Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Moose on the Loose

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Moose on the Loose

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I JUST finished reading a list of Queensland's top 150 icons in The Courier Mail, which was broken up into 10 categories with 15 nominations for each category. This gave me food for thought and suddenly I am giving you my top 10 Gladstone icons using the same titles and defining points as the Queensland top 150.

State shapers - organisations that have made significant contribution - I can't go past the good old GAPDL here, Gladstone Area Promotional and Development bureau, which continually strives to keep Gladstone on everyone's lips.

Sport legends - There have been plenty, Benny Mac during his boxing career was definitely a local favourite, he was also a bloke that played a bit of footy for Brothers over the years and is held in very high regard. Footy has always been close to my heart and we have some footy legends living here now too, all great blokes and all giving their time and efforts to local footy. Well done Mark Graham, Gary Larsen and Butchy Hetherington.

Natural attractions - you can't go past the Gladstone Harbour. How lucky are we to have this on our doorstep? This is also the backdrop to many a family emergency, which involved the worst skipper to ever steer a boat, my father Kerry, who thank God now resides on the Sunshine Coast. I am told boat insurance premiums rose 10% overnight on the Sunny Coast as soon as Dad's insurer was informed of his new address.

Defining moments - there have been many over the years, but for me when McDonalds came to town we were finally recognised as a city.

Events - the Harbour Festival. How could you go past the Harbour Festival as a Gladstone icon? Judy Whicker has shaped this event with the help of her staff over many years and it is something we all look forward to on the Gladstone calendar.

Influential artists - I can't go past two blokes here, the painter (Trev) and the leccy (Don), the most influential piss artists of all time, definitely Gladstone icons. …

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