Pinjarra Hotel set for redevelopment

The Exchange Hotel in years past.
The Exchange Hotel in years past.

REDEVELOPMENT of the Exchange Hotel in Pinjarra is expected to start in the next 18 months.

At a recent meeting, Murray Shire Council resolved to advertise the draft Exchange Hotel Planning Policy for public comment.

The council will also engage a marketing company to attract interested parties for the renovation and establishment of a food and beverage business at the hotel.

Shire President Wally Barrett said the council undertook a Heritage Conservation Strategy and feasibility assessment last year to consider its future options because of the building’s heritage significance.

“The council’s decision was to seek interested parties to enter into a long-term lease to renovate and adapt the building for a food and beverage operation in accordance with the Conservation Management Strategy and Shire’s planning policies,” he said.

The hotel includes the remnants of two Victorian Georgian-style buildings (c.1866) and is one of the oldest buildings in the Peel region.

The council finalised the acquisition of the hotel site in May 2012. The acquisition provided the opportunity for the site to be redeveloped after it was closed in 2008.

Cr Barrett said the draft planning policy would guide the planning and development outcomes of the site and provide a greater degree of certainty for prospective operators.

The draft policy is open for public comment until 4.30pm on Wednesday, June 24 and is accessible from www.murray.wa.|

The redevelopment is an integral part of the Shire of Murray’s draft Growth Strategy for Pinjarra town centre, which is expected to be available for public comment in the next few months.

The Exchange Hotel operated continuously from 1871 until it closed in 2008.