DHL Club of the Year
North Cottesloe SLSC, WA
North Cottesloe SLSC has maintained a key theme of sustainability in its Centenary Year. New initiatives have included NW Communities SLSS Program to deliver courses to regional areas, Surf Sister Club Partnership sharing all resources and training in Margaret River Region, Take3ForTheSea program improving the environment, and promoting awareness, development and performance across the Club. Other improvement measures have dealt with Governance and Leadership, Development of Environment, Athlete/Competition and Education, as well as Life Saving Services and Community Engagement. In 2020 the Club is committed to aligning with the strategic intent of SLSA and SLSWA, including Healthy Clubs, Financial Security, Involving All Australians/Learning for Life, Active for Life and the future overall development of the Club. “Sustainability through Engagement” is the Club’s philosophy.
Kingston Beach SLSC, TAS
Kingston Beach SLSC is committed to embracing a culture of continuous improvement. The season of 2018/19 supported strategic objectives such as “Lifesavers Without Limits” to allow the community to engage in surf lifesaving in an inclusive and culturally aware way, partnering with Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania. This season also saw the creation of a planning sub-committee to address the need to update the strategic plan, and the implementation of the Point of Sale system to simplify financial processes and tightening of cash handling. The Club supported “Starfish Nippers” disability program with a view to delivering its own program in the future. Additionally, the Club saw younger members stepped up to take on leadership roles, committee positions and mentoring roles.
Henley SLSC, SA
Henley SLSC, since its formation in 1925, has strictly adhered to the core belief that they are a volunteer led organisation whose primary purpose is to save lives. In 2018 the overarching Community and Diversity Program was developed following creation of a management group merging and developing important community programs and incorporating disability, indigenous, multicultural and accessibility. A Youth Incentive Club Development Forum resulted in a higher-level program to develop patrolling and competition skills, as well as creating future leaders. The Big Row has continued raising funds, as it has for 13 years, not only to maintain financial stability but to reduce a loan for the clubhouse rebuild by 60% after just five years.
Venus Bay SLSC, VIC
Venus Bay SLSC finds itself in a fortunate position and attributes this to subscribing to a meticulous, focused and accountable Strategic Plan for continual improvement at all levels of the Club. In 2018/19 the Club’s strategic goals were exceeded, from preventative actions, reduced rescues, membership growth and qualifications, competition results and community programs, ranging from holding a ‘White Ribbon’ function to a river-based community event called “Respect the River” which highlights water safety in inland waterways In addition, in conjunction with Interchange Victoria provided children with intellectual disabilities the opportunity for surf training. The Club recognises and acknowledges the efforts and contributions of members, being the first Victorian Club to present them with the National Service Award.
Umina SLSC, NSW
Umina SLSC has enjoyed continuous improvement in 2018/19 with new directors and executive implementing new projects and initiatives. The Club continues providing quality community services, ongoing building and equipment facilities, ensuring that the needs of growing membership are met. Maintaining long term relationships with supporters, clubs and Councils is a high priority as is maintenance of professional management. Some notable areas are the Safeguarding Children and Young People program, the development of grievance sub-committee clarifying pathways for members, identifying areas for youth engagement at all levels, and accessibility being constantly reviewed, such as access for wheelchair users. The Cap-Fits Campaign that engaged with community, sponsors and stakeholders, is having a very positive effect on all areas of the club, members and community relationships.
Tweed Heads & Coolangatta SLSC, QLD
In 2018 Tweed Heads & Coolangatta SLSC invited Clubs Queensland to present a Corporate Governance workshop to the Club’s Board of Management to provide invaluable input for future planning, processes and goals. This led to the implementation of a Skills Management Matrix setting requirements of an effective Board, an easier preparation of a Strategic Plan and a Financial Budget in place. Active Membership grew by 20 per cent, assisting the clubs to mentor Junior Active Members, and to increase the active patrols in response to increases in numbers of residents/tourists. Completion of a storage shed will benefit all, as will streamlining of overall communications. Sourcing of new patrol equipment, and training in preventative actions by patrols to improve core business as a Surf Life Saving Club.