Kirribilli Club shuttered after appointment of administrators


The historic Lavender Bay-based Kirribilli Club faces closure three months after it requested members to pledge $2000 following a hike in rental costs.

According to The Australian, the club has now been shuttered by administrators, with the future of its privately-owned harbourside site now in question ahead of a creditors’ meeting on Friday.

Administrator, Hugh Armenis said the club would continue to trade while he assesses its business, property and financial circumstances. The first meeting of creditors will be held on June 28.

The Kirribilli Club in Lavender Bay. CREDIT RHETT WYMAN
The Kirribilli Club in Lavender Bay. Photo: Rhett Wyman.

Club president, Lukas Bendt also addressed the matter, saying that the decision had been made with “great sadness”.

“Unfortunately, due to a combination of overwhelming financial, operational and hospitality market circumstances we have exhausted all available options and have not come to this conclusion lightly,” Bendt wrote to members in an email.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the Kirribilli Club’s financial difficulties come after findings in the Minns government’s budget papers that a few dozen casino-style clubs earned roughly $500 million in gaming tax breaks last year.

The club was founded in 1946 for former defense force soldiers and their families, and it moved to its current location in Lavender Bay in 2007.

Former North Sydney mayor and a lifelong club member, Jilly Gibson said the plan to raise money from members was “an interesting idea, but I couldn’t see it working”.

“It’s [the club has] been in financial difficulty almost from the time it opened in Lavender Bay,” Gibson said.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian




By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.


Latest News

The Larcos family: Navigating generational trauma from the Turkish invasion of Cyprus

The Larcos family could never have anticipated the upheaval that awaited them when they made the decision to relocate from Australia to Cyprus.

A lifetime of diplomacy: A conversation with Prokopis Vanezis

It was an afternoon full of stories—many untold—poetry, dragons, and a single fairy unfolds as the present meets the past to discuss the future.

Cyprus’ cultural heritage is not for sale

For centuries, ancient artefacts, art, and relics have been a topic of ownership, provenance, and morality debates.

Beyond sheftalies: Cypriot Australian youth keep reunification flame burning 50 years on

Young Cypriot Australians, born decades after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, are grappling with the conflict’s enduring legacy.

50 years of occupation: Who remembers Cyprus?

At the Ledra Palace check point in Nicosia, Cyprus stands a red and white sign that reads: ‘TURKISH REPUBLIC OF NORTHERN CYPRUS FOREVER.'

You May Also Like

Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic FC touchdown for inaugural Sydney Super Cup

Celtic FC have arrived in Australia with Ange Postecoglou to take on Sydney FC in the first ever Sydney Super Cup match tonight.

Amazons: Ancient warrior women as powerful role models for women today

Connie Skibinski, PhD candidate at the University of Newcastle writes about women who can rule themselves, found distant lands.

Chanel Contos’ petition forces NSW Parliament to debate the state’s sex education curriculum

Chanel Contos’ petition has garnered the requisite 20,000 signatories to trigger parliamentary debate over the NSW sex education curriculum.