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December 2020 • Vol 23 • Issue 12

Summer is here... and Christmas is coming!


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Thanks to the Parton family and the Sports Club, the Rainbow Beach Aquatic Centre is open again! Here’s Kyani Parton helping Chris and Bryan Smith and Georgia and baby Banksia get the most of their time in the newly reopened pool at Rainbow Beach. Read more on page 6. All across the coast, from Tin Can Bay Inlet to Double Island Point, locals and visitors will be cooling down in our beautiful beaches and waterways - a perfect way to celebrate Christmas and enjoy the holiday season!

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LOT OF people will be happy to put a lid on 2020, it certainly has changed everybody’s life in some way, whether small or significant. I think it has taught us how resilient we are and how asking for help when needed and offering help when you can, goes a long way to building a community. I am excited for this 56-page monster paper which I hope you enjoy. There are so many fantastic stories of courage and success plus the ‘stars’ and crossword and, of course, the jokes.



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hoping you all shop locally, this year especially. Thanks to you all for your ongoing support over such a tricky year. Not only have so many of our advertisers hung in there with us, but thanks also to the many new businesses who have joined us over the past few months. So, now let’s say goodbye to this year, a massive hello to 2021 and I wish you all the best of Christmases, the happiest of New Years and a very prosperous, safe and healthy 2021.

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HE FESTIVAL OF Small Halls is always a heartwarming experience, but doubly so this year - a very grateful crowd celebrated with top calibre live music in our own town. Whilst Boomerang Bag volunteers barbequed a delicious alfresco dinner, Maryborough Coffee Cart and Loz from the Sports Club kept busy with beverages and everyone chatted outside before the doors opened.

We were treated to local Joel Mak’s touching originals, Karl S. Williams’ powerful talent (called the “Hairy Man with the Amazing Range” for doubly good reasons) and the goosebumpinducing harmonies of Women in Docs. There were guitars, a banjo, ukulele, keyboard and harmonica, plus a finale with all artists that had us ‘Covidly’ dancing, from our chairs. The interval was special as well, the yummy Village Food and Events morsels flew off the cake stands.

A big thanks to all the crew from Woodfordia and Arts Queensland, the event was sponsored by Council (with a great MC) and organised by the community hall team! We’d also like to thank local Woodford fan Brooke Bignall who, with the support of the Rainbow Beach Commerce and Tourism, first brought the festival to town in 2017. I look forward to next year!

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Above: Karl S Williams meets locals Kerrie Fullarton and Michelle Watson Below: Maryann Vickers, Liane Laufer and Michael Vickers rocked their new aprons and the Boomerang Bag burgers

Artists Joel Mak and Women in Docs, with Gympie Regional Council representatives Jacqueline Burns and Mandy Fraser-Patterson

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AINBOW BEACH will host its second annual Community Christmas Party this year on Friday December 11. The event begins at 3pm at the ‘Centre Block’ and community hall and the town will be filled with the holiday season spirit. It will be a great start to the school holidays, with Santa again kicking off festivities for the summer. The event will include twilight markets, a bar tent, live music performances, including the Ukulele Group from Tin Can Bay and our best local talent.

Everyone is looking forward to seeing Santa arrive in style again this year for the Community Christmas Party

Alison Little and her family enjoy being together over Christmas and love the sun, fun and food

Well done to the Rainbow Beach Community Centre Committee, who have put in a lot of work with a small group of volunteers to bring another successful Christmas to the town. The team from Boomerang Bags are madly sewing the gift bags to be given out by Santa. Rainbow Beach Helicopters are bringing Santa to the event in style; Rainbow Beach Sports Club is organising the bar, Rainbow Beach Wedding Photography will again be taking photos of the children with Santa. Santa was a hit at last year’s event and we all look forward to welcoming him again just to see the look on the kids faces! Diana Cruikshank, Rainbow Beach Chamber of Commerce and Tourism secretary, with support from the Gympie Regional Council (GRC) has organised a Light Up Rainbow party on Tuesday December 1. Diana, with a GRC grant, has purchased a multitude of solar lights and everyone is invited to the community hall from 5pm, to collect a set of lights, find a tree in the main street, and decorate it for the Christmas season! There will be a free sausage sizzle and a way to come together to watch the street light up. We spoke to some of our locals to see how they will be spending Christmas this year. Rainbow Beach Principal, Steve Bennett said: “It is an opportunity to enjoy the wonderful place in which we live, whether it be spending time at the

beach, camping, boating, fishing, bushwalking and bike riding. I love being active in the early mornings and late afternoon and getting to read a book in shade during the heat of the day. “Christmas for me means spending more time with my family, sharing meals with loved ones, watching my children open their presents and seeing the joy in their faces. It is a time that I enjoy trying to make people happy and showing gratitude for the great things in my life.” Alison Little, owner of Captains on Carlo said “We love Christmas. Family, friends, sun, fun, water play, good food, drinks and time off work and school together. It doesn’t get better than that.” Mayor Glen Hartwig finds Christmas is time for family and a chance to enjoy an easy going relaxing time. “It is eat, sleep and eat again. There are no traditions for me, but Talitha puts stockings out for the kids and does all the little things that make it really special. “She takes it to another level and the little things make it such a wonderful day. My tradition will be not to have Christmas without her.” Greg Wetherell started his own business, SubCooled, this year during Covid lockdown and is looking forward to some time out with family. He and father Jim will be joined by Greg’s sister Lauren, her partner and six children from age three to 21, and said he knew a great family Christmas was coming.

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ELEBRATE NEW YEAR’S EVE with your family and friends at Rainbow Beach this year!

This year’s celebration will include an epic fireworks display on the beach in front of the Rainbow Beach Surf Club, which will start at the family-friendly time of 8pm. Gympie Regional Council Mayor, Glen Hartwig, says this year’s celebrations will be the perfect way to see in the new year and bring an end to what has been a difficult year for so many residents. “Without question, 2020 has been a year like no other, with COVID-19 taking the world by storm and having such a tremendous impact on residents and businesses in Australia and around the world. “We are now seeing further easing of restrictions on public gatherings and I am pleased to announce that we will be able to celebrate New Year’s Eve this year at Rainbow Beach. “We are looking at sharing this event across all of the regional areas in the years to come and I believe having it at Rainbow Beach this year will allow residents and tourists to relax on the beach, kick their feet up and watch the fireworks with the ones they love,” he said. The event is proudly brought to you by Gympie Regional Council. Visit Gympie Regional Council’s website and Facebook page in the weeks to come for more information about the event:

Want to know what else is happening on New Year’s Eve in your neck of the woods? Well, Rainbow Beach Pizza will be trading normal hours, cooking and delivering till about 10pm, so get your orders in early for delivery. Or you can kick off your New Year’s Eve at The Deck, with the most refreshing and tasty cocktails and brews on offer. Sip away on the top deck while watching the spectacular sunset with prime position for Council fireworks! Indulge in some of their mouth-watering tapas and boogie the night away to house music hits while bringing in the new year! What about Celebrating New Year’s Eve with family and friends in airconditioned comfort at the Tin Can Bay Country Club and see in the new year enjoying live entertainment. CODE3ELEVEN, a local four-piece band, are performing classic Aussie rock from 7pm with free entry. Try an authentic Chinese meal in the restaurant or select from one of your favourite pub meals. You could try your luck on one of the club’s 28 gaming machines, including Lightning Cash, Dragon Cash or Bubble Blast. Please phone and reserve a table early. If you live locally, don’t drink and drive, call and book our courtesy bus. Phone: 5486 4231. See you at the Club! The Rainbow Beach Sports Club is holding a 1960s hippie theme fancy dress party from 9pm. There will be lucky door prizes and prizes for best dressed. Not only is it free entry, but there is live entertainment kicking off at 9.30pm with Linc Phelps and band. The club is open from 10am to 2am with the bistro open for lunch and dinner from 11.30am – 2pm and 5.30pm – 8.30pm! Whatever you decide to do, do it well, do it safely and do it with respect for others.

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Spot the rare bird!

Sections of Teewah closed


F YOU HAVE noticed people walking around Rainbow Beach over the past month with very large cameras, be assured they are looking at feathered birds and they are very excited. Paddy, Andrew and Michelle are three bird enthusiasts who came to Rainbow Beach from the Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba last week to find some rarely seen bird species in this part of Australia, which have been spotted in our back yard recently. The Welcome Swallows, Tree Martins and Fairy Martins are members of the swallow family, often seen hanging out together. Lately however a couple of ‘Barn Swallows’ have been spotted at Rainbow, blending in with the Welcome Swallows, and the difference is a black band under the neck and a white colouring under their wing instead of grey. Barn Swallows are very rare this far south.

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They are a summer migrant from the Northern Hemisphere to Indonesia, PNG and the very northern part of Australia and are a vagrant, uncommon visitor to this part of Australia. They have also been even more excited to photograph the Eastern Ground Parrot in the Coastal Heathland of our Great Sandy National Park. This beautifully patterned, green ground parrot hides in the long grasses and low banksia bushes and is usually only spotted flying off after being disturbed by passers-by on the Sandy trails and roads. Our area is the best area in Australia for finding the Eastern Ground Parrot.

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Even harder to spot in the heathland is the elusive Southern Emu-wren which is a tiny bird with a long (10cm) filamentous tail, made up of six feathers, usually held upright. Our area is the best in Queensland to find this little bird, if luck is with you. Usually the Red-backed Fairywren and the Variegated Fairywren are seen there, but every now and then the Southern Emu-wren will decide to show itself, to the delight of these bird enthusiasts. According to the group: “this area is a popular spot for ‘birding’ because there are a whole lot of different species here, including large numbers of shore birds in our area

Patrick Colley took this photo of the Eastern Ground Parrot at Rainbow Beach last month which is apparently getting plenty of excitement on Facebook from bird enthusiasts

now that fly back to the Northern Hemisphere as far as Siberia for their summer. Inskip Point alone has around 213 different species of birds recorded as being spotted there. “People love the Black Breasted Button Quail, which is known to be around the Inskip Point camp sites, but hard to spot as they are very shy.” So keep a look out, and an ear out, as it is a fascinating subject and apparently we are in a perfect place to spot a rarely seen kind of bird.

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CCORDING TO THE Department of Environment and Science website, sections of Teewah Beach camping area have been identified as having unstable sand cliffs and a high risk of rock falls posing a risk to visitor safety. Falling boulders and landslides have occurred throughout the camping area including instances of large boulders rolling into campsites at the base of the foredunes. QPWS has engaged an expert geotechnical company to assess the issue and provide advice for minimising the risk to park visitors. This risk assessment process has resulted in changes to the camping area, including closing high risk areas to camping. High risk areas are marked by “DANGER no camping” signage, to be installed from 23 November 2020. No camping in these areas comes into effect immediately, and visitors are required to camp outside these marked areas. Camping is permitted elsewhere in the Teewah Beach camping area. Camper capacity has not changed and will remain at 1500 people per night. For visitor safety and to avoid injuries, do not climb on the dunes, keep clear of high risk areas and ensure children are supervised at all times. On the spot fines may be issued for people not adhering to the regulations.

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HE NIPPERS have been very busy throughout November with the completion of a number of CPR and First Aid courses, the first of three Age Championships for the season and competing in a number of carnivals near and far! Bryce and Breanna Hoult travelled all the way to Rockhampton to compete in the 2020 North Aussies carnival where Breanna made it into the finals for the Ironperson of her age group. The same weekend saw Oliver Pratt, Finn Dimmock, Sienna Arthur and Elle Dimmock compete in the first of the Queensland Beach Series carnivals in Mooloolaba. Sienna took out first place in the Flags on this day and what a show it was to see! Also last month, Mason Bignell, Oliver Pratt, Finn Dimmock and Bryce Hoult made a team of U13 boys and represented Rainbow in a carnival at Dicky Beach. The events were the Cameron Relay, Board Rescue and Congratulations to Sienna Arthur for taking out first place in the U12 Female Flags!

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T’S BEEN ANOTHER beautiful month in Rainbow Beach. Thank you to all those people who have come down to the beach and introduced themselves, I’m really enjoying getting to know you all. Conditions have been a little tricky the last month. A large gutter along the beach with windy conditions has made it quite sweepy across the beach and has opened up some holes and rips. Please make sure you’re swimming between the flags when you come down and keeping an eye on your position and supervising your children.

Board Relay - all water-based events and the northerly wind blew 40knots straight into Dicky Beach, making for very tough conditions. The boys spirit and determination shone through and they continued to support each other and strategise to the very end! Most recently on the carnival calendar Sienna Arthur and Bryce and Breanna Hoult represented us at the Junior Rebel Carnival held in Maroochydore with Sienna again taking out first place in the U12 Female Flags! Now it’s time for our younger Nippers to shine at the Noosa carnival at the end of the month where we’ll be represented by Clayton Fletcher, Emilie Dwine, Xavier Toole, Oscar Toole, Aimee Richardson and Luke Richardson. Good luck to all of the competitors! Our 2nd Age Championship and our last day of Nippers and our before the summer break will be Sunday December 6th and we will resume again on Sunday January 24th, the last weekend of the school holidays before school starts. We will resume again on Sunday, January 24, the last weekend of the school holidays before school starts! See you on the beach!

Lifesavers on patrol

We are fast approaching summer holidays which will see massive numbers in Rainbow and Double Island and extra manning on the beach. Please listen to all advice by the Lifeguards and Lifesavers as we are here to help you. If you ever have any questions don’t hesitate to come and have a chat with us. Please remember it’s turtle nesting season now and a number of turtles have been spotted on the beach. Take caution when driving along the beach and make sure your dogs are on a lead when on the beach. Looking forward to the months ahead and the beautiful summer days.

Phone for bookings on 07 5482 7688 December 2020 – Rainbow Beach Cooloola Coast Community News – 7

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ATURDAY OCTOBER 3 was the day that changed local couple, Rob Gough and Martine Lokan’s life.

At 7.30am on the last weekend of the school holidays, the steering on Rob Gough’s Ice Truck failed just before the Freshwater track, and he ran off the road and hit a gum tree. He thought he was dead. Miraculously, he survived, but was pinned in the cab unable to move and every part of his body was in agony. First on the scene was a doctor, then colleagues, friends, acquaintances and people he had never met, all there to help him. “It makes you realise how quickly your life can change,” he said. “I was and still am a very lucky man to be still here and more importantly, not to have involved any other person. “It was the busiest day since Covid, a long weekend,and we had five trucks going out and the road was really busy and when I realised the steering had gone I just thought, I’m dead, I hope the truck goes left into the bush so no one else is hurt. “We dislike using the main road to get to the Freshwater Track then over to Teewah as our trucks are full to the brim and everything gets knocked around, but we just couldn’t get up the beach that morning with the tide so high.

