NEVER work with animals or children with inquisitive minds and disarmingly honest questions.
Mayor Peter Maguire and Central Highlands councillors learned that, and more, as the Egerton Street chambers resonated with plenty of laughter after a visit from Emerald Christian College Year 5 students.
“Are we going to get a Bunnings, because my mum’s a Bunnings freak?” posed one pupil who added that when mum went missing on visits to Rockhampton, they always knew where to find her.
“Er, no we’re not,” was the Mayoral reply from Peter Maguire, quashing speculation which had crossed many an adult mind in town.
“How about the traffic lights, are we getting more of them?” threw out another youngster, also interested in dangerous intersections in Emerald.
“Well, we’ve got three sets now and there’s more on the way,” came the assurance, followed by another one that the elected CHRC leader was not in the habit of disobeying the road rules.
Another lad reminded Cr Maguire they’d met when he served him some hot chips up at Fairbairn Dam.
“Oh, no, not me,” he replied with a mock nod of his head and a glance at his waistline.
The mood was sweetened by lollipops handed out for the morning’s best questions and answers, and then came a bite into nature’s naturally occurring sugar in the first of the local table grape harvest from Cordoma Farms and 2PH Farms.
“I wish everyone a happy and holy Christmas,” said Cr Maguire.
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