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Makerspace to make it happen at Gympie Library

The Gympie Library will be introducing its very own Makerspace for the general public to enjoy by the end of September 2019.

The new facility ensures that residents throughout the region have access to virtual reality hardware and software, 3D printers, state-of-the-art sewing machines and other technological developments which will drive future employment and enhance our leisure time.

The Makerspace will be built in the area formerly occupied by the Young Adult collection, which has been integrated into the space between the current small meeting room and the local history room. The new facility will serve as a larger, more comfortable area for craft groups, coding and robotics classes, writer’s groups, book clubs and tech savvy seniors classes when it is not being used for technology-based applications.

Councillor Dan Stewart says Makerspaces are now appearing in libraries across Australia and around the world, in keeping with the modern role of libraries as community hubs and centres of learning, knowledge creation and information sharing.

“Makerspaces provide access to advanced technologies that would be out of reach for the average resident, yet they are becoming increasingly important for building skills and ensuring job prospects in a wide range of existing and emerging industries,” he said.

The $60,000 Makerspace is a joint initiative of Gympie Regional Council and the Queensland Government’s $600 Million Works 4 Qld program.


Mayor's Column - Wednesday, 18th September 2019 Mayor's Column - Wednesday, 18th September 2019

It has been another fantastic week for the Gympie Regional Council as an organisation.  Last Thursday, our Director of Corporate and Community Services, Pauline Gordon took out the title of Queensland Local Government Manager of the Year.  

For those who know Pauline, she has positioned Council well throughout our community with her excellent skills and abilities in community consultation and engagement.  More pleasing was that she was nominated by her staff for this recognition.

I also had the pleasure of attending the Queensland State Government Training Awards in Brisbane on Saturday night where business and industry from all over Queensland came together to recognise excellence in staff training.  

Gympie Regional Council were in the running to take out large employer of the year for all of Queensland.  Other organisations in this category, who had also progressed by winning their regional title, was Hasting/Deering Australia Ltd; Mount Isa Mines and Gold Coast Health. The eventual winner was Jubcan Pty Ltd (McDonald’s Restaurants – North Qld). 

Whilst it was very satisfying to be recognised in this very esteemed group, it also demonstrates that as an organisation we are committed to delivering expert and specific training within our organisation which can only enhance our staff’s knowledge and expertise in providing core services to our community.

It is perhaps also timely to remind residents that we remain in ‘high risk’ of experiencing dangerous fires.  This will not change until we receive substantial rain.  Talking about rain, council has commenced working towards drought declaration.  This however does not prevent individual primary producers from making application for that status should their situation warrant.

Mayor Mick Curran 

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