Bruce’s Weekly Club News!

Hello all members, sponsors & patrons

NEW Club website…

 New club website launched!

We are very excited to have finally launched our new website design after almost three months in development!  When you get the opportunity… You’ll get to see things are looking pretty spiffy around the new site and it’s all been completely re-coded from the ground up in Word Press. Just go to

To completely re-design, re-create, and move everything and everyone over to a new design and code base was a huge learning experience, for sure. And it has helped us review lots of area’s around the club.

A few of our goals with the new website were to make it faster, easier to navigate for users, and easier for us to manage/update. Most of all, we wanted to provide our members with one noticeboard to get to know what’s going on… and when and where it’s happening…  If you take a gander around the site, I think you’ll get a pretty good idea of who we are and what we do as a club. There’s also a detailed list of all the committee’s and their roles…

A local member Rhonda Oshanek from “Paperbark Web Designtook care of the design and everything you see on the site from a design perspective is her handiwork. John Hill, Richard Renn and I took responsibility for the content.

The bulk of what makes this new website so great is its foundation – which consists of lot’s of information about the club, what we’re about and how to find out more. We now have a shopping cart system – which will be running new membership applications and renewals. It’ll handle everything from the cart, to the checkout, to the delivery of acceptances and receipts – which will make the process much faster and easier.

The other important aspect would be the WordPress software– which truly is the most amazing content management system out there today. We are really thankful to be a part of such an awesome web community. We are excited to get the opportunity to communicate in a more effective manner because that’s really what we’re here to do. And we feel good about the fact that our website has the ability to facilitate that much better. As always, if you have any questions or need help with  the new website you can contact me at – or leave us some thoughts in the comments on the website.

James Bond Theme Ball

The Club hosted the Busselton SES Ball on Saturday night which was attended by 120 guests.  A great deal of effort went into the setup and decorating of the Club.  A red carpet arrival and “Casino Royale” theme set the tone for a great night.  There was a silent auction and raffles with all proceeds going to the Busselton SES.

Free Hearing Tests

The Australian Hearing Bus will be situated at the Club on Wednesday from 10.00am to 3.30pm for free hearing tests.  No appointment is required just come along on the day.

The Member’s Jackpot was not won and $700 will be up for grabs this week.  Members must be present to claim.

On Friday night Kirsty is preparing a Xmas feast for us all to enjoy Dinner Menu 19 12 2014.  Bookings can be made via phone, email or the foyer booking sheet.

As Xmas is fast approaching why not get your friends together and come to the Club on Friday for dinner and drinks.  It’s always a great, fun atmosphere with plenty of laughs on offer.

Cycle Section News

The Cycle Section is seeking two more coaches to join the club’s Mountain Biking coaching team for the 2015 season… and would like to send two people on the MTBA NCAS Level MTB Coaching Course.

This is a 2 day course, aimed at Club members and parents who want to assist MTB riders in developing skills, fitness and racing tactics for competition.

Course Cost: $390.00 This fee will be paid for by the Dunsborough Club.

Course Dates: Perth, WA – 17 & 18 January 2015

Pre-requisites are;

1.       be at least 18years of age

2.       Complete the ASC Beginning Coaching General Principles Course (online)

3.       hold a current First Aid Certificate

(this would also be paid for by the Dunsborough Club)

4.       be a member of MTBA

5.       hold or apply for a ‘Working with Children’ card

What is included:

2 day course attendance delivered by 2 expert course presenters, and all course resources (manuals, workbooks). Once the course competency requirements are met, attendees also receive a 4 year Qualification which is recognised under the National Coach Accreditation Scheme (NCAS). MTBA also provides personal injury, public liability and professional indemnity insurance for all coaches during the 4 year accreditation period.

If you are interested in becoming one of the Dunsborough Club coaches for 2015 you  should contact Chris Parkinson President on 0421 278 305

Trail Care Day

Thankyou… 15 Volunteers!

Many thanks to the 15-strong party that started and completed the new section of Y-Not on Sunday Dec 14. Thanks go to Rod, Jenny, Richard, Amber, Helen, Lawson, Jenny, Greg, John, Anthony, Jason, Glenys, Chris, Andrew and Ian who put in an awesome effort.

The whole club and community benefits from their efforts.

Thanks also to Jenny and Glenys for the tasty morning tea. It’s worth showing up just for that!!

If you haven’t been to a trail care this day come along in 2015 and help improve your trails.

It’s only 2 hours and we get a huge amount done when there’s a strong turnout.

The more help we get the sooner our trails will be in tip-top shape. We have new features planned. We need help with bush trimming, stump removal, trail widenening on narrow sections, berm maintenance and a range of other trail imporovements.

NOTE the new Y-Not trail is open for business! The old ‘washed out’ fireroad section on Y-Not is now closed.

