Royal repairs needed
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.