I hope that you are all well and coping with the current situation. As I have previously mentioned if there is anything that we can help you with please do not hesitate to contact the Club.
As the various Covid-19 restrictions rolled out over the period of March and April we were quick to respond and, in many cases, slightly ahead of the formal announcements regarding gatherings, organised sporting and other events. Currently news about the spread of the virus is very positive and there is talk about restrictions being slowly lifted in some areas. It is hard to know how and when restrictions will be relaxed and what measures will be required by Clubs and other businesses to operate in the future. That said, we are preparing ourselves so we are ready to open as quickly as we can. One thing in our favour is our access control to the Clubhouse which gives us the unique ability to provide contact tracing details if required. We are preparing for sign-in and temperature checking of everyone entering the Clubhouse and purchasing free standing hand sanitiser stations and clear acrylic screens for reception and point of sales areas in Halyards bistro as we prepare for the ‘new normal’.
The current downtime at the Club has given us an opportunity to look at a number of large and small projects.
Larger jobs being considered by the Board and our Maintenance and Development Committee include the re-roofing of the Clubhouse and the resurfacing of the Club’s lower carpark including the relocation of boom gates and the reorientation of the car park flow, thereby improving access for the dropping off and picking up of members and guests from reception and ultimately providing a welcoming entrance to the Club. New fencing around the Boatyard facility and the completion of the new walking path from the front gates to the Clubhouse are being considered. These projects are to be carried out by external contractors.
As well as the major projects listed above, there are a number of a smaller internal projects that are being carried out by our staff that will make meaningful improvements to our facility. Some projects being tackled include marina maintenance, gardening, painting, club vessel maintenance, the freshening up of interior of Halyards, reception, the Board Room and other areas within the Clubhouse, refurbishing of boat racks in the centreboard area, maintenance and deep cleaning of the kitchens and storeroom areas.
We also intend to deliver a new Club website and implement the new SailPass program which will be rolled out with all of race documentation ready for the 2020/2021 sailing season.
Many of you will be happy to learn that the Club’s PA and AV systems have been replaced over the past few weeks so never again will you miss the Commodore’s jokes at presentation!
Our aim is to have the Club in great condition so that we can hit the ground running when restrictions are lifted.
To achieve the internal projects that we have planned a number of our staff have had some of their normal duties reallocated and are balancing this project work with other tasks that they are still required to perform. Our goal is to keep staff engaged in meaningful employment that will have real benefit to the Club and its members. Staff wages at the Club are being supported by the Government’s JobKeeper initiative. We are also directing a number of staff to take annual leave to reduce the Club’s leave liability over this period, again these payments are being assisted by JobKeeper. The retention and readiness of our staff will be very important to the Club when restrictions are lifted and keeping them involved in meaningful employment is good for their wellbeing and mental health. Project outcomes versus expenses, including wages, will be continually monitored and adjustments made where necessary to ensure that the Club remains in a strong financial position.
Please look after yourself and those around you.