On 30th October the Glenorchy City Council released a statement advising us and the broader media that they have rejected our offer to acquire The Derwent Entertainment Centre and the ongoing business concern that operates it.
Firstly, to say that we are beyond disappointed is an understatement, as we imagine that many of you are. We want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you that has joined us so far on this journey and continue to push forward with us. We couldn’t have got this far without your support.
We have endeavoured to deal with the Glenorchy City Council in an open, transparent and accommodating manner at all times.
We want to make it clear that we’re not just acquiring a stadium alone, we are in fact attempting to purchase a loss making business with many legacy issues. Issues that we intend to overcome with significant investment and strong management. Immense commercial risk is undoubtedly a major component of this particular acquisition. It’s a risk we are willing to take in order to bring The DEC up to a modern standard. A standard that would provide an incredible experience to every single visitor for every single visit, not just for Basketball fans but for entertainment fans and the wider community that rely on The DEC.
It’s our intention to build Tasmania’s premium entertainment hub, bringing tourism, jobs in construction, hospitality and retail and most importantly, community development and engagement to Glenorchy and the surrounding areas. We want to build something else that Tasmanian’s can be proud to call their own.
The NBL has changed immensely since the time of the Tasmanian Devils. It’s no longer possible to successfully run a team and be self-sufficient without the multiple revenue streams that we envisage in our plans. These plans have been in motion for over 18 months and began with our investment in the Hobart Chargers in 2017. The progression of these plans meant we’ve secured a licence for the Southern Huskies that would have seen us competing on-court in 2019 as part of the first phase of our journey towards the NBL. Today’s announcement sadly threatens that.
Ultimately we are not giving up but we need your continued support in order to press on. We aren’t asking for your money. We’re asking for your voice, your passion and your desire for the Southern Huskies to succeed. In just three short months we’ve added over 5000 Foundation Members, have thousands of dedicated Social Media followers and a subscriber list of close to 8000 people desperate to hear Huskies news. Supporters have been purchasing merchandise for a team that for all intents and purposes doesn’t exist. This shows us the passion is there. It shows us that Tasmanian’s genuinely want a professional sports team they can get behind.
Today’s announcement isn’t the end of the Southern Huskies.
We are exploring all avenues of opportunity in order to bring professional basketball to Tasmania. However, we only have a small window of time left before we need to make a very tough decision on whether it’s viable for us to proceed any further. If you want to see the Southern Huskies in Tasmania please make your voice heard.