Ryley, 15, Lacey, 9, and Cameron, 11, Lee cool off at the weir on the Mary River during the heatwave.
Ryley, 15, Lacey, 9, and Cameron, 11, Lee cool off at the weir on the Mary River during the heatwave. Patrick Woods

Latest from The Gympie Times' Editor's desk

IT'S the first week of autumn, which should means a change in temperature any day now.

It's hard to believe we are already in the third month of 2018 - before we know it there will be Christmas decorations back in shopping centres.

For those of you who not only get your news fix online but also read The Gympie Times newspaper you will notice some recent changes to our style.

Changes have been made to the way our stories are presented, with the updates designed to better showcase the best of our region.

Bolder headlines, larger body font and additional stand-out design elements have all been introduced in reaction to reader feedback.

The new design has also created space for more stories.

It follows on from changes made to our new-look website, which was launched last month.

We're for making a difference.

Too often we are forced to report on road trauma in our region, and our campaign to fast track completion of the $1 billion Section D of the Cooroy to Curra bypass has not slowed down.

Rescue services try frantically to save the lives of two people trapped inside this vehicle involved in a double fatality on the Pacific Highway at Chatsworth Island south of the Mororo Bridge.
Rescue services try frantically to save the lives of two people trapped inside this vehicle involved in a double fatality on the Pacific Highway at Chatsworth Island south of the Mororo Bridge. Deborah Novak

This campaign has been joined now by our renewed push for compulsory driver education through Queensland schools; a push that went hard in 2002 and again in 2015 - let's hope this time this community can get it over the line.

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Last week parts of our region received up to 300mm of rain, the Mary River experienced a minor flood and at least two cars became trapped in flash flooding.

The Gympie Times' drone was put to good use, grabbing some spectacular footage of the Mary River in flood.

We're for celebrating our young talent. Local fitness trainer Adam Cross and his team Two Badgers and one Anchor made us all proud when they made it through to the semi-finals of Spartan Australia.

Here are some other stories you may have missed:

80 rescued turtle eggs ready to hatch at Rainbow Beach

Don't like how council spends your rates? Then you will love this

Bad report card: Gympie council ponders what went wrong

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The Gympie Times is also fighting for our university students as part of our Fair Go campaign.

Regional students have been hit again - this time by a freeze on funding to universities that will reinforce the city-country education gap.

By reporting on issues like this and keeping it in the public's eye it is hoped we can help bring change and keep regional communities, like Gympie, at the front of mind for policy makers.

We're for making a difference for this region and the people who live here.

If you want to contact me email editor@gympietimes.com

Until next week...

Gympie Times


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