Gympie Chamber of Commerce breakfast
Gympie Chamber of Commerce breakfast Scott Kovacevic

No grudges, more confidence is what Gympie needs: Jamieson

WHEN it comes to powering the Gympie region forward, Mark Jamieson points to three critical details: confidence, teamwork and helping hands.

These were among the key factors the Sunshine Coast Mayor and LGAQ president discussed as he held court to a standing-room-only Gympie Chamber of Commerce Breakfast this morning.

Cr Jamieson, a key figure in the Sunshine Coast's revival from its post-GFC doldrums (including a 12 per cent youth unemployment rate), said the region needed a "clear and purposeful" economic agenda and to be "inspiring confidence in business across the community".

"The greatest gift any level of government can give their community is confidence.


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"Confidence really does breed success."

But, he stressed, what worked for the Sunshine Coast's revival would not be the same as what would work for Gympie.


Gympie Chamber of Commerce breakfast
Gympie Chamber of Commerce breakfast Scott Kovacevic

The region needed to know what its unique problems were.

"You've really just got to work out what the symptoms are... and get a diagnosis before deciding what you're going to do."

This could only be done by having everyone, including businesses and the community, putting differences aside.

"You really need to work as a team, and that goes for within council as well," Cr Jamieson said.

"I set about very early on in my term impressing upon councillors that if we didn't work together we wouldn't get the outcomes we desired.

"You can't afford to be holding grudges over things.

"If your idea doesn't get up well too bad; the majority didn't support it, that's the way it is.

"That's how democracy works."

On the subject of a "white knight" big business coming to Gympie, Cr Jamieson said it sometimes the small help which made the big difference.

"Howard Aron, the CEO (of Youi Insurance), once said to me: You know what really made me committed was the support I got from council, and in particular from one council officer, who helped him arrange places for the right educational institutions for his kids," he said.

"How left field is that?"

However, he said, the major projects going ahead on the Sunshine Coast were only good news for Gympie.

The Coast's submarine broadband cable has the potential to transform the Sunshine Coast and surrounds into a "digital trade hub".

"It can become the tech capital of Queensland," he said.

The possibility of a "fast train" from Brisbane to Bundaberg and a potential push for the 2032 Olympics in the south-east corner were other opportunities Cr Jamieson said Gympie could capitalise on.

The question, he said, was "how do we get the people from Brisbane to come to us?"

"Don't focus on what you can't do; focus on what you can do."