Welcome to the UpFront Club  
31 Maple St  MALENY -  5494 2592 

The Maleny Cooperative Club Limited - Bar, Restaurant, Live music venue, Co-op since 1994

Open 7 days a week from 7:30 am 
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Changes !

There is so much going on at the Club, that it's hard to know where to start.
First:
The Board of Directors of the UpFront Club is thrilled to announce that our Landlord, Terra Australis, under the direction of Ian McDonald and Brian Day, has given the Upfront Club a very generous budget for much needed renovations to the Club.

A detailed proposal, including a budget and preliminary drawings was presented to Ian and Brian and they have generously agreed to fund this project.

The scope of works includes:
• Extend the existing floor area by 5%. This is the maximum allowed under the Council regulations for minor works.
• Improvements to the kitchen.
• Fit a security gate to the entrance of the alleyway on the east side of the UFC so art works can be displayed on the wall of this area.
• Relocate the storage area closer to the building thus freeing up space in the backyard.
• Landscape the backyard to make it more user-friendly.
• Extend the firewall between the Newsagent and the UFC to meet Council regulations.

The existing green shed storage area at the back of the UFC will no longer be needed. We are hoping that a member will be able to use this structure in return for removing it.
If you are interested in this, please contact John Vasta at the Upfront Club.

Engineer’s plans are being prepared now to submit to Council.

We look forward to showing you all the approved plans in the near future.

The Board of Directors’ extends our gratitude to Ian and Brian for their continued support of the Upfront Club.


Makeover - inside and out!

First it was the garden party - where a great group of people weeded and planted and partied out the back of the Club:


Then the Painting Days - 


Over two and a bit days, a large and dedicated team cleaned, scraped, sanded and painted the Club... first, the dining room had to be emptied out...



Then the painting began!



Inside and out...


You'll find a photo album of the day here.
Thank you all who took part!




Looking for New Directors

Preparations have started for the next AGM in October when we will need to find a few new Directors. If you have skills or interest in finance, hospitality, governance, or cooperatives and would like to work in a consensus-based, team environment, please contact the secretary at secretary@maplestreetco-op.com or  identify yourself to one of our Directors at Friday’s Board Listening Table. See here for the schedule for the Board Listening Table as they are sometimes in the mornings and sometimes in the afternoons. If you're interested, but want to know more about what Directors do, look out for our Directors Information meeting later this year. 

Renew Your Membership Now

Annual memberships are now due so please renew your subscriptions either in the Club or on-line here.  


UpFront Unwired!



It's back again! The UpFront Club has a brand new wireless facility for customers.
Simply come in and buy something - breakfast, lunch or just a cup of coffee - and you'll get two hours online. You can use this two hours any time you wish over 24 hours. 

Keeping it sustainable, fresh - and gluten free!

The Club continues to put sustainability and health first and foremost.

For some time, the Club has been using only Sustainable Seafood – now we’ve added Marine Stewardship Council certified sustainable.


Tempura battered Hake is our choice for fish and chips and we’re now serving salad with the dish, keeping it fresh. Of course, there’s also our fabulous garlic aioli!

Gluten Free Bread

We’ve sourced a fantastic new Gluten Free Bread from our friends at the Essential Grain organic bakery. Essential grain also supply us with our Panini and the awesome Wholegrain Sourdough.

Gluten Free Soy Milk

Made with organic Australian soybeans, is now also available – just ask.

e Club! Fresh, local – and changed weekly!
See you at the Club!

Fresh, local - and changed weekly!
The Club has a new, ever-changing menu – check it out! The emphasis is on fresh, local ingredients, variety and seasonal tastes.Your favourites are still there – joined by some of the most imaginative dishes you'll find on the Range


               Here Comes the Sun!

UpFront Club wins funding for solar panels

Against some stiff competition, the Club has been successful in gaining a $34,621 grant from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund to install solar panels.

The benefits will be greatly appreciated by our members and community with the potential to reduce our greenhouse emissions by nearly 90 Tonnes per annum.

In addition, the solar panels will enable us to partner with the solar equipment supplier to offer regular education forums delivering education to the greater community about renewable energies. Our thanks to Andrew Powell, Jenny McKay and Nathan Arrowsmith for being referees for our application

Our Mission 

The UpFront Club is a welcoming venue offering great food and drink, art and entertainment. 


We build our community through commitment to supporting our local culture and economy.


 We model successful co-operative hospitality and ethical business.




100 Cups of Coffee Free to Members

Dear Co-op and UpFront Club Members,

The Club Manager, Mick, recently introduced two new coffee blends  – Byron Bay Blue and Columbian. Customer feedback has been very positive.

Schibello remains our standard blend with either Byron Bay Blue or Columbian being available on request. As we have limited grinders, only one is available for the new blends. We alternate these each time the grinder hopper is empty.

