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Local Artists Create Exhibition That Celebrates Natural Wonder

'Ways of Seeing: Gympie Messmate Park', will be on display at the Gympie Regional Gallery from Saturday, 28 November to Saturday 23 January 2021. This exhibition embodies history and conservation, and celebrates the Gympie Messmate (Eucalyptus cloeziana), which grows in the Gympie region.

This exhibition shares the creativity and passion of a group of local artists that have been meeting at the gallery for over 15 years, whose works are inspired by Messmate Park, which is a dedicated 10‐acre reserve at Kia Ora with a very healthy supply of Messmates.

This area, which was originally full of vegetation, was subjected to heavy deforestation in the 1950s due to farming. However, local councillors Mr WN (Nils) Buchanan, and Mr Arthur Portas assisted in transferring ownership of this land to the Queensland Government, and is now preserved by the ongoing work of volunteers and Gympie District Landcare.

Artists that have contributed to this amazing exhibition include Chris Williams, Christina Croft, Denise Hickey, Don Cameron, Jean McAuley, Jeanette Parnell, Judy George, Marcia Parker, Margaret Neilson, Nonie Metzler, Pat Sutton and Tess Stuart, with the exhibition being curated by Sunshine Coast artist Anne Harris.

During this exhibition there will be the opportunity to meet at Messmate Park for a beautiful guided tour. There will also be interactive demonstrations in the gallery.

Entry to the Gympie Regional Gallery at 39 Nash Street is free, with opening hours from 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Saturday.

For more information, visit or call 5481 0733.

A message from Cr Hilary Smerdon - Wednesday, 16 June 2021 A message from Cr Hilary Smerdon - Wednesday, 16 June 2021

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

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