28th Feburary 1980
Reg Leigh Smith who was the Public Officer in Queensland, was replaced by Ian Firth.
28th Feburary 1980
Correspondence was received re application for a Flotilla to be established at Ayr.

Correspondence received from Staff Captain Gray, South Australia, re formation of a group in Tasmania.

Brian J. Doyle was appointed Public Officer for the Association in Canberra.

An application was to be made for a postage stamp to be struck in honour of Coast Guard.
1980
NF7 Shellharbour
This Flotilla was formed in the early 1980’s and began its operation from a caravan situated at Shellharbour Harbour. The area served is from Red Point Port Kembla in the North to Kiama in the South. Members used their own vessels for active duty until sufficient funds were raised to purchase their own rescue vessel. This was achieved mid 1980. This vessel was decommissioned in 1988. The current vessel is a custom build vessel “Shelly’s Rescue” which cost in excess of $65,000.
Local Council restrictions state that their base must be portable, and the need for a bigger base was evident with an increase in membership. A 22ft. site office was purchased and refurbished to replace their caravan.
1st March 1980
Sheila Robinson was appointed Public Relations Officer with the rank of Captain.

Charter granted to VF6 Dramona. (now called VF6 Safety Beach)

Charter granted to NF9 Swansea.

Correspondence re visit to America by an Australian Rowing Team to participate in the New York Harbour Festival on 4th July 1980 (Pan Am) was received. Nine Coast Guard members attended.

Consideration was being given to the formation of a Flotilla in Albany.
28th November1980
Preparation of a Coast Guard Year Book is to be initiated by Deputy National Commodore Menge.

National Training Commodore W. Henry is to proceed with the approach to AYF for affiliation.

Opening of the South Australian Headquarters.

Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser accepted position of Honorary National Commodore.
NF11 Port Stephens
A New Flotilla formed at Lemon Tree Passage, Port Stephens. Received Charter on 7th November 1982.
4th December 1980
QF21 Sandy Straits
Former Commander Ray Earle, later Sunshine Coast Squadron Commodore was instrumental in having QF21 set up. It was through a misfortune on one of his fishing trips in mid 1970 when the necessity for radio communication from ship to shore became apparent. Every effort had been made to attract someone’s attention for assistance. None was forthcoming.

As a result of this, a radio group known as the Maryborough Hervey Bay Power Boat Club was formed. The inaugural meeting of this group was held on 4th December 1980.

In April 1982 the base moved from Hervey Bay to Boonooroo and operated from a private residence. An application for the Marine Radio Club to join AVCGA was lodged in February 1983, with all debts, assets and other property donated to Coast Guard. The first meeting of the Flotilla was held on 7th July 1983 with nine members present. Ray Earle was elected Commander with Sel Turner Vice Commander, and the Flotilla was to be known as QF21 Sandy Straits. The Flotilla Charter received on 31st March 1984 was presented by National Commodore Hardie.

In 1986 a demountable was purchased to house the radio equipment and operate as their Base until 1990 when their Headquarters was completed and officially opened by the Minister for Police and Emergency Services in Queensland, Terry Mackenroth. The first rescue vessel “Straits Rescue” a 6.5m Trojan was purchased in 1985 and based at River Heads. A second vessel “Pride of Maryborough” a 8.0m Stringray was commissioned on 6th June 1991 and based at Boonooroo. In 1992 “Straits Rescue” overturned and sank during a midnight rescue, with the cabin and superstructure totally destroyed. The vessel was back in service at the end of March 1992.

A 7.5m Pacific Craft “Ariadne”(named after the first migrant ship to enter the port of Maryborough was commissioned on 6th September 1996. A second “Pride of Maryborough” an 8.25m Fisher Offshore was commissioned on 19th January 2000.
31st July 1981
QF21 Sandy Straits
Former Commander Ray Earle, later Sunshine Coast Squadron Commodore was instrumental in having QF21 set up. It was through a misfortune on one of his fishing trips in mid 1970 when the necessity for radio communication from ship to shore became apparent. Every effort had been made to attract someone’s attention for assistance. None was forthcoming.

