Council to rename park after town's top supporters

MT Larcom couple Dudge and Isabel Barram were surprised and a little embarrassed to hear their local park would be named after them.

"I don't want a whole lot of fuss made about it - there are plenty of others who've done a whole lot more than us," said Mrs Barram, who has lived in Mt Larcom for 72 years.

Her husband has lived in Mt Larcom for all of his 92-year life.

Mayor Gail Sellers said the proposal to re-name the park was in honour of the active role the Barrams had played in the Mt Larcom township's development.

"Dudge and Isabelle Barram are highly respected within the community," Cr Sellers said.

"The Barrams have had a long association with the Mt Larcom Show Society and have actively supported other community organisations raising funds for the local Queensland Ambulance Service, pool and other community groups.

"They have also heavily supported other community initiatives including the Civic Mountain Arts Group and the Mt Larcom Art Gallery and Museum."

Dudge Barram also served as a councillor on the former Calliope Shire Council.

The Barrams agreed they care about the community a lot.

Asked about her own values, Mrs Barram said honesty and tolerance were important to her.

"We've had wonderful neighbours over the years who we still keep in touch with. They're like family really," she said.

It was the lifestyle that kept them there, they said.

"Farming suits me," Mr Barram said. "I've worked on a whole lot for farms, done everything. I've been an electrician and mechanic, all self taught and everything."

Mr Barram recalled a community of migrants that built itself on farming.

"They came from all over Europe," he said.

He said Mt Larcom, which now houses many workers in heavy industry, had changed over the years.

The Barrams thanked the council and the community for the recognition.

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