Wollondilly Council vows to fast track Picton's George IV Inn approvals

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Wollondilly Council has committed to helping the new owners of the George IV Inn get the pub up and running as soon as possible.

Owners Ross Robinson and Adam Cryer met with mayor Judith Hannan and key council staff on Wednesday, June 7 to discuss the next steps forward.

“We told the council that we want the George up and running within months,” Mr Robinson said.

“We discussed what we needed to do and the council will help us make that happen.

“We want to rip in, fix the pub and get the beers flowing.

“We hope to settle earlier than six weeks.”

Mr Cryer said everyone at the council was committed to getting the pub open in the quickest time and he was looking forward to working with council staff.

“We now know the council staff we will be working alongside,” he said.

Cr Hannan said it was great to see that the owners were ready to take on the challenge of re-opening the iconic pub.

“Mr Cryer and Mr Robinson are professional and know what they are doing,” she said. “They already had their builder look over the pub. We look forward to working together.”

She said the meeting was productive and they discussed the steps going forward which would include making the venue fire compliant and putting in development applications.

“The council will cut the red tape because it knows how important getting the pub up and running again is to the community,” Cr Hannan said.

“I am looking forward to seeing the pub selling refreshments to the community again.

“I am sure the councillors and I will be at the pub after a council meeting to chill out.”

Mr Robinson said the beer garden, bars, kitchen, cool rooms and the gaming and TAB room would need to be redone.

The business partners will also potentially relocate the cellar to minimise the risk of flooding.

Mr Cryer said he and Mr Robinson were excited to take on the new business opportunity because it was different to their other ventures.

The business partners also showed the pub to their wives Elly Robinson and Melissa Cryer.