Casual lifestyle is hard to beat
EMERALD Lions Club president Pat Lyons jokingly says the only thing he would change about Emerald was the heat.
Pat and his family have lived in town for 24 years and has not even considered moving.
"Myself and my family settled here back in 1991 and I couldn't find a reason to leave," Pat said.
"I originally came here for work - I was the district manager for the Department of Lands.
"It's a really relaxed lifestyle here but it's always been a progressive town with really great facilities.
"Over the 24 years I have seen Emerald triple in size, it's gotten two brand new shopping centres. The development has spread to the eastern side of the river - there was very little over there when I moved, so things have changed dramatically.
'Apart from the heat, I really wouldn't change much about this great little town."
Emerald has its fair share of great events for young and old to attend annually, something which Pat has noticed along the way.
"There are a number of events here that are great events but I really like the Emerald 100 race meet," he said.
"The sunflower festival and even just the way that everyone in the local community embraces the Christmas lights and decorations - I love it.
"I can't go past the Emerald 100 though, that is a terrific day every year."
When asked about his favourite character of the town, his response was short and very sweet.
"Everyone knows the mayor, Peter Maguire, and everyone loves our mayor," he said.
"There is a reason why he has been mayor for so long."
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