Who Are We?
Officially titled Ingleburn R.S.L. Sub-Branch Club Limited, the Ingleburn R.S.L. Club is a trading body under the Registered Club Act and administered by a Board Of Directors consisting of seven members each whom are elected annually by the members.
The Club we know and love today started in the post WWI era. In the legendary ‘tin shed’, returned Diggers assembled for meetings, get-togethers and the occasional cleansing ale.
The original Club site at the corner of Cumberland and Oxford Road Ingleburn was donated. An old army hut was transported to the site to serve as the club house. This was a local community meeting point and played host to regular housie and dances. From the early days to now, Ingleburn RSL Club continues to be a place where the local community can meet and gather.
Building on a legacy
Over the years, Ingleburn RSL Club has evolved into what it is today.
In 1965, the Club was granted a liquor licence. Sometime later, approximately six poker machines were approved and installed.
A decade later in 1975, the late Douglas Raymond Purser and his Board of Directors purchased 6 acres of land. This site became the new home for the Club, where it still stands today. The land was purchased from the late Eric Wood (Woods Estate) for the sum of $60,000.
At that time, a further $1.7 million was invested to build an ultra modern club house. Almost three decades later, the Club invested a further $6 million in renovation works.
In 1988, the Club purchased 13 holiday units at Forster on the NSW mid-north coast. These units have been subsidised by the Club for more than 30 years, offering tremendous value for money for members.
Ingleburn RSL Club Today
We’re proud of our history and what we have created at Ingleburn RSL Club. We continue to honour our returned service men and women, while building strong ties to our local community.
Today, the Club has a wide range of facilities. Members and guests can enjoy a spectacular gaming room and entertainment lounge area with TAB and Keno facilities. They can enjoy a meal in our restaurants or a drink in our bars and see some of the world’s finest memorabilia in the sports lounge.
Our membership now stands at over 17,000. We have a gross annual turnover of approximately $14 million and employ 70 casual and permanent staff. Our Youth Club caters for some 3,000 children, who participate in sports ranging from little athletics to ballroom dancing, cricket, rugby league and soccer. On ANZAC Day, we provide breakfast for more than 2,000 people and honour the RSL Diggers for the service.
The future is bright for our Club. As we evolve and grow for the future, we’ll continue to hold on to the legacy of the early Diggers who called Ingleburn RSL Club their own.
A Social Meeting Place
Assisting Charities and Community Groups
Supporting Where We Can
Ingleburn R.S.L. Club has provided training and support for many Campbelltown Tafe hospitality students. The Club also provides much needed financial support to the Health Research Foundation, Spinal Research Foundation as well as Care flight Helicopter and Legacy. The Club also supports the annual Ingleburn and Campbelltown Festivals and provides meals and entertainment for over 300 senior citizens during Senior Citizens week each year.
The Ingleburn R.S.L. Club uses the service of over 50 local businesses. The club has always had the policy of supporting local businesses. May of those local businesses rely on the Club’s trade and have established valuable business relationships with the Club over the years.
Our Mission Statement
The Ingleburn R.S.L. Club’s Mission Statement states, “It is our long-term goal to ensure the Club continues to develop & remain not only an important part of but a major supporter of the local community to which it belongs.” With the introduction of recent increases in Poker Machine Tax by Michael Egan, the Ingleburn R.S.L. Club will find it increasingly difficult to sustain this statement over the coming years.
The subsiding of meals and value for money beverages and facilities may be a thing of the past and many charities will find it very difficult financially and many sporting clubs will have to find ways of supporting themselves without the Club’s assistance. There is no doubt whatsoever that Ingleburn R.S.L. Club along with all Clubs in the Macarthur region play a critical role in the wellbeing of our local community.