Rainbow Beach Community News February 2020

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February 2020 • Vol 23 • Issue 2

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In this issue... Congratulations to members of the Local Ambulance Committee and the Benefits Sub-committee who have been acknowledged for the many years of service they have given to the committees. Story on page 6. Congratulations ladies! Front row: Eunice Coombs, Cheryl Zunic, Wilbur Fahey (OIC Tin Can Bay Ambulance Station), Judy Cantrell, Lillian Clark Back row: Cherie Mason, Ian Tar (Acting Assistant Commissioner QAS), Phil Heron, Jenny Millers, Carol Rixon, Rosemaree Maker, Judy Ewing, Mary Smith, Caroline Taylor


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E, LIKE THE rest of Australia, are sending our prayers and best wishes to all who have been impacted by fires across the nation. On page 16, the QCWA has information on how you can donate, so your help goes directly to those in need. While we are blessed to have escaped loss of life or dwellings in our immediate region this time, it shows the critical need for preparation and planning. While heading to the water might have seemed an obvious solution prior to December, the toll heavy smoke took on those trying to flee has shown it is not always a viable solution. We urge those in positions of authority to ensure specific evacuation procedures are made, as we also have only one road in and out of our communities on the Cooloola Coast and locals are looking for answers.

into ensuring the eggs hatch and the babies are protected. Well done to all involved for keeping us all informed. As always, what a pleasure it is to meet the men and women who call the Cooloola Coast home. Everyone has a tale to share and people are usually full of surprises - check out the stories inside. We say goodbye to locals Jay and Leonie, who have been a ray of sunshine in our community with so much work put into projects for the town, including the infamous Arty Ball! You will be missed!



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HE BIGGEST EVENT on the February calendar is without doubt, the Big Summer Blow Out on February 29th. Rainbow Beach Sports Club are the hosts and Nathan (Kroppy) and wife Marnie are the organisers, along with Matt Smith from Thirsty Merc. Kroppy and Marnie said: “The idea started with Country at the Beach last year when we talked about it with the guys from Thirsty Merc, who said they wanted to do an Aussie Rock Concert in the area and asked us if we were keen. “So we had a day out fishing and by the end of the day we had a line-up that changed a few times but which included Daryl Braithwaite, Wendy Matthews, Dragon, Thirsty Merc, Reece Mastin, Caitlyn Shadbolt and Valentina Brave. “Between the sports club and the surf club we don’t ask for sponsorship, we just want the businesses in the town to be open and serve the people who come into town for the event - this one is for the businesses. “Our businesses won’t survive without tourism and visiting family and

friends, and it’s about communicating and collaboration and all pulling together for the town.” “There will be food vendors, licensed bar, free water, jumping castle for kids and plenty of security.” There are no door sales - all tickets must be pre purchased. Tickets are $75 and under 14s are only $5. Tickets are available from trybooking.com VIP tickets are $330 for a single or $3000 for a table of 10 and that includes a beer, wine and a canape package for three hours. Gates open at 12, music from 12.30, show closes with Darryl Braithwaite, doors close at 9.15pm. Kroppy said: “Country at the Beach is the first week-end of summer and the

Big Summer Blow Out is the closing weekend - put it on your calendars.”

Above: We can’t wait to hear Thirsty Merc at the 2020 Big Summer Blow Out Right: Wendy Matthews will be performing at the Big Summer Blow Out

All the best Leonie and Jay!


AINBOW BEACH said goodbye to a couple of the town favourites last month when Jay and Leonie Kent moved to the Sunshine Coast. Jay and Leonie came to town in 2012 and took over the shop now known as Jilartys, renaming it after their two dogs - Jill and Arty. Well known and loved for their coffee and delectable food, Leonie’s love of art

was evident throughout the cafe. Leonie said: “We will miss the people and our apartment was one of the most beautiful places we had ever seen - we felt like we had won the jackpot when we found that place. You opened that door and you could just relax and unwind.” She was the co-organiser of the 2019 and 2020 ArtyBall and supported artisans in the region by displaying their

work at Jilarty. Jay studied Chemistry at Washington State University and was a senior lecturer at Monash University prior to retiring. They are now closer to family, with daughter Jessica and her family having moved to Little Mountain in January. You will be missed Jay, Leonie, Jill and Arty!

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Coastcare Collaboration with Sherida Holford, Leigh Warneminde (President Coolum North Shore Coast Care), Colin Ingram (back), Susan Richards, Joan Burnett (Cooloola Coastcare’s TurtleCare Project Leader), Dr. Lindy Orwin (Coordinator Cooloola Coastcare), Randy Orwin (President Cooloola Coastcare)



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AST MONTH, marked the start of a wonderful relationship between Coolum and Northshore Coast Care and Cooloola Coastcare. Leigh Warneminde, President of Coolum and Northshore Coast Care, travelled to Rainbow Beach with three other volunteers to provide assistance to the Cooloola CoastCare TurtleCare team. Leigh and her team looked at a number of turtle nests and provided advice on how best to care for them until they hatch in 45 - 60 days.

During this time Cooloola Coastcare volunteers were shown how to find egg chambers in the nests and how to apply predator mesh to protect the eggs from foxes and dogs. The Coolum folks also showed TurtleCare volunteers how to dig an artificial egg chamber in case nests need to be moved to a safer location. All of this training paid off quickly. Four days later a Loggerhead turtle came up on the swim beach and nested in a very precarious position, right in front of the

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beach access trail for the horses from Rainbow Beach Horse Rides and at the bottom of the temporary gutter just before the foredune. Sitting at the bottom of the swell guaranteed the nest would go under water at the next high tide, suffocating the eggs. When Cooloola Coastcare’s turtle expert, Joan Burnett arrived, the decision was made to move the nest immediately. Joan, with the help of volunteer Randy Orwin, successfully relocated 131 eggs to a new location. Nests will start hatching soon! Become a nest guardian and help as many hatchlings as possible make it to the water in the next two months. If interested contact Joan at 0407 810 510 or Randy at 0434 281 352.

children and youth. If you can’t come but your kids are interested, email Lindy Orwin with your name, phone number and email, your child’s first name and age, your town and the best days of the week for them to attend a 1.5 - 2-hour activity-based program, so we can gauge interest. We’ll share our ideas for the concept of Coastcare establishing an Interpretive and Education Centre in Rainbow Beach. Lastly we’ll update you on the latest about improving the water quality and biodiversity in the Tin Can Inlet. RSVP by email or text Lindy Orwin coordinator@cooloolacoastcare.org.au / 0478 039 322.

Turtle Information Evening

Cooloola Coastcare are hosting a meeting on our “Super Special Sea Turtles Nesting on Rainbow Beach and more”. The Community Information and Consultation meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 12 from 5.30 to 7pm at the Rainbow Beach Community Hall. Come and find out about the 30-plus marine turtle nests on Rainbow Beach this season. This has never been seen before. Find out how to be turtle aware and help us protect the baby hatchlings as they emerge. We also want to gauge interest in starting a Junior Coastcare group for

Randy Orwin (President of Cooloola Coastcare) digging a hole for Joan Burnett (TurtleCare Project Leader) to relocate the loggerhead turtle eggs to a safer location away from the high tide

Congratulations Memorial Surf Classic competitors! Words by BJ Parton – Photos by Arwen Van De Vorst and Jess McKenzie


HAT A BUSY WEEK it was before the Memorial Surf Classic team put it all together! They went hard at Brent’s Burgers to get the club house up and running. So if you have a moment, check it out! With the day starting off with heavy rain and low visibility and five minutes remaining until our first heat, the clouds cleared, the sun came out and the rain settled. That’s when we knew it was going to be a cracker day! It was such a wonderful gift to have beautiful weather, a great show of surfers and their families and 65 competitors wow! Not to mention we had swell this

year! Can’t get any better than that! Starting at 8am with Masters aged 35 to 50; although before the heat started Smiley Mick managed to get barrel of the day! Yewww! Surfing categories for the day are Junior 5-12, Cadets 13-17, Ladies 16 and over, Opens all ages, Masters 35-50, and Old Farts 50 and over. Each heat runs for 20 minutes, with three

The Cadet Boys competition was won by Rory Mick. There were 65 competitors at the 2020 Boardriders Memorial Surf Classic!

judges and a few spotters, the surfing begins. It’s lovely every year to see everyone come back for such a memorable event and great to hear when they realise they’re not that young anymore and they can go in the Masters or Old Farts, when they themselves started off as Juniors. Making a little history of their own! Without our community the Surf Classic would not be possible. The support we received from the businesses is greatly appreciated from prizes and cash donations to making our own trophies, also supplying trailers and equipment for the day, we would love to name you all but that would take a whole page. Three big cheers go out to you all! Best wipeout of the day went to Rory Mick what a nutcracker wave that was! High scoring wave of the day went to Simon Mahony for shredding! A little squirt of the day carrying his own board everywhere and never wanting help went to Flynn Irving. Last but not least our winners for the memorial surf classic are...

The Ladies competition was won by Kyani Parton, Photo Arwen, Charly, Carly, Cyndari, Sarah, BJ, Tessa and Kyani in front

Junior Boys; 3rd Balin Mick; 2nd Blake Findlater; 1st Karter Mick Junior Girls; 3rd Lilly Irving; 2nd Kirra Pamanter; 1st Jahli Parton Cadet Girls; 3rd Evey Hamlin; 2nd Luxie Findlater; 1st Ella Pamanter Cadet Boys; 3rd BillyBob Shape; 2nd Nelson Gruber; 1st Rory Mick Ladies; 3rd Carly Ladas; 2nd Tessa Skoglund; 1st Kyani Parton Old Farts; 3rd Charlie Hill; 2nd Laurie Donnelly ; 1st Rob Shape Masters; 3rd Craig Killalea; 2nd Jake Parton; 1st Simon Mahoney Opens; 3rd Anthony Dargush; 2nd Eric Lawton; 1st Billy Fuhman

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Lillian Clark being presented with her 40 years of service medal by Acting Assistant Commissioner, Ian Tar

OME MEMBERS OF the Local Ambulance Committee (LAC) and the Benefits Sub-committee were acknowledged recently for the years of service they have given to the committees. The ceremony was held at the Tin Can Bay Ambulance Station with Acting Assistant Commissioner Ian Tar representing the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS). Ian praised the work done by LACs across Queensland in supporting the QAS and was particularly impressed with the length of service some of our local committee members have notched up. Those who received acknowledgement were Lillian Clark (40 years), Eunice Coombs (35 years), Judy Cantrell (10 years), Cheryl Zunic (10 years) and Barbara Williams (5 years). Two other members, Carolyn Taylor (25 years) and Cherie Mason (10 years), previously received recognition at the state LAC Conference in September last year. Each person was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation and a QAS service medal for the dedication they have shown and the effort they have

New fire station for Rainbow Beach


ORK IS UNDERWAY to deliver a new $2 million facility to house auxiliary Fire and Rescue Service firefighters and the State Emergency Services in Rainbow Beach. The complex is in the design stage, but land has been purchased and work will be ready to move ahead with the $200,000 committed in the Budget for 2019-2020. The new fire station will replace the old facility and recognises the growth in this area. Acting Minister for Fire and Emergency Services, Di Farmer, said: “Building modern facilities ensures communities can feel safe knowing our crews are properly equipped and ready to respond at a moment’s notice.

