Hrvatski Dom Canberra

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19 February 2014

Dear Members

The Board of the Australian Croatian Club Limited is pleased to advise that it continues to trade profitably for the fifth year in succession.

Whilst the Club has reported an accounting loss for the 2013 year, this figure is attributable to the significant legal expenses incurred by the Club in defending the claims made by Mr Daniel Kovac (son of Jerko) that the Club discriminated against him due to his personal political convictions - a claim that the Board totally refutes.

Excluding the legal expenses, the Club made an operating trading profit which is a truly remarkable result, given the challenging economic environment being experienced by all Clubs' in the ACT. As a result, the Board would like to offer its sincere appreciation to Club patrons and the over one hundred people who volunteered their services throughout the year.

A particularly pleasing aspect of the year is the strong growth in membership, with a new record set. Likewise the Board was pleased to establish an ongoing relationship with the Canberra Musicians Club. This relationship will broaden the appeal of the Club to the wider community and this in turn will not only be of significant commercial benefit to both organisations but will also enable the Club to better promote and achieve the objects as set out in the Club's Constitution.

Whilst the significant legal costs prevented the achievement of the Board's 2013 goal of expanding Club operations and increasing trading hours, the Board remains hopeful of achieving this later in 2014. With the Club trading above expectations in the first third of the 2014 financial year, this goal (and the Club's long term future) seems assured.

Board of Directors


30 January 2013

Dear Members

The Board of Directors of the Australian Croatian Club Limited is pleased to announce another profit for the 2011/12 financial year. The figure continues the profitable trend of the last four financial years.

The key feature of the result is a 11% increase in gross bistro revenue to a record.  A truly remarkable result from the team at the Friday Night Bistro.

Despite difficult trading conditions across the Club industry, 2011/12 can once again be classified as another successful year for the Club, and for this, the Board would like to offer its sincere appreciation to Club patrons, sponsors and; in particular, to the over 100 Club members who volunteered their services throughout the year.

Improvements to the Club were the key theme this financial year with items of significant expenditure including:

  • Installation of additional toilets near the Club entry enabling the Club's occupancy loading to increase from 200 to 600;
  • Finalisation of the Club's new outdoor dining area;
  • Refresh of the main entry to the Club; and
  • Installation of timber floors in the Club's bistro.

Another achievement of the year was the members acceptance and endorsement of a new Constitution - bringing the Club into alignment with the necessary legislative requirements.

The net result is a fresh and vibrant Club with an exciting future.

The Board is confident of the financial outlook for the Club for 2013 which has already commenced with a record trading performance for the first three months of the year.

The Board has now earmarked 2013 as a year of change and growth in order to broaden Club operations with the main challenge being to increase the Club's operating hours (in particular its Bistro trading hours) and continued capital improvements.  As these events event transpire, it is hoped members will continue to strongly support the Club as they have continually demonstrated over the years.


27 February 2012

Hrvatska Fešta 2012 - Yes it’s finally here.

From 9-11 March, the Australian Croatian Club will be celebrating our local community’s achievements with three days of fun aimed at all generations.

Friday 9 March - Launch Party – Melbourne legends, Major Minor, will kick off the party with a live concert.  In a new initiative, there will also be a mechanical bull for people to test their skills against.  Entry is only $10 and tickets are available at the door.

Saturday 10 March – Zabava (starting 6.30pm) – Major Minor will again be on deck to entertain everyone at the Zabava. Additional entertainment will be provided by two kolo groups, our very own HFS Croatia and from Sydney “Domovina”. The people who attended last year will know that the kolo performances were a highlight of the night.  Entry is $50 per person ($15 for kids between 12-18 years) and includes a superb dinner comprising four courses.  For bookings please contact the Club on 6248 8782 (Wed-Sat 1-6pm) or 0401 681 409 (after 6pm).

HNK Hope Cup - To keep people entertained during the Saturday, the Club is pleased to announce that Werrington Croatia, O’Connor Knights and Croatia Deakin will compete for the HNK Hope Cup at Giralang Oval ¬- Canopus Street Giralang.  First games kick off at 12.30pm.  In a first, there will also be a separate women’s game.

Sunday 11 March Family Day (starting at 12.30pm) – The last day of the Fešta, is a day not to miss. Featuring heaps of free activities for the kids, kolo performances by the younger members of HFS Croatia, pecenje for the grown-ups and a BBQ in the recently established outdoor dining area.

For those that missed last year – check out what you missed.


A special thank you to all the volunteers and customers that made the Club's third appearance at the National Capital Multicultural Festival such as success.


