BIG PLANS: Major renovations have been approved for the iconic Federal Hotel at Alstonville.
BIG PLANS: Major renovations have been approved for the iconic Federal Hotel at Alstonville.

Federal Hotel to retain heritage in $750,000 makeover

ALSTONVILLE'S iconic Federal Hotel will get a $750,000 makeover, with major renovations approved by Ballina Shire Council.

It will include the construction of a permanent, enclosed pavilion between the hotel building and the Colonial Arcade.

A shop in the arcade will be converted into a cafe, and this will function as the kitchen for the hotel. When the hotel is not open, the cafe will function as a stand-alone entity.

The existing kitchen will be closed and new toilets will be built.

The Federal Hotel is classified as an Item of Environmental Heritage and so the council, in approving the renovations, indicated the heritage significance of the hotel could not be adversely impacted by the development.

Detailed plans of various proposed works, including awnings, a concrete block wall, the new amenities building and planter boxes, must be approved by the council before a construction certificate will be issued.

The council will also have to approve the colour, finish and materials for the works to the hotel, the new pavilion building and the Colonial Arcade building.

Before work starts, photographs and video recordings of the hotel must be taken and submitted in accordance with NSW Heritage Office guidelines.

An existing shipping container, used for storage, will have to be screened from public view to "reduce its impact upon the significance of the Federal Hotel and its setting".

The consultants, in their report to the council, said the project was developed in close consultation with qualified heritage consultants to "ensure that the works are in keeping with the heritage values of the hotel".



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