Rainbow Beach Community News February 2021

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Turtle tagging a tourist treat Murray Sambell, trained TurtleCare volunteer, clears sand off the flippers of the huge green turtle at Double Island Point ready for tagging. At 120cm long, it was the first turtle ever to be tagged on our beaches. Gary Swanson, Coastcare’s trained Turtle Tagging permit holder, responded to a call from the Rangers about a daytime turtle sighting at Double Island Point. Assisted by Murray Sambell and Joan Burnett and watched by hundreds of holiday makers, it was a very special event. If you took a photo please email them to Coastcare. TurtleCare still needs help walking the beaches at first light looking for tracks which continues until the end of March as the nesting turtles come back every two weeks to lay another clutch of eggs. Find out more on page 3.

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February 2021 • Vol 24 • Issue 2

In this issue... • Fire & SES Station revealed • Camping numbers impact business • Three free fisho workshops

Editor’s Note

End the last month of summer with a blowout EBRUARY IS THE month of love isn’t it fitting that we celebrate two golden wedding anniversaries? Congratulations!

farmers, our wildlife or environment, or you might be bringing people together for fellowship and support - keep up the great work and thank you!

Even though February is typically a quieter month on our Cooloola Coast, this issue is jam packed - with a mega turtle, calls for a Sandcastle Competition, and a whole two pages of date claimers, including another reason to shoot your camera.

I’d like to personally thank our amazing surf lifesavers - last month we were very proud our youngest Gilmore earned his Bronze Medallion - and it’s a big milestone!


There’s a new doctor’s clinic, Fire and SES Station underway and a plea for camping restrictions to ease. Now the kids are back to school, I take the opportunity for a whinge - and I wasn’t the only one disappointed with the way Council managed lawns over the holiday period, plus where has our view gone? Again? It’s wonderful having our new streetscape, but during summer holidays we are on display. It’s time for mowing and pruning, not excuses! A shout out to all the wonderful volunteers - whether you are helping

Finally - our little town once again boasts a “Big Summer Blowout”. Six acts - all on the last Saturday of summer. I’m sure it will be a sell-out once again. Remember, bottoms in beds gives flowon to other local businesses and dollars direct to local causes. Hope I’ll see you there! Have a great month!




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Fire and SES station to be ready in July


OU MAY HAVE noticed the old Fire Station (next to the pool) has been removed - you can see fencing on Rainbow Beach Road and in the parkland. A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) spokesperson has advised: “Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has allocated total funding of $1.4 million for the provision of the Rainbow Beach replacement auxiliary Fire and Rescue Station. “This station will have capacity to accommodate the Fire and Rescue Service and State Emergency Service.” Previously we reported the new facility would recognise growth in our area, we asked how this would be reflected in the design.

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new facility will featureover three bays 52 Rumbalara Avenue – Offers $900k and ample storage to effectively accommodate auxiliary Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) and State Emergency Service (SES) operations. “This increased capacity will allow QFES to cater for current and future demand in Rainbow Beach and surrounding areas. “QFES has been utilising another Queensland Government facility in the area with capacity to accommodate our crews to maintain existing service delivery to the community. “Work on construction of the station commenced in January 2021, with an expected completion of July 2021.”

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Turtle heroes amazing efforts on two week “Night Shift” C

OOLOOLA COASTCARE volunteers have conducted the first ever ‘Turtle Nesting Census’ of Rainbow Beach from December 17 to 31, 2020, as part of the Queensland Turtle Conservation Research Program. This census happens every night for two weeks on turtle nesting beaches on the mainland and islands all over Queensland at the same time each year, to monitor the population of endangered and vulnerable species including the loggerhead and green turtles that nest here on Rainbow and Teewah beaches. Heading out on Christmas night shows the care and dedication of these

wonderful volunteers. A fantastic effort of patrolling the beaches from Inskip Point to Mudlo Rocks was made by over 40 volunteers including Coastcare members, community volunteers, families with children, holidaymakers, people visiting family and friends, day-trippers and campers (volun-tourists) who joined the coordinator and the certified TurtleCarers. They averaged 12 hours per volunteer, racking up over 490 hours between them. Although there were several reports of turtles on Teewah Beach and Double Island Point areas, there were only tracks and no sightings or nesting events to witness on

Rainbow Beach during the census period, making this an even more mammoth effort for all those who ventured out at night to do their bit for turtle science despite no reward of a nesting event to watch. Gary Swanson, our trained Turtle Tagging permit holder, responded to a call from the Rangers about a daytime turtle sighting at Double Island Point. He tagged a huge 120cm green turtle, the first turtle ever to be tagged on our beaches. Assisted by Murray Sambell and Joan Burnett and watched by hundreds of holiday makers, it was a very special event.

Anyone with photos can email them to Coastcare. TurtleCare still needs help walking the beaches at first light looking for tracks which continues until the end of March as the nesting turtles come back every two weeks to lay another clutch of eggs. Follow the action on the FaceBook group ‘TurtleCare Rainbow Beach’. Report tracks or nests by text to 0434 281 352 and email photos to Turtlecare@ CooloolaCoastcare.org.au This research was made possible with the support of a Queensland Government Citizen Science Grant.

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Capped camping numbers hurting business

The Rainbow Beach Commerce and Tourism (RBCT) Committee have petitioned Queensland’s peak business body, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCQI) to work with National Parks so more campsites open and businesses survive. Despite 12 months of questioning, RBCT say no answers are forthcoming. This is an extract from their appeal.


AINBOW BEACH TOURISM is suffering significantly due to numbers being capped from 2300 to 1190 post COVID at the Inskip camping ground. We have received no communication or been in any discussion with any government department regarding the economical impact our businesses or industry may suffer due to the decrease in numbers. It is understood that there is a requirement to comply with the QPWS Campgrounds COVID Safe Industry Plan approved by the Chief Health Officer. However again this has not been discussed with business or industry and the economical effects it has on local businesses. During COVID campgrounds were shut (understandably) and wood constructions were built around them so no one could enter. However, post COVID there has been no change and the campgrounds, day use areas are still closed. Gastro outbreak was the next excuse to limit campers, the campground was closed for 72 hours and the campers were told to go home. No other areas were opened for the campers that were planning to come during the 72 hours. No business or industry within Rainbow Beach was contacted. RBCT was not contacted. Business suffered dramatically as most local businesses rely on the camping trade. Businesses in Rainbow Beach are suffering and continue to suffer without any direction, discussion or resolution. Some businesses report customer numbers were down by almost 2500 in a week, others stated trade reduced by 20%, down to 50% for some businesses. Vehicle trip numbers were down 60% on the barge, due to both camping restrictions and island closure due to fires. One mobile beach vendor closed as a direct result of the COVID lockdown.

Livelihoods are on the line in Rainbow Beach and business owners want campsites reopened

Most, if not all, local shop traders have complained that figures are down on the same period last year. This result is due to the lack of campers buying daily perishables like milk, bread and meat. Cafes and takeaway vendors have highlighted that there are less people stopping for lunch, and or breakfast on their way to the local campgrounds or Fraser Island. Service stations both in Rainbow Beach and as far as Goomboorian have sold significantly less fuel when comparing prior years.

Communication from QPWS and Partnerships representative to one of the business owners found it very conflicting as other campsites (such as Caravan Parks) do not have these restrictive conditions, e.g. is there 15 to 20 metres between campsites? Why are our capped figures less than the COVID safety directions? Why not open up more campsites/ grounds? Some campgrounds have been closed for rejuvenation for over 10 years? Why are no groups of more than 20 able to book campsites? Where does this

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figure come from? There are no 20 visitor restrictions in pubs, clubs, caravan parks, parks, beaches, picnic areas, etc. So, we question why Inskip Campgrounds? Why are persons at specific campsites serviced by toilet facilities limited to a maximum of 100 persons per toilet block facility? Most campsites have their own toilet system. Is there any statistic collection for this fact? Again why are parks, clubs, caravan parks not restricted? Historically, rules and numbers have continuously been limited on Teewah Beach, due to such things as falling rocks, reckless drivers and high tides, etc. We believe that politicians and bureaucrats are making decisions with no knowledge of, or interest in, the repercussions of businesses that are drastically affected by these decisions. When 5km of Teewah Beach has recently been closed for camping there was no consultation with businesses that this drastic decision affected, or why. Were any economic figures generated to display the loss of revenue this would create for our businesses and tourism industry? Where is the money going for the driving and camping permits? Certainly not on increasing amenities and opening up clean camping grounds. Certainly not on tourism drives. In conclusion, we would strongly state that there has been a huge lack of consultation. It seems that rules and procedures have been made up on the spot without any consideration of the effects that it may cause to local trade, businesses, tourism or the general population of such a small town. We would like some communication including answers, consultation, future plans and decisions to help our suffering business community.

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Summer Blowout



HIS YEAR’S BLOWOUT will be just that BIG! The popular event has already sold out of premium tickets - but don’t worry - act quickly and you can still secure a $99 entry to the February 27 event. You are promised six acts and nine hours of rock music on the last Saturday of summer including...

Above: Daryl Braithwaite rocked us last time - look forward to six more acts on the Sports Club big stage February 27 Left: Many locals like Kate Gilmore (centre) brought friends to the concert

Baby Animals

In the early ‘90s, Baby Animals eighttimes platinum self-titled debut album took Australia by storm. You’ve heard of Early Warning, Painless, One Word and Rush You. The Aussie hard rock band disbanded in 1996, and made a popular comeback in 2007. Lead vocalist Suze DeMarchi has been described as an Aussie rock goddess. Even though Baby Animals have grown up - they perform like their best known lyrics: “too young to know, too old to listen”.

