February 2 2017 

Media release


Potter’s Boutique Hotel 

Property developer John Potter has opened the doors of his latest Queensland venture  – Potter’s Boutique Hotel Toowoomba. The $10million 55-room hotel in Margaret Street is The Potter Group’s first development foray into the Darling Downs and the latest hotel/motel project for the Garden City. 

“We are very excited to open and confident the property will appeal to the business and leisure markets,” says Mr Potter, whose Potters Oceanside project in Mackay has received several tourism industry awards, including the 2015 Queensland Tourism Award (Silver) for new tourism business. 

John Potter, founder and former CEO of Citie Centre, which later merged with ASX-listed property developer and one of Australia’s largest housing providers, Villaworld Limited, says the Toowoomba Regional Council had earmarked the site as an ideal location for a hotel.

“Toowoomba has a strong demand for accommodation, particularly as the region has more than $13billion in infrastructure projects underway, an international airport and is the gateway to Western Queensland,” says Mr Potter.Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Paul Antonio says attracting projects like the Potter Group’s Boutique Hotel to the city is an important part of the region’s long-term vision as a major investment and business hub.

“We have a strong business community and plenty of world-class events so it’s great to be able to increase our offering of local quality accommodation,” Mayor Antonio says.

Mr Potter’s long-time friend, Peter Stronge and his wife Madeline, have been appointed to manage the property following their successful tenure at Potters Oceanside in Mackay.

“I went to University with Peter in Gatton and we have both a long association with Toowoomba. Peter was born and raised here and we spent many years playing rugby in this city, even winning the 1970 and 1971 grand finals at Gold Park,” Mr Potter recalls fondly.

The Stronges have been involved with the planning and execution of the pre-opening of the two-storey Potter’s Boutique Hotel Toowoomba, and have enjoyed watching the finer details come together to make an exciting new accommodation option for the region.

“There are a host of features which make this hotel buzz. Every room has a king-sized bed, and the design feels modern and fresh. We want guests to have a ‘wow’ factor and are confident we can deliver a five-star experience. Everything from the beds and pillows to the room amenities have been carefully hand-picked,” says Mrs Stronge.

“We have worked together in business all our married life, and we work well as a team. We know the hotel intimately and are looking forward to our first guests arriving this month.”

The upmarket property, located a short walk from the $500million Grand Central Shopping Centre precinct features a mix of family-style accommodation, king or twin rooms and three disability rooms with an interconnecting door for carers or family.

The property also features a separate-entry restaurant and bar open to the public, with a Friday afternoon happy hour. John and Peter’s rugby obsession will come to life regularly at the hotel with special events for former players.

Mr Potter says his company also plans to develop a hotel every year and would consider another project in similar to the Margaret Street Hotel for Toowoomba.

For further details contact:

Karen McKinley

Media and Communications consultant

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