Netball carnival fills motels

By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au

IT was a full house in Gladstone last weekend with a Queensland country netball carnival filling all motels to the brim.

A total of 145 teams from all over Queensland meant thou-sands of tourists flowing through the city.

Gladstone Reef Motel receptionist Christine Christensen said they were "absolutely full''.

"Just completely, we've had to try and get people rooms but it's just impossible,'' she said.

The No Vacancy signs extended out of town with Boyne Island's Beach 'N' Reef Motel also full.

"It's been a battle putting everyone up,'' owner Barb Houghey said.

Ms Houghey said as it was Gladstone's main tourism season, interstate visitors worsened the situation.

"We're just overbrimming, we've been turning people away a dozen at a time every night,'' she said.

"We've also got a lot of Victorians, with it being winter and our busy time of year.

"We also have a couple of international visitors from Italy.



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