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Council looking at measures to extend rates discount period

Gympie Regional Council is putting a recommendation together for the newly elected council to extend the early payment discount on rates until July 2020 for any ratepayer who has entered into a payment plan.

This recommendation will be delivered to the new council when it sits for its first ordinary meeting.  

“We appreciate it is a difficult time for the community, and some ratepayers have found themselves in challenging financial circumstances,” Gympie Regional Council CEO Bernard Smith said.

“Many of you have called us especially regarding the possibility of the discount period being extended for the payment of rates.” 

“Council is still in caretaker mode given the election has now been held but the results not yet declared, and it is only Council which can make any decisions regarding the discounting of rates.” 

“However, as soon as practicable after the new council is in place, officers will be putting a recommendation that any ratepayer who has entered into a payment plan, with full payment by July, will keep their discount.” 

“We will continue to live stream council meetings, so you will know the outcomes as soon as they happen. “

“I’d also like to take the opportunity to thank the community for its understanding as we closed playgrounds, skate parks and other community facilities. By working together, we’re all playing our role in keeping our community safe, “he said.

For the latest COVID-19 information, visit www.gympie.qld.gov.au

A message from Mayor Glen Hartwig - Wednesday, 23 September 2020 A message from Mayor Glen Hartwig - Wednesday, 23 September 2020

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