COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - Neil Cromarty and Peter Harvey Receive RSL Life Memberships

Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland)—Almost a century of combined service to the Returned and Services League of Australia was celebrated in October when two of Maitland's best-loved Veterans were honoured with life membership of the RSL.

Acting State President of RSL NSW, Ray James OAM, presented life membership certificates to Neil Cromarty and Peter Harvey in recognition of their service to the League and to the Veteran Community.

Peter has been a member of the RSL for more than 50 years and is a former sub-Branch President and Vice President. Since 2011, he has been the Honorary Curator of the East Maitland War Cemetery, which the sub-Branch maintains on behalf of the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Neil has been a member of the RSL for more than 40 years. He has been the sub-Branch Secretary since 1997, a period of over 23 years, and is also the Welfare Officer. Neil's efforts have been fundamental to the successful operation of the sub-Branch on many levels; one being his commitment to the planning of and preparation for ANZAC and Remembrance Day Services.

I acknowledge, and thank you both, for your service.