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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, 12th February 2020 Mayor's Column - Wednesday, 12th February 2020

The old saying that ‘a week is a long time in politics’ was particularly true again at the federal level this week. Those issues aside, the Gympie region, like all others across the state, is gearing up for our local elections.  

These elections give the wider community the opportunity and democratic right to select the candidate that they wish to have a leadership role in the management of their community for the next four years.  

I would urge all residents to do their research on all candidates and get to know who they will be casting their vote for as the election date of 28 March fast approaches.  
I would also urge residents to heed another old saying; ‘actions speak louder than words’.  

Representing your constituents and the wider community as a duly elected councillor, in my opinion, is one of the greatest honours that could be bestowed upon an individual, however it is certainly not a popularity contest and nor should it be.  

Difficult decisions need to be made which will draw the ire of some while benefitting the majority.  You will be subjected to much more scrutiny and gossip than your family and friends will ever be.  
You will be required to adhere to stringent laws, policies and procedures which you may not have been required to previously.  But on the upside, you will represent your community and have a say and a role in delivering community services, projects and infrastructure for the benefit of the wider community and the region.  
Current councillors, over this term of council, should be proud of their contributions.  

I wish each and every resident who nominates to lead this community at the forth coming elections, all the very best. 

Mayor Mick Curran 

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