Nic Conway calling time on Kinross pub

Nic Conway, with son Banjo, 4, will leave the Kinross for more quality time with his family. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

Nic Conway, with son Banjo, 4, will leave the Kinross for more quality time with his family. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

KINROSS Hotel owner Nic Conway is stepping aside after more than a decade in charge of the Thurgoona landmark.

The pub operation is being offered on a 25-year lease deal after the former shearing shed underwent a major transformation in the early 2000s.

Mr Conway and his wife Nicole are expecting their fifth child and he feels the timing is right to move aside.

The leasehold sale is being handled by Phegan/CRE Brokers.

“It’s a good time for a change,” Mr Conway said.

“We’ve become a massive tourist destination in the biggest growth corridor of Albury-Wodonga.

“We’ve seen the population in the Thurgoona area go from under 3000 to nearly 10,000 in our time at the Kinross.

“The freeway opened in March 2007, Charles Sturt University has moved out here in its entirety and Lloyd Williams has spent a considerable sum of money on a large block of land (Somerset Rise) which, in time, will be home to even more people.

“We get awesome support from locals, but are also one of the must-see destinations when people come from far and wide.”

The Kinross is a relocated shearing shed transported from its original location near Holbrook.

In 1988 it was rebuilt using original materials.

Built in the 1890s, it had up to 43 shearing stands operating at one time.

The Kinross has played host to some of Australia’s biggest musical names including Jimmy Barnes, Vanessa Amorosi, Joe Cameliri, Diesel, Shannon Noll, The Whitlams plus regular country music performers such as Adam Brand, Beccy Cole, Adam Harvey and James Blundell.

Mr Conway said almost $1 million had been spent on capital improvements including a 200-plus outdoor deck area.

“We’ve got great staff and they needed to be taken into consideration,” he said.

“We just want to pass the baton over to someone else who can put in the same amount of hours we’ve done.”

Mr Conway has recently become president of Wodonga Raiders Football-Netball Club.

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