Cancer Council thanks Gympie's 850 relay walkers

BRAVO TEAM GYMPIE: The 850-strong crowd of participants at Saturday's Relay for Life in Gympie.
BRAVO TEAM GYMPIE: The 850-strong crowd of participants at Saturday's Relay for Life in Gympie. Leeroy Todd


Thank you, Gympie

I AM writing to thank the community for their outstanding support of Cancer Council Queensland's Gympie Relay For Life at the weekend.

The event was a tremendous success. More than $127,300 was raised by 73 teams and over 850 participants who walked throughout the night to help make a difference in the fight against cancer.

One person is diagnosed with cancer every 20 minutes in Queensland - in the Sunshine Coast region alone, more than 3200 locals are diagnosed with cancer each year. 

With community support we can continue to reach out and support those affected.

All funds raised through Relay For Life enable Cancer Council Queensland to invest in lifesaving research, prevention programs, and patient support services.

A special thank you to the local Relay For Life Committee and volunteers who gave their time to champion our cause for the community.

Because of Relay we are one step closer to a cancer free future.

If you or a loved one needs support following a cancer diagnosis, call 13 11 20 or visit

Donations to Relay can still be made via

Professor Jeff Dunn AO, CEO

Cancer Council Queensland



AFTER much consideration and under protest I have given in and paid the Economic Development (Rattler) Levy.

I did so under protest at the manner in which this levy was forced onto the ratepayers of this region.

Legal advice was to the effect that as the levy wasn't originally paid I was deemed not to have paid my rates. The debt would attract 11% interest and at any time council could commence debt recovery action which could include seizing my house and selling it up.

Mayor Curran, if you and your council cannot manage your budget financially have the guts to stand up and say so.

If you have to put the rates up, do it openly and be prepared to stand up and explain your actions.

Don't hide behind levies such as this one in order to gain even more spending money at the expense of the ratepayers of the region.

What will it be next, the water park levy, the footpath levy, the unmaintained country roads levy?

These levies will never cease and are simply a cash grab by a toxic council administration.

Leigh Burt,



FURTHER to recent letters in The Gympie Times re the Gympie Rattler, I would like to put forward a suggestion.

Perhaps the steam train could run from Gympie to (say) Kandanga, the travellers given morning tea there and then they board a coach.

The coach tour could include scenic and interesting aspects of the Mary Valley, arriving at Imbil in time for lunch. An interesting commentary during the coach tour could give travellers extra information regarding the Mary Valley and surrounding areas.

After lunch, the coach tour could perhaps go on to Borumba Dam (Lake Borumba) for a short visit, before returning the travellers to the train at (say) Kandanga for the train trip back to Gympie.

Just a suggestion.

Janice O'Pray


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