Feud marks Mt Larcom hotel sale

By REN LANZONnewsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THE planned auction today of the late Rosy Coughlan's Royal Hotel in Mt Larcom has resulted in a bitter family feud.

Her son and current caretaker of the hotel, Patrick Coughlan, has vowed to put a stop to the sale of the estate, which also includes a number of parcels of land.

However, Mr Coughlan yesterday failed to have an injunction placed on the sale which is scheduled to take place at the hotel at 10am.

The sale is being brokered by Bob Christsen Hotel Motel Brokers, of Brisbane.

Mr Christsen said he had received a lot of interest in the sale.

'There are 12 people who are interested in the property, half of which are publicans ? the property will be sold,' Mr Christsen said.

Mr Coughlan said he wanted to keep the hotel in the family.

'The hotel has been in the family for 57 years and I've been running it as caretaker for another two years after that,' he said.

Mr Coughlan said there were five shares in the estate; his own, one each for his two sisters, one share for another dead sister's children, and a share for the son of his deceased older brother.

Mr Coughlan said he and his wife had looked after his mother after she broke her hip, until her death about two years ago.

He said he had secured enough money to buy the property outright and had lodged a contract for the sale with the executors, but it had been refused.

'But I'm not letting go of this ? if they want a fight, I want them to know I will give it to them,' he said.

One of the sisters, Liz Bergstrom, now living in Yeppoon but formerly of Mt Larcom, would not comment on the feud. She said the sale of the hotel represented 'the passing of an era'.

'My mother was very special and did a lot for the community, and many people will remember that, she said.

The sale will be conducted by Calliope auctioneer Alistair McLachlan.

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