Editorial May 16 2017

The NSW government investigation into the RSL’s financial woes should be warmly welcomed.

The organisation has now been embroiled in controversy for some time and this is certainly a chance for the decks to be cleared.

Earlier this month, the Illawarra Mercury reported on the termination of the CEO of RSL NSW, Gerringong RSL sub-branch president Glenn Kolomeitz.

The sacking of Mr Kolomeitz came just a week after he reported the organisation for “fraudulently” using his signature on state council ballot papers.

“It's very disappointing to have been terminated from the role of CEO RSL NSW particularly in light of all the work that I have done in reforming financial and company structures of the organisation and in uncovering the incredible amount of financial misconduct,’’ Mr Kolomeitz said at the time.

Mr Kolomeitz has taken his sacking to the Fair Work Commission.

The NSW Government has now come out on the front foot and appears thankfully determined to go through the organisation with a fine tooth comb.

The probe will have the power to compel witnesses to appear and will be headed by former NSW Supreme Court justice Patricia Bergin SC.

The core values of the RSL organisation, supporting veterans and their families, seems to have become secondary in the organisation.

We have a growing number of veterans coming back from modern battlefields who need the support of a strong, functioning RSL organisation.

WIN ELTON TICKETS

You are running out of time if you want to be in the running for a double pass to Elton John’s Wollongong concert.

The Illawarra Mercury’s Andrew Pearson is giving away the double pass as part of his fundraising for the 2017 Stars of Wollongong Dance for Cancer.

To go in the random draw simply donate to Andrew’s campaign page online. 

The Dance for Cancer identities spend weeks rehearsing with fully qualified dancing partners to put on a show at the Stars of Wollongong gala dinner, this year being held at the WIN Entertainment Centre.

All the monies raised for to the Cancer Council.

You can donate here at https://starsofwollongong2017.everydayhero.com/au/andrew-pearson.