HISTORY OF MAROOCHY RSL
Founded ninety years ago, Maroochydore RSL Sub Branch was established in May 1932.
The doors to Maroochy RSL were first opened as a licensed venue on 8 September 1972.
Originally called the Maroochydore and District Ex-Servicemen’s Memorial venue, Maroochydore RSL Sub Branch established an original Sub Committee in 1969 and through commitment, dedication and hard work, created a new committee in 1970.
REMEMBERING THOSE WHO SERVED
The Returned Services League of Australia (RSL) is an independent, apolitical organisation run by its members for its members. The wider community can join the RSL in commemorating all who have served, suffered, and died in war.
The RSL, through the Maroochy RSL Sub Branch, provides vital advocacy services for the ex-service members in our community and our current serving members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
ANZAC Day (25 April) is the most important national day of commemoration for Australians.
Remembrance Day (11 November) marks the anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War in 1918. It is the second of Australia’s two major national days of commemoration.
Maroochy RSL has seen many changes since opening, including these major milestones:
|1932||The Maroochydore RSL Sub Branch was established|
|1972||18 November the venue officially opened by the former Premier of Queensland, Sir Francis Nicklin|
|1986||Renovations completed and on 23 August 1986 officially opened by Sir Albert Abbot CBE, State President of the RSL of Australia|
|1990||Maroochy RSL had 11 employees. This has increased more than tenfold today|
|1992||Maroochy RSL boasts 2550 members. This has increased more than tenfold today|
|1995||Major renovations completed include RSL House and the first two levels of the multi-level car park|
|1996||Upper level of the venue and Kids Konnection open|
|1997||Maroochy RSL launches Music Fest Schools competition. This competition is still running today|
|2000||Maroochy RSL opens purpose built Memorial Park Kindergarten|
|2003||Maroochy RSL begins four year scheme with Maroochy State High School to purchase $5000 worth of computers|
|2005||Coffee on First and Joe Kellys Bar opens and venue amalgamates with The Swan Bowls Club|
|2006||Maroochy RSL becomes the first venue on Sunshine Coast to offer a designated driver scheme|
|2007||Maroochy RSL wins Best Venue on the Sunshine Coast award and celebrates its 35th birthday|
|2008||Major renovations begin, including the new Events Centre @ Maroochy. Maroochy RSL is the winner of 2008 Special Achievement Award for Responsible Gambling, from Clubs Queensland Awards|
|2009||The major renovations are completed|
|2010||Maroochy RSL once again wins the Best Venue on the Sunshine Coast Award|
|2015||Major renovations begin throughout the venue, both Ground Level and Level 1 included.|
|2016||The major renovations are completed|
|2020||Gaming Room renovation completed|
|2022||Maroochy RSL Sub Branch celebrates its 90th year anniversary|