Thursday, March 14, 2024


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New Backpackers For Bowen

The Whitsunday Regional Council has approved an application for backpackers-style accommodation in Bowen.

The proposed accommodation, previously used by Queensland Rail to house workers, is located on Pantall Stret in Bowen, and will primarily be utilised as short term accommodation for seasonal workers.

The existing dwelling, which will remain unchanged, is a single storey building with seven bedrooms, and one dormitory style room, which will contain four beds, with shared amenities for all.

“This application for a short term accommodation is different than the usual STA applications we see,” explained Councillor Clay Bauman.

“This is built for long term workers.

“My one concern is that of safety and if these are farm workers, there may be buses to get them to and from the sites.”

Director of Development Services, Neil McGaffin explained that the proposed six car spaces are appropriate to accommodate any mini buses.

“This doesn’t raise a concern with Council,” Mr McGaffin explained.

The accommodation will be managed in conjunction with the existing Bowen Backpacker hostel, with the same managers on call 24/7.

Guests are not permitted to reside at the accommodation for longer than three months.

The application was approved unanimously by all present councillors.

The exterior of the new backpackers on Pantall Street in Bowen. Photo supplied

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