Rainbow Beach Community News August 2022

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AUGUST 2022 Volume 25 | Issue 8

LARC-ing About In August The annual Exercise Surfing Penguin is back in town this month, with these LARC Vs ready to brave our surf for their training. Details on page 4


It’s Fishing Classic time!


Spring Fest Artist Profiles

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Of course, the big news this month is the famous Fishing Classic & Expo kicking off on 21 August. Created by Rainbow royalty the Modin family three and a half decades ago, this is a huge event for the town and is even more hotly anticipated this year after having to be cancelled at the last minute in 2021.

And of course 18 August is Vietnam Veterans Day (previously Long Tan Day), a memorial day particularly close to my heart for personal reasons, and hugely important to so many residents of our region. Service details are on page 4 of this issue. See you there.

With open borders and Aussies keen to travel the town will be flooded with visitors from far and wide - who of course then go back home and tell everyone about how perfect, beautiful, and amazing Rainbow Beach is!

And then next month will be all about Rainbow Beach Spring Fest! Check out the performer profiles in this issue, the organisers have secured some incredible acts in another huge boost for the town. Another event you won’t want to miss!

Have you noticed how many more visitors from the Gold Coast we have been having in the past year or so? Tourists that previously went south for their hols but were blocked by the NSW border closure have now discovered what hidden treasure awaits them only a few hours north instead. Word is getting out about our gem of a town.

Stay warm, safe, and happy. Who would want to be anywhere else? Til next month

Although, the army has always known about this secret paradise, with Camp Kerr (Wide Bay Training Area) being used for training for longer than most of us have been alive - and they still visit all these years later. Over the next couple of months the Cooloola Coast will be full of Defence personnel on various training exercises.

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Exercise Surfing Penguin will be one to watch out for, with the LARC V aquatic vehicles using our beaches here in Rainbow for their surf training. The kids will love checking that out.

ELL, FOR SUCH a small town we always have a LOT going on!

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The Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic and Expo is on this month!


ES, IT IS FINALLY HERE - the much anticipated 2022 Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic. Celebrating its 35th anniversary! You do not want to miss this. After sadly having to be cancelled last-minute in 2021 (good old Covid restrictions) it is back bigger and better than ever. With over $100,000 in cash and prizes you can see why it is one of the most anticipated annual fishing competitions in Queensland. This event has four major classes of fishing

– Beach, Reef, Jew, and Big Fish – providing offshore, inshore, and beach fishing to cater for people of all levels and experience With an emphasis on family and community, the major prizes are based on participation rather than competitive spirit. And with a major drawn-down cash prize of $10,000 on offer you most certainly want to be in it to win it! As always, there will be entertainment, food, trophies, special prize presentations, and of course the bar to celebrate all those catches.

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The Veterans Day service at the Rainbow Beach cenotaph on 18 August 2022

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VER THE period 29 August and 19 September, the Royal Military College - Duntroon will be conducting a training exercise in all three Cooloola Coast townships as well as the surrounding areas. The activity seeks to simulate a peace and stability operation in Australia’s near region to test Army’s next generation of leaders in a realistic and challenging situation. This exercise is the final training activity for Army’s future officers prior to graduation and is designed to develop their understanding of contemporary operations in a complex environment. During the exercise period, the public may see the establishment of temporary operating bases within the community and the conduct of military operations such as patrolling and vehicle checkpoints.

The exercise also includes role players who will wear a mixture of civilian clothing and military apparel and may be carrying firearms. Blank ammunition and pyrotechnics will be used for some aspects of the training. Locals should not be alarmed if they see military personnel or hear loud noises during the exercise period. The opportunity to conduct this activity on the Cooloola Coast is a privilege and the local community’s patience and cooperation is greatly appreciated while this essential training is being conducted. A hotline will be established upon arrival in the area to enable community members to engage directly with activity coordinators should any issues arise. Keep an eye out for further information posted in townships.

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AINBOW BEACH RSL Sub-Branch will commemorate Veterans Day on 18 August 2022 by conducting a service to honour and remember the sacrifices and service of all those Australians who served their country during Peace, Peacekeeping Missions and War. The service will be held at the Cenotaph commencing at 11am and all are cordially invited to attend and pay their respects. Tin Can Bay Service will be commencing 11am at Anzac Memorial Park followed by sausage sizzle and light refreshments at the Tin Can Bay RSL Sub-Branch Inc Club Room. All welcome to attend. Please call 0427 769 504 for further information/assistance.

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Surfing Penguin Coming to Town! I

T’S NOT OFTEN you are told you can spot a Penguin at Rainbow Beach, let alone a surfing one! Unfortunately, it’s not a talented flightless aquatic bird that you will see but part of the 10 Force Support Battalion; the 35 Water Transport Squadron, conducting their annual Exercise Surfing Penguin. Utilizing the LARC V (Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo – 5 Tonne), soldiers will be conducting surf negotiation training and certification in preparation for the High Risk Weather Season (Oct–Mar). This mandatory training is carried out in preparation for any humanitarian aid or disaster

relief that the Australian Defence Force is called upon to support. The LARC V can operate in surf conditions of up to 2m carrying supplies or personnel across the surf zone and beach head. LARC V’s will operating in and out of the water in various locations progressing to larger surf conditions around Pacific Boulevard. Further training will be conducted utilising the F470 Zodiac (inflatable boat) in order to familiarise soldiers operating in surf conditions. Keep an eye out around Rainbow Beach as well as Inskip Point and Pacific Boulevard between 24 and 30 August as there will be ‘Military Activity in

Keep an eye out for a Surfing Penguin (LARC V military vehicle) in late August

Progress’ signage clearly visible when training is being conducted. Defence asks that all residents and visitors to please stay clear of the designated areas that are marked with signage and where there is active training occurring. However, the public is welcome to interact with soldiers on the beach when LARC’s are not moving in and out of the water. So if you’re in the area at the end of August and are looking to see something different, why not go searching for a Surfing Penguin!



Spring Fest will get you dancing and feeling good 2nd & 3rd STUTEMBER 2022 dedicated to STUART FERGIE Elisa Seul



ET EXCITED for the Rainbow Beach Spring Fest, two days of great music, great atmosphere and memories, right at your doorstep, with a lineup of artists that will uplift, enrich, and entertain the community. A wave of great sounds is set to refresh our small community. Music lovers from all around South East Queensland are coming to spend the first weekend of September at the beach to enjoy a variety of loved music genres with performances from Mama Kin Spender, Karl S. Williams, The Lyrical, Champion Sound System, Andy V, Aspy Jones, Briannah Grace, Adam Buchanan, Tilly Wright, and Aido. Friendship is this year’s theme, not only because we are tributing a friend, Stuart Boga Fergie (Oka Band) but also because these artists know each other, play together, and their long term friendship will reflect on stage. Some of the best collaborations are synonyms of great relationships. What can we value more than friendship?

In an exclusive for you here are profiles on each artist that will make this year’s Festival more than memorable: The Rolling Stone Magazine has raved about them, Mama Kin and Dingo Spender (performing as Mama Kin Spender) are long term friends who decided to share with everyone what they do best. Their music will put you in a good mood, these artists are such grounded, beautiful, and kind people, creating magic with their stories and music. We are so excited to have them here in Rainbow Beach, bringing their journey spreading values, poetry, stories of connection and what it means to be a great human.