As a result of this, a radio group known as the Maryborough Hervey Bay Power Boat Club was formed. The inaugural meeting of this group was held on 4th December 1980.

In April 1982 the base moved from Hervey Bay to Boonooroo and operated from a private residence. An application for the Marine Radio Club to join AVCGA was lodged in February 1983, with all debts, assets and other property donated to Coast Guard. The first meeting of the Flotilla was held on 7th July 1983 with nine members present. Ray Earle was elected Commander with Sel Turner Vice Commander, and the Flotilla was to be known as QF21 Sandy Straits. The Flotilla Charter received on 31st March 1984 was presented by National Commodore Hardie.

In 1986 a demountable was purchased to house the radio equipment and operate as their Base until 1990 when their Headquarters was completed and officially opened by the Minister for Police and Emergency Services in Queensland, Terry Mackenroth. The first rescue vessel “Straits Rescue” a 6.5m Trojan was purchased in 1985 and based at River Heads. A second vessel “Pride of Maryborough” a 8.0m Stringray was commissioned on 6th June 1991 and based at Boonooroo. In 1992 “Straits Rescue” overturned and sank during a midnight rescue, with the cabin and superstructure totally destroyed. The vessel was back in service at the end of March 1992.

A 7.5m Pacific Craft “Ariadne”(named after the first migrant ship to enter the port of Maryborough was commissioned on 6th September 1996. A second “Pride of Maryborough” an 8.25m Fisher Offshore was commissioned on 19th January 2000.
31st July 1981
QF24 Thirsty Sound
This Flotilla was initially established as a section of QF11 Yeppoon with a membership of 24. Until 1990 the section’s 2-way radio facility provided the only effective means of communication with the “outside world” during times of disaster such as cyclones, floods and other emergencies as there was no telecommunication facilities available in the area.

On 25th February 1995 a meeting was held between the local inhabitants to assess whether there would be enough support to justify the formation of a Flotilla. The positive support from that meeting saw the first Flotilla meeting held on 16th April 1995.

The Flotilla operates within a 50 nautical mile radius from Plumtree in the Shoalwater Bay/Broadsound area encompassing Cape Townsend, Marble Island, the Percy Isles and Hexham Island. The Flotilla occupies a metal-clad building which it owns on a leased block of land which is adjacent to the boat ramp at Thirsty Sound. Members used their own vessels for rescues and training until the Flotilla purchased its own rescue vessel “Thirsty Sound Rescue” a 9.6mNustar. The Flotilla received its Charter on 28th March 1996.

The term of office for Flotilla Commanders is to be one year.

Work caps bearing the words Australian Volunteer Coast Guard were approved.
2nd August 1981
National Board approved the formation of a provisional Darwin Flotilla Northern Territory Flotilla 1.

Mr. Ian Birbeck was appointed chairman of the Northern Territory Volunteer Coast Guard and Mr. E.J. Simmons was appointed Flotilla Staff Office. This appointment was withdrawn on 5th March 1982.

Motion passed that all elected and appointed Flotilla Officers, after election or appointment, are to be encouraged to attend an Officers Training Course.

The principle of Long Service/Good Conduct Award is accepted. A silver anchor for 10 years service and a gold anchor for 20 years service.

The Illawarra Squadron name was changed to Southern New South Wales Squadron.
1st September 1981
CAPITATION FEES were increased to $6.
30th September 1981
The Illawarra Squadron
Received its Charter as a Squadron of the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association Inc.
5th March 1982
National Board agreed to the formation of a Provisional Flotilla by Sunshine Coast Squadron whose duties will include the formation of a Band under the direction of Flotilla Commander Noel Sieman.

It was suggested that all Squadrons appoint an Historian with the view to ultimately combining all information to produce a document of recorded Coast Guard history
Commodore Hardie received Life Membership of the Association.

The Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association Inc. financial year begins 1st October and ends 30th September.