Choir Boys

It is no surprise to read that Run to Paradise was released when I was 18 - and even now, it takes me back to college ‘Cabarets’ - what we called discos. It explains why I want to drop everything when I hear it, and dance. Boys will be Boys, Never Gonna Die… I’m really looking forward to Choir Boys performing in Rainbow Beach.

and Sweet Sweet Love! In 2015, Russell released ‘Red Dirt – Red Heart’, which won the coveted Best Blues And Roots Album at the 2016 ARIA Awards. Russell, we are very lucky to have you visit us!

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Yes, they’re back - and I can’t wait to hear In the Summertime, Tommy and Krista, 20 Good Reasons, All My Life, Someday, Someday and fingers crossed they’ll play Homesick. I love that song! Please keep coming back to our little town.

Russell Morris

Wow! A 50-year career for this singer songwriter, five Australian Top 10 singles during the late 1960s and early 1970s, just check out The Real Thing, Wings of an Eagle

One of the most popular acts last year (at least amongst my daughter’s mates) - Reece Mastin really puts on a performance and the songs! I didn’t realise how many I knew from this X-factor: ARIA No. 1 single Good Night, Shut Up and Kiss Me, Rock$tar and Girls (All Around the World). Back in October Reece said of the Blowout: “Can”t tell you how excited I am at the thought of playing a festival again and this one was one of the best.” Not to be missed.

Oskar Campbell

This Sunshine Coast based singer/ songwriter has found his place pulling on heartstrings and sharing his story through music. Oskar Campbell’s unmistakable sound is the inevitable product of his old school rock influences, infused with a love for modern folk, pop and soul music. Now establishing himself as a solo artist, he has notably supported reputable artists such as Xavier Rudd, Busby Marou and The Dreggs. Held at the Rainbow Beach Sports Club, due to COVID-19 restrictions, tickets are non transferable. Book now: trybooking.com/BLZVT Find out more: @ bigsummerblowoutrainbowbeach on Facebook or Messenger


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D ate C l a i m e rs fo r yo u All February

Find a Frog in February One third of frogs worldwide and one quarter in our local region are threatened with extinction. If we don’t know where they are we can’t understand what’s happening to their populations and we can’t manage our land and water to ensure their ongoing survival. Download the Australian Museum’s FrogID app onto your smart phone and join the ‘Find a Frog in FebruaryMRCCC’ group – another way to send in your recordings of frog calls. Or visit www.mrccc.org.au/frog-in-february/ for an old-fashioned data sheet and all the information you need. Whatever way you choose, all data collected from the study area will go to the Queensland WildNet database for safekeeping and future access. This program is generously supported by Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Fraser Coast Regional Councils.

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February 2 World Wetlands Day On February 2, 1971 in the city of Ramsar in Iran, an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands; the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat, was adopted. Since 1997 this date has been celebrated with World Wetlands Day to draw attention to the relevance of promoting biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in such an important ecosystem. Did you know that 40% of all species either live or breed in wetlands? Wetlands also remove pollutants from water runoff and provide storm protection to coastlines. Wetlands are land areas that are saturated or flooded with water either permanently or seasonally, made up of three base categories of inland, coastal and manmade. The Great Sandy Strait is internationally known as RAMSAR site number 992 and is the largest area of tidal swamps within the South East Qld Bioregion of Australia. The area provides an exceptionally important feeding ground for migratory shorebirds. The 2020 theme is ‘Wetlands Biodiversity Matters’ to highlight the importance of wetland biodiversity, why it matters and to promote actions to reverse it’s loss. The biggest threat to wetlands is agricultural and construction expansion as wetlands are viewed as wastelands. Invasive species introduction creates a misbalance, leading to food cycle disruption and native species die out. Pollution via runoff creates a filtered waste accumulation and overload, affecting flora and fauna. How can you help? Effective change begins at home with appropriate waste disposal and recycling, using low phosphate free detergents, unbleached paper and non-toxic cleaning products. Plant local species to keep ecological balance, visit Cooloola City Farm for plant species advice as they mostly stock only Cooloola local plant varieties. Join in programs to help protect and restore wetlands such as the Tin Can Bay foreshore regeneration program with the Friends of the Cooloola Foreshore. Contact Jess Milne on 0411 218 254 for more information. Wetlands are disappearing faster that the earth’s forests and this year World Wetland Day is written as 02-02-2020. It could be a sign that marks the turn in history where humanity gains the vision to reverse wetland loss and destruction as the date is a palindrome, read the same forward and reverse.

February 14 Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day in 2021 falls on a Sunday - February 14, so there is no excuse not to have some fun. Enjoy a walk beside the water, a Sandblow sunset and here are a few ideas to spoil each other and shop local….

Twilight Golf Special rates have begun at the Tin Can Bay Country Club now allowing even cheaper games. For just $10 each you are able to come out any afternoon after 3pm for nine holes of golf. One of the popular options is to bring a loved one (or a mate), hire a cart and split the costs between yourselves! Bookings are essential and subject to course availability. Please phone 5486 4231 to arrange your twilight rates.

Dine Out Treat yourselves to mouthwatering pumpkin ravioli, bruschetta and steak at Arcobaleno or share a hot and cold seafood platter at the Surf Club. Devour oysters natural or Kilpatrick, flame grilled Tin Can Bay prawns, or do you like them macadamia crumbed, or a Vietnamese Prawn Salad at the Marina Bar and Grill? Plus you can sip bubbles with strawberries. Try the dirty bird burger or a Texas schnitzel at the Sports Club and finish off sharing a chocolate lava cake! Or spend a romantic night in - with a pizza or a-lacarte takeaway from Rainbow Beach Pizza and Grill.

Tour and pamper together Spend time with your partner on a fishing charter, a Rattler ride or why not learn to surf or scuba dive together? Enjoy in a private charter to Fraser Island or Double Island Point safari. Indulge in an eye treatment package from Gypsy Barberess, or a remedial massage from the Rainbow Beach Health and Fitness. There are lots of ideas from our advertisers in this edition.



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Enjoy a scrumptious meal at the Chinese Restaurant, Tin Can Bay Country Club on February 20 and from 7pm there’s an added treat. It is the only Chinese New Year Traditional Lion Dance on the Cooloola Coast - at least that we know about! Bookings are essential: 5486 4231.

Queensland Country Woman’s Tin Can Bay Branch look forward to 2021 activities and competitions - our first is State Photography.

March 5 World Day of Prayer Good Shepherd Anglican Church is hosting the 2021 World Day of Prayer and this year the country in focus is Vanuatu. Annette has called a 2021 World Day of Prayer Service planning meeting of the combined churches’ representatives for 10am on Monday February 1 at the Good Shepherd Church, 17 Carlo Road, Rainbow Beach.

Let’s hope we all have been taking snaps over the holidays. The categories are: 1

Black and White Sepia. Any subject.


QCWA members having fun at meetings or functions

3a Photo by primary school aged child 3b Photo by a secondary school aged child 4

Aminals, birds, insects, fish. May be close up domestic or wild

Senior Fishing Training Day: March 14 open to people over the age of 18 who want to learn how to fish. Boating Safety Course: March 28 open to people over 18 who wish to improve their boating knowledge. Junior Fishing Day: April 17 open to people under 18 who are keen to learn the basics of fishing. Juniors finish the day with all they need to start fishing except the bait. Numbers are limited - if interested contact the secretary on 0437 242 717.

5a Landscape. May include land, sky and/or water 5b Drone landscape, land sky and/or water (must have permission slip signed by owner of land) 6 Reflections 7

At home


International table display. Any country with written name or objects identifying the country


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10 People, single, group or crowd. Children’s photos must have a permission slip signed (by parents)

Clean Up Australia Day

12 Special Category QCWA primary study product for 2021 is SHEEP, any photos of sheep

Come help organise a group to clean up our towns. Or join a group like Coastcare - who plan a blitz on the carpark at the swim beach, from the Oaks parking area to Pacific Boulevard and Inskip Avenue roadsides. We’ll include the different sites and organisers in our March edition - so be sure to let us know!

Tin Can Bay Fishing Club has three funded events in the first part of 2021. These are free to locals who wish to enter the world of fishing and boating.

11 Plants, part of plant. May include fungi and trees

Photo must be rectangular 5x7 max (12.7cm x 17.8cm) mounted on black cardboard (half a4 sheet). A 50 cent entry fee for all photos. Special Category Sheep are judged by separate coin donation. Closing date March 8. All enquiries to Mrs Lorraine Bishop - 5486 2226.

Learn to fish like Derek Andrews - Tin Can Bay Fishing Club offer three workshops free to locals!

