President of the Chinchilla RSL Peter Bellgrove.
President of the Chinchilla RSL Peter Bellgrove. Madison Watt

Community support assures bright future for RSL

IN A BID to build momentum and bolster its membership, Chinchilla RSL has appointed an on-site manager and, with the current committee, the team are working hard to increase patronage and financial turnover.

RSL Memorial Club president Peter Bellgrove said the mining industry downturn had affected the club, which in recent years had been battling debt and reduced membership numbers.

Mr Bellgrove started as president this year and has been a life member for 35 years.

He said the RSL was looking ahead to a brighter future with efforts to appeal to the under-60s age group by fostering a friendly "club” atmosphere.

"We're trying hard to increase our level of service so members get better value.”

Committee member Dale Searle has donated the use of a pool table and Mark and Nicky Luther, new committee members, have organised a weekly pool competition in the beer garden to attract new clientele.

"We're trying to build momentum - we're not a pub, we're a club. We want a club atmosphere where people feel comfortable,” Mr Bellgrove said.

"We're not making the same losses that we were and we're getting close to the cash flow turning around to a positive situation.”

He said the committee had rallied to develop what was on offer and the new on-site general manager Christopher Erwin had started a week ago and was determined to inspire local support.

Four local business groups - Decmil, Intura, Keating Bros Hardware Store and Gleeson Quality Meats - have donated a quality big screen projector to run in the sports bar.

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