Gympie Times editor Craig Warhurst
Gympie Times editor Craig Warhurst Tanya Easterby

Gympie let down by State Govt

APPARENTLY the Newman Government doesn't think any Gympie or Mary Valley real estate agent is capable of selling government-owned land in the Mary Valley by themselves.

The Gympie Times fielded several calls from real estate agents yesterday disgusted with the decision to have Brisbane real estate firm, Oliver Hume Real Estate Group, handle the properties.

I for one can't blame them.

Why would the State Government not give real estate agents in the region a chance to sell these prime properties and retain all of the commission, not just a percentage?

They have the local knowledge, the people on the ground and most of all they employ locals, many who have been negatively affected by the dam and the past two major floods.

I'm no real estate guru but to me the best way to sell the properties and give everyone a chance of getting a piece of the pie would be to open list them.

Either that or they could strategically release the properties and share them between agents as exclusive listings.

I find it hard to believe the Government doesn't think Gympie agents are up to the task of marketing the properties.

Many of our real estate agents are members of massive companies with national and international backing.

Much larger than Oliver Hume.

In the current scenario even if Oliver Hume does divide every property up between local agents, 40% of the commission will go out of town.

If buyers go straight to Oliver Hume, which is highly probable, the entire commission will be going out of town.

Once again the Gympie community has been let down by the State Government.

Gympie Times


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