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Several clubs have contacted the office in regards to the newly announced “JobKeeper Payment”
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Some clubs may be eligible to receive assistance for their paid workers for example Greenkeepers, Club Manager, Bar Staff Etc.
Updates from Bowls SA CEO Mark Easton will be posted below and in the News Archive.
An update from Bowls SA in regards to Member Club AGM’s
Thursday, March 26 2020
With the recent restrictions placed on our venues by Government due to COVID-19 and the inability to hold gatherings of more that 10 people.
Bowls SA’s previous correspondence suggets, where possible, Clubs endeavour to meet legislative requirements by administering your Annual General Meeting electronically. This is outlined in the below correspondence.
For Clubs wishing to postpone their Annual General Meetings due to these restrictions; this can be done by administering the following guidelines. Postponement may also provide suitable time to administer electronic arrangements.
Postponing AGM Guidelines;
- You can postpone your AGM for up to six months. SA Consumer and Business Services (CBS) will take no action for six months for such postponement. See https://www.cbs.sa.gov.au/news/information-associations – If the need for a postponement continues past this time you can formally write to CBS and seek a further postponement or extension.
- You should continue to prepare your financial statements for the relevant financial year and have them audited as you normally would.
- Advise all your members of the postponement and send out the audited financial statements to the members. By doing this when the AGM is held it will be a formality to approve the financials.
Clubs can hold their respective AGM’s electronically within the timeframe, including any postponement, in accordance with the Act and Member Club constitution. A consideration to determine proceeding with any meetings electronically includes, but not limited to, SKYPE, ZOOM, FACEBOOK LIVE or via teleconference service.
Member Clubs can utilise Bowls SA teleconference service “Zoom”, at no financial cost to the club. Zoom will enable Member Clubs to hold a meeting electronically via voice or video, this can be enabled through Computers, Android or ISO products, and telephone.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with all your AGM details including date, time and main contact. We will then set up the meeting for you and supply the log in details closer to the date.
Bowls SA acknowledges that this is a challenging periodfor all and the Bowls SA Administration is endeavouring to take a ‘business asusual’ approach. With the Bowls SA administration Head Office currently beingunnattended and staff working remotely, please send any enquiries to email@example.com or byphoning (08) 8234 7544 please allow a response time of up to 1 business day.
– The Team at Bowls SA
| An update from Bowls SA CEO, Mark Easton|
Thursday, March 26 2020
I write to provide you with an update for Bowls South Australia as we try and navigate our way through some pretty uncertain times for the game in South Australia and Nationally. I hope that you are managing the current situation and I can assure you all that my team are happy to provide support when and where required to assist you in your roles.
Government have and will continue to implement measures to manage the spread of COVID-19. As a game, we are following these developments, and as such continue to endorse the suspension of all Bowls related activities. Regular meetings are taking place between State and Territory Associations, Bowls Australia and relevant government authorities to ensure we have the latest information at hand.
From a State perspective, I can assure that we have and continue to make decisions in the best interest of the game. More importantly we are focused on returning to play when permitted. Bowls SA staff have modelled a range of scenarios for return to play and if permitted we are very confident that we can manage the upcoming season accordingly.
We have acted swiftly to review expenses and manage the business. This has resulted in a decision that from 27th March 2020 there will be a restriction on any individual entering the Bowls SA Administration. This has provided the opportunity in some capacity for Staff to continue their Employment remotely in a reduced capacity in addition to exercising various leave and Government entitlements. During this unprecedented time, contact for Bowls SA Administration will be limited to firstname.lastname@example.org or by leaving a message on 8234 7544, our endeavour is to respond within 2 business days.
From a club perspective, Bowls SA has been providing regular information to enable legislative requirements such as conducting an Annual General Meeting to be met along with an important financial impact survey to assist us with advocacy for and on behalf of the Sport. As many of you have already done, it is suggested that you contact your local government authority to discuss a freeze on venue related expenses including but not limited to rent/ground maintenance/water and electricity. If you would like to discuss further please do not hesitate to contact the Staff here at Bowls SA.
Please stay safe.
Chief Executive Officer
Wednesday, 25th March, 2020
IMPORTANT NOTICE – CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
OPEN LETTER TO ALL MEMBERS
Cancellation of Bowls SA Event Competitions
Following on from the Memo distributed on Tuesday 17th March titled Suspension of Bowls SA Event Competitions, the Administration of Bowls South Australia (Bowls SA) has been continuously monitoring the environment surrounding our capacity to deliver events.
Advice received from the Government and Bowls Australia in regards to holding events has not be taken lightly from Bowls SA, and as of a result we have decided to officially cancel the following events for the 2019/20 season:
MGA Women’s Country Carnival
State Multi Disability Singles
Alexandrina Senior Supa Series & Bowls Fest
FiveAA Regional and State Night Owls Finals
Berri Barmera Senior Supa Series & Bowls Fest
Australian Indoor Championships Qualifying
Secondary School Championships
Bowls SA Awards Night
This is a result of ongoing restrictions, logistical and timing issues that will not create environments for these events to begin or be postponed to an alternate time.
With regards to the entry fees received for Women’s Country Carnival and State Multi Disability Singles, full refunds will be issued. Bowls SA staff will work through administering these refunds in a timely manner, Bowls SA ask for your patience throughout this period. Refunds processed online will be refunded back onto the credit card that the payment was taken on. If you or your club paid via EFT transfer, Cash or other methods which were not automatic through the system, Bowls SA will contact one person from each entry to arrange a refund into the appropriate account.
