The Federation of Community, Sporting and Worker's Clubs (FCSWC) is a not-for-profit organisation owned by a collective of NSW registered community, sporting and workers clubs, and run by and board made up of elected club directors and managers.
The objective of the FCSWC is to provide affordable holidays to all members and families of its registered clubs.
Currently the FCSWC own and operate three coastal holiday resorts on the NSW Mid-North Coast, Hunter and South Coast on behalf of its members; with plans to build an additional resort in the near future.
The FCSWC's primary function is to manage the operations of the resorts, with the strategic planning being decided on at the Annual General Meetings by representatives from all of the NSW member clubs.
To provide value to our members, guests and local communities, and create an inclusive environment where everyone can enjoy life and create memories regardless of their abilities
We make a positive difference to the quality of people’s lives
We deliver Great Service
We are a Team
We are Contemporary and Progressive
We are Accountable
We are Committed to Sustainability
We Respect the Land and Culture of our Local Communities
Enjoy Life at Fingal
Explore the Bellingen Valley
Escape to Nature at Sussex
Company Secretary/CEO: Kenneth John Conway Life Member
Chairman: Bob (Robert) Humphrys Life Member- C.ex (Coffs Ex Services Club)
Deputy Chairman: Edward Camilleri Life Member - Central Coast Leagues Club
Deputy Chairman: Dennis McHugh Life Member - Southerland Tradies
Director: Steve Fitzpatrick – Mounties Group
Director: Terry O’Loughlin Life Member – Blacktown Workers Club
Director: John Rafferty – C.ex Group
Director: Andy Yelds - Mingara Group
Our resort managers are the face of the FCSWC and work hard to provide the very best in customer service and enjoyable guest experiences to our members and guests, whilst upholding the values of the Federation.
Riverside - Urunga
Rebecca came on board as Riverside Holiday Resort Manager in September 2013. In this time, she has been the driving force behind the FCSWC group's marketing activities, crafting herself the additional role of Marketing Manager for the organisation.
Coming from a background in property management, Rebecca has previously specialised in short-term & holiday accommodation.
Rebecca is driven to succeed and is always looking for opportunities to enhance guest's experiences while staying at any of our three FCSWC holiday resorts.
Rebecca and her team love to welcome new and return guests to Urunga, and try hard to exceed their guests expectations every visit.
Seaside - Fingal Bay
For those who have stayed at Seaside Holiday Resort, Manager De-Anne Anderson will be a familar face. First employed as the part-time Resort Assistant in 2004 after moving to beautiful Fingal Bay from Sydney with her young family, De-Anne then went on to become assistant manager before earning the Resort Management role in November 2009.
De-Anne has overseen the dramatic changes to the interior and exterior of the Resort over the past 12 years, bringing Seaside Holiday Resort in line with some of the best 4-star Holiday Resorts in Port Stephens and delivering the best seaside accommodation to all travelers, as well as welcoming back regular guests time and time again.
Haven - Sussex Inlet
As Haven Holiday Resort is the smallest of the three FCSWC Resorts with only 18 two and three-bedroom units and villas, there is no onsite office, so Ross Earby and his dedicated team at Real Property Agents Sussex Inlet manage bookings and the day-to-day operation.
As the most trusted property agent in Sussex Inlet, the level of service given by Ross at the team over the years has been exceptional, and our guest reviews are testimony to this.
You can find Real Property Agents at:
168 Jacobs Drive, Sussex Inlet;
or by phone on 02 4441 2367.
The success of the Federation of Community, Sporting and Workers Clubs cannot be put down to one person. Over the years many have made a dedicated and professional commitment to the Federation, and it is only fitting that these persons have been rewarded for their dedication and service by having life membership bestowed upon them.
*Roy McDonald, *Bill Frame, *Ray O’Hara, *Sandy George, *Jack Tap, *Jim Priest, *Jim Cudmore,
*Laurie Kaufmann, *Brien Higgs, *Leon Mills, *Ray Pugsley, *Warren Kemp, *Pat Rogan
Roy Clark, Mervyn Sampson, Bob Broadfoot OAM, Ken Conway, Edward Camilleri, Robert (Bob) Humphrys, Dennis McHugh and Terry O’Loughlin
(* Deceased life member)
Any club or organisation located in NSW, Australia or New Zealand can become a member club of the Federation of Community, Sporting and Workers Clubs (FCSWC).
All NSW Registered Clubs receive Full Membership upon application, with full voting rights at the AGM on the FCSWC constitution and how the resorts are run.
Clubs and member-based organisations located outside of NSW, are able to join as Associate Members without voting rights.
By joining the FCSWC, all members of your Club or Member Organisation are entitled to heavily discounted membership rates on accommodation at all three FCSWC holiday resorts (a savings of ~20-25% off the already affordable rates).
Members are able to go into the draw to win a free holiday every month.
Annual renewal bonus holidays are available to every club.
Low annual membership fees.
and so much more....
To access the discounted Members Rates when booking to stay at one of the FCSWC's three holiday resorts, individuals can simply join any Affiliated Club for a small yearly membership fee.
This membership fee helps that individual community, sporting or workers club buy much needed equipment, upgrade facilities, hold events, and so much more.
Joining a club gives you access not only to the FCSWC accommodation discounted rate, but club discounts which can include food, drink and so much more.
Depending on which club you would like to join, club membership fees generally range from $5-$12 per year, and are certainly worth the savings you will enjoy!
Browse the FCSWC Member Clubs and join one today.
