Favourable vote for RSL future expected
By WILL JACKSON
A RESOLUTION of the Goonellabah RSL Club saga is in sight, with Lismore Workers Club members expected to vote in favour of amalgamating with their poorer cousins tomorrow.
However, even if the motion is passed, the amalgamation still has to go to the Licensing Court of NSW for final approval.
The merger was initially proposed after the Lismore RSL Club went into receivership last year, leaving its subsidiary Goonellabah club carrying a $3 million debt.
The amalgamation received the go-ahead from members of the RSL Club on Thursday night, gaining the required 50 per cent with 168 voting for, 48 against and 30 abstaining.
David Leigh, of receivers SimsPartners, said the main issue brought up at the meeting was the lack of information about a second merger proposal from Sydney's Guildford Leagues Club.
Mr Leigh explained that under the Registered Clubs Act, proposals from clubs within a 50km radius had to be dealt with before any others.
He said Lismore Workers Club management expected their members to approve the proposal tomorrow.
Bob Mowle, president of the Lismore RSL sub-branch and Goonellabah RSL Club member, said Thursday night's outcome was not overwhelmingly popular, but members felt it was the only realistic option.
He added that in order for the club to continue to operate with the RSL insignia and name, the Workers Club would have to enter into a commercial agreement with NSW branch of the RSL.
Tomorrow's meeting at the Lismore Workers Club starts at 9.30am.
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