Tourism sector jumps on gas boom

The LNG industry is turning Gladstone into a “No vacancy” town.
The LNG industry is turning Gladstone into a “No vacancy” town.

THE liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry is securing hotel, motel and cabin accommodation across Gladstone.

On Tuesday The Observer reported how the environmental approval of two LNG projects on Curtis Island sparked property investors into action just hours after the announcement with some houses going under contract within 24 hours.

However, it’s not only the houses and units, now it seems to be the hotels, motels and caravan parks.

Kin Kora Caravan Park manager Monte Olsen said he had received a number of inquiries from industry ever since the announcement last week.

“I’ve had calls from Western Australia to find out what is going on, but it’s going to take time to get things moving,” Mr Olsen said.

Gladstone Motel manager Guy Richards said he had had a number of industry inquiries over the past week with one LNG contracting company making an offer.

“I’m still deciding but I am happy with the offer,” Mr Richards said.

“It’s a 12-month contract with offers of extension at the end and they have been very reasonable.

“The same company said to me that they have had motels out there wanting to charge as much as $200 a night per room.

“We could charge something silly, but they have offered us a deal and when it’s a 12-month contract and you have done it tough for some time, it’s hard not to accept,” he said.

Santos (GLNG) and Australian Pacific LNG (APLNG) told The Observer yesterday that they have not started to secure accommodation. “We are actively analysing the housing market to ensure our project workforce needs are met with minimal impact to the community,” a Santos spokesperson said. However, a Bechtel spokesperson said as contractors for the Queensland Gas Company (QCLNG), accommodation was being sort after. The Queensland Gas Company had not responded by the time of going to print.

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