Cricket founders fin­ish off at pub

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - An­nie Perets

MARK Stone has been a bar­man for a long time and it’s one thing in par­tic­u­lar that stood out for him while work­ing in Mun­gungo.

”I’ve never met as many friends as I have here,” he said.

Mr Stone and Pa­tri­cia Mer­ritt have looked af­ter theWaratah Ho­tel for the past 3.5 years but have handed in their keys and are off to their next ad­ven­ture.

They had only been a cou­ple for a year be­fore mov­ing to Mun­gungo from Toowoomba to man­age the precinct, with the eye-catch­ing gar­den bar en­cour­ag­ing their de­ci­sion.

Their first ma­jor chal­lenge came just a few months in when the 2013 flood rolled in.

“The bridge got washed out in the floods, and peo­ple couldn’t get to town to get supplies, so we set up a fly­ing fox across the river,” Mr Stone said.

“We had a fish­ing rod, three the ca­ble over, and pulled across in a lit­tle bucket things like bread and milk.”

One of the lega­cies they will leave be­hind is the Mun­gungo v theWorld cricket day, which will con­tinue to run.

“We were new and wanted to sup­port some­thing in the com­mu­nity, and some guys in the pub were telling us that there was cricket here, but that they haven’t played in how­ever long,” Ms Mer­ritt said.

“Then, they said, we should have cricket.

“And now, it’s against the world.”

Some oth­ers changes they have im­ple­mented is ex­pand­ing the menu, and mak­ing the gar­den bar even greener than it al­ready was, and bring­ing in live chick­ens.

“They were res­cued chick­ens from a bat­tery farm over in Bund­aberg, our neigh­bours have ac­tu­ally taken them on so they have had a move,” Ms Mer­ritt

Pa­tri­cia Mer­ritt They are not just your cus­tomers, but they be­come your mates.

said.

Their plan now is to see more of Aus­tralia and make some trips over­seas, which also in­cludes see­ing some of the back­pack­ers that worked for them through­out the years.

Aside from the peace­ful life­style they found in Mun­gungo, it is the peo­ple that they will miss the most.

“They are not just your cus­tomers, but they be­come your mates,” Ms Mer­ritt said. Oc­ca­sion­ally re­turn­ing to the North Bur­nett is also on the cards.

PHOTO: AN­NIE PERETS

NEXT AD­VEN­TURE: The Mun­gungo Pub has been a ma­jor part of Pa­tri­cia Mer­ritt and Mark Stone's lives.

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