250-plus hostel to be built in Gin Gin
A MULTI-MILLION dollar backpacker hostel accommodating up to 288 guests will be built in the region as its owners hope to capitalise on rising tourism numbers and predicted growth in the horticulture sector.
Mulgrave Investments is behind the project, which it says will be a "world-class" facility catering to "both Australian and international backpackers".
The 4960sq m property will be built at 2-4 Alpin Terrace, Gin Gin, and be bounded by the Bruce Hwy, meaning it will have high exposure to the thousands of tourists who pass through the town centre.
According to the development application, the hostel will be built in two stages with the first stage consisting of three buildings with the ability to accommodate up to 144 guests. It will have all the common trappings of a hostel including bathrooms, kitchen, dining and entertainment facilities as well as a small office, caretakers' residence and a small shop selling basic essentials for guests. Stage 2 will consist of two dormitory buildings with rooms slightly bigger than those in stage 1 and a communal facilities building as well.
Mulgrave Investments director Mal Brough, who will manage the hostel when it opens, said Gin Gin fit the bill as the ideal location.
"We took into consideration that there has been no major infrastructure built for years there," he said.
"We felt the town would benefit from it.
"We have a lot of faith that the region and the horticultural and tourism sectors will continue to grow."
Mr Brough hoped the hostel would help put Gin Gin on the map.
"For a lot of people Gin Gin is not on the radar," he said.
"Hopefully we can change some of those perceptions and bring the region to their attention."
Mulgrave Investments is a partnership of three families with a strong local connection. Michael McMahon, of Wallaville, and Dan De Luca, of Gin Gin, are key partners in this new venture.
Fellow director, Louis Bickle, is the founder and proprietor of the Bunk Backpackers in Brisbane and the Islander on the Gold Coast - winner of the 2016 Golden Backpacker -Best Hostel in Australia Award.
"We expect the combination of local knowledge and extensive experience in the hostel business will be a winning formula for the business and also for the wider Gin Gin business community," Mr Bickle said.
Stage 1 of the development of 144 beds is due to open in 2017.