Gympie Times Editor Shelley Strachan
Gympie Times Editor Shelley Strachan Renee Albrecht

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WE LOVE our sport here in the Gympie region and it is a proud weekend for us, with our local AFL team peaking at the right end of the season and playing it out for grand final glory up in Hervey Bay tomorrow.

Gympie Cats Grand Final team photo.
Gympie Cats Grand Final team photo. Josh Preston

Our local lads have surprised more than a few, I think, with their physical, robust brand of Aussie Rules, and the town that was once a rugby league heartland is now punching above its weight in that other brand of footy.

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Reporter Josh Preston on the sideline at Hervey Bay tomorrow covering the Cats big AFL grand final.

Josh Preston
Josh Preston Renee Albrecht

Go the Cats! Let's hope the boys acquit themselves well tomorrow and bring home the gold. Even if they don't win, they and their coach Courtney Findlay are already legends for a huge season.

We are coming to the pointy end of the winter sports season and we are pulling out all the stops this year to give all our local sporting legends the coverage and congratulations they deserve.

Don't miss our photo galleries and stories online and in print over the weekend and early next week, on the Gympie hockey finals and presentations, the netball finals and the rugby league finals.

Late yesterday, another controversial decision emerged from Gympie Regional Council, with the announcement that the iconic and historic Gold Rush street parade will be taken out of Mary St and instead will progress from the top of Mellor St, down the rather steep hill that is Mellor St and into the library car park area.

Gold Rush, Peter and Zeva Green.
Gold Rush, Peter and Zeva Green. LEEROY TODD

It's an odd one. I've got to be honest and admit I simply didn't believe when I first read the council statement.

"Surely this is a typo,” I said. But it wasn't.

Our reporters are busy finding out today exactly how the council came to this decision, and getting a response from residents and stakeholders.

Gympie Gold Rush Parade through Mary St
Gympie Gold Rush Parade through Mary St Patrick Woods

Judging from the reaction on Facebook so far, a lot of people want to know why too.

I guess the best way to not be surprised, shocked or disappointed in the decisions being made by the Gympie council is to get involved. Let them know what you think, participate when the council asks for public input.

On Monday, the council wants the public to get involved in a discussion on the future of the Gympie Saleyards: should they stay where they are and stay the same, should they be relocated, should they be upgraded?

A Dan Sullivan Livestock employee guides some cattle through the yards at the Gympie Saleyards
A Dan Sullivan Livestock employee guides some cattle through the yards at the Gympie Saleyards Craig Warhurst

I would encourage anyone with an interest in the saleyards to get out there and be heard.

Finally, don't miss Scott Kovecevic's expose in tomorrow's Gympie Times (both on the website and in print) on how rates in the Gympie region compare with similar sized councils throughout Queensland.

CLICK HERE: Scott Kovacevic on the council issues that have split Gympie region in the last 25 years

Scott is also writing an article on the apparent rate hike dumped on many of our farmers this year - up to 10% increases for some rural property owners in the Gympie region.

Scott Kovacevic
Scott Kovacevic Renee Albrecht

It hasn't affected all farmers, but certainly some, and at a time when our rural producers are already under siege from a crippling drought that might not directly be impacting this region, but which has already sent the price of everything in agri-business through the roof.

Councillors Mark McDonald, Bob Fredman, Hilary Smerdon, Mal Gear, Dan Stewart, Glen Hartwig, Daryl Dodt and Deputy Mayor Bob Leitch at the council's budget meeting.
Councillors Mark McDonald, Bob Fredman, Hilary Smerdon, Mal Gear, Dan Stewart, Glen Hartwig, Daryl Dodt and Deputy Mayor Bob Leitch at the council's budget meeting. Phil Coquerand
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