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Joint Clubs and Venues Forum well attended

13 September 2018

Over sixty people gathered in Millicent on Wednesday, 22 August 2018 for the Licenced Clubs and Venues Forum.

Licenced businesses and sporting clubs from across the Wattle Range, Robe and Kingston Councils were invited to listen to six speakers and learn more about regulatory changes potentially affecting their premises.

Council’s Director Development Services, Steve Chapple said “Wattle Range Council is keen to ensure that local licenced venues and sports clubs are vibrant, viable and well informed on any changes that might affect their venue”. 

“Council is aware that significant changes have recently been implemented relating to the Liquor Licence Act especially relating to Responsible Service of Alcohol training, along with changes to the Development Act which may impact on organisations for any future renovations. 

“It is also critical that venues recognise that fire safety systems must be adequately maintained, ensuring occupant safety, asset maintenance and the safety of fire fighters. 

“Participants were also reminded that there are various sporting and recreation grant funding opportunities available throughout the year and that developing a competitive grant application takes time. Any application for assistance needs to be accompanied with current, credible data and statistics” Mr Chapple added. 

A number of the attendees mentioned that a highlight of the evening was hearing from Tony Elletson, Limestone Coast Local Government's Star Club Field Officer about the StarClub program. Mr Elletson said, “The STARCLUB Program has been a real success in the Wattle Range area with 57 clubs registered from the council region and 10 having completed the process. The Council have been a great advocate for clubs to ensure they are well run, and not just focusing on the scoreboard results. This program is all about supporting clubs becoming safer, more welcoming and better governed, which is what builds sustainability.”

Feedback from attendees has been extremely positive with all speakers on the night being well received. Chief Executive Officer of Clubs SA, Mike Penfold commended Council on a successful evening, stating that “Wattle Range Council is one of the most progressive Council’s in the state in working with its clubs.”



For further information please contact:

Steve Chapple, Director Development Services
Email:                       council@wattlerange.sa.gov.au
Telephone:               (08) 8733 0900


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