Commercial Hotel: Demolition avoided
Commercial Hotel demolition was avoided when negotiations between Gwydir Shire Council and the owner recently fell through. The Mayor, Cr. John Coulton conveyed the news when he told Gwydir News that the owner was now negotiating with another party.
Readers will recall that the hotel had ceased trading some time ago, and Council was concerned about the impact of having a deteriorating vacant building in Warialda’s town centre. Therefore, it was decided by the councillors to buy the land and building, demolish the hotel and create a park.
Cr. Coulton said Council did not want an “eyesore” in the business centre and a park would become a focal community space.
Not everyone seen it this way, and when Bingara Magazine conducted an online survey a large number of people responded, the vast majority preferring to retain the building. Additionally, they suggested a wide range of uses, either as a centre for community activities or business enterprises, and while some ideas were off the radar, many deserved discussion. Thus, the recent developments will be followed by those with a keen interest in the old hotel.
Cr. Coulton also pointed out that Council will always be on the look-out for opportunities as they arise, adding the intentions are for the betterment of the communities. This statement has plenty of validation considering the enormous number of improvements and new infrastructure that have been rolled out year on year. Also, this success is a clear endorsement, that despite the huge costs of merging Yallaroi and Bingara Councils, it was well worth it.