Hotel royalty given stay of protection

Mossman’s queen of Front Street – the old Royal Hotel - is to have a reprieve from the demolition hammers.

 Cairns Regional Council took action today to protect the building that has been identified by the National Trust of Queensland and the Douglas Historical Society as a building of cultural significance for the area.

 In a bid to save the hotel which is situated beside the heritage listed Jensen House on Front Street,  Council directed the CEO not to issue a decision on an application to demolish the building.

 Mayor Val Schier said Council will amend the Heritage Schedule contained in the Douglas Planning Scheme to include the Royal Hotel as a site of local significance.

 “It is commendable that the Historical Society has worked actively in Douglas with the local community to identify sites of heritage significance and the Royal Hotel is definitely one of them,” Cr Schier said.

 “The Royal Hotel was also indentified in a heritage survey undertaken by the State across the Far North last year.”

 Division 10 Cr Julia Leu said it is important that Council take a role in protecting local buildings that have historical significance and cultural value to preserve the character of the Mossman streetscape.

 “Mossman is unique and visitors are delighted with its historic and rural charm which is fast disappearing in many small Queensland towns,” Cr Leu said.

 “There are very few 1930s timber pubs remaining in Australia and the Royal is one of them.”

 Council staff will work with the owner of the Royal to try to find a way to preserve the heritage value of the original building and look at other options for its use.