Ballina RSL directors challenged
By DAWN COHEN
COME November, Pat Kearney could be sitting on the board that banned him from walking in the front door of the Ballina RSL club.
The local builder has formed a team of 10 candidates to contest the elections for the Ballina RSL Club board of directors.
"I think it's the first time a team has stood for the board," said Mr Kearney.
"We want to improve the club and also keep the bowling greens going, particularly for the old people."
Last month, the board found Mr Kearney guilty of conduct unbecoming of a member for writing a letter to The Northern Star criticising management's desire to close the RSL Bowling Club as a solution to a potential cash flow problem.
The long-time member was suspended for 12 months, re- duced to three months with nine months' good behaviour.
The election dates have not been announced but they will be held before the club's annual general meeting, scheduled for November 13.
Mr Kearney does not foresee any complications arising from his suspension.
"I am allowed back in the club on October 16," the local builder said. "I have lived in Ballina all my life. I know this place. The RSL club and the bowling club can both make a profit."
Others on the ticket include former Ballina council- lor Sue Daikin and subbranch members Lofty Swetman and Norm McAndrew. The full list of candidates would be announced at a public meeting at 1pm on Sunday, September 25, in the Ballina Bowling Club in Cherry Street, Mr Kearney said.
The Ballina RSL Club general manager, Bill Coulter, declined to comment.