“Due to the COVID-19 restrictions and in order that we comply with our COVID-Safe plan, the committee has been considering how we can cater for a maximum number of patrons without breaching the guidelines.
We are allowed 45 people in the pool room, but as they need to be seated, we can only cater for 16 -18 patrons. On the last two Thursday and Friday nights we have had issues with patrons leaving because they can’t get a seat.
Therefore, your committee has decided that we will dismantle and remove the Snooker table at the Eastern side of the hall. We will fill that space with tables and chairs. That will allow us to seat a capacity gathering.
Members and patrons who don’t necessarily want a meal can therefore be seated and have a drink and socialize. The Dining Room will not be affected.
We have made every attempt to sell the Snooker table, offer it to another charity, including RSL’s without luck.
To dismantle and store the table is cost prohibitive.
A Western suburbs pool hall operator has offered to dismantle and remove it without charge. It will therefore be fully recommissioned and in use, a far better option that letting it deteriorate in a storage facility.
We have agreed to that option and the work will take place shortly.
We understand that this will be cause some concern from some of our Snooker players, but we need to keep the Club financially viable by optimizing the use of unused space. It will also enhance our Function capabilities.