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Chappy brings back Sandcastle Competition


HAPPY RONNIE starts back at Rainbow Beach State School this year and is planning to hold a Sandcastle Competition on Wednesday April 7 to support the Rainbow Beach School P&C Association and the business community. Chappy Ronnie said the event will be advertised widely, “It’s an added incentive to attract families and visitors to Rainbow Beach in the Easter Holidays.” A similar competition was held in the 2014 Easter holidays and was a great success with around 16 teams creating some amazing sandcastles. “Local businesses generously provided fantastic prizes for the event and the then Gympie Mayor, the late Ron Dyne, judged the competition.” “Sandshapers of Noosa will be available to create a large sand sculpture as an added attraction and judge the various categories

around low tide.” The Community News is proudly sponsoring the event, and Ronnie is seeking more support from local businesses to ensure the competition is a success, by assisting with finance and prizes. We asked Ronnie how she has come to return to Rainbow Beach after leaving in 2017. “I have enjoyed working as chaplain at Gympie South School (one of the largest schools in the Gympie area with 485 students), however I have greatly missed the benefits of working in a small school where you have the opportunity to interact and support each child rather than working primarily with children with behavioural issues. “I like to get to know the parents and other family members of each student, and be part of a small team of dedicated staff creating a fun, interesting and stimulating environment. I also like being connected to the Rainbow Beach community which was always so supportive of the school.” Initially Ronnie is working Wednesdays to Fridays. “We have our youngest daughter and her three children living with us, so

After four years at Rainbow Beach State School, Ronnie received a big farewell in 2017

there is always plenty of cooking, cleaning and childminding to be done. Our house is a work in progress and we have a large veggie garden that I enjoy working in.” Ronnie hopes to help students grow veggies in the school garden again, to use in tuckshop, cooking classes and more. “My plans are to get to know the students who have started since I left and determine how I can best support them and the students who know me already. “I am looking forward to becoming reacquainted with local businesses,

churches and community members; make new connections and find new ways to support the wider school community. Chappy will be able to get the word out about the Sandcastle Competition on 91.5fm, the local Christian radio station in Gympie, where she volunteers as a board member and an announcer each Friday 6-9pm. If you would like to contribute or be involved in the Sandcastle Competition, please call Chappy Ronnie on 0413 135 867.

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Lot sizes, housing footprints, landscaping and vegetation retention:

Proposed Development at the old Golf Course by the Rainbow Shores Residents group


AINBOW SHORES RESIDENTS have put hard work into their response to Council regarding the proposal development of the former Golf Course. Rainbow Shores is the result of a stringent master plan, created to ensure sustainable development for future generations. The Krauchi family vision was to create one of the world’s most pristine living environments, both holiday destination and peaceful living. In 1989, the family acquired Rainbow Shores, launched various precincts, and completed tourism facilities including the nine-hole golf course. Some 32 years later, Rainbow Shores is an asset to the town and will only become more so as future demand for ecologically sustainable development and ‘tree-change/ sea-change’ lifestyle choices emerges and grows. If tourism is the heart of Rainbow Beach, its residents are its flesh. A dilemma is if there can be economic growth in town with no houses to accommodate people to service tourism. The general hope is that Council will share and continue the vision of a well-thoughtout, environmentally sensitive coastal community. If approved, the 39 lots proposal is likely to have a significant impact on the neighbourhood. Many submissions have been forwarded outlining all salient points relative to both the Material Change Use proposal and highdensity subdivision, including: - Most existing homes are generally large and architecturally camouflaged to blend seamlessly with their neighbourhood and no houses are backto-back. - The proposed 39 Lot subdivision, if

approved, will be on-sold to another developer who will construct generic low-cost small cluster houses that clash with the natural and visual amenity of the neighbourhood and devalue the remainder of Rainbow Shores - The proposed 39 lots are generally too small to provide house construction with sufficient space to enable vegetation retention and additional landscaping and there are no vegetated easements or natural greenspace areas proposed to provide sound and visual buffers between the streets (as is typical of the remainder of Rainbow Shores).

- The 39 Lot proposal also fails to indicate that five-metre-wide vegetated footpaths will be maintained consistent with those in the rest of Rainbow Shores and there is no indication that a green barrier of trees and shrubbery will be maintained along Wyvern Road or Rainbow Shores Drive - Aerial investigation shows that existing roof areas of houses within Rainbow Shores generally vary between 240m2 and 320m2 within a mix of high set and low set homes and that they are also very similar in size to existing residences within the township of Rainbow Beach. Google Search indicates that the current

building roof area in city suburbs for low-cost housing is around 210m2 or less. - The proposed lots are generally too small to accommodate existing Rainbow Shores style housing The development proposal capitalises on the existing infrastructure and design aims of Rainbow Shores, therefore it should safely blend and add more value, not the opposite. Council is asked to decide to set the best practice of land use principles established by previous planning studies to guide future development.

Best ways to settle into a new neighbourhood by Elisa Seul


HERE IS NO doubt that since COVID the housing market has been hit by a higher demand, to the joy of sellers, and making it possible for buyers to invest or move into our town. A tip on how to integrate in a new community is to do proper research on the town before you move to the area. Buying in an open space area surrounded by semi-wild nature might not be for everybody! There are a few common reasons behind moving into a new area, and looking for a new lifestyle is one of the major ones. Settling in, and fitting in, can be challenging, so here are some tips to make it easier to live like a local: - Educating yourself on the new community can help you maintain local rules of ‘respect’ and prevent miscommunication or offending your new neighbours. - Give yourself time, it is essential that those relocating allow themselves a period of adjustment. - Simply living like a local can often be one of the best ways to integrate yourself into the community, and in turn, your new life. Take walks to the beach, enjoy the local food and coffee places, attend the markets, explore our natural gems. - Learn about the unique environment of the area and help protect it. The library has a wide range of books with local knowledge. In general, we can all provide local tips, and introduce our new neighbours to their new home. January 2021 – Rainbow Beach Cooloola Coast Community News – 9



Peter and Margaret Grant


HERE DID THOSE 50 years come from? Surely, it was only a few years ago that we were young lovebirds embarking on a life together. I remember Peter’s mum and dad celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. And what a celebration we had with many of their friends and lots of family in attendance. In contrast, our celebration was almost a ‘non-event’. We had a quiet dinner with our next-door neighbours and two of our grandchildren. Our ‘major’ celebration will come later in the year when we travel to Norfolk Island with two other couples that are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary as well. Of course, that’s if Covid allows for travel….grrrrr. So much has happened in our 50 years together – man walked on the moon two years before, the end of the Vietnam war,


World Expo in Brisbane, terrorist acts around the world, Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games in Australia. Yes, we have seen a lot happening in the world. For us, in our world, we have seen many, many changes. Although, I’m not sure what is more enjoyable; the birth of our five children or the arrival of our six grandchildren. Yes, our grandchildren are truly a delight – spoil them and hand them back (hahahaha). Fifty years ago, I was a teacher and Peter worked for his dad as an electrician. From there, we have, together, walked down a variety of different paths. By far, the longest path was from here in Rainbow Beach. In 1998, Peter designed the Saturn Antenna for the traveller which led to a very active life on the road going to caravan shows around Australia. Two years ago, we retired from the nomad-life and now

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OPIES OF THE Community News will now arrive on generally the first or last Monday of the month. For you, the reader - it means in May and August, the paper will not be delivered by the first of the month, which you are used to, instead you’ll see it a day or a couple of days after. With all the impact on newspapers and the media industry in Australia - our local newspaper will now be printed in Yandina this year, and they like the newspaper dates to fit into their weekly workflow. For the other ten months of year, the paper will still arrive on the Cooloola Coast by the first - for deliveries as soon as we can for you, generally on a Monday. Deadlines for advertisers, stories and images will remain the same - between the 18th and the 23rd of each month (earlier in December).

enjoy pursuing our many hobbies, travelling with friends and seeing our grandchildren a lot more. So, what makes for a marriage that lasts for 50 years, you ask? For us, it is remembering that life is a bed of roses – there are thorns but there are lots more beautiful flowers. Love, commitment, and consideration are paramount.

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Howard and Brenda Stokes


OWARD AND I met on the escalators in Myers, Brisbane - I guess you call that ‘fate’. We married in the Little Flower Church at Kedron in Brisbane, in the suburb my parents lived. Attendants included a cousin, a friend from forever, Howard’s brother-in-law and long-time friend, plus a niece as flower girl. It was a family orientated wedding and a terrific reunion. Afterwards, off we went in a Mini Cooper with the added cans and streamers, of course, to honeymoon in Cairns. From there Howard worked hard with his trucks and can tell some interesting stories over a beer or two! By 1986, we were living in Samford and welcomed our son John - such joy - who has now extended the family with three lovely grandchildren and daughter-in-law. Next move was to Wallaville and a cane

farm! Very different, but it was ‘in the blood’ as Howard was from a farm. It was a wonderful place for John to grow up, surrounded by great friends and relations. Variety - next was the hotel in Gin Gin. Such a busy, stimulating, rewarding life. For ‘R and R’ we’d be off to Rainbow Beach, eventually buying a house here. We always intended to retire in Rainbow and when the time came, we did, and never regretted it. Of course, having a boat and being able to be out there with excellent fishing was a drawcard also. After the initial organising and settling in, we realised we were not ready for permanent retirement. Howard looked around for another challenge and we went back into the transport industry. I work part time in town - it’s nice to have that local contact. As to the 50 years - time has really flown.

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Innovative commercial growth Michael Fox from Fable Food Co, Toni Binstead from the Sunshine Regional Innovation Project Team (#SCRIPT) and Dr Lewis Atkinson from Impact Innovation Group, will be running a virtual workshop on taking new ideas to market. Incorporating real-world case studies and advice from local business owners, this workshop will provide you with the practical tools and techniques required to successfully commercialise your idea. University of the Sunshine Coast in room C1.40 (C Block, Level 1, Room 40), Best February 18,Australia’s 9am-1pm, free. For Shark more information visit: innovateqld.com or phone 1300 299 505.

Tourism funding available The Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker, Llew O’Brien, is encouraging local communities to apply for a share of $200 million in funding under the Round 5 of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF), with applications now open. “I encourage local organisations to consider applying for either the community investments stream or the infrastructure projects stream to enhance our community facilities, create much-needed jobs and promote social inclusion through this time,” Mr O’Brien said. Applications are now open and can be submitted through the online portal at and Ray dive’ business.gov.au/bbrf. Applications close on March 5, with successful applicants expected to be announced in mid-2021.

