Work helps town to thrive

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

MT PERRY’S Cit­i­zen of the Year, Kerry Bet­tiens, is pas­sion­ate about her small town – and keep­ing it alive through com­mu­nity spirit.

As she thanked her town for the hon­our, Ms Bet­tiens en­cour­aged ev­ery­one’s in­volve­ment. Func­tions kept the small town alive, and de­spite amal­ga­ma­tion “we’re still Mt Perry for the show and the races”, she said.

Since 2010, Ms Bet­tiens has been the Mt Perry Show So­ci­ety sec­re­tary/trea­surer, re­spon­si­ble for se­cur­ing grants and spon­sor­ships.

Her con­tri­bu­tions be­gan in 1994 when she moved into Mt Perry with hus­band Rod­ney and two young chil­dren.

Soon a key school P and C mem­ber, her con­tri­bu­tions ex­tended to the Mt Perry Show, cam­p­drafts, truck pull, fine arts exhibitions and QCWA func­tions.

Ms Bet­tiens’ con­tin­ued in­volve­ment has in­spired many, in­clud­ing her daugh­ter Rachel, who won the 2009 Young Cit­i­zen award.

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

CIT­I­ZEN OF THE YEAR: Dr Dim­ity Dor­nan AM presents Kerry Bet­tiens with Mt Perry's 2015 Cit­i­zen of the Year Award.

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