ClubMul­wala’s record profit ap­plauded

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY ROBERT MUIR

ClubMul­wala mem­bers have ap­plauded the club’s record profit of $1.692 mil­lion for 2017/18, re­cent projects un­der­taken and projects planned for the fu­ture.

In wel­com­ing the 61 RSL mem­bers and 25 as­so­ciate mem­bers to ClubMul­wala’s An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing last Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 21, Pres­i­dent Des O’Meara ESM OAM gave a spe­cial men­tion in re­spect of club life mem­ber Tony Nieuwen­hout.

It was a spe­cial day for the Nieuwen­hout fam­ily, as dur­ing the course of the 20-minute AGM, re-elected Mr O’Meara an­nounced that Tony’s son Paul, was elected to the board.

Paul Nieuwen­hout was elected for the va­cancy caused by the res­ig­na­tion of John Futcher in Oc­to­ber 2017.

Mr O’Meara wel­comed the board’s new di­rec­tor and thanked the two nom­i­nees who missed out, Mau­rice Seiler and Ian McKen­zie, for their nom­i­na­tions.

Mr O’Meara, who en­tered the Board of Di­rec­tors as pres­i­dent two years ago, was re­elected un­op­posed for the next two years.

“I’m priv­i­leged to lead this mighty ClubMul­wala and thank my fel­low di­rec­tors and our CEO Alan Rowe for their con­tri­bu­tion and com­mit­ment to ClubMul­wala, and look for­ward to a chal­leng­ing and re­ward­ing 2018/20,” he said.

A slide pre­sen­ta­tion of the club’s sub­stan­tially im­proved fi­nan­cial po­si­tion over the past three fi­nan­cial years was de­liv­ered by Mr Rowe to the 86 at­ten­dees, com­menc­ing with: “We’re pretty ex­cited what ClubMul­wala’s propos­ing over the next 12 months. It’s a credit to the board for their for­ward think­ing.”

The Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer re­flected on

the in­stal­la­tion of es­ca­la­tors and pur­chase of a new cour­tesy bus dur­ing 2016/17. “A new cour­tesy bus was long over­due and the es­ca­la­tors took us into the 21st cen­tury,” Mr Rowe said.

“In 2017/18 a new roof over the Dig­gers Bal­cony was in­stalled as the old one had ca­pit­u­lated. It’s a beau­ti­ful place to sit and dine, and en­joy the view we have at ClubMul­wala.

“Ten rooms were re­fit­ted at our mo­tel. We are do­ing 10 a year for the next five years.”

Con­struc­tion of the fore­shore board­walk was com­mented upon by Mr Rowe who said the board­walk will have two en­try points and boats will be able to be tied up.

Then it was glow­ing terms talk, as to an­oth- er fu­ture use. “With our beau­ti­ful lawn down there, there can be wed­dings. I can pic­ture a bride com­ing across the lake on a boat. It’s go­ing to be very spec­tac­u­lar,” he pre­dicted.

Com­ments made by the CEO re­gard­ing the new so­larpark for three rows of carpark­ing and the dis­abled carpark­ing spa­ces were also wel­comed by mem­bers.

Mem­bers were ad­vised by Mr Rowe that carpark­ing spa­ces would be­come six-to-eight inches wider each side and the dis­tance be­tween the rows would also be in­creased. “There will also be cen­sor lights and carpark­ing lights to make it eas­ier for mem­bers and vis­i­tors,” he said.

“We have a num­ber of other clubs wait­ing for us to fin­ish our carpark so they can come and look at ours.”

Both pres­i­dent and CEO were also proud to ad­vise of ClubMul­wala’s con­tin­ued con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity via 96 do­na­tions to nu­mer­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions for 2017/18. That to­tal of over $330,000 “went to the right places, we be­lieve” ac­cord­ing to Mr O’Meara.

“We be­lieve we’re a strong part of the com­mu­nity,” Mr Rowe said. “Em­ploy­ing over 110 em­ploy­ees also shows our com­mit­ment to Yar­ra­wonga/Mul­wala; with­out our mem­bers sup­port we would not be able to do this.”

New board di­rec­tor Paul Nieuwen­hout said he was en­cour­aged to stand for the board by his dad. “I thank the mem­bers for vot­ing for me,” the 46-year-old ac­coun­tant told the Yar­ra­wonga Chron­i­cle.

“I’m hop­ing to con­trib­ute to the club and the com­mu­nity. There’s been a long as­so­ci­a­tion with the club, with dad, and I’m look­ing for­ward to work­ing with fel­low di­rec­tors.”

ClubMul­wala mem­bers will fol­low with great in­ter­est the re­vamp of their premises by con­sul­tants Ru­bi­con De­sign, to take the club for­ward into the next 20-30 years.

“The pro­gram re­fit of the club, we be­lieve, will be a real show­piece,” Mr Rowe pre­dicted.

Newly elected ClubMul­wala di­rec­tor Paul Nieuwen­hout with his dad, ClubMul­wala di­rec­tor for 19 years, club life mem­ber Tony Nieuwen­hout OAM.

ClubMul­wala’s Board of Di­rec­tors for the next two years; front row, from left, di­rec­tors John Burn, David King, Pres­i­dent Des O’Meara ESM OAM, Col Bren­nan; back row, CEO Alan Rowe, di­rec­tors John Clarke, Brian Bouch­ier, Kerry Pen­der­gast and Paul Nieuwen­hout. Shane McBurnie ab­sent.

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