QRBC History

The Queensland Recreational Boating Council Inc. was formed in 1969.

Since then the council has delivered fifty years of un-interrupted service for boaties.

The first Committee held its inaugural meeting in 1969. The meeting took place at The Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron headquarters and the agenda items included the Dredging of the One Mile, Netting in Horseshoe Bay, Buoys and Beacons in Moreton Bay, Moorings at the One Mile, Ammunition dumping, Wynnum Creek Dredging, Pollution of Waterways, Cleveland Jetty and Congestion on Waterloo Bay.

The foundation clubs were: Queensland Yachting Association (QYA), Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (RQYS), Little Ship Club (LSC), Queensland Cruising Yacht Club (QCYC), South Queensland Power Boat Club (SQPBC) and Queensland Professional Fishermen’s League (QPFL).

It was resolved that an invitation be extended to northern clubs to join as representatives and a short time after there was acceptance from Hervey Bay Boat Club and a Townsville club.

In 1975 the Council submitted to the Marine Board of Queensland an extensive proposal on licensing requirements for motor boat/motor vessel operators. The proposal included: Test on competency, an oral test to demonstrate a sound knowledge of collision regulations, elementary fire fighting knowledge, read compass and charts, basic knowledge of navigation. It was requested that tests be conducted by Boating Patrol Officers, Shipping Inspectors or a person appropriately trained and nominated by an approved Club or Organisation.

Over the years the Council has continued to have input into the various legislative, infrastructure, navigation and safety requirements of the Recreational Boating Community.

In 2009 Ivan Sanders wrote a book of the detailed history which is available here.   QSCC_Booklet_A4

1969 - 2009 QRBC History

Celebrating the first 40 years of the Queensland Recreational Boating Council

QRBC Delegates at the 1996 Brisbane Boat Show

The Queensland Recreational Boating Council delegates attending the Brisbane Boat Show in 1996