Reduced Membership Price for the Rest of 2022

Due to the impact of Covid and the Floods, members have delayed renewing or joining. The committee has decided to reduce the (re)joining cost for 2022 by charging only the Semester price for a memberships from mid-May 2022. This is better value than the Semester membership, so please join as an ordinary member (Ordinary membership lasts from the time of joining to the end of March 2023).

For the rest of 2022, the cost of ordinary membership is now
$60 for UQ Students and $75 for everyone else (that’s 30-40% off).

Please join/renew here !

Returning to Normal (Covid Plan Suspended)

Following widespread community vaccinations, the government and University have eased Covid requirements. The club committee has now responded by suspending the club covid plan (v5), and is now adhering to general University of Queensland and government health advice. If additional controls are needed for events, this is addressed via associated risk assessments.

Members should not participate in club activities if they are Covid positive or have covid-like symptoms. They are encouraged to follow University advice regarding mask wearing, social distancing, and vaccinations.

Consequently the club no longer requires members to become “Solo Paddlers, submit Solo Paddling declarations, or adhere to online shed booking protocols.

Returning to Paddling

Finally we are able to return to paddling!

It’s been a tough year with Covid peaking in Queensland, followed by significant floods. The shed flooded and some boats were lost, although most were saved. The insurers and UQ Sport took over the shed while assessments were made, cleaning was completed, and UQ’s Properties and Facilities division worked to repair the building. This has taken some time.

We have only recently regained access again to the shed. Thanks very much to the members who helped do a final cleanup of boats and preparation for a return to paddling. Unfortunately we were immediately faced with more heavy rain and minor flooding. This didn’t affect us directly, but it did delay reopening as it made the river unsafe to use.

The Club pontoon is out of action, but we are able to paddle on the river by using the rowing club pontoon (please be considerate of other users as we are guests!).

The UQ pool is still out of action, so there is no canoe polo at this stage.

Swim tests (400m and treading water) is can be completed at another swim centre. A formal letter from the public swimming pool is needed for UQ Sport to accept this.

It will take as a little longer to re-organise club trips as these take time to plan and have approved.

Membership will email you shed access details if you have joined/renewed for 2022.

Temporary Halt to Paddling due to Floods

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The club shed was flooded during the recent floods. It is currently closed to members while insurance is sorted out and the shed is cleaned. There were a number of boats damaged, but most are fine and it is not nearly as bad as 2011. Many boats will be available for use once things are restored.

The pontoon is damaged and we are investigating potential access to the rowing club’s pontoon once it is confirmed to still be serviceable and the rowing club agrees.

The pool was also affected, but we don’t know the extent of damage. We will be able to return to polo once the pool reopens.

Swim tests need to be completed at any external pool, but you will need a signed letter from the Pool staff there. Once you supply this to the club, we will arrange a UQ Sport certificate with UQ Sport.

Any questions, please contact the club committee.

August 2021 Lockdown

A South East Queensland Lockdown is in progress. Many of the exposure sites are in this local area (The University, St. Lucia, Indooroopilly, Taringa, Toowong). Please take the time to check the latest exposure sites (one or two were relatively close to the shed).

There is no access to the shed or any paddle activities (including solo paddling or borrowing) during this time. The university of Queensland is under level 4 restrictions (highest) so you should avoid the St. Lucia campus too. This will continue until the lockdown is lifted (see Queensland Health and UQ advice).

All planned club activities are cancelled. These may be rescheduled to a later date.

Once we restart, please use the Qld Government QR code to scan in when visiting the shed (located outside the shed door).

Lockdown Lifted

The lockdown has been lifted and the club is returning to normal operations. Please wear masks while the state government directives are in place and adhere to the club’s Covid safe procedures. This includes booking shed space for solo paddling and club activities and shed access.

Covid Update

Dear Members,

We hope everyone is adapting to the changing way of life whilst we combat COVID-19. Firstly, we’d like to thank our members for your understanding whilst normal club operations have been paused; our volunteer committee has welcomed your support whilst we navigate through this period of uncertainty.

Like many organisations and institutions, UQ Sport has made the informed and safety-conscious decision to halt all club activities until at least June 30, to flatten the curve of coronavirus infection. As such, UQCC will continue with our “hibernation of activities” for the duration of Semester One in line with UQ Sport requirements. Whilst this may be distressful for some members, we would like to highlight the importance of following social distancing measures and being stringent with your health – only together will we get through this period.

As such, the committee will look favourably upon refund requests for semester one members, which are to be sent to the club president by email. To assist all current members, the committee will be providing a proportional fee discount for next year’s membership (to be calculated in line with the duration of the hibernation period) to the current 2020 members.

We appreciate your understanding in this uncertain time and urge all members to put their health and wellbeing as a priority in these trying times. Should you have any questions, please contact the committee.

Stay Safe,

Henry & The UQCC Committee