Rainbow Beach Community News January 2021

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January 2021 • Vol 24 • Issue 1

2021– a welcome New Year! In this issue... • Fraser Island is open • Become a lifesaver • How to be summer-fit!

A new year and Rainbow Beach has a new-look street. Sergeant Selina Arthur and Senior Constable Krissie Barben try out the new rainbow benches in the revitalised main street! Both officers are from the Sunshine Coast Tactical Crime Squad, snapped by Reneé Zaks from Spirit of Rainbow. Read all about Council’s improvements on page 5 and the Police Beat article on page 16.

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Editor’s Note

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S 2021 THE YEAR that wins the ‘most popular’ award?

As the fireworks (whoops, that’s no fireworks) brings it in, I’ve decided on my New Year resolution. I’m practicing my gratitude. Heatley and I are back at the editor’s desk and we’d like to thank Lee McCarthy for recording our coast’s stories and history, as well as seeing the paper through and promoting our advertisers during an uncertain time of lockdown. In the meantime, Heatley and I have been in hibernation publishing books and our App with Camps Australia Wide our latest CAMPS 11 will be released this month! I’m SOOO grateful it’s done. Our kids have GROWN since my last Editor’s Note, and 2021 has our boys busy - one finishing uni at his first job as an engineer, one starting uni and our youngest beginning his senior schooling. Big news for the daughter, too - she has been accepted into the Australian Defence Force Academy and off to Canberra. Her

18th birthday was spent in Army basic training, and now she’s back in again for her 21st. Early celebrations have begun. So, I am particularly thankful for them all coming home to roost these holidays and scraping up any time I can with them. Which leads to a plea - it’s time to expand our team, so if you love crafting words or taking photos, please let me know. I’ve really enjoyed pulling this edition together for you. There is so much happening on our coast - the fishing comps, concerts, book clubs and lots of rocks on the beach to scramble over. My gym crew, my book club, my hubby, our beach, visitors to town keeping us all employed….I love walking down the main street (all prettied up - the street, that is) and locals saying hi - there sure is a lot to be grateful for when you live here. From our family to yours, we wish you a wonderful, gratitude-filled and healthy year ahead.


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ICHELLE DU TOIT from @ RomanticExplorers arrived on Fraser Island the day it reopened to tourists, midDecember. She said, “Getting there, we were expecting everything to be black and burnt. “I’m so excited to share; the main tourist attractions are as beautiful as ever! That’s thanks to many people’s hard work to reduce the fires, including Queensland Fire and Emergency Services. “We were some of the very first tourists allowed back on the island. It turned into a once-in-a-lifetime experience for us when we discovered we had the main attraction, Lake McKenzie, all to ourselves, for a few hours! “It was an unreal experience that felt on the same level of incredible as our wedding day or jumping off our overwater bungalow in Bora Bora. “So grateful this paradise is only three hours drive from our hometown Brisbane. If you get the chance to go to Fraser Island for

a romantic getaway, GO! “The sooner, the better - not only will you have an incredible experience, but you’ll also be supporting many hard-working people on the island after they’ve faced many challenging months.” Tourists returning to K’gari have been a great relief for Rainbow Beach resident Nigel Worthington, owner of Fraser Island Beach Houses. “It has cost us $70,000 and we’re only one small business on the island.” He also acknowledges the impact on his home town: “People stop here for fuel on their way over, and their way back, they stop for coffee, breakfast or lunch.” Something that Sharon Parker from Ed’s Beach Bakery can attest to, after spending 15 Christmases working the business. “The flow through to Fraser is our biggest money maker. We noticed an immediate drop off as soon as they shut down and a drop in sales. Yesterday’s low tide should

have been pumping, but today has had a slight increase in trade. “I’ve reckon they’ve gone somewhere else, as people were worried it wouldn’t be open in time for Christmas.” As Tourism and Events Queensland’s (TEQ) Good to Go campaign continues to roll out, we need to spread the word that Fraser Island’s big drawcards - Lake McKenzie, Central Station and the ancient rainforest of Pile Valley, Eli Creek and the Maheno Wreck are pristine - and waiting for you! The campaign aims to inspire interstate visitors to stay longer and spend more in Queensland. Nigel is also President of Rainbow Beach Commerce and Tourism, and shares that the recovery (with the exception of backpackers) after shutdown and prior to the K’gari fires and Inskip Point closures was “off the scale”. Nigel says, “After 18 years owning a

business on Fraser Island and 12 years in Rainbow Beach, I have never seen the level of activity and have not seen numbers like this since 2006/2007.” He reports it is an unprecedented level of activity, with the majority of people new to town. Other accommodation providers have also said we have not seen this happen here before. “Primarily it has been off the back of four-hour drive time. This is the maximum distance before air travel because airlines won’t get back into full force until borders are open,” he says. “We are in the Goldilocks zone. We have nature, fabulous beaches and lifestyle.” With the pandemic continuing to evolve and impact industries and communities, the Queensland Government is continuing to update its COVID-19 website to keep our tourism industry, its people and tourists informed and safe.

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Billabong Skate Park almost ready!

What’s new in Tin Can Bay?

From the Tin Can Bay Chamber

Christmas Lights Pelicans, kangaroos, reindeer and thousands of little lights are making the Coast a little brighter, as Christmas cheer was on the agenda again this year for the Tin Can Bay Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Inc., with the Christmas town lighting going back up for the second year. A slight delay with Council approvals saw them go up just in the nick of time for the big day but they will remain in place for a few weeks in January to continue the joy!

Norman Point Speed Limit Safety for residents and visitors is a priority for the Chamber and a successful application to Council in 2019 saw the speed limit reduced in the Tin Can Bay Norman Point Parkland to 20km per hour. This is a great outcome and will also assist with road crossings for the new footpath that is part of the Cooloola Coast

Esplanade Revitalisation Project.

Business solutions The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland works to make Queensland the best place in Australia for business. The TCB Chamber recently met with Relationships Manager Paul Garcia, to be inspired on how to be an effective and strong chamber. Management also met with the new Wide Bay Burnett Regional Stakeholder Manager, Tim Sayre, to see how his role can help members connect local issues with solutions. Both meetings included fantastic information sharing, so if your business would like to be part of the bigger picture then contact the Tin Can Bay Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Inc. by emailing tcbchamberofcommerce@gmail.com or call 0411 218 254. Thanks to Cr Jess Milne for this update.

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Progress will continue after new year on the skate park upgrade in Cooloola Cove to include a multi-use basketball half court, shade shelter, low wall seating and open skate bowl


T’S ALL COMING together nicely at the Billabong Park skate facility at Cooloola Cove. A multi-use basketball half court, shade shelter, low wall seating and open skate bowl make up the new fun zone at Cooloola Cove. Unfortunately the start of the works was significantly delayed due to Covid restrictions and the NSW lockdown, otherwise it was planned to be completed for Christmas. While the contractors are on break for the holiday period the area will be under surveillance. Work will recommence in the new year and proposed to be finished early February, weather pending. The project is a joint initiative of Gympie Regional Council and the Queensland Government’s $600 million Works 4 Qld program. Cr Jess Milne said, “Cooloola Cove is a family community. This facility will be a real asset to residents as it will fill the activities gap that currently exists in the eight-toteen age bracket. “The combination of the skate bowl and basketball half court will provide a space that will enable numerous activities to be conducted in.”

There are no STOP signs now at the pedestrian crossing closest to the Surf Club car park instead GIVE WAY from Rainbow Beach Road

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ORKS ON Stage 2 of the Rainbow Beach Our Towns – Streetscape Revitalisation project are very near completion, as the finishing touches are being added to close out the project. You may have seen the change in traffic signs at the end of the main street - there are no STOP signs at the Kirchner Avenue pedestrian crossing (between the shops and the headland). Instead, GIVE WAY signs were installed at the T intersection on Rainbow Beach Road, near The Deck at Sea Salt. Last month, the team were busy completing the new central crossing area, upgrading the Kirchner Avenue intersection and foreshore footpath, and

widening the footpath at the Clarkson Drive corner. Crews were busy installing the new eyecatching rainbow themed street furniture, seats, bins and bike racks, and finishing off the landscaping, laying turf, installing irrigation and planting and mulching the new gardens. The Rainbow Beach Our Towns – Streetscape Revitalisation project is an initiative of the Queensland Government under the Works for Queensland Program, with $1M secured to deliver improvements across the two stages of the project. Check the Rainbow Beach Cooloola Coast Community News Facebook page for progress peeks!

Tracey Kreuter has just bought an apartment in Rainbow Beach - she and her grandson, Cooper, are enjoying the main street’s new look!

Calls for submissions on the golf course development I

T WAS back in December 2018, when the Community News reported on the golf course development at Wyvern Road, Rainbow Shores. Five stages of works are proposed and the latest is now available to provide feedback on the Development Permit Material Change of Use and Reconfiguring a Lot (38 Lots and 1 Park Lot). Make any submissions to Council at planning@gympie.qld. gov.au by January 19. January 2021 – Rainbow Beach Cooloola Coast Community News – 5

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Fun at the Rainbow Beach Aquatic Centre with Maya Dinoia, Frances Hanlon and holiday goers Rebecca Ward with her children Ren and Rata Anderson - there’s loads more kid’s workshops across the coast and region in January

2-3pm, January 15 at Rainbow Beach and 10-11am, January 8 at Tin Can Bay. Oh no, there’s a Pirate in the Park! Join in on a pirate scavenger hunt and try to find where the treasure is hidden. Could it be in a tree or is it under a bench? Suitable for ages 5-12 years, 2-3pm, January 22 at Rainbow Beach and 1011am, January 15 at Tin Can Bay.

Art and Nature at Kia Ora

Bring your kids and enjoy a morning painting, drawing and printmaking as part of Art and Nature with Sandra, from the Gympie Regional Gallery. Held at Gympie Messmate Park at Priddy Road, Kia Ora on Thursday, January 14 from 9am - 11am. Bring your own water bottle, hat, comfy shoes and snack.

Holiday Craft Take Home Packs

Stop by your local library branch between January 4 to 22 for free take home craft activities during the school holidays. Suitable for children aged 5-12 years.

Community Catch Ups

Movies in the Park

Come along Wednesday January 20 when the Community Centre co-hosts with Gympie Regional Council’s Movies in the Park. Buy some popcorn or a BBQ dinner. The featured movie is at 7pm: “Dolittle” with Robert Downey Junior. It is an unsupervised, alcohol free event. Secure your free ticket: www.eventfinda.com.au/2021/movies-in-the-parkrainbow-beach/gympie-region/tickets

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The Markets will be on the morning on January 23 (the fourth Saturday of the month). Come browse the stalls there’s always something yummy to try as well.

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in a relaxed atmosphere. Bookings essential - see the library article in this edition. Tin Can Bay Library has Storytime (0-5 years) on Thursdays, 9:30-10am. Rainbow Beach Library has Baby Bounce (0-2 years) Mondays, 10-10.30am and Storytime (2-5 years) on Mondays, 11-11.30am.

Library activities

Bookings are essential for these Friday activities: Join in for fun stories, games and craft celebrating The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake. Suitable for ages 5-8 years. From 2-3pm, January 8 in Rainbow Beach and 10-11am, January 22 at Tin Can Bay. The Rainbow Fish is swimming his way through the library. Come along for this fun story and craft as you explore this wonderful tale by Eric Carle. Suitable for ages 5-8 years,

The Rainbow Beach Community Centre’s office opens Monday, January 11 and Community Catch Up will start again on Friday, January 15. There’s normally Brooke’s excellent coffee, Martine’s baked treats and fun for littlies. It’s a great place to meet up with friends and for new residents, a lovely introduction into the town.

Painting and Art Stars at the Gallery

If you are looking for something for the kids to do during the school holidays, sign them up to one of the great activities the Gympie Regional Gallery has on offer. The Painting Club on January 13 and 15 from 10am 1pm aims to nurture the artistic development of children aged eight years and over, by providing an enriching art experience that will give children confidence to explore their own authentic art. The sessions are guided by local artist Cathy Condon who has been an experienced artist and educator for over 20 years. Art Stars also provides an valuable art experience and is designed for tweens aged 5-10 years and is again facilitated by Cathy Condon.



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You’ll have fun training to be a lifesaver with your peers - and join a great bunch of people, from all walks of life and all ages who volunteer to keep us all safe on our beach


OME AND JOIN a Bronze/SRC camp during the school holidays. The aim of these courses is to provide an intensive, structured, and fun training program for those interested in becoming an active member within the Rainbow Beach Surf Life Saving Club. Participants will gain surf life saving and nationally recognised awards and allow them to become part of a valued community organisation. An intensive ‘live in’ camp will be held from January 9-17. This includes: new electronic training manual, full patrol uniform, patrol cap, club togs, hi-vis safety rash shirt and graduation dinner plus all your food and accommodation for the week - for only $325. If you would like to do the Bronze award externally, your online theory can be completed in your own time and we will run some practical sessions for you on the first two weekends of January (2/3 and 9/10). You will also be able to join in on some camp sessions if you wish. This fee does not include club membership - $150. All Bronze camp assessments will be on January 16 or 17, depending on conditions. A final dinner is being held at the RBSLSC Supporters Club on Saturday night where parents/family are welcome to attend.

Awards Available Bronze Medallion (15 and older) Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue) Senior First Aid Certificate (14 and older) Pre-requisite – 400m pool swim in under 9 minutes Surf Rescue Certificate (13 and older) Pre-requisite – 200m pool swim in under 5 minutes Observers Award (13 and older) No pre-requisite

If performing rescues in the surf is not for you - there are still many ways you can assist Rainbow Beach Surf Club. Volunteers are always welcomed in many roles, there is even a way you can join a patrol…. If anyone would like to obtain their Observers Award, you can attend the induction session on either January 2 or with the camp on January 9 and if confident can be assessed the same day. It includes surf awareness and skills: identifying

rips, different types of waves, patient recognition, communication: signals and beach management. The course supplements first aid and advanced resuscitation techniques. Please note that all training is subject to Covid-19 restrictions and regulations and is subject to change at any time prior or during the course. To book in or find out more, call Kelly at the Club Office on 07 5486 3249 or email: surf@rainbowbeachsurf.com.au

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A summer

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ITH COVID CAME restrictions, time constraints and less fun doing all the things people love to do; getting outdoors and living their best lives. Just seeing the Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic on this year, brought smiles to competitors - even though there were no beanies, scarves or fireside chats. The Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic and Expo and the Sports Club would like to thank the community, volunteers, Sports Club team, sponsors and competitors for this year’s most extraordinary fishing competition. Being able to host the Classic this year also meant that our small community was able to benefit from having so many

Above: Ollie Pearce took the time for a quick kiss at the weigh-in!

visitors to our town, which is a huge credit to all the sponsors – the Sports Club thanks you. Save the date - next year will hopefully be in August - Monday 16 to Saturday 21. This year we were fortunate enough to be able to give away five tinnies, and it looks like we will be increasing the prize pool by giving away a vehicle at next

Sponsors James, Naomi, Natalie and Izaak Cole from Tin Can Bay Boat Hire

Locals Cameron Betteridge, Anna Gremmel, Simon Emms, Tom Head and Jaz Dowling, Tamara Emms and Cherie Betteridge don’t realise what a good comp it will be - as Tom took home a boat in the cadet prize draw!

year’s competition as well. We hope you will join us at the next Family Fishing Classic and Expo in 2021.

Plus check out the fishing and boating section for a huge Fishing Classic catch and more images on our Facebook page!



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Out and About

at the Country at the Beach

Above: Mark Jordison from the Rainbow Beach Sports Club topped up the beers for the surf club volunteers, who served the 1000-strong crowd. For every $10,000 that was turned over, $1000 was donated to our Surf Club lifesavers - this joint effort meant $5000 all up to keep our beaches safe!

Danielle Mountford, Carolyn Elder and Megan Ainsworth meet up for some fun Above: Rainbow Beach resident, Elise Thompson invited Tracey Wilson from Toowoomba to the concert Left: Ash, daughter Jemma, Paul O’Connell and Sue Lewin Right: Locals Reece and Shane Wilson, father-son day out under the marquee

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Australia’s Best Shark and Ray dive’ One of the designs by 2020 Fashion Graduate Isabelle Cull from her collection Reverie

SABELLE CULL has recently been recognised for her 2020 Graduate Fashion Collection with a piece from the collection set to be displayed at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre during January 2021. The daughter of well known Gympie and Rainbow Beach couple Mark and Mary Cull, from Channon and Lawrence Dental, Isabelle has just completed her four year Bachelor of Fashion Design (Honours) degree at the Queensland University of Technology. She said “Rainbow Beach was a haven for me during the unsettling time of Covid-19 when universities went online. I escaped the city, coming back to my home region and the peacefulness of the beach environment. “Luckily though QUT re-opened and I was able to head back into the studio to finish designing and creating my collection, Reverie. “Reverie, defined in relation to my collection, means; to daydream, to be lost in thought. The idea of escaping reality into a dreamscape inspired by my childhood home of open fields often sprinkled with wildflowers was the initial inspiration for this collection. “This concept was realised through light-hearted feminine pieces which explored traditional techniques such as quilting and hand-painting to create slow, refined and meaningful commercial looks.” Isabelle aims to work for an Australian label so she can learn how to successfully build a brand and create effective designs and hopes to one day launch her own label. To find more, head to her Instagram @isabelle_isabelle.

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ITH THE demise of so many newspapers across the country last year due to Covid, did it make you appreciate your local paper? Being independently owned, means that we did have more control over this publication. It also helped that as a Dad-andMum style business, we offer parochial, original stories and images that you just can’t read anywhere else! Why? Because we and our community create it! All the wonderful community groups who contribute, to the advertisers who know how well we get their message out and the readers. Especially the locals who love having their photo taken! Thank you - you know who you are! People overwhelmingly view a printed copy of their newspaper as an essential service for their community, according to the Country Press Association national survey of local newspaper audiences. I know this is partly why even though their own business took massive hits during lockdown, they continued to advertise with us. Council too, played a role, promoting businesses in local publications. The survey showed there is continued strong demand (and passion) for the printed product in rural and regional Australia. Audiences indicate a preference for accessing news from their local masthead in print and they would prefer to read a digital news site that has the look and layout of a printed newspaper. In general, audiences indicate they are five times as likely to go directly to a local news website for their local news than Google or Facebook, and almost 10 times as likely to go to the local newspaper website over a local council website for their local news and information. In particular, our trades and services section continues to flourish, and we aim to support any advertising with stories and social media. So if you aren’t yet an advertiser - now is a great time to ask Heatley for expert advice on your marketing strategy to make your ads really work for you. If you love to write and take photos, or have an idea for a story, we’d also like to hear from you - because it is a big job putting each edition together, and we do need some help so join our team. If you are a community member or regular visitor, please give us your feedback, because although we have exciting plans for the Community News - we’d love your opinion on how we can make it better. So please drop us a line at info@rbcn.com.au or give us a call on 5486 3561!


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OW IN ITS fourth month, Captain’s on Carlo is thriving with locals and tourists excited that once again Carlo Point has a venue to enjoy great food, good wine and stunning sunsets. Alison Little is the owner and this pocket rocket is fulfilling a two-year dream of running a takeaway and bistro at Carlo Point and living in Rainbow Beach. While the seven-day business has been BYO, it is now licenced with an inside dining area and a deck and offering a bistro, as well as takeaway. With only fresh Australian seafood and local whenever possible, Alison has a standard she maintains with loyal staff and repeat customers, and insists on the best and freshest products. Alison said: “I am from Coolum Beach and I camped regularly at the caravan park at Carlo Point and saw this amazing location and what it had the potential to be. “It was vacant for over 18 months and I felt someone had to give it a revamp and bring this beauty back to life so I thought - pick me! “This has been a dream of mine to live here in Rainbow Beach, one of the most beautiful places in the world. “Once I saw it was vacant, I created it in my head and decided to take the leap with the family’s support and while it has had a few challenges, we have loved the support and it is full steam ahead. “While it was not ‘convenient’ with three teenage children and two businesses back on the Sunshine Coast, I have been lucky that the family are all extremely supportive and proud of what we are creating here. “My husband Jud has a plumbing business with second born Jacob, a second year apprentice, Byron our first born is at university doing his paramedic degree and our baby, Aria, is at high school.” Alison is currently living between the business at Rainbow Beach and the family home in Coolum Beach. “It is tough being away from the family, but if COVID showed me anything, it is that life is given to fulfill your dreams as who knows what is around the corner and, as my husband Jud keeps telling me, ‘enjoy the ride’. “I think COVID has challenged people’s thoughts of what is important, with family and time together in a beautiful

Owners Jud and Alison Little enjoy a sunset drink on the deck of their new business, Captain’s on Carlo

place at the forefront of a lot of people’s minds. “Whether it is more beautiful holidays by the beach or a sea change, Rainbow Beach is going to be huge and the place to be with sun, sand, fun, family times, relaxation, food, drinks, views, climate, chilled people and places. “A big thank you to our cook/chef Raelene Pringle, who has been a huge support on all levels and is producing amazing food. “We also send another big thank you to all the loyal Rainbow Beach, Cooloola and Tin Can Bay locals and tourists that have supported our new business and are giving us the most amazing feedback on our freshness and beautiful food in a spectacular location. “We hope the relaxed atmosphere of the Bistro Bar at sunset will bring you all back to Carlo Point soon and your loved dogs are welcome on the deck with you too.” Captain’s on Carlo offers takeaway or Bistro dining with a licensed bar (no BYO) and water sports hire - the venue is open seven days from 11am - 7pm (or later). Call 0419 611 009 to book.

Sarah Speirs Rainbow Beach local Sarah Speirs has been accepted into Southern Cross University for Hotel Management, but is undecided where 2021 will take her. School Captain in Year 11 at Victory College in Gympie, Sarah attended Rainbow Beach State School and works part time at the Rainbow Beach IGA. Sarah is pictured with besties Gracie Klopper and Alichia Snowdon before her school formal. We wish you all the best, Sarah!


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Happy New Year from Mystique Norma Sanderson


ELL IT HAS been a mixed bag for 2020. We were closed down for some time and dolphin volunteers continued to look after the dolphins. It was pleasing to reopen to the public after lock down. If you had been watching our Facebook page or website during lockdown, you would have been kept up to date with ‘Mystique’s’ antics. He continues to clean up Snapper Creek and even ‘Patch’ is starting to get in on the act. Crowds have been consistent over the last few months and the Christmas/New Year period is very busy. We appreciated visitors cooperation with Covid rules, however we will not relax as the virus is quite resilient and could resurface. It was great to see little children holding out their hands to be sanitised on entry. Congrats to those parents who instilled the important message to them. Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and caught up with friends and family. We are all hoping for a Covidfree 2021. A big thank you to the dolphin volunteers for their dedication and extra hours during 2020. See you at the Centre!

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Bruce, Marie, Carolyn, Mary and Fiona enjoying friendly banter while strategising their chess moves at the Men’s Shed!


KAY CHESS LOVERS – here’s an invitation to you to make the next move and join Mary and her loyal subjects on Friday mornings, commencing January 8, for an interesting and challenging game of chess! If you’re a knight in shining armour or a mere pawn, you’ll be welcomed by eager and varied opponents to test your skills and while you’re at it, you’ll be making new friends. So come along alone or with a friend, all welcome. Gold coin donation for morning tea and chess boards supplied. And while chess is happening in the social area, the rest of the Shed will be buzzing with wood turning classes, individuals completing their own projects, community projects being undertaken and impromptu conversations popping up here and there. It’s a great community of like-minded men and women getting together to use and enjoy Shed facilities as they pursue their hobbies and learn new skills in a supportive and happy environment. With ‘The Shed’s’ main focus being the promotion and improvement of Men’s mental health and physical wellbeing, it is also focused on providing facilities and services to the community at large, with an emphasis on social activities. Membership costs less than $1 per week and allows access to and use of all facilities once safety inductions have been

carried out. So if you need a shed to escape to now and then, come along to join ours. You can inspect our facilities, enjoy a cold drink and nibble on a sausage at the next Shed Shop Sale Day on January 16, where hand-crafted goods made at The Shed will be available for sale. Watch out for the flags/signage at the Complex. January 2021 classes will see the return of: Chess – Fridays 9-12 noon commencing January 8. Ph: Carole 0437 880 438. Macrame – Mondays 9-12 noon commencing January 11. Ph: Carole 0437 880 438. Computer/IT/Phone – Thursdays 1-2 pm commencing January 14. Ph: Paul 0437 007 911. Lathe, Scroll Saw Classes, the Phoenix Program and more in February. Tin Can Bay Community and Men’s Shed is located in the City Farm/Community Complex area, Tin Can Bay. Please direct your enquiries to Shed Manager, Bryan Phillips on 0420 299 651.

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Creative Cuts Come and enjoy Phoebe Jay

Phoebe Jay’s performances have varied in styles as well as dimension, however her main style is all about country. Phoebe has loved every aspect of the many country music festivals, musters and gigs that she is involved in, winning Overall Open and Junior many times this year at country music festivals, never missing the chance to sing country music to a crowd. Whether it’s singing on the main stage or busking at the local markets down the street, it’s all about enjoying singing country music. Inspired by Dolly Parton, her voice is often described as a ‘Mini’ Dolly.

Phoebe Jay will be performing at the Tin Can Bay Country Club on Saturday, January 2 from 7pm and the club would love to see a full house! This rising star is a young country music singer/songwriter, originally from Townsville and now living around the cane-fields of Bundaberg. Rural Aid teamed up with Phoebe Jay who they describe as one of Australia’s youngest country music prodigies, to help bring Suicide Awareness to the forefront by commissioning a new song, Free Air performed in association with the legendary Tommy Emmanuel.

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After the Music in the Park, the congratulations and appreciative comments made the work organising this event worthwhile and gave us a good feeling. However it is abundantly clear that without the willing support of so many organisations and individuals it would not have been so successful. The stage backdrop was discovered by Kevin Reibel, cleaned and prepared and then erected on that morning with the help of sundry members of the Men’s and Community Shed, Tin Can Bay. Creative Arts Gympie Region supported and arranged insurance for the event. We are ready and willing to get back to normal in the Vets’ and Community Hall Cooloola Cove, providing Covid-19 quietly disappears, and with it the myriad cleaning processes, etc. We shall look forward to a happier, more productive and musical 2021, with smiles and singers unafraid to open their mouths for fear of passing on infections and the like. Thanks for all your support in the past and here’s wishing everyone the happiest new year. Pam Graham: kcisf327@gmail.com or tel: 0427 180 649. Come and join us!

There are loads of creative activities and workshops taking place throughout January at the Gympie Regional Gallery: Ways of Seeing - Gympie Messmate Park, Kia Ora until January 23. What is Whittling - 10.30am to 12pm, January 6 and 13, watch woodworker John Gerritsen whittle away some lovely wooden animals. John is a ‘bushy’, having spent much of his life working in conservation management in outback Australia. He now lives locally carving a living creating native timber sculptures and original bush furniture. Artist-in-Residence series - Join members of the Tuesday Art Group, 10am to 12pm, January 12 and 19, as they demonstrate artmaking techniques. Recovering the Past on display by artist Ian Alderman with a Q&A Zoom session 6pm, January 21. Learn how this six-year project came about and his clever photographic process. Come to the gallery and be part of a group, or log in from your home computer. To register, visit gympie.qld.gov.au/gallery or call 5481 0733. Entry to the Gympie Regional Gallery at 39 Nash Street is free, with opening hours from 10am - 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

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As restrictions ease and worries about transfer of infection no longer fills our waking moments, we are meeting 10am Wednesday January 13, at the Tin Can Bay Yacht Club, to decide where we go from here. All present, past and new members will be welcome to share in the decision making, so please come and let us have your valuable input. Further info: phone Pam: 0427 180 649 or email: kcisf327@gmail.com

On Friday, January 15 at 6.30am connect with Sandra Lawler and members of the Messmate Park Bushcare Group as part of the Messmate Park early morning walk and find out a little more about the flora and fauna of Gympie Messmate Park. Bring your camera or sketch book to soak in the atmosphere. After the walk, join an a la carte breakfast at Cooloola Berries, 856 Tagigan Road, Wolvi which is a short drive from the park.

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HEY SAY A picture can be worth a thousand words, and this photo from last year is no exception. There are numerous metaphors that could be drawn from the photo about someone’s world being ‘turned upside down’ (which, let’s be honest, is something we can all relate to with respect to 2020...!) Where the metaphor starts to break down is when it comes to the causes of our respective turmoil: for most of us, the trauma of 2020 was something well beyond our control - as opposed to the above rollover, which can be attributed to alcohol-induced ‘pilot error’. If only there was a way of putting drivers like this into some sort of ‘quarantine’ - because this sort of behaviour killed way more people than COVID last year. Think about the efforts we’ve all gone to in containing coronavirus - yet the far deadlier pandemic of road trauma keeps spreading (and yet is equally something we can all help to prevent). Interestingly, one thing you can’t see in the photo is any vehicle tracks leading into the water (which may have provided the telltale signs of hooning prior to the crash). In this case, the rise and fall of the tide has erased any evidence of the events leading up to the crash - events which are probably best left in the past anyway. Perhaps the tidal erosion of these tracks can provide another point of reflection as we begin 2021 - and leave 2020 behind us. Here’s to a happy, safe and contemplative new year. This rollover at Double Island Point was preventable

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4.8 metres when underway, and for all persons on a personal watercraft or being towed on anything. Every year there are incidents such as drownings and severe injury where children are not properly supervised. It may be fun to sit on the bow while underway, but if you fall into the water, the chances of being struck by the propeller are very high. Now some good news. Our popular Christmas raffle of a wheelbarrow full of beer, wine and spirits sold out earlier than expected. It was drawn by Mark from Cooloola Mitre 10 who generously supplied the wheelbarrow. The lucky winner was Alana of Tin Can Bay, with second and third prizes also being won by local residents. Keep an eye out in early 2021 for another major raffle, vital fundraising that has kept us operating in the local area for nearly 40 years. Please stay safe on the water and you have fun these holidays.

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E ARE STARTING back on Tuesday, January 12. What a year 2020 was, a year like we haven’t had before and we’ve had new members with all new to the area. Our coordinator for projects, Louise, has outdone herself, organising a project per month. Bus trips were stopped and birthday cakes were put on hold for a few months. In December’s edition we had a quilt photo with no name. I have been asked a number of times “whose is it”?

It’s Robyn’s. Quilters are reminded to practice all health precautions to ward off viruses, as laid down by the council for the hall. All quilters, experienced or novices are welcome 9am Tuesday at the Community Centre, Gympie Rd opposite Bayside Road, Cooloola Cove turn off. See you there, please bring a cup, morning tea, correct money and pen. For more information call Annabell on 0412 491 830, from Tin Can Bay Quilters Club.

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HE FIRST PLANT of the Month 2021 is “Westringia”, (commonly known as “Coastal Rosemary’’) of which there are four varieties available. ‘W. variegated’, a bushy shrub to 1.5mtrs with white flowers; ‘W. fruticosa’, a bushy shrub to 1.5mtrs with purple flowers; ‘W.brevifolia silver’ which is a ground cover growing 1.5mtrs X 60cms with a showing of white flowers and ‘W. Wynyabbie Gem’, a bushy shrub to 2.5mtrs with lavender flowers. All of these varieties enjoy growing in many situations including, wet or dry, sun or part shade. This plant is a hardy all rounder, Westringia fruticosa is a known as Coastal loved by birds and butterflies adding colour Rosemary and is a hardy all rounder to your garden when other plants are not Please remove christmas theme completely. flowering. They can be grown as a hedge, or used for wishing all our customers a very happy and topiary orAdd bonsai. Westringiaabout benefits prosperous New Year for 2021. in The something from regular tip pruning to keep them We do realise that Covid-19 is still going to Edit what is in the red box: Summer is here not compact and four monthly applications of a be ever present in our lives, but we at City coming slow release fertiliser for natives. Farm are trying our best to live within the City Farm will reopen to the public on boundaries. Tuesday, January 5, 2021. We would like City Farm Nursery, opposite the to reiterate also that we are a cash-only Community Centre on Tin Can Bay Road organisation. is open Tuesday to Thursdays 8am - 3pm. The volunteers at City Farm Nursery Contact: 07 5486 2304, ccfni09@gmail. would like to take this opportunity in com cooloolacityfarm.org

Cooloola Coast Community Local Disaster Management Support Group


HE BUREAU of Meteorology has predicted wetter than average conditions this year due to the formation of La Niña in the tropical Pacific. Now is the time to prepare your household and community to protect what matters most. Step One – Make a plan The best way to ensure everyone knows what to do and where to go in an emergency is by keeping a Household Emergency Plan. Sit down with your family and make a list of important contacts like family and friends who live out of town, doctors, insurance providers, utility providers; emergency meeting places, and details on where you’d stay if you needed to evacuate quickly. Step Two – Pack supplies Keep a waterproof kit full of emergency supplies you’d need to last at least three days at home if you were isolated due to flooding. Include plenty of non-perishable food and water; a torch; battery-powered radio, toiletries including tissues and hand sanitiser; face masks; disinfectant wipes; spare batteries, gas cooker, medication, and board games to help pass the time.

Step Three – Check your insurance Both renters and homeowners should be covered for disasters and should be familiar with their coverage details. Make sure your home and contents insurance cover is up-to-date and provides adequate cover for your unique needs. Call your insurer if you have any questions about your policy. Get Ready Queensland provides a yearround program helping all Queenslanders prepare for natural disasters – getready.qld. gov.au For local disaster management information visit Council’s Disaster Dashboard – disaster.gympie.qld.gov.au Gympie Regional Council continues to monitor the Covid-19 situation and assess potential impacts on Council services and events. Covid-19 updates and information can be found on Council’s website: gympie. qld.gov.au and the Queensland Health website: health.qld.gov.au The Cooloola Community Local Disaster Management Support Group (CCLDMSG) meets on the first Tuesday of the month, March, June, September and December. Would you like to know more? Our next meeting is on Tuesday March 2 at the Cooloola Cove Veterans and Community Hall, starting 9.30am. All welcome or contact Terry Steele on 0439 862 264.



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OOK CLUBS FLOURISH throughout the Gympie Region, with more than 25 active reading groups currently accessing the multiple book-set collections of Gympie Regional Libraries. If you’re an avid reader and would like to discuss the work of great authors with other book lovers, contact your nearest library branch today.

Cooloola Card Makers – Wednesdays at 9am Cooloola Card Markers is the group to join if you want a fun morning out in addition to making new friends along with your cards. Beginners and experienced are welcome. Join us at Tin Can Bay Library and let your creative juices flow. Phone: 5486 4355 for more information.

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advice from other talented eyes, and connect with artists in our community. Bring your work-in-progress or your finished piece and join in a friendly chat. Exchange ideas, participate in a mini-workshop or see an art demonstration. All artists, levels, and mediums welcome. Phone: 5486 4355 for more information.

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

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NOTHER YEAR is coming to an end and what a challenging year it has been. Hopefully, 2021 will be a safer year for everyone, with the dreaded Covid heading for the hills. We finished off our year with 31 at our morning tea meeting and then followed by a lovely Christmas Lunch, at the Rainbow Beach Surf Club. We had past members, Theresa and Vaughn Skulthorp travelling from Hervey Bay to join us for some Christmas cheer.

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S A NEW year begins, Cooloola Coastcare is ramping up for a bumper year of activities, actions, outings, education, research and fun! This is all possible because of the active participation by our growing group of members across all age groups. Enthusiastic nature lovers who rally interested members of the local community and friends from afar to learn about and protect this very unique and internationally recognised natural environment that we all call home. In 2021 here are just a few of the activities you can join in with that range from Citizen Science activities like water quality monitoring to wildflower walks with artists. We are excited to have a Youth Coastcare Group forming in the Rainbow Beach area and a new weeding group at Rainbow Shores

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helping to keep the natural areas free from introduced plants and weeds. We provide all the equipment and training. Meet new people who love nature; help protect and preserve the environment and get fit in the outdoors. Come and join us. Contact Lindy Orwin, coordinator or check out our website and join our FaceBook group to find out more. Website: cooloolacoastcare.org.au Email coordinator@cooloolacoastcare.org.au Phone: 0478 039 322

Fires banned until March Until further notice, open fires must not be lit anywhere in the Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area, or Cooloola Recreation Area, including Teewah Beach and Poverty Point camping areas. The total fire prohibition is in place until February 28 due to current high fire danger conditions, and will remain in place until the risk of wildfire moderates. Open fires such as wood fires that are not fully self-contained, including open campfires and fires in braziers, drums,

Bruce Rochester sent in this photo: “We had the unexpected privilege of watching a mumma turtle heading back to the surf, on Inskip Beach at night. We kept our distance but watched until she made it to the surf because we didn’t want her to get run over. Amazing experience for us and the kids!” You can keep a look out too, with daily walks for TurtleCare until March

other open containers, and QPWS supplied fire-rings where the fire can escape or cause ember drift cannot be used during this fire prohibition. Visitors must comply with the fire prohibition guidelines and directions of QPWS rangers. Contravention of this prohibition is an offence under the Recreation Areas Management Act 2006. A maximum penalty of 165 penalty units applies. On-the-spot penalty $667.

Call for Nominations at the Sports Club The Rainbow Beach Sports Club Annual General Meeting is on 9am, Sunday January 17. Positions to be filled include president, senior vice president, secretary, treasurer, committee members, club auditor, club solicitor and patron. Collect a form at the club office. Nominations must be signed by a financial full member and with the Secretary by January 3, 2021.

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Out and About

Spreading love and cheer for the festive season

Tin Can Bay Country Club help kids in need


HE TIN CAN BAY Country Club held their annual Christmas Toy Raffle to raise money for families who need a little help with gifts. The club purchased all the toys raffled and the day was a success raising nearly $4k. Community Action Inc. then provided a list of children’s names and details of what they might like for Christmas. The proceeds of the raffle bought presents for each child and treats to make their Christmas Day special. Community Action Inc. is a not-for-profit community organisation in Gympie who provide housing and support services for young people, women and children escaping domestic and family violence, as well as financial counselling and multicultural services. The Manager of TCBCC, Brad Robb and his wife Heather, had the pleasure of buying and wrapping all the presents so they could be handed over to the registered charity well before Christmas. They would really like to thank all the people who helped them shop at Gympie Central, Sharyn McCombe, the lovely lady at Priceline Pharmacy, the young girl at Surf Dive & Ski, the staff in Big W and Woolies! Brad said, “A big big thank you to all the community of Tin Can Bay, Cooloola Cove and Rainbow Beach for supporting the raffles and to the wonderful staff and committee at the Club for their hard work and dedication. “2020 has not been a good year for anyone, but knowing we live in a community that will still work together and help those in need is very humbling!” he said. “It is just so special to think of all those faces that have been through so much, had a smile and some joy on Christmas Day.”

