Rainbow Beach Community News January 2024

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ELL, SOMEHOW THIS YEAR has already come to an end. It just whooshed by didn’t it!

As the countdown to 2024 begins, both Rainbow Beach and Tin Can Bay are gearing up to paint the sky with vibrant FREE fireworks displays.

As always, these events are designed with families in mind. The early fireworks show times ensure that revellers of all ages can partake in the festivities.

Parents can bring their little ones to witness the magic of the New Year without worrying about bedtimes, making it a perfect family outing.

Rainbow Beach: 9pm, Rainbow Beach Foreshore Tin Can Bay: 8.30pm, Tom Steele Park beside the water tower New Year’s Eve on the Cooloola Coast is not just about enjoying the fireworks spectacle but also about fostering a

sense of community. Bring your picnic blankets, set up a cosy spot on the sand or grass, and join in a collective celebration of the year gone by and the adventures that lie ahead.

As the sun sets on the old year, we beckon you to embrace the new one with open arms. These fireworks shows are a testament to the vibrant spirit of our community and the beauty of coming together to celebrate. So, mark your calendars, gather your loved ones, and get ready to be caught up by the magic of our local New Year’s Eve fireworks. Rainbow Beach fireworks proudly brought to you by Gympie Regional Council and Rainbow Beach Commerce & Tourism. Tin Can Bay fireworks proudly organised by the Tin Can Bay Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Inc with funding assistance from Gympie Regional Council Community Grants Program 2022/2023 and sponsored by the Sleepy Lagoon Hotel and Clare Real Estate Agents.

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To keep your fur babies safe during the firework shows: • Make sure that yards are secure • Give them a safe space during the event by being indoors with curtains drawn and television or radio on • Make sure they have their ID tag on and are microchipped just in case they do run off




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T’S TURTLE TIME HERE on the Cooloola Coast! Which is wonderful news for those of us lucky enough to catch a glimpse of these magical creatures - but not always such good news for our stunning marine visitors. The turtles face many challenges during nesting season: * loss of seagrass (diet for the Green turtle) * beach erosion * increased 4WD traffic * dune damage (their nesting site) Green and Loggerhead turtles nest along the Cooloola Coast from Inskip Point to Double Island Point and along the 50km Teewah Beach. Cooloola Coastcare monitors local marine turtle activity in a project called TurtleCare. Volunteers monitor turtles nesting on the beaches north and south of Rainbow Beach and assist with rescuing stranded and injured turtles.

While you are walking on the beach in the early morning, you can look for turtle tracks or hatchlings and then report them to TurtleCare. The TurtleCare team will investigate each track sighting report and collect this data for Mon Repos Turtle Research Centre. Even sightings of dead turtles or egg shells are useful data for their research.

Turtle tracks on Rainbow Beach.

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To report turtle track sightings call or text TurtleCare on 0493 511 207. To report a sick, injured, or dead turtle call the Strandings Hotline on 1300 103 373. Operates 24/7 – all year. Do not touch or try to move the turtle. A pink “X” on the shell means it was reported already. Find the TurtleCare group on Facebook: TurtleCare Rainbow and Teewah Beaches or go to www.cooloolacoastcare.org.au for more information on TurtleCare and also details of the other wonderful work by Cooloola Coastcare. Other ways to help support our turtle population: • Switch off your outside lights from 8pm as light pollution is damaging and distracting for turtles and hatchlings • Make sure you take all your rubbish with you from the beach so the turtles have a clean environment to lay their eggs in • Stay on the right tracks and only use authorised beach access to protect turtle nesting habitats • 4WD drive only at low tide and stay off the dunes. Be turtle aware when 4WD driving at night on the beach.

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OOLOOLA NATIONAL PARK will benefit from this month’s CoolaFlix screening on 13 January at the Rainbow Beach Community Hall. Local group Protect Our Parks will be hosting a screening of the classic Australian film The Castle. Admission is free. All proceeds from food and drink will go to the community campaign underway to publicise and stop State Government plans to approve private site leasing

and accommodation development with Cooloola National Park. The film gives a hilarious account of a family’s efforts to save their house, their castle, from being lost without their consent to a planned airport expansion. The film’s central theme is not a long way from our situation in Cooloola where the State is acting without public consultation and consent to strip away hugely significant public values to service a very narrow and non-transparent corporate

development agenda. For many people Cooloola is their ‘castle’ of retreat away from the built up environment and hustle of everyday life. How dare the Government act to demolish Cooloola’s special character without public consent? Tell ‘em they’re dreamin’! Bar available and open from 5.30pm and throughout the screening. All beer and wine will be $5/glass or can. It’s worth being there just for an affordable get together. So come

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Probus know how to celebrate Kaye Olsen


OOLOOLA COAST Probians wound up the year’s activities with our Christmas lunch at the Tin Can Bay RSL Club – a very enjoyable event with lots of Fun, Friendship and Fellowship. Not only were we celebrating Christmas, but also welcomed three new members – Geoff Kelly, Jill Ribot, and Beth Vaughan. This year’s entertainment had everyone laughing. Judy Beaton (formerly Kiddle) and her crew presented a skit, ‘The Wedding’, depicting a possible scenario at the wedding in the 1950s when ‘shotgun weddings’ took place. The bridal party looked beautiful, even the pregnant bride, and Reverend tried unsuccessfully to complete the ceremony following an objection from the jilted girlfriend with her baby. Cherryl Mossman told us about an experience in the self-serve section of a local supermarket involving doublebagging, when she had an argument with the supervisor concerning the use of multiple grocery bags. We could all sympathise with her and made us all the more keen to be served by staff wherever possible. Marie Parker presented Christmas Trivia with a series of questions, won by Gabriella of the RSL catering staff. As usual we had Secret Santa which was carried out in a different format by Barbara McKenzie, with Daryl Christie and Geoff Kelly carrying out the duties of Santa Claus. This was