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“The Rainbow Beach Fire Station will shortly go out to tender and construction is expected to start later this year.” Captain of the Rainbow Beach Station, Liam Gray, who has been with the station for fifteen years, said: “It will be a great addition for the community to allow us to house more fire-fighting appliances to respond to all kinds of incidents throughout our area.” Three of the local firefighters, Ivan Thrash, Liam Gray and Geoff Cochrane, who meet every Tuesday night at the Rainbow Beach Station to maintain and upkeep the equipment and train

made to support the local ambulance stations. There are more than 180 Local Ambulance Committees in Queensland and they play a vital role in providing feedback and advice to the QAS about service delivery. They also promote ambulance services in the community and raise funds for service enhancement. So it was a great honour for our local LAC to be recognised for the years of support our members have provided both to the QAS and the community. In last month’s article, the issue of street numbering in Rainbow Beach was raised. Unfortunately the information provided by Gympie Council that reflective street numbers are available free of charge was incorrect. We have since learned that free numbers are only given out to landowners as part of new housing developments or where Council is rolling out new services, e.g. waste collection. The reflective house numbers can be purchased by existing property owners from Council for a fee of $10. Of course, hardware stores and some novelty shops also carry a range of house numbers. We apologise if anyone has been inconvenienced by our initial advice.

Join Clean up Australia Day 2020 There are several ways you can join in the Clean up Australia Day 2020 on the Cooloola Coast region and plenty of groups will welcome you along. The Tin Can Bay Fishing Club The Tin Can Bay Fishing Club (TCBFC) will host their effort on Sunday March 1 and will be joined by the Girl Guides. Registration is 8am at the TCBFC marquee located adjacent to the Toolara Rd children’s playground and skate park. Clean up bags and gloves will be supplied to all volunteers. You may want to wear your own gardening gloves but don’t forget hats, long sleeves, covered footwear and sunscreen. Please advise the secretary at least ten days prior if you intend to participate with the club for catering purposes as a BBQ lunch is provided for all volunteers! All enquiries and registration please phone: 0437 242 171 or email tcbfishingclub@ bigpond.com

This helps protect our land and marine species from the dangers of mistakenly eating plastic which kills them. It also reduces the toxins in the sand by removing toxic plastics and cigarette butts. Of course it also makes the area more beautiful.

The tides are:

Meet on Sunday March 1 at 7:30am at the Rainbow Beach Community Hall and the site supervisor is Lindy Orwin.

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Nippers The Rainbow Beach Surf Club Nippers will be cleaning up the beach and dunes on which they participate in Surf Life Saving activities each week and may watch over as future Surf Life Savers. They will be meeting Sunday March 1 from 10.30 to 11.30am under the gondola behind the patrol tower and site supervisor is Kelly Smith.

Inskip Point There will be a clean up at Inskip Point Recreational area on Saturday February 29 with an 8.30am start and lunch at 11am, followed by afternoon clean-up for late arrivals. It will be on again on Sunday March 1, from 8.30am to 11am followed by thank you BBQ. Some members will be camping from Friday night to Sunday at MV Natone The meeting point will be MV Natone campground - look for signs to camp and registration desk from the roadway. The site supervisor is Peter White.

Cooloola Coastcare On Clean Up Australia Day, willing volunteers of Cooloola Coastcare and the community will be collecting rubbish from Marine Park beaches and National Parks.


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Please join us in looking after our beautiful town and coastline. Registration and further information available at the morning meeting point or on the Clean Up Australia website: cleanupaustraliaday. org.au/join-a-cleanup

Above: The Girl Guides will once again be helping with the clean up pictured is Girl Guide Elizabeth Bird with her mother Shelley Bird. Below: It’s great to see the Rainbow Beach Nippers help clean up the beaches each year for Clean Up Australia Day

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) will be joining in the Australia Day Clean Up and will be looking after Rainbow Beach, Double Island and Teewah Beach. The meeting point will be at the upper car park next to Rainbow Beach Surf Life Saving Club at 7am and the site supervisor is Di Bowman. They will be cleaning up on Sunday March 1, 7am to 3pm with Rainbow Beach area clean-up for 2WD access and Double Island Point and Teewah 4WD access only.

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Receiving their patrol gear from from trainers Mark Lawler and Justin Schooth were Mahli Bowman, Adam Campbell and Abby Schooth

Mahli, Abby and Justin showing off their new patrol gear

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HE RAINBOW BEACH Surf Life Saving Club held another weeklong, live-in training camp last month for anyone wishing to join the surf club. Three energetic and dedicated young people received their Surf Rescue Certificate which means they now join the squads already volunteering on patrol to help with

lifesaving and water safety. Mahli Bowman, Abby Schooth and Adam Campbell were awarded their certificates following a week of training on the beach and in the clubhouse. Congratulations to all involved and if you would like be in the next camp contact the Surf Club on surf@rainbowbeachsurf.com.au

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Sage, Mahli and Di Bowman proud of Mahli’s achievements

Adam Campbell with father Leigh Campbell after Adam received his SRC award

Farewell Dave Hewitt


AVE HEWITT was a thoroughly decent man. He possessed many of the qualities we all aspire to and that define our preferred view of the quintessential Australian character. Family was always at the centre of Dave’s world. Dave and Kerri have travelled from Perth to Townsville and everywhere in between to visit family and be present at milestone events. Wife Kerri, sons Scott, Lee and Troy, daughter Amy, brothers Gary, Wayne, Tony and sister Bev, Mum Bub and Dad Stan, along with their extended families, all held a special place in his heart. A highlight in his life was meeting

Kerri Hardiker. With the birth of Amy, David’s family was complete. He and Kerri enjoyed similar pursuits; family, camping /caravanning. The last long trip was to Western Australia and return. Just two weeks prior to Christmas, David and Kerri spent a fortnight at the Noosa Caravan Park with David indulging in his passion for ski paddling. When older brothers Gary and Wayne joined the Surf Club, Dave followed. The Rainbow Beach Surf Lifesaving club was to become a central part of his life, an institution he devoted enormous time and effort to, and which in turn, bestowed upon him the special honour of life membership. Dave conducted his last beach patrol on

November 30 just four weeks prior to his death. For a time in the late 1970s, Dave was fulfilling a number of roles simultaneously. He was Club Captain, he was filling the role of Chief Instructor including the actual training, and organising members to attend Surf Carnivals. Additionally he ran the Friday night raffles at the Imperial Hotel and coordinated the Weekend Dinner Raffle, where one group of members would sell tickets in the hotels outside Mary Street and another group the Mary Street hotels. Naturally, it was obligatory to partake in a few XXXX’s at each venue to keep the host on side.

Dave Hewitt will be missed greatly by all who knew him - photo at the Olgas on a recent trip with wife Kerri

Dave was an accomplished ski paddler, revelling in doing 360s on big waves on a short wave rider ski whenever the opportunity arose, but he was also a very good competitive racing ski paddler. Dave will be keenly missed by all who knew him, but our special thoughts are with Kerri and his extended family. The esteem in which Dave is held was evident at the gathering at the Surf Club and again at his funeral. Rest in Peace Dave. (An extract from a speech made at the funeral by lifesavers Kim McCarthy and Mark Langton.)

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Wetlands Biodiversity

Matters! Help protect and restore wetlands such as the Tin Can Bay foreshore regeneration Photo by Ken Fotog Ferguson

by Jess Milne


N 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.

But what exactly is a wetland? They are described as land areas that are saturated or flooded with water either permanently or seasonally. Made up of three base categories of inland (marshes, ponds, lakes, fens, rivers, floodplains and swamps), coastal (saltwater marshes, estuaries, mangroves, lagoons and even coral reefs) and manmade (fishponds, rice paddies and saltpans.) The Great Sandy Strait is internationally known as RAMSAR site number 992 and is the largest area of tidal swamps within the South East Queensland Bioregion of Australia. Comprising of intertidal sand and mudflats, extended seagrass beds, mangrove forests, salt marshes, freshwater Melaleuca wetlands and coastal Wallum swamps, the area

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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 an imbalance 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 in the home with appropriate waste disposal and recycling, using low phosphate-free

detergents, unbleached paper and nontoxic cleaning products. Plant local species to keep the 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 than the earth’s forests and this year World Wetland Day is written as 02-022020, 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.

The Schooth family love the Rainbow Surf Club

Greg with his father Jim and CCR newest apprentice, Flynn, taken at Brisbane’s Cloudland where Greg (centre) received recognition as nominee for Queensland Apprentice of the Year

The Schooth Family - Vicki, Sophie, Abby, Emily and Justin - are all vital members of the surf club


OME PEOPLE just get how good it is to be involved in an activity where the whole family can join in and all enjoy, regardless of age. The Schooth family’s love of the Rainbow Beach Surf Life Saving Club started in 2009 when parents Justin and Vicki brought their two eldest children to join the Nippers. They decided to complete their bronze medallion to encourage the girls and then in 2010, Vicki got “roped in” to run the Nippers and they have been helping out ever since. Eldest daughter, Abby, gained her bronze in 2018, followed by Sophie in 2019 and last month the youngest, Emily, was awarded her SRC, which allows her to go on patrol and help with water safety. The family are huge fans of the Rainbow Surf Club and in the time they have been with the club they have held the roles of Gear Stewart, Surf Sports Officer, President,

JAC Nippers and Vicki has been Treasurer of the Supporters Club for five years. Justin said: “Rainbow Beach is just beautiful. We came from small communities so we love this town and this club. “We love the family environment and these kids have grown up here and they treat everyone here as family - and the kids have about five grandads. “How many teenagers want to spend time with their families on a Sunday?” Vicki said: “Just do it - get involved. It’s the best thing we’ve ever done for our kids.” Both love the leadership and development opportunities and said the club is proactive and assists with training. The girls said: “We love the fun and friendship and now have lifelong friends which started with the green cap program, and we get to hang out at the beach. “It’s good fun and everyone should do it.”

Top local bloke wins Apprentice of the Year award C

ONGRATULATIONS TO local man Greg Wetherall for a great achievement. Greg won the SkillsTech 4th Year Apprentice of the Year Award (Cert 111 in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration). Last year Greg also secured 3rd Year Apprentice of the Year. Greg began life in Rainbow Beach, leaving at age three and returning in 2016 to complete his apprenticeship as a mature age student. Greg works for Cooloola Coast Refrigeration at Tin Can Bay and said: “What was even more important to me was to be one of four apprentices in Queensland to be nominated for the 2019 Apprentice Award.” Nominees are measured on their training, career and study achievements as well as

their communication and leadership skills. Employers, David, Lyn, Scott and Kylie said: “Greg stands out, a nice guy with a great work ethic and treats all as an equal. We couldn’t be happier with Greg, he has a great future in the industry.” Greg said: “I have found my niche. I especially enjoy working with refrigeration systems on cold rooms and trawlers. TAFE got me really intrigued. When you are at work you have a job to do, but at TAFE you get to slow down and study certain aspects and intricacies of the equipment - usually until the teachers ended kicking me out.” Greg took a few of the other young apprentices under his wing with advice and support during the TAFE Component of the apprenticeship. Well done Greg!

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Rainbow Beach Police Beat by Senior Constable Mick Emery

Don’t drink and drive - simple!


