Royal re­pairs needed

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

IT WAS a very sorry sight to see the his­toric Royal Ho­tel in Moss­man go up in flames on Thurs­day night.

Eighty years ago, on Fe­bru­ary 19, 1931, the orig­i­nal Royal burnt down, and was re­placed by the build­ing that has just gone.

Since the cladding was taken off the ho­tel in De­cem­ber 2010, mem­bers of the Dou­glas Shire His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety have re­peat­edly asked Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil to hurry the de­vel­oper along with his re­pairs, and to make the build­ing se­cure to safe­guard it.

But noth­ing was done and the in­evitable has hap­pened.

We would ask that the de­vel­oper re­build with the same de­sign as the old pub.

It was the most pho­tographed build­ing in Moss­man and gave a unique charm to the town.

We don’t want a main street filled with unimag­i­na­tive block build­ings.

With vi­sion, per­se­ver­ance and pas­sion, Front Street could again have a mag­nif­i­cent struc­ture that would en­tice tourists to stay in town - and spend money in the shops.

The Court House Ho­tel in Port Dou­glas was suc­cess­fully re­built in the old style, so please let this be the case with the Royal.

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