Combined Club opens door to discuss future
IT MAY boast one of the most stable financial records and best waterfront vistas of any non-for-profit club in Far North Queensland, but members of the Combined Club are not happy.
Perceived shortcomings in the members’ priority seating policy and the designated outdoor smoking areas have left many feeling they no longer have a place to call their own.
Combined Club president Jennifer Hill said the management committee was well aware of the concerns and remained committed to doing everything in its power to give members a say in the club’s future.
“It’s their club. We know a lot of members have turned away and we want them back,” Ms Hill said.
“We have a good, strong, dedicated team of volunteers who are capable of meeting the needs of members and also the community’s needs.”
Ms Hill was elected on a platform of gaining more input into the “careful financial and strategic planning” necessary to keep the club viable during the high and low seasons as well as to fulfil its community charter.
A members’ forum this Saturday would not be a “whingeing session” but an open and transparent way of taking on board constructive criticism and input, she said.
“We were stuck in a rut two years ago but we have to move on,” Ms Hill said.
Plans were already in place for a new lounge area where members could congregate for the Friday night draw without having to book and wait for a table if they did not intend to dine at the club.
A push to reinstate the previous designated outdoor smoking area would need to be considered in the context of legal requirements, the counterviews of non-smoking patrons and the implications for access to the bar and dining areas.
“I’m not sitting on the fence, I am keeping my mind open to all options,” Ms Hill said.
“I have to adjudicate the right of members to abide by the law but I do care, I care if our members have issues and that’s why we’re having the forum.
“If members of the Combined Club would like to come along at 3pm on Saturday, I look forward to their input and sharing a drink together at the club’s expense.”