The Mt. Noorat Hotel has been at the cornerstone of the Noorat and district community for well over 130 years. The current building, erected in 1909, was built on the original site of the town's first hotel which commenced trading in the 1880's.
Over the years the hotel has had numerous custodians who have all added their touch to the building. In February 2015, the current owner's, Michael Leo and Richard Conheady, purchased the building, grounds and business from Colin and Eleanor Burke. Michael and Richard closed the hotel in May 2015 and commenced renovations to the hotel. These renovations have seen the removal of the false ceilings and bulkheads installed in the early 1970's to expose the original pressed tin ceilings and cornice work which have been lovingly restored.
Michael was born in Shepparton, Victoria, to first generation Italian fruit farmers. He was educated in Shepparton and Melbourne before moving to Sydney to study fashion design. Upon completion of his studies he travelled extensively and lived and worked in Sydney, London, Switzerland, New York and most recently in Melbourne. Michael's most recent position was in marketing and public relations for Peter Alexander sleepwear.
Richard's family arrived in Noorat in 1897. His great-great-grandfather purchased land directly behind the Hotel in the sale of the Keilambete Estate and moved from their farm in Caramut to Noorat. Richard's extended family continue to farm in Noorat. Richard left Noorat to study and completed his Arts/Law degrees. He has worked in Melbourne for the Chief Justice of the Victoria, the Hon. Marilyn Warren AC since 2008.
In 2009, Richard's parents retired from farming and purchased the Noorat Public Hall to restore and convert into their family home. Richard's father, the late Tom Conheady, had always wished the hall to be used and enjoyed by his family but sadly passed away before completion of the project. It is now, with the tireless work of Richard's mother Judith, that the old Noorat Town Hall is now ready to be enjoyed by the public once more.