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Kate sings praises of life in the country

TOP HONOUR: Kate Lockyer received the 2014 Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year from the Isaac Regional Council.
TOP HONOUR: Kate Lockyer received the 2014 Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year from the Isaac Regional Council. Paula Heelan

MANY people in rural areas love the natural beauty of the land, but not many can describe it as eloquently as Kate Lockyer.

She may only be 13, but the Clermont State High School student is making a name for herself in her local area for her singing ability, her musical talents and her love of giving back to the community.

The Lockyers moved to their two-hectare property outside Clermont seven years ago. Before that they lived in Nebo on a 40-hectare property, where they had geese, chickens and "goats galore".

"Now we've just got a cat," Kate smiled.

Kate said she found inspiration for many of her songs and bush poetry from that area, but her latest poem describes the natural beauty of the Clermont region.

"I think it's part of the region that brings people here," she said.

"Clermont is a great place to live − everyone knows one another and helps each other out."

Kate began playing the piano and acoustic guitar in Year 5 and bass guitar in Year 7. But she has always had a love of singing and writing poetry.

Her latest achievement was receiving the 2014 Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year from the Isaac Regional Council for her community work.

The quiet achiever regularly performs at local festivals, shows, carols and old-age homes, but the young country singer also took part in Opera Queensland's Open Stage in Brisbane late last year.

"We learnt technique, voice projection and stage presence and I got to sing in front of a big crowd at the Christmas tree lighting at King George Square, Brisbane," she said.

"I also sang a carol outside the Myer Centre. It was pretty amazing singing in front of that many people."

The Lockyer family, including mum Jeannie, dad Daniel and brother Sam, collectively play the piano, guitar, harmonica and euphonium.

"We usually play around at night with writing words and coming up with rhymes," Kate said.

Kate has written an anthology of 23 poems and songs.

Topics:  bush poetry poetry rural lifestyle rural women