The world definitely needs more magical music, now more than ever, to heal itself. At the Byron Bay Blues Fest when attendees were asked who they were most looking forward to seeing, the majority said: Mama Kin Spender. Karl S. Williams came to Rainbow Beach for the first time whilst touring with the Festival of Small Halls, in November 2020. The Community Hall witnessed a standing ovation followed by a loud request of more songs. Karl is one of the deepest oldest souls that you will see performing on stage. So if you haven’t yet, do yourself a favour and come to check him out. The Lyrical: a return from last year. If you want to feel a little ‘woke’ through music, don’t miss their set. These guys’ joyful and playful performance will be rich with acoustic roots and hip hop topped up with Karl’s special beatboxing. They will be in different acts bridging live collaborations with Karl S. Williams and Briannah Grace. In the ‘younger but rising’ singer/songwriters section we will welcome back Gympie’s favourite band Aspy Jones, and also Briannah Grace and Tilly Wright. These artists are pure inspiration, showing that hearing impairment or autism aren’t reasons big enough to stop them from being great creatives. These are exciting voices of the future. Champion Sound System: A true veteran in the business, Selector Dubwise (Dubwise Productions record label), has been playing reggae and other drum and bass influenced genres since the 80s. So, expect to hear the best old and new school roots and rockers vibes. Along with Selectors Johnny Champion and DJ Marco their 100% vinyl selection gets everybody moving and grooving. Always playing the best in positive and conscious music, family friendly, they provide a safe space where all tribes can come together in unity and enjoy the

unique experience and uplifting vibe created by the sound system. Special guest on Friday will be Andy V with his signature saxophone creating live loops with his keyboards, The Master of Dubbing will create music like a true one-man band, using only his sounds. The guy that plays with a smile, truly in love with music and deeply passionate in sharing it. Adam Buchanan is a music composer that believes in the enduring need for music in our lives. He will do the honour of opening the Festival with a Sound Bath - a deeply-immersive, fullbody meditative listening experience where those in attendance are ‘bathed’ in sound waves that intentionally invite gentle yet powerful therapeutic and restorative processes to nurture your mind and body Last but certainly not least, our very own local musician: Aido Van de Vorst. Aido’s journey into music goes back decades. He has been part of bands, played solo – he is the kind of musician that is always ready for a jamming session. With his heavy-handed guitar style and powerful vocals Aido’s raw acoustic folk rock has an ‘old school busker’ feel and is sure to get your toes tapping. After nine years in southwest Western Australia playing at wineries and breweries in a duo with his wife Tina and playing bass in the Tee Top Refuge’s, Aido has moved back home to southeast Queensland and set up in Rainbow Beach where he has been entertaining the community with a variety of local artists at various venues around town. As you can see, you do not want to miss Rainbow Beach Spring Fest! 2022 is still a recovery year for live events so your support is vital to getting Australian music, art, and culture back on track.


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YMPIE REGIONAL Council has officially launched the Gympie Region Studio Trails 2022, which runs from Saturday 3 to Sunday 18 September. The Cooloola Coast is full of artists, artisans, and creative spaces and four of the area’s best are inviting people into their private studios, ateliers, and exhibition spaces as part of the alwayspopular Studio Trails. Gympie Region Studio Trails provides an opportunity to meet the makers and gain an intimate insight into their work, skills, stories, inspiration, and creative practices. Rainbow Beach Community Hall, Rainbow Beach Pizza, Jill McDonald, and The Cooloola Coast Art Group are the Cooloola Coast contingent participating in this year’s Gympie Region Studio Trails.

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TEP INSIDE Rainbow Beach Pizza at 1/48 Shop Rainbow Beach Road and view a collection of works from local artist Lynette Dimmock of Net Rae Art. Lynette’s inspiration is the beach and capturing the vivid colours of the landscape. The Rainbow Beach Pizza exhibition space is open every Tuesday to Saturday from 4pm to 9pm. Make sure you check out the fabulous mural by James R Ellis on the outside wall of Rainbow Pizza while you are there! And take the time to discover his other murals dotted throughout the town.


COLLECTIVE of local artists will transform the Rainbow Beach Hall into an art gallery with an exhibition showcasing the incredible talent of the Rainbow Beach community. The artists involved in this exhibition are Jennifer Tanner, Karen Hall, Rainbow Ze, Yarra, MoCean Art, Net Rae Art, Rory Sanders Photography, Saltwood Art, Carla Riehl, Phyllis Peakman, Lexi Illustrator, Catch That Chris Photography, and the local art group of Rainbow Beach. The exhibition space, located at 32 Rainbow Beach Road, will be open every Friday and Saturday throughout the event.

HE COOLOOLA COAST Art Group is a dedicated group of art enthusiasts who explore a variety of mediums and techniques to produce a diverse collection of works on display at the stunning Tuncunba Gardens homestead. The group has a variety of classes available as part of Studio Trails, including Exploring Colour from 9am to 12pm on Monday 12 September and Create Your Own Travel Journal from 9am to 12pm on Tuesday 13 September. Both classes cost $25 with morning tea and materials provided. The Cooloola Coast Art Group’s studio located at 20 Gympie Road, Tin Can Bay will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

OR MORE INFORMATION, including all of the other locations and artists participating in Gympie Region Studio Trails, visit https://www. gympie.qld.gov.au/studio-trails Studio Trails is an initiative of the Gympie Regional Gallery and is made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Art Fund in support of the arts in regional and remote Queensland. The Regional Arts Fund is administered in Queensland by Flying Arts Alliance Inc.


URROUNDED BY lush tropical gardens, Jill McDonald’s beautiful gallery at 16 King Street, Tin Can Bay is a colourful oasis of handhand-painted silk scarves, fashion, decorative art and unique hand-crafted décor. Jill’s studio will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

Above left: Sea Turtle by Net Rae Art. Catch more of her stunning artworks during Studio Trails in September. Image from www.netraeart.com.au Right: James R Ellis painting his brilliant mural on Rainbow Beach Pizza. View the finished product, along with his other murals throughout the town during your Studio Trails visit.

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F YOU DIDN’T get over to the Tin Can Bay Country Club between 22-24 July you missed a visual treat! The Cooloola Coast Art Show and Sale hosted 93 entries that had numerous visitors savouring the visual delight, while pondering on what number would go on their People Choice ballot, or which artwork to purchase to adorn their home or office wall. The Junior Section was complemented by many artworks from students of the Tin Can Bay P10 State School featuring faces, space scenes, and wombats. Cr Jess Milne welcomed the crowd on opening night with MC Lizz announcing the winner of Section 1:

any medium with the subject ‘In My Backyard’. She congratulated Kate Websdale and her painting entitled ‘The View.’ Judge Anne Yang selected the winner, and commented that it was a “local landscape with interesting pictures within pictures” and showed “beautiful handling of paint, brushwork, texture and line.” The People’s Choice awards went to Robin Domrow for her ‘Sunset in Tin Can Bay,’ and for the Junior Section the prizes went to Morgan Oliveri (age 7) with ‘The Spring Bouquet’ and Liliaana Kitto (age 10) with her painting ‘Road Trip.’ The Cooloola Coast Art Group would like to thank the sponsors who provided food for the opening night platters: Tin Can Bay Family Butcher, Tin Can Bay Fruit and Veg Market, and Woolworths Cooloola Cove, and the Tin Can Bay Country Club for the venue. Special mention goes to Pam Graham and Joyce Olsen for providing music to accompany the art on opening night and Kay Muir for the raffle painting that was won by Shirley McLain.

Above: Robin Domrow, winner of the People’s Choice award with ‘Sunset in Tin Can Bay’. Below: Kate Websdale, winner of Open Section with ‘The View’

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Left: Liliaana Kitto with her People’s Choice-winning artwork titled ‘Road Trip’

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Planning well underway for Vietnam Veterans’ Day

Local Probus Clubs Mix Well Together Katrina van den Brenk


UR MEMBERS invited members of the Gympie Probus Club to join us for a trip on the Tin Can Bay Ferry to have lunch at Quay Carlo in July. Twenty of us gathered at the Tin Can Bay Yacht Club to await the ferry before heading off in ideal weather for a very enjoyable day. Guest Speaker at our July meeting was Simon Kinchington of the Gympie Regional Council Planning Office who spoke of the new planning scheme for our region which is in its early planning stages at present. After his presentation, members

President Don Holland enjoying a well-earned drink with members of the Eureka Mob of Vietnam Veterans after last year’s commemoration. Ross Carruthers


in the past year with the unveiling of commemorative plaques. President Don Holland said, ‘The unveiling of commemorative plaques is the least we can do to recognize the service and contributions to our nation of these heroic Veterans.’ Vietnam Veterans’ Day will commence with a service at 11am at Anzac Memorial Park, Tin Can Bay. Everyone is then welcome to adjourn to the Tin Can Bay RSL sub-branch for a sausage sizzle and refreshments after the service.

