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Abbeyfield Garran Inc ACT Children’s Week Committee ACT Early Childhood Inc ACT Churches’ Council Christian Education in Schools Account ACT Deafness Resource Centre Inc ACT Reserve Forces Day Council ACT Right to Life Association ACT TPI Association Inc ACT Wizard League Adoptive Families Association (ACT) Inc Asthma Foundation ACT Australian Church Women Inc Act Unit Australian Rostrum ACT Dias National Australian Family Association Australia-Thailand Association Better Hearing Australia Canberra Inc Family Life Centre ACT Blind Citizens Canberra ACT Branch Blindness Australia Pty Ltd BTAA (Brain Tumour Alliance Australia) SupportLink CASS CICADA ACT Inc Canberra Brass Inc Canberra College of Piping and Drumming Inc2017 Canberra WINTER Men’s Choir Special Children’s Christmas Party Capital Healing Rooms Inc Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Canberra Armed Services Catholic Diocese Revenue Fund Chifley Pre School Association Inc City of Queanbeyan Pipes and Drums St James Uniting Church Curtin The Epilepsy Association ACT Faith and Light Canberra Friends of Brain Injured Children Inc Hackett Preschool Parents Assocation Inc Hartley Lifecare Inner North Playschool Inc Lara Jean Association Inc Les Explorateurs Scout Group Menslink Catholic Archdiocese of Canberra & Goulburn National Council of Women ACT Inc Onward Stroke Club Pain Support ACT Inc PPSEAWA ACT Inc Parkinson’s ACT People With Disabilities ACT Post and Antenatal Depression Support and Information Inc Prostate Cancer Support Group-ACT Region Inc RSI and Overuse Injury Association of the ACT Scout Association of Australia ACT Branch Stromlo Forest Scout Group Serra Club of Canberra Sleep Apnoea Association Inc Solace ACT Inc The Compassionate Friends The Heart and Soul Singers Tuggeranong 55 Plus Club Inc ariety the Children’s Charity NSW Weston Creek Community Band Woden Seniors Inc Woodcraft Guild ACT Inc Achilles Running Club Canberra ACT Down Syndrome Association ACT Little Athletics ACT Rescue and Foster ANU Film Group Arawang Primary School P&C Arthritis Foundation of the ACT Australian Breastfeeding Association Lake George Region Belconnen Tennis Club Belsouth Football Club Bonython Primary P&C Bosom Buddies Canberra All Breeds Kennel Club Inc Canberra and Region Multiple Birth Association Canberra Bilbys Triathlon Club Canberra Bridge Club Canberra Jazz Club Canberra Kambah Lions Club Canberra Montessori School Canberra Roller Derby League Canberra Southern Cross Travel Club Canberra Yacht Club CanTeen ACT and Southern NSW Capital Lakes Rowing Club Capital Petanque Carers ACT Cerebral Palsy Alliance ACT Citizens’ Climate Lobby Canberra Cystic Fibrosis ACT Deanne Calisthenics Club Emmaus Christian School Canberra Epilepsy ACT Forrest Mens Shed Friends of the Aranda Bushland Inc Garran Primary School P&C Garran Scout Group Gearys Gap Pony Club Gordon Preschool Parents Association Gordon Primary School P&C Gowrie Primary School P&C Greening Australia – Capital Region Haemophilia Foundation ACT Inc Hawker Primary P&C Kama Scout Group Karinya House Knitted Knockers Australia L’Arche Genesaret Canberra Les Explorateurs Scout Group Leukaemia Foundation ACT Louisa Domestic Violence Service Lyons Early Childhood School Community Association Macquarie Primary School Malkara Specialist School Maribyrnong Primary School P&C Marist College Canberra Cricket Club Marist College Canberra Rowing Club Marymead Namadgi School P&C Nordek Waterpolo NTA East Indonesia Aid Oncology Massage Limited Orange Sky Laundry OzHarvest Canberra Radio 1RPH Rebels Baseball Red Frogs Canberra Royal Society for the Blind Canberra Rugby Union Club Sleep Apnoea Association Inc Southern Cross Darts Southern Cross Social Dancing South Tuggeranong Knights Rugby League Football Club Spiral Group St Anthony’s Parish Primary P&F St John Ambulance ACT St Vincent de Paul Society – Canberra/Goulburn Taylor Primary P&C Technical Aid to the Disabled ACT Telopea Park High School Reunion Group Tennis Seniors ACT The Compassionate Friends ACT & Queanbeyan The Heart and Soul Singers The Valley Bridge Club Torrens Preschool Triathlon ACT Tuggeranong Hawks Tuggeranong Lions Junior AFL Club Tuggeranong Southern Cross Basketball Club Valley Dragons Masters Wanniassa Hills Primary School P&C Wanniassa School P&C Western District Junior Rugby Union Club Western Districts Hockey Club Weston Creek Tennis Club Weston Valley Archery Club Wests Social Golf Club Jamison Woden Blues AFC Woden-Weston Football Club YMCA of Canberra Runners Club





