Gympie's Top Talent Showcased This Weekend
TRAX, an event which is part of Gympie Regional Council’s ‘Live & Local Gympie Region’ event series, is on this Saturday, 21 November from 11am to 2pm at the Gympie Skate Park, 42 River Road, Gympie.
This free music event showcases the best young and emerging music talent that Gympie has to offer.
Artists performing at the event include; Stone Moth, Bethany Murphy, Nicky B and Youkai Geb, plus DJs.
Each artist from Stone Moth brings a different genre to the band. Soul, Hip-Hop, Rock/Funk, Blues and Metal, are just a few of the inspirations driving their creativity. The drive and passion of Stone Moth is what you will hear in any performance they deliver.
From her early days as a church soloist, Bethany Murphy is coming of age as a soulful power pop singer. At 16 she has a voice as ageless as Amy Winehouse with a modern twist.
In true Aussie Rap tradition, Nicky B has enough material to release an album, and thousands of plays on Soundcloud before his debut performance. Nicky's flow impresses and his verses hit you like the hard truth. At 17, and with a long way to go in the rap scene, he's already making a solid start.
Emerging producer and experimental hip-hop artist, Youkai Geb recently released his second album, Woes and Wisdoms. With influences of Japanese culture and anime, Geb also explores the dark side to create his signature vibes. Geb enjoys collaborating and since the pandemic has been working with artists across the country and around the world. Youkai Geb’s music is available on Spotify.
Live & Local Gympie Region started in 2018 and is a live entertainment showcase that aims to support and increase the capacity of the Gympie region’s local music and performing arts sectors through live performance opportunities, working alongside high profile artists, and activation of local performance spaces.
This event is hosted by Gympie Civic Centre and Soundhive.
This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
For more information, visit www.gympie.qld.gov.au/live-local
I think most people know the Gympie region is growing. The rate that it is growing is quite surprising. A recent article in The Gympie Times stated that the Southside area is growing faster than any capital city in Australia. This is great for the region but it also creates problems.
One major problem is every urban block requires reticulated water, which hasn’t been a problem in past years, but is quickly looming as demand grows. Yes, we have Borumba Dam in our backyard, but the water allocations from this reservoir are controlled by SEQ water and the Gympie region is allocated a quota which will need close management to supply all users. Recent talk of raising the wall would be very good for Gympie.
Our smaller regional townships are also facing water problems with the prevalence of the drier seasons we are experiencing in the last few years. Amamoor and Kandanga are supplied by the respective creeks which are far from reliable as of late. Kilkivan is solely bore water with these supplies needing good rain to recharge the aquifers, and Goomeri is on reservoir water with bore back-up.
Yes, we have had some decent falls of rain in the last few months, but it didn’t amount to any large run-off events. We are really in a green drought with a lot of our rural landholders having very low water storage for their livestock.
How do we manage this problem? Always practice water conservation, and take notice and abide by any water restrictions enforced by council. People may think there is no problem; council however, through monitoring water levels in all reservoirs, will know better and will at times impose restrictions to ensure water is available to all residents and shortages are kept to a minimum.
Long-term we need a higher allocation for the region and this will hopefully be gained by raising the level of Borumba Dam and finding more sustainable sources for our regional towns.
I ask again all residents, please at all times practice water conservation measures.
Cr Hilary Smerdon