Gatton RSL Services Club to close
THE GATTON RSL Services Club will cease trading by the end of the month after more than 70 years of operation.
Gatton RSL board member Les Nash said they very much regret having to close the club's doors.
"The committee is looking at a few things, the gaming is definitely closing June 24, for all intents and purposes the club will cease trading on June 24,” Mr Nash said.
"As far as specifically booking different areas - that will still go on - but we won't be open for day to day trading.
"The place will still be available for those organisations who have booked functions.”
Mr Nash said business was no longer sustainable but the club would endeavour to make sure all employees are paid their benefits, with 15 casual staff set to lose their jobs.
"One of the reasons the club is closing is because of the lack of support from the Gatton community,” he said.
"It's died down over the years... business has been going down for some time.
"Another RSL won't be opening, I don't think Gatton's community can support it. We are interested to hear from any organisation who are looking for a large venue area to rent in Gatton.”
The building is owned by the Gatton RSL sub-branch and Mr Nash, who also serves as the president of the sub-branch, said nothing will change on their end.
Commemorative events held by the sub-branch within the building, such as Anzac Day, Remembrance Day and Vietnam Veterans Day, will not be affected.
"The sub-branch owns the building so the building wont disappear,” he said.
"Nothing's changed as far as the sub-branch goes, the RSL club is a totally separate entity.”
The news is a blow for locals like Grahame Davidson, who has been a regular at the club for many years.
"I go every week, at least once a week, sometimes twice a week,” Mr Davidson said.
"It'll be a very big miss.”
He believed a place of its kind in Gatton was going to be hard to replace.
”It's really good to catch up with friends and just go out and meet up on a Friday night,” he said.
"I live by myself outside of town here, I come in for a night out, for some company and a chance to talk to people.
"You can go and sit down just about anywhere and there's always somebody friendly to talk to. If you go into these clubs and pubs, it's not the same sort of thing.”
The club will release a notice tomorrow with more information in regards to the closure.