The Limestone Coast will receive a boost to its 4-star accommodation with a $50,000 grant from the South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC).
Commodore on the Park Motel in Mount Gambier received the grant as part of the SATC’s Tourism Development Fund (TDF), which enables operators to improve their tourism infrastructure.
Acting Minister for Tourism Paul Caica said Commodore on the Park had already undergone significant improvements and this grant would enable a further upgrade of 15 rooms.
“The grant also supports the Limestone Coast’s Destination Action Plan (DAP), which aims to achieve 280 upgraded rooms to cater for increased demand,” Mr Caica said.
“The DAP recently found there was a need for more 4-star accommodation and these upgrades will help address this gap.”
Commodore on the Park Motel will use the grant to build new kitchens, bathrooms, windows and courtyards for each room as well as new carpets and furniture.
The motel has been part of Mount Gambier’s accommodation landscape since 1963 and has been undergoing renovations over the last five years.
As well as improving the accommodation, there have also been major improvements to the restaurant making it a popular place for dining and functions.
“The Limestone Coast is a fantastic place to visit, boasting beautiful coastlines, wine regions blessed with terra rossa soil, fascinating caves and some great culinary surprises,” Mr Caica said.
“With more high quality accommodation, I encourage locals and visitors to explore what there is to see and do along the state’s south coast.”
Commodore on the Park Venue Manager Tom Kosch said the SATC grant has enabled his business to offer high-standard motel rooms.
“The first stage of the project will open in the middle of December, offering four Grand King rooms and one Grand King two-bedroom suite. These rooms are of the highest four-plus star quality rooms available within the city limits,” Mr Kosch said.
Mount Gambier Tourism Development Officer Biddie Tietz said the funding would contribute to the long-term shared vision identifies in the Limestone Coast Destination Action Plan, which outlines 17 key actions to grow tourism in the region by 2020.
“This upgrade to more 4 star accommodation is much needed in our region and I congratulate Commodore on the Park for their and ongoing drive and commitment to both leisure and business tourism,” Ms Tietz said.