Have your Say - Innovation Hub
Share your ideas on a proposed Innovation Hub for the Gympie region.
Celebrate our Seniors
If you know someone who deserves to be recognised for their contribution to our community, nominate them for a Senior Citizen Award.
Winter Trees on Mary
Grab your winter woolies and come down to celebrate the opening of Smithfield Street on Wednesday, 26 July.
2017 Careers Expo showcases job opportunities
Held since 2009, the Gympie Regional Careers Expo returns for another year to showcase education, training and employment opportunities in the Wide Bay Region.
The free event will be held on 25 May from 10am-2pm at The Pavilion and will feature over 50 displays representing education, trade, government and the private sector.
The Gympie Regional Council’s Mayor Mick Curran said “this expo has been the leading platform for organisations to present career pathways and further education opportunities not only to school students and their parents, but also to members of the community who wish to increase their skills or employment prospects.”
“We are delighted to host this event and it demonstrates Council’s commitment to nurturing a region of opportunity and growth for current and future generations,” he said.
With continued support from local business, industry, university, TAFE, training and employment service providers, the Gympie Regional Careers Expo 2017 promises to be the best one yet.
To register as a sponsor, exhibitor or school, or if you would like to know more, visit
www.gympie.qld.gov.au/careers-expo or contact Council’s Community Development Team directly on 1300 307 800.
20 April 2017
I refer to the matter recently before Council regarding the provision of legal support for staff and Councillors who individually have to defend themselves for actions undertaken as a public official. I urge anyone with an interest in the topic to acquaint themselves with the facts, which are:
• State legislation has always contained the ability for Council to support staff and Councillors who have the need to legally defend themselves personally over a matter related to their role as a public official.
• Council has been requested by the Ombudsman to put in place policy guidelines around how this legislation is applied.
• Clarifying how the existing provisions of the Local Government are applied is an action supported by the Department of Local Government and the Local Government Association of Queensland.
• This policy has no impact whatsoever on anyone's ability to express views about local government.
I have already written to the Minister for Local Government suggesting that a state-wide approach should be taken.
I urge the community to take the time to understand the issue and to be aware that Council whole-heartedly supports freedom of speech.
Gympie Regional Council, nor any council can restrict any persons common law right to freedom of political speech.