LANNING IS WELL underway for the Vietnam Veterans’ Day commemorations in Tin Can Bay to be held on 18 August. We commemorate Vietnam Veterans’ Day on the anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan in 1966. We remember the sacrifices of those who died and say thank you to almost 60,000 Australians who served during the ten years of our involvement in the Vietnam War. This year’s Vietnam Veterans’ Day will be particularly poignant as we mark the loss of five of our Veterans

had the opportunity to comment and ask questions. Simon encouraged members to contact Council with their ideas as the plan needs to reflect the community’s needs and wants, and so Council can understand what is important to our residents. Our monthly morning tea was held at BayPress in the Dolphin Centre and members travelled to the Gympie RSL for a relaxing morning and lunch, and some dancing, at Morning Melodies, with Billy Guy being the entertainer on the day. Some members have chosen, and are practicing, a couple of acts to present at the Combined Probus Friendship Day to be held at the Brolga Theatre in September. Meetings are held on each second Monday of the month at 2.00pm at the Sandcastle Motel in Tin Can Bay. We welcome new members. Contact Cherryl on 0409 044 100 or Katrina at cooloolaprobus@gmail.com

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HE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM) of this committee will be held at the Tin Can Bay Ambulance Station on Thursday 18 August 2022 at 3.30pm. The purpose of the AGM is to present the committee’s annual reports, financial statements, and budget proposals. The meeting is open to the public. Local Ambulance Committees act as a voice for their community, providing valuable feedback on

ambulance service delivery. If you are interested in being a member of the LAC you must be: • Eighteen (18) years or over • A permanent resident of the area serviced by the Cooloola Coast Ambulance Stations, or • A permanent resident of Queensland who works in the area serviced by the Cooloola Coast Ambulance Stations. For further information contact the Secretary on 5486 3161.

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WOULD LIKE to thank everybody who has responded to the news of Len’s passing. I have received many cards, flowers, and good wishes from all I have met locally. For his celebration at the yacht club people came from Brisbane, Pomona, Gympie, and other surrounding areas. I cannot thank you individually but I hope this will be accepted by you all. On the day over eighty people were present, music was offered by four different individuals, mandolin, flute, song and guitar. Several people spoke of their experiences with Len and of his willingness, readiness to get involved, always a smiling face,

and his quirky sense of humour. After living on a 40 foot boat for twelve years, it is not surprising that we lived happily together and were seldom seen apart. I have lost my lifetime friend and partner and I ask that everyone who knows me will understand if my mind wanders from time to time and I don’t seem to appreciate what others are giving. I can assure you that after watching all the videos of the celebration day, I have noticed my preoccupation at times with just getting through the event. I am sorry if you felt I wasn’t quite ‘with it’! Please accept my heartfelt thanks for all your support.

Cooloola Coast Community Local Disaster Management Support Group: ARE YOU READY? Terry Steele


FTER THE EVENTS so far this year I would hope that everyone is working on their Household Emergency Plan. The CCCLDMSG in conjunction with Gympie Regional Council and Rainbow Beach Community Hall is running an Evacuation Centre Setup early in August.

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CCLDMSG Meet: Quarterly on the 1st Tuesday of the month (March, June, September & December) Like to know more? Our next meeting is on Tuesday 6 September in the Cooloola Cove Veterans & Community Hall, starting 9.30am or contact Terry Steele on 0439 862 264.

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Walkers bid fond farewell to coffee queen Maggie Travers

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Happy walker Col Gregory enjoying the Tin Can Bay boardwalk. Photo courtesy of Walk Organiser Kate Gregory


NE STEP AT a Time Tin Can Bay’ walking group recently gathered to bid farewell to Daytona, who has remembered our orders and served our coffees at the Tin Can Bay Bakery, with her beautiful smile. We miss her, but are very excited that Daytona has focused and worked to follow her dream. We wish her all the very best in her studies and future career as a midwife. Goodbye and Good Luck! Fourteen Heart Foundation walkers booked to enjoy a Christmas In July Luncheon, the fundraiser for the Cooloola Coast Medical Transport Inc. We certainly had a great time last year. Hopefully some great photos to follow in next month’s issue. Congratulations to Ralph on achieving your first HFA award for 25 walks with the group. The Tin Can Bay walkers meet Wednesdays and Saturdays outside the Tin Can Bay Bakery: Early group leaves at 7am, the later group at 7.30am. Cooloola Cove Wheelie Walkers meet at 9am on Mondays and Fridays at the Nautilus Drive Bus Shelter outside the shopping centre. Walk Yourself Happy! It’s free, fun and a great way to improve our physical, mental, social and emotional health.

Wishing the lovely Daytona a fond farewell as she embarks on her midwifery studies. Photo by Tina Scullion

Strong committee elected by QCWA Wendy Ritchie


E RECENTLY held our Annual General Meeting at our hall attended by members of our branch and our Division President Janice Jamieson. We are pleased we have elected

a strong committee for 2022-2023 and congratulate the Executive Committee on their positions, QCWA looks forward to working with the community in our new financial year. Exciting events are already being planned. Our Sconeservation Morning Tea

to celebrate our 100 year birthday of CWA is fast filling - 11 August 2022 from 10.00am at Cathy House, $10 a head. Raffles, lucky door prizes, make up a table, tea, coffee, a variety of scones, a fun morning and a chat. Don’t forget our regular Hoy morning every third Wednesday of

the month at Cooloola Bowls Club, 9.30 for a 10am start. Heaps of prizes, raffle, money board, morning tea. $7.00 entry. Raffle and money board $1.00 per ticket. All enquiries PRESIDENT - Wendy 0412 547 043 SECRETARY - Judy 0402 769 392

Need help with technology or the internet? The Rainbow Beach Library is offering FREE personalised support to help you Be Connected. Book A Librarian on Mondays between 11am and 12.30pm and our friendly team will help answer any questions you have with your technology or the internet. To learn more and to book in for one of our free help sessions please contact Rainbow Beach Library on 5486 3705. Gympie Regional Libraries


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We’re all smiles at TCBCAMS Carole Lehmann


ELL, WE’VE BEEN having some fun lately at the Tin Can Bay Community & Men’s Shed with a surprise birthday party for our lovely Marie Briggs who is one of the regular Friday morning card playing group. Husband Basil turned up to add some colour and romance to the morning and everyone enjoyed the wonderful ‘88’ double, double sponge cake organised by friend and fellow game player, Yvonne Santos. Smiles also with our very talented Jessa Huckle who has been giving new life to some tired old kitchen chairs. Jessa has been sanding, priming and painting the chairs and they’re looking fabulous. Well done Jessa!! The finished chairs will be for sale at our next Shed Shop Sale Day on Saturday, 20 August if not sold prior. And the workshop members are all smiles too with the arrival of our brand new, heavy duty bandsaw which has taken pride of place in the workshop. So if your face is missing its smile – you might find it at the Tin Can Bay Community & Men’s Shed, Amity Place (behind City Farm) in Tin Can Bay. We’re open 9am – 12 noon weekdays with Tuesdays and Thursdays being dedicated to ‘Men Only’ days. Call us on 0491 175 038 for more information.

