New Partnership celebrates 15th anniversary of Piggy Bank Appeal
Very Special Kids is tickled pink to announce the ALH Group as a Major Partner of the Piggy Bank Appeal.
ALH are happy to announce that $74840.35 has already been raised and efforts are only in the early stages!
93 Victorian ALH Venues will support the Appeal by collecting donations, selling merchandise, organising an array of fundraising events and activities, and by making a corporate donation.
The 'Aussie Icon’ giant piggy bank (700kg pig trailer) will make his way around metropolitan and regional Victoria during the Piggy Bank Appeal. Pete’s accessories include an Akubra hat, thongs, Australia flag temporary tattoos and surfboard!
30.01.2012: ALH Group wins International Gaming Award: Socially Responsible Operator of the Year
ALH are pleased to announce they were awarded the Socially Responsible Operator of the Year Land Based at the International Gaming Awards held in London last week.
Nominations for Socially Responsible Operator of the Year Land Based included Caesars Entertainment, MGM (USA) and Genting UK. Finalists included three time winner Holland Casino, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation and Casinos Austria International.
The judging panel commented “ALH were head and shoulders above the rest as they continuously make every effort to emphasise socially responsible gaming across the land-based sector. Demonstrating commitment, ALH puts people at the heart of their company mission to great effect.”
ALH Group responsible gambling initiatives include our industry-leading hotel and gaming charter, responsible gambling staff DVD and pocket guide.
David Schwarz, ALH Group Responsible Gambling Ambassador said “As a reformed problem gambler I am proud of my involvement over the past four years with the ALH Group and in the development of the unique responsible gambling program they have put in place”.
ALH Chief Executive Officer Bruce Mathieson Jnr said “We want to ensure our hotels provide a safe and supportive environment with access to timely, appropriate assistance and information, so customers can make informed decisions about their gambling. The recognition of our program internationally is a testament to our commitment to providing responsible gambling in our venues”
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19.12.2011: ALH Group acquires Hotels in New South Wales
ALH Group is pleased to announce that it has signed long term leases, as well as acquiring the businesses and associated assets of 31 hotels and 1 detached bottle shop in NSW, from interests involved with the Laundy, Waugh and De Angelis Groups.
ALH Group currently operates 27 hotels in New South Wales, and the acquisition of these hotel leases will complement our existing properties.
ALH Group Chief Executive Officer Bruce Mathieson Jnr said “ALH considers that these hotels have the capacity to achieve good trading growth, utilising our capacity to inject further capital into the business and our management expertise”
Completion of the acquisition will occur once all applicable regulatory conditions have been met.
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Media Release: ALH Group acquires Compass Hotel Group in WA
ALH Group is pleased to announce that it has signed documentation to acquire all the freeholds and businesses of The Compass Hotel Group (Receivers and Managers Appointed) consisting of 12 Hotels in WA.
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Live At Your Local
ALH Group are proud to present "Live at your Local" (www.liveatyourlocal.com.au)
Many ALH hotels offer the best in entertainment from Australian and International acts.
Some of the ALH hotels include the award winning Hallam Hotel, Shoppingtown Hotel, Pier Hotel, Commercial Hotel, South Morang (Victoria) and the Surfers Paradise Beer Garden, Racecourse Hotel, Magnums and Hinterland Hotel (Queensland)
Shows that are normally only seen and enjoyed in city venues now regularly perform at your local venue (for full gig listings go to www.liveatyourlocal.com.au)
Your local ALH hotel hosts both iconic Australian artists such as Eskimo Joe, Grinspoon, Noiseworks, Jimmy Barnes, Birds of Tokyo. ALH hotels also host seated shows with great artists such as Jon Stevens, James Reyne, Diesel and Darryl Braithwaite.
Country music fans are catered for with shows including artists such as John Williamson, Lee Kernagan, Beccy Cole, Sunny Cow Girls, Adam Brand.
