People visiting Mapoon in Cape York now have more places to stay and enjoy the beautiful coastal region thanks to the construction of a new short-stay accommodation complex.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the project would give the region a huge economic boost.
He said the Australian Government contributed nearly $1.6 million towards the project through its highly-successful Building Better Regions Fund.
“The project includes two, two-bedroom units, six one-bedroom units, a car park, storage shed and a barbeque surrounded by beautiful gardens,” Mr Entsch said.
“This project will deliver enormous economic benefits to the region through increased employment and contribute to an income stream for the Mapoon Aboriginal Council through the provision of accommodation services.
“More importantly, this project created 60 local jobs during construction and will provide ongoing employment opportunities which will go a long way to help address socio-economic disadvantage in the community and make the region a more attractive place to live and visit which will support local heritage and culture.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Regional Development Minister Michael McCormack said the project created 60 jobs during construction.
“The Morrison Government is committed to keeping the economy strong and creating more jobs, especially in regional areas,” Mr McCormack said.
“These extra positions have made Mapoon a more attractive place to live and the new
accommodation will encourage more people to visit, stay the night and spend money in the town.”
Mapoon Aboriginal Council Mayor Aileen Addo said the project would create opportunities for locals to start future businesses.
Cr Addo said Mapoon Aboriginal Council had invested $317,014 towards the project.
“This accommodation facility will need to be maintained so there’s definitely an opportunity for locals to develop cleaning, laundromat and grounds-keeping businesses,” Cr Addo said.