Dear Member The next twelve months will be important for the long term future of your Club. We are undertaking major programs, as part of our diversification, to ensure we remain relevant to our community. A major refurbishment of our Woden flagship venue has already commenced. You’ll start to see the ground floor transform into what we think will be Canberra’s best hospitality venue. This project has been in planning for two years. In that time we’ve spoken to you, our Members, to make sure we deliver an outcome that retains the best of what we have, and then adds a contemporary feel to areas you’ve told us need to be updated. You can read more about these plans on page 14 of this magazine. You may have also noticed the speed with which our new health and wellness centre has been built. ‘Stellar Canberra’, on the corner of Yamba Drive and Launceston Street, will open early next year. The centre features five levels of health and wellness services, including an indoor warm water pool for learn to swim classes, aquacise and aqua Zumba, plus hydro rehab services. There will be time set aside each week for free use of the pool for Southern Cross Health Club Members. The centre will be home to some of Canberra’s best allied health practitioners, a 24 hour Gym and a full floor of group exercise spaces, and a women’s only gym space, operated by Southern Cross Health Club.

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We’ll also be running a cafe at Stellar Canberra and there will be a childcare centre operated by experienced national childcare operator Kids Club. We have also launched our ‘We love our Community’ campaign which you’ll see throughout the venues. We think it’s important to remind Canberrans what a vital role Clubs play in the community fabric of our great city. We support over 350 community groups each year with over $1.5 million in funding. You’ll find some of the stories about how we help your community in this magazine. Finally, as an employer or over 500 wonderful staff, please raise a glass, cup or barbell to them next time you’re in one of our Clubs or Gyms. Without our employees we can’t exist, and their loyalty and passion is what makes your Club great. Regards


Ian Mackay CEO


Community Rewards News..............................4 Family Fun Day .....................................................6 Community Grants .............................................8 Community Sports & Welfare ....................... 10 Introducing Stellar Canberra ........................ 12 News Around the Club ................................... 14 Gig Guide............................................................. 18 Winter Promotions ........................................... 20

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Two years on from the launch of the Community Rewards Program, the generosity and support of Members is going from strength to strength. With over $420,000 donated back to the 101 Community Rewards groups currently listed, it’s safe to say that this program is making a big difference to a wide range of people in our local community. Kirsten Price is the President of the Gordon Preschool Parents Association (GPPA), one of the 20 schools currently participating in the Community Rewards Program. “With the support of the Southern Cross Club Community Rewards Program, we have been able to purchase new outdoor equipment resulting in safer play, new activities and inclusion for our additional needs students,” she said. Charities form another big part of the Community Rewards program with funds allowing groups like Marymead to expand their services.

“As we continue to work with children, young people, and their families to address the complex issues that surround them and affect their lives, the continuous donation provided from the Community Rewards Program is greatly appreciated,” said Marymead Unit Manager, Jeff Griffiths. If you haven’t already selected a group, joining the program is easy. Simply ask the receptionist at your local Southern Cross Club to connect your membership card to your chosen group, or head to to sign up online. With 10 cents of every dollar you spend on food and beverage in the Club going back to your chosen group, it’s never been so easy to make a difference while you dine.


