RSL villas open for veterans
ABOUT 24 years after it initially welcomed its first tenants, the Kingaroy RSL villas were officially opened on Friday.
Kingaroy and Memerambi RSL sub-branch president Don Davey said the sub-branch purchased the property in the early 1990s.
"It was three housing blocks, it had one house on it,” he said.
"It started back in '93, when we built the first four units.
"In 2003 we had been raising money and pushing to get more units in at that time and we built the next four in 2003.
"Then we got permission and money to complete the complex by building the remaining units (last year).”
The villas, for ex-servicemen, women and widows, were named after Douglas Farmer OAM.
"Doug was the original secretary back in 1993 when the sub-branch started to do the work to buy the place and build the first units,” Mr Davey said.
"He's had that association all the way through.
"We thought it would be appropriate to name the complex in his honour.”
The final four units were completed just before Christmas 2016, with tenants moving in between January and February.