Rosewood’s ANZAC Park RSL Memorial Hall gets facelift

PHOTO: Cr DAVID PAHLKE with JOHN TURNER PRESIDENT OF THE ANZAC PARK RECREATION AND SPORTING COMMITTEE outside the Rosewood Memorial Hall

A FEW LICKS of paint and a new floor are rejuvenating the Rosewood Memorial Hall to its former glory as the social sporting hub of Rosewood. Division 10 Councillor David Pahlke said the hall historically was a major meeting ground for locals, so maintaining it was vital.

This hall has been in Rosewood since 1954, originally situated in William Street where it was built by returned World War II diggers using mainly voluntary labour. The hall was shifted to its present location in Mill Street in 1979 and is used by the RSL for ceremonial occasions such as ANZAC Day, as well as by locals for weddings, dances, social gatherings, festivals, school functions, concerts, meetings, sporting events and much more.

Council is contributing $35,000 to have the internal and external surfaces painted as part of its maintenance program, as well as another $40,000 to replace the floorboards. The work began on Wednesday, September 22 and is due for completion by October 31, just in time for Christmas.

Rosewood Anzac Park Sport and Recreation Club Secretary/Treasurer, Mr John Turner said the work would enable the hall to continue being used for a variety of purposes. Many clubs and groups use the hall at least five days a week on a permanent basis and the renovations will provide a more pleasant and safe environment for them to enjoy.

The Memorial Hall sits at the entrance to the Anzac Park sporting fields and houses the Rosewood Honour Board, which is adorned with metal plaques naming 270 district soldiers from the former surrounding shires, who served their country proudly during WW1

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