Clock ticks down on Lismore RSL sell-off
By SAMANTHA TURNBULL
WHILE entrepreneurs size up the Lismore RSL Club building, auctioneer Peter Butcher has his eyes set firmly on a vintage Speedo clock hanging by the indoor pool.
Mr Butcher, of Lismore Real Estate, will trade in his auctioneering hat for a bidders card on March 17 after he sells the defunct club at 10am.
The auction of the building will be immediately followed by a chattels sale, where everything inside the club, from poker machines to the kitchen sink, will be up for grabs.
"I'll be bidding on the Speedo lap clock," he said.
"It's quite old so it would probably be worth a fair bit."
Mr Butcher, who has spent the past fortnight showing potential buyers through the club, said he expected at least six serious contenders to bid on the building.
He could not reveal any details about the interested parties, including whether they were local, because of commercial confidentiality agreements.
The only confirmed bidder at this stage is the Lismore City Council, which hopes to turn the building into a community centre.
The club chattels auction will be run by Sydney-based Grays Auctions from 11am.
Grays cashier Kelly Brown said she expected substantial offers for a piano and billiard tables on the day, as well as the club's 62 poker machines.
"The only thing with the poker machines is that we can't just sell them to Fred Smith, but we can sell them to another club," she said.
"They'd just need to have a poker machine licence."
The only items which will not be up for sale are war memorabilia, which will be handed over to the Lismore RSL Sub-branch or moved to the Goonellabah RSL Sports Club.
More affordable items for sale include brooms, buckets, dinner plates, glasses, coffee and tea cups, cutlery, rolls of carpet and old exercise equipment from the club's gym.
Obscure items on the list include a sausage filling machine, a set of scales once owned by former Lismore businesswoman Verlie Wotherspoon, a pickling pump and a number of pay phones.
Inspections of the sale items will be available on Wednesday, March 16, from 9am to 4pm, and before the auction on March 17 at 8.30am.