The old Australian Hotel building on Commercial Rd, Murwillumbah is now home to a retail shop after being closed and vacant for several years.
The old Australian Hotel building on Commercial Rd, Murwillumbah is now home to a retail shop after being closed and vacant for several years. Liana Turner

New life for old pub

MURWILLUMBAH’S Aussie Tavern has been a vacant mystery for years.

Now it’s gone from neglected watering hole to a new retail space.

Murwillumbah Chamber of Commerce president Toni Zuschke said she was thrilled to see the new business, a homewares store, fill the space.

“We’re delighted because it’s at the gateway of the main street,” Ms Zuschke said.

“Any entrance to a business sector is really, really important because it makes a statement.

“It’s one of the first things you see when you drive into the town.”

Ms Zuschke said she approved of the rendered building, which was brick before the Australian Hotel closed down.

“It’s been a good transformation because the original brick building wasn’t in keeping with the art deco (look) of the town,” she said.

“I think that in itself it’s a good thing because people have been asking what about the building for quite some time.”

She said it was great to see the building transformed into “something more manageable”.

“It’s going to create more opportunities for people to want to come to Murwillumbah,” she said.

“We’re really excited about that...that there’s new businesses opening.

“There are exciting times ahead.”

Tweed’s deputy mayor Gary Bagnall posted on social media about the opening.

He said “dozens” of shoppers flooded into the new shop when it opened last Tuesday.

“They were all excited that quality homeware and furniture were on offer,” Mr Bagnall said.

The Australian Hotel was first located in nearby Queen St, but was moved to its current location in 1881.

It was rebuilt after burning down in 1981 and became a hub of live music before shutting down in 2013.



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