Above: Rainbow Beach Commerce and Tourism’s very own Elf Diana Journeaux distributed fairy lights to bands of younger residents and their families to light up Rainbow for Christmas!

Forty volunteers and clients attended the Meals on Wheels Christmas dinner in Tin Can Bay

Tin Can Bay Country Club Manager Brad Robb and his wife, Heather, helped Santa Claus this year, and they thank everyone who bought a ticket in the raffle




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Cr Jessica Milne with daughters Bonnie and Jackie Bate and Scott Taylor gather the lights to decorate a tree near the Rainbow Beach Hall


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Over $35,000 of donations! Tony Stewart, Rainbow Beach DroughtRunners 0408 767 930


AINBOW BEACH DroughtRunners are now in our sixth year of looking after the welfare of many farming families, whether it’s in drought, fire or helping those fallen on hard times.. Like all businesses, Covid shut us down as we couldn’t travel any distance for months to deliver goods, but we relied on Australia Post to send out vouchers. The Kids Bush to the Beach was going to happen again with Schools from the Warwick area but that had to be cancelled way back in March due to Covid. The year has ended well with another two ute and trailer loads of goods including Christmas presents to the School of Distant Ed in Longreach, that was distributed to those families still in drought. Another $7000 in Visa and IGA vouchers also went out to Centa Care (Mental Health). Also another $2000 this month has gone to the hard working Fencing For Fires Group who, like Blaze Aid, still have hundreds of KMS to renew since the January fires in Victoria and New South Wales. Our year of voucher and cash donations so far comes to over $35,000 and with no admin or overhead costs

it all gets directly to the beneficiary. Plus all the food hampers, so we have a lot of people to thank this month. We must thank Jim and Margaret Snee, along with Marlene Owen and Bruce Devereaux for delivering this month to Longreach (21 trips there for me was enough for a while). Thank you to Nestle Australia, The Reibel Family of TCBay for so many prawns, and Bill Neil for his wonderfully crafted wooden toys. Also Gympie Big W and Rainbow Beach Pharmacy for present collections, Good Price Pharmacy, and Bernard Petroleum. Presents from Bill and Patty Watts, Christine Crowe,Wal and Betty Freeman, Bev Yeoman, Merry Rigby and Adele Tauri. We have just had another big donation from M Watts, also W Bailey, HT Stewart, G Eats, T Linke and J Anderson all from Victoria. Many thanks again to Wayne Kerle for his bottle and can collection which he processes at Bay Auto TCBay. To all that donated in our IGA trolleys in Rainbow, Tin Can Bay and Drakes Gympie, along with all that donated to collection tins a big thankyou. We will leave our tins out - hopefully over summer, rains will break the drought…

Above: Tin Can Bay’s Jim and Margaret Snee - all loaded up from last month’s delivery to Longreach Right: Paige and Mia Reibel with a couple of the 40 boxes of prawns donated by Reibels Fishery

Lately I have had thank you notes from as far as Hughenden and they are so grateful for your help. Thank you all.

Gift packs from the QCWA


APPY NEW YEAR to all in our community. Like everyone we are looking forward to 2021 being a better year for all. QCWA made ten gift packs for distribution to families plus toiletries and small toys donated by CWA were given to Eileen at the Tin Can Bay Resource Centre, which John, Jennifer and June thanked us for.

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Many thanks to the Cooloola Bowls Club for an excellent venue and a great lunch. We are glad to see visitors coming into town and our cottage has had lots of bookings for 2021 now the borders are open. It’s great that tourists are taking advantage of Australian holidays. We are having an open day for the cottage if anyone would like to view on Friday January 29, from 10am to 12pm.

Santa’s helper, Steven, Wendy from the CWA and Eileen at the Resource Centre accepting presents

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Our Hoy morning was very popular, nice to see new faces, a fun morning. Our Ham raffle was won by Elspeth who was very happy and thanks to Tin Can Bay Butchery for their donation.

We held our Christmas luncheon at Cooloola Bowls Club. We had a great time with Secret Santa, swapping presents and a Mystery Secret Santa gift Women's which everyone kept pinching. Won in the end by Robyn, a good laugh had by all. Holistic Therapies

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Dates to remember for February 2021: Craft- first and third Wednesday of the month, February 3 and 10, open 9.30am Hoy- third Wednesday of the month (February 17) 9.30 for a 10am start at the Cooloola Bowls Club. Covid forms and social distancing still in place. Our branch meeting will be held on the second Monday of the month (February 8) with a 9am start for members. We now have 21 members, so come along any craft morning for a cuppa and a chat. Stay safe, enjoy the holidays and Happy New Year from all the members at QCWA Branch Tin Can Bay. President Wendy: 0412 547 043 or Cottage Convener Linda: 0490 670 518.

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Health, Fitness, Beauty & Wellbeing

Get summer fit! Games and challenges at Rainbow Beach Aquatic Centre

Ÿ Visiting Tin Can Bay every Saturday Ÿ not Bulk Freestyle and Breaststroke Skills S RAINBOW BEACH does runBill as aConsultations Workshop council pool - if we don’t it - we lose Ÿ use Pensioner Glasses it! So take the kids or join an aerobics class You’ll be provided with instruction, and get wet! Even better, book your family training challenges and learn competitive into learn-how-to-swim classes. stroke skills. Thanks to BJ Parton and family, these are You must be able to swim 50m of each coming up in January: stroke to attend. On January 6,7 and 8 at 7.30-9am. Kids Team Building Program Little Kickers Think teamwork, life skills like basic first aid responses, water rescues and problem Build up strength and conditioning solving. Even a sand blow team scavenger for distance and ocean swimming whilst hunt. On January 2, 3 and 4 at 3-7pm. working on stroke development and


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Bring the kids for an active afternoon of fun, 3-5pm. They must be able to swim. BJ is hoping to secure some funding so the service can continue for the community. Help her out by dropping in or emailing a letter of support she can add to the grant: breakpointservices1@gmail.com

ET IN TOUCH with Rainbow Beach Learn to Surf to have more fun in the sun. Surf lessons are available or school holiday surfing - skating - boogie boarding - stand up paddle - hiking program. You can also choose a SUP tour or just hire a board! Their Summer Holiday Program is for kids 8-16 years of age, packed with adventurous outdoor activities. Fully supervised and led by their staff, they focus on enjoying outdoor adventures with your family.

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Summer is the time to immerse ourselves in the ocean, our lake, creeks and at the pool. Here are some great options to cool down and get healthy… Highlights include: Learn to Surf the easy way - join daily surf lessons at the main beach right in Rainbow! There are kid’s surf sessions, private family or group lessons for 1 - 10 people. Stand up paddle sessions - take the family for a sunset stand up paddle guided tour. Surf-Skate Workshops - join a 1.5 hour School Holiday Skate workshop to learn to surf-skate with the SmoothStar skateboards. Be trained by accredited surf coaches, with Working with Children Check, Senior First Aid, Surf Rescue Certificate, and more. For younger children call 0435 934 087. Book now at: www.rainbowbeach learntosurf.com

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IN CAN BAY Swimming Pool features a 25m lap pool, a play pool and change room facilities, located at beautiful Norman Point. Holiday trading hours until January 21 are Monday to Friday 6am - 11am and 1pm - 6pm. Weekends 10.30am - 5.30pm. On public holidays for New Year’s Day and Australia Day the pool is open 9am - 5pm. Renae McFarlane from the pool advises they have aqua on Tuesdays 5pm to 6pm, learn to swim programs in school terms and squad programs season round. Outside those holiday periods, hours are 6-10am then 2-6pm weekdays. Weekends remain the same.

Congratulations to the 12 week challenge winners!


AINBOW BEACH Health and Fitness announce the very deserving winners of the 12 week summer body challenge. Gym owner, Bec Arthur said, “It was a close competition and a very hard decision to make. We even had to bring in a third party to help decide on the final outcome! “We are so proud of everyone for all their hard work the past three months and the great effort you ALL put in!” ‘Best Body Transformation’ was Julian McMullen from Cooloola Cove with a loss of 26cm and 8.1kg. Julian also runs the Tin Can Bay Bootcamp held three times a week at the Buffalo Hall. Judi Donald from Cooloola Cove lost 34cm and a whopping 15kg, winning ‘Greatest Weight Loss’!

Bec Arthur from Rainbow Beach Health and Fitness with winners Julian McMullen, Judi Donald and Axel Whitford

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Both Judi and Julian earnt one free full body massage - every month - for one whole year! What a prize. Axel Whitford from Rainbow Beach won the runner up prize of a three-month gym membership. He gained 17 cm and 1kg. “Congratulations to the winners!” said Bec. “We are looking forward to seeing everyone in the gym to continue on with their health and fitness journey!”

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Tin Can Bay School News Tin Can Bay School Choir

Our awesome Tin Can Bay School Choir has been working hard this year and, recently, were able to perform at some events at school and in the community. The students sang beautifully at our Remembrance Assembly, Awards Assemblies and our Christmas Assembly, with some of our young students performing solos for the first time! Students also loved being able to share their songs with the local community, travelling to the Cooloola Waters Retirement Resort where we had a fun morning performing a range of songs for the residents, including a sing-a-long. Thank you for the delicious morning tea and chocolates! We wish to thank Generation Gap and Cooloola Waters Retirement Resort, two of our wonderful local community groups for their support in donating to our choir. These funds enabled us to travel to venues to perform and share our love of singing.

