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Saunders Safety & Training - Mental Health First Aid Training

Saunders Safety & Training - Mental Health First Aid Training



Approximately 20% of Australian Adults experience a common mental illness each year; it is the single largest contributor to reduced years lived in ill-health and the third largest contributor to a reduction in total years of healthy life for Australians. In the workplace; we see a typical psychological workers compensation cost approximately $24,500 on average compared to physical injuries (approx. $9,000 per claim on average). If an adult is not directly affected by a psychological health problem themselves, the chances are they will know someone who is. Mental Health in the community is a hot topic on the agenda at a federal government level, all the way down to the common household level. Mental Health impact on the workplace is not lost in this spectrum.

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Diversifying your Business Operations – the analysis by Greg Russell

Diversifying your Business Operations – the analysis by Greg Russell



The migration to a broader revenue base by NSW Clubs in the last 15 years has seen venues venture into a wide range of diversified activities and endeavours. From car washes to bowling alleys, coffee shops and motels up to ‘cradle to grave’ medical centres, assisted living blocks and commercial towers, Clubs are starting to gather much needed experience in setting up the businesses of the future. Our presentation at the recent RSLs conference (link:http://www.russellcorporate.com.au/presentations) identified the experience of a range of venues from across the State that should help Boards and Management get some ideas around the best course of action for their venue. Some key highlights from venues who contributed their experience include;

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Official opening of Rivera Place

Official opening of Rivera Place



HAWKESBURY Living's $13 million luxury aged care extension herald's a new era for quality standards in aged care in the Hawkesbury, CEO Kimberley Talbot announced last Tuesday. The Official opening of Rivera Place, the stage 4 extension of Hawkesbury Living within Richmond Club Group's masterplan took place on Tuesday 24th September with CEO Garrie Gibson and Marketing & Communications Manager, Brad Smith in attendance. This is another milestone for The Richmond Club, through Hawkesbury Living, who has a proud history of supporting aging residents, providing leading-edge clinical and empathetic care to maximise the quality of life’s later stages. Named Rivera Place, Ms Talbot, said this is the fourth major extension to the site. "This three-storey heritage-inspired building fronts March Street and historic Richmond Park, with views to the Blue Mountains," she said. "The purpose-built contemporary living design has a 4.5 star fit-out to deliver the best facilities, care and lifestyle choices for our seniors."

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IGT Raises the Game

IGT Raises the Game



IGT’s raised the game at this year’s Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE). “Today our customers are being challenged to deliver more player entertainment, strengthen customer loyalty while increasing their revenues – often these can be diametrically opposed,” said Nigel Turner, head of marketing, IGT Asia Pacific. “Now, IGT is offering a new range of solutions designed to meet these demands.” The new line-up includes: Bubble Blast™ - which is performing very strongly and available either as a Link or SAP Cleopatra Rising™ - a strong performing evolution of IGT’s Waterfall play with multi-denoms, jackpots and a scalable bonus prize Fortune Rising™ - a follow on to Cleopatra Rising but with an emphasis on high denom ($1) play, suiting the high-end club or hotel player. Fortune Coin™ – a strong performer globally with a progressive feature that boosts bonus prizes. Multistar® Legends – Six games with a twist - a new style jackpot where two-game groups share a progressive jackpot “Our Bubble Blast Link has hit game floors with strong performance, and we’ll soon be launching new games for the link – there’s also an SAP version of Bubble Blast for smaller venues,” continued Turner.

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C.ex Group celebrates 70 years in the community!

C.ex Group celebrates 70 years in the community!



This year, C.ex Coffs (formerly Coffs Ex-Services Club) celebrates its 70th anniversary of what is known today as the C.ex Group. While the world may have changed over this time, the commitment and core focus of the C.ex Group has not – it exists for the community. C.ex Group is celebrating the diverse stories of its’ members, the values that they share and the history that has been created. Their 70th Anniversary Gala Ball will be held tonight to commemorate this momentous achievement, celebrating the vision, hard work and dedication of board members, managers and staff past and present and will be a highlight of 2019 for the C.ex Group. The club has also undertaken major renovations this year with construction scheduled for completion within the next month. The renovations will provide the club with a new foyer and reception area in Vernon Street and four new dining options including a steakhouse restaurant, tapas kitchen & rooftop bar, Italian restaurant and an Italian café. With relevance being an important priority for the club to ensure a successful future, these renovations will provide C.ex Coffs with an exciting point of differences, operating the first rooftop bar on the Coffs Coast!

