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Dog registration now due

Council is reminding dog owners to renew their dog’s annual registration before 31 October.

Councillor Mark McDonald said that registration not only helps council reunite lost and injured dogs with their owners, but it is also a legal requirement under state legislation.

“Dog registration is an important part of responsible pet ownership,” said Cr McDonald.

Failing to renew your dog’s registration or register your dog could result in a fine under the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008.

Cr McDonald said that council is reluctant to fine owners.

“We don’t want to have to issue fines for unregistered dogs or a failure to pay registration, but we do want to help keep dogs safe.”

“In fact, for dogs that are de-sexed and microchipped, registration is free,” he said.

To find out more about dog registration, visit www.gympie.qld.gov.au/animal-registration or call council on 1300 307 800. 

A message from Mayor Glen Hartwig - Wednesday, 05 August 2020 A message from Mayor Glen Hartwig - Wednesday, 05 August 2020

This year commemorates 100 years since the construction of the Memorial Gates on Mary Street.

These gates are one of the region’s most historical landmarks and provide a fitting entrance to Memorial Lane where we honour and remember the service men and women who have fought for and died for our freedom. 

I have no comprehension of what times were like in those days; the struggles and the hardships folks must have faced would have been overwhelming.  

But they were resilient, and we are still, today.

While times have changed some of the challenges have not. 

As a community we are facing an uncertain future. The threat of COVID-19 is still present in this country. 

Last week, Council delivered a budget which, in part, took into account the projected impact of COVID-19 on our region.   

Many economies around the world are sinking ships when it comes to the impact of the virus. While we are still floating, there are a number of large holes that we had to patch before setting sail.  

To help do this, in the next few weeks CEO Shane Gray will be reviewing a number of the operational practices across the organisation.

This review is geared towards structuring a well performing, service orientated, organisation.

In the last couple of weeks, council staff, in conjunction with portfolio councillors, have had a number of wins in some of our regional areas. 

One example is the Water Treatment Plant at Goomeri is now processing fresh surface water from Kinbombi Weir. 

This means no more bore water for those residents in Goomeri who are connected to town water. 

This result has been some time in the making and I wish to thank those residents in Goomeri who have remained patient with us.

Mayor Glen Hartwig

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