VF11 Hume was granted its Charter.

Waves magazine was produced by Captain Christine Lowe for the New South Wales Squadron.
5th March 1982
A delegate is to attend the Air Sea Rescue Association of Australia meeting.

Commodore John Pearson will replace Commodore Menge as RNLI Liaison Officer.

Donald Isaacs received Honorary Membership of the Association.
23rd March 1982
Rear Admiral Sir Brian Murray K.C.M.G.., A.O., Governor of Victoria accepted office of Honorary Commodore of the Victorian Squadron.
20th July 1982
SAF6 O’Sullivans Beach
Was formed and held its first meeting with nine members present and two visitors. The venue was Christies Beach Football Club. A radio van (caravan) situated at Marino was used as their radio room. The first caretaker chairman was Gordon Cathro followed by Brian Harding. In July 1983 SAF6 received its status and Dennis Lynch was elected Flotilla Commander.

In the first few years the Flotilla spent most of their time fundraising, training, attending community events and setting up their own static displays in malls, at schools and other locations. They were also very active out on patrols each weekend. The Flotilla also had a Ladies Auxiliary.

The Flotilla received its Charter signed by National Deputy Commodore Les Swift in February 1984. In November 1984 the Flotilla held the commissioning ceremony of their rescue vessel CG 03.

In April 1985 the radio van appeared to be causing interference with the Sea Rescue group and VF6 were given direction to move the van. The new location was the top of the O’Sullivan Beach boat ramp and permission was granted to erect a garage to house the rescue vessel. The general operational area is from Hallett Cove south to Port Noarlunga. At this time Basic Seamanship courses were held at the Noarlunga College of TAFE.
6th November 1982
An Instructors Register was submitted for the Board’s approval by Commodore Henry together with a Register of Vessel Examiners and approved Instructors.

Three new publications were presented by Commodore Les Swift. Revised Members Guide, By-Laws and Officers Guide.

Associate member decal was approved.

National Training Orders shall form part of and be incorporated in the By-Laws.

Waves magazine as produced by New South Wales Squadron to become the National magazine, edited by Chris Lowe. Suggested date for the first issue was July/August 1983.

On 12th November 1988 Chris Lowe was unable to continue as editor because of work commitments.
April 1983
NF14 Port Kembla
Was formed and was granted its Charter as a Flotilla of the Southern New South Wales Squadron in July 1985.

The NF14 Base on Hill 60, Red Point Port Kembla is a Radar, Radio Marine rescue Communications Base, operating seven days a week and on call twenty four hours a day with a hand over Base at Bulli. The Base is on a World War 2 Pill Box, 210 feet above sea level with a 360º view of thirty miles to both north and south and a full view of Lake Illawarra. The elaborate equipment gives the average height of waves in metres, the average distance of swell in seconds and the largest wave each hour from 10KM at sea . The weather updates enables the Base to give very accurate observations from Hill 60 every 3 hours.
30th July 1983
NF17 Iluka/Yamba
Is situated on the Clarence River. This Flotilla was first known as the Clarence Flotilla and received its Charter on 30th March 1984. The Flotilla was renamed Iluka/Yamba on 9th November 1986. The first Commander was Gus Kreffer with N. Fisher as Vice Commander. The area served is from Evans Head north to Brooms Head south.
31st July 1983
Consideration was being given to the formation of an Air Wing. Squadrons who showed interest were Victoria, South Queensland, Central Queensland, North Queensland, New South Wales. It was resolved that an Air Wing was not warranted (31st March 1984) but a central register of Aircraft Pilots is to be maintained.

10th November 1984, it was accepted that Pilots possessing a coxswain rating could wear the wings of their qualifying flying institution.
31 March 1984
The Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association is to accept the invitation to join the Air Sea Rescue Association of Australia. (Name to be changed). Name was changed to Marine Rescue Association of Australia 7th March 1986. The constitution stating its aims and objects was registered on 24th February 1988 in Canberra.

