Two people died in a serious crash at Gunalda in March.
Two people died in a serious crash at Gunalda in March.

This week’s headlines: Gympie stories you may have missed

HAPPY weekend, Gympie region.

Here’s what’s making news this morning:

1. REVEALED: Gympie’s most expensive suburbs – Scott Kovacevic

THE southern entrance to Gympie has emerged as the region’s property gold mine, with median house prices in some southern suburbs breaking the half-million dollar mark.

FULL STORY HERE

The suburbs with the highest media sale price in the region have been revealed.
The suburbs with the highest media sale price in the region have been revealed.

2. Boost for Gympie landmark event involving 7000 people – Shelley Strachan

Gympie’s Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival will be ready for lights, cameras and action next year, with Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announcing an $18,250 grant for the event.

FULL STORY HERE

3. ‘DISGUSTING’: Illegal dumping ruins popular family spot – Maddie Manwaring

Tin Can Bay residents are fed up with the “disgusting” illegal rubbish dumping that continues to happen on vacant blocks of land on the beautiful Cooloola Coast, marketed for its pristine environment.

READ MORE HERE

Illegal rubbish dumping at Tin Can Bay
Illegal rubbish dumping at Tin Can Bay

And here’s some of our top stories this week, just in case you missed them:

4. 20yo dad downs bottle of Wild Turkey, punches cop in face – Maddie Manwaring

A MAN who “blacked out” after drinking almost an entire litre of Wild Turkey told the Gympie Magistrates Court he did not remember punching a police officer or jumping into an unknown bystander’s car.

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Branden Powell pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer
Branden Powell pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer

5. COVID causes permanent closure of beloved Mary St store – Scott Kovacevic

Gympie’s Endeavour Foundation has shut its doors permanently, with the pandemic dealing the death blow to a business besieged by other challenges.

MORE HERE

6. Hundreds of fireys ‘desperately needed’ now – Chris Clarke

Queensland has a “desperate shortage” of firefighters to cope with the upcoming bushfire season. And 350 firefighters must be immediately employed, according to the state’s firefighting union.

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7. MP says more virus spikes are a ‘reality’ – Matt Collins

A Queensland MP has warned of the potential for more COVID-19 spikes in the state, and suggested residents should learn to adapt to the new way of life.

FULL STORY HERE

Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien.
Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien.

8. Man, 38, assaulted as he camped at Tiaro overnight – Josh Preston

A 38-year-old man was allegedly assaulted as he camped at a Tiaro facility overnight, police have revealed.

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9. Gympie remembers Tatts Hotel 30 years on from devastating fire – Maddie Manwaring

MORE than 30 years on, Gympie residents have remembered the night Tattersall’s Hotel tragically burned to the ground, and the bravery of witnesses and firefighters.

MORE HERE

August 6, 1989, fire destroys the popular
August 6, 1989, fire destroys the popular "Tatts" Hotel. It is still missed today.

10. GYMPIE ELDER: “We do not get the same justice” – Maddie Manwaring

COLD and wet weather did not deter Gympie region residents from commemorating NAIDOC Week at a special flag raising ceremony in Nelsen Reserve on Friday morning.

MORE HERE

Reverend Dave Thomas and Aunty Lillian Burke at the NAIDOC Week 2020 flag raising in Gympie
Reverend Dave Thomas and Aunty Lillian Burke at the NAIDOC Week 2020 flag raising in Gympie

11. ‘He saved my son’s life’: Mum honours shark attack victim – Lucy Rutherford

Fraser Island shark attack victim Matthew Tratt saved a young man’s life from drowning just over three years before, tragically, losing his own.

FULL STORY

Shark attack victim Matthew Tratt, with his wife Kayla, Matthew died following a fatal shark bite off Fraser Island. The man was spearfishing in the waters off Indian Head when he was bitten by a shark. A doctor and nurse provided first aid to the man on the shore, prior to paramedics attending the scene. The man sustained injuries to his leg and succumbed to those injuries just after 4.30pm. – P
Shark attack victim Matthew Tratt, with his wife Kayla, Matthew died following a fatal shark bite off Fraser Island. The man was spearfishing in the waters off Indian Head when he was bitten by a shark. A doctor and nurse provided first aid to the man on the shore, prior to paramedics attending the scene. The man sustained injuries to his leg and succumbed to those injuries just after 4.30pm. – P

12. Man on fatal crash charge fails to appear in M’boro court

A man charged with causing a crash that claimed the lives of a Glenwood couple has failed to appear in court.

FULL STORY

13. ‘Absolutely beside myself’: Gympie legend honoured with OAM – Maddie Manwaring

GYMPIE volunteer Marlene Owen was awarded with a prestigious Order of Australia medal during a ceremony at Government House Queensland.

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Marlene Owen, OAM Recipient 07/07/2020
Marlene Owen, OAM Recipient 07/07/2020

14. Gympie’s huge lockdown drug spike leads to multiple arrests – Scott Kovacevic

The Gympie region recorded its highest number of drug crimes to start a year since the turn of the century, including a prolonged spike coinciding with the pandemic lockdown.

CHECK OUT THE FULL STORY HERE

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