The Award Winning Riverside Holiday Resort is set across from the banks of the Kalang River in Urunga, NSW, Riverside Holiday Resort is comprised of 40 modern architecturally designed two-bedroom self-contained holiday apartments suitable for up to six guests at no extra charge.
With fantastic views of the adjacent golf-course, mountains or river, and a short stroll to the town centre and 1km boardwalk that heads out to the beach, Riverside is a holidaying favourite for those who come to enjoy the rivers and beaches, temperate weather, and the nearby waterfalls and Gondwana rainforest of Dorrigo National Park.
Situated in-between Sydney and Brisbane, Riverside is less than a 30 minute drive to the popular destinations of Coffs Harbour, Bellingen and Nambucca Heads. The resort is equipped with guest pool and shared BBQ areas; plus there are kayaks and paddleboards for hire from the office to be enjoyed on the river across from the resort.
The first of the Federation's three Holiday Resorts, Seaside, in the Port Stephens town of Fingal Bay and set directly across from Fingal Bay's renown crescent shaped beach, is also the largest with 60 spacious self-contained apartments comprised of two or three bedrooms, and sleeping up to six guests at no extra charge.
Set directly across from the bustling Longboat Cafe, foreshore reserve playground, and Surf Life Saving Club, Seaside Holiday Resort is the perfect location to enjoy a relaxed beach holiday with the family, or experience all the adventure of surrounding Tomaree National Park and the nearby Stockton Sand Dunes.
Only an hour from Newcastle and two and a half hours from Sydney, from Seaside it is a quick drive to shopping and dining in popular Nelson and Shoal Bay, along with all the other attractions of Port Stephens.
The ultimate bush getaway, Haven Holiday Resort is tucked away within the easterly most point of the Conjola National Park on the water across from Jervis Bay's Booderee National Park.
The resort has 14 two-bedroom self-contained apartments, 3 villas each with three-bedrooms, and 1 three-bedroom executive residence, along with guest pool, BBQ areas and private river access to the inlet Sussex takes its name from.
Located a 5minute drive from the laidback fishing town of Sussex Inlet on the NSW South Coast, and less than three hours from Sydney and Canberra, Haven is a popular destination for water sports and fishing enthusiasts, bushwalkers and explorers, and couples and families just looking to get away from it all, reconnect with nature, and experience the beauty of the surrounding National Parks and the myriad of local native species that call them home.
The below is a brief summarised history of the Federation.
The initial spark started with the creation of a Workers Club for the mining communities in Lake Macquarie and the Hunter Valley with the relaxation of liquor licensing laws following the end of World War II after workers had been denied entry to the Gentlemen's Clubs popular at the time.
Not long after in 1949, The Union of Registered Workers Clubs (URWC) was formed with representatives from the Weston, Cessnock, Wollongong, Lithgow and Sydney Trade Union Clubs.
Due to issues with obtaining regular supplies of beer, the member clubs took out shares in the Brookvale Brewery, however, due to competition and the dominance of Tooth and Tooheys of the Sydney beer market, the brewery was closed in 1956.
The URWC, in order to achieve its aim of providing affordable holidays for their members (initially the workers of the affiliated Workers Clubs), purchased land in Fingal Bay in 1955 to build the Fingal Bay Holiday Centre.
The first units at Fingal were built in 1958 by Newcastle Workers Clubs, later encouraging other clubs to do the same, replacing the temporary army huts that were initially at the site, and eventually replacing the fibro structures with brick units in 1978.
!n 1969 the Southern Clubs sought to obtain their own equivalent, and in 1975 12 brick units were built by the clubs in the town of Sussex Inlet three hours south of Sydney.
After the success of the Fingal Bay Holiday Centre, and with more clubs wanting to join, the URWC changed its name in 1992 to the Federation of Community, Sporting and Workers Clubs (FCSWC) in order to reflect interest from other types of Clubs.
In 1994 at the FCSWC annual meeting the desire for a third holiday centre on the North Coast of NSW led to the eventual purchase of the Urunga Golf Club from receivers, saving it for the community, and allocating some space for a Urunga Holiday Centre.
In 1999, the construction of an initial 20 holiday units by member clubs commenced at the Urunga Holiday Centre.
In 2015 the three holiday centres were rebranded to become Seaside Holiday Resort Fingal Bay, Haven Holiday Resort Sussex Inlet, and Riverside Holiday Resort Urunga as part of the Federation's six year strategic plan which included major upgrades to all three resorts and the installation of swimming pools.
As of 2020, there are 60 self contained holiday apartments at Seaside, 54 two-bedroom and 6 three-bedroom; 14 self-contained two-bedroom apartments at Haven, plus one three-bedroom executive residence and 3 three-bedroom stand alone villas; and 40 two-bedroom self-contained apartments at Riverside.
Riverside Holiday Resort has won a range of awards in the areas of Self-Contained Accommodation, Family Friendly Holidays, Excellence in Tourism and Excellence in Accessible Tourism. Read the full list of Riverside's Awards: Urunga's Award Winning Riverside Holiday Resort.
Works are currently being conducted with all three resorts receiving an internal paint job, whilst refurbishments ranging from new kitchens to soft-furnishings have been underway throughout parts of each of the three resorts to give interiors a fresh, modern aesthetic.
Both Seaside and Riverside Holiday Resorts are additionally having their external building walls painted.
Planning is underway for an additional resort for Federation Club members, and at this stage, the FCSWC board have their eyes on the Hunter Valley wine region for their next resort project.
Watch this space for future updates!