September continued to show a fairly stable pattern of low infection rates and minimal community-based transmissions from the Coronavirus pandemic in NSW. As a positive sign, borders to South Australia were reopened and there are promising signs of further easing of restrictions for travel to other states. Thankfully the impact of infections on the Inner West, and on Breakfast Point in particular, has been limited.
Each of these positive developments give us more confidence that with appropriate hygiene and social distancing arrangements in place we can start to open up our own community again with Club trading hours to expand. Also, assuming current trends continue, access to Community facilities that have been closed can start to occur during October.
It is readily apparent in many establishments you might visit that adherence to restriction is less than desirable, whilst your own Club has continued to be an exemplar in making customers feel safe. Temperature checks, hygiene stations and social distancing of tables in the dining room contribute to a sense of safety and cleanliness. To complement these protocols high standard offerings at lunch and dinner, which now include Friday night, are being well patronaged and I would hope these comments will encourage you to make your Club a preferred destination of choice in our area.
We are in the process of closing our year end accounts as at 31 August. 2020 has been a difficult year and we have managed our costs very carefully in an effort to achieve good financial outcomes in a time of uncertainty. I am pleased to advise that all indications are that we have been able to contain total costs below budget for this past year, setting a sound financial foundation for our Community going into 2021.
Capital Works expenditure in particular had been contained for many months but now we are well placed for those works to proceed. This is now occurring across a wide range of activities. The Executive report below outlines many of the works either currently underway or planned in the months ahead. We are giving particular attention to works outside of the Club in high usage areas.
Following a carefully conducted tendering process, another major development this month has been the appointment of a new Landscape and Garden contractor to commence 1 November 2020.
We expect to see big improvements in our landscaped areas in the future.
During September we had further discussions with Government agency staff via video links in relation to proposed amendments to the Land Management Act. This is the project to which we had made a detailed submission in February. These matters are now before Parliament for its consideration before enactment. In the final drafting process, it would appear we have had a fair degree of influence in achieving reforms, especially in relation to improvements in voting and in owner representation for large strata-based communities such as Breakfast Point.
I am pleased to advise that the contribution of our Community was singled out and acknowledged in the Minster’s speech when the matter was presented for consideration in the House. This is worthy credit to the Special Project Team that had worked on this matter on your behalf.
In closing, we very much appreciate your understanding and support during these difficult times and ask that you continue to act in a safe and considered manner.