Coat of paint for tim­ber pub

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Jack Lawrie Jack.Lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

THE four own­ers of Mun­gungo Pub came up to give it a new coat of paint last week.

The old pub, sit­ting about 15 kilo­me­tres out of Monto, is known as a hub for trav­ellers jour­ney­ing along the Bur­nett High­way and be­yond.

As such, it’s im­por­tant for the pub to be pre­sentable and hos­pitable for those pass­ing through or stay­ing the night.

Owner and manager Vicki Mackay, as well as vis­it­ing own­ers Chris Groth from Bris­bane and John Drab and Mick Groth from Gympie have had the pub for six years, and be­gan ren­o­vat­ing five years ago.

The lat­ter two own­ers came up to as­sist with paint­ing the out­side wall of the pub, just one of many jobs nec­es­sary to keep the pub at­trac­tive to vis­i­tors.

“We have a few projects to do to keep it up to scratch, be­cause if you don’t it falls down,” Chris Groth said.

“But you need to be­cause there aren’t too many tim­ber pubs still around.”

Just re­cently, a cor­ner ex­ten­sion was added to the pub to ac­com­mo­date a pri­vate res­i­dence, as well as a wa­ter tank.

They’ve also added a cold room, lounge and out­door toi­let fa­cil­i­ties.

“We’ve prob­a­bly spent close to 80 grand on it,” Mr Drab said.

“We do it to keep the pub up to scratch from the lo­cals.”

Up­grades and main­te­nance hap­pen con­stantly, and the own­ers pride them­selves on break­ing even off the backs of the busi­ness.

“There’s more im­por­tant things than mak­ing money,” Chris Groth said.

The most re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of run­ning the pub has been meet­ing all the lo­cals and trav­ellers who pass through.

“Not one day is the same; dif­fer­ent peo­ple come through ev­ery day,” Ms Mackay said.

“It’s also en­ter­tain­ment for the lo­cals, be­cause there’s dif­fer­ent peo­ple com­ing through the pub and they get to share sto­ries with them about what it’s like to live out here.”

Paint­ing the pub’s walls fin­ished up last Fri­day, and cus­tomers have al­ready ap­pre­ci­ated the ef­fort.

“We’ve painted it in its orig­i­nal her­itage colours,” Ms Mackay said.

“Lo­cals have been try­ing to fig­ure out when it was last painted; some of them are guess­ing 20 years ago.”

With most of the ma­jor main­te­nance work com­pleted, the fo­cus will shift to cos­metic im­prove­ments.

In ad­di­tion, plans for the fu­ture are to flat­ten out the hilly space around the side of the pub to make it more ac­ces­si­ble for car­a­vans and campers.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

REN­O­VA­TIONS: Own­ers Chris Groth and John Drab paint­ing the Mun­gungo Pub.

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