The Ongerup Hotel has embarked on a huge redevelopment thanks to the efforts of some inspired community members. A syndicate of 14 local farmers and business owners have combined to form the Ongerup Future Fund in a bid to resurrect the weary taphouse. Harry Creagh is part of the group and said the previous owners were looking to offload the building which provided an opportunity for local community members to get involved. “The previous owners were getting older and didn’t have anyone to take over,” he said. “We saw that it wasn’t really up to scratch anymore and it was going to be hard to sell to anyone else.” Ongerup Future Fund has raised most of the money through farming, and Mr Creagh said the project would cost close to $1 million. “Since 2020, the group has leased a couple of blocks of land and put crops into them and have completed four harvests,” he said. “By the time we finish it in around five or six years, it will be close to costing $1m.” Mr Creagh said the group had a vision to provide a venue for families to come and enjoy food and drinks. “There haven’t been meals provided regularly for over a decade, so our priority was to get a kitchen and upgrade the dining and outdoor area to make it more family-friendly,” he said. The pub will also offer accommodation to passing travellers and contractors commuting to the town. “Another priority is to get the accommodation up and running as well because we’ve seen many contractors looking for accommodation around the area,” Mr Creagh said. The hotel is currently open but restricted to limited hours.