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Mackay figure recognised as State’s best Community Club Director

Mackay figure recognised as State’s best community club director
Image supplied | Terry Doolan

Terry Doolan, hailing from Mackay, has clinched the prestigious title of Club Director of the Year at the Keno & Clubs Queensland 2024 Awards for Excellence held in Brisbane.

His leadership at Harrup Park Country Club garnered attention for his multifaceted contributions to the local community.

A Hub of Community Spirit

Originally established as the Mackay Cricket Association in 1891, Harrup Park has evolved into a thriving community hub with over 24,000 members.

Doolan’s direction has seen the club expand its scope, embracing cricket, AFL, and RSL interests while also offering top-tier dining experiences.

Recognising Outstanding Contributions

Clubs Queensland CEO, Kelly Egan underscored the pivotal role clubs like Harrup Park play in community life.

Beyond mere hospitality or sports, these clubs serve as vital support networks and cultural centres.

Egan emphasised that the Excellence Awards shine a light on the extensive behind-the-scenes efforts that make such clubs indispensable to their communities.

Mackay’s Vital Role

Mackay’s clubs have recently rallied together for Clubs Queensland’s Operation ClubsCare, raising over $250,000 for victims of the state’s weather-related disasters.

This collective effort underscores the profound impact community clubs have beyond their immediate surroundings.

Community Clubs: Pillars of Support

Clubs in Queensland, numbering over 1200, boast a combined membership of 4.1 million and contribute significantly to the state’s economy.

More than just places of recreation, they serve as focal points for social cohesion and mutual support, fostering a sense of belonging among members.

Celebrating a Legacy

The Keno & Clubs Queensland Awards for Excellence, now in their 25th year, stand as a testament to the enduring legacy of the community club sector.

They honour not only individual achievements but also the collective contributions of clubs to the social and economic fabric of Queensland.

Terry Doolan’s recognition as Club Director of the Year is not just a personal accolade; it’s a testament to the vibrant community spirit thriving in Mackay and throughout Queensland.