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Club North Manly

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by HappilyManly, Jun 3, 2015.

  1. HappilyManly

    HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +11,498 / 254
    Manly Leagues merger prompts poker machine concerns at Club North Manly site
    • JUNE 02, 2015 4:51PM

    A “TAJ  MAHAL”-style venue packed with poker machines could be in store for North Manly according to a councillor, triggering concerns over problem gambling.

    A proposed Club North Manly merger with Manly Leagues has raised the prospect of the latter moving its poker machines to the bowling club on Pittwater Rd.

    Warringah councillor Pat Daly said introducing more machines would be detrimental to the community in light of plans to make District Park a premier sporting venue.

    “With hundreds of young people using this area and it planned to be a sporting hub, if we have a big increase in poker machines it’s not going to be helpful to the community and will expose a lot of young people to poker machines,” Cr Daly said.

    The council leases the bowling site to Club North Manly. Councillors have voted to ask the two clubs about their merger plans.


    However Manly Leagues chairman Ian Thomson told the Daily the proposed merger was in its early stages.

    If successful, the club could transfer its poker machines as allowed under state regulations, Mr Thomson said.

    “If they (councillors) have concerns, they should take it up with the NSW Government because we’re bound by the rules they impose,” Mr Thomson said.

    The leagues club hopes to remain at Brookvale and have a second venue at North Manly.

    There are currently 12 poker machines at Club North Manly while Manly Leagues has 200.

    The council has proposed a $6 million clubhouse be shared by a range of sporting groups at the bowling site as part of its draft District Park Plan of Management.

    Club North Manly, which has suffered financially, has chosen Manly Leagues as its preferred amalgamation partner.

    Councillors Daley and Vincent De Luca raised concerns Manly Leagues Club could install more machines at the council’s venue.

    “We don’t want a Taj Mahal of poker machines here,” Cr Daley said.

    While all councillors voted to seek more information on the merger, some said the poker machine concerns were premature.

    Mayor Michael Regan said to Cr Daley: “I think you’re jumping at shadows.”

    Cr Sue Heins said: “I think we’re jumping the gun. This (plan of management) is a discussion about a geographic plan where down the track we get more specific.”

    Club North Manly secretary Paul Campbell declined to comment when contacted by the Manly Daily.
    Interesting as the DY RSL was the preferred relocation site for the Leagues Club
  2. The Who

    The Who Well-Known Member

    Mona Vale
    +4,718 / 96
    Gee... young people exposed to poker machines! What a worry, especially when every minute of a sporting event you are bombarded with betting odds and so called 'cash-back' incentives.
    With drugs, youth suicide, domestic violence, unemployment etc. I think "young people" have a lot more to worry about than poker machines.
    • Agree Agree x 1
  3. Shoe1

    Shoe1 Well-Known Member

    +4,358 / 66
    Why is the council even bothering to comment on this? I suggest they work on things that they actually have responsibility for, such as brookie oval.
  4. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

    +3,459 / 128
    The council seems to have a lot of revenue raising facilities being rented out, where are they spending the money?
  5. conanu

    conanu Well-Known Member Premium Member

    +1,812 / 31
    I don't know anythiong about the politics of Warringah but the De Luca sounds like he doesn't like us very much. His name is always associated with negative crap about Manly.
  6. Terry Zarsoff

    Terry Zarsoff Well-Known Member

    +3,360 / 66
    You're correct. And Daly is probably a Tigers man or somesuch.
  7. Daddycool08

    Daddycool08 Well-Known Member

    +371 / 4
    The councils should simply look after the three R's. Rates, Roads and Rubbish and leave the businesses to get on with their jobs and create more jobs in the local areas. Too many levels of government are sticking their noses in places they do not belong.
  8. Ramrod

    Ramrod Well-Known Member

    +432 / 2
    That De Luca is the most Anti-Manly person in the council, who only got voted in by lying about being a pro-Manly fan way back when he first started out.
  9. Northern Rhino

    Northern Rhino Active Member

    +41 / 1
    this income stream for the future could be massive for the sea eagles. a thriving leagues club would be a fantastic asset. think of all of the extra $$$$$$ that we could generate to the clubs benefit
  10. Terry Zarsoff

    Terry Zarsoff Well-Known Member

    +3,360 / 66
    Presumably they are worried too by the prospect of having the club sold out from under them by the Penns'.

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