Mackay Regional Council – Council crowns area’s most legendary neighbors

Katie and her husband had recently moved to town with two children in tow and another on the way.

They had no support network in Mackay and Katie was not doing well.

“I had morning sickness, I felt depressed and I had a husband who was at work – it was not a good mix,” Ms Porter said.

“Kylie saw me through the fence and took me under her wing,” she said.

“She helped me in so many ways just by being there.

“Kylie was always there to babysit and help me in any way she could, but one day my six-week-old had trouble breathing.

“My baby’s airway closed due to RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) and we almost lost him.

“My husband was away and I was stuck in hospital with my baby being intubated and his three siblings with me while this was happening.

“I didn’t have anyone I trusted, but Kylie, despite having three kids, came to the hospital and brought the kids home for me.

“She bathed them, fed them and gave them a comfortable bed to sleep in until my husband returned.

“I don’t think I could have gone through this without his kindness and generosity.”

Katie said the ways Kylie and her husband Bill have helped them are many and amazing.

“For example, my daughter is obsessed with mustangs, so last year Kylie organized a group of mustangs to drive past our house, each stopping to give her a birthday balloon – it was such an experience. amazing for my daughter,” she said.

In recognition of the Whamonds’ amazing display of neighborhood friendliness, a panel of judges this week awarded them the title of Mackay’s Most Legendary Neighbors.

Mayor Greg Williamson said the judge’s job was far from easy.

“We had over 70 incredible nominations – and I know there were a few misty eyes among the jury as we read through the shortlisted nominations,” Mayor Williamson said.

“We have wonderful neighbors and streets in our area – from residents who mowed lawns for over a year while their neighbors were stuck overseas, to neighbors who stepped in during times of crisis and poor health. to provide support in a myriad of ways. »

The mayor said the Legendary Street Award clearly had a favorite.

“We’ve had so many amazing nominations from the proud residents of Marlin Court, Andergrove,” he said.

“Not only do they have a group of avid ‘smokers’ on the street who on weekends smoke and share meat, they have created a community in their backyard where everyone is welcome, safe and included. .”

Marlin Court resident and smoker Amanda Grobbelaar said there was no other street like theirs.

“We have all generations on our street, from grandparents to expectant first-time parents,” she said.

“We all get along wonderfully; we feed the pets when the owners go on vacation; we put up lights at Christmas and we put away the trash cans and collect the mail and remove the junk mail when we know our neighbors are away.

His neighbor, Joe Rickman, said he considers the court residents like family.

“Young children are playing in the streets and growing up together like the good old days,” he said.

“We are constantly hosting barbecues and always looking out for each other, even to the point of driving each other’s children to the hospital in an emergency.”

These legendary neighbors and several finalists will enjoy a host of prizes thanks to the generous support of Porters Miter 10, Sinclair Meats and Deli Nook.

Mayor Greg Williamson said the council had also organized a special road sign blade for Marlin Court which will immortalize them as “Mackay’s most legendary street in 2022”.

The My Legendary Neighbor campaign is a council initiative, supported by Star 101.9 and 4MK. Neighbors Day 2022 will take place on Sunday March 27 and is Australia’s annual celebration of community, encouraging people to connect with their neighbours.

Marian resident Katie Porter named her neighbor Kylie Whamond who was crowned the area’s Legendary Neighbor for 2022.

My legendary street

Marlin Court in Andergrove has been crowned the street winner in the 2022 My Legendary Neighbor campaign.

Elna M. Lemons