16th July 1990
Members Guide was completed, price to be $2.60 each.

Support is still being sought for the production of the National Newssheet.

National Radio Orders were declared as By-Laws.
25th March 1990
The AVCGA Radio Communication Training Manuals for Base Station Radio Operators as produced by Vice Captain Allan Laurie were distributed.

Queensland Volunteer Marine Rescue Committee liaison body was formed.

Commodore Robert Hardie had been honoured by the presentation of the Australian Sea Safety Award in March 1989. The Award was presented in recognition of his dedication and continued service to sea safety spanning 22 years.

Members Colin Anderson and David Jackson received the Commodore’s Gold Award for their rescue of 6th November 1989.

QF1 member Jim Knowles received the Commodore’s Silver Award on 13th May 1988, for saving a life.

The Commodore’s Silver Award was awarded to QF7 member Arthur Harding.
23rd March 1990
Northern New South Wales Squadron
The formation of a Northern New South Wales Squadron was first considered on 30th March 1984 but it not until 23rd March 1990 that the Northern New South Wales Squadron was formed consisting of Iluka/Yamba. Evans Head, Ballina, Kingscliff and Byron Bay (in formation) The four Flotillas serve the coastal waters from Wooli, south of the Clarence River to the Queensland border (a distance of 113.5 nautical miles) and the lower reaches of the northern rivers systems including the Clarence, Richmond and Tweed Rivers. The entrances to all rivers on the far north coast have bars which can be extremely dangerous. The first Squadron Commodore was Ron Doyle and Doug Duffy was Deputy Squadron Commodore. The Squadron received its Charter on 27th November 1992.
September 1990
National Commodore Clarke launched the QF5 Noosa Rescue Vessel “Pride of Noosa”.
9th November 1990
It was noted that Syd Bullen, (Victoria) was doing research in connection with the History of Coast Guard in Australia. New South Wales has already produced a record entitled “21 Years On” dealing with the history of Coast Guard. Les Swift, with the help of others agreed to write a history of our Organisation covering the past thirty years.
The Queensland State Council
(Committee of Commodores) was established in 1990. The creation of the Bureau of Emergency Services (BES) in December 1989 saw the amalgamation of all emergency service groups, including the Volunteer Services under the administration of a single coordinating body. Following the involvement of BES in the development of Volunteer Marine Rescue Service in Queensland, it became essential to coordinate the efforts of the four AVCGA Squadrons. In response to this Government initiative, “The Queensland State Council” was established to represent the interests of the Queensland Flotillas on all matters at State level.
The Queensland State Council comprises a Chairman, the four Squadron Commodores, an Adviser, a State Training co-ordinator and a State Manager. Commodore Domotor, Central Queensland was the first Chairman. The Council is responsible for the administration of Government funding in accordance with its Service Agreement with the Queensland State Government and liaises with all Queensland State Government Departments, Instrumentalities and other State Organisations.l
National Board approved the formation of a Section attached to the Victorian Squadron for the purpose of assisting that Squadron.
9th March 1991
Working Agreement between the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association, Swansea Flotilla and Norah Head Search and Rescue Boat Club Inc was signed.

Commodore John Pearson was granted Life Membership of the Association.
23rd June 1991
Working Agreement between the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association, Ku-ring-gai Flotilla and Terrigal Sea Rescue Service Inc was signed.
26th July 1991
New South Wales Squadron negotiation is to obtain a lease on the former MSB building at South Head on Sydney Harbour for a Radio Base.

A certificate suitable for display is to be presented to all Radio Bases.

Charter was presented to Wallaroo, SAF 7.

