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Executive Report November 2023

Dear Members,

At the time of writing this report, we have just held a General Meeting for the purpose of electing a Director to fill the vacancy left following the resignation of Kylie Wilkinson.

We would like to thank those members who attended the Club on Tuesday 3 October 2023 in order to vote at the General Meeting by-election.


We would like to congratulate Daniel Kurtz who was elected by the members at the General Meeting on Tuesday 3 October 2023 as Director to the Board of Revesby Workers’ Club Ltd.  Daniel is the 42nd Director appointed to the Club and his appointment sees our Board return to a Board of 7 Directors.

A number of our members would be familiar with Daniel due to his current Presidency of the Revesby Workers’ Football Club since 2019.  Daniel is also a Director of Bankstown District Football Association and has been since 2022.

Daniel has grown up in the area, attending a local school and is passionate about his volunteer role which enables him to give back to the community through sporting organisations that provide a structured and safe environment for people of all ages to participate and have fun.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and Management, we welcome Daniel to the Revesby Workers’ Club Board and look forward to working with him in the future.

Newly Elected Club Director Daniel Kurtz.


We are proud to once again offer the Revesby Workers’ Tertiary Scholarship Program. Application packs can be requested from 1 December 2023 and applications will be received up to and including 31 January 2024. As we did in 2023, the Club will be offering 2 x $3,000 university scholarships and 2 x $3,000 TAFE scholarships together with $500 scholarships to outstanding applicants who are not successful in obtaining the $3,000 scholarship.

The Club has dedicated funding of up to $35,000 for this program annually, which will fund the $3,000 scholarships and honour the previous recipients who each receive $500 for every subsequent year of study, subject to satisfactory results throughout their degree (up to 6 years).

If you have any questions in relation to the 2024 Tertiary Scholarship Program or would like to request an application pack from 1 December 2023, please contact the Club’s Executive Assistant, Tenielle Symington on (02) 8707 6912 or tenielles@rwc.org.au.


The School Subsidy program offered by Revesby Workers’ Club commenced back in 1986 when the Club supplied $11,000 to 22 schools in the local district. In 1999 the school subsidy program had progressed to fund 24 local school with a $1,000 subsidy, a subsidy that was later increased to $2,000 in 2001.

By 2011, the subsidy amount was once again increased to $3,000 and the Club offered as many as 28 local schools totalling $84,000. These annual subsidies paid to our local schools aligns with the Club’s purpose of being people focused and community proud by contributing to the education of our future.

As the program has run for many years, we have decided to change the structure to offer the potential to receive a larger subsidy to fund a much bigger project within schools which potentially benefits many more students both current and future.

Similar to our local ClubGRANTS scheme run by Council, the Club will open a grant round and invite our 28 local schools to submit an application for funding ranging from $3,000 to $30,000 to utilise for things such as undertaking a school project or introducing a new school program, apply for sponsorship, assist with a school event or purchase items required by the school.

Upon closing, our Education Committee will review all applications and select a number of recipients to receive funding equivalent of the $84,000 that we provide annually. Further detail in relation to the revised program will be communicated to our local schools shortly.

Recipients of The School Subsidy program.


On closing, we would like to wish all of our members a safe and happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. We look forward to welcoming you all back in the New Year and update you on the exciting things ahead for 2024.

Daryl Melham AM


Scott Bennetts


Executive Report November 2022

Dear Members,

First and foremost we would like to congratulate all staff involved in organising such a momentous event in our 60th Anniversary. Those who attended would attest that the event held on Saturday, 10 September 2022 was nothing short of spectacular. Our Marketing, Food and Beverage, Functions and Operations teams are to be commended for their hard work and dedication in ensuring the event ran smoothly and without issue.

To our VIPs, including the Mayor of Canterbury Bankstown, Councillors, Directors, past Directors, family of past Presidents and Secretaries, our sub-clubs and many more thank you for attending and contributing to the Club’s history in one way or another. We are extremely proud of how the Club has stayed true to its Foundation to respect its heritage, honour its values and ensure its future. This event commemorating our 60 years is a testament to this.


