WORKERS LIFESTYLE GROUP
From very humble beginnings to one of the largest and most successful hospitality and lifestyle organisations in Sydney, the Workers Lifestyle Group possesses a strong philosophy on stability and progress while priding itself on maintaining a true sense of community. The Group proudly boasts three of Western Sydney’s best hospitality venues, over 55,000 members and future growth that includes the new Parkside Lifestyle Community development.
Featuring five floors of sporting and health facilities, four restaurants, multiple function rooms, a showroom, a great selection of sub and sporting clubs and a host of other facilities for its members, the Workers Blacktown is a premium entertainment and leisure destination in western Sydney.
In the early days of the old Tin Shed, the club could only accommodate 250 members and demand was so great that ‘intending’ members had to join a waiting list until their number came up. The Club has expanded many times over the years to accommodate the needs of Blacktown’s population. The Blacktown branch of the Labor Party convened a meeting at the Blacktown School Of Arts on January 23, 1955 to discuss the formation of a club, using the very successful Mildura Workers Club as an example. Twenty-six interested people attended the meeting chaired by Don Crellin, who outlined the aims and functions of the proposed club and suggested it be run on a non-political and non-sectarian basis.
During the discussions it was mooted that the club be called the Blacktown Workingman’s Club but this was knocked back after it was pointed out that, if registered, it would automatically debar women from becoming members. It was formally moved that the club be formed and known as the Blacktown Workers’ Club, which was passed unanimously. A committee was then elected with Jim Moffat, Tom Gibbs, Frank Dunn, Bob Jessop, Les O’Connor, Les Masters, Eric Green, John Kilpatrick and Harold Laybutt successful candidates. To cover the cost of renting the hall and placing an advertisement in the Blacktown Advocate, a collection was taken up. After expenses, the first bank balance of the newly born Blacktown Workers’ Club was the princely sum of one shilling and seven pence.
Today, members and guests can enjoy meeting at their club in the heart of the Blacktown CBD with a range of delicious dining offers including Eucalyptus Dining, Mango Tango Thai, Blue Gum Café and Western Sydney’s only Revolving Restaurant, Hi Lights. The iconic Diamond Showroom has a range of live ticketed performances every Saturday night. Plus the venue hosts a range of club activities including bingo, trivia, raffles and Cash Housie.
The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. Workers Sports reflects the qualities of a successful sporting team: passionate, dedicated and determined. Passionate about sport and its role in the community; dedicated to supporting members and affiliated sporting bodies with excellent services and facilities; and determined at maintaining a high level of success. The Club you see today opened its doors on December 13, 1998, with the original sporting and recreation club owned by the club receiving its first liquor licence on July 15, 1978.
Workers Sports is now a modern and functional venue featuring a Sports Bar and Lounge, an International All You Can Eat Buffet, Coffee Shop, and a popular outdoor area with food by the team at BlackBear BBQ. The lounge area features live music every Saturday night, as well as a range of club activities on throughout the week, including trivia, poker and raffles.
The Club is located on the H.E. Laybutt Reserve, adjacent to the renowned sporting complex which features two soccer fields, two rugby league fields/cricket ovals, three bowling greens, five all weather tennis courts and a baseball diamond. The H.E. Laybutt Sporting complex is home to many of our affiliated sporting teams and sub-clubs, boasting some 7,000 sportsmen and women, seniors and juniors.
Our foundation members have long been considered pioneers given their foresight to establish Workers Blacktown and make wise investments to ensure our long-term longevity. The most recent acquisition was the purchase of Hubertus Country Club at the end of 2014. Rich in German history it has been brought to back to life.
It now trades as the Workers Hubertus, in the heart of rural Luddenham. Plenty of land, club house complete with dining facilities, old school kids area, functions rooms, stage, outdoor marquee, pond, indoor and outdoor shooting range plus lots of potential. The biggest event remains the Oktoberfest celebration held on the first weekend in October when we kick up the German festivities like only we know how!
The Club has a bright future ahead, thanks to the close proximity to the new Western Sydney Aerotropolis, due to open in 2026. Watch this space!
PARKSIDE LIFESTYLE COMMUNITY
Parkside Lifestyle Community is coming to Blacktown, adjacent to Workers Sports. Parkside promises a place for over 55’s to enjoy life and thrive in their later years. Construction is forecast to commence in 2023, with our first stage of 94 homes along with an array of community facilities and enticing green spaces. For more information on Parkside Lifestyle Community, click here: