Riverton RSL throws out the welcome mat for the local community

RSL vice president Francis Ward invites community members to get to know their RSL. Picture: Matt Jelonek. d442424
RSL vice president Francis Ward invites community members to get to know their RSL. Picture: Matt Jelonek. d442424

COME and get to know your local RSL.

That is the message from Riverton RSL vice-president Francis Ward, who said he would love to see the venue on High Road, Willetton, become a go-to place for local families and friends.

Mr Ward said he had noticed a gap in afterhours venues for locals after the High Road Hotel closed in July.

�Why not come here? We�re a good little secret up here, but we don�t want to be a secret anymore,� he said.

Ex-servicemen and women make up 180 of the 400 members of the Riverton RSL; the rest are affiliate or social members.

�People think you need to be an ex-Digger to be a member but it�s not true,� he said.

Mr Ward said he hoped to see the volunteer-run RSL become a central hub for the community by offering meals on weekends, bingo on Wednesdays and other promotions throughout the week.

He said plans to introduce a Friday night band were in the works, along with installing more screens for sporting games.

�We are community orientated here and have lots of community spirit,� Mr Ward said.

Riverton MLA Mike Nahan has been patron to the RSL since 2010 and said it was great to see the club reaching out to the community.

�The Riverton RSL has a proud history serving our local community, and is open to all members of the public. I encourage local residents to pop in for a drink or a game of bingo, and support your local RSL,� he said.

Membership costs $30 for a year, or $15 for six months.