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Council Welcomes New CEO

Gympie Regional Council has today announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Shane Gray will commence in the role on Monday 6 July 2020.

Mr Gray brings with him extensive experience in the both the local government and private sectors.

Having worked as deputy CEO of Murgon Shire Council from 2001-2004 before taking over as CEO of Nanango Shire Council for three years, he is also the former CEO of South Burnett Regional Council.

Prior to his appointment at Gympie, Mr Gray served as a risk coordinator for the Australian branch of Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT) and Local Government Mutual Services.

“On behalf of Gympie Regional Council and the region, I would like to welcome Shane to the organisation,” said Gympie region Mayor, Glen Hartwig.

“There are no doubt some hard decisions which still need to be made in the coming weeks, particularly around budget.

“But, Shane’s appointment today is the start of a new chapter for this Council and by extension, the region and community.

“I would also like to thank Pauline Gordon for stepping into the acting CEO role,” Mayor Hartwig said.

A message from Mayor Glen Hartwig - Wednesday, 13 August 2020 A message from Mayor Glen Hartwig - Wednesday, 13 August 2020

Queensland has been, to date, very fortunate not to see the resurgence of the COVID-19 numbers that New South Wales and Victoria have been experiencing. This doesn’t mean that we are in the clear, and unfortunately not everyone is or will do the right thing as we have seen over the past week or two. If anything, it’s a good reminder for us all to make sure we continue to social distance, wash our hands and stay home if we’re not well and keep our part of the world safe. 

No-one wants to go back into lockdown if numbers were to rise; it’s hard on families and the vulnerable in our community. I also feel for the local businesses, particularly in Victoria as they were already struggling with the first wave and now find themselves back in lockdown once again. It’s not surprising to hear that a percentage won’t ever reopen their doors again. For any business, let alone a small family run business, this is tragic. 

The effect of businesses closing has a huge impact on the community. Staff will be let go, finding themselves jobless with rising unemployment rates. Other companies or businesses who provided stock or material, leases, cleaners - there are so many who now lose more income, putting their business at risk. These local businesses are also often the first to sponsor or support the local community group or school raffle. 

Many will be left with debt after closing and may find it hard to put food on the table for the family. The ramifications are huge and not just a closed sign on the door. 

We may not have the lockdowns, but we do have many local businesses who are still finding their feet and there is one very simple way that you and I can help.

Buy local. 

Support our local businesses which in turn helps the entire community. If you can, head out for a coffee or lunch, research online for anything you need but buy the product locally. 

We have some of the best businesses within our region who will serve you with a smile and offer great service and knowledge. COVID-19 is not over. We need to remember to do our part; wash our hands, always social distance and, if we can, buy local. 

Mayor Glen Hartwig

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