Fires, floods, cyclones. Natural disasters are a reality in this state and we have seen over the last couple of days just how dynamic and devastating the bushfires in and around our region have been.
Of course, our region knows all too well how quickly and unexpectedly these weather events can occur. Council has a number of significant roles and responsibilities in managing natural disasters ranging from community education through to coordinating community recovery efforts.
We have a number of staff whose primary work is to make sure Council and the community are resilient when these circumstances arise.
The threat of these fires is far from over as we face another week of hot weather. In the last couple of days, fires at Black Snake, in our region’s west, and the Mary Valley have shown just how volatile a situation we are facing at the moment.
During these times, those working in the emergency services and rural fire brigade go above and beyond to ensure our safety. I wish them all the best during this testing period and hope the residents of our region stay safe.
In other news, last Friday, the Mary Valley Rattler won a Silver Award at the 2019 Queensland Tourism Awards.
These awards recognise the top performing tourism operators in the state, of which the Rattler is certainly one. Enhancing our tourism presence future proofs our economy by attracting people from every point of the compass to our beautiful region. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the many volunteers and staff at the Rattler who are making it one of the best heritage experiences in the country.
It is fantastic to see the young people in our community and beyond enjoying the Youth Precinct. While you would be hard pressed finding me trying out the skate elements, there is something there for every skill level.
The Youth Precinct will be officially opened this Sunday. Importantly, the proceedings will include a re-dedication of the facility by the RSL. I would encourage you all to come along. The event starts at 12pm.
Mayor Mick Curran
Proposed Permanent Road Closure
Attention is directed to an application for Permanent Road Closure of an area of about 2.53ha being part of Tierney Road, Goomeri at its intersection with the Burnett Highway and separating Reserve for Camping and Water Purposes Lot 138 on FY2893 from Lot 107 on FY1704, Lot 1 on RP90438, and Lots 1 and 2 on RP110201 as shown on Drawing 16/3638, in the manner specified in the Government Gazette of 2 August 2019.
A copy of the notification and of the drawing in illustration may be viewed at the offices of the Gympie Regional Council, Kilkivan Branch Office, Bligh Street, Kilkivan and the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME), 27 O’Connell Street, Gympie.
Objections to the application must be in writing and submitted to DNRME, PO Box 573, Nambour QLD 4560, no later than 12 September 2019.
Any objections received may be viewed by other parties interested in the proposed road closure under the provision of the Right to Information Act 2009. If you lodge an objection, please include in your objection letter whether you would like to be consulted if this issue becomes the subject of an access request under the Right to Information Act 2009.
For further details contact the DNRME Nambour Office, on (07) 5451 2231 quoting reference number 2016/003638.