Lots of ups and downs, good and bad days, plenty of laughs. Some say ‘through thick and thin’. Essentially though - we have always been there for each other and remain ‘mates’. We recommend an escalator meeting to all the young ones!

Locals, if you have a momentous occasion you’d like to share - a significant birthday or anniversary, a wedding engagement, birth or Christening, please send a photo and a few words to us. Email: info@rbcn.com.au

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The Queensland Reconciliation Awards recognises businesses, community organisations, educational institutions and government agencies going above and beyond their core business to foster reconciliation and pave the way for a better future for our state. There are five categories open for nomination—business, community, education, health and wellbeing, and partnership. The health and wellbeing category has also been introduced for the 2021 awards. An overall Premier’s Reconciliation Award will also be awarded to a nominated initiative demonstrating innovative strategies and exceptional outcomes towards advancing reconciliation in Queensland. A total of $30,000 in prize money will be shared between all six award recipients. Nominations close 5pm, Monday February 22, 2021.

The Palaszczuk Government has announced $200,000 in new funding to support Indigenous festivals, events and jobs for the Year of Indigenous Tourism. Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Craig Crawford said over five years, Indigenous tourism had increased by 6.4 per cent. “More than 472,000 visitors have immersed themselves in the world’s oldest living cultures, right here in Queensland,” Mr Crawford said. “Not only do Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander festivals and events attract visitors seeking unique cultural experiences, they deliver jobs and boost local economies.” For more information on enhancing your Indigenous festival event go to: teq. queensland.com

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Rainbow Beach Police Beat by Senior Constable Michael Brantz

Police Are Aware – Are You?


If you look closely at the attached photo, you can see a bright, fluorescent sticker on the car with the words, ‘POLICE AWARE’ printed on it. I’m sure most of you know the meaning of this sticker. We put them on vehicles that have either crashed or have been left abandoned on the side of the road, to let the public know police have already attended and investigated. Last week - as I drove past this smashed car for the umpteenth time - I found myself mulling over the words ‘Police Aware’ and thinking what else it could mean. I came up with a bit of a list… ‘POLICE AWARE’ - that another terrible traffic crash has occurred and that lives could easily have been lost.

AVE YOU EVER had the feeling that you’ve already experienced the present situation? It’s called Déjà vu, and I’ve had a strong sense of it lately. Take a look at the attached photograph of a crashed vehicle, upside-down in the bush at Roy Weber Plains on Rainbow Beach Road. 2021 was only minutes old when this car crashed, and regular readers of this column will remember Mick’s article last month also featured an upside-down car –a four-wheel-drive which had rolled over at Double Island Point in December. In fact, if you were driving on Rainbow Beach Road early in the New Year, you would have seen two crashed vehicles - in different spots - but both upside-down in the bush just off the bitumen. Not a great start to 2021.

Be Connected Month at the Library G ET TOGETHER WITH others who are interested in developing digital skills and improving their confidence with technology.

This is part of the Be Connected learning program on Thursday, February 18, 10-noon at Rainbow Beach and 2-4pm at Tin Can Bay.

Join us to share what you’ve learned, get help, and try some fun and useful online skills in a relaxed session.

Check out the Community News website and the What’s On page to find out what else is on at your local library.

As a Be Connected Network Partner, we can help you discover how being online can add new skills and experiences to your life - for free.

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- that a large part of road safety comes down to driver attitude and that the majority of single vehicle rollovers are the result of a poor driver attitude. - that the roads could be better - with more overtaking lanes - and being stuck behind a slow driver is annoying, but that your life is way more important than getting to your destination a few minutes faster. I’ve written so many articles about road safety recently I have a definite sense of Déjà vu as I’m typing away

here. Unfortunately, the accidents keep happening, so I guess my question is – “Police are aware of the importance of road safety – are you?”

Plant of the Month

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UR PLANT of the Month is “Leptospermum speciosum”, commonly known as “Showy Tea Tree”, which is a shrub that typically grows to a height of 1-3 metres or a tree that can grow to 5-6 metres with pale bark that sheds in strips. The younger stems are covered in fine hairs. This plant has five-petalled white flowers in heads of four to eight. Flowering mainly occurs August to September and the fruit is a woody capsule 5mm in diameter, with the remains of the sepal attached which falls off when mature. Leptospermum speciosum enjoys full sun and attracts birds, bees and butterflies. Also, this plant is widely known and grown for the highest level of dihydroxyacetone (DHA) initially present in the nectar of Manuka flowers, and harvested to make the

highest grade quality honey. We do realise that COVID-19 is still going to be ever present in our lives, but we at City Farm are trying our best to live within the boundaries. We would like to reiterate also that we are a Cash Only organisation. City Farm Nursery is located opposite the Community Centre on Tin Can Bay Road, open Tues to Thurs 8am-3pm. Phone (07) 5486-2304, email: ccfni09@gmail.com, website: cooloolacityfarm.org

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Creative Cuts Blues burners at the Country Club

Choir rehearsals begin Rehearsals begin 3pm Friday, February 5 in the Vets’ and Community Hall. Singing for fun is going to be our aim with harmony and new compositions amongst our themes. There is still some concern about the easy way germs can be transmitted in this ‘Coronavirus age’. However, singing is one of the most therapeutic activities one can enjoy and another way to get to know a group of like minded souls. Do join us. Contact Pam 0427 180 649 or email: kcisf327@gmail.com

Music Plus in March We are planning to start Music Plus evenings next month on the last Thursday, March 25 at 7pm in the Vets’ and Community Hall, Cooloola Cove.

Originally formed 15 years ago on the Sunshine Coast, these fine tuned musicians will take you on a journey from Chicago to Texas, into the American Deep South, playing the music of John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and Stevie Ray Vaughn. This five piece band includes Roger Koller on Bass, the backbeat drive of Ross Healey on drums, powerful lead vocals and Dobro slide guitar of Mark Porter, Blues Harp maestro Peter Stuart and Gold Coast guitar singer Doug Marsden. So if you are a dedicated blues listener or like to dance be at the Tin Can Bay Country Club, 7pm, Friday February 5.

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Covid 19 is our main problem as the very act of singing can be responsible for easily distributed infections. However we have been so lucky in this area so far. Feel free to wear a mask if you wish. Let us know if you want another ‘Music in the Park’. Feedback is always welcome. For more information call Pam: 0427 180 649 or email: kcisf327@gmail. com

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ECENT STORMS and heavy rain have shown that emergency services are prepared but residents need to be ready too. You can make a big difference to your safety by taking a few small steps: 1. Prepare your home – make sure your gutters are clean, trim trees and overhanging branches, secure loose items that could be blown around 2. Pack your emergency kit – prepare for at least three days of isolation 3. Have an emergency and evacuation plan – make sure you include your pets 4. Make sure you have adequate insurance in place Get Ready Queensland provides a yearround program helping all Queenslanders prepare for natural disasters and provides great information about being prepared – getready.qld.gov.au For local disaster management information visit Council’s Disaster Dashboard – disaster.gympie.qld.gov.au Gympie Regional Council continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will assess any potential impacts on Council services and events. COVID-19 updates and information can be found on Council’s website, gympie. qld.gov.au, and the Queensland Health website, health.qld.gov.au. Cooloola Coast Community Local Disaster Management Support Group meets quarterly on the first Tuesday of the month (March, June, September and December 2021), at Cooloola Cove Veterans and Community Hall, Santa Maria Court, Cooloola Cove. Contact: Terry Steele - 0439 862 264.

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Now you see it - now you don’t


N ONGOING ISSUE in Rainbow Beach is the overgrown cotton tree, walking from the rainbow stairs to the lookout - as views are totally obscured. Once again I asked Council, when will it be attended to? And, for best use of resources, the next time it is pruned please can it be trimmed at a foot high, like it has been in the past (rather than as tall as a person, and blocking our views)? Cr Jess Milne said,”The cotton trees are a difficult one as I understand they had missed some pruning rounds and did grow out. If pruned back too hard too fast there is risk of die off and they are crucial to bank stabilisation. “I raised this concern with the Parks Manager early on as I had noted some cotton tree die off in TCB after a hard prune and it is also in a high wind area. “While it would be great to have the views, the erosion control benefit is something that needs to be cared for otherwise there might not be a walkway to enjoy the views from.” Unfortunately, as a tourist town, we rely on that view. Before we lobbied for the view to return and be trimmed low a few years back - it had also been while

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between pruning rounds - and that cotton tree just keeps surviving. If there was die off - surely a more suitable bush could be planted, perhaps something that didn’t require a cherry picker and expensive pruning - rather than something that only requires a few weeks before it is overgrown again? Jess responded to our query, “I believe the trees were planted back in the ‘90s as erosion control mitigation. I think there have also been numerous shea-oak and pandanus plantings back then as well. Unfortunately the latter two didn’t do so well but the cotton trees have done the job, so I suspect replacement planting would not be viable or practical.”

Cottonwood trees have been under scrutiny in the nearby Cottonwood Tree Study at Shelly Beach and Currimundi, April 2019 for Sunshine Coast Council. Locals acknowledged a divide in their community regarding Cottonwood trees. Concerns included: - widespread clearing - vegetation management within coastal areas is currently inadequate - included weed control and management of views along the Coastal Pathway - greater education needs to come from Council in relation to the suitability of Cottonwood trees within dunal areas - reduction in land value due to

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Cottonwood trees impacting views from their property - agreed that dunal areas should be comprised of native plant species that are fit for purpose - loss of native vegetation and biodiversity within dunal areas dune to competition from Cottonwood trees - do Cottonwood trees fit the definition of a pioneer plant - better species selection is required for revegetation works in dunal areas - suggested replacement species included banksias and she-oaks, ground cover included pigs face, coastal spinifex and blue flax lily.

