Long term benefits for Gin Gin via $2m short stay facility

20 Mar 2017

Construction of Stage One of a 289 bed short term accommodation complex in Gin Gin with facilities for backpackers is expected to commence within a month following the approval of a development application by Bundaberg Regional Council this week.

The project, part of the BUNK accommodation franchise, with an estimated price tag of $2 million will be constructed in two stages to ensure the development is established in a financially viable and timely manner.

Mayor Jack Dempsey applauded the proponents, Mulgrave Investments Pty Ltd for bringing major development to an outlying area of the Bundaberg Region. “We certainly have momentum as far as the ongoing announcement of major projects is concerned.

“Significant investment has been achieved around the Bundaberg city area but it is outstanding that development of this magnitude is now providing an impetus to communities like Gin Gin.

“Council has been involved in improving water and sewerage infrastructure to cater to future development in Gin Gin and there has been welcome investment in local parks and community areas.”

He said the initial construction stage will involve the provision of three two level dorm buildings able to accommodate 144 guests. Kitchen, dining and entertainment facilities will be located in two additional buildings adjacent to the dorms with a caretaker’s residence also to serve as a reception area.

“Stage Two of the development incorporates a further two dorm buildings and two recreational buildings,” said Cr Dempsey.

Planning and Development portfolio spokesman Cr Ross Sommerfeld said the design of the facility made excellent use of the building site which was just under 5000 square metres in area.

“Conditions attached to the approval include a requirement for the developer to address sewerage flow issues and the provision of adequate off street parking.

A total of 13 off street parks and two dedicated bus parks are among the conditions imposed for the first development stage. A further eight angled on street parks are also to be included.

Cr Sommerfeld said other conditions also ensured items such as outside clotheslines and external air conditioners were screened from public view. A landscaping plan and a requirement to retain a number of existing street trees are among conditions attached to the approval.

“The maximum length of stay at the facility for tourists and travellers is three months.”

Divisional representative Cr Wayne Honor said the development was a huge vote of confidence in the future of Gin Gin and the Bundaberg Region.

“This form of budget accommodation will resonate with travellers seeking that short term stay option. The accommodation developers have really covered all bases with the design and proposed operation of this facility.

“Shuttle bus services will be available for pick up and drop off at the Bundaberg Airport and with this facility being a part of a franchise organisation, there will be an established level of operation associated with the facility.

“It will be a major economic boost for our community with the flow on financial effect of an accommodation facility of this size having a substantial impact.”



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