Community worker leaves Calliope
LONG-time Calliope resident and tireless community worker Eric Berry has decided to move to the Atherton Tablelands to be closer to his daughter.
Mr Berry and his wife, Joan, and four children came to Gladstone from New South Wales in 1961 to take charge of the Calliope Crossroads service station for Esso.
'The family moved here so we could make a new start in Calliope ? we weren't happy where Sydney was heading at that time,' he said.
In 1968 the family opened the motel across the road from the service station. The family sold the motel about eight years ago. Mr Berry was elected to Calliope Shire Council in 1965 and was alderman (councillor) for 12 years.
A former sergeant in the army's mechanical cavalry, Mr Berry was also heavily involved in the Calliope RSL, was president of the Calliope Football Club for 10 years and was also an active member of the Calliope Rural Fire Brigade.
'At that time I heard there was a fire engine that wasn't working in Gladstone, so I bought it, changed the plugs and it went like a beauty for years,' he said.
Mr Berry said he never regretted coming to Gladstone despite a number of cancercaused deaths in the family, including that of his wife, in recent years.
Calliope mayor George Creed, who served as councillor with Mr Berry, said the council was grateful for Mr Berry's input, and described him as an able and community-minded person.