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HE COMMUNITY NEWS received this from Dave Tardrew last month who asked Council: Can you please advise if and when mowing of parks will resume? Given this is the busiest Rainbow Beach has ever been it is a very poor reflection on Council that parks continue not to be mowed. In all areas very unsightly and up to 1 metre high in places (a safety issue re. snakes, etc). I am sure if anybody in Council or a local councillor were to come to Rainbow Beach they would agree. Appears nothing has changed since the previous regime when in one instance, at Christmas, local people had to tidy parks, removing rubbish and mow parkland. Previously we got excuses, surely not again. The Community News had also let Council

Review of K’gari (Fraser Island) bushfires N

O ANSWERS are forthcoming yet to business owners re the Fraser Island bushfire event. However a Landowners Association has been formed and RBCT representatives attended a meeting last month in Hervey Bay and will lobby for recognition that there is more than one access point to Fraser Island, and government bodies need to communicate with all affected parties. The office of the Inspector-General Emergency Management is undertaking a review of the bushfire event - with the date for responses from the community closing before it could be communicated via the monthly Community News. The review will examine the effectiveness of preparedness activities and the response to the K’gari bushfire by entities responsible for the management of the island and bushfire and disaster management in Queensland. Public submissions were due January 22 at Kgari.Review@igem.qld.gov.au

Why aren’t grounds maintained during peak holiday periods?

know that lawns were well overdue for maintenance. We received a phone call from that department - and due to staff shortages over holidays, prolific rain, etc., that they weren’t scheduled to start until later that week. Although I was grateful for the personal contact from Council, I reiterated it was still important for tourists to see town in our best light... and that tourist areas should be a priority over residential, during peak holiday periods - to no avail. The new main street works look fresh - but their unkempt lawns make our little corner of the world look neglected and less attractive. What’s your opinion? Email: info@rbcn. com.au

Dolphin News by Norma Sanderson


BUMPER SEASON at the Dolphin Centre with visitors from all corners of Australia due to COVID. The dolphins did not miss a day during the holiday season, but some days we only had Mystique and Patch, then the females, Ella and Aussie, would arrive with their calves. Harmony had made his entrance many times and still has some issues with Patch. The water is warmer during summer so the dolphins are showing their rich base colour of pink on the underbelly and rostrum. We are blessed with having the most concentrated numbers of the Australian Humpback dolphins in Australia within the region. We wish to educate the importance of recycling and not allow rubbish to enter waterways here or wherever their special paradise is around the world. We are still finding local people promoting feeding at Carlo again. This issue has been reported to the Department of Environment and hopefully fines will be imposed. Dolphins are protected and illegal feeding is prohibited. I wish to acknowledge our wonderful volunteers who put in the extra hours during the school holidays so the operation could run smoothly.

Lifeguard report


LLEGAL CAMPING has been a constant complaint in town for years and an agenda item for Rainbow Beach Commerce and Tourism meetings. Camping in the beach carpark and the mess left behind was the main concern, RBCT members noted the situation had worsened, possibly because of lower numbers at Inskip Point Campgrounds. At the January RBCT meeting, Cr Jess Milne advised there was a six-week trial education - where council rangers issued warnings. She said it was an important issue, affecting Tin Can Bay as well and more funding required. It was discussed that, unfortunately, the current guidelines do not distinguish between self contained RVs and regular ‘backpacker’ campervans. Currently there is no freedom or budget camping offered within walking distance to town in Rainbow Beach. If these existed, evidence from other

RV-friendly sites has shown that it would be a great way to increase responsible tourists and funding into our towns, rather than being seen as a location that doesn’t welcome RV travellers who enjoy freedom camping. Perhaps there is a community group who would like to offer their volunteers for a steady fundraising income?

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Cr Jess Milne says she has been advised that a sanitiser will be installed “in the near future” at the water station, near Rainbow Beach Dump Point. This was requested by RBCT after the gastro outbreaks at Inskip Point.

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By Jake IFEGUARDS AND lifesavers saw massive numbers over holidays enjoying the beautiful beach days at Rainbow Beach and Double Island. The start of the holidays saw some rough seas and wild weather, which stripped heaps of sand from the beach and Mudlo Rocks - which has claimed three cars over the holidays.

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Holidays also had the invaluable Double Island Point roving lifeguards on duty moving most the days around the Point and the campgrounds, making sure people were swimming in safe areas. On behalf of the lifeguards and lifesavers at Rainbow Beach and Double Island, we hope you had a great summer holiday!

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How exciting to meet another exceptional Gen Zer who with the help of supportive parents, is living life to the full and kicking major goals.

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AYLEY HALL, with parents Roy and Nadine and sister Shayla, own a property in Rainbow Beach and love to visit as often as they can. Seventeen-year-old Bayley started kart racing when he was only six, and with dad Roy spent many years at the kart tracks fine tuning his skills with the intention of chasing his dream of being a racing car driver. The dream was realised with Bayley competing in the Australian GT, Super GT Australia and NSW/QLD Sports sedans in a Mk1 Ford Focus V8. He has been racing nationally even though he had only just recently removed his L-plates on the normal roads. But, the big news is ... Bayley has just been signed for 2021 by Porsche! Porsche in Australia is a support category to Supercars and Bayley will compete in the Michelin Sprint Challenge Cup with the mighty McElrea Racing, who are one of the most professional and most successful Porsche racing car providers in Australia. “I had the opportunity to drive in a Porsche test day at the Queenssland raceway where I completed 100 laps, thanks to an opportunity from Andy McElrea,” explained Bayley. “I’m looking forward to the new year, a Sprint Challenge race weekend will have practice and qualifying on a Friday, and racing Saturday and an endurance race on Sunday.” Bayley has had a great deal of practice on the Porsche Simulator, as the Porsche was a totally different car to anything he had driven. “It is a totally different car. It is rear engined, left-hand drive, and it’s an aerodynamic car with less horsepower and big tyres,” Bayley said. “The amount of lateral grip is nothing compared to what I have driven before and - there are no negatives - it was perfect on the day. “I felt I went well during the trial and during the last day of school I was called into the office and told I had been signed and was now a professional! I feel being a professional race car driver is my journey, it is what I was born to do.” Bayley has a three-year contract starting with a one-year Challenge Cup followed by two years of the Carerra Cup. “Once you win at this level, they have a ‘Porsche Shout Out’ in Europe where I will have the opportunity to take part in a multi-day event, where I compete to be the next Porsche Junior Driver in Europe. “It goes to show how Porsche is Australia’s best pathway to International GT Championships.” With Porsche, all the cars are identical so it is totally dependent on the driver’s ability, and to further challenge the drivers, there are no driver aids. Bayley’s dad has been his engineer for the past two years and now Bayley will have an ex formula one engineer,




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“I am really looking forward to the new engineer driver relationship,” he said. “Personally, I think the best way to put how I feel is, it is a dream come true. This is the best opportunity I’ve had and this year is an opportunity to cement my career in Andy’s team.” To give you an indication of his character, Bayley is still in school, starting grade 12 at Coomera Anglican College and last year topped physics and received another academic award. Bayley said: “I try to repay my parents by being the best version of myself with school, chores and driving as I can.” At the start of this year at Bathurst Bayley realised his career and enjoyment was in GT endurance rather than Supercars. “I always had the confidence in myself, so when Dad asked if I was ready I said ‘hell yeah’ and here we are today going for the GT - I always had the belief - I just had to make it happen.” Bayley acknowledges the role his family have played. “Mum and Dad have done everything for me from karting to jumping into a race car at 14 and putting me into the best situation I could be in for success. “My sister Shayla does all my photography and looks after the social media platforms and videography.” Bayley is also completing a Certificate III in Business, working with his father one day a week in his financial planning business, Hall Finance and Insurance Solutions, which continue to support Bayleys racing financially. Hall Finance is Bayley’s only sponsor, but now he is in one of Australia’s most highly regarded cars and teams, the benefits for a sponsor are much more professional and beneficial for those who support Bayley. It would also be a big relief for the family as it’s such an expensive sport. The family love Rainbow Beach, with Mum Nadine saying she first came with her parents in 1995/6 to camp at Teewah and she has been coming back ever since. “We had the best family memories of my childhood and loved surfing, riding the scooter for bread and milk and using the change to buy warheads. “It was safe to walk into every cafe with no shoes on and it’s still pretty cool and usually pretty quiet.” Well done Bayley, we are all behind you.

Above: Bayley Hall has just been signed for 2021 by Porsche Below: The Hall Family at Townsville 2020 after winning the Tin Tops Event supporting for Supercars

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Welcome back to all of our wider school community! by Rainbow Beach State School Principal, Steve Bennett


WOULD LIKE TO extend a warm welcome to our returning and new students and families joining Rainbow Beach State School this year. We are proud of the successes in 2020, especially given the challenges faced along the way. Our staff are feeling refreshed and rejuvenated after the summer holidays and we are ready to have some fun in 2021. This year we will have a Prep/1 Class with myself and Mrs Lawler as the teachers. We both consider ourselves privileged to be working with these young people at the beginning of their primary education journey. We will have a Year 2/3 class led by the dynamic duo Ms Tina McColl and Mrs Lynne Chamberlain. We also have a Year 4/5/6 class taught by inspirational Mr Peter Mileson. Our school and students will also be supported by our incredible teacher aides, Mrs Theresa Dargusch, Mrs Jill Lane and Mrs Sarah Brantz. We have the amazing Mrs Cate White in administration who is the friendly face in the office. We also need to mention Mr Micheal White and Mr Marty Picot who keep our grounds looking ship shape! These people, along

Right: Welcome Owen - parents Kim and John Dargusch drop him off to Prep

with our students and families, are the reason we have a great school. I look forward to sharing our school news and events with you in 2021. We are very happy to have Chappy Ronnie returning to Rainbow Beach State School this year! For those that may not have had the pleasure of meeting Chappy Ronnie, she worked at Rainbow Beach State School a few years ago and was always ready to lend a hand wherever she was needed. We are all very excited to have her back for 2021 and look forward to working with her in support of our wider school community.

