John is our ru­ral am­bas­sador

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL LIFE -

IN THE eyes of the ru­ral am­bas­sador judges, each of the en­trants was a win­ner.

At the Bur­nett Sub-Cham­ber judg­ing at Teebar, a shocked John Mar­shall said with the qual­ity of peo­ple he didn’t ex­pect to win.

Judge Owen Thomp­son said it was good to see peo­ple step­ping for­ward.

“It is just a bless­ing to see ru­ral peo­ple wear­ing their hearts on their sleeves,” he said.

“To­day hasn’t been an easy task as we have five ex­cel­lent can­di­dates and only one win­ner.

“In my eyes ev­ery one of you are win­ners.”

Run­ner up was Gayn­dah’s Kerry Good­win. Other en­trants in­cluded Tsara Hogno (Monto), Ran­dall Wixon (Teebar) and Cather­ine Morice (Eidsvold).

En­trants an­swered two ques­tions from MC Cr Rob­bie Radel be­fore ad­dress­ing the topic of what project they would sup­port in the re­gion with Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment fund­ing.

All were pas­sion­ate with their re­sponses which in­cluded sealed roads suit­able for B-dou­bles, fund­ing for ed­u­ca­tion and men­tal health, in­va­sive weeds and pas­ture dieback and a fea­si­bil­ity study for the Coalstoun Lakes wa­ter project.

As the ru­ral am­bas­sador Mr Mar­shall said he would be able to pro­vide a voice when re­quired on is­sues re­lat­ing to the ru­ral sec­tor of his re­gion.

“I would like to in­spire young peo­ple to take an ac­tive part in lo­cal events.”

His am­bi­tion is to own a cat­tle prop­erty and to breed and train work­ing dogs.

PHOTO: ER­ICA MUR­REE

RU­RAL AM­BAS­SADOR: Bur­nett Sub-Cham­ber run­ner up Kerry Good­win, of Gayn­dah, with win­ner John Hunter, of Gin Gin.

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