Town’s treasured treasurer
MARGARET Stradmann has worked tirelessly for a multitude of organisations, and was fittingly named Biggenden’s Citizen of the Year at the Australia Day celebrations.
The St John’s Anglican Guild treasurer is also passionate about her church and is described as inspiring due to her work ethic and non-judgemental outlook.
Mrs Stradmann said she was honoured and surprised by the honour.
“I’ve enjoyed working with various groups but I do prefer the treasurer’s work as you can sit at home and do your work,” she said.
Mrs Stradmann is the face behind the canteen at the cattle sales.
The saleyard canteen is the church’s main fundraiser and money raised goes towards Biggenden’s contribution to the Mt Goonanemann Parish.
Mrs Stradmann said she enjoyed what she did.
“On busy days you don’t get much time to chat but when there is a lull you do,” she said.
“I enjoy getting out and talking to people, plus there is the friendships with the volunteers who help man the canteen.”
She is also involved with Biggenden QCWA and Biggenden Chaplaincy.
She was provider for Meals on Wheels for nine years when it was first started in the Memorial Hall, and with her husband John has been heavily involved with Neighbourhood Watch.
Mrs Stradmann said her health was not at its best but she would continue as long as she could.
She is a true blue Aussie and each year the front of her home is decorated with Australian flags and native animal cut-outs to mark Australia Day.
Officer-in-charge of Queensland Ambulance Service for Biggenden Dee Creevey was named Volunteer of the Year.
As OIC she became aware of a need within the community for additional awareness programs and a need for better safety awareness and achievable rescue operations for the Mt Walsh National Park. She poured her personal time into making these things happen for the Biggenden community.
Mrs Creevey has a strong passion for her job which drives her to volunteer her personal time to promote CPR awareness programs for the kindy and local schools.
The outstanding dedication and commitment goes over and above her normal duties.
Mrs Creevey said she was a bit confused by the award as she considers her work to be her responsibility to the community she serves.
“My family, the people I work with and the Local Ambulance Committee keep me focused and give me strength and direction,” she said.
“They make my job so much easier.”
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: Biggenden’s winner Margaret Stradmann is a true blue Aussie and flies the Australian flag at her residence every year.