Y THE TIME you read this, the Australia Day long weekend will be over for another year (thankfully), and the town can breathe a collective sigh of relief now that the ‘silly season’ is officially over. As the last of the flag-bearing Nissan Patrols roll out of town, I’m sure most of you will be looking forward to quieter roads and beaches… For police, the roads and beaches have been particularly busy, with a large number of drivers caught doing the wrong thing. To give you an idea who you have been sharing your roads with, the following results were achieved by just four officers who visited us over a six day period from Boxing Day. The crews from State Traffic and the Roadside Drug Testing Unit performed 914 random breath tests (three drink drivers caught); issued 95 tickets (for offences including speeding / using handheld mobile phones, etc); and performed 230 random drug tests (catching 31 drivers under the influence of MDMA, methylamphetamine or cannabis). These drugs (particularly the ‘pills and powders’) are a major cause for concern. Last month Mike mentioned a spike in drugrelated incidents, and appealed for any information to assist us in getting rid of the dealers. I’m pleased to report that quite a bit of quality information is now coming in via Crime Stoppers and has already resulted in search warrants being executed for both illicit drugs and prescription-only drugs being sold on the black market. I’ve previously come across people selling painkillers and anti anxiety medication, but I was quite surprised during one search to find a 24-year-old local man in possession of Viagra. Yep, you read that correctly – he was 24! Perhaps he has aspirations of becoming a hardened criminal…! And, if that’s the case, he may end up sharing a cell with his 21-year-old mate

– who decided to stab someone on New Year’s Eve. If you somehow missed it, Rainbow Beach made headlines for all the wrong reasons when a tourist was literally stabbed in the back during an unprovoked attack. The ‘former local’ has been charged with wounding and is facing up to seven years in jail. I emphasise ‘former local’ because that is the good news part of this story: he

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no longer lives here. In fact, both of the aforementioned men are rumoured to have left after they received plenty of feedback from the community, who conveyed the message loud and clear: ‘you are not welcome here’. With them gone, and Australia Day behind us, it may be tempting to sit back and breathe a sigh of relief that the ‘silly season’ is over. Yet our experience is that

‘silly’ happens at any time of the year – and drugs are often the common denominator. Australia Day bogans may affect a few of us for one day of the year… A drug problem in town would affect everyone year round… Please continue to call Crime Stoppers (1800 777 000) with any information about suspected drug dealing (or indeed any illegal activity).

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T IS VERY SAD that our new year has started with such heartache and devastation, not only for our fellow citizens but the innocent wildlife who have suffered beyond belief. We have been blessed by the donations and generosity of people worldwide and we live in hope that our government is able to step up and lead our country into a quick recovery. We have had many phone calls and enquiries regarding how to donate through the QCWA, as all our raised funds are 100% donated back to the communities affected by the fires and drought. We issue food vouchers, petrol vouchers, school fees and pay bills directly to assist the families. To donate to the QCWA Public Rural Crisis Fund for bushfire assistance or the ongoing drought relief: DIRECT DEPOSIT OR ANY COMMONWEALTH BANK BSB. 064 000. Account Number ; 1460 3729 Reference code: Your Surname and initials or Company Name. Cheques to be made out to “QCWA PRCF”

Please email to secretary@qcwa.org.au with your name and address if you require a receipt. Here in our little community, but with huge hearts, we have started organising combined fundraising events. We have also been working with the Lions Club and Rainbow Drought Runners on a project due to a very kind Goomboorian farmer of mangoes. A special mention to the ladies organising “The Combined Community Fundraising Concert to be held on Saturday 29 February, please support the concert. Enquires: Marilyn 0419 231 319, table bookings of 10, email 29febconcert@gmail.com At our Tin Can Bay Branch we will continue to work on our existing projects for the year: Kits for Kids, Domestic Violence Kits, and parcels for our overseas military troops, to name a few. We also ask for any donations of wool to help with our ongoing demand for Trauma Teddies. We are more than happy to pick up donations of any wool, material or craft items. Don’t forget our photography competition with all entries to be entered by Tuesday March 10. We will be at our hall between 10am and 11am to receive entries. Any enquiries please ring our photography convenor on 07 5486 2226. Important Dates for 2020 Craft first Wednesday of the month, 10am, all welcome, $2 entry and morning tea Hoy third Wednesday of the month, 10am, $7 entry, great fun morning Cottage enquiries and bookings, Cottage Convenor, 0490 670 518. QCWA enquiries, President: 0412 547 043. All are welcome to join us.

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The lucky winner of the Neighbourhood Watch raffle was Margaret McCullouch


NYBODY FROM the community is welcome to attend the local Neighbourhood Watch meetings. The meetings for this year are on at 9am on Saturday bi-monthly on February 8, April 11, June 13, August 8, October 10, December 12 at the Cooloola Cove Veteran’s and Community Hall behind Woolworths. In December Neighbourhood Watch had a great Christmas party and we had a lucky ticket draw for all attendees. The lucky winner of the raffle was Margaret McCullouch. Please, if you see any behaviour going on, ring the police. If you think it is life threatening ring 000, or otherwise ring 13 14 44. Contact: Fay Ph: 5488 0514 or Di: 0408 599 477.

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Creative Cuts Rewind ‘Rewind’ is a threepiece Australian band who specialise in Pub Rock, Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Country, ballads - all the hits you know and love! They will be playing at the Tin Can Bay Country Club on Saturday February 8, from 6pm and entry is free. The band says: “Rewind is all about delivering music that brings fun and enjoyment to the audience and a successful event to the venue. We play a cross section of well-known hits from many genres, which we perform with great energy and feeling. We take pride in being the biggest little band in Oz.” Come along to barefoot bowls at 4.30pm and stay for Rewind at 6pm!

Music Plus Music Plus is held on the last Thursday of March, April and May 2020. Everyone enjoyed listening and playing music last season, as happens when you make the effort to come out of your home for a 7pm start and the first item after the band is to sing together. Always that first song is a joyous sound and it lifts the evening, making everything in life worthwhile for just a moment. We hope to see you in the audience playing your own music or singing together. Keep March 26, April 30 and May 28 free. Pictured are Debbie, Len and Pam playing the theme song from the film Titanic: My heart will go on, with flute, tenor recorder and piano. For further information call Pam on 0427 180 649 or email: kcisf327@gmail.com

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Coolabay Choir

Our programme is gaining in popularity and improving in tone. We are obviously enjoying making music and singing in harmony. Here’s wishing a great year of singing and harmonising! Please join us on Wednesdays 3pm to 4pm at the Vets’ and Community Hall at the junction of Nautilus Drive and Santa Maria Close, Cooloola Cove. We will be taking part in the fundraising concert at the Cooloola Community Complex on February 29, so we’ll have begun practising before. Just come along or call Pam 0427 180 649 or email:kcisf327@gmail.com

Rainbow Beach Art Group Join us at Rainbow Beach Library for a fantastic morning of fun and creativity. Each session covers something different, with the aim of exploring various avenues of art. Come along and enjoy a morning getting in touch with your inner artist. Tea and coffee will be provided. This event is on the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 10am-12noon. Please phone: 5486 3705 or pop into the Rainbow Beach Library to see what events are happening over February.

Tin Can Bay Art Group Calling all artists! Join us at Tin Can Bay Library to share work and ideas, seek advice from other talented eyes, and connect with artists in our community. Bring your work-in-progress or your finished piece and join in a friendly chat. Exchange ideas. Participate in a mini-workshop or see an art demonstration. All artists, levels, and mediums. Tuesday February 4, 10am to 12 noon, 5486 4355 for more information on all events happening at the Tin Can Bay Library.

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Women United Exhibition From February 19, an exhibition titled Women United, by local artist Charmaine Lyons, will be on display at the beautiful historic School of Arts building where the Gympie Regional Art Gallery is housed. In 2017, images of women marching, calling out injustice and inequality provoked a photographic response from Charmaine. Over three years Charmaine reached out to women to include in a portraiture gallery of 200 extraordinary/ordinary women. Charmaine captures the essence and the voice of each subject as Women United. Charmaine said: “These women have entrusted me to be their voice and their trust and commitment to this project needs to be valued. “This is not a ‘product’ - it’s a message. It is an exhibition to support women and ask people to see their real value by listening and supporting them. “Women still need to continually speak out to fight inequality. The exhibition is not the ‘project’, the 200 women are the ones who need to be valued, I am just the vehicle to honour them.” This exhibition is one not to be missed and coincides with International Women’s Day whose theme in 2020 is An Equal World is an Enabled World.

Left: Margaret Beaufoy, Barbara Cannon, Keith Sykes Front right: Margaret Cudahy, Pam Russell, Sandra Sykes, Ray Beaufoy


E ALL ENJOYED our Christmas Lunch at the Rainbow Beach Pizza Café where we had a lovely array of salads, meats, prawn and of course plum pudding. We would again like to thank Sean and his lovely wife Elisa for making us feel so welcome.

This exhibition is proudly supported by Gympie and Districts Community Bank, Ilford Papers, Living Image Fine Art Printing and WINDO Inc. For more information on this or any exhibition at the Gallery or to make bookings for workshops and themed activities, visit gympie.qld.gov.au/gallery or call 5481 0733.

Our group started off the year with a morning tea at President Dorothy’s home, so we could all catch up on our Christmas and New Year activities, so our first meeting would not take four hours. Needless to say there was a lot of chit chat. Members were asked to bring a small plate with a small amount of goodies to

share for morning tea. Well one member, Lil, took it literally, though she did bring another larger plate with lots of goodies on it. There were 17 of us and of course enough food for twice that number. Our first meeting will be on February 4, at the Rainbow Beach Surf Club, starting at 10am. Our social activities over the coming months will be sorted out at our February meeting. Anyone wishing to come along to see what our club is about, is most welcome. Please phone President Dorothy on 5486 2357 for any information.

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Sunday March 8

Tracey’s life of continuous adventure in the Navy


FTER SCHOOL, Tin Can Bay local, Tracey Magyar decided to study Oceanography at university, but soon realised she didn’t want to spend her life in a science lab. She decided to join the Navy in 2015 as a Maritime Warfare Officer, training for two-and -half years and serving in HMA Ships Arunta, Launceston and Benalla. She has opted to stream in Hydrographic Surveying, however is currently taking a break from the branch to navigate Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour. The Young Endeavour was a gift to the Youth of Australia in 1988 and has served as the platform for

the Young Endeavour Youth Development Scheme since being gifted. Young Endeavour has enabled thousands of Youth to ‘Expand their Horizons’ through sailing, navigation, climbing and teamwork. “Working on the Young Endeavour is one of the highlights of my Naval career. Being a part of the Youth’s development and watching them grow is extremely rewarding,” Tracey said. Tracey’s upbringing in the Cooloola Region facilitated a strong foundation for her future endeavours. In particular, her involvement in organisations such as Tin Can Bay Yacht Club and Rainbow Beach Surf Life Saving Club.

