Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

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.

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