Kai has the whole family there on the first day of school - parents, Michael and Annie Nguyen, with siblings Kaida and Kaiden

KINDYLINQ Rainbow Beach State School is one of the fortunate schools across Queensland to host KindyLinQ again in 2021. KindyLinQ is an early learning program for three- and four-year-old children who attend with a parent/caregiver. KindyLinQ is play based and aims to support children’s learning, development and engagement prior to starting school. Sessions will recommence at Rainbow Beach State School library on Tuesday February 2, run every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am to 11am and are

provided free of charge. Our team has been busy organising resources for this initiative. This year KindyLinQ sessions will be run by Rainbow Beach State School teacher, Mrs Lynne Chamberlain, (Miss C) and Early Years Support Co-ordinator, Mrs Sarah Brantz. If you have any questions or would like to be a part of KindyLinQ please contact Rainbow Beach State School on 5486 9333 or drop in and say hello. We are very excited and can’t wait to see our KindyLinQ friends again.

Below: Colette Brennan and Steven Hiley bring an excited Lyla to her first day at Rainbow Beach State School

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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.

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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 www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/ 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. www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/ 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.

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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.

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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. qld.gov. 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. www.nprsr.qld.gov. 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. nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/great -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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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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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 rbcn.com.au Country at .the Beach

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“If you are an existing patient at Cooloola Coast General Practice - Tin Can Bay or Rainbow Beach - you will already be on Cooloola Cove’s books,” said Sandy. “We welcome new patients and visitors to the region.” Appointments can be booked online at cooloolacoastgp.com.au or call the one convenient number 07 5486 4600.

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UPPORT YOUR local Aquatic Centre. (Remember, you are only allowed to bomb dive when a lifeguard is on deck.) I can never express enough the power water has on families and individuals for rehabilitation, mental health, functional mobility and safety around and in the water. The change in patrons from having mobility issues to feeling less pain, some even fully functional again, they have definitely pulled a few heart strings at the Aquatic Centre. Local squad members, Keira and Maia, cool down at the pool

Face masks sold locally L AST MONTH’S Brisbane lockdown caught some locals off guard - Marie Gardner from Rainbow Beach Safety Supplies said, “People called and said they looked everywhere for a face mask”. With Covid, she said, “People need to know I have them on hand, especially when other places are sold out.” In fact, Marie stocks non-toxic dust masks and masks with a valve, as well as disposable and fabric face masks. As a qualified PPE specialist, Marie is

The Aquatic Centre had a visit from the Hervey Bay Swimming Club over the holidays. What a great group of swimmers. They trained very hard, and I was informed by the swimmers they call it hell week! If you want to know how to get moving or when, come on in! Swimming club starts second week back at school, Thursdays 5pm, all welcome! Book now for Term One swimming, four- and eight-week blocks available. There will be no casual lessons available, so you must book in for blocks or private. They are the most affordable lessons on the coast! Don’t forget we have Aqua Aerobics Monday to Friday 9am, with an extra class on Wednesdays at 7am. Thanks to all our patrons for supporting us!

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Tin Can Bay Quilters resume W

E’RE BACK TO our weekly meetings and are happy to see former faces and new ones. We have many activities organised all through the year, as well as projects for the month, with so many choices our ladies are having a difficult time deciding. We welcome new members and visitors who we hope leave with warm memories. 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 Tuesday at 9am, see you there, please bring a cup, morning tea, correct monies and a pen. The Community Centre, Gympie Road opposite Bayside Road, Cooloola Cove turn off. Contact: Annabell 0412 491 830.

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Back in the groove with events by Tin Can Bay RSL Sub-Branch


ITH THE HOLIDAY season at an end, we at the Tin Can Bay RSL SubBranch celebrated Australia Day 2021 in great Aussie fashion – with a BBQ (might even find a prawn or two), live entertainment, and raffles. We are also getting back into the groove with our regular events and activities. Our Drop-in Sausage Sizzle provides an opportunity for members, veterans, and the community to get information about services and support, or just have a chance to talk to someone. These are held on the first Friday of the month from 11.30am through to 1.30pm, with the first for 2021 planned for Friday February 5. The Veteran’s and Community Morning Tea will continue, with the next to be held on Tuesday February 9 at the RSL, starting at 10am. Again, all in the community are invited. Regular events and activities such as the Friday night members’ draw and the ever-

popular Sunday BBQ on the deck with live entertainment continue each week. New members are always welcome. Join as a Service or ex-Service member if eligible or as one of our social members. Volunteers are also always welcome. If you would like to help out with things around the Sub-branch, it would be great to hear from you – members and nonmembers alike! Whether you can spare time on a regular basis or on a one-time event, please contact us or drop in to the office or bar and let us know. The Annual General Meeting of Tin Can Bay RSL Sub-Branch Incorporated is on Sunday, February 21 at the Tin Can Bay RSL Sub-branch, 45 Gympie Road, Tin Can Bay. Attendees are asked to arrive at 8.30am for a 9am start. Only current financial Service members are eligible to attend the AGM. If unsure of your membership status, please arrive early to check.

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Members can be proud of ‘The Shed’ T

HE YEAR’S IN full swing at Tin Can Bay Community and Men’s Shed. New courses are planned and new members will be elected to the Committee of Management at our AGM to be held on February 13. They will carry on the enthusiasm and lead the way forward for members to enjoy perhaps a smoother year than last. Hopefully Covid and the restrictions will not be repeated, allowing members to benefit year round from what the Shed has to offer. Huge thanks must be given to the hard work of last year’s committee in achieving so many goals - the main one is provision of power. We’ve certainly come a long way both in the physical appearance, the surrounds and its collaborative/community ‘feel’. Open to both men and women, the Shed and its members benefit from the input, skills, expertise and contributions of all. A rearrangement of the workshop area now sees a dedicated metal work area, a more functional and well laid out wood working area and a more accessible and organised storage area for hand held power tools, hardware and timber. New ductwork will soon be installed as part of a dust extraction system thanks to a

$4,000 donation from the Tin Can Bay Lions Club. This system will provide an environment conducive to the health and wellbeing of the members operating machinery within the workshop. And now that most of the hard work is over, more emphasis will be given to social activities for members such as games challenges, trivia, BBQs and special gettogethers. Planned future classes include Cajon drum making, resin pouring, beehive making, carving and welding, to name a few. With the membership year just begun, now is a great time to join and reap the rewards of a full year’s activities. At $50/ year it’s less than $1/week. So come on over and see what we can offer you. We’re located in the City Farm / Community Complex area, Tin Can Bay and we’re always open each weekday between 9am-noon and some afternoons and weekends as well. Lathe / Scroll Saw classes are on each morning, Macrame is 9am Monday, Computer/IT/Phone is on Thursdays 1-2pm and Chess/Rummikub at 9am, Fridays. Call Bryan Phillips, Shed Manager, on 0420 299 651 for enquiries.


Banks calling in farmers’ loans By Tony Stewart Rainbow Beach DroughtRunners 0408 767 930


HERE HAVE BEEN some wonderful rains over most of Western Queensland, with only a few areas missing a good soaking. Hopefully, follow up rains have come. But it doesn’t rain dollars and unfortunately the Banks have called in loans on some properties. It is sad when you get sold up all due to years of drought.. Due to Covid we were a lot quieter helping families in crisis because of drought and bush fires. In 2020 we saw six loads of food hampers to Longreach ,Warwick and Gin Gin, plus $35,000 in vouchers and donations to those suffering mental health issues in the Longreach area and fire victims in North


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East Victoria, for a total close to $100,000. This month we thank: Rotary Bendigo, Judy Dakin, Bernards and Tin Can Bay Bakery, Snak Shak and Lees, Bay Auto, David and Valerie Wright, IGAs and Drakes. Wayne Kerle helped generate $2000 through bottle and can collection at Rainbow Waters and the Surf Club (unfortunately ceased due to persons robbing our bins). $2000 has been sent to Fencing For Fires in Victoria, $500 for school children from Rolleston towards their holiday in Rainbow Beach, and $2000 to Longreach. Thank you donors!