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One of the 101 groups you can support through the Community Rewards Program is Karinya House. Karinya House has been providing valuable support for vulnerable and at risk pregnant and parenting women in the Canberra community since 1997. From supported accommodation and transitional housing, to support groups, Karinya House is often the first port of call for expectant women or mothers who find themselves in difficult or unexpected personal circumstances. “This year, the members of the Canberra Southern Cross Club, through their innovative Community Rewards program have, with us, supported over 300 women in our community, and their babies, as well as their toddlers and partners on occasion. 6

We thank you for sharing in our purpose of supporting vulnerable pregnant and parenting women in our community.” said Marie-Louise Corkhill, Executive Director. Since Karinya House was established, they have provided residential and outreach support to over 5,500 at risk women. Katie is one mum whose life has been changed by Karinya House. “Words can’t describe just how much Karinya did for me. Because of Karinya’s support I finished my degree, and I’m now a qualified primary school teacher. I love my job and look forward to going to work each day.” You can support Karinya House, or another group of your choice, by linking them to your membership card, so that we can donate 10% of your food and beverage spend to that group. Find out more:





COMMUNITY GRANTS Community Grants Program is the Club’s oldest giving program. Originally titled ‘Charitable Donations’, the first recorded list of community recipients was shared with our Members in the Annual Report of 1977.

This past financial year we provided funding to eighty local community groups, including the Friends of Brain Injured Children (FBIC).

In 1998, the Community Grants program emerged in it’s current form, and today we continue to assist not-for-profit groups and charities to make their valuable contributions to the Canberra community and surrounding districts, by providing funding of between $200 and $2,500.

Sirla Jafri, treasurer of FBIC said, “Funding will assist the Friends of Brain Injured Children with building its capacity to support more families this year.”

The aim of our grants support is to provide assistance to local community-based organisations which make a valuable contribution to Canberra and its region. 8

“We now have over fifty-five children in our group with varying disabilities, all of whom require intensive therapy to improve their condition. The number of children registered with us continues to grow as more parents seek therapy based on neuroscience for their injured children.”

Some items from our archives. Far left, the cover of our Member Magazine from 1977, with a much smaller Woden venue. Below left, the list of the first ‘Charitable Donations’ made by the Club in 1977. You might notice that we had just 9,000 members in 1977, and the tone and language in the magazine is quite different to today! We charged 10 cents a copy back in 1977 too. Below right, members of the Heart and Soul Singers, a singing group for over 50s, who were recipients of a Community Grant in 2016.

Another recipient of our grant program is the ACT Children’s Week Committee, an organisation that celebrates childhood and young people, while valuing their unique culture and situation. They also assist in the organisation of local activities that support and involve children, young people, their families, and all who care for them. President of the ACT Children’s Week Committee, Narelle Hargreaves said, “The sponsorship by the Southern Cross Club is highly significant to the success of the Launch and Awards Ceremony each year. I would like to express our sincere appreciation for the ongoing support you give to us.”

It is interesting to see that some of Canberra’s long running community groups such as Lifeline, the Pregnancy Support Service, and Malkara Specialist School are still supported by the Club’s giving programs to this very day. We support local events and activities that benefit the Canberra community as a whole, and we hope to continue for another 40 years! The CSCC Community Grants program has an annual application cycle. Submissions for this year’s Community Grants have already closed, with applications for 2018 opening in January. 9


The Southern Cross Club has long been a strong partner of local sporting clubs because of the many benefits that sport provides. Whether it’s through teaching children the value of teamwork as they work together to score a try, reaching fitness goals through dedicated training, coaching someone to do their best, or cheering on a favourite team, sport has a special place in the Canberra Southern Cross Club community. “At Canberra Royals Rugby Club we use the generous sponsorship from the Canberra Southern Cross Club towards the purchase of jerseys that our six grades wear each week on the field,” said Craig McMahon from Royals Rugby. “In addition to this, having the Woden club as our base for social functions enables our players to feel they have a ‘home’ venue to socialise in.” 10

Robert and Tom Shakespeare from Royals Rugby Club

Volunteers Norm Sawyer and Justine Curnow from Vinnies Night Patrol

COMMUNITY WELFARE The Canberra Southern Cross Club Community Welfare Program provides assistance to local community based organisations, who support those most in need in our Community. For over 20 years, the Canberra Southern Cross Club has been supporting groups such as the St Vincent de Paul Society, the Red Cross Road House program, Woden Youth Centre and Palliative Care ACT with donations of food, including hot meals, sandwiches and healthy snacks. “Our commercial kitchens and highly qualified chefs put us in a great position to help these groups with donations of prepared food – a necessity that is often taken for granted,” said Club Vice President Kim Marshall.

