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Newest addition to the Kilkivan to Kingaroy Rail Trail

Gympie Regional Council will commence work on the construction of a 12.5m concrete pedestrian and cycle bridge across Wide Bay Creek along the Kilkivan to Kingaroy Rail Trail on Monday 26 July 2021.

Currently, recreation opportunities exist along the trail for bushwalkers, mountain bikers and horse riders to experience the Gympie region in a unique way, while appreciating the history of the rail corridor.

The location of the bridge construction will be at Wide Bay Creek, approximately 6.5km from the start of the trail in Kilkivan, and 800m from Cinnabar Road. Users of the trail will still be able to pass through this section of the trail uninterrupted by the works.

The construction of the bridge is a welcome addition to the trail, providing convenience and increased accessibility for trail users that currently have to make their way through water at this location.

Councillor Hilary Smerdon said the bridge construction is a much needed addition to the trail.

“I’d like to thank the Queensland Government for helping fund this project. The Kilkivan to Kingaroy trail is a great outdoor recreation activity for the region that showcases the history and beauty of the west.

“It’s about user-friendliness; no more creek hopping. People can enjoy the trail without the inconvenience of dismounting or wading through the creek. The bridge only adds to the trail” he said.

Construction is scheduled to commence on Monday 26 July 2021 with completion expected by the end of September 2021 in time for school holidays.

Construction of the Pedestrian/Cycle Bridge at Wide Bay Creek – Kilkivan to Kingaroy Rail Trail Project is estimated to cost $283,500 and is a joint initiative by the Queensland Government through the Works 4 Qld program and Gympie Regional Council.

Council would like to thank the public in advance for their patience. If you have any questions, give Gympie Regional Council a call on 1300 307 800.

A message from Mayor Glen Hartwig - Wednesday, 01 September 2021 A message from Mayor Glen Hartwig - Wednesday, 01 September 2021

Spring is here and if you’re like me you’re chomping at the bit to get outside and get amongst the action. Whether its getting into your garden, meeting up with friends, or seeing a live show, you can do all of that and more this September in the Gympie region.

One community event that is taking place is the Valley Bees Open Day at the Pavilion, this Saturday from 9am. If you have ever wanted to try your hand at beekeeping but don’t know where to start, this event gives you the chance to watch demonstrations, ask questions and network with others in the community. 

If you can’t make it to the open day, the Valley Bees run information sessions and demonstrations at Landcare on the first Saturday of each month, and at Honey Bee Resort Kandanga on the third Saturday of the month.

Council’s arts and culture program RESET Gympie kicked off last month, and September’s line up of events has something for everyone.

On Saturday, 4 September from 6pm, Creative Arts Gympie region is opening their new creative space and gallery at 39 Monkland Street. This free event is a great opportunity to get together and celebrate an exciting new space dedicated to creatives in the Gympie region.

There are two great shows taking place at the Pavilion during RESET Gympie.
The lads from OKA will be performing on Friday, 10 September from 7pm to 9.30pm. This show combines an exciting blend of music that draws upon their indigenous connection to place and country to create their signature Australian earth sound.

On Saturday, 25 September from 7.30pm, Briefs Factory International will be presenting their amazing show Dirty Laundry. If you’re looking for a fun night of disco dancing, a little bit of circus and great comedy, this one is for you.

Finally, Story Vessels - ‘Boundaries’ Lines - Between - Apart will be on display at the Gympie Regional Gallery from Thursday, 9 September to Saturday, 2 October. This amazing exhibition explores the concept of how society’s perception of ‘boundaries’ has shifted since COVID-19. 

Check out the entire RESET Gympie program by visiting www.gympie.qld.gov.au/RESET

Mayor Glen Hartwig

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