No option but to sell up: RSL
THE Proserpine RSL Sub Branch has voted to sell the RSL building on Chapman St on the back of the closure of the ex-services club.
Sub branch president Jason Raiteri said the building was simply no longer viable.
"The decision's come about because of the closing of the [ex-services] club," he said.
"Because we don't have that income from renting it to the ex-services club, we don't have the finances to sustain the ongoing running costs of the building."
The building has not yet been tendered for sale however, with the final decision resting with the RSL Queensland.
"They've been advised that a motion has been passed by the local sub branch members to sell the building and, if it's passed by the Queensland board of directors, we'll try to advertise it and sell it," Mr Raiteri said.
It is not yet known when a decision will be made by the board.
"In the meantime the venue is still available for hire and for functions because we're still trying to make some income from it," Mr Raiteri said.
Mr Raiteri said the proposed sale of the club was regrettable, but ultimately necessary if the sub branch was to continue their community works.
"No one's happy about it, I'm not happy about it, but it was a unanimous decision at the meeting because we just have no other options," he said.
Mr Raiteri also stressed that the closure of the ex-services club and the sale of the RSL building would not mean the dissolution of the Proserpine RSL Sub Branch. "The sub branch is still a sub branch," he said.
"We've still got about 63 members, so the sub branch function won't change, even if we have to use another venue."