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Rob was taken to Gympie Hospital where his dislocated hip was put back in and then moved onto the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) where they looked after his shattered pelvis and leg. “Because we have a pretty big facebook following with The Ice Man, when I arrived at SCUH, there was a male nurse about 6ft tall and he said,” I’ve been expecting you, Freeze”. Two months later Rob’s hip is healing well, though he has some issues from the knee to the foot and the long-term prognosis is not known. He is waiting on

more X-rays and CT scans, but it will be impossible for him to drive the Ice Truck until next March at the earliest. He is now able to zip around in a scooter given to him by the ‘brains trust’ of Rainbow, kind business owners from the Industrial Estate, which he said has given him some freedom and the ability to get around has helped his mental health. “The support in this town has been unbelievable from the minute the ambulance arrived to now. “Rainbow Beach is certainly nothing

like I ever expected and the support they gave Martine, she is the hero. She has had to look after the boys, the business and a broken man. “We have the best job in the world, but there is so much behind the scenes to get those trucks on the road and we are so grateful for all the help. “There is no way I can thank everyone for all they did for me.” He said, “We are looking forward to camping numbers opening up and a fruitful Christmas.”

It was great to see Rob Gough out and about on Melbourne Cup day pictured with Ed and Kim Falconer from Keely Rose Fishing Charters

“Mick Elmer was in the other truck waiting for me at the entrance to the Freshwater Road and someone driving past went back to him and said ‘your mate has had an accident up the road’.” Captain of the local Fire Unit, Liam O’Connell, local policeman Mick Emery along with Jack Dean who ironically used to drive that truck were also on the scene straight away to help. “I was screaming in pain, Jack said, ‘what can I do for you’ and I said ‘just get me out of here!’ “So he grabbed an axe and moved the tree, and I said, ‘somethings holding my foot in here’. Jack said, ‘it’s probably going to hurt’ but he ripped the clutch, brake and accelerator out from under my feet which released the pressure on my hip and then the pain was manageable. “Then I was passing out all my stock, newspapers, etc., from the front seat and he said: ‘Well mate, you are probably the luckiest person alive’. “Wife Martine got the call as soon as it happened and notified the emergency services and was there in ten minutes. Once she knew I was alive she switched into work mode. “My dad, John Nolan, was also here helping us for holidays. He was loading another truck at the shed, getting ready to go over to Teewah. “So, change of plan, and he had to bring that truck out to the accident side so we could unload all my stock into his truck, so we didn’t suffer stock losses as well. “It was like a production line! Everyone was helping unload all the ice, wood, ice creams, etc. Funny thing is I didn’t break an egg!.

I was screaming in pain ... just get me out of here! “Thanks to Liam and local emergency services who were all awesome professionals and swift acting. “The ambulance took me to Gympie and we had to stop five times for the pain - it’s a terrible road but in an ambulance it is a nightmare.” December 2020 – Rainbow Beach Cooloola Coast Community News – 9

Rainbow Beach Police Beat by Senior Constable Mike Brantz

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OUD NOISES’ is a line yelled by dim witted weatherman, Brick Tamland, in one of my all-time favourite movies, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy - a comedic take on the male-dominated world of broadcasting in San Diego in the 1970s. In one particular scene, where everyone else is yelling, Brick - wanting to be part of the action - firstly screams, ‘I don’t know what we’re yelling about’ and then shortly after yells, ‘loud noises’! The reason I bring this up is because, as I sit here typing away, Schoolies Week 2020 has just begun and, with Rainbow hosting a lot more school leavers than in previous years - due to the cancellation of the normal Gold Coast celebrations - there are hordes of kids around making ‘loud noises’. The more they drink, the louder they get. If you’ve got a houseful of them staying

close to you, you’ll know exactly what I mean! The schoolies, however, are not the only ones around town making ‘loud noises’ with local police getting called to a number of other noisy parties that same weekend. This trend is only set to increase as we move into the ‘silly season’. I personally attended two of these gatherings and, after speaking to several intoxicated revellers, concluded there is widespread misunderstanding about parties, noise and what is permissible. So, let me try to set you straight… Excessive noise from amplified music, motors, generators and guests is the number one reason why police are called to a party. Excessive noise from your party can be reported to police 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – that’s right, it doesn’t have to be after 10pm (which is the most common

misconception). Once a noise complaint is made it will be investigated. If the police are reasonably satisfied the noise is excessive in the circumstances, we have the power to enter the premises, without warrant, and give the person responsible for the noise a noise abatement direction – this direction requires the person/s to stop making the excessive noise and refrain from doing so for the next 96 hours. If the excessive noise continues within the noise abatement period, the person responsible is facing a fine or court appearance. Police also have the power to seize, remove, lock away or render inoperable the property that is being used to produce the noise. Yep, we can take your sound system, etc., for the duration of the noise abatement period.

If you’re being subjected to environmental nuisance from a noisy party, the Queensland Police website has a link where you can register a noise complaint online and - for you party hosts - it has a number of ‘handy hints’ to reduce the likelihood of a complaint being made about your gathering. Three of the most useful hints I can give you from my experience are: • Let your neighbours know about your party in advance. • Keep music indoors and move guests inside later in the night – the more people drink the louder they get! • Turn down the bass on your sound system. It is often the bass noise that bothers neighbours. So, do the right thing. Respect your neighbours - if you’re hosting a party in town make sure you limit the ‘loud noises’.

Getting back into the swim of things! T

HE RAINBOW WARRIORS along with Bobbie-Jo Parton (BJ) and her family are on a big high after taking over the lease of the local Rainbow Beach Pool with the support of the sports club. They aren’t the only ones, locals are thrilled it is open again and vow to support the venture by attending and helping out where possible. With help already from Megan Bentley, Rob Mills, Tracey Montgomery, Sue and Dave Arthur and the Parton team, the pool was cleaned last month to get it ready to open and it looks stunning. After managing the pool for eight years looking after the swimming club, water

aerobics, coaching, and team building, BJ is thrilled to be able to use this local asset for health and recreation. BJ said: “People are moving again and rehabilitation is just around the corner for locals and visitors. “One of our lovely locals Trish who needs daily rehab has now been able to complete her first lap after six months. “It is so rewarding to see the benefit the pool gives to the community. With the Sports Club and Warriors Swim Club, along with community spirit, we can see the town grow and help our future generation keep safe and healthy. “The school has utilised the pool for a

swimming block to ensure our kids are prepared for a hot summer with water safety skills in place so we can help save lives. “Come along to the pool and check out what’s happening throughout the holidays whether you want lessons, fitness or a fun program for the kids to join in, the team is here to assist.” The pool is open six days, Monday to Friday, 6am - 11am; 3pm to 7pm and Saturday 9am to 5pm. They are looking for any help with grants or a BBQ for events, so just pop by the pool and speak to BJ if you can help. Well done everyone!

Ari Skennerton, Aquatic Centre Manager BJ Parton and Janine Lawler are all pleased the pool has opened!



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Happy Birthday Rainbow Beach Helicopters! T

HIS NEWSPAPER ran a story about the arrival of Rainbow Beach Helicopters - ‘the ultimate adventure’ when they first arrived in Rainbow Beach. Last month marked their fifth anniversary of operation here and it has certainly been their biggest test to date. During Covid, owners Glen and Diana Cruikshank, had to close down the operation completely and, due to restrictions, the festivals they rely on and flew for were all shut down for the year. They knew they weren’t different to the other tourist companies who operate in tourist regions, and they had to just sit tight, do maintenance and hope they could get back to work soon. Fast forward to today and they have never been busier with some days running 14 rides which is a gruelling schedule, but they are grateful for the business. They describe the tourists now as different to pre covid. “There are a lot of people who would normally be in Fiji, America, Hawaii and New Zealand. “They are different to our regular visitors that come each year. We have attracted a whole new market of people who would never have tried a regional beach side holiday. “These people have loved it so much they are telling their

family and friends and are looking forward to coming back again!!! They have found a hidden gem!” Glen and Diana offer and encourage a ‘No Doors’ experience which is exhilarating and everyone gets the best view! “Our visitors see so much more than they bargain for, not only the spectacular colourful scenery but the marine life is unique such as dugongs, whales, sting rays, dolphins, turtles, schools of bait fish, sharks - this place is truly standalone, a world class destination.” They also provide charters, special getaway packages and transfers to/ from Maroochydore Airport, Fraser Island Resorts, Gympie and Hervey Bay. To book your flight or buy a gift voucher for someone special for Christmas call Glen and Diana on 0448 883 442 or go to their website:

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NOTHER BUSINESS we would like to welcome is Rainbow Beach Safety Supplies, which moved to Rainbow Beach during Covid and is owned by Marie Gee and her daughter Renee. After being here for eight months Marie says: “It’s like being in heaven. The best place on earth. It’s like paradise here. I wish we moved here a long time ago. The locals are lovely and everyone says hello and makes you feel welcome. “In 1978 my husband’s father had land here when it was mostly just land and Paul has watched it grow over the decades and used to speak highly of Rainbow Beach, so when we were due to semi-retire this was our first choice. “Rainbow Beach Safety Supplies is committed to supplying our customers with a wide range of industrial safety products to ensure safety within the work environment. “As a personal protective equipment (PPE) specialist with


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Creative Cuts Post-war photographic exhibition A highly original photographic exhibition that documents the social aftermath inflicted on Australian society by the First World War, is coming to The Gympie Regional Gallery from Wednesday, December 2 to Saturday January 23, 2021. Accompanied by thought-provoking quotes sourced from Australia’s archives, this timely exhibition raises the profile of the traumatising impact of the Great War as suffered by Australia’s grieving women and its returned soldiers. With a narrative of consequences of war, this series of 25 large-format montage photographs features Australia’s famed Diggers and the Belgian Army’s Flanders-based bomb disposal team. Produced on the former battlefields of Passchendaele by London-based photographer Ian Alderman, he explained that for the population of Belgium’s West Flanders, the Great War is still a daily fact of life. “Despite the terrifying battles that were fought in Flanders over a century ago, the lethal legacy of unexploded ammunition is an ever-present problem,” Mr Alderman said. “Coming to a head in the twice yearly ‘Iron Harvest’ when farmers plough their fields, on average 180 tonnes of unexploded ammunition is recovered and destroyed annually by the authorities.” Ian Alderman is the only artist to have been given full access to the dangerous work and facilities of DOVO-SEDEE, the Belgium armed forces bomb disposal team responsible for clearing the ordinance. The exhibition is touring Australia after having previously been exhibited at the

Palais Des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland and the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, Belgium. Ian Alderman said it has taken him six years to produce the exhibition and bring it to Australia. “I’ve created it with our younger generations in mind,” he said.

“So that we may never forget how truly devastating the physical and psychological consequences of war are.” Entry to the Gympie Regional Gallery at 39 Nash Street is free, with opening hours from 10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday. For more information, or to make

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AYS OF SEEING: Gympie Messmate Park, will be on display at the Gympie Regional Gallery from Saturday, November 28 to Saturday January 23, 2021. This exhibition embodies history and conservation, and celebrates the Gympie Messmate (Eucalyptus cloeziana), which grows in the Gympie region. This exhibition shares the creativity and passion of a group of local artists who have been meeting at the gallery for over 15 years, whose works are inspired by Messmate Park, which is a dedicated 10-acre reserve at Kia Ora with a very healthy supply of Messmates. This area, which was originally full of vegetation, was subjected to heavy deforestation in the 1950s due to farming. However, local councillors Mr WN (Nils) Buchanan, and Mr Arthur Portas assisted in transferring ownership of this land to the Queensland Government, and is now preserved by the ongoing work of volunteers and Gympie District Landcare. Artists that have contributed to this amazing exhibition include Chris Williams, Christina Croft, Denise Hickey, Don Cameron, Jean McAuley, Jeanette Parnell, Judy George, Marcia Parker, Margaret Neilson, Nonie Metzler, Pat Sutton and Tess Stuart, with the exhibition being curated by Sunshine Coast artist Anne Harris. During this exhibition there will be the opportunity to meet at Messmate Park for a beautiful guided tour. There will also be interactive demonstrations in the gallery. Entry to the Gympie Regional Gallery at 39 Nash Street is free, with opening hours from 10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday. For more information, visit or call 5481 0733.

Artists who have contributed to the exhibition Ways of Seeing: Gympie Messmate Park, Nonie Metzler, Denise Hickey, Jean McAuley, Marcia Parker, Tess Stuart, Anne Harris (with sign), Margaret Neilson (in pink), Chris Williams, Don Cameron, Pam Ford and Judy George. Absent Christina Croft.

Last month, Music Plus supported by Creative Arts Gympie Region, promoted a musical afternoon in Lion’s Park, Tin Can Bay. This free concert was given by local artists who enjoyed the chance to perform. The classical mandolin music of Sue, with Pam at the piano, took us to the film music of Schindler’s List and then Saltarello, a very fast medieval dance. Also in the serious music category was The Secret Garden, played by Debbie on flute with Pam accompanying. A harmonic version of Carole Bayer Sager’s The Prayer was arranged for flute (Debbie), tenor recorder (Len) and piano (Pam). The afternoon was opened by the Cooloola Coast Ukulele Group led by Marilyn and Frank, followed by their own performance and then their new group of banjoleles. Robert sang some traditional folk songs adding the harmonica at the end. Other local artists included Ron and Irene who put guitar and ukulele together and sang, Laurence who sang to guitar, and Rob who has become so familiar playing his own compositions based on life in Tin Can Bay and spreading the music as far as Gympie. Favourites in this wonderful town were Gail and Gunther, surprising us all with his treble recorder playing and Gail’s lovely guitar and singing. A new presence is another pianist Joyce, who, on two pianos with Pam, played duet arrangements of The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by Handel, an Eastern melody from a ballet called Scheherazade and the lively dance from Children’s Games by Georges Bizet. Towards the end of the afternoon we heard the beautiful tone of Len’s harmonica playing, always accompanied by his partner Pam on the

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piano, and the welcome presence of Sue and Lu on mandolin and guitar, excelling as usual. Finally ending with Keith Gall who has brought traditional Australian folk songs to many venues in town. After the thanks given to all who supported this venture we all hummed or sang to Laurence’s Maori Farewell, Now is the Hour for us to say Goodbye.... Thanks to Creative Arts Gympie Region, who supported Pam in this event and arranged insurance; to Cr Jess Milne whose timely advice and knowledge of the area helped to make this happen; to Kevin Reibel for stage backcloth and assisting members of the Mens and Community Shed for their presence erecting same. Assistance came also in keeping Queensland Health Covid-19 rules in completing forms, etc. Also I’d like to thank Cooloola Cove Residents and Friends members for their support manning one of these stations all afternoon and Coolabay choir members for helping pack up. I’d especially like to thank Lucien Lowe for his professional management of the sound system. An enjoyable event for our audience.