Chappy Karen’s 2020 Wrap-up This year has been an interesting year for us all, but so much more for the students

at Tin Can Bay P-10 State School. As the Chaplain in the school, I’m there as a listening ear for those students who may be feeling a little overwhelmed with all that is going on around them. Throughout this year I have been busy with a range of programs and student supports, including Lunchtime Connect, Garden Club, Breakfast Club, and accompanying students on camps and excursions. Lunchtime Connect is held during lunch breaks and is a time when students can come to play games, do crafts, play ping pong or just chill with their friends. Monday mornings, myself along with Mrs Turner, run Garden Club in the school kitchen garden. Students enjoy planting seeds, watching them grow, looking after the plants, then harvesting and getting to try their produce. The lovely liquorice flavour of fennel is now a firm favourite! Breakfast Club ran on Tuesday and Thursday mornings for all students who wanted to come and was a great success. This program could only have happened with the generous donations and fantastic support from local businesses and volunteers. I would like to take this opportunity

Above: Garden Club Right: Farewell Year 10s and all the best for the future

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to thank Tin Can Bay Bakery, IGA Tin Can Bay, Tin Can Bay Post Office, Tin Can Bay Country Club, Coastwide Engineering and the volunteers for their support over the last 12 months.

Farewell and Good Luck Year 10 With all the challenges we faced this year, we were extremely proud and excited (tinged with sadness), to farewell our 2020

Tin Can Bay School Choir

Year 10 students. A heartfelt assembly was held for the whole school to say goodbye, then a Valedictory Dinner for the Year 10 students, their families and their teachers. We wish our students all the best for the future as they move into Year 11, further education and the workforce.

Reach for a Rainbow Rainbow Beach State School News

Year 6 graduate! With all the disruptions to the school year over 2020, we were very lucky to still be able to celebrate the annual Year 6 graduation dinner at the Sport and Rec Club. This year we had nine graduating students – Tabitha Permezel, Jahli Parton, Daisy O’Neill, Hamish Lindenberg, Jake Lattanzi, Luke Lattanzi, Kody Fitzgerald, Bailey Sanderson and Kysen Dent. Congratulations to awardees: English Academic Award and Peer Award: Tabitha Permezel and Maths Academic Award: Hamish Lindenberg. To those families who have completed their Rainbow Beach State School days, the school community would like to thank them for all the support they have given to the school over the years – The Parton’s, The O’Neill’s, The Fitzgerald’s and The Lattanzi’s. The staff would like to wish all the graduating students ‘all the best’ on their future schooling endeavours.

Welcome back from the P&C

A word from your Principal Steve Bennett While the final curtain closes on 2020 and we find ourselves in the middle of the summer holidays, I hope that all of our wider school community have been able to take a break, rejuvenate and spend some quality time with friends and family. There were many occasions throughout 2020 that school life seemed to be happening at a frenetic pace and the challenges of COVID were ever present. Despite these challenges, great things happened. As we look forward to 2021 we will be building on the great work of past years and continue to improve the quality of education for every child at Rainbow Beach State School. To our graduating Year 6 students, I would like to congratulate each of them on their achievements and wish them every success in the future. We are all very proud of the fine young men and women they have become, they are a credit to their families and themselves. We are excited to be planning and preparing to see our new and returning students join us for 2021. Our vision for 2021 and beyond is not only “Reach for a Rainbow” but for all of us to strive to reach higher, see further and shine brighter!

Congratulations Year 6 - graduating Rainbow Beach State School students always finish with a photo at the propeller

Uniform shop opens 9-11am, January 21 and 22 at school with hats, school shirts, shorts and skirts available for sale. Take home secondhand uniforms for a gold coin donation. Also, most of the book list stock will be available from Sea Salt Newsagency. For all other updates, check out Rainbow Beach P&C Facebook page.

More sunset celebrations for the wonderful Rainbow Beach State School team at Captain’s on Carlo, Carlo Point

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walk 4WD back to nature swim, surf and on the water fish extreme adventure national parks family fun accommodation annual events plus

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 Crab Creek to Norman Point, over picturesque bridges, signage of flora and fauna, through mangroves, playgrounds and outdoor gyms. It is mostly flat – very safe for children on wheels. Start at the playground opposite the library, cycle to Crab Creek and stop for a coffee, then return to opposite the library. Enjoy the views out to the inlet while the kids enjoy the playground and skatepark. Rainbow Beach 10,000 steps walk – from the headland behind the surf tower and playground to Carlo Road. Paths are perfect for bicycles, scooters and skateboards.

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




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

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

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

Dolphin Ferry 35 minutes by ferry to view the dolphins at TIn Can Bay 7am daily 0428 838 836 Dolphin Viewing/Feeding at Tin Can Bay just a thirty minute drive to Tin Can Bay through Cooloola Cove and you can see the dolphins at Barnacles Dolphin Centre, Norman Point at around 7 – 7.30am each day, feeding time is 8am, charges apply. Come and have a look around this pretty little town while you are there. 5486 4899 Turtle Tours Paddle in double seated ocean kayaks along the edge of the mangroves at Pelican Bay on this two hour tour, you quietly encounter all types of sea life from turtles to rays to the odd dolphin. 0408 738 192 Sea Kayaking Dolphin View Sea Kayaking: A unique experience - see dolphins, whales (seasonal), manta rays, turtles and more 0408 738 192 Horseride with professional guides on our World Heritage Listed Beach. 04121RIDES Tin Can Bay Foreshore Bird Walk – 137 species with best viewing spots on the brochure. Tin Can Bay Wildflower Walk spectacular wildflower species, all on the brochure.

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

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

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

Cooloola Sand, wind and water have sculpted a varied landscape at Cooloola, the largest remnant of coastal vegetation on the southern Queensland’s mainland. High sand dunes, coloured sand cliffs, sweeping beaches, sandblows, freshwater lakes, tall forests, paperbark swamps and wildflower heath make the Cooloola Recreation Area a spectacular part of the Great Sandy National Park. www.nprsr. qld.gov. au/parks/cooloola/index Inskip Peninsula is a narrow, sandy finger of land built up by wind and waves. It forms a natural breakwater at the entrance to Tin Can Inlet and Great Sandy Strait. Inskip is a gateway to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. Beach she oaks, cypress pine and other coastal trees and shrubs shade the very popular camping areas ringed by open ocean beaches and sheltered estuary shores. All are within 15 minutes drive to Rainbow Beach. Most of the peninsula is protected as a Recreation Area. www.nprsr.qld.gov. au/parks/inskip-peninsula/index The Great Sandy Marine Park extends from Baffle Creek in the north to Double Island Point in the south. It includes Hervey Bay, Great Sandy Strait, Tin Can Bay Inlet and the waters off the east coast of Fraser Island, seaward to three nautical miles. Seagrass meadows, mangroves, rocky shores, reefs, sandy beaches, bays, sheltered channels, rivers, creeks and estuaries host a wealth of wildlife including whales, turtles, dugong, grey nurse sharks, fish, corals, birds and more. www. nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/great -sandymarine/ index Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island and an area of remarkable natural beauty. Growing on seemingly infertile sands are a great variety of plant communities ranging from coastal heath, mangrove forests and swamps to subtropical rainforest. The many archaeological remains found on Fraser Island record thousands of years of culture and tradition, and provide important links to their past for the Butchulla people.

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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

seeing all its beauty is to take a 1-day or 2-day tour. Or you can make the trip in your own 4WD, driving up the road or beach to Inskip Point and crossing in the barge. Rainbow Beach Flying Services offer a daily service to Fraser Island, but prior bookings are required. Remember that if going independently, a permit is required and is available from the National Parks Office.

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

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plus... Clubs, restaurants and eateries (many Clubs, Restaurants and Eateries (many are Breastfeeding Welcome Here venues) are Breastfeeding Welcome Here venues)

Library and Xbox) Xbox) Library (Internet (Internet and Heritageand andfood Food Trails Heritage trails Pamper Yourself Yourself- -Massages, Pamper massages,Hair hair Salon salon and Beauty Treatments and beauty treatments Playgrounds, Skatepark, Bike riding

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

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Flying Fifteen State Championships in Tin Can Bay T

HE TIN CAN BAY Yacht Club hosted the Flying Fifteen State Championships (FFIQ) State Championships in near perfect conditions with blue skies, warm temperatures and a moderate northeasterly sea-breeze. Crews were tested with the tidal stream and the vagaries of the estuary. A total of 14 boats competed with crews coming from Darwin, Lake Macquarie, Brisbane and seven local boats. Greg and Laurie Williamson looked like cleaning up with three first places on the cards, but the current and past National Champions, Ashley Smith on Sake and Chris Villa on Up Ship Creek dominated the final two races. After five races only two points separated the top three positions, with Chris Villa and

Above: Di and Graham Lee receiving the Handicap award Left: Marie Ralph and Meaghan Bentley from Tin Can Bay SES are assured by Norman at the Yacht Club that he is okay after the high tide flooding! Our SES are really in need of more members. Find out more from Meaghan and call the SES

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Mark Holmes taking out the Queensland Championship. Silver division was dominated by Neil Lestor and Graeme Dobson on Saffron and by Michelle McAndrew with kids Ava and Alex in the classic division. Graham and Di Lee on Free to Air won the Handicap series. Christmas has come early for the Yacht Club. Last month a 10 kW solar system was installed with thanks to the committee, grants officer Peter Hogg and Ken Bubb for their hard work in making this happen. The launching ramp has been refurbished and the grassed area is recovering well. The dining area has new tables and chairs, all in time for the Christmas celebrations. The club was ‘spruced up’ for the new year and everyone is looking forward to normal sailing again.

