Barbara on a roll for retirement
A KOMBI-style van is on Barbara Paterson’s wish list for Christmas this year, or at least soon after. “Maybe not a Kombi but something like one of those Wicked vans,” she laughed.
Ms Paterson, 76, is looking forward to spending some time on the road now that she has retired as project director for Maryborough and District Committee on the Ageing.
Her extensive list of good deeds over the past 15 years in that seat would certainly put her in Santa’s favour.
Under her guidance, MADCOTA launched Our Place, the tea room at Maryborough City Hall where older people continue to meet and chat during the Heritage Markets every Thursday.
The group also introduced wheelchairs to the city’s major shopping centres.
Ms Paterson has represented Maryborough on the Qld Council on the Ageing, the Qld Seniors Council and Regional Ministerial Community Forum.
In the early 1990s, she served on the Tiaro Shire Council as councillor, helping to introduce the shire’s Meals on Wheels. She chaired the Maryborough Neighbourhood Centre over seven years and continues to chair the Fraser Coast Health Community Council.
Ms Paterson said her 2000-acre native flower farm at Theebine was still thriving however she was no longer active in the business. Instead she concentrated her efforts on the cattle farm.
“Although I don’t do the manual work now,” she said.
With two daughters, a son, two step-daughters, 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, the retired primary school teacher and widow since 1983 now intends to focus on family and travelling.
“I have a little companion, a maltese-fox terrier cross named Portia, and my intention is to travel Australia in a van.
“I could never sell up here though.”