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Who is your favourite dolphin? Norma Sanderson, volunteer


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E GET OUR share of good looking celebs at the Cooloola Coast and I always miss them, so it was a treat to have a chat with Married at First Sight star, Mick Gould. He was in the 2019 series of Married and his time on the show was pretty tumultuous with the country boy spending so much of his time in a room either by himself or arguing with his ‘wife’. If you saw the show you will know he definitely didn’t get to meet the love of his life, but he said: “Oh, it was not all bad, I have been able to get involved in a grassroots political movement called the Green Shirts Movement which is all about supporting farming and the fisheries. “And, I did get to meet my girlfriend indirectly from the show. “We were both invited to a party in Melbourne. We just said hello there really

and it wasn’t until we caught up again as guests at the Goondiwindi Races that we got to know each other and realised we got on pretty well.” Mick is in Rainbow Beach to work on the Plantation Resort. He also worked on the 14th at Rainbow cafe three years ago, but has been a big fan of Rainbow for years. He said: “I love it. I have been coming here since I bought my first 4WD in 2008. “I love the freedom and how laid back it is and how it is the complete opposite to Noosa. “The worst thing would be for it to end up like Noosa.” Mick and his girlfriend live on his Mothar Mountain property with their sheep, pigs and chooks and dog, and love being able to be private. If you see him around, say hello, he is very approachable and much better looking than on the show!

E NEVER GET tired of Mystique’s never ending “gifts”. Cleaning up the waterways seems to be his one ambition, but of course scoring a fish in the process. Visitors have been enthralled with his antics. He is sure to go down in the history books. We only hope that visitors and locals alike do their bit in keeping the waterways clean like Mystique. We have been reasonably lucky in Australia by not having a lot of plastics entering the waterways like overseas, but the scourge is close to home with bird chicks dying on the beaches on Lord Howe Island from pieces of plastic accumulated in their stomachs. The parent birds are picking up small pieces of plastic in the ocean (thinking its food) and feeding the chicks. Devastating. On a more cheerful note, we are having a lovely time at the Dolphin Centre meeting many people from all over Queensland as they travel into areas not previously seen. The word is out, so we will expect a busy summer. DOLPHIN FEEDING INFORMATION Come feed the wild dolphins in Tin Can Bay, have a coffee and some breakfast while watching the dolphins in front of you. Australia’s The pod consists of the Best alpha Shark male, Mystique; he is very cheeky and is well known for the gifts he brings in such as glass bottles, rocks and even a pair of sunglasses!

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Then we have Patch, another male in the pod, Ella and her calf Joe, Aussie and her calf Luna, then we get the occasional visit from mischievous Mr Harmony and shy Mr Squirt. We’re open from 7am and feeding starts at approximately 7.30am, but get in early and quick as the dolphins don’t stick around all day. Just $10 covers entry and feeding! What a bargain, you won’t find that price anywhere else! We accept cash and also have eftpos available if you couldn’t get to the ATM the day before. A lovely review left for us by Judy Olsen “A great family outing! My daughter and and Ray dive’and I all absolutely LOVED granddaughters it. Will probably become a yearly pilgrimage for us, it was so SPECIAL.” Hope to see you soon.

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HAT HAPPENS WHEN you get 17 country kids and bring them to the beach for a school camp? They have an absolute blast! Grades five and six from Rolleston State School were delighted to come to Rainbow Beach for their school camp this year. It was organised when Camps Australia Wide owners, Michelle and Heatley Gilmore, visited one of their teachers, Kristy Gibson, as part of their outback trip this year. Kristy said their annual excursion was uncertain due to Covid and the dryness of Western Queensland. Heatley suggested the Rainbow Beach Surf Club, but due to Covid this wasn’t an option so they stayed Covid safe at Rainbow Getaway and with the help of locals they had a fantastic time. Thanks to Don Reid and Nigel Worthington from the Surf Club for helping out with a Nippers activity morning for them, Tony Stewart generously gave a donation for their dinner at the Surf Club, they also had a fish and chip dinner from Sandy at Ocean Breeze, pizzas from Sean at Rainbow Beach Pizza and a BBQ dinner at the resort. Michelle said: “Our region has so much to offer for outdoor classroom learning and fun. They had so much fun visiting Fraser Island, feeding the dolphins, seeing Lake Poona, Searys Creek, Carlo Sandblow, plus lots of beach swims, souvenir buying and when I asked what their favourite thing was - each one said everything! They couldn’t choose.” This is a camp report written by Kristy Gibson of Rolleston to say thank you for the fantastic holiday camp. “Wow! What an adventure. The grade five and six students of Rolleston State School were given an amazing opportunity

Locals jumped in and helped teach the camp students learn lifesaving skills and how to have fun on the beach during their school camp at Rainbow Beach

to have our school camp at Rainbow Beach. During the camp we experienced beautiful landscapes, sandy beaches, team building and yummy food. Some of the most beautiful landscapes we witnessed were on Fraser Island, they included Lake Mckenzie and Eli Creek. Lake Mckenzie was so clear that we could take selfies underwater. Pile Valley had amazing natural, ancient trees. The Maheno shipwreck was great to visit, but Eli Creek was a wonderful way to cool off and finish an adventurous day. We were fortunate to have surf club members, who donated their time to teach us how to be a Nipper for a day. Don led the children through some challenging team work activities, while Heatley and Nigel introduced the children to beach flags, which allowed us to eat some sand and look like crumbed sausages! Most importantly, we learned the safety signals and things to do if caught in a rip. Lake Poona turned into more of an adventure then we anticipated with our hired bus breaking down on the road into the picnic area. Fortunately, our group was able to wander to Lake Poona and have a swim while the remaining adults organised the Rainbow Beach Sports Club mini-bus to

rescue us. The Rainbow Beach State School students were welcoming and included us in a game of netball and touch for the afternoon, before exchanging lifestyle differences. Finally, we would like to give a big thank you to all of the Rainbow Beach businesses that helped us throughout the week, especially the Rainbow Beach Drought Runners, for donating $500 towards a

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ALLI SLATER HAS one wish, that everyone be given the opportunity to enjoy the thrill and pure joy of swimming in the ocean. She wants every person to be able to access the sea with dignity and her drive is to see that people with disabilities are included in this gift we take for granted. The idea of a beach mat which runs over the sand to the sea and a water-friendly wheelchair is already being used by surf clubs in Queensland. The idea has been proposed at several Rainbow Beach Chamber of Commerce meetings, however after much consultation, the idea has not been progressed due to practical issues. Valli however, has applied for a grant for a 60-metre recycled plastic mat to lie over the sand and two all terrain wheelchairs to allow access for everyone, one adult and one child. In Valli’s application the mat and wheelchair will be available for hire, based on volunteer availability, so initially every Saturday or Sunday, and as they get more interest they can expand it. “The mat can go anywhere the flags are and the erosion issue is not a problem as the mat can be moved depending on the conditions of the day. “This is not just for the disabled, it is for anyone; the elderly, mums with prams, people with walkers, any person with a chronic illness and special school excursions “How demoralising for a man with no legs to have to be carried to the water and have no access and have to ask someone, not knowing what the response is going to be. “One of the last things people want to do before they die is to just sit on the beach at the water’s edge and see and smell the sea. “Imagine if we could have people with

disability coming to the beach every weekend.” Valli has an eight-year-old daughter, Akira, who has high needs and mobility issues that present like cerebral palsy and requires a wheelchair and 24-hour care. Akira already has her own wheelchair plus an all-terrain chair which Valli paid $9000 for out of her super, as it is not something NDIS helps with. “Kids have such complex needs and the NIDIS focus is on just basic quality of life, they don’t see this as a necessity. “The only reason I’ve been able to fight for Akira is because I can understand it (the system). Not everyone has this ability and I just feel for all these families who are unsupported. “To try to access opportunities is so hard and most parents are just so busy trying to keep their kids alive and trying to survive, so all the hoops you have to jump through at NDIS, people don’t have the energy “They need community members to advocate for them. You have elderly parents who are still caring for their children/adults. It’s not hard if we all work together.” While NDIS does offer some support for individuals there is no support for communities and Valli wants to make Rainbow Beach disability friendly. “Let’s focus on the solutions, not the roadblocks. I think Rainbow Beach needs to become more inclusive. “We are falling behind by not having access for people with mobility issues and it is embarrassing, but I am hoping to work with the new council to find further solutions. “There is just so much opportunity that we are not utilising. We are slipping backwards here.

Above: Valli with other daughter Amaya; Below: Akira with her dog Jagger

“People with disabilities choose to keep their families home as it’s easier and we aren’t seeing people with disabilities around so that means it’s a big issue. “I moved to Rainbow Beach because if

Akira had a miracle and could learn to walk, I wanted to see her walk on the beach. “Who doesn’t want to see children who have life-limiting conditions who may not see 18, enjoy the beach.”


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HE GOOD NEWS is that St Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church on Manooka Drive, Rainbow Beach, is open for Sunday Mass at 7am on December 20, and also for 7am Mass on Christmas Day. At time of writing, the Catholic parishioners of St John Vianney, Bream St, Tin Can Bay have been unable to congregate for Mass since March. Hopefully, by the New Year, this will change. Currently a maximum of 120 people are allowed at Mass in St Patrick’s Church, 14 Church St, Gympie. Christmas Masses in Gympie will be held at 4pm, 6pm and 8pm Christmas Eve, Thursday December 24, and 9am Christmas Day. If you would like to attend Sunday Mass in Gympie and/or Christmas Mass in Gympie or Rainbow Beach, please contact the parish office to see if a seat is available. (Email:, ph: 5482 1213.) Alternatively, go to the Parish website: stpatsgympie. and scroll down to the Join Us button just below the livestreamed Mass video section. Click to join for either the 9am Mass or 5:30pm Mass on Sunday, or the Christmas Mass of your choice. The link will take you to Eventbrite where you will choose the date for the Mass you want to attend, and then follow the prompts to fill your details and in seconds, you are done. Mass is live streamed from St Patrick’s at 9am on Sundays, so those allocated a seat are asked to be in the church by 8.30am. Mass is also celebrated in St Patrick’s Gympie, on Tuesdays at 9am, Wednesdays 5.30pm and Fridays at 5.30 pm. Fr Adrian Farrelly, Fr Dom Ohir and the parishioners wish you all a very happy, peaceful and joyous Christmas and New Year. God bless you.

HE BEACH IS absolutely marvellous, but it is also its own master and you need to understand it to remain safe this summer. Rainbow Beach Surf Club Captain, Tas McClintock, said: “We don’t want any tragedies over summer and the Christmas period, so please make sure you swim between the flags and don’t get out of your depth. “Last month while on patrol, a flash rip popped up and travelled along the beach. You can’t always see them coming but we saw this one at pretty much the same time people started getting caught. “We had a dozen rescues including a kite surfer who couldn’t get back to shore. We had to move the flags further north to protect the swimmers. “The natural tendency is to panic when you get caught in a rip, but if you do get stuck, make sure you try to stay calm, put your hand straight up and signal and wait for assistance. “Try not to swim back against the rip as it will tire you out - if you have energy you can swim sideways to get out but this is best for experienced swimmers.” Tas said he can’t tell at this time what the conditions will be like for Christmas as it all depends on the winds,

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Its breeding time for sharks at Wolf Rock A

S MANY OF you would be aware, we are lucky enough here in Rainbow Beach to be the only known site on the East Coast of Australia to have pregnant Grey Nurse Sharks (Carcharias Taurus) all year round. Wolf Rock is the only known area, to science, on the entire East Coast that is home to these critically endangered animals for their entire gestation period. The female sharks spend between 9 and 12 months growing their offspring in the warmer waters of Rainbow Beach before venturing south to pup. Male sharks reach sexual maturity at between 4-6 years of age and the females between 6-8 years. Both males and females reach maturity at about 2.2 metres and have the potential to reach up to 3.6 metres long. During the autumn and spring months we are lucky enough to see larger than average numbers of males on the site because these periods in the calendar are known breeding times for the critically endangered shark. Grey Nurse Sharks have a distinctive and altogether violent courtship process where male sharks will follow female sharks for periods of time and then latch on with their teeth to subdue the female. It is a common site for our divers to see copious and sometimes quite large scratches and bite marks among the resident population, as they all vie for their chance to be the successful breeding partner. Only recently were our divers gifted with something considered exceptionally rare: the Grey Nurse Sharks beginning mating courtship in front of our very eyes. Some were even able to capture it on video. Grey Nurse sharks are more active at night when they hunt and interact so this behaviour is rarely (if ever) seen. Whilst it looks and sounds violent and aggressive, overall it appears to do little damage to either shark in the long run. Grey Nurse Sharks are ovoviviparous sharks, meaning the shark embryos develop inside eggs that are essentially hatched inside the mother over a period of time after internal fertilisation. These embryos then have the opportunity to develop and grow in the mother’s oviduct before being born live, up to one-year later. The benefit of this mode of reproduction is that offspring are readily developed inside the uterus of the female shark and are better equipped to fend for themselves immediately after being born. It is the only known species of shark to engage in a form of intrauterine cannibalism known as embryophagy or adelphophagy. A severe demonstration of ‘survival of the fittest’ whereby the largest and strongest embryo literally eats its lesser wombmates (i.e. its siblings) prior to birth. When the shark embryo is approximately 5.5 cm long it will hatch from the egg case but remain inside the uterus and begin to develop teeth. At approximately 10cm long the embryos will then consume each other until there is only one left in each of the mother’s uteri. Eventually, the mother shark will give birth to two live young. This happens The Grey Nurse only every two years. This is the lowest reproductive rate (fecundity) of any Sharks were caught shark species, making it extremely susceptible to external pressures such as on camera by Wolf fishing and entanglement. Rock Dive beginning If you would like to experience this rarely-before-seen behaviour give us a their mating courtship call on (07) 5486 8004.

