Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

No Direction on New Direction

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

No Direction on New Direction

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Byline: Arthur Gorrie

IT WAS standing room only at Gympie RSL Club's annual general meeting on Sunday, when members heard the first detailed report on a plan to shift the club to Gympie Pines Golf Course and potentially sever its ties to the Returned Services League.

A huge crowd of more than 260 people packed out the upstairs meeting room to hear about the bold new plan.

The concept was outlined in an enthusiastically received report from club secretary/manager Roy Shipp, who presented artist impressions of planned purpose-built facilities able to provide for a rapidly growing community and a club which he said had already begun to outgrow its current environment.

"I'll bet not all of you were able to get a park this morning," he said.

Mr Shipp said detailed negotiations were in progress with both the Gympie RSL Sub Branch regarding the future of its Mary St lease and the Gympie Pines Golf Club, which Mr Shipp said the club was proposing to buy.

Some members expressed surprise that the club's new multi-million-dollar direction was being pursued in such detail without any direction from members, who have yet to be given a chance to vote on the plan.

Despite apparently enthusiastic support at the meeting, the club committee did not include the issue on the voting agenda.

When president Glen Shepherd closed the meeting without putting the plan to a vote, one member asked if a vote would be held.

"No vote of support is needed today," Mr Shepherd said.

That ruling raised some eyebrows and caused some questioning among sub branch members about the legality of proceeding, at some expense, without clear membership support.

One agreed that it seemed surprising that a vote was not held at a meeting where the "ayes" appeared to have a clear majority.

Mr Shipp's address was interrupted only by applause as he told how improved facilities would make the club more family friendly, with professionally supervised child care. …

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