The AVCGA has a close working relationship with many international Coast Guard Associations which includes the USCG Aux, New Zealand Coast Guard and Philippines Coast Guard Aux. These organisations were represented at the conference to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association Inc by Edson Lott – USCG AUX; Brooke Archbold – NZ CG; Bruce Reid – CEO NZ CG; Buddy Mendoza – Philippines CG Aux; Harold Wolf – Philippines CG Aux; Pablo C Ortega – Philippines CG Aux; Roberto F De Los Reyes – Philippines CG Aux.

National Board approved the implementation of a system of recognition for members fundraising for 100 and 200 hours based on the green ribbon system as used for radios and activations.

VF18 Lakes Entrance (Gippsland Squadron) had taken possession of a new Noosa Cat vessel.

The International Guests presented reports to the meetings. Copies of the reports appear in the minutes of the meeting held on 8th April 2011.

A new NTO is to be written to make reference to the Database. The new training order will be for record keeping.

9th-11th April 2010
The National Board meeting was held at Mantra on Salt Beach, Kingscliff
A proposal to change the constitution to accommodate ex-members being permitted to wear their uniforms on special occasions and for recognition of their time in Coast Guard was made. A recommendation will be made to the National Executive.
Michael Brennan, partner from Minter Ellison, Canberra (Lawyers) explained the obligations of National Board members within Coast Guard and the liabilities to any members who breach their duties. Points raised included - Act in a bona fide best interest of the Association; Act for a proper purpose; Duty of Care; Information of the Association; Conflicts of Interest.
Squadron Commodore Bruce Mitchell (Illawarra) tendered his resignation to the Board.
A meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister is being arranged to discuss grants and Federal funding for overseas travel. All international activities will be posted on the Web site.
A Memorandum of Understanding with VRA to explore the best possible outcomes in negotiations with Marine Rescue NSW was supported.
E-Learning was discussed at the NATRAC meeting held in Tasmania. Permission was granted by the National Board to establish a working party to look at the feasibility of establishing an E-Learning system across Coast Guard.
Customs Presentation:
Customs Officer David Jarrett, Supervisor Waterfront Operations together with Officer Toby Dodd gave a presentation on the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and pointed out several ways in which the AVCGA members could assist them in their endeavours.
Financial statements:
For the year ended 30th June 2009 were accepted and were forwarded to the Department in Canberra and ASIC.
Elections:
Commodore Campbell was reelected as National Commodore and Commodore Dalling (South Australia Squadron) was elected Deputy National Commodore. Both were sworn in by the National Board Adviser, Alan Morton.
Appointment of National Officers:
Bob Mellor, National Training Commodore; Peter Smith National Administration Commodore; Terry Ryan, National Board Adviser; Andrew Hunter Information Technology Captain; Milan Nikolich, Marketing/Promotions Captain; Brian Hale, Magazine Editor Captain; Lyn Thomson, Stores Officer Captain, Graeme Caesar, Organisation and Development Captain, Connie Laurie, Archives Captain, Catherine Preeece, Administration Support Captain, Margaret Deguara, Training Support Captain.

The National Magazine has moved to a full colour production with a circulation of over 50,000.

The Hobart Flotilla is to be moved to the Tasman Peninsula.

The Australian Volunteer Coast Guard will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in August 2011 and will be celebrated at the Beaumaris Motor Boat Club where the Coast Guard originated.
Members at Large:
Members who are unable to belong to a Flotilla and wish to remain members can be attached to the National Board.
AWARDS:
  • Life Membership: Jean Brake, VF01, Frankston. Ian Baker, NF04 Port Hacking.
  • Frank Millican, QF8 Townsville. Douglas Dufty, NF08 Evans Head.
  • Substantive Rank: Richard Boulton, Commander QF08 Townsville.
  • Distinguished Service – Association: Grahame Bissaker, NF20 Tuggerah Lakes
  • Patrol Officer: Elizabeth Watts, NF03 Ku-Ring-Gai; Michael Carew, NF03 Ku-Ring-Gai.
19th/21st November 2010
The National Board meeting was held at “Peppers”, Salt Beach, Kingscliff.
Gippsland Squadron reports that Vf18 Lakes Entrance are awaiting the arrival of a new vessel and that extensions to the headquarters building are nearing completion.
VF19 Port Albert has a new tow vehicle a Fuso Canter 4x4 truck.
VF20 Port Welshpool has undertaken a public course in Recreation Boating License.
Vf21 Marlo is to replace their existing vessel CG21.
VF22 Paynesville has moved into new premises provided by the local Council.

