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February 2014 Vol 16 Issue 2 Ph:5486 3561

Australia Day on the Cooloola Coast

Tim Janek and Ben Sefton make the most of the “beer garden” at the Rainbow Beach Pub

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Additional photos on pg 13



Rainbow Beach Art Festival at the Sport Club Hayley McFarlane won with her unique "pencil" necklace and was really chuffed with the sale of her charcoal drawing

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Annual Australia Day Challenge:The Sailability team show their paddling style in the Dragon Boat time trial (photo courtesy Julie Hartwig)

Every day the sun’s out is a bonus In this issue

• A micro Black Marlin, and why he’s so special • Celebrate International Women’s Day • New - Historical Cooloola by Marion Young

Really - all we wanted for the Summer of 2013/2014 was no flooding. It has been that, and more, with lots of smiling tourists and glowing reports from locals. Rainbow Beach Tourist Information Centre’s Sam Mitchell said, “Every day the sun’s out is a bonus. The first week was quiet, then increased all the time - we’re up on last year!” “It’s been long and hot!” said Ron Organ,

President of the Rainbow Beach SLSC, and bronze squad members had a lot of fun earning their Bronze Medallions and Surf Rescue Certificates, despite the big surf. Beaches were busy across the holiday season, and the surf club recorded one rescue, one spinal, one dislocated continued on pg 3 knee, one collapse plus the usual first


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Editor’s Note

Consultation time - make it count

I love living in Rainbow Beach. When the tide is low, the walk up to the coloured sands is my favourite thing. But we are blessed with so many other treasures here on the Cooloola Coast. This week we have the opportunity to

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make Rainbow Beach better. The Foreshore Revitalisation Plan is well overdue. It was a shame the community were not advised of the date well in advance - and is this “consultation” adequate? Council should not wonder that attendance is poor when so little has been invested in promoting the consultation itself, or perhaps that is the design? Regardless, make a time to meet on February 4 (read the article for more) and ensure that you let council know what we, as a community, want. Travelling around Australia, even on visits to the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane, our children have salivated with anticipation as we approached any playground. Then we found special ones... if you have active kids or grandchildren they are the ones you seek out because they are enormous, and the smiles stay put. The play elements vary and they appeal to toddlers, teens and in between. They are the playgrounds other travellers tell you about 1000km away to be sure not to miss. Now I know as a coast, we already have many feathers in our bow. But why

not another drawcard that adds to all the fun people have here? Our children will always remember the Synergy Playground in Perth with a 75m-long elevated walkway, a two-tiered island fort, large-scaled replicas of local dinosaurs, a timber boardwalk, and an interactive water misting forest. They told every other mate they made along the way about Monash Adventure Park in the Riverland of SA with their crazy leaning towers, a Burmese rope bridge, wave bridge, slippery dip, huge maze and scary jumping swing (that Heatley had to try, of course). The adjacent coffee shops were smiling too, despite the free BBQs and picnic grounds. These two free impressive “destination playgrounds” brought tourists and residents to the locality; a win for all. Whilst I’m on the topic - what about boardwalks? They were a running joke as we flushed green with envy at the sight of some brilliant, lengthy paths. One was so smooth, our boys scootered to a headland and back - all 7 km. It was one of the most pleasant walks we completed (no dragging heels!) oceanside, lighthouses, and more rocks you can jump on halfway (Cape Naturaliste, WA). We saw boardwalks across rockfaces

over the pounding ocean, on massive boulders on top of mountains and concrete paths, accessible to all, that followed the coast for many kilometres in obscure out of reach places -and we are still waiting on a little staircase! We have magnificent walks and coastline right here, how can we attract the infrastructure that other states enjoy in their tourist towns? Yes, playgrounds and paths will benefit the tourists, and our industry, but it will also create more opportunities for physical activity and fun for our local families. I’ll finish with a quote from Mike O’Connor (Courier Mail’s Qweekend, Jan 18-19, 2014) that moved me, as I know some Gympie-ites haven’t seen Rainbow Beach and some locals haven’t crossed the ocean to Fraser Island: “...appreciate your surroundings. I’d forgotten the raw beauty of Fraser, a wilderness of lakes, forests and magnificent white sand beaches... How many people living in the city, I thought as I sat and watched the surf roll in a tasted the salt spray on my lips, will live their entire lives without seeing this?” Until next month,

Heatley and Michelle Gilmore

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Family heartbroken after saving baby dolphin Seaworld informed Nadine that she was a Fraser’s dolphin, which are a quite rare sight near land and they were very excited to have her. Sandy was only two to three weeks old and still dependent on her mother’s milk, so she was extremely malnourished and fatigued. “We tried to get her back out to sea as the breakers were very rough, so we took her out past them but she was too exhausted to swim.” “We then just laid her down in the sand where the waves were just washing over her with a wet towel on her .. and just consoled her until the wildlife rangers arrived with the stretcher.”

Nadine Hall helped rescue a Fraser’s Dolphin Rainbow Beach property owners Nadine and Roy Hall and family had a “once in a lifetime experience” last month when they helped rescue a baby dolphin from Rainbow Beach. Nadine said, “Unfortunately it didn’t have the outcome that we all dreamed it would though, Sandy (as we named her) passed away on Saturday afternoon at Seaworld.” “They rang me that morning and said she had made it through the night and had taken a bottle which was a huge step and they were so excited to have her and that she was doing well.” “However they rang me back that afternoon to let me know she had passed, which was devastating to us all. As you can imagine, my kids Shayla (12) and Bayley (10) were just heartbroken as we felt like we had bonded with her so much.”

The Hall family and others with two week old "Sandy"

“It was such an amazing and bonding experience with a wild animal, I don’t think anything will ever top it for my children and I, however so sad the course her life has taken.” Seaworld conducted an autopsy to determine the cause, but told Nadine they think she may have actually been abandoned by her mother because something was wrong. They say this is more likely then Sandy becoming lost. The Fraser’s Dolphin live on outer continental shelf or slope, in deep oceanic, or near shore in areas where deep water approaches the coast. They become very distressed in shallow water, possibly because they are unaccustomed to this environment, which is why it is unlikely there will be further attempts to establish captive Fraser Dolphins (http://www.environment. Nadine and Roy own a holiday let apartment - Dee’s Retreat. “We were just visiting for five days before the kids went back to school and this trip will never be forgotten - Rainbow is our favourite place in the world.”

Off to Seaworld

Fraser’s dolphins (from au) • • • • • • • • • • •

distinctive species with stocky body, short beak and extremely small recognized by a distinct dark (usually black or gray) lateral flank stripe that extends from their eye to anus capable of diving up to almost 600 m to feed on deep sea species of mesopelagic fish (e.g. myctophids), crustaceans (e.g. shrimp), and cephalopods (e.g. squid and octopus) length 2-2.7 m weight 160-210 kg wchools tend to be large, often hundreds and thousands of individuals live in mixed schools with other cetaceans, particularly Melon-headed Whales, Risso’s or Spinner Dolphins aggressive swimming style, often creating a spray as they charge to the surface to breathe known to leap clear of the water, but are less acrobatic than many other pelagic dolphins generation length around 15 years, based on an age at sexual maturity of 7 years and a likely calving interval of 3 years calving and conception may occur during the summer months. Calves are born about 1 m in length after an inferred gestation period of 10–12 months



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6 years of success for Rainbow Beach Art Festival Held on the Australia Day weekend, over 500 people viewed over 200 local paintings, craft and photos and the whole event raised almost $3000 for the Tin Can Bay Men’s Shed. Organiser Peggy Phelan warmly welcomed our mayor Ron Dyne (who won the Mystery Painting!), Mrs. Dyne and councillor Mark McDonald for supporting the sixth annual “Brushes by the Sea” festival.

The award ceremony drew a large crowd for the 2014 festival

Peggy applauded the volunteers, “who unselfishly gave of their time and energy to set up the display, the quilting girls, photo club members,the girls at the door, and Afra’s invaluable help - a big thank you to you all. Without you the festival would not be a success.”

Peggy Phelan congratulates Graham Chappill, who won Drawing and and People’s Choice with “Dorothy’s Flight” “Our judges were amazed at the quality of work. Jenni Kelly (an award winning artist with exhibits in UK and many Queensland galleries) Ken Ferguson (from Tin Can Bay Photography Tours) Rosemary Ronning (from Ron Morgan Sewing And Embroidery Centre Hervey Bay) had the difficult job of making the decisions on the winners – thank you so much for your time.”

Ron Johnson won both categories of photography

“Once again we thank Rick Modin for his support of this festival. Without this venue, it would not be possible to raise the money for the charity each year. This year the Tin Can Bay Men’s Shed will use the money raised towards the purchase of a shed. As well as providing the venue - Rick provides the necessary things like the printing, making of the quilt stands, arranging the wine and cheese tasting, live music and too

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many other things to mention.” There were big plugs for local businesses, most family run, recognising their role in the community and urging locals to give our support back to the sponsors. Café Jilarty sponsored Encouragement Awards in each section.

Section 1 RAINBOW BEACH SPORTS CLUB  Any Medium (Our Local Area) Winner – Carolyn Smith, Encouragement – Georgia Modin (The winning painting will be displayed at the entrance of the club for the next year where it can be admired by local and visiting patrons.) RAINBOW BEACH SPORTS CLUB People’s Choice - Graham Chappill (Very closely contended - with only three votes between it and Poona Lake by Carolyn Smith) Section 2 RAINBOW SHORES RESORT Acrylic Winner – Ze, Encouragement – Genevieve Miller Section 3 RAINBOW BEACH TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE Oils Winner –   Robin Hines, Encouragement – Kerri Southern

Art teacher Gaye was proud of her student Georgia Modin for her encouragement award for “Our Local Area”

Section 4 RAINBOW BEACH MEATS Water Colour Winner –   Carolyn Smith, Encouragement – Adrienne Hudson Section 5 FOODWORKS Photography Landscape  Winner – Ron Johnson, Encouragement – Mary Boyce        Section 6 RAINBOW BEACH COOLOOLA

Genevieve Miller was delighted with her encouragement award presented by judge, Jenni Kelly

COAST COMMUNITY NEWS Photography Real Life Winner –   Ron Johnson, Encouragement – Diann Bourke Section 7 Ed’s BEACH BAKERY Quilting Winner – Teena Guy, Encouragement – Bev O’Rouke   Section 8 COOLOOLA REALTY Craft Winner – Hayley McFarlane, Encouragement – Heather Craig   Section 9 COOLOOLA COVE LANDSCAPING AND GARDEN SUPPLIES and COOLOOLA HIRE Drawing Winner – Graham Chappill, Encouragement – Heather Craig   Section 10 DR. DAVID SMITH  Young Artist (9-16yrs) Winner – Ella Bond, Encouragement – Winona Brown Section 11 SURF and SAND SAFARI Young Artist (under 9yrs) Winner – Jasmin White, Encouragement – Locky Sanchez Peggy made mention of all participants, but was especially keen to encourage more young artists in 2015. She noted that there was definite budding talent, Ella Bond was commended on her use of collage and told to “Keep painting” and Jasmin White was praised for her “strong colours.” President Bobbie Wessling was teary

Jasmin White wins Under 9’s with her “ Whale”



with appreciation for the supportive art festival committee and the Rainbow Beach business people in understanding the need for a Men’s Shed in our remote area. Peggy praised Brian and Neita Linfield for their work in attracting over forty prizes including auction prize of a half Day out on a BBQ Boat for up to 10 people from BBQ Boat Hire and Fishing Charters . Sponsors for the Goose Raffle included Dolphin Ferry Cruise, Tin Can Bay Marina and Grill, Tin Can Bay Family Butchery, Tin Can Bay Fruit and Vegie Mart, Tin Can Bay Marina Chandlery, Tin Can Bay News, Temptations By The Water, Cafe To The Max, Jilly’s, Mitre 10, Cove Fish and Chips, Frame-It Hair and Beauty, Cove Bakery and Cafe, Woolworths, Thirsty Camel, Sands Pharmacy, News Extra Cooloola Sands, Gifts Rainbow and Dreams, Bayview Video Shop, Cooloola Coast Seafoods TCB. Overall organisers were extremely happy, there were a few sales and many attendants stayed for a fun Australia Day afternoon on the deck. Plan are already afoot for next year! Plenty more images are on the Community News website and facebook page.

Ze was thrilled win the acrylic section

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What are the plans for Inskip?

and will also pay particular attention to the findings of the Planning and Environment Court’s decision on Rainbow Shores Stage 2, including an assessment of the capacity of Inskip Peninsula to accommodate future projected growth. Mr Gibson said, “GRC’s involvement will be in the second stage where their planning department will be working with the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning and other key stakeholders including the community to prepare the master plan. I would also expect that the local GRC councillor would take feedback from locals and pass it on to council for consideration in the process.”

Stage 2 of the Master Plan commences this month and will determine development potential for Inskip Peninsula Separate to council’s “Foreshore Revitalisation Plan”, discussed in January’s Community News, the second stage of a Master Plan starts this month. The community has been waiting for a long time to hear back on it and look forward to results. Gympie MP David Gibson announced that a consultant team has completed the first stage of a reinvigorated master planning process for Rainbow Beach and the Inskip Peninsula to identify development potential for the area. “Last year the Planning and Environment Court dismissed Rainbow Shores Pty Ltd’s appeal against Gympie Regional Council’s refusal to approve a second stage of development at Rainbow Shores,” Mr Gibson said. “The court determined the proposed stage 2 development would have unacceptable environmental impacts and did not

demonstrate a need for the proposed scale of development on the peninsula.”

the entire Inskip Peninsula in collaboration with other key stakeholders.

