Barnaby to visit Drake’s Lunatic Hotel tomorrow
BARNABY Joyce will visit Drake's Lunatic Hotel tomorrow to meet owners Bob and Desley Kane and have a chat with locals.
The Federal Agriculture Minister contacted Mrs Kane last week after reading about the plight of the town's only pub in the Northern Star.
First Mr Joyce will visit Jubullum Village near Tabulam to launch an All Aboriginal Green Army Team, Mrs Kane said, before stopping at the Lunatic Hotel about 2pm.
"His office lady rang and said he'd read about the hotel in the paper and he was upset that a business was closing and could he have a talk to us," she said.
"Then he sent us an email and the actual wording on the flyer was 'Politics in the Pub with Barnaby'.
"Then he sent a flyer to everyone in Drake inviting them to come."
Since the news broke that the pub was for sale for $1.4 million, Mrs Kane said there had been some interest but no genuine offers.
"They're just tyre kickers, that's about it," she said.
"One bloke had been looking for a long time and I rang the broker this morning and said what's he doing now?
"The broker said he's decided not to."
Whether the Lunatic Hotel sells or not, Mrs Kane said they would be closing the doors by the end of July.
"For our health it is better for us if we close," she said.
"I'm sad for what we are doing, but our number one priority is us and our mental health."
Mrs Kane said the locals are making the most of the pub while it's open, with a huge turnout for karaoke on Saturday night.
"I think they are over the shock of it now but they're still devastated," she said.
"They are going to have karaoke in the carpark if we close, they said last week."