North Burnett's first backpacker hostel to open
THE old Fisho in Mundubbera will be given a new lease of life in May when it is transformed into the North Burnett's first backpackers hostel.
Home-building company Possco owner Mark Postle said his wife came up with the idea to buy the building after a discussion about what could be done with the empty shop.
"She said would it be suitable for a backpackers," Mr Postle said.
"We looked into it a bit further and we went into it in some detail with council and town planners.
"Council have been extremely supportive and helpful."
Work has already started on building, with the insides being stripped bare.
The renovations will cost about $200,000.
Deputy Mayor Faye Whelan said the development would be an asset for the community.
"Hopefully it will help relay some of the future expansion of our industries and allow the backpackers to have a choice of accommodation when they come to stay," Cr Whelan said.
"It's definitely a progressive thing for the Postle family to do.
"It's in a good location ... and business will benefit from having it so central."
Cr Whelan said the council worked with the developers to make sure the hostel was a safe environment for backpackers.
Mr Postle said the nine-room hostel would have plenty of facilities to keep backpackers entertained when they were not working.
"There will be a gym, a pool table, table tennis, a big smart TV," he said.
"There will also be an option for mixed and gender specific rooms.
"We love the town; otherwise we wouldn't be putting the money in."