January 9, 2018 was a sad day for many Sandgate residents, particularly our more senior citizens. That was the day the former RSL Memorial Club trading as ‘Club Sandgate’ closed its doors for the final time due to substantial credit issues.
However, new hope has recently arisen for the premises to become a social hub once again with negotiations underway between a hotel group and the Sandgate RSL Sub-branch who own both the building and the land.
Sub-branch president Peter McNamara, said they had received an offer from a hotel group and the outcome would be known by early February.
“They are looking very closely at the building and the options they have to buy or lease,” Mr McNamara said. “Hopefully we will get a good outcome for us and the community.”
One of the senior citizens affected by the sudden closure of ‘Club Sandgate’ is Pamela Brookfield. Pamela moved to Sandgate only four years ago and said that ‘Club Sandgate’ was her lifeline in making Sandgate home.
“It was a friendly place to go. They had a lot of entertainment. It was a place we older folk felt safe and comfortable.
“It was there one day and gone the next. There is nowhere else like it in Sandgate.”
John and Madonna Luszczek are looking to move into the area and said they like being able to go out and have a relaxing meal and drink at their local club, “This is where I used to bring my mum and dad,” Madonna said. “I have fond memories of bringing them to the Sandgate RSL Club.
“We love frequenting the local clubs and hotels. We like to give back to the community, and enjoy meeting new people. It would be great to see this venue open again.”
Councillor Jared Cassidy also expressed hope for the future of Club Sandgate as its closure had a very big impact on the Sandgate RSL Sub Branch.
“Without an ongoing rental income from the club site, the vital work they do for veterans in our community was put at risk. It’s great to see that they are now in discussions to reopen the club which will not only support the work the sub branch do, but be a big boost to Sandgate itself.
“A new club would mean more jobs for locals, options for people looking to head out and attract more people to Sandgate, which in turn supports all businesses.”