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Have your say on the future of Gympie's saleyards

Gympie Regional Council wants your feedback on one of Gympie’s biggest economic drivers.  

In today’s ordinary meeting, Councillors endorsed the release of the draft Gympie Saleyards Strategic Plan for public comment.  

“We want to make sure we have this plan right,” said Councillor Mal Gear.  

“The saleyards are one of this region’s biggest economic drivers and we want the users, being our community and visitors, to give us their feedback on how the facility could be improved. 

“This draft plan has recommendations based on the data we have available on the performance of this facility. 

“However, it is crucial we have community input into the saleyard’s future,” Cr Gear said.   

Feedback on the draft Gympie Saleyards Strategic Plan is available for three weeks via

It is anticipated the final draft plan will be presented to Council for adoption on the 27 November 2019. 

Mayor's Column - Wednesday, 10th December 2019 Mayor's Column - Wednesday, 10th December 2019

Any sportsperson will tell you that generally the game, whatever the game, is not won or lost in the first five minutes; and planning for our future as a region is no different.

The announcement of the construction of the Bruce Highway upgrade next year is one such opportunity, with over 500 workers engaged with the project until 2025.  2017 seems a long time ago when I travelled to Canberra with my fellow Wide Bay Burnett mayors to support our federal member for this transformational project. Transport and Main Roads is also urging, as do I, local businesses to register with them to supply services.  It means that Gympie businesses will benefit and there will be opportunities for local employment. 

I am pleased to see the state government have announced that they will formally tend for the 2032 Olympics to come to South East Queensland and I have already met and spoken to our Premier regarding the opportunities our region can offer.  

The Wide Bay Burnett Council of Mayors, with myself as chair, have commenced advocating for another transformational project; the fast train between Brisbane and Bundaberg, which could also be transformational for our region.  

We also have a fantastic opportunity to review the Wide Bay Regional Plan which could see expansion and changed land use management right across our region; changes that will encourage sustainable development and opportunities with strong links to the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.  As a region, we have seen our economy grow over the last five years, but we can always do more.

I must also thank Minister Mark Furner, Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry for declaring drought status for our region.  While this will provide some relief for our primary producers, nothing short of good rainfall right across our region will break the dreadful drought we are experiencing.  If you are a person of faith, prayers for rain certainly won’t do any harm.  

Mayor Mick Curran 

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