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Year 6 transition to High School Tin Can Bay P-10 School

T John Aird, winner of the money tree raffle prize.

followed by the raffle, the major prize of a ‘money tree’ won by John Aird. To wind up we had Christmas Carols led by Judy and Kaye, with the RSL ladies joining in. Cherryl thanked the RSL ladies for the delicious food and great service and presented them with a small gift as a token of our appreciation. Plans for 2024 commence with the Ecumenical Service in Gympie in February, the Presidents and Past Presidents Lunch at Bundaberg in August, and the annual Concert/ Friendship Day on Probus Day in October in Hervey Bay. There is no meeting in January, but we will be having an informal morning tea. Meetings are held on each second Monday of the month at 2pm at the Sandcastle Motel in Tin Can Bay and include a guest speaker and a break for afternoon tea and a chat. For details contact President, Katrina on 0407 637 691 or Secretary, Kaye at cooloolaprobus@gmail.com.

HE YEAR 6 students from Tin Can Bay, Rainbow Beach, and Kia Ora gathered on 30 November for a sneak Ziad, Ney, and Xavier came from peek into the world of high Kia Ora and Rainbow Beach schools to school, as they prepare to experience the high school transition day. transition in 2024. The transition day aimed Gemma, Madison, to ease the anxieties of the Alyssa, and students, providing them Delilah work with firsthand encounters of on their what lies ahead. keyrings. The day began with a warm welcome from the high school’s Head of Department, Mrs Robyn Cottrell, who guided the students through various aspects of secondary education. Ryder, the school support dog, also made an appearance. The Year 6 students engaged in interactive sessions such as cooking apple turnovers and making a keyring in STEM, gaining valuable insights into the subjects they will encounter in their high school journey next year. new friends and with a newfound At the conclusion of the day, the confidence for their journey into high Year 6 students returned to their school. primary schools, having made ADVERTISEMENT A DV E RTI S E M E NT

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S WE ALL CONVERGED onto the Freshwater campgrounds, there was one thing on our mind: swell! Although the waves were little, the stoke was big. Another Memorial Comp weekend etched into our memories as a great beach weekend with our mates, new and old.

The Club sends out a HUGE and heartfelt THANK YOU to our sponsors and local businesses who always show up without hesitation with donations for prizes, and funds for equipment. Thanks to everyone who made it up on the weekend and who helped organise, transport equipment, cook, source prizes, set up, judge, record keep, and surf! We look forward to a great 2024!

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ES, YOU KNOW it’s really Christmas in Rainbow Beach when you can’t hear a helicopter arriving over the excited squeals of children. That’s exactly what happened at Santa Comes To Rainbow. After Rainbow beach Helicopters delivered the Big Red Fella, dressed in boardies, onto the Centre Block, more than 100 children and their parents queued up for Chris McIlroy’s Santa photo booth. We kept them cool with frozen Zooper Doopers handed out by Santa’s elves then reactivated them with giveaway balls donated by Sam and Maureen Mitchell. Our legendary Barbie Boys stumped up again after slaving over the hot plate at the markets all morning. They cooked up more kilos of locally made sausages to raise funds for CIRS.

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Summer-y Santa and his stunning Mrs Claus getting mobbed on arrival.

The RocknRollabillys also demonstrated that old showbiz slogan ‘the show must go on’. They played up a storm despite the trio being reduced to a duo at the last moment. Thanks must also go to the elves behind the event – Ze and Maree for seeking prize donations, selling tickets and organising the raffles. Thanks to Elisa: People Places and Events for coordinating the event. Big thanks too, to Gympie Regional Council for the Get Local grant that offset some of the event costs. Huge thanks also to all the businesses and sponsors that helped bring the day to fruition. It’s wonderful to have so much support every year for this free event that brings so much joy.

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Jade Gould’s cultural awareness workshop provided some invaluable insights.


UR VOLUNTEERS ASKED many questions of Butchulla cultural service provider Jade Gould when she facilitated a cultural awareness training session in the hall on 15 December. Jade shared parts of her own family history and gave us all a great perspective on the impact of colonisation on Butchulla language and on clan integrity after the missions they were forced onto forbid them to fulfil their traditional roles. It is truly amazing to realize how far and how many indigenous people travelled for our mullet season. Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation holds Native Title over K’Gari (briefly also known as Great Sandy Island and Fraser Island), Inskip Point, and Rainbow Beach, although there are current challenges to some boundaries.

Many misconceptions about Native Title were debunked and we learned the true extent and current state of Native Title applications on the land around Rainbow Beach. Jade also explained why it can be difficult to contact Butchulla representatives – they have day jobs as well as fulfil the requirements of their indigenous corporations, satisfy government bodies, search through government archives to prove their identities, carry out their cultural duties and do ceremonial performances, often for no pay. So, please allow for a longer response time and be patient when trying to connect with Aboriginal Corporations. It’s worth the wait. Thanks to MP Llew O’Brien for assisting our Australian Government Volunteer Grant that covered the training and other items.

