Camp­bell New­man vis­its Childers

Stopped for ice cream on fam­ily trip

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page -

IT’S not ev­ery day the Premier pops in for a visit, but for Mammino’s ice cream­ery on Luck­ett’s Rd, that day came this week.

Dressed ca­su­ally in a striped polo shirt and shorts, Queens­land Premier Camp­bell New­man, with his wife Lisa and 19-year-old daugh­ter Sarah, stopped in at the Mammino’s home-based fac­tory.

The visit was a re­fresher and a pitstop for the New­man fam­ily, who were Bund­aberg-bound and road trip­ping on a fam­ily hol­i­day.

Business owner An­thony Mammino said he was at home when he got an ex­cited call from his daugh­ter, who was work­ing in the ice cream shop.

Mr Mammino said he couldn’t be­lieve what he was hear­ing and raced to the shop, at­tached and lo­cated be­side his home.

When the news proved to be true, Mr Mammino didn’t let the op­por­tu­nity slide.

He was quick to grab his iPad and ask for a photo with the Premier.

With Mr Mammino and his wife Teena be­hind the counter, Mr New­man and his wife Lisa hap­pily obliged and sneaked around the side of the counter for a quick snap.

But the ques­tion on the tip of ev­ery­one’s tongues when Mammino’s ex­cit­edly posted the photo to its Face­book page was: “What flavour did they have?”

Mr Mammino said the Premier went for the Volup­tuous Vanilla Bean while his wife and daugh­ter opted for Red Dirt – an ice cream named after the Childers soil.

“Be­lieve it or not,” Mr Mammino said of the wife and daugh­ter’s flavour se­lec­tion.

It was then on to Bund­aberg and Bar­gara for the New­man fam­ily, where they en­joyed lunch at Bar­gara and a walk along Mon Re­pos beach.

While the Premier has vis­ited Bund­aberg nu­mer­ous times in an of­fi­cial ca­pac­ity, he wanted to show his fam­ily a few of its great spots and en­cour­age oth­ers to do the same.

Mrs New­man has fam­ily con­nec­tions in the Wide Bay-Bur­nett re­gion, with links to Biggen­den, Childers, Mary­bor­ough and Booyal.

She said her fa­ther had told her about his own fam­ily hol­i­days spent at Bar­gara, telling her to look out for the pandanus palms along the fore­shore.

She also in­tended to support the lo­cal econ­omy, with some shop­ping on the cards.

The Premier will be back in Childers re­gion in a few weeks for Com­mu­nity Cab­i­net ses­sions.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

WHAT A TREAT: An­thony and Teena Mammino with Queens­land Premier Camp­bell New­man and his wife Lisa. TOP RIGHT: Camp­bell and Lisa New­man on Mon Re­pos Beach.

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