News & Advocacy for Members
Light is emerging at the end of the tunnel as the licensed club and hospitality sector re-opens and steps-out of COVID restrictions.
From a staff welfare perspective, please remember that you can contact the Community Clubs Victoria team to discuss issues and take advantage of our networks to assist with quandaries that you may have coming out of COVID restrictions.
There are some valuable key support services available for managers and staff to access, including from CCV Partner, Trauma Centre Australia who may be contacted on (03) 9205 9488.
The overwhelming community concern currently appears to be around the theme of preparing to reboot our economy, getting staff back to work, and re-energizing our community to return to a sense of normality, enjoying their local club again.
CCV has developed and lodged with the government a COVID-19 vaccinated economy industry reopening plan. This outlines a framework of enhanced compliance, hygiene, and protocols to impress upon the Health Department clubs’ commitment to providing a COVID-safe environment for members and guests. And to ensure that clubs can continue operating in the eventuality of spot outbreaks of COVID-19 in local government areas (LGA’s).
Thank you to the clubs who volunteered to be assessed as Vaccination Hubs and Trial Sites to assist with government progression of the ‘Road-Map’. Your dedication to assisting a community-lead response has been a credit to the industry! We know that clubs bring communities together and provide an enormously beneficial social cohesion, with activities including sports, hospitality offerings, great facilities and importantly, provide a ‘Hub’ for people to meet.
During the pandemic CCV has attended countless government roundtables, made submissions to the Premier’s Department, Department of Health, Department of Justice, Treasury and the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, advocating for our sector to be permitted to trade in a sustainable way. Our plan balances public health COVID-Safe protocols, whilst taking a practical approach to club operations.
In addition to this, we have engaged with the relevant Opposition portfolio members of parliament and independent cross-benchers, seeking support on issues ranging from business support grants, State Revenue Office taxation breaks and COVID disaster payments for staff. It has also been incredibly busy and a dynamic environment, assisting members as government drip-fed information via media and then left us waiting for the Health Orders to be released. This then created the task of having to analyze, dissect and apply these restrictions to our practical operating environment, not to mention translating legal speak to a plain English format that everyone could understand.
At the time of writing this article we were up to version 5 of the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions and version 2 of the Open Premises Directions. In addition there are other Chief Health Officer Directions and State of Emergency measures, combined with Stay Safe Directions and Workplace Directions interfacing with the ‘re-opening roadmap’. How any lay person could keep up to date with these changes is perplexing and highlights the complexities that we have had to work with, assisting our members over an extended period.
With the uncertainty and sheer inability of being able to plan and schedule our club conference and awards night in the second half of 2021, we had to pivot these substantial events to be purely online. In doing so, we have accelerated our corporate plan to embrace the use of digital technology to deliver training sessions, webinars and seminars. Albert Einstein once said, “in the midst of every crisis, lies great opportunity.”
To this end we have developed some great webinars and online training sessions to support club staff with professional development and business planning. These resources are now part of our Webinars and Learning Hub library, which is accessible through our new website, designed and hosted by Castle Jackson Digital Media and Marketing Company.
I take this opportunity to invite you to browse through our new web site’s content, including the business resource pages and publications hub which contains a library of some really helpful and informative information for club Directors and Managers.
On behalf of the CCV Team and Board, best wishes for the festive season and a very Happy New Year!
Andrew Lloyd – CCV Chief Executive
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