Newsletter – June 21, 2020

Dear Members,

It has been a little while since we communicated with you all and so much has happened in the world in that time!

We hope that all our members as well as everyone in the Fairhaven & Aireys Inlet community is surviving the COVID 19 period and starting to see some greenshoots on the other side of all this!

Whether that is kids back at school, getting back to a bit of work normality, resumption of community sport or just the freedom to go and have a meal at the Aireys Pub – we wish everyone well.

It has obviously been a quiet time for Fairhaven SLSC but we also look forward to some more relaxation of restrictions so that club life can start to look a bit more normal.

Annual General Meeting

Sunday 16 August – please save the date!

Venue: Fairhaven SLSC
Time: 10.30am

It remains our plan to hold this event in person rather than in Microsoft Teams though obviously we will continue to monitor relevant State Government restrictions around this.

We are also planning on announcing and presenting end of season awards at this event given we were unable to hold our traditional Presentation Night on Easter Sunday this year.

We are also exploring the feasibility of providing a facility for members to view online if they are unable to attend.

The AGM also serves the purpose of electing members into various roles for the forthcoming season. Please contact: [email protected] if you wish to discuss possible involvement further.

The club survives and thrives on the volunteer contributions of our members!

Fairhaven SLSC Gymnasium Re-Opening

In line with the relaxation of government restrictions, our club gym will reopen to members on June 22 which is great news.

Our dedicated Gym coordinator, Cath Bowtell has done a fantastic job of looking after the place and we look forward to our members being able to access the facility again. Thanks Cath!

The gym has been thoroughly cleaned, tidied and disinfected. Hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes are available.

We ask the following from our members in relation to gym use:

  • Maximum of 10 people inside at once (unlikely to be an issue based on normal usage)
  • Please wipe down equipment before and after use
  • Please bring your own towel
  • If you have any symptoms, please stay away

Clubhouse Usage

We continue to follow LSV Guidelines around the usage of the club for club activites.

A summary of current advice can be found as follows. This advice was dated 1 June 2020 so I expect further guidance from LSV shortly in response to the State Government announcements last weekend and will update in due course.

Club Function Rooms (Bars & Kitchen)

(not relevant to FSLSC at this point in time)

From 11.59pm on 31 May, Clubs can resume dine-in service with the following restrictions:

  • Up to 20 seated patrons per enclosed space. Clubs with multiple divided spaces can have up to 20 patrons in each space as long as they comply with density requirements and there are controls in place for shared spaces (e.g. foyers etc).
  • All venues must abide by physical distancing requirements. Limits will need to be placed on entry to comply with the density requirements allowed within a single space – one customer per four square metres.
  • Tables should be spaced at least 1.5m apart.
  • Venues are required to request contact details, first name and phone number, of every customer to assist in rapid contact tracing. Other safety precautions will also be required, including extra cleaning. Staff should not work when unwell.
  • Clubs cannot only serve alcohol. Alcohol must only be available with meals. A meal must be a genuine meal – not a snack.

From 11.59 on 21 June this will increase to 50 patrons per enclosed space. A further increase of up to 100 patrons per enclosed space is planned for the second half of July.

Changes to these dates will be subject to the advice of the Chief Health Officer.

Please refer to the Hospitality Industry Guidelines for coronavirus (COVID-19) for full provision of requirements.


Gyms, including indoor personal training facilities, remain closed for now. Under current plans, it is proposed gyms will be open from 11:59pm on 21 June.

Please refer to information about easing of restrictions for sport and exercise from 11:59 on 31 May for further details.

Change Rooms and Toilets

Club showers and change rooms must remain closed. Poor ventilation and the shared nature of these facilities increase the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission.

Toilets can be used but you must adhere to the physical distancing measures. This means that you may need to use floor markings with adequately spaced markers on the floor to promote physical distancing.

You should also ensure toilets are in working condition with soap provided, and increased cleaning as appropriate [refer Cleaning and disinfecting to reduce COVID-19 transmission].

Events – Use of Club Facilities

You can have up to 20 people in public or social gatherings. This means that you can have up to 20 people attend an event or attend your committee meetings at the Club. This is provided you maintain physical distancing by keeping at least 1.5 metres between you and the other person and if indoors, there is a minimum of 4 square metres per person.

Members are required to seek the approval of their Club Committee / Board prior to undertaking any events at the Club.

Video conferencing meetings remain a very good option for meetings, where people are remote from each other. LSV has provided access to Microsoft Teams that will assist in teleconference / video meetings.

For further details on hygiene, physical distancing, cleaning and other requirements refer:

LSV Member Development Opportunities

Amongst many other issues related to COVID 19, LSV have put a focus on Member Development Strategies and Mental Health resources.

A free 12 week online program has just been launched with a variety of inspirational and experienced speakers available for members to access.

Please access the link below for further information.

Go To: LSV – Member Development Opportunities (pdf)

LSV Awards of Excellence

Normally a sit-down dinner event, LSV Awards of Excellence evening is being conducted as an online event to recognise and celebrate Victorian members and clubs’ achievements for the past season.

This will be held on Saturday August 1 and we have a number of members who have been nominated for Individual awards as well as the club being nominated for LSV Club of The Year.

Fingers crossed and good luck to all those nominated!

Please take care as you emerge from COVID hibernation and cast your mind forward to better weather and better days ahead at Fairhaven SLSC!

Best wishes,

Darren West
President – Fairhaven SLSC

Paul Leonard - Junior Carnival - Ocean Grove - 1985

Paul Leonard – Junior Carnival – Ocean Grove – 1985