“Despite the doomsayers saying the town was ‘closed for business’ after that decision, it was clear from the community meeting that I chaired in June that there was strong community support for a master plan for Rainbow Beach.” Mr Gibson said.

This stage will involve public consultation

“Local resident see a bright future for this beautiful part of Queensland and a master plan will ensure that all views are taken into account in achieving that vision.”

The outcome of the Rainbow Beach master planning process will be to identify economic development opportunities for the peninsula that protects the environmental values of the area and ensures adequate infrastructure is delivered to support development. Documents will be linked from the http:// when they are available.

Foreshore Plan - Have your say Feb 14

The outcomes of the Court’s decision, and the results of the review undertaken in stage one will be used to refresh the set of best practice land use planning principles to guide future development on the Peninsula.

Mayor Ron Dyne gave the Community News the latest on the Foreshore revitalisation plan:

The second stage will commence next month and will involve the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning partnering with Gympie Regional Council to prepare a revised master plan for

Public consultation has commenced with the draft Rainbow Beach Foreshore Parks Revitalisation plan available on council’s website. Further consultation will take place in February - Divisional

When does public consultation commence?

Councillor Mark McDonald and Portfolio Councillor Rae Gâté and council staff will be available for meetings at the Community Information and Resource Centre in the Rainbow Beach Hall on 4 February 2014. Appointments can be made by contacting council’s John Street Depot on 5481 0899.

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Bookings essential. Call 5486 3777. BreakFree Rainbow Shores 12 Rainbow Shores Drive, Rainbow Beach QLD


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What is c o u n c i l ’s stand on a local visitor centre as detailed on the plan? The draft plan notes that a visitor’s centre or something similar may be located in this area. Adoption of the plan does not then indicate that the centre will go ahead as any of the major works/items still require approval from council at the time. The plan provides an outline of possible major infrastructure improvements and the style or character and/or location of the landscaping, furniture and minor buildings such as picnic shelters etc. Southern beach steps/access any plans as the community has waited very patiently for these to be built? Have the geotechnical investigations been completed or when do they commence? A report is likely to go to council in the near future outlining how the beach access improvements may occur with costings for geo-technical investigations and

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preliminary estimates for the overall project. What support has the community shown for an outdoor gym/exercise equipment? There has been limited demand/support for outdoor exercise equipment in Rainbow Beach to date but the public consultation may provide a different result. Read the Rainbow Beach Cooloola Coast Community News summary of the plans in January 2014 paper or at http://rainbowbeachcommunit ynews. Be sure to ask for the steps back to the beach, at a sensible distance south of surf club steps. Ask that it be made a priority! Support a destination playground, it’s not just for our children’s fun and health - it is another drawcard for tourism. Connectivity is also important, and the foreshore plans host a myriad of walking options for visitors and locals, which will be enhanced when the southern beach access is completed. The draft plan will is available at all council libraries as well as online.

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Ruby and Max Klekar joined the crowds on Rainbow Beach

aid and minor stings. the best Summer holiday in recent history. The fantastic time was assisted by good They thanked members for keeping the weather and generally speaking , people beach safe and enjoyable, and passed on are confident and spending, and we have all the Queensland Ambulance Service’s thanks shared the benefits.” to Brad Hethorn and Sarah O’Brien for attending to a child who had passed out in the street, until the ambulance arrived at the scene. Jamie Sharman, owner of Rainbow Beach Bakery, commented that it was good to see town full and the weather contributing to the season. Cooloola Cove Shopping Centre Manager, Gary Matthews told us that it was the centre’s biggest ever November and December. Reports from National Parks and Wildlife representative Grant Phelan said, “Campgrounds were busy though did not reach ‘full’ over the Boxing Day to New Cooper Hodge learns to body board Years’ Day period.” at Rainbow “Teewah Beach camping on Boxing Day came within The Maguire Family from Capalaba spend hours at about 50 vacant spots out crystal clear Seary’s creek of 2500 capacity. Inskip on Boxing Day still had over 100 vacant camper spots out of 2750 capacity. This was as full as the campgrounds got.”    Rainbow Cooloola Wholesalers supply most of the businesses on Cooloola Coast region. Owner, Shane Jordan was very impressed. “We have had an exceptional season, without any doubt


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Tackling suicide and the Kokoda Track one steep step at a time Six Australian’s are lost to suicide everyday. In an effort to provide support to Australian’s in crisis, local Rainbow Beach residents, Dee and Andy White are taking on Lifeline Australia’s - Fearless Leaders Kokoda Challenge 2014.

The Kokoda track stands as an icon for Australian participation in World War II just as Gallipoli serves the same purpose for World War I. Brigade Hill was the scene of a major battle in September 1942 where 101 Australian soldiers lost their lives.

On 20 April 2014, they will be embarking on a daring fundraising challenge, an 11day, 96 kilometre trek along the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea. The Fearless Leaders Kokoda Challenge is an initiative driven by a group of individuals who have all been inspired by their belief that most suicides are preventable.

The trekkers will rise early on the morning of 25 April to commemorate the lives of the soldiers lost there as well as the lives of other Anzacs; in a special dawn ceremony.

Dee explains, “Both of us being exmilitary, we learnt a lot about Kokoda and the battle at Isurava when we were still teenagers. We understood that at Gallipoli, the Australians fought for England and lost, but at Kokoda, they fought for Australia, and won.” “The courage, endurance and mateship shown by so many young Australians in PNG is inspiring and we wanted to walk in their footsteps and pay homage in our own way to their incredible sacrifice and bravery.” “We have talked about doing the Kokoda Track for almost 10 years. It’s one of those things, almost like a pilgrimage in the way that Gallipoli is for a lot of young Australians.” “Both of Andy’s older brothers are doing it with us and we will be on Brigade Hill for the Anzac Day dawn service.”

“The opportunity to raise money for Lifeline was a huge motivator for us – we have both had friends and family who have been touched by suicide and depression and we believe Lifeline does amazing work to help people who need counselling or just someone to talk to.” Dee and Andy will face massive challenges from the terrain – huge ridges and deep valleys as well as leeches, mosquitos, heat and humidity, the same conditions faced by Aussie diggers in 1942. Papua New Guinea is a very long way from the streets of Rainbow Beach and the couple will need to get very fit to cope with trekking up to 6-8 hours a day on slippery, jungle covered trails. Rainbow Beach is a great training ground for the trek with walks incorporating the Carlo Sandblow, Poona Lake, Murrawa Lookout and the Freshwater Track providing some hill-work and uneven terrain. Dee and Andy will be carrying their own packs (rather than hiring porters) however, their packs should only weigh around 15

kilograms with all food and tents etc taken care of by the trek organisers. They carry snacks, clothes and daily water, resupplying with water along the Track. “Our theory on the no porters (however flawed) is that if the diggers did it, we can do it too. Also, it has been quite a few years…. but Dee and Andy say Rainbow Beach is an excellent training both of us have ground for the famous Kokoda Track - here they are at beautiful carried our own Poona Lake packs before Dee and Andy have personally pledged to loaded up with raise $7,000 for Lifeline Australia and they up to 5 days’ worth of rations, clothes, 8 would appreciate any donations in order to litres of water, ammunition and various help reach this target. other equipment including radios, flares, etc – not to mention carrying a rifle as well. All donations are tax-deductible, 100% It’s not comfortable but you can do it.” of your donation goes to Lifeline and will bring Dee and Andy much closer to Fearless Leaders Kokoda Challenge reaching their fundraising goal. You can is hoping to fundraise over $80,000 as make your contribution to this cause via a team of 20 trekkers, which will fund their online fundraising page at http:// Lifeline’s Online Crisis Support Chat, giving Australians in crisis access to help via a page/WhiteAndy, or drop in and see them real time, one-on-one, online conversation. in the office at Cooloola Coast Realty or To take part in the Kokoda Challenge, call 5486 3411.

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Wolf Rock Dive Report by Kev Phillips During times of the full moon the

magnetic field around the exposed pinnacles of Wolf Rock attracts most of the life into shallow water putting all the grey nurse sharks into a holding pattern around the two main peaks, sometimes in only five metres of water. The water temperature is also warmer which the grey nurse sharks enjoy and we suspect also has something to do with the start of their gestation period. For our divers, this in turn greatly reduces the risk of decompression

illness and also gives them more bottom time. When scuba diving, there are limits to the amount of time you spend under the water depending on the depth you dive to. For instance, at 10 metres a diver has 219 minutes before the blood system accumulates an unacceptable level of nitrogen. Nitrogen is a bi-product of your body using the oxygen content of air and is an inert gas not used by the body’s metabolism. Under pressure this gas accumulates in the blood and tissues of your body. This is not a big problem unless the diver exceeds the time limits designated for certain depths, in which case upon surfacing the nitrogen will expand creating bubbles in the blood

and surrounding tissues resulting in joint pain or in extreme cases heart attack and stroke. The big highlights at Wolf Rock this month have been giant Queensland gropers, manta rays and pregnant grey nurse sharks. Visibility is 15 metres and water temperature is 25 degrees.

Celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8

The Lioness Club of Tin Can Bay invite you to an “International Women’s Day” event to be held on Saturday March 8, 2014 at the RSL hall in Tin Can Bay. Tickets are $15.00 and are available from Jilly’s By the Bay in Tin Can Bay, with a limit of 90 tickets. Our Club decided to hold this event to not only honour the women of our community but also to honour the women who serve in the defence forces with our proximity to Camp Kerr so our theme for the day is “Women in the Defence Forces”. On the day we will have Army personnel together with a display and memorabilia of Camp Kerr , a parade of uniforms, music, morning tea, raffles, guest speakers and lunch. This is the first time our club will hold this day and we are hoping to make it an annual event to showcase and honour the women of our community. The Lioness Club is catering the lunch with cold meats, salads and desserts.

There will be an award for “The Woman of Achievement”, which is a beautiful glass vase engraved with the winner’s name. If you have someone you would like to nominate we ask that they have a Defence background to keep in with our theme for the day, with 6 nominations available Please send your nominations to our email address - lionessclubtincanbay@ or to PO Box 127, Tin Can Bay 4580 giving us details of the person, what part of Defence they served in or are currently serving in, address and who has nominated them and why. For further information, please contact Jill Press on 5486 2843 or Jill Falzon on 5486 4852 for any further information. We thank our community for their continued support to help us raise funds for our community but also the support shown to all of the Community Clubs on the Cooloola Coast. We wish to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors for the day Rainbow Beach Cooloola Coast Community News.

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Backpackers, tourists and locals roll up their sleeves Once again, the blood bank was a popular spot with the few appointments left filled with visitors dropping by. Some dedicated tourists organized their donation in advance.

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Graham Litzow from Regency Downs (near Gatton), regularly visits his son in Chris Gudge (front) and Robert Rogers take some time out Rainbow Beach to read during their donation says he has been donating blood for years. Graham people who live in Rainbow Beach and the explains, “I booked ahead from home. surrounding Cooloola area, the visit from They (the Red Cross) send me a letter that the Donormobile was successful, so many tells me how many lives I save each time.” thanks to you all.” In fact, the Australian Red Cross says that “Thank you to all those good people every blood donation helps to save three who always front up to help me with the lives. day come rain, hail or shine – doing the BBQ [still no butter!] and raffle. Not to It is sometimes thought that the majority be forgotten are the ladies who willingly of donated blood helps those involved in turn up to help with the teas. Though the accidents and emergencies. However, most day was pretty warm we did have a very of the blood is used to treat people with welcome breeze to help us cope.” cancer and other serious illnesses. “I would also like to recognize the When asked why he donates, Graham generosity, once again, of the Butcher says it is to help somebody and that “they [Fitzgerald Family], the Baker [Jamie need more in holiday time”. Sharman], and Foodworks [Ruth Modin] Unfortunately this is true. Long weekends for all the items donated for the Sausage and holidays put a strain on the nation’s Sizzle. Many thanks as well to the Surf Life blood supply. There are fewer days to Saving Club for the loan of their tent and collect the more than 27,000 blood Nev Holt for the use of his BBQ.” donations needed every week to treat “The raffle in aid of the Little Haven people in need and there can be an Palliative Care Group was once again increase in demand for blood and blood successful and was won by Bev O’Rourke. products during holiday periods. Thank you to the Rainbow Beach Sports Many people are away on vacation over Recreation and Memorial Club for their public holidays and are unable to donate. continued donation of the carton of beer Local volunteer, Caroline Taylor stated for the raffle. Thank you all once again for “Because of the many community minded your support and participation.”

Waiting for their turn, local Bob Gudge, Graham Litzow from Regency Downs, and Gympie’s Greg Cavanagh

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The Blood Bank van will be in Tin Can Bay on the 31st March from 9am to 2.30pm and anyone who wishes to donate over there will be most welcome. This still gives you the required period of time between donations to be able to donate in Rainbow Beach in June when they are due here again. )

1in 30 people give blood, but 1in 3 people will need blood in their lifetime. A single blood donation can help at least 3 different patients and contribute to making up to 22 different products (including potentially lifesaving immunisations for chicken pox, hepatitis B and tetanus). An average size adult has a blood volume of about 5 litres. A single unit of blood taken during a whole blood donation is about 470mL (less than half a litre), which is less than 10% of your total blood volume. Your body keeps on replenishing blood all the time whether you give blood or not, so this amount is quickly replaced. All blood donations are tested and processed and available for use between 24 and 48 hours after collection. Whole blood is separated into its components (red cells, platelets, plasma). After processing, red cells can be stored for up to 42 days; plasma is frozen and can be stored for up to 12 months; and platelets have a shelflife of only five days.

