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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, 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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