Here in the Coach’s Box at SCMG we’ve been excited to see a number of bookings for club and school sporting teams come through this year for our properties. We fully understand that planning a group away game can sometimes be harder that herding cats so we’ve come up with a few ideas to help.
If you’re anywhere in Queensland or New South Wales this time of year, and even if you don’t know a thing about Rugby League, you’ll at least be a little familiar with the concept of “State of Origin”. And if you go behind all the “State against State and Mate against Mate” hype, the stand-out message is ‘Team Spirit’. So if you are going to be organising a trip like this in the future and you want to whip-up your own Team Spirit but you’re no Wally Lewis or Wayne Peirce fear not! Here are some of our Property Manager’s top tips to get that morale up and make the best of your visit:
- To help with overall costs and to get that team bonding starting early plan a Fundraising Night before your trip – it could be Trivia or Bingo, or if you’re feeling creative maybe a Talent Show or Karaoke!
- Arrange with the Property Manager and pre-pay all the accommodation by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) – one less thing to worry about while you’re away.
- Take along enough Support Staff/Cheer Squad Members/Chaperones to keep an eye on your group and to keep every-one focused, behaving and together.
- Check with the Property Manager about food options – lots of properties will be able to package meals in to your costs if they have a restaurant onsite. If they don’t they may have microwaves, kitchenettes or BBQs you could use to self-cater.
- Sports trips can generate a lot of clothes to wash so when you’re considering which property to stay at check what washing facilities you can use – some have washers and dryers in rooms while others could give you access to a guest laundry.
- Team Shirts can be a simple and easy way to get the Team, and of course the Coaches and Support Crew, feeling united but on a more practical level it makes everyone more easily identifiable and it’s a fun thing to have to remember your trip by!
Lately there’s been some big changes going on in the CBD of Rockhampton. It’s probably not news for the locals, but most out-of-towners will be amazed by the massive revitalisation of the riverside area and surprised to know that the planning started all the way back in 2014!
That’s when the Rockhampton Regional Council gathered property owners and business operators for a series of extensive meetings and workshops and began to collect views and opinions. They didn’t leave the residents out of it and sent each Household a survey to gain ideas that could be added to the discussion. Then armed with this vast amount of feedback, the Council passed on their requirements to Urbis – the lead designers of the project.
Now considering how large this cache of information was the Council was quite succinct when stating their requirements and the Acting Mayor, Councillor Cherie Rutherford said, “the design brief given to Urbis was just a few simple words – urban, playful, elegant, creative, sustainable and smart”. From the two awards that the design has already received, it’s safe to say that all six of the requirements have been well and truly met.
The resulting Riverside revitalisation has transformed the banks of Rockhampton’s iconic Fitzroy River into a mixed-use recreational hub for businesses, locals and visitors. And the city has received a sophisticated and contemporary design that’s sympathetic to its heritage buildings. The Fitzroy River has never looked better. Playground areas, lookouts, walkways, gardens and public art all work together to give the CBD a beautiful lift.
So, if you’re thinking of heading to Rockhampton soon why not come for the River Festival from July 12 to 14 and book some accommodation at Coffee House Apartment Motel, it’s only two blocks from the Fitzroy River so close to all the fun!
We have some news to let you know about in Mackay!
Firstly we’d like to introduce our sensational new managers – Tony & Bernadette bring a wealth of Food & Beverage operations and Customer Service skills to Windmill Motel & Events Centre having recently moved from Townsville where they ran the Rockpool Seafood Café on the Strand for 10 years. Bernadette & Tony love the potential this property has to offer and are enthusiastic to connect with the community and deliver some exciting new options to the region. You may already be aware of The Mill Wine Tastings – on select Friday evenings you can join us to taste a range of wines from our new wine list whilst enjoying a delicious antipasto and cheese grazing table.
Our second announcement is a true taste sensation – drawing on previous experience and a deep understanding for how tasty and popular this type of food is Tony & Bernadette are bringing Smokehouse BBQ to Mackay on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons! For each session they’ll be firing up our brand-new offset smoker to make a delicious range of Smokehouse BBQ favourites including Beef Brisket, Pulled Pork, Bratwurst Sausage and Sticky Chicken Wings. And it’s not just for the meat lovers – our tempting range of sides and delicious desserts are bound to please all tastes.
Friday evenings at The Mill Smoke & Grill will be about having an easy but mouth-watering meal in our restaurant. For our Smokey Sunday Sessions make sure you bring you family and friends and come armed with your best appetite and a picnic blanket. You can follow the gentle melodies of live music and the welcoming aroma of wood chips to The Lake Deck and discover that where there’s Smokehouse there’s a whole lot more than just fire!
If that’s got you salivating then keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information on the grand launch of The Mill Smoke & Grill on Sunday 21st July and remember to stop and say hi to Bernadette & Tony next time you’re in Mackay.
June saw Southern Cross Motel Group grow to include twelve properties – our newest member is Eastgate on the Range, Toowoomba! We’re excited to welcome property manager Scott to the group and also to be able to welcome previous Southern Cross Motel Group guests to take a look at this fantastic property if they’re in need of a place to stay in Toowoomba.
Positioned right behind the Welcome Sign on the Brisbane side of town, Eastgate on the Range is literally at the top of the range with an outlook back over the Lockyer Valley toward the coast. From their front door you can reach Toowoomba’s hospitals, the Darling Downs’ medical hub, Picnic Point lookout, Toowoomba Grammar School and the CBD in less than 5 minutes with plenty of dining options either inhouse or just a quick wander up the road.
Eastgate on the Range offers a collection of 4* motel style rooms designed to suit travellers in need of a quick and comfortable break while their generous apartments are perfect for guests looking for a home away from home – most have full kitchens, separate sitting areas and washing machines! Groups are more than welcome with convenient parking for larger vehicles and a number of easily accessible rooms.
So next time you’re in Toowoomba please stop by to say hello and maybe stay a while – we’d love to see you!