Killarney could see an expansion as entrepreneur makes plans
FROM creating a sprawling garden wonderland at her homestead in Killarney to building up two successful businesses in town, Warwick green-thumb and entrepreneur Sue Hoffman knows a little something about growth.
Mrs Hoffman has long propagated the idea of the Southern Downs as a tourist destination for those seeking a tranquil escape from the humdrum of urban life.
In March, Mrs Hoffman opened boutique accommodation and event hire at RiverRun Homestead after a series of successful open gardens generated interest in the property.
"There was a real need for it,” she said.
"It sits right by Browns Falls and we don't have that sort of accommodation out there.”
The expansion was a welcome challenge for the local business owner, who enjoyed working with son Clinton Hoffman on the Hamptons-style interior design.
"We're very fortunate we're able to do it together,” Mrs Hoffman said.
Visitors from Western Australia have travelled to the homestead since its opening, with weekends booked out until September across Booking.com and Airbnb.
Sharing the beauty of the Southern Downs has been the most rewarding part of the experience for Mrs Hoffman.
"It's delightful to be able to bring people from out of town and show them what we've got to offer here,” she said.
"We need to put the area on the map because it has so much to offer.”
Killarney's untapped potential means Mrs Hoffman isn't stopping to gather moss.
"I'd like to go on to do more things out there,” she said.
"We'd like to offer people more things to do to keep them in our area longer.
The mother-son team planted the seed with Southern Downs Regional Council, speaking of a meeting that left the pair feeling hopeful about the future.
"We're hoping to see some massive developments going on between the RiverRun property and Clint's property,” Mrs Hoffman said.
"We are setting things in motion now with council and they have been extremely helpful.
"Hopefully we will be able to walk through the future together and give the area something for people from all over Australia to come and enjoy this part of the world.”
While specific information isn't yet available, the Hoffman's dream that the rolling hills and teeming wildlife of the Southern Downs grow into a nationally recognised treasure.
For more information on RiverRun Homestead check out the Facebook page.