From the Mayor's Office: Spirit of Anzac
I FEEL privileged to have been part of several Anzac Day services throughout the region.
From the lighting of the flame on Friday evening through to the march in Gympie on Saturday, the record breaking turnout of all generations to pay respect to our former and current defence force personnel was fantastic to see.
Highlights of the day were many, but the unveiling of a new ceramic mural in Memorial Lane by former Mayoress Dulcie Dyne and the flyover and salute by the Military F/A-18F Super Hornet stood out for me.
I'm confident that the amazing community spirit shown on this 100th Anzac Day will continue throughout the coming years if the number of young families attending is an indication.
As we pay respects to our older generations' contributions it's also vital to give the best life opportunities to the younger generations in our region, and I am happy that council is part of a successful partnership with the Gympie and District Community Bank branch of Bendigo Bank and Life Education Australia.
On Monday, Social Wellbeing Portfolio councillor Rae Gâté helped launch the revamped Life Education van at Jones Hill State School.
Life Education has provided our kids with drug and health education in Gympie for many years and the fresh van will enable many more children to benefit.
On behalf of the council I welcome two new councillors, Ray Currie for Division 6 and Bob Leitch for Division 7.
The two new councillors were appointed after a very thorough nomination, interview and voting process.
I look forward to working with them to achieve some great outcomes for the region as a whole.