Illawarra entertainment company Soundwaves has offered to reopen the doors of the troubled Port Kembla RSL Club, tabling a proposition to revive the ailing club.
The Allan Street club closed its doors in May after accumulating a $900,000 debt and administrators Hall Chadwick were appointed.
The RSL and community members tried to raise the funds needed to save the club but it was placed in liquidation in July.
Members of the RSL sub-branch, who own the building, showed their support for Soundwaves’ proposal for a revamped club, dubbed the ‘‘Port Kembla RSL & Sports Club’’, at a public meeting on Saturday.
Soundwaves CEO Wayne Murray told the packed meeting the business planned to introduce a coffee shop, top-quality catering and entertainment, as well as reviving the once-popular weekly meat raffles and badge draws.
He said the company proposed to invite sporting groups to join the club, significantly lifting membership numbers.
Mr Murray, a club member since 2004, said his company was dedicated to ensuring the club’s long-term survival.
‘‘We’ve been working with the club’s board of directors for some time to try and get the club reopened, at our own expense,’’ he said.
‘‘We want to communicate with the members and the community to ascertain what other events they want to see at the club, in order to increase membership and enhance patronage.’’
Mr Murray asked the sub-branch to support the company’s intention to take over the day-to-day operation of the club with its own executive team and board of directors, removing the need for annual elections.
If the proposition was endorsed, Mr Murray hoped to have the new-look club open by October 31.
But sub-branch vice president Terry Wetherall was quick to note the future of the club was not a fait accompli.
He told the meeting that Soundwaves’ plan was merely a proposition at this stage and needed to be signed off by the club’s trustees and NSW RSL.
Mr Wetherall told the Mercury another interested party, which he would not name, was expected to put a separate offer on the table this week.
‘‘[Soundwaves’] offer doesn’t close off other parties should they wish to make an offer,’’ he said.
‘‘The [sub-branch] can show an indication of support for the proposal but there is a process that needs to be followed.
‘‘We’re aware another party has interest ... the majority of people want to see the resurrection of the club but this offer doesn’t exclude what could happen next week or the week after that, the trustees have a responsibility to consider any offer.’’