Above: Jessa has been turning out three two-piece sets of vivid white, sea green, and pumpkin orange chairs for your dining enjoyment! Left: Marie Briggs celebrating her birthday at The Shed

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UR WORK THIS month has really been a carbon copy of the last. We have continued to help those impacted by the recent floods. Again for the last month we have sent $1000 into the Foodworks at Goomeri to help Blaze-Aid feed their volunteer workers that are repairing and replacing

fencing on farms in the Wide Bay area. Another $1000 has gone into Gympie to feed those left homeless after the flooding. Really we don’t know how lucky we are on the Cooloola Coast to have a roof over our head after you see the plight of our neighbours in and around Gympie queueing up for a meal. A lot of us have seen tough times during

the 70s and again in the 90s but just tighten the belt for the ride ahead as it may not be pretty! Thank yous this month to our donors Greg Jones, Big 4 at Rainbow Beach, and Wayne Kerle as we continue the bottle and can collections. Thank you to all that donated to our house bins (10 Tingira Close) and the continued help at Bay Auto Tin Can Bay. Thanks

to all that donated to our tins at Tin Can Bay Bakery for another $120, Goomboorian store, and Mitchells Fruit & Veg. We are not taking food donations at present, but many thanks to those that offered. For now we are just doing cash donations. Our details are BSB 124047 A/C 22599186 Bank of Queensland (RB DroughtRunners).





Ever wonder how kids see our community?

T The popular Coffee with a Cop initiative was recently held in Rainbow Beach

Coffee with a Cop Held in Rainbow Beach Senior Constable Darren Hewitt


N MID-JULY the Gympie Crime Prevention Team, along with Senior Constable Michael Brantz of Rainbow Beach Police Beat, attended Salt & Pepper on Rainbow for a Coffee with a Cop event. Coffee with a Cop is an opportunity to meet with local police, ask any burning questions you might have, discuss local issues, and receive crime prevention tips. There are no speeches or agendas, this is just your chance to speak with police officers and voice your concerns whilst getting to know us over a coffee. Senior Constable Brantz said the Coffee with a Cop event at Rainbow Beach was a success considering it was a cooler than usual morning. “Residents and visitors to the area were able to speak to police from Rainbow Beach and Gympie Crime Prevention Unit and discuss local issues including rules about driving on the beach and inland tracks,” he said. Special thanks to Angela and the hard-working staff from Salt & Pepper on Rainbow for supporting this initiative and providing her coffee shop and outdoor area for us to speak to the community. A big thank you to the Rainbow Beach community and the visitors who braved the cooler weather. The community was provided with crime prevention fliers that addressed vehicle security, personal security,

and property identification. To help stop, reduce, and prevent offences occurring, police encourage you to adopt good home, vehicle, and key security habits. • Lock up every time even if you are home, keep unattended doors and windows key locked or shut. • Lock your vehicle even in your driveway and keep your keys out of sight. • Engrave your property. This makes your property difficult to sell and makes it easier for police to return property if found. Keep a list of serial numbers and photograph valuables that can’t be engraved. • Report anything suspicious. Keep a lookout for suspicious behaviour and if in doubt, contact Policelink on 131 444. Report all crimes as soon as possible, no matter how small they seem. Police are also asking the community to follow the myPolice Gympie Facebook page and subscribe to myPolice Gympie at www.mypolice.qld.gov.au/ Gympie where you can keep up to date on community news and crime alerts. Police are reminding residents of Rainbow Beach that the Rainbow Beach Police Beat phone number is 5480 1744, for non-urgent contact ring Policelink on 131 444, but in an emergency ring Triple Zero (000).

HE GYMPIE REGION Local Level Alliance is asking children and young people right across the region to help adults understand what our community is like from a kid’s perspective. ‘Focus on Gympie – A Kid’s Eye View’ is a project where children and young people can share artwork, photos, and stories about their everyday life and experience of living in the Gympie region. The organisers are keen for our Cooloola communities to get involved to ensure that the views of our kids on the coast are included. Opportunities for children and young people to participate include: • Complete the Kid’s Eye View Survey and include artwork or photos to help to express your views. • Take part in a photo scavenger hunt. • Attend a Kid’s Eye View art workshop (dates to be advised) to explore and create work based around the project themes: People, Places and Possibilities. Contact llagympie@gcp.org.au or go to Gympie Region Local Level Alliance on Facebook for survey forms and photo scavenger hunt entries. HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Please submit completed surveys, artwork or photos via email to: llagympie@gcp.org.au (preferred) or drop off at Gympie Community Place, 18 Excelsior Road, Gympie. Entries go into the draw for gift voucher prizes. Please submit entries by 15 August 2022, 5:00pm. Please check with a parent/guardian before entering.

‘Focus on Gympie- A Kid’s Eye View’ is supported with funding from the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF). RADF is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Gympie Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.


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Patrolled Beach Swim in the flags in front of the Surf Lifesaving tower. Walk via the steps or walkway near the lookout and surf club, or drive onto Griffin Esplanade. 4WD beach access begins here. Coloured Sands Visit the patrolled beach, near the surf tower or the lookout to see the 70 plus colours in our cliffs. From town, walk south 1km along the beach - for best colours 4WD or tour a further 9km. Remember it is a gazetted road. Carlo Sand Blow Park at the top of Cooloola Drive, and walk 600m up from the car park or bushwalk about 2km from the National Parks Office for spectacular views of the Coloured Sands, Double Island Point, Tin Can Bay Inlet and hang gliders. Poona Lake Drive to Bymien Picnic Area (2WD) via 3km gravel on the Freshwater Road, (off Rainbow Beach Road). It’s a 40 minute walk to reach the cool waters of Lake Poona through beautiful rainforest and carrol (grey myrtle) scrub. Searys Creek Only 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 Headland A look out, a viewing platform, 2 playgrounds, a skatepark, BBQs and picnic facilities. See the whales from here in season and watch the surfers out the front. Take a photo at the Cherry Venture propeller. Double Island Point Access via the 4WD only Great Beach Drive or Freshwater Track. See dolphins, whales (seasonal), manta rays, turtles and walk up to our historic lighthouse. It has the longest break in Australia -when the swell lines up. Mudlo Rocks Wander here at low tide, play in rock pools and watch 4WDs navigate any exposed rocks. ALWAYS check conditions and ask locals before you 4WD - it is not always safe, even close to low tide.

Middle Rock When tides and conditions allow, the walk to Middle Rock and back is a beautiful way to check out the Coloured Sands. From here, vehicle permits are required and dogs are prohibited. Inskip Point This peninsula is the gateway to Fraser Island, a favourite fishing spot and pet friendly camping grounds for generations. Only 15 minutes drive (2WD) from Rainbow Beach. Freshwater Picnic Area Walk to and swim in nearby Freshwater Lake, picnic or BBQ at the beautiful shady day-use area, found before Freshwater Road reaches Teewah Beach. 4WD only. Tin Can Bay Foreshore Walk 4km from Crab Creek to Norman Point, over picturesque bridges, signage of flora and fauna, through mangroves, playgrounds and outdoor gyms. It is mostly flat and very safe for children on wheels. Look out for 137 species of birds. Tin Can Bay Wildflower Walk Known for spectacular wildflower species, access this trail from the corner of Emperor St and Oyster Parade. Best in late winter and early spring. Boat Ramps You can launch your boat at Norman Point and Crab Creek in Tin Can Bay or Carlo Point and Bullock Point near Rainbow Beach. All except Bullock Point offer toilet and scenic picnic facilities. Feed Wild Dolphins at Norman Point Arrive from 7am, after feeding (fees apply), the dolphins leave for another day. A picturesque peninsula with public pool, playground, sailing, boat ramp and pontoon and picnic facilities.

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and cultural features of the world’s largest sand island between Dilli Village and Happy Valley. Or trek 102 km from Noosa to Rainbow Beach through sandblows, past lakes and spectacular views. Fraser Island K’gari World heritage listed, K’gari has over 40 lakes, rainforests, sand dunes, wildlife, four wheel driving and fishing! Take a 1 or 2 day tour, hire a 4WD or take your own. Cross the barge at Inskip Point, permits are online or at the Parks Office.

