Club Evans debt will reduce with sale of corner block

ABOVE: Aerial view of the RSL and corner block for sale. Photo: First National Evans Head

Susanna Freymark

The Club Evans board has made a decision to sell the corner block of land where the former pizza shop and house is.

Chief executive Greg Targett wrote in the club’s latest newsletter that members at the AGM were in favour of selling off the corner block owned by the Woodburn-Evans Head RSL Club.

“The opinion poll received over 70 entrants, with overwhelming sentiment leaning towards selling off the corner block,” he wrote in the newsletter to members.

He said the benefits to the club included:

retaining the most valuable parcels of land overlooking the river,

reducing the club’s debt to a manageable level,

improving cash flow.

The corner block is listed for sale with an onsite auction on March 20.

First National Evans Head’s Brad Dicinoski has listed 17 McDonald Place as a three-bedroom house on a 822m2 block with high to medium density zoning.

The dilapidated building is ready for demolition to clear the way for a modern development.

The front of the house was previously a shop.

Selling the corner block is a shift from the focus of developing the larger parcel of land to the side of the RSL Club as suggested in 2020.

At the time, the club owed more than a million dollars to Casino RSM and with other  debts outstanding, the total debt came to $2.39 million.

The plan to sell and develop 50 units on the land caused a stir.

We are awaiting confirmation from the club on whether this plan has been shelved in favour of selling the corner block.

Club Evans has two new board members – Bill Kessell and Ian Rankin.

Brad Dicinoski has left the board.

The corner block for sale, next to the RSL Club. Photo: Susanna Freymark

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