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THE New Royal Ho­tel at Ruby­vale has been in­ducted into the Queens­land Ho­tel As­so­ci­a­tion’s Hall of Fame, as the pub’s own­ers praise the awards for their recog­ni­tion of ru­ral and re­gional busi­nesses.

Own­ers Wendy and Bruce McFarlane said the QHA awards night last week — with a record 1130 in­dus­try mem­bers in at­ten­dance — was a “bril­liant night”.

Mrs McFarlane said they were hon­oured to be ini­ti­ated into the Hall of Fame after win­ning the Best Bush Pub cat­e­gory each year for the past three years.

“We’re blown away, both of us. Run­ning a pub was new to us and we’ve now been run­ning this ho­tel for four years. It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing.”

Mrs McFarlane said it had be­come more dif­fi­cult to at­tract busi­nesses and run pubs and ho­tels in re­mote ar­eas, but the awards pro­vided en­cour­age­ment and in­spi­ra­tion.

“The awards are not just for lit­tle coun­try pubs like us, but they did fea­ture quite a few coun­try pubs. You’re not left out when you’re in the coun­try.

“When you run a ho­tel in the coun­try, you’ve got to work a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ently or a bit smarter.”

She said one cou­ple re­cently cel­e­brated their 80th birthdays at the ho­tel, with guests com­ing from around Aus­tralia and the UK.

The ho­tel also has four log cab­ins and was a fi­nal­ist in the Best Pub-style ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Wendy paid tribute to the ho­tel’s 12 staff and said, “When we first ar­rived, the main source of staff was from out­side the area but in re­cent years we have been able to re­cruit lo­cal staff and pro­vide train­ing and now the staff share our love of the area and our very spe­cial pub.”

WIN­NERS: Bruce and Wendy McFar­lane, the own­ers and op­er­a­tors of the New Royal Ho­tel in Rubyvale.

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