THE now defunct Catholic Club Yoogali (CCY) will go under the hammer next month.
After months of battling a crippling debt of $470,000 and haemorrhaging a further $1500 every week, the iconic club’s board was forced to make the difficult decision to close down permanently in May this year.
Now in the hands of Wagga firm RSM Bird Cameron, administrators will recoup costs for the club, which had been in business for more than 70 years.
An auction will be held on site in late November.
The firm’s Tim Gumbleton said it was clear from the number of enquiries already made that the site had huge potential.
“We have put the auction in the hands of Tony Santolin at Griffith Real Estate,” Mr Gumbleton said.
“The first step after going into voluntary liquidation was to sell the gaming entitlements, and those have now sold.
“The next step is to sell the property. The good thing is that it was a voluntary wind up process by the directors. “Any surplus goes back to a like-minded organisation. We will consult with members, but prior to the ultimate decision members already put forward some ideas.
“They mentioned the private hospital, Scalabrini Village, local schools and clubs.”
Mr Gumbleton said some of the ideas floated for the site so far included a function centre, a tavern, a bed and breakfast, resort-style accommodation and even a house.
The complex contains two flood-lit tennis courts, bocce courts, a 135-square metre barbecue area, a 90-square metre machinery shed, commercial kitchen, bar, 400-seat functions centre and encompasses 12000 square metres of land.
Mr Gumbleton said there was potential to split the block, while extensive furniture was available for the function centre or could be sold separately.
Former club president Mal Ledwidge said he was glad to see the auction date set.
“It’s a beautiful building and ideally I’d like to see a function centre. I think that’s the most logical thing,” Mr Ledwidge said.
“Everything is there. It’s well set up with a quality kitchen and all of the furniture you’d need.”