Balmain Leagues Club and Wests Ashfield members vote to merge Clubs

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Wests Ashfield members have tonight voted to endorse a historic merger with Balmain Leagues Club. This follows Balmain Leagues Club members voting last night to endorse the amalgamation.

The positive vote brings both sides of the Wests Tigers franchise together in a united front that will keep both Clubs’ identities alive while securing the future of the joint venture NRL Club.

After Balmain Leagues Club went into voluntary administration in late 2018, Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne helped negotiate an agreement with Wests Ashfield to allow Balmain to continue as a partner in Wests Tigers and for a Tigers Leagues Club to be included in the redevelopment of the former Balmain Leagues Club site in Rozelle.

“The merger between both clubs is a historic step that unifies all shareholders in Wests Tigers into the future,” said Mayor Byrne.

“Wests Ashfield deserves enormous credit for developing this agreement, which is commercially advantageous for their Club, keeps the Balmain Tigers alive and unifies Wests Tigers.”

The merger, which has also been endorsed by Heworth, owners of the former Balmain Leagues Club site, includes:

  • Balmain Tiger directors remaining on the board of Wests Tigers.
  • The amalgamated club establishing a Tigers Leagues Club within the redevelopment of the Rozelle site.
  • A five-year commitment to provide funding for the Balmain Tigers Rugby League Football Club and Balmain Tigers Junior Rugby League Club.
  • Wests Ashfield accepting responsibility for the outstanding loan repayments that were owed to the NRL by Balmain Tigers.

State Government still refusing to rule out compulsorily acquiring the former Balmain Leagues Club site

Despite this breakthrough, the future of the former Balmain Leagues Club site remains in doubt with the State Government still working behind the scenes to compulsorily acquire the site, to use as a large scale tunnelling site for the proposed Western Harbour Tunnel.

“The very survival of the Tigers depends on preventing the State Government from snatching this site. The compulsory acquisition of the property would leave the Tigers without a home or cent of compensation,” said Mayor Byrne.

“We have done everything in our power to ensure the best outcome for the former Balmain Leagues Club, now it’s over to the State Government to do the right thing and cancel plans to acquire the site.”


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