THE proposed amalgamation between the Coffs Harbour Leagues Club and Club Coffs moved a major step closer to becoming a reality on Tuesday night.
Coffs Harbour Leagues Club members attended an extraordinary general meeting on Tuesday night and chairman of the board Greg Spence said that 75 per cent of those in attendance voted in favour of the resolution empowering the board to proceed with the amalgamation.
Spence said that the subject matter of the meeting had certainly raised the emotions of those within the club but he added that those who gathered at Advocate Park didn’t let their feelings get the better of them.
“While there were some passionate arguments both for and against the resolution with emotions running high, members acted in a very orderly and controlled fashion,” Mr Spence said
“While a few were upset with the decision others who voted in favour said they were saddened that the decision had to be made but agreed it was the only way forward for the club.”
Also in attendance were delegates from Club Coffs and they answered a number of questions put to them by members.
The next step in the prolonged and involved process is for Club Coffs to call an extraordinary general meeting of their members who must also vote whether or not to proceed with the amalgamation before the matter can be presented to the courts for their decision.
If the amalgamation proceeds, Club Coffs will take responsibility for both the Leagues Club and Advocate Park.
The two football bodies involved being the Coffs Harbour senior and junior clubs will continue as they currently are but the difference for them will be that they become sub-committees of Club Coffs.
Former Leagues Club chairman, Bruce Grant, who has maintained a close association with the rugby league club since 1970 when he joined as a player, believes that the club will benefit from taking this step.
“It was a difficult decision to have to make but one that had to be made for the future of the club,” Mr Grant said.