March 2008 President's newsletter

February seemed to pass quietly with all the rain we have experienced. Those that have lived at Tin Can Bay for some time explained that this summer was the way it used to be, so maybe the climate change has a different direction to travel. Our golf course and bowling greens have only improved due to the weather.

The month of March will be interesting with the election of a new Gympie Regional Council on Saturday 15th March followed by Easter festivities the weekend after. The school children will only be on holiday during the religious holidays with their school holidays being in April.

The golf club will be holding an Easter two-day carnival on Easter Saturday 22nd March and Easter Sunday 23rd March. The club will be closed on Good Friday, as per legislative requirements, but, due to the demand last year, the golf course will be open with a ranger in the starter’s box (no alcohol is allowed to be sold on the day).

Both the state and federal governments are currently reviewing or enacting legislation that will affect the way alcohol, tobacco and gaming are supplied to the consumer. At the state level changes to the Liquor Act will affect trading hours, licence fees and compulsory training of staff in responsible serving of alcohol. Although the legislation is aimed at reducing harm occurring from the misuse and abuse of alcohol it has placed all licensed venues in the same grouping. The suggested “standard” trading hours of 10am to 12 midnight will have repercussions from those golfers and bowlers that play early morning games or for visitors to our club. It would also affect any early morning functions that we hold including Ambulance Bingo. The government also intends to have gaming hours in line with liquor trading hours.

At the same time smoking in licensed premises is being reviewed with indications that all smoking will be banned. Clubs Queensland is objecting to these radical changes and is lobbying the government to change their approach. Form letters to our local member will shortly be available for you to express your opinion. The money that this club earns is distributed widely amongst the local community with donations on a regular basis.

Sport. The male golfers have commenced their pennant season having played a number of games (with the new bus being used for the first time) and hosted another. The results, so far, allow for improvement but there have been some close finishes. Keep the flag flying, boys. The Ladies Golf Pennants will be commencing in March and we hope they achieve great results. Bowls pennants will start later in the year.

See you at the T.C.B. Country Club.
Stephen Wallis.
President TCBCC