A new motel and function centre in Quorn will create jobs and provide high quality accommodation for visitors to the Flinders Ranges. The $2.4 million project, being undertaken by Far North family business Rowesa Pty Ltd, is being supported by a $400,000 State Government Regional Development Fund grant.
The Great Northern Lodge will be a 4.5 star motel and function centre in the heart of Quorn, offering high grade accommodation and facilities for business and leisure travellers to the region. The project will create eight full time jobs by mid-2018.
Rowesa's Sally Brown said the new complex would be prominently located on the main street in Quorn, complementing the company's existing business, 'Emily's Bistro'.
"The Great Northern Lodge will offer 22 self-contained units and 10 motel units, along with a function centre with conference facilities, a common-area outdoor zone with BBQ, pizza oven and fire pit, and a native orchard and kitchen garden," Ms Brown said.
"The RDF grant means we'll be able to construct our new facilities in their entirety without needing to phase the development, bringing benefit to the Flinders Ranges area sooner."
Premier Jay Weatherill and Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock officially turned the first sod for the Great Northern Lodge project in February, when they visited Quorn as part of the Country Cabinet visit to the region.
"Entrepreneurial projects like this are what make our regions grow and thrive," Mr Brock said.
"The Great Northern Lodge is a great example of a project that will bring significant broader benefits to the regional economy."
The project supports the state's Economic Priority 'South Australia - a growing destination choice for international and domestic travellers'.