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Gympie Regional Council launches new arts and culture program


Gympie Regional Council has launched RESET Gympie which is a new arts and culture program that celebrates live entertainment returning to the Gympie region.

RESET, which spans from the beginning of August until late September, brings together an incredible assortment of handpicked talented artists from across Australia that is set to entertain and inspire audiences of all persuasions.

The program includes performances featuring music, dance, storytelling, poetry, art and culture.

During August there are multiple events taking place as part of RESET, including Chasing Smoke by Casus Circus, The Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) Collective, Fright Night, Pete the Sheep and Karl S Williams who is part of the Live and Local Music Series.


Casus Circus is heading to the Pavilion on Saturday, 7 August at 4pm to perform their show Chasing Smoke.

The world’s oldest living civilisation is the life force that empowers the stories within Chasing Smoke told through the lens of Australia’s all First Nations.

The Casus Circus crew stomp, dance, flip and weave their message, showcasing a people not defeated by adversity, but instead celebrating survival, modern-day Aboriginality and pride.


The ACO Collective is performing at the Pavilion on Tuesday, 10 August from 7.30pm.

The ACO Collective combines Australia’s most talented emerging string players with the professional musicians of the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) to create a high energy orchestra.

Led by Helena Rathbone, ACO Principal Violin and founding Director of the ACO Collective, audiences are in for a magical journey on the ACO Collective 2021 regional tour, from world premieres by Australian composers Paul Stanhope and Holly Harrison to Vivaldi’s much loved The Four Seasons.


On Friday, 13 August, Creative Arts Gympie Region is presenting Fright Night at the Australian Institute of Country Music building at 28 Channon Street, Gympie.

Be prepared to be scared with live music and slam poetry that play homage to the superstitions and mystery of Friday the 13th.

Dress up if you dare, or just come along and enjoy a unique night out with music to die for and words to live by.


Pete the Sheep is an amazing production by Monkey Baa Theatre Company that is coming to the Pavilion on Friday, 20 August.

Based on the quirky and classic Australian picture book, Jackie French’s characters and Bruce Whatley’s expressive illustrations of them, come to life on stage.

Monkey Baa’s hilarious musical comedy is imaginatively told by four performers playing shearers, dogs and sheep that explores the challenges and rewards of being an individual.

With music and lyrics created by Phil Scott and the comedic imagination of Jonathan Biggins as director (both of Wharf Revue fame), audiences will be delighted by foot-tapping tunes and witty storytelling.

With two sessions available, the first starting at 12.30pm and the second at 5.30pm, this event is one the whole family can enjoy.


The final event in August is a performance by singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, visual artist and poet, Karl S Williams at the Pavilion on Saturday, 21 August at 7pm.

Karl’s songs are a distillation of life, love and the human condition.

Delivered with powerful conviction that takes your breath away, his performances are frequently referred to as a visceral and ‘spiritual experience’, leaving an audience slightly altered in the best possible way.

Special guest artists are the truly authentic, naturally charismatic, and delightfully entertaining, transpacific troubadours, Lawrence Menard (USA) and Clare Quinn (AUS), also known as Those Folk.

RESET Gympie is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

For more information, including the full list of events and how to book, visit


A message from Cr Warren Polley - Wednesday, 21 July 2021 A message from Cr Warren Polley - Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Years ago, I read a story which I still think about today. It goes something like this … 

A couple were walking along a country road (it was set in the days before cars) in search of a new town to settle in. On the way, they passed a farmer resting from his day’s labour under a tree. They asked him about the region they were passing through and what the locals were like. The farmer answered by asking them a question – “What are the people like where you have come from?” They replied, “Oh, they are not nice people. Selfish busy-bodies who made a sport of putting others down.” They went on for a few minutes painting a dismal picture of all the negative things that had happened and the wealth they had lost.
“Oh, I am sorry to hear of your loss,” said the farmer. “You know, that sounds just like the people from this region.” And he repeated many of the negative traits that the couple had raised.

“Thank you for letting us know”, said the couple, “we’ll keep passing through.”
The next day another couple, this time on horseback as the lady was heavily pregnant, passed by the farmer, resting from his day’s labour. They asked the farmer what the town folk were like in this quaint rural setting. Once again, the farmer answered the question by asking them a question –  “What were the folk like where you have come from?”

“Oh, we miss them so, we did love the community spirit and the picnic races.” They said. They went on for a few minutes painting a picture of an enchanting lifestyle. “But alas, our first daughter had passed away there and we just want to start afresh somewhere else, restart our business and create new memories.” 
“Oh, I am sorry to hear of your loss”, said the farmer, “but don’t worry, you have come to the right place. The folk here are warm and loving and are keen to support conscientious artisans, especially young families. You will love it here.”

The young couple were delighted to hear about the connections they could make and made plans to relocate as soon as possible. 
The moral of the story is that our attitude not only colours the past, but it often determines the colours with which we paint our future.  
As a travel agent in the 90s, I had the pleasure of visiting much of the world – lovely places to visit, stunning scenery and steeped in history. But I wouldn’t want to live there. Rather, I choose to live among the warm and loving folk of the Gympie region who make lasting connections, are keen to support conscientiousness, and promote latent talent. All set in a quaint rural backdrop with hills, plains, sub-tropical rainforests and pristine beaches.

It seems much of Australia is discovering this as well and are making plans to move here. When they arrive, they will find a colourful past and bright future waiting. The challenge for Council is to provide the palette for residents to paint with. 

Cr Warren Polley

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