RSL sold, but plans for site still unknown

By REN LANZONnewsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THE Gladstone RSL property is be- lieved to have been sold to some of the same interests that bought the Gladstone Leagues Club in 2002.

The property has been in the hands of receiver McGrath Nicol and Partners (formerly KPMG), which put it up for sale by tender earlier this year. The sale price is not yet known. The former headquarters of the Gladstone sub-branch of the RSL have been unoccupied for several months since volunteers set up in a Central Queensland Port Authority building in Flinders Parade.

Its bar, poker machine and dining facilities have not been in use since the Commonwealth Bank foreclosed on the sub-branch in 2000.

Speaking for the new interests in the property, Randall McFie said there were no firm plans for the property at this stage.

A previous proposal for that site and the nearby old Customs House site were abandoned when the proponents, Leda Holdings, failed to reach agreement over an arrangement to provide the RSL sub-branch within the development.

Yesterday Michael McGurk, who had first mooted that development and the agreement with the RSL, said the group still owned the old Customs House site.

He said the group had made no decision on the use of the land although it was still possible that it might still go ahead with a revamped plan for one of the two accommodation towers it had conceived in the original proposal.

The Observer at this time does not know if the two groups will co-operate on a joint development or if the RSL sub-branch will be accommodated in new plans.

RSL sub branch treasurer Peter Young said the sub-branch had not been approached by the new interests in relation to providing the RSL with space in the new development.



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