One of Kununurra’s most popular hospitality venues, the Pumphouse, will reopen its doors under new ownership this week, with a Kimberley brewer set to be the exclusive tap partner. Opening on March 10, the Pumphouse will operate five days a week, Thursday through Monday, and will welcome popular up-and-coming Kimberley business Spinifex Brewing Co as the exclusive tap partner at the venue. It comes after, in September last year, the venue was purchased by Kimberley Experiences Group, with the group’s director Michael McConachy telling The Kimberley Echo the company aimed to honour the long history of the venue. “As long-term locals, we understand the importance of this special location and piece of history. We have always really enjoyed spending time with our family and friends at the Pumphouse, as well as hosting visitors to the region at this beautiful setting,” he said. The venue had previously been operated by Kununurra locals Thomas and Dominique Brieg, who after 13 years at the helm decided to list the site for sale in late 2021. With a history dating back to the inception of the Kununurra township, the structure was once an integral part of the Ord River Irrigation Scheme, serving as its main pump station until Lake Argyle was dammed in 1971. It sat largely unused for decades on the banks of Upper Ord and was decommissioned by the Water Corporation in 2004. With river views and rich historic roots, the Breigs saw the heritage-listed building’s potential and set about 12 years of planning and tenure negotiations with the Water Corporation to transform it into a restaurant and bar. The PumpHouse opened in 2008 and became a go-to dining and evening drinks option, providing the best of the region’s produce and views.