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Members adamant Palmerston RSL will remain operational although it has no home after closure of The Hub

Members adamant Palmerston RSL will remain operational although it has no home after closure of The Hub

THE Palmerston RSL may be without a home after the shock closure of The Hub but members are adamant it won’t stop them from operating.

Advocacy services offered to returned defence members are still accessible. But advocacy officers will meet clients elsewhere.

President Bill Simpkins said the next steps forward for the club would have to be discussed with its 70 members. They intend to find a new space to call home in the near future.

The Palmerston RSL Sub-Branch had occupied several rooms at the Palmerston Sports Club for 12 years.

RSL Palmerston Sub-Branch treasurer Clayton Richards thanked those at The Hub for their generosity over the years.

He stressed the RSL would find a new home.

Executive members still have access to The Hub and are packing up the space before they are permanently kicked out.

“We’re still operating as an RSL but we don’t have a physical location to meet and socialise afterwards, but we are still doing our advocacy and welfare and our commemorative stuff,” he said. He said the RSL would continue to organise Anzac Day commemorations.

The community has thrown its support behind the club with people offering up space to store the military memorabilia until a permanent location is found.

The closure of the sports clubs means there is no social space for veterans in the Top End after the Darwin North RSL Sub-Branch closed its doors and the Darwin RSL was burnt down in a fire.

“It’s a bit of a concern that people can’t automatically go to a certain place but we’ll overcome that, we’re going to get together (today) and sit down and discuss things,” Mr Simpkins said. The Palmerston Sports Club shut its doors for good on Wednesday citing a tough economic climate and an over saturation of venues and gaming machines.

In a statement, board members said the club had suffered a downturn in business while having to maintain an undesirable cost structure and premises that were no longer conducive to patronage.

The closure put more than 50 people out of work.

Veterans seeking support can contact the club via email palmerston@rslsa.org.au

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