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HE MOOD WAS absolutely electrifying at The Shed’s Christmas Party last month. Not only did we celebrate the festive season in style, but Brian Williams (our most senior member) officially ‘flicked the switch’ on our mains power supply. The event was attended by Llew O’Brien (our Shed Patron) and Tony Perrett (LNP Gympie) who mingled with the members and spoke very highly of the accomplishments made over the last twelve months and of the tremendous facility that has resulted from the member’s hard work. Llew went on to present a certificate to the Shed acknowledging the $5,000 AMSA grant we were successful in achieving towards power connection. And when all the formalities were concluded, members enjoyed a Christmas feast ably organised and catered for by Brian Williams and Paul Boulton. Thanks here to all who helped in organising the set up and decorations – the whole exercise went

smoothly and was enjoyed by all. So, whilst most regular classes have now concluded for the year, the Shed will still be open over December and January, other than for designated public holidays and Saturdays/Sundays. In 2021, our Shed Shop Sale Days, where hand-crafted goods made at The Shed will be available for sale, will be held on a monthly basis to coincide with TCB Market Days (ie third Saturday of the month) from 8am-12noon. Watch out for the flags/signage at the Complex. Regular classes will commence in February (watch this space) with our AGM set for February 13. We would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a safe and happy new year, and thank you all for your continued support.

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HE TIN CAN BAY Quilters Club wish all a Merry Christmas filled with wonder and excitement. Summer is here, the flowers are blooming with heavenly scents, the birds are singing, and the ladies are in a flurry making Christmas goodies. Christmas presents are being made, which is no mean feat as they can take months or years to do. Our Christmas luncheon is all organised with the ladies anticipating a beautiful lunch.

The girls have been busy doing our projects of the month. A notebook cover by Mary as well as a free motion Christmas picture by Jo, with many of us not having done free motion, or not for a long time. We are winding up the year on December 8, 2020 and returning January 12, 2021. Quilters are reminded to practice all health precautions to ward off viruses, as laid down by the council for the hall. All quilters experienced or novices, are welcome on Tuesdays at 9am. We would love to see you there. Please bring a cup, morning tea, correct monies and a pen. The Community Centre, Gympie Rd opposite Bayside Rd Cooloola Cove turn off. Contact: Annabell 0412 491 830.

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Shed Patron, Llew O’Brien, presenting Shed Manager Bryan Phillips, and President Rob Jones, with the certificate through the National Shed Development Program

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HE PRESIDENT of the Probus Club, Arthur Leggo, laid a wreath at the Remembrance Service in Tin Can Bay last month and a few days earlier Arthur had taken a medallion and certificate to our meeting. He explained that these were issued to celebrate the end of the Second World War and recently awarded to veterans like him who are still alive. Members enjoyed a coffee morning at Temptations at Crab Creek and the “Music in the Park” concert in Tin Can Bay, and a group will attend Morning Melodies at the Brolga Theatre on December 3. The lack of a leash-free area for dogs in

our community was discussed and we have written to the Gympie Regional Council suggesting a facility be built. It was noted that all dogs are now charged a registration fee by Council. To close our meeting, Graham spoke of the mobile number 112. This is an alternative to calling Triple Zero in times of urgency if you have no reception for that number. The Cooloola Coast Probus Club meets in the Sandcastle Motel in Tin Can Bay at 2pm on the second Monday of each month and welcomes new members. Contact Arthur 07 5486 4581 or Katrina at

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Members of the Tin Can Bay QCWA, Linda, Jill, Wendy, Robyn, Brenda and Dawn with the wreath they presented on Remembrance Day

OW GREAT it is to see our QCWA branch and other community organisations starting to find new ways within the restrictions of Covid -19 to hold events. Our first Hoy, held at the Cooloola Bowls Club, was a huge success thanks to everyone who supported our first fundraising event. With the fantastic support of the Bowls Club and their members we will be holding our monthly “HOY” at the Cooloola Bowls Club in the future. We are having a Christmas Theme Hoy; December 16 will be a competition for the best Santa hat. Craft morning making calendars was fun and Beth will be back for our next craft morning on December 2 to make Christmas stars. Many thanks to Beth, our members enjoyed making the calendars for 2021. We had a huge surprise on craft morning when the Tin Can Bay Lions Club presented our branch with a most generous donation of a new laptop. Thanks to all members of The Tin Can Bay Lions Club. We apologise for the change of venue from the market stall to garage sale, and

thank Janet and Linda for all the donations. We hope you bought a bargain! QCWA competitions will be held in 2021 and we look forward to local entries. The State Photography Categories for 2021 are available from our photography convener, Mrs. Lorraine Bishop, on 5486 2226 and can be posted to you or collected from our office from December 7 between 9.30am and 12 noon. Happy snapping. Important Dates: Craft first and second Wednesday of the month December 2 and 9 Hoy third Wednesday of the month, December 16 Closed January, new dates for 2021 in next month’s issues Tin Can Bay President – Wendy 0412 547 043; Cottage Convener – Linda 0490 670 518, 18 Whiting Street, Tin Can Bay. On behalf of the members of QCWA Tin Can Bay Branch have a great Christmas and enjoy the holiday break. Stay safe. Thank you for your support in 2020.

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FTER SEVERAL MONTHS of closure due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Local Ambulance Committee (LAC) has resumed the Thursday morning bingo sessions at the Tin Can Bay Country Club. The regular participants have been very happy to be playing bingo again and there has been good attendance and strong support. The last session for the year will be held on December 17 and will be a special Christmas

function. Extra prizes will be on offer along with some Christmas treats. So please get together with your friends and come along for a fun morning. The session starts at 9.30am with all funds raised going to support our local ambulance service. As reported in an earlier article, our former president, Lillian Clark, was presented with a local area award from the Queensland Ambulance Service recognising her 44 years of service to the LAC, both here and in other localities. Lillian has now received a plaque from

the Queensland Commissioner; the state’s highest award for a LAC member. Congratulations Lillian for well-deserved recognition. Finally the committee would like to thank all those who have supported us during the year and wish everyone a joyful Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year.

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EVER SINCE World War II has schooling been so disrupted, with young men and women having to navigate their senior years with so many restrictions. They and their families have risen to the challenge and we would like to introduce you

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to five of our local 2020 graduates. Congratulations to everyone who put in the effort to graduate, and also to our university graduates who also finish this month to little applause due to Covid restrictions.


Kaleb Crowe

“As a 2020 graduate this year has definitely seen us complete grade 12 differently. During the lockdown, I was able to carry on with my subjects by completing online classes, causing minimal disruption. There were a lot of restrictions put in place, resulting in our formal being very different from other years. We still had a good night and we’re grateful that it could still go ahead with other states having to cancel theirs. With the announcement of Schoolies activities cancelled on the Gold Coast for 2020, we made the decision to cancel our plans and head north to Airlie Beach for the week. I’m extremely grateful to be offered an electrical apprenticeship with local Heath Mick from HM Coastal Electrical, which I’ll be starting in 2021. Photo: Capturing H Photography

GRADUATED FROM ST PATRICK’S COLLEGE “Since I was a little girl I’ve dreamt of graduating school and travelling somewhere overseas to study abroad. Now, with my life starting and appreciating my education at St Patrick’s College I’m eager to continue my study within Australia and one day live overseas. “I plan to study at either QUT Brisbane or USC Sunshine Coast for a Bachelor of Biomedical Science or a Bachelor of Science. I am eager to begin this new journey of my life and for all the new milestones to occur. I know that with the support of my family and friends that I will overcome any challenges or obstacles I may face.”

Help ght the war against waste in plantation forests! Illegally dumped waste in plantation forests is a blight on a beautiful landscape that no one wants to see. Unfortunately, however, illegal dump sites are becoming more common in the Fraser Coast area. HQPlantations removed more than 10 tonnes of waste from the local area in the last 12 months. With the help of volunteers on Clean Up Australia Day, more than 150 tonnes of household waste has been removed from all of HQPlantation forests since 2010.

a compliance action against the offenders including nes, prosecution or clean up orders. Fines for illegal dumping now exceed $2,000 and HQP is increasing its signage and surveillance network to catch the people who do it. Keep an eye out for the new signs because they’ll have their eyes on illegal dumpers! How can you help? Dispose of your own waste appropriately, check the tip will be open when you plan to go and that you have your waste sorted to make unloading easier. Ÿ If you use a service provider to collect your waste, especially green waste, renovation materials or Ÿ

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hazardous waste, ask them to produce proof of correct disposal before you pay them. Ÿ Don’t stockpile old tyres, ask your tyre dealer to dispose of them when you have new tyres tted as part of the nationwide Tyrecycle program. Ÿ If you suspect someone is dumping illegally or you see someone driving in the plantations with a ute load or trailer load of what might be rubbish, note their location and registration details and report it by email to or call 13QGOV (13 74 68).



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I am very excited about leaving school and starting the next journey. I am hoping to obtain an electrical apprenticeship.

I’m a little bit of a tomboy so I was very excited to go to the formal. I was just so happy to get really dressed up for the first time in my life. With the dress, hair and makeup.

Covid impacted a lot of final year experiences not only with graduation but also daily schooling events like sports carnival, sporting competitions, etc. I feel like we definitely missed out on a lot, however a lot of positives also came, like having extra time off for study and family time with less travel.

I’m so happy to be finished with school but a bit unsure on what to do next. In the future I would like to get an apprenticeship as a diesel mechanic, or a fitter and turner, but for now I will keep working at my job and hopefully the right opportunity comes up soon. (Anyone with an apprenticeship in the Wide Bay please contact Mum, Jess McKenzie!) I found Covid harder than just being at school. The internet was a problem and my brothers interrupting me while working on Skype meetings. I also found staying in a routine hard, I would have rather been at school.

Keely Falconer GRADUATED FROM ST PATRICK’S COLLEGE “I’m happy to have finally finished Year 12 and can’t wait to start working and earning money. I’ll either be working for my Auntie Shane at Creme de la Creme and 13th Beach Surf, or pursuing an assistant job at an accounting firm. In a few years I’ll hopefully be travelling overseas to Europe and have a good job so I can save up money. I want to thank my family for always being there for me.

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Sunset and champagne on the Rattler


DD TO THE fun of your holidays on the Cooloola Coast with a trip aboard the historical Mary Valley Rattler. Rediscover the magic of a bygone era aboard the Rattler on this special sunset journey to Amamoor and return. The three-hour Summer Sunset Express departs Gympie at 3pm every Saturday from December 5 to Jan 30. There will be beverages and antipasto tasting plates and the children are also catered for with drinks, food and activity packs included in their ticket price. Or you may prefer to travel on the unique Club Car with beverages, antipasto tasting plate and access to the on board beverage trolley service. The Mary Valley Rattler fleet is made up of heritage steam locomotives and carriages, each with their own unique story. The fleet also boasts vintage railmotors and diesel locomotives. Make sure you arrive early enough to take time to wander through the station, where you will learn the stories of the Mary Valley Rattler line, its people and its history. The Cafe offers a dine-in experience before your rail journey, or you can buy takeaway treats to enjoy on board. The gift shop offers a selection of local goodies as well as specialty gift-ware and souvenirs. Discover the romance of the railway through the scenic Mary Valley. The journey crosses the Mary River as you travel around an abundance of curves, over bridges and numerous gentle hills and pass through the small township of Dagun on to Amamoor. Please check in at the tour desk at least 45 minutes before departure and see our website or ring (07) 5482 2750 for information on wheelchair access or further booking information.

Community Centre – The Centre of Our Community President Elisa Seul


UR COMMUNITY Centre is a hub of activity and opportunity for local people. The present committee has passionately faced 2020 challenges trying to have something for everyone, to help improve social cohesion, reduce social isolation, and improve mental health outcomes. Keeping in mind that nobody better understands the problems and potential of a community than those who live here, by becoming a member of our voluntary organisation you can be part of making Rainbow Beach a better place to live.

2021 membership is now open and will still be only $5. It is not a big commitment, but it is essential for building community wellbeing. The Community Hall is a public location where members of our community can gather for group activities, social support, public information, and other purposes. Monday December 7, it will be hosting another Disaster Management Informative Session, with the Mayor Glen Hartwig, Cr Jess Milne and key groups representatives. All are welcome to join a free BBQ from 5pm, meeting starts at 6pm.

We will close this year with a Community Christmas Party, on Friday December 11 every local, of all ages, is invited to have fun at the “Santa Comes to Rainbow” event, with a local legend behind the costume.

You can dress up or not, meet your friends or make new ones. It is a special time of the year, even in a crazy unpredictable year. We have come a long way in our community, let’s celebrate.

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HILE YOU ARE out and about this weekend, please keep your eye out for any injured or dead wildlife. You can record any sightings on Gympie’s Wildwatch website. It takes less than a minute to record a sighting. Every record counts because it gives us a better picture of how our wildlife move about the region and what hazards they encounter ... and this information will help us identify priority areas for conservation and rehabilitation efforts. You can find out more at And remember, if you encounter sick or injured wildlife, please seek help by contacting our local wildlife carer group, ANARRA, on 5484 9111.

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Out and About

Wedding and Remembrance Day

Above: The wedding of Karalee and Jaimie from Ipswich who chose Rainbow Beach for their wedding with 13 stunning flower girls and paige boys

Left: QCWA Cottage guest Lyn guest in our Cottage making her Calendar

Above: RSL RB Sub Branch Greg Walker with Cr Dolly Jensen at the Rainbow Beach Remembrance Day service Left: Probus Member of Probus, Cherryl, Arthur and Katrina at the Tin Can Bay Remembrance Day Service

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AST MONTH, the baptism of Nina Layla Fierriera was held at the St Peter the Fisherman’s Catholic Church in Rainbow Beach. Nina is the daughter of Coralie and Carlos Fierriera and the sister of Ney and Roy, and granddaughter of Solange, and Ann and Chris Thornton. Fr. Dom Orih officiated at the

informal ceremony surrounded by family and friends. Unfortunately the godparents Cassandra O’Connor and Graham and Leanne Thornton were unable to attend due to Covid-19 lockdown in Sydney, but proxy standins were happily obliging! Welcome Nina, to the Catholic community family in Rainbow Beach.

