Seagulls to go with diversity plan
SEAGULLS Club will take the next step to leasing part of its clubhouse and car park as a way to keep it financially viable after members approved the plan at Monday night's annual general meeting.
Members of both Seagulls and its parent organisation the Norths Group “almost unanimously” voted in favour of the plan that would see the 1500-seat Stardust Auditorium, the whole car park and other parts of the club leased to other business, or developed into ventures like childcare and medical centres to boost the club's bottom line.
Increases to poker machine taxes by the NSW Government, as well as further restrictions on smoking, have left even the bigger clubs looking for ways to create new income, said Norths Group president Barry Alliston.
“We now pay an additional $65,000 every week in state taxes across our group, and unless we diversify our income streams our future would be very bleak indeed,” Mr Alliston said.
“The size of Seagulls is some four times bigger than it needs to be to service the membership.”
While it is still uncertain how parts of the club will be used to add to its coffers, an entertainment company has already made approaches to the organisation, according to Seagulls general manager Wayne Kedrigan, and is interested in operating the Stardust Room as a theatre restaurant seven days a week.