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The North Bourke Hotel has a Publican!

Tracey Hegarty inspecting the new North Bourke Hotel building which she hopes to open on the October long weekend. Photo Layton Holley

Tracey Hegarty, the former licensee at the Port of Bourke, will be the new publican at the North Bourke Hotel when it opens, hopefully, on the 2022 October long-weekend.

Lindsay Curry, the owner of the North Bourke Hotel, said the pub couldn’t be in better hands.

“Tracey is a well-known local Bourke identity and was formerly the licensee at the Port of Bourke Hotel up until about four or five years ago,” Mr Curry said.

“It pleases me to say that Tracey has decided to come out of retirement to run the Northy Hotel because she and her husband Dave Hegarty believe it will be a great community asset, and they want to be part of the rebirth of North Bourke.

“They will bring experience and their laid-back country business style to the establishment.

“Dave is a wonderful raconteur and very popular, so he will be a great person to spin a yarn with around the watering hole.

“Tracey is very hands-on and knows how to run a hotel and is very experienced in doing so – we are in extremely good hands,” he said.

Tracey got her start in the Hotel industry by working under the late Ian Hollingsworth at Barrett’s Hotel in Nyngan before it burnt down, and then went on to work for the late John Cochrane at the Royal Hotel in Orange.

She then went on to Bourke to run the Port of Bourke Hotel from 2014 to 2017.

“It was three and a half years that we worked there,” Tracey said, “it seemed like a short stint, but boy, we worked that pub, and we worked it hard.

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