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The future of ATMs in pubs and clubs

The future of ATMs in pubs and clubs



The role of the ATM is changing with society’s diminished requirement for cash, and the increase in the use of mobile and digital payments. As a result, worldwide innovation is occurring, changing the face of the ATM. However, how ATMs develop in pubs and clubs could differ. There are signs that modern venues are becoming one stop entertainment and lifestyle destinations, with sporting facilities, entertainment offerings, bars and restaurants, and shopping as well as gaming. Could it be that ATMs in pubs and clubs evolve to serve a broader purpose than just cash access? As digital payments become more commonplace right across the globe, there is some speculation that cash will disappear from society as soon as 2025. The RBA states that Australian consumers are using electronic payments in preference to cash for many transactions, however, it looks as though there will still be a role for cash in the future, albeit a niche one. So what does this trend mean for the future of ATMs?

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Ainsworth Appoints Lawrence Levy as Chief Executive Officer

Ainsworth Appoints Lawrence Levy as Chief Executive Officer



Lawrence Levy was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Ainsworth Game Technology Limited on 1 July, 2019 subject to necessary regulatory approvals. Prior to this appointment, Mr Levy has held senior positions within the gaming industry over a successful career spanning 37 years. His industry experience comprises of all areas in casino operations, sales and management; living and working in 19 countries across Europe, North and East Africa, Latin America, ex-Russian states and now Australia. Most recently, he held the position of Vice President Global Sales for Novomatic AG Austria. Commenting on his appointment, Ainsworth CEO, Mr Lawrence Levy said “I am both delighted and motivated to be given the opportunity to guide Ainsworth, a world-renowned provider of gaming technology, into its next phase of development. The legacy that Len Ainsworth and Danny Gladstone built is a great platform for me to start from. I am confident that my years in this industry, both as operator and supplier, will serve to support the innovations and developments needed to further grow our market share worldwide.”

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A series of unfortunate circumstances

A series of unfortunate circumstances



For some months now we have seen data published that reflects a growing hotel gaming market and a contracting club gaming market. Other data suggests that the net position of the clubs overall is almost neutral. The harsh reality of the neutral club growth net position is that clubs with revenue growth are effectively taking market share from other clubs. We have also been reporting observations of changing participation in gaming through our Inflection Point articles where Terry O’Halloran is analysed participation rates of various market segments. That insight shows an alarming decline in participation in the core club gaming market in the 50 to 69 year age group with an increasing reliance on the over 70 demographic. This is a reflection of ageing population not being supplemented with younger people participating in club gaming activities.

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Beer line cleaning best practice - what

Beer line cleaning best practice - what's best?



How well do current beer line cleaning best practices stack up? Are these best practices due for review? Every publican knows that a clean beer system, with proper procedures in place, is a requirement to serve great beer. The general thinking is a weekly or fortnightly line clean is the only way to go, and these ‘best practices’ have been drummed in to the minds of cellar managers everywhere for decades. But just how well do these practices stack up? With preventative technologies and new ways to maintain your beer system, is a change of best practice needed?

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Trekking Kokoda to raise funds for Mental Health Awareness

Trekking Kokoda to raise funds for Mental Health Awareness



Having been an employee of Club Plus for nearly 6 years and being fortunate enough to be involved with clubs across the state that have supported so many great causes, I have reflected on what ways I could make a contribution. The synergies between what Club Plus offers with income protection to staff, the fantastic work clubs do for those less fortunate, my resolve to play some part and the relentless work and contribution our ADF personnel make has led me to take on what is said to be a massive mental and physical challenge, The Kokoda Trek. Through the RSL & Services Clubs Association's Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge, I will head off to Kokoda and spend 10 days experiencing a small part of what our diggers lived through for nearly 4 months in 1942 at a cost of over 2,000 Australian lives and more than 3,000 injured.

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