Above: Former Tin Can Bay local Tracey Magyar loves her life on the sea here in uniform with fellow crew Left: Tracey and the crew on the Young Endeavour with one of the crew aloft looking aft

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“I wouldn’t change growing up in Tin Can Bay for the world. I thrived in our small-knit community and am very grateful for the opportunities I had and the long-lasting friendships I made. “My parents have always been incredibly supportive of me and my sister, encouraging us to work hard to achieve our goals. I’ve had many influential people in my life, one of which is Brian Perry, former owner of Hervey Bay Whale Watch. He never doubted my abilities and played an important mentor role as I transitioned from recreational boating into the marine industry.” Although she never thought she’d join the Defence Force, she doesn’t regret her decision and loves that her life is one continuous adventure. Website for more details:defencejobs.gov.au www.youngendeavour.gov.au


Sunday March 8


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NTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY (IWD) is celebrated annually on March 8 and is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. We felt it was important for our region to share the unity and have organised a celebration to join in with the rest of the world. Ladies Day 2020 will be a festival of the senses and will be held on Sunday March 8 in the community hall and the lawns. Starting at 6am with a yoga session on the beach hosted by Glenda from Cooloola Coast Wellness Yoga, ladies surfing lessons with Sarah from RB Learn to Surf on the main beach and then the doors will open at 9am. The hall and lawn will be ‘wrapped’

and inside you will find a Greek Restaurant, champagne bar, a fruit, salad, pasta and health bar, gluten-free delights, healthy ice creams, coffee vans... Thirty business owners will be on site with products of food, drink, fashion, gifts, oils, skincare, soaps and jewels, along with meditation, massage and wellness experts - all for you to enjoy. Thirty-minute workshops with quality speakers, authors, artists and breast cancer Qld will begin at 9.30am and will lead up to a stunning Fashion Parade, hosted and organised by the very competent and well known Jacinta Richmond, at 2pm sharp. All this for $20! Tickets are available now at trybooking.com/BHVBT and numbers are limited. Did we mention Rainbow Beach

Helicopters will be operating from 9am to 2pm on the eastern side of the lawns? This is a not-for-profit event and all profits will be used for local community groups. Ladies Day 2020 is supported by the Rainbow Beach Cooloola Coast Community News, Rainbow Beach Community Centre, The RB Sports Club, Womens HQ, Rainbow Beach Helicopters, Rainbow Beach Wellness and local businesses. Purple is a colour for symbolising women and signifies justice and dignity. Green symbolises hope, so it would be wonderful to see you all there in your IWD colours! If you have a product you would like to show off at Ladies Day 2020 please contact the Community Centre on 07 5486 3355 or email rainbowcommunity@cirs.net.au

Jacinta Richmond will be your fashion parade host at Ladies Day 2020 - don’t miss this!

Barb Parkyn remembers


IVING IN THE Fraser Straits area with a casual holiday atmosphere reminds Barb Parkyn of the formative years of Tewantin/ Noosa and the Sunshine Coast where she grew up. Barb speaks fondly of her great grandfather, Richard Bray Parkyn, originally from Cornwall, who served as a councillor on the Widgee Shire Council. He was a director of the Wide Bay Dairy Co-op and director of several gold mining companies in Gympie. His energy for community development was adopted by his family of nine children. After the gold rush the family spread out and moved to Tewantin and Mooloolaba to set up businesses and develop both districts. In those days it was common to name streets after early settlers. Parkyn Parade in Mooloolaba carries the family name. Barb’s nana was a strong energetic matriarch who organised her husband and two sons to set up a boat business on the Noosa River and build holiday houses and a

shop at Munna Point. Now the site of many apartments. After long hours of work with their holiday homes and tourist businesses, the Parkyns would go up Teewah Beach in their old car for a picnic. Barb says she inherited her nana’s “get up and go”. After leaving school she hitchhiked and worked overseas for some years; then returned home and worked for the ABC. Her years with the ABC were exciting. She was involved in some significant roles, from helping to get ABC Radio back on air after Cyclone Tracy in Darwin, to being part of a push to achieve equality for women producers, and managing training courses for overseas broadcasters. In December 1974 Darwin was flattened, services non-existent. Some staff moved into the television studio and set up temporary beds. It was evident that everyone was reduced to the same level of ‘human being’ as the other, whether it was a CEO or politician. According to Barb, some afternoons they would all stand in line on the street with soap while the Fire Brigade came and showered

The Parkyns and their loaded car at Teewah Beach in 1933

them with water. They set up a temporary kitchen and barbequed on roofing iron. Even though the roof was missing on the top floor where the offices were, the telex machine worked overtime to maintain communication. After being evacuated from Darwin, Barb spent time in ABC Brisbane co-hosting the breakfast show until she took a promotion in Sydney with the Women’s Broadcasting Co-op, which was created after International Women’s Day in 1975. Its mission was to provide technical and broadcasting training to women in the ABC on a national level. The Coming Out Show, as it was known, was a weekly program broadcast on RN and ran for nine years. The slogan was ‘Get the women from behind the typewriters to behind the microphones.’ Barb says one of the most meaningful programs she produced when in this role was a documentary on Louisa Lawson, Henry’s mother. Louisa was an early feminist who set up a printing press in Wooloomooloo which ran from 1888-1905. An ardent feminist and poet, Louisa only hired women to run the paper. A detailed biography of Louisa can be found online at : adb.anu.edu.au/biography/ lawson-louisa-7121. Another fun project of Barb’s was managing Special Group Training Courses for overseas broadcasters. The ABC ran these courses in conjunction with the Dept of Foreign Affairs. It was also educational for ABC staff to learn of the technical constraints the students endured back in

Barb at Rainbow Beach now

their countries, such as Nepal, Tanzania, Cyprus and the Cook Islands. After leaving the ABC Barb attained a BA in Fine Art and moved back to Queensland. Working life has come full circle she says. Like her great grandfather, Barb has enjoyed working for the Gympie Council as a library assistant at the TCB library for the past 16 years. She says, in this role, she has often talked to some interesting people in our community who have achieved amazing goals.

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OLLOWING AN enjoyable and successful year of Fun, Friendship and Fellowship, Cooloola Coast Probus Club members are looking forward to continuing in this vein in 2020. Even saying “2020” sounds great, doesn’t it? Our tour and activities officers are already planning for the year ahead, with some regularly attended events and new outings to give us variety. Probus clubs in the Wide Bay area host several events during the year, giving us the opportunity to mix and mingle and make new friends. The Gympie Probus Club has already indicated it will be hosting a Concert/ Friendship Day at the Theebine Hall in May, on which occasion members from all Wide Bay clubs present acts – singing, dancing, skits and comedy. It is always a fun day for everyone. We will be having a change of routine

for the next few months. On February 10 we will be attending with other local clubs the Ecumenical Service at the Wesleyan Church in Gympie, followed by morning tea, then lunch and our February meeting at the Phoenix Hotel. March is changeover month, when the incoming committee for the coming year will be inducted and this lunchtime event will be held at the Tin Can Bay Country Club. If you would like to know more about Probus, please contact Jo on 0428 762 572 or Kaye on 0421 648 129. Please note our change of arrangements for meetings in February and March. A worn-out Probian (John Olson) leaning up against the fence in front of the Montrose Waterwheel at Montville during a recent excursion

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S WE START a new year with new challenges we look at the demand for services as a good guide for what might be ahead for CCMT. To the end of 2019 we were racking at an annual growth rate of almost 10% in both our number of return trips (now over 1,200 per annum) and the kilometres driven by our vehicles (now over 343,000 kms per annum), and in planning for the future we have to accept that this trend is likely to continue as more and more health services get located around major

population centres. This growth gives us additional challenges in recruiting new volunteers for all areas of our service; not only additional drivers to meet demand, but additional drivers to replace those that have served for years and are retiring from CCMT. Increased bookings for travel also places extra demands on our administration volunteers who take your calls and schedule the resources to service your needs. Demands on funding also increase as CCMT grows, placing additional workload on our fund-raising and bingo teams and

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World day of Prayer 2020 By Maggie Travers


ISE! Take up your mat and walk! is the theme chosen by the women of Zimbabwe who have prepared the 2020 World Day of Prayer Service (WDoP) being held on Friday March 6 in over 150 countries, in 88 different languages, with about 960 services in Australia. Here on the Cooloola Coast, Mary Lucas and Jeanette Murray of the Cooloola Wesleyan Methodist Church are hosting the WDoP Service at the Cooloola Cove Veterans’ and Community Hall, at 10am, followed by scrumptious morning tea. Jeanette says, “World Day of Prayer brings our different denominations

Madonna Hope cutting the Suriname cake at the 2019 World Day of Prayer with Jeanette Murray, one of the organisers for the 2020 Service, and Eveline Crase

A big month at the RSL Christine Carroll – Secretary


UST A MONTH into 2020, so welcome back to all who were on holiday over Christmas and New Year. The most important message for February is our AGM which is on Sunday February 16, commencing at 9am, please arrive early to register. Only financial service members may attend. As a reminder you need to renew your membership by February 28. This will be followed by the General Meeting.

This month the Carers meeting will not be on the first Tuesday but on the second - the same date as the Veteran and Community Morning Tea which will be February 12. As the morning tea falls just short of the 14th, the theme will be Valentine’s Day. Obviously, hearts and pink, bring your Valentine (or not) and join us commencing at 10am. Our Drop-in Centre will be starting up again:Tuesday and Wednesday, 9.30am to 11.30am. We will have welfare/ wellbeing officers and volunteers available

together, and for a purpose, a united front, a unity of spirit. A different country is featured and celebrated each year, bringing our community together.” It is a wonderful opportunity to make new friends. The Christian church groups on the Cooloola Coast take turns hosting WDoP. Val McClurg says that the first local WDoP Service she attended about 26 years ago was held in the TCB Baptist Church, which now is the TCB Community Baptist Church Op Shop in Buchanan Ave. Everyone is welcome to learn more about Zimbabwe, reflect upon their special concerns and issues, and to pray for the Zimbabweans and our own country. For further information please contact Mary Lucas on 07 5486 2183.

for you to talk to, so come along and have a cuppa on us. Don’t forget the first Saturday of the month is Peter’s Get-Together; he will have some snacks prepared by George and an ear to listen to. Starts at 12pm and all are welcome whether you are a member or not. We are looking at changing this concept, so Peter is open to your ideas on how to get things happening down at the sub-branch. Friday night, we have our Cash Members Draw, which unless already won is now

over $500, growing at $50 a week. All members are in the draw, but you have to be present to claim. The draw will take place between 6pm (after The Ode) and 6.30pm. Our Sunday raffles and BBQ is still running, with the cheapest burgers in town. We also have local musicians to entertain you. Come and enjoy the sub-branch, without your support, we will not be able to continue. Looking forward to seeing you.

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Totally Wild visit the Tin Can Bay dolphins Norma Sanderson Dolphin Volunteer and Co-ordinator

Photo Composition Part 1 Julie Hartwig Tin Can Bay Camera Club



BUMPER SEASON at the Tin Can Bay Dolphin Centre with visitors from all corners of the globe. 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 the 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 Tin Can Bay Inlet and Southern Sandy Straits region. We, at the Dolphin Centre, also wish to educate people on the importance of recycling and not allow rubbish to enter waterways here or wherever their special paradise is around the world. ‘Totally Wild” did some filming in January showcasing our dolphins. We will let you know when it will be played on television This could be within a couple of months. I believe they will also advise us on Facebook

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Kieran McLeod with Ranger Stacey from Totally Wild shooting at Tin Can Bay Photo Kieran McLeod Comedy and Barnacles

of the date. Hoping you all have a prosperous new year. I wish to acknowledge our wonderful volunteers who put in the extra hours during the school holidays so the operation could run smoothly. See you there.

HERE IS A compositional concept in photography called the “Rule of Thirds” – an overlay grid that assists the photographer to position subjects and compositional elements where they appear most attractive to the viewer’s eye. To facilitate this process, the first step in composing a photograph is to look for the most striking elements in the scene, then position your camera so they can be captured to best effect. This may also involve using other photography techniques, but we’ll cover those in future 101 articles. When first tackling composition, concentrate on the scene’s basic structure rather than specific details. Here are some things to look for: 1. Symmetry: This type of composition features centrally placed subjects/ points of interest. It may include the horizon straight through the centre of the scene and the main subject right in the middle. Symmetrical compositions are generally quite simple but they can be powerful. They work best with uncluttered scenes that have a prominent main subject which delivers impact.

