Re those changing smoking laws. The Byron Ex Services club did a reno job every change of the law - never once did they let the smokers down.
Yep,every viable Club adapted to the OHS/RBT/Pokies/Smoking etc laws,our Club has been poorly run for Decades with lots of rumours of Staff with fingers in the till and this was Decades after Humpreys.
It already been mentioned the challenges the Club had with the changing demographic in the Balmain/Leichhardt area but the Club was sitting on Millions of Dollars of land and had met the criteria for entry into the NRL and yet put their handout for the ‘fools gold’ to merge with Wests’s.
I remember a Newsletter a few years back where they said they would be paying ‘market value’ rent on the new premises when they were eventually built,anybody that has a IQ over Moron would know they couldn’t service their Debt and run the Leagues Club profitably if they paid full rent on the premises.
Patronage at the Leagues Club had dropped off since the 1980’s as mentioned in a previous post but it was still ticking over.
Anyway sad Day,only hope now is the Administrators comes to a deal with a White Knight which is unlikely now we have given away all our assets.
I feel sorry for all the hard work and sacrifice by the Members in the 1950/60’s to get the Leagues Club up and running only to see it thrown away by decisions made on the basis of poor advice from people that only had $ signs in their eyes.