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Bamaga Enterprises lodged an application in early December with Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council (NPARC) to build 15 motel-style accommodation units behind Bamaga Tavern.

At time of publishing, BEL was still awaiting a decision notice and Council’s consent as Trustee of the Deed of Grant in Trust (DOGIT).

BEL Chairperson, Robert Poi Poi, said the hospitality accommodation market in the NPA was limited to either the high-end Cape York Peninsula Lodge, or low-budget campground, donga-style facilities.

“The Lodge caters for the government and corporate market visiting the NPA on business, plus the pre-paid tourist coach tour market.

“The campgrounds and similar cater for the 4×4 ‘bush basher’, grey nomads and family-oriented tourists who enjoy the trip to Cape York,” Mr Poi Poi said.

A two-storey building would house the proposed accommodation rooms, which would offer good-quality, self-contained budget accommodation at an affordable price.

Plans for the 15 motel-style accommodation units

“This could encourage visitors to enjoy Bamaga and the region for a longer period. We see this as a vital development to build on local tourism and benefit the wider community,” Mr Poi Poi said.

“We hope that Council will deal with this Development Application in a timely and positive manner so these units can be completed in time for the tourist season. Bamaga and the NPA need new infrastructure and BEL is one of the few locally-based organisations that has the financial capacity and management expertise to construct and operate such infrastructure.”


A new combination oven in the bistro kitchen means Bamaga Tavern will be redesigning its menu and provide some healthier dining options in the future. Additionally, a new walk-in freezer will soon give the Tavern more capacity to store larger volumes of food for the Bistro.

The Tavern is introducing the ever-popular game of Bingo, as part of the Tavern’s goal to promote a more family-friendly environment.

The opportunity for older members of the community – perhaps through the Home and Community Care (HACC) program – to attend free Bingo sessions is currently being considered.


The team at Bamaga Tavern was so excited to see one of its customers recently win more than $5,000 playing Keno Kwikpik.

Congratulations to this lucky local – but we like to think everyone is a winner when they visit Bamaga Tavern!

According to Tavern Manager, Chris Jackson, “Keno provides another source of entertainment for customers of Bamaga Tavern to enjoy while playing pool, watching sports on the big TV screens or having a bite at the Bistro.”