HISTORY OF MAROOCHY RSL

What is now known at the Maroochy RSL was originally called Maroochydore and District Ex-Servicemen’s Memorial venue.

Wishing to have a social venue of their own, the Maroochydore RSL Sub Branch established an original Sub Committee in 1969 and then, through commitment, dedication and hard work, a new committee in 1970.

The doors were first opened as a licensed venue on September 8, 1972.

REMEMBERING THOSE WHO SERVED

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).

The Returned Services League of Australia is a totally 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.

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 the two major national days of commemoration in Australia.

Maroochy RSL has gone through many changes since that day. The biggest milestones have been:

1972

18th of November the venue officially opened by the former Premier of Queensland, Sir Francis Nicklin

1986

Renovations completed and on the 23rd of 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