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30 June, 2021

Mackay is great

HOW much do you love our Mackay region? By Rob Kidd

I love it more and more each day and why wouldn’t you?

Just look outside!

When I was 12 years old my family decided to move the family from the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney and drive the trusty Kingswood up the Bruce Highway Goat Track and make Mackay home.

That was 1981.

40 years ago.

Let me say this, it was the best decision ever made for so many reasons.

I’ll tell you why.

I have made more friends here than I would ever make in that big overcrowded city.

I’ve still got mates that I met on my first day at Mackay State High School.

We may not catch up every- day, but when we do it’s like it was 1981 again.

It takes just 5 minutes to travel just about anywhere, not the hours it would take you down south just to head to the shops.

Everyone is friendly, and we do anything for anybody.

If someone needs help, we all come running.

When my Mum passed away a month ago the love shown to myself and my family was just beautiful.

The flowers, the phone calls, dinners, messages and compassion were so good for the soul.

And just like this paper, Mackay Local News, we help the community every single day.

I do it through my 4MK radio breakfast show and when I’m out in the community all the time.

This month we raised nearly $11K for the Mackay Hospital Foundation with Rob’s Rescue when I walked 426km around the streets of the Mackay region.

The generosity was just mind blowing.

It’s just a reminder why we all love living here.

If you see me out and about in the Mackay community say hi.

Let’s help those around you and perhaps even make them smile.

Oh and if you want to really smile, come and watch me play hockey on Saturday.

You won’t be able to stop laughing.

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