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Operating hours to extend at Bonnick Road

From 1 December 2019, Gympie Regional Council will extend the weekend operating hours of the Gympie waste management facility at Bonnick Road.  

In today’s ordinary meeting, Councillors endorsed the new opening hours of 9am-3pm on weekends, opening one hour earlier to reduce queues that occur from time-to-time.

Waste Services Portfolio Councillor, Hilary Smerdon, said the new opening hours are a direct result of community feedback.  

“Last year we went to the community to ask if the waste services we offered were working,” Cr Smerdon said. 

“While we received are large amount of constructive feedback, the overwhelming issue our residents had were with the opening hours of the Bonnick Road facility.” 

“We have spent some time working ways to open the facility for longer without impacting the residents’ hip pocket, with savings being made from operational changes on site.

The facility will still open 8am- 4pm on weekdays and will be closed on Good Friday, ANZAC Day and Christmas Day.

For more information head to www.gympie.qld.gov.au.


Mayor's Column - Wednesday, 10th December 2019 Mayor's Column - Wednesday, 10th December 2019

Any sportsperson will tell you that generally the game, whatever the game, is not won or lost in the first five minutes; and planning for our future as a region is no different.

The announcement of the construction of the Bruce Highway upgrade next year is one such opportunity, with over 500 workers engaged with the project until 2025.  2017 seems a long time ago when I travelled to Canberra with my fellow Wide Bay Burnett mayors to support our federal member for this transformational project. Transport and Main Roads is also urging, as do I, local businesses to register with them to supply services.  It means that Gympie businesses will benefit and there will be opportunities for local employment. 

I am pleased to see the state government have announced that they will formally tend for the 2032 Olympics to come to South East Queensland and I have already met and spoken to our Premier regarding the opportunities our region can offer.  

The Wide Bay Burnett Council of Mayors, with myself as chair, have commenced advocating for another transformational project; the fast train between Brisbane and Bundaberg, which could also be transformational for our region.  

We also have a fantastic opportunity to review the Wide Bay Regional Plan which could see expansion and changed land use management right across our region; changes that will encourage sustainable development and opportunities with strong links to the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.  As a region, we have seen our economy grow over the last five years, but we can always do more.

I must also thank Minister Mark Furner, Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry for declaring drought status for our region.  While this will provide some relief for our primary producers, nothing short of good rainfall right across our region will break the dreadful drought we are experiencing.  If you are a person of faith, prayers for rain certainly won’t do any harm.  

Mayor Mick Curran 

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