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COL PAT­TER­SON, 81

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Coola­mon and I go back...

to 1904. My grand­fa­ther came here from Eng­land at 18 to work in the flour mill and my dad was born here and worked there, too. I was born here in 1935, worked in stores and real es­tate, and I’ve never wanted to go any­where else. My wife, Brenda, made me prom­ise when we mar­ried that we’d move on af­ter five years. It never hap­pened.

I spend my days...

cook­ing for our com­pany, Coola­mon Jams & Chut­neys, in­vent­ing new flavours and sell­ing them at mar­kets and to the Junee Li­corice & Choco­late Fac­tory. I also sup­ply eggs from our 28 chooks, look af­ter our al­pacas, see our two daugh­ters and six grand­chil­dren and work for the com­mu­nity. I was go­ing to re­tire at 80 but now I’ll carry on till I’m 90.

I’m a...

com­mu­nity-minded, self-mo­ti­vated per­son and I like meet­ing new peo­ple and telling them about Coola­mon. Some peo­ple call me Mr Coola­mon and a friend called me the Min­is­ter for In­for­ma­tion. I can walk down the street and ev­ery­one says hello.

This place has given me...

an in­ter­est in striv­ing to make it an even bet­ter town. I’d like to see the pop­u­la­tion hit 3000 be­fore I “get my wings”. It’s such a safe and lovely place. I went to Amer­ica once and that was aw­ful.

The peo­ple of Coola­mon...

are friendly and trust­wor­thy and sup­port one an­other. If any­one needs some­thing, peo­ple will gather to­gether to help. We have a lot of vol­un­teers here, too, keep­ing ev­ery­thing go­ing.

My favourite thing…

is to see how much Coola­mon has changed over the past 30 years, how it’s grown and blos­somed and how a lot of young peo­ple are now com­ing here to have fam­i­lies.

My three must-dos for vis­i­tors...

Tour the Coola­mon Cheese Fac­tory – it’s fan­tas­tic! In­ves­ti­gate all our bou­tique shops on the main street. See The Up-to-Date Store con­tain­ing Mavis Furner’s in­cred­i­ble cro­chet col­lec­tion.

Col Pat­ter­son pro­duces Coola­mon Jams & Chut­neys tomato rel­ish and mus­tard pick­les

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