Traders thrive on in­ter­ac­tion

‘Peo­ple ask why we aren’t re­tired ... we en­joy it.’

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

Photo: Bran­don Livesay

HARD WORK­ERS: Keith and Barb McKay’s fam­ily busi­ness thrives on old fash­ioned cus­tomer ser­vice.

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