We try to help as many groups as possible, so please be understanding if we edit your contributions or cannot promote your group every month. If you have a special event please let us know about it in the month before. High resolution photos should be over 500kb so they look beautiful in the paper. Iphone images should be fine. Ask us about our tip sheet. Please email your reports by the 18th of the month to info@rbcn.com.au

Cooloola Coast Probus Club news M

EMBERS GATHERED with a lot of smiles and chin-wagging after the Christmas break. We had enjoyed our Christmas lunch and skits in December, and many kept in touch over the holiday season, but to all be together again at our January meeting was very welcome. Guest Speaker was our local Councillor, Jess Milne, who spoke of her road to seeking election, and encouraged us to contact the Gympie Regional Council with our concerns and ideas - preferably in writing. She also answered many questions about local issues. Member Cherryl Mossman joined the Women’s Royal Australian Army Corps (WRAAC) as a young girl and gave a short illustrated talk about her service and the friendships made. Margaret Ambrose is moving interstate, but she plans to join another Probus Club near her new home. She has been our hospitality officer and was farewelled at a morning tea. February’s meeting on Monday February 8 will be held in Gympie, with lunch at the Phoenix Hotel after attending the annual Probus Ecumenical Service, but we’ll be back in March to our normal meeting place each second Monday of the month at 2pm at the Sandcastle Motel in Tin Can Bay. We welcome new members. Contact Arthur 07-5486 4581 or Katrina at cooloolaprobus@gmail.com Everyone happily chatting at the meeting John, Kaye, Jo and others

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Royals win Memorial Match

Greg Eaton (Lionel’s son-in-law) presents the trophy to Muhommad, watched by Edith, Lionel and Edith’s eldest daughter Jackie Eaton, and son in law Gary Hopewell


T WAS HOT out on the pitch but an exciting finish saw the Gympie Royals take the win in the Lionel McBride Memorial Cricket Match held at Rainbow last month. Our Rainbow boys scored a hefty 225 but thanks to a sterling performance by Man of the Match, Muhommad Adeel Abid, with one wicket and 116 runs, the Royals went home with a great win. It was the third year the match has been played in honour of Lionel who sadly passed away on Australia Day 2018. His wife Edith (a Rainbow Beach local) was touched by the respect the teams showed in holding the match and the support provided by local businesses, Rainbow Beach Meats and the Sports and Recreation Club in sponsoring the day. Lionel and Edith’s son-in-law, Greg Eaton, presented the perpetual Man of the Match trophy which he handmade from a piece of Huon pine (a souvenir from a trip Lionel and Edith had taken to Tasmania prior to his death). Edith said, “The match was really exciting and our boys played a super game – we had a great but emotional day. Thank you to Matto and the guys for helping us to remember Lionel and the fun he had whilst scoring for the Rainbow Beach Team. “It was wonderful to have my daughters, my son Craig and his partner Diana, my granddaughter Eva and my son-in-laws there on the day. Thank you also to the locals who came down to watch the match.”

Tin Can Bay to host junior dragon boaters Gwyneth Moore


HIS YEAR WAS the Dragon’s turn to host the Australia Day “battle “ between the Yachties, Dragons and Sailability, for the now famous Olive Dish Trophy. These ‘friendly’ games are held each year at the TCB Yacht Club on Australia Day, with novelty races on water and land. Great fun for the participants and observers. This year was late to organise due to COVID plans. On February 23-25, Dragon Boat QLD has chosen TCB for three days of on-water training and coaching for 22 Sonics which is the name for junior dragon boaters. Again, this was late being confirmed. This will be a great promotion of our region and

an opportunity for locals to see two dragon boats racing on the Creek as the Sonics train. (They will use our two dragon boats.) Also Dragon Boat QLD has given the green light to commence competition/regattas. Strict COVID plans are in place. The State Titles will be held March 6-7 so training to build fitness and stamina has commenced. Cooloola Dragons who wish to compete in State Titles will complete as Wide Bay Warriors with our Dragon friends from Hervey Bay. As always the invitation is there for anyone to come and try. We provide a friendly and helpful environment for you to “have a go!”. For further information please contact Norma: 0439 075 271.

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Golf news

Helen Gordon, Golf Club Secretary


UR LADY GOLFERS commenced their 2021 Season with Carolyn Gamble (one of our newer members) winning the Stableford event with 37 points. Our course is improving daily with the green staff working hard whilst the grass is growing very quickly after recent rainfall. With a lot of people holidaying in the area over the summer break, it has been noted that several homes have changed hands. If you are one of the new arrivals in the area and wish to join our golf club, please come to the front counter of the Country Club and the staff will help you with your application.

If you are an affiliated member of another Australian golf club a transfer can be arranged to our club. Social players are also very welcome and can contact the Pro Shop on 0409 727 577 to book a hit off time. Lessons are also available from James, our Resident Pro, by ringing the same number. Motorised Carts can be hired from the club and should be booked in the same manner. Visiting affiliated golf members are always welcome to play in our various competitions and should also be booked. We are looking forward to having a much happier 2021 and hope everyone remains healthy.

Out and About

Summer Bronze Camp Thank you to the Surf Club families for photos!

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Jack Devine and Taj Yates are assessed on their rescues

Recruits learn how to save lives

It takes a lot of organisation behind the scenes with water safety officers and instructors volunteering to train new lifesavers at the week long camp and weekend sessions - thanks to all involved!

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Congratulations to the new Surf Rescue Certificate and Bronze Medallion recipients they will join patrols on our beach

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Fishing, Boating & the Great Outdoors

Out on Baitrunner Mat Cooper Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters 0439 775 070


I ALL. FIRSTLY I hope you all had a great New Year’s Eve. Fishing over the last month has been awesome and for this time of the year especially. We have even managed to bad out the boat with snapper around Christmas time in a couple of hours and only keeping the larger ones. Plenty of quality Pearl Perch have also

been coming over and the occasional nice trout. We managed a few nice Reds, however the sharks seem to be winning with quite a few heads coming up. Parrot, Moses Perch, husser, wrasse, cod, cobia, and sweetlip have been putting plenty of colour in the mix. It’s impossible to pick just two pictures so remember to look up Facebook for all the catches and regular posts. Cheers Mat Above: Bag out day on snapper for Baitrunner Right: Regular, Beu, with another nice pair of Reds

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Last Quarter Last Quarter

the annual club championship, trophies and prizes. A great way to have fun, socialise, learn new skills and participate in a healthy competition in amazing Rainbow Beach. For those interested we will be holding our inaugural meeting at the Deck @ Sea Salt on Thursday March 4 to select committee members and brief/ discuss the club’s format. Time of meeting to be advised. If you would like to be involved, please contact Gardiner Fisheries on 0404 853 232 for more information.

Fishing, Boating & the Great Outdoors

Catches Keely Rose Fishing Charters from Left: Happy guys fishing on the Keely Rose with a triple hook up on spectacular Red Emperor

Right: Dennis got a work out with this cracking estuary cod in perfect offshore conditions

Survival after falling overboard

by Coast Guard Tin Can Bay


ADLY, IN AUSTRALIA we have had a spate of deaths and lucky escapes from people falling overboard from boats recently. The latest episode involved a man on his big vessel off Caloundra who was knocked off the vessel while trying to secure his dinghy. Fortunately, he was able to swim to a large shipping channel marker and was rescued and survived. Others have mostly resulted in death, including two cases in Western Australia just last month. In all recent cases, those who fell off their boats were not wearing a life jacket, even while boating alone. Although the water is relatively warm at the moment, hypothermia is still possible after about 12 to 20 hours in the sea, but far less in winter. None of these people had expected to


find themselves unexpectedly in the sea. If boating alone offshore, wearing a lifejacket at all times is a smart thing to do. Modern inflatable jackets take up very little space and do not interfere with any physical activity. They do need to be serviced, but for private use, this can be done by the owner. Your author learned the hard way a few years ago after falling from a racing yacht during a wild storm. Luckily a radio call was made by several vessels and I was recovered after about 45 minutes in large sea swells that made it hard to be seen by the rescuers. I was already nearing exhaustion. A wise old skipper said to me when I joined Coast Guard, “if they could see what we see, they wouldn’t do what they do”. Of all the ways there are to die, I can’t imagine drowning would be the most pleasant.

Next month, we are hoping to have news about changes to Marine Rescue services in Queensland as a result of the Blue Water Review in 2019. The project was shelved after the bushfires in early 2020 closely followed by the battle to contain COVID-19. Since the recent state election, evidence is mounting that the potential merger of Coast Guard and VMR is getting back on track. In the meantime, we keep training, and as always, we are here to assist you when you are in trouble on the water.


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HE HEAT AND humidity set the scene for an awesome mangrove jack season. This year we had 133 competitors pushing their limits for a share in a $3700 prize pool. Over 14 days, competitors logged 140 mangrove jack caught. What’s brilliant is that 127 were released. An outstanding effort by all entrants and fantastic to see all entrants supporting sustainable fishing.

Live baits such as herring and flicker mullet saw the winning tickets, but our quality whole baits and flesh baits were right on their tail. This year’s bragging rights for each division go to: Heaviest Estuary Jack Kevin Brooks (Chook) 55cm and 2.8004kg Longest Catch and Release Jack Stewart – 53cm Heaviest Offshore Jack Brett North – 1.449kg Massive thanks to all competitors and our partners. Without your support we could not run fishing comps of this caliber. If you are chasing the elusive mangrove jack drop in and have a chat. You can also find us on Facebook and Instagram or call us!

