As I’m certain most of you have heard, there was an armed hold-up on Monday night at the Lismore Workers Club.

During the incident, one of our managers was assaulted and a significant sum of money was taken.

Until now, we’ve said very little about this incident directly to our members as it was important to let the Police do their job. But we felt it was important to also let our members and guests know what occurred and appeal for information which might help the police in their search.

This is the first time an armed hold-up has occurred at this club in the 64 years we’ve been a part of the Lismore community. We are all disappointed by this callous act, but we’d like to thank everyone in the local community who has reached out in support of our club and our staff in the days since. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

Our first and primary concern since the incident has been the well-being of our duty manager. He sustained injuries when assaulted while bound by the individual responsible. Despite this, he remained calm and the professionalism he exhibited was exemplary. When faced with a direct threat to his personal safety, he did all he could to ensure the situation was resolved quickly. He has our full support during his recovery and our gratitude for dealing with this terrifying situation in such an exemplary manner.

The Lismore Workers Group of Clubs operates for the benefit of our 10,000 plus members and the Lismore community. Every month, more than 50 community groups use our rooms and facilities at no charge; every year, our clubs provide direct financial support for more than 30 community service organisations. We sponsor many sporting bodies and events which occur in the Lismore community. An act of this nature is an assault on the Lismore Workers community. As such, we are working closely with Lismore Richmond District police to catch the persons responsible. But we do need your help.

If anyone in the Lismore Workers community has any information about this incident which might help, we encourage them to contact the Lismore Richmond District police or crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.