Multi-award winning community engagement model nets big for local schools trivia night!

We understand the importance of schools in the area, and the future education of our children! With that in mind, in 2019
CHP RSL held a forum with local schools to better understand the challenges they face with fundraising.

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Local school Principles and volunteers from P&C (Parents and Citizens Association), discussed the challenges the schools face.
It was clear that school fundraising was a time consuming, but much needed resource! One of the most consistent pieces of feedback was that P&Cs are time poor, and may not have the skills and/or expertise on how to run an event. A collaboration between CHP RSL who has the model, expertise and resources to manage an event, and the school who has the desire for much needed resources, appeared to be a match made in heaven.

Summer Hill Public School offered to be our pilot school and worked with CHP RSL to transform their school run event into
a fundraising success! The school retained control of all of the event theming, the trivia process, ticket sales and fundraising
items - all items that they could easily administer. CHP RSL provided the room, audio visual sound and lighting, dressing of
the room, food and beverage, and even a stage where a local parents band performed.

Well, all we can say is that they had an 80s BLAST! Not only did the school have their largest trivia night attendance, with
280 parents, they raised an all time record for the school! With ClubGRANTS covering the cost of room hire and audio
visual equipment the majority of funds went straight to the school - exactly where they belong.

We organise it all on our end! Yes, that’s right, the decorations,food, tables, entertainment, set up, cleaning, ticketing, printing
everything! All we need you to do is pick a date, your fancy dress outfit and you’re on your way.

Call our Community and ClubGRANTS Manager, Paul Kougias, on 0427 009 656 to book your event and
get the date locked in - your school will thank you!


Camperdown Tennis, in conjunction with Sydney Community College, runs a seniors health and fitness program.   It's a unique exercise program designed for members of the community who are over 50 years old.  This initiative incorporates a combination of exercises with the intention of strengthening health, body and mind.  Each class runs for 90 minutes, and they are held twice a week on Tuesday and Friday mornings at 8am.

Check out camperdowntennis.com.au for more info


Camperdown Tennis is once again holding social tennis for adults.  This social program caters for all levels of tennis play and is all about having fun, being active, social and improving your health and well being!

Held every Sunday between 12-2pm make sure you book so you don't miss out!


Not for profit and community groups are back using the spaces for their regular and one off bookings.  The community spaces are ideal for these groups; they are light filled, well equipped with AV and air-con, and have all required seating and tables for meetings, workshops and events.
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Camperdown Commons is continually being contacted by new groups in the area; so if you know of, or are part of a not-for-profit or community group, get in touch with us at info@commons.com.au

The team, along with acre eatery and Pocket City Farms are also looking at what exciting community activations we can do for the year.  We will be hopping into Easter in no time, with a special visit from a bunny friend, the hunt will be on for gingerbread eggs and so much more to keep the kids (and adults) entertained!


October saw the the Club launch 'CHP Kids' beginning with a program of activities during school holidays, including increasingly popular cooking classes.
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We believe in the importance of getting children into the kitchen; helping and learning along the way.  Since the first class, we have taught children.  Since the first class, we have taught children what a Bao is, that fish can be yummy, how to make (and fill) soft tacos, and by far the favourite of them all, sausage roll and lamington making.  The feedback from the kids and families has been overwhelmingly positive.  Some kids loved the sessions so much, they come back four times!

Not only does the CHP Kids cooking program teach children how to make a meal, it also teaches them cutting skills, portion control, and most importantly, where our produce comes from.

Our April school holidays also feature cooking classes with hot cross buns and ANZAC biscuits!


In November, The Club held it's first ever Twilight Markets. The three day Christmas markets were held in the outdoor carpark on Canterbury Road.  Over 40 different stallholders were visited by approximately 5,000 people, with attendees tasting delicious food from Nu Bambu and the Club Bistro, samplings from Hunter Valley Cheese Shop and Maya Honey to name a few.  The crowd was visited by Santa, danced away to DJ Kate Munro and bought gifts for family and friends.



If you didn't know International Women's Day is held annually on 8 March , and the Club would like to acknowledge the role of women in our organisation.
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Long before the Club was what it is now, The CHP Women's Auxiliary raisedf the funds to purchase the site we now reside on, which was also long before they were able to be members!

For Over 70 years, The Women's Auxiliary have supported the Club and our community in a variety of ways, not least their fundraising skills and volunteering to many community organisations.  The Women's Auxiliary also gave us Bobbie Stephenson who become one of our longest serving Presidents.

So, a big shout out to the women who have supported our Club from our very humble beginnings to our current days.


