Accommodation is on the rise in Bundaberg after Council issued a development approval for a seven storey airport hotel next to Brothers Sports Club.
The combined application was for a material change of use for short term accommodation and café and reconfiguring a lot for a lease term exceeding 10 years.
Planning and Development spokesman Cr Ross Sommerfeld welcomed the approval which he said would address a need for more accommodation options close to the Bundaberg CBD and airport.
“Council recently conducted a short term accommodation demand study which identified a significant shortage in the number of beds available,” Cr Sommerfeld said.
“Tourism is one of the region’s key industries and one we are looking to grow, but to do that there needs to first be an increase in available short term accommodation.
“This modern facility will feature 143 bedrooms and is well positioned to cater to visitors who are flying to and from our region.
“The airport hotel, which the applicant has suggested will be branded Ramada Wyndham, will have a relationship with the Brothers Sports Club however the two facilities will be operated independently.
“It will be the first significant multi-storey accommodation built in Bundaberg for more than 20 years.”
The application was lodged over two sites on Takalvan Street and Childers Road totalling 255.54ha.
The seven storey airport hotel will feature a 330m frontage to Takalvan Street, two boardrooms and an outdoor area and gardens.
The main development will be located on a portion of the site currently used by the Brothers Sports Club for car parking and bowling greens.
“The hotel will co-locate with Brothers Sports Club activities with a lease arrangement being entered in to over the development footprint.”