We’d like our members to try out these new blends and to get the ball rolling, we’re giving away 100 free coffee vouchers for these new blends at the Special General meeting.

While we would love you to try the coffee on the night, our staff would definitely struggle to keep up with 100 people all wanting coffee at the same time.

Thus, your voucher is valid from Friday 13th to Friday 20th February.

Enjoy

Dick Newman

Further Notification to Members of the Maleny Cooperative Club Ltd.

Special General Meeting

5.30 for 7.30 pm start

 Thursday 12th February, 2015,

Upfront Club, 31 Maple Street, Maleny.

Change to the Agenda

Franklin Bruinstroop, elected Chairperson in November 2014, and Steve Perdriau, elected Vice Chairperson (also at that meeting) were charged by the Board at their January 20th 2015 meeting to arrange this Special General meeting to allow the members to elect a functional Board.

 Throughout the process of arranging this meeting the directives of the Board to call this meeting, the regulations of the Cooperatives Act 1997, our own cooperative Rules, and our Governance Policies have been followed.  The Secretary has been in contact with the Office of Fair Trading and Steve and Franklin have also taken numerous opportunities to work with interested members and spent many hours attempting to address their concerns.

Nonetheless, we were informed on Friday that concern has been expressed to the Office of Fair Trading that the Agenda for this Special General Meeting might leave the election of the new Board open to challenge. The Office of Fair Trading is the State Government Office responsible for the operations of Cooperatives in Queensland. 

Their suggestion is that we add an Addendum to the agenda That the board of directors of the cooperative be removed from office. If this is put to the meeting and is successful, then the election can proceed. To be successful, the motion (Special Resolution) needs to be passed by a 2/3 majority vote of those present (including proxies).

Should this motion be passed, then individual directors who have nominated for re-election will be able to re-stand. Should this motion not be passed, individual directors will be given the opportunity to resign. If there are any vacancies created as a result of this, the election will proceed to fill them. Individual directors who resign in this way to enable members to vote, and who have nominated for re-election, will be able to re-stand.

Please see the Agenda with the Addendum attached below.

Chair of the Meeting

Section 36.1 states that the Chair of the cooperative presides over a General Meeting. Steve Perdriau, the elected Vice-Chair was Acting Chair at the January 2015 meeting. Steve was also charged by the Board, as its last act at that meeting, to take all necessary steps to hold this meeting. Therefore Steve will chair the meeting. The rules do not provide for an Independent Chairperson. As Steve has renominated, the Returning Officer will preside over the election process. This has been agreed to by the Office of Fair Trading. 

Because of this, Item 3 of the Agenda is now redundant.

Background to the Meeting

To address the concern of some members regarding the legitimacy of this meeting, the secretary will outline the most recent advice from the Office of Fair Trading during Item 2, Background to the Meeting. She will also read from the draft minutes of the January 20th 2015 Board meeting minutes, the pertinent discussion around the resolution of the Board to conduct this meeting and the decision to dissolve the Board.

Reminder to nominees for the position of Director

The Office of Fair Trading also asked us to inform persons seeking to be directors after Thursday, (this includes those who were directors at 20th January 2015) that they should nominate by the closing date in anticipation of the motion to remove the Board being successful. Nominations close at 4 pm on Wednesday.

 

Nomination Forms and support information are available here.  

48.7 of our Rules state that nominations for candidates to fill vacant position must be sought in the way the board decides. Again, any two members can nominate or second your nomination and Steve Perdriau and Franklin Bruinstroop will countersign to meet the requirement in our Governance Policies that two directors sign. While they are not directors (as the Board has dissolved) they have been delegated to perform the Board’s functions for the purposes of the meeting.  They are also available to nominate and second if required.  This process has been discussed with the Office of Fair Trading.  

Nominations close at 4pm Wednesday 11th February and are being posed on our Website as they arrive and as staff time allows. See them at www.upfrontclub.org

We look forward to a successful meeting and a functional Board.


MALENY COOPERATIVE CLUB LTD

NOTICE OF SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING

THURSDAY 12TH FEBRUARY 2015

The UpFront Club, 31 Maple Street, Maleny.

5.30 pm for 6:00 pm start

AGENDA

1.                  Welcome and Apologies

2.         Background to the meeting including the following motion from the Board Meeting held 20th January 2015 at 9.15 am at the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre:

“That in recognition of the disfunctionality of the Board and factionalism that has existed for approximately 2 years, the Board calls a Special General Meeting so that members can decide on a functional Board to direct the organisations and that this be held as soon as possible.”

3.         Election of an Independent Chairperson to conduct the election of the Board

4.         Election of Directors – There are a maximum of 9 and a minimum of 7 director positions to be filled.

5.         Appreciations

6.         Meeting Close                                    

Addendum:

Following the advice from the Office of Fair Trading, the following Special Resolution will be put prior to Item 4, Election of Directors:

That the board of directors of the cooperative be removed from office.”  Moved Steve Perdriau, Seconded Hermann Schwabe. 

