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Bourke Bridge Inn gets a local boost

New Managers at the Bourke Bridge Inn, Daniel and Michelle Hopley. Photo TWH

When the Bourke Bridge Inn was sold in 2022, the new owner took a risk and installed two managers who had impressed with their commitment to their job as cleaners - and their love for the iconic venue.

Michelle and Daniel Hopley have been running the Bridge Inn since October 3, last year, learning on the job and gaining rave reviews for their service, diligence and commitment to customer service.

Michelle hails from Young and is a former enrolled nurse and Daniel is a local Bourke boy, who moved to Young where the two met and married.

The couple returned to Bourke to start a new life back in Daniel’s hometown, after he survived a lengthy battle with brain cancer.

Daniel’s story is one of professional success – and more importantly, he survived a life-threatening illness, defied the odds and is now at Michelle’s side, running one of Bourke’s most popular motels.

It’s been a tough struggle to get there, Michelle said, but she and Daniel were grateful for the opportunity to build new careers and make the most of a future that at one time looked very bleak.

“Daniel was given just three months to live after his brain cancer diagnosis - and that was 12 years ago,” Michelle said. […]

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