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Yacht Club celebrates Australia Day in style by Julie Hartwig

They may have been a day late celebrating Australia Day, but the delay did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the members and friends of Tin Can Bay Yacht Club. Together with affiliate clubs, Cooloola Dragon Boat Club and Sailability

Tin Can Bay, over sixty people gathered at the yacht club in true Aussie style to contest the Annual Australia Day Challenge.

First held in 2009, the Challenge consists of a series of typical Aussie fun events based on the water and the beach, with the winner taking home the prestigious Olive Dish Trophy. Events included sailing races in Access 303 dinghies, time trials in the dragon boat, a tag team relay in kayaks, hotly contested beach

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The Yacht Club team shows the Sailability and Dragon Boat teams a clean transom (photo courtesy Julie Hartwig)

Winners are grinners: Sailability’s Sue Nugent accepts the Olive Dish Trophy, telling all present that “this one’s for you, Barry!” in memory of Sailability President Barry Ryan

Kayak Kaos: It came down to a beach sprint in the Kayak Relay. The Yacht Club’s John Grimmett (right) tries to hold back Sailability’s Alan Jones while the Dragon Boat Club’s Gayle Barnett runs interference on both. The Yachties won!

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and throwing competitions, and recitals by members of original Aussie poetry compositions.

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Competition was fierce and amid much fun, frivolity and more than a smattering of skulduggery and unfair sportsmanship, the scoreboard recorded a three-way tie after all the fun and games concluded. Organisers resorted to a Sudden Death Australiana Quiz to decide the winner, which saw the Sailability team secure the win and the trophy. Prizes were also awarded for the best male and female outfits and there were a number of novelty activities including trying to ride a “knobbled” bicycle and guessing the number of gumnuts in a jar. Proceeds from the day were donated to Prostate Cancer Research in memory of Sailability President Barry Ryan, who recently passed away. The Australia Day Challenge will be held again in 2015 – put in on your calendar. It’s a day not to be missed!

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Yachties team member Teena Hartwig aims for the basket in the Thong Throwing. Teena also won the Best Dressed Female

Sailability’s Geoff Watts throws the winning shot in the Beach Boules

Brisbane’s Barbara Moresby-White and Shaun Gibbs get in the Australia Day spirit

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Meet a New Local - Principal Micheal Grogan

New Principal, Mr Micheal Grogan by Michelle Gilmore From bush to beach, Micheal Grogan has recently settled here as Rainbow Beach State School Principal. After booking a holiday house here for Christmas, he found out the move here was permanent and a little earlier! Micheal said the holiday quarters turned into a “respite centre” from all the relatives converging on Rainbow for the festive season. There were plenty of relatives to escape from, as Micheal has seven siblings, all three brothers and his Dad work in the mines. His brothers and sisters are from Maryborough, Mackay and Moranbah and wife Melissa had family even arrive from overseas. He fondly remembers his first time in Rainbow - his schoolies many years ago! He smiles, “I remember the old pub - it was bit different then!” After two years as a teaching principal in Kenilworth, on his new appointment Micheal did not even know where the school in Rainbow Beach was. With his double degree in Human Movement and Education, Micheal has worked in remote locations like Mistake Creek, Bungunya, Yelarbon and

Goondiwindi then closer by in Gympie and his first permanent principal job at Woolooga. It was Micheal’s longest appointment of 3 1/2 years was in Mt Isa where he met Melissa (also a teacher). He certainly has been on the move! Micheal states, “Every school is different and it was good to broaden my experience.” “Like Rainbow Beach, Kenilworth is also an area reliant on tourism, even with more industry focused on agriculture, there are similarities.” However, our school does have the advantage of a seaside destination. “Our kids like the beach. Lylah, 3 and Atticus, 1 and wife Melissa come to PrePrep. They have settled in - at weekends we take the kids to swim lessons, relax at the beach, and ride the bike trailer to Carlo Point. The kids love seeing the dolphins there.” “Everyone I have met is really nice, staff are excellent, we have great teachers -which makes my job easier.” Arriving mid-year, after frequent changes in staffing this year, Micheal realises that the community needs some stability. He says, “The landscape is about to change, I have no crystal ball, but I have no plans to leave. Lylah starts school here in a couple of years. We value her education, so won’t be leaving when it is not a good time for her.” He says, “New staff bring different skills sets, fresh minds and fresh perspective.” “Our team has a four year plan to guide social and emotional wellbeing of the school back to things it used to do and including the whole school community.”

With the assistance of the P&C, school students and community members the school staff want to give back to the community with “input outside fence”. This includes contracting teacher aides to help reinvigorate playgroup, supporting parents and employing locals as positions arise. Sport captains will organise activities at lunch, and the School Chaplin has instigated a chill out space with art and

craft in school breaks. Micheal says, “Plans are in place to investigate what we can do so kids aren’t overawed as both Year 6 and 7 begin high school in 2015.” “I’m lucky here, we have a quality team. Rainbow Beach already is the best school available in the area, and the best for my kids. My job is to make sure that it stays that way.”

Keep On Dreaming On, Liz Liz Lowrie moved to R a i n b o w Beach last year to train for a remarkable feat - walking a 800 kilometre pilgrimage Liz loved living in across Spain, Rainbow Beach, and the Camino said it was “pristine Santiago.

weeks and in early October (after 46 days and 5 rest days) I completed my journey.”  

“I spent three months in training - walking on Rainbow Beach building up to walking three hours a day, in an effort to get my fitness levels up. Many people would have seen me with my trusted pilgrim stick on the beach, I chatted to a lot of people from Rainbow Beach and I made friends  while there.”

Liz says everyone undervalues their dreams, because we don’t understand the symbology, they can  notify future events before they happen, help us understand the true view of the situation or other people’s action;  identify opportunities; and  advise us on how to solve everyday problems


“After training, I left for Europe in late August and in September I walked six hours a day (25 kilometres a day) for around six

After making this dream come true, Renee from Rainbow Beach Massage asked Liz to offer her services to her new clinic including meditation for daily life. At the same time Liz will be conducting a dream interpretation workshop at Rainbow Beach on March 1 and 2. You’ll learn how to relate your dreams to your daily life, how to gain valuable insight from your dreams, typical dream formats and which parts of the dream are particularly important common symbols and their meanings.

Contact Liz on 0402005814 or email for more information about the workshop, enrolments close February 26.

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Historical Cooloola - The Florence Peat by Marion Young

As reported by the Maryborough Chronicle: Wednesday, July/17/1889. “The following message from the Telegraph Office at Maryborough has been handed to us:-- A fore and aft schooner, the Florence Peat, from Townsville to Brisbane, with railway iron, has been anchored at Double Island since last Saturday through stress of weather. The gale and sea increasing, her crew of six men left her and landed at Double Island this (Tuesday) morning. She was last seen at noon today (Tuesday) and is supposed to have foundered at her anchorage. She

is nearly a new vessel, and the property of Mr Peat, of Hawks Bay, New South Wales, and was uninsured. She was found the next day on the beach, seven miles from Inskip Point, between there and Double Island Point, literally broken up into matchwood, she having parted her cables where she was left anchored and driven onto the shore. We may mention that on Sunday, the captain tried to put back inside Tin Can Bay from where he was anchored at Double Island, but the wind falling he had to drop anchor again. On Tuesday morning when the crew left the vessel she was not making any more water than usual, but as the sea and wind were increasing

Schooner similar to The Florence Peat, 1880-1919 ‘The Wave’ the captain thought it useless and too risky to remain on the vessel so they went ashore at Double Island leaving the vessel snug at her anchor, and the fate she has now come too is stated above.” 26/12/1958. As stated in my book, ‘Lights of Cooloola’, articles were printed in the Courier Mail, and Maryborough Chronicle and Gympie Times about a “Mystery Wreck” that was found by the

Twin’s Exhibition raises funds for Milk Bank

Photographer Bambi Wixon’s inspiration for the project - Toby and Aden Young Photographs of 50 sets of twins from Gladstone to Brisbane will be on display this month at Gympie Regional Gallery. The project, was instigated by Gympie

photographer Bambi Wixon to raise funds for the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the RBWH Milk Bank for premature babies, in particular multiple births. Bambi, who is well known on the Cooloola Coast for her beautiful family and wedding photography, says, “My inspiration for the project is a set of twins I have been photographing since they were 5 months old, now they are 5.” She loved watching how they interact together. “ I wanted to help raise money, and asked mums with twins ‘What hospital? What support do you need?’ “ Bambi found out that most Queensland twins are born in the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and many are born preterm.

The Australian Breastfeeding Association state on their website that one woman can produce enough milk for two babies, even though people sometimes doubt that it is possible. The Milk Bank website explains that in cases of premature birth, women sometimes have trouble producing enough of their own milk or, any milk at all, which may be compounded in artificial and stressful situations. The availability of donor breast milk through the RBWH Milk Bank provides parents with an alternative to formula and the choice to give their baby optimal nutrition. The RBWH Milk Bank opened in November 2012, and is largely funded by community donations and grants. They screen and pasteurise the milk from eligible

Sterling brothers of Kandanga, half way between Inskip Point and Double Island Point in shallow water about 100 yards off shore. They described it as a large quantity of steel railway line lying on top of the wreck. “There are also 3 iron boxes which cannot be opened. It appears to be a wooden boat but it is hard to tell because it is heavily encrusted with barnacles”. Brisbane Shipping authorities say they are sure the wreck is that of the Dugong that was wrecked on the Wide Bay Bar in 1913. The dugong was wrecked 6 1/4 miles North of Hook Point leads in September 1914. It was built by Walkers in Maryborough in the eighties. If anyone has more information on this, it would be great to hear from you so we can positively lay claim to our mystery wreck. Marian Young (mariangyoung@gmail. com) is the author of “Lights of Cooloola”, available at Newsagents in Rainbow Beach and Cooloola Cove. donors, which helps reduce the length of stay, improves survival rates and reduces the stress placed on families. Bambi discovered that, “Hundreds of mums are sitting there ready to donate, but the Milk Bank does not have the storage space.” “A medical grade freezer unit costs $8500.” Fellow photographers and friends, Susan Wall (also a twin) and Willow Smith resolved to raise the funds to purchase another freezer, and the ‘Twins - More to Love’ exhibition is the result. The Opening Night is 4 February, at 6.30pm with a gold coin entry - proceeds to the Milk Bank. The Gympie Regional Gallery exhibition on view until 22 February, with normal opening hours Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm. Donations can be made on https://www. .






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By Peter ‘When a beautiful young British woman vanishes on the island of Corsica, a prime minister’s career is threatened with destruction. Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, is thrust

Games and puzzles are available at Rainbow Beach library into a game of shadows where nothing is what it seems...and where the only thing more dangerous than his enemies might be the truth’. ‘Silva’s work has captured the imagination of millions worldwide. His #1 New York Times bestselling series, which chronicles the adventures of art-restorer and master spy Gabriel Allon, has earned the praise of readers and reviewers everywhere. This captivating new page-turner from the undisputed master of spy fiction is sure to thrill new and old fans alike’. Be aware that you really should read this series in order as there is ongoing character development. The Gabriel Allon series is one of my favorites. Gabriel’s character has aged in the previous 13 novels so you cannot expect the character to react to situations in the same fashion as when he was younger. Also, there are only so many times that a character can be brought back in “for one more job.” It is a little surprising at how well this book rated, as I feel some of the action is getting a little repetitive, but after thirteen books with the same character, this is perhaps expected, has Allon just become a money spinner for Silva now? A change of direction or a new character for Silva is in order. Having said all that, I still enjoyed the book and recommend it if you like spy thrillers.

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Rainbow Beach Police Beat by Michael Brantz

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Mounted Police helped keep our beach safe this festive season have been avoided if he was wearing a helmet). I caught up with him the next day and fortunately he only needed a couple of stitches and now he’s off continuing his trek around Australia. In last month’s article, Mick informed you all about a brazen stealing offence that occurred just before Christmas. If you read the Gympie Times you would have seen that Mr Eadie has been convicted and fined for this offence. His associate, Mr Devlin, has also been convicted and fined for his part. While this is great news, unfortunately these types of thefts continue to occur. Recently a backpacker had her phone stolen after putting it down and walking only a short distance away. She was gone for a minute, but that was all it took for a young man (who again, is a local) to pick it up and walk off with it. While I was able to reunite the backpacker with her phone, unfortunately the crook had disposed of the SIM card containing all her contacts, photos etc. So once again I say PLEASE, PLEASE be vigilant with property security. Locals, tourists, backpackers and campers alike, please take the time to secure any items of value. There are people around who don’t care how hard you have worked for your money or possessions; they will steal them if you give them half a chance. I would like to finish this month on a positive note and thank all the people who dropped into the Police Beat over the holiday period to hand in various items they found around town. A steady stream of bags, wallets, phones and keys came in and were reunited with very appreciative owners. I find it one of the most rewarding parts of the job when I am able to contact someone (who is usually very stressed out) and give them the good news that their property has been found.

