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