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North Bourke Hotel is taking shape

Chris Shackley inspecting progress at the North Bourke Hotel this week. PHOTO TWH

Construction jobs are a hassle at the best of times, but throw in two years of Covid, and they’re next to impossible.

Owner, Lindsay Curry, is based in the Blue Mountains, but has shared a love of Bourke for more than thirty years.

He hoped to have the iconic North Bourke Hotel back up and running before Christmas, but labour and material shortages kicked it down the road.

“It has been a nightmare of a job, but thankfully, it looks like the hard times are behind us,” he said. “We have been able to order the materials and have employed the workforce needed to get the job done.

“But I still don’t want to put a date on the completion because I’ve been wrong before, but it will be finished sometime this year.”

The Hotel will be a replica of the old one, which quenched the locals’ thirst from the 1940s until 2010, when it was burnt to the ground.

Lindsay is actively looking for a tenant to run the pub when it opens.

“When the construction is complete,” he said, “I will decide who will go in there as a tenant.

“The pub’s atmosphere will depend on what they want to create, but I see it as a community-based pub, free of poker machines.”

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