Above: Drew, Catherine and Eloise from Gardiner Fisheries hosted TV chef, Phippsy (Andy Phipps) for a delicious cooking demonstration for the Mangrove Jack Competition last month

Right: Kevin Brooks won the Heaviest Estuary Jack at 55cm and 2.8004kg Left: Rodney Peak shows off his mangrove jack

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by the Tin Can Bay Fishing Club


HREE FISHING training days - free to locals - are planned. Check out pages 8 and 9 and book early on 0437 242 717, as numbers are limited. With the warmer weather the mangrove jack have become more active and have been caught on various flesh baits as well as live baits such as poddy mullet, herrings and diver whiting. While the better quality fish have been caught at night, early mornings and late afternoons have been productive, particularly on the rising tide. The bite period seems to be fairly short at the moment with most activity being for up to an hour some time on the top half of the rising tide, so it seems to be the right time in the right place is important. Most of the local creek systems have produced jacks during the last couple of weeks. If the jacks prove to be elusive on the day there are usually a couple of gold or black spot cod or bream to be caught to put on the dinner plate. The inside reefs have produced a few fish with sweetlip, nannygai, slatey bream and

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large tusk fish being caught. The grey overcoat brigade are patrolling the reefs at the moment as any live bait or larger flesh bait put down to try to catch a cod are being hammered within minutes by toothy variety sharks of all sizes. Two in the two-to-three meter range have been wrestled to the side of the boat recently for a quick photo and then released. The summer whiting and flathead are a bit elusive at the moment with a bit of effort required to catch a feed . They have been seen in the shallows but finding them in a hungry mood seems difficult. There are always a few winter whiting to be found in the deeper water and keep a look out for squid following them up and have a jig at the ready. It is not the traditional time of the year to catch squid, but there are still a few small patches around to top up the fresh bait if not enough for a feed. There are a few mud crabs around at the moment but individual catches in good numbers must be difficult with the large numbers of pots seen in the creek systems, especially over the holiday period.

A Little Humour GUIDE DOG A blind man walks into a store with his guide dog. All of a sudden, he picks up the leash and begins swinging the dog over his head. The manager runs up to the man and asks, “What are you doing?!!” The blind man replies, “Just looking around.” TALKING DOG A guy sees a sign in front of a house: ‘Talking Dog For Sale.’ He rings the bell and the owner appears and tells him the dog is in the backyard. The guy goes into the backyard and sees a nice looking Labrador Retriever sitting there. “You talk?” he asks. “Yep,” the Lab replies. After the guy recovers from the shock of hearing a dog talk, he says, “So, what’s your story?” The Lab looks up and says, “Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young. I wanted to help the government, so I told the ASIO. In no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping. “I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years running... but the jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn’t getting any younger so I decided to settle down. “I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security, wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded a batch of medals. I got married, had a load of puppies, and now I’m just retired.” The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog. “Ten dollars,” the guy says. “Ten dollars? This dog is amazing! Why on Earth are you selling him so cheap?”

“Because he’s a b$##@*** liar. He’s never been out of the yard.” MORE DOGS I bought a dachshund on a cowboy’s recommendation. He told me to get a long little doggy. FEATHERED FRIENDS A lady goes to her parish priest one day and tells him, “Father, I have a problem. I have two female parrots but they only know how to say one thing.” “What do they say?” the priest inquired. “They say, ‘Hi, we’re prostitutes. Do you want to have some fun?’” the woman said embarrassed. “That’s obscene!” the priest exclaimed, “I can see why you are embarrassed.” He thought a minute and then said, “You know, I may have a solution to this problem. I have two male parrots whom I have taught to pray and read the Bible. Bring your two parrots over to my house and we will put them in the cage with Francis and Job. My parrots can teach your parrots to praise and worship. I’m sure your parrots will stop saying that...that phrase in no time.” “Thank you,” the lady responded, “this may very well be the solution.” The next day, she brought her female parrots to the priest’s house. As he ushered her in, she saw his two male parrots were inside their cage, holding their rosary beads and praying. Impressed, she walked over and placed her parrots in with them. After just a couple of seconds, the female parrots exclaimed out in unison, “Hi, we’re prostitutes. Do you want to have some fun?” There was a stunned silence. Finally, one male parrot looked over at the other male parrot and said, “Put the beads away, Francis, our prayers have been answered!”

LITTLE JOHNNY Finding one of her students making faces at others on the playground.... ....Miss Smith stopped to gently reprimand the child. Smiling sweetly, the Sunday school teacher said, “Johnny, when I was a little girl, I was told that if I made ugly faces, it would freeze and I would stay like that.” Little Johnny looked up and replied, “Well, Miss Smith, you can’t say you weren’t warned.” AN OLD MAN WALKS INTO A BAR An old man walks into a bar and sees a jar full of wrinkly, dried up lemon rinds. He sits down and orders a beer from one hell of a beefy, muscled bartender. He takes a shakey sip from his dark, dark beer, puts it back down, and asks about the lemons as old and shriveled as he is. “We have a bet at this bar,” says the muscles with a mouth. “I take one half of a lemon, squeeze it as hard as I am capable, then hand the lemon to you. If you can squeeze even a single drop of lemon juice from the lemon, free drinks for life.” The old man considers this while he finishes his beer. Placing his empty glass down, he pipes up, “I will take your challenge.” As-wide-as-tall makes a noise like a chuckle through his Jumanji beard “You’re having a laugh. No way. My pinkie weighs as much as you, Skinandbones. We’ve had lumberjacks, linemen, bodybuilders almost as enormous as myself try. No one, *NO ONE,* has ever squozen a drop from the lemon.” “That’s quite alright. I’ll take your challenge nonetheless.” “Alright, but you buy the lemon.” So the man puts down 60¢. The tree with legs cuts the lemon in two and squeezes one half as hard as he can, muscles and veins pumping comically, juicing the tart yellow glob entirely, and handing the


remains over to the old man, each as dry as the Sahara. The human stick figure carefully wraps his soft digits around the rind, and slowly closes them into a fist. He does not squeeze a single drop, but two. Then three and four and five and six and seven and eight and nine and ten drops. The bar has gone completely silent, a multitude of flabbergast. “How?” stammers the great Goliath behind the counter. “What are you, who do you work for?” “The Tax Office, of course.” MANEATERS When the cannibal crossed the Pacific on a cruise ship he told the waiter to take the menu away and bring him the passenger list! Why did the cannibal live on his own? He’d had his fill of other people. What does a cannibal say when a bus load of tourists drives past? Smorgasbord. What did the cannibal say when he was full? I couldn’t eat another mortal. Why did the cannibal eat the missionary? Because he had a taste for Christianity. What do guests do at a cannibal wedding? Toast the bride and groom. What do vegetarian cannibals eat? Swedes. Two cannibals were having lunch. “Your girlfriend makes a great stew,” said one. “Yes,” agreed the other. “But I’m going to miss her.”


Apparently someone in London gets stabbed every 52 seconds. Poor bugger.

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10 First Five Forever Baby Bounce (0-2 years) RB Library

28 Boating Safety Course, TCB Fishing Club

11First Five Forever Storytime (2-5 years) RB Library


(many are term time only)

8.30am Kindy Linq, RB School Library

17 Hoy at Cooloola Bowls Club, 9.30am 10am start, by the QCWA

Learn to swim and gym classes at RB Sports Club and TCB Pool

9.30am TCB Playgroup

Markets 2nd Saturday Rainbow Beach Market

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

3rd Saturday Tin Can Bay Market

10am Tin Can Bay Art Group, TCB Library


9am Aqua aerobics at the RB Aquatic Centre


7.30am Dragon Boating, Sandra: 0402 352 756

9am Lathe / Scroll Saw, The Shed, 9-12pm, Bryan: 0420 299 651

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

18 Community News deadline for stories and photos

20 Community News deadline for ad bookings

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


14 Valentine’s Day - look for ideas on our Date Claimers page!

18 Be Connected learning program 10-noon at RB Library, 2-4 pm TCB Library



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Before we get started, I would like to apologise for any offence and/or misunderstanding about my previous ar cle. The content was not meant to be offensive and was referring to the difficult mes certain parts of Australia have been doing, through, drought, floods, bushfires, and pandemic. We should stand together as one. The pandemic has shown the unity of this na on. The best part of our country is we live in a democracy, people can express their own opinions and we are able to have a “civilised” discussion. Hello again to all in Rainbow-Beach-Land. Here we are at the start of a new year and Australia Day has come and gone. Hopefully, everyone had a good day. The weather couldn't have been any be�er. With the amount of customers in full patrio�c ou�its, it seems many of us love the day and are proud to be Australian. With a bit of op�mism and logic, they may open camping restric�ons so a few more can enjoy this beau�ful part of Australia. Some of the rules and regula�ons they have been 'enforcing' are bemusing - the class war shows itself in full view. (If a ball of some kind was involved - camping would be open to everyone!) This was the first year during the peak season I was able to drive down the main street and easily find a carpark. This �me of year, all our businesses rely on the influx of tourists to help get through. It was sad to see the amount of shops closing early, because it's not worth opening. With the lack of trade and penalty rates - it definitely is a minefield to navigate. I was hoping to talk about something different other than the 'pandemic', although our lives have been irrevocably changed. Our state premiers (all but one) seem only too happy to “lock it down” over just one case. I do realise that they have a responsibility to our community, but as my grandson said the other day: “I hated homeschool Grandad, I don't want to do that again”. I haven't worked out why our unemployment rate is only succeeded by Tasmania? Maybe the government needs to start looking at the economy as well as the pandemic (but they're s�ll all ge�ng paid, aren't they?)! Good luck to the new world leader, I mean American President, he has a big job ahead of him. The last thing I think I want to do at the age of 78, is try to be responsible for the world! Sports Report As I previously said, if it involves a game, just like the Roman �mes “it keeps the mob happy”, although we

know what happened to the Romans in the end. I heard whispers that Cam Smith might end up at the Gold Coast� long-�me re�red Tom Brady at age 42 is leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to their first superbowl in 17 years. The Brisbane Heat have made the BBL finals series, go Queensland? Won't men�on the Test Series though! With all the sports star�ng up again, isn't it a wonderful �me to be alive! All in all, thanks for shopping locally, suppor�ng local jobs, which in turn helps our community. Let's all hope it's a happy new year!

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