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Summary of February 2021 Hobart Real Tennis Committee Meeting 

To all members of the Hobart Real Tennis Club,

The Committee held a meeting on 4th February 2021, attended by all members and the head Pro, and the following is a summary of key outcomes. 

  1. A contract extension until February 2022 for the Head Pro has been executed. It is intended that a new longer term (eg five years) contract will be agreed well before the termination of the current contract.  This will be developed in conjunction with the recruitment and appointment of an Assistant Professional – details of which are well progressed.
  2. The Committee approved an updated Committee Charter, which sets out the role of the Committee and how it should conduct itself. A copy of the Charter is being placed on the Club Website under the "Policies" section.
  3. A number of Sub-Committees are being established. The purpose of these sub-Committees is to provide a way of involving club members as a valuable and valued resource in progressing Club priorities.  Interested and suitable equipped Club members are encouraged to contact Sub-Committee Chairs or Brett to indicate where they are able to help out. Current status of Sub-Committees are:
  • Tennis: Nick Rooke (Chair), Becca Lunnon and Will Priestley members
  • Finance and Risk: Hans Drielsma (Chair), Mark Kelleher and Phil Bowe members
  • Events: Janet Thorp (Chair), Mary McArthur member
  • Building: David Hooke (Chair)
  • Member and Marketing: Stuart Mitchell
  • Bequests, Funding and Grants: to be determined
           Brett McFarlane participates in all sub-Committees.
  1. The Committee approved entering into an agreement with the Hobart City Council to receive a grant of $12,200 to contribute to the replacement of the current court lights with LED lighting. The project should result in significant annual savings (potentially $8,000 pa) in future energy costs. Overall lighting outcomes will ensure compliance with Australian Standards and which will be similar to that experienced at the Melbourne Club. The overall outcome is likely to be somewhat brighter that our current lighting so some further refinements of the installation design will be undertaken over coming months to minimise transition impacts.
  2. The Committee approved appointments of a number of statutory positions, these being:
  • Club Licensee: John Moores
  • Club Safety Officer: John Moores
  • Public Officer: Mark Kelleher
  • Covid-19 Safety Officer: Ray Brown
  1. The Committee reviewed a draft of the Club’s Strategic Plan, which has been in development for some time.  Following input from Committee members over the coming month, an updated draft will be provided to Club members for feedback.  The strategic plan’s purpose will be to articulate overall what we are aiming the Club to be, describing the key features of this, and outlining the key priorities for the near term that will progress our achievement of the main objectives. The current draft emphasises the importance of being an inclusive, welcoming Club, that is financially secure, and which looks after its heritage and history.
  2. As was flagged in the previous Summary to Members, we have now settled on a date for a Friday Night Drinks Event, which will be aimed at providing an opportunity for club members to meet with the new Committee.  This date happily coincides with a visit from a team from the Sydney Real Tennis Club who will be in town for a match against us.  The event will be at the Club on from 5.00pm on Friday 26th February and all members are encouraged to attend.
Members are welcome to email any ideas, issues or concerns to the Committee, either to the President ( or the Secretary ( in the first instance.

Ray Brown, President 


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