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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 Councillor Warren Polley - Wednesday, 21 October 2020 A message from Councillor Warren Polley - Wednesday, 21 October 2020

What’s your reason?

The tagline – a natural place to live, work and play – is a common one throughout regional councils across the country. Clearly, all councils want the same things for their region in terms of prosperity and lifestyle, so why should a potential new resident choose one region over all the other regions who are offering similar dreams and prospects?  These reasons are as many and varied as the individuals who hold to them. 

At the recent Chamber of Commerce breakfast, we had high school students who’s priority was around educational options – they are in the early stages of their pathway in life. They were motivated to ‘live’.  The young families just wanted a stable job. They were motivated to ‘work’. Then one stately gentleman, who was clearly in the later leg of his life’s pathway, declared that all people wanted was a peaceful community. He just wanted to relax and ‘play’ and enjoy the fruits of his labour.  Each one of these is right and all are worthy motivations.   

During the week, I met residents from Widgee who had moved onto a 50 acre lot from down south and are loving the fact that they can’t see any neighbours. But they are quite incensed that there are now tradies running up and down the road because, it seems, other people have discovered the same idyllic lifestyle as them and they’re moving in next door.

I have met numerous other people who stated quite simply, “We were driving along and turned off the highway at KFC, fell in love with the place, went back home, sold up and moved to Gympie”. 

In the comments below tell us your story. What brought you here?  What keeps you here?

Cr Warren Polley