A total of 150 representatives from 46 clubs throughout Victoria and NSW converged on ClubMulwala last Sunday for the 2018 Clubs NSW Riverina and Southwest Region Conference.
Club representatives gathered on ClubMulwala’s Diggers Terrace for a welcome function before Monday’s all-day conference in the Endeavour Room where many presentations were delivered.
The day’s presentations and discussions were followed by a big dinner in the Anzac Room.
ClubMulwala President Des O’Meara ESM, OAM welcomed directors and chief executive officers of clubs.
“The NSW club industry is a wonderful family to be part of,” he told the big gathering.
“Many thanks to Mark Young and IGT for their support of our welcome function. I would like to thank Greg Roberts (President) and Craig Muir (Secretary) and their committee for the opportunity of hosting the event, which in turn, showcases our wonderful club.”
Projects undertaken at ClubMulwala since the last regional meeting at ClubMulwala two years ago were outlined by the president.
“We have installed the escalators which are just over 12 months old which have added a new look to our entrance foyer and a great asset for our members,” Mr O’Meara said.
“We are putting in solar shading in our car park over the next few months comprising 812 frameless glass solar panels to produce up to 1200KW per day.
“We are starting an upgrade of our resort accommodation on a 10-room per year rolling program.
“We have plenty of great things happening here at ClubMulwala, a big future, for which we are very excited about.”
Master of Ceremonies for the conference was celebratory Wayne Phillips who told leading club officials Sunday evening he was one of two cricket legends in attendance, the other being Merv Hughes. The comment set the scene for a wonderful, friendly evening.
“You have a great facility here,” the MC and good mate of ClubMulwala CEO Alan Rowe said. “You have genuine legends of cricket here. Both have an outstanding record, making centuries on debut for Australia.
“I made a century (159 against Pakistan in Perth during season 1883/84) and Merv took 1/123 (against India in 84/85; wicketkeeper Phillips took the catch off Merv’s bowling)!”
President of Clubs NSW Riverina South West and Murray Downs Golf and Country Club Greg Roberts also expressed appreciation to sponsor IGT and to attendees.
“Some of travelled in excess of eight hours to get to this event,” he said. “I’m sure it’s going to be a fantastic conference.”
CEO of nine years at Ballarat Golf Club Michael Phillips brought a busload of 12 from neighbouring clubs.
“We thought this would be a good opportunity from a club point of view to see and learn how a massive club operates and has to be modern,” he told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.
Welcome party entertainment was provided by local acoustic sessions guitar playing Daine Runnalls.