Pub with no people
Bruce Hwy upgrade cuts off access to the ATC Pub
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
NO ENTRY: The Bruce Hwy upgrade at Apple Tree Creek.
NO ENTRY: Major road works are underway at Apple Tree Creek.