Rebuilding Update - 27.07.17
There’s been more action on site today, with the commencement of the installation of the upper western wall, and connection of temporary power for the site, allowing for construction to properly begin once the S96 document is formally approved from Sutherland Council.
Not long now until will see even more action, including drilling of the studs to allow for the structural steel installation (which will be delivered next week), and the arrival of a crane in the carpark
Rebuilding Update - 14.07.17
THE REBUILD COMMENCES
The long-awaited rebuild of Bundeena Community and Services Club has finally started. And, in news that will be welcomed by the whole community, the new club is expected to open its doors early next year.
It’s been more than two years since Bundeena RSL Club was destroyed by fire but now the new club is – quite literally – rising from the ashes.
The new development has been made possible after members voted resoundingly to amalgamate with Cabramatta Bowling and Recreation Club.
The amalgamation between the two clubs was approved in principle by Liquor & Gaming NSW on 11.07.17.
Bundeena RSL Memorial Club & Sub Branch member Ron Pearce said he was “really looking forward to getting back in the club and enjoying a beer with his mates”.
Club President Graeme Kelly said he was excited by the pace of the progress after a long and frustrating period.
He thanked Cabramatta Bowling Club President Mick Morthorpe and his board for expediting approval of the construction budget, allowing for works to commence immediately.
“Members will start to see things happening very soon and we’re all looking forward to sitting down together for a drink and a yarn in the Shire’s best little club,” he said.
Rebuilding Update - 23.06.17
Bundeena Community and Services Club – the new name for the Bundeena RSL Club – aims to be up and running by early 2018 following the resounding vote by members to amalgamate with Cabramatta Bowling Club.
While there has been no apparent activity on the burnt-out Loftus St site since the vote in April, behind the scenes efforts to get your club back at the heart of the community have been proceeding apace.
· Submitting the proposed amalgamation to the Office of Liquor & Gaming NSW. The comment period has now closed and we are hoping for a swift decision to conclude the amalgamation.
· Submitting a S96 variation to the existing development consent to Sutherland Shire Council (SSC). This requests some internal layout changes and the excavation of the sub floor to provide additional floor space. The notification period has now closed (with no objections) and we are once again hoping SSC will approve these modifications.
· Several meetings between the clubs’ management and our builder, architect and quantity surveyor to work out the most efficient way to get the club back up and running.
Work to bring the premises to lock-up stage will commence in early July. These works should take approximately 8 weeks to complete and will be funded by the Memorial Club.
The remainder of the work will be funded by Cabramatta Bowling Club once the amalgamation is formally approved.
Discussions with the builder indicate that, without any major problems, the club should be open for business by early next year.
Rebuilding Update- 28.04.17
More than two years after it was tragically destroyed in a catastrophic fire, the club is going to be rebuilt.
The widely applauded development comes after the members of Cabramatta Bowling Club voted to amalgamate with the Bundeena club on 27.04.17.
The Cabramatta vote follows a unanimous resolution from Bundeena’s members on 23.04.17 to bring the two clubs together.
Bundeena RSL Memorial Club President Graeme Kelly called it a “historic day” for both clubs.
“We’re delighted that Cabramatta has agreed to amalgamate with us and that Bundeena will soon have a new, modern club back at the heart of the community,” said Mr Kelly.
“Cabramatta is the perfect partner for us in this new chapter in our wonderful club and we are looking forward to working together and welcoming the members there to our little slice of paradise by the bay.”
Cabramatta Bowling Club president Michael Morthorpe was equally thrilled at the partnership between the two clubs.
“We’re very excited that this merger has been approved and that these two great clubs are joining forces,” he said.
A development application to rebuild the club has already been approved and building work is expected to start shortly.
Rebuilding Update - 30.03.17
It’s been three months since our last update and a lot has been going on behind the scenes.
Because of confidentiality agreements we have been restricted on what we could say, but now we can share the big news
Since our last update, the contract for the purchase of the club site from RSL Custodian/Bundeena RSL Sub Branch has been finalised.
Your Board and Management have met regularly and have now completed thorough investigations of all three viable options (as explained in detail in the last update).
After detailed analysis, we determined the best option was to seek amalgamation with a larger and financially sound club.
Expressions of interest were sent to all NSW clubs in October 2016 via a Clubs NSW circular. Three initial responses were received.
One Club withdrew its expression of interest early in the amalgamation discussions, leaving two clubs remaining.
One of these are presently committed to other major capital projects and were unable to guarantee that the club would be rebuilt within a timeframe that was acceptable to the Memorial Club board and its members.
After due diligence investigations on each of the two remaining clubs, the Board determined that Cabramatta Bowling and Recreation Club was the best “fit” for Bundeena.
