Mullett's goodbye to bundy

ASK Jim Mullett to name the one thing he is most proud of during his time as chairman of the Bundaberg Health Community Council and he finds it difficult to choose.

As one of the main links between the community and Queensland Health, Mr Mullett's passion for health is unmistakable.

When pressed, though, he reluctantly admits seeing the doors open on a new hospital at Gin Gin as “one of the greatest achievements of my life”.

“I'm biased, of course,” the gentle giant from a sprawling citrus property west of Bundaberg concedes.

“We fought very hard for that hospital, so to see what it is today stirs up many emotions. It's such a brilliant facility.”

Mr Mullett has stepped down from his position on the Bundaberg Health Community Council, formerly known as the Bundaberg Hospital Council, after 11 years at the helm.

He and his family have swapped the expansive orchards of their Monduran property for the tourist mecca in Queensland's west, with business ventures in Longreach and Winton.

Their decision to move has not been an easy one, with Mr Mullett's family ties to the area dating back to the settler days of the 1860s.

Mr Mullett is hoping to continue his community involvement within the Longreach area.

“Health is a passion of mine and I hope I get the opportunity to work with the local health authorities in the western region,” he said.

Josie Meng is the acting chairwoman of Bundaberg Health Community Council.

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