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AF­TER six years in the town, Bap­tist Church min­is­ter Paul Dare is say­ing good­bye to Mun­dub­bera.

Mr Dare was sta­tioned in Mun­dub­bera in early 2011. He wit­nessed the af­ter­math of the floods and saw what a com­mu­nity could do dur­ing the tough­est of times.

“We had peo­ple stay in the church at the time, and cooked meals, did se­cu­rity and helped out wher­ever pos­si­ble, the com­mu­nity re­ally banded to­gether,” Mr Dare said.

“At the time there was a lot of back­pack­ers, so some stayed and some left.”

Mr Dare will leave Mun­dub­bera to take up a po­si­tion with the Bap­tist Church in Tas­ma­nia.

Apart from lead­ing the church he has be­come an en­gaged com­mu­nity mem­ber, get­ting in­volved with the Men’s Shed among other causes. The jour­ney had been a pos­i­tive one, he said.

“There have been some re­ally sad times but with no re­grets,” Mr Dare said. “I’ve learnt so much about health, coun­cil and all the dif­fer­ent as­pects of life.”

Pas­sion­ate about the North Burnett and in­ter­ested in local pol­i­tics, Mr Dare had some words of cau­tion.

“Some peo­ple are want­ing a mine here, I think it’d be terrible, it could de­stroy the town,” Mr Dare said.

“What I would love to see if we get a mine is a fly-in, fly-out and with a tax paid to the com­mu­nity.”


FAREWELL MUN­DUB­BERA: Bap­tist min­is­ter Paul Dare is leav­ing the town for Tas­ma­nia af­ter six years of ser­vice.

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