United front brings success

As 2021 draws to a close the team at Clubs Queensland would like to thank our members for their contributions and support throughout the year. And what a year it has been!
 
Clubs Queensland CEO Kelly Egan said the growth of the organisation over the past 12 months and the increased participation by club members via roadshows and regular events had strengthened CQ and greatly enhanced its ability to present a united front to government and corporate sponsors alike.

Mr Egan said it was now all about keeping the momentum of 2021 and working even harder to ensure the needs of the clubs’ industry were understood and met.

As membership renewals fall due, he urged members to sign on for another year and to continue to be part of the journey to build on the successes of the past 12 months.

This year, CQ met with the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC), Department of Justice and Attorney General (DJAG), Queensland Treasury and the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) every six weeks as part of the Club Compact with the state government.

Among the advocacy requests CQ put forward to government were:

Payment of winnings (and unclaimed funds) by EFT - CQ has obtained a commitment by government that this regulatory change will be processed by December 2021. At our most recent meeting, government has also committed to this change applying to unclaimed funds paid to OLGR.
 
Reduction in the visitor radius trial - The two-year trial of the removal to the visitor radius commenced on 1 September 2021. This is a great outcome and involved justifying the trial to apply state-wide, to both on and off premise consumption of liquor and determining the measures of success of the trial.

TITO/Card Based limits - As part of the Compact, CQ has now received notice from OLGR that the Attorney General (AG) is comfortable with an increase of the current $199.99 draw down limit (TITO and Card Based) to a $500 draw down limit. Currently, OLGR is working with the AG's office regarding this, including whether a higher limit would be possible.

Club Amalgamations - CQ has had positive commentary with government lifting the current 500 EGM cap for clubs with multiple sites. CQ has presented case studies and business modelling on why the 500 EGM cap is restrictive to clubs considering future amalgamations or greenfield sites as part of their strategic goals and to assist the state in the delivery of priority development areas.

On the workplace relations side of the things the Clubs Queensland team has been busy in the 12 months from November 2020 to November 2021, carrying out 18 workplace relations health checks, eight workplace investigations, settling 16 employment claims and providing 5,950 different pieces of advice to member clubs over the course of the year at an average of 100 pieces of advice a week.

New clubs

As a group we have also grown, with 47 new clubs on board in the last 12 months including:
 
City Golf Club
Sunnybank Community & Sports Club
Southport Sharks
Norths Leagues & Services The Lion Richlands
Brothers Leagues Club Ipswich Brothers Sports Bundaberg Redlands RSL
Caloundra RSL LIONS@springwood Tewantin-Noosa RSL Club
Burleigh Heads Rugby League Football Club
Burpengary Community Club Ipswich Jets
Alex Surf Supporters Club
Capalaba Sports Club Hervey Bay Boat Club Townsville RSL
Club Beenleigh Norths Devils
Yeronga Services Club Sports Central Caboolture Burleigh Sports
Coorparoo RSL & Community Club Gympie Sports Club
Yeppoon Bowls Club
Palm Beach Currumbin Rugby Union
Club Toowoomba Club Emu Park
Redlands Multi-Sports Club Gold Coast Bowls
Kirra Beach Surf Club
Bulimba Memorial Bowls and Community Club
Moranbah Golf Club Goondiwindi Bowls Club Clermont Golf Club Townsville Sailing Club The Moreton Club Pioneer Valley Golf Club Tieri Country Club
Indian Cultural & Sport Club Dalby Bowls
Gin Gin Bowls Club Tamborine Mountain Golf Club Bundaberg Bowls Club Danish Association Heimdal
Noosa Australian Football Club

Sponsors

Our sponsorship base has also grown with more than 50 corporates involved across our range of sponsorship options. A big thank you to the following:

Major Sponsor: Keno
Platinum Sponsors: Carlton & United Breweries, IGT, TAB, MAX, Mullins, Lion, Konami, Aristocrat, Hostplus, Club Property Solutions
Gold Sponsors: Coca-Cola, CTA Training Specialists Odyssey, Treasury Wine Estates, DWS Hospitality Specialists, SG Gaming, Australian Liquor Marketing, Next Payments, Ainsworth
Silver Sponsors: Westpac, Foxtel Business, Ashley Cooper Construction, Paynters, News Corp Australia, Open Projects Group, CMBM Facility Services, Printcraft, Kestrel Solutions, Tabletop Innovations, GSA, Mr Yum, me&u.
Bronze Sponsors: Bunnings Trade, AIS International, Cash Zone, ICM Construction, Ambient IT, SRJ Walker Wayland, Green Finance Group, Wanless Waste Management, Ecash, PKF, Lighthouse Safety & Compliance, BSG Australia, Moov Music, Aruze Gaming Australia, Authentic Security, Simtech, Utopia Gaming Systems, POSCOM.
 

Board

As we head into 2022 the Clubs Queensland Board features eight members of the club industry with coverage of every region in the State. The current Board includes:

President: Terry McDonald (Nerang RSL)
Northern & Vice President: Gavin Lyons (Brothers Leagues Club, Townsville)
South East: Joe Kelly (The Broncos Club)
South East: Steve Gagel (Brisbane Racing Club)
South East: Justin Hall (The Lion Richlands)
Central Western: Karen Evans (Toowoomba Sports Club)
Central Western: Tony Castro (The Waves, Bundaberg)
Northern: Clint Williams (Cowboys Leagues Club)
 
2022 is shaping up to be a big one with the return of the MAX AHG Expo, Keno & Clubs Queensland Awards for Excellence, The Right Direction Conference, Diversification symposium, roadshow workshops, a Women in Clubs event and much more.

Clubs Queensland CEO Kelly Egan said he was looking forward to working with members in 2022 to support them to grow their businesses in order to be able to provide even greater benefits to the communities they serve throughout the state.