Gympie Regional Council and COVID-19
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Christmas Tree Settling into Nelson Reserve
The Hoop Pine Christmas tree is settling in at Nelson Reserve and is being well cared for as we count down the days until Christmas.
The lights, as voted for by the community, have arrived, however the building of the structure which surrounds the tree and supports the lights will not be ready in time for Christmas this year.
Due to the amount and weight of the lights, they cannot be placed directly on the tree as it settles into its new home and council needs to ensure the tree is healthy to serve the community for many years to come.
As a short-term solution for the 2019 Christmas season, Council has purchased lightweight bud lights which will be placed on the tree. These lights were going to be used to update the 5 ways Christmas tree, however they will shine bright at Nelson Reserve this year.
Gympie Regional Council will have the tree sparkling just a little differently this year for the community and families to enjoy. The scheduled lighting of the tree event will also be postponed to December 2020 and will coincide with the launch of the new lighting system.
Council Elves will be out and about this week to begin decorating both the CBD and Nelson Reserve Christmas trees.
Late last week, we released our Financial Management Review report to the media and our residents as we want our community to know exactly what our position is and the challenges we face. The report is an independent review of how we have historically managed our finances and, most importantly, how we can improve.
The good news is we can only improve, and for those of you who have read the report, there will many who are not surprised. If you haven’t read the report, you can find it on the Council website homepage, and I encourage you to have a look.
Financially we are not in a good position, and we won’t be in a good financial position for years to come. We will turn this around, but it will take time, a lot of work and some very hard decisions from both Councillors and staff.
We need to deal with the hand we’ve been given, which means that this Council is looking at all options on how we cut our spending, while at the same time increasing our commitment to our core services – our residents deserve to drive on decent roads.
So how do we do this? By looking at every program, service and project and ask ourselves, do we need to do this now; is it value for money; will it support local employment; and will this have direct benefit for our residents? If the answer is no, then you may see projects postponed or cancelled as we need to live within our means.
This is what we’re dealing with and in four years’ time, the community can judge whether we have addressed the priority areas that we know the community need. We may make mistakes, and if we do, we need to tell people.
Mayor Glen Hartwig