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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.


Mayor's Column - Wednesday, 20th November 2019 Mayor's Column - Wednesday, 20th November 2019

There is one thing that never surprises me and that is the strength and resilience of our community in times of natural disaster and crisis.  

This was highlighted again recently when we saw many in our community carry out their voluntary roles fighting fires in the Kandanga and Widgee/Kilkivan areas.  

These community members; dedicated Rural Fire Brigades, our State Emergency Service members, our urban firefighting personnel together with QPWS members worked long and arduous hours in bringing those fires under control. And we as a community must extend our thanks to them.  

As most of us saw via media reports from across both Qld and NSW, these people perform their roles in very trying circumstances and conditions which, in a heartbeat, can turn into very real life threatening situations. 

Thanks must also go to those behind the scenes who provided meals and refreshments when the front line personal where able to take a break from the tasks being performed.

As well as those employers who supported our community by giving our volunteers time off work to undertake those vital roles. 

From me personally and on behalf of Gympie Regional Council and the wider community, thank you. 

Having said this, we are by no means through the challenging weather conditions we are currently experiencing. 

I would ask the wider community to remain ‘aware but not alarmed’ to our present fire risks. 

Have your emergency plan prepared should you and your family need to act, and keep an eye out for your neighbours, especially if they may be elderly.    

Mayor Mick Curran 

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