This momentous occasion also marked the first time the industry had come together in a large scale gathering, with close to 900 guests, in over 19 months - And what a celebration it was! With the beverages flowing thanks to CUB, Lion, Treasury Wine Estates and Coca-Cola Amatil, the amazing voice of the one and only Casey Donovan, the ever so popular MC, Shane Jacobson and of course the spotlight on the efforts and achievements of our great industry over the last twelve months, it wasn’t hard to have a great time.
This year’s competition saw some 63 clubs nominate, with a total of 230 submissions across the 24 categories. The judges commented that the calibre of submissions this year was superb, with many of the categories seeing less than 1% separating the winner and 2nd place. There were also a number of clubs who haven’t nominated for the awards before and it was fantastic to see many of them recognised on the night. Special mention of Charleville RSL who took out all three categories in which they entered – Club of the Year (Boutique), Heart of the Community, and Best Licensed RSL and/or Services Club.
We also were able to celebrate and recognise some extraordinary achievements in our industry on the night, with Dan Nipperess recognised with a ‘Special Service Award’ for his efforts in navigating the industry though the COVID-19 crisis, and Mr Cliff Biggs recognised for his longstanding achievement and efforts for our industry, awarded the coveted ‘Service to Industry Award’.
Special thanks goes to our major sponsor Keno and all supporting sponsors for their continued backing of our Awards for Excellence program, and in particular the support of the program change to be more focused on acknowledging and celebrating ‘community contribution’ - which is what clubs are all about.
Clubs Queensland couldn’t be prouder of this year’s winners, and all of the members that turned out to celebrate our great industry. In this edition of Club Insight, we put a spotlight on some of this year’s winners, diving deeper into their achievements and highlighting the great work they do in their communities.
Winners lists and event photos can be found here.