Lovely Nina Fierriera was baptised last month at the Catholic Church in Rainbow Beach surrounded by family and friends; Ann and Chris Thornton, Caralie and Carlos Ferreira, Solange Ferreira, baby Nina, Nay and Roy Ferreira

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HE PERFECT day dawned for the prestigious 2020 Melbourne Cup and Rainbow Beach was ready. All the local venues turned on the fun to hold a day to remember, despite limited numbers and restrictions, and people were happy to have a reason to party. Left: Local ladies, Lou Kelly, Kylie Betteridge, Juanita Kelly enjoying the Sports Club marquee

Right: Nelley Matthews from Bribie Island was crowned winner of the Fashions of the Field 2020 at the Rainbow Beach Sports and Rec Club, with elegant Judge Sue Fitzgerald, and Mychaela Kelly from Cooloola Cove was awarded runner up Below: At The Decks, Michelle Watson, Rose Mayes, Jennifer George and Heather Parker indulged in sumptuous seafood platters to celebrate the big day

Cherie Mason, Ron Mason, Heatley Gilmore, Fiona Worthington, Lee Jones, Nigel Worthington, Danita Clark, Josh Mason, Michelle Gilmore finally won the Rainbow Cup! Michelle said: “After 15 years of living in Rainbow Beach we were delighted to have finally won the prestigious Rainbow Cup! Held every Melbourne Cup day at the Sports Club - this very serious event requires a jockey, a trainer for each steed - a hobby horse. What a fun day we had!”


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First Five Forever Storytime (0-5 years) First 5 Forever Storytime is an interactive program for children in a relaxed atmosphere with a focus on fun for children up to 5 years of age and their caregivers. Bookings essential. Tin Can Bay Library – Thursday 9.30-10am First Five Forever Baby Bounce (0-2 years) First 5 Forever Baby Bounce is an interactive program for babies in a relaxed atmosphere with a focus on fun for 0-2 year olds and their caregivers. Bookings essential. Rainbow Beach Library – Mondays – 10-10.30am First Five Forever Storytime (2-5 years) First 5 Forever Storytime is an interactive program for children in a relaxed atmosphere with a focus on fun for children up to 5 years of age and their caregivers. Bookings essential. Rainbow Beach Library - Mondays 11-11.30am Holiday Craft Take Home Packs Stop by your local library branch between Monday 4 January and Friday 22 January for free take-home craft activities during the school holidays. Suitable for children aged 5-12 years. The Enormous Crocodile Join us for these fun stories, games and craft celebrating The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake. Suitable for ages 5-8years. Bookings essential. Rainbow Beach – Friday 8 January 2-3pm Tin Can Bay Library - Friday 22 January 10-11am Rainbow Fish The Rainbow Fish is swimming his way through the library. Come along and join us for this fun story and craft as we explore this wonderful tale by Eric Carle. Suitable for ages 5-8years. Bookings essential. Rainbow Beach – Friday 15 January 2-3pm Tin Can Bay Library - Friday 8 January 10-11am




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Community Groups in the Library Book Clubs flourish throughout the Gympie Region, with more than 25 active reading groups currently accessing the multiple book-set collections of Gympie Regional Libraries. If you’re an avid reader and would like to discuss the work of great authors with other book lovers, contact your nearest library branch today. Cooloola Card Makers - Wednesdays at 9am Cooloola Card Makers is the group to join if you want a fun morning out in addition to making new friends along with your cards. Beginners and experienced are welcome. Join us at Tin Can Bay Library and let your creative juices flow. Phone: 5486 4355 for more information.

Pirate Scavenger Hunt Oh no there’s a Pirate in the Park! Join us as we try and find where the treasure is hidden. Could it be in a tree or is it under a bench? Come along and find out. Suitable for ages 5-12 years. Bookings essential. Rainbow Beach Library – Friday 22 January 2-3pm Tin Can Bay Library - Friday 15 January 10-11am

Gympie Library Craft Group – Mondays at 10am Come and share your current project with our Gympie Library Craft Group. Bring along a piece you’re working on; be it knitting, sewing, crochet or cross stitch and share ideas and learn with other craftminded people. There’s no leader and no pressure, you can work, watch or simply have a friendly chat. Phone 5481 0859 for more information.

Technology at Your Library Smartphone Basics Learn how to navigate your way around a smartphone with a touch screen. This includes how to make and receive calls, create and send text messages, add contacts and install apps. Perfect for the first time user. Bring your own smartphone. Rainbow Beach Library - Thursday 17 December 10-11am

Gympie Library Trivia - Tuesdays at 10am Come along, make some friends, have fun and test your knowledge with trivia questions.

All about Android phones Whether you are brand new to an Android smartphone or have used them for a while, we can help you get the most out of your Phone. This includes how to make and receive calls, create and send text messages, add contacts and install apps. Perfect for the first time user. Bring your own smartphone. Tin Can Bay Library - Thursday 17 December 2-3pm How to use the Catalogue, Website and Blog Looking for some tips on using our catalogue? Come along to learn how you can use your library account to renew items, view your borrower history, and access saved lists, make an alert profile and much more. Rainbow Beach Library - Thursday 21 January 10-11am

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Tin Can Bay Art Group – Tuesdays from 10am-12noon Calling all artists! Join us at Tin Can Bay Library to share work and ideas, seek advice from other talented eyes, and connect with artists in our community. Bring your work-in-progress or your finished piece and join in a friendly chat. Exchange ideas, participate in a mini-workshop or see an art demonstration. All artists, levels, and mediums welcome. Phone: 5486 4355 for more information.

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Drought Report

There has been no rain in Longreach despite stories to the contrary. This photo was taken last month

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O OUR LAST report for 2020. It seems to have gone quickly, but a good one to forget. Since our last report parts of Queensland have had sporadic storms but with no significant falls where it is most needed. Some roads near Longreach were cut for a few hours last month from a storm and according to news reports you would think the drought was over, but it is far from it. I also delivered probably the biggest load yet into the School of Distance Education at Longreach, as well as $3500 in Visa vouchers for farming families. Our next delivery is also to the School of Distance Education, as those kids doing School of the Air come in for their final assessments. I am not doing the next trip as roads out west have gone to the pack and with a ute load and 2.5 ton trailer, it’s not much fun. Hopefully those going enjoy the trip. As you know we also help other groups and we have just donated another $800 of fencing materials to Fencing For Fires in North East Victoria. We have now put in around $14,000 to the fire area and there is still hundreds of kms of fencing to renew. Due to Covid it has been hard to get volunteers. This next trip to Longreach includes mainly

Christmas presents for farming families, fruit and vegetables in season, toiletries, prawns, and about $4000 in vouchers. I must thank the following donors this month. Firstly M Watts for a wonderful $5000 donation, Jocy Anderson in Hobart $200, HTR Stewart in Melbourne $500, Adele Tauri $100, Nestle Aust Ltd eight trays of coffee, Eats Family in Vic $200, Bill and Patty Watts, Bev Yeoman (great presents), Christine Crowe all supporting again with

lovely presents, Wal and Betty Freeman, and Bill Neil who donates wonderful homemade wooden toys. A huge thank you to the Reibel Family of Tin Can Bay for a huge donation of cooked prawns. Thanks to the Rainbow Beach Pharmacy and Big W who are both collecting presents for us to take out west. Wayne Kerle with his bottle and can collections at Rainbow Waters, and Rainbow

Beach Surf Club, a big thank you. At this stage we will keep our collection trolleys going over Christmas and then hopefully the heaven’s will open. Trolleys are located at IGA Rainbow Beach and Tin Can Bay and Drakes IGA and they also have vouchers available. Many thanks everyone for helping again. Stay safe and have a happy Christmas. Donations: BSB 124047 A/C 22599186 BOQ Gympie.

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HE CITY FARM ‘Plant of the Month’ is “Pandorea jasminoides rosea”, commonly known as Bower of Beauty. An attractive vine with dark, glossy leaves and large pale pink blooms with a deep scarlet throat. The fruit is an oblong woody capsule. This is a hardy climber and tolerates most soils and will cope with full sun, but prefers a little shade. This plant loves a good prune and in early spring fertilise well with a native fertiliser and you will be well rewarded. This plant attracts bees, butterflies and birds. City Farm will be closing down on December 17, for our Christmas break, and will reopen to the public on Tuesday January 5, 2021.

We at City Farm Nursery would like to take this opportunity in wishing all our customers a very happy and safe Christmas and a prosperous New Year. We would like to reiterate that we are a cash-only organisation. City Farm Nursery is located opposite the Community Centre on Tin Can Bay Road and is open to the public now, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays 8am3pm. We do realise that Covid-19 is still going to be ever present in our lives for a while, but we at City Farm are trying our best to live within the boundaries. Our contact number is (07) 5486-2304. Email address:, website:

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HE DRAGONS YEAR has certainly been very different for 2020 with no paddling for about three months and no competing at regattas. We have been very blessed living in this great region to have been back on the water for the past three months while maintaining our Covid plan. Paddling and training Thursday afternoon and Sunday morning has meant that we are able to maintain our fitness levels. The club celebrated the end of the Dragon season with a very enjoyable gathering at Chris and Sandy Wooster’s Wallu home. We had lots of fun and camaraderie, as well as voting in our new executive committee for 2020/2021. Pam Gorrie is our new president; vice president is Kerrie Southern; Elaine Dimmock remains our long serving secretary and Sandra Binnie is our new treasurer.

Cooloola Dragon Boat’s Head Coach, Sandra Wooster, presents Coach’s award trophy to Assistant Coach, Helen Hurworth

Helen Hurworth was presented with the coach’s award by Head Coach Sandy Wooster, for great service to the club by very ably stepping into the role of assistant coach this year. While we have lost three members for various reasons this year, we have welcomed four new ones! We love welcoming new members, so anyone out there who would like to come and try out in the Dragon Boat please just show up Thursday afternoon or Sunday morning. You will be most welcome. For more info re time and place etc., please phone Sandy 0402 352 756.

Wishing you a Very Turtle-y Christmas


ELL EVERYONE will remember 2020 as quite the year full of ups and downs, of worrying and wondering, of cancellations and going online, of missing family and friends and our volunteers. But at this time of year we are looking forward to the Christmas season and new beginnings. Summer means it’s time to look for turtle tracks again. Our turtles from last year won’t be back for a couple of years, so we’re wondering...will we see more turtles this year? With your help keeping an eye out for the distinctive tracks on the beach and reporting them, Coastcare will be able to monitor nesting, protect vulnerable nests from predators and accidental trampling and relocate nests in danger of drowning to our new turtle protection area when it is built, thanks to funding from the Queensland Government Citizen Science Grants program. We’ll be rewarded with hatchlings making their way to the water and the long journey around the Pacific. Go to the website to join up as a volunteer: research/turtlecare Like all volunteer organisations, a nonprofit like Cooloola Coastcare is dependent on the hard work and initiative of the volunteers with help from our sponsors and grants. We thank all the members and volunteers for their hard work and support for the year in 2020 and invite people from Rainbow Beach, Cooloola Cove and Tin Can Bay to join us at our events and maybe even become a member in 2021. Coastcare can help keen locals contribute in truly meaningful ways as stewards of our beautiful Cooloola area. Looking ahead to 2021, we already have a bumper year of activities planned in addition to TurtleCare that runs until the end of March. Here’s some of the highlights and check the website for more info:

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new weeding group starting at Rainbow Shores thanks to Jan Forbes (You can start a group in your area too. We have the tools and the knowhow to help you.) l a new Junior Coastcare group starting in Rainbow Beach led by Marissa Paulden and friends l WaterWatch will be back from January in all areas (There are some vacancies if you want to learn how to be involved) l The Cooloola BioBlitz will be held on May 14, 15 and 16, with scientists coming into town to lead guided walks to map biodiversity l we’ll be looking for boat owners to help with a seagrass survey using underwater cameras in the fifth year of our Tin Can Inlet Rehabilitation project l be a part of our Reflect RAP ( Reconciliation Action Plan) led by Fiona Hawthorne l Sue Davis from Wild/flower Women and Coastcare’s Linda Tabe and Nancy Haire are making plans for more wildflower and art activities and events, and l more Science in the Hall events with our nifty new screen and projector. Please get in touch with our coordinator, Lindy Orwin, if you have an idea to address an issue, opportunity or problem or even an environmental education event you want to start in the Cooloola region. Contact: 0478 039 322, Stay safe and have a happy festive season.

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Health, Fitness, Beauty & Wellbeing

How common is melanoma? W

HILE WE ENJOY the summer holidays and love the surf, sea and sunshine, the fact that too much of a good thing can be detrimental is real. This is especially true of the sun, and while a little Vitamin D is healthy and encouraged, too much is asking for trouble. Slipping, slopping and slapping was a super effective sun campaign launched by the Cancer Council in Australia in 1981 and now seek and slide have been added to complete the drill.

the body, especially if not detected early. The earlier melanoma is found, the more successful treatment is likely to be.

Parents and schools have embraced such a relatively easy way to make slathering on sunscreen fun which was unheard of pre 1981 - coconut oil was the product of choice in the 1970s.

Melanoma is the third most common cancer in both men and women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancers). One in 13 men and 1 in 22 women will be diagnosed with melanoma before age 85.2

The fact remains that melanoma kills, and Australia and New Zealand have the highest rates of melanoma in the world with more than 13,000 people diagnosed with melanoma in Australia every year.

When your unprotected skin is exposed to UV radiation, the structure and behaviour of the cells can change. Anyone can develop melanoma.

Although it is one of the less common types of skin cancer, melanoma is considered the most serious because it is more likely to spread to other parts of

However, the risk is higher in people who have unprotected exposure to the sun, a history of childhood tanning and sunburn, lots of moles, more than 10 moles above the elbow on the arms

n a D r D e v i G a crack!

Book into see a doctor or a skin specialist who will examine your skin to see if you are at risk on the criteria known as “ABCDE” Asymmetry: Are the halves of each mole different? Border: Are the edges uneven, scalloped or notched? Colour: Are there differing shades and colour patches? Diameter: Is the spot greater than 6 mm across? Evolving: Has the spot changed over time (size, shape, surface, colour, bleeding, itching)? Melanoma can be treated most effectively in its early stages when it is still confined to the top layer of the skin (epidermis).

and more than 100 on the body.

Also those with pale, fair or freckled skin, especially if it burns easily and doesn’t tan, lots of moles with an The deeper a melanoma penetrates irregular shape and uneven colour, a into the lower layer of the skin (dermis), previous melanoma or other type of the greater the risk that it could spread to skin cancer, or a strong family history Tin of Can nearby lymph nodes or other organs. Ÿ Visiting Bay every Saturday melanoma. Ÿ Bulk Bill Consultations Ÿ Pensioner Glasses In recent years, clinical trials have led to In addition, higher at risk are those new treatments that continue to improve with a pattern of short, intense periods the prognosis for people with melanoma of exposure to UV radiation, such as that has spread from the primary site on weekends and holidays, especially if (advanced melanoma). it caused sunburn; light-coloured eyes For information and support on cancer(blue or green), and fair or red hair, and related issues, call Cancer Council 13 11 a weakened immune system from using 20 This is a confidential service or visit immunosuppressive medicines for a long Cancer Council Qld: time.

