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Have your say! Inform the draft Southside Local Development Area Structure Plan

Gympie Regional Council is preparing a Structure Plan for the Southside Local Development Area (LDA). The draft Structure Plan outlines Council’s intent to encourage residential development to...

Lady Mayoress presents Queensland Conservatorium in Concert

Following the success of last year's concert, the Queensland Conservatorium will perform at 7.30pm on Friday 21 October 2016 at the Gympie Civic Centre. The evening will open with foyer...

Dog registration renewal due by October 31

Residents are reminded that dog registrations are due for renewal by Monday 31 October 2016 - notices will be sent out to owners by post on Monday 26 September. Please note there have been changes...

Mayor's Column - Wednesday 21 September Mayor's Column - Wednesday 21 September

Last week, myself, six councillors, and senior staff visited Ipswich City and Toowoomba Regional councils. The purpose of the trip was to gain an insight into how larger councils operate, and how they implement innovation in an ever-changing local government scene.

The tour covered libraries, sporting facilities, parks, walking trails, administration buildings and ICT infrastructure. This was not only an opportunity to see their facilities, but to also discuss topics such as economic development, governance structures, marketing, strategic planning and city centre masterplanning with councillors and staff. By taking note of the challenges and successes experienced by other councils, we can predict, plan and progress towards the betterment of the Gympie region.

It was also pleasing to note a number of areas in which our council is ahead of our much larger neighbours. For example, our Gympie Town Centre revitalisation program is more advanced in some aspects than the city centre planning project being delivered in Toowoomba City, and our regional “Our Towns” program is delivering on-ground enhancements that were of great interest to Toowoomba’s economic development staff, where such projects have not yet been considered.

The trip reinforced how important it is to look beyond our boundaries to gauge both how we are travelling as well as understanding how other organisations have adapted to our changing world. A good business always keeps up to date on the innovations occurring in their respective industry and local government is no different.

Cr. Mick Curran, Mayor

What's on at the Gallery What's on at the Gallery

Grounded: 23 August to 29 September
A photographic and audio exhibition of the work of the acclaimed artist Judy Parrott.

Koala Land: 6 September to 29 September
Illustrations by Mark Gerada that formed part of The Koala Land project which sought to answer the question, “How can humans and koalas live together?”

Together We Can: 6 September to 29 September
Local established and emerging artists celebrate Disability Action Week featuring artwork in various mediums.

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