Explore, taste and experience the Gympie Region during the month of GourMAY
Foodies from far and wide need to get their taste buds ready with the whole month of May dedicated to celebrating the Gympie Region’s delicious local produce, dining and food experiences from local producers and businesses.
GourMay – Eat Local Month will launch at the Gympie Town Centre Growers Market, Wednesday 3 May from 7am in Memorial Park Gympie.
There will be cooking demonstrations featuring tasty ways with our local produce by Gympie Region’s official Food and Food Tourism Ambassador, Matt Golinski, and an outside broadcast by Nugget and Al of Zinc 96.1.
Gympie Regional Council’s Mayor Mick Curran said “the Gympie Region is a vibrant contributor to Queensland’s food and agribusiness sector and Eat Local Month is an opportunity for our residents and businesses to showcase and celebrate all that we have to offer.”
“This is a fantastic opportunity to promote our region as a key destination for food related tourism and major events in Queensland and initiatives like these demonstrate how productive, creative and diverse our region is,” he said.
Throughout May there will be a tantalising menu of events and activities catering to all ages and tastes including the month’s signature event the 5Chef’s Long Table Lunch, Goomeri Pumpkin Festival, Gympie Show, Gympie Garden Expo and much more.
Restaurants in the region are also getting on board and will be displaying the Gympie Gold Regional Produce symbol on menus and signature GourMAY dishes that celebrate the theme of explore, taste and experience.
“This is your chance to support local farmers, producers and food businesses in the region in true farm to fork style,” he said.
What has been shared here is just a small piece of the pie so for more information go to
www.gympieregionalproduce.com.au, follow @GympieRegionalProduce on Facebook or contact Council’s Economic Development Team on 1300 307 800.
For more information visit www.gympie.qld.gov.au/greatgympie or visit the Gympie Regional Council’s Facebook page.
21 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.