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Live Music Back In The Mix For Council

Live and Local Gympie Region is back and our community can once again enjoy free, quality live music, with the first event scheduled for Saturday, 17 October at Nelson Reserve.

While COVID restrictions were in place earlier this year, Gympie’s successful Live and Local music sessions, that were previously being held at the Gympie Civic Centre, had to move online where they were enjoyed by people from both inside and outside the region.

But as restrictions ease, Council has been exploring how it can once again deliver the popular Live and Local events and will offer a series of events that will be held at different locations throughout the region.

Arts and Culture portfolio holder, Councillor Dan Stewart, said he is happy to see the program move from the online space.

“While the online events were successful, we are keen to get back out there amongst our community and bring some joy into spaces all throughout our region,” said Cr Stewart.

The program brings some of the best local and Queensland-based artists to the region over a series of events.

The first event will be held from 2pm on Saturday, 17 October at Nelson Reserve Gympie.

It will present the award winning, six-piece French inspired ensemble, MZAZA, with their intense live show. It will also include special performances from the Aspy Jones Band and emerging artist, Ashy Pel.

Further events are soon to be announced and will encompass a wide range of genres and performances.

A COVID Safe plan will be in place to ensure our patrons are safe.

These events are supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

A message from Mayor Glen Hartwig - Wednesday, 2 December 2020 A message from Mayor Glen Hartwig - Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Our Christmas tree in Nelson Reserve has a chequered history to say the least, and although it’s not the poor tree’s fault, it is an example of where Council did not get it right and the community have ultimately paid the price.
There’s no doubt residents want to see the region sparkling for Christmas and Council would like that too. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been an option for this Council to complete and decorate the Christmas tree in Nelson Reserve, however all that has changed. 

What warms the heart is our community, driven by amazing people who step up to support the region and residents because they just want what is right.  
On Monday night, Groves Electrical, Energex, and our community came together and donated their time to deliver and decorate the Christmas tree because they wanted to make a difference. This was not driven by Council; this was driven by local businesses who wanted to give back to the community. 

On behalf of Council, thank you to the teams at Groves Electrical and Energex. Without you, we wouldn’t have a decorated tree. What a great bunch of people. And it’s not too late to donate. Simply take your home made decoration to the Gympie Library before Monday the 7th.

Council is also working with the Chamber of Commerce in Gympie to return the annual ‘Mary Christmas’ nights to Mary Street. COVID-19 has changed our lives, and has certainly impacted nights like these.

However, the chamber and Council are driven to deliver a night for families to come out and celebrate all we have to offer. Mary Street is something this community has that can’t be replicated, and on a summer’s night, there’s no better place to be. It may look a little different to past years thanks to Coronavirus, but the result is the same - a great night out to catch up with family and friends, do some shopping and grab a bite to eat. 

Both nights (Wednesday 16 and 23 December) start at 5pm. Head to the council website or Facebook page to find out more. Just remember to social distance and keep each other safe. I’ll see you there! 

Mayor Glen Hartwig


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