Applying for Membership
The RMCQ is a not-for-profit community club. If you are interested in joining, you are welcome to visit us on most Fridays (9:30-11:30am) and Wednesdays & Saturdays (9:30am-1:00pm). No bookings are necessary. Contact us if you would like to visit at another time. We will show you around and you can meet a few of the members. Applicants are normally required to visit three times before their membership application is accepted by the Committee, but this is not required if you want to be an Associate member or live a long distance from the club.
Trains are now running on both mainlines of Grendale — our new G gauge garden railway — and we are very keen to increase the number of "G Gaugers" in the club. Other scales are welcome too!
Benefits of Membership
- Club-wide running days every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday morning, with smaller groups and individuals running on other days.
- A regular club gathering usually on the second Saturday of each month including a raffle and free sausage sizzle.
- 24/7 access to the clubhouse, layouts and workshops every day of the year, after 6 months membership. Great if you work odd hours.
- Modelling advice and assistance from our resident experts in all aspects of the hobby including layout design, construction, tools, materials, scenery, structures, operations, engines, rolling stock, couplers, electronics, DCC and purchasing trains.
- Well-equipped workshops for construction, electronics and DCC locomotive programming/ speed matching.
- Extensive magazine, book and video libraries including subscriptions to a variety of monthly magazines.
- Access to the club’s members-only website and forum.
- The opportunity to help display our large portable layouts at various shows, including weekends away at Bundaberg, Toowoomba and the Gold Coast.
- Free membership for each member's spouse, children and grandchildren (under 18 only).
- A club shop with common HO and N scale spare parts, decoders, memorabilia, etc.
- Ample off-street parking.
- Large, well-furnished common areas to enjoy the company of fellow modellers.
- A kitchen with drinks, ice-creams and light lunches available for sale.
- Ordinary. This is the normal adult membership category, with all the usual rights and privileges of membership including the right to vote.
- Senior. Members who have attained the age of 70 years pay reduced fees with the same benefits as Ordinary members.
- Country. Members who reside at a distance greater than 75 km in a straight line from the clubrooms pay reduced fees and have the same rights as Ordinary members.
- Associate. These members have a much lower fee. They may not use the layouts or workshops, and do not vote, but are welcome to use the other club facilities and have access to the members-only website. There is a broad range of reasons why people choose to join as associate members, for example:
(1) People who live a long distance from the club.
(2) People with medical issues.
(3) Older modellers who have sold their kit but like to come and watch trains and socialise.
(4) Local community members who have a relationship with the club and want to maintain contact and socialise.
(5) People who want access to the members-only website.
- Family. We no longer have family memberships. The spouse, children (under 18) and grandchildren (under 18) of all members are deemed to be members of the club with the same privileges as the main member, but do not receive a free shirt and name plate and may not vote. As children turn eighteen, they are to apply for their own membership.
Cost of Membership
See the membership application for the current annual fees and joining fee. The joining fee includes a club shirt and name tag for the main member only.
Members who want to leave things at the clubrooms may hire a lockable locker for $10 per annum.
Obligations of Membership
All members are required to comply with our Rules of Association and Bylaws.
Within their physical capacity, they are also expected to contribute to maintenance of the club buildings and grounds, occasional working bees and fund-raising activities. Many hands make light work.
COVIDSafe practices are in place and are updated when government restrictions change.