Both club’s Boards and Management have met several times to draft a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) document that outlines each club’s obligations regarding the amalgamation.
The MOU was approved by the both Club’s boards on March 14.
The next stage in the complex amalgamation process is for each club to hold separate general meetings, giving financial members the chance to vote on the proposed amalgamation.
A simple majority (50% +1) of both clubs’ financial members is required for amalgamation to proceed to the next stage.
All financial members present at the General Meeting are entitled to vote (no postal ballots or proxy votes are permitted under the club’s current constitution).
The Memorial Club will be the first club to hold its general meeting, which has been scheduled for :
Sunday, April 23rd 2017 at 2:30pm sharp at Bundeena Public School Hall.
Under the club’s constitution only financial members are eligible to attend and vote at general meetings of the club.
If your membership is due for renewal (cards with 2017 printed on them) you MUST renew your membership either prior to the meeting, or renew your membership on the day no later than 1:30pm. Management will be on site at the School Hall from 12:30pm to receive membership renewals (payment options accepted on the day will be cash, cheque or card).
If your membership has expired (cards with 2016 or earlier printed on them), you MUST rejoin the club no later than 5pm on April 4th 2017 to be eligible to attend and vote at the meeting (this is also in accordance with the club’s constitution).
To renew your membership or join the club please email: email@example.com or call (02) 9523 2115.
We strongly encourage all members to attend this general meeting and have their say on the future of the Memorial Club.
Should the amalgamation proceed, Cabramatta Bowling Club have agreed to inject the required funding to ensure the club is rebuilt.
The Memorial Club will hold a workshop on 19th April 2017 from 7pm at Bundeena Public School Hall where members will have the opportunity to ask any questions regarding the amalgamation process. Please note that only financial members will be able to attend the workshop. Renewals will also be accepted at the workshop.
I am proud to advise that I have recently assumed the Presidency of the Club and pleased to announce that Lynn Wootten has assumed the Vice Presidents role.
For further information regarding this statement, please email the club: firstname.lastname@example.org
Yours Faithfully, Graeme Kelly - President
SEEKING EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FROM LOCAL SUB CONTRACTORS:
Whitcon Pty Ltd will be the appointed construction manager for the rebuild of Bundeena RSL Club and is seeking expressions of interest from local subcontractors who would like to be given an opportunity to provide pricing for the following trades:
excavation, concrete, formwork, waterproofing, bricklaying, carpentry, joinery, ceilings and partitions, aluminum windows, roofing, tiling, carpet and vinyl, painting, plumbing, electrical and fire and landscaping.
Please forward expressions of interest to Joel Cross of Whitcon via email: email@example.com.
Subcontractors may need to demonstrate experience and capability in delivering trade works of a similar scale and technicality.
Rebuilding Update - 16.12.16
It’s been just over six weeks since our previous update and there has been considerable activity behind the scenes.
The board has met most weeks to move forward the final complex negotiations relating to the contract of sale for the premises and to source funding for the club rebuild.
As members heard at the AGM in September, Board and Management have been investigating three options:
- Rebuilding independently, either fully or partially
- A joint venture with an independent investor or developer
- Amalgamation with another club
We have applied for several state and federal grants and met with opposition leader Bill Shorten and Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen in an attempt to obtain funding towards the rebuild.
Results of these applications will hopefully be released later this month.
Discussions have also taken place with banks and brokers in an attempt to secure a loan. However, no institution has been willing to lend the amount required to rebuild. Private lending has also been investigated, however the significantly higher interest rate would not be financially viable.
After extensive financial modeling we have concluded that without significant grant funding, donations and a secured loan from a lender, the Memorial Club cannot independently rebuild the premises.
Board and Management are also seeking expressions of interest from appropriate partners and are about to advertise widely.
Expressions of interest for amalgamation with the Memorial Club were sent to all NSW clubs in October via a Clubs NSW circular. Three initial responses were received.
The board is now considering which (if any) is the best “fit” for Bundeena.
If one of the applicants is suitable, the board will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding.
The potential amalgamation will then be presented to Memorial Club members to vote upon. No amalgamation can take place without a majority vote in favour from you, our members.
The contract of sale for the purchase of the club site from RSL Custodian/Bundeena RSL Sub Branch is now in the final stages and will hopefully be concluded by Christmas.
Rest assured, whichever avenue the Memorial Club takes, it will ensure the traditions that make us an RSL Club are retained in the new premises.
Board and Management wish all our members and the community a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and we hope to be able to celebrate Christmas 2017 with members and guests from a new club premises.
