Monday, 23 March 2020
Temporary Closure due to COVID-19
Dear Members and Guests
As you are all no doubt aware, last night the Prime Minister announced that further measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 would be introduced that will require the temporary closure of all licensed venues and it is with much sadness that I inform you Wests Ashfield is now closed effective immediately.
It has always been the focal point of Wests Ashfield to provide support for our members and guests; now more than ever we ask that we care for one another. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all members of our community for their ongoing words of kindness and support.
We will continue to remain positive and are confident that once we have all come through this challenging time, Wests will be back in operation and welcoming in our members and guests once more.
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Stay safe, look after one another and we look forward to seeing you again soon at Wests Ashfield.
SIMON COOK | CEO
Monday, 23 March 2020
Postponement of AGM
As a result of the fluid situation concerning COVID-19, please be advised that the 65th Annual General Meeting of Western Suburbs Leagues Club Ltd has been postponed.
In consultation with the Board of Directors, the Club has acted in accordance with the Government’s recent announcement regarding a ban on indoor gatherings of 100 or more persons.
The Board of Directors will establish a new date for the Annual General Meeting in due course. As per the Constitution, the Club will provide notice of the rescheduled Annual General Meeting, twenty-one days in advance to Club Members.
We sincerely appreciate your understanding of the Club implementing such measures at this time.
SIMON COOK | CEO
Monday, 16 March 2020
Important update RE COVID-19
To all members,
The Board and Management at Wests Ashfield understand that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is creating extreme uncertainty in the population and naturally unsettling many of our members. We would like to assure you that we are monitoring the situation closely and adapting our hygiene practices in line with the best advice from NSW Health; we will continue to ensure that decisions are made in the best interest of our members.
Our primary concern is to protect the health of our valued members within the community at this time. Wests Ashfield has begun to implement a variety of safety measures in order to ensure that the Club can continue operation to the best capacity possible, whilst keeping the community safe.
Some of these methods of protection include, but are not limited to:
- Implementing safe social distancing in all locations, including the gaming floor where we are activating every second machine only
- Installing multiple sanitising stations across the venue
- Frequent sanitisation of ‘high touch areas’ including bathrooms, door handles and buttons
- Review of cleaning products and policies
- Ongoing deep cleans of the venue throughout the day
- Modifying operations within both restaurants to conduct the best practices available
All scheduled entertainment will continue as planned; the Club will continue to operate as a safe and reliable venue.
We will continue to respond and implement changes as advised by NSW Health regarding COVID-19 with customer and employee safety top of mind.
We encourage any members with any concerns in regards to COVID-19, to contact the Coronavirus COVID-19 Health Information Line on 1800 020 080 or visit the Department of Health website here.
Simon Cook | CEO
Wednesday, 25 September 2019
Amalgamation outcome: Wests Ashfield – Balmain Leagues Club
As you would be aware, last week there were two very important meetings in the history of Western Suburbs Leagues Club Ltd (Wests Ashfield) and Balmain Leagues Club (Balmain).
The first meeting on the evening of Wednesday 18th September, saw Balmain members vote in favour of the proposed amalgamation or takeover by Wests Ashfield.
The following evening, Thursday 19th September, the members of Wests Ashfield, voted almost unanimously to support the amalgamation proposal. The support extended to keep alive our fellow foundation club is an important historical moment involving both clubs.
Following both sides of the membership base approving the amalgamation, an application is being lodged for final approval from the NSW Liquor and Gaming Authority.
Once this is received, it’s full steam ahead to transfer Balmain Leagues Club’s 12,000 memberships, along with the profitable Tigers Sydney Markets Club operation and associated assets to Wests Ashfield.
Included in the amalgamation and to continue fostering and propagating the game of rugby league, the Balmain Tigers Rugby League Football Club will be funded by Wests Ashfield. This does not change our continuing support for the operations of Wests Magpies, which has been in place since 1955.
The former Rozelle site of Balmain operations remains the subject of consideration by the State Government, for the use of its land as a possible excavation entryway or “dive site” for the Western Harbour Tunnel. If the State Government were not to proceed with further consideration of this matter, an agreement for a lease for uses of the property will be entered into with the current developer and is subject to due diligence and terms that are favourable to Wests Ashfield.
I wish to thank everyone who has been involved with this process and a special mention to my fellow Board members; our CEO, Simon Cook and his management team, for their due diligence and you, our members.
Chairman | Wests Ashfield
VALE – John Chalk AM
Balmain Tigers are deeply saddened at the passing of life member John Chalk AM.
Undoubtedly a legend of the Balmain Tigers, Chalk started as a ball boy for the Tigers in 1955. He served as both a manager and selector with the Jersey Flegg teams in the 1970s and 80s, before joining the Balmain Tigers Board in 1985. He became Chairman in 1997 and was the inaugural Chairman of Wests Tigers.
John also served on the NSWRL, ARL and NRL boards from 2001 onwards, serving as NSWRL and ARL Chairman from 2010-2012. He has been President of NSWRL since 2013 and was awarded Life Membership in 2015. He was recognised at the NSWRL Centre of Excellence in 2019 with a room named in his honour.
In 2016, Chalk was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) “for significant service to rugby league as an administrator at the state and national level, and to Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth.”
Few have served our club, nor our game, for as long and with as much distinction as John Chalk.
The thoughts of everyone in the Balmain Tigers community are with John’s wife Lyn and their family in this difficult time.
One of the great Tigers, John will be sorely missed by all in our game.
Friday 22 March 2019
The Board of Wests Ashfield wishes to address matters that were raised through a report in The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) of 22 March 2019: “Balmain saved from brink of extinction with new leagues club to come”.
There is a very, very long way to go before achieving the end result of what is the headline, covering that story.
No final “deal” has been arranged in relation to the future of Balmain and their leagues clubs, which were put into voluntary administration late last year.
Directors of Wests Ashfield have agreed to become involved in negotiations that ultimately will play a role in determining the future of those clubs.
This action has been taken on the basis that any final outcome of this matter will result in producing arrangements that are commercially viable to the financial and other interests of our Club at Ashfield and to its continuing commitment to supporting our community commitments including Wests Tigers and Wests Magpies.
It should be noted that ultimately, any decision on finalising arrangements will require the approval of members of both Wests Ashfield Leagues and Balmain Leagues.
This is a most important point and, to be fair, it’s one that was mentioned in the second paragraph of the SMH story.
In the short term, business arrangements will continue as they have been regarding all of our operations and Wests Ashfield Leagues Club will continue supporting Wests Tigers and Wests Magpies and junior football in our region.