This year has had a profound impact on our lives and has necessitated changes to all of us. The global Covid-19 pandemic has forced significant and rapid change to people’s lives and business’s alike.
Because your Club has been strongly supported by more than 30,000 members, it’s professional staff, an extremely successful operation for many years and it’s strong financial position the Club has so far survived the pandemic with relatively limited impact. This has been aided by no Covid-19 cases being linked to any of our 3 Clubs. Management and staff have been very proactive and thorough in compliance and/or exceedance of Covid-19 requirements for all persons entering the Club’s.
The Club is ready to return to pre-Covid operations including returning entertainment, events, greater seating capacity, indoor sports etc as soon as Covid-19 restrictions permit.
New Club update
The Covid-19 pandemic created challenges with the smooth progression of the development planning with various authorities and consultants modifying their operations. The Club’s development team quickly adapted to ensure continual progress.
The mandatory shutdown of the Club from 23rd March to 1st June, ongoing Covid restrictions and resultant uncertainty has forced Club Management to reassess the construction program. To err on the side of caution the Board has determined to split the development into 2 stages. Stage 1 is to be the basement car park and the podium levels which is the Club. Stage 2 is the Hotel tower.
On behalf of the Club I’m ecstatic to advise the Development Application’s (DA’s) were lodged into the NSW planning portal on the 9th October 2020. The DA’s comprise:
1. Modification to the existing Concept Approval for the entire development.
2. Detailed DA for the Club.
It is expected the DA’s will take approximately 6 months to be assessed by Burwood Council and the Regional Planning Panel. Upon approval of the Club DA a Club Licence will be immediately applied for; this is effectively a transfer of the current Club Burwood RSL licence from the current site to the new site currently known as 2 George St, Burwood. The Licence application process is expected to take 6 to 12 months. Once the Club Licence is obtained Construction of the Club may commence.
Digital images of the new club and other information is available on the club website.
Renewals commenced on 4th November for members whose membership is expiring in 2020. You can renew in person at reception of each Club or online via our website. An email reminder will be sent to all members who have supplied their email, if you haven’t provided your email, I encourage you to go on our website and advise the Club of your email via the ‘contact us’ link. Membership renewal for one year is only $2, renewal for 5 years is just $10. Should you renew prior to 25th December 2020 you will receive your money back in Gold Bucks credited to your membership card.
Community Support by your Club
Supporting and giving back to the Burwood local community is fundamental of our 3 Clubs and something we are all passionate about. This is especially true this extraordinary year with the bushfires, drought and Covid-19, 2020 has been unprecedented with the need for community support. Despite the Club being unable to trade for 10 weeks due to the Covid mandatory shutdown and with the current restrictions imposed the Group is proud to have still been able to donate a total amount of $757,054 back into the local community in the 2020 Club Grants year. This was made up of total cash donations of $670,474 and in-kind donations of $86,580. Significant money was allocated to bushfire and drought relief. A list of all successful applicants can be found on the Club’s website under Your Club /Community / Club Grants. This also details how to apply.
- Club Burwood RSL will be open from 11am to 3am on Christmas Day with the Brassiere and Café/Bistro open for a Christmas lunch feast. The Café/Bistro will remain open all day. Please refer to the separate advertisement for dining and entertainment on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.
All Club promotions over the Christmas festive period will continue as normal except for Christmas Day when all promotions will be cancelled. On NYE Aussie Bingo, Triple Treat Raffle and the Red Envelop Draw will be cancelled.
At the RSL 20 half hams will be added to each raffle from Wednesday 24 November until Christmas Eve, except Monday Madness which will have 12 half hams added. During the same period there will be 5 hams included in the Friday Raffle at Croydon Park Club.
- Club Burwood will be open from 11am to 4am on Christmas Day, a special 2 course Christmas meal will be available for lunch and dinner. Café 97 will be open noon to 11pm. Normal trading all other days.
- Croydon Park Club will be closed on Christmas day. Both trading hours and promotions will continue as normal on all other days.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, Management and Staff, I wish all members a happy Christmas and a much better 2021. Additionally, I extend thanks to all members for your continued support and contribution to the ongoing success of the Club.
16th November 2020