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Health, Fitness, Beauty & Wellbeing

How to self care well in 2020 and beyond S

ELF CARE IS neither as mysterious or complex as many assume.

It simply means fostering healthy habits that support and strengthen your mental health and well-being. To be your best self, both for yourself and the people in your life, you really do need to take care of yourself. Self care will always look a little different for everyone because we are all unique. There is no set formula, however here are some practical principles for creating and building a self care regimen 1. Take care of your physical health Mental health is not independent of physical health, to the contrary, our mental health literally depends on our physical health. Things like getting regular exercise, quality sleep and eating well are three ways we can nurture our physical bodies 2. Take care of your mental health Taking some ‘me time’ is important. And it also helps strengthen your mental wellbeing. Your mental wellbeing is the unique way that you handle your emotions, respond to stress and also your general outlook on life. Having a healthy sense of mental wellbeing has many benefits. It lifts your mood, promotes resilience in difficult situations and helps you get the most out of life. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you live or how you’re feeling – taking a few moments for yourself each day will help you be a happier and more resilient you. Feel you need more mental health support?

The perfect time to look after yourself is now and if you have been thinking about it, now is the time to take action, take some time for you

It’s normal to feel sad or worried sometimes, especially when life gets tough. Sometimes, you might need some help to feel better again. If you’re struggling with your mind, support is available. There are a range of services and organisations that can help such as counsellors, psychologists, help lines and community centres. Reaching out for help is an important part of the self care journey. 3. Take care of your social health We are social creatures, and even the most introverted person needs other people to maintain their emotional health and well-being.Figuring out the right kind of social interaction given your temperament is an important part of self care. 4. Make time for pleasure When we prioritise making time for activities that bring us pleasure, this helps ‘keep our tank full’. Also, when we make time to do projects or activities that we genuinely enjoy, we can tap into the same spirit of play that children find so effortlessly. 5. Practice being gentle with yourself Most of us are really good at being compassionate with our friends, family and loved ones, but can struggle to be compassionate with ourselves.

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Most of us default to being hard on ourselves when we are feeling upset or low, we criticise ourselves for being weak and can put ourselves down.

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A solution is to cultivate a habit of gentleness with yourself. This simply means treating yourself like you would treat a good friend who was struggling.

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Tin Can Bay School NAIDOC Day Last month, the students from Prep to Year 10 at Tin Can Bay School came together to acknowledge and celebrate the diverse culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Students experienced artefacts, story telling, dance, ochre, fire making, Indigenous games, bush mobiles and boomerang throwing.

We would like to say a massive thank you to our Elders for sharing their time and knowledge!

Tin Can Bay State School’s 9/10 Visual Art Program In Term 4, Mrs Masri and her Year 9/10 Art Class are creating a mural in the school’s multi-purpose space (MPS) which

Year 9 students Rakeen, Blake and Mark, who are helping to complete the artwork at the Multi Purpose Space at Tin Can Bay school

Kenny, one of Tin Can Bay’s Year 9 students, demonstrating how to play the didgeridoo to the Year 5 and 6 students

is used for lunch-time activities, high school assemblies and more. Their goal is to convey the class’s creativity and include the theme of kindness and compassion in one image, to then be transferred and painted, using a variety of methods, onto the school MPS wall. Their artwork will contain a paint bucket being spilt out onto the wall providing colour to compliment the words of kindness which will be written into a staircase, which will be painted beneath. The spilt paint is to be divided into segments where each piece will be dedicated to each class-member who will fill them with whatever their creativity leads to.

Overlaying the spilt paint is a snake, painted in the traditional Aboriginal art style, with the Aboriginal word “wu’a” (meaning “to give”) printed on its body. Colours are a very significant element in the mural. The bricks in the image will have a very dull colour palette, which is contrasted by the bright and careful choice of colours in the paint and stairs. The colour palette represents the beauty that kindness provides the universe, with the paint bucket’s contents tearing through the dull cruelty of the world today.

Curious Creatures and Wild Minds Abound! Dr Suess said it perfectly, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Students shared their love of reading and their favourite stories and characters at Book Week 2020. Held last month, students enjoyed all the wild goings-on around the school and at the school library, letting their creativity run wild. They started the week by building their own crazy story treehouse with a disco level, a Ranger apprentice level, marshmallow clouds, an insect paradise, a butterfly forest, a dragon’s lair and a race car track to name a few. Students also created mini monsters, bookmarks and thumbprint creatures, culminating with students dressing as their favourite book characters to fill the school for the Book Character Parade on the Friday! What a wonderful way to celebrate our love of books and reading! Tin Can Bay School Prep to year 10 Book Week winners

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Students gardening

Thanks to Bunnings for the donated trees

Rainbow Beach School by Principal Steve Bennett


HILE THERE IS not much of the school term left to go, there is still much to do! We have all been extremely busy with our learning here at Rainbow Beach State School. Our students have demonstrated some

great results this semester, with the support of their families and our wonderful staff. We are very proud of the achievements of our students.

We were very fortunate to have some chip bark donated to the school, and ever since we have had a small army of students replenishing our garden beds.

This month our students have been helping groundsman Mr Michael White with our gardens.

They have willingly sacrificed their lunchtimes to help and displayed a huge amount of school pride in the process.

Enjoy a safe and happy holiday! The grounds are looking wonderful and this is largely due to the efforts of our Michael and our relief cleaner Mr Martin Picot. We are grateful for their efforts in keeping our school looking fantastic. I would like to thank Bunnings in Gympie for their recent donation of trees for our gardens. After our P&C fundraising BBQ, the Bunnings Activities Officer, Elaine King, offered to assist with our plan for revamping our fruit and vegetable gardens. This resulted in a variety of citrus and fruit trees being donated to the school. We were also privileged to have a visit from Mr Llew O’Brien, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Mr Tony Perrett LNP Member for Gympie. We wrote to Mr O’Brien requesting his assistance with acquiring some flags in order to update our parade area. He was also able to provide us with some graduation certificates for our Year 6 students. We would like to acknowledge and thank both gentlemen for their ongoing support. Merry Christmas everyone, have a safe and happy holiday and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2021! Thanks to all our volunteers who have helped out at the school this year and in some cases for 13 years. Thank you

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Cooloola Coast Visitor’s Guide 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.

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

Double Island Point (DIP) has the longest break in Australia (when the swell lines up. (4WD only) Surf Lessons & Board Hire 0435 934 087 Epic Ocean Adventures 0408 738 192 Rainbow Beach 0432 690 194

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 (accessible 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 parks/great - 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. greatwalkscooloola/ 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 Crab 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 Crab 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 10,000 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. 4x4 Hire Rainbow Beach 4x4 Hire 5486 8300 Rainbow Beach Adventure Centre 4WD Hire 5486 3288




Stand-Up Paddle Tour The 2-hour tour on offer is a basic introduction to SUP to anybody who would like to see what its all about. With all of our equipment catered for the beginner, also the flat water of Pelican Bay/ Carlo Point this is a fantastic tour for scenery and also the whole family to enjoy, it’s just so easy to participate. 0408 738 192 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.

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

Rainbow Beach Aquatic Centre and Tin Can Bay Pool offers squad, learn to swim, water aerobics and more. 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. Great Sandy Strait Cruises and Sunset Cruises 0428 838 836

Dolphin Ferry 35 minutes by ferry to view the dolphins at TIn Can Bay 7am daily 0428 838 836 Dolphin Viewing/Feeding at Tin Can Bay just a thirty minute drive to Tin Can Bay through Cooloola Cove and you can see the dolphins at Barnacles Dolphin Centre, Norman Point at around 7 – 7.30am each day, feeding time is 8am, charges apply. Come and have a look around this pretty little town while you are there. 5486 4899 Turtle Tours Paddle in double seated ocean kayaks along the edge of the mangroves at Pelican Bay on this two hour tour, you quietly encounter all types of sea life from turtles to rays to the odd dolphin. 0408 738 192 Sea Kayaking Dolphin View Sea Kayaking: A unique experience - see dolphins, whales (seasonal), manta rays, turtles and more 0408 738 192 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.

Our safe beach is patrolled between September - March. ALWAYS SWIM BETWEEN THE FLAGS. Surfing The most popular area is near the surf tower. Note: surfing in the bathing area is prohibited.

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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. Charter Boats Excellent reef fishing is only a few miles offshore and charter trips can be arranged through Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters on 0439 775 070, Keely Rose Reef Fishing Charters on 0407 146 151 or Double Island Point Fishing Charters 0417 073 313. The reefs off Rainbow yield Red Emperor, Sweet lip, Snapper, Pearl Perch, Parrot and Coral Trout.

extreme adventure Kitesurfing Lessons Learn to kitesurf with very experienced instructors from Rainbow Beach Surf Centre. 0408 738 192

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. www.nprsr. au/parks/cooloola/index 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 Heritage-listed 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. au/parks/inskip-peninsula/index 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. www. -sandymarine/ index 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.

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to Inskip Point and crossing in the barge. The island is 123Flying km long and covers Rainbow Beach Services offer an a area 166,038toha, so you needbut to allow dailyofservice Fraser Island, prior plenty of time explore and appreciate it. bookings are torequired. Remember that going independently, a permit is required and is available fromholidaying the National Parks Unless you intend on Fraser Offi ce. 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 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 if going independently, a permit is required and is available from the National Parks Office.

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

Golf A par 3, 9 hole golf course is located VISITOR GUIDE UPDATE

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January “Brushes by the Sea” Rainbow Beach Art & Craft Festival January February Cooloola Crocs Swimming Carnival Australia Day celebrations Boardriders Classic RB April AnzacMemorian Day Parade February May Bay to Bay Yacht Race Big Summer Blow Out June/July Rainbow Beach Family March Fishing Classic July 4-12 Clean Up Australia Day August Rainbow Beach Triathlon International Women’s Day Rainbow Beach Lion’s Club Annual Kite April Festival Anzac Day Parade September Tin Can Bay Seafood May Festival Bay to Bay Yacht Race October Rainbow Beach Invitations Fours Rainbow Bull n Bronc BowlsBeach Tournament June Tin Can Bay Ambulance Flower Show Ocean Roar Rainbow IRB Series Beach Nippers October October Carnival Rainbow Beach Invitations FoursRuns Bowls November Rainbow Beach/Trail Tournament December Tin Can Bay Foreshore Family Rainbow Beach Nippers Carnival Nights November Rainbow Beach Lions Club Twilight Christmas Remembrance RB Markets & TCB ConcertDay andservices Afternoon Festival of Small Halls “The Tents” Rainbow Beach Holiday Program Arty Ball RB FishingOn Classic SeeFamily our What’s page26-29 for more on December Things to Do. Suggestions, amendments or add your Concerts business to the visitor guide toChristmas callBay 07Foreshore 5486 3561 or email info@ please Tin Can Family Nights Country at .the Beach

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Tin Can Bay Ladies Bowls Club 2

020 IS FAST drawing to a close and what a year it has been. It has been so good to get back on the green and play the game we all love so much. Because of the Covid restrictions placed on the number of patrons being allowed into the Country Club we have been unable to have our monthly trophy days, which were always very popular with visiting bowlers. Thankfully with the easing of restrictions we are now able to hold a trophy day so on Tuesday December 1, we are having combined President/Patroness Day and our big Christmas Bash. For the past few years our Trophy Day has been a charity day, sponsored by the one and only Beryl Murray, with all money raised going to Palliative Care. Beryl still wanted to sponsor this day this year with just our club members and I am pleased to say that with the generosity

of the Country Club matching what our members donated on the day, Beryl and Brad, our Club Manager, presented Palliative Care with a cheque for $2000.00. Well done everyone. Thankfully, once we were allowed back on the green we were able to get all championships completed and our champions are: A Grade Singles,Tina Andersen B Grade Singles, Maureen Kay Pairs, Tina Andersen and Rachael Knapp; Triples, Judy Hammond, Lorraine Stockham and Janet Patzwel Rinks, Tina Andersen, Irene Slann, Rachael Knapp and Carmel Mills Congratulations to everyone. The presentation of trophies will be held on Sunday December 6. The AGM is on Friday December 4 and

ladies, all affiliation fees have to be paid by this day please. We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and looking forward to a much better year in 2021.

Ladies President Rowena Giles and the Tin Can Bay Ladies Bowls Club presented Ron Sollaye with a gift and cake to say thank you for all he has done for the Ladies Club joined by daughter Linda

New Golf Pro Helen Gordon, Golf Club Secretary


HE TIN CAN BAY Country Club Golf club held their elections for the new committee for the 2021 golfing year last month. It has been a very trying year for the previous committee due to the pandemic. The Country Club has now contracted Kurt Watts, professional golfer to set up a Pro Shop for our golfers. He has appointed James Taylor to the position of Resident Professional. He comes with all the necessary qualifications to replace grips, measure for golf clubs, etc. Welcome to new Golf Pro, James Taylor, who is now based at the Tin Can Bay Golf Club

He has a full range of clothing, shoes, balls and numerous other golf requirements. If he doesn’t have your needs, just ask and James will endeavour to acquire it for you. All visitors to Rainbow Beach, Tin Can Bay and surrounding areas with a Golf Australia handicap who would like to join our various weekly competitions, please phone the Pro Shop on 0409 727 577 to book a tee time. Social players are also very welcome. New residents to the area wishing to join our club, please contact the Country Club for a membership application form. James will also take bookings for those wishing to have lessons and you are welcome whether you are young or old. Pop in to the Pro Shop to discuss fees and lessons.

