Outstanding community spirit of clubs recognised

May 25, 2021
Grant Jones

Drought, fire, flood and pandemic fail to dampen the community spirit of clubs across NSW, so after the toughest 18 months in their history, registered clubs from across NSW celebrated their outstanding efforts at the 2021 Clubs & Community Awards in Sydney last week.

About 1000 guests, including NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro, Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope, and Shadow Minister for Better Public Services Sophie Cotsis, celebrated the support that clubs have provided to their local communities at the International Convention Centre, Sydney, last Thursday, 20 May.  

Paul Allen (left), CEO of Club Taree and winner of the Heart of the Community Award.

The winners and finalists were acknowledged across nine categories, including Arts & Culture, Bushfire Support, Clubs in Collaboration, COVID-19 Community Assistance, Drought Relief, Education, Fostering Grassroots Sport, Health & Wellbeing and Heart of the Community.  

Clubs in regional and metropolitan areas were acknowledged for a diverse range of initiatives — from delivering more than one million litres of water to drought-affected farmers, to funding educational resources to assist children with learning difficulties.  

ClubsNSW CEO Josh Landis said that despite natural disasters – from bushfire to flood – a global pandemic and an extended shutdown period, registered clubs never stopped supporting worthy causes in their communities and, in many cases, provided more help than ever before.

Coonabarabran Golf Club Arts & Culture winners with presenter Greg Page.

“With winners and highly commended recipients represented from Casino to Coonabarabran, the Clubs & Community Awards is a testament to the club industry’s vital social contribution across the state,” Mr Landis said.  

“From sheltering evacuees during the Black Summer bushfires, to curbing loneliness with thousands of welfare calls during the COVID-19 pandemic, clubs have continued to go above and beyond to support their members and the wider community.  

“Given we were forced to cancel last years’ awards night due to COVID, it was great to see our industry come together once again and celebrate how clubs have helped in times of trouble to make communities that much better.”  

And the winners are: 

Arts & Culture – Coonabarabran Golf Club 

Bushfire Support – Club NaroomaMittagong RSL Club  

Clubs in Collaboration – DOOLEYS Lidcombe Catholic Club 

COVID-19 Community Assistance – Cabra-Vale Diggers  

Drought Relief – Club North Haven 

Education – Campbelltown Catholic Club 

Fostering Grassroots Sport – Tradies 

Health & Wellbeing – Dee Why RSLMounties 

Heart of the Community – Paul Allan, Club Taree 


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