House debates

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Statements by Members

Grant, Mr Barry

1:55 pm

Photo of Craig KellyCraig Kelly (Hughes, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I would like to congratulate Mr Barry Grant, the President of the Woronora River RSL Sub-branch for being recognised in the most recent Australia Day honours and awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia, an OAM, for his service to veterans and their families. Barry served as a medic in the commando unit, whose motto is 'Duty first, strike swiftly and without warning' and as a former Army Reservist. Barry also served as President of the Australian Commando Association, New South Wales branch, for seven years and was made a life member in 2018 before retiring last year. Barry has been a member of the Woronora River RSL Sub-branch since 1995 and has served as its welfare officer as well as president. The sub-branch of 40 members supports the local community, including four nursing homes, and organises the Anzac Day and Armistice Day ceremonies down at the beautiful Woronora River, which attract over 1,000 people each year. Barry was the driving force in establishing a new war memorial recording the names of all Sutherland Shire residents who enlisted in World War I, which was erected in Peace Park, Sutherland, in time for the Armistice Day commemorations earlier this year. Congratulations, Mr Barry Grant OAM, well done and well deserved.