Backpacker accommodation gets green light to expand


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A backpacker hostel in Bundaberg North has been granted permission by Bundaberg Regional Council to expand from 24 to 88 beds. In the submission, owners Tomato Backpackers say the expansion will be designed to minimise noise, particularly from communal areas where backpackers will tend to gather. The hostel in Hinkler Ave is operating as Footprints Feeding Ground Backpackers, but the extra beds will be in a separate house. The move follows an application, still before the council, for the establishment of a 16-bed hostel in Wallaville. That application has been met with resistance by town residents. Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman Read more

Hopping mad: Backpackers fume over broken promise of fruit-picking work



A group of seven English and Irish working holiday makers are warning people to be careful when looking for fruit picking jobs after promised work in Mildura failed to bear fruit this week. The group arrived in Mildura on Monday after signing up and paying $560, or $80 each, for a 12-month membership fee with Adelaide company Harvest Hoppers. There’s also a suspect operation in Mildura that goes by the name of ” Don’s backpackers Mildura” The company describes itself online as “Australia’s Number One Fruit Picking Network for Backpackers”, but feedback on its Facebook page is anything but positive. Read more