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A message from Councillor Warren Polley - Wednesday, 21 October 2020 A message from Councillor Warren Polley - Wednesday, 21 October 2020

What’s your reason?

The tagline – a natural place to live, work and play – is a common one throughout regional councils across the country. Clearly, all councils want the same things for their region in terms of prosperity and lifestyle, so why should a potential new resident choose one region over all the other regions who are offering similar dreams and prospects?  These reasons are as many and varied as the individuals who hold to them. 

At the recent Chamber of Commerce breakfast, we had high school students who’s priority was around educational options – they are in the early stages of their pathway in life. They were motivated to ‘live’.  The young families just wanted a stable job. They were motivated to ‘work’. Then one stately gentleman, who was clearly in the later leg of his life’s pathway, declared that all people wanted was a peaceful community. He just wanted to relax and ‘play’ and enjoy the fruits of his labour.  Each one of these is right and all are worthy motivations.   

During the week, I met residents from Widgee who had moved onto a 50 acre lot from down south and are loving the fact that they can’t see any neighbours. But they are quite incensed that there are now tradies running up and down the road because, it seems, other people have discovered the same idyllic lifestyle as them and they’re moving in next door.

I have met numerous other people who stated quite simply, “We were driving along and turned off the highway at KFC, fell in love with the place, went back home, sold up and moved to Gympie”. 

In the comments below tell us your story. What brought you here?  What keeps you here?

Cr Warren Polley


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Call for expressions of Interest : Heritage Advisory Committee Members

Gympie Regional Council’s Heritage Advisory Committee is seeking to appoint new Committee members.  The Committee seeks reasonably qualified and experienced people able to volunteer their time to contribute to the following objectives of the Committee:


  • Encourage public interest and understanding of issues relevant to the conservation and promotion of cultural heritage within the Gympie Region;
  • Provide recommendations to Council to guide its decision making about development applications that involve heritage issues;
  • Encourage conservation focused management of places and objects of cultural heritage significance;
  • Encourage Council and others to keep appropriate records of places and objects of cultural heritage significance;
  • Advise Council on the content of Council’s Local Heritage Register;
  • Assist in the development of projects relevant to heritage within the Gympie Region;
  • Disseminate information about funding programs that may assist in conserving and protecting the Region’s cultural heritage;
  • Advise Council on cultural heritage issues raised by the community, the State or Federal Government; and
  • Applicants must be able to attend monthly meetings.

Submissions must detail relevant qualifications and/or experience, how you can contribute to the Committee’s objectives, and demonstrate availability to attend monthly meetings.

Expressions of Interest are open until close of business Friday 2nd October 2020  and must be submitted in writing to the address below or emailed to:

Planning Strategy & Major Projects

Attention: Marcus Matthews

Gympie Regional Council

PO Box 155

Gympie, QLD, 4570

A copy of the Heritage Advisory Committee Charter and further information can be obtained from Council’s Planning Strategy and Major Projects Branch or website.

Phone:                 1300 307 800