International Life Boat Federation Conference – Oslo, Norway.
November 1991
Commodore George Menge was granted Life Membership of the Association.
January 1992
QF22 Torres Strait
Was in formation. The area served was Torres Strait Islands within 100nm radius to the north and 20 nm south on the western and eastern coastline of Capt York. The first Flotilla Commander was John Keenan. On 7th August 1993 their 23ft Haines Hunter vessel “Quetta Star” was launched by National Commodore Graham Clarke. The Flotilla base is sited in the old meteorological station in the old Fort complex situated on Green Hill (Refer to documents folder for a map of the Torres Strait area ) This flotilla was eventually taken over by VMR at the request of DES.
16th February 1992
QF6 Mooloolaba launched its Rescue Vessel “Maroochy 1”.
28 March 1992
NF1 Port Jackson moved into South Head Signal Station providing a radio service twenty-four hours a day seven days a week, thus maintaining a 200-year history of one of Australia’s most historic sites, the boldest facility in Australia that has been continuously manned since inception. ( A full history of the Signal Station can be read in documents attached to the history).
3rd April 1992
A copyright statement to appear on all internal publications and printed literature of the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association.

COPYRIGHT: “This document is subject to copyright.
No part of this document may be changed, reproduced,
photocopied in whole or in part without the written permission of
The Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association Inc. National Board.
3rd April 1992
Format of future National Board meeting discussed.

Mr. Peter Murray from Berne, Murray and Tout was guest speaker.. ‘Legal pitfalls for rescue personnel”.

Application for Charter for QF16 Cooktown was presented.

Formation of a Flotilla at Goughs Bay.

Captain Sheila Robinson, National Stores, was granted Life Membership of the Association.
August 1992
Tasmania Flotilla One (TF1)
Was in formation as a result of an unplanned get together of like minded boaties on board the motor sailor “Marloo” whilst moored in the duck pond, Bruny Island during the long weekend of 1-2 March 1992. Discussions on “Marloo” led to the subject of safety and qualifications of crews and of a self help organisation which could assist the Tasmanian Police Marine Division in the area.

Discussion continued for six months, the result being that Kettering was considered to be the best location .A transportable lined shed was offered for use as a duty and radio room, a birth for the duty boat and a room at the near-by hotel as a meeting/training room all at no cost.

The inaugural meeting was held in August with 21 persons owning 11 craft ranging from 15ft half cabin to a 43ft ocean going motor sailer .On 5-6th September Commodores Clarke, Hardie and Henry visited Tasmania and were shown the proposed area and met with prospective members. Commodore Henry conducted a training course at Kettering. On 9th September, Commodore Clarke announced that Tasmania Flotilla No 1 had been born, based at the Oyster Cover Marina at Kettering in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel some 30Km South of Hobart.

John Watson was the first Flotilla Commander. The Base is manned every weekend and public holidays except Christmas Day. Dr. Frank Madill, Minister for Police and Emergency Services is Patron of the Flotilla. The Flotilla Charter was granted on 25th March 1994. In 1996 Commodore Watson purchased the ex QF2 rescue vessel.
18th November 1992
VF12 Sandringham and QF14 Lake Eildon were in formation.

Charter granted to the Northern New South Wales Squadron.
18th November 1992
A proposed “Swearing In” procedure for elected and appointed officers was submitted by Vice Captain A. Laurie and was accepted. Minor changes to the original were made on 25th November 1994.

The Financial Year for the Association to be as at 30th June.

Commodore Yowe, South Queensland Squadron presented the first Squadron report which included a pictorial presentation.
27th November 1992
Committee of Commodores
Was formed in New South Wales. Squadron Commodore Lakeman was appointed Chairman and Rear Commodore O’Neill as Secretary. Name was changed to New South Wales State Council on 25th March 1994.

National Commodore Hardie advised that it was necessary to have a Protocol Book as a reference book for every procedure so that no one makes a mistake and so that we can look professional in our public contacts as well as in other marine activities. The procedure for Scattering of Ashes at Sea will be written into the Protocol Book.
27th November 1992
At the National Board meeting held in Yeppoon a tree planting ceremony, arranged by the Hotel Resort was performed by Commodore Clarke in the Hotel grounds.

FLOTILLAS IN FORMATION at this date. Torres Strait, Keppel Sands, Fitzroy River, Shellharbour, Kiama, Bermagui, Sandringham, Goughs Bay, Apollo Bay, Tasmania.

“Log On”, “Mayday Priority Order” and “Telephone Enquiry Message” forms using the Coast Guard Logo were presented by Commander Wilson and were approved.

