JULIE Worth, an Amamoor resident helping re-invigorate the Mary Valley, has been selected to appear on the cover of this year's Gympie White Pages and Yellow Pages book, now being distributed throughout Gympie, Rainbow Beach, Tin Can Bay, hinterland and surrounding areas.
This year's Covers Program theme, A Helping Hand, The Aussie Way, recognises Julie for her work developing strategies and projects to boost the local economy and morale.
In 2006, when now-defunct plans to dam the Mary Valley as part of the Traveston Crossing dam project were announced, long-time locals moved away, businesses closed and morale hit an all-time low.
As a volunteer with Mary Valley Inc and a director of Gympie Cooloola Tourism, Julie has been working hard to regenerate the region. She has helped build up sporting groups, instigated transport studies to reconnect the region and is leading the campaign Mary Valley Country - Come out to Play to showcase the region's natural beauty.
Through her work, Julie hopes to share the beauty of the Mary Valley and increase the potential of the area as a tourism destination, which will in turn stimulate the local economy.
"While the Traveston Crossing dam project had a major impact on the region, I like to look to the future and see it as an opportunity for the Mary Valley to reinvent itself," she said.
"I believe every day is an opportunity to make a difference.
"I am excited the natural assets of our region are being showcased on the cover of the book. The cover photo at Amamoor State Forest exemplifies some of the beauty that welcomes visitors to the Mary Valley."
Each year, Sensis, the publisher of the White Pages and Yellow Pages, recognises the efforts of local people in their communities by celebrating their achievements on the cover of its books.
The theme for this year's covers, A Helping Hand, The Aussie Way, was inspired by the thousands of Australians who go above and beyond to help someone in need, or their local community when times are tough.
White Pages Product Manager Sarah Simpson said Australians had always banded together in times of need.
"It's the Aussie way," she said. "No matter what the circumstances are, there's never any questions asked - we just get in and get the job done.
"In this year's Covers Program, we're delighted to recognise and celebrate Aussies who have leant a helping hand when someone has needed it most.
"Julie has set a fantastic example and it is fitting that she has been recognised on the cover of the Gympie White Pages and Yellow Pages."
This year's Gympie White Pages and Yellow Pages book will be distributed over the next six weeks in a new compact-size format.
The height and width of the book has been reduced by 15% to make it more compact and easier to handle. There is also a number of new design and layout improvements that make it easier to search for local people, business and government information and local businesses. The same comprehensive content is included in the book.
As part of White Pages and Yellow Pages accessibility services, magnifying aids are available free of charge for anyone who requires assistance searching the book for White Pages or Yellow Pages content. Orders can be placed by ringing 1800 625 944 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residents and businesses can choose not to receive a copy of the White Pages and Yellow Pages by calling Sensis on 1800 008 292 or visiting http://www.directoryselect.com.au.