Architects begin drawing up the new Uki pub plans
THE future of the historic Mt Warning Hotel remains uncertain as architects work on plans for the pub's rebuild.
The pub was destroyed by a fire in January, leaving the Uki community devastated.
Publican Geoff Brown said rebuilding the venue will be a slow process, despite ongoing community support.
"We're waiting on the architect to get the plans back to us, which are due late this week," Mr Brown said.
While Mr Brown expects the plans will be publicly displayed, he said it was unclear when this would happen.
The pub's historic nature means the plans are subject to approval by the NSW Department of Heritage, before being assessed by Council.
Mr Brown said it could be some time before builders could begin work, with no confirmed date in sight.
"It will be a long process," Mr Brown said.
Uki Takeaway owner Lorraine Ratjens says the sooner the rebuilding process was underway, the happier locals will be.
"Everyone's a bit tired of the delays," Mrs Ratjens said.
"It's certainly affecting my business - combined with the closing of the Mount Warning track."
"Sunday is now our worst trading day, but it used to be our best."
Mrs Ratjens recently coordinated a gangster-themed fundraiser for Uki's Rural Fire Brigade and sporting clubs.
The event, held at the Uki soccer club, filled a void left in the wake of the pub fire.
Uki Supermarket owner Dave Kirkman said it was business as usual during the week, although weekend trade is slow.
He says the pub and Wollumbin National Park played important roles in drawing tourists into the village.
The tragic pub fire, along with the closure of the national park, has seen fewer visitors to Uki in recent months.
Mr Kirkman says these events have stung Uki's weekend trading.
"It's the tourism that's not coming through," Mr Kirkman said.
"Lots of visitors would have lunch at the pub."
While the recent fundraiser seemed to have rallied the community together, Mr Kirkman said Uki village faced many challenges.
"The community is definitely affected because at the moment there's no real meeting place," Mr Kirkman said.
While no dates are confirmed for the rebuilding of this sorely missed local icon, the Uki community remains hopeful their beloved pub will be once more.