New manager Yvonne Williams in front of the Why Not Motor Inn, recently renamed the Harbour View Motel, Coon Street, Gladstone.
New manager Yvonne Williams in front of the Why Not Motor Inn, recently renamed the Harbour View Motel, Coon Street, Gladstone. Luka Kauzlaric

Gladstone motel changes name in bid to stop working girls

THEY say sex sells, but not when you can hear it in the room next door.

Gladstone's newly-named Harbour View Motel is shedding its previous identity as Why Not Motor Inn.

Under that name, the motel's reputation was more for enjoying the pleasures of the city rather than its striking views.

New manager Yvonne Williams said she had nothing against working girls, but didn't want them on her watch.

"I'm here for the comfort of our guests," she said. "With the working girls staying, there's a lot of traffic with people coming and going, day and night."

"It's a lovely peaceful place. I just can't afford to have the girls here."

Ms Williams said the Coon St motel's new name gave it a new lease on life.

"I think in the past, the motel has been notorious as (a type of) red light district," she said.

"It was constructed in the early '70s. Once a place gets a name, it's very hard to change that."

Ms Williams has plenty of experience with motels, working previously as a travelling relief manager.

She said her hometown of Gladstone had changed since she left two and half years ago, just when the LNG boom was kicking off.

"It's great to be home. I do enjoy Gladstone," she said.

Things have quietened down since the frenetic 18 months which saw the motel operating at 110% occupancy.

"We're (now) running at about 60% occupancy," Ms Williams said.

"I think with the accommodation over at the island for the workers, it has eased the pressure off the accommodation in town."

The motel's updates aim to provide a comfortable environment for corporate visitors, families and sporting groups.



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