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  • ISSUE 486, JAN 2018 1Ph: 07 5536 2277 | ISSUE 494, SEPTEMBER 2018 | 1

    SEPTEMBER 2018

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    Indulge in a 5 course degustation menu designed by the award winning Harbour Fresh team

    using the local region’s finest produce and matched with wines from South Australia

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    In September 2018, Tweed Heads & Coolangatta RSL Sub-Branch celebrates its 100th birthday.

    According to Sub-Branch records, the inaugural meeting of the Tweed Heads and Coolangatta District RSL Sub-Branch was held on 27 September 1918, with less than a dozen World War I (1914-1918) returned servicemen in attendance.

    In the early years, the Sub-Branch struggled to gain members and recognition. In 1925, a letter was sent to its few existing members about an upcoming monthly meeting, requesting their attendance and also asking them to bring along a returned soldier friend or friends.

    The 1930s became years of

    consolidation for the Sub-Branch but by the end of that decade, local families were once again saying goodbye to a new generation of town folk who were embarking for overseas combat during World War II (1939 to 1945).

    By the end of the war, membership had risen to 200 but it took until 1969 for Sub-Branch member- ship to pass the 1,000 mark. By 1990, the Sub-Branch had over 6,000 members.

    One hundred years on from where it all began, and whilst the number of family members of returned services personnel who march in honour of loved ones is strong, the numbers of servicemen and women who participate in ANZAC Day services has dwindled as

    age and infirmity catches up with many of them.

    As sub-branch membership nation- wide continues to decline, the focus of Tweed Heads & Coolangatta RSL Sub-Branch is twofold: ensuring ageing ex-servicemen and women continue to receive the care and attention they deserve; and welcoming a new generation of serving or ex-service men and women to its ranks.

    Existing members of the Sub- Branch, as well as Twin Towns club members, should suggest to friends or relatives that may be serving or ex-service defence personnel, that they should join the Sub-Branch. This call-out is just as relevant now as it was back in 1925.

    Twin Towns Board Director and Tweed Heads & Coolangatta RSL Sub-Branch Secretary Dr John Griffin says that whilst Australian service personnel continue to serve, there will always be a need for the Sub-Branch.

    “Today, we continue to do the work our forebears started at the Sub-Branch 100 years ago, and that is mates looking after mates.

    “The spirit and goals of our organisation are as true today as they were when the returned diggers of Tweed Heads and Coolangatta embarked on its establishment in 1918,” said Dr Griffin.

    The RSL Sub-Branch will hold a Centenary Lunch on Monday 24 September in Visions at Twin Towns. Cost is $20 per person. Tickets are available at the Sub- Branch office. See page 6 for more details.

    RSL Sub-Branch celebrates 100 years

    The Armistice of Compiègne between the Allies and Germany came into effect at 11am on 11 November 1918. Guns fell silent on the Western Front and four years of war and destruction was over.

    This year marks the Centenary of Armistice, 100 years on from the end of World War I, where almost 62,000 Australian lives were lost fighting for our freedom and our nation.

    To commemorate the Centenary, Twin Towns’ ‘100 years, 100 faces’ light show will honour the spirit of those who served, or currently serve, in Australia’s Defence Forces, in any capacity.

    Everyone is invited to submit a photograph of a family member, friend or themselves. The photos will be collated into a presentation, which will appear on rotation nightly from 4-11 November, sunset until midnight, on the giant

    17m x 5m screen on the exterior of Twin Towns.

    Photos must be of the service or ex- service person in uniform. To ensure safety of all original photographs is maintained, photos must be submitted in electronic format, (i.e. scanned or photographed at high res on your phone), then emailed to  

    If you are not sure how to do this, enlist the assistance and support of a younger family member who will know exactly what to do to get the photo to Twin Towns. Enquiries can also be sent to the email address above.

    Images will ideally be at least 1MB (1,000 KB), up to a maximum 9MB. When submitting, please provide your best contact phone number and some background information on your photo, including the name of the person, date of birth, and where they served or are serving.

    If they are deceased, please provide this date if known. If more information is needed, we will contact you via email.

    The presentation will be capped at 100 photos so get your photos in as soon as possible. Images will be chosen for their quality and suitability for reproduction on the big screen. Those that submit images that will be screened will be advised by email that their submission was successful.

    Help make this a spectacular community event and recognise and pay tribute to the contribution of your family member or loved one for their service to our country.

    Photos can be submitted from Monday 3 September until Friday 19 October, or when 100 suitable photographs have been received, whichever is sooner. Get your photos in as soon as you can.

    100 years, 100 faces The Centenary of Armistice 2018


    Jacinta Greenup at Southern Cross University Gold Coast campus.


    Twin Towns will commemorate the Centenary of the Armistice with a major event in Chris Cunningham Park on Sunday 11 November.

    A brief re-enactment of the end of hostilities on the Western Front and commencement of the Armistice is planned, and will be followed by a community gathering and march. A live concert at Twin Towns on the day will celebrate the music of the World War I era. More details in October Club News.

  • ISSUE 486, JAN 2018 2Ph: 07 5536 2277 | | ISSUE 494, SEPTEMBER 2018

    I am sure readers would be interested to know how old the Masters Swimming Club is? We’re 30 years young, beginning at the Tweed Shopping Centre Community Room under the banner of Tweed Coolangatta AUSSI Masters Swimming.

    AUSSI stands for Australian Union of Senior Swimmers Incorporated. Much later we competed under the Twin Towns banner, becoming Twin Towns Masters Swimming.

    We have a great heated pool and lovely facilities. We consider ourselves the friendliest club on the coast with much laughter, and fitness. There’s no excuse not to come and join us.

    The Masters Swimmers have a social outing each month and

    attend the Back to the Tivoli Shows at Twin Towns every two months, staying on to socialise over lunch.

    We are proud to say we raised $700 at our Cancer Morning Tea held on the veranda of Dave and Barb's house; $100 more than last year. Everyone brings a plate and wears pink and we have lots of raffles and fun.

    For those who want to compete, there are plenty of Carnivals to attend. We have been to Alice Springs, Cairns, Darwin, Wanganui and Dunedin in New Zealand. Swimming at night in New Zealand gave us time to sightsee during the day.

    Our State Championships and Nationals are held in Australian

    cities. We have quite a history, attaining 11 Masters World records, 44 National and 28 State Records. 

    The most exciting news to share is about our 100 year (young) swimmer George Corones. George started swimming at the age of 80 and has now smashed seven world records.

    He swims three times a week and goes to the gym three times a week. His motto is, “Don’t stop and keep active". What a great example George is to us all!

    He was once asked to join another club but his answer was, “No, I will always belong to Twin Towns”. And we have always said, "He is ours".  

    Ding Dong

    Community Club Supporting Community

    Twin Towns Services Clubs & Resorts and Twin Towns Services Community Found- ation support Southern Cross University Rising Stars Scholarships and Shaping Outcomes (formerly Tweed Valley Early Childhood Intervention Service), as part of our contribution to support our community on behalf of members.

    Rising Stars Scholarships

    For many years, Twin Towns Clubs & Resorts and the Twin Towns Services Community Foundation have each supported two students through the Rising Stars Scholarships program. The four local students receive a grant of $5,000 per year for three years to cover their annual expenses. Southern Cross University selects the students based on an agreed selection criteria which

    includes an achievable pass requirement for fundi