Media Releases

Sport Contributions an X Factor

Australia prides itself on being a sporting nation. In fact, according to the Australian Immigration Handbook, ‘we play sport, watch sport, bet on sports and talk sports more than anything else’. Yet there is a very real risk that in the not too distant future, this educative list on what new citizens can expect when […]


ACT clubs are committed supporters of women’s sport and a large proportion of their community contributions create opportunities for female participation, despite the current reporting system downplaying this investment. This week, ACT Greens Spokesperson for Sports and Recreation, Shane Rattenbury criticised clubs over a finding in the latest report on Community Contributions made by Gaming […]

ClubsACT Calls for Canberra-Wide Problem Gambler Exclusion

ClubsACT today launched its five point plan to tackle problem gambling, to ensure that the Canberra Community remains the most protected in Australia. The plan includes the introduction of: A venue cap of 280 machines in any single venue in the ACT, with a firm commitment to reducing machines to 4000 by 2020; A Canberra-wide […]

When did a contribution to sport become a bad thing?

Last month the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) launched an attack on community clubs, headlining a media release with the statement, “Pokie Community Fund Rigged”. It included criticism of the contribution of community clubs to sport. The community contributions scheme is not “rigged”, and the scheme recognises that clubs plough revenue back into […]

ClubsACT Launches Your Canberra Clubs Community Education Campaign

ClubsACT today officially launched its community education campaign, Your Canberra Clubs, aiming to stimulate conversation among Canberrans about the vital role clubs play in the economic and social fabric of our community. Launched at the Southern Cross Yacht Club, special guests included Jeremy Hanson MLA, Leader of the Opposition, Brendan Smyth MLA, Shadow Minister for […]

7000 of Canberra’s Brightest Sports Stars Celebrated

The Vikings Group tonight celebrated the sporting achievements of its 360 Canberran teams across 51 sporting codes, at its Annual Sports Awards evening. Awards were presented for Best Team Performance, Outstanding Coaching or Officiating Achievement of the Year and Outstanding Individual Sporting Achievement. Ten scholarship opportunities were also awarded to athletes who have fulfilled sporting […]

Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.

The Canberra Casino’s investment predicated on operating poker machines is the lure of fool’s gold and will cause many of Canberra’s not-for-profit community clubs to close.  We don’t need to look far to get a picture of the impact, because history gives us the answer. In 1995, the opening of Sydney Harbour Casino (now The […]


Canberra’s Greek community will showcase its rich culture and diversity this Sunday in the 18th annual Greek Glendi street party at the 2016 National Multicultural Festival. The ‘Glendi’, meaning ‘festival’ in Greek, will celebrate Canberra’s proud Greek cultural heritage with traditional food stalls, all-day dance and music performances and crowd engagement activities, including a plate […]


ClubsACT has called on government to conduct the necessary research and consider the serious social and economic impacts for Canberra before deciding to change Casino legislation. If the legislation is changed to allow poker machines into Canberra Casino, problem gambling and unemployment will increase, and the long-standing agreement between industry and the ACT government will […]

The People Vote – Hellenic Club of Canberra!

A whopping eight thousand six hundred and eighty three Canberrans voted for their favourite Canberra Club with the winners announced last night at the ClubsACT Community and Service Awards. One lucky Canberra voter also won a trip for 2 to Hamilton Island. Jeff House ClubsACT Chief Executive said that the inaugural Your Canberra Clubs People’s […]