2016 has been an incredible year at Bankstown Sports with exciting new developments, numerous awards, special campaign launches and major events.
In March, we opened two new levels of the Travelodge Hotel, offering an additional 54 rooms.
In May, we won the Health & Wellbeing category at the 2016 Clubs & Community Awards, La Piazza was voted Favourite Restaurant in the Canterbury-Bankstown area in the Best of the West competition. We also hosted the Champions of the West Awards Gala Dinner in our Grand Ballroom, which was attended by the Prime Minister, Opposition Leader and Premier of NSW.
In June, Bankstown Sports took part in the ClubsNSW Do Something Day initiative with a food drive for the Salvation Army, and fundraiser movie sessions for local community and sporting groups.
Apprentice chef’s Sarah Hanslow and Sammy Carbone made the final of the Nestle Golden Chef’s Hat Competition and finished second in the NSW finals.
In August, a group of employees took part in the City2Surf, raising money for the Little Wings Charity. We also hosted the Lebanese Film Festival and introduced free range eggs at all of our restaurants.
September was a very busy month; Greenfield Station Bistro and Atrium Bar were recognised for their outstanding achievements in the food and beverage industry, and came away with top honours at the 2016 NSW Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering Awards.
The club joined forces with ClubsNSW and NSW Police to launch a new anti-domestic violence campaign, Sky Racing broadcasted their Off The Rails TV program live from The Loft, and Olympic gold medallist Chloe Esposito came to visit the club after her successful Rio Games campaign.
In October, we held our annual Service to Sport Awards in The Grand Ballroom, acknowledging the hard work and dedication of all of our sporting club volunteers.
On 1 November, we launched Basement Brewhouse, a new and unique dining and craft beer destination in Sydney’s west, and Monkey Mania celebrated their 5th birthday!
And on 8 December, we officially opened our new Asian dining precinct Peking Sq., with both yum cha and a-la-carte menu offerings, a duck oven, private dining rooms and a Chinese tea house.
Throughout 2016, we’ve been working hard to make Bankstown Sports Club more environmentally friendly. We rolled out LED lights inside the club and in the carpark, as a more cost-effective and energy efficient option. We have also upgraded our air-conditioning and ventilation system, replacing two out-dated water cooled chillers with more efficient options.
It has also been a very successful year for entertainment at the club, with numerous shows in The Theatre selling out, including Mark Vincent, Joe Avati, Todd McKenney, Tahir and Rodney Rude.
And finally, over the 2015-16 financial year, we pledged more than $2.4 million dollars in cash and in-kind donations to our associated sporting clubs and community organisations, through the ClubGRANTS scheme.
We’d like to thank each and every one of our members and patrons for their support throughout 2016, and we’re looking forward to another positive and prosperous year in 2017.