“We provide meals to groups who are best placed to distribute them to those who most need it,” she said. Hayden Page, team leader of Youth Engagement at the Woden Youth Centre told Members Magazine, “The catering support that the Southern Cross Club provides to the vulnerable young people that access the Woden Youth Centre for dinner every Friday night, ensures that some of Woden’s most disadvantaged young people have at least one hot, balanced meal every week.” And that is worth more than money.


INTRODUCING STELLAR CANBERRA! We’re building Canberra’s best Health and Wellness Centre. We’re bringing together a stellar array of health and wellness professionals who will operate at the centre, working together to create a unique offer to all Canberrans, with our goal being to create a healthier community. On the Ground Floor there’s the 90 space ‘Kids Club’ Childcare Centre, a healthy eating café and our indoor Warm Water Program Pool specialising in aqua fitness, learn to swim programs, water safety programs and hydrotherapy rehabilitation. There will be plenty of time set aside each week for Southern Cross Health Club members to use the pool at their leisure. The Warm Water Program Pool is 16.9 metres and goes from 1.05m to 1.2 metres in depth. The pool has easy accessibility, safety and rehabilitation in mind. It features a wheelchair ramp and will be heated to around 32 degrees. 12

Kids Club will also operate a short term care room for Gym members wishing to use the Gym, Group Exercise or pool facilities while knowing their children are being cared for. Our new 24 hour Gym takes up the whole first floor. It will have the latest equipment and great facilities to match. The second floor has been custom built for Group Fitness. There are three distinct ‘Group Ex’ rooms for Cycle, Aerobics and Dance Fitness, and Circuit Training. This floor will be managed by Southern Cross Health Club, with our popular full service group exercise program moving from our existing location at the old Yamba Club in Irving Street, Phillip. There’s also a Women’s Only Gym on the second floor. In our feedback sessions with members, this was something you said was important, so we can promise it will be a room with a great view over Woden.

Artist’s impression of Stellar Canberra (above left) and drone view of the building taking shape (above)

The third and fourth floors are dedicated to Allied Health practitioners. We anticipate welcoming Canberra’s best physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, podiatrists, nutritionists and more to Stellar to offer you the best health and wellness advice and services under the one roof. “This building is an exciting investment in our community and is part of our drive to provide better health services as a leader in the Canberra community,” said Southern Cross Health Club General Manager, Mark La Brooy. “Stellar Canberra will offer a complete health and wellness package, helping you stay as fit and healthy as you can be.”

Stellar is due to open on 1 March 2018. Details of membership rates along with pre-release offers for CSCC and Southern Cross Health Club Members for childcare, learn to swim and aqua exercise programs will be released in October. Current Members of Southern Cross Health Club, and those who join our existing Gym before September 30, 2017 are guaranteed there will be no price increase on their current rates until August 2018.




Stage 1 Renovation If you’ve been to the Woden club, you will have noticed that Stage 1 of our long awaited renovations has commenced. The foyer is undergoing an upgrade, with a new ticketing area and reimagined reception and lounge area, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Artist’s impression of new Woden Reception area (below) with a much more open design.


Taste of the Hunter Valley The next stop on Woden’s culinary exploration of Australia is the Hunter Valley on Friday 15 September. Enjoy five flavour filled courses for just $65 per person, with a matched wine package available for an additional $25 per person. 6pm Friday 15 September. Book your spot online at or call 6283 7200.



Watch NFL at Tuggeranong Are you a NFL fan? Enjoy the action from the comfort of the Sports Bar with wings, dogs and chilli fries available on game days.

