Conservation works on Pinjarra’s Exchange Hotel to start next year

The Shire of Murray expects an announcement regarding the redevelopment of the Exchange Hotel soon.
The Shire of Murray expects an announcement regarding the redevelopment of the Exchange Hotel soon.

CONSERVATION works at the Exchange Hotel, Pinjarra are likely to start next year with the tender process underway.

The Shire of Murray has endorsed advertising of a Request for Tender for initial works.

Shire president David Bolt said the successful contractor would be selected by December.

The decision follows the council’s budget allocation of $500,000.

Works will protect the 1866 Dr Bedingfeld’s Cottage, hidden within the hotel building and the 1925 accommodatin, kitchen and dining section, including reroofing, installation of new roof plumbing and the boarding up of entrances.

External building sections of non-heritage significance, added in subsequent years, will be removed.

Cr Bolt said the intent was to protect the significant portions of the building from further degradation and to de-risk the site to enable prospective development proponents to better understand the sections of the site that needed to be incorporated into future development.

‘”The Exchange has a close association with the development and growth of Pinjarra, having operated continuously as a hotel since 1871 until it closed in 2008,’’ he said.

“Achieving a quality development outcome for this key site has the potential to stimulate further private investment in the town, support the local economy and activate the surrounding heritage precinct and adjacent foreshore.’’

The council hopes the building will be developed into a food and beverage establishment with discussions ongoing with potential developers/operators.