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Gympie Regional Council and COVID-19

Gympie Regional Council is monitoring developments relating to Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) daily and assessing any potential impact on council services and events.

No core services at this stage have been impacted and we aim to maintain our current level of service to residents and businesses during this period. Should this change, we will notify residents immediately.

We take advice on all public health matters from the state and federal health departments.

Click on the links below to access the latest information regarding support for business and the community, council services, facilities and events, how to contact council and media releases.



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Contact council:

Phone - 1300 307 800

Email - council@gympie.qld.gov.au

Fax - (07) 5481 0801

Postal address - PO Box 155, Gympie, QLD 4570


Media Releases:

Council looking at measures to extend rates discount period - 09/04/2020

Outdoor Play Spaces Closed - 30/03/2020

Council increases measures to minimise gatherings at Saleyards - 27/03/2020

Council creates business support service - 27/03/2020

Waste Management Facilities Go Cashless - 27/03/2020

Council Services Available Online - 26/03/2020

Local Disaster Management Group Update - 24/03/2020

Council's Online Services Are The Way To Go - 24/03/2020

Council Endorse A Number Of Business Support Measures In Special Meeting - 24/03/2020

Gympie Regional Council To Live Stream Special Meeting On Council Facebook Page - 23/03/2020

Gympie Regional Libraries To Close In Response To COVID-19 - 21/03/2020

Gympie Regional Council Continues To Address COVID-19 Impact On Community - 21/03/2020

Council takes action to protect its volunteers - 20/03/2020

Gympie Regional Council closely monitoring Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) - 17/03/2020


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Council creates business support service

COVID-19 Business Information and Referral Service: 1300 307 800

In response to COVID-19 and the impact on local business and industry, Gympie Regional council is setting up a Business Information and Referral Service for the Gympie Region.

This service will be available from Monday 30 March and, as a first stage, will provide up-to-date relevant information about financial support services, including providing business information to assist with rate deferral and payment plans, fee and charges waivers, and to connect businesses to appropriate state and federal funding programs.

Council will also continue to work in collaboration with the Regional Chambers of Commerce and the Business Leap Program to further look at ways Council can support those who have been heavily impacted, said Gympie Regional Council CEO, Bernard Smith.

“We do understand there is a lot of information available which can be overwhelming and Council can help business navigate this space. We have summarized the state and federal assistance packages available for business, plus information and contact details for a range other organisations that may be of assistance.”

“We also understand that businesses are currently dealing with a lot issues, we’re not going away. This service will be available from Monday and will be ongoing throughout the current COVID-19 situation and into the recovery period. It is a free service that is here for you, when you need it.

Bernard Smith went on to say the service will grow and respond in response to these unprecedented times.

“This is just the first stage, we are looking at many options that Council can support and these will be led and directed by the feedback we receive from our local businesses and industry. This work will be continual and responsive as we know changes can be daily.”

Bernard said that Council also welcomes businesses to come forward if they believe that under the current circumstances, consideration should be given to relaxing some of the restrictions they are required to operate under.

Businesses and industry can call 1300 307 800 to access this service.

“We know that we can’t solve the challenges caused by COVID-19, however we can do all that we’re able to support business, industry and our community during this tough time.” Bernard Smith, CEO Gympie Regional Council.

For more information: gympie.qld.gov.au 

A message from Mayor Glen Hartwig - Wednesday, 27 May 2020 A message from Mayor Glen Hartwig - Wednesday, 27 May 2020

From today, people across our region and the country will celebrate National Reconciliation Week. Although COVID - 19 may change the way we get together, it doesn’t change how we can reflect and acknowledge our history, our culture, our achievements and how each of us can individually contribute towards reconciliation in Australians.

In these COVID-19 times, Council will acknowledge the week a little differently. Today at our Council Ordinary Meeting, which will be live streamed, we will have a special acknowledgement of Country, we will commemorate Sorry Day and mark the commencement of Reconciliation Week.


Aunty Lillian Burke Butchulla Elder and President of Cooloola Aboriginal Services Inc. will share her story of the Stolen Generations and what reconciliation means for her. I’m very much looking forward to hearing Aunty Lillian speak and to Council continuing to work with traditional owners and indigenous groups across the region.

We will also be streaming a Reconciliation Week musical event from 7pm this Friday, live from the Civic Centre, plus other activities such as digital storytelling for our local schools. If you’d like to know more, head to the Council website.

The last few weeks have been very busy for Councillors. We are continuing to work on the budget as our priority. There have been some great conversations and I’m really proud of the work Councillors and staff are doing as we work on one of the toughest budgets we’ve seen.  We are focused on the core services and getting these right for you, our residents. It’s not going to be an easy job and some very hard decisions made as we look at how we can best serve the community.

Mayor Glen Hartwig

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