NEWS New team to lead RSL Move keeps club ac­tive

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - PHILLIPPA BUTT

THE Dar­win RSL sub-branch has voted in a new com­mit­tee to keep the league go­ing strong in the Ter­ri­tory.

Filled with many old mem­bers, the com­mit­tee is made up of pres­i­dent Stephen Gloster, vice pres­i­dents Mick Cold­well and Colin James, and mem­bers Don Mil­ford, Tom Berkley, Stu­art Sporm, Jeff Biber and Ed­die Joseph.

The com­mit­tee will be in place un­til March when the AGM will mean half the po­si­tions will be re-elected.

Mr Gloster said one of the first jobs for the new com­mit­tee would be to dis­cuss what to do with the club’s site, which was all but de­stroyed but fire ear­lier this year.

“We only just got the lat­est en­gi­neer’s re­ports back last week, so for now we’re prob­a­bly look­ing at seal­ing the build­ing off for the wet sea­son and then we’ll leave it un­til our AGM when we can have a dis­cus­sion with our mem­bers as to whether they want to pull the whole thing down or re­build,” he said.

“We’re at the stage that we can go ei­ther way – knock­ing it down or re­build­ing. Most of our mem­bers would like to re­build what we’ve got.

“We’re open for dis­cus­sion and for peo­ple to come with any good ideas. It’s not the job of the com­mit­tee to de­cide, it’s got to be a mem­bers’ choice.”

The RSL build­ing on Cave­nagh St was de­stroyed by fire in June.

Mr Gloster said the league was grate­ful for other clubs around town who opened their doors to RSL mem­bers and gave them co-rights.

The fu­ture of the Dar­win league was up in the air just months ago when the com­mit­tee voted to dis­solve it­self, cit­ing con­flict over the fu­ture di­rec­tion of the club.

In the in­terim, RSL NT chief ex­ec­u­tive Kim Hen­shaw and Ter­ri­tory pres­i­dent Bron­son Horn took over man­age- ment of the club and ser­vice delivery for mem­bers, after a dis­agree­ment be­tween the ma­jor­ity of com­mit­tee mem­bers who wished to fo­cus on veter­ans’ ser­vices and “a small group” whose pri­or­ity was to main­tain busi­ness op­er­a­tions “at all costs”.

Pic­ture: KA­T­RINA BRIDGEFORD

The fu­ture of Dar­win RSL on Cave­nagh Street re­mains in limbo after it was de­stroyed by fire

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