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By the time you read this article the school holidays should be over and, for most of us, life has returned to normal. In reality I am writing this article just before the annual onslaught known as ‘Australia Day’. Hopefully the weekend has passed incident free with everyone having a great day and celebrating all that is special about being Australian and living in this great country. From a policing perspective, the The recent Christmas holiday period was the best of the eight I’ve spent in Rainbow Beach. Town was near capacity but there were very few incidents reported to us. A huge vote of thanks must go to our visitors from the Mounted Police Unit, Wide Bay Tactical Crime Squad and Gympie Police, who all worked tirelessly during this time to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday period was had by all. With the new school year underway it is a good time to remind parents, and others travelling with young children, of the child restraint laws in Queensland. These laws state that all children up to seven years of age must be secured in an approved child restraint. Up to seven years of age means a child that has not yet had their seventh birthday. Once a child has turned seven they can legally be seated in an adult seatbelt. It is great to see the number of kids riding their bikes, scooters or skateboards to school every day. Currently Queensland law states that bicycle riders must wear an approved helmet, but makes no such requirement on those riding skateboards or scooters. Obviously, from a safety perspective, wearing a helmet on any wheeled recreational device makes a lot of sense as your head contains a lot of precious information that has taken years to accumulate. Recently I attended a job on Cooloola Drive (the big hill leading up to the Sandblow carpark) where a German backpacker has tried to ride down the hill on his skateboard. To his credit he almost made it; unfortunately near enough wasn’t good enough and he had to take a trip to Gympie Hospital after crashing near the bottom of the hill. The reason I tell you this story is because despite the fact he had lots of skin missing from numerous abrasions, the only potentially serious injury was a deep cut in the centre of his forehead (which could


Shorebirds around the Bay by Dorothy Pashniak There are large numbers of migratory shorebirds around the Strait at this time of the year. Just as with us, this is the middle of the summer season for them and they are all eating and resting – “chilling out” – before they have to start thinking of their next long migration flight to the northern hemisphere. Unfortunately for the bird watcher, shorebirds can be difficult to identify because they all have rather drab non-breeding plumage in shades of brown, grey and cream. Birds with different colours are much easier to pick out of any large flock. Pacific Golden Plovers (Pluvialis fulva) have pale golden speckles of colour through the grey/brown on their wings and back and the same pale golden colour around their head and neck. In their nonbreeding colours their belly is a cream colour. In breeding colours the face and belly area is a solid black – quite spectacular!

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Church Of The Good Shepherd News by Annette Collins What an eventful holiday season it has been for our Good Shepherd family - the Carols Evening, Christmas celebrations, the annual visit from the SU Holiday Program team, a multiple baptism service, a farewell morning tea, and the reconfiguration of the interior of our church! This year’s 38th Annual Holiday Program was again very successful and enjoyable for all the local and visiting children and their families and we can’t thank the team members enough for all they do each year!

Multiple Baptism Service It was a very special service late in December when the five Hanlon sisters, Sasha, Evey, Laila, Skye and Francis as well as Tia Collins were baptized. Both families have long-term ties with Rainbow Beach with Elise Hanlon (nee Parton) and Andrew Collins (cousins!) being brought up in Rainbow. It was also special, as this was the first service held within the new layout of our church where we now congregate and worship together around the Lord’s Table in the centre of the church. We were very appreciative of the members of the SU team who assisted our local helpers with the shifting – thank you all!

Farewell Morning Tea

SU Holiday Program leaders help locals re-arrange the church for a trial of a new layout in time for the baptism of six girls from the Collins & Hanlon (Parton) families the next morning!!

It was with great sadness that we said farewell to Isabel and Laird McColl - Isabel has been a hardworking member of the church team and she will be missed – our prayers go with them as they relocate to Brisbane.

A Special New Member of the Church Family Annette and Doug Collins and all their family are very happy to welcome a new beautiful grand-daughter, Angel Mary, six years old, who has just arrived in Australia from the Philippines with her new adoptive

family, Wendy, David and Matthew Bermingham. Angel is the answer to five years of persistent prayer and endeavor and Wendy and David are thankful for the circle of prayer and support which has surrounded them during this time. She is a real “sweetie”!!

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especially visitors) World Day of

There will be a planning meeting for representatives from all the Coloola Coast churches who will be participating in this year’s service at the church of St Peter the Fisherman, Manooka Dve, Rainbow Beach at 9.30am Monday, 3rd February. The service itself will be there at 10am Friday, 7th March.

Calendar of Events: (all welcome,

Anglican Church Services 9 am each Sunday, followed by morning tea. All denominations most welcome!

Arts & Craft Group meets 9am 2nd and last Tuesdays of each month.

Prayer Group At the Church - 10am Fridays - All Welcome

Your prayers are requested - if you know anyone sick or in need of help and prayer, please contact the church. We pray for Fr Andrew Cooper, John Bradey, Ruby McLean, Pam Lidbetter, Lynn and Peri Sanchez, Audrey Gilbert, Barbara McGladrigan, Cyndari, Jahli and Seth Parton and Rika Martin and we give thanks for the blessing of healing received.

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“Every day we miss opportunities to be kind in order to save a few seconds.

Page 21 St Paul says, ‘The fruit of the Spirit is… kindness…’ ( Gal 5:22) and you can’t love God without being kind to others. You never regret kindness. Treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend all the care, kindness and understanding you can, with no thought of reward, and your life will never be the same.” The Church of the Good Shepherd,17 Carlo Road, (first street on the left entering town). Rainbow Beach Christian Radio Vision Fm 87.6 Have you made God smile today?! God Bless!

Scripture Union Rainbow Beach School Holiday Program CIRC propose a Trash and LEFT - A big thanks to volunteers Jesse, Frank, Jack, Michael, Michelle, Elyssa, Sariah (in front) LOWER LEFT - Michael, Ben , Ash cook up pancakes on the beach BELOW - Jack, Courtney, Sarah and Lucy after a very messy afternoon!

Treasure Day by Heather

Rainbow Beach Community Information and Resource Centre Welcome to 2014 from all volunteers at the Community Centre. We are looking forward to a very positive year after the up and down year we had in 2013 with some members resigning, others moving to another town, holidays and sickness. Membership payment of $5 now due Welcome to the new volunteers whom have signed up in January. At our January meeting it was passed that we update our photocopying equipment and look at the cost of replacing our computers. At present we have received some great book donations, popular authors, and magazines. All priced at minimal cost. We also have several board games for hire where a deposit is required and reimbursed with the return of games.

Hall news Are you interested in participating in a trash and treasure day in the hall? Cost per table will be $5. This will be a one off, you may sell anything that is legal, new or old, art work, craft, home produce. If interested in participating in such a day please phone 54863355 and leave your name and number if we have enough interest a day will be decided. The usage of the Hall during December was great and a review of hiring charges has been made. If there is anybody in the community who has had catering experience and could assist in choosing correct equipment for the kitchen we would love your help. All services are still available this year such as faxing, photocopying, computers, choice of great books and magazines. Thank you for your support.


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Rainbow Beach Over 60’s The rather loud buzz of conversation passersby might have heard wafting down from Neci’s verandah on Tuesday 21st was the RB Over60’s having their first serious catch up for 2014. We have gathered at this venue several times in the past, and always it is a delightful, relaxed get together in very gracious surroundings. As usual, the excellent cooks we have in our

midst did us proud, and time just seemed to disappear. What was to have been morning tea was still going into well the afternoon. A number of our friends were unable to join us for medical reasons. We all wish them well. Our very efficient president Dorothy has circulated an email with the draft programme for the year, as well as a

Ray and Neci sharing stories membership list containing all the relevant information. If you haven’t had one or don’t do emails just contact any of our group for a copy.

Sabine and Lil keeping cool Here are the next few events for your diary. Please let the organisers know if you are attending: M O N T H L Y MORNING TEA: Tues 4th February at the Surf Club at 10.30am FEBRUARY: Fri 14th Pool Party at 7am at the Rainbow Beach Pool followed by Breakfast -at Café Jilarty Margaret 54880284, Barry 0418989301 MARCH: Gympie Ten Pin Bowling, BBQ lunch - Margaret and Ray 54868201 APRIL: Thursday 24th Rainforest Walk and picnic lunch - Bymien Picnic Area - BYO Lunch, chairs and drinks meet at the Church Hall 11am, toilets on site, but no water. For those who require a lift - Lil and Ray 54863462l If you would like to join us at any of the events, please ring any of the numbers above.

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We have late model fully maintained vehicles with Queensland Transport and Main Roads accredited drivers. Our drivers pick up from your home, drive you to the appointment, wait until your appointment is concluded and return you to your home. We do charge transport fees however Queensland Health have a travel subsidy scheme which you may be entitled to claim, for information regarding this scheme you will need to contact your doctors office.

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We insist clients who are reliant on their carers should always have their carers travel with them. We must stress our service is not an emergency service and our drivers are not medically trained. All CCMT members are volunteers and are not paid for the hours they spend either driving, working in our busy office, fund raising or cleaning cars. Our fund raisers sell raffle tickets and money boards on Friday and Saturday mornings at Dolphin Shopping Centre, Tin Can Bay Market and Woolworths at Cooloola Cove. Bingo is very popular with our locals and regulars travelling from Gympie and Rainbow Beach together with visitors to our great town. Held every Sunday at Cooloola Coast Bowls Club eyes down 1.30 pm. with two jackpot games each week and afternoon tea is provided. All enquiries and bookings please contact our office. Monday - Friday 8.30am - 12.30pm, 5/6 Scullett Drive Cooloola Cove, 5486 2488. Cooloola Coast Medical Transport Inc. is not for profit community organisation run solely by volunteers.

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Cooloola Cove Residents & Friends Inc resolved for change By Pamela A E Graham (President) Here we are starting a new year with all the enthusiasm of our members in getting things done as well and as soon as possible. We begin this 2014 with several items already in the pipeline. New members joining us, and looking upon our area with new eyes, see what we first saw when we came. After trying to get things upgraded or changed with little or no success, we have rather got used to it all and perhaps lost some of our resolve. NOT TO BE NOW. Look out for upgrades to the signs on Bayside Road indicating a ‘crossroads’ instead of the old sign of a ‘junction’. Also we’ve asked for a reminder to drivers to ‘Reduce Speed’ as we approach Scullett Drive and the Gympie /Tin Can Bay Road. Several glaring safety issues have been highlighted and we hope with our Councillor Mark MacDonald’s assistance we may get some or all of these resolved.

The continuance of the path (now on Nautilus Drive) along Investigator Avenue will be one of the most important requests this year and some safety measures to be implemented alongside creeks and other hazards. There will be the annual ‘Clean-up Australia Day’ at the beginning of March if enough members and residents are interested to join us somewhere in Cooloola Cove, there maybe a change of venue this year. We welcome any newcomers to the area to join us at our meetings in the Vets and Community Hall on the second Thursday of each month at 7pm and to raise any issues regarding their locality. For further information, please contact the Secretary, David Midolo, 5488 0644, We look forward to seeing you on Thursday 13th February at 7pm in the Vets and Community Hall Cooloola Cove.

Meals on Wheels needs you The lucky winner of our Medallion Quilt raffle was Kim Mavin of Childers. We would like to express our gratitude to not only Gal Burke, who donated the basic blocks, and Pam Gill, who pieced them together, but also all those who assisted in finishing the quilt, those who sold tickets and, of course, those who entered the raffle. As a result of their efforts some $500.00 was raised for our funds. Very many thanks to all.

Cove. Whilst we currently have a full time cook, the rest of the work is carried out by a team of volunteers who kindly give freely of their time and effort to support our service.

For those readers who may not be aware, we at Tin Can Bay Meals on Wheels prepare and deliver cooked 3 course lunches to some 20 eligible ladies and gentlemen here in the Bay and Cooloola

If you would like more information about what we do then please just give Mike Clifford our Secretary a call on 0407580226 and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

We are always looking for additional help to spread the load so if any of you could spare a few hours on one or more days of the week to assist with such as kitchen duties and/or deliveries we would certainly like to hear from you.

Are YOU prepared for your next voyage? QF17 is p l e a s e d to announced the community Safety Programme for Q1, 2014: February and March Public Courses, Bar Crossing, First Aid, Coastal Navigation and Marine Radio Operation and Protocol. Members of the public are encouraged to contact QF17 Base on 5486 4290 and reserve a place on an upcoming programme. QF17 had a very busy last few months of 2013. Some 163 activations took place with over 1,000 hours committed to Search and Rescue activities! Activities ranged from medical evacuations, police assists, Maritime Safety Queensland activations, damaged and drifting boats to exhausted canoeists visiting our area. The disappointing note is only 371 vessels logged on with our base. When it came time to find vessels not logged on in many cases nobody knew anything about them or their intended plans. Please remember to log on EVERY TIME you depart port, even if only planning to stay in the local area, it’s a very important free service! The Marine Assist Programme is designed to help out the mariner in times of need. For $60 per year, QF17 is available to offer assistance to tow, pump water out of the vessel or when you run aground. Also, if you have completed a “Vessel Watch” form which allows us to board your vessel if it’s it trouble when you’re not around, it will certainly ease your mind. The $60 per year is money well invested. The public should be aware that we are NOT permitted to board any unmanned vessel at anytime unless there is a direct threat to life. We can only board

unmanned vessels when given formal, direct permission of the owner. If anyone sees an apparently unmanned moored or drifting vessel in difficulty, they should first inform the police. Please remember to plan your voyage and allow for margins of error. Have you left at least a 20% error factor? How about when you anchor; have you got plenty of scope, plenty of draft? Maybe you think you have enough fuel onboard, but have you allowed for a change in the sea conditions, a change in the current, extra weight onboard or for side tracking to explore some places “just a little bit” off the original course? Is there enough water onboard - minimum of 1L per person per day for emergency use? If you are launching your vessel, please be aware of expected etiquette. Prepare your vessel before backing down the ramp. That means the bungs are in place, fuel lines full, painter secured to bow and safety chain still attached to trailer. It is very difficult for us to lift or drag your boat back onto the trailer when it slips off half way down the ramp. Also, if a painter is not used when launching, it can be embarrassing (and even dangerous) when forced to swim after a drifting boat. Whilst using a ramp, remember it is a shared zone and please allow room for the other trailer to move freely up and down the ramp in their lanes. Remember, QF17 is a not for profit VOLUNTEER RESCUE SERVICE and your assistance and co-operation is needed to make their job easier and you safer. Yours in Safe Boating, the Crew of QF17

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Celebrate World Wetlands Day New Services at Serenity Beauty or proposed stormwater flows, altered hydrological conditions and erosion. The State Planning Policy refers to the role of healthy waters and wetlands; the ecosystem services that they provide such as filtering of pollutants etc., as well as the social and economic benefits of healthy water through fishing and tourism. To date, there has been no monitoring of environmental water quality values in the area. This 3 year project, funded by Qld Government Everyone’s Environment Grant, will enable the community to develop and participate in the first ever water quality monitoring of Rainbow Beach.