Comedy legends Rodney Rude and Kevin Bloody Wilson regularly perform at our hotels
ALH hotels also host International dance acts and pop sensations such as Lil Jon, Flo-Rider, Eve, Vanilla Ice and 80's and 90's legendary pop sensations including Belinda Carlisle, Bananarama, Human League and Rick Astley.
Live at your Local presents many weekly club nights with regular appearances from Australia's biggest DJ's; Havanna Brown, John Course, Zoe Badwi and the Stafford Brothers to name a few
Our club nights don't just cater for the younger market, we offer eight over 28's nights on a weekly basis.
Our hotels are the complete entertainment experience; fantastic dining experiences, sports bars, function room facilities and accommodation so for your next big night or celebration simply visit www.liveatyourlocal.com.au
Parma week in the pubs - Fri 15 April to Thur 21 April 2011
ALH Pubs across Victoria are hoping to top the $300,000 mark in total donations from their annual Parma Week fundraiser for The Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal this year.
2011 marks the 6th anniversary of Parma Week and coincides with the Appeal’s 80 Years of Giving.
Chicken ‘Parmas’ are still a menu favourite for the 78 ALH pubs around Victoria who take part in Parma Week donating $2 from the sale of every Parma in the week leading up to Good Friday. (Friday, 15 April to Thursday, 21 April 2011)
So far, Parma Week has raised more than $252,000 for the Kids since 2005.
David Curry, ALH group spokesperson, says the aim in 2011 is to top $300,000 in total donations to the Appeal.
“Pubs and Parmas go hand in hand and our hotel managers are keen to do better every year for the kids,” says David. “The support shown from the local community in and around our pubs has been fantastic, with many of them coming in large groups and having a Parma feast”.
From the Olinda Creek Hotel in Lilydale and the Matthew Flinders at Chadstone, to the Moreland in Brunswick, the Fountain Gate at Narre Warren and Young and Jacksons in the CBD - pubs across the suburbs and country Victoria are taking part in the Parma Week challenge.
“Victorian hotels have always been great supporters of the Good Friday Appeal and we are delighted that this very successful fundraising campaign continues to grow,” says Appeal Director, Christine Unsworth.
So check out if your local is doing Parma Week and head on down there for a great meal and help the kids!
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Queensland flood appeal update - Over $640,000 donated from ALH hotels
ALH are pleased to announce that out hotels have raised $303,611 nationally for the Queensland Premiers flood relief fund. This is in addition to the $250,000 corporate donation ALH made on behalf of our hotels and a further $87,426 raised and donated by ALH from sales on Australia Day at The Breakfast Creek Hotel.
The Queensland Premier Anna Bligh even dropped into the Breakfast Creek Hotel on Australia Day to acknowledge our fundraising effort. In total our hotels have donated over $640,000!
Breakfast Creek Hotel re-opens and will donate all its sales on Australia Day to the Premiers Disaster Relief Appeal
The iconic Breakfast Creek Hotel has survived its third major flood. The current flooding did not reach the levels marked on the wall from the 1974 flood or the 1893 level.
Sam Gullo, Hotel Manager said that the clean up at the hotel is finished and once again our famous steaks and "beer off the wood" are available.
The Breakfast Creek Hotel will donate all its sales on Australia Day (Wednesday 26 January 2011) to the Premiers Disaster Relief Appeal.
The hotel will also be selling special Queensland flood appeal t-shirts with slogans such as “no water in our beer” for $20 each with all proceeds also going to the Premiers Disaster Relief Appeal.
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ALH supports AHA Red Bucket Appeal for flood victims
In addition to an initial donation of $250000, the ALH Group, through it's 95 Victorian hotels, will proudly support the Queensland flood victims by taking part in the AHA's Red Bucket Appeal.
Australian Hotels Association (Victoria) President – Peter Burnett today announced the launch of a "Red Bucket" Queensland flood relief appeal to collect donations from pubs and hotels across Victoria.