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HE LOCAL RAINBOW Beach Cricket team and the Gympie Royals will play in the Lionel McBride Memorial Cricket Match at the Carlo Road Oval at Rainbow on the Saturday January 16, 2021. The match will be the second day of the Gympie Regional Cricket Association Reserve Grade two day fixture and will be played in memory of their scorer Lionel who sadly passed away on Australia Day 2018. Lionel’s wife Edith still resides in Rainbow and their children and grandchildren will travel up from Brisbane for the event. The family are touched by the respect the boys have shown Lionel in remembering

him with this yearly event, and will present the Lionel McBride Memorial Trophy to the best and fairest play of the match on the day. Kick off is 12.30pm on the day and the family invite local residents to come down to cheer on the Rainbow boys. A huge thank you once again to Rainbow Beach Meats and the Rainbow Beach Sports, Recreation and Memorial Club for their sponsorship. Thanks also to Matthew Conaghan (Matto) from the Rainbow team who has assisted the family in organising the event this year.

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HAT A MONTH it has been at the Tin Can Bay Country Club! Competition fields have been great, the weather has been kind and now with the long-awaited rain, we should see the course in pristine condition over the summer break and into the new year. If anybody is looking to book themselves or their social group in for a game over summer this can be done by phoning the Country Club on 5486 4231.

ITH THE WINDING down of 2020, the Golf Club has held the Annual Presentation of trophies for Ladies and Men. The Ladies Champion for 2020 was once again Lyn Wong. This is her 22nd time as champion since 1996 and she still has a very competitive outlook in her golf game. Richard Buczynsky is once again the Men’s 2020 Champion, having held that position for seven out of the past eight years. Our weekly club competitions are all open to members and visitors with Golf Australia Handicaps. If you are staying in Rainbow Beach or surrounding area and would like to take your frustrations out playing golf, either enquire in person at the Pro Shop or ring 0409 727 577 to be entered on the time sheets. Our resident professional, James Taylor, can help you with all your golfing needs such as balls, tees, bags, towels, clothing, shoes or anything you need, and to brush up on your skills, book a lesson with James. With a few weeks remaining of school holidays, bring the whole family for a social game of golf. Motorised carts are available for hire from the Pro Shop. Our Club would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy new year.

We have undergone a competition restructure which will allow social players to get on the course before 8am or after 2pm most Saturdays, whilst giving members and visitors more options when booking in for their preferred tee time. Last month we held a Callaway Club Fitting Day which saw our company representative, Cameron Smyth, travel out to Tin Can Bay to provide a service for our members. The day ran extremely well with many members booking in for a club fit. I’d like to thank the members who helped make the day a success. I will be looking into holding similar events in the future.

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The Ladies Golf Champion for 2020 was once again Lyn Wong who has won the championship for the 22nd time since 1996

HRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS for 2020 were shared with the Yachties at the TCB Yacht Club in December. It was a great night of fun and camaraderie as members entered into the theme of ‘Heads and Tails’ with fancy dress. The opportunity was taken to use the night to present Dragon Club member Jan Low, with her Life Membership Award. Not only does Jan continue as an active paddler since 2004, she is part of the Dragons Lair Cafe Committee, coordinates raffles for our regattas, and she also is in charge of ordering and distribution of Club uniforms. Well done Jan!

Now onwards and upwards into 2021! Cooloola Dragons are taking a “break” over New Year and will be back into training Thursday afternoons and Sunday mornings after January 10. Permission has been given by Dragon Boat Queensland for the regattas/racing to recommence post Covid-19 restrictions. We have our sights set on the Wide Bay Series which commences at 1770 in May, so serious training will be happening. As always the invitation is out there for anyone who would like to “Have a go” at Dragon Boating. We would love to see you join us in our training sessions. For further info on anything Dragon Boating, such as our times and meeting place, etc., please phone Norma 0439 075 271.

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I EVERYONE. Firstly, I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year. As I’m writing this we are in the middle of some rough weather and huge swells which has put a stop to any trips for a couple of weeks now, up until now though it’s been pretty good and the fishing has been very productive with mixed bags of all species. Mahi-mahi have been around along with Cobia which is providing some nice sports

action. We have been catching plenty of quality Pearl Perch with quite a few specimens between the 3-4 kilo range and a few pushing over. Parrot, sweetlip, cod, Moses Perch, snapper and the odd Red Emperor have been making up the majority of catches. In the straits, Jacks seem to be hitand-miss but when on they are in good numbers, with reports of plenty getting smoked by these aggressive predators. Well, now we just have to wait for this weather to settle again and get back into it. ‘Til next month, enjoy the holidays!

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It’s a Jack Attack!

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Alex Brantz with a Mangrove Jack


ECEMBER AND JANUARY mean one thing to us at Gardiner Fisheries – It is Mangrove Jack time. Considered one of the most elusive sport fish, we are privileged to have an always angry population of Mangrove Jack in our waters. Being an ambush predator, Mangrove Jack give little warning of their impending strike. When they hit it is game on. Lock up your drag and hold on! For the bait fishos, nothing beats live baits. Live herring, whiting and flicker mullet are lollipops to the Jacks. Large strip baits like mullet and bonito as well as whole pilchards will also bring them on the chew. Lure choices vary depending on the amount of structure. We recommend surface lures along with lightly weighted soft plastics. Weedless rigs will reduce


those snaggy hook ups in the mangroves. A lighter line class of around 20-30lb may result in higher strike rates but unless you are ready for the strike, you’ll likely get smoked in the snags. Lifting line class to 40-50lb gives you a fighting chance. We recommend fluorocarbon leader of about 120cm in length and between 60 – 80lb. Overkill??? Well, if you’re getting busted off, chances are the angry Jacks are winning. December 26 was kick-off for our annual Jack Attack competition. Running for two weeks this is your chance to get your share of over $3500 in prizes. Entry is FREE with any purchase. For all the comp details, local advice, along with your bait, tackle, firewood and ice, follow us on Facebook or drop in and see us at Gardiner Fisheries, 1 Karoonda Rd, Rainbow Beach.

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WING TO THE very unsettled weather we have been experiencing lately the opportunities to get out on the water have been limited to a few short periods. By keeping a close eye on the various weather forecasts these periods of settled weather can be taken advantage of, whether it is to get to the outside reefs or in the bay or up the creeks. The periods of hot weather should be firing up the Mangrove Jack into a feeding



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A large school of golden trevally was seen in the bay recently, but weren’t interested in taking a lure at the time, but fishing for them at dawn and dusk could prove productive for a bit of fun. Borumba Dam could be an option for fishing, as good numbers and quality of bass have been caught recently on bait and lures and there is a good chance of a saratoga. The water police have been out lately drug and alcohol testing and checking safety gear in an effort to keep us all incident-free on the water. With the largely increased holiday boating traffic on the water, we all need to take a little more notice of what others are doing on the water and at the boat launching sites, as some may have little experience in boating activities.

only the odd one being caught. Maybe the fish have gone into hiding in preparation for the holiday boating traffic? The local reefs have been producing a few quality fish, but not in good numbers. Various shark species seem to be ever present on the reefy areas and can be a bit of a problem. One species that is occasionally caught is the Leopard Shark which is well worthy of a photo with its colourful spotted skin, before it is released to harass the next fisherman. There should soon be some Spanish Mackerel coming into the bay and it may be worth trolling various larger lures around the Inskip and Bluff areas to entice a strike.

frenzy, but to date there has been a lot of time and effort between fish, both for the lure and bait fisherman. Hopefully the next full moon period may see them more active. There have been a few mud crabs on the move but very patchy, and your pots have to be at the right place at the right time. The Summer Whiting that congregated in good numbers seem to now be spread out and it is difficult to catch more than a few. The flathead have also gone a bit quiet in the last couple of weeks with

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

New Year’s Day

2-3 Bronze sessions, RB Surf Club: 5486 3249 2-4 Kids Team Building Program at RB Aquatic Centre 2&9 Observers Award induction session RB Surf Club: 5486 3249 3

Nominations due for the RB Sports Club Committee and officers


Holiday Craft Take Home Packs for 5-12 year olds, from your local library

6-8 Stroke Skills Workshop, RB Aquatic Centre 8

Chess, Men’s Shed, 9am-noon, Carole: 0437 880 438


The Rainbow Fish story and craft, ages 5-8 years, 10-11am, TCB Library


The Enormous Crocodile, ages 5-8 years. From 2-3pm, RB Library

9-10 Bronze sessions, RB Surf Club: 5486 3249 9-17 Bronze/SRC Live-in Camp, RB Surf Club: 5486 3249 10 Dragon boats restart training Thursday afternoons and Sunday mornings, Norma: 0439 075 271 11 Rainbow Beach Community News office reopens after a festive break 11 Macrame, Men’s Shed, Mondays 9-12 noon, ph Carole: 0437 880 438.