2. Diagonals: Diagonal lines lead the eye from one part of the image to another and create more impact than horizontal or vertical lines. Diagonal features can be corner to corner, side to side, top to bottom, foreground to background. 3. Overlapping: Overlapping subject elements introduce depth by creating a perception of distance between the elements. Overlaps often work in conjunction with contrast, lights and darks, shapes and colour. More 101 composition tips next issue! The Tin Can Bay Camera Club’s next meeting: Wednesday February 19, 7pm at TCB Library. Visit the website at tincanbaycameraclub. wix.com/tcb-camera-club.

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The Melaleuca viminalis or Weeping bottlebrush is hardy in most soils Photograph: www.anspa.org.au

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The Tin Can Bay Camera Club’s A Grade Silver Award won by Julie Hartwig, Making Tracks

N THESE HOT summer months, your plants will cope much better if you have mulched them. Mulch acts as a protective layer as it limits the effects of sun and wind on the soil surface, thus retaining vital moisture. Other advantages are that soil temperature is more stable and weed growth is inhibited. Mulches come in organic or inorganic form. Organic mulches include straw and bark-based types. Worms and other organisms will feed on this type of mulch, improving soil quality as it breaks down. Rocks, pebbles and gravel are inorganic mulches which can look attractive in the garden, but do not contribute to soil quality. To use organic mulch, place a layer of newspaper over wet soil, wet the newspaper, then add the mulch wetting it too. As woody mulches can deplete the soil of nitrogen, application of an organic fertiliser before placing newspaper is advisable. Avoid placing mulch near plant stems as this can cause disease. Apply mulch loosely and not too thickly as compaction will reduce aeration. Do not place mulch too close to the house, as it may encourage termite entry. Plant of the month is Melaleuca viminalis (Weeping bottlebrush). This tree to 6+ metres has attractive foliage and red flowers and is hardy in most soils.

City Farm, opposite the Community Centre, on Tin Can Bay Road, is open to the public for plant sales on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8am-3pm, 07 5486 2304. ccfni09@gmail.com, cooloolacityfarm.org Please note: We are a cash-only organisation.

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UR CONDOLENCES go out to all who have, and are still suffering in the wake of our Australia-wide bush fires. Some of the quilters are sewing for the wildlife affected and suffering in the devastation. Springing into action for our new year, with new projects in mind, the Tin Can Bay Quilting Club are off to a flying start with new quilts and projects finished over the Christmas break. Our mystery bus trip for February is going ahead and quilters have visions of filling up the bus with fabric thread and unknown goodies - still a few seats available for any craft members. Men and women are welcome to come and join us. All you need are needle, cotton and fabric and maybe a sewing machine and a smile. We have quite a few interesting projects coming up in the year. If you are interested please come along. We are always looking for new members, we are a friendly group. There is always someone to help you, friendships are easily made. Visitors are welcome. We meet Tuesdays at 9am at The Community Complex on the corner

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Our experienced, gentle dentists are ready to offer solutions to all your dental concerns in our spacious practice in Tin Can Bay. Phone 5486 4800

HAIR AND BEAUTY COUNSELLING Cooloola Counselling Services Suzanne offers a professional, supportive counselling service to those in need. Book an appointment, 0406 304 296, email cooloolacounselling@gmail.com or visit www.cooloolacousnellingservices.com

DENTIST Channon Lawrence Dental Crooked teeth? See Dr Mark from Channon Lawrence for an invisible solution. 90 Channon Street, Gympie. Ph: 5482 7688

Coloured Sands Clinic We make it our business to make dentistry affordable whilst delivering quality care. Call 5488 0271 to book an appointment. 22 – Rainbow Beach Cooloola Coast Community News – February 2020

MEDICAL CENTRE Rainbow Beach Cooloola Coast Medical Centre Cosmetic injectables

for frown line, crow’s feet, forehead. Open Wednesday, Rainbow Beach outpatient clinic. General practitioner injector. Consultation and pricing complimentary. Phone 5313 3277.


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Latest trends, highly trained hair stylists, service oriented, a happy salon, Seniors Thursdays 20% off, Mon - Sat Cooloola Cove Shopping Centre Phone 5486 2643

Pain relief, sports injuries, rehab, dry needling, DVA, work cover, 30yrs experience, no referral required. 76 Gympie Road, TCB & Rainbow Beach, Sue: 0429 636 395.


PILATES Cooloola Coast Pilates

Silver Koru Massage & Holistic Healing on Rainbow Beach Relaxation, Remedial, Deep Tissue, Psychic forecasts, Reiki/Chakra cleanse alignments, health rebates may apply. Appointments: 0484 846 589

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Pilates mat & equipment, personal & group training, functional movement training, rehabilitation to fitness - Rainbow Beach. Sarah Booth 0432 690 194 visit www.cooloolacoastpilates.com

PODIATRIST Suncoast Podiatry Servicing Rainbow Beach and Cooloola Coast for over 10 years! Specialists in General and Diabetic Foot Care, Ingrown Toenail Treatment, Biomechanics/ Orthotics and Home Visits. Phone 5483 7881 for appointment.

Health, Fitness, Beauty & Wellbeing

Free breast cancer screening coming to Tin Can Bay at this event and answering their questions and concerns about breast cancer screening’” said Ms Duffy. Women aged 50 to 74 are strongly encouraged to have regular two-yearly breast screens. The BreastScreen Queensland Program is provided free to women aged 40 and over. To make an appointment call 13 20 50 or visit breastscreen.qld.gov.au. Referrals are not required.

Breastscreen Queensland will be in Tin Can Bay from March 23rd


REAST CANCER is so common, there’s a fair chance you know a friend or relative who’s had it. After all, 1 in 7 Queensland women are diagnosed with it. As there is no way to prevent breast cancer it’s important that women have a regular breast screen, particularly as 9 out of 10 women diagnosed with this cancer have no family history of the disease. To help women in the Cooloola Coast area access a free, high quality breast screening service the BreastScreen Queensland mobile service is returning to Lions Park, Tin Can Bay Road from 23 March to 8 April.

Coast Service Health Promotion Officer said, “mammograms or breast screens were the most effective, proven method of detecting breast cancer early.” “Screening brings forward the time at which breast cancer can be diagnosed, so that the cancer can be found when it’s small, confined to the breast and hasn’t spread to the lymph nodes,” she said To help women understand the importance of regular breast screening Ms Duffy is taking part in Ladies Day 2020 at Rainbow Beach on March 8th.

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Congratulations Taipans! Welcoming our new Arts teacher for 2020! We are excited to introduce Michelle Walker - our new teacher of The Arts for Tin Can Bay, Rainbow Beach, Kia Ora and Wolvi Schools! Michelle said “I am excited to be joining each school as The Arts teacher, teaching media art, music, dance and drama. I am very passionate about teaching and I can’t wait to meet all of my prospective students at each of the schools. “We will begin the year with media art – a fun way for all the students to gain skills that are important for our children as ‘digital citizens’ of the 21st century. I look forward to meeting all of the families that

Michelle Walker - Tin Can Bay School’s new teacher of The Arts who will also be teaching at Rainbow Beach, Kia Ora and Wolvi Schools!

make up these great school communities!” Michelle will be at Tin Can Bay School on Mondays and Tuesdays, Kia Ora and Wolvi on Wednesdays and Rainbow Beach School on Fridays.

Taipans take on the 2019 Australian Volleyball Schools Cup In December 2019, two teams from Tin Can Bay P-10 State School took on the challenge of the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup (AVSC) held on the Gold Coast over eight days. The competition was hotly contested by over 4000 students from around Australia and had teams from Year 7 to Year 12. The first four days didn’t disappoint, with both teams winning a total of 9 out of 10 matches. This incredible result was made even more impressive considering that most of the girls were in Year 7, but playing in a Year 8 competition! Unfortunately both of the teams lost in the semi-finals in an upset. Tin Can Bay School Volleyball has a culture of success and a tradition of hard work and commitment. The students are driven and we are proud of the training and effort they put in all year to get to the AVSC. Hopefully we can build on the success in 2020! We would like to acknowledge the financial help given to the Taipans, our wonderful families, community members and Rainbow Beach businesses, with a special mention to the Rainbow Beach Sports and

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A fantastic effort from the local volleyball team, the Taipans, at the Australian Schools Cup

Recreation Club, which enabled all students to attend the event.

Earn and Learn resources delivered There was much excited chatter on parade at the end of last year, with the delivery of the resources from the Woolworths Earn and Learn Sticker collection. St u d e n t s nudged each other, recognising the items they had helped their teachers select including footballs, robots, paint, puzzles, problem solving games and construction items. These resources will help to increase engagement

and the joy of learning with many students! Thank you to the whole community for your wonderful support when giving us and other local schools and learning centres your stickers!

Deputy Principal Sandy Lewis and School Leaders accepting resources from Woolworths Store Manager Tara and her assistant, Sharon


Welcome back Principal Steve Bennett


OU MAY HAVE heard there is a new principal at Rainbow Beach State School! My name is Steve Bennett and I am thrilled to be joining the team at the school in 2020. Some of you may recognise me around town. I was fortunate enough to teach at Rainbow Beach State School in 201213 before commencing my career as a principal at Thargomindah State School in far South Western Queensland. Most recently, I was the principal of Miles State School on the Western Downs for three and a half years. After six years in the outback, I am delighted to return with my wife, Simone, and children, Sonny and

Libby, to lead the team at Rainbow Beach State School. My focus this year is to enable our fantastic staff to continue their great work, ensuring all students have every opportunity to succeed. I look forward to actively engaging with our local community and beyond, to provide our students with exciting learning opportunities. An example of one of the exciting initiatives at Rainbow Beach State School is the new KindylinQ program. Rainbow Beach State School is one of only 25 schools chosen in Queensland to host KindyLinQ in 2020. 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. KindyLinQ sessions will commence at Rainbow Beach State School library on Tuesday February 25. The KindyLinQ sessions will be every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am to 12noon and are provided free of charge. Our school has been busy acquiring

new resources for this wonderful new program. The KindyLinQ sessions will be run by RBSS teacher, Libby Margetts, and Early Years Support Co-ordinator, Sarah Brantz. If you have any questions or are excited to be a part of KindyLinQ please contact Rainbow Beach State School. We are very excited and can’t wait to bring KindyLinQ to our wonderful community of Rainbow Beach, Cooloola Cove and Tin Can Bay!

