The fire front rages on the top of Black Snake Range on Sunday evening. Photo taken from Thorneside Rd, Widgee.
The fire front rages on the top of Black Snake Range on Sunday evening. Photo taken from Thorneside Rd, Widgee.

Fires, formals and freedom fight - it’s been a big 2 weeks

MEGA GALLERY: Every single glamorous 2019 graduate at their Gympie formal

WHILE the Class of 2019 provided the region with a stunning and glamorous spark last week, it was sparks of a different kind that were causing havoc for property owners and firefighters in the western parts of the region.

GYMPIE FORMALS - St Patricks 2019 Formal - Elizabeth Waters and Darcy Cartwright
GYMPIE FORMALS - St Patricks 2019 Formal - Elizabeth Waters and Darcy Cartwright

Indeed, it has been a frightening couple of weeks for many of our friends and neighbours this past fornight, with fires threatening homes at Black Snake and Cinnabar.

Cinnabar fire on Kinbombi Rd, west of Gympie
Cinnabar fire on Kinbombi Rd, west of Gympie

CLICK HERE: Black Snake fire filthy with fuel

CLICK HERE: Police called in to direct traffic through thick smoke of Cinnabar fire

While the worst threat has eased today those fires are still being closely monitored and it would only take the wrong sort of weather conditions to make them flare up.

The weather conditions we are all hoping and praying for must surely arrive sooner or later. Rain. We need it bad.

CLICK HERE: Why the Gympie region should be drought declared

If we don’t get it soon the region bay again be drought declared, though there are plenty who think it should be drought declared right now. At least then our farmers might be entitled to more support.

David Flower, Chatsworth volunteer firefighter.
David Flower, Chatsworth volunteer firefighter.

BRING BACK BACKBURNING: He’s a local firey and he’s been fighting fires for 63 years.

Fear and drama has been occuring on the highway and our local streets too, with a Southside man remanded in custody this week after allegedly leading police on a wild and terrifying chase that ended in a crash on the Sunshine Coast.

WATCH: Deadly moment in Gympie car chase

He wasn’t the only one to front court this week. Drink drivers were there copping their punishment on Thursday morning.

Keeping you - our wonderful and loyal readers - abreast of all the breaking news, as well as what our council is up to and everything else that happens in this region, is what we love doing here at The Gympie Times.

NEWS 360 Right to Know: regional newspapers throw weight behind press freedom campaign.
NEWS 360 Right to Know: regional newspapers throw weight behind press freedom campaign.

CLICK HERE: Why is government keeping information from us?

Sadly, we find ourselves in a fight now to defend our right to information in this country - YOUR right to information. Government at all levels would love nothing more than to choke the life out of freedom of the press.

Drugs, drug use, intravenous, syringe, methylamphetamine, ice, drug addiction, drug abuse
Drugs, drug use, intravenous, syringe, methylamphetamine, ice, drug addiction, drug abuse

DISGUSTING: Druggie leaves bloodly needle behind at Gympie High

Without us, politicians would have free reign to bamboozle, lie, manipulate and god knows what else. This can not happen.

Right to KNow
Right to KNow

Like the meme says, first they took the journalists - we don’t know what happened after that.

READ IT: This poem called “What the hell are we fighting for?” was written by a fire fighter from the Black Snake fire

Well that’s enough from me. Have a great weekend everyone - maybe I will catch you at the races tomorrow. It’s going to be huge. Good luck to everyone who is entered in the car draw.

Shelley Strachan winner of Achievements in Regional Journalism at the News Awards 2018, held at the Hyatt Regency, Sydney. Picture: Jonathan Ng
Shelley Strachan winner of Achievements in Regional Journalism at the News Awards 2018, held at the Hyatt Regency, Sydney. Picture: Jonathan Ng
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