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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 volunteer@chsn.org.au. For more information about National Volunteer Week visit www.volunteeringaustralia.org.

20 April 2017


Mayor's Column - Wednesday 19 July Mayor's Column - Wednesday 19 July

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.

Cr. Mick Curran, Mayor