Almost-retired Kingaroy motor dealer Ken Mills and his wife Cheryl with Ken’s (slightly) delayed 2022 South Burnett Citizen Of The Year award

April 28, 2022

Kingaroy businessman Ken Mills was officially presented with his 2022 Citizen Of The Year Award by South Burnett mayor Brett Otto on Saturday.

The award would normally have been given out at the region’s annual Australia Day Awards, which were scheduled to have been held in Blackbutt in January.

But after the Omicron outbreak forced the cancellation of the  presentations, the Council released a list of 2022’s nominees and winners with the intention of personally presenting them with their official certificates at a better time.

For Ken, that time arrived on Saturday as he was compering a LandCruiser Exhibition Day at his River Road business in Kingaroy.

The day was helping to raise funds for the Long Drive For Drought and Drought Angels.

The fun event encouraged LandCruiser owners to bring along their vehicles to compete for fuel voucher prizes across five categories: Most Original, Toughest, Most Insta-worthy, Best Farm Rig and Most Likely To Be Used For Spare Parts.

Between 150 and 200 enthusiasts took part, including one particularly keen competitor who used a truck to haul three rustbuckets for judging in the “Most Likely To Be Used For Spare Parts” category.

Mayor Otto used the day as an opportunity to present the region’s top Australia Day Award, which recognised Ken’s long-standing support for community events and sporting groups.

The Mayor was accompanied by Crs Kathy Duff, Gavin Jones, Danita Potter and Scott Henschen, as well as CEO Mark Pitt.

Footnote: The LandCruiser Exhibition Day raised more than $5000 for the two drought assistance programs.

Ros Otto, Cr Scott Henschen, Mayor Brett Otto, Brent Reeman, from Long Drive For Drought; Ken and Cheryl Mills, Crs Danita Potter, Kathy Duff and Gavin Jones, and Council CEO Mark Pitt at the official presentation
A large roll-up of LandCruisers competed for prizes across five categories at the LandCruiser Exhibition Day
CROW-FM ran a live broadcast from the dealership, while volunteers kept a barbecue sizzling all morning

Anderssons Fruit Market for quality fruits and vegetables


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