RSL plans ?on the rise

By REN LANZONnewsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THE owners of the former RSL Service Club claim to be 'not far away' from making an announcement on the project.

A spokesman for the developers Randall McFie said the project would go ahead.

'Everything is positive there,' he said, but would volunteer no other details.

Council has given in principle approval for a multi-storey accommodation tower with street level shops to be built on the site.

It is believed Mr McFie's group bought the former RSL Club property for $1.1 million after the bank's liquidators called for expressions of interest on July 8, 2004.

The sub branch in 2000 was evicted from its headquarters of many years when the Commonwealth Bank called in a debt of $600,000 charged up by the RSL Service Club.

Meanwhile Gladstone RSL sub branch treasurer Peter Young also said the group was experiencing a healthy revival this year following the recent 'changing of the guard'.

He said membership had made a dramatic climb with this year showing the best membership figures for the past five years.

'Our welfare services are operating very well, Legacy membership is also growing and even our drop-in rate has been increasing.'

Mr Young said the only thing the club lacked was a social clubhouse 'and permanency'.

The Central Queensland Ports Authority made a building on the waterfront available to the RSL until a permanent headquarters could be found.



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