The Canterbury - Hurlstone Park RSL Golf Sub -Club was formed over 60 years ago, originally to compete against other Returned Servicemen of other RSL Clubs in the area.

The current CHP RSL Golf Club has approximately 40 members in our mixed ages and gender group, hitting off early Sunday mornings on 22 different courses around the Sydney area each year.  The Club plays a variety of long and short courses, ranging from the coastal areas of Randwick , The Coast, and Woolaware Golf Clubs to the west at Dunheved, Glenmore Heriatge, Camden and The Ridge Golf Clubs as well as the inner west of Carnarvon, Auburn, and Bardwell Valley Golf Clubs, rounding out the green with a BBQ or lunch after the 18th hole.

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The Club has at least one bus trip out of town each year, which have included Moss Vale, Jamberoo, Boomerang and Russell Vale Golf Clubs over the years.

The Golf Games are generally Stableford format and played in three Grades: A 1-18, B 19-29 and C 30-54, playing for Club vouchers for 1st, 2nd and 3rd placegetters, plus a giveaway of 20 golf balls each game for nearest the pin, longest and second longest drive.

If you are interested in playing or would like more information, please contact:

Ron Williamson, Golf Sub- Club President - 9736 1820, 0408 264 441 or email williamsonpb@bigpond.com


The Club has been seriously investing in grassroots sports with an annual grant program allocating approximately $300,000 each year to support 15 local sports clubs, 10 primary schools and three high schools.

It's all part of the Cooks River Sporting Alliance, which The Club established in 2015, supporting local sporting clubs with grants, meeting rooms, registration days and also working with local and state government to improve community facilities.

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Local sports clubs aren't just about keeping fit and healthy, it's also a great way to meet local residents, make new friends and learn new skills.  Participants of all ages are welcome, with many sports providing opportunities to play from ages 5 to 65.

Registrations for winter sport are available at the following Clubs, and you can find them all online:

Canterbury Junior Soccer Club 

Hurlstone Park Wanderers

Marrickville Soccer Club

Western Suburbs AFL Club

Marrickville RSL Kings Rugby League Club

Earlwood Saints Rugby League Club

Canterbury Junior Rugby Union Club

Ashbury Netball Club

Wests Magpies Netball Club


The recent Invictus Games Sydney 2108 assembled a team of enthusiastic and passionate volunteers, some of whom are members at Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL!  This team of incredible people had an important role to play in making the games a memorable and inspiring experience for competitors, families and spectators.

The perks of volunteering weren't bad either with some of our members being lucky enough to meet Swim legend Ian Thorpe!


With the hospitality industry booming in the light of today’s cosmopolitan lifestyle, and the rise and rise of reality TV cooking shows, consumer expectations have also grown. Hospitality establishments are now working even harder to ensure that staff are entering the industry with right skills for the job, and taking responsibility for developing careers to ensure their service offering is the best it can be. 

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When the NSW Government released the Smart & Skilled program in 2015, the CHP School of Hospitality began facilitating subsidised training that would provide people with the fundamental qualifications required for a start in the hospitality industry. Offering Partial Certificate III in Hospitality courses run on-site in their purpose-built facility at Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club, they provide people the opportunity to acquire industry minimum qualifications such as RSA, RCG, Barista, Hygiene and Food Service. The courses are run over 7 -10 days of training, getting people the skills to start in the industry – fast.

The training department soon saw a broader need for the provision of funded training outside their facilities, and began offering the courses off-site at other locations. The program has run with great success at well established companies such as Magpie’s Waitara, Merrylands RSL, Club York, Chatswood RSL.

In line with the industry’s demand for continuing training, they identified the need to facilitate further funded training, and in 2017 they began developing ‘Customised Training Pathways’, directly servicing RSL and Sporting Clubs, Restaurants and Cafes.

 ‘Customised Training Pathways’ are proving to be a relevant industry training model, which facilitates funded staff development programs specific to each business’s needs. They are currently running successful pathway programs with Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club, Cabra Vale Diggers, Oatley RSL Club, Ettalong Diggers, Bankstown Sports Club, and Ruby Nik’s Café, to name a few.

The programs are continuing to bring positive outcomes for both employees and hospitality establishments. Whether it be individuals getting the skills for the job with a Partial Certificate III in Hospitality, or workplaces providing ‘Customised Training Pathways’ to their employees, everyone is gaining from the CHP School of Hospitality facilitating training via the Smart & Skilled program, in particular, the consumer.


With over 1,300 students across nine primary schools, this years Carnival of the Codes was its biggest yet. Held in February, schools and sporting groups came together to give kids a sample of sporting activities. 

This year, kids were excited to be joined by Invictus Games athletes, Danny Jeffery and Adrian Talbot, who inspired some action both on the field and in minds. 

