Posted on January 16th, 2015
It’s time for the Rockhampton regional community to open homes to both raise money for a good cause and to help accommodate the influx of visitors expected during Beef Australia 2015.
With many commercial accommodation providers reporting that they are already booked out for the week of May 4-9 2015, the Rockhampton Lions Club has established a Homestay Program for Beef Australia 2015 as a solution.
Lions has established a website where residents can advertise their homes for rent to visitors for the week, with the advertising fees to go towards upgrading the standard of eye surgical support available to less fortunate people in Nepal.
“This program really is a win-win-win – it is a great way for Rockhampton residents to help ensure as many people as possible can attend Beef Australia 2015; home owners have an opportunity to earn some extra cash; and by advertising their home through Lions they can help provide some basic health services to needy communities,” Beef Australia chief executive Denis Cox said.
Rob Willson, from the Lions Club of Rockhampton Fitzroy River Inc, said the club had previously raised funds to supply specialist eye surgical equipment to Kathmandu in Nepal.
“The Nepal project will assist in sending a specialist surgeon to instruct the local eye surgeons on the techniques required in the use of this equipment,” Mr Willson said.
“Nepal was without a qualified surgeon until 1966. With our support we are upgrading the standard of surgical support to those less fortunate than us here in Australia.
“All income from this project will go towards Lions Projects with no administration costs.”
The web page, http://beefhomestays.website-admin.net, is available to the residents of the Rockhampton area to advertise their home as an accommodation option for people visiting Rockhampton during Australia’s national cattle industry expo.
Advertising on the site is available at two levels: Level 1 costs $100 and includes photos of the premises and internal accommodation with attached Google Map of location; and Level 2 costs $50 and provides a description of the property, location map but no photos
“The website is an advertising page only, and the prospective client must negotiate directly with the property owner. This is a restriction of law under the real estate legislation,” Mr Willson said.
“However, a member of the Rockhampton Fitzroy River Lions club will be available to help with photos and to inspect the premises prior to listing.”
More than 80,000 people went through the gates of Beef Australia 2012, with the influx of visitors providing a multi-million dollar boost to the local economy.
- To advertise on this Lions Homestay website contact Rob Willson, Rockhampton Fitzroy River Lions Club Inc, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0438 332 091.
Media contact: Michael Thomson, Cox Inall Communications, 0408 819 666