Commodore Tom Porter, North Queensland granted Life Membership of the Association.
26th January 1993
Commodore Bill Henry, National Training Commodore was honoured with the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours list.
17th March 1993
Working Agreement between the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association Inc and Southern New South Wales Squadron and the City of Wollongong Aerial Patrol Inc was signed.
TF3 Devonport
Was formed late 1993 and has expanded into Port Sorell and Wynyard. The Flotilla has the use of the old Devonport Marine Board building situated beside the River Mersey opposite the Spirit of Tasmania Ferry Terminal. A 4.8 metre vessel provides on water assistance. The Base is open every weekend of the year. The Flotilla operates marine radio at Devonport and Wynyard.

On 12th October 1996 a Commissioning Ceremony conducted by Deputy National Commodore Archbold was held to officially receive TF3s 16ft half cabin Bell Boy. The Flotilla received its Charter in 1998.
16th May 1993
Special meeting held at Maroochydore re Executive of QF6 and Sunshine Coast Squadron with the National Executive, Minute Secretary and members of the Sunshine Coast Squadron in attendance.
20th June 1993
The Commissioning of the Patrol vessel “Robert Hardie Alert” was performed by Commodore Clarke and the Commissioning Order was presented to Commander John Watson, TF1. Formerly the police launch Alert, the vessel will be used for search and rescue operations mainly in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. The vessel was named after National Commodore Robert Hardie one of the longest serving officers of the National Board, who played a major role in the formation of the Tasmanian group. At the same time Dr. Frank Madill, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Patron of AVCG Tasmania presented Commander Watson with the Tasmanian Ensign. The ceremony took place on the former Manly ferry, ‘North Head’ on Hobart’s waterfront.
23rd July 1993
Portland Roads Radio Base was established.

Commander M. Wilson was appointed National Public Relations Officer.

Captain C. Laurie was officially appointed National Minute Secretary having compiled the minutes for the past two years.

The Twenty Year Long Service Award to be a gold anchor similar to the ten-year silver anchor award.

NF16 Bermagui Flotilla was granted its Charter.

QF20 Keppel Sands was granted its Charter.

Commodore Reg Leigh Smith, the first Queensland State Commodore received Life Membership.

Commodore Cowie provided a brief report from the inaugural meeting of the New South Wales Committee of Commodores. Commodore Dick Lakeman was appointed Chairman with Rear Commodore Alan O’Neill as Secretary.
17th September 1993
“It’s a National Event”. A special fund raising campaign to assist the National Board operations was planned.
23rd September 1993
The Associations Incorporation Act 1991 and its effect on the Association as an incorporated association under the relevant legislation was raised by Commodore Askey. The Association must comply with all the requirements laid down.

Coast Guard History - Commodore Jones was to continue with this project with assistance from National P.R. Officer Wilson. Commodore Anderson offered to assist with editorial matters.


The “Us and Them” Syndrome was prepared by Vice Captain Gillett, Commodore Hardie and Commodore Clarke. (A copy is attached in the Document folder)
“Some reasons for the existence of Squadron and National Boards” written by Commodore Robert Hardie, National Board Adviser and Vice Commodore Chris Gillett, N.S.W. Squadron, July 1993.

The Queensland Flotilla Profile, 1993, a pictorial record of Facilities and Operational Resources as a result of over 25 years of commitment to safe boating, compiled by Captain C. Laurie with the assistance of Captain Peter Smith and the Queensland State Council, was presented to National Board members.
New Year 1994
The Government of New South Wales awarded AVCGA New South Wales for recognition of their involvement and support in the effort to preserve life and property during the 1994 New Year Statewide Bushfires.
16th February 1994
Members of TF1 Executive attended a meeting at Triabunna at the request of Graeme Bellette a former member of QF1 to discuss the formation of a Flotilla in the area. The result of the meeting was the formation of a section of TF1, confirmed by National Commodore Clarke on 23rd February. TF 2 was initially formed at Orford and Triabunna, later expanding into Swansea on the East Coast of Tasmania. Members use their own vessels to provide on water assistance. Radio bases are operated at Orford and Swansea.
3rd March 1994
SeaSafety Award was presented to Rear Commodore John Jewell, North Queensland Squadron for his contribution in arranging SAREX exercises in North Queensland.

