CBD plan to boost tourism

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Front Page - Tari Jef­fers

AN ac­com­mo­da­tion project pro­posed for the Man­jimup CBD is draw­ing cau­tious ap­proval from peo­ple in the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try.

The de­vel­op­ment is pro­posed for the old Jaycees Park and would of­fer 20 to 50 busi­ness class rooms in a move that is de­signed to boost tourism in the re­gion.

The land is owned by the Man­jimup Shire Coun­cil which is cre­at­ing a mar­ket­ing prospec­tus for po­ten­tial buy­ers dur­ing an ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est stage.

Kings­ley Mo­tel own­ers Char­lie and Andrew Hamer­s­ley said while they sup­ported the idea to in­crease ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions to boost the re­gion, they were con­cerned about its po­ten­tial re­turn on in­vest­ment.

“At the mo­ment, the cor­po­rate sec­tor is not in­ter­ested in higher tar­iffs,” Char­lie Hamer­s­ley said.

“A lot of cor­po­rate clients’ prices are capped and high tar­iffs pre­clude a lot of busi­ness.”

Mr Hamersely said they were planning to add 10 new units to the Kings­ley Mo­tel which could help po­ten­tial in­vestors in the Jaycees Park project gain an in­sight into the mar­ket.

Man­jimup Cen­tral Car­a­van Park and Deli man­ager Chris Maroc­chi said he was in favour of the pro­posal as long as it took noth­ing away from cur­rent providers.

“As long as it’s bring­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent it will be good for the re­gion,” he said.

Man­jimup shire pres­i­dent Paul Omodei said money for the mar­ket­ing prospec­tus came from Roy­al­ties for Re­gions and any de­sign or buyer would have to be ap­proved by the coun­cil.

“This is about at­tract­ing more peo­ple to our district,” he said.

“If more peo­ple come to the re­gion, it’s bet­ter for the whole district’s ac­com­mo­da­tion ser­vices.”

Man­jimup Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent Kent Roberts was in favour of the con­cept but crit­i­cal of the process.

“Why do they have to spend money at all if this is the one thing the site can be used for,” he said.

“We do need more ac­com­mo­da­tion for fu­ture needs, it’s about be­ing proac­tive rather than re­ac­tive.”

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