Draft 2018/19 Budget Overview
Have your say on Council's draft budget overview.
Curra Community Hall Grand Opening
Come along for a family-fun day of activities and entertainment.
Hazardous Waste Day
Residents can drop off their hazardous household waste for free on Saturday, 26 May.
Eat Local Month - GourMAY
Enjoy a variety of events and activities that celebrate our region's produce over the month of May.
Smithfield Street Competition Launched!
Would you like the chance to win one a $100 voucher?
Simply spend $10 or more at any participating businesses between the 13 March 2017 and 30 June 2017 to enter the draw. A winner will be drawn every week until 30 June 2017.
The competition is an initiative by Gympie Regional Council to encourage support and patronage during the Smithfield Street Revitalisation construction period.
The Revitalisation project will introduce new street furniture, pedestrian crossing points, significant street tree planting and landscaping, streetscape lighting, public art, and widened pedestrian pavement areas to encourage alfresco dining and encourage an ‘eat street’ atmosphere and is scheduled for completion late October (weather permitting).
The project is jointly funded by the Queensland Government’s Building our Regions program and Gympie Regional Council.
To enter the competition, write your name and phone number on your receipt and place in the entry box at one of the eight participating businesses throughout Smithfield Street including:
- Monica’s Hair Design;
- Gympie Meat Hall;
- Crystalign Connections Teahouse;
- Dish Restaurant & Wine Bar;
- The Happy Yak;
- Anytime Fitness;
- Paninis Bakery & Café; and
One entry per valid receipt.
The winning vouchers can only be redeemed at the participating businesses between 27 March 2017 and 30 November 2017.
This week has seen the introduction of new legislation for local government particularly regarding how conflicts of interest are managed and the process for bringing complaints against councillors. These changes come in the wake of the recent high profile prosecution of councillors.
Whilst everyone is entitled to the presumption of innocence, serious allegations and charges have been made against councillors from at least 4 councils across Queensland.
Along with my fellow Mayors from the Wide Bay Burnett area, I was fortunate to meet with the local Government Minister, Sterling Hinchliffe and as a collective group, offered our full support.
As I have said previously, no councillor across Queensland should hold any fears regarding this new legislation if they are doing the right thing and working for their community.
There are 77 councils right across Qld and issues have been identified in only 4.
As the Minister said last week, the vast majority of Councillors and staff are doing the right thing, and this is the positive we can take away.
I for one welcome the new legislation which I am sure will see Councillors doing the wrong thing brought to justice. More importantly, those of us acting with integrity and ethically and making our communities a better place, can have the ongoing confidence of the community and get on with the job.
On another note, this week we are celebrating National Volunteer Week where we get to acknowledge and appreciate the incredible contribution that our local volunteers make to the Gympie region.
We have an truly generous community who give of their time to sporting, musical, community, and charity groups to name a few, because they want to make a difference.
And I’m looking forward to celebrating with them all at our Annual Morning Tea tomorrow at the Civic Centre. Thank you to all our volunteers for your hard work, commitment and dedication - you make the Gympie region a better place to live.