Awards and ceremonies

Palace building

Childers Backpacker Hostel Fire 20 Year Anniversary

The Childers Backpacker Hostel fire of June 23, 2000 was a tragic event with implications that resonated around the world. Young men and women, citizens of seven international nations, were victims of this fire.

This year marks 20 years since the fire. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Bundaberg Regional Council is unable to host a commemorative ceremony, however The Palace Memorial Building will be open to the public from 10 am – 6 pm on June 23. A COVID-safe plan will be in place limiting the numbers in the memorial. Community members wishing to attend at a specific time are requested to contact gallery staff on 4130 4750 to secure a time.   

With respect to the occasion, rules relating to photography within the memorial area are requested to be observed.

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