RSL stresses raised money is used locally

The Parkes RSL Sub-Branch is stressing that all funds it raises are used locally.

At the same time the Parkes branch has backed calls for the RSL NSW Branch State Office bearers and State Councillors to resign amid allegations into misconduct.

For months, the league's NSW branch has been embroiled in multiple financial scandals, including revelations that former NSW president Don Rowe withdrew $213,000 cash on a corporate credit card over a six-year period.

His overall credit card bill between 2009 and 2014 was $475,000.

Also, late last year National RSL president Rod White agreed to stand down amid claims he shared in millions of dollars worth of consultancy fees.

Parkes RSL Sub Branch Honorary Secretary Paul Thomas stated that at the recent Sub-Branch Annual General Meeting the branch members had voted unanimously to call for an extraordinary State Congress and that it give Congress direction for an extraordinary State Congress in accordance within the rules of Constitution of the Returned Services League of Australia (New South Wales Branch).

Acting National RSL president Robert Dick said Mr White’s resignation would provide some stability for the RSL as it worked to address governance and compliance issues.

The Parkes Sub-Branch has backed the national Board who have ordered an inquiry into allegations of misconduct, with the scandal-plagued NSW branch set to be the focus. The inquiry is expected to start in coming weeks.

Meanwhile Thomas (pictured) stated that whilst the problems existed, the Parkes RSL Sub-Branch continues to operate as normal and wishes to advise members of the public that all funds that are raised locally remain within the Sub-Branch and these funds are used for the benefit of local members.