#39 – Cheryl Hughes

March 22, 2019

This week we meet Cheryl Hughes, the station master at Wynnum North railway station. She has had this role for 27 years, and still loves it, as do the people who meet her each day.

I was contacted by Sonya, letting me know about the wonderful person that Cheryl is, and she was not mistaken. I enjoyed popping by for a few photos and a chat.

I have dropped my son at this station numerous times when he is running late for school / uni, as it has the shortest distance from car door to train door in the area.

25+ years of service!

What brought you to the area?

I was born in Hemmant, my grandfather was a prawn trawler man in the bay, and my father was a fruiterer selling fruit door to door. I was raised in the area and attended Wynnum West primary school then Wynnum North state high.

I took a few odd jobs and then joined railways at aged 20. I have been station master Wynnum North since 1992. I love my job and love the interaction each morning with my customers.

Do you have any interesting or memorable experiences in Wynnum that you would like to share?

I love to be able to link people together, which I’m often able to do, as different people share what they do, ie tech support, child care, house cleaning, teaching / tutoring…. I love it.

Every 15 minutes during peak hours, on the platform

I love the opportunity to share peoples lives for a short time every day, hearing how the babies have grown, started daycare, gone to school… you don’t get that everywhere, so many people change jobs so frequently, but I am a stay put person.

Customer service PLUS!

One customer told me I had “stickability”. I am humbled by the respect I have in the community. It’s a rare and precious thing. I love how people come together and pull together to support one another in the area, that’s something that has never changed in the Wynnum area.

We have the beach, we have our parks, we have our local markets. I love local family businesses going ahead. Such as Little Gnome bookstore, or Monty’s place, local families who invest their money and their lives In the area to make it great. What makes Wynnum special to me? Local people working together to keep our local area thriving and growing.

Cheryl gets to witness the sunrises, starting very early each day

What would you love to see in Wynnum?

More places for kids and our youth to meet and interact together. Let’s get our youth off the streets and channel their energies into growing as young people, in self esteem, and self worth.

Any link to a website that you would like to share?

None at the moment

Who or What would you like me to cover in future posts on When in Wynnum?

Bel Ellis owns and runs Little Gnome book store. She’s battled breast cancer for the last twelve months and yet continued to keep her store open. She’s a hero in my eyes.
[we covered Bel in a previous post and she is a great supporter of the community]

A couple of others that would be good:

  • Monty’s place in Glenora street
  • Men’s Shed
  • Narelle Potter is the owner of Narelle’s hair and beauty
  • Aiden Gannon owner of Gannon’s coffee
Friendly banter with the commuters

I really loved my catchup with Cheryl, and whilst my regular train stop is one stop further along, I keep my eye out and give a wave as I pass through, and I am not alone in doing this.

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