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Support merger: RSL president

A proposal to amalgamate the Tumut RSL Club (building above) with Club Tumut is likely to be put to members of both clubs soon.

Tumut RSL Club president Ernie Power is urging club members to support the proposed merger between it and Club Tumut.

“I want to get it out there what the amalgamation means,” he said.

“The club had to close because of lost revenue, but our balance sheet is still very good. The members’ cash and assets are still there, as they have been over several decades, and an amalgamation will allow them to enjoy the benefits from those assets. The amalgamation would also grow and improve Club Tumut as well. We want to get these messages across, and for this to be a positive campaign.”

A memorandum of understanding developed between the two clubs is currently before lawyers, to confirm its compliance with the Registered Clubs Act, and both clubs are confident of its approval.

When this is returned, both clubs will hold meetings with their respective members to vote on the amalgamation.

Club Tumut CEO Jarrad Rossiter said there were two versions of the memorandum of understanding.

“The first is the more formal version, which explains the nuts and bolts of the amalgamation, and the other is a softer version which explains it in layman’s terms,” he said.

Mr Rossiter said that the prospects of the amalgamation were “looking positive.”

“The benefits outweigh the negatives,” he said.

He said the RSL and its members would have the first of the two meetings.

“If it doesn’t fly then, then there is no point having a second meeting,” he said.

Tumut RSL Sub-Branch president Robert Watson said the Sub-Branch would prefer not to comment on the proposal.

“It is a matter between two registered clubs; it has nothing to do with us,” he said.

“We are mainly concerned with our members’ interests; we will look after them.”

Meanwhile, Mr Power said that all Tumut RSL memberships, which would otherwise have expired on January 1 this year, had been extended for another six months.