Whim Creek Hotel temporarily closed as sale progresses

Alicia PereraPilbara News
The Whim Creek Hotel.
Camera IconThe Whim Creek Hotel. Credit: North West Telegraph, Rob Dougherty

The Pilbara’s historic Whim Creek Hotel pub is expected to be closed for several weeks as its upcoming sale to a new owner progresses.

A post on the business’ Facebook page on Monday stated the hotel had been “temporarily closed until further notice, pending a change of ownership”.

It comes as part-owner the Ngarluma Yindjibarndi Foundation Limited, which is under administration, finalises the sale of the property to a yet-to-be-announced buyer.

NYFL chief executive Bruce Jorgensen said the pub’s closure was a result of the Aboriginal community organisation reducing services as it prepared to hand over ownership of the building.

He said only the bar and cafe area of the hotel would be affected, with accommodation and fuel service still available.

Business is expected to resume in about two to three weeks’ time under the management of the new owner.

Settlement of the sales agreement is set for early next month.

Dating back to the 1880s, the Whim Creek Hotel is one of the Pilbara’s oldest buildings and the only living remnant of the original town of Whim Creek, located roughly halfway between Karratha and Port Hedland.

Advertisements for its sale last September prompted strong interest in the property, which was listed for $1.5 million, from both within WA and interstate.

The building is currently owned by Whim Creek Hotel Holdings Pty Ltd, in which NYFL and Ngarluma Aboriginal Corporation are the major shareholders.

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