A Members Agreement for Development of Volunteer Marine Rescue Capabilities was signed by National Commodore Clarke on 21st October 1992.
31 March 1984
COAST GUARD MOTTO – “SAFETY BY ALL MEANS” was accepted, community service being the motivation behind the motto. A song written by L. Tanto was also accepted.
1984
QF 20 Keppel Sands Flotilla
The inaugural meeting of QF20 was held at Keppel Sands State School on 11th March 1984 with fifteen people present including Squadron Commodore Neil Jones and Commander and Vice Commander from QF11 Yeppoon. QF20 was formed and accepted a role in the National Organisation, the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association Inc. In the first year a radio watch was run from the home of Flotilla Commander Gordon Ohl. Members kept their own boats at the ready for rescue work. The area served is Zilzie to Cape Capricorn including the northern end of Curtis Island and inshore of Wedge, Divided and Peak Islands.

Land on the Southern Bluff at Keppel Sands was leased and building of the Command Centre began in 1987, almost solely by volunteer labour. A 20 metre tower was also erected. The building was completed in 1991 completely free of debt. An aluminum vessel, named “Beryl Dowling” was purchased and modified to rescue standards. This vessel was replaced by a 7 metre Catamaran in May 2001 and officially named “Keppel Sands Rescue” on 1st November 2001. Call sign of the station is VMR 471. The Flotilla received its charter on 23rd July 1993.

Long Service Award for continuous active service (over ten Years) was to be struck, a silver anchor emblem to be worn on the right breast.

SAF6 Noarlinga, South Australia chartered.

Past Flotilla Commander David Waddell, NF10 Ballina lost his life during a rescue mission on the Ballina Bar. The Commodores Gold Award was awarded posthumously to David’s family and Crew members Norm Sturgeon and Peter Kerkenzov also received the Commodores Gold Award for their courageous action leading up to and following the loss of the vessel “Centaur” on 29th March 1983.
21st July 1984
NF10 Ballina Radio Room was opened.
10 November 1984
Registration of the Association in Tasmania and Western Australia had been completed.

Commodore Graham Clarke was awarded Life Membership of the Association.

A sample card bearing the Pledge of the Association and record of acceptance as a member was circulated.

The New South Wales Squadron oversights 19 Flotillas and some 450 members; Southern New South Wales exercises responsibility for six Flotillas and some 120 members between Stanwell Park and Tathra on the far South Coast.
6th Feburary 1985
NF19 Kingscliff
Formally known as Kingscliff Radio Watch began on 12th November 1982, NF19 Kingscliff Flotilla became established on 6th February 1985 and received its Charter on 14th July 1989. The first Commander was N. Brooks and F. Anderson was Vice Commander. The area served is from Tweed Heads north to Pottsville south.
1985
VF5 Lake Eppalock
VF5 was formed in 1985, operating on Lake Eppalock from premises allocated by the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission and is strategically located in the public picnic and swimming area overlooking one of the most actively used boating pools on the Lake which keeps the Flotilla and its members in the public eye.

In the beginning members used their own vessels for training and other activities until the first Flotilla owned vessel, CG5, a 23ft. Swiftcraft Sportsman, was purchased in 1987. This vessel was replaced by way of a grant from the State Government in 2001 by a 7mtr. Eden Craft powered by a Mercury 200hp EFI ( Electronic Fuel Injected) Outboard.

The Flotilla has a proud history, being part of the local emergency services, first call in all emergency activities on the Lake. They are also supported by the local Victorian Water Police Squad. They also take part in annual events in and around Bendigo, the Bendigo Easter Fair, Agricultural Show and Lake Marathons, events which are good public awareness exercises.

The first Flotilla Commander was Ray Campbell and the Flotilla received its charter on 28th April 2001
26th July 1985
New South Wales and Victoria were empowered to operate a pilot scheme for the utilisation of Associate members as radio operators.

Commodore W. Henry presented Commodores Hardie, Swift and Clarke with the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard plaques formally commemorating their Life Membership.

