THE new owners of the Forrest Beach Hotel have made a grand gesture to their closest neighbours – by presenting a cheque for $1,000 to the local surf lifesaver club.
No time has been wasted by the new regime in reaching out to the community, as the pub will also donate profit from its meat raffles to Forrest Beach Surf Lifesaver Club.
The drive to bring people to the rejuvenated hotel is spreading beyond the beach community – quite literally – with people being offered transfers in and out of Ingham to visit the picturesque pub that is nestled on the shore of the Coral Sea, overlooking the Palm Islands.
Queensland lager Wingman took control of the venue six weeks ago.
Beer operations manager Kane Dean said: ‘You’ve got to look after the community – and the community will look after you.
‘We’ll also be donating all the money from our meat raffles to the surf life saver club.
‘It’s a bit of philanthropy. There are a lot of kids who are part of the club. It’s about doing the right thing by the community.
Surf lifesaver club captain Luke Kaurila said: ‘The club is very excited to start such an important partnership with the Forrest Beach Hotel and Wingman.
‘We thank them for coming on board and for their generous donation of $1,000 to kick-start what will be a great partnership.’
Mr Kaurila, who in his volunteer role organises and coordinates lifesavers for weekend patrols at Forrest Beach, added: ‘Money like this is such a boost for our club – and goes towards the invaluable lifesaving services that keep our beach safe.
‘We look forward to working with them.’
The club’s season starts on Sunday 5 September with a ‘Come and try’ day for potential new members.
Wingman took ownership of the Hinchinbrook beach pub six weeks ago.
There is now a large screen that shows all major sporting events and a shuttle bus to ferry people in and out of Ingham.
The pub is reportedly to undergo a multi-million dollar development that will see a swimming pool and children’s playground built, as well as an extension to the current accommodation and camping areas.
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