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Council Is A Finalist In Prestigious Outdoors Queensland Awards 2020
Gympie Regional Council’s River to Rail Trail has been announced as a finalist in the Government Achievement Award category of the Outdoors Queensland Awards 2020.
This is the second year in a row that one of Gympie’s outdoor trails has be recognised for this award; last year, Gympie’s Mary Valley Rail Trail was the winner.
The award is one of a variety of awards established by the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation (QORF) to recognise contributions to the outdoors sector.
One of Council’s open space portfolio holders, Councillor Shane Waldock, said that it was great to see the trail being recognised outside of the region.
“We know that our community loves our River to Rail Trail and since the complete trail opened back in November 2019, it has been a big drawcard for both locals and visitors.”
The River to Rail Trail is approximately nine kilometres long from Nelson Reserve, through Albert Park and along the picturesque Mary River.
The trail passes through the Victoria Bridge Conservation Area on Deep Creek and around to the Railway Station on Tozer Street and back into the Gympie Town Centre, forming a connected recreation loop. It is suitable for both walking and cycling.
Award winners will be announced on Friday, 30 October 2020 in a virtual presentation.
The River to Rail Trail was a joint initiative of Gympie Regional Council and the Queensland Government under rounds 1, 2 and 3 of the Works for Queensland funding program.
I have the privilege of travelling the region and seeing just how wonderful it is. This was reaffirmed this week when I had the honour of welcoming around 30 new citizens to our region and country.
I was moved by the endless stories of how people had visited this area, fell in love with its beauty and people, and decided to move states or countries to live here.
We, as residents, know how good our region is and although we have sometimes been the butt of ill-informed jokes, the rest of the country is starting to understand just what we all know.
It has been my personal experience that the greatest asset this region is its people. Warm, caring, concerned about our future and invested in the stable growth and direction of the whole area, but most importantly concerned about each other. In these times, that is the most valuable commodity for any community and something that cannot be fabricated; you either have it or you don’t, and we have it.
I often have the pleasure of showing this region to visitors, family and friends. The common statement that I hear is, “You can feel the community here, you can tell people really care.”
This region may have been spoken of in ways that were not positive in the past but it’s time we spoke of this region in a way that we have known it to be for years.
This is the best region to live - whether it’s the bush and countryside of the west, the surf and sand of the east, or the food and forest of the Mary Valley - there is something for everyone. We have the best of everything, but most importantly we have the best people.
As we all go about our daily lives, let us do it with pride in our region. We are not the poor country cousins; we are a vibrant, caring community that is a great place to live, work and enjoy the best that life has to offer.
This region is the best region to live in. Let’s walk with pride.
Mayor Glen Hartwig