Ho­tel de­serves new fu­ture

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

I would be the first per­son to agree that the Ex­change Ho­tel Moss­man de­serves a bright fu­ture which is why I, as owner at the time, gave my per­mis­sion for the ho­tel to be nom­i­nated for Her­itage List­ing. It wasn’t that we didn’t have ‘‘the vi­sion’’ to do what the new own­ers have planned, we just didn’t have the up­front cap­i­tal nor good eco­nomic times. The people in Moss­man who know us and know the story be­hind what hap­pened with the Dain­tree Inn will con­firm that no-one loved that pub more than us. Ask them. Ask about the hours we put in to mak­ing it a bet­ter place, how we had planned on stay­ing there for­ever, how those ‘‘rough and tum­ble’’ cus­tomers of ours were like fam­ily to us and how we did make some nice changes to the ho­tel’s in­te­rior. The de­ci­sion to place the Dain­tree Inn into vol­un­tary ad­min­is­tra­tion was not an easy one, it was in­fact heart­break­ing and with­out want­ing to sound too emo­tional about it all, the say­ing good­bye has been like a death for me. I truly wish the new own­ers of The Ex­change all the very best and am glad they are able to re­store this very dear ho­tel to its for­mer glory and hope that the people in Moss­man give them their full sup­port be­cause that pub is worth it.

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