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River Canoe Club Projects

A number of major projects are underway. This page seeks to let people know where the status of each project and opportunities to get involved. The Club operates on the basis of ‘many hands light work’ and ‘just getting stuff done’.  It’s all part of building a stronger club for everybody to enjoy, both now and into the future.

If keen to get involved, with ideas and/or helping out, just let any of the committee know or send an email to enquiries@rivercanoeclub.org

1. Expansion and renewal of the club’s ‘paddling-kit’

The renewal of the club’s ‘paddling-kit’ (equipment), for everybody to enjoy

Progress to date:

  • 5 year budget established
  • 6 x new canoes purchased – great for adventures, families and clean-ups
  • 2 x salamander kayaks purchased
  • large trailer modified to improve ease of use
  • new PFDs (bouyancy aids) purchased
  • child size PFDS purchased

Needed:

  • new paddles – research and purchasing
  • spray decks – research and purchasing

2. Clubhouse Upgrades – Upstairs

General Upgrade of the Club’s top floor to make it a social/community hub for the club – an enjoyable place to spend time, catch-up with friends and plan some more adventures.

Progress to date:

  • new kitchen installed
  • ladies shower rebuilt
  • defibrilator purchased and installed
  • new curtains installed
  • new digital projector screen installed

Needed:

  • upgrades to bathrooms eg electric hand-driers
  • quote to be obtained for new carpet
  • Painting of gents bathroom
  • General helpers to assist.

Contact: Robert Law (roblaw2000@gmail.com)

Also:

  • Design review of medium/long terms options for upgrades –
    eg to open up space to river.
  • Upgrading of existing balcony railings
  • Roof repairs/replacement.

3. Clubhouse Upgrades – Downstairs/infrastructure

General Upgrade of the Club’s downstairs to improve functionality, reduce operational costs and optimise storage.

Progress to date:

  • recent general tidy-up
  • new sewerage/waste system installed

Needed/next steps

  • new racks for canoes – design and installation
  • rainwater tank – selection, purchase and installation
  • solar panel installation – securing available grant funding.

Contact: enquiries@rivercanoeclub.org

4. Clubhouse Mural

We’re working with the Inner West Council as part of the Perfect Match public art program to have a Mural painted on the Clubhouse.

Progress to date: 

  • Project team formed
  • two artists appointed
  • contracts signed
  • program for completion by 30 June established
  • call for inspiration now to April 15

Needed: Join the Club’s project team involved with taking this project from idea to reality.

Progress update #1 – https://www.dropbox.com/s/0f48xahcmeoljcu/Clubhouse%20Mural%20-%20Progress%20update%20%231%20-%20March%202020.pdf?dl=0

Contact: enquiries@rivercanoeclub.org

5.       Clubhouse lease renewal

The club has been in its current location since 1955 and the time has come to renew the licence (lease). The Club needs to work through the negotiation and relevant formal steps to renew the licence to enable the club to stay in its clubhouse into the future.

Contact: pres.rivercanoeclub@gmail.com

6.       River Clean-Ups and Partnerships

– major events and regular clean-ups.
– Joint events
– Continuing to strengthen existing relationships, build new relationships.
– Identifying opportunities for the clubhouse to increasingly be used by other suitable community groups
– Continuing to build the club’s profile in local community

Contact: pres.rivercanoeclub@gmail.com

7.       Improved river access

The current steps are not great/can be improved (particularly for members with limited mobility) and launching longer boats.

Progress to date: We are currently working through design, costing, approval and funding arrangements.

Needed:
It’s an interesting mix of engineering, landscape design, communications, financial management and negotiation so if you have an interest in improving river access then let us know.

We’re looking to a form a project team to take this forward.

Contact: enquiries@rivercanoeclub.org

8.       Digital platform transformation.

The clubs digital platforms are currently being updated and refined. We are looking for ways to do things better and improve our interaction with members.

Progress to date:  GoMembership system migration and rolling membership introduced. New website and mailing list for members created.

Needed:

  • Helps to revise website content
  • Someone with an desire to do something with Instagram
  • Someone to learn about our Digital platforms and help maintain.

Contact: Robert Law (roblaw2000@gmail.com)

9. Family friendly strategy

The committee identified that increasing opportunities for family involvement in paddling activities was an area of priority. Not taking away from current activities, rather supplementing.

Progress to date
–          purchase of canoes.

Needed:
–          Organising some family friendly specific activities and trips.
– A framework for family-friendly activities – ingredients for success,
what to expect etc.

10.   Leadership development program

–          Building on the success of club’s beginner program
–          Seeking to support skill development of all members
–          Seeking to continue building a large pool of trip/activities leaders and organisers.

Contact: training@rivercanoeclub.org

11.   Renewal of the Club’s Guidelines and Policies.

Progress to date

–          New guidelines for trips and activities
– New guidelines for incident management.
– New guidelines for boat storage
– New guidelines for reimbursing member expenses.
– 5 year budget and capital works plan established.

Needed moving forward
– new competency framework for flatwater paddling
– consistent efforts to embed Waterways Guide/PaddleSafe App into
the club’s daily activities.

12.   Celebrating and protecting the Club’s history

Archiving of existing images and documents. Identifying suitable ways to suitable celebrate historical paddling gear (boats, construction moulds etc).

Progress to date:  Digitization of historical photo’s is in progress.

Needed:

  • Help to digitise
  • Help identifying suitable ways to suitable celebrate historical paddling gear

Contact: enquiries@rivercanoeclub.org