It is with a heavy heart that we farewelled Vice President John Rodwell and Director Ian Stromborg OAM from the Board of Directors leading into 2023.

John Rodwell joined the Board on 19 November 2007 following a long association with the Club thanks to his service as the President of Revesby Workers’ Little Athletics and his association with the Labor Party. Soon after joining the Board, John was appointed as the Vice President on 26 September 2010, a position in which he retained up until his retirement from the Board on 30 October 2022. John’s work in the local sporting community is to be commended having been associated with Little Athletics since the late 80s.

Ian Stromborg OAM joined the Board of Directors on 24 September 2006. Ian was appointed to the Board due to his work in the local community having served 5 terms as the Mayor of Bankstown and also a former Councillor of Bankstown City Council. Ian was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2015 for his services to the local government and the community of Bankstown and this then continued into the service he provided Revesby Workers’ Club as a Director of the Board for 16 years.

We are sincerely grateful to have had both John and Ian serving as Directors for 15 and 16 years respectively. While we wish them all the very best for the future, we are sure to be seeing them in the Club as members for many years to come.

John Rodwell

John Rodwell

Ian Stromborg OAM


We would like to remind members that our Remembrance Day event is scheduled for Friday, 11 November 2022. The event is no longer invitation only and members and guests are invited to attend as they wish.


Revesby Workers’ Club Ltd has once again opened its school subsidy program to 28 local schools inviting each school to complete a submission outlining how they intend to allocate the $3,000 funding being donated in November. We have reached out to schools to determine how they wish to utilise the funds and we have invited each school to attend a cheque presentation on Monday, 7 November 2022.

To date some of the submissions we have received outline that our subsidy will fund breakfast programs, playground additions, MacLIT Program or even purchase the school a defibrillator. We understand how important the funding is to each of these schools and we are very proud to have been in a position to provide the subsidy annually dating back to the early 90s.


Our scholarship program opens on 1 December 2022 with slight amendments to the 2023 program. In 2023 we will be offering 2 x $3,000 university scholarships and 2 x $3,000 TAFE scholarships. The Club has dedicated funding of up to $35,000 for our scholarship program to fund the $3,000 scholarships and to honour the previous recipients who each receive $500 for every subsequent year of study subject to satisfactory results throughout their degree (up to 6 years).

If you have any questions in relation to the 2023 scholarship program, please do not hesitate to contact the Club’s Executive Assistant, Tenielle Symington on (02) 8707 6912 or tenielles@rwc.org.au.

Finally, we would like to wish all of our members a safe and happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Daryl Melham AM


Scott Bennetts


Year in Review 2021-2022


With the closing of the 2021/2022 Financial Year this provides opportunity to reflect on the past 12 months, on the key achievements, special events, community contributions, new member services, future developments and fond farewells. 


COVID 19; on 26 June 2021, NSW was hit with another lockdown as the delta strain of COVID-19 cases rose rapidly. The state lockdown was extended to 11 October 2021 meaning the Club remained closed for more than 3 months. All scheduled events, shows and activities were either cancelled or postponed. 

Once we were able to open our doors again, mandatory restrictions were in place, respectfully, to protect our staff and members. It was in late February 2022 that the club started to feel normal again with QR Code Check ins, mask and capacity limit restrictions easing. 

ClubGRANTS Scheme; has seen more than $1 billion given by clubs to community groups, charities and sporting teams across NSW. This year Revesby Workers’ provided funding to 10 community groups for various projects totalling over $300,000. Below are the recipients. 

Bankstown Koori Elders Group Inc 

Broderick Gillawarna School 

Bankstown City Aged Care 

Caroline Chisholm Special School 

Padstow Community Care 

Coolaburoo Neighbourhood Centre Inc 

Whitlam Institute 

Women’s Community Shelter 

Revesby Uniting Church 

George Bass School P&C 


Member Anniversary Celebrations; very special presentation events held on Thursday 28 October to acknowledge over 750 loyal members of the Club who were celebrating their 25th, 40th and 50th year Membership Anniversaries. 

While COVID restrictions were still in place and did create some challenges, these member anniversary events were a huge success and it was important to the Board and  Management that these events go ahead albeit adhering to NSW health restrictions. 