Eva Ford of MRCCC searching the Rainbow Beach fens for unique acid wallum frogs (after fire) Rainbow Beach Water Quality Monitoring Project Plan -A public meeting and display, Monday 3rd February 6:30pm, Church of the Good Shepherd, Carlo Rd, Rainbow Beach Rainbow Beach is surrounded by lowland freshwater,the Great Sandy Ramsar enclosed coastal and lower estuary waters and open coastal waters of high ecological value. Many of the fresh water streams and tributaries that flow to the estuary and ocean emanate from protected areas such as National Parks. As the streams pass through the town, many are (or will be) impacted by existing

The agenda for the meeting is to determine wetlands, creeks, billabongs, storm water outlets, patterned fens that community members would like to monitor, collecting baseline data twice per year in the Rainbow Beach area with a state of the art Horiba U52G water tester.

Everyone is welcome, and free training will be arranged during March or April. No need to book, just come along and enjoy the display and contribute your ideas. For more information contact Maree 0417 554 905.

just in time for your Valentine

Zaneta Fitzgerald from Serenity Beauty has reached a new milestone. Her youngest child is off to school, and she is excited about being able to provide her services on a full-time basis. Zaneta is pleased to announce that she has some wonderful new services available including acrylic and shellac nails and a 7 in 1 machine for advanced facials, which incorporates popular microdermabrasion, non surgical face lift’s, ultrasound, light therapy and more. “There is a gap in the Rainbow Beach and Cooloola area for a facial that isn’t just about cleansing and relaxation, but about providing some help to those who are troubled by problem skin,” explains Zaneta. Using the galvanic machine and the 7 in 1 machine Zaneta can provide an advanced facial to combat most problem areas such as pigmentation, fine lines, acne scars and skin elasticity. To achieve results the client should have at least six treatments. “After an advanced facial you will feel revived, invigorated, soft clean and refreshed.”

perfect for Valentine’s Day, birthdays or anniversaries, she is looking forward to adding more options in the future. “If you feel like a little pampering Serenity Beauty has a great location tucked away in the residential area. You can try a Body wrap which revitalises the skin. Or perhaps your skin is a little dull or you had to much sun over the summer then you might like to try a Body Scrub. Your skin will be exfoliated and fresh and glowing or perhaps you just need a good polish.”  If you would like to know more about theses advanced facials or what services Serenity Beauty can offer then don’t hesitate to call. Zaneta  has a Facebook page, “Serenity Beauty by Zaneta”, which you are welcome to visit to view updates and pictures. Serenity Beauty is now open 6 days a week by appointment. Opening hours are 9am to 3pm as well as late Tuesday’s until 6pm, and can provide group bookings on request. Please phone 0438 868 166 for any enquiries.

Zaneta says, “I use Algologie French facial products with sea based minerals and other natural ingredients to get quality results.” “Fleur De Mer which is an Australian company run by Algologie that creates products to combat the harsh Australian conditions. These products are parabenfree and give great results.” Along with normal beauty salon treatments such as facials, waxing, hot rock massage, tinting, pedicures and manicures,

Spoil your valentine with a facial or one of the many new services Serenity Beauty offers

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There are still bargains to be found It is great to hear that the Cooloola Coast has had a positive summer on the real estate front. Andrew Hawkins from Rainbow Beach Realty said “Brisbane started moving 6 months ago and the Sunshine Coast soon after that. We have been watching it come up the coast, and started getting busy 4-5 months ago with increasing enquiries and which has flowed through to higher levels of sales for our office.”

getting into the market - you have not missed the boat yet. Prices have not yet started to increase, so there are still bargains to be found.”

When asked if houses or units were more popular, Andrew said, “It is surprising that both cheaper houses and premium apartments are selling. Those looking for a more premium holiday investment are in the market we have sold all three of the Rainbow Sea penthouses and are continuing to get contracts on the Plantation Resort.” He said they had plenty of holiday makers asking about properties, and explained this was a “very positive sign for town, as it shows interest in Rainbow Beach from non locals.” those



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Regular Feature

Tin Can Bay Camera Club News

Groups “Open” and Guest Judge Fran Cross, from Hervey Bay Photography Club, had a wonderful selection of images to critique, but after consideration, awarded the A Grade Honour to Ron Johnson for his image, Venice. Merits were awarded to Cathy Reed (Hard Work) and Kerry Leyland (Stairs to Where?).

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In B Grade, Frank Poschtook out the Honour for his image Rose. Merits were awarded to Geoff Skoien(Cairns and Snapper Creek), Maree Davies (Falcon Waterfall) and Mary Boyce (Imagine Being a Dolphin). February will see both print and digital club competitions held. The print comp subject is “Bottles”, while the digital comp subject is “People”. “Bottles” is a new subject with a fairly loose interpretation, while “People” is a regular subject, but the first time it has featured in a digital comp. The club plans to hold regular outings (photo shoots) throughout the year. The calendar will also include a couple of the ever-popular Safaris (set subjects, take one photo of each and submit straight from your camera at the end of the Safari).Plans are also underway to organise a few 2-3 day photo shoots. Photoshop workshops will again be held on the third Monday of each month in the meeting room of the Tin Can Bay Library, while Club meetings (judging of monthly club competitions) are held on the third Wednesday of each month at the Library.

Kerry Leyland’s Stairs to Where?

Tin Can Bay Men’s Shed Tin Can Bay Community Men’s Shed committee greatly appreciate the support given by the business people of Rainbow Beach, Tin Can Bay and Cooloola Cove.

Ron Johnson’s Venice

We have an application for funding through the ANZ trustees for the construction of the Men’s Shed . The Shed is to be built on leased Council land in the vicinity of the TCB Community Complex. Many thanks must go to our President Bobbie Wessling and Steve Brown for their continuing efforts in fund activities.

Cooloola Mitre 10 Loyalty Card –

It’s free to join up! Once you have spent $200, you receive a $10 voucher to spend in store. It’s that easy! Congratulations to Neil of Cooloola Cove who won a $50 voucher with his answer of “A kangaroo” for the January riddle.

COOLOOLA 7 Scullett Dr,Cooloola Cove Ph: 07 54862000 Mon – Fri 7am – 5pm Sat – Sun 8am - 1pm Public Holidays 8am - 1pm

The winner of the joy flight over Cooloola Cove in Rod’s 172 was won by the Palmer family of Cooloola Cove, Rod Robertson drew the winning ticket at the Country Club on 19th december. Many thanks to Rod Robertson of Coolooola Cove Land Sales and all who participated. Meetings for the Men’s Shed are held the first Saturday of the Month at 40 Endeavour Drive, Cooloola Cove, at 10am. Enquiries ring Neita 5486283

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Cooloola City Farm City Farm, opposite the Community Centre, on Tin Can Bay Road, is open to the public for plant sales on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 am-3pm, 07 54862304,, City Farm staff are getting the place back in shape after the Christmas break and are preparing plants for the next round of tree vouchers. Yes, it means rates notices will be all too soon coming. This month, we will revisit some ideas for reducing heat stress in your garden during the summer.

Plant of the month is Daviesia umbellulata. This branching shrub, to 2m, is found in wallum, open forest and dry heath areas. It copes well in dry conditions. The pea-flowers , occurring in spring, are yellow, often with red markings. Photograph courtesy Mary Boyce

Queensland summers can be very hot and dry for extended periods, and though we may get good rain, the times in between can stress plants. In this area with sandy soil, this problem is even more acute, as the soil does not retain the moisture. Of course, this is another reason to plant natives, especially those that grow naturally in the area, as they are most suited to the soil and climatic conditions. The surface of sandy soil is resistant to water and the addition of organic matter will help retain moisture. Soil wetting agents are helpful too, but require regular application. As mentioned in previous reports, mulching is important in the summer. However, densely applied mulch may not

allow water to reach the plant and organic mulch depletes nitrogen in the soil, so it is advisable to water the plant, then apply mulch lightly and replenish regularly.

A fertilizer, suitable for natives and high in nitrogen, sprinkled under the mulch will replace the nitrogen depleted by the mulch. Adding compost to the soil aids water retention. Established native trees can cope without extra water mostly, but in really hot conditions they may need some assistance. Drooping leaves and dying foliage are signs of stress. Pruning those plants that do not put on new growth in the summer will help the plants survive with less water and will promote new growth when the weather cools. We should use water wisely at all times, but it is especially important after long dry periods. Consider how and when you water. Water only when you need to. Watering deeply encourages root growth downward, enabling the plant to obtain more water, discouraging shallow root growth which leaves the plant susceptible to dry conditions. Drip irrigation is a way to achieve deep watering efficiently. Water in the early morning or evening and not on windy days when your efforts will be immediately undone. Reduce water-hungry lawn areas. Remember, staff at City Farm will be happy to help you choose plants which, once established, will grow happily in your garden with minimal water.

Soundwaves to return in March

Soundwaves is a group of locals who organise bi-monthly concerts (usually the second Sunday in the Month) in the Rainbow Beach Community Hall. Acting under the auspice of the Rainbow Beach Community Centre the concerts presently offer the opportunity for locals to participate in fun times of entertainment and joviality. The first concert for 2014 will be on Sunday March 9th from 2pm – 4+pm (dependent on the number of acts). The concerts are open for musicians, dancers, comedians, you name it we will try to accommodate you. To cover the cost of the hall hire and refreshments the donation of $2 per adult will remain (kids under 16 are still free). So, whether you are from Rainbow Beach, Cooloola Cove, Tin Can Bay or further, no matter what age, standard or act, you are welcome. If you wish to be on the program please ring Frank (0438080950) or the RBCC (5486-3355) to book your spot. More details will be in the next issue, otherwise see you on March 9.

The Gathering Place

This community Gathering is a supportive and informative morning of spiritual and natural healing discussion. Come to ask questions, share experiences and learn more about the spiritual world around you. This Gathering will allow you to get together with like-minded individuals and make new friendships. All levels of spirituality, from beginners to seasoned path walkers, are very welcome to come to and enjoy a cup of tea and a chat in a relaxed and informal environment.  Held at 63 Gympie Rd, Tin Can Bay (across the road from the IGA) on the last Saturday of every month, it starts at 10.00am.  Come for an hour or stay for the day. Tea and coffee provided, BYO food. For more information please call Margaret on 5488 0903.

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Rainbow Beach Fishing Report Peter’s Cobia.

A good catch of Cod and Sweetlip from the 8 Mile.

by Tony Stewart 54868666 Early December produced only fair weather for Offshore Charters, but we were very busy through Christmas and the New Year. Somehow we managed more trips than the previous year even though the weather was terrible for half the year. Mackerel, our normal catch for this time of year, have not really shown up. Still, it is not too late, as long as we don’t get flooding rains as this sends them well away from the coast. There has been plenty of Bait offshore and I even managed to scoop a net full of Pilchards into the boat on one trip. Our main catches over the last month have included Squire, Pearl Perch to (5kgs) Parrot, Moses Perch, Maori and Gold Spot Cod, Cobia and Dolphin Fish. Every time we find a good patch of Squire, the Sharks will inevitably turn up. As I write this the wind has been blowing from the Southeast for 10 days but finally we should get  out in a couple of days then again on the long weekend if weather permits. After trips on February 9 and 10 we will be shutting down for a couple of

Gavin’s big Maori Cod.

A Pittsworth Angler with a 5kg Pearl Perch.

Catches from Double Island Point Fishing Charters

months but should be back in action for the Easter weekend. Hopefully by Easter the bad weather will be gone. ‘Til next month –good fishing, hope you had a great Australia Day. (Go the Aussies.)

A 20kg AJ caught adn released on light gear

Dave with a Mahi Mahi

Jim Cole from Tin Can Bay Boat hire with a monster Wahoo

A big sweetlip!


