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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : April 29th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, April 30, 2009 3 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Young boost numbers at Anzac Day services Anzac Day photo gallery Go to innerwestweekly.com.au for all the inner-west services The Anzac Day stand-to at Concord RSL was well attended. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP270964 HUNDREDS of people bowed their heads for The Last Post at moving dawn stand-tos across the Inner West on Anzac Day. Concord, Drummoyne and Burwood RSL sub-branches all held well-attended services on Saturday. Concord District RSL sub-branch secretary Bob Turner, estimated that about 900 people attended its dawn service. ''We're very happy with it, it seems to be growing and we hope it will continue to do so,'' he said. ''There was one thing that I noticed and that was the number of young people involved.'' Anzac Day also brought good news for the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway in Concord. Drummoyne State Labor MP Angela D'Amore announced that the walkway's water feature is to get a $48,000 upgrade. She presented a cheque to walkway committee chairman Rusty Priest at the walkway on Saturday. ''We must never forget about the bravery of the Australian troops who fought through atrocious conditions in Papua New Guinea,'' Ms D'Amore said. ''This funding will ensure we can all continue to gain an appreciation of the sacrifices and achievements of the young Australians who gave so much in defence of their nation.'' Club's battling to survive FIONA BRADY Drummoyne RSL was packed on Anzac Day for the dawn stand-to, however lack of regular patronage has seen it placed in receivership. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP270946 ONE of the Inner West's best- known clubs, Drummoyne RSL, has gone into receivership with debts of around $1.75 million. Robert Brennan, of RT Hos- pitality Solutions, was appointed as receiver and manager by the Victoria Rd club's financier on April 9. The club is still trading as usual and hosted a breakfast for more than 400 people on Anzac Day. Mr Brennan said the club had been experiencing financial diffi- culties for a number of years and borrowed approximately $1.75 million to refinance existing borrowings and undertake capital works to improve the club. Over the past six months, the club is understood to have breached certain loan conditions, including the sale of some of its gaming entitlements. This prompted the financier to call in the receiver. Mr Brennan said his aim was to get the best solution for the club and its financier. He said a number of other options were being looked at, including finding an alternative financier, amalgamation with an- other club and restructuring of the club's financial position. ''The management and board have indicated that they are confi- dent of finding an alternative financier,'' he said. He said there was ''no question'' that smoking bans had had an impact on the club, but other factors such as the area's chang- ing demographic and the financial downturn had also adversely af- fected turnover. At this stage, selling off the club's assets, including its 62 poker machines, was ''not an option'', he said. Mr Brennan said the club's current manager Kerrie Wadwell, who was only appointed at Christmas 2008, was very motiv- ated to turn around its fortunes. The club's members were told of the financial situation at an infor- mation meeting on Monday night. Drummoyne Rowers is afloat ANOTHER local club, Drummoyne Rowers, is still trad- ing two years after it was placed in receivership in April 2007. Domenic Calabretta from re- ceiver Hall Chadwick said the Rowers was ''trading fine'', thanks to recent restructuring and cost-cutting. However hopes of amalga- mation with another club had been put ''on the backburner'' due to the global financial crisis, Mr Calabretta said. 2132213i iww w44 Delivering for our Community council chambers: 65 Homebush Rd, Strathfield NSW 2135 e) firstname.lastname@example.org p) 9748 9999 f) 9764 1034 w) www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au business hours: 8.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday postal address: PO Box 120, Strathfield NSW 2135 STRATHFIELD COUNCIL Strathfield Council is committed to the highest level of fire safety to help create a safer community. Council has commenced annual fire safety auditing of all multi-unit residential, commercial and industrial buildings to ensure the safety of all residents and employees in the Strathfield Local Government Area (LGA). As well creating safer buildings for occupants, fire safety audits help building owners identify potential maintenance issues, and in some cases spot minor problems before they become larger ones that require a major financial outlay to correct. All fire safety measures have to comply with the NSW Fire Brigade, Council and State requirements. If you have received a notice and require further information, please contact Council or visit the website.
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