PLEA TO SAVE HO­TEL

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AFTER 100 years, the Mitchell Ho­tel will close its doors next week, with no buy­ers yet step­ping for­ward to pre­serve this his­toric coun­try icon.

Hav­ing been in re­ceiver­ship for the past year, it will close its doors next Fri­day, De­cem­ber 14.

Recog­nised as a cru­cial part of the town, Mark Young of Rogers-Reidy re­ceivers said he hoped the pub found a buyer, for the sake of the lo­cals and the town’s tourism in­dus­try.

“The town needs it. Not only is it part of the fab­ric of the town, but it’s a great eco­nomic ben­e­fit of the town.”

The pub is a half­way point for grey no­mads mak­ing their way from Bris­bane to Lon­greach and the out­back, stop­ping into the ho­tel for a good night’s sleep and an even bet­ter feed.

This past sea­son, Mr Young said the pub had record num­bers of grey no­mads pass through.

“We had a new Ital­ian chef and French fi­ancee in the kitchen. We put spe­cials on nightly and the fig­ures went through the roof.

“All the way through the ho­tel it was full.”

Mr Young said coun­try towns needed to main­tain these ho­tels to hold onto their her­itage and sense of com­mu­nity.

“Coun­try towns are al­ready los­ing so much. Banks and fa­cil­i­ties are clos­ing, busi­nesses are board­ing up, and this pub is a fa­cil­ity, it’s the fab­ric of the town and it means so much to this com­mu­nity. We don’t want to lose it too.

“I just hope some­one can save it.”

Mr Young said if no one came for­ward, “the pub will get boarded up, it will lose its cer­ti­fi­ca­tions and then it’s too ex­pen­sive to bring back, so it will just sit there”.

All in­quiries are wel­come to Mark Young at: bar­rier clus­ter­fenc­[email protected]

PHOTO: MOLLY HAN­COCK

HOP­ING FOR REPRIEVE: Mitchell Ho­tel man­ager Mark Young and Oo­line Restau­rant man­ager Sue Alm are clos­ing the ho­tel’s doors next week un­less a buyer comes for­ward.

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