Coledale RSL members vote to sell off pokies

March 1, 2023
Aleney De Winter

Northern Illawarra’s Coledale RSL Club is reopening for business this April, following its closure last year due to a decline in revenue over an extended period.

First formed in 1944 with 18 members who contributed £10 each towards the club’s £2000 building costs, Coledale RSL Club was officially opened in July 1948 as the Soldiers’ Memorial Club.

Despite efforts to keep the financially troubled venue open, with talk of a possible merger and a Go Fund Me campaign, Club secretary and director Warrick Try announced

Despite efforts to keep the financially troubled venue open, with talk of a possible merger and a Go Fund Me campaign, Club secretary and director Warrick Try announced

Despite efforts to keep the financially troubled venue open, with talk of a possible merger and a Go Fund Me campaign, Club secretary and director Warrick Try announced last drinks and the Club’s cessation of trading in a letter to members.

“It is with great regret that your Club Board of Directors are announcing the closure of the Coledale RSL Club. Despite many attempts to turn around the adverse trading results, it has proven impossible to do so,” he wrote.

But in good news for the local community, the Club is set to reopen in April following an extraordinary general meeting over the weekend that saw club members unanimously support a board motion to sell off half of its poker machines.

Funds raised from the sell-off will ensure necessary upgrades to set the club on the right course for a viable future.

The Board has extended all memberships by one year, and a club spokesperson posted confirmation on the Coledale RSL Facebook page, that the Club will reopen in time for the Easter school holidays, on Thursday, 6 April, 2023.

Coledale RSL Club – via Coledale RSL Facebook

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Coledale RSL Club, fundraising, Illawarra, pokies


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