Bribie Island RSL Sub Branch Inc.
About Our Branch
The Bribie Island RSL Sub-Branch was granted its Charter on 15th August 1967. After 10 years of hard work and effort by early members, and with great support from Bribie Island residents, the Sub-branch built the RSL Services Club on Crown Land under freehold conditions. On the 22nd January 2001 the Sub-Branch became incorporated under the Associations Incorporations Act (1981).
The Club first traded on 26th August 1977 and was officially opened on 1st October of that year. Membership was extended when the club licence was changed on 21st November 1983, and now trades as the Bribie Island RSL & Citizens’ Memorial Club Inc.
The Sub-Branch has now over 700 members and offers excellent services to members and ex-service persons who require assistance and advice on matters such as Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Defence Service Homes etc.
One of the finest collections of wartime memorabilia in this state is to be found within the RSL Club, plus a comprehensive library containing official and unit histories, books, DVD’s and videos, which are of great assistance to the school projects and the military historians.
The question is often asked “Why is it that there is a difference between the RSL and the RSL Club?” Indeed, this is a question which many people find hard to understand, and often becomes the subject of some argument.
Basically, RSL clubs as we know them today, were set up around the time of the commencement of World War 2. In the earlier days, the social outlet for ex-servicemen was the sharing of a keg of beer after a monthly meeting in a corrugated iron hut built by RSL members. This changed as governments saw the need to control the activities of clubs as they began to flourish financially through the advent of poker machines and other revenue raising ventures.
By law, the administration of the clubs was taken away from the control of sub branches, and liquor licences were required to be vested in the hands of separate management committees. The law stated quite clearly that no sub branch could hold a liquor licence, hence the need for a separate body to administer and conduct the running of the club. In the early days, these were more often than not, the same committee who conducted the affairs of the sub branch, but as time progressed, much influence provided by these members diminished.
By law, a member or eligible member of the RSL (League) has no automatic right of entry into an RSL club without either being a member of that club or being signed in as a guest of a member. This applies equally to an RSL member’s wife, or friends.
The main point is that the RSL and the RSL club movement are two separate, distinct entities, even though the club may be (and usually is) situated on land owned by the sub branch, which is leased to the club.
The sub branch and club each have their own elected management committees, constitutions and by-laws, eligibility criteria and membership fees.
Insofar as Bribie Island is concerned, the sub branch owns all that piece of land situated on the corner of McDonald and Toorbul Streets, together with all the buildings and improvements thereon. All the building alterations, construction and improvements to the land must have the approval of the sub branch as the lessor under the leasehold agreement drawn up between the sub branch and the club. Whilst provision is made for the sub branch to have the use of the club facilities for meetings, sub branch functions and the day to day work of the RSL in the field of welfare, pensions care of the sick, disabled, etc., the club provides the social outlets for its members in the form of bar and liquor facilities, catering, sporting and other social activities.
Under its constitution, the club’s membership is open to all eligible residents of Bribie Island and their families. The club reserves the right to refuse admission or membership to any person who does not comply with the rules as set down in the constitution and by-laws of the club. It is always advisable for any person, whether an RSL member or not, to familiarise themselves with not only the rules of their own club, but those of any other club which they may wish to visit whilst travelling, or on holiday. Most clubs have reciprocal rights, but house rules and by-laws vary from club to club.