An extraordinary 'open letter' from a group of Gympie business owners has turned up the heat on Mayor Mick Curran's seat.
An extraordinary 'open letter' from a group of Gympie business owners has turned up the heat on Mayor Mick Curran's seat. Contributed

'Open letter' turns heat up on Gympie mayor's seat

THIS past weekend's 3C mornings have again given the region a chilling hint of the ghost of winter future.

Fortunately there are still a few good ways to stay warm.

Firewood is a good one; splurging on a personal heater is another.

And for those whose household budgets don't stretch this far, huddling around the rapidly warming Gympie councillors' seats could also work a charm.

Because if they're not feeling some heat on the back of the extraordinary open letter from "a group of Gympie business owners” or their decision to drop plans for a consolidated regional shooting facility after a 20-plus year community fight, they've got to be either wearing insulated pants or completely numb.

Gympie Council 2018 Hilary Smerdon, Dan Stewart, Glen Hartwig, Bob Leitch, Mick Curran, Bob Fredman, Mal Gear, Daryl Dodt and Mark McDonald.
Gympie's councillors shouldn't be feeling too comfortable ahead of the next election. Renee Albrecht

If Ron Owen's claim about how many people a regional range would bring with it is right (and I reckon he might know a thing or two about guns and the shooting club scene), we're talking 20,000-26,000 visitors.

Of course all this arrives on the eve of a budget expected to drop a rate rise of more than 2 per cent on half the region.

And that's not taking into account we're still awaiting a Rattler report into almost $10 million of blow outs which is putting The Neverending Story to shame, so it's fair to wonder if much comfort is coming ahead of next year's election.

Anyone got marshmallows?