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CoolaFlix Free Film Nights


OOLAFLIX IS A free film night program run once a month in the hall. This CIRS project is funded by Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal and powered by volunteers. Each month on the Saturday evening following the markets, we screen a film chosen by one of our local community groups. They choose the film and run fund-raising activities on the night e.g. bbq, food, refreshments, raffles, etc. They can also promote membership of their group, feature the group’s projects, and recruit volunteers for their activities with a trailer shown before the film. CIRS pays the screening fee and film hire, and provides AV equipment operation and venue all free of charge. There is no entry fee allowed.

December’s host group was Rainbow Beach Boardriders Club and they chose Bruce Brown’s 1966 surf classic The Endless Summer. Around 60 people attended, and there was loud applause at the end. Rainbow Beach is home to quite a surprising number of former surfing champions and they share great stories at these events. January’s host group is Protect Our Parks which is a community campaign to stop private development in Great Sandy National Park – Cooloola Section (www.protectparks.net). The film they have chosen is the 1997 Aussie comedy classic The Castle. Doors open at 5.30pm on Saturday 13 January with refreshments available before the film starting at 6.30pm.

Markets Update


UR MONTHLY markets are held inside and outside the community hall on the second Saturday of each month. The next market will be on January 13 from 7am to 12 noon.

Just a reminder: from 1 January 2024, no dogs will be allowed inside the hall including those carried in arms, in prams, backpacks, or baby pouches. Dogs outside must be on a leash at all times. The dogcatcher will be called if dogs are found to be off-leash at the markets. We understand how attached dog owners are to their pooches. We just don’t want to see their pooches attached to other pooches or people.

Kerin Brider rocking his Endless Summer t-shirt for the screening of the classic surf movie.

The exception is for Guide, Hearing, and Assistance dogs which are allowed in public spaces and on public transport by law.

Festival of Small Halls (FOSH)


E HAD ANOTHER good crowd (82) for the Festival of Small Halls on Sunday 17 December. Local poet Sheryl Anderson gave such a thought-provoking performance, you could have heard a pin drop. The Pocket Rocket from Sardinia (MC Elisa Seul) warmed up the crowds before singer Jackie Marshall wowed the audience with her great vocals. We did sympathise with our Scottish performers Assynt who were feeling the impacts of the heatwave that had followed them throughout their

Australian tour. After reviving in the air conditioned meeting room, they played traditional Scottish bagpipes folk tunes with an indie flavour, that had people up and dancing in the aisles. CIRS subsidises FOSH ticket prices from our own funds and offsets the costs through ticket sales and bar takings. This year we invited Rainbow Beach Boardriders Club to do the barbecue and the talented Martine Lokhan to do the tea, coffee and cakes (oh! that Frangelica mousse was divine …).

Membership 2024 – new and renewal


N BEHALF OF CIRS management committee, I would like to thank our members for their continuing support. Memberships are now due and are only $5 a year. A reminder email will be sent out to current members in January and new members are always welcome. New members can sign up in our office once we re-open. Bucket loads of thanks to all our incredible volunteers. Big shout out to our market coordinator Rita Marigliani. We are an unfunded community centre and these markets are our major source of income. It is a lot of work to do

voluntarily, so heartfelt thanks to Rita and her crew. Barbie Boys deserve a special mention for their reliability and Tyla Elmer for doing the early morning starts in her Site Marshall role. Too many others to name here, but we do appreciate all of you. We always welcome new volunteers. CIRS is registered with Centrelink as a Voluntary Work Organisation and we are very flexible with fitting volunteer roles around your paid work or other commitments. Come into our office to find out what roles are available. Safe travels and a Happy New Year – see you soon.

Christmas / New Year Closure


UR OFFICE VOLUNTEERS have done an amazing job this year keeping the doors open five full days a week. We are taking a wellearned break from 15 December and closing the CIRS office until 8.30am on Monday 8 January 2024. If anyone is seeking our Emergency Relief (ER) service during this time, they can call Community Action in

Gympie on 5482 8959. We will resume ER at Tin Can Bay Library on Tuesday 9 January and at our Rainbow Beach Meeting Room on Thursday 11 January, from 1pm to 3pm in both places. Community Pantry will be back in the hall foyer fortnightly from 1pm to 2pm on Thursdays starting 11 January.

We have hosted FOSH for four events, and we have not made money from it yet but the joy and cultural opportunity that it brings to local residents is worth every cent. Thanks to Brooke Bignell for coordinating the event, to Elissa and Chris Keen for running the bar, and the wonderful Ze who ran the raffle with prizes donated by Aida Ghion, Tricia Jones, Rainbow Beach Sports Club, and Rainbow Beach Pizza. And thanks to all the volunteers who helped set up, pack away, and clean.

These dogs must be certified by registered trainers and display the blue and white certified emblem on their vest or harness at all times. Companion dogs and emotional support dogs are not recognised by the law. We have had supportive feedback from CIRS members, market stall holders and visitors on this new policy. It includes our CIRS office and the meeting room so please plan ahead your pet care before visiting us. Thank you for understanding.



