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Old guard pushes to block administrator's board at Parramatta Leagues
An old-guard of Parramatta Leagues Club members including local politicians and property players are pushing to re-install an elected board to control the club, against the wishes of its government-appointed administrator.
Administrator Max Donnelly, who was appointed by the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority to administrate the conflict-riven leagues club in mid 2016, says he is looking for an opportunity to return control of the club, which provides support for the Parramatta Eels NRL team, to members.
But with the leagues club considering a $150 million investment in a new hotel complex adjacent to the $300 million Western Sydney Stadium redevelopment, Mr Donnelly wants to first appoint a new board which would, over time, be progressively voted on by members.
I want to hand over but I want to hand over to the best possible board I can appoint,” Mr Donnelly said. “In my view that would be a skills-based board.”
For Mr Donnelly to appoint such a board, 75 per cent of leagues club members must approve a new constitution. At a vote in November, 65 per cent of members voted in favour of Mr Donnelly’s suggested constitution.
Last month, however, a petition organised by prominent club members, argued that the first board should be selected by members.
The four organisers of the petition were: Tony Labbozzetta, a former chairman of the Marconi Club; Tony Beuk, a one-time ALP employee and former Liverpool councillor who is also a director of the Sydney Dragway; Cumberland councillor and former Parramatta mayor Paul Garrard, and Jude Findlay, an associate of former Parramatta Leagues chairman Roy Spagnolo.
Signatures to the petition included the mayor of Parramatta, Andrew Wilson, and deputy mayor, Michelle Garrard, as well as a number of prominent figures in the property industry, such as Ray Khattar and others associated with developer Dyldam, builder Rony Wardan, and developer Vince Lombardo.
Former Parramatta lord mayor Paul Garrard, wants members to select an initial Parramatta Leagues board.CREDIT:GENE RAMIREZ
The petitioners support Mr Donnelly’s constitution but for two differences. They do not want a ‘nominations committee’ to vet candidates for the board of the leagues club. And they want to be able to vote on the first board to take Mr Donnelly’s place.
Under Mr Donnelly’s plan, he would select an initial board, two members of which would be up for re-election by general members every year.
“Trying to elect seven at a time is what created factions,” Mr Donnelly said.
The administrator said he did not understand why petitioners did not want a nominations committee.
“Why wouldn't you want the most high-skilled board that you can have?” he said.
“The days of having Parramatta Leagues Club, which turns over $800m a year or something, being run by plumbers doesn’t make sense to me in this day and age.”
The organisers and supporters of the petition said they objected to Mr Donnelly’s proposal to select a board for democratic reasons.
“It just comes back to how you handle the first board,” said Cr Garrard of Cumberland Council. “You are going to always get factions – it doesn’t matter if you have a tuckshop or a club.”
The club’s former chairman, Roy Spagnolo, said it was a “long bow to draw” that he associates with the organisers of the petition, but also that he was aware of the petition and supported it.
“I think Max has done a wonderful job while he's there, I just think it should now go back to the members,” Mr Spagnolo said.
The club’s chief executive, Bevan Paul, said he supported Mr Donnelly’s proposal to appoint an independent board, in particular in the context of the looming development.
“Suppliers and contractors interested in the hotel development, they will be seeking avenues to gain advantage when it comes to tendering,” Mr Paul said.
“So the oversight of the development will require a board that’s completely devoid of any real, perceived or potential conflicts of interest.
“I think that any conflicts of interest, which have been a problem in the past, can either slow that down or compromise it in some other way.”
The petition will be voted on at the leagues club’s AGM in February.
Parramatta mayor Andrew Wilson said: "It is my firm philosophical position that democracy is my default position. I respect others who may have different views."
Franks cracking plumber jokes
It’s amazing that the only one I trust to do anything solely for the clubs benefit is the guy who doesn’t claim to be a club fan. Or even wants to be there
Yet there are still merkins around the traps (on this site too) who sledge Max. The alternative is Spags.
Max's board would all be penny pinchers
piss off Max
We'd have a members elected board by now if they had voted to change the constitution at the first vote. These people do not care about the club at all, they are in it for their self-interests.
It says plenty about the imbeciles who have been involved and who want to get involved. None of them wants what’s best for the club and team.
This sort of stuff depresses me more than our performances on the field.
Will we ever get our shit together and be a properly run club?
It's only member apathy that's holding the club back. Admin need to hold the next election on game day. Maybe that will generate more tthan a few hundred votes.
I'll admit I'm part of the problem there. But to those voting against reform, this is essentially who you are voting for:
Edit - he does have connections to Spagnolo and others, but that said it's not like that mob haven't had sudden and dramatic falling outs with other members
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