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COVID-19 Management Policy
Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club aims to provide a place of work that is safe, and one that minimises the risk of being
infected with or spreading CoVID-19. This duty of care extends to all staff, club members, visitors,
volunteers, contractors, and members of the general public associated with our business and covering all
work locations.

The minimum standard acceptable to Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club are those prescribed in Safework
Australia’s national guidelines that detail techniques to prevent the spread of CoVID-19, combined with any
current legislation, regulations, restrictions and standards applicable to the state of New South Wales.
These requirements are documented in the Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Clubs CoVID-19 Management Plan.
In addition, it is our objective to achieve and maintain hygiene, health, safety, and welfare standards in
excess of the stated minimum for the workplace. This is done with the implementation of effective systems
for identifying, assessing, and reporting potential spread risks and eliminating or controlling the same as
reasonably as is practicable.

All Managers and their team members are held accountable with clearly stated role responsibilities and
measures of their performance in their position descriptions. Managers are held responsible for these
accountabilities, through performance reviews, their commitment to the CoVID-19 Management
Committee and regular reviews.

To demonstrate Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club’s commitment to this Policy, we will ensure that there is
ongoing CoVID-19 training in the workplace, combined with the provision of appropriate personal protective
equipment and support for any staff members who have concerns.

Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club is committed to ensuring that there is COVID-19 related consultation and
participation amongst its Staff. Staff members are not expected to conduct any work that they reasonably
consider places them at risk of contracting CoVID-19. Every person at Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club is
responsible for ensuring that measures implemented to prevent the risk of CoVID-19 spread are being


Date: 27 May 2020
Review Date: 27 November 2020.







Dear Member

On this occasion it is great to be able to communicate with our members, guests and the local community a positive update on the club’s operations following the club’s closure over the last few months to manage the risk of COVID-19

We are pleased to advise all members that on Monday 1st June we will open our doors once again, as a result of the easing of restrictions from the NSW Government and NSW Health.

Much preparatory work has been done in the background together with the club industry and government at working on a plan that not only enables the club to open again but also ensures that we are providing a safe and welcoming environment for our members and guests. A big thank you goes out to NSW Minister for Customer Service, The Hon. Victor Dominello, who is our local State Member for Ryde. Big thanks, too, to Clubs NSW for making this possible for members, staff and the community.

For our re-opening on Monday, we have worked hard to ensure that your great club offers you as much as possible. From Monday, we are not able to operate all aspects of the business, and the operation will look a little different in order to comply with the government’s guidelines. In addition, there will be different conditions of entry compliance for all members. Rest assured, we are fully confident that we will provide an offering for all our members to enjoy.

For your information, some key points include:

For all patrons entering the club, we will need to obtain their details for contact tracing. For members, this will include a simple swipe of their membership card upon entering the club to show you have visited; non-members will need to complete additional information on sign-in, including the provision of contact details. At this time, we have halved our membership price to $2.50 per year, which comes with member benefits and entry to members’ promotions.

We also encourage members to download the COVIDSAFE app to assist the club in working as part of the community to stop the spread of COVID-19.

To ensure social distancing measures are in place for all patrons, various areas of the club have been sectioned off. These areas have clear markings that will assist patrons in knowing where they may and may not enter.

Due to the guidelines, areas will have limited capacity. At busier times, we encourage that members plan ahead.

We have alternative dining areas for seating in the club to ensure we comply with these measures. Our main food and Beverage outlets will be open in regular trading times, including The Palm Court Bistro, The Coffee Club, Golden Hawk Chinese Restaurant and Lounge Bar, as well additional areas to extend the seating availability and spacing.

We will also have other operations available for the enjoyment of members and guests while ensuring your wellbeing.

