GREAT MATES: Mayor Don Waugh and the late Jim Robertson outside the Mundubbera Bakery. Photo Noel Thompson / Central & North Burnett Times
GREAT MATES: Mayor Don Waugh and the late Jim Robertson outside the Mundubbera Bakery. Photo Noel Thompson / Central & North Burnett Times

Region loses iconic Mundubbera man Jim Robertson

THE family of iconic Mundubbera man Jim Robertson will remember the father and husband as a tireless community contributor.

Mr Robertson, 79, was fatally struck by a car outside the South Kolan Hotel on November 21 about 4pm.

Wife Jocelyn Robertson said Jim would always lend a helping hand to his family and the community.

"Jim was always on the go and he never shied away from anything," Mrs Robertson said.

"He was about to retire from his exploits but I know he never would."

Mr Robertson had visited the hotel outside Bundaberg for the Lukan family fun day.

Jim's son, James, had donated rides and equipment for the community fundraiser.

"It's a shock to me because dad was 79 years of age, he has battled cancer for years now and going by getting hit by a car is tragic," he said.

"I know my dad was telling people that day he was proud of me.

"It's funny because I'm 40 years of age and I've never heard my dad say that before."

Jim was often seen at events in the North Burnett huddled around an open campfire cooking and serving damper with Jocelyn by his side.

North Burnett Mayor Don Waugh said he and Jim were great mates and they sat together on the board of Gunther Village Nursing Home in Gayndah for many years.

"Jim was a hard worker for his community and when it came to fundraising for the nursing home, he would be in there boots and all," he said.

"Jim was involved with so many fundraising events with his wife Jocelyn, making billy tea and damper right across the region.

"You only had to ask and he would be there."

Jim Robertson will be laid to rest in Mundubbera on Friday.

A celebration of his life will be held tomorrow in the Mundubbera Shire Hall at 9.30am.

A 45-year-old woman, the driver of the vehicle, was not physically injured but was transported to Bundaberg Hospital for observation.

Investigations into the cause of Saturday's crash are continuing.


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