Council Corner May 2023

Community Planting Day

As part of the QCoast Cooloola Coast Foreshore Rehabilitation Project there will be a planting day held from William Dodt Park in Tin Can Bay on Thursday 11 May 2023.

Volunteers are invited to contribute to the rehabilitation of areas which are threatened by erosion and storm inundation by assisting with planting of low growing coastal species to minimize the coastal erosion impacts. If you are interested in helping out then please be onsite at 8am for the site induction.

8:00am: Welcome and Safety Induction

8:15am: Registration

8:30am: Planting commences

12:00pm: Project complete

Planning Scheme Community Input

Council is developing a new planning scheme for Gympie that will shape the region’s future. Gympie’s new planning scheme will set the future vision for our region and the strategies to guide growth and change to achieve it. Before drafting the planning scheme, Council needs to establish its approach on a range of important topics.

Over the last 12 months, technical studies have been undertaken to inform the draft policies. Council is now seeking community and stakeholder feedback to ensure the proposed approaches reflect the needs and aspirations of the community.

Feedback is being sought in phases, covering a wide range of important topics:

  • Residential development
  • Industrial development
  • Town centres
  • Rural areas
  • Open space and recreation
  • Heritage
  • Bruce Highway upgrade
  • Biodiversity
  • Scenic amenity
  • Flood management
  • Bushfire management
  • Land stability
  • Coastal hazards

You can view the current open surveys and have your say on the policy positions. Keep checking for updates and more survey topics.

There will also be a Community Information Session at Cooloola Cove on 2 June from 10am to 12pm with more details available closer to the day so save the date!

Wild Dogs Cooloola Cove

The Wild Dog Management Program is still underway with other land stakeholders actively undertaking wild dog management activities in State Land in the Cooloola Cove area. Signage will be on display in the management areas with people and pets asked not to enter these areas.

The control actions do not involve the use of poison baits. This wild dog management is an independent process and does not involve Council so for any enquiries please contact QPWS on 137 468.

Entries Open for Annual Art Prizes

With over $13,000 in prizes the Du Rietz Art Awards are the annual premier art awards for the Gympie Region. Finalists are displayed throughout the Gallery and feature a range of 2D and 3D artworks. Entries close on Wednesday 24 May at 4pm so get your applications in now!

Applicants can enter one artwork per section – 2D Award (any medium, any subject) and 3D Award (any medium, any subject). Online entry form and conditions at

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