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Merry Christmas from the Gardiner Team


I AND MEET TEAM member Jye. We are very pleased to endorse Jye as the first Junior Ambassador for Gobblers Lures. Jye has undertaken a great deal of research and development using the Gobblers range of soft plastics. This month Jye shares some insight as to why he loves using these soft plastics. “My personal favourite in the Gobblers range is the newly released UV Croc Bait 4.75 Jerkshad. This specific lure is very versatile. They can be fished in the deep for species such as sweetlip, cod, pearl perch and other offshore species. “My favourite use for this soft plastic is fishing the shallow flats for flathead. I like to rig my plastic on a ¼ oz Jig head New Gardiner team member Jye, who is the junior ambassador for Gobblers Lures

with a 2/0 hook, rigged nice and straight and this plastic has a great flicking action when twitched along the bottom. “When fishing for flathead using my Gobblers Lures I set up a drift across the flats so that I am drifting as far as possible without having to start the motor. Long casts into the wind is a must as you want to minimise slack line to ensure the lure is hitting the bottom to entice the fish.” Gobblers Lures make an extremely durable soft plastic, we have had reports of people catching 15+ flathead on the one lure. That is testament of a top-quality Australian made product, built to stand up to our tough Aussie fish. Have a safe and relaxing Christmas and for all your bait, tackle, firewood, ice, or to chat with Jye and see the great range of Gobblers Lures, drop in and see us at Gardiner Fisheries, 1 Karoonda Rd, Rainbow Beach.

Your Summer Boat and Safety Checks


UR AREA IS a happy place for boating all year round, but with summer already here and the holiday period arriving soon, we urge you to take 30 minutes to re-check your boat and its equipment to protect yourself and your family. We often see a large increase in boat usage around this time of year. Although Coast Guard works 365 days a year, it is a much better day on the water if you don’t have to call on us for help. This starts with maintenance, the simple things like getting rid of stale fuel - if it has been sitting in the tank for six months, get rid of it. Ensure that your fuel filter is replaced at least annually. Clean spark plugs if you have them, and give a quick lubricant spray under the cowl to assist repelling salt and to lubricate

cables and joints. Change your gear oil. Most importantly, replace your impellor at least once a year, they are affected by heat and time, as well as usage wear. Now that your boat is reliable, check your safety gear. You must carry, as a minimum: a means of alternate propulsion; a signalling device (such as a mirror); water, lights if operating at night; an anchor; pumping or bailing equipment, and firefighting equipment (can be a bucket). Lastly, and most importantly, a life jacket for everyone on board. Two issues with life jackets, they need to be checked now to ensure they comply with standard AS 4758 and be in good condition. If you have an inflatable jacket, it must be serviced annually, or in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications.

The second issue with life jackets is that they are of no use if you are not wearing them. All Coast Guard boat crew are required to undertake annual sea safety training where we have to put on a life jacket while in the water. It is not an easy task, and would be made more difficult if it was under an upturned boat, or floating away on the wind and tide. If you are boating alone, we recommend wearing them at all times. Enjoy your summer boating, be safe, log on with us, and wave to us if you see us out on the water.

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Rainbow Beach fishing report Mat Cooper Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters 0439 775 070


I EVERYONE. Wow can you believe it’s that time already and what a crazy year it’s been. Thankfully it seems like most have bounced back pretty well from things earlier in the year and it doesn’t look like slowing down anytime soon. Fishing over the last couple of months has been exceptionally good which makes it very hard to pick out just a couple of photos, however for those that would like to see

Left: Paul was stoked with this nice trout caught while fishing on Baitrunner

our consistent catches you can find us on Facebook. Just look up the website and click on the Facebook link and you can see pretty much everything. Great mixed bags consisting of coral and coronation trout, Red Emperor, wrasse, jobfish, parrot, husser, sweetlip, snapper, husser, cobia and cod along with some great quality pearl and Moses perch. Some recent trips have filled the floor on both sides with great quality Rainbow Beach reef fish. Well, I hope you have an excellent Christmas and happy new year and will fill you in with the fishing next year.

Right: Bribie island regular Bau added these trout to his mixed bag which also included a nice Red Emperor

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Trading Hours: 6am to 5pm, 7 days

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Last Quarter

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Catches Keely Rose Fishing Charters from

Left: Dinner for the Keely Rose Captain Ed with a nice Red Emperor Right: Cameron with a cracking Pearl Perch measured 65cm

24 hour fuel wharf at The Chandlery It’s been just over two years since The Chandlery took on the challenge of returning the Tin Can Bay Chandlery to its former glory as a one-stop chandlery. They’ve transformed the two existing sheds at the Tin Can Bay Marina into a userfriendly retail space. Owners Chris and Emma said: “We still have everything you need for all your boat and trailer maintenance or a full refit. “We have a huge range of products including marine paints and anti-fouls, fibreglass, marine and automotive batteries, marine electronics, safety gear, trailer parts and enough stainless steel to sink a ship. “We’ve also expanded our fishing


department and now hold a great range of fishing gear including rods, reels, tackle... everything! Inshore or offshore we’ve got you covered. “A really cool addition to The Chandlery is our 24-hour fuel wharf which allows boaties travelling through or getting out early to fill up before they head out, at any time of day or night. “Just a quick thank you to everyone for your ongoing support, especially through this crazy year of 2020. “From our crew, to your crew, we wish you

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RAINBOW BEACH DEEP a safe and happy holiday season!” Keep an eye on The Chandlery social media pages to see some of the fun and send in your fishing pics. Their monthly comp runs all year round, and if you have not done so already, pop in and see the new shop layout and say G’day to Chris, Emma and the team.

Owner of The Chandlery, Chris and Emma Rippon with their children in the business they have transformed at the Marina, Tin Can Bay

The Chandlery Bait and Tackle for all your boating and fishing needs is at Emperor Street, Tin Can Bay and phone: 5486 4744.

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2)Please move the stamp higher and to the RHS to not block the do might need to spin in slightly. I’ve attached a screenshot to show where we’d like it to be. (Pink do Skippered by Ed Falconer, the most experienced owner/operator with 30 years exclusively fishing the waters off Rainbow Beach & Fraser Island.

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Meet Lady and Nala




ADY AND NALA are a special part of the Everson family from Tin Can Bay and the photo of daughter Tigerlily was taken by their owner, Photographer Aimee Everson. Aimee and her husband Ryan and daughters, Destiny, Tigerlily and Bellarose, love this mother and daughter duo. According to Aimee: “Lady, alias Mama Pug, is a very smart and sweet pug with a dash of naughty. She is amazing with kids and babies and never ever shows aggression, she just takes it all. She thinks she is the top dog. She is a bit bossy, loves to play with her daughter, four month old Nala, and run around at the beach. “Nala is a purebred pug who is very naughty, cheeky, and she loves her mum and our one-year-old daughter Bellarose, who are little toughies together. Her favourite food is anything she can get her chops into and for Christmas she’s getting new toys and treats.”

For this reason it is highly recommended that they be kept in a cool area during the warmer months and exercise is to be monitored closely, as this condition affects the dogs ability to regulate its body temperature and can lead to heat exhaustion. To assist this breed in improved breathing there are surgical procedures performed to widen the Stenotic Nares (Narrowed nostrils), as well as trimming the soft palate which can flap loosely down into the throat creating those snorting sounds. Excess panting may lead to swelling in the throat and as a result severe respiratory distress may be encountered by the dog The eyes being in a flat face are vulnerable to injuries and ulcers and must be checked regularly for any potential health problems. Pet owners with this awareness and consideration to lifestyle, can enjoy many lovefilled years with this breed, as they add their special pug love into owners’ lives, and all others they meet in their lifetime.

CCORDING TO Michelle Gadd from Gympie Vet Services, The Pug has seen a growth in popularity in recent times although it is thought to be first bred in China over a thousand years ago. Being a happy-go-lucky breed, that has an energetic and affectionate personality type, makes the breed good with children and families. With their animated antics, they are sure to keep you laughing. Having a wide skull, squashed muzzle, bulging eyes, stocky build, short coat and a tightly curled tail, they do have a distinct look. This distinct look does however come with health issues. Pugs are a ‘Brachycephalic’ breed of dog. This term comes from Greek roots, ‘brachy’, meaning short and ‘cephalic’, meaning head. These characteristics mean they can suffer from breathing difficulties, in some cases affecting the quality of their life. They often snuffle and snort as they go about their daily life. While this can be considered cute and quirky by some, this noise is in fact an indication that the dog is struggling to breathe.

Michelle Gadd, Gympie Vet Services 2 Little Channon Street Gympie on 5482 2488 or go to:


CROSSWORD PUZZLE NO. 302 Across 9 Fit (7) 10 Small long-tailed bird (3-4) 11 Claire Hooper, for example (5) 12 Misnamed fruit bat (6,3) 13 Utopian (7) 14 Some arts (7) 15 Sydney-born country singer (7,6) 20 At the start (5,2) 22 Flat-bottomed canal or harbour barge (7) 24 Coiner of “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” (9) 26 Register (5) 27 Mocked (7) 28 Developed over time (7)

Down 1 Clairvoyant (7) 2 Consternation (6) 3 Powerful (8) 4 Enforce pit discipline to achieve improvement (10) 5 180-degree turn (4) 6 Disposable mobile phone (6) 7 Some wall art (8) 8 Banished (2,5) 14 Popular NSW National Park (5,5) 16 Bombastic monologue (8) 17 Enlisted (6,2) 18 Mass-to-volume ratio (7) 19 Musical introduction (7) 21 Like fresh bread (6) 23 Prosper (6) 25 Chucks in (4)

















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December Horoscope by Cosmic Joy 27

SAGITTARIUS Recent tech gadgets may help you to reach your goals, as well as strengthen communications. Your abilities may improve at this time through seminars, workshops, or maybe even travel! Look for love during the Sagi moon 7 December – you may find a diamond in the rough, or even a sparkly crystal. Meetings from 6th to 13th may turn the tide: open your mind to new ideas for a wonderful feeling of hope for the future.

ARIES Make the most of this month – a time of new beginnings with your star quality lighting up the room. Love blooms near the moon on the 7th, maybe in odd places. Maybe give that old love a second chance? Try to avoid getting into debt from the 3rd-19th – it is advisable to look at other options. Try to get into nature, walk on the beach, and feel the sand between your toes.

CAPRICORN Separate from situations that waste your energy to make way for success. Maybe exposing those with a hidden agenda helps to clear the air. You will experience recognition if you work towards meaningful goals in your career. Giving and receiving becomes easier, helping you to feel unconditional love. You may feel that someone close is a soul mate, and the Moon on the 22nd may help you find a deep bond.

TAURUS This is the right time to learn more about the best way to care for yourself: an appointment with a holistic and complementary health care might be just the ticket during the moon on the 7th. Try something a little different from 10th to 18th – a retreat, a massage, painting or walking along the beach. What is different for you? Listen to solutions suggested by your intuition from 11th to 20th.

AQUARIUS Think about what you want to do next ... what are your hopes and dreams? Mars and Uranus help you take risks – you may be motivated during the moon on the 7th to let someone know what you want, or how you feel. A retreat from action may be in order around the Moon on the 22nd, and a break could shed new light on your plans. Remember, you’re in the flow and quite inspired this month. PISCES You’re thinking about the direction of your life path: open yourself to limitless possibilities! You may need more time to rest, and setting, then keeping, your emotional boundaries will help. Let go of people and situations you’ve outgrown. Creative ideas may open doors for you after the 6th, but you many need to work on your communication so that your ideas are understood. Talk about your plans with a friend on the 7th. 48 – Rainbow Beach Cooloola Coast Community News – December 2020

GEMINI A holiday is a great way to take advantage of all the amazing energy you have at the moment. Broaden your horizons and go on a trip – it doesn’t have to be far to be fabulous. If you can stop old habits, and let go of the past, the next level may be waiting for you and your partner during the moon on the 7th. And lusty romance during the moon on the 22nd. CANCER Work to develop trust in your feelings and release old traumas to make it easier to move forward. Think of something fun to share at work from 1st to 11th, and experience the harmony! Be wary of impulse spending from 11th to 18th. To improve relationships, show gratitude to those friends and family who share their love and resources with you, particularly after the 16th. LEO Relationships may be tricky at the moment, and your


love of pleasurable pursuits may need to be balanced with responsibility. Establish trust and romance can bloom after the 12th. Avoid high-risk situations from 1st to 14th. There is a lot going on, and everyone wants to run the show, but cooperation is needed, so define roles and stay within your boundaries. VIRGO Stay active, but watch your limits from 4th to 18th. Remember to take time to stretch, warm up and relax. Communication with siblings may help heal old wounds. From the moon on the 22nd to the 31st your priority is to create memories for you and yours to have and to hold. Business meetings earlier in the month are promising, but better after the 18th in social settings. LIBRA Love is in the air, or at least romance, but there may be conflicts around values or backgrounds. Use your Libran charm and all will be well. You’re in love, so you may want to get in shape, but don’t starve for the bikini. This is the month to use all your talents in love, as well as in your career. Your intention is critical for your best outcomes. Remember to watch the silly season spending. SCORPIO You need to take time for yourself. There may be stuff going on at home, so either air your grievances, or perhaps take it into therapy. The moon on the 22nd sets a great space for a breakthrough and better interaction with loved ones. Financial opportunities abound, but make sure you secure your assets. The moon on the 7th is a good time to begin new and important projects.












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Dragon Boating, every Sunday 7.30am, Sandra: 0402 352 756



QCWA craft, QCWA, 18 Whiting St TCB, President: 0412 547 043



20 Sunday Mass, St Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, Manooka Dr, RB,

4th Saturday Rainbow Beach


Kindy Linq, Rainbow Beach School Library, 8.30 - 11.30am

3rd Saturday Tin Can Bay


19 Men’s Shed, Shed Shop Sale Day, 8am-12noon, Bryan: 0420 299 651



6.30am Heart Foundation Walking Group TCB, Maggie 0400 756 615

6.30am Heart Foundation Walking Group TCB, Maggie 0400 756 615

CROSSWORD PUZZLE NO. 302 Answers: 27

17 CCLAC, bingo and Christmas function, 9.30am, Cheryl,




16 QCWA Christmas Theme Hoy, Wendy 0412 547043

Mens Shed, Scroll Saw Classes, AM Bryan Phillips: 0420 299 651

Men’s Shed, Lathe Classes – AM Paul Oliver: 0427 995 512


14 Probus, Sandcastle Motel TCB, 2pm, Arthur: 5486 4581

TCB Quilters, 9am each week at TCB Community Centre, Annabell: 0412 491 830

Find both at au/covid-19


11 Community Christmas Party, RB community hall and centre block, 3pm

Chess Group, Men’s Shed, every Friday, Carole: 0437 880 438


Kindy Linq, Rainbow Beach School Library, 8.30 - 11.30am


QCWA craft morning, Wendy: 0412 547 043




Bingo, every second Tuesday from 9am RB Sports Club, 9.30 for 10am 5486 3191


Disaster Mgmt Session, RB community hall, 5pm BBQ, meeting 6pm

Men’s Shed, Computer/IT/Phone Classes, every PM Paul Boulton: 0437 007 911





TCB Bowls Club - Presentation of trophies, Wendy: 0412 547043

Firstly, a COVID-19 restricted access area authority (RAA) and secondly, a current Vehicle Access Permit which can be obtained via the National Parks Booking Service.



