After a month in the job as one half of our new Management Team at Sugar Country Motor Inn in Bundaberg Damien Garro has already found that the most asked question at the property is ‘Where’s the Rum Distillery?’ In spite of the numerous requests for directions to the city’s best-known landmark Damien still has the attitude that “Bundy is the gateway to many opportunities for visitors”. The other half the new team is Adam, Damien’s brother, and while officially the brothers were born in Victoria, they are both quick to point out they have now lived longer outside that State than in it! From South Australia and up to the N.T. with time in Queensland’s Central Highlands, it’s a wide and varied list of locations. While Damien says “A month isn’t long to soak in what the area has to offer” it seems already they are happy to add Bundaberg’s name to that list. And both of the boys are excited about the opportunities they have at Sugar Country; the dining options they say are excellent, and they like the property’s spacious rooms and its close proximity to transport and the CBD. Even at this early stage though they are excited by the tourism possibilities they can see, mainly for the property but also the city in general. Damien underlines this Gateway potential when he can already share what he considers to be highlights of the region; Lady Musgrave, Mon Repos, Bargara, Baffle Creek, Woodgate Beach and the town of 1770. There’s bound to be more that our new Management Team need to experience in the region so they’d love you to drop by and let them know what to add to their To Do list!
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!
If you’re a Qantas Member and you make a booking with any of our Southern Cross Motel Group properties, you can still get Double Qantas Points.
It started November 2018 and covers all valid bookings and stays right up until 19th April 2019.
So just click the link below, log on with your Qantas account then choose a Southern Cross Motel – it’s as easy as that.
With the turning of the first sod on Friday 2nd October in Parkes, the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail development was officially underway. This project is one of the biggest regional investments ever made and is set to transform the Parkes region.
The development hopes to significantly improve the national freight rail system and has been designed to improve the access our farms and mines have to capital cities and crucial ports, in turn enhancing regional Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria’s access to both domestic and international markets. The completion of Inland Rail will officially establish Parkes as a 24/7 multi-modal national transport hub, with the ability to transport and process freight between Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide within 24-hours. Parkes will also become the only location in Australia where the Inland Rail line also intersects with the north-south Newell highway and the east-west rail-line, making this regional NSW town one of the busiest transport nodes in the country, with the capacity to reach over 80 per cent of the nation’s population in less than 12-hours. As a result of the Inland Rail, the volume of freight travelling along the eastern seaboard is expected to double to 8 billion tonnes by 2030.
Parkes’ Mayor, Ken Keith, spoke with the ABC last December about the project. As Parkes’ local unemployment rate sits higher than the national average, and the weekly income of Parkes residents sits below average, Keith is excited to see the Inland Rail bring much-deserved growth and ongoing opportunity to his community.
Say hello to our new Coffee House Apartment Motel Property Managers, Kelsey and Luke! Both originally from Tasmania, growing up just around the corner from each other, Kelsey and Luke have a combined 25-years of experience working in the hospitality industry. Kelsey and Luke share a passion for people and service and are loving their new position and the opportunity to work together as a team.
New to Rockhampton, both Kelsey and Luke are extremely impressed with the area and its facilities and are enjoying living and working centrally in the CBD, while being so close to the waterfront. For anyone visiting Rocky for the first time, Kelsey and Luke think the Zoo and Botanical Gardens are both a must see!
Next time you’re in Rocky, make sure to drop by for a coffee and say hi!
Last month Station Motel Parkes became the last Southern Cross Motel Group property to have its official SCMG branded sign installed. A Southern Cross Motel Group sign is a promise of a nice clean room, service with a smile and great food – all at a fair rate! Whether you’re travelling to Mackay, Junee or anywhere in between keep your eyes peeled for our navy and white street sign and the Southern Cross symbol welcoming you to one of our properties.