Beaudesert RSL Sub-Branch terminates Services Club lease of premises

TERMINATED: The lease on the William Street RSL Club expired in August. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
TERMINATED: The lease on the William Street RSL Club expired in August. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

THE Beaudesert RSL Sub Branch has given the RSL Services Club 90 days notice on its lease of one of the town's most popular meeting places and watering holes.

Sub branch president Carol Castles yesterday announced a change of management at the Services Club after issuing three months' notice and effectively terminating the current William Street lease.

Ms Castles declined to say why the services club lease was being terminated.

Beaudesert RSL Services Club chief executive Sharon Cullen said her organisation heard about the lease termination on on May 15.

"Our president Richard Woolcock was given a letter terminating the lease which has been held by the Beaudesert RSL Services Club for many years," she said.

"No reason was given by the sub branch to the RSL for the termination of the lease. We have been given 90 days' notice of termination.

"The next letter we received by the sub branch was on the 20th May requesting a meeting between both boards of directors which is to be held on May 22."

Services club president Richard Woolcock said the move came as a complete surprise.

"As far as we know there is no dispute or real reason," he said.

"We were handed the notice without any consultation whatsoever."

Ms Castles said the sub-branch had no intention of selling or closing the club and that the decision had been made to "contain expenditure, maximise profit, revitalise and ensure the club was the premier recreational location in Beaudesert".

Services Club secretary John Leatherbarrow said the RSL Sub-Branch was merely the landlord of the building on William Street.

"The responsibility for the day-to-day running of the club has been handed to a duly elected board," he said.

Mr Woolcock said decisions about the club's future would not be up to the RSL Sub-Branch or the RSL Services Club board but to the paid-up members of Beaudesert RSL Services Club.