FIRST BACK­PACKER HOS­TEL OPENS DOORS

Hos­tel set to bring peo­ple into town

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

THE first back­packer hos­tel in the North Bur­nett is of­fi­cially open and look­ing for guests.

Jenny Pos­tle (pic­tured) and hus­band Mark came up with the idea to turn the build­ing into a hos­tel, pro­vid­ing a liv­ing space for back­pack­ers in Mun­dub­bera.

“Prob­a­bly if we weren’t builders we wouldn’t have ap­proached it, but we saw the need to have one in Mun­dub­bera es­pe­cially with the blue­berry sea­son and the in­flux of back­pack­ers re­quired for the pick­ing sea­son,” Mr Pos­tle said.

The hos­tel opened its doors on Mon­day.

THE first back­packer hos­tel in the North Bur­nett is of­fi­cially open and look­ing for guests.

POSSCO direc­tor Mark Pos­tle said a lot of hard work was put in over the past year.

“Prob­a­bly if we weren’t builders we wouldn’t have ap­proached it, but we saw the need to have one in Mun­dub­bera es­pe­cially with the blue­berry sea­son and the in­flux of back­pack­ers re­quired for the pick­ing sea­son,” Mr Pos­tle said.

“We just saw an open­ing and a big empty build­ing go­ing to waste in the main street and that’s where it started.”

Mr Pos­tle said the hos­tel had brought in a lot of pos­i­tive feed­back from com­mu­nity mem­bers.

“Ev­ery­one is quite en­thu­si­as­tic about it and it’s now up to us to at­tract the back­pack­ers and I think what we have to of­fer is top notch fa­cil­i­ties for them,” he said.

“We didn’t en­vi­sion the end prod­uct, it’s evolved a lot from what we ac­tu­ally started with which is good news.”

Mr Pos­tle said the hos­tel catered for ev­ery­one’s needs.

“We’ve got full ac­cess and a car park cater­ing for those with a dis­abil­ity,” Mr Pos­tle said.

“It’s fully com­pli­ant for wheel­chair ac­cess.”

The process has been a long but re­ward­ing jour­ney for the Pos­tle fam­ily.

“It’s had its chal­lenges but the one thing I’ve learnt dur­ing the process is noth­ing good comes easy,” Mr Pos­tle said.

“It’s been a bat­tle but it’s been worth it, we’ve learnt lots along the way.”

North Bur­nett res­i­dents were in­vited to tour the new fa­cil­ity dur­ing an open day on Satur­day.

PHOTO: PHILIPPE CO­QUERAND

NOW OPEN: The Picky Pack­ers Hos­tel has now of­fi­cially opened in Mun­dub­bera and is look­ing for back­pack­ers.

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