Bunnings employees Ali Nichols, Rachel Rice, Charlie Regan, Scott Whitehead ,Ross Medew, Christian Doolan and Jon Hammond,muster to give the Proserpine RSL a fresh lick of paint on Wednesday.
Bunnings employees Ali Nichols, Rachel Rice, Charlie Regan, Scott Whitehead ,Ross Medew, Christian Doolan and Jon Hammond,muster to give the Proserpine RSL a fresh lick of paint on Wednesday. Tamera Francis

Bunnings gets the job done and paints RSL

PROSERPINE RSL received a fresh lick of paint, thanks to Bunnings Cannonvale and a team of renovation ready employees.

On Wednesday a team of six was tasked with providing the RSL with a new paint job.

In the team was ex-serviceman Jon Hammond, who became a member of the branch four months ago.

Mr Hammond said he'd be one of the youngest members of the branch but understood the necessity for the club to continue operation.

"The town needs an RSL, it's part of its history,” he said.

"It provides counselling and support for retuned servicemen and even has houses out the back for them to live in, so they're not forced to out onto the street.”

Cyclone Debbie ravaged the two-bedroom accommodation behind the club, which members such as Mr Hammond helped rebuild.

Veteran Jon Hammond, infront of the veteran's accommodation destroyed by Cyclone Debbie pre-renovation.
Veteran Jon Hammond, infront of the veteran's accommodation destroyed by Cyclone Debbie pre-renovation. Tamera Francis

"We're waiting on windows so we can put the cladding on the walls.

"I work full-time at Bunnings and spend my spare time here trying to get it back up to standard.

"We're doing the best we can with what we've got and Bunnings has come along for the ride, helping out where it can.”

Bunnings activities organiser Rachel Rice said the company was eager to help the town's club and understood its significance in the community.

"We wanted to help support the RSL get back on its feet after Cyclone Debbie, so it can start turning over a profit again,” she said.

"We would love to have this room renovated by Anzac Day.”

Enthusiastic team member Ross Medew is confident the renovations would be well received by the community.

"Everyone will want to come in after we're done,” he said.

Bunnings Cannonvale provided the labour and tools to get the job done.


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