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Veterans line up for Quilts of Valour Ross Carruthers


SPOT RICK MANN coming through the door of the Tin Can Bay RSL Sub Branch. “Gotcha”, I think to myself and sidle up to him with a grin on my face. “Just the man I wanted to run into. We need to have a chat.” Rick recently organised the presentation of ‘Quilts of Valour’ to members of the Tin Can Bay RSL. The recipients were involved in conflicts ranging from World War 2 and Vietnam to present, as well as War widows and the son of a veteran who recently passed. Quilts of Valour Australia came about when Victorian resident, Helen, learned how touched an injured soldier was by the warmth of the quilt he was awarded by Americans.

She was inspired to establish an Australian organisation to award quilts to Service Personnel, veterans, and immediate families of Defence Personnel and veterans who have passed. Quilts for the charity are made by people from all over Australia, who donate their time and talent for the cause. Richard (Rick) Mann joined the Australian Army in 1987 and served all over Australia for 27 years until 2014. He was involved in the East Timor conflict in 2001, and as an Army representative supported the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. I asked Rick how he became involved in Quilts of Valour Australia. “I was selected by RSL Queensland

Tin Can Bay RSL recipients receive their Quilts of Valour from Rick Mann.

to receive a quilt from Quilts of Valour for my overseas service in 2017,” he said. “Since that time, I’ve been the South Queensland representative for Quilts of Valour. “I think it’s a great charity that

recognises the service, sacrifice, and valour of our Service Personnel, in a manner that acknowledges what they do and have done.” Well, we appreciate what you do too Rick Mann – thank you for your service!

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HE DROUGHTRUNNERS was formed due to the drought in 2015, also to help with fire and flooding disasters. We have had a quieter year in 2023, in this our eighth year. In this time it is very hard to put an exact figure on what we have distributed as it depends on whether you want to put a retail or wholesale figure on many items that we buy and are also donated.

As an example, have we counted the 40,000 mangoes we picked one year and distributed. We may have said 50c but they probably should have been $2. Also we picked 12,000 avocadoes at 50c value instead of $2. I would say a retail figure on all that we have distributed in goods and cash would be around $850,000. Maybe without the mangoes. This month we have sent another $1,000 to feed the Gympie homeless and $1,000 in IGA vouchers to Longreach School of Distance


Education to help four families out there still doing it tough. In early December I unloaded food supplies to feed the Gympie homeless including legs of lamb and before Christmas we bought them hams and other goods like last year. Thank you Connor for your donation and the Big 4 for our 10c return collection, as well as all who keep filling our bottle and can collection bins at 10 Tingira Close. A big thanks for help from Wayne Kerle and the Tin Can Bay residents who donate their

cans and bottles to us. Thanks to Marcia Mills for purchasing more of Bill Neil’s wonderful wooden toys. If the mozzies or sandflies are a problem give me a call and we can show you the wonderful coil holders made by Jim Snee. They are of great value. Hope you had a safe and happy Christmas and wishing all hopefully a prosperous New Year. Enquiries/Donations: Tony Stewart 0408 767 930 DroughtRunners BSB 124 047 A/C 2259 9186 BOQ Gympie.


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Striding into 2024

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Foursome Walkers: Bob, Ingrid, James, and Tina S enjoy Christmas lunch and camaraderie.

OOLOOLA COVE Wheelie Walkers (CCWWers) celebrated Christmas 2023 with Secret Santa gifts at a delicious lunch in the Sleepy Lagoon Hotel. The previous two Christmases we carried on at the Cooloola Takeaway. Once again, Hilda was our Santa’s Helper, ensuring the right people received their presents. Our Heart Foundation Walking groups do a lot of socialising, as they Walk, Talk, Coffee, repeat twice weekly, weather permitting. However, there’s something special about getting dressed up, gathering for a meal, and sitting back chatting in a relaxed atmosphere. One Step at a Time Tin Can Bay traditionally gathers in the shade near the Tin Can Bay Library and RSL for a relaxed Saturday afternoon the week before Christmas Day. This is particularly important as the whole group rarely sits as one, since we split into Early and Later after our numbers more than trebled three years ago. A great opportunity to catch-up, and wear our Christmas garb. National Heart Foundation Online Shop introduced new apparel for purchase, with the Christmas theme just in time for partying. A few of us took advantage to wear the new Christmas t-shirts and help fund cardiovascular research. Each year, around 25,000 Australians suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Unfortunately, only as

few as 10% of these individuals survive. Heart Foundation funded researcher, Dr Elizabeth Paratz, is motivated to improve this statistic, dedicating her research to creating and using the world’s largest multisource cardiac arrest registry to discover causes of sudden cardiac death. Currently there is a huge gap between the identification and prevention of a sudden cardiac arrest. Alarmingly, in around 60% of all unexplained cardiac deaths, no cause is ever found, even after genetic testing. Congratulations to Linda Cox for your first Heart Foundation Walking Award achieving 25 walks. Your certificate and $5 online shop voucher are in the mail. Happy New Year 2024 Everyone. Maybe you would join one or more of

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our walking groups as a New Year’s Resolution to exercise more, have fun and enjoy our great outdoors? CCWWalkers meet at 7.30am Mondays and Fridays at the Nautilus Drive Bus Shelter outside the Cooloola Cove Shopping Centre. Most of us have a coffee and chat afterwards. One Step at a Time Early group departs half hour earlier at 6am than the Later at 6.30am on Wednesdays and Saturdays from the Tin Can Bay Bakery. We walk along the foreshore either on the boardwalk towards Norman Point, or to Crab Creek, returning to the bakery for coffee. Walk Yourself Happy! New members are welcome. Why don’t you join us? It’s free, fun, and a great way to improve our physical, mental, social and emotional health. Queries? Contact Judy Beaton on 5486 2181 or myself on 0400 756 615.

