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Leigh Creek Tavern reopens

Brad Carter and Leigh Kentwell at reopening of Leigh Creek Tavern

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The Leigh Creek Tavern reopened last night (January 24), with a new name and big plans for the future.

Now managed and marketed by 1834 Hotels – a leading South Australian hospitality management group, the hotel will be rebranded as the Leigh Creek Outback Resort and promoted to domestic and international tourists.

1834 Hotels general manager Leigh Kentwell said the new name and marketing push would reinvigorate the hotel and the local community, providing jobs, confidence and optimism for the future.

“1834 Hotels is delighted to have been able to reappoint several of the previous staff members, and have plans to employ more locals in the future,” Mr Kentwell said.

“Our aim is to re-establish the property as an iconic regional resort and Leigh Creek as a must-visit destination in the Flinders Ranges and Outback. With over 60 accommodation rooms, access to an Olympic-size swimming pool, gymnasium, bar and restaurant, the new name aims to more accurately reflect the potential and significance of the property.”

Mr Kentwell said 1834 Hotels was also planning to upgrade the accommodation, to develop a calendar of events and to refresh the food and beverage offering.

“Our intention is to market Leigh Creek and its iconic scenery, including the Aroona Dam and nearby Flinders Ranges, to the world, drawing on our established tourism networks and destination marketing experience in both national and international markets,” he said.  “We are also working to establish the Resort as an Outback conference venue.”

Chair of Flinders Ranges and Outback SA Tourism (FROSAT) Mrs Jane Luckcraft said the rebranding and reopening of the Leigh Creek Tavern was great news for the region.

“It will help to ensure that Leigh Creek will remain an important hub in the Flinders Ranges,” Mrs Luckcraft said.

Manager of the Leigh Creek Post Office Kirsty Nicholls said she was “very excited” about the reopening and rebranding of the hotel.

“Having somewhere to go to have a drink or a meal with friends is really important for the residents of the town,” Ms Nicholls said.  “It’s also great that the hotel is going to be run differently and targeting tourists – it presents so many opportunities for Leigh Creek and will give the town a whole new lease on life.”

1834 Hotels manages a growing portfolio of hotel properties across metropolitan and regional South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory including McCracken Country Club at Victor Harbor, Clare Country Club, the Berri Hotel Group and Mayfair Hotel in Adelaide.

Manufacturing and Innovation Minister Kyam Maher said 1834 Hotels would use their considerable expertise in running regional pubs and resorts to maximise the potential of their business and provide an essential community hub for residents of Leigh Creek.

“I am heartened by 1834 Hotel’s plans to transform the tavern into regional resort, providing a tourism drawcard for Leigh Creek and its surrounds. The region has so much to offer tourists coming from both Australia and overseas and I look forward to seeing the benefits of the new resort flow through to Leigh Creek’s economy.”