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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 Mayor Glen Hartwig - Wednesday, 25 November 2020 A message from Mayor Glen Hartwig - Wednesday, 25 November 2020

This week, myself and councillors hosted Alan MacSporran QC. 

Mr MacSporran is the chair of the Crime and Corruption Commission and was in town to speak with Councillors and myself to a range of topics. 

The CCC are not just an enforcement body.

They perform a range of functions which assist in the regulation of local governments.

But, local government, by its very nature can only function in conjunction with community. This partnership is a marriage or sorts. 

While Council and the community may not always see eye-to-eye, at the end of the day council is there to support our residents. 

However, Council relies on many individuals, groups, organisations and services in order to deliver what we need to. 

And although our core business is roads, rates, rubbish and water, this doesn’t mean we should exclude work that involves, engages and captures the community spirit we possess here in spades.   

For example, Council will soon be asking you to assist us with our waste management planning.  

Council is forming a reference group to help plan for the future of our waste facilities. Examples like this show how residents can have direct input into the direction of council.  

Council also works closely with emergency services in planning for, during and recovering from natural disasters and works in conjunction with tourism bodies and representatives from a host of industries. The partnerships are under the mandate of helping this region prosper. 

Mayor Glen Hartwig


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