There are many moments in life that stand out for all of us. Last week was one for myself when during the ordinary meeting on Wednesday, councillors were told by the Acting CFO,
“When Council adopted its budget for the 2019-2020 financial year, it forecast insufficient cash reserves at years’ end to maintain business operations.”
This comment stopped me in my tracks as we were never told this information, at any stage, during our budget deliberations for the 2019-2020 financial year. To hear this now is both frustrating and more than disappointing. I often use the metaphor of the titanic, but it’s how we as councillors feel and I’m sure how you as residents feel; we knew the iceberg was coming and did nothing about it.
And you’ve got to ask the question, why weren’t we told?
The most frustrating part is that the fallout and repercussions are huge. You can’t get past the basic fact that, had we known and addressed our financial issues back then, we wouldn’t be in the financial mess we are in now where budget cuts are not just a necessity, they are unavoidable.
Councillors continue to work on the budget and look at all options on how we can repair the damage, and we will, but it’s going to take time and we need to earn your trust by our actions.
We are on the right path, and will take another step on Thursday. A special meeting has been called to consider the appointment of a new CEO. And we will announce any decisions made as soon as we are able. There are exciting changes ahead, and a new direction for your Council.
Notice of intent to sell impounded livestock (Horses) at Public Auction
Gympie Regional Council Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) 2011
ccordance with Gympie Regional Council Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) 2011, notice is hereby given that if not sooner released, Gympie Regional Council intends to offer for sale at a public auction, details of which appear below, the following horses impounded on Friday, 8 May 2020 from a property at Amamoor Creek.
1 X Black Shetland Gelding No White Markings
1 X Buckskin Pony Filly (Foal) White Star
1 X Buckskin Pony Male (Foal) Star & Stripe, Back White Feet
1 X Black & White Paint Pony Filly
1 X Blanket Appaloosa Filly
1 X Chestnut & White Paint Mare
1 X Buckskin Mare White Star & White Back Feet. Branded: RRR
1 X Grey Mare Star & Stripe Conjoined
1 X Perlino Colt No White Markings
Details of the public auction are as follows:
Place: Online Auction – https://tncauctions.hibid.com/
Date/Time: From 12:00pm on Thursday, 28 May 2020 to 7:00pm Monday, 1 June 2020
Viewing: Thursday, 28 May 2020 between 9:00am to 12:00pm at Gympie Saleyards
Any amount raised from the sale of the impounded animals mentioned above will be applied in accordance with Gympie Regional Council Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) 2011 as follows-
- Firstly, towards the cost of the sale; and
- Second, towards the cost-recovery fee for impounding; and
- Third, payment of the remainder to the former owner of the animals, unless the owner had surrendered the animal to the local government.
If the above animals are not sold at this public auction, Council may dispose of the animals as it considers appropriate.
All enquiries regarding this matter should be directed to Council’s Ranger Regulatory Services – Astrid Ormerod on telephone 1300 307 800 or email email@example.com.
Dated at Gympie this Tuesday, 26 May 2020.
Ranger Regulatory Services