The best 9 things I've read this week in The Gympie Times
THE Gympie Show has hogged the limelight this week and the weather has been kind to the Show organisers, especially new president Graham Engeman and secretary Sarah Neimand, who are dealing with all the challenges of their first Show in their new roles.
If you know where the Show Office at the Showgrounds you might want to drop off a beer or a wine to these two, who will no doubt collapse in a heap on Sunday. And if you are heading out to the Show today take into account the heavy traffic on Exhibition Rd (see photo).
Congratulations to them and to the myriad of volunteers who pull together to make our show the best country show in Queensland. It really is something to crow about - and that's just what will be going on in the Poultry pavilion.
If you haven't been out there yet this week, please do your self a favour and support something that makes this community the great place it is to live and work. If you love fireworks, head out there tonight or tomorrow night. They are incredible and we all have the stalwarts tom and Lyn Grady to thank for that.
On the not-so-pleasant side of things, the former partner of George Gerbic will go to trial, charged with his murder and dismemberment, in July. Mr Gerbic's mutilated body made national headlines when it was discovered burnt and laying on the side of a road in the Gympie region five years ago.
Gympie council brought down its draft budget for public comment on Wednesday, indicating ratepayers are in for a 2.5% rate rise - and some are in for a 10% rate rise. As expected that has drawn a bit of fire.
And back onto a more heartfelt topic, Rainbow Beach businessman Tony Stewart's tireless work for the drought ravaged families of western Queensland shows no sign of slowing up. You can help Tony by buying a ticket to this years Bush to Beach fundraising dinner at Rainbow Beach. The Gympie Times will be there.
It has been another big week but bringing this region its daily news, and being a champion for our readers and our community is the greatest pleasure and honour. Catch you all next week and hope you manage to make it to the Show. Whatever you are doing, have a great weekend.