Branch goes into ad­min­is­tra­tion

Broome Advertiser - - Front Page - Carly Laden

Broome’s RSL branch will go back to ba­sics, af­ter go­ing into ad­min­is­tra­tion.

RSL WA has ap­pointed for­mer Shire pres­i­dent Graeme Camp­bell as the ad­min­is­tra­tor to be the op­er­a­tion’s “arms and legs”.

Mr Camp­bell said sev­eral changes at the Broome RSL had caused a sig­nif­i­cant loss in rev­enue, such as ex­pand­ing menus and longer work­ing hours.

But he said there were suf­fi­cient funds to cover all cred­i­tors and to al­low for con­tin­ued op­er­a­tions. “The RSL was prob­a­bly try­ing to be some­thing it wasn’t when it spent a lot of money up­grad­ing its op­er­a­tions to be like a cafe,” he said.

“If it con­tin­ued to op­er­ate in the way it was, there was a real risk of it hav­ing to shut down.”

Mr Camp­bell said the vol­un­tary ad­min­is­tra­tion was only un­der the rules of RSL WA and not un­der the cor­po­rate reg­u­la­tor.

“We have asked for a steer­ing com­mit­tee to help us re­turn to what the RSL re­ally is — the ad­vo­cacy for the health and well­be­ing of re­turned per­son­nel.”

Mr Camp­bell reiterated the RSL would re­main open.

“There’s no risk to An­zac Day com­mem­o­ra­tions or the cer­e­monies tak­ing place on March 3 but I’m look­ing at the RSL go­ing back to what it used to be,” he said.

“The crit­i­cal point is that Broome can­not af­ford to lose the RSL.”

Pic­ture: Carly Laden

Broome RSL is go­ing into vol­un­tary ad­min­is­tra­tion but will re­main open.

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