Moffatdale and Goomeri businessman Joe Prendergast with a portfolio of plans for his new tourism development

December 3, 2020

Murgon businesspeople enjoyed a sneak preview this week of a multi-million dollar development which has broken ground at Moffatdale.

Local tourism operator Joe Prendergast – best known for Dusty Hill Wines, Goomeri Bakery and Joe’s Grand Hotel – showed members of the Murgon Business and Development Association artists’ sketches and floorplans for his latest project.

He said the $6 million development would be built in stages on a block next to Dusty Hill Wines.

Plans included a brewery, distillery, underground cellar, 10-room motel and accommodation cottages.

Some initial construction work has already begun.

The plans were greeted with applause by the MBDA members who had gathered at Murgon’s Royal Hotel on Tuesday for the first evening meet’n’greet organised by the business association.

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Newly elected MBDA president Mark Smith said he was pleased to see many new and different faces at the dinner event.

He said the MBDA’s breakfast meetings would continue but the meet’n’greets would be more social events.

“Our monthly breakfast meetings are very productive but the board felt there was a need for businesspeople to be able to just talk business,” he said.

Mark also asked the MBDA members to let the committee know what they wanted the association to be doing.

“What would you like to see your membership money spent on?” he said.

“I don’t think things are travelling badly or we are doing anything wrong but we need to know if you’re getting your money’s worth.”

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Other Meet’n’Greet News 

  • Maureen and Peter Croxford and son Scott are the new owners of the Barambah Bush Caravan Park. They will take over from current owner Barb and Rick Parke on Monday (December 7). Mark welcomed Maureen and Peter but said Rick and Barb would be missed in Murgon, and wished them all the best.
  • Cr Kathy Duff explained the new infrastructure charges that are being introduced by the South Burnett Regional Council in a bid to attract development (see Incentives Unveiled For Developers). She also warned that the toilets in QEII Park in Lamb Street would be closed for repainting between December 8-10. The disabled toilet and the mother’s room would remain open but then would be closed on December 11 for its turn.
  • A new Officer-in-Charge, Senior Sergeant Brett Everest, has been appointed to Murgon Police Station.
  • Managers Rowena and Heath Sander were congratulated for what has been happening at Yallakool, especially the recent sold-out concert by Troy Cassar-Daley.
MBDA secretary Margaret Long (Murgon Real Estate), president Mark Smith (Mark Smith’s Menswear) with Yallakool Park managers Rowena and Heath Sander
Gary Long (Murgon Real Estate), retired MBDA president Leo Geraghty (Clifton Motors) and vice-president Lanse Rea (Murgon Tyres & More)
Barambah Bush Caravan Park’s Barb and Rick Parke will be handing over the business to Maureen and Peter Croxford (and their son, Scott) on Monday
Janelle Smith (Mark Smith’s Menswear) with Leanne Rea (Murgon Tyres & More)
Cr Kathy Duff with John Robinson (Robinson’s News and Gifts)
Tracy Robinson (Robinson’s News and Gifts) with BIEDO CEO Kristy Frahm

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