Valley to woo hotel developers

THE Lockyer Valley is looking for private investment as the next step in its rebirth.

The Lockyer Valley Regional Council is calling for expressions of interest in the Lakeview Accommodation precinct.

Lockyer Valley mayor Steve Jones said the precinct had been identified by business and the community as "desperately needed".

"The region needs quality short to medium-term accommodation in Gatton - there is no denying it," he said.

"After the Gatton bypass was built companies didn't want to build motels off the highway.

"But now Gatton is a very active place, we've got the uni, the prison, as well as local businesses.

"Gatton is short about 100 rooms a night."

An information session will be held tonight in Brisbane regarding the development of the Lakeview precinct.

"People have been saying we should have held it in Gatton, but we wanted to take it to the developers.

"This way we can show it to a lot of developers and get the best deal for council."

The area consists of two parcels of land in excess of 9000sq m located on the intersection of Lake Apex and Western Drives.

The Lockyer Valley council is hoping to receive significant interest due to Gatton's location between Brisbane, Ipswich and Toowoomba.

"The Lockyer Valley region is experiencing significant growth; now is the perfect time to invest in south-east Queensland's food bowl," Cr Jones said.

The council's calls for private investment in accommodation follows news that a redeveloped Grantham was expected to double the town's population.

The information session will be held at the Sofitel Hotel in Brisbane at 6pm tonight.



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