Albury to host RSL State Congress

31 May 2016

The NSW State Branch of the RSL has selected Albury to host its Annual State Congress for the next three years - 2017 to 2019.

As many as 500 delegates and observers from 360 sub-Branches throughout NSW will assemble for the four days of Congress activities and discussions, to form policy and make decisions on behalf of 40,000 members.

The NSW State President, Rod White, noted that in the League’s 100-year history, the annual gathering had been held in only one city other than metropolitan Sydney and that was in Coffs Harbour for the years 2013-15.

“Albury thus becomes only the third city in New South Wales to host our peak assembly and we are excited by the prospect of holding our discussions in the southern region of the state for the next three years,” Mr White said.

“The region is home to extensive Australian Defence Force facilities and throughout the years many RSL members have trained and served on bases close to Albury, so already we have strong links in this area.

“It is also a part of NSW with very active RSL sub-Branches playing a key role in the community.”

Albury was chosen as host for the next three years after a bidding process and ballot of delegates at this year's 100th Annual State Congress held in the Sydney Town Hall. Factors which were considered included adequate accommodation for visiting delegates, a suitable venue for a large gathering, ease of access by road, rail or air transport, and the possibility of social activities.

Albury Entertainment Centre will host a plenary and official dinner and additional social and official activities will be conducted throughout the city.

Deputy Mayor David Thurley said AlburyCity was absolutely delighted to hear of the announcement.

“Albury can offer a unique Congress for delegates because we have wonderful facilities, a range of accommodation and services and our community will offer the warmest welcome to RSL NSW members,” Cr Thurley said.

“We know they will enjoy the experience that a vibrant regional city such as Albury can deliver."

Albury RSL president Cr Graham Docksey said: “The city maintains a close relationship with our returned servicemen and women with strong ties to the Albury RSL sub-Branch.

“I'm sure the whole community will come together to welcome Congress members.”

The Congress will run from Sunday 21 May to Wednesday 24 May 2017 and the dates for 2018 and 2019 to be finalised.