Pub with no peo­ple

Bruce Hwy up­grade cuts off ac­cess to the ATC Pub

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­news.com.au

HID­DEN be­hind the high­way bar­ri­cades strug­gling for busi­ness, the Ap­ple Tree Creek pub is the for­got­ten busi­ness left strug­gling for ac­cess for its pa­trons be­hind heavy ma­chin­ery and dug up roads.

Last Fri­day night, friends ral­lied in their high-vis out­fits to sup­port pub own­ers, Mick and Kelly Hay­den.

Not the best op­por­tu­nity for a pho­to­graph with re­flec­tions over pow­er­ing the cam­era lens, the pub was busy with over 60 pa­trons sup­port­ing the pub dur­ing the high­way up­grades.

Ho­tel owner Mick Hay­den said it was great to have so many turn out in high-vis.

Mr Hay­den un­der­stands the im­por­tance of the up­grade, yet ac­cess to his busi­ness has been re­stricted for over six weeks.

“The up­grade has ru­ined our busi­ness in six weeks and I have sort le­gal ad­vice,” he said.

The high­way up­grade is part of the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment’s plan to re­duce the high road toll on re­gional roads.

As a re­sult, the Hay­den fam­ily are only one of many small busi­nesses along the planned route to have been greatly af­fected.

“We would ap­pre­ci­ate some sig­nage and bet­ter ac­cess to the pub for the sake of the cus­tomers and our busi­ness.”

Stop­ping at the creek pub af­ter work for a cold one has be­come a nav­i­ga­tion night­mare for lo­cals.

The pub’s regulars have taken their busi­ness else­where, as the road up­grades have made it dif­fi­cult to ac­cess the pub from the high­way.

The kitchen staff kept the grill burn­ing, serv­ing up a mas­sive 54 meals to the hun­gry crowd.

The well be­haved crowd en­joyed the raf­fles and en­ter­tain­ment as the re­cently quiet pub was once again brought back to life with the sup­port of the com­mu­nity.

“I want to thank ev­ery­one that at­tended and for show­ing their sup­port,” Mr Hay­den said.

“The im­pact on our busi­ness has caused a great amount of stress.”

Friends of the Hay­dens took to so­cial me­dia to drum up sup­port and en­cour­aged lo­cals to jour­ney back to the pub dur­ing the up­grades.

The De­part­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads said they con­sulted with busi­nesses and in­stalled tem­po­rary signs.

“We are com­mit­ted to com­plet­ing the works as quickly as pos­si­ble to min­imise the im­pact on the com­mu­nity,” a spokesper­son said.

Mr Hay­den said it was dis­ap­point­ing to have a sign that says ‘lo­cal busi­ness this way.’

“With all the mil­lions cur­rently be­ing spent on the up­grades, you would think Main Roads could have spared a lit­tle more money on de­cent sig­nage,” Mr Hay­den said.

We would ap­pre­ci­ate some sig­nage and bet­ter ac­cess to the pub. — Ho­tel owner Mick Hay­den

PHOTO: JODIE DIXONBIT210616ATCPUB

NO EN­TRY: The Bruce Hwy up­grade at Ap­ple Tree Creek.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXONBIT170616ROADWORKS01

NO EN­TRY: Ma­jor road works are un­der­way at Ap­ple Tree Creek.

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