P&C welcomes families to a new year and new decade! P&C membership does not bring with it any obligation to attend meetings or participate in activities, but is essential if 020 LOOKS TO be more than just the you want to contribute to decision making: numbers of great vision, but a hugely only members are allowed to vote at successful year for our school community! meetings (P&C’S Qld). Rainbow Beach State School (RBSS) We currently have only a handful of Parents and Citizens Association (P&C) parents who, like everyone, have many invites all members of our community to other commitments. And, like a good meal, enrol as members this year. you need a variety of ingredients to make The P&C essentially exists to promote it a great meal! the school’s interests, development and So, whoever you are, and for however improvement. long you have, we welcome you and Joining the P&C is a way of keeping your ideas to really give the students the informed about school activities and support they need. participating in school events. We also have vacancies for a VicePresident and add Marriage to Secretary which need to be "” filled as soon as possible, for as long as you can Instead of Thank Rainbow Beach Double Island Point Tin Can manage. you! Bay Contact: Jed Elmer (President) Inskip Point Seary’s Creek Fraser Island 0434 057 356 or email: tyla_ jo@ hotmail.com replace with: Tyla Elmer – Secretary


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President of the Rainbow Beach School P&C Jed Elmer with daughter Xaiya and Nicole Lunney, teacher aide and P&C supporter

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

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

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

Coloured Sands Starting below the lookout, walk along the beach towards Double Island Point for a kilometre or so to these amazing Coloured sand cliffs, with the best colours around 9 to 10 kilometres along the beach (accessible with a 4wd or Surf and Sand Safari tour) 5486 3131. Carlo Sand Blow A bush walk up to Carlo Sand Blow is a must for every visitor. Drive to the reservoir at the top of Cooloola Drive. The Blow is an easy 600m walk from the car park or take the longer walk from the National Parks Office. Spectacular views of the Coloured Sands, Double Island Point and Tin Can Bay Inlet are the bonus for your efforts. When the thermals are right, you will often see Hang Gliders taking off and landing at this beautiful piece of Nature’s Sculpture. Fraser Island Great Walk A 90 km trail which showcases natural and cultural features of the world’s largest sand island as it meanders between Dilli Village and Happy Valley 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 Crabs Creek to Norman Point, over picturesque bridges, signage of flora and fauna, through mangroves, playgrounds and outdoor gyms. It is mostly flat – very safe for children on wheels. Start at the playground opposite the library, cycle to Crabs Creek and stop for a coffee, then return to opposite the library. Enjoy the views out to the inlet while the kids enjoy the playground and skatepark. Rainbow Beach 10,000 steps walk – from the headland behind the Surf Tower and Playground to Carlo Road. Paths are perfect for bicycles, scooters and skateboards.

Half-day 4WD Tours (5486 3131) or hire your own to Cooloola National Park, Coloured Sands, Double Island Point, Lighthouse, Rainforest and Lake Freshwater. 4x4 Hire Rainbow Beach 4x4 Hire 5486 8300 Rainbow Beach Adventure Centre 4WD Hire 5486 3288




Stand up paddle tour The 2 hour tour on offer is a basic introduction to SUP to anybody who would like to see what its all about.With all of our equipment catered for the beginner, also the flat water of Pelican Bay/ Carlo Point this is a fantastic tour for scenery and also the whole family to enjoy, it’s just so easy to participate. 0408 738 192 Seary’s Creek 7km from town towards Gympie, with 2 waterholes, boardwalks, bridges and history – do read the sign and spot the creatures. Always cool on the hottest of days.

Scuba Diving A popular spot for the scuba enthusiast is at Wolf Rock, off Double Island Point. World class diving on Fraser Island’s doorstep, phone Wolf Rock Dive Centre on 5486 8004. Hang Gliding & Paragliding Carlo Sand Blow is one of the top spots for hand gliders in Queensland with the National Championships being held there each January. With a take off of 300ft and a soarable ridge of 12 kilometres long and about 500ft high, Carlo Sand Blow is definitely the place to go. Fliers should be of Hang2 standard, fly in north easterly winds and remember landing in the bathing reserve is prohibited. Wind surf off the surfing beach or in Tin Can Bay Inlet, taking off from Carlo Point.

Rainbow Beach Aquatic Centre and Tin Can Bay Pool offers squad, learn to swim, water aerobics and more. Sailing And Cruising If you love the wonderful peace and relaxation of sailing or cruising, the sheltered waters of the Great Sandy Strait are for you. You may see dugong, turtles, dolphins and more. Great Sandy Strait Cruises and Sunset Cruises 0428 838 836

Dolphin Ferry 35 minutes by ferry to view the dolphins at TIn Can Bay 7am daily 0428 838 836 Dolphin Viewing/Feeding at Tin Can Bay just a thirty minute drive to Tin Can Bay through Cooloola Cove and you can see the Dolphins at Barnacles Dolphin Centre, Norman Point at around 7 – 7.30am each day, feeding time is 8.00am. 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 Bathing Area Is Prohibited.

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Probably one of Rainbow’s greatest attractions would have to be the abundant opportunity for fishing. Fishing, in all its styles, is available right on our doorstep. Beach fishing has unlimited scope with nearly 100kms of beach to choose from. Varieties include Bream, Whiting, Tailor, Dart, Jew and Flathead. Estuary fishing in Tin Can Bay Inlet, through the Inskip Point area and up the Great Sandy Strait is perfect for those with a boat or the wish to hire one. Access is from an efficient boat ramp at Carlo Point. Another ramp is located at Bullock Point. Charter Boats Excellent reef fishing is only a few miles offshore and charter trips can be arranged through Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters on 0439 775 070, Keely Rose Reef Fishing Charters on 0407 146 151 or Double Island Point Fishing Charters 0417 073 313. The reefs off Rainbow yield Red Emperor, Sweet lip, Snapper, Pearl Perch, Parrot and Coral Trout.

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

Cooloola Sand, wind and water have sculpted a varied landscape at Cooloola, the largest remnant of coastal vegetation on the southern Queensland’s mainland. High sand dunes, coloured sand cliffs, sweeping beaches, sandblows, freshwater lakes, tall forests, paperbark swamps and wildfl ower 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 Heritagelisted Fraser Island. Beach she oaks, cypress pine and other coastal trees and shrubs shade the very popular camping areas ringed by open ocean beaches and sheltered estuary shores. All are within 15 minutes drive to Rainbow Beach. Most of the peninsula is protected as a Recreation Area. www.nprsr.qld.gov. au/parks/inskip-peninsula/index The Great Sandy Marine Park extends from Baffl e 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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to Inskip Point and crossing in the barge. The island is 123Flying km long and covers Rainbow Beach Services offer an a area 166,038toha, so you needbut to allow dailyofservice Fraser Island, prior plenty of time explore and appreciate it. bookings are torequired. Remember that www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/fraser/index going independently, a permit is required and is available fromholidaying the National Parks Unless you intend on Fraser Offi ce. Island, most probably your best way of

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1st3rd Cooloola Cove Veterans and - Tin Can Bay Community Hall 0499 110 944 2nd & 4th Rainbow Beach Centreblock 0484 903 830 4th Rainbow Beach Community Hall Markets & Collectables 3rd Tin Can Bay 0418 711 897

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

at Rainbow Shores Resort. Members of the Our are advertisers are Rainbow given further public very welcome. Shores promotion the 668 Cooloola Coast Social Golf through Club (0429 255) stages Visitor’s Guide. regular competitions. A picturesque course atThe Tin guide Can Bay allnext golf addicts willalso be attracts updated month from this area. to include all our current advertisers.

Yoga, IfDarts, you Pool, would likeTai toChi, be Sailing, listed, Pilates, please Zumba, Fitness Classes (see What’s On) contact 5486 3561.

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

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

annual events

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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.

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Library and Xbox) Xbox) Library (Internet (Internet and Heritageand andFood Food Trails Heritage Trails Pamper YourselfYourself- Massages, Pamper Massages, Hair Hair Salon Salon and Beauty Treatments and Beauty Treatments Playgrounds, Skatepark, Bike riding

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Thanks to Queensland Parks and www.tincanbayhotelmotel.com.au Wildlife Service for their assistance. 07 54864124

Motorhome hire (sleeps 6) See our What’s On page for more on 0407 660198 Things to Do. Suggestions, amendments or to add your business to the Thanks to Queensland Parks andvisitor Wildlife guide please call 07 5486 3561 Service for their assistance. or email info@ rbcn.com.au

January “Brushes by the Sea” Rainbow Beach Art & Craft Festival January February Cooloola Crocs Swimming Carnival Australia Day celebrations Boardriders Memorian Classic RB April Anzac Day Parade February May Bay to Bay Big Summer BlowYacht Out Race June/July Rainbow Beach Family March Fishing Classic July 4-12 Clean Up Australia Day August Rainbow Beach Triathlon International Women’s Day April Rainbow Beach Lion’s Club Annual Kite Festival Anzac Day Parade May September Tin Can Bay Seafood Festival Bay to Bay Yacht Race Rainbow Bull nBeach Bronc Invitations October Beach Rainbow June Fours Bowls Tournament Ocean Series Flower Show Tin CanRoar BayIRB Ambulance August October Rainbow Beach Nippers Carnival Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic October November Rainbow Beach/Trail Runs Tin Can Bay Ambulance Flower Show December Tin Can Bay Foreshore Rainbow Beach Invitations Fours Bowls Family Nights Tournament Rainbow Beach BeachNippers Lions Carnival Club Twilight Rainbow Christmas Concert and Afternoon Markets November “The Tents” Rainbow Beach Holiday Remembrance Day services RB & TCB Program Festival of Small Halls See Ball our What’s On page for more on Arty Things to Do. Suggestions, amendments or December add your Concerts business to the visitor guide toChristmas please call 07 5486 3561 or email info@ Tin Can Bay Foreshore Family Nights rbcn.com.au .

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Exceptionally good fishing results

What lure to use?

The Chandlery Bait and Tackle, Tin Can Bay

Mat Cooper Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters 0439 775 070


I ALL. I hope you all had a great holiday period and made the most of time off for those that managed some. We have definitely had some extremes weather wise with some real scorchers and now thankfully some decent rain which has been so badly needed for all and such a relief for those suffering and helping with all the fires. Fishing over the last month has been exceptionally good considering the lack of

Pick the right lure for the right conditions and the right fish

Above: Typical mixed bag caught on Baitrunner Left: Plenty of Cod around with some real quality being landed

rain and hot northerly winds. Red Emperor, Trout, Parrot, Snapper, Wrasse, Cod, Husser, Sweetlip, Cobia, Pearl and Moses Perch have all been in good numbers and majority of catches with great quality Parrot being the most consistent. In the straits the jacks really fired up with some real crackers being caught. Flathead have also been active around those run offs. Well, till next month enjoy the storm activity and rain. Cheers Mat

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’DAY GUYS and gals!! We hope that you are all keeping well and getting amongst a few. How have those Mangrove Jack been lately, chewing their heads off that is for sure! Now that February has rolled around and seeing how good the Jack fishing has been the last few months, one would expect that the Barra session that is now upon us should be the same. Let’s have a quick look at a few lures you might like to use to target Barra or a Jack. I probably bang on about the Molix 4.5’’ RT Shads a bit, but to be honest they are a great plastic for targeting the guys. Rigged up weedless or on a conventional jighead they do catch fish. Hardbodies like the Lucky Craft Pointers are a go-to for lots

of Barra fisho’s fresh and salt; the 100XDs are a proven winner. I also like the 78DD in the slow suspend for the Jacks or when the Barra are feeling a little lazy. Vibes like the Zerek Fish Trap and Samaki Vibelicous are great for when you are fishing in deeper holes. I like to nose in to the current and fish the vibes back with a gentle but firm lift of the rod tip. Now surface fishing around twilight times can be great fun too. The Lucky Craft G Splash is a popular popper and tends to sit flat on the surface of the water. But don’t disregard the tried and tested Halco Rooster Poppers in 105 and 135mm. They are also a cracker lure for Pelagics, which shouldn’t be too far away from turning up in the bay.

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Lifejacket rules have changed!