Alan (Dick) Moroney; Revesby Workers’ Club Life Member and former Club Director Alan (Dick) Moroney passed away on Saturday 9 October 2021 at the age of 93. He joined Revesby Workers’ Club in 1967 and was a director from 21 September 1997 until 24 September 2006, whereby he was the Liaison Director for Mixed Indoor Bowls, Darts and Garden Club. He was then appointed the Clubs alternate delegate in 1997 to the Federation of Community, Sports and Workers Clubs, shortly after commencing his directorship. Alan (Dick) Moroney was a dedicated member of Club’s Charity Fundraising Committee. He was awarded Life Membership for his considerable and ongoing contributions to the Club and named a Life Member of the Labor Party. 


Local Schools Funding; a scheme introduced by past President Bill Bullard and since its inception has seen Revesby Workers’ donate in excess of $1.9 million dollars to local schools. Now in its 22nd year, the Club generously donated $84,000 to twenty-eight schools in the local community. 

Unfortunately, this year’s event was unable to proceed in its regular presentation format. This did not however distract from the exciting programs each school had put together as a way of using this funding to enhance the learning of our young scholars. Each School made a submission as to the proposed allocation of the funds of which included playground upgrades, extra support staff and learning devices to name a few. 

Our Community Gives at Christmas; for many years the Clubs’ foyer played home to a very special Christmas tree, the ‘Workers’ Giving Tree’ and our Health Mates Fitness Centre hosted its annual Food Drive. Supporting the local Community Care Christmas Appeal, members, guests, staff and wider local community were invited to generously donate a gift or food item and help make someone’s Christmas just a little bit more special. 

The Community Care Christmas Appeal distributed over 400 Gifts and Food Hampers to households in the community who will be doing it tough over the festive season. They also host a Christmas Day Lunch, catering for over 200 people who normally would spend this important day alone. Community Care supports families and individuals across the Bankstown LGA but more specifically in Padstow, Panania, Revesby, Picnic Point, Milperra and East Hills. 

Biyani House; another anticipated event leading into the New Year was the opening of Biyani House – Revesby Women’s Shelter. Director Kylie Wilkinson and Executive Manager, People and Culture Sharyn Buhagiar, alongside the Biyani Board worked tirelessly in getting the shelter prepared for opening. 

Work had been ongoing at Biyani House for the better part of six months which included considerable renovations, furnishing the house, external works such as the gardening, recruitment, and a call out for donations. 

The Club is extremely proud to partner with Women’s Community Shelters to offer our community a shelter within the Canterbury Bankstown council. Having the shelter within the community offers women and children in need a place of solace and hopefully a new beginning. 


Photos with Santa; the always popular annual event that sees the Brett Street Foyer transformed into the North Pole didn’t disappoint. The Club saw families visiting from all over Sydney to capture those special festive memories in a set that featured a full-size sleigh with reindeer. 

The Clubs priority is to always provide a safe and accessible environment, delivering a relaxed and friendly experience, and with more 2,500 families booking in last year this was confidently achieved. 

Christmas Supporting Parish of St Luke’s;

On Christmas day, Revesby workers joined forces with St Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church to support students, families, staff and Parish Priests with a Christmas Lunch and donations of decorations, food, toys, gifts, club vouchers and more. 

Rogues Sports Bar;

Was officially opened on Tuesday 14 December at a private function that included a number of VIP’s, Directors, staff and members of the Darts and Snooker Clubs, for whom both the snooker tables and dart boards were retained in the upgraded facilities. 

The history of the original Sports Bar was shared with the attendees, some of whom are relatives of our very own “Rogues” featured in the illustrated gallery. 

Featuring state-of-the-art audio visual with two LED 158-inch wall screens on either side of the entrance and over twenty-five 55-inch screens throughout, there isn’t a second of live action to be missed. 

The American flair menu is loaded with sports viewing favourites and the drink selection is a showcase of local and international beers, across the bars 16 taps, range of wines, cocktails and zero alcohol products all available to be ordered either at the bar or via QR code at your table. 

