GOVERNMENT SHORT TERM SURVIVAL GRANTS: Croquet Victoria benefits
The Minister for Community Sport, Hon Ros Spence MP, has just notified Croquet Victoria that we have been allocated $55,542 to help us remain operationally viable and be well positioned to resume activity when the time is right.
This is part of a $40m allocation the Government has made to support sporting organisations at club, local association and state level.
Croquet Victoria has been looking at a deficit on its running costs of about $66,000, as a result of reduced income from investments and activities, and a discount of 50% for members on affiliation fees. This grant will be a very substantial help.
Preparing the complex documentation required for the grant submission was a challenging task. Thanks to Kate Patrick, Sarina Cevaal-Hewitt and Claire Keating for their work on the submission.
No play in Melbourne, regional Victoria back to Stage 3 restrictions
The Premier announced today (2 August) that Victoria is moving to restrict movement across the State.
In the Melbourne metropolitan area (including the Mornington Peninsula), community sporting facilities are to close from 6 pm on Sunday 2 August.
Regional Victoria is to move to stage 3 restrictions from 11.59 pm on Wednesday 5 August. For croquet, where players can be socially distanced, this means:
Clubs in regional Victoria should check their arrangements for play with their local government authority.
Posted by: Kate Patrick
Posted on: 2020-08-12
News Type: General
To play or not to play
Croquet Victoria has fielded a number of queries recently from members and clubs who are concerned about returning to play in the current COVID-19 situation.
Just to clarify: the Croquet Victoria Return to Croquet guidelines which have been sent to clubs set out what is permissible and appropriate under current Government restrictions.
It’s then up to clubs to decide what to do within this framework. You may be allowed to play, but you don’t have to play.
Currently there are no options for clubs in the Melbourne metro area (including the Mornington Peninsula. Sporting clubs are to close.
However, in the rest of Victoria, play is permitted under the Stage 3 restrictions.
Any decision to allow play is still for each club to make, subject to any Council closure of sporting facilities in its area, and taking into consideration the demographics of its members.
If a club allows play, its members will decide for themselves whether or not to join in.
Croquet Victoria recommends that each club and each member carefully weigh up the benefits and risks when making their decision. Note that the Croquet Australia insurance policy does not cover COVID-19 related illness.
If in doubt, don’t play.
New faces on Croquet Victoria Council
The 2020 Annual General Meeting of Croquet Victoria, which was delayed by isolation requirements, was conducted online via Zoom on Monday 17 August. VicSport provided an independent scrutineer for our secret ballots. Thank you, Anthony Bowd.
Jim Clement (Sarsfield), who was re-elected in 2019, continues as President.
Elected to the other Executive positions were Stephen Forster (Belmont) as Vice President (defeating Kate Patrick, (Brunswick)), and Sarina Cevaal-Hewitt (Twin City) as Secretary and Claire Keating (Williamstown) as Treasurer (both unopposed).
Taking the Third Step: good news for regional croquet
Croquet players are celebrating as regional Victoria takes the Third Step of Victoria's return to "COVID-normal".
Social distancing and hygiene requirements are still in place, and clubhouses remain closed, but both doubles and singles play are now allowed and up to ten players can participate.
Again provided social distancing is in place, competition is also permitted, though numbers are still limited - no more than the minimum required for the competition, plus officials. Spectators are not allowed.
As always, clubs will consult their local authority and their members in deciding how they will operate within these looser restrictions.
Metro Melbourne, including the Mornington Peninsula, is still in the First Step, with sports clubs closed and exercise only allowed within a bubble 5 km from home. Travel in and out of Melbourne is banned except in very limited circumstances.
For detail, see our updated Return to Play Guidelines.