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River Road Night Works Have Begun

Gympie Regional Council construction crews have begun night work on River Road, Gympie, to resurface the road.

River Road, from Jaycee Way to Gladstone Street, is being given a facelift which includes fresh asphalt, kerb and channel, concrete medians, new pavement, LED street lighting and rebuilding affected resident’s driveways.

The work is budgeted at $510,000 and funded by Gympie Regional Council’s capital works program.

Manager for Road Assets, Sam Murphy, said the project will provide a safer driving experience for our road users.

“The region’s road network is vital infrastructure and contributes tremendously to how residents and visitors experience our part of the world,” Mr Murphy said.

“This work is being carried out under traffic-controlled conditions to ensure the safety of road users and pedestrians.

Council staff have liaised with businesses and residents and arranged for alternative parking and property access,” he said.

The night works are being carried out this week, between 6.00pm and 6.00am.

Residents may hear machinery and road profiling equipment running into the evening.

The work is being carried out at night to help prevent traffic congestion in the CBD.

For more information on this project, head to www.gympie.qld.gov.au

A message from Mayor Glen Hartwig - Wednesday, 13 August 2020 A message from Mayor Glen Hartwig - Wednesday, 13 August 2020

Queensland has been, to date, very fortunate not to see the resurgence of the COVID-19 numbers that New South Wales and Victoria have been experiencing. This doesn’t mean that we are in the clear, and unfortunately not everyone is or will do the right thing as we have seen over the past week or two. If anything, it’s a good reminder for us all to make sure we continue to social distance, wash our hands and stay home if we’re not well and keep our part of the world safe. 

No-one wants to go back into lockdown if numbers were to rise; it’s hard on families and the vulnerable in our community. I also feel for the local businesses, particularly in Victoria as they were already struggling with the first wave and now find themselves back in lockdown once again. It’s not surprising to hear that a percentage won’t ever reopen their doors again. For any business, let alone a small family run business, this is tragic. 

The effect of businesses closing has a huge impact on the community. Staff will be let go, finding themselves jobless with rising unemployment rates. Other companies or businesses who provided stock or material, leases, cleaners - there are so many who now lose more income, putting their business at risk. These local businesses are also often the first to sponsor or support the local community group or school raffle. 

Many will be left with debt after closing and may find it hard to put food on the table for the family. The ramifications are huge and not just a closed sign on the door. 

We may not have the lockdowns, but we do have many local businesses who are still finding their feet and there is one very simple way that you and I can help.

Buy local. 

Support our local businesses which in turn helps the entire community. If you can, head out for a coffee or lunch, research online for anything you need but buy the product locally. 

We have some of the best businesses within our region who will serve you with a smile and offer great service and knowledge. COVID-19 is not over. We need to remember to do our part; wash our hands, always social distance and, if we can, buy local. 

Mayor Glen Hartwig

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