CLUB Tumut CEO Jarrad Rossiter would still like the club to merge with the recently closed Tumut RSL Club.
“We have a strong vision to create a prosperous community-based facility,” he said.
Mr Rossiter confirmed that Club Tumut had been in discussion with Tumut RSL representatives, and that these talks had been initiated by Tumut RSL representatives.
“We are still in talks and have had one formal discussion,” he said. “We have not reached an official memorandum of understanding between the two clubs. If we all work together as one we can come up with a positive outcome. We want to maintain a strong Anzac tradition and continue the club’s bowls as well.”
Mr Rossiter said the Sub-Branch office and flame could be accommodated at Club Tumut, and that major upgrades of the club due in the near future would accommodate the RSL’s memorabilia.
“We would like to incorporate the memorabilia into the new design,” he said.
Mr Rossiter said Club Tumut approached the RSL club two years ago.
“We approached them about potential amalgamation, when they had money in the bank, but sadly it never got past the RSL board,” he said.
However, Mr Rossiter said the RSL club made the right decision in closing.
‘They made the right decision, to close while they are still not insolvent,” he said. “It is not viable to have three clubs and six pubs in Tumut.”
The RSL club shut its doors earlier this month, over concerns of insolvency should it continue to trade.