BUSINESS owners in River Rd took a quick break from their flood clean-up yesterday morning to chat with Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey during his inspection of the region.
The Governor was met by Mayor Mick Curran when he flew into Kybong airport at 10.30am.
After morning tea at the Town Hall with police leaders, Gympie MP Tony Perrett and council representatives, the group visited the Gympie flood incident centre before heading down to River Rd to inspect CBD businesses impacted by the 16.6m flood.
Casually dressed for his whistle-stop tour of Gympie and then Biloela later in the day, the Governor said the purpose of his visit was to show his and the Queensland Government's support for the region.
"I am honoured to be here, and this is where I should be," he said.
"I have always thought of Gympie as one of the more attractive towns in south-east Queensland and it is sad that I am here under these circumstances. Gympie has had an 'unfair' share of floods.
"I am here to show my support for the people of Gympie. I see it as a very important part of the role of the Governor to show maximum support for the people."
Cr Curran said the 2013 floods had left Gympie with a $30 million damages bill and damage this year is expected to be similar, though the flood was not as severe.
Deputy Mayor Larry Friske said crossings and approaches to bridges in the Kilkivan area were hit hard last weekend.
Tonnes of debris had been deposited on bridges, particularly Amamoor Creek Bridge, he said.
Mr de Jersey congratulated Gympie people for the "great resilience" they had developed over the years.