120-year-old Imperial Hotel saved by WA town

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Imperial Hotel

The Broomehill village collective made up of 75 members in a tiny town in WA have purchased the historic Imperial Hotel, saving the hotel from ruin and organising a refurbishment.

The pub has operated for more than a century but has deteriorated in recent years.

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from ABC News 26.2.22

A tiny West Australian town has rallied to buy its historic 120-year-old pub and in the process save it from ruin.

Broomehill is nestled in the heartland of the Great Southern region, about 300 kilometres south-east of Perth.

Of the town’s 250 residents, 75 are members of the Broomehill Village Co-operative which officially bought the pub this week.

It’s been a long, road to become owners, after the pub, which opened in 1902, closed its doors in 2019.

The hotel has stood on the Great Southern Highway welcoming travellers for more than a century but has deteriorated in recent years.

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There is a lot of work to be done before Broomehill locals and visitors can enjoy a cold one at the Imperial Hotel.(Supplied: Broomehill Village Co-operative)

BVC spokesman Scott Thompson said the purchase was a major milestone.

“It was on the market, no-one was up for the challenge but the locals were.”

Mr Thompson said there was plenty of work needed to return the property to its glory days.

“It’s an old building, it’s structurally sound, but there’s plenty to be done — licks of paint, cleaning, it needs a fresh look,” he said.

Mr Thompson said a lot of towns across regional Australia were buying their own pubs in order to save them.

YOUTUBEBroomehill locals have bought the town’s Imperial Hotel

“It’s not just Broomehill, it’s happening everywhere. A lot of community groups are trying to take over pubs and hotels, they’re important venues in country towns,” he said.

Mr Thompson said the community would be consulted on plans for the hotel.

“We’ve got to get it to a standard we’re happy with before it opens. There’s a lot of work to be done yet,” he said.

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