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Dear member/s

Many of you have probably received a letter/s from the City of Busselton advising you that the Dunsborough and Districts Country Club (DDCC ) has applied to the City to change the land use of the DDCC from Club to Tavern. This is a prerequisite for the DDCC to change its Club Licence to a Restricted Tavern Licence.  Several months ago you were informed that this was going to happen and were invited to direct any concerns to myself.

From the initial telephone calls to the club it has become obvious that the City’s letter has caused anxiety and concern. Clearly the City has made no effort to explain that it is a condition of their Town Planning Scheme 21 that the DDCC change its land use from club to tavern if it wants to change its liquor licence – the real effect of this is no more than a word change.

This land use change needs to be done for the DDCC to secure a Certificate 40 from the City. The DDCC can then apply to The Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor to change its Club Licence to a Restricted Tavern Licence.

For a number of years the Management Committee of the DDCC has grappled with the problem of complying with the requirements of a Club Licence. For example a club licence requires staff at the DDCC to monitor the membership status of patrons consuming alcohol. We are required to maintain that a member cannot invite more than five guests to the club to have a drink. Only the member can purchase alcohol for guests. However if the guests are there to consumer food the member may invite any number of guests as long as the member purchases the alcohol and advises the Club the day before of the number of guests attending also when visitors come to our Club to play one of the sports on offer they legally cannot finish there day with a drink at the bar. This situation is archaic and needs to be addressed.

The DDCC holds a number of functions each year for non-members or members. A Club Licence restricts the club to 12 functions in a year but it can apply for more permits. Every function nevertheless requires a permit that costs $111.00. If we had a Restricted Tavern Licence there would be no application forms to complete or costs to pay, if the function occurred in normal opening hours.

The DDCC makes every effort to comply with the Liquor Control Act, but it is difficult. Attracting new members to the club under the restrictions of a Club Licence is tricky. Staff have to ascertain if a person walking through the door is members or not, and if not, have they been invited by a member and if not they cannot order an alcoholic drink. With a Restricted Tavern Licence these barriers are not present.

The DDCC is not proposing to sell packaged alcohol or to extend its current trading hours, it is not proposing to build a tavern, extend its premises, or have live music bands performing into the small hours of the morning. The change of licence is unlikely to have any effect on the amenity of people living in close proximity or on traffic numbers.

The Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor has repeatedly queried whether the DDCC has considered applying for a more suitable and appropriate liquor licence. After some deliberation and thought we have decided to take their advice. With less compliance requirements the change of liquor licence will save the DDCC money on administration, liquor licencing costs and staff productivity will improve. There will be little change in how the DDCC club operates but the changes will ensure that the DDCC complies at all times with the Liquor Control Act.

If you have any concerns please direct your inquiries to me.


Rob Prentice





If you would like to take part in the Country Club AFL Tipping Competition this season please register at the bar or by emailing me at  Entry cost is $20.  All monies received will go out is prizes.  The more tipsters we get the better the prizes.  Registration closes 20th March 2018.



Town Kitchen


(Friday & Saturday)

fries (v)  $10

with house made aioli

wedges (v)  $10

sour cream + sweet chilli sauce

wild mushroom arancini (v)    $17

housemade basil pesto + fetta whip

salt + pepper squid  $24

paw paw salad, candied peanuts + nuoc cham mayonnaise

asian style lamb ribs  $23

twice cooked, sweet + sour sauce, creamy fennel + mint coleslaw

aussie beef burger    $20

150g beef pattie, bacon, cheese, sliced beetroot, caramelised onion,

fresh tomato, lettuce + aioli on a brioche bun, served with fries.

curry of the day (gfo)  $24

please see specials board

grilled kimberley barramundi (gf)  $30

garlic mash potato, steamed green beans + salsa verde

daily specials – please see specials board


peanut butter chocolate tart  $10

raspberry coulis + vanilla ice cream


spaghetti + meatballs  $9

fish + chips  $9

chicken + chips  $9

kids vanilla ice cream  $3

*club members receive $3 off any main meal over $20

To book your table Click Here






Having earned a fortnight’s break by beating Cowaranup in the first round of the 2nd division Pennants finals our Dunsborough second side played Cowaranup first side again last Saturday at Margaret River, after Cowtown had beaten Margaret River second team in the preliminary final. In front of an enthusiastic and goodly number of Dunsborough supporters, both Ian Creagh’s and Bill Hitsert’s teams enjoyed a healthy lead for most of the afternoon on a perfect day, apart from a fairly strong crosswind, that saw Dunsborough retain the 2nd division shield to great applause.

