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Are you passionate about pests and weed management?

Gympie Regional Council is calling for expressions of interest for membership of the Weed and Pest Advisory Committee (WPAC).

The purpose of the advisory committee is to provide advice and feedback to Council on invasive plant and pest animal related matters in accordance with Council’s adopted Biosecurity Plan. 

The advisory committee acts as a conduit and single point of contact through which stakeholders can raise issues with Council, and remain informed regarding invasive species management business administered by Council.

WPAC members get involved with:

  • Actively promoting and contributing to invasive species management
  • Increasing community understanding of Lands Protection projects
  • Representing stakeholder interests and relaying information relating to opportunities and issues
  • Reviewing Council draft documentation and proposed project work
  • Participating in the annual review of the Gympie Region Biosecurity Plan (2017-2022)
  • Supporting Council with the implementation of the Queensland Biosecurity Act 2014.

As an added benefit, WPAC members also have an opportunity to apply for state government funding for weeds- and pest- related projects and initiatives. Funding application information and the WPAC Terms of Reference can be viewed at www.gympie.qld.gov.au/weeds-and-pest-animal-control.

This is a voluntary position. Expressions of interest close Monday, 18 November 2019.

To find out more, call 1300 307 800 or visit www.gympie.qld.gov.au/weeds-and-pest-animal-control.


A message from The Mayor - Wednesday, 1 July 2020 A message from The Mayor - Wednesday, 1 July 2020

There are many moments in life that stand out for all of us. Last week was one for myself when during the ordinary meeting on Wednesday, councillors were told by the Acting CFO,

“When Council adopted its budget for the 2019-2020 financial year, it forecast insufficient cash reserves at years’ end to maintain business operations.”

This comment stopped me in my tracks as we were never told this information, at any stage, during our budget deliberations for the 2019-2020 financial year. To hear this now is both frustrating and more than disappointing. I often use the metaphor of the titanic, but it’s how we as councillors feel and I’m sure how you as residents feel; we knew the iceberg was coming and did nothing about it.

And you’ve got to ask the question, why weren’t we told?

The most frustrating part is that the fallout and repercussions are huge. You can’t get past the basic fact that, had we known and addressed our financial issues back then, we wouldn’t be in the financial mess we are in now where budget cuts are not just a necessity, they are unavoidable.

Councillors continue to work on the budget and look at all options on how we can repair the damage, and we will, but it’s going to take time and we need to earn your trust by our actions.

We are on the right path, and will take another step on Thursday. A special meeting has been called to consider the appointment of a new CEO. And we will announce any decisions made as soon as we are able. There are exciting changes ahead, and a new direction for your Council.

Mayor Glen Hartwig

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