HANK YOU to the 130 or so who have ordered a book. At time of writing the books should be ready from the printers on 18 December so by the time this article is out the books should be out too! The print of the 306 page A4 books in full colour were a bit dearer than I hoped. With a print and set up cost of $38.50 we hoped to put a margin on to support some charities, so the total price is still to be decided at time of printing this paper. From early lightkeepers stories, the sand mining era, gazetting of the town then the development, and stories from 76 contributors you will get a laugh and hopefully learn some history and more about people who have lived and visited this area to year 2000, in this Part 1 Edition. For new orders text 0408 767 930 or email rainbowfishing33@gmail.com.

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Quilters welcome visitors Lesley McCarthy


HE TIN CAN BAY Patchwork & Quilters Group will gather on Tuesday 16 January to start the New Year. We meet at the Community Hall, Amity Place, Tin Can Bay from 9am to 12 noon. Visitors are always welcome; in fact we have two ladies who join us for a few months every year from Victoria and have become firm friends. We always look forward to seeing what they have created at home. Our photo shows one of our members Stephanie Jones and her

mother Rosemary who was visiting from New Zealand. Rosemary is also an avid patchworker and showed us her latest quilt. Some of our ladies bring crossstitch to class and our photo shows a beautiful piece completed by Angie Weise. It will be a busy few months ahead with the planned Friendship Day in April and our AGM in May. A project list for the year has yet to be completed so if any of our readers have patchwork gift ideas and don’t mind sharing, please let me know. I can be contacted on mobile: Lesley McCarthy 0490 012 271.

Above: Club member Stephanie with her mother Rosemary who was visiting from New Zealand. Right: Some of our ladies also enjoy crossstitch - this beautiful piece is by Angie Weise.

QCWA enjoy well-deserved break Wendy Ritchie


ELCOME, I EXPECT I am not the only one saying where has this year gone. This is my last article written in 2023. Looking forward to a break and staying cool. Our branch is always busy, with craft mornings, hoy, meetings, and events. Members will enjoy a well-earned break, and ready to go in 2024. A big shout out to our member Rowena’s mum with her group for CWA made 980 icy pole covers. Thank you for your group’s donation with all going to hospitals. When we return in February, we have plans for craft with classes on the second craft morning learning embroidery stitches then making into a place mat. Macrame, Chicken

Scratch, coasters, and card making have all been booked. Country Kitchen has some exciting plans for workshops. Tin Can Bay School will join every second Friday with the students making recipes for Healthy Eating, cooked and eaten by students at the end of the lesson. And great news, QCWA Country Kitchens will be hosting Hands-on Nutrition Workshops in 2024. The first workshop will be held in the QCWA Meeting Room, which is behind the cottage in 18 Whiting Street, Tin Can Bay on Tuesday 27 February at 9.30am for a 10am start. The topic of the workshop will be ‘Cooking on a Budget’. At only $10 this workshop includes morning tea followed by a talk with tips and tricks

on how to cook on a budget. The participants will then cook and share a three-course lunch. Those attending will also receive an apron, a cooking booklet, a tea towel, and a bag. Great value, and previous attendees have found this workshop very informative and interesting. Contact Gabriella Field on 0408 585 552 for bookings and further information. Registrations due by Friday 23 February 2024. We had a lovely day at Dillons helping the team serve the Christmas Lunch, thank you to Leah and her team. For our branch Christmas breakup we took the ferry to Carlo Point for an enjoyable lunch and Secret Santa. Thursday 14 December it was

Craft Club’s Christmas lunch which CWA helps serve, they have great fun decorating the lunch tables. Our last event was our Christmas Hoy, with all Chrissy prizes. Then sleep, eat, and repeat till next February. Stay safe, keep well, best wishes from all our members at QCWA Tin Can Bay. Upcoming dates for February 2024: Craft and Hoy 9.30am for a 10am start. Craft – 1st Wednesday (7th) and 2nd Wednesday (14th), at 18 Whiting St Tin Can Bay Hoy – 3rd Wednesday (21st) Cooloola Bowls Club, Amity Rd Tin Can Bay All enquiries contact Wendy Ritchie, President on 0412 547 043.

Happy New Year from the Coolabay Community Choir! Jackie James


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HE CHOIR HAD a busy time in December, performing Australian carols at the Cooloola Cove Carol Service, and entertaining the residents at ‘Residency by Dillons’ with a selection of more traditional Christmas songs as well. We finished off the year with a celebratory Christmas break-up lunch on the deck at Tin Can Bay Yachties where a fine meal and good spirits was the order of the day. The Coolabay Choir is now in recess but will resume on 7 February 2024. Mark it on your calendar and come along to join our happy band of singers! We are a community choir, open to all, and welcome new members. Our repertoire covers a broad range and genres – some old, new, world music, rounds, singalongs, and three-part harmonies. And it’s lots of fun! We meet for an hour at 3pm on Wednesdays at the Veterans and Community Hall in Cooloola Cove. For more information, please contact Jackie James on 0438 768 855 or jackiejames206@gmail.com. Photos feature Coolabay Choir members enjoying the ambience, view, and Christmas spirit at their Christmas break-up lunch at the Yachtie.

