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.
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.
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.
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.
Here are some other stories you may have missed:
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.
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Until next week...