Bowls SA still has a desire to complete the 2019/20 Champions Week as this event has conducted multiple qualifying events to progress to the point it has, whilst also being a pathway event to Bowls Australia’s Australian Championships, which are yet to be postponed. Whilst the completion of this event is still not feasible in the current environment, Bowls SA has implemented a contingency week from August 29 – September 6, 2020 for this event to be played. We will be in touch with the membership in regards to the new dates in the lead up which will still be subject to direction from the State and Federal Government and Bowls Australia.
Once again we thank you all for the patience during these tough times during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Bowls SA at email@example.com or 8234 7544.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE from Bowls SA CEO
Tuesday 17th March
In considering the COVID-19 impact on the Bowls community across Australia, Bowls South Australia notes that our sport’s national governing body, Bowls Australia (BA) today issued a Circular, which provides an update on the latest COVID-19 developments in addition to previously providing Guidelines for participants to follow when participating in Bowls activities.
Bowls SA also notes that the Bowls Australia Circular acknowledges each Pennant Competition Administrator will also need to consider and respond to local factors and circumstances to postpone Pennant competition until further notice. It is acknowledged that several Associations and Clubs have already completed their respective season or alternatively closed their facilities.
Having considered the announcement by Bowls Australia and the latest advice from the Federal Government, Bowls South Australia advises all clubs and associations that, effective immediately, it is suspending all scheduled fixtures in the following Bowls South Australia administered competitions, programs and events until further notice.
- MGA Women’s Country Carnival March 30th – April 5th
- Alexandrina Senior Supa Series April 6th – 8th
- Prestige Medley April 18th – 19th
- Champions week April 26th – May 3rd
- Bowls SA Awards night May 22nd
- Regional & State Fiveaa Night Owl Finals, Mallala 18 March – Semaphore 24 March- Toorak Burnside 24 March- Victor Harbor 25 March- Salisbury 25 March- Ascot Park 31 March- Ascot Park 5 April
- Berri Barmera Senior Supa Series May 4th & 5th
- All State events inclusive of remaining Champion of Champion matches, State Multi-Disability & Australian Indoor Qualifying
- All Elite program trainings inclusive of Under 18, development, state training squads & elite squad trials
Entry Fees for all events that have yet to commence will be refunded in full. Bowls SA ask for your patience as we administer this process.
This decision to postpone has taken into account the impact of the playing matches behind closed doors, the availability of teams, officials, volunteers as well as feedback and input from players, club and association officials in relation to what is appropriate for their respective broader Bowls community.
In addition, it is the recommendation of Bowls SA that all Clubs’ and Associations’ training and social events should also be suspended for this period of time.
Bowls South Australia intends to use the period of postponement to further consult with its clubs and associations, health experts, government and the Bowls in Australia national framework.
Please be advised that at this point in time above competitions and events are suspended and not cancelled. We will consider potential options to reactivate our competitions, including reformatting or extending scheduled seasons as we are better informed and placed to make those decisions.
Where possible Bowls SA is looking to reduce face to face contact with groups of people. This will also impact the delivery of proposed Club development workshops, training centre courses, coaching courses and committee meetings. Bowls SA will attempt to provide electronic training resources for clubs and members throughout this difficult time.
Bowls SA will continue to inform all stakeholders of further developments, in this every changing environment.
Chief Executive Officer
IMPORTANT INFORMATION – CORONAVIRUS
IMPORTANT NOTICE – CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
Friday 13th March
On behalf of Bowls SA, I want to reassure our Members, Athletes, Associations and Clubs that we are closely monitoring the Coronavirus situation and possible impact on our people.
As the situation is constantly evolving, the most up to date advice and information pertaining to the virus can be found at the AIS webpage, dedicated to providing evidence based, real time advice in a number of areas, including travelling to sporting events, athletes arriving or returning to Australia, and FAQ’s relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
The website also links to other sources of information including the Australian Government Department of Health and WHO situation reports.
In addition to this information, we ask all Administrators, Participants, Members, Coaches, Officials and staff to follow these further guidelines in order to keep the Lawn Bowling community as healthy as possible during this period of time. We request that you don’t attend Bowls Events or Meetings if;
- You have been in any of the declared zones in the past two weeks (check here and include high / moderate risk zones)
- Have been in contact with anyone who has been travelling in those zones, or concerned you have been in contact with anyone that has Coronavirus
- Have the slightest sniffle, cold etc.
If in any doubt, please err on the side of caution as much as possible.
In addition, Bowls SA asks everyone to practice high levels of hygiene health (washing hands, sanitizer etc) which are widely considered by health experts to be key to disease prevention and management. We also ask that we avoid physical contact (shaking hands etc). We want to circumvent as much as possible a situation where we can spread any virus, or one where we have high numbers of people needing to isolate at the same time.
In regards to the Women’s Country Carnival, Alexandrina Senior Supa Series, Prestige Medley and Champions Week in April, we understand that people have or are needing to make travel arrangements. At this stage we are following government advice and continue to plan for these events to run as normal.
Bowls SA will continue to closely monitor the situation and we will provide updates on any status changes relating to these events, with athlete and visitor welfare and safety at the forefront of our considerations.
Keeping our community healthy over the next few months is paramount, whilst it is an uncertain time, Bowls SA will look to take a conservative approach in this matter and are working closely with our medical experts and organisations to ensure that we have the latest information to share with our community.
I thank everyone in advance and Bowls SA will continue to provide information as it comes to hand.
Chief Executive Officer