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“Normally fishos brag about the biggest fish...” thing about baby Marlin, is that theoretically there are hundreds and thousands of them. Big females (500600kg in weight) release hundreds of millions of eggs each year and yet baby Marlin are very rarely caught by commercial or recreational fisherman and we don’t know why.” “I’ve been studying Marlin for 35 years, it’s one of those great mysteries why we don’t see them more often. This is the smallest one in our study and I have seen two smaller in my career, only held one and seen a photo of Greg Mcilroy with his “micro Black Marlin” (photo Greg Pearce) another.” It could be that lures are by Michelle Gilmore too big for these creatures, or that they simple don’t stay little for long, growing out ...” but today Greg Mcilroy can boast of that “dangerous period when every thing about a small one. This ‘micro Black Marlin’ wants to eat it.” had a short length of just over 70cm and weighed about 2kg. The fish was kept “Marlin are a pinnacle fish, this iconic for research and according to Dr Julian species have a great reputation and Pepperell is the second smallest one he’s significance, with 99% tagged and had from the East Coast of Australia.” said released. As an apex predator, they grow Double Island Point Fishing Charter owner, incredibly quickly - the fastest growers in Greg Pearce. the ocean - it would reach a weight of 25kg in one year!” The catch was a surprise for Greg too, “I have never seen one in the flesh as near as They are also the fastest in the ocean. small.” He said normally a small Marlin is Dr Pepperell said their streamlined body around 6-7 kg!” is built for phenomenal speed with fins that fold down, they can swim underwater Greg had no idea how keen Dr Pepperell for70 to 80km per hour in short bursts. would be to acquire it.”I didn’t realise how much of a stir it would create - he was Black Marlin are known for their prepared to drive from Coffs to Rainbow extensive migration. “Over 50,000 have and back to pick up.” been tagged by Australian anglers with locations reported to NSW fisheries. Over So why all the fuss? years, they have been shown to move Dr Pepperell told the Community News extraordinary distances - even across the that the catch was unusual, “The weird

Pacific Ocean.” “One quite small Marlin was tagged off Cairns (only 15kg) was recaptured by a commercial fisherman off Costa Rica. Many more have been found in Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Samoa and Hawaii, but interestingly the big adults come back to Great Barrier Reef to spawn.” The Marlin will be assessed for its genetics and growth rate. Greg said it was so significant that that it may be flown to Hawaii to get it aged. Dr Pepperell said “We age fish usually at the earbones, or’ otoliths’. In baby Marlins they are the size of a pin head, and etching with acid reveals bands under a high powered microscope. These daily rings are counted to see how long they have been alive. We expect it to be 2 to 3 months old, but would like to confirm.” So why the interest with the baby Marlin from a science point of view? Dr Pepperell explained. He is supervising research at the

University of Queensland on the genetics and stock structure of black Marlin. With the refined genetic techniques now available they are able to compare DNA from stocks in Eastern and Western Australia to see if they are separated or mixing. Dr Pepperell says that if all of these highly migratory fish are interrelated, we in Australia need to be involved in global management, not just us our patch - hence the worldwide interest. “Juvenile black Marlin haven’t had a chance to move big distances and their DNA tells researchers about local stocks, as adult fish could have travelled from somewhere else.” Hundreds of juvenile black marlin are clipped and released - in a successful scheme with game fishing clubs competing to see who can secure the most clips of dorsal fin. This little fish was sacrificed for science, but hopefully he has a big story to tell us, with an impact on global management of his species.

Tin Can Bay Fishing Club News Welcome to our new and returning members. Please remember membership for 2014 is due.

Harold is planning a camping trip to Borumba Dam, March 15-16. Please contact him on 54880658.

Meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month, 6pm at the Country Club. At the next meeting Wayne is going to teach us how to tie various knots, leads, lines etc. The last time was very informative.

For futher information regarding the club you can come to a meeting, contact Robin Hines on 54862052, email us or talk to us at the IGA Sausage Sizzle, The TCB markets, or at Woolworths selling tickets in our $500 fuel raffle.

Fishing Competition dates include February and March 7-9th. All culminate on the Sunday with a BBQ and winner presentation. However, you must be a member to participate.

(All other dates for 2014 are listed on the Rainbow Beach Cooloola Coast Community News online calendar, Editor)

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Cooloola Coast

Rainbow Beach and the Cooloola Coast is home of the Coloured Sands, the majestic Carlo Sandblow and gateway to World Heritage listed Fraser Island. You can feed wild dolphins, visit a historic lighthouse and kayak with the whales.

Visitor Guide

Rainbow Shores Clarkson Drive has a concrete path for most of the way taking you through wallum and paperbarks to the golf club. If riding, you can turn left to the industrial area (Karoonda Road) and the return to town via Carlo Road.

Surf School & Board Hire Learn to surf with the experts at Rainbow Beach Surf Centre on the best and one of the longest beginner waves in Australia. 0408738192 Seary’s Creek 7km from town towards Gympie, with 2 waterholes, boardwalks, bridges and history – do read the sign and spot the creatures. Always cool on the hottest of days.

Rainbow Beach Aquatic Centre and Tin Can Bay Pool offers squad, learn to swim, water aerobics and more.

4WD walk Coloured Sands Starting below the lookout, walk along the beach towards Double Island Point for a kilometre or so to these amazing Coloured sand cliffs, with the best colours around 9 to 10 kilometres along the beach (accesible with a 4wd or Surf and Sand Safari tour) 5486 3131. Carlo Sand Blow A bush walk up to Carlo Sand Blow is a must for every visitor. Drive to the reservoir at the top of Cooloola Drive. The Blow is an easy 600m walk from the car park or take the longer walk from the National Parks Office. Spectacular views of the Coloured Sands, Double Island Point and Tin Can Bay Inlet are the bonus for your efforts. When the thermals are right, you will often see Hang Gliders taking off and landing at this beautiful piece of Nature's Sculpture. Fraser Island Great Walk A 90 km trail which showcases natural and cultural features of the world’s largest sand island as it meanders between Dilli Village and Happy Valley http:// w w w.n p rs r.q l d.g ov.a u/p a r k s/g re a t walks-fraser-island/about.html Cooloola Great Walk A 102 km trail which passes through a rich diversity of vegetation types with spectacular views, connecting Rainbow Beach with Noosa North Shore. http://www. np rsr.ql ar ks/gre a t - walks cooloola/index.html Rainforest Walk / Bymien Picnic Area A few kilometres from town, on the Gympie Road, take the Freshwater Road to the left. 3km on a good gravel surface will bring you to Bymien, which is the limit for conventional vehicles. Lake Poona After morning tea or lunch in the picnic area you can venture on some wonderful walks to Lake Poona or through some spectacular Rainforest. Allow 40 minutes to reach Lake Poona. Lake Freshwater Only accessible by 4WD, Tour or Walking. Walking tracks starts at the Bymien picnic area. The round trip from Rainbow Beach will take a full day and requires fitness. Foreshore Tin Can Bay You can walk 4km from Crabs Creek to Norman Point, over picturesque bridges, signage of flora and fauna, through mangroves, playgrounds and outdoor gyms. It is mostly flat – very safe for children on wheels. Start at the playground opposite the library, cycle to Crabs Creek and stop for a coffee, then return to opposite the library. Enjoy the views out to the inlet while the kids enjoy the playground and skatepark. Rainbow Beach 10000 steps walk – from the headland behind the Surf Tower and Playground to Carlo Road. Paths are perfect for bicycles, scooters and skateboards.

Half-day 4WD Tours (5486 3131) or hire your own to Cooloola National Park, Coloured Sands, Double Island Point, Lighthouse, Rainforest and Lake Freshwater. Fraser Island 4x4 Tours by experience local guide visits all highlights and lesser known gems of Fraser Island 0457 726 388

Sailing And Cruising If you love the wonderful peace and relaxation of sailing or cruising, the sheltered waters of the Great Sandy Strait are for you. You may see dugong, turtles, dolphins and more.

By Canoe Explore the mangrove fringed waters of Carlo Creek, Carlo Island and Tin Can Bay Inlet in a Canoe available for hire from Carlo Point Boat Hire 0427 743 427

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Dolphin Ferry 35minutes by ferry to view the dolphins at TIn Can Bay 7am daily 0428 838 836 Dolphin Viewing At Tin Can Bay just a thirty minute drive to Tin Can Bay through Cooloola Cove and you can see the Dolphins come in at Norman Point Have a look around this pretty little town while you are there. (Charges for entry and feeding dolphins.) Sea Kayaking Dolphin View Sea Kayaking: A unique experience - see dolphins, whales (seasonal), manta rays, turtles and more 0408738192 Horseride with professional guides on our World Heritage Listed Beach. 04121RIDES Tin Can Bay Foreshore Bird Walk – 137 species with best viewing spots on the brochure. Tin Can Bay Wildflower Walk spectacular wildflower species, all on the brochure.

Probably one of Rainbow's greatest attractions would have to be the abundant opportunity for fishing. Fishing, in all its styles, is available right on our doorstep. Beach fishing has unlimited scope with nearly 100kms of beach to choose from. Varieties include Bream, Whiting, Tailor, Dart, Jew and Flathead. Estuary fishing in Tin Can Bay Inlet, through the Inskip Point area and up the Great Sandy Strait is perfect for those with a boat or the wish to hire one. Access is from an efficient boat ramp at Carlo Point. Another ramp is located at Bullock Point. Boat Hire Carlo Point Boat Hire 0427 743 427 or Tin Can Bay Boat Hire 0408 329 167 Charter Boats Excellent reef fishing is only a few miles offshore and charter trips can be arranged through Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters on 5486 8666, Double Island Point Fishing Charters on 0417 073 313 or Keely Rose Reef Fishing Charters on 5486 3150. The reefs off Rainbow yield Red Emperor, Sweet lip, Snapper, Pearl Perch, Parrot and Coral Trout. Tandem Skydiving Unforgettable aerial scenic views of Rainbow and Fraser Island and the adrenaline pumping thrill of free fall tandem sky diving. Skydive Rainbow Beach 0418 218 358.

Surfing The most popular area is near the Surf Tower. Note Surfing In Bathing Area Is Prohibited. Double Island Point (DIP) has the longest break in Australia (when the swell lines up. (4WD only)

Cooloola Sand, wind and water have sculpted a varied landscape at Cooloola, the largest remnant of coastal vegetation on the southern Queensland's mainland. High sand dunes, coloured sand cliffs, sweeping beaches, sandblows, freshwater lakes, tall forests, paperbark swamps and wildflower heath make the Cooloola Recreation Area a spectacular part of the Great Sandy National Park. au/parks/cooloola/index.html Inskip Peninsula is a narrow, sandy finger of land built up by wind and waves. It forms a natural breakwater at the entrance to Tin Can Inlet and Great Sandy Strait. Inskip is a gateway to World Heritagelisted Fraser Island. Beach she oaks, cypress pine and other coastal trees and shrubs shade the very popular camping areas ringed by open ocean beaches and sheltered estuary shores. All are within 15 minutes drive to Rainbow Beach. Most of the peninsula is protected as a Recreation Area. inskip-peninsula/index.html The Great Sandy Marine Park extends from Baffle Creek in the north to Double Island Point in the south. It includes Hervey Bay, Great Sandy Strait, Tin Can Bay Inlet and the waters off the east coast of Fraser Island, seaward to three nautical miles.Seagrass meadows, mangroves, rocky shores, reefs, sandy beaches, bays, sheltered channels, rivers, creeks and estuaries host a wealth of wildlife including whales, turtles, dugong, grey nurse sharks, fish, corals, birds and more. http://www. arks/gre at - sandy marine/index.html

Kitesurfing Lessons Learn to kitesurf with very experienced instructors from Rainbow Beach Surf Centre. 0408738192

Fraser Island is the world's largest sand island and an area of remarkable natural beauty. Growing on seemingly infertile sands are a great variety of plant communities ranging from coastal heath, mangrove forests and swamps to subtropical rainforest. The many archaeological remains found on Fraser Island record thousands of years of culture and tradition, and provide important links to their past for the Butchulla people. The island is 123 km long and covers an area of 166,038 ha, so you need to allow plenty of time to explore and appreciate it. http:// html

Scuba Diving A popular spot for the scuba enthusiast is at Wolf Rock, off Double Island Point. World class diving on Fraser Island's doorstep, phone Wolf Rock Dive Centre on 5486 8004.

Unless you intend holidaying on Fraser Island, most probably your best way of seeing all its beauty is to take a 1 day or 2 day tour. Or you can make the trip in your own 4WD, driving up the road or beach

swim, surf and on the water Our safe beach is patrolled between September - March. ALWAYS SWIM BETWEEN THE FLAGS.

Wind surf off the surfing beach or in Tin Can Bay Inlet, taking off from Carlo Point.

Great Sandy Strait Cruises and Sunset Cruises 0428 838 836

Wheelchair accessible 10 seat Taxi13TAXI (13 82 94)

back to nature

Hang Gliding & Paragliding Carlo Sand Blow is one of the top spots for hand gliders in Queensland with the National Championships being held there each January. With a take off of 300ft and a soarable ridge of 12 kilometres long and about 500ft high, Carlo Sand Blow is definitely the place to go. Fliers should be of Hang2 standard, fly in north easterly winds and remember landing in the bathing reserve is prohibited.

extreme adventure

Visitor’s Guide Local Groups

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to Inskip Point and crossing in the barge. Rainbow Beach Flying Services offer a daily service to Fraser Island, but prior bookings are required. Remember that going independently, a permit is required and is available from the National Parks Office.

Saturday Markets

Playgrounds North and South of the Headland and Rainbow Shores Playrooms at the Pub and Sport Club Family friendly directory

Cooloola Coast Realty 07 5486 3411

Rainbow Beach Realty 07 5486 3900

Bowls There is a lawn green at the Rainbow Beach Sports Recreation & Memorial Club where visitors are most welcome. 5486 3191

Darts, Pool, Yoga, Tai Chi, Sailing, Pilates, Zumba, Fitness Classes (see What’s On)


Rainbow Beach Holiday Village 07 5486 3222

get active

Golf A par 3, 9 hole golf course is located at Rainbow Shores Resort. Members of the public are very welcome. Rainbow Shores Social Golf Club (0429 668 255) stages regular competitions. A picturesque course at Tin Can Bay also attracts all golf addicts from this area.

annual events

3rd - Tin Can Bay

family fun

Tennis Two courts are available at the Sports & Recreation Club. Bookings 5486 3191

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Rainbow Getaway Holiday Resort 07 54863500

plus... Clubs, Restaurants and Eateries (many are Breastfeeding Welcome Here venues) Library (Internet and Xbox) Heritage and Food Trails Pamper Yourself- Massages, Hair Salon and Beauty Treatments Playgrounds, Skatepark, Bike riding

Rainbow Waters Holiday Park 07 54863200 Sleepy Lagoon Hotel/Motel 07 54864124 Motorhome hire (sleeps 6) 0407 660198 Thanks to Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service for their assistance.

