Dec­i­mated pub site be­comes green space

The Western Star - - Best Of The West -

THE site of the Mary’s Com­mer­cial Ho­tel was once a place for the com­mu­nity to come to­gether and cel­e­brate, be­fore a tragic fire ripped through the pub in Au­gust last year, burn­ing it to the ground.

But the va­cant land will be turned in to an open space.

West­ern Downs Re­gional Coun­cil an­nounced it had pur­chased the site, and has plans to create an open space that would serve as a town square.

Mayor Paul McVeigh said the im­prove­ment was a wel­come change to the spot, which had re­mained va­cant since Au­gust last year.

“We’ve got a lot of plan­ning to do,” he said.

“A lot of ne­go­ti­a­tions to do with our com­mu­nity and a lot of con­sul­ta­tions - the long-term goal of this is to have an open space here, a recre­ational space.

“Some­thing that brings the com­mu­nity to­gether.”

After be­ing bar­ri­caded for months, de­mo­li­tion be­gan on the pub in Jan­uary, with sam­pling for as­bestos be­gin­ning at that time.

Of­fers for the site were taken by real es­tate agents for a month be­fore clos­ing in April.

Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent Ro­han May said the new con­struc­tion will in­crease foot traf­fic and at­ten­tion to­wards the lo­cal busi­nesses.

Mr May said the Cham­ber had been push­ing for the con­struc­tion of a town square.

“We’re so thank­ful for coun­cil for do­ing this.”

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