Stumps Hotel in Brisbane Street, Ipswich.
Stumps Hotel in Brisbane Street, Ipswich. Rob Williams

Stumps Hotel set to relocate in Ipswich

STUMPS Hotel will continue to trade as normal but owner Raj Sharma has confirmed he is aiming to relocate his business elsewhere in the Ipswich CBD area.

The QT reported yesterday that the business does not have the necessary planning approvals to operate its function rooms, a source of significant revenues.

Mr Sharma said he would continue to investigate options for a relocated hotel and restaurant at Riverlink and two other sites in Brisbane St and Limestone St.

"A lot of my money has gone into the premises," Mr Sharma said.

"I need to save that investment to some extent and make sure that my staff do not lose their jobs, and that the patrons who have loyally supported the restaurant don't suffer either and have an alternative

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There is a dispute between the investors in the building and Mr Sharma over rent payments, as stated by building co-owner Greg Walsh in yesterday's QT.

But Mr Sharma said he was not withholding any funds.

"I always paid the hotel rent, which is the area I used lawfully," Mr Sharma said.

"But once both parties were aware of the (planning) issue, only then did the rent get stopped. The issue did not get rectified…and now I am moving on."

"I wish nothing but good fortune and luck to Greg in making his venture a success whether it's with me or someone else involved.

"For Ipswich to succeed we all need to work together as one."

An Ipswich City Council spokesperson confirmed yesterday that "the management and staff of Stumps hotel used the upstairs and basement cellar as function rooms, under the mistaken belief that the building owner had secured the necessary approvals over the entire building.

"The issue is now a matter for resolution by the owner and lessee," the spokesperson said.

"Council inspectors conducted a site inspection of Stumps Hotel on 8 July, 2014, and discovered that upstairs and the basement had not been approved for functions and/or food and beverage service under the existing development approval.

"A council compliance notice was... issued to hotel management and the building owners."

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