Health Mates Fitness turned 25;

On December 2021. Opening in 1996, Health Mates has been committed to enhancing the quality of life of our community by improving self-esteem, confidence and wellbeing in a friendly, inviting and inclusive environment. 

The centre has evolved throughout the years, with  more and updated equipment and machines as well as new members wanting to kick start their fitness journey. 


Kids Minifit Clinic; a club supported program, held for the fourth year on 20 January, in the Clubs Whitlam Theatre. The program is designed to encourage health, fitness and wellbeing amongst kids in the local community. Developed and hosted by Rugby League Legend, Anthony Minichiello, whose passion is to educate children on how being active can offer so many benefits and set them up for healthy habits for the rest of their lives. 


Tertiary Scholarships Program; accepts applications during the months of December and January annually. Since its inception in 1997, the Club has assisted over 500 local Year 12 Graduate and University Students, as part of its ongoing commitment to the community and education. 

In 2021, the program was reviewed to now include 8 x $3,000 scholarships as well as the $500 scholarships offered in previous years. The Scholarship Committee reviewed applications in February and was thrilled to see so many new and returning students applying. This year, 25 previous applicants received their ongoing $500 scholarship amount, totalling $12,500. Many of these recipients received distinctions and high distinctions for their respective studies. There were also 17 new applications of which an astounding 13 achieved an ATAR over 90. The Club generously provided a total of $21,500 to new successful applicants which took the grand total of scholarships paid in 2022 to $34k. 

MARCH 2022 

International Women’s Day;

Celebrated on Tuesday 8 March for the second year. This networking luncheon, partnered with Leagues Club Australia, supported Biyani House – Revesby Women’s Shelter, who provide short term emergency accommodation and support in a safe environment. 

Hosted once again by LayDee KinMee, Australia’s most in demand drag queens and well known for her incredible vocals and unique yodelling talents, the event welcomed several key speakers including Singer-Songwriter, Casey Donovan and Champion Skier, Pilot and Author, Janine Shepherd and Athlete, NRL Ambassador and Firefighter, Ruan Sims OAM. 

The theme was #BreakTheBias and the event had several Fundraising Activities, a Raffle, Silent Auction, Balloon Pop and Guessing Competition. Through the support of our event partner Leagues Club Australia, Revesby Workers’ Club Board, Sponsors and Attendees of this year’s event, we collectively raised almost $13,000 for Biyani House – Revesby Women’s Shelter. 

APRIL 2022 

Element Restaurant opens; a newly created dining experience, opened over the Easter weekend. Located next to Aunty Eight’s Vietnamese, the restaurant concept is designed to connect people through shared menus. The menus are designed by using elements from a variety of cuisines around the world while embracing our own Australian environment. Element offers the right mix of superb food, acoustic sounds and exquisite cocktails. 

Anzac Day; one of the most important events in the Australian calendar. It is a solemn day of remembrance of those Australian and New Zealand Army Corps soldiers who fought and died at Gallipoli in 1915. 

This year’s Anzac Day Service saw some 300 members, sub clubs and local community march from Bankstown YMCA down Macarthur Avenue to Revesby Workers’ Club, followed by a Service at the Cenotaph. Attendees were invited to Rogues Sports Bar for a post service refreshment, before joining in on a traditional game of Two Up. 

MAY 2022 

Asbestos Diseases Research Institute; the Clubs CEO Scott Bennetts, attended a Reception at Government House for the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute. 

The event, hosted by Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, was attended by individuals and businesses who donate funding and contribute to the incredible work that the Institute undertakes, working towards finding a cure for the asbestos disease. 

Revesby Workers’ Club Ltd generously donated $45k and plan to continue this support to the institute in the future. The Club’s support of the Institute was widely recognised throughout the event, and are honoured to be able to provide this much needed funding. 

JUNE 2022 

Membership Numbers; this financial year continued similar to last year whereby member numbers had flattened, predominantly due to the COVID-19 closure and restriction disruptions. 

The financial year commenced with the Club still closed until 11 October 2021, and although membership numbers have seen growth month on month, the total number of financial members as at 30 June 2022 was 66,847, which is down year on year. 

