Our client Rick Shelly has recently completed another major project in the Mackay area. Rick and his company, Residential Developments, have been the owner of the site named “The Bona Vista Motel” for almost ten years.
Approximately three years ago, Rick demolished the old motel / residence and has constructed a fifteen unit development. The development consists of 2 x two-bedroom units and 13 x three-bedroom units. There is a basement carpark for approximately forty cars with a lift going to the two levels above. All the units open out onto a covered but open air atrium and there is a pool for residents to use.
At the present time, Rick intends to hold all of the units and rent them out on a long term basis.
At the official opening of the development, Mayor Greg Williamson gave the history of the site, including the fact that the site was originally owned by the Croker family, as was the whole of the area. The original Croker house, which later became the Bona Vista Motel Reception Centre, which was a well known wedding and function centre for many years, was part of the family holdings. The Bona Vista Reception Centre, which sat where the residential development known as Pansywood Court is currently situated, was later owned by the late Senator Ian Wood and as Mayor Greg Williamson pointed out, he was also a Mayor in Mackay.
Greg revealed that the Bona Vista Motel was in fact the first motel in the Mackay District. At the time it was constructed, of course, on the Bruce Highway which ran past this site.
Greg also commented on the fact that Rick and his team had delivered a truly first class development and should be admired for such a development in the current economic climate of Mackay. Other Councillors attending the opening were Councillors Laurence Bonaventura, Ayril Paton and Fran Mann.
Rick thanked all of his tradesmen and subcontractors on the job and gave particular thanks to his longstanding employee Ernie Bergmann, for his commitment, guidance and hard work on seeing through from the beginning to fruition.