WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?
The Clubhouse interiors are now some 17 years old and are starting to show their age. In addition we have learned over the years that the Club is not as well laid out as it could be, especially given the constrained nature of the site.
Member feedback has told the Board that:
- The flow of people around the Clubhouse is poor
- The kitchen is in the wrong place and divides the club up
- The Rani room is dark and unwelcoming
- The Sydney Hobart bar and Members bar are inefficient and struggle to cope in peak times
- The YSA classroom is cramped and the facilities for the YSA students not up to scratch
- The changing rooms and showers are inadequate and get very crowded on wet days
From an operational perspective, our staff team is presently based in 5 different locations around the club – which makes it very inefficient to manage and lead the team.
Members will recall that we ran two feedback sessions two years ago based on some great concept plans prepared by the Redevelopment Committee and brought to life by Past Director Geoff Bonus. In those sessions we received some great ideas from members which the Redevelopment Committee has taken on board. It’s also listened to feedback from the email line firstname.lastname@example.org to develop the proposals that we are now ready to share with Members.
Members will see from the proposals on display, the main idea is that we make the Club work better for all Members – however they choose to enjoy the Club. To achieve this we are trying to dedicate as much versatile space as possible for Members than ever before, within the constraints of our building envelope and budget.
We are not abandoning the existing development approval. The next stage of that approval would however require the Club to expend significant sums on the works associated with the subterranean car park – at least in part. This would exhaust all of our existing cash reserves and would mean that we would then be unable to refresh the Clubhouse for many years.
The Board has decided therefore to suspend the existing development for several years to allow for the much needed refurbishment to take place and for cash reserves to then be subsequently rebuilt.
For a full list of Q&A’s about the redevelopment click on the link below.
If you cannot attend one of the briefing sessions but have a question, please email it to email@example.com