On the site of the new Mary River Motor Inn yesterday, and hoping rain does not interrupt construction, are (from left): Stacey Bowers (Brad Read Design Group), Scott Pinkstone (SP Consulting Engineers), Monica and Reg Cannon, architect Brad Read (BRD Group), electrical engineer Robert Graham (RPG Consulting Engineers) and builder Alan Trickey (Tribuild Builders).
On the site of the new Mary River Motor Inn yesterday, and hoping rain does not interrupt construction, are (from left): Stacey Bowers (Brad Read Design Group), Scott Pinkstone (SP Consulting Engineers), Monica and Reg Cannon, architect Brad Read (BRD Group), electrical engineer Robert Graham (RPG Consulting Engineers) and builder Alan Trickey (Tribuild Builders). Craig Warhurst

Mary River Motor Inn work starts

IT has been in the planning stages for a couple of years, but the Cannon family’s multi-million dollar investment in Gympie, the Mary River Motor Inn, should be open by Christmas. Construction is expected to take 32 weeks.

Reg Cannon owned and operated Gympie’s Phoenix Hotel for a number of years before selling it about five years ago.

Yesterday he was on-site with architects, engineers and builders prior to work starting in about a week.

Mr Cannon will operate the family’s new venture with wife Roz and daughter Monica.

He promises to give Gympie something it can be proud of with the new complex to be built on the 4000-plus square metre site fronting the Bruce Highway and bordered by Oak and Adams streets on Gympie’s northern entrance.

The motor inn will boast 50 accommodation units including three units for people with a disability.

The whole complex is designed to accommodate people with disabilities, Mr Cannon said.

“We’ve designed the Mary River Motor Inn to cater for the traveller as well as the Gympie community.

“It has a large restaurant kitchen able to cater for all needs, a private function area with seating for 40-plus as well as a dining room for more than 50. It will be known as Little Mary’s Restaurant and Bar.

“Outside we will have a large pool and gazebo area with an outdoor kitchen-barbecue area, a gym and sauna area. Adding to this will be a landscaped area for promotions at the gazebo area.

“We’ve planned the entire facility to corporate standards. I just can’t wait to get back into Gympie and meet up with old friends.”

Mr Cannon said the builders, Tribuild, would try to use as local tradesmen.

“I approached some Gympie builders, but they said it was just too big for them so that is why we have contractors from the Coast,” he said.

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