Director Report (MJJ 2016)


There are many Sub Clubs at Revesby Workers’ and they all play a part in charity fundraising, whether it be The Bill Bullard Charity, Bankstown Hospital, Legacy or the many other charities available.

The Bill Bullard Charity (named in honour of our former President) adopts a main charity per year to concentrate on so that they can receive a substantial amount of money to purchase much needed equipment for our hospitals and institutions. Over the years some recipients have been, Children’s Leukemia, Bankstown East Hill Handicapped Association, Heart Foundation, Whitehall, St Johns Ambulance, Bankstown Frail/Aged, CareFlight, Asthma NSW, Youth Off The Streets, Children’s Hospital Westmead, Tourette’s Syndrome and many more.

My wife Sue and myself, have been conducting a Trivia Night for 25 years with the proceeds going to The Bill Bullard Charity. With the support of the sporting bodies and the parent club, we have raised over $50,000 for those various charities mentioned.

The Dart Club have a social competition at The Sport and Recreation Centre (Fibro) the first Friday in the month, and the proceeds go to the clubs charity. This is a friendly game with children, accompanied by a parent, also welcome.

The Bowlers recently conducted a social tournament, a Bowls Charity Day, and along with the Fibro Mens’ Golfers raised $1,000 for the charity.

The Bowlers have another big Charity Day every Anzac Day with breakfast in the morning along with raffles throughout the day, a wreath laying at 1pm, followed by a game of bowls. This is capped off in the afternoon with a major raffle. All the proceeds from this day go to Legacy. This has been running for many years.

The Annual Terry Raper Bowls Day held at the Spence Street site raised $2,700 for the Melanoma Cancer Fund, this popular day has raised over $50,000 since its inception. To cap this off, The Bill Bullard Charity Committee are holding various fundraisers with raffles, bus trips, etc. There are flyers around the Club for all these outings.

This is a brief snapshot of the dedicated volunteers for our charities and our thanks to the members and visitors for their support.

Director Reports FMA


John Rodwell


Looking back at 2015, I really enjoyed using the big club’s facilities without the internal hoardings and partial closures which were necessary to undertake the great improvements in club amenities undertaken over previous years. Since I joined the Board in late 2007, we have spent well over $100 million on developments. I do not take credit for this, as the masterplan used was the result of many years of work by the Board and management before I joined.

One thing the Board is conscious of, but may not be so obvious to members, is the efficient way the club managers and staff have kept all services running smoothly during the enormous changes made over these 8 years. The experience gained will again be useful during the extensive redevelopment of the Club’s restaurants during 2016. This will crown the achievements to date in providing for members a first class club which is the envy of many others.

As the Club progresses and modernises we still keep in mind its history. In the last journal the new history display in the lower level of the big club was highlighted. The display has provoked a lot of favourable comment from members and visitors. I recommend standing in front of it for a few minutes to read the sections and watch the changing photographs.

Any more photos and memorabilia associated especially with the early days of the Club would be appreciated and can be incorporated in the display. The Board has also recently commissioned Gary Lester, author of the Club’s history, True To Our Traditions, to commence work on updating that history. This will be made available only in a digital format, an e-book, so copies of the original, handsome edition are still valuable, and available for only $20 at Reception. (Proceeds to the Asbestos Diseases Foundation.)

While on the subject of writing, the Revesby Writers’ Group is a small but active sub-group of Revesby Workers’. The group is privately publishing a collection of “fact, fiction and fun”, under the title The Revesby Bus. Twelve members have contributed 32 very individual pieces, with idiosyncratic titles. My favourite title is “Aerodynamics for dummies.”

Another of our newer sub-clubs is the Australian Native Orchid Club. The club holds two colourful exhibitions on club premises each year, one in September and then the main competitive show for members in October. Visitors are very welcome. Its informative website is available from the Workers’ website.

From newer sub-clubs to the oldest, I recently attended the 53rd annual general meeting of the Men’s Golf Club. The club is going from strength to strength, with 60 playing members, recent recruits and willing new office- bearers. It also has a dynamic and humorous website, available from a link at the Workers’ main website.

Finally, some news from the Board Room. Board members have been previously supplied with laptop computers, to assist them with their duties – much of modern communication is of course digital, from email to social media and online conferencing. The Board has recently adopted the use of software to move to a paperless meeting system.

