Harden Country Club General Manager Chris Longbottom has only been in his position at the club for just over three months, but has already settled into the Harden Murrumburrah community, and is looking forward to the challenges his position poses.
"We have been working closely with the NSW Government Licencing Sargeant to ensure that the club offers a safe environment for our customers." Mr Longbottom said.
"He has alerted us to some concerns that could impact on us as a club being compliant with the law, and we are now taking steps to ensure that these concerns are dealt with as quickly as possible, before the new club is up and running."
Liquor and Gaming NSW laws state that if a person wishes to enter a club, and they live within 5km of that club, they must be a club member.
Visitors may attend a club up to three times a year, signed in by, and accompanied by a club member; or they must reside over 5km away from the club.
"We are doing this (enforcing membership) for the right reasons." Mr Longbottom said.
"We value our members and are offering many incentives for people to enjoy their memberships, such as a 10% discount on food and cheaper drinks. We also offer a courtesy bus and will shortly be offering members-only functions."
The Country Club has recently installed a new $40 000 POS membership system to make the changes easier for members, and will, in time, employ security for the larger functions.
"Harden Country Club needs to become a 'venue of choice', and we will do this by building the products and services we offer our members." Mr Longbottom said.
"A brand new feature at the club is a 'Mobi2go' ordering App, allowing members to order their meals, either sit-down or takeaway over a simple app on their phones. They can order, pay and simply pick up their meal when it is ready, or pre-order and have their meal ready when they arrive at the club. This feature should be up and running next week."
The club restaurant is currently open on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from 5pm to 8pm; and Sunday lunch from 11am to 2pm.
"The Harden Country Club is a community asset, and as such, we want to be here for the community." Mr Longbottom said.
"We have to be compliant with the law, and we have to start now before the new club is built. We have a wonderful opportunity with the new club to be completely transparent with the community, and as a not-for-profit organisation, to give back to the community in a very real way. "