HOME AGAIN: Lyndall (right) and Mick McCormack love living at Killarney.
HOME AGAIN: Lyndall (right) and Mick McCormack love living at Killarney. contributed

From travelling the world to growing her own veggies

AFTER being born and bred on the Southern Downs, Lyndall McCormack experienced a worldly life but has said there was no place like home.

Having grown up on the family farm at Killarney, she was ready for a new adventure in life.

Moving away at a young age Mrs McCormack studied a degree in occupational therapy, fell in love and started a family.

"When my children were born I knew I wanted to come home and raise them in the country,” she said.

Her two boys, Joseph and George, have now grown up and left to start their own journey.

"They are both at university studying engineering,” Mrs McCormack said.

"It's important for them to get away for a bit and gain experience but it's always good to come back home.”

When she returned to the county, looking after the farm became a full-time role for Mrs McCormack.

Using the skills she was taught by her grandparents she's established a self sufficient property.

"What I learnt and did as a child you don't see much of these days,” Mrs McCormack said.

"I wanted to keep those skills alive and continue on through the generations.”

On her property she grows her own vegetables and looks after pigs, cows and sheep.

The family also has their very own meat processing shed.

"I make my own, bacon, sausages and ham,” Mrs McCormack said.

FARM LIFE: Once a farm girl, always. Lyndall McCormack wouldn't plan on living anywhere else.
FARM LIFE: Once a farm girl, always. Lyndall McCormack wouldn't plan on living anywhere else. Lyndall McCormack

Driving through the countryside every day Mrs McCormack said it was the scenery she loved most about her town.

"I probably drive between Killarney and Warwick once a day, if not more,” she said.

"Seeing the mountains all the time, it's so beautiful and I'm never looking at the same landscape it's always changing.”

Loving her home town, there was no pause when friends approached her ten years ago to be a part of the Killarney Memorial Aged Care facility.

"It's one of the biggest establishments in the town,” Mrs McCormack said.

"If we didn't keep it going, it could have been lost for good.”

Now as one of six honorary chairman board members, she has seen incredible improvements.

From starting with 36 beds they now hold 55 beds and continue to grow.

"Each year it gets bigger and we're aiming to hold 70 beds with our new expansion,” Mrs McCormack said.

In the long run, Mrs McCormack hopes to turn the small aged care facility into a retirement village.

"I'd love to build a bigger community hub for the town,” she said.

"It will mean more people will be able to stay here in their later years.”

Not only is she looking after our senior citizens, Mrs McCormack hopes to build the community to accommodate young people.

"It's important for them to explore but we also want something for them to come back to,” Mrs McCormack said.

"As a community we need to work on building a better public transport system and bringing in a major employer to bring more diversity for the town.”

In her aid to create more opportunities for young people, she's been a driving force for a new night life in the region.

Presenting a successful pop-up jazz bar during the Jumpers and Jazz festival she is at it again for Rodeo Week.

Decorating the vacant Palace Hotel building, for two weeks the old pub will be brought back to life.

"We have great events on in the region but there's never anything to go to after,” Mrs McCormack said.

"I felt there should be a place for locals and visitors to mix.”

Always pushing herself to do more for the community she loves, Mrs McCormack is expecting big things for next year's Polocrosse World Cup.

"I hope for the World Cup, all the shops make the town sing,” she said.



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