In its fifth year, Carnival of the Codes was established by the Club's Cooks River Sporting Alliance which is funded through the ClubGRANTS scheme to facilitate engagement between the local sporting clubs and schools. 


Members and guests were treated to a great lineup of events and entertainment on Friday 26 January 2018. 

A $5 lamb roast, a FREE show with Lucky Starr, one of the founding members of the Oz Pop Music Industry, a chance to win $5,000 by spinning a lobster ($20 note) and cute and cuddly memories with some iconic Australian animals. The baby wombat was the clear favourite of the day with memories being captured with a FREE photo strip. 


The success of the international TV show has inspired a new batch of junior wannabes that bounced up a storm during January with the Club's new Ninja Warrior with Bounce school holiday activity. 

Future junior (and senior) ninja warriors escaped the Summer heat in air-conditioned comfort of the Auditorium for 2 hours of ridiculousness. For just $5 they conquered the Toxic Wipeout Challenge, Adrenaline Rush Obstacle course and and 38 Foot Challenge to name just a few. 


Toastmasters started at Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL in 1972. Since then, its has helped people become confident public speakers and leaders in all aspects of their lives. Member Liza Nadolski told us what Toastmasters means to her. 


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Lacking confidence was holding me back and I thought public speaking would help - so I looked into Toastmasters. 


I actually read in Chevron that the Club had its own Toastmasters, so I went to a meeting to see if I liked it. At Toastmasters, members take turn leading and speaking at the meeting... It was daunting at first, but I could see how much everyone was learning and how friendly it was. 

I went back for another meeting and decided to join. I'm so happy I did. It has been a transformative experience - and my confidence has been growing ever since. For the first time ever, I can say I am comfortable speaking in front of a large audience! 


Yes! We celebrated our 1000th meeting since 1972 and, out of 194 clubs, we were recognised as a top performing club in NSW. It shows how much you can achieve when surrounded by positive and supportive people. 


Anyone who is interested in growing their confidence and learning to speak in front of a group of people. I guarantee you'll find a supportive environment which lets you achieve your goals no matter what age, skills or background. It's amazing how quickly your communication and leadership skills improve. 


You can call us on 0411 300 880 or just drop by. Toastmasters meets on the second and 4th Monday of every month in the downstairs meeting room at the Club. We start at 7pm sharp and finish at 9.30pm. We look forward to seeing you there! 


A new event was introduced to your Club's calendar in 2017 with a 'Very Merry Christmas' family lunch held in the Auditorium. An elegant setting was created and kids entertained with their FREE gifts and the opportunity to make a snowstorm, blizzard or flurry with the piles of super light and fluffy artificial snow in Human Snow Globe! We hope to include this as a permanent calendar event for years to come and hope to see you in 2018. 



Canterbury-Hurlstone Park's Women's Auxiliary recently celebrated their 78th Birthday with a lunch attneded by members and peers from neighbouring clubs. 

The Women's Auxiliary commenced in 1939 and became a strong influence in the community with one of their first major achievements, raising funds for the acquisition of land that the Club now stand on. 


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Over 78 years, Members of the Women's Auxiliary have supported the Club, the Sub-Branch, community organisations and grass-roots groups through fund-raising, baking and craft, educational support and developing a group where women can come together and share stories. 

Noeleen Joyner, President of the Women's Auxiliary, says there are many reasons to be proud and to be involved "it's lovely to meet people, share stories, help out the community and be social on a regular basis. From when our predecessors first raised the money for the Club to exist, to lobbying for women's membership to Bobbie Stephenson becoming the first female President of the RSL Club, we've come a long way and we do it with pride."


we recently celebrated the club taking over operations at Camperdown Tennis with Camperdown Open. Kids and adults, beginners to advanced and everyone in between enjoyed a sunny day down on the tennis greens trying out the range of activities we have on offer at Camperdown Tennis. 

Jumping castles, BBQ and giveaways made for a full day of family fun. 

And while there's tennis, there's also many more ways to get active including: basketball, futsal, hockey and bubble ball! Check out Camperdown Tennis for more information. 


Camperdown Commons took the opportunity to show off on 16 September as it bloomed into spring with a full day of work-shops, lawn stalls with friends of Pocket City Farms selling their wares and a local's lunch hosted by acre eatery. 

Locals celebrated the day with in the sun with a long lunch, sharing wholesome food, taking tours of the farm, getting artsy with work-shops, buying up seedlings and learning some new skills in the Common Spaces. 


Melbourne Cup Day was all aflutter over the Beatles this year. Celebrating the biggest race of the year and the 50 year anniversary of Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, guests were treated to a full day of Beatlemania with the Beatels and The Beatnix. 

