KUMMEROWS COME HOME WITH COLD
IF SOMEONE ever starts a business and is in need of a helping hand, they should look no further than Rhys and Vanessa Kummerow’s blueprint for success.
The Kummerows celebrated one year at the Childers Eco-lodge just last month, but it was their achievement at the end of last week that has put them firmly in the spotlight.
Childers Eco-lodge won the gold award for Best New Development at the 30th Queensland Tourism Awards on Friday night, one of three operators in the Wide Bay Burnett to win their category at the prestigious event.
Mrs Kummerow described the event as “inspiring”, as they joined about 900 passionate tourism operators from around the state.
“It was really good to meet people from the other operators in the region as well as the state,” Mrs Kummerow said.
“Tourism is really starting to take off across Queensland. You had most of the focus on the Whitsundays and tropics before but now the rest of the state is catching up.
“There’s much more focus on sustainable tourism now.”
Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman said the win clearly demonstrated that “identifying a niche market and pursuing it with a passion can pay dividends”.
“Council certainly adds its congratulations to the award success enjoyed by Rhys and Vanessa,” Cr Forman said.
“In only just over a year they have shown that there is a strong market interest in sustainability and environmentally-friendly accommodation options.
“Childers represents a magnificent slice of the local region and it is sensational that the Kummerows are providing this form of exposure which has benefits for the Bundaberg region.”
Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett said tourism was “vital for our communities”, adding it was important to “recognise the significant economic benefits that are gained from these businesses”.
Mr Bennett congratulated the Kummerows for the win, and described the Childers Eco-lodge’s win as one for the community.
“It’s a magnificent achievement for the couple in their first year of operation, and indeed a win for the Isis community,” Mr Bennett said.
“There were a number of winners from our region who took out an award, (which is) a strong endorsement of their dedication and contribution to tourism in our great region and great state.”
“I congratulate the couple for their hard work and exceptional service they offer to our region’s visitors.”
GOLD STANDARD: Childers Eco-lodge owners Vanessa and Rhys Kummerowwith the Best New Development gold award theywon at the 30th Queensland Tourism Awards on Friday night.