January “Brushes by the Sea” Rainbow Beach Art & Craft Festival February Cooloola Crocs Swimming Carnival April Anzac Day Parade May Bay to Bay Yacht Race June/July Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic July 4-12 August Rainbow Beach Triathlon Rainbow Beach Lion’s Club Annual Kite Festival September Tin Can Bay Seafood Festival October Rainbow Beach Invitations Fours Bowls Tournament Tin Can Bay Ambulance Flower Show October Rainbow Beach Nippers Carnival November Rainbow Beach/Trail Runs December Tin Can Bay Foreshore Family Nights Rainbow Beach Lions Club Twilight Christmas Concert and Afternoon Markets “The Tents” Rainbow Beach Holiday Program See our What’s On page for more on Things to Do. Suggestions, amendments or to add your business to the visitor guide please call 07 5486 3561 or email info@ .

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• House Slabs • Garage Slabs • Driveways • Paths Also specialising in; • Stamp • Concrete Stencil • Exposed Seeded Concrete Phone: 5486 3914 Mobile: 0413 060 797






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Regular Feature

Travelling With Saturn - Triple Christening

The Grant’s three grandbabies Molly, Rivah and Hudson with their parents Our Summer break was an amazing time filled with babies and parties. You would have seen the triple engagement party we had for our children 2 years ago; well, this year we had a triple christening for the 3 grandbabies.

The cons of a satellite system are:

After the ‘pram brigade’ left, we quietly took ourselves to Inskip Point to visit our friends (who have a Saturn Antenna that was receiving TV reception where they were camped) - which brings me to the discussion of TV reception while on holidays. One of the main topics of conversation in caravan parks is “What’s your reception like and what antenna are you using?” The most debatable topic is “Satellite or Antenna?” Let me give you a quick rundown on the differences between the two.

1. 2-second set up 2. Easy to store 3. No adjusting the antenna for horizontal and vertical reception 4. Can be used in 12volt situations The cons of a Saturn Antenna are:

The pros of a satellite system are: 1. TV reception anywhere - with clear view of the northern sky 2. Can be used in 12volt situations 3. All digital channels

1. The size makes you search for a spot that will store it while travelling 2. Setting up CAN take 15-20 mins The pros of a Saturn Antenna are:

1. You have to be in a TV reception area to get reception 2. Can be still challenged by trees, buildings, hills and distance We sell both the Satellite System as well as the Saturn Antenna so you can talk to us about your choice for receiving TV reception when you are travelling. We travel with both to cover all scenarios so we can give you first-hand advice on both systems. Call us on 1800 443 471.

Is the Great Aussie Sickie a Myth? by Linda Fewtrell Our first meeting for the year was held on 27/1/14 – and we took the opportunity to celebrate all things Australian. There were Aussie hats, thongs, jokes, and poems to set the theme, and if that wasn’t enough, lamingtons, vegemite on SAO’s, pavlova (Australia’s favourite fruit!!) tea and damper, were on the smoko menu. I know the Kiwis try and claim our pavlovas, but they will have to do more than put a bit of kiwi fruit on top, as proof of the pudding!! February starts with a Training day in Maryborough on the 8th – This will provide a great opportunity to learn the various roles from Sergeant at Arms to President, while mixing with Toastmasters from Bundaberg to Kingaroy. There will be guest speakers, sessions on Evaluations, Mentoring, Computer Skills and so much

more. That evening a dinner and debate will be held at the Maryborough RSL, with 2 Maryborough clubs debating the all important topic, “That the Great Aussie Sickie is a Myth”. After being well trained and entertained, members will be ready to use their skills at our Valentine’s meeting on Monday 11th February. Other events to look forward to – Division Conference in Gympie on 1st and 2nd March where Jessica Milne will represent our Club and Area in the Table Topics Competition; New Speaker, Tall Tales and Interpretive Reading Club Competitions in March; OUR BIRTHDAY DINNER March/April; and District Conference in May at 8 Mile Plains. Cooloola Coast Toastmasters Club was Chartered in March, 1994 and after 20 years is still going strong!! We will be celebrating with a dinner late March early April – watch this space for more details. February meetings – 11th and 25th at Tin Can Bay Library 6:30 for 7pm start. Want to know more? Give Linda a call on 5486 4377.

Cooloola Coast Garden Group We meet on the second Thursday of each month from February to December. Our meetings are at a different garden each month and we finish with afternoon tea and friendship. For our first bus trip for 2014 is on April 10th 2014 we are going to Bundaberg. All details at our February meeting. Get your ticket early -you know we always have a good time!

Our first meeting for 2014 is on Thursday 13th February in the private Garden of: Janice and Kevin Robbins, 8 Endurance Ave, Cooloola Cove, 1.30pm Start. Bring a chair and cup, swap table – plants and cuttings, afternoon Tea – “Bring a Plate” to share, $2.00 Fee (for Bus Trips). Enquiries: Colleen, 0419 121 884, Collwoll@Bigpond.Com

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Rainbow Beach State School News by Principal Micheal Grogan Welcome back to what will be another great year here at Rainbow Beach State School. It is always an exciting time of year

in the first few day and weeks of school. As always we have new staff, new students and new parents to welcome to our school. We would like to extend a warm welcome to Sheree Oldham, our 6/7 teacher, Alice Wilson, our new Administration Officer

Ready for Rainbow Beach School

and all of the students and families who will be attending Rainbow Beach for the first time or indeed those returning to our great school. This year we will be continuing to focus on delivering the best curriculum available to the students of Rainbow Beach State School. As always our fantastic Teachers, invaluable Teacher Aides and wonderful support staff will be doing all that we can to ensure that the kids of Rainbow Beach get the best education available. This year we will again be running 5 classrooms. As outlined below: Prep/1 – Mrs Lynne Chamberlain 1/2 – Mrs Janine Lawler and Mrs Therese Young 2/3/4 – Mr Peter Mileson and Mrs Tina McColl

4/5 – Mrs Tina McColl and Mr Micheal Grogan 6/7 – Miss Sheree Oldham Mrs Suzanne Hodgson is back again as our support Teacher Literacy and Numeracy along with Mrs Cherie Mason and Mr James Druitt with Music and PE respectively. Mrs Sandra Lindenberg will also be with us until February 21 for 3 days per week filling the Students with Disabilities teaching role. To keep up to date with all of the latest news and events for the school log onto our school website at www.rainbowbeachss., or download the QSchools app onto your smartphone and add Rainbow Beach as a favourite to receive updates on the go.

Tin Can Bay P-10 State School News Welcome back to our wonderful community for 2014. We at Tin Can Bay P-10 State School are very excited about the 2014 school year.  We have had many new comers lining up at our office door wanting to enrol at Tin Can Bay.  This is exciting to see and we welcome all with open arms. 

Keen as mustard, Jake and Luke are excited about Prep

First day for Tabitha with Mum, Samantha Permezel

We have our Leadership Days approaching in the first few weeks. Our Secondary students take part in these training days to build leadership capacity.  After this process we will conduct our leadership elections for the Secondary and Junior School. 

2014 is a very unique year, as it will be the final year of Primary school for both our year 6 and 7 students. From 2015 year 7 students will be in high school (Junior Secondary) across the state.  Primary leaders this year will be selected from our year 6 and 7 students.  If you have any questions about the school, please feel free to give the school a call on 54881222 and Brad Roberts (Principal) is always more than happy to assist you in your queries.  I know that Brad is always excited to walk community members around the school to show off the beautiful facilities and wonderful people at Tin Can Bay P-10 State School.

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Page 38 Snow plough On a bitterly cold winter morning a husband and wife in Dublin were listening to the radio during breakfast. They heard the announcer say, “We are going to have 8 to 10 inches of snow today. You must park your car on the even-numbered side of the street, so the snow ploughs can get through.” So the good wife went out and moved her car. A week later while they are eating breakfast again, the radio announcer said, “We are expecting 10 to 12 inches of snow today. You must park your car on the oddnumbered side of the street, so the snow ploughs can get through.” The good wife went out and moved her car again. The next week they are again having breakfast, when the radio announcer says, “We are expecting 12 to 14 inches of snow today. You must park....” Then the electric power went out. The good wife was very upset, and with a worried look on her face she said, “I don’t know what to do. Which side of the street do I need to park on so the snow ploughs can get through?” Then with the love and understanding in his voice that all men who are married to blondes exhibit, the husband replied, “Why don’t you just leave the bloody car in the garage this time.”

Time to quit drinking A drunk gets up from the bar and heads for the bathroom. A few minutes later, a loud, bloodcurdling scream is heard from the bathroom. Then, nothing. But, after another minute or two, another loud scream reverberates through the bar. 

The bartender goes into the bathroom to investigate why the drunk is screaming. “What’s all the screaming about in there?” he yells. “You’re scaring my customers!” “I’m just sitting here on the toilet minding my own business,” slurs the drunk, “and every time I try to flush, something comes up and squeezes the hell out of my privates.” The bartender opens the door, looks in, and says, “You’re sitting on the mop bucket.’’

That makes sense A little boy went up to his father and asked: ‘Dad, where did my intelligence come from?’ The father replied. ‘Well, son, you must have got it from your mother, cause I still have mine.’

Little Johnny Strikes Again! The teacher asked the class to use the word ‘fascinate’ in a sentence. Molly put up her hand and said, ‘My family went to my granddad’s farm, and we all saw his pet sheep. It was fascinating.’ The teacher said, ‘That was good, but I wanted you to use the word ‘fascinate, not fascinating’. Sally raised her hand.  She said, ‘My family went to see Rock  City and I was ‘fascinated.’   The teacher said, ‘Well, that was good Sally, but I wanted you to use the word ‘fascinate.’ Little Johnny raised his hand.  The teacher hesitated because she had been burned by Little Johnny before. She finally decided there was no way he could damage the word ‘fascinate’, so she called on him. Johnny said, ‘My Aunt Gina has a sweater with ten buttons, but her boobs are

so big she can only fasten eight.’ The teacher sat down and cried.

Tommy Cooper one liners Two blondes walk into a building ........ you’d think at least one of them would have seen it. Phone answering machine message - ‘...If you want to buy marijuana, press the hash key...’ A guy walks into the psychiatrist wearing only Clingfilm for shorts. The shrink says, ‘Well, I can clearly see you’re nuts.’ I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day - but I couldn’t find any.  My friend drowned in a bowl of muesli. A strong currant pulled him in.  A man came round in hospital after a serious accident. He shouted, ‘Doctor, doctor, I can’t feel my legs!’ The doctor replied, ‘I know you can’t, I’ve cut your arms off’.  I went to a seafood disco last week and pulled a muscle. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly.. They lit a fire in the craft, it sank, proving once and for all that you can’t have your kayak and heat it.  Our ice cream man was found lying on the floor of his van covered with hundreds and thousands. Police say that he topped himself.  Man goes to the doctor, with a strawberry growing out of his head. Doc says ‘I’ll give you some cream to put on it.’  Police arrested two kids yesterday, one was drinking battery acid, and the other was eating fireworks. They charged one and let the other one off. Guy goes into the doctor’s. ‘Doc, I’ve got a cricket ball stuck up my bottom.’ ‘How’s that?

‘Don’t you start.’   ‘You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen. It said, ‘Parking Fine.’ So that was nice.’  A man walked into the doctor’s, he said, ‘I’ve hurt my arm in several places’ The doctor said, ‘Well don’t go there any more’  Ireland ‘s worst air disaster occurred early this morning when a small two-seater Cessna plane crashed into a cemetery. Irish search and rescue workers have recovered 2826 bodies so far and expect that number to climb as digging continues into the night.

Paddy’s Jokes Bloke at a horse race whispers to Paddy next to him “Do you want the winner of the next race?” Paddy replies “No tanks, I’ve only got a small garden.” A coach load of paddy’s on a mystery tour decided to run a sweepstake to guess where they were going. The driver won $52!!! Paddy’s racing snail is not winning races anymore. So he decided to take-off its shell to reduce its weight and to make him more aerodynamic. It didn’t work, if anything it made him more sluggish. Paddy finds a sandwich with two wires sticking out of it. He phones the police and says “I’ve just found a sandwich dat looks like a bomb.” The operator asks, “Is it tickin?” Paddy says, “No I tink it’s beef” The Irish have solved their own fuel problems. They imported 50 million tonnes of sand from the Arabs and they’re going to drill for their own oil.

Kate’s Kid’s Corner


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Thanks to Lynne Alsop from Rainbow Beach Library and NPWS/Steve Parish for assistance with this page. ACROSS 1. Obtained by begging 5. Corpse 7. Stupid (remark) 8. Cable 9. At a distance 10. Improper 11. Hubbub 13. Told falsehood 14. North African desert 18. Available at premises (2-4) 21. Prompts (memory) 22. Phases 24. Fashionable fad 25. Indolent 26. Genuine, ... fide 27. Slithery reptile

28. Contributes 29. Word comparison DOWN 1. Scaredy-cats 2. Athenian 3. Numeral 4. Fiery pepper sauce 5. Fab Four group 6. Local lingo 12. Misjudge 15. Kept clear of 16. Pus-filled sore 17. Woolly llama relatives 19. Few, ... many 20. Entrap 22. Genders 23. Photo book

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Kirsten scores Sporting Champion Grant Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Prime Minister, Warren Truss has announced the latest round of successful applicants from the Australian Local Sporting Champions program. Kirsten Kenney from Cooloola Cove, the only Cooloola Coast recipient, was awarded a grant for her participation in the Queensland Short Course Swimming Championships. “The Local Sporting Champions program assists young sportsmen, women and teams, to compete in significant competitions, such as state and national championships. Grants of $500 per individual and $3,000 per team are available for people aged between 12 and 18 years to meet the costs of participating in those events, including travel, equipment, uniforms, and

accommodation.” Kirsten and her family were excited to hear their bid was successful, “We submitted the application in August last year and have been waiting since then. My reaction was summed up when I heard mum’s ecstatic voice answering a phone call so I had a feeling I won the grant.” “At the moment I train nine pool sessions a week and three gym/dry-land sessions. I get sets sent to me via gmail from a coach in Brisbane and then do them by myself.” Kirsten competed at the QLD Short Course Championships last August; the 2013 Queensland Long Course Championships and will now be competing at the QLD State Sprints in February in all four strokes, age and open events. “The money will be used to buy new racing swimmers; my current ones are

deteriorating rapidly to say the least. The money will also be put forth to new training togs and nomination fees for upcoming State Sprint Championships.” She aims to juggle school work and training commitments, but also to qualify for Age Nationals in Sydney this year.”The plans are basically to go wherever the sport takes me, appreciate the good moments, and accept the challenges.” No doubt the funding will help Kirsten achieve her goals. Kirsten found out about the grant through her swimming club. Applications for grants can be made at any time throughout the year, either through the Australian Sports Commission by visiting the website au/champions or by contacting Mr Truss’ office on 1300 301 968.

