Monto woman wins new Toy­ota Yaris

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

MELINDA Clarke has won the ‘Shop in the North Bur­nett’ cam­paign, which gen­er­ated $1.3 mil­lion in lo­cal rev­enue.

The Mon­to­nian, who won a blue Toy­ota Yaris, said she had never had a “girly car”.

While the fam­ily’s old eight-year-old car doesn’t have a name, daugh­ter Emilee wants to call their new car “Big Betty”.

Ms Clarke was one of six fi­nal­ists, drawn at ran­dom from each com­mu­nity and given a chance to se­lect the win­ning key.

Run­ners-up Mia Forster, Anne Koster, Alan Betts, Peta Sta­ples and Al­lan Gal­los Lu­mang­gaya re­ceived fuel vouch­ers.

Mayor DonWaugh said the com­pe­ti­tion at­tracted 44,000 en­tries, with an av­er­age spend of about $30 per shop­per.

Cor­po­rate and com­mu­nity ser­vices man­ager David Wisker said the coun­cil would con­tinue to spend lo­cally and ten­ders would soon be re­leased to lo­cal con­trac­tors.

Com­pe­ti­tion spon­sor Ken Mills said lo­cal pur­chases aided the lo­cal econ­omy.

PHO­TOS: SHIRLEY WAY

LEFT, WE’VE WON: Melinda Clarke with her chil­dren Emilee and Wil­liam Myles.

Melinda Clarke draws the lucky key to open the Toy­ota Yaris.

Car win­ner Melinda Clarke, of Monto, still can’t be­lieve her luck.

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