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Media Release
The Hon Dr Sharman Stone
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Murray

28 March 2002

Here's Cheers to O'Keefe's Hotel


Launceston's O'Keefe's Hotel has been awarded a grant of $24,500 as part of the Federal Government's Rural and Regional Historic Hotels Program, announced today by Dr Sharman Stone, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment and Heritage.

"Today, more than $480,000 in Commonwealth grants have been awarded to help conserve nineteen historic hotels around Australia, including one of Launceston's oldest original hotels", Dr Stone said.

"O'Keefe's is one of Launceston's most prominent landmarks and original 'corner pub'

"Built in 1835, there would be many Launceston residents who have enjoyed a meal or shared a drink with friends at the pub over its long 170 year history".

The $24,500 awarded to O'Keefe's Hotel will be used by licensee, Mr Grant Beaumont, to re-instate the hotel's original entry, lift floor levels and assist with renovation of the toilet area to enable disabled access.

Dr Stone said that two other pubs in Tasmania also received funding today.

"The Longley Hotel at Longley and the Carrick Inn in Carrick will receive nearly $70,000 to undertake work ranging from the renovation of accommodation to re-roofing and wall repair - all of which will provide valuable work to local tradesmen and long term tourist benefits", Dr Stone said.

"This is the completion of the first round of grants to be awarded under the $5 million Commonwealth program, which was designed to help restore and repair rural and regional pubs, such as repairing roofs, verandahs, original facades and interior designs".

"Over $420,000 has been granted to 13 Tasmanian hotels. This is a great shot in the arm for tourism, local tradesmen and for the communities that depend on these pubs as a meeting place or entertainment venue", Dr Stone said.

* A list of all Tasmanian hotels receiving grants under the Rural and Regional Historic Hotels Program is attached.

For more information:
Simon Frost 0419 495 468
Thursday March 28th, 2002


Commonwealth Historic Hotels Program Grants

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