Cooloola Coastcare August Update Linda Tabe


July 2022: Marine debris clean-up held at Rainbow Beach This effort continued clean-up from the mess carried up the coast from flooding in February. Cooloola Coastcare members worked with Gympie Landcare volunteers, decked out in green shirts. We had brilliant sunny weather to roam the beach, Inskip Point, and Pelican Bay. All the broken glass, plastic wrappers, drink bottles, and thongs were sorted and counted for Tangaroa Blue’s data collection. This tedious work enables them to demonstrate problem areas and work on solutions to minimise the source when possible. 6-7 August: Wildflowering at Cooloola 2022 A great variety of native plants are bursting into blossom during August and September. The booklet Cooloola Wildflowers and Walks has been very popular as an aid to identifying the colourful flowers, with accompanying maps to show short walks where they may be found. This weekend event will celebrate our local natural beauty with talks, walks, and opportunities to draw and use natural inks with artists Joolie Gibbs and Dr Sue Davis. Information and ticketing are at: https://events.humanitix.com/ wildflowering-at-cooloola-2022

Above: Beach clean-up near Inskip Point last month Right: A profusion of wildflowers off Rainbow Beach Road

10 September: Regenerating Australia, the film 3.00pm at the Cooloola Cove Community and Veterans Hall. Cooloola Coastcare is hosting the 17-minute film titled ‘Regenerating Australia: Hope for a Sustainable Future.’ This film is based on a four-month interview process with a diverse group of Australians who shared their hopes and dreams for the country’s future. It is a new story for our nation: a story of empowerment. A story of solutions. A story of regeneration. What would Australia look like by 2030 if we simply listened to the needs of its people? This ‘mocked-up’ look back at this critical decade is full of hope and aspiration, mapping out a pathway for change that can lead us to a more sustainable future.

4-6 November: Cooloola Bioblitz 2022 A BioBlitz is an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area.

Groups of scientists, naturalists, and volunteers will walk in groups into a variety of ecosystems centred around the base at Rainbow Beach Community Hall.

Little Athletics is Almost Here!


T’S THAT TIME of year when budding athletes start jumping for joy, throwing their hands up in glee, and gearing up to run into the 2022-23 Little Athletics Season. The Cooloola Coast Little Athletics Centre will be kicking off with a Come and Try Day at the Tin Can Bay P10 School Oval on Snapper Creek Road on Saturday 3 September at 2.30pm. Come along and sample throwing, jumping, and running events as well as strength and coordination exercises. Little Athletics is a fun way to enjoy fitness in a non competitive environment as the aim is to increase your personal best.

Centre competitions are held to drive the participants to reach their potential and there are opportunities to compete at higher levels. For those who are super keen to kick off the new season there will be a sign on day at the Tin Can Bay markets on Saturday 20 August from 9am to 11am. Find the CCLA tent over near the stage area. The Centre can accept Fair Play vouchers to cover registration fees. For more information or registration, email ccla2014@outlook.com or call Centre Manager Jess Milne on 0411 218 254.

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WO RELATIVE newcomers to town have been keen to learn to sail for some time. However, the weather has not been cooperative at a time suitable for sailors and learners. Then the planets all aligned and we were able to venture out on a sunny, but not too warm, winter’s Wednesday afternoon, with a light breeze in the club’s Status boat, ‘Tickled Pink’. With an outgoing tide we decided to head up Crab Creek towards the power lines, in case the wind died out when we could at least drift back on the tide. On return to the entrance of Snapper Creek, the breeze was holding out, so learner helms swapped and we headed towards Carlo. That was when we saw a spout/ splash of water. Dolphins don’t do that so maybe it was a stingray splashing

the water. Then a whale broke the surface of the water quite close to the boat. It was travelling towards Tin Can Bay and we followed. It surfaced a few more times and turned around. Apparently, there were two whales and not just one. Unfortunately, we had to return home and the amazing whale watching tour was over. It can only be assumed that after their sightseeing tour of Tin Can Bay, the whales found their way back out over the Wide Bay bar and continued on their journey as no further sightings have been made. Wednesday afternoon is a cruising afternoon for experienced sailors and those wanting to learn. Everyone is welcome to join. The club also has ‘Green Fleet’ sailing on Saturdays before the Sunday races. For further information check the Tin Can Bay Yacht Club website: http:// tcbyachtclub.wix.com/tcbyacht-club

A couple of whales decided to join the Yacht Club Sailing School outing

Fingers crossed for good golfing weather going forward Helen Gordon

year. We also were pleased to see several new members joining up and starting to play in our competitions. LL THE GOLFING ladies were very Our Country Club is always ready sad to have to bid Judy Hammond to sign up new members for golf farewell and to wish her happiness and bowls. The staff at the front desk when she settles in her new home in can help with the completion of the Western Australia. She was always necessary paperwork a good friend to all the golfers and Our Mens Vets have competitions bowlers. on Tuesdays and also have days Once again the rain came down where we welcome other clubs to join and made the golf course too wet for our members. There are trips to other championship tournaments. August clubs when we take the Country Club and September will be months to try Bus so the players can enjoy a few to catch up on the schedule. social beverages for relaxation on the The Vets were able to complete their way back. 4BBB stroke championships with the James in the Pro Shop has a large All clothing, Shoes & Accessories Gross Winners being Rob Grambower range of clothing, footwear, and and Mick Low, with Rob Downman and equipment (excluding Jewellery and piety goods) for sale. He can also give Vince Reibel being Gross Runners Up. lessons to beginners and players The Nett Winners were Michael wishing to fine tune their skills. Come Mills and Michael Johnson with Brian into the Pro Shop and take a look Burton and Keith Hood being Nett around or telephone the shop on Runners Up. 0409 727 577. Members have renewed their Hope to see new members playing We are urgently memberships for the coming financial in our competitions. GOLF COMMITTEE SECRETARY




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Another fun and exciting Dragon Boat regatta! Toni Archer Photos by Jess Milne

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A Kay Muir with the crucial job of time keeping


HE COOLOOLA Dragon Boat Club annual regatta was held in Tin Can Bay early in July. Despite the unusual rain for this time of year, the event was a great success. Saturday’s racing was between the clubs of the Wide Bay region which included boats from 1770, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, and Cooloola. Sunday’s racing was contested by teams from eight Queensland centres. These included clubs from Brisbane River, Bribie Island/Redcliffe, Bundaberg, Gold Coast, Hervey Bay, Mackay, Manly, 1770, and Sunshine Coast. In most of the races, the competition was very close. So close was one particular three-boat race that it took the timekeepers and officials quite some time to work out the winner and second and third places; only 0.06 seconds separated the three teams at the finish line. Several teams contested the Cooloola Dragon Boat Club’s own ‘Diamond Dash’. Once again, the competition was very tight. The Diamond Dash is a timed event rather than a straight race for the line. The two boats start in opposite directions and then have to navigate around a series of buoys which results in them returning to the start line, facing each other at the end of the race. To ensure that neither team gains any advantage from the current or prevailing breezes, each race is run over two legs with the two boats

Dragons Abreast Gold Coast Team got right into the fancy dress spirit, complete with fake moustaches

switching their starting direction for each leg. It is often said that this is a ‘steerer’s race’. The person acting as the sweep or steerer can make or break the race for his or her crew. The Bundaberg team took out overall honours for the Diamond Dash. But the Cooloola Dragons were in the hunt all the way and managed to get themselves into second place overall only a mere single second behind Bundy. As well as the serious racing part of the weekend, the teams also had a lot of fun with a team fancy dress for which prizes were awarded. Another big part of the weekend was the Cooloola Dragon Boat Club’s raffles with nine baskets of goodies as the prizes. Most of the contents of the baskets had been donated

by members of the Cooloola club. A large part of the raffle takings will be donated to the Leukemia Foundation. The raffle prizes were fairly equally shared between competing teams and the spectators who so generously added their support. All in all, it was a great weekend and was thoroughly enjoyed by competitors and spectators alike. The Cooloola club would like to thank all the volunteers who assist with running the event and the sponsors who also provided assistance and, in one case, a cash prize. The next event on the Wide Bay Series Dragon Boat calendar is the 1770 regatta on 13 August. The Cooloola team will be travelling to 1770 to compete once again in what will be the last of this year’s Wide Bay series events.

