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Clubs in NSW presented with awards of excellence

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ClubsNSW Awards was held at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre in Darling Harbour on Friday night. Clear front runner, the Sydney Rowing Club went home with three awards for excellence including Best Club Restaurant, Best Casual Dining Venue and Best Club Development.

The 139 year old club, located on the Abbotsford Point overlooking Parramatta River, was rebuilt less than two years ago. Since re-opening, the club's restaurant Dedes Bar and Grill, operated by Con Dedes (well known for his two hat Flying Fish restaurant at Jones Bay in Sydney) has become very popular with the locals.

David Costello, CEO of ClubsNSW, claimed the Sydney Rowing Club is now the benchmark for the industry as hundreds of clubs aim to lift the quality of their dining service to counteract the adverse effect of the indoor smoking ban.

"The smoking ban has done two things. One it has caused a significant fall in gaming revenue. Two it has created an opportunity for a whole new market of club members who were previously put off eating at a club because of the smoky atmosphere,” Costello said.

"Sydney Rowing Club completed its redevelopment just as the indoor smoking ban was starting. Like many rebuilt clubs, the focus is on the natural environment, which in this case is a magnificent view of Parramatta River, complete with morning and evening rowers practicing their craft.”

Canada Bay Club won the Club of the Year title as well as Outstanding Financial Management and Best Club Keno.  

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