Craig Warhurst

SSS Strawberries developing $5m accommodation for workers

DEVELOPMENT confidence is yet again booming in Bundaberg with the concrete now being poured and construction under way for a brand new project on Greathead Rd.

Owners of SSS Strawberries are currently developing a $5-million workers' accommodation site in the Kepnock area.

The family-owned business has been operating in Bundaberg for 10 years, and now, the Dang family is expanding their venture by creating a space for their farm workers to call home.

"We are building 30 units plus an office," SSS Strawberries chief financial officer Toan Nguyen said.

"It is the biggest workers accommodation in Queensland.

"It has been in the planning stages for about a year.

"The accommodation site will house our workers primarily.

"About 240 of our staff will be staying here and construction will be finished hopefully in August."

Not only will the new accommodation site home people working in the local region, it is also creating hundreds of local jobs during the construction process.

"We have local builder Kailen Berthelsen, from IDC Developments, heading the project and almost all of our other contractors are also local," Mr Nguyen said.

"The development has created about 200 local jobs."

With 120 bedrooms, a basketball court, gymnasium and barbecue and park area, the Dang and Nguyen families said there aim was to create a "unique" and "homely" place for workers to stay.

"Our purpose is to provide our workers with a place that feels like home," part owner Gina Dang said.

"We are building individual units," CEO Victor Dang said.

"Each unit has two bedrooms, a lounge area, kitchen, bathroom, laundry and carport.

"The aim is to attract long-staying, good workers. We are aiming to build something unique so they feel more comfortable, they stay here longer and they feel like this is the place of choice, not only to stay but to work."

"We want to create and give people enough facilities so they can be more relaxed and comfortable in a home environment."

Bundaberg mayor Jack Dempsey has backed the new development and said confidence was at an all-time high in the region.

"It is really great to see SSS Strawberries doing this investment for the future of Bundaberg," he said.

"They are caring about their workers and employing local contractors, and that is a plus for the region."



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