29 January 2012

The Board of the Australian Croatian Club Limited is pleased to announce another strong profit for the 2010/11 financial year. The figure reflects a huge increase on last year’s result and continues the profitable trend of the last three financial years (compared to the approximate $270,000 in losses for the three years to 30 September 2008 under previous administrations).

Key features of the result include:

37% increase in gross bar revenue; and

292% increase in gross bistro revenue.

As a result 2010/11 can once again be classified as another successful year for the Club, and for this, the Board would like to offer its sincere appreciation to all those members (over 100) who volunteered their services throughout the year.  As a result the Club has been able to eliminate all of its bank debt, well ahead of schedule.

Key achievements of the year included:

  • obtaining food and liquor license approval for the Club’s new outdoor dining area;
  • participating in the ACT's Multicultural Festival on both the Friday and Saturday;
  • "Hrvatska Fešta 2011" which resulted in over 800 people attending the three day event, that even generated general media interest in the Republic of Croatia;
  • highly successful Deseti Travanj celebrations;
  • rejuvenation of Antunovsko with the replacement of the traditional Zabava with a successful gala Seafood Night; and
  • taking the lead in organising the highly successful demonstration in support of Croatian General’s Gotovina and Markac with in excess of 2000 Croatians in attendance.
  • A number of head winds do however face the Club, in particular government compliance activity.  For instance:
  • the Club has been disproportionately hit by the changes to legislation with respect to the sale of alcohol.   The Club has in fact experienced a 300% increase in its Liquor licence fee (to $9,000) in just two years; and
  • the Club’s occupancy loadings were severely restricted which included a maximum of 140 people for the Main Hall. The Board has now committed to installing new toilet facilities which will increase the Club’s occupancy loading capacity to in excess of 500.

The Board of Directors is however confident of the outlook for 2012 with key elements including:

  • strong forward bookings for the first half of 2011/12;
  • the Friday Night Bistro continuing to provide a family friendly environment that all members should be proud of;
  • the Club celebrating not only the 20th anniversary of the Australian Government’s recognition of the Republic of Croatia, but also Deseti Travanj, Mothers/Fathers days  and Croatian National Day; and
  • "Hrvatska Fešta 2012" on the weekend of 9-11 March 2012 to feature not only HFS Croatia and Major Minor but new Sydney kolo group DOMOVINA.

The Board on Ante Mrkonjić (President), Ante Šporčić (Vice President), Mirko Kesak (Secretary), Tomislav Džaja (Treasurer), Ante Nazor, Dennis Pećar, Veselko Pilatić, Ivan Peric, Mirko Kesak, Marija Lemić and Josip Jadrić.

Finally, the Board would like to thank the following people for their outstanding efforts in 2010/11, you really are the heart and soul of the Club.  Ana Benc, Kata Mikulić, Marija Perić, Kata Rac, Zdenka Šporčić, Branka Ivančić, Janja Perić, Ante Šporčić, Mirko Kesak, Veselko Pilatić, Ivan Perić and Josip Jadrić.

Za Dom Spremni
Board Of Directors

30 November 2011

Summer of fun at O’Connor

Hard as it is to believe, but it seems Canberra’s going to be the place to be this summer with a host of events taking place at the Australian Croatian Club.

It all kicks off at 12.30pm on Sunday 4 December with the local community’s first ever indoor Kid’s Christmas Party.  The event will not only feature free lunch for the kids but also heaps of free activities ranging from a jumping castle, face painting, balloons, colouring in, kec kec kume, cartoons on the big screen, popcorn, table tennis and much much more.

The parents, grandparents and their friends will also be looked after with the Club’s ever popular Bistro opening for a special Sunday’s trade, as well as a BBQ in the outdoor meals area.

Action then moves to the Club’s New Year’s Eve Zabava with Sydney-siders ZAKON set to perform.  With their recent itune releases generating the type of positive feedback normally reserved for Major Minor, it won’t surprise if tickets for New Year’s get snapped up quickly.

Speaking of Major Minor, the Club recently announced the Melbourne lads will be back for Hrvatska Fešta 2012 (9-11 March) with two gigs.  The Club is pleased to also advise that Sydney’s newest Kolo Group DOMOVINA and Canberra’s ever popular CROATIA will also be performing at the Fešta.

But before then there is of course the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the Australian Government’s recognition of the Republic of Croatia on 20-21 January, where younger members of the Community and the young at heart will get to rock at the “Thank You Australia Party” with Canberra’s premier covers band Heuristic.

With the Club introducing the concept of “bring your Aussie friends and you all get in for free”, the Saturday 21 January “Thank You Australia Party” should be a night not to miss.