If you weren't a winner on the races, then there were plenty of chances to win in our Members draws and giveaways. The race that stops the nation only just barely stopped the dancing in the Auditorium, and the partying continued into the evening. 


It's that time of the year that we reflect on the work and efforts of our Members through the Club Member of the Year Awards. 

Members and guests were treated to something a little special this year with the awards coinciding with our 70th Birthday. Mark Kristian gave a rousing tribute to the Club's 70 year strong history of entertainment which made for one of the Club's favourite performers...

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Carlotta, who donned the sequins and surprised the audience by popping out of a giant cake! The enormous horns, a tribute to Elton John and the Popset Dancers rounded out the evening's entertainment. 

The Club Members of the Year was awarded to Ron Williamson from the Golf Sub-Club. 


Young adults are at the centre of a program being delivered in conjunction with Marrickville Youth Resource Centre and CHP's School of Hospitality. The job readiness program delivers a tailored hospitality course for young people between 15 and 24 years. 

Students can tap into other resources provided in partnership with Dress for Success and TAFE giving them the tools for presenting well at the time of submitting the all important CV and at interview time. 

The program finishes with work experience at local community eatery Lentil as Anything. 


The Club was recognised by its peers recently, with the Camperdown Commons initiative winning a coveted award for Education at the ClubsNSW industry's awards. Amongst industry colleagues, and some very deserved nominations, thew Club received this accolade at the 2017 Clubs and Community Awards ceremony.  


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"We saw the former Camperdown Bowling Club as an opportunity to offer the community something outside that of a typical club operation. We wanted to offer a facility that provided much needed community space and recreational facilities that are relevant to both the wants and needs of Inner West locals" said CEO Dean Thomas. 

"We're thrilled to receive the award for Camperdown Commons, it confirms a new way of thinking about Clubs, about how we utilise spaces and bring people together, about developing key partnerships and supporting sustainable businesses and grass-roots community organisations. We set to revitalise a space where people can come together and learn about the production of food, and how it comes together on the plate. And more than anything following through on the commitment we made to the community. 


In partnership with the Club, the Central and Eastern Primary Health Network (PHN) has established Active Living Classes. Classes will run until June 2018 and are held twice a week in the Group Fitness Studio, located on the lower ground of The Club on Wednesdays 9am-10am and Fridays 12.30pm-1.30pm. 

The Active Living fitness classes are run by health professionals who have also been specially trained in exercise for chronic lung and heart conditions. The pace of the class is suitable for people with stable chronic lung conditions, or heart failure, however, all community members are welcome and classes are for everyone. 

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Participants can join at any time - please wear comfortable clothing and footwear and bring a bottle of water. For more information, call Kim Sherman on 8752 4954.


The Club has recently welcomed 'Creating Chances' into our ClubGRANTS recipients fold. We're pleased to be able to provide funding and support to this deserving organisation who deliver programs that harness the power of sport by engaging students at Canterbury Vale High. 

The program is being offered to 20 students through the 'creating champions' and 'creating coaches', inspiring high school students to then mentor primary school students through six weeks of sporting activities. 

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The program's mantra is a combination of sport, life skills and mentoring equals incredible outcomes for young people. 


The Club and the UTS Schools of Health and Architecture have recently signed an agreement to begin an exciting research project called Designing IN Youth. The project will look at declining youth participation in sport. We’ll be surveying over 3,000 students at 12 local schools,, then asking them to help us co-design innovative sports and rec programs that increase participation. 


We’re proud to have launched a new initiative, providing local schools regular open mic sessions. CRACA Talent was launched in May with our ambassadors, X Factor stars, BEATZ hosting and performing. Over 10 local schools participate in the sessions and monthly open mics are being held at our sister club Magpies on the first Sunday of each month. 


Dulwich Hill High School of Visual Arts and Design was recently a recipient of $10,000 through the CRACA initiative to convert rooms into performance spaces, a recording booth and a control room.

The grant, which was added to $25,000 from local MP Jo Haylen, promotes music performance and creativity in the school. We’re now talking to music industry people to look at ways we can add to the curriculum.


CHP RSL have been supporting 'Learning Links' - a not for profit that provides educational support to local children with learning difficulties with funding and in-kind contributions.

We’re happy to say that its not just Club Grants funding that we provide, 20 members of staff are involved through volunteering their time at Croydon Park Public School, delivering the 'Reading for Life' program. 


