Voting is now closed. The board will now meet to discuss the outcome of the vote. Further information will be announced in due course.
Below are some of the questions members have been asking about the vote.
I’m not a member of Wests. Can I still vote?
Only full Wests members (all members except social members) are permitted to vote, however you can join Wests at any of our clubs and then register your vote. Membership information is available from the help desks of any of our clubs, and a full membership costs $12 (pensioner $5).
I am unable to come into a club during the voting period. Can I still register my opinion?
If you are unable to visit a club to register your vote, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, member number and voting intention, answering yes or no to the question ‘Do you support the proposed resolution that The Wests Group acquires 100% of the share capital of the Knights Rugby League Pty Limited?’ Email correspondence will not be included in the official count due to auditing restrictions, but will be considered by the board.
How do I vote?
Simply swipe your membership card in one of our membership kiosks, at any of our clubs during the voting period (Monday 31 July-Sunday 6 August). You’ll be asked to answer yes or no to the question ‘Do you support the proposed resolution that The Wests Group acquires 100% of the share capital of the Knights Rugby League Pty Limited?’
If you would like The Wests Group to buy the Knights, select yes.
Can I vote more than once?
Only one vote per membership card is permitted.
I’m a social member. Can I vote?
No. Voting is only open to all full members of Wests (full 12 month member, perpetual and pensioner 12 month and perpetual members). If you’re a social member and you would like to vote, please see our help desk team to join as a full member.
Why should I support this proposal?
The Wests Group believes the acquisition of the Knights is the only viable way for the Knights to enjoy a successful future. In addition, the development of a Centre of Excellence will be a critical step in ensuring the development of rugby league in the region, and will be a facility for the younger people in the community to benefit greatly from. We believe this acquisition will herald a new era of success for the Newcastle Knights, and in turn provide the region, and the regional economy, with a great boost.
I’m a member of staff at Wests. Can I vote?
Yes, any member of staff who is a member of Wests (excluding social members) can vote.
What will this proposal mean for the community funding Wests currently undertakes?
The acquisition of the Knights will not in any way impact on the current overall level of support The Wests Group provides to the community by way of donations or sponsorship.