The Maryborough RSL Sub-Branch and Management Committee members are a proud, passionate and professional group of locals dedicated to providing a safe, friendly and welcoming space for our veterans, their families and the wider community. The Sub-Branch offers a range of Welfare and Advocacy services for our veterans as well as funding for community grants and projects of benefit to the Maryborough Community. Come down and get to know the Committee, Management and friendly staff ‘Meet you at the Club’


President George Mellick enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in January 1966 and graduated as a Telecommunications Technician. George retired from the RAAF in 1987 as a Warrant Officer, providing services as an Operational Command Headquarters at Glenbrook, as an Instructor at the Radio School in Laverton. George is a qualified Telecommunications Technician, holds a Diploma in Purchasing and Supply Management and has extensive experience in farming (cattle studs). and is passionate about providing welfare support to our ex-service personnel and preserving the memory and history of Australia’s involvement in conflicts.

John Bretz

Deputy President/Treasurer John Bretz conscripted into National Service in 1971 and served in HQAFV (Saigon) South Vietnam from, September 1971 – March 1972, as an Engineer. After discharge, from the Army, in 07/1972, he moved to Clermont in the Central Highlands and joined the RSL in 1973. John served as President of the Clermont RSL from 1978-79. During that time, he lived in Clermont I worked as a Carpenter. In 1979, John started his own building business which he later sold in 2011. On retirement in 2011, John moved to Maryborough and became a Board Member of the Maryborough RSL in 2013. John has a wealth of experience in business, building and Board operations and has a real passion for our ex-service personnel.


Sub-Branch Secretary, Phil McIntyre served in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) from 1967 to 1973, having attained the rank of Corporal. Phil received an honourable discharge, with exemplary conduct, after his initial period of enlistment. He saw active service in South Vietnam at HQAFV (Saigon) and No 1 Operational Support Unit (Vung Tau) during the period April 1971 to February 1972. On leaving the RAAF Phil obtained employment in the Electricity Industry and held a variety of Administrative positions over the next 34 years. He was appointed Manager of the Insurance & Claims section, a position he retained for close to a decade prior to his retirement in 2006. Phil’s experience spans across the areas of People, Risk and Contract Management.


Director, Michael Thompson enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 1975 and served as an Airfield Defence Guard (ADG) through various units including as the Squadron Sergeant Major at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) where he was recognised with a Commendation for Outstanding Service. Michael served overseas in New Guinea, Malaysia and New Zealand before retiring in 1995. Michael is a qualified Electrician and worked in this field for many years post his Defence service, and is now a passionate advocate for our ex-service personnel and their entitlements.


Director Robert James started his working career hands on as a tyre fitter in 1982 before being promoted to assistant manager. Rob has worked across many fields, taking a practical approach to his work. With a solid work commitment, Rob has worked in plastics factories, elevator servicing companies, professional cleaning organisations, taxi companies and a local chrome plating factory. Rob has owned and operated several of his own businesses, volunteers at the local bowls club and has a Responsible Management of Licensed Premises (RMLV) license, Customer Liaison Officer (CLO), as well as a Responsible Service of Alcohol and Gaming (RSA) and (RSG).


Director, Adam Quinnell has worked as a researcher for disability, advocacy and employment services, with some of this work being presented publicly at conferences. In addition to his role as a Director, Adam also volunteers as a Welfare Officer for the RSL Maryborough. Adam is committed to supporting the elderly and ex-service personnel within the community and is pursuing work as a Personal Support Worker whilst undertaking post graduate studies in community services. Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy, Political Science) and is currently completing a Certificate III in Individual Support.  


Shaun joined the Regular Army in 1976 and served with 5/7th Battalion (Bn) and 1st Bn, Royal Australian Regiment (RAR). Shaun deployed with 5/7th Bn to Butterworth, Malaysia and served as a Section Commander in the 1st Bn RAR before taking discharge in 1982, whilst posted to 9 Bn Royal Queensland Regiment (RQR). Shaun has always believed our veterans and ex-service personnel should be given every assistance to lead healthy and happy lives. He served on the first Chelsea Retirement Committee that saw the RSL become involved to make the Village a reality and has been an active member of the Sub-Branch for 31 years. Shaun has held a variety of positions within organisations, including the Delivery Manager for Australia Post for 14 years. Holding a Diploma of Business, Shaun is passionate about veterans and their welfare and has much to offer within the veteran community.

CEO - Jason Scanes

Chief Executive Officer, Jason Scanes enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in 1996 and served through to 2015. Jason served as a soldier and was promoted through the ranks to Warrant Officer Class Two before being commissioned to the rank of Captain. Jason has seen active duty in Afghanistan from December 2012 through to September 2013, where he served as the Battle Captain, Intelligence Mentor and Operations and Plans Mentor for the 205th Coalition Advisory Team (CAT) based on Forward Operating Base (FOB) Lindsey, Kandahar. He has also served as a Ground Surveillance Radar Detachment Commander on OPERATION Resolute (Border Protection) and completed a seven-month deployment on OPERATION Mazurka (Sinai) in 2004-2005. Jason has extensive experience in management and business and holds a Master of Business, Post Graduate in Management, Fellow of the Institute of Management and Leaders and holds a Chartered Manager designation.

Operations Manager - Stephen yeates

Operations Manager, Stephen Yeates brings a wealth of industry experience and knowledge to the Club. Stephen was employed with the QLD State Railway for over a10-years before his employment with the Club. Stephen’s Hospitality experience has spanned more than 20-years with the Maryborough RSL, first joining us in June 1996. Stephen has extensive experience across all areas of both the industry and the Club and has been providing the technical advice to both Management and the Board over this time. Stephen has a Diploma in Hospitality, Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training and a Certificate III in Business. These qualifications coupled with his 20-years of knowledge and experience, saw Stephen well placed to take the key role in managing the delivery of the Club's multi-million-dollar extension in 2015. During this project, Stephen provided expert advice to the Board and contractors to ensure that the impact to Club operations was minimised and the project delivered on time. 
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