T LAST SOME days without rain, chilly and windy but dry. The club held a Come and Try day in July with the green full of potential champions. A great day was had by all. The club will be conducting another one when the weather warms up a little. The next Barefoot Bowls evening is Saturday 6 August at 4.30pm come along and have a go. The Ladies open 4s is to be held on Tuesday 30 August. Nomination forms are available on the board. The next ladies invitation day is Tuesday 2 August. Ladies pennants is to be played 2 and 15 August. Mens Open 4s is to be held Saturday/Sunday 8 & 9 October. The men’s pennant team have played two games - one win and one loss. It’s great to see both the greens in use, with the healthy influx of holiday visitors joining us on play days. To our life member Beryl - all our love and support , you are constantly in our thoughts. Reminder that Tin Can Bay Country Club memberships fees are due: $40 for bowlers. See you on the greens.

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TCB Fishing Club Update Alan Rippon PRESIDENT


Y THE TIME this article goes to print we will have finalized both of our free Junior Fishing Workshops and our free Senior Fishing workshop. There were 40 participants across both groups who received some great training and walked away at the end of the day with a better understanding of fishing basics plus some excellent Shimano gear – all at no cost to themselves. We received some great feedback from those who attended and would like to thank all participants for coming along. These days were made possible due to the funding provided by The Queensland Department of Agriculture & Fisheries and support

from The Chandlery Bait & Tackle – plus the involvement of our Club Members in the planning and organization of the events. For all those who missed out, we will be applying for funding to run these days again next year – so keep an eye out around the middle of next year. On the fishing front it’s been a bit disappointing in the squid catching department, and the whiting seem to have been of the same mindset – but again that’s fishing. On a brighter note, club members have been reporting good catches of cod, slatey bream, tuskfish, flathead and sweetlip. Please feel free to contact us by email tcbfishingclub@bigpond.com or phone us on 0437 242 171. Tight lines everyone – Cheers

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There will be a range of stallholders including electric car displays, solar installers, battery powered garden care, waste management tips, water reuse technology, off-grid options, and much, much more.

Getting the vision right means the planning scheme will guide future development in line with community aspirations. Council is investing in community engagement to give all sectors of the community the opportunity to have a say.

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AVE YOU SEEN this brilliant idea by innovative local clothing company Sun Club?

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VEN THOUGH we are blessed with pristine beaches, spectacular bushland, and a sensational climate, one of the best things about Rainbow Beach remains its residents. The enormous hearts and kindness of our neighbours never ceases to amaze and inspire. Recently, Rainbow resident Deb Taylor hosted a Pyjama Day morning tea with some other lovely local ladies to raise awareness and funds for the wonderful Pyjama Foundation. The Pyjama Foundation provides children in foster care the opportunity to change the direction of their lives with learning, life skills, and confidence.

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ITH DELICATE DOTS on its head, and a bright and cheerful yellow throat, the spotted pardalote is a little spark of colour that never fails to delight. These tiny birds, measuring only 8 to 10 centimetres (3.1 to 3.9 inches) in length and weighing around 6 grams, build long horizontal tunnels as their nests, which are usually dug into the soil of creek and river banks.

The spotted pardalote is mostly found in eucalypt forests and woodlands, but can be found in parks and gardens that have a wellestablished eucalypt canopy, as they like to stay high in tall branches. With a soft sweet call and exquisite plumage that is like a painting, they truly are proof that good things come in small packages!

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If you do not wish to collect your free trees for rate notices, you might consider asking the City Farm staff to put them aside for the Tin Can Bay or Rainbow Beach schools. They would be appreciated. Cooloola City Farm Nursery is located opposite the Community Centre at 17 Amity Place off Tin Can Bay Road. Opening Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays 8.00am-3.00pm. Cash or EFTPOS acceptable Phone: (07) 5486-2304 Email: ccfni09@gmail.com

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Learning Community We are over halfway through the year and it continues to be a privilege to support homeschooling families in our community through the provision of activities that complement their education. You may be aware that teachers and chaplains who were not vaccinated are now able to return to schools, however my personal decision is to continue to support these families who made the courageous decision to remove their children from mainstream education and take on the role as educators which is not always an easy task. Participants in the Rainbow Beach Learning Community are looking forward to a term full of fun and educational activities. This term due to work commitments, local teacher Kerry Sleath is running the program on Tuesdays and I will continue to run it on Thursdays. A highlight of the program since the start of the year has been art classes provided by local artist Mo Riggs who has enjoyed watching the young people blossom creatively through their artwork. New activities this term will include a morning fitness program, STEAM projects, Minute To Win It games, bike rides, and tennis. We are looking forward to visits from local cakemaker extraordinaire Jennie Tritton who will be helping us make Father’s Day biscuits, Gympie Regional Councillor Jess Milne, and Elisa Seul who will be sharing about her country of origin and helping us cook some amazing Italian food. Throw in some fishing, a visit to Cooloola Berries, and maybe a trip to Double Island lighthouse and Term 3 is shaping up to be a wonderful time for everyone involved! We are hoping to create a greater awareness in our young people of how blessed they are to live in this beautiful part of the world with access to plentiful food, water, and education. One way of doing this is providing them with the opportunity to learn about and support young people in third world countries. The Learning Community is looking to help SET4LIFE Australia, a registered local charity that provides financial support for the Yiben community in Sierra Leone, which is one of the poorest countries in the world. In 2009, Gympie girl Amy Coates decided to volunteer her nursing and midwifery skills to help the people of Sierra Leone and spent time in Yiben (pronounced ‘Ee-ben’), a very remote northern village, connecting with a local leader called Mallam. Amy’s response to the needs of the village, and the ongoing support of Gympie friends and family, has resulted in the establishment of SET4LIFE Australia. Up until recently, Amy was working for the World Health Organisation in Geneva as a public health strategist but is now back in Australia for a well-earned break.

The SET4LIFE Australia Gympie team are currently supporting the Yiben community by selling pre-loved jewellery at local markets. Do you have any jewellery that you no longer wear which is just sitting in a drawer somewhere? We would love it if you could drop it in to the Learning Community group that meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the Rainbow Beach Community Centre. This term we are hoping to have a member of the SET4LIFE Australia Gympie team come along and share about the current projects they are fundraising for. If you would like to find out more about the charity or donate to their work, check out their web page at: www.set4life.org.au

Community Pantry It has been very rewarding to be able to help people in our community with Foodbank hampers over the last few months. Since teaming up with Foodbank in mid-April, we have been able to distribute over 400 hampers to people in Rainbow Beach, Cooloola Cove, and Tin Can Bay. Woolworths Cooloola also donates food items that are close to their best before date which are given out with the hampers. We are very grateful to McClintock’s Transport who deliver the food from Foodbank in Brisbane to their Gympie depot where Rainbow Beach Transport picks it up and brings it down to Rainbow Beach on Thursday mornings – both companies do this free of charge so that we can keep the hamper cost to a low $10. As food prices, rent and electricity costs rise, many families are struggling to put enough food on the table and it is wonderful to see local people helping out their neighbours by buying them a hamper worth $40$50 every couple of weeks. Another local lady has made a regular financial donation since the Community Pantry started at the Church of the Good Shepherd in midDecember and this is why she loves to help in this way:

to communities that need it most while supporting local farmers and reducing food waste. Check out Foodbank’s website for further information: www.foodbank.org.au/ QLD/farm-to-families.

