23 years of service marked

TRIBUTE: Anne Frazer with  Augathella State School principal Natalie Newell on the chair made to honour Anne's 23 years of service.
TRIBUTE: Anne Frazer with Augathella State School principal Natalie Newell on the chair made to honour Anne's 23 years of service. Contributed

A WOMAN who is community-driven and has a passion for helping others has been honoured with a handmade chair.

Last Tuesday Anne Frazer was presented with a three-seater wooden cypress chair for her 23 years of service as a cleaner at the Augathella State School.

Ms Frazer started working at the school in 1994 after being employed at the local roadhouse for seven years.

After more than two decades of dedicated service, Ms Frazer decided to hang up her cleaning boots in 2016 and go into retirement.

"After working for the school for 23 years, I was ready to retire and do what I wanted to do,” Ms Frazer said.

On the day Ms Frazer was presented with the chair, the Augathella P&C group contacted her and asked her to come to the school for a surprise.

"I knew I was receiving it and, wow, it was beautiful,” she said. "I was really, really surprised.”

A strong advocate for helping the community, Ms Frazer says she loves to give.

"I have always had a lot to do with the community, including being part of the progress association and, if anyone ever needs a help with anything, I'm there to help,” she said.

"I just love the town and, if I can give the rest of my time to the community, that's what I want to do.”

Even though Ms Frazer has plans to travel, she admits she misses the students.

"The school has been wonderful and I loved everyone down there,” she said.

"I miss the kids and, after working there for so long and seeing them all come and go, you get to know them,” she said.

The chair was made by the Augathella Men's Shed after the Augathella P&C group contacted them.

After much planning, the chair made from cypress slabs was built in two short days.

Men's Shed president Terry Sealy said: "We agreed to make the chair because it is for the community and that is what the Men's Shed is all about - and it gave some of us old fellas something to do.

"It was also a great idea because she is a lovely woman and does a lot for the community.”

The seat honouring Ms Frazer's work is located at the Augathella State School outside the front office.

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