CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: Clermont’s Margaret Finger.
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: Clermont’s Margaret Finger. Kelly Butterworth

Clermont's top citizen recognised

MARGARET Finger didn't prepare a speech before she went to the Australia Day celebrations in Clermont, because she didn't expect to walk away with the honour of being named Citizen of the Year.

After serving more than 20 years on the Belyando Shire Council and being involved in "too many things to count", Margaret was officially recognised for all of her efforts at the ceremony on Monday morning.

She said it was an honour, and a shock.

"Oh it's lovely, of course," she said.

After officially retiring, Margaret said she now tries to focus all her efforts on her true passion, the arts.

"That's what I do most now," she said.

Margaret was behind the lobbying of the Department of Education to found the Mistake Creek School and was an inaugural member of the Multi-Purpose Health scheme which aimed to provide more efficient health services to Clermont.

At a young 70 years of age, Margaret is an accomplished writer and artist and regularly organises workshops for the local community.

She said to be nominated was an honour, and was "quite excited" to walk away with the award.

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