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ClubMulwala's executive exit

ClubMulwala has unexpectedly dismissed Chief Executive Officer Micheal Mullarvey and Assistant Manager Graeme Edis in a move that has shocked staff, members and the community.

RACHEAL WILLETT August 5, 2014 3:58pm

The Yarrawonga Chronicle understands a meeting with the ClubMulwala board, Mr Mullarvey and Mr Edis was held on Friday afternoon and within an hour the two executives had ended their employment with the club - effective immediately.

The sudden move took employees of the club by surprise, with Chairman Brian Cossar telling the Yarrawonga Chronicle on Monday a meeting would be held with staff as soon as possible to provide further information.

In a statement issued on behalf of the board Mr Cossar said there had been a “Parting of Ways” between the club and CEO Mr Mullarvey and Mr Edis – referred to as “2IC” (second in charge).

“After more than 30 years of service at ClubMulwala, a change in focus and direction has seen the services of its two senior managers come to an end,” Mr Cossar said.

“Micheal Mullarvey with 36 years of service and Graeme Edis with 30 years of service have guided ClubMulwala through some exciting and challenging times.”

When contacted by the Yarrawonga Chronicle, Mr Cossar declined to comment further on the split.

He said the board’s concern was to ensure ClubMulwala staff and members were informed and any plans to appoint a new Chief Executive Officer would be revealed at a later date.

Mr Mullarvey could not be contacted for comment yesterday.

Michael Mullarvey began his working career with ClubMulwala in 1969 when, just out of school, he worked as a full-time clerk before leaving to work in Melbourne.

His career in club management blossomed through experience with the Target Hotel group and work overseas before returning to ClubMulwala in 1978.

Mr Mullarvey began as a cellarman, progressing to sub-assistant manager, assistant manager and deputy manager prior to his appointment as CEO.

In 1988 Michael Mullarvey became ClubMulwala’s CEO when the position was vacated by his own father Tom Mullarvey who had been in the top job for 26 years.

The club employs around 150 people and during Mr Mullarvey’s tenure experienced significant change including an expansion of resort accommodation, construction of the Essenza spa and most recently the redevelopment of dining and catering facilities.

ClubMulwala was named NSW Club of the Year in 1991.

Support for Yarrawonga and Mulwala has been a hallmark of ClubMulwala’s operation through thousands of dollars in donations each year to various school, community and sporting groups - $209,000 in 2012/2013.

The club last year posted a net profit of $126,905 and paid $2.5 million in state and federal taxes in what Mr Mullarvey described as a “very trying market place”.

“The Board of Directors, on behalf of all ClubMulwala members thank Micheal and Graeme for their efforts over the years in making ClubMulwala one of the most visited and successful clubs along the Murray River,” said Mr Cossar.

“We congratulate them both on their achievements and wish them all the very best in their future endeavours.”

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