AFTER receiving the “go ahead” from their respective members, the amalgamation between the Muswellbrook RSL Club and Muswellbrook Golf Club appears to be a formality.
Earlier this month, the vote went through at both organisations – a result which has pleased RSL club CEO Daryl Egan.
“I’m not surprised by the outcome,” he said.
“Everyone seemed supportive of the concept.
“Back in September, presidents Barry Eveleigh (RSL) and John Dyson (golf club) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which the members would [eventually] vote on.
“Then on October 5, the proposal obtained a ‘majority vote’ at the golf club, which was similarly followed up at the RSL club on October 8.
“The next step in the process is applying to the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority (ILGA).
“It will go up for about 30 days to see if there are any objections to the amalgamation.
“So, that could take six to 10 weeks, just going through the legalities and compliance formalities.
“We hope it’s all smooth sailing.
“But, I’m confident it should be fine.
“And, if everything goes according to plan, it will be known as the Muswellbrook RSL Golf Club.”
Mr Egan previously stated the amalgamation was “not something the RSL rushed into”.
“We’ve spoken to the golf club at various times over many, many years,” he said.
“It’s important to sustain it, as it’s a vital component of Muswellbrook.
“It is also the only 18-hole championship course between Maitland and Tamworth.
“During the interim period, the outside of the clubhouse is being painted,” he added on Monday.
“We want to spruce it up a bit.
“There are also a few competitions planned at the golf club over the coming months.
“So, as far as we’re concerned, it’s business as usual.”