Joe and Shirley
For 32 years, our Club, the Southern Cross Club, has run a Dance Club out in Woden. We formed in 1984 and since then the Dance Club has brought great happiness, inspiring people from all walks of life to the Club every fortnight. No matter how young or young at heart our members were, when the band struck up, we all felt 16 again. Since the Club started we have been given a venue, a beautiful dance floor and various prizes – all free of charge. If you add that up over 30 years, I would hate to think what the Club has spent on us. But they need to know; we are so happy and grateful. Joe and I loved dancing at the Canberra Southern Cross Club and seeing…

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The clubs industry employs more than 2,300 locals and there are 200,000 Canberrans who are members of at least one community club. There are over 1,100 community organisations, groups and individuals that rely on clubs for financial and other support and then there are the hundreds of volunteers that are mobilised because of their relationship with their club.


There are also thousands of men, women, boys and girls who each week compete on our fields, play on our greens, swing on our courses, sweat at our gyms or shoot on our courts. And importantly there are our elderly members, for whom their club represents a very major part of their life.

There are many Canberrans who have been members of their club for their entire adult life. Many more feel an affinity for their club that goes well beyond simply thinking their club is a good place to be. To many individuals and families, clubs are so much more than just the bricks and mortar. One such family, is from Wanniassa, who have recently shared their appreciation for their Canberra club on our website, and we’d like to share it with you:


“My wife and I have been life members of Vikings since we moved to Canberra in 1978. At the time Vikings Erindale was a very small club but we thought it had potential. We invested $150 in a family life membership, which was a lot of money in 1978, but it has proven to be a great investment. We live within walking distance so Vikings Erindale is very handy for us. Free services like the Brumbies bus are great and the new sports bar is excellent. We hope to enjoy the great facilities offered by all of the Vikings clubs for many years to come.”

Without Clubs in the ACT, the Wanniassa family and many different organisations, charities, sporting, hobby and cultural groups would find it difficult to gain support, be offered different facilities and a place to meet and gather.

Your local club – helps create your community!

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