Mundubbera Motel owners continue to build on success
THE last time the Times caught up with Mundubbera Motel's Mark and Jacki Wuersching, they had only owned the business for five months.
Since then, one year on, the Wuerschings have been working tirelessly to turn Mundubbera Motel and Allawah Bar and Grill into venues their adopted hometown can be proud of.
In terms of accommodation, they have upgraded all bathrooms, bedding, installed reverse-cycle airconditioning and painted the rooms.
In terms of dining, they have upgraded their wine list, adding premium options at the request of their customers for special occasions, and installed a "rustic” outdoor dining area, which contains a fire pit and heaters.
"Sitting out here and looking at the stars, you don't see that sort of thing in Brisbane,” Mr Wuersching said.
He said the couple's approach to hospitality was embodied in the name 'Allawah', an indigenous term originating in New South Wales which means, 'stay here, rest, sit down'.
"It's a comfy place. If you come here to eat, you stay as long as you want to stay, we're not going to rush you out,” he said.
Mrs Wuersching said Allawah had provided a great way for the family to meet other people in town.
"If it was just a motel, I think we'd be a bit bored. The restaurant is an opportunity for us to be social and mingle with locals,” she said.
The changes the Wuerschings have introduced during the last 18 months have been recognised by TripAdvisor, which awarded the business with a Certificate of Excellence.
This certificate recognises the frequency and positivity of reviews for Mundubbera Motel and Allawah Bar and Grill.
For many people, this would be a sign to sit back, relax and consider a job well done.
Not the Wuerschings.
Mrs Wuersching said the couple had a constant desire to reinvest in their business.
"There's always more - every day I think of things we want to do,” she said.