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Red Bench to be unveiled today

The Red Rose Foundation has launched the Red Bench Project to build a permanent reminder that domestic violence occurs within all of our communities. 

The presence of a red bench in a public location aims to raise public awareness and provide an opportunity for this important issue to remain visible. 

The Red Rose Foundation aims to have at least one red bench in every local government area in Queensland. There are now over 40 red benches from local government, state government and community groups. 

The Queensland Police Service, in conjunction with the Red Rose Foundation and supported by Gympie Regional Council, will unveil the Gympie region’s red bench on Thursday, 18 February 2021 at the Gold City Centre Stage, 89 Mary Street, Gympie between 2.00pm and 2.30pm.  

Gympie State High School has also committed to being part of the Red Bench Project launched by ‘The Red Rose Foundation’. Catie Elder, Youth Support Coordinator, and students from Gympie State High School collaborated with Odette Reid and Amber Kerrigan, Regional Youth Support Coordinator, to construct a red bench in awareness of domestic violence. The red bench will be permanently placed in the school grounds as a lasting reminder of the impact of domestic violence on our community. 

The Red Rose Foundation is a national not-for-profit charity that works to end domestic violence across our communities.  

A message from Mayor Glen Hartwig - Wednesday, 3 March 2021 A message from Mayor Glen Hartwig - Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Many of you would be aware of the saying ‘the only things which are guaranteed in life are death and income tax.’ However, I would throw a third one in there; change. 
Change is inevitable, and currently in our region we are experiencing change on a number of different levels and on a number of different fronts.  
In particular, over the last couple of weeks, I have had a number of discussions with residents around the Gympie bypass. 
While this project has been some time in the making, it is now upon us. For some, this brings with it feelings of anxiousness, scepticism and sometimes even fear. These feelings are of course completely understandable, particularly if you are a business owner or rely on highway traffic for one reason or another. 
The truth is we don’t know what impact the Bruce Highway bypass will have on our town but the data is encouraging. More and more regional communities around Australia are advocating for their towns to be bypassed.  
The reality is for us, the bypass will mean greater connectivity for our northern residents to the coast, it will mean greater connectivity for Sunshine Coasters to our region, and for Gympie locals it will mean a safer passage through the region and less heavy vehicle traffic. Much of which drives straight through town anyway. 
The Cooroy to Curra project is in full swing and from next week there will be some road closures around the region.  
To prepare for construction of the new Penny Road interchange, a section of Penny Road will be closed from Monday 8 March 2021 for about 18 months. The Department of Transport and Main Roads are doing a great job in keeping residents informed. If you are chasing more information on this, I would encourage you to head to their website www.tmr.qld.gov.au/cooroytocurra.  
For the record, I am excited for the time ahead and looking forward to, with you, embracing the positive change which is before us. 

Mayor Glen Hartwig

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