Mrs. Croft, VF3 Loch Sport received the SeaSafety Award for providing radio coverage.
25th March 1994
QF22 Torres Strait Flotilla was granted its Charter.

National Staff Commodore Mike Askey resigned from this position.

25th Nov. 1994 A draft copy of the Accounting Guide compiled by Commodore Barton has been forwarded to all Squadrons. The Accounting Guide was accepted at 18th August 1995 meeting.

A thirty (30) year Long Service Award is to be considered.

A Charter of Operation was granted to TF1 Kettering.
25th March 1994
A working group to cover Radio was formed. National Commodore Clarke – Nominee and contact with Government and SMA; National Training Commodore Henry – Coordinator; Flotilla Commander Watson Technical Adviser and curriculum development, Vice Captain A. Laurie – Administration/Procedures; Captain C. Laurie- Minutes /Contact Base.

As from 1st January 1995 any recognised training for the Government in Queensland must be produced in CBT format.

The Swearing-In Ceremonies procedures for appointed and elected Officers became a By-Law.

CAPITATION FEES are now $10.

Commodore Clarke had served eight years as National Staff Commodore and is now in his fifth term, (nine years) as National Commodore and is considering standing down from this position.

Consideration is being given to split the North Queensland Squadron into another Squadron because of the number of Flotillas in the Squadron and the distance to travel to attend meetings.
March 1994
QF25 Cape York Flotilla
Was formed in 1994. Robert Mitchell was the first Commander (1994 – 2004) and Gary Wright was Deputy Commander. The Flotilla was sited at Seisia Caravan Park and at the workplace of Gary Wright. QF25 covers the area North to Thursday Island, South West to Skardon River and South East to Shellbourne Bay. Launching ramps are at Seisia Beach and Jacky Jacky River.

The first rescue vessel “Seisia Star” was a 7.6m Aluminum mono hull powered by 2 x 120hp Evinrude outboards. The next vessel was a 7m. Stinger “Talisman” powered by 2 x 70hp Yamaha outboards.

In 2005, Jeffrey Aniba, Deputy Chairman of Seisia Council was appointed Commander with Gary Wright as Deputy. QF25 is currently operational with a combination of AVCGA and SES members and two skippers and crews are always ready to provide assistance. A new 6m Cairns Custom Craft Longboat with 2 x 60hp Mercury engines named “Siga-Thoora” which means ‘to see or search in the distance’ will be launched in April 2006. A project to erect a building with SES is in the planning stage with $80,000 already allocated and a site provided by Seisia Council.
May 1994
National Commodore Clarke officiated at the launching of QF5 “Noosa Waters”.
8th August 1994
Royal New Zealand Coastguard Federation International Conference- Commodore Henry presented a paper on training and an outline of the AVCGA. He was accompanied by Commodore Clarke and Captain M. Wilson.
December 1994
Larry Ward and Tony McMillan both received the SeaSafety Award.
3rd December 1994
Qf4 Caloundra celebrated its twenty (20) years anniversary.
9th December 1994
QF5 Noosa celebrated its twenty (20) years anniversary.
December 1994
TF5 Tamar Flotilla
Was formed as a result of advertising shown on Southern Cross Network TV with thirteen interested persons attending the first meeting. Commander Watson TF1 attended the meeting. The first vessel was a 15.5ft Aluminum De Havilland dinghy with a 25hp Mercury outboard used for training.

