Divide is no longer our barrier
A COLD and frosty Wednesday morning saw Gympie's business community cross a psychological divide, as well as a physical one, as they went to Toowoomba in search of mining boom profits and jobs.
They travelled by pre-dawn bus to the Surat Basin Energy and Mining Expo at Toowoomba Showgrounds, where they set about finding markets for the region's products, people and property.
Although no longer a physical obstacle, the range has been a psychological barrier for far too long, according to Gympie Regional Realty's Sally Garrahy.
She wants mining and exploration firms to consider setting up office and transport facilities in the Gympie Region.
"We're sick of seeing all that highway traffic taking business elsewhere," she said.
Jennifer McClelland, of Advanced Personnel Management, described her day as "excellent - information overload really". She was looking for job opportunities for clients.