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 Choice Award was about giving Canberrans the opportunity to vote for their favourite club.
“Canberra has been a club town since almost the very beginning of its history with some of our clubs almost as old as Canberra itself. All started from very humble beginnings and all have a special place in the life of our city.
“But regardless of their origin, every club is established to serve a purpose. Whether it be support for sport, ethnic communities or political parties, all clubs, big or small, exist to support and enhance different elements of the Canberra community. And in that way they are unique and invaluable.
“Whilst we know that over 200,000 Canberrans are members of club we were staggered by the response, receiving over 5000 votes online and the remaining votes coming from forms filled out in clubs. Three awards were presented in the People’s Choice with clubs categorised as small, medium and large with all 49 clubs in the ACT registering at least one vote for their club.
“The People’s Choice Large Club of the Year winner received an enormous 20 per cent of the overall votes and was awarded to the Hellenic Club of Canberra.
“The medium club winner was awarded to Raiders Weston and the small club winner to the Canberra Southern Cross Yacht Club.
“A high commendation was also awarded the Gunghalin Lakes Golf & Community Club who also acquired an impressive 14 per cent of the overall votes missing out in the large club category. Voting participants also had a chance to win a trip for two to Hamilton Island valued at $4,400 with the competition proudly supported by both Oatley Fine Wine Merchants and Canberra CityNews.
“We were pleased to announce Mr Ernie Nichols a member of the Canberra Southern Cross Club in Woden as the recipient of the prize. It was great to give Mr Nichols such a fantastic prize and particularly after such a huge response to the competition.” Mr House concluded.