Kandanga Creek flooding in Ernst Rd
Kandanga Creek flooding in Ernst Rd

FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK: The inside scoop on what’s occurring

FLOOD UPDATE GYMPIE: Bridge closure from noon as school students sent home

THE weather might be a bit moist this week but when it’s the usual bright sunny days, Gympie region families love nothing better than heading to one of our many awesome campgrounds or beaches for a day, a weekend or longer.

Flash flood Mary's Creek February 12, 2020
Flash flood Mary's Creek February 12, 2020

I have three double passes to the National 4x4 Outdoors Show, Fishing & Boating Expo in Brisbane next month for the first three people to email me personally with the “code phrase”. Scroll to the bottom to see that that is and where to email me.

GREAT YARN: LNP in firing line today over $1.64 million contract for Gympie business expansion

Expanding to over 45,000sqm, the Expo will take over the Brisbane showgrounds from March 27-29. Tickets are on sale now but if you read down to the very bottom of this note, you will see the very simple thing you can do to score one of three doublt passes from The Gympie Times.

Former minister John McVeigh's brother indirectly benefited from the multi-million dollar Nolan Meats expansion, it has been revealed.
Former minister John McVeigh's brother indirectly benefited from the multi-million dollar Nolan Meats expansion, it has been revealed.

EVEN BETTER YARN: There is believed to be an armed suspect on the run in the Gympie region after a shooting at Bauple yesterday

CRIME: A man is on the run following a shooting at Bauple yesterday.
CRIME: A man is on the run following a shooting at Bauple yesterday.

Just in time for the Easter holiday break the Show will be the perfect opportunity to see the latest and greatest from the biggest and best brands in the marketplace, and as always, will be a fantastic day out for the whole family, with hundreds of exclusive show only specials on offer.

FLASH FLOODS: Rescue organisations in Gympie region respond to 12 callouts following heavy rain and flash flooding

Boasting its largest ever footprint, the event will showcase everything from 4x4 accessories, camper trailers, the latest fishing tech, camping gear, boats, kayaks and everything in between, making it a one stop shop before heading out to enjoy the great outdoors.

This property near Imbil recorded a substantial amount of rain in yesterday's severe thunderstorm.
This property near Imbil recorded a substantial amount of rain in yesterday's severe thunderstorm.

CLICK HERE: The 8 best places to swim in the Gympie region

Owners of 4X4s and SUVs will be spoilt for choice with aftermarket accessories, protection equipment, safety, recovery and emergency gear, the newest in trailers and caravans, as well as tents, swags, camping gear and cooking equipment.

Don’t forget to pick up your awesome Australian Story Book with your voucher from The Gympie Times each day this week.
Don’t forget to pick up your awesome Australian Story Book with your voucher from The Gympie Times each day this week.

Boat lovers are in for a treat, with the latest models on display, including fishing boats, tinnies, pontoon boats, as well as chains, anchors and accessories. Keen fishermen will have plenty to look at with rods, reels, tackle, lures and accessories on show and ready to take home.

Is this Gympie's worst road?: SOME of Gympie’s most notorious roads have been named and shamed in the wake of recent rain.
Is this Gympie's worst road?: SOME of Gympie’s most notorious roads have been named and shamed in the wake of recent rain.

Adventure sports are also taken care of, with personal watercraft, kayaks, dirt bikes, mountain bikes, as well as all manner of recreational sports equipment on show.

Nambour flooding: Footage taken at 5.30pm today of flash flooding at Nambour. Video: Amber Hooker
Nambour flooding: Footage taken at 5.30pm today of flash flooding at Nambour. Video: Amber Hooker

For those keen to explore new territory for their next big trip away, there will be an array of information available from a range of tourist destinations and tourism activities, perfect for the upcoming school term break.

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From those dipping a toe in the outdoor lifestyle, to the most experienced of outback enthusiasts, this year’s National 4x4 Outdoors Show, Fishing & Boating Expo has something for everyone!

After almost three decades, the National 4x4 Outdoors Show, Fishing & Boating Expo is well established as Queensland’s biggest and most comprehensive outdoor lifestyle show, attracting more than 30,000 visitors annually.

The Rattler's Mike Green with Duncan Cooper of Gympie Auto Group.
The Rattler's Mike Green with Duncan Cooper of Gympie Auto Group.

Open from 9am to 6pm on Friday and Saturday, and 9am to 5pm on Sunday, tickets can be pre-purchased online or available at the event.

Children 15 or under are free with an adult ticket, while pensioner concessions are also available.

To purchase tickets now and avoid the queues, or for more information, check out the website at www.4x4show.com.au/brisbane

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE: The 10 best places to camp around Gympie within an hour’s drive

To grab one of the 3 double passes we are giving away just email editor Shelley Strachan (ie me) at shelley.strachan@gympietimes.com and quote the code phrase “I love Gympie”.

The first three people to do this will win the passes and I will let you know straight away. All you wil have to do then is come in to our offices in Nash Street and give Jo or Sharon on the front desk your name and they will have your tickets waiting for you.

Good luck.

Shelley Strachan wins Achievements in Regional Journalism at the Hyatt Regency in Sydney. Picture: Richard Dobson
Shelley Strachan wins Achievements in Regional Journalism at the Hyatt Regency in Sydney. Picture: Richard Dobson