BATTLEGROUND: Gympie RSL club and sub-brach HQ.
BATTLEGROUND: Gympie RSL club and sub-brach HQ.

Business gets tough as RSL Club threatens to move out

GYMPIE'S RSL Club has threatened to take its business elsewhere if the new lease on its Mary St premises is not good enough.

But its landlord, the RSL's Gympie Sub-Branch, says that may be easier said than done.

"From everything we've been told, they will not be able to take the RSL name with them," sub-branch president Ivan Friske said.

Club president Glen Shepherd yesterday confirmed club officials had been talking to the Gympie Pines Golf Club about using its facilities as an additional, or possibly an alternative venue for the club's liquor, pokie, food and entertainment operations.

 

Glen Shepherd
Gympie RSL Club president Glen Shepherd. Renee Pilcher

Glen Shepherd

"We're just investigating all our options for the future of the club.

"We rent that (Mary St) building from the sub-branch, but the club is a separate organisation.

"They are our landlords.

"When the lease comes up for renewal next year, we need to know our options.

"It's no secret we're just investigating what's currently best, as any committee does.

"We've had discussions with the golf club.

"I believe discussions have been going on for years under previous committees.

"We're exploring our options and if you don't do that you're not doing your job on any committee," he said.

Mr Friske said the club was known as the RSL Club.

 

It's very important for those people who were involved with Long Tan. But for the rest of us, it's our day as well. Ivan Friske
Gympie RSL Sub-Branch president Ivan Friske. Francesca McMackin

Ivan Friske

"And as far as we've been informed, they can't take the RSL name with them (and) they can't take the signage off the existing building," Mr Friske said.

The club's lease on the Mary St building would expire in September next year, he said.

Indicating the sub-branch was concerned about the club's move to consider severing its physical link to the Returned Services League itself, Mr Friske said club members could set up anywhere they liked, but would not be able to use the letters RSL in its name.

Mr Friske said he believed the golf club property would be on the market for "between $2.5 and $3.5 million."

Despite claims Gympie Regional Council was also in the market, Mayor Mick Curran said last year the council was not buying it.

 

Gympie Pines Golf course in Gympie.
ALTERNATIVE? Gympie Pines Golf course. Renee Albrecht