Campbell Newman visits Childers
Stopped for ice cream on family trip
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.
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.