So it really does seem true – Canberra’s the place to be this summer.  Well done to the team down at O’Connor – you seem to have achieved the impossible!!.


26 October 2011

Gaming and the community


The Club is pleased to announce that last financial year (2010/11) it provided community contributions to four organisations. The contributions were equivalent to over 37% of 2010/11 revenue from the Club's gaming machines. The organisations included:

- Leukaemia Foundation

- O'Connor Knights

- Croatian Ethnic School

- Croatian Catholic Centre (Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac statue)

For those organisations seeking assistance from the Club, a reminder the Australian Croatian Club has a policy that before any community-based club or association is eligible to receive any form of sponsorship from the Club (financial or in-kind) every member of that organisation must first become a member of the Australian Croatian Club.  Where members of that organisation are under the age of 18, this requirement extends to their immediate guardian.

The Club supports responsible gambling. If you have a gambling problem please contact Clubcare on 6247 0655 or 13 11 14.



7 AUGUST 2011 Croatian Victory Day - Community Celebrations

On a wild and windy Sunday afternoon, the Croatian community in Canberra celebrated Croatian Victory Day with a traditional lunch at the Australian Croatian Club (O’Connor).

In celebrating the largest European military operation since World War 2 which liberated a third of the Republic of Croatia’s territory, humiliated the Mladić forces in Bosnia and saved the inhabitants of the Bihac pocket from a Srebrenica type fate, the members of the revitalised Club demonstrated once again their support for all truly Croatian celebrations and/or commemorations.

This is no surprise coming so soon after the Club and its members played such an important role in the successful peace rally for Croatian General’s Gotovina and Markac, further demonstrating they will never forget the sacrifices by those that helped established the century’s old dream of an Independent Croatian state.

But of course the action does not stop there for the good folk in the Nation’s Capital with the Club’s Father’s Day celebrations just around the corner, the recent announcement that the Club will have a marque at the Canberra Racecourse on Melbourne Cup day and ZAKON set to rock the Club on New Year’s Eve.

And that, just like Croatian Victory Day itself, is well worth celebrating.



Australian Croatian's Unite for Croatian Generals Gotovina and Markač

By Šime Lisica

On a sunny Sunday afternoon in Canberra marked the day the Croatians from all over Australia came out in force united as one (or so you would think with one particular Canberra club deciding that soccer was more important than the freedom of our Generals, the question should be was is really that hard to postpone the game a few hours? seriously, you had over a months’ notice, you really have shown your true colours) despite that the turnout of 2000+ individuals was impressive and as the spokesperson for the Croatian Youth Association Incorporated I would first of all like to thank all of you for coming together and supporting such a pivotal event in the history of the Croatian community of Australia.

Secondly I would also like to sincerely thank all the speakers on the day, Tomislav Beram who represents the Croatian Intercomittee Council of NSW, Anđa Luburić from Croatian Television and representing the Brisbane Croatian Community, Fabian Lovoković representative of H.O.P, Evica Dumančić representing the Croatian Community of Western Australia, I would also like to thank Zvonko Bušić who provided an exclusive audio clip that specifically addressing the Canberra crowd, and Mr Jack Barić director of the documentary “Searching for a Storm” for his statement and his on-going support with both protests that have been held in Sydney and now Canberra.

Finally and most importantly I must thank both the Hrvatski Dom O’Connor for the endless amount of support they have given, especially with organising all the food and drinks both before and after the event, the club was chocked full of guests, it was an absolute honour to see everyone sitting together sharing a meal and socialising, so to O’Connor without them this day would not have happened. For those of you wondering if more protests have been planned down the track, the answer is yes and you will be advised in the very near future, the Croatian Youth Association has earmarked a date near the Croatian elections in December as a possibility.

Some memorable quotes of the day: in a statement prepared by Mr Jack Barić, director of the documentary Searching for a Storm said “The greatest failure of the West since the 1930’s” is how former United States Assistant Secretary of State Richard Holbrooke described the United Nations efforts to stop the war in Croatia and in Bosnia & Herzegovina. It can be easily argued that the greatest failure among a mind-boggling list of UN failures occurred eleven years ago this month in Srebrenica. At that time, thousands of terrified people gathered in desperation at the UN gates after Serb forces had overrun the Bosnian safe haven town.

Šime Lisica, spokesperson for the Croatian Youth Association said, “These outrageous policies of the international court has been a major milestone for the ultra-nationalist Serbian revanchists who are already claiming that the conviction and ruling against our Generals enables Croatia’s international borders to be altered, the restoration of a Greater Serbia is what they are fighting for, we cannot and must not allow this to happen”

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