FROM THE ASHES: Grand plans for Muckadilla pub rebuild
MARTY and Christy Coomber couldn't bear the thought of the tiny Muckadilla community continuing without their beloved watering hole for any longer.
The husband-and-wife team are now in the planning stages of rebuilding the iconic Muckadilla Hotel Motel after it tragically burnt to the ground in August, 2019.
"We thought of our little community not having a watering hole and we knew we had to do something," Mrs Coomber said.
"It took us two days after it burnt down to decide we were going to rebuild."
Fire crews were called to the horror inferno at 3.10pm on August 3, but due to heavy winds, the blaze had spread through most of the structure by the time they had arrived.
Reports indicated a nearby residential property had been engulfed in flames, before it spread to the pub, destroying it completely.
While the new business owners are hoping to resurrect the renowned bench of bullshit and seat of knowledge, they will also be adding their own personal touches.
"The pub will incorporate a very small coffee shop and whole new menu at the back which will be able to hold functions, six motel rooms to start off with as well as handicapped parking and wheelchair access," Mrs Coomber said.
"We will be building using fire retardant materials to not have a repeat of the last three pubs."
The hotel, affectionately known by locals as "Mucka" dates back to 1885, when it was "the Railway and has been the bread and butter of Muckadilla since 1912.
John and Sue McIntosh, who hail from Woodburn, NSW, bought the pub in 2009 after years of working in the hospitality industry.
The pub had nine motel rooms, a pool, beer garden, dining area, residential home and camping grounds
"John and Sue were so excited when we told them we wanted to buy it, they said 'they couldn't think of better people to do it,'" Mrs Coomber said.
The Coombers who currently own a farm 20km east of Muckadilla will be building a little house at the back of the pub to move into which will raise the town's population to a hearty 11.
While they have no previous business experience, the seasoned pubgoers are excited to see what new adventures resurrecting the heart and soul of Muckadilla will bring.
"I have a lot a lot of experience on the other side of the bar and there's a lot of people that want to get back at me," Mr Coomber chuckled.
"You don't realise how much you miss it until it's gone. We've met so many backpackers from all over the world and made friends with them so we want to do that again."
With building commencing in March and plans to have the pub reopened by November, the couple are planning to keep as much money as possible circulating in the community.
"We're using as many local businesses as we can for the building process, and hoping to employ a local cook, and either backpackers or locals for the staff," Mrs Coomber said.
The Coombers said they have been blown away with the support of the community and the council who are eager to get the doors open and icy cold beers flowing as soon as possible.
"Everyone's been really positive about what, we haven't heard a bad word," Mrs Coomber said.
"We just want a friendly, casual, kick off your boots off if they're muddy, keep them on if they're dusty type of pub that looks after locals, truckies and travellers.
"We've also got one of our local ladies April who's interested in doing children's swim classes.
"A big shoutout to David and Rita Carney who helped with machinery to get the pad prepared, Matt Thomas from 3M+K designs who has been doing the drafting and RA and KJ Pollock."