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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, 12th February 2020 Mayor's Column - Wednesday, 12th February 2020

The old saying that ‘a week is a long time in politics’ was particularly true again at the federal level this week. Those issues aside, the Gympie region, like all others across the state, is gearing up for our local elections.  

These elections give the wider community the opportunity and democratic right to select the candidate that they wish to have a leadership role in the management of their community for the next four years.  

I would urge all residents to do their research on all candidates and get to know who they will be casting their vote for as the election date of 28 March fast approaches.  
I would also urge residents to heed another old saying; ‘actions speak louder than words’.  

Representing your constituents and the wider community as a duly elected councillor, in my opinion, is one of the greatest honours that could be bestowed upon an individual, however it is certainly not a popularity contest and nor should it be.  

Difficult decisions need to be made which will draw the ire of some while benefitting the majority.  You will be subjected to much more scrutiny and gossip than your family and friends will ever be.  
You will be required to adhere to stringent laws, policies and procedures which you may not have been required to previously.  But on the upside, you will represent your community and have a say and a role in delivering community services, projects and infrastructure for the benefit of the wider community and the region.  
Current councillors, over this term of council, should be proud of their contributions.  

I wish each and every resident who nominates to lead this community at the forth coming elections, all the very best. 

Mayor Mick Curran 

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