Campbelltown RSL Club redevelopment on track

Big move: Campbelltown RSL Club venue manager Luke Whalan outside the current club site. Picture: Ben Chenoweth
Big move: Campbelltown RSL Club venue manager Luke Whalan outside the current club site. Picture: Ben Chenoweth

Plans for the “crown jewel” of a new and reinvigorated Queen Street are well underway.

Late last year Campbelltown RSL Club venue manager Luke Whalan announced the club planned to relocate a couple of hundred metres to the north above the arcade near Queen Street and Cordeaux Street.

As part of the plan, the club’s existing site would be converted into an apartment building that could accommodate at least 250 units.

Eighty hotel rooms would also be built on top of the new club.

Mr Whalan said the the project was progressing well.

“The last 12 months we’ve been working on an agreement between the club and the developers (of the apartments) because they are two different sites,” he said.

“We’ll get through that agreement and then the next stage will be to look at putting the DA (development application) together.”

The future: An artist's impression of the new building, located on Queen Street, that Campbelltown RSL management plan to construct and move into within about five years.

The future: An artist's impression of the new building, located on Queen Street, that Campbelltown RSL management plan to construct and move into within about five years.

Mr Whalan said the size, scale and number of parties involved in the project meant the move would be a lengthy process.

However, he was confident the new premises would be up and running as originally planned.

“When we first broke the news last year we said it was a five to six year plan. Twelve months has gone by … and we are hopeful in four or five years we will be in the new club,” he said.

“It’s a step-by-step process and we’ve ticked the first box.

“The arcade site still needs to be rezoned because the club’s licence will have to be expanded.”

The club only relocated from its former Lithgow Street home to its current site on Cordeaux Street, near the corner of the Moore Oxley Bypass, 17 years ago.

Mr Whalan said some members who were around 17 years ago expressed resistance to the latest plan, however that doubt quickly faded.

“Everyone is fairly excited,” he said.

“The only negative comments have been from some of the older generation who were around when the current club was built. But once we have explained the situation … everyone has got on board.”

The new club is seen as a major piece of the puzzle to revitalising the Queen Street shopping precinct.