News

Hostel headed for Bargara

WORKERS ACCOMMODATION: Liisa Kaunissaar will manage the new backpackers hostel which Adam Robertson of Robertson Flower Farm Bundaberg will open on a block of land behind Bargara Berries. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
WORKERS ACCOMMODATION: Liisa Kaunissaar will manage the new backpackers hostel which Adam Robertson of Robertson Flower Farm Bundaberg will open on a block of land behind Bargara Berries. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

A BACKPACKER hostel will soon be nestled amongst berries and blooms as Bargara sees approval for its second backpacker hostel.

Bargara's first hostel was DingoBlue Backpackers Hostel, located on the Esplanade.

Adam Robertson, the co-owner of Robertson Flower Farm on Bargara Rd, has bought five acres of land from Bargara Berries owner Bob Hay to create a second.

Mr Robertson said he will use the land to grow more flowers and convert the residence on the property, located behind Bargara Berries and Mira's Cafe into a 12 bed hostel.

"Just to supply living for our employees that work on our flower farms," Mr Robertson said.

He said his farm employed 12 to 15 people at any one time throughout the season.

"We have a couple of farms in the area and we always have people that are wanting to stay somewhere.

"A lot of the time they don't have anywhere to stay."

He said the accommodation may be opened to other backpackers and farm workers when available.

Mr Hay said he was unaware of Mr Robertson's plans when selling him the land. "I didn't find out until afterwards," he said.

The house that is due to be converted into the hostel was previously the Hay family home.

But with Mr Hay preparing to take a step back from Bargara Berries as he enters retirement, he said he wasn't bothered by the use of the land alongside his own business.

Mr Robertson said the conversion of the house had always been on his agenda when buying the land.

"We were hoping to when we purchased it," he said.

"It's taken six months to get approval and it will probably take another six months to get running."

He said the move came as the flower farm was looking for workers to stay on at the farm for longer periods of time.

"We find with the people we get from the hostels they just want to do the 90 days for the second year visa," Mr Robertson said.

"We want people to stay longer than that, if we can provide them with accommodation and work they're much more likely to stay for our season which is what we're looking for."

He said the season ran for eight months from April until December.

"By the time we train someone we don't want to lose them too quickly," he said.

Bargara councillor Greg Barnes yesterday said he was unaware of the application or its approval with the council.

"But it's probably not a bad location," he said.

"As long as it provides adequate accommodation."



Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Science Festival seriously awesome

Don't miss the World Science Festival Brisbane!

CALLING everyone who wants to see something totally cool.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Is Brisbane the new arts and culture capital?

Check out GOMA's latest exhibition - it's all about hair! GOMA 10 Ambassador Patience Hodgson visits Nervescape V 2016 by Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir (aka Shoplifter), commissioned for ‘Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything’ at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. 
Photograph: Natasha Harth, QAGOMA

THE rest of the world should be envious of this line-up!

No rain in sight and the struggle is here now

NO RAIN: Moore Park Cane grower Nick Glass is struggling to grow a decent crop in the hot dry weather.

Records may break this month but not the ones you would hope for

Want free stuff from Aldi? Here's how

Aldi is looking for product samplers.

FINALLY, the wait is over.

Local Partners

Bliss N Eso announce tribute show for stuntman

AUSSIE hip hop outfit Bliss N Eso have announced they will play a tribute show for the stuntman killed during the filming of their music video.

MOVIE REVIEW: Trainspotting sequel as good as original

Ewen Bremner in a scene from the movie T2: Trainspotting.

Director Danny Boyle proves sequels can be done well.

How Karl Stefanovic's wife, kids found out about girlfriend

Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough after their day on Sydney Harbour. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Pictures splashed across tabloid were shock to family

WATCH: Toowoomba opera hopeful's incredible voice

Kaitlyn Orange attends Opera Queensland auditions at Empire Theatres for Opera at Jimbour, Saturday, February 18, 2017.

Opera hopefuls vie for parts in performance at Jimbour House

MKR turns spiteful in suddendeath elimination

Alyse and Matt battled Josh and Amy in a spiteful elimination cook-off.

Bottom of the ladder faces off in spiteful sudden-death cook-off.

Jilted Married At First Sight groom rejected again

Is Married at First Sight groom's second chance over already?

Sir Elton John coming to Mackay: What you need to know

Sir Elton will come to Mackay and Cairns in September.

Tickets to the concert go on sale on March 14

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Expert: Why renters, home buyers may struggle

Matusik Property Insights director Michael Matusik.

What's next for the city's housing market

Massive seaside development of 3200 lots

DESIRABLE LIFESTYLE: The masterplan for the proposed Elliott Heads Estate.

"There's nothing else left along the coastline of Queensland now"

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!