Who are we and what we can do for you

Life always has its ups and downs. But as a veteran or the partner of a veteran, you don’t have to face them alone.
Everyone is welcome to be part of our local Cairns RSL Sub Branch family. This is our place, a place for connection and belonging; where veterans and their families can connect through the values that matter most to them; a place that provides advocacy and wellbeing, or simply mateship.
We create a comfortable atmosphere where you can meet, socialise, relax and express your opinions. With the right support, the transition from active duty to civilian life becomes much easier. By offering various wellbeing programs, events and volunteering positions you’ll be able to form life long friendships with other local veterans and their families.
We have a friendly team who listen and connect with our veteran communities in Cairns. Drop by our office today or come to one of our many events which can be found on our events page.
Meet the Team
Mal McCullough our Executive Officer is ex-Army. Mal has his own experiences in the Army as an Infantry soldier, as well as a long and rich family military history from the First World War to present. The highlight of Mal’s time in the services was when he served with 11 Independent Rifles, Perth.
Gillian Bryant our Volunteer and Admin Coordinator is a veteran of 20 years and still currently serving as a reservist with HMAS Cairns. Gillian enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy as a Communications and Information Systems sailor at HMAS Cerberus in 2001. After completing her initial entry training Gillian served on HMA Ships Tobruk, Yarra, Kanimbla, Childers, and Bundaberg. During this time Gillian was involved in OP Relex II, OP Anode, OP Astute, and OP Resolute. Gillian was selected for the Top 100 sailors of the year in 2011 for the development of the Minor War Vessel Communications course and her dedication to training while employed at HMAS Cerberus as an instructor. She discharged from full-time service in 2013 to start a family. In 2017 Gillian returned to reserve service where she has been involved with the Navy Indigenous Development Program, and Sea Training Group – Defence Corporation Program.
And the face behind the screen, our Events and Marketing Coordinator Rebecca Milliner. Rebecca has been with the Sub Branch for over five years and has her own personal ties to Defence through family.
Our team are here for you and happy to help however we can.



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