This is a devastating time for the state’s club industry, its 3.5 million members, and the 63,000 people who rely on clubs to make a living.

Clubs across NSW are in the process of communicating with their employees on what the federal government’s shutdown means for them.

As is the case in the broader community, we expect many employees will be stood down for an extended period of time.

Our thoughts are with them today.

Clubs have been an intrinsic part of this country’s social fabric for over 100 years.

The industry played a pivotal role leading communities through the recent bushfire crisis and the drought – in the same way clubs have supported returned servicemen and women since World War 1.

Each year, clubs provide upwards of $120 million to a variety of worthy charitable, community and sporting groups, enriching local life and making NSW a better place to live.

ClubsNSW’ focus for the foreseeable future is ensuring that, when the shutdown is lifted, the industry can resume trading, remain viable and continue making our communities better places to live and work.

We encourage club members to look out for each other in the months ahead, albeit remotely.

We are acutely aware that for many people, clubs provide them with their primary social outlet.

Our message to club members and employees is – look after yourselves and if you need to talk to someone, call a family member or friend, or failing that contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

There are tough days ahead, but we will get through this, and when it’s safe to do so, your local club will be there for you and the broader community – just as we’ve done for more than a century.

Clubs NSW

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