Funds will be collected via specially labelled red buckets placed on bars mirroring the approach previously adopted to raise over $750,000 from pubs and hotels in response to the 2009 Victorian bushfires.
Mr Burnett said:
- "Everyone has been shocked by the graphic images of floods surging through Queensland communities and the resultant deaths and devastation."
- "Queensland publicans, their staff and customers were significant contributors to AHA (Vic)'s $750,000 Red Bucket bushfire appeal in 2009 and in true pub style we now want to support our Queensland mates in their time of need."
- "Pubs and hotels are being encouraged to collect donations through red buckets placed on
All donations will be directed to the Queensland Premier's Flood Relief Appeal. Other ALH hotels across the country have also commenced
local activities to support those in need of assistance.
ALH Group donates $250,000 to the Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal
ALH Group (Dan Murphy's, BWS and Hotels) has announced today that it will donate
$250,000 to the Queensland Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal to assist in providing support
for those impacted by the Queensland flood crisis.
ALH Group CEO Bruce Mathieson Senior said: "The flooding in Queensland has had a
devastating effect on the State. Through our close involvement in local Queensland
communities, ALH directly feels the impact, including on our staff and patrons, at this time.
In addition to our $250,000 donation, all of our Queensland ALH Hotels have commenced
local activities to support those in need of assistance."
Responsible Gambling Ambassador: David Schwarz
The ALH Group is committed to providing responsible gambling in our venues. Whilst gambling is enjoyed by the majority of people responsibly, ALH acknowledges that problem gambling is a serious community issue and that a small proportion of customers are harmed by their gambling activities.
The ALH Group has engaged David Schwarz, a well known ex AFL footballer and media identity as its Responsible Gambling Ambassador to provide employee education and customer awareness about the importance of "being honest with yourself about your gambling."
ALH will continue to develop balanced businesses, offering patrons an overall entertainment experience including where appropriate, dining, drinking and gaming activities. Our goal is to ensure our hotels provide a safe and supportive environment where our customers make informed decisions about gambling and timely appropriate assistance and information is provided.
About David Schwarz
Recruited from Sunbury, Schwarz made his AFL debut in 1991. "If you followed Melbourne, you embraced David Schwarz. Simple as that. The 'Ox' was everything supporters wanted in their heroes; brave and exuberant, honest yet spectacular", wrote the Herald Sun's Mike Sheahan at the end of the 1999 football season.
Schwarz played 11 seasons with the Demons, although two were virtually lost due to 3 well-documented knee reconstructions. David played State of Origin in 1999 and in the same year played in all the clubs 22 games, which culminated in him winning the Club's Best and Fairest award.
David appeared regularly on Channel 9's 'The Footy Show", Sunday Football Panel and also appeared as a regular analyst with Triple M. Since retiring from football, David is still heavily involved in the media. Since 2005, David has co-hosted SEN's Drive time program, 'The Run Home' each week night. David is part of the special comments team and game day analyst for Channel 7. David also writes a popular weekly column for football magazine 'Inside Football'. David has been a passionate advocate for Gamblers Help and is involved in with Cricket Australia and many AFL Clubs in highlighting the importance of responsible gambling.
ALH Group and David Schwarz
The ALH Group is committed to providing responsible gambling in our venues and has implemented a nationwide responsible gambling initiative with David Schwarz. The program with David is based on real life experiences, not the replication of research or statistical analysis. David has completed an accredited RSG course and will provide additional support to existing state based initiatives.
|Key elements of the program include:
||State venue manager and staff meetings covering David's personal experiences and learning's with the aim of assisting our staff in interacting with problem gamblers. ALH will invite interested community groups, welfare agencies and local government representatives to many of these meetings.
||Venue posters and other material highlighting the importance of "being honest with yourself about your gambling."
||Working with ALH management to further identify opportunities where we can proactively assist those who have a problem with their gambling.