Up to a new board for Leagues Club

THE future of Coffs Harbour’s Leagues Club remains uncertain with almost the entire board standing down in the wake of the club’s failed merger bid with Club Coffs on West High.

The bombshell came at an emergency meeting which was called after last week’s decision by the former Catholic Club to abandon amalgamation proceedings.

The collapsed merger plans – a bitter disappointment for leagues club executives – are a casualty of the West High Street club’s expensive legal battle with C.ex Coffs over their respective re-brandings.

Leagues club chairman Greg Spence told the Advocate his board – except for one director – would relinquish their positions at the forthcoming AGM, which has now been brought forward from October to the end of August or early September.

Mr Spence said the directors would continue their duties until a new board was elected. The new directors would then have to appoint a new licensee/secretary to replace the outgoing and long-serving Roy Dunn.

“We will do whatever we can to help the new board,” Mr Spence said.

He did not want to comment further on the director exodus.

Earlier this week, Mr Spence said he was shattered by the collapse of the proposed merger with Club Coffs on West High.

“Club Coffs would have taken over the running of our club, which has been run for 17 years by a volunteer board of directors, but it’s become too hard to run on a voluntary basis,” Mr Spence said.

“We’re solvent, we have money in the bank and we’re trading at a profit. We purely and simply need someone to run the club.”

Club Coffs on West High CEO Carl Mower said in Monday’s Advocate the expenses involved in the legal wrangle with C.ex Coffs had stopped the merger.

“It’s extremely disappointing because the amalgamation is in the best interests of both clubs,” Mr Mower said.

“We believe both groups and the community could definitely benefit.”

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