The Presbytery of Central Queensland is one of diversity and wide expanses extending from Winton and Longreach in the west; Proserpine and Airlie Beach in the north; Miriam Vale on the Bruce Highway to the south, and the township of Theodore inland. The area covered is approximately 1000 kilometres west to east and 650 kilometres north to south.
Major regional cities: Gladstone, Mackay and Rockhampton. Major towns: Barcaldine, Biloela, Emerald, Longreach, Proserpine, Sarina and Winton. Mining Centres: Blackwater, Dysart, Capella, Clermont, Middlemount, Moranbah and Moura.
Much of the Presbytery consists of scattered rural communities with large distances between populated areas. Primary production industries include cattle, sheep, grain, fruit, vegetables, cotton and sugar.
There is a mixture of both dry land and irrigated farmland. The mining industry draws on rich coal resources from the Bowen Basin. Tertiary industries include tourism (Whitsunday Coast and Island Resorts) and support of education (Central Queensland University has campuses in Mackay, Emerald and Rockhampton), with health care and government offices located in the regional centres.
Rev Suzy is Deputy Chair of our Presbytery, after spending several months serving in the role of Interim Presbytery Minister/Chair. Suzy also minister in placement with the Proserpine-Whitsunday congregation.
Sheri serves as secretary for our Presbytery.
Sheri is caretaking the books, but she is not treasurer. We are searching for a new treasurer, meanwhile Sheri has too much work to do – again.
Sheri is our much loved admin officer, having also been acting secretary and treasurer for a long time. Sheri is one of those people who makes admin look easy.