Robyn, Kate W, Pam Graham, Rae, and Tess.

Sue, Nancy, Kate M, and Debbie.

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Aida Ghion, Lu Phillips, and Lou Gaetani joined forces to create a wonderful Christmas atmosphere!

IN CAN BAY Community & Men’s Shed (TCBCAMS) is resting at the moment – taking a breath before 2024 New Year. 2023 was a big one with challenges to conquer but conquer we did… 2024 promises good things with new energy coming forward in terms of people and projects. ‘Newish’ members Aida Ghion and Lou Gaetani are a breath of fresh air and vitality. They are pictured here with ‘oldish’ member Lu Phillips. All three ladies joined forces to decorate our premises with Christmas cheer and goodwill at our Christmas party on 13 December. Well done ladies – a great time was had by all!!! Thank you’s are in order. Particularly to Ben Andrews from Beach to Bay Pest Management

for carrying out the annual pest inspection and treatment for us. Also, Gympie Regional Council for providing funds for the installation of our dust extractor machine. And thirdly, to the Heritage Committee for organising the Heritage Markets in November which proved a huge success for stallholders and the community at large. Monday 15 January sees us opening our doors for 2024. $50 gets you a 12 month membership to access facilities weekdays between 9am-12 Noon. Men only days are Tuesdays and Thursdays. Access and parking are easy – just look for the sign at the bottom left of the Community Complex’s carpark in Amity Place, Tin Can Bay. If you have questions, please direct them to Raewyn Oliver on 0412 992 512 .





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Patrolled Beach Swim in the flags in front of the Surf Lifesaving tower. Walk via the steps or walkway near the lookout and surf club, or drive onto Griffin Esplanade. 4WD beach access begins here. Coloured Sands Visit the patrolled beach, near the surf tower or the lookout to see the 70 plus colours in our cliffs. From town, walk south 1km along the beach - for best colours 4WD or tour a further 9km. Remember it is a gazetted road. Carlo Sand Blow Park at the top of Cooloola Drive, and walk 600m up from the car park or bushwalk about 2km from the National Parks Office for spectacular views of the Coloured Sands, Double Island Point, Tin Can Bay Inlet and hang gliders. Poona Lake Drive to Bymien Picnic Area (2WD) via 3km gravel on the Freshwater Road, (off Rainbow Beach Road). It’s a 40 minute walk to reach the cool waters of Lake Poona through beautiful rainforest and carrol (grey myrtle) scrub. Searys Creek Only 7km from town towards Gympie, with 2 waterholes, boardwalks, bridges and history – do read the sign and spot the creatures. Always cool on the hottest of days. Rainbow Beach Headland A look out, a viewing platform, 2 playgrounds, a skatepark, BBQs and picnic facilities. See the whales from here in season and watch the surfers out the front. Take a photo at the Cherry Venture propeller. Double Island Point Access via the 4WD only Great Beach Drive or Freshwater Track. See dolphins, whales (seasonal), manta rays, turtles and walk up to our historic lighthouse. It has the longest break in Australia -when the swell lines up. Mudlo Rocks Wander here at low tide, play in rock pools and watch 4WDs navigate any exposed rocks. ALWAYS check conditions and ask locals before you 4WD - it is not always safe, even close to low tide.

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Middle Rock When tides and conditions allow, the walk to Middle Rock and back is a beautiful way to check out the Coloured Sands. From here, vehicle permits are required and dogs are prohibited. Inskip Point This peninsula is the gateway to Fraser Island, a favourite fishing spot and pet friendly camping grounds for generations. Only 15 minutes drive (2WD) from Rainbow Beach. Freshwater Picnic Area Walk to and swim in nearby Freshwater Lake, picnic or BBQ at the beautiful shady day-use area, found before Freshwater Road reaches Teewah Beach. 4WD only. Tin Can Bay Foreshore Walk 4km from Crab Creek to Norman Point, over picturesque bridges, signage of flora and fauna, through mangroves, playgrounds and outdoor gyms. It is mostly flat and very safe for children on wheels. Look out for 137 species of birds.

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Rainbow Steps Reputably Rainbow Beach’s most ‘Instaworthy’ location - check out our colourful stairs and share a photo on our socials. Great Sandy Strait If you love the wonderful peace and relaxation of sailing or cruising, the sheltered waters around Tin Can Bay are for you. You may see dugong, turtles, dolphins in this section of the Great Sandy Marine Park. Fraser and Cooloola Great Walks A 90 km trail showcases natural and cultural features of the world’s largest sand island between Dilli Village and Happy Valley. Or trek 102 km from Noosa to Rainbow Beach through sandblows, past lakes and spectacular views. Fraser Island K’gari World heritage listed, K’gari has over 40 lakes, rainforests, sand dunes, wildlife, four wheel driving and fishing! Take a 1 or 2 day tour, hire a 4WD or take your own. Cross the barge at Inskip Point, permits are online or at the Parks Office.

