Decimated pub site becomes green space
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.”