Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (15:45:39): Last Saturday I had the incredible honour of attending the coffee day at East Maitland RSL sub-Branch.

Every two weeks it holds this coffee day from 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. It is a really good opportunity for RSL members and families to get together and have a chat without all the formality of their normal meetings.

I was very pleased to see all of the additions and improvements the club has made to its hall and its welfare and counselling room.

Today I acknowledge the leadership of its president, Steve Grimmer. Unfortunately, he is going to be doing a posting overseas in December, so he will be lost to Maitland for some time, but hopefully he will come back.

I also acknowledge Neil Cromarty, the Maitland war memorial and rest park land manager. The work that these two people have done, continuing the great work of the RSL and supporting our veterans, is second to none. I congratulate them on their achievements.