$1.2M Facelift for Historic Paxton Square Cottages

 

Burra’s heritage listed Paxton Square Cottages built in 1849 are set to be upgraded and modernised with support from a $200,000 State Government Regional Development Fund grant.

The $1.2 million project—undertaken by the Regional Council of Goyder – will underpin the rebranding of the Paxton Square Cottages as a boutique and contemporary accommodation complex integrated into a unique historic setting.

The 32 cottage tourism complex will be repurposed to a 3.5 star rated or equivalent standard facility featuring a modern design and décor, as well as incorporating energy efficient additions.

The existing Bible Christian Chapel will be adapted to create a communal meeting space for guests.

The upgrade, supported by the RDF’s Community Infrastructure Program, will create two ongoing full time jobs in addition to six jobs during construction.

Regional Development Minister, Geoff Brock made the announcement at Paxton Cottages last week and said tourism is a key economic driver for Burra and the surrounding region.

“The upgrade and rebranding of the Paxton Square Cottages will support greater tourism in the area which aligns with the State Government’s economic priority of ‘South Australia – a growing destination choice for international and domestic travellers’.

“The cottages are the largest and most prominent accommodation option in Burra and this upgrade will provide a modern, comfortable offering for tourists to the Clare Valley tourism region,” Mr Brock said.

“The upgraded facilities will cater for the boutique festival market, as well as the corporate and international tourism markets.”

Regional Council of Goyder Mayor, Peter Mattey said “Thanks to the Regional Development Fund, we will be able to create a facility in Burra unlike any other, with capacity to accommodate boutique events or groups.”

“The upgrade of the Paxton Square Cottages will support Burra’s initiative to become the ‘home of the boutique festival’, which will bring a range of festival experiences to the town and the wider Goyder community.

“We are looking to promote the cottages to a new market that will significantly increase the cottage occupancy, particularly during the non-traditional tourism periods in Burra.” Mayor Mattey said.

 

 

Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock (centre) with Regional Council of Goyder Mayor Peter Mattey and CEO John Brak following the announcement of a $200,000 State Government Regional Development Grant for Burra’s historic Paxton Square Cottages.

Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock (centre) with Regional Council of Goyder Mayor Peter Mattey and CEO John Brak following the announcement of a $200,000 State Government Regional Development Grant for Burra’s historic Paxton Square Cottages.

 

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