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Gympie Regional Libraries To Close In Response To COVID-19

Gympie Regional Council wishes to advise that all of its 6 libraries will close to customers from Monday 23 March until further notice.

Due dates for returns will be extended to 30 June, however this return date may be extended for a further period if required.

Customers will be able to return borrowed books by using the after-hours return facilities however, council’s preference is for customers to hold onto their books until libraries re-open.

Council’s Online Library will remain available 24/7 for users and offers access to thousands of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and music and video streaming services.

Residents without an existing membership can contact the library to apply online for a digital membership from Monday to access the digital collection.

Library Wi-Fi facilities will remain free and accessible around library buildings during normal operational hours.

The free Home Library service for the aged, frail or disabled will continue, with the delivery service capacity increasing in the coming weeks. Council is also investigating other models for service provision.

Gympie Regional Council is working closely with Queensland Health and the Federal Government and will continue to be guided by these agencies on all matters of public health.

For more information or assistance to access to online services call Gympie Library on 5481 0859.
For Health advice or information visit www.health.qld.gov.au

A message from Councillor Shane Waldock - Wednesday, 16 September 2020 A message from Councillor Shane Waldock - Wednesday, 16 September 2020

It is hard to believe that your current Council was elected only five-and-a-half months ago, and although I feel we have achieved a lot, I understand that sometimes looking in, it may not look like it. Six months ago, I was one of those in the community trying to understand exactly how Council runs.

One particular subject I find of importance is understanding and accepting the true life-long costs of infrastructure and assets.

For example, the initial purchase of a car (say $20k) is the cheap part. It’s the overheads of maintenance/servicing, operational costs of registration, insurance, fuel and depreciation that could have that car’s life-long costings skywards of $60k.

This also applies to Council. With assets, whether we build or buy, we need to ask the question; can we afford this and is it good use of the council budget?
We have to get these basics right, so our community does not have to pay for these mistakes well into the future.

We need to take the time to ensure our decisions are right for our residents. We cannot rush into things and as much as I’d like to see some projects completed yesterday, some things will just take time.   
Our new CEO is ensuring we are kept well informed so the right decisions are made, and although I wish I could share with the community everything that we are informed on, with the new laws, legislation and triple C rules, we’re not always able to. I do understand why and the importance but there are times I wish I could share more with our residents.

Being a councillor is a privilege and I’m honoured that I get to serve and represent our community. As a fourth generation, born and bred local – I’m sure my family and my ancestors would be proud that I continue to do my part to ensure our community is the best in Australia - it’s an absolute honour to serve the region of my heart and soul. My beautiful region of Gympie.

Councillor Shane Waldock