In a bid to support tourism television producers Tim Allan and Matt Jeffery are putting a spotlight on small-town pubs including the Ironbark Inn Hotel located in Stuart Town, just an hours drive from Dubbo.
The Ironbark Inn Hotel will feature in episode three of the presenter's passion project The Local which aims to welcome local country pub-led regional tourism recovery after the challenges presented by COVID-19.
Mr Allan, who was inspired to create the project after having lost his job, said it had been the silver lining of COVID-19.
"The timing couldn't have been better," Mr Allan said.
"We all need a break, and we've got the whole of big, beautiful NSW to explore- within the relevant COVID-19 safe guidelines of course."
Mr Allan sad The Local was a series focused on uncovering the grassroots stories of the people and communities across regional and rural NSW, "one pub at a time".
"By showcasing the characters and destinations around these pubs, we aim to inspire people in NSW to get out and explore in their own backyards," he said.
"Our passion is to share the stories of country people who know how to live with joy, humour and resilience in some of the most beautiful parts of the country, he said.
Mr Allan said the Ironbark Inn Hotel had a "special place in his heart" as it was his mother's "local".
The episode kicks off by exploring the pub culture history of Stuart Town before it delves into the story behind the Man from Ironbark, a famous poem by Banjo Paterson, which ultimately led to the hotel's name today.
We also hear from publicans Rene Wykes and Garry McNaughton during the episode who said the pub was forced to close for about six months due to COVID-19 but has since reopened its doors.
You can watch all episodes by The Local for free on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/downatthelocal.
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