The typical Board meeting would have 2 inches or more of papers to be read and digested. With the new system, all documents for a meeting are securely available, and can be updated, read and annotated, anywhere, anytime. We have come a long way from the beautiful, handwritten minutes of the first Board meeting in 1961.

Community Service Report: November 2015

Dennis Hayward Director

Board_DennisHayward“Give happy – live happy” a statement well deserved of the Revesby Workers’ Club sub clubs. Their members and community people, especially the Charity Committee members have in some way or another supported the charity through this year.

The Bill Bullard Charity through the support of too many people to mention in these columns has been able to fund the total sum of $71824.50 for Bankstown Hospital in this year. The monetary amount has been converted into equipment for the emergency department, the babies ward and the aged care department. This includes portable ventilators for emergency, person lifters and scales for the aged care area and high back patient chairs for the babies ward.

The charity committee with the aid of a number of generous people have donated over $260,000 to the local community in the past five years alone.

Bankstown Hospital will again be the focus of the charity fund raising for the 2015 -2016 year and the charity will be challenged with supplying the Ambulatory Ward, the Repertory Ward, the Antenatal Clinic and the Medical Assessment Team with specific equipment.

The winners of the 2015 major raffle were: first prize ticket number 2711 Mr Lynne, second prize ticket number 753 Mrs Aldridge and third prize ticket number 942 Mr Heard. The prizes were provided by Tag Automotive at Milperra, the Charity Committee and supported by Lea’s World Travel at Panania.

Prior to Christmas, the Charity Committee will be operating a Christmas lights tour and the New Year will see winery tours and our usual trip down to Berry for the Sunday markets and a look around town, a very enjoyable day out.

Thank you to all who assisted the charity this year and have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Community Members

Meals on Wheels reached the 49th year of service in Bankstown during September and at a volunteers function, long service awards were presented to sixteen volunteers who had gained from five years to thirty years’ service with that organisation.

If you are able to give some time either delivering hot or cold meals, able to do shopping for aged or disabled persons, please contact Pat Pride on 9707 9646 during work hours.

Bankstown Canterbury Community Transport is also in need of volunteer drivers with their own vehicles and offers a distance payment scheme for your time. Please contact Ms Hemera Kirby on 9772 2579 for further information.

President’s Report: May 2015

Coles Opening

Revesby Workers’ CEO and Board of Directors at the opening of Coles

Vale Pat Rogan

Pat Rogan our Club Patron and Past President passed away on the 10 February 2015. Pat was well known as the State Member for East Hills from 1973 to 1999. Pat joined Revesby Workers’ Club on 13 November 1972 and was a director of the club from 1995 until 2010 and Club President from 2008 to 2010.

Pat was chairman of ClubsNSW from 1999 to 2004. He was also President of the Federation of Community, Sporting and Workers’ Clubs. Pat was well liked and respected. He made an enormous contribution to our community. Pat was at times Director in charge of Bowls, the Garden Club and the Native Orchid Society. Our condolences go out to Pat’s wife Eunice and the family.

Light on the Hill Society

A successful education forum was held by the Light on the Hill Society on Thursday 12 February 2015. Some 50 people were in attendance. This is the third forum of the Society and is proving a popular format. It is anticipated that the next forum will be in the middle of the year.

Revesby Village Centre

The opening of the first stage of the Revesby Village Centre occurred on Wednesday 25 February 2015. Coles and the Cafe proved extremely popular. The rest of the centre will be opened in stages until the official opening of the whole centre being performed by the Mayor of the City of Bankstown, Linda Downey on Saturday 9 May 2015.

An enormous amount of time and energy has been put in by the Board, Management and the Club’s advisors to ensure the success of the project. It is extremely rewarding to see the completed product. The overall cost of the development from beginning to end, which includes the carpark, the Tree House Early Childhood Centre, Health Mates Fitness Centre, the poker machine area and President’s Lounge and the Revesby Village Centre is in the vicinity of $130 million.

I trust that members’ enjoy the finished projects.

Daryl Melham, President

Daryl Melham, President