New life for Federal pub

The recent sale of Maryborough’s historic Federal Hotel is positive sign of things to come for the Fraser Coast region, says Division Four Councillor Daniel Sanderson

“There is growing confidence in the city, which is reflected by the number of recent property sales, development applications and enquiries,” he said.

“Owning and running your own business is a big operation and I know the locals will make the new owners of the Federal Hotel feel welcome and appreciated.”

The Federal Hotel was built in 1884 and retains much of its historic charm.

The Federal also enjoyed some notoriety in the 1950s when a dead man was discovered on the premises. Police at the time discovered a cache of 80,000 pounds in cash under the body. The money was never claimed nor the mystery solved.

History buffs can find out more about the region’s rich history by following the Fraser Coast Historic Pub Trail http://www.livelifehappy.com.au/admin/uploads/PubTrail.pdf

Cr Sanderson said the ongoing success of Maryborough’s many pubs, restaurants, cafes and shops was a key focus of the council’s Imagine this City visioning program.

“Imagine this City is chance for residents to help shape Maryborough’s future,” he said.

“We are looking at ways of shaping a vibrant, sophisticated and prosperous CBD for locals and visitors alike to enjoy.”

The council is preparing to hold a series of place-based forums to discuss visions for particular localities.

“This is a great opportunity to rethink how we do things, identify the key projects and initiatives to reshape our future and work towards implementation.

“Our aim is to start rolling out some of the initiatives in 2014 and turn these visions into reality.

“I really think this process is vital to ensure a viable long-term future for the Maryborough CBD.”

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