IT is official at last: Casterton and Sandford will merge and play in the Western Border Football League in 2014.
After months of debate at both clubs, Casterton members met at Island Park to vote on the proposed merger last Sunday.
Sandford members voted last month to merge and a similar meeting at Casterton was deemed null and void because the meeting was called after the annual general meeting and legal advice sought by the club revealed the club required its members to be financial before they could vote on the merger.
This resulted in a new resolution meeting being called for December 15 and all members had to sign up and be financial by December 4.
By Sunday, the club had 211 financial and 60 life members as well as some players eligible to vote. By the time voting closed at 12 noon Sunday, 155 members had voted and 75 had cast proxy votes
The final vote was 209 in favour of the merger and 21 against, for a 90.9 yes vote and a 9.1 no vote, which was well in excess of the 75 per cent vote required to approve the merger.
The two clubs will officially merge early next year as the Casterton-Sandford Football-Netball Club early next year once all the paperwork and incorporation has been finalised.
Casterton president Barry Kent said a new annual general meeting will be called next year where a new president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer and committee will be elected.
Full story in The Casterton News on Wednesday, December 18, 2013