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25 February, 2021

Two decades of volunteering recognised

CAIRNS local Rodney Hine has been awarded with an Australia Day Medallion for his more than 20 years of volunteer work with the Edge Hill / Cairns West (EHCW) Returned Services League (RSL) sub-branch.

By Tanya Murphy

Rodney Hine (left) receives the Australia Day Medallion from Edge Hill / Cairns West RSL sub-branch president John Maschke.

He was one of the main driving forces in establishing the sub-branch about 20 years ago and was also the president and Sub-Branch Delegate for more than ten years and the Welfare Officer for a number of years.

He was also a Far Northern District RSL Vice President for more than six years, and spent ten years volunteering as the Pensions and Welfare Advocate at the former office at Earlville.

Current sub-branch president John Maschke said there were around 20 sub-branches and around 10,000 members throughout the Far Northern District and only two medals were awarded this year – one to Mr Hine and the other to David Ryan in Tully.

“Mr Hine continues to provide strong support for our sub-branch, its members and veterans generally, especially as a mentor to the EHCW Committee,” said Mr Maschke.

Mr Hine, originally from west of Bowen, served in the Navy from 1970 to 1990 and moved to Cairns in 1982.

As well as the RSL he has also volunteered extensively for Rotary, the Hospital Foundation, and other causes, along with his wife Cheryl Williams.


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