Inland Rail and the Rebirth of Parkes

Inland Rail and the Rebirth of Parkes

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.

Meet our Rocky Managers

Meet our Rocky Managers

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!

SCMG Signs

SCMG Signs

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.

Meet the Managers

Meet the Managers

Nick and Sharon have been living in Narrabri and working at the Adelong Motel for over 18 months and love the fast pace of the property, its exceptional reputation and the opportunity to meet and bond with travellers from all walks of life.

Nick and Sharon have been working in the motel management industry for over 6 and a half years now but originally come from backgrounds as a beauty therapist and cabinet maker, respectively. They have a 12-year-old son named Mitch and enjoy going camping as a family on their breaks (recently, they spent an amazing week camping on Moreton Island!).

While reasonably new to Narrabri their favourite parts of the region are its perfect mix of stunning natural scenery and charming boutique-lined streets. Personally, they aprreciate the wonderful bushwalking trails through the national parks and the stunning scenery of Sawn Rocks and Mount Kaputar.

Next time you’re staying at Adelong Motel or enjoying a drink and bite to eat at Café Cotton make sure to say hello!

Preferred Suppliers Partnerships

Preferred Suppliers Partnerships

Corporate Travel Management (CTM) is an award-winning provider of tailored solutions for the busy business traveller and a preferred supplier here at Southern Cross Motel Group.

Our valued relationship with CTM ensures we are meeting the individual needs of our Corporate Customers by enabling their preferred booking and payment methods, whilst ensuring companies can mandate their travel policies and meet their Duty of Care requirements.

At the end of the day CTM prefers Southern Cross Motel Group properties as they can be confident their corporate guests will enjoy all the facilities and comforts they require and guests can relax knowing their business trip meets their company’s travel guidelines, policies and procedures.

Our properties are available to book via all Corporate Travel Management companies as we are visible in their booking systems globally.

We very much look forward to growing these Preferred Supplier relationships for the ongoing benefits to the companies travelling to our regions and, of course, our individual corporate guests.

One Year at Sugar Country Motor Inn

One Year at Sugar Country Motor Inn

This June we have celebrated Geoff and Sharlene’s 12-month anniversary as the Property Managers at Sugar Country Motor Inn. Both Geoff and Sharlene are dedicated to providing friendly and quality service for all guests and aim to make Sugar Country a welcoming home-away-from-home whether you are a local, travelling family or busy corporate.

Proud locals themselves, Geoff and Sharlene have been living in Bundaberg since the early 2000s and have recently adopted Harry Houdini, a Pineapple Conure (small South American parrot). They love their Queensland town for its temperate climate, vibrant food culture and exceptional attractions – from the beaches and art galleries, to the Bundaberg Rum Factory and the Mon Repos Turtles there’s always something new they want to experience!

Canecutters Kitchen – our contemporary restaurant – has been a significant addition to Sugar Country Motor Inn. Geoff and Sharlene love the fresh and fun restaurant interior and innovative menu. Being able to provide both comfortable accommodation and exciting dining and function solutions for the Bundaberg region is what ultimately enticed them to join Southern Cross Motel Group.

Next time you’re in Bundaberg, or just happen to be in our area of town, make sure to drop in for a coffee, a meal or a cold beer and say hello!