A 56-unit short term accommodation development has been approved in Childers, situated right on the Bruce Highway to tempt travellers in to staying in the region.
Bundaberg Regional Council planning and development spokesman Cr Ross Sommerfeld said the new facility would be a welcome addition to the growing Chiders tourism landscape.
“This development will feature 56 modern, self-contained units and will provide an alternative accommodation type not currently available in the area,” Cr Sommerfeld said.
“Each room will feature a kitchenette, ensuite and open plan room for twin share including a study and lounge.
“All bookings will be made online and through a remote keycode system and as such no reception or check-in facilities will be included.”
The site forms part of larger historical development application.
Hillview at Childers unit development
Developer Rick Sheida said the motel-style units were the initial stage of an overall masterplan called Hillview at Childers.
“This approval is only a small part of the master plan,” Mr Sheida said.
“The master plan is $100 million worth of development over 10 years.
“The motel is the tip of the iceberg.”
Subject to future development applications, Mr Sheida said his vision for the site would boost tourism and cover 40 hectares.
“The old house will be converted into an amazing country style homestead come restaurant.
“It will be extended and be part of the reception area for guest arrivals.
“Then we have a 100-bay caravan or tourist park. It would be a very upmarket tourist park with lots of play areas
“That will take care of the southern section.
“On the northern section of the highway we have 280 RV home base.
“That would basically put Childers on the map in Australia.”
He said he hoped to start work on construction of the units within the next 12 months.
Cr Sommerfeld said this latest application and approval was an exciting prospect for the Childers area.
“This is a prominent site at the northern entrance to the Childers CBD and it would be heartening to see it used to its full potential,” Cr Sommerfeld said.
“There is no doubt that Childers, with its historical charm and many attractions, has the capacity to cater to increased tourist numbers.
“The added visitor numbers would no doubt provide a boost to the local economy and hopefully encourage more people to stay and enjoy our little slice of paradise.”
Mr Sheida has nearly 40 years’ experience in the development industry and said he had completed a number of units on the Gold Coast and in Hervey Bay.
He said he had been drawn to Childers for its unique position on the national highway.
“We love the township itself.”