Established in 1935, the Oakey RSL Club is ideally located just 20 minutes from Toowoomba in the center of Oakey CBD and offers great hospitality as well as excellent facilities and exquisite meals as Melissa outlines.

“Here at the Oakey RSL Club we provide a relaxed atmosphere as you enjoy our club facilities such as our mouth-watering food, great entertainment, Keno, Keno Racing and Pokies. We offer friendly service to all service members, ex-service members, the local community and visitors to the area.

“The coffee lounge and Oakey RSL Club is the perfect place to enjoy a cup of tea or freshly grounded coffee plus a great selection of delicious cakes and desserts. Our coffee lounge has a reputation as a great place to meet and be seen in Oakey. We also have our coffee loyalty cards available for regular patrons.

“In addition, our Flanders Bistro has become a popular choice with members and guests for great dining in Darling Downs and Oakey. From a simple snack to a lavish meal our menu can cater for all tastes. We use only the freshest ingredients as we present an extensive menu which include: seafood, steaks, salads plus a spectacular array of main dishes to tempt even the most discerning of palettes.”

As the club is located in a small country community, it is dedicated to supporting local businesses and, where possible, hiring local staff. Families like to come in and support their relatives and it shows a sense of pride knowing someone who works in a well-respected business.

To support the community further, the Oakey RSL Sub-Branch Offers a free Pensions and Advocacy service that is staffed and operated by qualified Pensions Officers and Welfare officers. The Oakey Sub-Branch Pensions and Advocacy Service covers disability pensions, compensation payments, associated allowances, income support payments and treatment available to entitled veterans and former serving members of the Defence Forces and their dependents, and Melissa is eager to discuss the range of services it offers.

“At the Oakey RSL Club, our staff provide assistance on obtaining eligible benefits under the, Veterans' Entitlement Act (VEA); Safety, Rehabilitation & Compensation Act (SRCA); and Military Rehabilitation & Compensation Act (MRCA).

“Experienced in lodging claims under the Veterans Entitlements Act (VEA), the Safety, Rehabilitation & Compensation Act (SRCA) and the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act (MRCA) our staff are caring and qualified to practice in their areas of expertise and able to draw on a wealth of operational and broad-based peacetime experience having served overseas and in the ADF for many years.”

Overall, Melissa and her team are proud of their success in these awards and keen to build upon this as they look towards the future.

“Winning this award is an impressive accomplishment, and it really is great to receive appreciation for all the hard work that the management and staff have performed. We believe the reason behind our success is the great service and dedicated staff, who makes our patrons and guests, feel welcome and valued. We have established high standards through dedicated staff who take pride in their job, to achieve a high benchmark. Looking ahead, we aim to achieve a family friendly environment by making our food affordable and atmosphere hospitable as we seek to go even further and do even more to support our guests moving forward.”