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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


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