Council to celebrate the region’s volunteers
Gympie Regional Council, Tony Perrett MP, Member for Gympie, and the Gympie Region Volunteer Centre are proud to host the Annual Celebration of Volunteering on Wednesday 3 May.
This event is a fun-filled morning tea which features guest speakers, pamper stations, activities and great musical entertainment by local artists to celebrate volunteers from across the Gympie region.
“This event is a wonderful opportunity to recognise the dedication and hard work of countless volunteers that contribute to making our region the natural choice to live, work and play,” said Gympie Regional Council’s Mayor, Mick Curran.
“I strongly encourage everyone to come along and for volunteer-based organisations, it’s an ideal opportunity to book a table to give your hard working volunteers a much deserved morning out,” he said.
The event is running as part of National Volunteer Week with the theme of Give Happy, Live Happy, as research shows that volunteers live happier and healthier lives.
The event is free and will be held on Wednesday 3 May from 10am – 12 noon at The Pavilion, Gympie. Bookings are essential for catering purposes. To reserve your place or book a table, visit www.gympie.qld.gov.au/national-volunteer-week and click on the ‘reserve your place’ link or contact Council’s Community Development Team directly on 1300 307 800.
For more information about volunteering in our region contact the Gympie Region Volunteer Centre via email at email@example.com. For more information about National Volunteer Week visit www.volunteeringaustralia.org.
20 April 2017
Last week I attended the Regional Organisation of Councils (ROC) Assembly in Brisbane, hosted by Lord Mayor Graham QUIRK. The ROC assembly brings together the chairpersons of each Council group right across Queensland to collaborate on the big picture issues affecting local government and our residents, whilst ensuring long term planning across regional Queensland.
This group advocates as a collective voice, to both the state and federal tiers of government on behalf of our regions.
The three major issues raised included water security for agriculture and urban growth, telecommunications and adequate transport infrastructure.
When we consider water security for the Wide Bay Burnett area, like most of Queensland, we experience both flood and drought. Whilst councils are in no way advocating for the 'political' solution such as the Traveston Dam, as a collective group we believe both state and federal governments should be looking at methods of providing sound water security strategies and responsible infrastructure to ensure adequate water allocations can be guaranteed well into the future.
Telecommunications, as we all know, is vital. Queensland is a large state with a diverse population base and we believe more could be done to ensure regional businesses have the same opportunities as those in the cities.
I was also proud to attend the Gympie Regional Council Cyber Bullying forum last week. Community members who had the opportunity to attend were briefed on strategies to protect their children from cyber bullying and internet safety from two excellent presenters in Michelle Murray from Bully Zero Australia, and Ali Halkic, who tragically lost his son due to online bullying. I hope that those in attendance gained some valuable information and those who were unable to attend can view the presentation on Gympie Regional Council's website.