Gympie Times editor Craig Warhurst at the Albion printing press which Gympie man Lex Stolberg’s great-grandfather Con Galloway helped bring to Gympie in 1868. Con was one of the first employees of The Gympie Times, then known as the Nashville Times.
Gympie Times editor Craig Warhurst at the Albion printing press which Gympie man Lex Stolberg’s great-grandfather Con Galloway helped bring to Gympie in 1868. Con was one of the first employees of The Gympie Times, then known as the Nashville Times. Tanya Easterby

'Hell Town' tag now a memory

WITH just over 50 weapons being handed into Gympie Police in the latest State Government gun amnesty, Gympie's tag as the gun capital of Australia must be over.

Statewide more than 8,500 unregistered firearms have been registered or surrendered during the three month weapons amnesty.

Yesterday was the final day Queenslanders with unregistered firearms could take advantage of the amnesty.

The last time there was an amnesty, hundreds of guns were given up in the Gympie region.

With less than a quarter of that number handed in this time around, Gympie's tag of being the nations gun capital and "Hell Town", earned during the anti gun control days of the 1990s, is just a bad memory.

The "Hell Town" label was always unfair. Gympie has always been a great place to bring up kids and live.

But it is great not to give the knockers any more ammunition.

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