From the Board Chairman
Mandatory Closure Equals Opportunity
Twin Towns Clubs & Resorts’ mandatory closure presents a vast array of options and opportunities to move forward, in a strategic sense, during this profound pandemic experience. Restructure our Clubs, refurbish them and plan to be where you need to be in the future, as against where we have been and where we are now. Certainly, a vastly changing world unlikely to be the same in the future and we have no expectation of initially reopening without social distancing measures seen prior to our closure.
When we come back, we want you to feel safe, not just in a physical sense, but in the environmental and operational changes we will make to promote a healthy Club. Directors have been meeting via home teleconferencing more regularly than normal to set policy for management direction in accordance with increasing developing government announcements.
Establishing guidelines and regulation to protect the population and provide funding for business and employees, along with protections for landlords and tenants, are all relative to Twin Towns group for the benefit of all concerned in unprecedented times.
Our administration team, although frustrated with government funding requirements for the JobKeeper packages, worked overtime to resolve protocols to provide staff with their fortnightly $1,500 allowance they so desperately needed. Unfortunately, one size doesn’t fit all, with some of our loyal staff not having served the mandatory twelve-month term being ineligible for JobKeeper funding.
Hopefully, JobSeeker funding at least is available to those unfortunate casual staff members who were not included in the JobKeeper package, however recommendations to government to include those ineligible staff will be pursued as a priority.
Our operations team has also been meeting regularly via teleconference, coordinating Club business, planning for ongoing repairs and maintenance, refurbishment and the processes to keep members information flowing, especially for the reopening of Twin Towns Services Clubs & Resorts.
Refurbishment of timber flooring in the main Club has been completed and Twin Towns Juniors is undergoing a full interior repaint to match the new flooring which was installed after unprecedented rain penetrated the building.
The expansion of the Club Banora TAB area is underway, providing an exciting new environment on reopening. Our management team has displayed previously undisclosed, high quality skills in undertaking some of this refurbishment at Banora and Juniors. They are truly a multi-skilled team!
Club Banora commercial development application proposed for the existing northeast portion of the Club, including the Leisure Drive parking area, bowls greens and children’s play area, commenced in 2009 and submitted in February 2020, has been accepted for Council consideration.
The proposed alterations to the 1st on Wharf Tavern’s Sports Bar opening out onto the laneway is reaching the final stages prior to the Development Application being submitted to Council. The massive 5.4 metre x 2 metre LED screen to promote sports in the Sports Bar has been ordered and expected to be a fantastic attraction for Members viewing on reopening.
Operating Twin Towns Clubs & Resorts continues on a daily basis, with priority given to the staff JobKeeper supplement based on extremely tight government protocols and conditions on both the Club and staff. Twin Towns Clubs & Resorts strategic planning will change our Clubs for the better in many facets of operations with emphasis especially on preparations for reopening.
Watch this space, stay healthy and I look forward to catching up on reopening in the future.