Catches Keely Rose Fishing Charters from


KAY, LET’S TALK about lifejackets. As from January 1, 2020, the rules have changed, and only lifejackets stamped with AS 4758 are legal in Australia. If you have bought lifejackets in the last few years, they are most likely stamped with this standard. If you have old or imported lifejackets on your boat, it would be a good time to spend five minutes and check that they have AS 4758 on them. A legal lifejacket will keep you out of trouble with the authorities if they check your boat on the water or at the ramp. However, they are there to save your life in an emergency. Nobody goes boating expecting an emergency, but Coast Guard volunteers with some years’ experience will tell you that it does happen to everyday boaties. If you have ever been in the water with a lifejacket on, you will immediately notice that it will try its best to float over the top of your head. If you do not have a crutch strap fitted to your lifejacket, you will need both hands to hold it down, leaving you unable to swim properly or help others. To keep costs down, lifejackets are invariably sold without them, but are usually available at a small extra cost. If you go boating at night, you should also buy a small water activated strobe light and attach it to your lifejacket. Ask your nearest chandlery store. We hope you are never in a situation where you need to use your lifejacket, but if you do, you will never wish you bought the cheapest one to avoid being fined. Get a quality product. Remember that it is a legal requirement to wear your lifejacket when crossing a

Left: Local lad Brad with a nice Spanish Mackerel

I am your lifejacket When we are in the water I will make you feel safe. And when we are in the water I will stop you from panicking. I will keep you afloat, Even in rough weather, Even if you are unconscious. I will support and protect you Until help arrives…… All this I will do for you, If you do one thing for me, Please , put me on

Enjoy an action packed day’s fishing on the ‘

designated coastal bar in an open boat less than 4.8 metres, and all children under 12 must wear them at all times in an open vessel less than 4.8 metres. Safe boating….

Marine Radio Operator Course T

HE TIN CAN BAY Fishing Club will be offering a VHF Marine Radio Operator Certificate course in February. You will learn why it’s important to know how to operate the VHF Marine Radio and not just because it’s a legal requirement, plus how and when to use the equipment to potentially save your life and the lives of others. The course will be held over two evenings on Wednesday February 11 and Thursday February 13 from 5.30pm to 8pm at the TCB Fishing Club House. You can apply for: 1. Receipt of the Marine Radio Short Range Certificate which is a legal

Right: Karl from Murgon with another beautiful Red Emperor caught on the Keely Rose

requirement for the user of a VHF Marine Radio. All Marine Radios require the user to hold a relevant certificate. Cost: $100 or 2. Certificate of Attendance to acknowledge your training in the use of a VHF Marine Radio. (You can apply at a later date for the government certificate). Cost: $20


DEEP SEA FISHING on the legendary

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Enjoy an ac on packed day’s fishing on the Keely Rose. A fast and stable 32 � vessel with owner / skipper Ed Falconer, 25 years reef fishing this area and giving you the best odds of catching that big one!

For bookings and enquiries

Ed 0407 146 151 or Kim 0439 863 150



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Barra season is now open!


ITH THE GREAT weather over the Christmas/New Year period there has been a lot of boating traffic throughout the bay and outside the bar, but now the silly season is coming to a close the boating activity should slow down. The ledges and reef areas in the bay and up the straights have been fishing well with Nannygai, sweetlip, cod to 10kg

and Tusk fish to 8kg being caught lately by those being at the right place and at the right time of the tide having the best results. Summer whiting, bream and flathead have become a bit elusive lately but now the boating traffic is slowing a bit they may come out of hiding. There are reports of a few Barra being hooked and a couple being landed,


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OTORHOME TRAVEL is a way of life and for those living the dream, there is a new event on the calendar. The Australian Motorhoming Lions Club (AMLC) have been working with the Tin Can Bay Chamber of Commerce and Gympie Regional Council to bring the You Can @ Tin Can event to the Cooloola Coast. With the Music Muster at the end of August and the Gympie Campervan and Motorhome Club Rally in late September, there was a gap to be filled, so AMLC President, Len Waddington, seized the opportunity to keep the wheels turning in the region. Hot off the successful Guinness World Record attempt for the longest RV line at Barcaldine, with 868 vehicles in attendance, Len put his thinking cap on. The ‘We Serve’ motto was in full force when developing the You Can event with fellow Lion Peter Smyth. “The aim is to provide a business and community economic boost by providing controlled low-cost parking options for self-contained motor homes, so there’s plenty in the kitty to spend locally,” Peter explained.

AMLC are now the Guiness World Record holders for the largest parade of camping vehicles - photo from AMLC in Barcaldine, 2019

Local caravan parks will be the ‘go to’ place for any participants wanting the luxury of power and water facilities. Attendees will be treated to two weeks of planned and spontaneous activities throughout the Cooloola Coast and in turn promote the area far and wide, spreading the word that the Cooloola Coast is the place to go. Tin Can Bay Chamber of Commerce and Tourism President, Jess Milne, has been a big advocate for the event and is looking forward to a cross-coastal collaboration of opportunities. “There is more here than meets the eye and this event is a perfect opportunity to bring all these wonderful experiences to the table.” For further information email: youcanattincan@amlc.org.au; call 0480 223 047; or website: youcanattincan.amlc. org.au


NCE AN EXOTIC place people hoped to see, traveller’s dreams are becoming reality faster than ever, and Antarctica is emerging as one of the must-see places. But how do I get there? Expedition cruises departing from Ushuaia, at the southern tip of South America, are the most popular way to get to Antarctica.

and longer days means there are more opportunities for landings. Expect to see sunbathing seals, adorable penguin hatchlings, and increasing numbers of whales arriving for the summer. Coupled with calmer seas and less sea ice to prevent you from reaching the shore, you can see why many people choose to travel at this time of year.


LATE SEASON (February - March) February is peak whale spotting season, seal numbers are up on the peninsula, and penguin rookeries are bursting at the seams on South Georgia. The shorter days provide sensational sunsets, awesome night-time sky gazing and some of the best value-for-money expeditions of all. Come along and find out more at the Travel Expo on February 4 at the Tin Can Bay RSL Sub Branch. All enquiries to bucketlist@abovebelowbeyond.net or 07 5488 0008 or find us on Facebook. (Advert on page 19.)

EARLY SEASON (October - November) As an early-season visitor, be rewarded with pristine landing sites, dramatic ice formations, animal courtship routines, and excellent photographic opportunities courtesy of the lightly setting sun. You may see packs of elephant and fur seals marking their breeding territories in the sub-Antarctic islands. MID SEASON (December - January) Temperatures are at their warmest,

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Olympic Champion at Rainbow Beach

Australia Day was quite a day!

Above: The Cooloola Dragonboat Ladies at the Thong Throwing Contest

Dragonboat Club. The event was held on Australia Day and organised by Sailability, as the honour to host is rotated between the three clubs. Everyone attending was encouraged to dress up in Australia Day-themed clothes. The day started at 8am with breakfast, lots of fun novelty games and activities including sailing, dragon boat time trials, blow-up rubber thong li-lo relay, beach boules and thong throwing. The day ended with a BYO BBQ and poetry recitals. All events scored and the club with the most points wins the Olive Dish Trophy. TCB Yacht Club Patron Robyn Creighton presents the Olive Dish Trophy to Yacht Club Commodore Doug Watson


HE 12TH ANNUAL Interclub Challenge for the perpetual Olive Dish Trophy was hotly contested between the Yacht Club, Sailability and the Cooloola

Splash and Dash in the Thong Li-Lo Relay at Tin Can Bay

A Close Finish in Heat 2 of the Sailing between Sailability and the Dragons

Clint Robinson training the U14-U17 Met Caloundra SLSC at Rainbow Beach last month


AINBOW BEACH welcomed Olympic Gold Medallist, Clint Robinson, and his Next Level Coaching for Surf Sports last month, when he chose Rainbow Beach to hold a surf club training camp. Clint has represented Australia at five Olympic Games in Kayaking and has won 32 Australian Championship Gold Medals. He was officially recognised for his sporting achievements as a champion Australian by being awarded an O.A.M. The camp he conducted was for the Metropolitan Caloundra Surf Life Saving Club for their U14-U17 members to develop their ability for the major competitions that are fast approaching at the back end of summer. Clint said: “We work on their general skills in all elements of competition, which involves board paddling, swimming, running and the culture that is required to

not only improve but understand how to be successful. “We conducted on- and off-water training sessions over the few days we were there and gave presentations after dinner on key aspects that are required. “The young charges in these age groups have the ability to make significant changes with these short-focused camps that feature 3-4 sessions per day. “The camps are tough and require a good level of concentration and a large amount of physical effort which certainly tests everybody’s resilience and ability over the given challenges we set for the whole group.” Clint said: “We really enjoyed our time in Rainbow, and I know all the athletes and support staff enjoyed their camp at the great facility that Rainbow Beach Surf Life Saving Club has to offer.”




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HE DRAGONS CALENDAR is almost already almost full. We are off to another busy year of fun and racing. Last month saw the Cooloola Dragons as part of the Wide Bay Warriors compete at Lake Kawana in the Redcliffe/Lakers Regatta. This event was cancelled halfway through due to strong gusty winds making the starts too dangerous. The next regatta at Lake Kawana will be on February 16 hosted by Brisbane River District. Then comes the BIG one! March 7 and 8 is the State Titles at Lake Kawana. For this event our training days will increase from two days to three days each week: Thursday afternoon, Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Each year on Australia Day, the Dragons look forward to the fun and games at the Tin Can Bay Yacht Club. This friendly but “fierce” rivalry both on and off the water, is between the Dragons, the Yachties and team Sailability. Our big project this year is to fund our assistant coach, Shane Berkhout, to attend the International Dragon Boat World Championships at Aix-Les-Bains in France, August 24-30, 2020. To this end we will be having a number of fundraising events. The first is a Valentine’s Trivia Music Night on February 14 at the

Good Luck to Long Distance Runner Chloe Daniels at the Regional Championships

Be willing to do the best you can

Jess Milne – Centre Manager Assistant Coach, Shane Berkhout, with Head Coach Sandy Wooster. Shane is aiming for the Dragon World Championships in France in 2020

Tin Can Bay Yacht Club. Come bring your friends and make up a team. For more information on this please phone Shane on 0475 428 880. For more info on our Dragon Boat Club please phone the head coach, Sandy Wooster, 0402 352 756. Come and try!

Sailability would love to see you Fridays


HILE THERE ARE numerous Centre Level competitions held throughout the Little Athletics season, the major event would have to be the Nordic Sport Regional Championships on the second weekend in February. Nomination is for a maximum of five events and open to all Little Athletics members from the U7 age group up. The Cooloola Coast Centre sits on the northern end of the SunCoast Region, so the 2020 championships being held in Gympie are a great opportunity for all athletes to attend without significant travel.

Youth sports are a very important part of foundation life experience for young adults, as they teach patience, persistence, discipline and confidence. Often the focus is on the youth achievements, however I’d like to take a moment to thank the parents/carers who take the time (and funds) to invest in this next generation. Being a champion doesn’t mean you have to be the best; it’s the willingness to do the best you can. Good luck to all athletes giving the Regional Championships a crack and cheers to those who are taking them!

Di and Jon – Sailability Tin Can Bay Inc.


E HAVE COMMENCED sailing for 2020 and are looking forward to another great year with our clients and volunteers. If you have any spare time on Fridays, you are more than welcome to come down to Norman Point and watch what we do. We are always willing to have new helpers. Sailability has had a good 2019 year which finished with our Christmas party, and members had a chance to relax and enjoy a meal together. John Axtell was the lucky recipient of this year’s award. Last month Sailability hosted Australia Day at Norman Point, our new defibrillator became available at the Coast Guard building at Norman Point, and a First Aid course was held at the Tin Can Bay Library. Thank you to all our volunteers, may you continue to turn up on Fridays.