Last Thursday there were 48 players in the weekly peg-draw that saw visitors from Busselton win the meat, with another Busselton pair runners-up. Lindsay Perry and Brian Marwick were left to ensure that Dunsborough did not go home prizeless!

Mike O’Mara’s twilight bowls attracted 14 competitors on Friday evening to enjoy some fun.

Our club encourages new and learner bowlers to try their hand at reaching the jack in this friendly competition with the added incentive of the weekly club raffle, and the fine fare provided by Callum at the Town Kitchen to follow.

Next year’s Leeuwin League Pennants will take the same single division format. In order for our Bowls Committee to determine how many sides to enter both the Leeuwin League and the SWBL next season, members are encouraged to add their names to the two availability lists on the noticeboard before some of us head off up north or to other winter climes.



 The fours, singles and Vets Championships were held at Margaret River on Tuesday 6th March.

 FOURS;- Representing Dunsborough were Jean Kelly, Denise.Mott, Gail Barry and Sharon Sharpe.

 Dunsborough, Margaret River and Augusta each had one win, with Augusta winning on shots up.

Veterans:- Maureen Hines was the Dunsborough representative. This event was won by Mary Bussell

from Margaret River, with Tess Rundle playing for Augusta.

Singles:- Judy Henderson played for Dunsborough. Vicki Williams of Cowaramup won the event

with Val Wyld from Margaret River runner-up, and Helen Reid playing for Augusta.


This was a pairs competition. Winners were Jill Winter and Olive Jeans 10 up, from Denise Mott and Wendy Collins 8 up.


The interzone Round robin fours were held in Jurien Bay over the weekend 10th and 11th March in very windy conditions.

Representing Dunsborough in the South West division was Jill Winter, playing with Elaine McDowell, Maureen Coulson

both from Eaton and Kate Leece from Binningup.This team had two wins.

The South West ended up having a decisive win over the Eastern, Northern and Southern zones, with 6 points 100 shots up.

The other zones all had minus scores.







 5:00pm – 6:30pm

  Everyone Welcome – $7 all players

 Please wear flat enclosed shoes

 Equipment and instruction provided

 Any questions contact Max Kewish:  0429 672 850




Recent Results

Wednesday 7 March, 2018 Scroungers 14 Hole Event

A small field played the course with some good scores again.

Winner:  Barry Guest 37.  Runner up:  Doug Macpherson 32

Other Results:  Ken Littlefair 31, Paul Smith 30, Arnold Bosenberg 28, Ron Carmody 26, John Crute 24

Saturday 10 March, 2018

Winner:  Maintaining his good form, Barry Guest was the winner again with a score of 35 while Doug Macpherson also kept up his form with a 31 to be runner up.

Other scores:  Ron Carmody 28, Arnold Bosenberg 28, Peter Jordan 27, Jim Parry 27, Mal Williamson 26, John Crute 22,

Novelties: No. 10 Ron Carmody

Mondays Vets at Bridgetown saw Ron Carmody 40 and Mark Embry 39 finish in the top 6 with the winning score being 41.  There was a good field of 122 for the event.

Next Monday Vets is at Pinjarra

Coming Events

Wednesday 14 March Scroungers

Saturday 17 March, 14 holes.  Names by 12.45pm.  Tee off 1.00pm

Do not forget to support the Saturday BBQ Fundraiser at Bunnings in Busselton from 8.00am to 4.00pm

Thanks to Helen Rowell and her team of volunteers as registered.

Good Golfing All!

Ron Carmody  (Captain)



Hire of Tennis Courts

 A reminder regarding the hire of tennis courts for non-members or visitors.  The hire of a court is $20.00 per hour.  A booking must be made in the Booking Sheet folder outside the main Club doors, a receipt written and a copy taken with you to the court.  Money must be placed in the envelopes provided and placed into the slot prior to play.    If you are a member and take a non-member with you to play, the non-member must pay a fee of $5.00.  (If “organised play”, i.e. Saturday afternoon or Thursday morning a visitor must pay $10.00.) 

Tennis Section members are charged with the responsibility of checking that non-members have paid and may request to see a copy of the receipt.

 Friday Night Tennis – Members Only

 The weather has been kind for Friday Night tennis (5.30 pm – 8.30 pm) which is co-ordinated by coach, Paige Newhill.  This is a Members’ Only opportunity and we would welcome all members to join in this very social and enjoyable tennis. 




The Jackpot Draw was not won on Friday.  The Jackpot total this week is for $400. Members must be financial for the 2017/18 membership year now and present to claim. The Jackpot is drawn between 5.30pm and 6.30pm in the Clubroom bar.

Keep Smiling!