TRADITION LIVES ON: Jamie Corbet was one of hundreds of school children taking part in this year's Anzac Day parade in Gympie.
TRADITION LIVES ON: Jamie Corbet was one of hundreds of school children taking part in this year's Anzac Day parade in Gympie. Renee Albrecht

Anzac Day turnout shows tradition is safe in hands of youth

IT WAS wonderful to see the large turnout of community members at the many Anzac services conducted across our region last week, especially school-aged children.

I believe their involvement and education around the significant events involving servicemen and women will ensure Anzac traditions live on.

Well done to every school community involved, as well as all the RSL sub branches and chapters who should also be congratulated for their efforts.

It was also great to see the announcement of Section D of the Cooroy to Curra by-pass.

Council played a role in advocating for this new section and I was pleased that my fellow Wide Bay Burnett mayors took the time to attend a Llew O'Brien MP-lead deputation with Federal Parliament representatives in Canberra recently.

I was proud to officially open the new town square at Goomeri Mother's Day market on Saturday night. Funded by the Our Towns program, I hope the Goomeri community continues to use the space for many years to come.

Gympie Rattler getting back on track.
Gympie Rattler getting back on track. Renee Albrecht

Perhaps the only disappointment of the week is the negativity surrounding the Rattler project.

Obviously, we've had cost and time overruns with this project, but the fact remains this project will be a significant tourism and economic drawcard for our region. You will find that each and every councillor is frustrated with these aspects of the project; however, the importance to Gympie (particularly now that the bypass has been announced) cannot be diminished. The Rattler will draw people from the highway into Gympie, and we'll have a strong opportunity to promote our smaller regional towns.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the Garden Expo this Saturday at the Pavilion, where council will launch our GourMay program highlighting all of our producers, foodies, associated businesses and venues across the region. '

And lastly, good luck to the candidates in the Division 8 by-election on Saturday