Chris Parkinson


Croquet Section News

Project Update – New Croquet Court ‘B’ extension

The Croquet court ‘B’ extension is well underway with more than half the project completed and on track to be ready for play mid-late next year…

Project Schedule

Removal of shed                                                      completed

Tree Pruning                                                                        completed

Removal of concrete floor of shed                                    completed

Upgrade drainage                                                    completed

Replace fence using existing material                partially completed

Top dress court with clean sand                                completed

Install irrigation system                                           Early January 2015

Plant wintergreen lawn and fertilise.                   Late January 2015

Other News

Social bowls and croquet are now running on Friday afternoon.  Registration is at 5.15pm for a 5.30pm start.  A booking sheet is on the notice board for interested players.


Only 88 days to go! X-Adventure, Dunsborough 14-15 March 2015 If you’re like us you’re probably looking forward to a few days of rest and indulgence over Christmas / New Year so why not off-set the excess eating to come by committing to race in the X-Adventure Dunsborough in March.   Make X-Adventure Dunsborough your New Year fitness focus – mark it in your new 2015 diary and shout yourself a superb weekend of off-road action at Australia’s Largest Off-Road Triathlon as 2,000 other competitors flock to the event.   So eat well over Christmas, be thankful we live in such a beautiful place and then start preparing for the 3rd X-Adventure off-road triathlon (and NEW ocean paddling races) in the picturesque Dunsborough – Geographe Bay Region, 14-15 March.Event overiew X-Adventure Dunsborough includes a range of races that just about anyone can complete; with short and long course triathlons open to individuals or relay teams, ocean paddling races and kids races, there is something for everyone. The choice is yours… WHEN: 14-15 March, 2015

  • Saturday morning – Paddle races
  • Saturday afternoon – X-Adventure Short Couse
  • Saturday late afternoon – Kids X-Adventure
  • Sunday morning – X-Adventure Long Course

WHERE: Dunsborough, WA (based at the Dunsborough Country Club) WHO: Triathletes, adventure racers, paddlers, teams, elite, first timers and kids! WHAT: Individuals and relay teams will be battling it out over 2 days of racing:

  • Long Course – 1.5km ocean swim | 12km coast/trail run | 22km MTB
  • Short Course – 700m ocean swim | 6km coast/trail run | 12km MTB
  • Kids X-Adventure – 200m swim | 2.5km trail run | 4km MTB
  • Paddle Races – 8km, 15km and 22km (NEW!)

Check out the Entry Information for more details. >> ENTER NOW<<

The courses

The courses for all races take in the pristine coastal wilderness flanking Geographe Bay and Meelup Regional Park and truly rank as some of the most spectacular settings of any races in the world. Course description and maps

Paddle races

And this year… we’ve added 3 standalone ocean paddling races to the program so those who like just the on-water racing can be part of the action too:

  • 22km Long course
  • 15km Medium course
  • 8km Short course

The paddles race will be held on Saturday morning so if you’re that way inclined… you can do both – a paddle race on Saturday morning and then the X-Adventure Short Course in the afternoon or X-Adventure Long Course on Sunday.

All paddle races will be out and back paddle courses that head North West up the coast to a turn-around buoy and return to finish on the beach back where you started. All races will commence with a shallow water start with paddlers in knee deep water sitting in your boats ready to go.

The paddling takes place in Geographe Bay, a protected body of water that is sheltered from the west and south west and rarely (if ever) gets any swell so paddlers of all abilities are welcome. This is truly magnificent paddling that will take you past secluded sandy beaches, rocky headlands and picturesque wilderness on crystal clear water >>ENTER A PADDLE RACE NOW<<

In case you need a little extra incentive…

A trip to New Caledonia is up for grabs! The overall first placed male and female in the Long Course X-Adventure will win $500 cash each PLUS an expenses paid trip to race in the XDEVA off-road triathlon in New Caledonia! The XDEVA is a new off-road triathlon in New Caledonia on 26th September 2015 that looks simply spectacular! The event will be held on the stunning east coast with its long sandy beaches, crystal clear water and rugged hills. Course distances include 800m Swim, 22km MTB and 7km Trail Run. There are plenty of other prizes up for grabs too, for both individual competitors and relay teams, as well as the fastest splits.

Read more…

Training for X-Adventure

The idea of doing X-Adventure might be out of your comfort zone but depending on the training and preparation you do leading into the race, you can could just was easily find yourself smiling from ear to ear before, during and after the event.

Check out the Training and Preparation page of the event website for some training tips and who you can go to for help.

Got a training group that can help X-Adventure competitors? We are more than happy to promote any groups that are conducting training sessions in preparation for X-Adventure Dunsborough, to assist people to prepare for the big race. Please contact if you have a training group you want to plug. The information will be outlined on the event website and through these e-newsletters.

Please contact the club for all event queries or to unsubscribe at

Dunsborough & Districts Country Club Inc.,

PO Box 57, (40 Gifford Road)

Dunsborough, Western Australia  6281

Tel/fax: 08 97553250  em:

Winner –  2014 Clubs in The Community

Winner – 2013 Club of The Year Award Regional

Winner –  2011 Best Sporting/Recreational Club Award