Tuggeranong Perigord Truffle Dinner Inspired by the cuisine of the Perigord region in France which is famous for its truffles, this classic five course dinner highlights the cuisine of the region and the taste and flavour of the ‘black gold’. $70 per person, Friday 28 July. Book online at or call 6293 7200.

Oatley Wine Dinner Stay tuned for the release of the menu and tickets for the Oatley Wine dinner, featuring Rymill Wines from the Coonawarra. The dishes will be matched to a range of Rymill handcrafted wines known for their finesse, power and balance. $85 per person, Thursday 21 September. Book online at or call 6293 7200.

MV Southern Cross Refurbishment The MV Southern Cross will be out of the water from 21 August to 15 September as it undergoes engine maintenance and a refurbishment.




Jamison Renovations Jamison’s extensions (below) are well underway, with Anytime Fitness Jamison expected to move into the venue in August. Anytime Fitness members will enjoy a bigger and better venue with a range of new equipment.

Free Jazz at Jamison Our monthly free Jazz sessions continue with Dr Jawbone & the Restless Souls playing on Sunday 13 August, Captain Bob’s Station House Seven on Sunday 10 September, and newcomer Parlour Social on Sunday 8 October. Free, from 1pm.

Wines of Australia Dinner Sample the food and wine from Australia’s best wine making districts over five fabulous courses at Jamison. $75 per person, Friday 25 August. Book online or call 6251 2255.

Looking to hold an event? Southern X Stromlo is one of Canberra’s most unique and picturesque venues, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the beautiful Brindabella Ranges (pictured right) and a menu designed by the Yacht Club’s award winning Executive Chef. Contact for more information or to book your event.


Yacht Club Sir James Hardy Wine Dinner Don’t miss this special Hardy’s Wine Dinner, featuring Sir James Hardy himself as our guest speaker! With five delectable courses and matched wines from the Hardy’s range. $126 per person, Friday 11 August. Book online at or call 6273 1784.

Live Music at Yacht Club Enjoy live music in the Yacht Club lounge every Friday night from 5pm.

Truffle Dinner Enjoy four delicious courses at our August truffle dinner in the Yacht Club. Featuring guest speaker Jayson Mesman from the Canberra Truffle Farm, this is sure to be a wonderful evening. $89 per person or $114 per person with matched wines. Thursday 24 August. Book online at or call 6273 1784.

Above: Smoked Italian pancetta cigar and pan seared Jervis Bay scallop served with truffle cauliflower mousse, photo Fran Marshall. Below: Southern X Stromlo by night

Southern X Stromlo

Stromlo Stargazing Dinner with our Rising Stars Our third and final dinner in our popular Stromlo Series, Rising Stars, is being held in September at the picturesque Mount Stromlo Observatory (below). The evening commences with a complimentary glass of Arras sparkling, then our ‘rising stars’, the talented young chefs from around our venues, will create dishes showcasing amazing produce. As an added highlight, guests will be treated to a private stargazing session with ANU astronomers, on what is seen as one of the best viewing nights of the year. Saturday 2 September. Dinner and private stargazing session $85. Matched wines package $25. Book online at or call 6273 1784.




Bjorn Again

Friday 28 July Woden

Bringing ABBA’s timeless hits back to the stage, complete with glitzy 70s stage costumes, Swenglish banter and hilarious stage antics.

Great Country Songbook Vol II

Australia’s most entertaining duo, Adam Harvey and Beccy Cole, are onstage for two unforgettable hours, bringing you their versions of the greats, delivered with high energy and a few laughs!

Herman’s Hermits

One of the most successful groups of the 1960s, Herman’s Hermits has chalked up over 23 hit singles, 10 hit albums, 3 major movies and countless television shows and concert tours.


Led by Paco Pena, described as the World’s Greatest Flamenco Guitarist, Paco is joined on stage by Australia’s finest guitar duo, The Grigoryan Bros, leading jazz guitarist Jim Pennell and former Chain guitarist Phil Manning.

