SOLD: Western Downs Regional Council, in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce, have purchased the site of the Mary's Commercial Hotel for $627,000.
SOLD: Western Downs Regional Council, in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce, have purchased the site of the Mary's Commercial Hotel for $627,000. Meg Gannon

Council reveal price paid for Mary's Block

ONE of the promises made by mayor Paul McVeigh and the Western Downs Regional Council during the hand-down of their 2019/20 budget was an investment in liveability.

It was this promise that led them to purchase the site of the former Mary's Commercial Hotel, which tragically burnt down in August last year.

The council this week revealed the price they purchased the site of the former Mary's block for, after signing contracts with Ray White in June of this year.

"Western Downs Regional Council recently purchased the land in Cunningham Street on the former Mary's Hotel site for $627,000,” a council spokeswoman said.

"The intent of this site is to build a first-class central open space for all of our community to enjoy.

"This is a once-on-a-lifetime opportunity to create a magnificent centrepiece for Dalby, so our council will be developing a comprehensive masterplan to ensure the best outcome for our community.”

Dalby Chamber of Commerce president Rohan May said the investment wasn't necessarily about making a monetary profit, but about improving the look of the town, and encouraging visitors to stop by our local businesses.

"While we might not see a return in dollars and cents, it makes a return in the liveability of our town, and have a town that meets community standards where we've got green spaces and open spaces,” Mr May said.

"It's not about the dollars and cents on this one, it's about having somewhere nice.

"Council have done a great job in securing that for the town now, but also for the town in a hundred years time.”