Brothers to bail out rivals
AS financial difficulties threaten to close East Bundaberg Sports Club, help has come from an unlikely source – Brothers Sports Club.
Brothers general manager Kelvin Gersbach said the club had agreed to give Easts business advice and a sum of money to help it refurbish the club and get back on its feet.
“They approached the club asking for any help we could give them,” Mr Gersbach said.
“They’ve had financial difficulties for some time.”
Plans for refurbishments at Easts are already under way, with a new Asian a la carte restaurant, bistro and gaming enhancements expected to be complete by mid February.
Mr Gersbach said he wanted to quash rumours that Brothers was taking over Easts.
“Easts remains under the control of its own board of directors,” he said.
“We have no control over their liquor and gaming licences or financial membership.”
Mr Gersbach said no amount of help would change the club’s rivalry on the sporting fields.
“Easts and Brothers football teams have always been fierce competitors on the field and this will remain the case,” he said.
“Current members are encouraged to support their club and all new members are encouraged to join.”
Mr Gersbach said if Easts had shut down, as he believed would happen without Brothers’ aid, it would not benefit anyone.
“Losing them would do no good for Bundaberg Rugby League,” he said.
“There is not much else to do in East Bundaberg, so a refurbished sports club would be great for the community.”
When the renovations are finished, Easts will have two 100-seat restaurants, function rooms and new gaming machines.
Mr Gersbach said East Bundaberg Sports Club went into voluntary administration in 2008 and fell into further strife this year, with not enough members to renew its gaming licence.