Twin Towns rescue offer for RSL club
By ALEX EASTON
LISMORE RSL would still be open for business if receivers had accepted an amalgamation offer by Twin Towns Services Club, the Tweed Heads club has said.
Twin Towns assistant general manager Rob Smith said the Tweed Heads giant several months ago made an amalgamation offer on the Lismore RSL Services Club.
Mr Smith said it would have saved the club and the 23 jobs that were lost when it closed on January 9.
But receivers Simspartners rejected the offer 'and it's all moot now,' he said.
David Leigh, of Simspartners, said Twin Towns had tried to get in cheap.
"Their offer didn't represent the commercial value of the club's assets," he said.
Mr Leigh said he did not know whether the Twin Towns offer would have been enough to ensure the club's future.
He said discussions between the club and receivers never got past the initial offer.
The amalgamation would have effectively handed control of the Lismore Services Club and its sister club, the Goonellabah Sports Club, to Twin Towns.
Under an amalgamation of clubs, members of both clubs become members of a single new club, and the Tweed club had far more members than Lismore and Goonellabah.
Mr Smith said Twin Towns had made the amalgamation offer only out of a desire to help a struggling fellow services club.
Twin Towns had no plans to set up a base on the Northern Rivers, he said.