Over recent weeks, we have worked to make sure that we are able to deliver two priorities. Firstly, that we ensure the safety of all patrons and staff, with clear procedures in place to exceed the required measures. This includes a deep cleaning of the entire club, strict cleaning procedures, temperature checks on entry (done automatically by walking into the club), and the retraining of staff. Secondly, we will deliver maximum customer focus and service when you return, with regular reviews of staff duties and customer service in all areas. This retraining on our service focus and consultation with members is designed to ensure that we are listening and acting upon your needs now and moving forward. Thank you.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club.

Carl Pozzato
Chief Executive Officer


15 May 2020

Dear Member

It has now been almost two months since we had to shut
and we are sure our members and guests are keen to come back to their club.

However, as of Friday 15 May, we were finally able to see a chink of light at the end of the tunnel. Due to the Government’s recent easing of restrictions relating to public gatherings, we have now been able to partially reopen the club and enable members and guests to consider visiting the club.

Currently this includes the Golden Hawk Chinese Restaurant for dinner and Coffee Club for Lunch. There is a maximum of ten persons permitted to dine at any given time (via bookings only), with social distancing measures in place, but this small victory that we hope can lift some spirits. See the website home page for more details.

While we await further lifting of restrictions and possible aspects of the club to reopen we are committed to supporting everyone and each other. The club is still providing a takeaway service for food and beverage as well as providing care packs that include all the household essentials.

As previously reported in our updates, club Memberships will not expire during the shutdown and we will ensure ample time for members to renew. Online Renewals opened on 1 May. For those members that renew in May, there is a half-price membership special of just $2.50 for one-year and $10 for five years, and the chance to enter a $1,000 draw at the start of June.

All members’ points will remain on their accounts for use upon return and will also be able to be used, as in previous years, to Renew by Points or use with any member offer we provide during the shutdown, including takeaway offerings.

We note much work has been going on while we are closed to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for our members. Procedures and policies on our hygiene measures and club service as well as ways to ensure good social distancing through the club has been a focus. We have rearranged the layout and increased sanitation stations to ensure when you come back you are confident it is in the best environment. We are working with staff and contractors to ensure the best measures and facilities are in place on your return.

It continues to be a testing time for all members, staff and their family members in dealing with the government measures imposed, but we all agree they are required to ensure the wellbeing of everyone in our community. We feel these restrictions are starting to lift and can see the goal in site and continue to be focussed on the road ahead

We hope to see everyone back at Ryde-Eastwood very soon.

Kind Regards,
Carl Pozzato
Chief Executive Officer





2 April 2020

Dear Member

It has now been a week since we communicated with our members and we want to keep you informed as to what has been happening in the meantime.

As you will recall, last Monday 23rd March the Prime Minister announced further restrictions on indoor gatherings with the result that club venues, including our great club Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club, would have to close their doors to members and guests.

Since then it has been a busy time to manage the closure of our many club offerings. We are not sure how long this will last and what measures will be in place when we return.

It has been a trying time for many of our members and a big change to their routine of attending the club for social interaction and catch-up. Many members see the club as their haven and a point of contact in their daily lives, as do many staff and club management. It has been a difficult time for everyone, including our roster of almost 200 staff and management, but we are committed to supporting everyone and each other during this challenging time. We will continue to plan measures to ensure the team is ready to provide a great service to our members and guests when the time comes for Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club to reopen.

Our focus over the past week - and moving forward - is to provide ongoing communication and support to our loyal members. We are reviewing how we can continue our support during this time. Some measures include:

Club Memberships will be put on hold and no memberships will expire during the closure. We will open Online Renewals as per normal and when we reopen members may renew their membership at this time. This period will be extended to provide members adequate time upon their return to ensure that all members remain part of our club.

All members’ points will remain on their accounts for use upon return or use with any member offer we provide during the shutdown, including takeaway offerings

All members will retain their membership tier through this period of shutdown.

All members with birthdays during the shutdown will be able to utilise their member benefits once the club reopens and enter the major birthday draw.


