Clubs meet to discuss changes

TWO days of discussion between 114 central west clubs saw new legislation to the industry explained.

Dubbo RSL Memorial Club secretary -manager Geoffrey Holland was among those who were part of the conversation with ClubsNSW chief executive officer Anthony Ball.

The weekend at Young Services Club spoke of the positives of booming membership and initiatives to benefit clubs.

Much of Saturday was dedicated to the Club Directors' Institute's seminar on mandatory director and manager training.

"The NSW government introduced legislation to be signed off in July, it got clubs thinking about requirements and how directors need to ensure their compliance," Mr Holland said.

"The club's supported education and training for staff and directors; information is education and that's no burden to carry.

"It's confirmation the industry's taking up more formal training."

Sunday's discussions with Mr Ball covered a wide range of industry topics, namely incoming restrictions to the amount gamblers could spend at a club.

They included legislation on daily ATM withdrawals not exceeding $250 and poker machines fitted with voluntary pre-commitment devices.

"Sunday's meeting with local clubs was one of the most successful meetings we've ever hosted in the central west region," Mr Ball said.

"It was a great opportunity to have a group of people so passionate about the club industry together in the same room to discuss ways in which clubs can better serve their communities."

Mr Holland said the day also spoke of new campaigns targeted at increasing friendliness among patrons.

"ClubsAustralia are a supporter against racism, and are looking for clubs to be involved," he said.

"Clubs want to demonstrate positive social change."

Mr Holland said Dubbo RSL Memorial Club was one of many institutions that served as a natural meeting place for any person.

"The club itself caters for a wide range of events, and it tries to remain relevant as a general area of place of meeting," he said.

More than 120 people attended the event in Young, including representatives from clubs outside the central west region as far as Temora.

The Club Directors Institute has just begun conducting a series of regional seminars across NSW, to be complete mid-April.

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