Past Commodore Fred Lee received the first Association’s Ten Year Long Service Award which was presented by Commodore Hardie.

The COAT OF ARMS of the Association shall be the emblem with the Motto “Safety By All Means” encircled circumferentially at its base, external to the circlet.

SYMBOLISM – The White-breasted Australian Sea Eagle carries the unfouled anchor above the blue patch, symbolising surveillance and security on the water. The Southern Cross – present in the field on the Australian National Flag.

Vice Captain Chris Lowe, editor of the “Waves” magazine was appointed a National Officer with the rank of Captain. The name of the magazine was changed from “Waves” to “Coast Guard”.

QF19 Cairns Flotilla was awarded the Commodore’s Gold Award in recognition of outstanding action in the “Alenal” incident.
10th January 1986
Rank titles were changed to Flotilla Vice Commander and Vice Commander Training.
February 1986
QF7 Redland Bay
In 1979 a safety conscious Fishing Club made a habit of “logging-in” with Coast Guard Manly (Brisbane). Eight members of the Redland Bay Amateur Fishing Club joined the club and formed a Section of Coast Guard Manly in 1984. The Section was already accredited with the saving of two lives.

In March 1986 a Flotilla was formed at Weinan Creek, Redland Bay under the leadership of Commander Kel. O’Shea (for the next eight years). As proprietor of the Redland Bay Hotel, Commander O’Shea installed an emergency radio to monitor any emergency calls and meetings were also held at the hotel. Membership totaled 22 with 21 member- inspected vessels.

The first Flotilla owned rescue vessel CG 700, a 5.8m Haines Hunter powered by a 185 HP Evinrude was traditionally launched on 7th February 1987. An old caravan fully equipped with all radio equipment, tools for repairs, First Aid equipment etc was the operations center located at the boat ramp at Weinam Creek, Redland Bay. Four years later, the Shire Council allocated a section of land at the Creek adjoining the boat ramp for the Headquarters building. Commander Kel O’Shea was responsible for most of the building construction which cost some $150,000.

National Commodore Clarke presented the Flotilla Charter on 18th June 1988 The Headquarters was officially opened by Commodore Yowe (South Queensland Squadron) on the 24th November 1990.

In May 1992 a new Haines Hunter with a 350ci V8 inboard was purchased and a 3.8metre Zodiac IRB was purchased to assist in shallow water work and for diving operations. A 7.1m Noosa Cat was purchased in 2000 and a 9.8m Coogar Cat replaced this vessel in 2003. A 5.3m Niaid inflatable rigid boat and a 155hp three seater jet ski are also part of the rescue equipment.
7th March 1986
Difficulties were encountered in administering a unit in Darwin.

A register of members holding office in the Association including rank, dates of service, is to be maintained at Flotilla, Division, Squadron and National levels as applicable.

Len Turnbull, QF1 Southport is now the Public Officer of the Association in Queensland.

QF18 Airlie Beach Flotilla was granted its Charter.
7th March 1986
Graham Clarke, NF 3 was elected National Commodore and had served a record twelve years before standing down in 1998. He was then appointed National Board Adviser.

Last National report presented by Commodore Robert Hardie before standing down as National Commodore.

The Honorable Peter Morris, Federal Minister for Transport and Aviation was appointed as the Honorary National Commodore.
1st August 1986
A Mobile Communications Centre was presented to the New South Wales Squadron by the Hon. L.J. Brereton, Minister for Public Works, Ports and Roads at the 1986 Sydney International Boat Show.
7th November 1986
The first issue of COASTGUARD, “The Newsletter” was presented by Captain Chris Lowe.
28th June 1987
The inaugural meeting of Committee of New South Wales Commodores was held at Port Kembla. Commodore Barton was elected Chairman for the first twelve months.

Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association in South Australia celebrated 25 years.

An “Off Shore Flotilla” was in formation in Sydney. This was disbanded 17th February 1988.
7th August 1987
Commander P.R. Swan was granted Life Membership of the Association.