Mens Shed, Scroll Saw Classes, AM Bryan Phillips: 0420 299 651


Men’s Shed, Lathe Classes – AM Paul Oliver: 0427 995 512

Tennis, RB Courts, 7am to 8am $2



If you are accessing the Cooloola Recreation Area or Bribie Island Recreation Area by vehicle for day use you will require two permits.


TCB Bowls Club AGM Wendy: 0412 54 7043

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



WEEKLY (many are term time only)


‘Recovering the Past’ Gympie Gallery, or 5481 0733.

F YOU ARE entering the Cooloola Recreation Area on foot, bicycle or by boat you do not require a COVID-19 restricted access area authority.



Playgroup, Rainbow Beach School Library, 8.30 – 10.30am



QCWA - craft morning Wendy: 0412 54 7043


Did you know?



Men’s Shed, Lathe Classes – AM Paul Oliver: 0427 995 512


TCB Bowls Club - Combined President/Patroness Day plus big Christmas Bash

25 Christmas Mass, St Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, Manooka Dr, RB, 7am phone: 5482 1213



Light Up Rainbow, 5pm, community hall, free sausage sizzle

Table Tennis, 9am RB Community Hall, cost $2, all levels welcome



7am, phone: 5482 1213



If you have an event or date you would like to add please email

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A Little Humour NAUGHTY! Three old grandmas were sitting on a bench outside the nursing home when an old Grandpa walked by. One of the old grandmas yelled out, “Hey, we bet we can tell exactly how old you are!” The old man said, “There is no way you can guess my age!” One of the grandmas said, “Sure we can! Just drop your pants and undershorts and we can tell your exact age.” Embarrassed, but anxious to prove they couldn’t do it, he dropped his drawers. The grandmas asked him to first turn around a couple of times and then jump up and down several times. Determined to prove them wrong, he did it. Then they all said in unison, “You’re 87-years-old!” Standing with his pants down around his ankles, the old gent asked, “How in the world did you guess my age?” Slapping their knees, high-fiving and grinning from ear to ear, the three old ladies happily crowed..... “We were at your birthday party yesterday.” SEEING-EYE DOGS Two guys were out walking their dogs on a hot day when they passed by a bar. The first guy says, “Let’s go in there for a pint.” The second guy says, “They won’t let us in with our dogs.” First guy: “Sure they will, just follow my lead.” He goes up to the pub, and sure enough, the bouncer says, “I can’t let you in here with that dog.” He replies, “Oh, I’m blind and this is my seeing-eye dog.” The bouncer says, “Ok then, come on in.” The second guy sees this and does the

same thing. The bouncer says, “You can’t come in here with a dog.” He replies, “I’m blind and this is my seeing-eye dog.” The bouncer responds, “You have a Chihuahua for a seeing-eye dog?” The second guy exclaims, “They gave me a Chihuahua?” BIGGER IN TEXAS A blind man visits Texas. When he gets to his hotel room, he feels the bed. “Wow, this bed is big!” “Everything is big in Texas,” says the bellhop. The man heads downstairs to the bar, settles into a huge barstool and orders a beer. A mug is placed between his hands. “Wow, these drinks are big!” The bartender replies, “Everything is big in Texas.” After downing a few, the blind man asks where the bathroom is. “Second door to the right,” says the bartender. The blind man heads for the bathroom but accidentally enters the third door, which leads to the swimming pool, and he falls in. Popping his head up from under the water and flailing his arms, he shouts, “Don’t flush, don’t flush!” OCEAN FULL OF BEER Two men are adrift in a lifeboat for days. While rummaging through the boat’s provisions, one of the men stumbles across an old lamp. When he touches it, a genie comes forth. This particular genie, however, states that she can deliver only one wish, not the standard three. Without giving much thought, one man blurts out, “Make the entire ocean into beer!” The genie claps her hands and the entire sea turns into brew. The other man looks disgustedly at the one who made the wish and says, “Nice going! Now we’re going to have to pee in the boat.”

HIT IT ON THE HEAD The village blacksmith finally found an apprentice willing to work hard for long hours. The blacksmith instructed the boy, “When I take the shoe out of the fire, I’ll lay it on the anvil; and when I nod my head, you hit it with this hammer.” The apprentice did just as he was told. Now he’s the village blacksmith. 10 SECONDS Doctor: “I’m sorry but you suffer from a terminal illness and have only ten to live.” Patient: “What do you mean, ten? Ten what? Months? Weeks?!” Doctor: “Nine.” A RUSSIAN GOES TO UKRAINE As a Russian prepares to cross the Ukrainian border, the border guard asks, “Occupation?” “No,” says the Russian. “Just visiting.”

A man and a giraffe walk into a bar. After a few drinks, the giraffe falls over and dies. The man begins to walk out when the bartender stops him. “Hey, you can’t leave that lyin’ there!” the bartender yells out. The man turns around: “It’s not a lion. It’s a giraffe.” What did the janitor say when he jumped out of the closet? “Supplies!” What’s green and has wheels? Grass. I lied about the wheels. What do you call a psychic little person who has escaped from prison? A small medium at large. What do you call an elf wearing earmuffs? Anything you want—he can’t hear you.

KNOCK KNOCK Who’s there? Interrupting cow. Interrupting c– MOO!

A nosey joke Why was the snowman looking through the carrots? He was picking his nose!

There are three types of people in the world: Those who can count and those who can’t.

A twist on a classic What is a vegan’s favorite Christmas carol? Soy to the World!

I sold my vacuum the other day. All it was doing was collecting dust.

“What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day.”–Phyllis Diller

What is Forrest Gump’s email password? 1forrest1 What’s the difference between a rabbit and a plum? They’re both purple except for the rabbit. Two guys walk into a bar. The third guy ducks.

Heard a good one lately ? Send your in your family friendly jokes to:

Q:What do you call someone with a fear of Santa Claus?

A: Claustrophobic

50 – Rainbow Beach Cooloola Coast Community News – December 2020


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0447 275 673

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0418 793 256

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5353 1000

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0448 955 768 0448 195 070

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0417 192 651

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5482 6500


0411 033 872

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0427 585 663

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5481 2846 4121 7070 0436 394 347

Cooloola Cove Landscape & Garden Supplies


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0439 780 903

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0402 240 448

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0458 259 418

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5486 3411 0428 585 175 5486 3900 5486 2066 0444 579 887

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0400 657 797

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5488 0601 0439 089 238

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07 5486 3355

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0412 641 743

Cooloola Cove

5486 2000

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5486 3444

Kennels and Catteries Gympie Cooloola Pet Resort Gympie

5483 5364

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Real Estate

Cooloola Coast Realty Michelle Agnew C21 Rainbow Beach Realty Raine & Horne Natasha Leigh Properties

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Rainbow Beach Safety Supplies IGA Supermarket IGA Supermarket

5486 8700 5488 0084

Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach Signs

Tin Can Bay

5486 2887

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0418 729 474

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5486 4577

Cooloola Cove

1300 727 025

Rainbow Beach

0411 072 379

Solicitor Cosgroves

Storage 4rent4sale Storage Sheds Cooloola Tin Can Mini Storage

Taxi Taxi Service

Tourist Centre Rainbow Beach Tourist Centre

5486 3227

Tours and attractions 5486 3228 5486 8555 5482 2737 0499 002 828


Rainbow Beach Tin Can Bay


Rainbow Beach Horserides Rainbow Beach Rainbow Beach Learn to Surf Rainbow Beach Surf and Sand Safaris Rainbow Beach Wolf Rock Dive Rainbow Beach

0473 408 359

0412 174 337 0435 934 087 5486 3131 5486 8004

Training All States Training

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5486 8000 5486 4400 5486 3043

Shopping Centre

Hall For Hire

Looney’s Labour

Rainbow Beach Sports Club Rainbow Beach Surf Club Tin Can Bay Country Club Rainbow Beach Hotel

Safety Supplies

Rainbow Beach Community Centre

5488 0222

07 4123 0415

Washers & Fridges SC Washers & Fridges

Cnr Bruce Hwy & Brisbane Rd

EMERGENCY - AMBULANCE / POLICE / FIRE . . . . . . . . . . . . 000

SES Flood/Storm Damage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 500 SES - Rainbow Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5486 3314 SES - Tin Can Bay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5486 4604

Rural Fires Neerdie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0400 865 132 QPWS Rainbow Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5486 9900 QPWS Tewantin (7 days) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5449 7792 Gympie Regional Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1300 307 800

City Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coastguard Tin Cay Bay - VMR 417 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Community Centre Rainbow Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cooloola Coast Medical Transport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

HOSPITAL Gympie Hospital & Community Health . . . . . . . . . . . . 5489 8690

5486 2304 5486 4290 5486 3355 5486 2488

RB Wedding Photography

Arcobaleno Rainbow Beach Marina Bar and Grill Tin Can Bay Rainbow Beach Pizza & Grill Rainbow Beach

Gas Supplies

Rainbow Naturals

5486 8686 0409 86 86 86


Restaurants and Cafés


Curtains and Blinds & Security

Cooloola Coast Cooloola Cove

5371 5689

Garden Supplies

SAJE Graphics

Beach to Bay Pest Management Termites@Cooloola

Pubs and Clubs


Op Shop

Courier Followmont

Rainbow Beach


Car Dealers

Tin Can Bay Tourist Park

5486 4600


Cabinet Makers

John Madill Toyota


Graphic Design


Cooloola Coast Cabinets

5482 7688

Glass and Aluminium

Gypsy Barberess Mobile Service Day Spring MiSpa

Smiley Mick Electrical Earth First Electrical

Ace Wholesalers

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Ed’s Beach Bakery

Pest Control

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JUSTICE OF THE PEACE (Please phone to make appt ) DEACON, Arthur (Cooloola Cove) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0419 624 208 FISHER, Peter (Cooloola Cove) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0407 95 4678 MISSEN, John Joseph (Rainbow Beach) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5486 8153

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

Library - Tin Can Bay Wed, Frid 9am - 12.30am . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5486 4355 Library - Rainbow Beach Thurs, 9.30am - 12.30pm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5486 3705

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If you have the idea... we have the know how!

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& R E F R I G E R AT I O N



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Seasons Greetings

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Hair Cuts Beards Grooming

Ph: 0403 435 369 1a/3 Dolphin Ave., Tin Can Bay

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Advertise in the Trades and Services Pages from $60.00 a month.

To find out more, phone: 5486 3561

Christmas Hours closed18 Dec to 10 Jan

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Est. 1985

Ÿ Wall cleaning &



building maintenance Window Cleaning Roof & gu er cleaning and maintenance Pruning tall trees Pain ng Pressure cleaning

PHONE DAVE: 0418 820 892 Rainbow Beach QLD ABN: 69203031883

Cabinet Making






07 5486 3355 32 Rainbow Beach Road, Rainbow Beach Road


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Local Electrician

Mobile: 0418 793 256

Small Business - Competitive Prices




We Pride Ourselves on Excellent Customer Service & Focus on Quality Parts and Installation

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Local Contractor Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ

Driveways Patios Shed slabs Pathways Pool surrounds Rendering


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Plain Exposed Decorative

Pet Boarding

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When quality matters


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Call Mick on 0407 228 044 Courier



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Michelle Barry - phone 0427 585 663 December 2020 – Rainbow Beach Cooloola Coast Community News – 53




Jeff Hogues Plumbing Service

Solicitor in Attendance Wednesdays 10:00am – 1:00pm Conference Room, Rainbow Sands Resort

jeff@jef Drain Cleaning Gas Installation Gas Maintenance Back low Servicing Back low Installation Ÿ Thermostatic Mixing Valves Ÿ Treatment Plant Maintenance Ÿ General Plumbing and Drainage

Paul Cosgrove


Rumbalara Avenue Rainbow Beach QLD 4581

0458 259 418


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If you see Santa on your travels, make sure you let us know ...

Jess McKenzie from Rainbow Beach Wedding Photography snapped him at the main beach with a very special surfboard! 54 – Rainbow Beach Cooloola Coast Community News – December 2020

December 2020 – Rainbow Beach Cooloola Coast Community News – 55


Queenslander! Hello again to another spectacular month in the Rainbow Beach Land. What a great month to be a Queenslander. Sunshine Coast Storm winning the NRL, Queensland winning the Origin Series and unfortunately Anna winning the elec on.

Save Time Shop Local

It is good to see the Rainbow Beach economy steady, considering the condi ons the private sector has been punished by from our governments. If you are not in the accommoda on sector, I believe there is s ll room for growth.

Find your local store at

Rainbow Beach

Unless camping restric ons are eased, I believe the town can not increase. The day trippers are thoroughly missed by butcher, baker and candles ck maker (restaurants). A lot of businesses rely on that income. It does go to show the town is lacking more residen al/short-term accommoda on. We are hearing that accommoda on is full, there must be an undersupply of accommoda on? The streetscape looks great. Hopefully it will be finished by Christmas. Smoko anyone?

should be banned from any commenta ng that involves a side from outside Sydney. Not much other sport is happening at the moment. Cricket is about to start and the EPL has just resumed a�er the interna onal break. Liverpool are following on from last year's efforts with considerable amounts of injuries. Tennis is not too far away either. More to report next month. Christmas is not too far away and I hope you have your wish list in by now. Although my Santa likes me when I am naughty. Thanks again to the locals for suppor ng us during these mes and we cannot thank you enough. Happy trading and Merry Christmas to all.

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

Sports Report. As the “worst Queensland side in history” beat probably one of NSW best sides for the last two decades, it does not provide much confidence into the future if you are a NSW supporter. The jersey has a different meaning to a Queenslander. It brings out the best in you, like Wayne Benne ’ dance moves a�er winning game one. See, alcohol and partying do mix with being a super star. Ask Cameron Muster (and Dusty Mar n), he asked Big Mal if he could stay in Byron to party a li le longer before being ‘Man of the Series’ and missed game two. Head knocks are an area of cau on these days. I was surprised they did not let Tedesco back on the field during game three a�er Boyd Cordner was knocked out during game one and allowed to play. Usually NSW make their own rules. Be nice not to have such a biased commentary team, Gus and Johns

Sue Hahn and the team at IGA would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and don't forget to shop local this year so they can hire more local staff like Sue!

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