Salvation Army officers leave the Coast after seven years

AFTER seven years on the Fraser Coast, Salvation Army officers Lyn Cook and her husband Keith will leave to serve the Pine Rivers region in Brisbane.

Mrs Cook will become officer in charge there while Mr Cook will retire after 40 years as a Salvation Army officer.

As Mrs Cook departs she has left some words of wisdom for the regions' decision makers.

"(Getting more) affordable housing is the biggest challenge," she said.

"If someone loses their job and they can't afford the rent, they've got nowhere to live.

"There's more awareness of the need but until we sort the housing (affordability) out, it's still going to be a problem."

There will be a touch of sadness today for the Cook couple as they head south down the Bruce Hwy away from their beloved-beachside community.

Joining his wife on the journey south, Mr Cook thanked the community for allowing him to serve.

"I'm going to be sad to leave because I've come to love Maryborough and the people I've been involved with," he said.

"We've been here for seven years -the townspeople have been so friendly."

While retirement will take most of his time, Mr Cook will still help the organisation he loves.

"It's not a job (the Salvation Army), it's been a calling," he said.
 



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