Jokes Laugh Your Way Into 2024 with These (Terrible!) Jokes Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up for New Year’s. Middle age is when you’re forced to. What is a New Year’s resolution? Something that goes in one year and out the other. My New Year’s resolution is to see my cup half-full, preferably with rum, gin, vodka, or prosecco. What is the digital camera’s New Year’s resolution? 1080p. What do you call someone named Stephen on 31 December? New Year’s Steve! What do cows say on 1 January? “Happy Moo Year!” What’s the worst part of jogging on New Year’s Eve? The ice falling out of your drink! What is corn’s favourite holiday? New Ears Eve. What was Dr. Frankenstein’s New Year’s resolution? To make new friends. What New Year’s resolution should a basketball player never make? To travel more. What does a jeweller do on 31 December? Ring in the New Year. Knock knock! Who’s there? Abby. Abby who? Abby New Year! A woman took an afternoon nap on New Year’s Eve. When she woke up, she told her husband, “I just dreamed that you gave me a diamond ring for a New Year’s present. What do you think it all means?” He replied, “Aha, you’ll know tonight!” At midnight, her husband handed her a small gift-wrapped present. Excited, she opened it quickly, but was even more surprised: In it was a book titled The Meaning of Dreams. An iPhone and a firework were arrested on New Year’s Eve. One was charged and the other was let off. May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions.

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T THE TIME OF WRITING, the last sail of the year for Tin Can Bay Yacht Club (can you believe that!) will not yet have been sailed and who knows what the weather will bring with cyclones ‘lurking’ around north Queensland. Whatever the sailing, hopefully we will have enjoyed the Christmas party after the races. Speaking of after the races and on non-race days in December; sailors and landlubbers have enjoyed great live music with Harps, Billy and Phil and a couple of other guest musicians with people singing along and dancing. Oh, and of course, not forgetting the Sunday afternoon sausage sizzle. Racing starts again on 14 January 2024 and there will probably be some ‘Green Fleet’ activity over the holidays.

Cruising Tales

Recently three Trailer-Sailer boats (Lead Les, Silver Wake, Farr Horizon) from TCBYC towed down to Iluka to cruise the Clarence River. We launched at Iluka, then sailed across to spend a night at anchor in Yamba before heading up the big river. As the older lifting bridge is still in use we had to wait until it lifted at noon then sailed on to Maclean where again we moored up to the pontoon overnight.

Right: Harps and co providing great live music for us when on dry land. Below right: TCBYC cruising group’s recent trailer-sailer cruise down south.

The following day one of our boats had to pull out with engine trouble and the other two continued to Umarra where we lowered mast to the bridges beyond. From Grafton we motored as far as the low bridge about 20kms further where we had to turn back and overnight on the river bank. Now heading downriver we chose to follow the alternate south anabranch of the river then cross the main river near Maclean to follow the north anabranch back to Iluka where we finally pulled out. A very scenic and interesting cruise if rather hot in the middle of the day! If you are interested in taking part in our periodic TS cruises please contact us.

Year of the Dragon Toni Archer

weekend where there is lots of dressing up and socialising. The Cooloola club attended the regatta in force and you can see them in the photo dressed in their festive pyjamas – yes pyjamas – accompanied by the wonderful inflatable dragon that they borrowed from one of the other teams. A great weekend was had by all but our team was unable to come away with a win although they did post some very strong performances. Unfortunately, some of the club members got caught up in the massive hail storm that hit the Gympie area on the Monday as some of them were making their way home. Fortunately, the worst damage reported by a club member was a smashed windscreen but it could have been much worse with cricket ball-size hail falling.


APPY NEW YEAR to the Cooloola Coast community, all our readers, club supporters, and Cooloola Dragon Boat Club members. May the coming year be safe, peaceful and full of joy for all!! It will also soon be the Chinese New Year and the coming Chinese year will be the year of the Dragon. A notable year for Cooloola Dragons. The Chinese New Year begins on 10 February. This will be the year of the Wood Dragon. According to the Chinese horoscope, the coming year will be one of prosperity and good fortune. People born in a Dragon year are purported to Club Members in Nepal be destined for good fortune and greatness. We Congratulations to our club members Kerri can only hope that both predictions come to pass. and Michelle who went to Nepal and climbed the So, on 10 February, we should all say: “shin nee5,106-metre Larke Pass. While they were in Nepal, an how” which is the phonetic pronunciation of there was a serious earthquake in the country but the Chinese words for Happy New Year. fortunately, the climbers were some distance from You might also want to note that the Chinese All clothing, Shoes & remained Accessories the epicentre and safe. New Year is also known as Lunar New Year, which (excluding Jewellery andcome piety goods) They did back home fairly exhausted is more inclusive of the many East Asian cultures which is very understandable. Good on them for that celebrate it, including Koreans, Vietnamese, putting in a massive effort! and Tibetans. Once again, a very Happy New Year and Happy Chinese New Year to you all. Currumbin Regatta And, remember that the Year of the Dragon The last of Queensland’s dragon boat regattas would be an auspicious time to give dragon was held at Currumbin over the weekend of 2nd We are urgently boating a go! and 3rd of December. This is traditionally a fun



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HE TIN CAN BAY Coastal Rowing Club are well on their way to getting out on the water with the delivery of their first St Ayles Skiff kit so members can get busy building their first boat. This is a mammoth effort considering the club only had its first stakeholder meeting six months ago! Special mention to Tin Can Bay Lions Club and Defender Hose Services for their donations and that of a generous local philanthropist who wishes to remain anonymous. Before the skiff kit could arrive, a few things had to be done to the shed so members got stuck in cleaning every nook and cranny, organising electrical work for new LED lights and additional 240V power outlets, renovating the toilets, and painting the shed floor making

it brighter and easier to clean while Alan constructed a work bench for assembly of the boat planking. The shed will house boat building activities for a few years and the club extends gratitude to Gympie Regional Council and Councillor Jess Milne for her facilitation. Excitement of starting work on skiff building does not diminish the need for more fundraising as the club needs to raise approximately $5,000 over the next 5-6 months to finish the skiff and get a launch trolley built. If you are keen to assist with fundraising activities including any ideas, would like to donate to the boat building project, or are interested in finding out more about the Tin Can Bay Coastal Rowing Club including membership please contact Chris Thomson on 0410 618 227.


