LETTERS: Murphy's Pub dear to council's heart
AS the Divisional Councillor and a director of Ipswich City Properties, I wish to dispel the credulous rumours, speculation and hysteria being circulated regarding the old Commonwealth Hotel, commonly referred to as Murphy's Pub.
Neither I, nor the council or ICP intend or desire for the demolition of Murphy's Pub.
To be crystal clear on this subject, the hotel will not be demolished. It is protected in our planning scheme. Not just the facade but the entire site (save for some additions/alterations made in the late 1980s). It is of significant heritage and cultural value to the centre of the CBD.
From the time council, through ICP, acquired the site, it has been the intention to incorporate this majestic, historic building into the future development area.
The redevelopment of the City Heart is about creating spaces and places of both social and cultural activity. Murphy's was once such a site and can be a "Hero" site again. I know many people have fond memories of this fine hotel over the years, whether it was in its historic "hey days" or, for mine, the 90s, when it was the best "band pub" in the region and a hive of great late night activity.
Such buzz, activity and culture can return again, and I'm sure when the community engagement commences surrounding the design of the redevelopment, Murphy's will be a centrepoint for discussion.
CR ANDREW ANTONIOLLI, Division 7
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