At the time of drafting this Report, we are again enduring heavy rainfalls and devastating weather conditions which see parts of New South Wales once again evacuated due to flooding, some of whom have now endured a third major flooding event in just one year.
Looking back at previous journals and Executive Reports and reading about COVID, lockdowns, border closures and ongoing floods we should be extremely proud, not only as a State, but also a Nation to have endured such trying times and continued to push forward and not let pandemics or natural disasters take away our “Aussie Spirit”.
At the Revesby Workers’ Club, our values are Adaptable, Teamwork, Supportive and Strength and we are proud to say that we have lived these values to our fullest by adapting to the impact of these events, being supportive of our staff and community, using teamwork to bounce back after every set back and showing strength to get through some of the most difficult times many of us have faced to date.
Our staff members and their loyalty to the Club is one of our greatest assets. With 73% of our staff living within the 15km radius of the Club, they are part of our local community. We have recognised the staff loyalty and to help in maintaining our staff base, we have implemented a hardship fund available to those staff members who are experiencing financial difficulties or fall on hard times.
Our staff members were also the driving force as to why the Board of Directors formulated an assistance package during last year’s COVID lockdown to assist them financially through the troubling times. This assistance package was worth $2m, however, by assisting our staff, this assisted the local community with wages being reinvested.
In addition to the assistance package, the Club also brought forward the recently announced wage increase for all staff from 1 October 2022 to the beginning of July. In considering the rising costs of living, the Club was aiming to help with these pressures.
We hope our members remain safe and well and our thoughts are with those once again affected by these recent events.
Canterbury Bankstown’s 2022 ClubGRANTS applications were open from Tuesday, 15 March 2022 and closed on Sunday, 24 April 2022. 149 applications were received and reviewed by the ClubGRANTS Committee with 46 being successful in receiving all or part of their requested funding. Close to an astounding $1.1m was funded by the Local Government Area.
This year, Revesby Workers’ Club elected to fund the businesses and projects outlined below and they will be presented with their cheques at a presentation at the Club on Friday 5 August 2022.
Oz Harvest – Canterbury-Bankstown Food Rescue
Whitlam Institute – Civics and Citizenship for Young Australian
Lifeline Macarthur – Free financial counselling, Canterbury Bankstown LGA
Life Education NSW – Children’s post pandemic mental wellbeing recovery initiative
Nanghami Ngallia Aboriginal Corporate – Nanghami Ngallia Outreach
Broderick Gillawarna School – All weather structure for self-regulation and learning area
Revesby Uniting Church – Kidsplay@Revesby
STARTTS Growing Playing Learning – Growing Playment Learning
Bankstown City Aged Care – Palliative care equipment
Biyani House – Biyani House Revesby Women’s Shelter operations support
Dress for Success – Thrive for Success – Career Support Program
Bankstown Koori Elders Group – Aboriginal Elders ceramic arts project
Metro Assist – Multicultural Men’s Support Group
Caroline Chisholm School – Augmentative communication boards and adapted signage
George Bass School – Outdoor musical instruments
Back in June 2022 we were approached by Mayor Khal Asfour to host the Mayor’s Community Charity Gala for 2022 and we were thrilled when the Mayor confirmed that all proceeds raised at the Charity Gala will be donated to Biyani House Revesby Women’s Shelter.
The event is scheduled for Friday 4 November 2022 in the Whitlam Theatre. We were very excited to work alongside Canterbury-Bankstown Council to host such an esteemed event attended by businesses and members all over the local government area all in the name of charity.
At the time of writing this report, final details of the event are being finalised, however, looking back at previous Charity Gala’s, we are sure it is going to be an extremely successful event and will provide much needed funding for Biyani House.
SCHOOL SUBSIDY PROGRAM
We are extremely excited to confirm that Revesby Workers’ Club will once again, as with previous years, provide much needed funding to the local schools of both Revesby and Mooney Mooney.
As part of the school subsidy program, Revesby Workers’ Club provides a total of $84,000 to 28 local schools, giving them $3,000 to undertake a project within their school.
Each local school completes a submission by 31 October 2022 outlining how they intend to spend the $3,000 donated by the Club. In previous years, the Club has assisted with the purchase of new iPads, playground improvements, student scholarships, purchase of indigenous artwork and much more.
The 28 schools are invited to attend a cheque ceremony on Monday 7 November 2022 at the Club to receive their funding.
We look forward to providing this funding once again.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM)
You will have all been mailed a copy of our 2022 Notice of Annual General Meeting. Our AGM is scheduled for Sunday 30 October 2022 at 10am and will be held on the Club’s premises.
If you have any questions for the AGM, please ensure they are received in writing 7 business days prior to the meeting.
We look forward to our members’ attendance in support of the Club.
Daryl Melham AM