Former Bundaberg mayor Kay McDuff is leaving the region to care for family in Brisbane.
Former Bundaberg mayor Kay McDuff is leaving the region to care for family in Brisbane.

Former mayor farewells Bundy

POPULAR former Bundaberg Mayor Kay McDuff and her husband Bevan have made the difficult decision to move to Brisbane to help look after two sick grandsons.

"It's been a long and interesting journey in Bundaberg," Mrs McDuff said.

"It will be a very hard wrench for both of us to leave."

The McDuffs, both now 72, were high school sweethearts who met in Bundaberg in Year 10.

Mrs McDuff said one of their sons had two boys, now six and four, who both had cystic fibrosis and had to make frequent trips to the Mater Hospital in Brisbane for treatment.

"We felt if we were there we would be able to offer support," she said.

Mrs McDuff taught at schools in Maryborough and Ipswich before returning to Bundaberg.

After eight years at Bundaberg High School, she served as deputy principal at Kepnock High School for 19 years.

In 1991 she was elected to Bundaberg City Council, and in 1998 she was elected mayor, a position she held until 2008.

Mr McDuff had a long association with the Bundaberg Race Club, of which he is now a life member, and the Blue Nurses.

The couple are now faced with the task of moving from their house of 39 years in Bundaberg North.

"We've had so many lovely farewell parties, and they're still going," she said.

"After I left the mayoralty I remained patron of eight organisations, and I have had to tell them I was leaving."

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