Outback NSW tourism brand, Out of the Ordinary Outback, will build a new $750,000 hotel and conference facility in the town of Cobar, following a tourism infrastructure grant from the Federal and NSW Governments.
The new Copper City Hotel will rise as part of an adjunct to the 30-room Copper City Motel, which Out of the Ordinary Outback purchased in 2014. A disused restaurant in the motel will be converted into the single -floor hotel which will offer a bar and eatery, two accommodation rooms and three conference rooms which can be combined to accommodate 230 people.
Work on the hotel is scheduled to start in late April, with stage one including the eatery and bar opening this October and the conference and accommodation rooms finished by April, 2018.
The project follows a $375,000 grant to Out of the Ordinary Outback under the Commonwealth Government’s Tourism Demand-Driver Infrastructure program, which is administered by each State Government to boost product quality for visitors. Out of the Ordinary Outback has matched the sum to fund the $750,000 project.
Boasting a rich heritage of copper mining, the frontier town of Cobar, 680km west of Sydney, is home to 4000 people and provides a gateway to NSW’s far west.
Out of the Ordinary Outback Managing Director Scott Smith said the Copper City Hotel development would complement the accommodation offered by his adjacent motel and provide Cobar with a high-quality leisure and conference facility.
“Cobar attracts a lot of corporate traffic for government and mining business so the hotel’s new meeting facilities will support this demand and offer some of the best and most affordable conference infrastructure in western NSW,” Mr Scott said.
“We thank the Federal and State Governments for their support in this new development which will create new jobs and new drawcard appeal in Cobar and attract more visitor expenditure to support the local economy.”
Officially launched last October by Mr Smith, a self-proclaimed outback lover, Out of the Ordinary Outback also includes long-running, Broken Hill-based tour business, Tri State Safaris, the Warrawong on the Darling tourist camp and cabins at Wilcannia, the iconic White Cliffs Underground Motel, the Ivanhoe Hotel and a new Out of the Ordinary Outback visitor centre in Broken Hill.
Mr Scott said more exciting, new projects for Out of the Ordinary Outback would be announced for far west NSW soon.