Tuesday, July 5, 2022



Families farewell Apsley pub

Gabrielle Duykers. Eight years after first banding together to save the town pub, 12 Apsley farming families will be handing over The Border Inn Hotel to new energetic owners next month. The hotel, built in 1850, served as a social hub for residents in western Victoria and south east SA for more than 170 years before shutting its doors indefinitely in 2011.

New Mexican restaurant shares the Taco Love as six new shops open in town

There is good news for lovers of Mexican food. Taco Love Bros restaurant has moved from Lismore to Casino. Chef Dylan Morris and partner Sappho Rose had already planned the move well before the floods hit in late February ... Six new shops have come to Casino including Lismore Watchmakers ...

Shared vision

cluBarham has finalised a 5-year strategic overview ... The 5-year strategic vision aim is to directly contribute to local population and tourism growth that will enhance the economic benefit to the community. ... “The main vision of it is really to focus on population growth and community support" : cluBarham CEO, Jason Wallace.

Harvest Hotels continues to grow with record pub deal

Harvest Hotels has picked up Wagga Wagga’s popular Victoria Hotel for $29 million in a record regional Australia pub transaction. It breaks the record set in the same town just a month ago, by a consortium including pub baron Arthur Laundy buying the Thomas Blamey Tavern for $27 million.

Gingin plans for a consolidated caravan park at Guilderton

Parts of Dewar and Edwards streets will need to be permanently closed prior to their inclusion into a consolidated caravan park reserve if the Shire of Gingin proceeds with an agenda item.

Worker shortages hitting small businesses hard

Since the beginning of the pandemic, small businesses have been amongst the hardest hit, and unfortunately, for many businesses across central Victoria, the continued effects of COVID are still being felt. Annette Larsen, owner and Chef at Harcourt Produce and General Store, told the Times, “We have been short-staffed for almost a year."

Dunoon & District Sports & Recreation Club

The Dunoon Sports Club was pleased to be able to help people needing a safe place to shelter, and was used for an evacuation centre during the first floods in early March. Thank you to our amazing community of volunteers as they wrangled donations and food, comforted residents and provided cups of tea and coffee, as well as a listening ear through the unfolding disaster.

Artist hand delivers Tennant Creek RSL stubby coolers

Pam Dillon. The Tennant Creek RSL had the pleasure of meeting Darwin artist, Kerry Sandhu, when she delivered 250 stubby coolers to the RSL this week. The stubby coolers come in five unique ANZAC inspired designs and are named after the songs that are embedded in each design. 

Narrandera Rod Run weekend

"I am thrilled to welcome everyone to the Narrandera Rod Run Weekend, a premier event of the Shire for an impressive 38 years. Each year over the Easter weekend, residents, visitors and motor enthusiasts alike, have the opportunity to celebrate and immerse themselves in early model autos and custom built hot rods": Cr Neville Kschenka, Narrandera Mayor.

Murphy family offloads Singleton pub

The Imperial Hotel in Singleton has sold to a private hotel investor for circa $18.5 million, as market demand for regional NSW pubs pushes on. Sitting around 70km out from Newcastle, in the Upper Hunter region of NSW, the large format Imperial Hotel occupies a ~3,00sqm land parcel, boasts a 31m Hotel Licence, 23 GMES and brings in an average weekly revenue of $105,000.

Laundy checks in at Port Macquarie

The Laundy Hotel Group has acquired the Mercure Centro Hotel in Port Macquarie as tourism makes a comeback ... “Whilst not housed in the same equity structure as our other beachside accommodation assets in Noosa, Manly and Terrigal; this coastal property intersects perfectly with our national investment objectives, and adds deftly to the growing portfolio,” said new owner, publican Stu Laundy.

Publican waltzes into Jolly Swagman hotel

The Jolly Swagman Hotel Motel on the NSW and Queensland border is the latest regional venue to change hands. Affectionately known as ‘The Jolly’, the venue has been operated for over 20 years by local Jim Brown, who cited the buoyed market as the catalyst to sell the asset. More than $2 billion of hotels changed hands in 2021, and the market momentum has carried over into the new year.

Fuel price concern – surge to impact Cape York economy

Record breaking fuel prices are already starting to have an impact on Cape York residents and businesses but there are concerns the real pain will be felt during the tourist season ... “If these prices stay this high then I’m sure there will be many people reconsidering their travel plans. And if they do still travel, they are likely to have less money to spend on tours, souvenirs and eating out": Dave Donald, Western Cape Chamber of Commerce VP.

Liquidator brings Albury pub offering to thirsty market

The freehold of the five-storey heritage-listed New Albury Hotel has been offered for sale with a long-term lease to Australia’s second-largest pub operator, Australian Venue Co, is the latest border town venue to hit the market.

Dogs welcome: Pooches get a serve of puppiccino at the pub

Erin Mooney-Smith will serve your dog a puppiccino while you have a drink at the Commercial Hotel in Casino ... When publican Marnie Macdonald posted on Facebook that dogs on leads were welcome in the beer garden of the pub, someone asked about puppiccinos for the pooches.

The dates are set and Eat the Street is back for 2022

The popular Eat the Street Festival will return to Lismore’s CBD on Sunday, 29 May after it was cancelled last year due to COVID-19 ... Since its inception in 2016, Eat the Street has quickly become an iconic Northern Rivers festival, showcasing the regions’ finest food vendors and entertaining tens of thousands of people.

Guilderton café unlikely to open until mid-April

In August last year the new managers, Belgravia Leisure, said major upgrades would transform the Guilderton General Store into a clean, fresh and modern beachside café and general store offering essential grocery and travel supplies for Guilderton residents and tourists visiting the region.

Homestead in new hands/Dartmoor Homestead sold

Gabrielle Duykers. A 180-year-old homestead in the heart of Naracoorte will undergo repairs and a revamp before it begins its new life as a bed and breakfast. Dartmoor Homestead was built in four stages between 1842 and 1890. The three-acre property is home to Naracoorte’s first dwelling – a small cottage nestled behind the homestead – built by George Ormerod in 1840.

Raising a glass to the Maldon CFA

Jamie Heffernan. When Kevin Moloney and Janetta Stones opened their BnB known as The Little Cottage (or TLC), in Maldon last year, they wanted to add a few points of difference ... One point of difference was the inclusion of a minibar in the cottage. “Who doesn’t love a mini bar?” Janetta explained.

Go spicy with your beer: Pumpkin and watermelon ale on sale at the Top Pub

Fancy a spiced pumpkin ale? Or are you willing to try a watermelon beer? The Commercial Hotel is serving both in keeping with the spirit of Kyogle’s Giant Pumpkin and Watermelon Festival on this Saturday.

Coonawarra cabernet crowned country’s best

Gabrielle Duykers. A Coonwarra winery has won gold in a national wine competition, making history as the first winery outside the Margaret River region to claim the prize ... The prestigious competition saw the Yalumba 2019 'The Menzies' Cabernet Sauvignon take out both the top gold of the Coonawarra Wine Region and the overall trophy for Australia’s finest Cabernet.

One of the town’s oldest pubs is sold to a local

With her brother John Bligh and Allan Michael, nine years ago Mary Bligh had her sights set on turning the Commercial into a true local pub with no pokies, “bloody good food” and live music featuring local talent. And she did.

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