Music is the reason! Or is it?

As reported in the media this week Williamstown RSL faces an uncertain future. This of course directly affects Way Out West Roots Music Club. However, this is far from the end for our club which is determined to continue on beyond 2015. Clearly stating our position, Way Out West club president Rob Rowe has penned an open letter to concerned stakeholders.

July 18, 2015
An open letter
Way Out West Roots Music Club Inc. valued members, friends, musicians and music punters.
Last night (15th) a General Meeting was called by the executive of RSL Victoria to inform members of the financial state of the Williamstown RSL sub-branch. The financial situation at the Williamstown RSL has been an issue for many years. We were presented with a very grim picture of where the RSL sits as a going concern. It must however be said that the current President (Frank Rog) and his committee, management (Dave O’Meara) and his hard- working staff plus Lauren (Jamax Catering) have worked tirelessly these last 18 months to put the club in a much better position. However the large debt hanging over the club and the poor governance and even poorer (bordering on negligent) past management have made the current situation unsustainable. It should be noted that the RSL has been trading profitably these last 18 months. Representing WOW at the meeting were myself, Terry Smith (Vice President), Wendy Rowe (Treasurer), Tony Bishop and Suzette Pedersen. We heard from Major General David McLachlan (President RSL Vic) and were left in no doubt that there are now only two options for the Williamstown RSL. One being a major development or two closure. Plans were presented and the members of the RSL will in two weeks- time have to vote yes on the development or the club will eventually close (no time-frame given.) The plans shown include a four story apartment complex with retail on the ground floor. A small footprint (700 square meters) would be allocated for the RSL to continue. However from the sound of the plans the pokies would be in that same room. Not good for Way Out West or the other community clubs involved with the RSL. So where does that leave Way Out West? We have committed to the Willy RSL until the end of 2015. There are some mighty fine people that have toiled very hard to keep the RSL afloat, including the current management, the staff and catering crew. Way Out West generates much needed cash flow for the RSL and we will not abandon them in their hour of need. For us it is business as usual. I implore you to come down and support the club and show the powers in charge that music is important to the community. Where do we go when the club is no longer? Well let me tell you in the strongest terms, Way Out West will continue to support music in the West. Stay tuned for some exciting news in the near future on a new home in 2016 for WOW.
Yours truly
Rob Rowe – President Way Out West Roots Music Club Inc. and Life Member of the Williamstown RSL

Further - I have been told that Major General David McLachlan was interviewed by 3AW (17th July) and said on two occasions that Williamstown RSL was an iconic music venue. I wish he had said something similar when he delivered the bad news at the General Meeting on the 15th.


Link to 3AW Breakfast Show interview with RSL Major General David McLachlan

MATT DWYER

Sunday 2nd August 2:00pm

Door Price $15 ($10 WOW members)

COMING UP AT WAY OUT WEST

MATT DWYER
PETE CORNELIUS
THE DOORS SHOW
SPECTRUM & HEY GRINGO
RAW BRIT
COREY HARRIS
CHRIS WILSON & THE CYRIL B. BUNTER BAND
8 BALL AITKEN



Banner images courtesy Wendy Rowe.