Traders thrive on interaction
‘People ask why we aren’t retired ... we enjoy it.’
KEITH and Barbara McKay know a thing or two about giving back to the community.
The couple has been a part of so many clubs, associations and events in Mt Perry that it’s tough to keep track of them.
Keith is an honorary life member of the Mt Perry Show Society, his involvement dating back more than 50 years.
Barb is an honorary life member of the Mt Perry Golf Club, Keith being the club captain for the past 30 years.
Barb has spent more than 60 years working with the Queensland Country Women’s Association and has been secretary, treasurer and president at various stages.
They both have put countless years into the school committee, the tennis club and the Mt Perry Races (ofwhich Keith has been race steward for the past 30 years).
“It never stops, does it?” Keith said.
Keith and Barb were both born at the Mt Perry local hospital and attended the same class at school.
Last Monday they celebrated 57 years of marriage in the same way they spend most days, working at McKay’s Fuel and Rural Supplies.
It’s the type of family business that is rare in this day and age.
Keith took over the business when he was only 17 or 18, and Barb started working there when they got married.
Their son Robert is the general manager.
“Well he thinks he is anyway”, Keith says with a grin.
Daughter Jenny makes the trip from Bundaberg on weekends to do the bookwork.
But Keith and Barb are there every day taking orders and filling cars with petrol.
“People say they haven’t had someone fill their car with fuel for them in 20 years,” Keith said.
“I’ve been up in the middle of the night serving fuel and fixing tyres, we never turn anyone away.”
“People ask why we aren’t retired. And I think, wellwe enjoy it,” Barb said.
“We still enjoy it and we meet so many interesting people.”
And those who drop into McKay’s Fuel and Rural Supplies are lucky enough to meet two extraordinary people, Keith and Barb.
HARD WORKERS: Keith and Barb McKay’s family business thrives on old fashioned customer service.