GALLERY | Locals rally to support George IV Inn

Picton residents witnessed a sense of community during the clean up after the June 2016 storm and again locals have rallied to support the iconic George IV Inn.

The pub has been closed for more than six months and the owner Patrick Moloney recently learnt the insurance company, Assetinsure, would not cover the claim.

Mr Moloney and community leaders are calling on the insurance company to reverse its decision so a lengthy legal battle won’t have to play out in court and the George can be restored.

The hashtag #bringbackthegeorge has been circulated on Facebook.

Facebook users are encouraged to share posts calling on Assetinsure to reverse its decision.

Search #bringbackthegeorge or Peta Ellery, share her post and tag the insurance company.

Thirlmere resident Liza Williamson last week prompted an outpouring of offers to rebuild the George.

“I offered for myself and my partner, who is a concreter and landscaper, to help out if we could and the Facebook post went off like a firecracker,” Ms Williamson said.

There were more than 100 offers to help out just on the one post.

“I was overwhelmed and surprised that everyone jumped on board,” she said. “If the whole town put in then the whole town would benefit. Locals have a sentimental attachment to the pub and if we all put in a little bit we could help get the inn back on its feet.”

Mr Maloney said he was “overwhelmed” by the response from the community and thanked everyone for their offers to help.

“Unfortunately the repairs needed are expensive and highly technical,” he said.

“They aren’t the type of repairs that can be done by working bees.”

Mr Moloney said the repair work would cost $1 million to get the pub operational again and it was unfortunately unrealistic to expect the community could deliver that sort of rescue package.

An Assetinsure spokeswoman said the insurers did not make comment on individual claims.

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