Victoria Squadron has installed an administrator in Vf11 Lake Hume and Vf12 Sandringham.
During recent floods in Victoria two coast guard vessels and a number of crew were dispatched inland to assist as required, this necessitated navigating fences and shrubbery instead of waterway hazards.
VF4 Western Port has a new vessel, CG4, under construction which should be operational February or March 2011.

QF8 Townsville will launch its new primary rescue vessel on 11th December 2010 at the Townsville Motor Boat and Yacht Club. The pontoon to accommodate the vessel will be relocated.
QF9 Cairns celebrated its 40th Anniversary on 18th September 2010 at the Cairns RSL.
Two Sarex’s were successfully completed in North Queensland and Far North Queensland.
26th January 2011
Queensland State Training Commodore, Commodore Ron Tyler MBE was awarded the ESM, Emergency Service Medal in the New Year Honors Lists. Queensland State Council Chairman Mike Vosti was also awarded the ESM.
8th-10th April 2011
The National Board meeting, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Coast Guard was held at the Windsor Hotel, Melbourne.
NTCO Bob Mellor attended the National Emergency Management Training Officers Conference at Whyte Island, Brisbane on 1st October 2010.

Northern Territory Marine Safety has recognized AVCGA Training qualifications. Candidates will be awarded with a Certificate of Competency as Coxswain (Unlimited) and will be able to operate outside the 15nm limit when required to operate in the vicinity of the Tiwi Islands.
Work continues towards the establishment of the Australian Maritime Academy.

North Queensland Squadron has suffered considerable losses due to the heavier than normal “wet season” flooding and several cyclones, the latest cyclone “YSAI”cat 5 was the most severe and largest recorded resulting in considerable damage. The main areas hit were Townsville, Ingham, Cardwell, Tully and Innisfail. Some members lost all personal affects while other members lost their houses. Tully Flotilla building at Hull Heads was extensively damaged.

The naming and commissioning ceremony for QF8 Townsville new primary rescue vessel, Rotary Rescue was held on 11th December 2010 at the Townsville Motor Boat and Yacht Club.

QF9 Cairns continue to work with AeroRescue, the group who drop rescue boxes to persons and vessels in distress at sea. They also assist in the practical side of Marine Studies Courses for St Augustine’s College, St. Andrew’s College at Redlynch and conduct base and boat tours for primary aged “Gumba Gumba”children who are an after school care group for indigenous children.

QF10 Port Douglas will upgrade their radio room and improve the range with a grant of $30,500 from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.
June 2011
Sponsorship
As part of its community sponsorship with the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Assoc .leading outdoor retailer BCF – (Boating, Camping and Fishing) signed a community partnership with AVCGA. Funds raised will be utilised to continue the education and rescue service to the community. Full story in the Spring / Summer 2011 Coast Guard magazine.

NATCO Bob Mellor attended the National Emergency Management Training Officers Conference at Whyte Island, Brisbane on 1st October 2011.

Northern Territory Marine Safety has recognized AVCGA Training qualifications. Candidates will be awarded with a Certificate of Competency as Coxswain (Unlimited) and will be able to operate outside the 15nm limit when required to operate in the vicinity of the Tiwi Islands.

Work continues towards the establishment of the Australian Maritime Academy.

North Queensland Squadron suffered considerable losses due to the heavier than normal "wet season" flooding and several cyclones, the latest cyclone "YSAI"cat 5 was the most severe and largest recorded resulting in considerable damage. The main areas hit were Townsville, Ingham, Cardwell, Tully and Innisfail. Some members lost all personal affects while other members lost their houses. Tully Flotilla building at Hull Heads was extensively damaged.

The naming and commissioning ceremony for QF8 Townsville new primary rescue vessel, Rotary Rescue was held on 11th December 2010 at the Townsville Motor Boat and Yacht Club.