Kindy Linq, Rainbow Beach School Library, 8.30 - 11.30am 9am Cooloola Card Makers, TCB Library

Check our Facebook page for happenings for Australia Day - Rainbow Beach State School have a new Aussie flag thanks to MP Llew O’Brien

ages 5-12 years, 2-3pm, 10-11am, TCB Library 15 The Rainbow Fish story and craft, suitable for ages 5-8 years, 2-3pm, RB Library 15 Community Catch Up resume at RB Community Centre 16 Shed Shop Sale Day, Men’s Shed, 0437 007 911 17 Rainbow Beach Sports Club AGM, 9am 19 Submissions due for proposed development at Rainbow Shores 20 Movies in the Park, RB Community Centre featuring Dolittle 21 How to use the catalogue, website and blog, RB Library, 10-11am

QCWA craft, QCWA, 18 Whiting St TCB, President: 0412 547 043 Table Tennis, 9am RB Community Hall, cost $2, all levels welcome Men’s Shed, Lathe Classes – AM Paul Oliver: 0427 995 512 Thursday Playgroup, Rainbow Beach School Library, 8.30 – 10.30am

24 Nippers returns 26 Australia Day Holiday 29 QCWA, Open Day at the cottage, 10am-noon, Linda: 0490 670 518

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10-10.30am First Five Forever Baby Bounce (0-2 years) RB Library


11-11.30am First Five Forever Storytime (2-5 years) RB Library Tuesday

21 Introduction to myGov, TCB Library, 10-11am

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

13 Coolabay Choir meeting, TCB Yacht Club, Pam: 0427 180 649

21-22 Uniform shop opens 9-11am at RB State School, including secondhand uniforms

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

14 Art and Nature, Messmate Park at Priddy Road, Kia Ora from 9-11am

22 Pirate scavenger hunt, 2-3pm, RB Library

14 Computer/IT/Phone, Men’s Shed, Thursdays 1-2 pm, Paul: 0437 007 911

22 The Enormous Crocodile craft and stories, 2-3pm, TCB Library

15 Join in on a pirate scavenger hunt,

23 RB Market at the Community Centre

12 Quilters Club restarts, ph Annabell: 0412 491 830

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

Chess Group, Men’s Shed, every Friday, Carole: 0437 880 438 Men’s Shed, Lathe Classes – AM Paul Oliver: 0427 995 512 Saturday 6.30am Heart Foundation Walking Group TCB, Maggie 0400 756 615 Markets

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

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10am-12 noon, Tin Can Bay Art Group, TCB Library


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4th Saturday Rainbow Beach Dragon Boating, every Sunday 7.30am, Sandra: 0402 352 756

January 2021 – Rainbow Beach Cooloola Coast Community News – 37

A Little Humour CRIMINAL RECORD A British man is visiting Australia. The customs agent asks him, “Do you have a criminal record?” The British man replies, “I didn’t think you needed one to get into Australia anymore.” KIWI CRACKER An Aussie bloke is having a quiet drink in a bar and leans over to the big guy next to him and says, “Do you wanna hear a Kiwi joke?” The big guy replies, “Well mate, before you tell that joke, you should know something. I’m 1.90m tall, 125 kg and I played as a forward for the All Blacks. The guy next to me is 1.85m, weighs 115 kg and he’s an ex-All Black lock. Next to him is a bloke who’s 2m tall, weighs 120 kg and he’s a current All Black second rower.Now do you still want to tell that Kiwi joke?” The Aussie bloke says, “Nah, not if I’m going to have to explain it three times.” BAR JOKE An American, a Brit, a Canadian, a Dane, an Ethiopian, a Frenchman, a Greek, a Haitian, an Irishman, a Jew, a Kiwi, a Lithuanian, a Mongolian, a Nigerian, an Omani, a Peruvian, a Qatari, a Roman, a Scotsman, a Uruguayan, a Venezuelan, a Western Saharan, a xenophobe and a Zimbabwean walk into a bar. The bartender says,”Im sorry, but you can’t come in here without a Thai.” IRISH GIGGLES An Irishman goes to the doctor who, after examining him, says: “You have some problems with your heart, but if you take these tablets, I think it will be okay.” So the doctor gives the man the tablets and the patient asks: “Do I have to take them every day?” No,” replies the doctor, “take one on the

Monday, skip the Tuesday, take one on the Wednesday, skip the Thursday and go on like that.” Two weeks later the doctor is walking down the street, and he sees the patient’s wife.“Hello Mrs Murphy,” he says, “how’s your husband?” “Oh, he died of a heart attack,” says Mrs Murphy. “I’m very sorry to hear that,” says the doctor, “I thought if he took those tablets he would be all right.” “Oh the tablets were fine,” says Mrs Murphy, “It was all the bloody skipping that killed him!” THREE PINTS OF GUINNESS An Irishman walks into a bar in Dublin, orders three pints of Guinness and sits in the back of the room, drinking a sip out of each one in turn. When he finishes them, he comes back to the bar and orders three more. The bartender asks him, “You know, a pint goes flat after I draw it; it would taste better if you bought one at a time.” The Irishman replies, “Well, you see, I have two brothers. One is in America, the other in Australia, and I’m here in Dublin. When we all left home, we promised that we’d drink this way to remember the days when we drank together.” The bartender admits that this is a nice custom, and leaves it there. The Irishman becomes a regular in the bar, and always drinks the same way: ordering three pints and drinking them in turn. One day, he comes in and orders two pints. All the other regulars notice and fall silent. When he comes back to the bar for the second round, the bartender says, “I don’t want to intrude on your grief, but I wanted to offer my condolences on your great loss.” The Irishman looks confused for a moment, then a light dawns in his eye and he laughs. “Oh, no,” he says, “everyone’s fine. I’ve just quit drinking.”

IRISH SHORTS Paddy went to the doctors today. and said “Do you treat alcoholics?” The doctor replied, “Of course we do.” Paddy said, “Great get your coat on, I’m skint.” Barman says to Paddy “Your glass is empty, fancy another one?” Looking puzzled, Paddy says, “Why now would I be needing two empty feckin glasses?” Paddy says to Mary, “If you were stranded on a desert island, who would you like most to be with you?” “My Uncle Mick,” replies Paddy. “What’s so special about him?” asks Mary. “He’s got a boat,” says Paddy. “Young man,” said the judge, looking sternly at the defendant.“It’s alcohol and alcohol alone that’s responsible for your present sorry state!” “I’m glad to hear you say that,” replied Murphy, with a sigh of relief. ”Everybody else says it’s all my fault!” Paddy drags a huge box to the Antiques Roadshow in Dublin. ‘Where did you get this?’ asks the expert. “It’s been in my loft for 40 years, to be sure,” replies Paddy, ‘and I tink it must be some kind of a family heirloom.’ “‘I see,” says the expert. ‘Tell me, do you have insurance?’‘ “No,” replies Paddy, “do yus think I shud?” “Yeah,” replies the expert, “it’s your water tank.” PEARLY GATES Three men die in a car accident on Christmas Eve. They all find themselves at the Pearly Gates waiting to enter heaven. On entering they must present something relating to or associated

with Christmas. The first man searches his pocket, and finds some mistletoe, so he is allowed in. The second man presents a cracker, so he is also allowed in. The third man pulls out a pair of stockings. Confused at this last gesture, St Peter asks, ‘How do these represent Christmas?’ Answer: ‘They’re Carol’s.’ BLABBERMOUTH John and Jessica were on their way home from the bar one night and John got pulled over by the police. The officer told John that he was stopped because his tail light was burned out. John said, “I’m very sorry officer, I didn’t realise it was out, I’ll get it fixed right away.” Just then Jessica said, “I knew this would happen when I told you two days ago to get that light fixed.” So the officer asked for John’s license and after looking at it said, “Sir your license has expired.” And again John apologised and mentioned that he didn’t realise that it had expired and would take care of it first thing in the morning. Jessica said, “I told you a week ago that the state sent you a letter telling you that your license had expired.” Well by this time, John is a bit upset with his wife contradicting him in front of the officer, and he said in a rather loud voice, “Jessica, shut your mouth!” The officer then leaned over toward Jessica and asked. “Does your husband always talk to you like that?” Jessica replied, “Only when he’s drunk.”

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Rainbow Beach

Hello, and welcome to another edi on of your IGA monthly rant. What a spectacular month it has been. Since we have had the required 100mm of rain, hopefully fires will be allowed for camping soon? Or are we suffering from another government department stuff up? Nothing new but. Beau ful beach, great fishing, gateway to Fraser Island and many more a�rac ons. How good is it to live in Rainbow Beach? Really, how good is it? Once you see the other side of life (Murgon), you appreciate this place a li�le more. Well, that is if you are not a small business owner. When we s ll have “Covid” camping restric ons at Teewah and Inskip Point, and the closure of Fraser Island for a fire that had already been burning for several weeks. It makes you wonder if the government is trying to control all of us. It makes you feel like we are being looked down on like thousands of li�le ants and we are ge�ng trampled all over. Remember, I am by far a conspiracy theorist, but a one government for all? Hopefully, the town bustles with tourists over the next couple of weeks to make up for a hit-and-big-miss year. Are we soon going to learn that Covid is going nowhere and we must learn to live with it? Good excuse to manipulate us? Might have the interna onal borders lockdown for another, I do not know, 10 or so years? Fingers crossed our NSW neighbours will be able to travel interstate. The main street beau fica on is really coming along. I hope our mayor is right when he said it would be completed before the holidays. Luckily we are unsure whether it was school holidays or the Christmas break. They either like to cut it fine, or only two weeks overdue is like finishing on me for a council job. Enough ran ng from me, the important talk. Sports Report I am certainly glad cricket has started. There is always that period where there is not much sport on. It is the same me every year. As I write this, the first day of the Tests against India is over. Australia is looking good but we are yet to bat. The loss of Warner with both his bat and ball tampering skills will be vitally missed. Other than Smith and Marnus Labuschagne, there does not seem to be too much depth in the ba�ng department. A�er Joe Burns’ proven record in how to be best dismissed, I thought they would have given a debut. I guess we will find out a�er today’s play. Cameron Green looks right at home. Hopefully, someone for the future. We need to always be looking to improve our team.

A-League starts in a few days. All that I can say at the moment is, go the Roar. Hopefully, be�er than last year. As we round up one year, we start another. I wish the best for all and hope Santa brought you what you wanted. You stay true to your New Year resolu on and have a bright and prosperous year. Thank-you again for your support through a tough me and we look forward to servicing you into the future. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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

Gwendoline Murfet is showing off the IGA’s pies and spor ng a red, white and blue cap for Australia Day. �ith her shi�s at the Rainbow Beach IGA, this Cooloola Cove youth is saving up for her first car!

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