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Ella Beauchamp with her Certificate of Achievement from Sailability at Tin Can Bay

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OUCHERS FOR $150 are now available with Round Two of the Fair Play program opening in time for the start of the school year. Fair Play vouchers are available to Queenslanders aged 5 to 17 who hold, or whose parent, carer or guardian holds, a valid Department of Human Services Health Care Card, or Pensioner Concession Card with the child’s name on it. For more information and to apply visit: qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/ fairplay/apply

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A Little Humour KNOCK KNOCK Three ladies were discussing the travails of getting older. One said, “Sometimes I catch myself with a jar of mayonnaise in my hand, while standing in front of the refrigerator, and I can’t remember whether I need to put it away, or start making a sandwich.” The second lady chimed in with, “Yes, sometimes I find myself on the landing of the stairs and can’t remember whether I was on my way up or on my way down.” The third one responded, “Well, ladies, I’m glad I don’t have that problem. Knock on wood,” as she rapped her knuckles on the table, and then said, “That must be the door, I’ll get it!” NOSEY NEIGHBORS I fear my neighbor may be stalking me, she was googling my name last night on her computer... I saw it clearly through my binoculars! DON’T DO IT A man was watching TV and enjoying a beer. “Don’t go,” he yelled at the screen. “Do not enter that building. Walk away. Argh, you stupid man!” His wife called from the kitchen, “What on earth are you watching?” “Our wedding video.” EWES JAYWALKING A cowboy was leading a flock of sheep down Main Street of Rainbow Beach when he was ordered to stop by the town policeman. “What’s wrong?” the cowboy asked. “I was just heading my ewes into a side street.” “That’s the trouble,” the policeman replied. “No ewe turns permitted on Main Street!”

AND THE POLICEMAN SAID: “The handcuffs are tight because they’re new. They’ll stretch out after you wear them awhile.” “If you run, you’ll only go to jail tired.” “So, you don’t know how fast you were going. I guess that means I can write anything I want on the ticket, huh?” “Yes sir, you can talk to the shift supervisor, but I don’t think it will help. Oh, did I mention that I am the shift supervisor?” “Warning! You want a warning? O.K., I’m warning you not to do that again or I’ll give you another ticket.” “The answer to this last question will determine whether you are drunk or not. Was Mickey Mouse a cat or dog?” “Life’s tough, it’s tougher if you’re stupid.” “No sir, we don’t have quotas anymore. We used to have quotas, but now we’re allowed to write as many tickets as we want.” AN ITALIAN, A SCOTSMAN, AND A CHINESE An Italian, a Scotsman, and a Chinese fellow were hired at a construction site. The foreman pointed out a huge pile of sand and told the Italian guy, “You’re in charge of sweeping.” To the Scotsman he said, “You’re in charge of shoveling.” And to the Chinese guy, “You’re in charge of supplies.” He then said, “Now, I have to leave for a little while. I expect you guys to make

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a dent in that there pile.” The foreman went away for a couple hours, and, when he returned, the pile of sand was untouched. He asked the Italian, “Why didn’t you sweep any of it?” The Italian replied, “I no hava no broom. You said to the Chinese fella that he a wasa in a charge of supplies, but he hasa disappeared and I no coulda finda him nowhere.” Then the foreman turned to the Scotsman and said, “And you, I thought I told you to shovel this pile.” The Scotsman replied, “Aye, ye did lad, boot ah couldnay get meself a shoovel! Ye left th’ Chinese gadgie in chairge of supplies, boot ah couldnay fin’ him either.” The foreman was really angry by now and stormed off toward the pile of sand to look for the Chinese guy. Just then, the Chinese guy jumped out from behind the pile of sand and yelled... “SUPPLIES!!” KEEPING THEM DISHONEST A trusted aid was counseling the senator, “Some of your constituents are beginning to disagree with you.” The senator replied, “Keep tabs on them. When enough disagree with me to constitute a reliable majority, I’ll turn around and agree with them.” SHORT AUSSIE JOKES How many Australian men does it take to change a light bulb? None. It’s a woman’s job. What is the difference between an Australian wedding and an Australian funeral? One less drunk at the funeral.

A Kiwi and an Aussie are fishing one afternoon and have a couple of cold beers. After a while, the Aussie says to the Kiwi, “If I was to sneak over to your house and made wild passionate love to your wife while you were at work, and she got pregnant and had a baby, would that make us related?” The Kiwi after a great deal of thought, says, “I don’t know about related, but it sure would make us even.” What is the difference between yoghurt and Australia? Yoghurt has some culture. How many Aussies does it take to make chocolate chip cookies? Ten. One to make the batter, and nine to peel the M&Ms. ONE FOR THE KIWIS Bruce the Aussie builder was going through a house he had just built for the woman who owned it. She was telling him what colour to paint each room. They went into the first room and she said: “I want this room to be painted a light blue.” The builder went to the front door and yelled, “GREEN SIDE UP!” When he went back into the house, she told him that the next room was to be bright red. The builder went to the front door and yelled: “GREEN SIDE UP!” When he came back, the woman said: “I keep telling you colors, but you go out the front and yell ‘green side up’ – what is that for?” The builder said, “Don’t worry about that, I’ve just got a couple of Kiwis laying the turf out front.”


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Travel Expo, Tin Can Bay RSL,6pm, bucketlist@abovebelowbeyond.net or 07 5488 0008 4 Over 60s meeting, RB Surf Club, 10am, Dorothy: 07 5486 2357 4, 11 TCB Art Group, TCB Library, weekly, 10am to 12 noon, 5486 4355 4 Bingo - RB Sports Club, 1st and 3rd Tuesday month, 9.30 for 10am, ph: 5486 3191 6 Harry Potter Book Night: Triwizard Tournament, TCB Library, 3.30-5pm, 8-14 years, bookings ph: 5486 4355 8 Neighbourhood Watch, 9am, CC Veterans’ and Community Hall 8 Forest Wind Community Info Sessions, Kia Ora Hall - 9-11am 8 Barefoot Bowls, TCB Country Club, 4.30pm $10pp inc. snacks, Hilly 0412 134 752 8 Rewind Band, TCB Country Club, 6pm, free entry 10 Probus, Ecumenical Service, Wesleyan Church Gympie, lunch Phoenix Hotel 11, 13 VHF Marine Radio Operator Certificate, TCB Fishing Club, 5.30 -8pm, club house. 12 Carers Morning Tea, TCB RSL (2nd Wed this month only) 12 Coastcare Community Info meeting, 5.30 to 7pm, RB Comm Hall, Lindy: 0478 039 322 12 Cooloola Card Makers, TCB Library, 2nd Wed, 9am to 11am ph: 5486 4355 13 RB Art Group, RB Library, 2nd and 4th Thursday, 10am-12noon, ph: 5486 3705 14 Valentine’s Trivia Night, TCB Yacht Club , dinner 5.30pm, trivia 7pm, 5486 4038 15 Lionel McBride Memorial Cricket Match, Rainbow Cricket Oval, 12.30pm 16 TCB RSL, AGM, 9am 16 Dragonboat Regatta, Lake Kawana 19 TCB Camera Club Meeting, 7pm,TCB Library

If you have an event or date you would like to add please email info@rbcn.com.au 19 Women United Exhibition begins Gympie Regional Gallery 19 TCB Fishing Club General Meeting, 4pm, club house, 33 Dolphin Ave, ph: 0437 242 171 25 KindyLinQ, Rainbow Beach School library, 9am to 12noon 29 Big Summer Blow Out! RB Sports Club, 12 to 9pm, trybooking.com 29 Combined Community Fundraising Concert - bushfire fundraiser, Marilyn: 0419 231 319


Clean Up Australia Day, see story inside for details 6 World Day of Prayer Service, 10am, CC Vets’ and Community Hall, Mary: 5486 2183 7 International Women’s Day, Bowls Day, Cooloola Coast Bowls Club 8 Ladies Day 2020 Rainbow Beach, RB Comm Hall, 9am - 5pm hall. 8 Neighbourhood Watch, Fay: 5488 0514 20 - 22 Cooloola BioBlitz 2020, Rainbow Beach Community Hall


Monthly Bingo sessions in Rainbow Beach Hall HAVE CEASED.

WEEKLY (many are term time only) See Fitness and Health pages for fitness classes, aqua aerobics, pilates, yoga DAILY SSAA (Sporting Shooters) TCB Branch hold various discipline matches most days 0467 332 303 MONDAY 9 & 10am Pilates Extended, Pangatta Court Studio, Sarah: 0432 690 194 9.30am Senior Citizens indoor bowls, TCB Community Complex David: 0466 848 032

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10-11am First 5 Forever Under 5’s, RB Library 12.30-2.30pm CC Art Group, Tuncunba Hall, every 2nd Monday for Life Drawing Kerri 0438 803 990 4.30pm Karate and Jiu-Jitsu, RBSS: 0417 079 579 TUESDAY 8.45am - 10-.15am Pilates Matclass Plus, RB Comm Hall, Sarah: 0432 690 194 9am Arts and Crafts Group, Church of the Good Shepherd Hall 9am, TCB Quilters, Community Complex, please to: Leonie 0432 098 454, Susan 5486 4376 9-10am Cooloola Coast Art Group beginners drawing class weekly. Drawing and Painting Group all levels weekly, 9 - 12pm, Tuncunba Hall, 0438 803 990 9.30am Little Guppies Playgroup Carmen: 0487 876 559 10am-12noon, Tin Can Bay Art Group TCB Library. Ph: 5486 4355 10.30am-11.30am Senior’s Exercise Class, RB Comm Hall, Sarah: 0432 690 194 7-9pm Alcoholics Anonymous, CC Veteran & Comm Hall. Ph: 5488 0972 WEDNESDAY 6.30am Heart Foundation Walking Group, Maggie 0400 756 615 9am Mahjong and games, Church of the Good Shepherd Hall 9am Table Tennis, RB Community Hall, Bob: 0477 001 912 9-11am Cooloola Card Makers - every second Wednesday TCB Library Ph: 5486 4355 10am Mainly Music, TCB Community Complex 10am Craft – First Wednesday of the month, Dawn: 0434 518 836 10am Hoy – Third Wednesday of the month, $7, Dawn: 0434 518 836

3-4pm Coolabay Choir (from September) CC Vet & Com Hall Ph: Pam Graham 0427 180 649 4.30pm Karate and Jiu-Jitsu, RBSS: 0417 079 579 THURSDAY 7 am Tennis, Social - all levels welcome, RB Sports Club 8.30am Playgroup, RBSS 9am TCB Craft Club Carmel: 5488 0409 9, 10 and 11am and 4.30pm Pilates, Pangatta Court Studio, 0432 690 194 9.30am CCLAC Bingo, TCB Country Club 9.30am First 5 Forever Under 5’s, TCB Library 10am Art Workshop with Jenny, RB Library, every 2nd and 4th Thurs 3.30pm Cooloola Dragon Boat training FRIDAY 9am Sailability, TCB 9.30am Bridge, RB Hall Meeting Room 9.30am Senior Citizens indoor bowls, TCB Community Complex, David: 0466 848 032 SATURDAY 6.30am Heart Foundation Walking Group, Maggie 0400 756 615 6pm Mass at St John Vianney Catholic Church service, Bream St TCB (Week 1, 2, 5) St Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church Service Manooka Dr, RB (Week 3, 4) Markets on almost every Saturday, see the Visitor’s Guide! SUNDAY 7am Mass RB (1, 2, 5) and TCB (wk 3, 4) 7.30am Cooloola Dragon Boat training 9.30am Cooloola Wesleyan Methodist Church, Ph: Pastor Scott Lucas 0427 859 235 9.30am Good Shepherd Anglican Church Service and morning tea (weeks 1, 3, 5) 17 Carlo Rd, RB 5pm Good Shepherd Church (week 2, 4) 17 Carlo Rd, RB

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