$12m revamp for Lennox Head pub
By MARY MANN email@example.com PLANNING is under way to transform Lennox Head’s iconic beach-front pub into a $12 million family-oriented hotel.
Owner/developers, brothers Greg and Clyde Campbell have lodged a development application with Ballina Shire Council to demolish the existing Lennox Point Hotel and rebuild it over two levels, plus an underground carpark.
Mr Campbell said entertainment and families would be the focus of the new ‘watering hole’.
“Gone are the places were the blokes just go for a drink,” he said.
“It’s all about entertainment, community groups and families these days, and that will be our focus.
“The new pub will become a major destination for locals, sporting teams, visitors and tourists.”
The proposed development will be ‘in synch’ with the local environment.
It will take up to 12 months to complete the work and the developers may consider a temporary facility once the DA is approved.
A feature of the new design is an extension to the existing balcony on the eastern side of the building, taking full advantage of the pristine Lennox Head landscape.
The new pub will also significantly improve on-site parking, the basement carpark providing 58 spaces, plus eight spaces at ground level.
“We are focusing on making the hotel a real asset to Lennox Head from every aspect,” Mr Campbell said.
The Campbell brothers bought the Lennox Point Hotel in 2005. Greg Campbell said the hotel was typical of many Australian pubs, providing an important place for the local community to meet and socialise.
The hotel has a rich history, originally starting out as the Anglers Arms in the days when Lennox Head was primarily known as a surfing and fishing village.
As the town developed, including the addition of a camping area and holiday accommodation, Lennox Head started to become recognised as an attractive tourist destination, Mr Campbell said.
Lennox Head has continued to change over the years and now is home to a diverse demographic, as well as a destination for tourists and holiday-makers, mainly families and couples.
The hotel, however, had not changed to reflect this shift – and that was what would be done with the redevelopment, Mr Campbell said.