From the President

Hello everyone,

I offer my congratulations to the finalists and all those who were acknowledged with awards at the recent Keno & Clubs Queensland Awards for Excellence.

The results of this awards competition are always close and means you are competing amongst the best of the best and therefore you should all be very proud of what you do – day in, day out.

It is also a pleasure to again highlight the following five recipients, for their outstanding results on the night:
  • Club of the Year – The Waves Sports Club in Bundaberg
  • Club Secretary / Manager of the Year – Kelvin Patch of Caboolture Sports Club
  • Club Director of the Year – Gary Black of The Waves Sports Club
  • Club Chef of the Year – Matthew Smyth of RSL Services & Citizens Club Nambour, and
  • Young Manager of the Year – Laura Harris of Carina Leagues Club.
It was a great night celebrating our flagship event, and recognising outstanding individual and collective achievements in the Queensland community club industry.

The evening was one of the best in recent memory and the Hon Yvette D’Ath MP, Attorney-General, Justice Minister and Leader of the House contributed to the formalities with some positive sentiments and presented two awards on behalf of the Queensland Government. It was great to see the Police Commissioner Ian Stewart join us and the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Tim Mander MP, reflecting bipartisan support for our club industry.

Guests traversed time back to the Rock & Roll era of the 1950s with an old school rock band set amongst classic cars and motorcycles that served to invoke the nostalgia of yesteryear, while Paulini dazzled the crowd to close out the amazing night.

Please enjoy the Awards Feature within this edition of Club Insight, and I ask you to share it with your staff, Board and whilst at it, lock in your intention to enter your club in next year’s competition.

I’d like to acknowledge our hardworking award judges led by the Hon Paul Lucas and supported by Peter Cummiskey and Neill Murray. They were critical to the success of these awards implementing an independent, trusted and accountable judging process beyond reproach.

Our award sponsors also deserve special mention and thanks as their support makes this gala evening with over 1,000 attendees from across the State possible.

I’m pleased to report the Australasian Hospitality and Gaming (AHG) Expo was another spectacular success and record crowds filled the Brisbane Exhibition & Convention Centre over two days. This year over 180 exhibitors showcased the finest innovations, trends and offerings in gaming technology, hospitality, food, beverage and kitchen equipment.

Delegates were spoilt for choice and had plenty to see and do while the new Tastes precinct proved extremely popular.

This is a fantastic start to 2018!

All the best,
Don Seccombe AM