For further information, please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebuilding Update - 19.10.16
DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION APPROVED BY COUNCIL
There has been plenty of action behind the scenes in the past couple of weeks with the project to return Bundeena RSL Club to the heart of our community. One positive step is that Sutherland Shire Council has recently approved the development application lodged at the beginning of June to reinstate the club premises.
Full details of the application (DA16/0713) are available online via the Sutherland Shire Councils’ website or by clicking here. As circumstances surrounding ownership of the premises are still being finalised, getting council approval for the DA is a major step forward.
Members who attended the recent AGM will know we are committed to exploring all possible options to get our club back up and running. Due to limited funds, the directors and management team are currently analysing whether to conduct a staged development as well as investigating the feasibility of committing funding to fully rebuild the premises per the current DA specifications.
Another option being considered is amalgamation with another suitable club. Any interested partner would have to be a suitable “fit” for our unique club. No amalgamation can occur without consultation, input and approval from our members. Club amalgamations are a formal legal process and the first step to exploring the possibilities is to issue a formal document seeking expressions of interest via Clubs NSW. We’re pleased to announce our proposal seeking expressions of interest has been accepted by Clubs NSW and will be sent to all NSW clubs this week.
For the latest information and updates pertaining to the rebuild of Bundeena RSL Club, please visit us online: www.bundeenarsl.com.au www.facebook.com/brsl1 or feel free to send our management team an email email@example.com
Rebuilding Update - 02.09.16
BUNDEENA RSL MEMORIAL CLUB TAKES FIRST STEP IN SECURING ITS' FUTURE!
Bundeena RSL Memorial Club has secured its future in a dramatic deal to buy the club premises and land on behalf of their members.
After protracted negotiations, the long-term landlord of the club, RSL Custodian, agreed to hand over the premises, which were destroyed by fire 18 months ago, in its current state for $250,000.
When works already carried out by RSL Custodian are taken into consideration, the Bundeena RSL Memorial Club has secured the property and land for a nominal fee.
As part of the settlement, RSL Custodian will retain all of the remaining building insurance funding.
“It’s been a long and difficult negotiation but we are thrilled we are now in control of our own destiny,” said club CEO Sara Watkins. “Our club is now where it belongs – in the hands of our members.”
Club president Lynn Wootten said the hard-won purchase was an “enormous coup”. “We can now get on with rebuilding our club and returning it to the heart of the community,” she said.
The Memorial Club is now urgently investigating all financing options to start the re-building as soon as possible.
The Memorial Club will continue to work alongside the local Bundeena RSL Sub-Branch with important ceremonies throughout the year, including ANZAC Day.
Rebuilding Update - 08.03.16
CLUB MANAGEMENT SUCCESSFUL IN THEIR $300,000 GRANT APPLICATION - 8th March 2016
RSL Management have been working hard behind the scenes to make it happen and now we are pleased to announce that the club has been successful in its' application for a $300,000 state government grant through the ClubGRANTS Category 3 funding for emergency services. This is fantastic news for emergency relief in Bundeena and also for the Club! Read the full story about the grant and what it will be used for here.
Rebuilding Update - 02.01.16
INSURANCE SETTLEMENTS ACCEPTED AND FINALISED BY ALL PARTIES - 2nd Jan 2016
On the 24th December 2015, Bundeena RSL Memorial Club finalised and accepted a settlement offer from their Insurer, which included Furniture, Fittings & Equipment (FFE) and Business Interruption (BI) components of the Insurance claim.
The building cover (which is held in trust for Bundeena RSL Sub Branch by RSL Custodian) has also been finalised and accepted.
This final settlement was the result of months of intricate negotiations, which involved several professional services including claims preparers, brokers and quantity surveyors working with Insurance to provide the best possible result for our beloved club.
To give some insight into the level of work that has occurred regarding reaching this final settlement, the Memorial Club was required to provide a list detailing every object and each piece of equipment destroyed in the fire. In all, 632 different items were provided to Insurance for replacement along with individual quotes, price verifications with the clubs asset register.
In regards to the Business Interruption component, detailed trading figures and trending forecasts were prepared and provided to insurance as a part of the claim.
It is anticipated that the settlement will be received by both parties in early 2016.
Club Management & the Board of Directors are currently preparing cash flow & budget forecasts to give some insight into how to best maintain the Memorial Club financially whilst the rebuilding process occurs.
It is too early at this stage to provide a clear indication as to what length of time the rebuild will take, nor how the rebuilding process is going to occur. However once any information is received, better analysis and decision making can occur by the Memorial Club.
This is a crucial and important time for your club of which Club Management and the Board are working hard behind the scenes to provide the best possible result with the insurance monies received.
Rest assured, the Memorial Club will keep you - our members informed of any further information as we receive it.