The Commissioning of their new rescue vessel “Tamar Alliance” was conducted by Deputy National Commodore Archbold in January 1997,
30th May 1995
A Squadron was in Formation in Tasmania
3rd June 1995
Life Member Peter Swan, a member of VF1 Frankston was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his services to the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard. Peter is the longest serving member of our Association having joined in the very early days in August 1961. (Copy of Citation in History documents File No 1.)
July 1995
MEMBERSHIP of the Association totaled 10914 representing 2628 Regular and 8286 Associate.
July 1995
The election of two female members to the position of Flotilla Commander (Lucille Jackley) and Flotilla Vice Commander ((Lorelle Wilton) in QF9 Cairns is probably a first in our Association.
TF4 Hobart and Tasmania Squadron
Was formed in 1995 and is based in the Tasmania Squadron Headquarters, (the Graham Clarke Facility) located on the foreshore of the Royal Hobart Regatta Ground, on the Queens Domain, Hobart and is the Training Flotilla. TF4 operates a Volunteer Marine Radio Station mainly for special events and in cases of emergency.
18th August 1995
Vale – Vice Commodore Bill McPherson, National Supply Officer.

Captain Geary appointed National Supply Officer and was sworn in as such.

Airlie Beach Flotilla was disbanded 1st September 1995.

The National Policy on Work Place Health and Safety and Social Harassment and the Law was accepted. It was considered that this should be included in the Seaman 11 course.
18th August 1995
The Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG) was established. The New South Wales Squadron has pledged support in the form of crews and vessels from every Flotilla which will be present and actively involved in a number of support roles. Two representatives, Malcolm Wilson and Frank Geary were appointed to liaise on the Committee.

(A large amount of documentation including charts, books, pamphlets, Waterways Agreement with AVCGA, correspondence etc, forms part of the Archives.)
Recognition of the 15-year period of service to the Association is to be considered, also for five year and twenty-five year service. Certificate accepted.
Consideration to be given to producing a perpetual Year Card for Life Members.
VF12 Sandringham chartered as a Specialist Flotilla.

It was suggested that a section be set aside prior to National Board meetings for Squadron Staff Captains to be briefed by the National Staff Commodore and the Squadron Rear Commodores by the National Training Commodore. Consideration also be given to the organisation of a separate conference for attendance by Squadron Staff Captains, Vice Commodores and Rear Commodores and Public Relations Officers in order that such officers may attend workshops conducted by the relevant National Officers and such conference to be conducted annually at a mutually agreed, relatively central location.
Refer to page 29 Motion 19 of minutes dated 18th August 1995.

NF 14 Port Kembla was reclassified as a Specialist Flotilla.

CAPITATION FEES to be increased by an extra $10 from July 1996.

The Mission Statement and Strategic Objectives as outlined by the National Public Relations Officer M. Wilson was accepted.

The Patrol Officer badge is to be replaced with the SAR Control badge. It was later confirmed that the Patrol Officer rating will be retained as well as the SAR controller and the SAROPS patch.

Life Membership of the Association was awarded to Frank Carter and B. Crittenden QF9 Cairns. A posthumous Award of Life Membership was made to Commodore Bill Macpherson.
17th February 1996
A Training Seminar was held in Sydney chaired by National Training Commodore Bill Henry. Guest speakers were Alistair Mitchell, AYF and Dick Tucker Manager State Rescue Board of New South Wales.
29th March 1996
A National Administration /Accounting Seminar was held, chaired by Commodore Barton.

A 30 year Long Service Award as per a sample presented by Captain Geary was accepted. The Award to be a gold anchor and laurel wreath.

The Protocol Handbook is to be dedicated to the late Dr. Robert Hardie.

There has always been a capitation fee of $5 for Cadets.

QF24 Thirsty Sound was granted a Charter.

QF23 Cardwell received its Charter

QF19 Rockhampton granted its Charter

Central Queensland Squadron granted its Charter

A Life Membership pin is to be considered.

The Charter for Central Queensland Squadron was re-instated March 1996.

The First Aid badge is to be removed from all uniforms. It is no longer permissible to wear this badge.

