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Young couple re-open historic pub, backpacker style

PICKING tomatoes all day under a hot Queensland sun is more bearable for backpackers when they know there’ll be cold beer on tap close to their bedroom door by night.

Emma Hurley, 21, and Hayden Rimmington, 22, are providing just that for backpackers and locals alike in their new venture as publicans of the Globe Hotel in Bundaberg

Arguably the youngest couple ever to run a pub in Australia, they initially wanted to run only the adjacent backpacker hostel but to do that, they also needed to be licensed publicans.

So now they are! They quickly learnt how to pour beer and opened for business on September 1, 2019.

“I always wanted a pub but never knew we’d do it so young,” Hayden said.

“If anyone had asked us three years ago where we thought we’d be now, we couldn’t have imagined this, Emma having been in retail and me a farmhand.

“The most nerve-wracking thing was being of a younger age and thinking people wouldn’t take us seriously for the venture we’ve undertaken.

“It was quite overwhelming at first but having the locals and new people coming in encouraging us made things easier.”

Great spot for backpackers

The Bundaberg-born couple said the Globe was an excellent spot for backpackers, many of whom come here for their required 88 days of regional work.

“We have just 16 beds; we know everyone by name and can have a yarn and a laugh with them. They can even meet our beautiful pub dog Bessie.”

Emma said backpackers could find jobs all year round, picking small crops and packing fruit sheds.

“Early each morning, Hayden drives the backpackers to the farms and greets them again at the end of the day,” she said.

“At the Globe, backpackers have access to facilities such as kitchen, bath, showers and washing machine as well as a common room and big outdoor area.”

Old world charm in city centre

Hayden said the Globe was one of only a few country pubs left in the centre of Bundaberg.

“There aren’t many places still around that have kept their heritage atmosphere.

“We want to spruce it up with some fresh paint but keep its old colouring and features such as the old timber-lined cold room; that’s what people like to see.”

What’s next?

Emma and Hayden are yet to decide what new services they’ll introduce at the Globe. 

“We already have a wedding and wake booked in but otherwise it’s about testing the water and seeing what people want,” Hayden said.

“There are no poker machines; no gambling. Please come in for a cold beer and a yarn!”

Young couple re-open the Globe Hotel in Bundaberg

Emma Hurley, 21, and Hayden Rimmington, 22, re-open the historic Globe Hotel in Bundaberg.

Making headlines in the Bundaberg Newsmail

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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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