News

Gift of goodwill touches June's heart

Winner of a new car, June Tonkin, 70 is pictured with Gregs IGA partners Derek Hutchinson and Greg Tierney. She will be presented with her new wheels on Monday.
Winner of a new car, June Tonkin, 70 is pictured with Gregs IGA partners Derek Hutchinson and Greg Tierney. She will be presented with her new wheels on Monday. Robyne Cuerel

ANGELS visited a 70-year-old Maryborough woman on the weekend, surprising her with a $15,000 gift.

The widowed pensioner was left without a car after hers was damaged beyond repair in a crash a month ago.

She spent weeks without a vehicle and had little independence before a replacement arrived in past days.

But in a strange twist of fate, and before June Tonkin even had time to run the car through the automatic wash, she was announced as the winner of a new Barina as part of a Greg's Supa IGA Maryborough Plaza promotion.

An emotional Ms Tonkin said it was her first time claiming anything of significance after many years of entering competitions.

"It was raining when they announced the winner and I was standing inside the shop and could not hear the announcement," Ms Tonkin said.

"But another lady was relaying what was said to us and when she said my name I couldn't believe it."

While not yet able to definitively say what she planned to do now she had two cars, the pensioner said she was grateful to the store.

Fraser Coast Regional Council Mayor Gerard O'Connell presented the Maryborough woman with her prize and said the goodwill act from the IGA store was typical of the business owners.

"I want to commend Derek and Greg (from Supa IGA Maryborough Plaza) for what they have done since taking over that store...they have done a phenomenal service to the area," Cr O'Connell said.

Topics:  business, car, fraser coast, iga, maryborough



Mooball plans on the moo-ve

BIG PLANS: The village of Mooball from above.

Big plans for he quaint village of Mooball have the green light

Tweed United gunning for a top-four, finals’ finish

Tweed United captain and top goal scorer Michael Kolovos and his side are hell-bent on a top-four finish in season 2016.

"Our Destiny is in our own hands."

Charges against accused Lone Wolf bikie dismissed

Mark Clinton Atta-Singh leaving Tweed Heads Local Court, cleared of all charges.

Charges against accused Lone Wolf bikie dismissed

Latest deals and offers

Superheroes of the big screen enjoy sounds of Splendour

CHRIS Hemsworth and his Avengers mates drop by Byron festival.

Dynamic pics from Splendour Day 1

The Strokes perform at Splendour in the Grass 2016. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Check out the latest pictures from Splendour in the Grass.

Bindi Irwin: 18 magic photos to mark her 18th birthday

Bindi Irwin with a python.

Photos: Bindi Irwin from babyhood to 18

Aussie director makes his mark on new Roots mini-series

Malachi Kirby as Kunta Kinte in a scene from the TV series Roots.

BRUCE Beresford behind final episode of remake of iconic series.

The Avalanches pull plug on live broadcast of Splendour set

The Avalanches are an Australian electronic music group.

RADIO listeners won't be able to tune in to the band's show tonight.

Who's got Richie's heart all aflutter?

Richie Strahan stars in season four of The Bachelor.

THE Bachelor has found his dream woman second time around.

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

Massive residential 9-storey high-rise hit by delays

An artist’s impression of the eight-storey-high apartment complex that Bernoth Holdings wants to build in South Toowoomba, next to the City Golf Club.

Developer struggles to get approved high-rise development started