Drop your unwanted jewellery into the Learning Community to help SET4LIFE Australia support the Yiben community in Sierra Leone

“I grew up at times with very little. My mum did her very best but I know it was challenging for her. I am lucky that my husband and I can provide for our family (and yes, it has been challenging at times) but if our donation gives a mum and dad the dignity and less stress to provide a meal for their family, that makes me smile. Some people need a helping hand and a hug and it is nothing to feel ashamed about. We are a community and we should embrace each other.” Another way that you can help get fresh food to families in need is by supporting Foodbank Queensland’s Farm to Families Program. A monthly gift will ensure healthy and nutritious food gets SHINING A LIGHT ON THE COOLOOLA COAST


TRADES & SERVICES INDEX Covering Cooloola Cove, Rainbow Beach & Tin Can Bay Air conditioning


Smiley Mick Electrical

0448 955 768

0421 245 260

Earth First Electrical

0448 195 070

Climate Control Air Conditioning

5486 4362

HM Coastal Electrical

0439 688 710

Cooloola Coast Air Conditioning

5486 4499 0418 724 814

Sub- Cooled Air Con/Refrigeration

0436 338 631

Brad’s Refrigeration & Air Conditioning

5486 2781

Bull Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

Auto Electrics

Rainbow Beach Auto Electrics

Building & Excavations

0499 144 678

0417 728 510

Hall Homes

0438 864 152

KJ Homes

0427 136 571

Killer Excavations

0417 192 651

Cooloola Coast Cabinets

Mini Backhoe Hire

0418 184 966

Cherry Picker

0418 820 892



Bob the Builder

Cabinet Makers

Equipment Hire

5482 6500

Functions & Hall Hire

Rainbow Beach Community Centre

John Madill Toyota

5480 5555

Car Parts (Classic British Cars) The Frog Pond

0409 342 423

Clarks’ Cleaning, Laundry and Maintenance

Rainbow Beach and Fraser Island Gas Supplies

MGB Concrete

0407 228 044

Scott Sandilands

0418 793 256



Curtains and Blinds & Security Classique Blinds Screens & Awnings

Health Providers

0427 585 663

5481 2846

0400 657 797

5488 0601

0439 089 238

Handiest Handyman

0407 828 881

Looney’s Labour

0412 641 743


Mitre 10 Cooloola

5486 2000

Rainbow Beach Hardware, Fishing & Camping

5486 3444

Kennels and Catteries Gympie Cooloola Pet Resort

5483 5364

5353 1000

Channon and Lawrence Dental

5482 7688

Rainbow Beach Chiropractic

0447 275 673

Rainbow Naturals

0473 408 359


0418 729 474

5301 9340

Slater + Gordon Lawyers

1800 555 777

In-Home Care

Legal Services/ Solicitor

ESSENTIAL SERVICES SES Flood/Storm Damage . . . . . . . . . . 132 500 SES - Rainbow Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . 5486 3314 SES - Tin Can Bay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5486 4604 City Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5486 2304 Coastguard Tin Cay Bay - VMR 417 . . . . . . . . . . . 5486 4290 Community Centre Rainbow Beach . . . . . . . . . . 5486 3355 Cooloola Coast Medical Transport . . . . . . . . . . . 5486 2488 Doctor TCB, Cooloola Coast & Rainbow Beach . . . 5486 4600 Rainbow Beach General Practice . . . . . . . . . . 5353 1000 ENERGEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 62 62 EPA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1300 130 372 FIRE & RESCUE - Rainbow Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5486 3169 Tin Can Bay Fire Warden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0409 828 414 Rural Fires Goomboorian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0417 793 286


5486 8555

Op Shop


5482 2737

Tin Can Bay Community Church Op Shop 5486 2055

Pest Control

Beach to Bay Pest Management

5486 8686


0409 86 86 86



Real Estate

0402 240 448

0458 259 418

Britney Bell Raine & Horne

0447 124 300

Cooloola Coast Realty

5486 3411

Michelle Agnew C21

0428 585 175

Paul Downman C21

0407 181 404

Rainbow Beach Realty

5486 3900

Safety Supplies


Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach Signs


Rainbow Beach General Practice

Rainbow Beach Service Centre and Towing

Rainbow Beach Safety Supplies

Graphic Design SAJE Graphics


5488 0222

Gas Supplies

Lighthouse Glass and Aluminium 0456 783 023

5486 3228

Jeff Hogues Plumbing

Glass and Aluminium


5371 5689

Garden Supplies

Cooloola Cove Landscape & Garden Supplies

Car Dealers

Rainbow Beach Rustproofing and Mechanical

Garry Thompson


Cooloola Coast Bedding & Furniture 5488 0443

5486 3355



0492 045 405

5486 2887

4rent4sale Storage Sheds

5486 4577

Cooloola Tin Can Mini Storage

1300 727 025


Taxi Service


All States Training

0411 072 379

07 4123 0415

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Rural Fires Neerdie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0400 865 132 QPWS Rainbow Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5486 9900 QPWS Tewantin (7 days) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5449 7792 Gympie Regional Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1300 307 800 HOSPITAL Gympie Hospital & Community Health . . . . . . 5489 8690 JUSTICE OF THE PEACE (JP) Call for an appointment: BRADY, Christine (Tin Can Bay) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5486 4327 BROWN, Stephen (Cooloola Cove) . . . . . . . . 0431 059 952 DEACON, Arthur (Cooloola Cove) . . . . . . . . . . 0419 624 208 FISHER, Peter (Rainbow Beach) . . . . . . . . . . . . 0407 95 4678 HAMMOND, Judith (Cooloola Cove) . . . . . . . . 0418 774 808 Library - Tin Can Bay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5486 4355 Library - Rainbow Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5486 3705

Local Disaster Management CCCLDMSG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5486 4483, 0439 862 264 Cooloola Cove . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5488 0436, 0459 26 374 Wallu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0419 685 338 Rainbow Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0427 863 007 Pharmacy - Rainbow Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5486 3070 Police - Rainbow Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5486 8765 Police - Tin Can Bay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5486 2426 Police - non urgent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 444 POISONS Information Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 11 26 School - Rainbow Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5486 9333 School - Tin Can Bay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5488 1222 Tin Can Bay Community Church Op Shop . . . 5486 2055 Wildlife Rescue ANARRA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5484 9111 Llew O’Brien (Federal Member) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4121 2936 Tony Perrett MLA (State Member) . . . . . . . . . . 5329 5100





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Bob the Builder Builder

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Driveways Patios Shed slabs Pathways Pool surrounds Rendering

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Phone Lyle & Theresa on 0418

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Rumbalara Avenue Rainbow Beach QLD 4581

0458 259 418


QBCC 78058




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August 1

6 6 6

Whiting Competition kicks off! To 26 Nov. Kids $30, adults (14+) $100 (combined tailor/ whiting tickets also available). Enter at www. gardinerfisheries.com

EnviroTech Day, Nelson Reserve Gympie from 9am Barefoot Bowls at TCB Country Club, 4.30pm start Blues Brothers Rebooted plus Tom Jones & Neil Diamond tribute show, 8pm at TCB Country Club, free entry

6&7 Wildflowering at Cooloola 2022 - a day and a half of walks, talks, and art workshops inspired by our local wildflowers. See page 19 for details. 11

‘Sconversation’ morning tea, displays, raffles to celebrate QCWA 100th anniversary, $10 per head, Cathy House TCB


Spring Fest Pre Party! RB Community Centre Hall, 3pm-6pm, free


Vietnam Veterans Day. See page 4 for details of local services.


CC Local Ambulance Committee AGM, 3.30pm at the TCB Ambulance Station, meeting open to the public - For further information contact the Secretary on 5486 3161




2.30pm Dragon Boating every Thursday, Sandra: 0402 352 756

(many are term time only)

3.30pm Robotics for kids, Gympie Library



5.30am TCB Bootcamp, 7am & 5.30pm RB Gym classes, Ph: 0490 333 147

1st & 3rd Rainbow Beach Art Group, RB Library 10am, phone 5486 3705 for more information


1st Friday - Drop-in Sausage Sizzle, Tin Can Bay RSL, 11.30am to 1.30pm

9am Heart Foundation Wheelie Walking Group Cooloola Cove, Judy 5486 2181 9am Macrame, Men’s Shed, Carole: 0437 880 438 9am Painting for beginners, Tuncunba Hall, Tin Can Bay, Kerri 0438 803 990 Middle Eastern Movement class by Soul from the Belly, Emperor St Community Hall TCB. Early session 1-2pm, evening session 5.30-6.30pm. First class free. Book by calling Jess on 0411 218 254 2nd Monday - 1.30 – 3.30pm Life Drawing with model,Tuncunba Hall, Tin Can Bay, Robyn 0419 663 271