Proposed formation of a Flotilla at Lockhart River, North Queensland.
QF23 Cardwell
Received its Charter.30th March 1996. Area of operation is north to Murray River and south to Ramsey Bay, Hinchinbrook Island. New Operations Centre opened.
29th March 1996
Application for Charter for QF19 Rockhampton was made.
March 1996
Flotilla VF14 Lake Eildon was withdrawn.
13th April 1996
Commissioning and blessing of Iluka/Yamba rescue vessel “Sunshine”.
12th May 1996
QF6 Mooloolaba celebrated its 20th Anniversary Milestone.
2nd June 1996
Official opening of the new Headquarters for QF15 Innisfail.
June 1996
The first female Commander of QF12 Tully, Janice Craze, was elected.
13th July 1996
QF17 Tin Can Bay Flotilla celebrated its 20th Anniversary.
21st September 1996
Vale - National Commodore Bill Henry, National Training Commodore.
12th October 1996
A Commissioning Ceremony carried out by Deputy National Commodore Ian Archbold was held at TF3 Devonport to officially receive TF3s 16ft. half cabin Bell Boy as an AVCGA vessel.
November 1996
An approach was made to the Tasmania Squadron by Neville Barnes of Becheno on the East Coast of Tasmania offering the facilities of his radio base with accommodation to AVCGA. The offer was accepted. Arrangements were made with National Commodore Clarke for registration of TF6 Becheno in December 1996. Unfortunately in July 1997 Mr. Barnes passed away.
29th November 1996
Commodore John Pearson was appointed National Board Adviser.
29th November 1996
Vice Captain Allan Laurie was appointed coordinator of the National Radio Committee. The committee consists of National Commodore Clarke, Chairman, Captain Laurie coordinator, Commodore Watson as Technical Officer, Ron Jenkins as Adviser and Captain C. Laurie as Staff and contact base.

Ron Jenkins (Spectrum Management Agency) was appointed Adviser in Radio to the National Association and National Communication Committee.

The ALPHA /NUMERIC system of numbering is to be introduced.

An offer was received to go on the Home Page for inclusion on the Internet. Commodore Cowie was appointed Web Master for the Association and authorised to set up a Web Site.
29th November 1996
The Swearing-In procedures in certificate form were approved.

The development of National Competency Based Standard training is to be implemented.
29th November 1996
Life Membership was granted to F. Zappala, QF8 Townsville and H. Barnett, QF8 Townsville.
20 March 1997
VF04 welcomed the first US Warship “USS Reid”, assisted in carrying her crew of VIP’s ashore and was used for two days as a transport vessel. Commander Ziemba complemented Coast Guard in the best recognized way of all - “He Saluted”
30th June 1997
Four applications for the position of National Training Commodore were received. These were from Vice Commodore Alan O’Neill, New South Wales Squadron; Vice Commodore Peter Barrow, Victoria. Commodore Neil Jones, Central Queensland. C. James Slack, South Queensland. Résumé's are included in the “ Historical Documents of Interest” folder.
July 1997
An Offshore Rescue Flotilla was formed in New South Wales but was disbanded soon after.
8th August 1997
Commodore Neil Jones was appointed National Training Commodore.

It was accepted that a Citation, Badge and Plaque be presented to Life Members.

The Seaman 11 Course as standardised by the New South Wales Squadron was presented by Rear Commodore Trish Boath Notes were distributed and a disc was made available to Squadrons.

A move was made to consolidate all aspects of insurance policies into a single package with the aim of acquiring the best cost effective coverage for the Association.

An Insurance Sub Committee was formed with Kingsley Fraser, QF6 and Ian Lavin, QF11 to represent the Association.

The application for Charter for TF3 Devonport/Sorell was approved.

Life Membership was awarded to Maxwell Chester, South Australia, John Stafford and Tom Faruggia North Queensland.
8th August 1997
Consideration is to be given to standardizing the types of vessels purchased by the Association with a limit on design and length.
8th August 1997
Captain Fiddyment was appointed National Magazine Editor and the first issue of the magazine under his editorship was December 1997, published by Executive Media, Melbourne. It totaled 36 pages and the print run was 3000. The first issue published by the new publishers P & G. Lynch, Palm Beach Queensland was June 1999 with 64 pages and 5000 copies.
8th August 1997
Commodore Howland presented National Commodore Clarke with a “larger hammer” a gavel , which was made by a member and presented on behalf of QF9 Cairns.
22nd December 1997
Memorandum of Understanding between the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard and New South Wales Emergency Service was signed.
3rd February 1998
Victorian Squadron entered into a Sister Service arrangement with the USCG and CG Auxiliary at a function in Melbourne hosted by the American Consul General Tex Harris at the US Consulate Offices.
6th March 1998
Personal Log Books for Instructional Skills, Sea Time and Radio Operator were distributed by Commodore Jones.

