From the Editor's Desk: Best Things I've Read This Week

Good evening everyone and welcome to the weekend.

Get ready though, they reckon it's going to be the WEEKEND FROM HELL.

Gympie's forecast for the next 7 days shows a string of hot days. Courtesy of Weatherzone.
Gympie's forecast for the next 7 days shows a string of hot days. Courtesy of Weatherzone. Contributed

We'll see. Gympie maximums are expected to reach about 31 for the next few days so looks like there could be some lovely autumn weather coming out way too.

If you've been busy this week you might have missed some good regional yarns.

The Gympie region was visited by our new Deputy Prime Minister last last week and we used that visit to ramp up our campaign to fast-track completion of the to Cooroy to Curra Bruce Highway bypass.

In Gympie Llew O'Brien and Minister Michael McCormack.
In Gympie Llew O'Brien and Minister Michael McCormack. Renee Albrecht

EDITORIAL: Fix the Bruce Highway now or you will have blood on your hands

We have joined forces with Wide Bay MP and former Gympie region police officer Llew O'Brien to put together a compelling case to take before Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

MP: 'We'll have blood on our hands': Wide Bay MP Llew O'Brien has made a passionate pitch for the Gympie bypass to be completed in an interview on ABC radio.
MP: 'We'll have blood on our hands': Wide Bay MP Llew O'Brien has made a passionate pitch for the Gympie bypass to be completed in an interview on ABC radio.

Letters from Gympie Times editors over the past several decades will accompany a complete record of the deadly crashes that have occurred on the Bruce near Gympie in the past two years, including photographs, stories and various article listing the reasons why this region should get top priority and the bypass should be finished.

We will also be launching a epetition later this month demanding that Section D be fast-tracked which everyone will have the chance to get behind and which will be presented to the House of Representatives in late April or early May.

Alongside this campaign to get the Bruce Highway fixed, we want to see all young Queenslanders schooled in defensive driving before they take the roads solo.

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Both these campaign are aimed at making a difference to the lives and life outcomes for you - our readers. The road trauma in this region has been too high for too long.

Young reporter Scott Kovacevic revealed why the Bureau of Meteorology thought Gympie water bills had skyrocketed from from $559 to $802 - the wrong data was sent by Gympie Regional Council to the Burea. Oops. Hopefully no heads rolled over that one.

Action from the Mothar Mountain Speedway.
Action from the Mothar Mountain Speedway. LEEROY TODD

In sport, we had a super wrap up with loads of photos of the Mothar Mountain Speedway and the National OffRoad Motorcycle Championships which were held at Miva Station last weeekend.

The council had a win with police in reducing the number of hours they have to shut down Mary St and the Gympie CBD for the Queens Baton Relay, and local dairy farmer and would-be politician Shane Paulger had his own win against the Sunshine Coast Council.

Kenilworth dairy farmer Shane Paulger also runs a camping ground on his property but faces closure due to council regulations.
Kenilworth dairy farmer Shane Paulger also runs a camping ground on his property but faces closure due to council regulations. Warren Lynam

And last but by no means least, we are gearing up for our cutest special publication of the year next week - our annual My First Year feature which will this year includes the photos of more than 600 Gympie region Prep students from more than 30 schools. The feature is in next Wednesday's Gympie Times. It will be adorable. We will run all the photos online over the coming week or two.

KANDANGA PREP: (From left) Sammy McMillan, Francis Jones, Alexis Saunders, Miss Sharlee Hunter, Mia Garrett, Angus Grainger and Koby Mitchell.
KANDANGA PREP: (From left) Sammy McMillan, Francis Jones, Alexis Saunders, Miss Sharlee Hunter, Mia Garrett, Angus Grainger and Koby Mitchell. Renee Albrecht