Neville Hewitt has not lost his passion for the cattle industry. Photo Rhodes Watson / Morning Bulletin
Neville Hewitt has not lost his passion for the cattle industry. Photo Rhodes Watson / Morning Bulletin Rhodes Watson ROK190716hewitt1

Former MP Neville Hewitt remembered

FORMER state MP and Bjelke-Petersen Government minister Neville Hewitt, who died last month, has been remembered fondly by Monto residents.

Former Monto fire brigade board member Kevin Hurbener said Mr Hewitt was instrumental in the construction of the fire station in the town.

"I took up (issues) with Neville Hewitt," Mr Hurbener said.

"He and I worked together until he got the okay and we built a brand new fire station to accommodate an engine.

"It's not easy to get anything and we got that."

Mr Hurbener said the station was opened on December 7, 1963.

"Those headquarters are still being used today," he said.

They've had to add a bigger section alongside it today.

"However the original building is still be well used for training purposes as well as administration."

Mr Hurbener said Mr Hewitt, who served as Water Resources Minister among other portfolios, was also instrumental in the construction of Cania Dam, north of Monto.

Neville Hewitt, a long serving National Party MP and cabinet minister in the Queensland Government.Photo contributed.
Neville Hewitt, a long serving National Party MP and cabinet minister in the Queensland Government.Photo contributed. Photo contributed ROK200716hewit

"Monto shire was in trouble with water," Mr Hurbener said.

"It was said that they couldn't put a dam on the (creek).

"Neville Hewitt proved them wrong.

"He flew up the creek and picked the site for the dam."

The dam continues to supply water to Monto and surrounding towns to this day.

"He picked up a good site that has served this area (since)," Mr Hurbener said.

"That water still feeds... right to Mundubbera."

Mr Hurbener said Mr Hewitt was a strong local representative.

"I remember he was a man you could talk to," Mr Hurbener said.

"He was very approachable and very well known in the shire as he visited regularly and kept fingers on the pulse of things."

Mr Hewitt served as the Member for Mackenzie between 1952 and 1972 and then the Member for Auburn between 1972 and 1980.

He died on July 19.


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