I LOVE GYMPIE REGION: Gympie Regional Council Mayor Mick Curran in conjunction with The Gympie Times deputy editor Shelley Strachan hands over a donation to Little Haven's Sue Manton.The money was donations made to the Little Haven in return for an I Love Gympie Region cap.
I LOVE GYMPIE REGION: Gympie Regional Council Mayor Mick Curran in conjunction with The Gympie Times deputy editor Shelley Strachan hands over a donation to Little Haven's Sue Manton.The money was donations made to the Little Haven in return for an I Love Gympie Region cap. Craig Warhurst

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CHILLING indeed the revelation that police now believe the victim of the horrific woodchipper incident at Goomboorian just before Christmas did not fall.

It has been a disturbing end to a busy week in the Gympie region, where Peter Blyth and the Zodiac Players last weekend excelled themselves with their Youth Theatre presentation of Shrek the Musical.

There were a few sound issues at the Civic Centre, but the five performances drew resounding and enthusiastic applause and praise.

(Back from left) Hayden Capell (Donkey), Riley Salter (Shrek), Mary Allen (Fiona), (front) Noah Strachan (Lord Farquaad).
(Back from left) Hayden Capell (Donkey), Riley Salter (Shrek), Mary Allen (Fiona), (front) Noah Strachan (Lord Farquaad).

Local larrikin Adam Cross continued to amuse and entertain us all when he revealed he would be competing in the upcoming Channel 7 Spartans Australia series.

"Anyone who knows me knows that I like to be the centre of attention so being on TV will be awesome,” Adam told us. We can't wait for the show to start, and hope Adam goes all the way.

Gympie Athlete Adam Cross finishes a workout at his home Gym.
Gympie Athlete Adam Cross finishes a workout at his home Gym. Facebook

We've also been busy trying to help our readers change their lives in seven days this week with our series of Life Hacks full of advice on how to save money and fatten your wallet. Our Life Hacks will continue into early next week.

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On a strictly local level, the battle between Gympie Regional Council and embattled local business Widgee Engineering shows no sign of being resolved, with another public meeting planned for February 17, and moves also afoot now for a Gympie Ratepayers group to be formed.

Importantly, our Save our Schoolkids campaign had a huge impact where it counted, with the State Government forced to sit up and take notice of the almost universal endorsement of our push for compulsory swimming lessons in Queensland primary schools.

Finally, our exclusive interview with new Gympie Magistrate Chris Callaghan revealed some surprising details about the man tasked with sitting in judgement on most of our local law breakers.

Mr Callaghan's brooding image on our front page reflected a man passionate about several issues, including the unfair treatment of women.

Chris Callaghan the new magistrate in Gympie.
Chris Callaghan the new magistrate in Gympie. Renee Albrecht
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