Starting Friday 3rd April, we will provide offerings to our club members and guests. This will include Coffee Club pick-up between 11.00am-2.00pm, takeaway sales from the club’s bottle shop; and the Golden Hawk Chinese Restaurant pick-up and delivery service is also coming soon.

In further support of our members, we will also be selling care packs. These are prepacked bags containing some of the essential products we all need during such challenging times. As of this Friday, these packs will be initially available to Senior Members only and is limited to two packs per member.

Check out our website at www.releagues.com.au for details. It has been a testing time for all members and staff and their family members in dealing with the government measures imposed, but we all agree they are required to ensure the well-being of everyone in our community. We remain steadfast and motivated to work with our community to support everyone during this most challenging time and we will continue to focus our efforts on the road to our return.

We hope to see everyone back at Ryde-Eastwood very soon.

Kind Regards,
Carl Pozzato
Chief Executive Officer




23 March 2020

Dear Members and Guests

I am sure all our members and community partners agree that we are heading into unprecedented territory as a result of COVID-19.

On Sunday night, the Prime Minister announced further restrictions on indoor gatherings that are no longer permitted, with the result that venues, including licensed clubs and gyms, will have to close from midday Monday 23 March.

Unfortunately, this means that the club and its associated facilities will no longer be operating until further notice.

We understand that this enforced closure is sad news for all members and the wider community, but our priority is the safety and well-being of our members. We will monitor the situation closely over the coming weeks and months and keep our members informed during this period.

We encourage all members to ‘Like’ us on Facebook or visit the Club website at the links below to keep up to date with the situation, as well as how we will continue to support the local community at this time.

On behalf of the Board, Management and Staff, we thank you for your understanding and ongoing support through this challenging time, and we look forward to seeing you back at the club in the coming months.

Kind Regards,
Carl Pozzato
Chief Executive Officer




19 March 2020

Dear Members,

Following our recent email there have been further changes to the recommendations and directives by NSW Health and the Australian Government.

We want to firstly assure you we are still open for trade in order to service our members and the community where ever possible. The club management and Board are in constant discussion and actioning to ensure our number one priority is the well-being of our members, guests and staff and that we ensure a safe environment.

Please click on the link below to read further details on our measures currently put in place to ensure we comply with recommendations and refer to club webpage for regular updates. Key measures include hygiene management, social distancing and cancellation of non-essential gatherings.

We will continue to monitor the situation and recommendations and provide updates as soon as possible on club activities and events.

Thank you


 Chief Executive Officer


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Click here for all operational changes as at 20 March 2020


The World’s Greatest Shave returns to Ryde-Eastwood Leagues!

Last year the Ryde-Eastwood family raised over $5,000 at its World’s Greatest Shave event, which contributed to helping the fight against blood cancer.

In 2020, we’re doing it again and aiming to raise even more money for the Leukaemia Foundation. Come along and shave or colour your hair this March and help Aussie families beat blood cancer.

Shave or colour your hair at the club on Wednesday 11 March from 6.30pm!


17 - 23 FEBRUARY

As part of our Pink Week fundraising initiatives, we hosted the McGrath Foundation PINK TRIVIA CONTEST ON THURSDAY 20 FEBRUARY AT 7pm in the Palm Court Bistro.

All proceeds raised on the night were donated to the McGrath Foundation. The night  included an informative talk from one of the Foundation’s amazing Breast Care Nurses, Catrina Ross.

This was followed by a fun trivia contest (gold coin donation).



Fundraising for Bushfire-affected Communities

In one way or another, we’ve all been affected by the recent and continuing bushfires.

For those lucky to not be directly impacted, it can be difficult to know what to do or how to help, and right now our fellow Australians need our help.

There’s strength in numbers and our community in Australia is a big and giving, so we're reaching out to everyone to give.

Help us fill up our barren Donation Trees with lush green leaves which you can purchase for $5 or more at club reception, The Bistro or any of the bars. 

Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club will also matching all donations, so 1 full Tree worth $500 becomes $1,000 donated towards bushfire relief. 

Let's show them the true RELC spirit and fill up a forest worth of trees.


 Cancer Council's Australia's Biggest Morning Tea

Ryde-Eastwood recently served the Cancer Council Biggest Morning Tea to raise funds in the fight against cancer.

Over 150 guests attended and we extend our grateful thanks and appreciation to everyone in the Ryde-Eastwood Family who donated funds and gifts on the day.



The World's Greatest Shave at Ryde-Eastwood


This amount has been directly donated to The Leukaemia Foundation of Australia. A huge thank you to all who donated and took part.

Meantime, check out some of the photos on the night - well done team!



Ryde-Eastwood Hay Donation to Drought-Affected Country Farmers

On Sunday 13 January, Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club made a hay drop to help drought-stricken farming communities in New England's North West. The Weekly Times covered the story with more images of the drop below . . .

The photos below indicate the large scale size of the $25,000 Ryde-Eastwood operation. A big thanks goes out to our working partners, Rural Aid, farmers Georgie and Bruce Butler, and to the "Truckies" who delivered the hay.


Ryde-Eastwood Honoured By The Children’s Medical Research Institute

On Friday 30 November, Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club was honoured for its generous donations over the past 21 years to the Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI), by receiving a plaque on the Institute’s honour wall.

Pictured above: Club General Manager, Chris McCarthy (Retired), Club President, Jim McClymont, Therese Wells from the Gaming department, who is instrumental in assisting with collections, and the Club’s Human Resources Manager, Joanne Luke, who is the driving force behind organising and collecting donations for the Institute for both the annual RELC Fun Run/Walk, and the annual Jeans for Genes day.



On Sunday 4 November, members of Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club and The Fitness Edge, along with staff and families, participated in the third annual RELC Fun Run/Walk (participants could either run or walk 5km, 10km, or volunteer). All registrations were donated to our chosen charity – the Children’s Medical Research Institute, together with a generous donation from the Club’s Board.

We are very proud to announce that the annual RELC Fun Run/Walk registrations and sponsorship raised just over $5,000 for the Children’s Medical Research Institute, and that Ryde-Eastwood’s Board of Directors matched that donation, taking the grand total to $10,000!!

Thank you to each and every participant, volunteer, the Board, our generous sponsors and the wider Ryde-Eastwood family. Bring on 2019’s event - we have a new goal to reach next year!






 Members and visitors at the Club may have noticed the striking piece of artwork displayed at the bottom of the stairs, near our fish tank. The artwork was made as a thank you to Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club for its continued support of the Rydalmere East Public School Autism Unit. “Your support is greatly appreciated by students, teachers, staff and our whole school community” - Emma Lodewijks from Rydalmere East Public.

The Club really appreciates this gift and looks forward to continuing our support for the unit.  



Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club began supporting Genes for Jeans Day way back in 1997. This year club staff kept up its charitable tradition by donating for Genes for Jeans Day Sydney 2018.

“We had another great turnout in denim," says Human Resources Manager Joanne Luke. “Everywhere I looked in the club I saw staff wearing their jeans and committing to such a worthy cause. And the more money they donated, the more we as a club were able to contribute, as the Board of Directors match any money raised by staff.”

Every year since 1997, the team’s efforts have raised thousands of dollars to support programmes for The Children's Medical Research Institute to prevent leukemia, muscular dystrophy, genetic defects and many other disorders.

Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club champions the true spirit of the Club Movement with an ongoing dedication to serve its community.



Christian Community Aid (CCA) located in Eastwood provide a range of Government funded services to Aged residents living in their own home.

Programs include Home Delivered Meals (Meals on Wheels) to suit specific dietary needs and also cater to different cultural needs.

CCA also offer a range of social lunch groups run weekly or fortnightly catering to different ethnic groups and provide door-to-door service.