An Elite Sydney Golf Club Won’t Pay Back JobKeeper Despite Making Millions In Profit Last Year
Memberships at the Royal Sydney Golf Club are $30,000 per person, and boast names like Malcolm Turnbull and the Packer's.
An elite golf club in Sydney won’t pay JobKeeper back, despite turning over a $3.5 million profit at the end of last year.
A financial statement from the Royal Sydney Golf Club in the affluent Eastern Suburbs shows a $2.8 million claim on the now-defunct Government wage subsidy, the Sydney Morning Herald has revealed.
It is indefensible that JobKeeper has been used to subsidise champagne and putting greens for its 6,000 elite members at Royal Sydney Golf Course. With the Coalition all we get are endless rorts designed so that their mates and the most privileged can gouge the public purse. pic.twitter.com/NAloxXB98P
— David Shoebridge (@ShoebridgeMLC) June 30, 2021
Its memberships have welcomed Sydney’s most prestigious circles over the years, including the likes of former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, and the Packer family.
According to the newspaper, sign-up costs are nearly $30,000 per person, equating to an additional $20 million in annual fees in 2020.
Will that help pay for all the trees they have reported to want to cut down❓
— 💧💧Suzie Gold 🎀🎀 (@GoldSuzie) June 30, 2021
General Manager Michael Solomons told the SMH that the golf club applied for the original subsidy because it was eligible to do so, and used the money to pay 140 staff members.
#MorrisonScandal Outrageous that the Royal Sydney Golf Club that posted a $3.5million profit accepted $2.8million in Jobkeeper! Meanwhile there are huge staff layoffs at universities and actors and musicians are struggling as well. Wasting our hard earned money on the rich!
— LindaBronte (@LindaBronte5) July 1, 2021
“The clubhouse is again closed and as a consequence, about 150 of our staff (of a total of 220) are again unable to work due to the COVID health safety protocols,” Solomons said. “The club continues to pay these staff in full.”
Royal Sydney Golf Club joins a number of well-off institutions slammed for not paying back JobKeeper despite their financial returns during the pandemic, including a number of private schools, and multi-national retailer Harvey Norman.