Hot August Night

Celebrate the 45th Anniversary of Neil Diamond’s Hot August Night, as Peter Byrne joins with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra to recreate one of the greatest live albums of all time!

Eagles: The Heart of the Matter

Australia’s most authentic and accomplished tribute to the Eagles recreates the beautiful harmonies and unforgettable moments that made the Eagles true musical giants.


6pm Dinner & Show $79.65 8pm Show $47.65

Friday 4 August Woden

6pm Dinner & Show $78.65 8pm Show $46.65 VIP Experience $76.65 Jnr $59.65/$27.65

Thursday 17 August Woden

6pm Dinner & Show $74.65 8pm Show $42.65

Wednesday 23 August Woden

6pm Dinner & Show $113.65 8pm Show $81.65

Friday 25 August Woden

6pm Dinner & Show $93.65 8pm Show $61.65

Friday 8 September Woden

6pm Dinner & Show $59.65 8pm Show $27.65





Lah-Lah – Having Fun!

Sunday 17 September Woden

If you see one family concert this year, make it Having Fun with Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band. Experience Australia’s most interactive children’s show for 50 minutes of live music, singing, dancing and fun!

Elvis to the Max

Elvis to the Max’s final Australian tour will pay homage to The King – with critics describing him as Elvis ‘resurrected’ and ‘reincarnated,’ this is one show not to miss for all Elvis fans!

Michael Jackson – Legacy

Brought to life in a full-scale production that includes a live band bringing the energy, dance, and the music that spans generations, and starring William Hall as Michael Jackson.

A Salute to Cliff Richard

Presenting the much loved hits of two of popular music’s most enduring superstars, Cliff Richard and the Shadows, with loads of hits, plenty of laughs and a night to remember forever.

80s Mania

Some of the biggest 80s acts to party the night away with! Paul Young, Go West, The Cutting Crew, Wang Chung and Taylor Dayne will come together as they headline the biggest 80s festival of 2017!.

John Williamson

John Williamson’s impressive career spans more than forty years, and his unofficial anthems, tributes to legends and unsung heroes, and tender ballads have captured the spirit of the nation.

10.30am Show $28.15

Wednesday 20 September Woden 6pm Dinner & Show $103.65 8pm Show $71.65 VIP Experience $211.65

Friday 6 October Woden

6pm Dinner & Show $89.65 8pm Show $57.65

Friday 13 October Woden

6pm Dinner & Show $59.65 8pm Show $27.65

Thursday 2 November Woden

6pm Dinner & Show $123.65 8pm Show $91.65 VIP Experience $191.65

Saturday 4 November Woden

6pm Dinner & Show $83.65 8pm Show $51.65 Jnr $67.65/$35.65






Sailor’s Curry

Every Enjoy a range of traditional curries as Monday part of our special Winter menu at the during Winter Yacht Club every Monday throughout Winter. One course $24.90, 2 courses $32.90, 3 courses $39.90

Yacht Club

Chicken Schnitzel Night

Every Tuesday

Woden, Tuggeranong, Jamison

Burger Bunanza

Every Wednesday

Woden, Tuggeranong, Jamison

$6.60 Thursday Kids Meals

Every Thursday

Woden, Jamison

Happy Hour

Every day 4-6pm

Woden, Tuggeranong, Jamison

The Captain’s Call

Every day 4-6pm

Yacht Club

Enjoy our famous chicken breast schnitzel with chips and salad for just $10. Add one of our great toppings for only $2 more.

Grab a gourmet burger and drink for $15 every Wednesday. A truly delightful experience for your taste buds!

Family Restaurant



Henry has his 6s and 9s mixed up, so now our $9.90 kids meals are just $6.60 every Thursday at Henry’s.

Enjoy a schooner of Carlton Dry or Great Northern, or Stanley Classic Dry White, Shiraz Cabernet or Tessabella sparkling for just $4!

Enjoy a glass of Starve Dog Lane Sauvignon Blanc or Shiraz, Yarra Burn sparkling, or a schooner of Captain’s Pale Ale – just $5 during the Captain’s Call every day.





Canberra Southern Cross Club Winter Magazine 2017

Canberra Southern Cross Club Winter Magazine 2017