branch headquarters will be closed from Friday the 17th of December until Monday 10th of January 2022

During this time please contact 0408 670 283 for emergencies

WELLBEING and Pensions Officers

Maryborough RSL Wellbeing and Pensions Officers are available to provide many free services, advice and assistance to our Serving and Ex-Service members of Australian and Allied Defence Forces, current and ex-service Police employed on UN peacekeeping duties, War Widow(er)s, and their respective families.

All of our Pension and Wellbeing Officers hold a Commonwealth Police Check and Blue Card, and maintain currency in DVA Training Information Programs.

Our Wellbeing Officers:

Visit St. Stephens Hospital Maryborough and Maryborough Base Hospital on a weekly basis, visiting all Veterans admitted that hold a DVA White or Gold Card

Visit District Care Facilities – RSL Care Chelsea and Yaralla Place on a weekly basis, and willing to visit Groundwater Lodge, Fair Haven and other facilities when the Welfare Section are notified

Visit Veterans at home, and give support and advice to family members of our Veterans and War Widows

Are available by appointment at times suitable by arrangement with the Welfare Officer

Our Pensions Officers:

Assist Service and Ex-Service Veterans who require professional advice and assistance including claims for entitlements, applications for increase in Disability Pensions, Transport arrangements, Re-imbursement of Travel Expenses, advice on concerns on assets or savings that might affect your pension, and more

  • Assist with claims for a Pension by a Widow, Widower or a Dependent child of a deceased Veteran
  • Assist in preparing applications for review from adverse decisions in relation to such applications
  • Provide advice concerning Wellbeing issues, including liaison with Ex-Service Organisations, Federal, State or Local Government or other agencies to obtain medical, housing or other benefits and services where the individual qualifies for such assistance
  • Are available by appointment Thursday & Friday afternoons, and other times more suitable by arrangement with the Pensions Officer.

In addition to Pensions and Wellbeing Officers, Maryborough RSL have a Funeral Officer available to give the RSL Service at the funerals of our Veterans. Local Funeral Directors will contact the RSL directly, when the family requests the RSL Service to be included as part of the Veterans Service. Maryborough RSL Sub Branch Pensions and Wellbeing section remain available to support the families of our deceased Veterans.

Whether it’s for a bit of company, if you need some assistance at home but don’t know who to call, if you’re unsure about your entitlements, or there’s anything else we can do for you – all you need to do is call (07) 4333 1208 or 0408 670 283 to arrange an appointment.

Monday to Friday 10am until 2pm.

Sub-Branch Headquarters Reception hours are 10.00am to 2.00pm Monday to Friday,

call (07) 4333 1208 or 0408 670 283

Maryborough’s Local Club

The Maryborough RSL Sub-Branch and Management Committee members are a proud, passionate and professional group of locals dedicated to providing a safe, friendly and welcoming space for our veterans, their families and the wider community. The Sub-Branch offers a range of Welfare and Advocacy services for our veterans as well as funding for community grants and projects of benefit to the Maryborough Community. Come down and get to know the Committee, Management and friendly staff ‘Meet you at the Club’


For all of your Wellbeing needs find us at the new Sub-Branch Headquarters located at 154 Adelaide Street. Opening hours Monday to Friday 10.00am – 2.00pm Contact number (07) 4333 1208 Please leave a message outside of operating hours.

The Committee

Paul Coleman – Sub Branch President

Paul Coleman served for 23 years in the Royal Australian Armoured Corps, service which included two tours of Vietnam and as Commanding Officer of 2/14 Light Horse Regiment (QMI) in 1985/86. In civilian life he and his wife, Elizabeth, owned successful newsagencies in Brisbane, was Chairman of the Queensland Newsagents Federation and served on that industry’s national board. He was also chairman of the Queensland Casket Agents Association and in 2002/05 President of the Kenmore – Moggill RSL. He moved to Maryborough 15 years ago and has since served on the Maryborough RSL Board in 2009, as President of Legacy and on the Management Committee of the Maryborough Golf Club.

Lea Rampton – Deputy President

Lea Rampton served in the Army Reserve for seven years, after finishing his schooling in Maryborough.

In 1970, Lea started the Blackwater Bakery, building it up to 16 staff while also developing Blackwater Air Transport as wall as a travel agency. He also started the local hockey association and served on the council.

He and his wife Marguerite moved back to Maryborough and developed the highly successful bark processing plant at Dundathu. He restructured the Maryborough hockey association 20 years ago, returning it to profitable levels.

Dr Thomas Dunn – Junior Vice President

Tom served in RAAF Queensland University 23 Squadron 1969 – 1971 and he has held numerous positins on Maryborough boards and committees (in both medical and community areas). He takes an active interest in the health of the past and present military personnel.

Tom is married to Cathy and is a keen student of military history. His interests are woodturning, fishing and sport.

Dr Tom Dunn’s family has been in Maryborough for four generations.

David Abbs – Treasurer

David Abbs was born in Maryborough and joined the Army in 1978. He completed his 20-year in RAEME military career as a WO2.

David then worked in motor industry management in areas as far afield as from Maryborough to Katherine and Kununurra.

Glenda Pitman – Secretary

Gelenda served 10 years in the RAAF and has strong family links to the RSL. She has worked in employment services and DPI finance, and has taught horticulture. Glenda is also a former Rotary president, is interested in all aspects of the RSL and in community welfare as well.

Glenda has a strong sense of justice and fairness. Glenda is president of the Greater Mary Association, an organisation focused on the environmental health of the Mary River catchment.

Her husband, Adrian, still works for Defence.

Tony Bates – Director

Anthony (Tony) Bates is a Vietnam veteran with a keen interest in the welfare of young and old veterans. He believes the RSL should be more relevant to them.

A printer with own business as well as cattle interests, he instigated the Duncan Chapman campaign and helped his wife Nancy with the Gallipoli to Armistice Trail.

Alan Miller – Director

Alan spent six years in the Army, serving in Malaysia, before a career as a respected Police officer.

He was a detective in Brisbane before moving to Wide Bay. His work in Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Gayndah, Tiaro and Howard included stints with the fraud squad.

He has broad experience with the RSL, serving on the Sub Branch boards of Maryborough and Hervey Bay, as well as on the Bay’s RSL Club board and on Maryborough’s club board before it was taken over by the Sub Branch.

John Bretz – Director

A Vietnam vet, John has served on both Clermont and Maryborough RSL Sub Branch boards.

He had a successful building company in Clermont before retiring to Maryborough.

He has been using his building skills to help transform the former Radio Rentals building and is looking forward to it becoming a flourishing social and support centre for veterans and their families.

Aaron Weinheimer – Director

Aaron served 7 years in the Australian Army with Combat Service Support (Solomon Island ‘Operation Anode’ 2003) and later worked in the transport industry.

He is currently working in the retail sector, is studying and is keen to assist in veteran welfare. He wants to ensure that all returned servicemen and women have the quality of like they have earned and deserve.

He is a fourth-generation returned serviceman.

Shane Epps – Director

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