In 2009, the Australian Department of Veterans Affairs released a report that identified that on any given night across Australia, over 3000 veterans were homeless due to their service to our nation.   Earlier this month RSL & Services Clubs Association held their first annual ‘Honour our Heroes Relay Walk’ for the RSL LifeCare foundation. Over $5000 was raised and 12 staff team members participated in the 42km relay!   Well done CHP RSL!

We Won!

Friday 13 May 2016.   Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL was proud to receive a Clubs & Community Award this week under the 'Arts & Culture' category in recognition of our songwriting initiative which bought together 8 local schools and international music producers. Congratulations to the team for their astounding dedication. Also of note was our Highly Commended achievement in the category of 'Disability, Welfare & Social Inclusion' for the ground breaking iSAIL post-natal care program with RPA hospital.

Our Chefs hope to taste success!

Friday 13 May 2016, saw our Head Chef Gilbert Aquino and Chef de Partie Sangjoon Wang Cook off in the Chefs Table Finals. The pair served up an amazing three course meal to 18 people, including judges, Julio Azzarello, Adam Moore and Courtney Roulston.

Click here to see a feature article in the Canterbury-Bankstown Express Paper! 


MARCH 2015

Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL Club is set to slice its greenhouse gas emissions by one third, cut annual energy costs by up to $185,000 and reinvest the savings back into the community, following the installation of its Trigeneration Energy System.

CHP RSL Trigeneration Video  
CHP RSL Trigeneration Case Study    
CHP RSL Media release                                                        
Press article Canterbury Bankstown Torch Wednesday 18 March 2015

Cooks River Sporting Alliance gains two new members

MARCH 2015

Canterbury Touch Football Club and The Sydney Arrows Ice Racing Club have recently joined the Cooks River Sporting Alliance. The organisation continues to forge deeper ties within the community through relationships with sporting groups.

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Membership of the Cooks River Sporting Alliance now spans 10 Clubs across 5 sporting codes. Members include Western Suburbs AFL (Juniors and Women), Canterbury Junior Rugby Union Club, Earlwood Saints Rugby League Club, Canterbury Juniors Football Club, Marrickville Red Devils Football Club, Hurlstone Park Wanderers Football Club, Wests Netball Club and Ashbury Netball Club.

Winter sports sampled at Carnival of the Codes


Around 1600 primary school aged students from 10 inner west primary schools discovered how fun it can be to shoot a goal through a netball hoop, kick a footy, take a mark and convert a try.

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During the Carnival of the Codes, primary school students sampled 5 winter sports - netball, football, rugby league, rugby union and AFL.
The bi-annual event is held by the Cooks River Sporting Alliance, a Club initiative formed in 2013 in response to findings that local sporting clubs' participation rates were in a state of decline.

Club proudly donates $1.063m donation to community groups


Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL Club is pleased to announce that a record $1.063m was donated to community welfare organisations, schools and sporting clubs through its ClubGRANTS program in 2014. A Community Morning Tea was held on Wednesday December 2 to acknowledge the club’s commitment to community support.

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Marrickville Council mayor Mark Gardiner along with representatives from local schools, community welfare organisations and sporting groups, attended the event.
CHPRSL chief executive officer Dean Thomas said the Club was proud to reinvest in the community.

“Whether it’s helping local cricket players with hats and shirts, funding educators for after-school fitness sessions to help promote healthy lifestyles, or assisting with funding for sheet music, tuition and software, helping schools run quality music ensembles, we’re thrilled to be ‘reinvesting for life’ in our community.
“In 2011 we made a commitment to re-invest 20% our profits back into to the community. We’re extremely proud to have given more than $2.6 million to community groups over the last 5 years, either directly (to schools, sporting clubs and other community groups) or indirectly through registered charities and welfare service providers.”



CHPRSL has become RPA Women and Babies’ principal partner in establishing the first clinic in NSW to provide an integrated support system for families who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss - iSAIL Clinic. The Club has provided seed funding to establish the highly specialised perinatal loss clinic.

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More than 1,500 students from 10 local primary schools tried out five summer sports in July, as part of the Carnival of the Codes.

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JULY 2014

Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club was recognised for its commitment to local sport, winning the Sport Award at the prestigious ClubsNSW Clubs & Community Awards on Friday May 9. The Club beat three sports clubs to the top prize.

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MAY 2014

On numerous occasions, the cooks river sporting alliance (CRSA) have been asked by local schools for more affordable sporting programs and local sporting clubs. The alliance have asked how they can increase the level of promotion in sports participation. With this in mind the CRSA decided to trial a new approach where local children could come and try all sports in the one session – and Carnival of Codes was created.

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MARCH 2014

2014 is off to a flying start as the Cooks River Sporting Alliance (CRSA) active presence in the local community continues to increase.

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