OPINION: Mayor's column




COUNCILLORS Rae Gâté and Julie Walker attended the 2015 Australian Local Government Women's Association annual State Conference in Gayndah last week.

Hosted jointly by the ALGWA and North Burnett Regional Council, the conference's theme of Country, Culture and Class covered several issues that are pertinent to the Gympie region. The councillors took away some valuable information about the North Burnett's horticultural export industry, opportunities for youth and community development in regional centres.

I was honoured to be the official starter of the Cyclismo Mary Valley cycling event at the weekend. More than 300 of the state's leading riders competed over a 107km route through our beautiful region.

Our region is making the transition from an emerging destination to a new tourism region for the drive market from Brisbane and interstate. Hosting events such as Cyclismo helps increase our tourism profile. Visitors from Cyclismo staying, eating and shopping here boosted the approximately $140 million of direct economic benefit tourism brings to our region.

It was fantastic to see so many people and families enjoying Winter Trees on Mary last Wednesday evening. The trees are still decorated and have really added to the vibrancy of Mary St. I thank the community groups, schools and business who put so much into decorating their sponsored trees and congratulate trader Tony Goodman and council staff on the success of another Mary St event.

Speaking of people who give to their community, we are now calling nominations for the 2015 Senior Citizen awards.

The awards acknowledge residents aged 60 or more who have made a noteworthy contribution or given outstanding service to our community. The awards are a great way to acknowledge the quiet achievers and givers living among us and I encourage you to nominate someone by going to gympie.qld.gov.au/

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