Maddie Walker and Sarah Lord are gearing up for celebrations for New Years Eve.
Maddie Walker and Sarah Lord are gearing up for celebrations for New Years Eve.

Sad, desperate end to 2019 a good reason to embrace New Year

WHAT will 2019 be remembered for? Drought? Fire? The year our politicians plumbed new depths of mediocrity?

For me, the standout headlines have definitely been the weather, climate change and lacklustre leadership.

In the Gympie region, we are still desperately wait for rain, while reports now filter through of local farmers being forced to shoot stock as a direct result of the drought.

Tonight’s fireworks will go ahead in Nelson Reserve, but not everywhere — Woodford Folk Festival, just down the road, made the decision yesterday to cancel out of respect for the conditions.

FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2017, file photo, fireworks explode over the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as New Year's celebrations are underway in Sydney. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, Sydney's iconic New Year's Eve fireworks will go ahead despite the wildfire crisis to show the world
FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2017, file photo, fireworks explode over the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as New Year's celebrations are underway in Sydney. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, Sydney's iconic New Year's Eve fireworks will go ahead despite the wildfire crisis to show the world "Australia’s resiliency.“ Authorities meanwhile braced for conditio

According to Chinese astrology, 2019 was a great year to invest and make money. I am still waiting. 2020, it says, will be marked by radical positions and choices. Sounds ominous but not unfamiliar, and in keeping with the general “we’ve had a gutful” vibe laid down these past 12 months.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this time next year we can look back on a year of gentle (not flooding) rain, peace and sustainable, equitable prosperity?

The best thing about December 31 is the sense of hope, possibility and renewal it brings. Happy New Year everyone. Let us hope and pray it is outstanding.

Gympie Times


Well known Gympie name in council race

premium_icon Well known Gympie name in council race

What should Gympie council be focused on? This election candidate thinks he...

Owen: 'It’s been 18 days since I was called a liar'

premium_icon Owen: 'It’s been 18 days since I was called a liar'

Letter: 'I told my accuser to contact me — still nothing.”

REVEALED: Gympie’s top nine cricket players

premium_icon REVEALED: Gympie’s top nine cricket players

From star ton-hitters to creative wicket-takers, these are the elite Gympie...