Town’s trea­sured trea­surer

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - ERICA MUR­REE erica.mur­

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.”

Pic­ture: Erica Mur­ree

CIT­I­ZEN OF THE YEAR: Biggen­den’s win­ner Mar­garet Strad­mann is a true blue Aussie and flies the Aus­tralian flag at her res­i­dence ev­ery year.

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