QF9 Cairns continue to work with AeroRescue, the group who drop rescue boxes to persons and vessels in distress at sea. They also assist in the practical side of Marine Studies Courses for St Augustine's College, St. Andrew's College at Redlynch and conduct base and boat tours for primary aged "Gumba Gumba"children who are an after school care group for indigenous children.

QF10 Port Douglas will upgrade their radio room and improve the range with a grant of $30,500 from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.

QF1 Southport members and guests assembled at their headquarters for the naming and commissioning of their third rescue vessel "Southport 2" by Councillor Margaret Grummitt.
Long Service:
QF4 Caloundra member Dennis Blumenthal has served thirty eight (38) years with the Flotilla being one of the original foundation members.
AWARDS:
  • Life Membership: Anthony Knight NQ; Murray Hurst SA.
  • Distinguished Service – Administration: Paul Crocker SA.
  • Distinguished Service – Association: Greg Cassin Sunshine Coast; Brian Robinson SA.
  • Ray Thomas SA; Bradley Read SA; Christine Robinson SA; Frank Fry SA; Joan Arnold SA.
  • Christopher Hicks SA;
  • Distinguished Service – Operations: Robert Stubbs SA; Michael Lovelock SA; Glen Bowmer NQ;
  • Garry Place NQ; John Hatton NQ.
  • Substantive Rank: Kenneth Brennan Sunshine Coast.
  • Patrol Officer: Ian Short SA.

This meeting concluded on Saturday evening and members adjourned to enjoyed the 50th Anniversary celebration dinner being held at the Windsor Hotel. This was a formal affair with presentation of the colours, an address by National Commodore Campbell and the presentation of the fifty (50) year membership Award to Commodore Peter Swan who is one of the original founders of Coast Guard. A full story of the occasion is available in the Spring/Summer 2011 edition of the Coast Guard magazine edited by Captain Brian Hale.

24th/28th August 2011
NATCO Bob Mellor attended the USCGA Conference NACON 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina to represent AVCGA. A report of this conference is on file.
October 2011
QF5 Noosa received its nine metre Naiad, a purpose-built vessel for bar conditions at Noosa. The vessel is based on a proven design used by marine rescue and emergency service organisations in Australia and New Zealand.

VF4 Hastings has commissioned a Yamaha powered Razerline with a pair of Yamaha F225 four stroke outboard engines. Cruising speed is twenty (20) knots with a maximum speed of forty-two (42) knots.

VF7 Carrum has received a new 9.2m search and rescue vessel.
 4th-6th November 2011
National Board meeting held at Shangri-La Conference Centre, Wynnum, Brisbane.

Two new Commodores Chris Newman, Gippsland and Barry Cordwell, Victoria were welcomed to their first meeting of National Board.

National IT Captain Rick McGowan was introduced to the meeting following the resignation of Andrew Hunter.

Special guest, Shane Bowering from Red Tape Busters Pty Ltd (RTB) addressed the meeting outlining a fundraising scheme which could provide a much-needed service to Coast Guard on a national level.

The meeting agreed that the proposal from RTB to provide a Grant Management Program for the entire Association for an initial twelve month period at an initial deposit of $10,000.00 to be funded by the National BCF sponsorship proceeds.
AON Insurance:
Michael Hambleton from AON Insurance addressed the meeting concerning the new Workplace Health and Safety Act and the ramifications of the new Act and how AVCGA should conduct itself to avoid potential litigation.
Website:
Captain McGowan recommended a professional corporate model be adopted for the Website and informed the meeting of the different components of a website. It was agreed that National Board undertake to develop a new website with IT/email capability to suit the requirements of the Association. This project is to be managed by the National Executive and National It Captain.
Training:
The proposal on Leadership and Management Program from USCGA is to be continued.
AWARDS:
  • Federal member for Wide Bay, Warren Truss presented National Volunteer Awards to QF17 Tin Can Bay Flotilla members John Macfarlane, Kevin Woodgate and Bevan Thoroughgood
  • Member for Hinchinbrook, Andrew Cripps presented Cheryl Gossner from QF14 Ingham with the National Medal in recognition of her fifteen year volunteer service.