RSL asks for park to host surplus defence weapon

A BLAST from the past is heading our way.

Gladstone's Anzac Park could soon be home to surplus Defence Force cannon.

Artillery was on the agenda when the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, Darren Chester, visited the city's RSL sub branch on Sunday.

Gladstone RSL president Russell Tidd asked Mr Chester for a "couple of cannons" to be mounted at Anzac Park with the hope of moving them to the RSL's hoped-for future relocation.

"A lot of people don't know what cannons are and seeing one set up properly makes it a reality," Mr Tidd said.

Mr Chester, who was invited to tour Gladstone by Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd, said that over the coming months when goods became available he would work with the branch to see what could be put on display in Gladstone.

"One of the roles of the Parliamentary Secretary for Defence is to dispose of assets that aren't required in surplus goods," he said.

Mr Chester said his trip was a great opportunity to see Gladstone.

"I'll be taking a closer look at the cadet units here in Gladstone. There are more than 300 kids involved in army and navy cadets here," he said.

"It's a terrific program and I'll be getting a better understanding of what's happening here in Gladstone.

"Also, as part regional development perspective, we'll be taking a close look at the port and the LNG projects."

He said Gladstone and the Shoalwater Bay area were very important for the training needs of the defence forces.

Mr Chester said there were at present no plans to build a permanent army base facility in the Gladstone area, but said the port was a great asset for a whole range of reasons and defence had used it before.

"Defence will continue to have a strong relationship with the Gladstone community," he said.



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