Business

Mary – our forgotten tourist destination?

Graham Engeman on the banks of the Mary River.
Graham Engeman on the banks of the Mary River. Renee Albrecht

DEVELOPING the banks of the Mary River through the Gympie region should be a priority project for the new Gympie Regional Council, Division 4 candidate Graham Engeman said yesterday.

Mr Engeman said that after 150 years of settlement in Gympie it was time to embrace the river and make it a focal drawcard to Gympie and the region.

"Has anyone been down to the Mary River?" he said.

"Did you know it flows right through the Gympie council region from Moy Pocket to Miva and all that length there are only two little parks on its banks?

"One is at Miva and the other at Normanby Bridge in Gympie.

"The Mary River is one of the great river systems in Queensland and Australia. People across the world have heard about and seen the floods.

"Loads of 'grey nomads' pass through the region and many have complained they could not park beside it.

"Imagine going to Victoria and not being able to get to the Murray River.

"The Mary River must be the greatest forgotten tourist destination in the Gympie region.

"Not to mention the thousands of residents who live their lives beside it but never enjoy its waters.

"The dirt track down to the weir below Monkland St or the other dirt track near Aldi are for the few who know the pleasures of fishing and kayaking and swimming in its gentle waters.

"Some will say because it floods, nothing can be built on its banks.

"We don't need a theme park there; simply an RV parking area and general parking and picnic areas for families and tourists to enjoy.

"The floods have washed over the weir and many farming paddocks for decades without a great deal of damage. The benefits would outweigh the clean-up costs.

"The land below the Gold Nugget service station or beside the park near Normanby Bridge springs to mind as gentle land with easy access to the river.

"Both are above the weir and have some depth of water.

"The Mary River Catchment Committee had plans for educational activities on the Mary River if there was an easy access point.

"The community meetings held in the Mary Valley during the Traveston Dam days were very vocal that there were no public access points or parks on the River without going through private land.

"This is a project I call upon the next Gympie Regional Council to bring to fruition and after over a 150 years of settlement in Gympie.

"Let's finally embrace the Mary River and make it a focal drawcard to Gympie and the region.

"Love to hear what residents think."

Gympie Times


How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

MP's best wishes for 'man of integrity'

NO QUESTION: Gympie MP Tony Perrett has congratulated former Nations leader and recent political retiree, Lawrence Springborg, on a career marked by "stand out integrity.”

Perrett congratulates retired colleague on "stand out integrity”

Are agents undervaluing Gympie properties?

Letter writer questions whether Gympie properties are being under valued.

Letter writer questions values put on Gympie properties

There's plenty to do today in Gympie

Heaps to do in Gympie today.

Support groups, gem clubs and markets; we've got you covered.

Local Partners

Laughter the best present

Bruce's latest adventure has Miss9 shooting straight from the hip, as usual.


Your definitive Gympie guide to school holiday fun

HANDS ON: Get the chance to create your own clay animals at the Gympie Regional Gallery.

Check out the amazing things to do over the school holidays.

GARAGE SALES: Where to grab a bargain this weekend

Several sales are being held in Rockhampton on Saturday as part of the national Garage Sale Trail.

Take a look at these treasure troves

Kernaghan's a 'boy from the bush' with a timeless quality

Country music singer Lee Kernaghan.

Lee Kernaghan is celebrating the 25th year of his breakthrough song.

Cruz Beckham's single a 'one-off'

He is not planning to launch a full-time music career yet.

Louis Tomlinson's mother dies aged 42

Louis Tomlinson's mother has died.

Respect and Christmas joy

RESPECT: Gympie's Mary-Helen Buchan (right) performing at the Memorial Park Rotunda with fellow James Nash Vocal group singers Hadassah Covert, Red Smith, Jonas White and Naomi Kassulske.

Gympie singer takes the big Christmas message to Brisbane

Star Wars spin off gets green light grom Lucas

Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen star in the movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Lucas said to have enjoyed the latest Star Wars spin-off

BOOK REVIEW: The Mask of Command

This narrative from Anicent Rome has it all

The tech-version of the old pop-up book is here

IS THE old cardboard pop-up book a thing of the past?

The apple and the worm

Gympie journalist Arthur Gorrie.

Progress leaps along, so let's look first

Essential to get new Maroochydore CBD fundamentals right

LOOKING AHEAD: The central business district at Maroochydore is planned to be the heart of the Sunshine Coast.

SunCentral reports good progress on 53ha Sunshine Coast city heart

'Crucial' farm land eyed by defence department

Lawson Geddes moving the Brangus cattle to higher ground - which is the land the Defence Department is interested taking for the Shoalwater Bay expansion.

"You can't have one without the other.”

Former Shark Show for sale for $1.3 million

Vic Hislop at the old Shark Show.

TALK about a jaws-dropping real estate opportunity.

There's a whole lot of luxury in this home

The Endeavour Foundation's latest prize home in Mountain Creek.

WHEN it comes to desirable homes, it's hard to go past a prize home.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!