Coast Guard identity numbers are to be standardized using the State, Squadron, Year of joining and the identity number. (e.g.) Kingscliff - 21980001. (State being 2, Squadron 1, year of joining 98 then number.)

The Protocol Handbook is now available and forms part of the By-Laws.

Leisurenet Australia P/L proposed to install Video cameras in Bases for Internet Weather System.

Weather Cam sites to be at Iluka/Yamba, Noosa, Swansea, Ballina and Evans Head.

A certificate will be issued for ten year and twenty year continuous service.

The Victorian Squadron advised the formation of a Sister Service with Team Coast Guard Chicago.

Commodore Chris Gillett was elected National Commodore. Commodore Campbell was elected Deputy National Commodore. Commodore Pearson stood down as National Adviser and Commodore Clarke was appointed to this position.

Commodore Neil Jones, QF11 was granted Life Membership of the Association.

Commodore Bill Barton, New South Wales was granted Life Membership of the Association.
18 April 1998
TF3 Davenport received its Charter.
August 1998
Proposed Heads of Agreement made between Waterways Authority of NSW, AVCGA and RVCP for the 2000 Olympic Strategic Plan. Commodore Wilson and Deputy Commodore Geary headed the Committee.
20th November 1998
Commodore Gillett presented his first report to the Board as National Commodore.

In order to save costs, it was decided to have full National Board meetings on an annual basis, in addition to hold six monthly business meetings with only National Board members in attendance.

Coast Guard Cadets are to be phased out as operational units of the Association and no new enrolments are to be accepted.

Appointments: S. Richardson National Supply Officer, C. Laurie, National Minutes Secretary, A.Henwood, Publicity Officer, K. Fraser, Insurance Officer and P. Fiddyment, National Magazine Editor.

A bid has been made to host the ILF Conference in the year 2003.
20th November 1998
Tony Hollis, (South Australia) was granted permission to use the AVCG Logo on the inside cover of his Coastal Navigation Book.

Rear Commodore Trish Sinclair was appointed State Training Co-Ordinator for New South Wales.
20th November 1998
The Officers Guide Book is now available from Commodore Holmes.

Life Membership awarded to Commodore Musolino, South Australia and Commodore Alan Carter (Posthumous), Southern New South Wales.
November 1998
A Radio Base only was established at Malacoota.

The introduction of the Victorian Youth Development Program (School Cadets).
10th April 1999
The National Board minutes are to be sent via e-mail.
10th April 1999
A discussion paper was presented by Commodore Holmes outlining the requirements of a suitable person in each state to act as an Administration co-ordinator and liaise with the National Staff Commodore.

A posthumous Award of “AM” was made to Mr. Ted Maddon, Victoria. Doug Dufty, Northern New South Wales received the “OAM”

Preliminary arrangements are being made for a Pan Pacific conference.
1st October 1999
The National Medal was recognized. Criteria is for a member to have completed fifteen years accumulated service with the Association and maintain training levels to perform the primary functions of the Association.

Captain Brenda Smith was appointed National Supply Officer.

A working committee was formed to report to the next National Board meeting with draft material and policy for implementation for raising funds through Bequests and Legacies. Committee consists of DNC Campbell, Commodores Wilson, Huxley and Mr. Smith.

NF7 Shellharbour was granted its Charter of Operation.

SAF 3, SAF 4 and SAF 7 are no longer active and their respective Charters are withdrawn.

The Queensland State Council distributed a Profile of Resources, 1998 Other Squadrons were asked to produce a similar profile to enable a National document to be produced. This would prove invaluable in negotiations with Government, their agencies, sponsors, other organisations and international bodies