4th Friday Community catch up at RB Hall, 8am 9am Heart Foundation Wheelie Walking Group Cooloola Cove, Judy 5486 2181 9am-12pm Chess/Rummykub at TCB Community & Men’s Shed, gold coin for morning tea, no need to book 2.30-4pm Book a librarian, TCB Library

10.30-11am First Five Forever Storytime (0-5 years) at RB Library. Bookings essential: 5486 3705

3.30-4.30pm Tinker Table STEAM Makerspace, Gympie Library, bookings not necessary

11am -12.30pm Book a librarian, RB Library



7.30am Heart Foundation Walking Group TCB Maggie 0400 756 615

2nd Tuesday - Veterans and Community Morning Tea, Tin Can Bay RSL, from 10am

2nd Saturday Rainbow Beach Market. Book: 5486 3355

2nd & 4th Nibbles & Giggles at Goomeri Library, social get together to chat over a cuppa, 10am - ph: 4168 4340 8.30am Kindy Linq, RB School Library

2.30pm Little Athletics, TCB School oval, Jess: 0411 218 254

Sign-on day for Little Athletics at TCB Markets, 9-11am, CCLA tent near the stage area, more info: ccla2014@outlook.com or call Centre Manager Jess Milne on 0411 218 254

9am – 12 Noon, MEN ONLY morning, TCB Community & Men’s Shed, Paul Boulton 0437 007 911

5pm Mass at St John Vianney Catholic Church, Bream St, TCB (week 1, 2, 5)

9am TCB Quilters, TCB Community Centre, President Louise Hanks 0488 951 881


Shed Shop Sale Day at TCB Community & Men’s Shed


Old Time Dance 8pm-midnight, TCB RSL, $10 per patron, bring a plate to share. Everyone welcome. Contact Julie on 0428 824 115

21-27 RB Family Fishing Classic & Expo, contact 5486 3191 fish@rainbowsportsclub.com.au


2-3 Rainbow Beach Spring Fest - roots, reggae, indie, folk, & blues music festival, kids under 16 free, buy tickets here: events.humanitix.com/ rainbow-beach-spring-fest Little Athletics ‘Come and Try Day’, TCB P10 School oval, 2.30pm, more info: ccla2014@ outlook.com or call Centre Manager Jess Milne on 0411 218 254

7am Mass at St Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, Manooka Dr, RB (week 1, 2, 5) and Tin Can Bay (week 3, 4)

10am Tin Can Bay Art Group, TCB Library

7.30am Dragon Boating, Sandra: 0402 352 756

11am-12pm English Conversation Group, come along to make new friends and improve your English, Gympie Library, bookings not needed

9.30am Service at Good Shepherd Church, 17 Carlo Road, RB, followed by morning tea all denominations most welcome

12.30-3.30pm Join in at TCB Library for an afternoon playing Mahjong, an ancient Chinese tile game of strategy, calculation and skill with a measure of chance. This group is open to everyone 2-4pm Book a librarian, TCB Library Wednesday 7.30am Heart Foundation Walking Group TCB, Maggie 0400 756 615 8am Table Tennis, RB Community Hall, $2, all levels welcome


8.30am Kindy Linq, RB School Library

CCCLDMSG quarterly meeting, 9.30am at Cooloola Cove Veterans & Community Hall, Terry Steele 0439 862 264


R U OK? Day 2022


‘Regenerating Australia: Hope for a Sustainable Future’ - short film screening by Cooloola Coastcare, 3pm at CC Vets & Community Hall. See page 19 for details.




Old Time Dance plus favourites, 8pmmidnight, TCB RSL, $10 per patron, bring a plate to share for supper, tea and coffee supplied. Bring own cup. Band ‘The Silver Comets’. Contact Julie on 0428 824 115

18-25 RB SLSC Bronze/SRC Camp, Full Week Intensive Course for both awards. $275 which includes new electronic training manual, Hi-Vis rash shirt, full patrol uniform, ‘graduation’ dinner, plus food & accommodation for the week. Contact Kelly at the Club on Ph: 07 5486 3249 or via surf@rainbowbeachsurf.com.au

3rd Saturday Tin Can Bay Market. Book: 0418 711 897

9am Drawing & Pastel group all levels, tutoring for beginners, Tuncunba Hall, Tin Can Bay, Kerri 0438 803 990

3-18 Gympie Region Studio Trails - see article pg 8


3rd Friday - Writing Fridays at Gympie Library - join other writers in practicing and honing your literary skills, 10am-12pm, phone 5481 0859 for more information and to book

Free Best Practices in Volunteering Workshop, The Pavilion (Gympie), 10am-3pm. Email community@gympie.qld.gov.au or call 1300 307 800 for more information.



If you have an event or date you would like to add please email info@rbcn.com.au

9.30am Cooloola Card Makers, TCB Library 3-4pm Coolabay Choir, CC Vets’ Hall, Pam: 0427 180 649 3.30-4.45pm Robotics Thursday, Gympie Library, bookings not necessary (but space is limited)

Thursday 8am Social tennis, $3, RB Sports Club, all welcome, Chris: 0417 605 484 8.30am Playgroup, RB School Library 9am – 12 Noon, MEN ONLY morning, TCB Community & Men’s Shed, Paul Boulton 0437 007 911 9.30am First Five Forever Storytime (0-5 yrs), TCB Library 9.30am Bingo for Local Ambulance Committee, TCB Country Club

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We have everything for sale at your local IGA - including the building itself! Got a few spare mil and want to buy a shopping centre? Then make a bid when the en re property goes up for auc on on 5 August. Not to worry though, we have already re-signed our long term lease so no ma�er what happens we’ll s ll be right here. We’ve been in this shopping centre for 16 years and we certainly aren’t going anywhere any me soon. The upcoming sale sparked a bit of a trip down memory lane and I dug out this old ad from the Community News from way back when it was s ll owned by Tony Huxley. In it I make men on of rising fuel costs - if only we could go back to those prices now! It is nice to look back and be reminded of how long we have been doing what we love to do, which is serving our local community in this beau ful town, providing jobs for locals, and stocking a large range of grocery products.

do for 2032. Let’s hope a global pandemic doesn’t make another appearance for that one. Blighty has been giving the Poms a run for their money with the weather and their version of a heatwave, and to be fair we have had a bit of a “coldwave” here lately, let’s hope it all evens out again soon. Only one more month of winter to go so make sure you pop in to see us and grab those comfort foods to warm your bellies. We just shared a recipe on our Facebook page for a delicious twist on the old classic beef stroganoff using beef rump roast, make sure you check it out and let us know if you make it.

Matt, Bernie, Justin, Liam & our friendly staff at the IGA

Ok, enough with the warm and fuzzies and onto the important SPORTS REPORT: Well, I did say last month that “nothing beats Queensland” and of course I was absolutely correct with a cracker of a game to end the Origin and that sweet, sweet series win for the cane toads. “This is one of the most famous Maroons victories you will ever see,” Origin legend Cam Smith said a�erwards. Can’t argue with that. And it’s been great to see the Broncos con nuing their winning form which sees them in the top four. Even greater to hear coach Kevvie Walters’ confidence that it’s not a case of if but when they nab that seventh premiership. Kev is sure he’ll be the first person to be involved with Broncos premierships as both a player and coach, telling NRL360 host Paul Kent: “It’s going to happen, get ready.” No wonder he’s top of the contenders list for Dally M coach of the year. The Lions are also doing well for us in the AFL, si�ng at a welcome third at me of wri ng. Is it too much to dare hope for a double-code Queensland premiership…? Overseas sports news and Wimbledon finished with Kyrgios making the final but didn’t really stand a chance against Novax Djokovic who showed once again why he is one of the all me greats of the sport. Commonwealth Games has kicked off in sunny Birmingham, best we all watch it to get some ideas for what we need to

IGA has been in Rainbow a long me! Enjoy a squiz at this old ad from about 16 years ago. Of course we haven’t changed a bit...

This is a paid adver sement and the views of the writer are not necessarily the views of the Rainbow Beach Cooloola Coast Community News owners or staff.

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