New man behind the bar
HEAD to the Royal Hotel at Tiaro on the first Saturday of the month and you might find new publican Rob Brearley jamming with the boys.
The former professional rock guitarist has only been pulling the beers at the pub for a week but he is keen to have some fun as he settles into his new town and meets the locals.
“This would probably be the friendliest and happiest little place as far as pubs go,” he said.
“The locals talk to all the visitors coming through – on Saturday afternoon there was a bunch of bikers out the front having lunch with a couple of old ladies.
“All the people I've met here have been great.”
Rob, 55, and wife Marcella moved to Tiaro from the Gold Coast hinterland.
It's not the first time they've run a hotel.
Several years ago they ran a country pub in Coominya in the Brisbane Valley.
“We had that one for a couple of years and really enjoyed the experience. We wanted to get back to the country where people are real.
“This place seemed to offer all the right things and the area is not going backwards: it's growing slowly and hopefully it will keep growing.”
Rob has a background in marketing and management.
He spent several years working in Papua New Guinea in roles such as marketing manager for a music company and general manager of a wholesale and retail complex at the Oktedi mining town.
“In my younger days I was a professional touring musician,” he said. “I played guitar in a rock band called Cougar, back in the good old days when life was easy. I've been playing since I was 10 but haven't picked up a guitar much in the past five years because I've been so busy.
“But I'm going to bring one of my guitars in and play with the lads on a Saturday.”