Rec club licence gives town new watering hole

SOCIAL HUB: Thangool resident bartender for the Rec Club Phil Casey with local patron John Muller.
SOCIAL HUB: Thangool resident bartender for the Rec Club Phil Casey with local patron John Muller. Vanessa Jarrett

THANGOOL became a town with no pub when the Thangool Red Steer Hotel Motel closed its doors two weeks ago.

A week later, Phil Casey took matters into his own hands.

Phil and a group of like-minded Thangool locals decided to open the Thangool Recreation Reserve Club House as the new watering hole.

"When the Red Steer announced they were closing, we needed to do something about providing the community with that social environment,” Phil said.

Phil was adamant Thangool needed somewhere locals could go to socialise.

"I personally have a great concern for the community,” Phil said.

"And if we don't have those things, people will start going to other places, house prices will go down and we'll all go down.”

The Thangool Rec Hall already had a club licence and it was a matter of working out the logistics for Phil.

"The club has been there since 1985, but we have always had the two hotels and it was just used for functions,” Phil said.

After sharing a post on Facebook last Thursday and some word around town, Phil opened the Rec House for the first time last Friday.

"It went excellently,” he said.

"We had about 40 customers come through.

"Mostly locals and some people catching the plane who came in for a beer or two before they got on the plane. A few couldn't come because of prior arrangements but will be there next week.

"Overall a very positive response.”

For the moment, the Rec Hall will be open one afternoon a week under the guidance of Thangool Inc.

"We are going to open on Friday afternoon for the next few weeks and reassess at the next meeting what we will do,” Phil said.

"We have a limited club licence and we are just operating within that.

"We will continue until hopefully someone comes and opens one of the pubs.”

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