Last night directors, managers and staff of Canberra’s club industry rolled back the years reviving the Eighties during the 2013 ClubsACT Awards for Excellence, a night filled with big hair, crazy fashion and unforgettable music.

450 people including the Chief Minister and the Leader of the Opposition attended the Awards gala dinner at the Hellenic Club Woden that saw 24 awards handed to the club industry’s outstanding performers.

Jeff House ClubsACT Chief Executive congratulated the 2013 winners.

“The Vikings clubs took awards in six categories including Promotion of Sport, Community Assistance and Club of the Year (Medium). The awards are a reflection of their great business acumen and commitment to the Canberra community, Mr House said.

“Having just passed its 40th year the Southern Cross Club also took out multiple awards including a major award in Large Club of the Year.

“Punters new and old won’t be disappointed by impressive renovations to the sports bar and TAB at the Hellenic Club Woden. Aiming to maximising landmark events and providing a comfortable modern sports bar experience, the club easily secured the Best Club ACTTAB award.

ClubsACT also honoured the Chief Executive of the National Press Club of Barton Maurice Reilly. Mr Reilly was the recipient of the Chief Minister’s Commendation which recognises outstanding and long-term service to the club industry.

“Maurice has been a leading figure in the Canberra club industry for many years having served as board member of ClubsACT for five years and as Chief Executive of the Press Club since 2004. He is a worthy recipient of the Chief Minister’s commendation. Mr House said.

“The Awards also saw a new competition in the ACTTAB Chefs Battle a fantastic initiative enabling talented chefs in clubs to test their culinary skills whilst recognising the quality food service available in ACT clubs.
“The expectations of patrons of clubs in the ACT are evolving and there is increasing demand for a diverse quality club offer. Patrons are absolutely looking for great food, drink and excellent service.
Employees of clubs vied for three awards including the Young Achiever Award which went to Ryan Spiteri of the Canberra Southern Cross Club Tuggeranong. Ryan has an amazing track record of achievement and is key to the club leaving a positive impression with patrons.

“Ryan is an outstanding ambassador who promotes the highest service standards in the club. He is a shining example of a young person embracing the career opportunities available in clubs.

“Special thanks must be afforded to Aristocrat, Lion, Bradley Allen Love, Carlton & United Breweries and all our supporters who without their generous contribution the clubs industry night of nights would not be possible,” Mr House concluded.

A full list of winners is attached and available on the ClubsACT website at

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Ends//11 May 2013

Media Contact:
Jeff House
Chief Executive ClubsACT
0406 376 761