MP Jason Costigan with senior citizens of the year Colin and Patricia Mengel and mayor Andrew Willcox.
MP Jason Costigan with senior citizens of the year Colin and Patricia Mengel and mayor Andrew Willcox. Peter Carruthers

Community stalwarts honoured

THEY have both given so much to the community of Proserpine, from countless hours of work to get the Proserpine Community Centre built, to working in service groups such as Apex, Rotary and ESA.

And on Australia Day last month, Patricia and Colin Mengel had a great honour bestowed upon them by the Whitsunday Regional Council.

They were awarded with the accolade of senior citizens of the year of Airlie Beach, Cannonvale and Proserpine surrounds.

"It was a bit satisfying when in hindsight you look at it all and you think 'oh yeah, we have put a few hours work in',” Patricia said.

"We have put a lot of work in and (we were) proud to be a associated with it,” Colin said.

"The award was recognition for the effort from the community. It wasn't for me so much as it was about what we have achieved.”

Patricia said it took some detective work to determine who actually nominated the couple for the award.

But after a bit of digging it was discovered deputy mayor John Collins was the one who put their names forward.

For long-time Proserpine residents Patricia and Colin, the winning of the award was unexpected but at the same time a very welcome recognition and surprise.


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