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Council Takes Action To Protect Its Volunteers

In an unprecedented move, and in response to COVID-19, Council has decided to suspend all volunteering activities throughout its libraries and at the Gympie Regional Gallery, as well as to close its visitor information centre.

This will take effect from Monday, 23 March 2020.

Council CEO, Bernard Smith, said that protecting Council staff and volunteers while continuing to provide services to our community is a difficult balance.

“We want to continue to serve our community, but if that puts our volunteers and staff at risk, we must take action,” he said.

While the Visitor Information Centre will be closing its doors until further notice, Council will introduce a new ‘call and collect’ service so it can continue to support the community.

The ‘call and collect’ service will give people the opportunity to call through with their questions and queries about a location, accommodation or an activity. The staff member will then gather information, flyers and brochures and have them ready for collection through one of the centre’s windows.

The service will be available from 10am-3pm Monday to Friday, and 10am -2pm Saturday and Sunday and will operate until further notice. To take advantage of this service, call the Visitor Information Centre on 1800 444 222.

The Visitor Information Centre will also leave copies of their most popular brochures and flyers outside the centre so information can be accessible outside these hours.

The Council libraries and the Gympie Regional Gallery will continue with their usual opening hours; however, all programs, events and activities have been cancelled.

To find out more about the action that Council is taking as part of its response to COVID-19, visit www.gympie.qld.gov.au/covid19

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