Bob’s ac­tive se­cret

‘Hard work, clean liv­ing’ are the keys to a long life

Central and North Burnett Times - - HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE... 50+ - ❏ Ge­orge Smith

BOB Kerr en­tered the world on April 2, 1942 and lived with his fam­ily at Telle­bang andwent to the lo­cal school. In 1963 hewent to Her­vey Bay and at­tended the Torquay School for two years.

On com­ple­tion of school, he re­turned to work on the fam­ily dairy farm. MrKer­rwas keep­ing him­self busy by this stage with mar­riage and hav­ing three chil­dren of his own.

He left the fam­ily farm to work at Coominglah Forestry be­fore mov­ing to a shared farm op­er­a­tion on the Mulgildie Plateau, and for a pe­riod of two years he worked at the Se­lene coal mine. But his fa­ther’s death brought Mr Kerr back to the fam­ily farm in 1967.

“We dairied on cream un­til the district went into bulk milk in 1991, and then we went out of dairy­ing,” he said.

Dur­ing this time he served his com­mu­nity through eight years as a coun­cil­lor for Monto Shire aswell as serv­ing as pres­i­dent on sev­eral com­mit­tees, in­clud­ing Monto State High School P&C, Telle­bang Rodeo Com­mit­tee, Mulgildie Hall Com­mit­tee and Se­lene In­door Bowls.

In re­cent years he served two years as pres­i­dent of Monto Out­door Bowls and is still pa­tron of the high school P&C.

While Mr Kerr moved out of dairy, he ran beef cat­tle un­til 2005, when he sold the farm and took up res­i­dence in Luthje Rd, Monto. He said he did en­joy time away from work, with sport be­ing a big pas­sion.

Some sport­ing achieve­ments in­clude 12 years of se­lec­tion in in­door bowls teams in the Aus­tralian cham­pi­onships, win­ning a ti­tle and be­ing run­ner-up.

Th­ese achieve­ments led to a win­ning nom­i­na­tion in the Aus­tralia Day sports awards.

Since the early 1990s Mr Kerr has played out­door bowls, with his best achieve­ment win­ning the Bur­nett district sin­gles. Mr Kerr has al­ways found time be­tween work and play to serve his com­mu­nity.

MrKerr’s ad­vice for a longevity is to keep ac­tive.

“Hard­work never hurt any­one, and clean liv­ing is the se­cret to a long life.”

Photo: Ge­orge Smith

TOP BOWLS: Bob Kerr is right at home on the green at Monto Bowls Club.

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