Cooloola Dragon Boat Club By Norma

Congratulations Kirsten!

T h e Dragons are back on the water and in full training for State titles in March. On January 12th, six Cooloola members travelled to Bundaberg to train with other Wide Bay Paddlers in the Central Queensland Regional State Team. The day was eventful with Channel 7 showing up to interview representatives. Did you see it on the local news on 14th January? Our coach Gayle featured. The Australia Day Challenge between

the Yachties, Sailability and Dragons is always a fun day with sailing, kayaking, boules, dragon boating and thong throwing featuring (Editor: see the photos in the Australia Day section of the newspaper). We are trialing a new time slot for the Summer Sunday morning paddle. Why not come along and join in? The new time to meet is at 6.30 for 7am on the water. Early morning on the water is magical, with breakfast afterwards at the Yacht Club. Tuesday and Thursday afternoon times stay the same at 4.00pm.

Bowls returns in full swing Trevor Uhl, Cooloola Coast Bowls Club Inc. Acting Publicity Officer 54880433 or 54864836 Amidst widespread celebrations across our wonderful Australian territories, members and visitors partook in an Australia Day bowls event which also marked the reopening of the renovated green. Newly elected Board chairman, Trevor McDonald, thanked sponsors Rod Ehrke, Ray and Robyn Fisher, Bevan Christensen and Raff and Carole Ritale and distributed awards to the winning bowlers of the day. The Interim Men’s Committee comprises of T.Uhl, G.McGregor and Bevan Christensen until new members are elected at a Special General Meeting. Friday Night Bistro attendances have

exceeded expectations - a good pointer for better things to come. An added bonus to Raffles and Membership draws is the introduction of evening entertainment. Mick known as Mr. Music, was our latest performer. Bowls play will have some adjustments due to the renovation and were to begin early February. Reintroduced “chook -run” bowls days will be the format on Saturdays, providing there is no clash with other events, which will wind up with a BBQ to conclude the day’s outings. Normal events, Tuesdays Jackpot Pairs, Thursdays and Sundays will be as before. To one and all best wishes for health, happiness and safety throughout 2014 and to the bowling fraternity happy days on the green.


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Rainbow Beach Swim Club News By Head Coach BJ Parton We have come to an end of the school holidays and hasn’t it gone fast? We have been missing all our swimmers and can’t wait to see you all again. Our 5 day training blitz was on last week and the kids had a lot of fun freshening up for 2014. Club Nights begin 5pm every Thursday, dinner is provided for members for a small donation. Still time to sign on for club! This year over the age of 7 on signup day will receive a cap, shirt, togs and membership for 2013/2014 for ONLY $75.00. All children 7 and under on the day they join or renew club membership will become a Dolphin member and are FREE. DOLPHIN membership is a new initiative being trialled by QLD swimming and once the kids are signed up they will receive a special Dolphins Pack.  Dolphins members won’t receive the club members pack as this pack is designed for competitive swimmers who may be representing the club in outside meets. Our new squad times are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday - Development and JR Squad 4:15pm to 5:15pm (Note development swimmers  only for 40mins), SR Squad 5:15pm to 6:30pm. If you have 3 or more family members in squad we will give a deduction on price ( only on the monthly price not casual). Wednesday is dry land training so bring your joggers. 30 minutes dry 30 minutes swim, squad swimmers MUST have fins, paddles, pull buoy and goggles. Our Learn to swim schedule is ready to go. Days and times  are: Monday - Mums and Bubs 10am. Lessons 3pm and 3:30pm, Tuesday - 8:30am, 9am,9:30am, Thursday - 3pm, 3:30 and 4pm and Friday - 3pm and 3:30pm. Private lessons also available, limited spaces so book now.  Up And Coming Meets If you are interested in entering please forward your nominations to your coach. LC meets are Long Course events which mean they are conducted in a 50m pool. SC meets are Short Course events which mean they are conducted in a 25 m pool. Cooloola Crocs Meet, Saturday 15th Feb, Closes:  6th February 5pm Maleny Meet When: Sunday 16th February, Closes: 7th February  Hervey Bay LC Meet 21st and 22nd February, Closes: 11th February

Chloe, Zoe, Amber and Mikayla look forward to the next swim meet

Learning to be Surf Lifesavers

Feed the Dolphins and Swim with the Crocs

Cooloola Coast Crocs are inviting swim clubs to participate in their fourth swimming carnival, Saturday 15 February 2014.

with prize money awarded for 1st - $30, 2nd - $20, 3rd - $10 and 4th, 5th and 6th - $5.

For visitors, it is a great opportunity to not just join in on the fun of the day but come for the weekend, feed the wild dolphins, see the coloured sands and all that our beautiful Cooloola Coast has to offer.

There are Special Awards for 7 years and under competitors - and only nomination fees 7 and under freestyle, all other 25m events are no charge. Plus medals are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each event for 8 years and over.

The annual meet is located in a waterfront parkland, adjacent to a playground, and overlooks the Tin Can Bay Inlet and Sandy Straits, with views to Fraser Island. Many prizes available for competitors and families – Lucky Programme, Lucky Lanes, Money Boards and a Multi-Draw Raffle, including the Reibel’s sought after donation of boxes of prawns. Dash for Cash Events are always a highlight of the day. Everyone is a winner

Age Champion Trophies are for 9 years and over. awarded to the person with the highest points for all strokes in 50m events (all four strokes must be swum). Swimming Queensland Junior Tolerance Rules apply to all age 9 and under events. BBQ breakfast and lunch and canteen facilities are available so make sure you register for this “B” Grade qualifying meet by 5.00pm, February 6.

Bronze Medallion and Senior Rescue Certificate Campers with their instructors and water safety, ready for their first full day of a week of training in the school holidays: (back row) Matthew Hunter, Mitch Nuske, Stuart and Alex Wilson, Liam Window, Kaden McClintock, Mason Mahlstedt, Jack Chamberlain, Zac Lindenberg, Tom Cavanagh, (front row) Mark Lawler, Tas McClintock, Jasmin Betteridge, Elizabeth White, Ainsley Whipps, Shane Handy, Mitch King.

What’s On

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9 Soundwaves, RB Hall


2 World Wetlands Day and celebrate our spectacular Ramsar Wetlands

12 Tin Can Bay Fishing Club Meeting

Karate, school

15 Markets Tin Can Bay

3 World Wetlands Day Rainbow Beach Community Hall , 6:30pm

15-16 Tin Can Bay Fishing Club Lake Borumba Camping Trip, Harold 54880658

7pm-8.15 Vinyassa Flow with Emma, Rainbow Beach Massage

4 Consultation on Revitalisation Plan, Community Information and Resource Centre in the Rainbow Beach Hall, call 5481 0899 for appointment

17 St Patrick’s Day

4 World Wetlands Day Tin Can Bay Community Complex, 6:30pm 4-22 Twins Exhibition, Gympie Gallery 7 Federal Member Warren Truss Meetings (Centrelink, Veterans Affairs, immigration, education or taxation) by appointment 1300 301 968: Tin Can Bay, RSL Hall, 11.00am, Cooloola Cove, Veterans & Community Hall,  12.30pm, Rainbow Beach, Community Hall, 2.30pm

31 Blood Bank Tin Can Bay 9am-2.30pm If you have an event or date claimer you would like to add please email

6-7am Beach Yoga 9am Aqua Aerobics, Aquatic Centre 9-11am school days Pre-prep playgroup 9.30am-12.30pm Rainbow Beach Library


(many are term time only)

Learn to Swim, Squad, Gym, after school activities call Rainbow Beach Aquatic Centre 07 5486 3191 Lots of craft and bonsai classes at Krazy Cats through the month 0408 441 922 or refer to advertisement

7-9 Tin Can Bay Fishing Club Competition 11 Toastmasters, Tin Can Bay Library 6:30 for 7pm


3pm Golf Chook Run 3.30pm Cooloola Dragon Boat Club 5-6.30pm Hatha Yoga, Rainbow Beach Massage Swim Club 5pm 07 5486 3191



8.30am-10.00am Gentle Yoga, Rainbow Beach Massage

12 Tin Can Bay Fishing Club Meeting

9am Exercise Class, varied RB locations, call Ann 0411094146

9am Exercise Class, varied RB locations, call Ann 0411094146

13 Cooloola Cove Residents and Friends, 7pm, Vets Hall

9am and 5pm Aqua Aerobics, Aquatic Centre

9am Art Classes, Tuncumba Gardens

9am –10.15 Vinyassa Flow with Emma, Rainbow Beach Massage

10 Prayer Group, Church Good Shepherd

9.30am Rainbow Beach Playgroup (meet at the library)


9.30am-12.30pm Rainbow Beach Library


15 Crocs Swim Carnival, Tin Can Bay Pool

5-6pm Zumba Rainbow Beach Hall

8.30-11.30am Rainbow Beach Library

22 Gathering Place, spiritual and natural healing discussion, 63 Gympie Rd, Tin Can Bay from 10.00am. Come for an hour or stay for the day. Tea and coffee provided, BYO food, Margaret 5488 0903

Karate, School

9-10am Tai Chi, Rainbow Sands Conference Room

25 Toastmasters, Tin Can Bay Library 6:30 for 7pm

11 Residents and Ratepayers, 7pm SES shed

14 Valentine’s Day 14 Over 60’s Pool party, Breakfast at the RB sports Club – swim 7am, Breakfast 8am, Margaret 54880284, Barry 0418989301 15 Markets Tin Can Bay

2-5pm Rainbow Beach Library



9.30am Little Guppies Playgroup, Tin Can Bay Golf – Ladies Day 0429 668 255

6.30 for 7am Cooloola Dragon Boat Club, foloowed by a Yacht Club breakfast

9am-noon Quilters

Church Services: 7am Catholic, Anglican 9am


9.15 Pilates, Tin Can Bay

8.30-10.30am Nippers

1-2 Dream Interpretation Workshop, Rainbow Beach Massage

5-6.30pm Hatha Yoga, Rainbow Beach Massage

2.30-3.30pm Kid’s Supervised Play Times, Aquatic Centre


1.30 pm Bingo, CCMT, Cooloola Coast Bowls Club

7 World Day of Prayer Service, 10am, Church Of The Good Shepherd 8 International Women’s Day Lunch, Lioness Club, Tin Can Bay, Tickets from Jilly’s 7-9 Tin Can Bay Fishing Club Competition

9am Exercise Class, varied RB locations, call Ann 0411094146M ahjong/ Games Mornings 2-5pm



nth Photo of the Mo

Out and about

Matt Boak, Liana Taylor, Ellie and Miles Boak are impressed with Fraser Island’s magnificence - thanks to Mick Findlater’s Fraser Island 4x4 Tours

Sydney sisters Jorja, Ciara and Sara Casamento cool off with an iceblock in the new playground




Lee Fishing Co


Cooloola Waters Retirement Village


Marina Bar & Grill


RB Realty


All About Bookkeeping


Cooloola Wholesalers


Missies Dog Wash


RB Surf Centre


Amy’s Dog Wash


Cosgraoves Lawyers


Mitre 10 Cooloola Bay


RB Sports Club


Annie’s Fitness


Davies Furniture


Motorhome For Hire


RB Tourist Centre




Dolphin Ferry Cruises


Pavilion Restaurant


Robert Fullarton Builder


Bayside Mechanicle


Dolphins on the Bay


Pradella Group


Saturn Antenna




Double Island Point Fishing Charters


Rainbow Getawy Holiday Apts.


Serenity Beauty


Cafe Jilarty


Ed’s Beach Bakery


Rainbow Shores Golf Club


Skydive Rainbow Beach



Elizabeth Lowry


Rainbow Waters Holiday Park


Surf & Sand Safaris


Chilly Bin


Fraser Island 4x4 Tours


RB Auro Care


TCB Indoors-Outdoors Supplies


Coast & Country Blinds


GJ Gardner Homes


RB Bakery


TCB Mower

Coloured Sands Cafe


Gordon Smith Building


RB Camping & Tackle


The Top Shops


Cooloola C Landscaping


Gympie Vet Services


RB Fishing Charters


TCB Butchers


Cooloola C Realty RB


IGA Rainbow Beach


RB Holiday Village


TCB Post Office


Cooloola C Shopping Centre




RB Horserides



Cooloola Curtains & Blinds


KJ Homes


RB Hotel 3/15

Wide Bay Australia



Krazy Katz


RB Massage

Wolf Rock Dive


Advance Tyres

Calendar of Events

Cooloola Smiles


RB Pharmacy

Cooloola Tattoo

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Be my Valentine

Rainbow Beach Cooloola Coast Community News February 2014  

Full of all the local news for Rainbow Beach, Tin Can Bay and Cooloola Cove. Covering all the sport, community events and what's on in the r...