Further Notification to Members of the Maleny Cooperative Club Ltd.

Special General Meeting

5.30 for 7.30 pm start

 Thursday 12th February, 2015,

Upfront Club, 31 Maple Street, Maleny.

Change to the Agenda

Franklin Bruinstroop, elected Chairperson in November 2014, and Steve Perdriau, elected Vice Chairperson (also at that meeting) were charged by the Board at their January 20th 2015 meeting to arrange this Special General meeting to allow the members to elect a functional Board.

 Throughout the process of arranging this meeting the directives of the Board to call this meeting, the regulations of the Cooperatives Act 1997, our own cooperative Rules, and our Governance Policies have been followed.  The Secretary has been in contact with the Office of Fair Trading and Steve and Franklin have also taken numerous opportunities to work with interested members and spent many hours attempting to address their concerns.

Nonetheless, we were informed on Friday that concern has been expressed to the Office of Fair Trading that the Agenda for this Special General Meeting might leave the election of the new Board open to challenge. The Office of Fair Trading is the State Government Office responsible for the operations of Cooperatives in Queensland. 

Their suggestion is that we add an Addendum to the agenda That the board of directors of the cooperative be removed from office. If this is put to the meeting and is successful, then the election can proceed. To be successful, the motion (Special Resolution) needs to be passed by a 2/3 majority vote of those present (including proxies).

Should this motion be passed, then individual directors who have nominated for re-election will be able to re-stand. Should this motion not be passed, individual directors will be given the opportunity to resign. If there are any vacancies created as a result of this, the election will proceed to fill them. Individual directors who resign in this way to enable members to vote, and who have nominated for re-election, will be able to re-stand.

Please see the Agenda with the Addendum attached below.

Chair of the Meeting

Section 36.1 states that the Chair of the cooperative presides over a General Meeting. Steve Perdriau, the elected Vice-Chair was Acting Chair at the January 2015 meeting. Steve was also charged by the Board, as its last act at that meeting, to take all necessary steps to hold this meeting. Therefore Steve will chair the meeting. The rules do not provide for an Independent Chairperson. As Steve has renominated, the Returning Officer will preside over the election process. This has been agreed to by the Office of Fair Trading. 

Because of this, Item 3 of the Agenda is now redundant.

Background to the Meeting

To address the concern of some members regarding the legitimacy of this meeting, the secretary will outline the most recent advice from the Office of Fair Trading during Item 2, Background to the Meeting. She will also read from the draft minutes of the January 20th 2015 Board meeting minutes, the pertinent discussion around the resolution of the Board to conduct this meeting and the decision to dissolve the Board.

Reminder to nominees for the position of Director

The Office of Fair Trading also asked us to inform persons seeking to be directors after Thursday, (this includes those who were directors at 20th January 2015) that they should nominate by the closing date in anticipation of the motion to remove the Board being successful. Nominations close at 4 pm on Wednesday.

 

Nomination Forms and support information are available here.  

48.7 of our Rules state that nominations for candidates to fill vacant position must be sought in the way the board decides. Again, any two members can nominate or second your nomination and Steve Perdriau and Franklin Bruinstroop will countersign to meet the requirement in our Governance Policies that two directors sign. While they are not directors (as the Board has dissolved) they have been delegated to perform the Board’s functions for the purposes of the meeting.  They are also available to nominate and second if required.  This process has been discussed with the Office of Fair Trading.  

Nominations close at 4pm Wednesday 11th February and are being posed on our Website as they arrive and as staff time allows. See them at www.upfrontclub.org

We look forward to a successful meeting and a functional Board.


MALENY COOPERATIVE CLUB LTD

NOTICE OF SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING

THURSDAY 12TH FEBRUARY 2015

The UpFront Club, 31 Maple Street, Maleny.

5.30 pm for 6:00 pm start

AGENDA

1.                  Welcome and Apologies

2.         Background to the meeting including the following motion from the Board Meeting held 20th January 2015 at 9.15 am at the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre:

“That in recognition of the disfunctionality of the Board and factionalism that has existed for approximately 2 years, the Board calls a Special General Meeting so that members can decide on a functional Board to direct the organisations and that this be held as soon as possible.”

3.         Election of an Independent Chairperson to conduct the election of the Board

4.         Election of Directors – There are a maximum of 9 and a minimum of 7 director positions to be filled.

5.         Appreciations

6.         Meeting Close                                    

Addendum:

Following the advice from the Office of Fair Trading, the following Special Resolution will be put prior to Item 4, Election of Directors:

That the board of directors of the cooperative be removed from office.”  Moved Steve Perdriau, Seconded Hermann Schwabe. 

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