Business

Biggest hotel in CBD will feature two towers, restaurant

A 198-ROOM motel will take out one block in the heart of town after Gladstone Regional Council approved plans for the project at its general meeting on Tuesday.

The motel, to be located opposite the old post office, will include two towers, a restaurant with street frontage on Goondoon and Yarroon Sts, a coach bay and a public forecourt.

It will cater for what its developer Martin Gleeson claims is a booming population in a town that can only keep growing, despite the winding down of the construction phase on Curtis Island's LNG plants.

"Gladstone's projected population over the next 15 years is going to double," he said. "Plus, there's more industry to come."

Mr Gleeson argues that a major LNG maintenance industry will replace current accommodation demand created by the construction phase.

The developer is now working on building approvals and said the first step would be to demolish the two buildings currently on site.

The new motel will be the largest in Gladstone when it opens in January 2016.

Its closest rival, the Oaks Hotel, boasts 144 rooms.

But local accommodation providers, who face added competition in a CBD already well-serviced with apartments and hotels, are unlikely to share Mr Gleeson's enthusiasm for the project.

Greg Whitehead, from Central Apartment Group, said there were enough rooms on the market.

"We're all for Gladstone going ahead," he said. "We want to focus on filling those existing spaces."

There also were concerns the hotel will impact on CBD parking because it will have 143 car spaces, not 232 as mandated by council policy.

Councillors Graham McDonald and Karen Porter voted against the planning application.

"It's wonderful to see new developments and I'm very happy to see the city growing, but it needs to be on our terms," Cr Porter said.

Deputy Mayor Matt Burnett said the council's car parking policy was "archaic" and people needed to adjust so Gladstone could grow as a city.

Cr Ren Lanzon said it was unreasonable for people to expect door-to-door parking.

Topics:  business development application gladstone regional council goondoon street hotel



Gladstone's $4M project to go ahead, jobs to come

MEGA PROJECT: This Shell service station is expected to coast about $4M to construct.

MORE jobs for Gladstone with $4M project construction

'Difficult times': Rental prices tipped to increase in 2017

GREAT BUYS: There are some great rentals and houses to buy in South Gladstone. Head to gladstoneobserver.com.au for the top 10 homes under $100 to rent right now in the Gladstone region.

Investors may soon see a "profitable return” on properties.

Local Partners

Peppa Pig a popular hit

Lovable children's character Peppa Pig visited Gladstone on Tuesday.


New Year New Yard

Win $1000 Bunnings Voucher
Learn More

Noll meltdown won't affect Gympie Oz Day concert

Shannon Noll

Photo Contributed

Shannon Noll is still expected to perform in Gympie next Thursday

11 huge events coming to Gladstone in the next 6 months

Events coming up in Gladstone in 2017.

Your guide to exciting events coming to the Gladstone region

Summer SUNfest kicks off

SunFest Lazer shoot-out in the Tondoon Botanic Gardens January 11, 2016. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer

Tickets for SUNfest are selling fast, so get in quickly.

Why The Walking Dead cast are paid a pittance

Despite massive ratings the cast haven't been shown the money

50 Shades Dornan on why he hates the film

Dornan and Johnson’s frequent sex scenes were ‘awkward’ to film. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

Jamie Dornan doesn’t blame you for hating 50 Shades

Chris Hemsworth’s X-rated compliment to former co-star

Australian actor Chris Hemsworth poses on the red carpet for the European premiere of the film 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' in London on April 21, 2015.

THOR star once paid former Home and Away actress a lewd compliment.

'I can't keep my mouth shut any longer'

Singer George Michael.

George Michael’s cousin blasts singer’s boyfriend Fadi Fawaz.

Fresh faces: NCIS gets a shake up with new cast members

The new cast of NCIS, from left, Rocky Carroll, Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray, David McCallum, Brian Dietzen, Wilmer Valderrama, Emily Wickersham, Mark Harmon, Duane Henry and Jennifer Esposito.

THREE new characters join naval drama for season 14.

First the Onesie, now an Xbox One S inflatable controller

Fancy an inflatable Xbox One S controller?

Inflatable controller 'perfect sidekick' for Australia Day party

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

KNIFE-EDGE: The housing tightrope we now face

Even the smallest interest rate rise will be hard for some to handle.

One if five home owners at risk, according to new analysis

'Difficult times': Rental prices tipped to increase in 2017

GREAT BUYS: There are some great rentals and houses to buy in South Gladstone. Head to gladstoneobserver.com.au for the top 10 homes under $100 to rent right now in the Gladstone region.

Investors may soon see a "profitable return” on properties.

Top 10 homes under $100 to rent right now in the Gladstone region

Glen Eden for Real Estate.

Check out 10 of the cheapest homes to rent in Gladstone.

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!