Two Manjimup hotels have been brought into line by the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor for failing to comply with work orders.
Manjimup Hotel’s accommodation was shut down this month until outstanding repairs were completed and the Southern Forests Hotel Motel’s liquor licence has been suspended until work previously identified has been carried out.
Manjimup Hotel owner John Peos blamed new building laws for the temporary closure of his accommodation, which re-opened on Friday.
The problems were mainly to do with upgrades to door handles, emergency exits, fire alarms and lighting, all of which had been addressed, he said.
However, the hotel’s Winter Court Room has been closed until further notice after the Manjimup Shire Council instructed it could not be used because of its condition.
‘‘The closure of the Winter Court Room has no material effect as it’s not had any use for a while, except for community events,’’ Mr Peos said.
‘‘If the demand was there for such a large facility then I would pay for upgrades, but the reality is it just isn’t.’’
The council, the Department of Racing Gaming and Liquor and the Fire and Emergency Services Authority have been concerned about Manjimup Hotel’s compliance with work orders for a number of years.
Under part six of the Health Act, the council has instructed Mr Peos not to use the Winter Court Room without a valid Certificate of Approval.
Use of the facility without a valid certificate carries a fine of $15,000 and a daily penalty of $1000.
Manjimup shire president Wade De Campo said the latest developments might be the catalyst for a better outcome for the town in the future.
‘‘Manjimup is crying out for establishments which are pleasant to eat and stay in, especially considering all of the anticipated changes to the town in the coming years under Supertowns,’’ Cr De Campo said.
‘‘Sadly we lack somewhere like the Balingup Tavern for the moment, but with private operators council can do no more than apply its regulatory regime.‘‘It’s really up to the business owners themselves to take up the challenge and I hope that they do.’’ Southern Forests Hotel Motel proprietor Zoran Panzich declined to comment.
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