Commander W. Barber was granted Life Membership of the Association.
Byron Bay
A Flotilla was in formation at Byron Bay in 1987, but merged with NF10 Ballina Flotilla in March 1988.
11th March 1988
The official opening of the Government Seaway Tower on the Gold Coast, by Sir Joh Bjelke Petersen jointly manned by Coast Guard and ASR, took place on May 31st 1988.
March 1988
Commodore John Pearson received the OAM.medal.

National Training Commodore Henry was seeking assistance of somebody with typing and editing ability to catalogue and distribute documents. South Queensland Squadron offered to assist. Staff Captain Laurie undertook this position.

Hill 60 Radio Base is now operating seven (7) days a week.

Radio Base is being established at Point Perpendicular Lighthouse.

Wallaroo has a Flotilla in formation.

Boards of Inquiry document presented by National Vice Commodore Pearson. This document was accepted in principle on 12th November 1988 and held by National Board for future reference.

Two manuals entitled “Cadet Seaman” and “Cadet Quartermaster” were presented for perusal by National Training Commodore Bill Henry.
23rd May 1988
Coast Guard Port Augusta SAF8
situated at the northern end of Spencer Gulf was officially opened by Mayor Joy Baluch as a Radio Base Station, operated by Ken and Raylene Pollock from their home. A few years later permission was granted to set up a standby-station to help with all the calls being received from Associate members, yachties and local boaties.

On 21st August 1996 a public meeting was held in Port Augusta to discuss the formation of a Flotilla, as well as maintaining the Radio Base Station. Commander Ken Pollock was the first Flotilla Commander and Doug Gill was Vice Commander. Fundraising commenced to purchase the first rescue vessel CG08 and a towing vehicle, these being housed in their boatshed. Members who assisted in the search for a downed aircraft in Spencer Gulf were awarded “Certificates of Appreciation” by the South Australian Government. The Flotilla received its Charter on 14th September 2001, signed by National Commodore Gillett. The Commissioning of a new Patrol vessel “Challenger” took place on 24th August 2002. This vessel is now used as a training vessel only. “Albatross” and “Maverick” are the current vessels in 2005.
12th November 1988
Standard colour for Coast Guard vessels to be air sea rescue orange or bright yellow with a pantone reflex blue flash.
March 1989
Commodore Bob Hardie was honoured by the presentation of the Australian SeaSafety Award in recognition of his dedication and continued service to sea safety spanning twenty-two (22) years.
16th April 1989
NF6 Lake Illawarra launched their newly acquired vessel named “Lake Illawarra” National Commodore Clarke carried out the christening ceremony.
8th July 1989
Launching of CG28 at NF3 Ku-Ring-Gai Flotilla.

NF10 Ballina received its Charter.

Queenscliffe Flotilla VF9 received its Charter.
16th July 1989
NF9 Kingscliff Flotilla received its Charter.

VF3 Loch Sport granted its Charter.

NF9 Swansea Flotilla was successful in its tender for operation of the Swansea road bridge.
September 1989
QF 16 Cooktown
Early 1989 after two close calls, members of the Cooktown Sport and Game Fishing Club decided to consult with the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard with a view to formalizing a marine search and rescue group in Cooktown. In September 1989, Commodores Lindsay and Porter from the North Queensland Squadron met with interested locals at the Cooktown RSL and gave the locals an overview of the aims, objectives and responsibilities of the Association, and advice on how to set up a Flotilla. The operational area is north to Cape Flattery and south to Cape Tribulation.

The first general meeting of the Flotilla was held on the first Tuesday in March 1990. Dave Moore (Publican of the Lion’s Den Hotel) was the first Commander who only held the position for eight months, business commitments forcing him to stand down. Keith Eales was then elected Commander with Bob Harvey taking the Vice Commander position. The Flotilla received its Charter signed by National Commodore Graham Clarke on 3rd April 1992.
September 1989
Commander E. O’Donnell NSW received Life Membership of the Association.