SSAA Open Day hits the Target

N SUNDAY 26 November the SSAA (Sporting Shooters Association of Australia) Tin Can Bay Branch hosted an open day, providing an opportunity for members of the public to engage in various shooting disciplines, including archery. Enthusiastic participants, under

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the watchful guidance of dedicated range officers, explored rimfire rifle, pistol, air rifle, and shotgun sports shooting. Many first-time firearm users seized the chance to experience these activities in a controlled and supervised environment. The archery segment proved especially popular among families, given its inclusive nature with no age restrictions. The event also featured interesting items from a private collection, sparking discussions and offering historical references for attendees. To cap off the day, delicious sausages and hotdogs were served for lunch, adding to the overall enjoyment. For those intrigued by sports shooting or archery, reach out to the SSAA Tin Can Bay via email at tincanbay@ssaaqld.org.au or get in touch with President Brett Whiting at 0467 332 303. Don’t miss the chance to explore these exciting activities in a supportive and knowledgeable community.



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Tin Can Bay Tag A Jack Comp

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HE CHANDLERY Bait & Tackle’s Tin Can Bay Tag A Jack Fishing Comp wrapped up on 18 December 2023. This is the second Catch and Release Tagging competition they have run and the fourth Mangrove Jack comp they have hosted over the past five years. Over the four weeks 27 registered anglers tagged and released 303 mangrove jacks! A total measurement of 11798.5cm, that’s 117.985 metres of angry red fish still swimming around our system! Six categories were up for grabs: biggest jack tagged; longest amount

Winners: Biggest Jack: Jed Lee 53cm Longest Amount Of Jacks Tagged: Shannon Dawes 85 fish, 3374.00cm Most Jacks Tagged: 1st Shannon Dawes 85 fish, 2nd Brendan Dunkinson 65 fish, 3rd Hobie Anstey 59 fish. Mystery Length: Was 43cm and Jed Lee took that one out by catching the 1st 43cm fish. Biggest Other Species: Chris Rippon 128cm threadfin salmon – Chris

passed the prize onto Hobie Anstey who also caught a 114cm threadfin salmon. Dean Chilcott had this category for most of the competition with a 74cm flathead but was bumped off in week 3! The photo comp is still being run on the Facebook page (www.facebook. com/thechandlerybaitandtackle) and is a public vote with the winning angler to get the most ‘likes’ on their chosen photo. For all the comp photos, pop on to the The Chandlery Facebook page and have a scroll! Thank you to all who participated, it really was a fun time had by all with this local sustainable fishing comp!

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Fishing, Boating & the Outdoors

Rainbow Beach Amateur Anglers

2023 The year in review Vern Ezzy


Awards Night & Christmas Party

As promised in last month’s paper, here are the 2023 competition winners: Inshore Club Champion – Craig Hamilton 185 points Offshore Club Champion – Patrick Glover 92 points Champion Adult Female Angler – Kim Wright 15 points Inshore Competition Most Points – Craig Hamilton 202 points Inshore Runner Up 2nd – Darryl Wandrey 182 points Inshore Runner Up 3rd – Chris McRae 58 points Offshore Competition Most Points – Patrick Glover 104 points Offshore Runner Up 2nd – Paul Glover 61 points Offshore Runner Up 3rd – Jim McGuckin 31 points Junior Champion – Ollie Pearce 118 points Junior Runner Up 2nd – Sonny Bennett 31 Points Junior Runner Up 3rd – Luke Treloar 22 points RBAA Angling Award – Lisa Lipross RBAA Young Gun Award – Luke Treloar RBAA Encouragement Award – Ben Stafford Verminator Award – Dean Chilcott Barracuda Busted Reel Award – Stuart Peall MacGyver Award – Kell Enever High & Dry Award – Luke Kirby – Clarke & Vern Ezzy Cedric Byrne Award – Dedication to the Club – Vern Ezzy Multi-draw Raffle Thanks to our generous sponsors we had 30+ prizes for the Multi-draw Raffle, the sponsors were: Cooloola Window Tinting - Signs & Designs All About your Boat Manta Ray Barges Wilson Fishing Gardiner Fisheries Rainbow Beach Sports Club Salty Gear Gympie Ten Pin Bowling Rainbow Beach Meats



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Fishing, Boating & the Outdoors

Rainbow Beach Amateur Anglers Continued from previous page

2023 Major Prize Raffle Winners This year the RBAA commenced fundraising with the launch of a Major Prize Raffle to raise funds for the development of a Club House on the old SES Site at 21 Kirchner Avenue Rainbow Beach. First Prize – Fishing Charter Package valued at $3,800 for 4 people aboard Double Island Point Fishing Charters, Accommodation at Rainbow Sands, Meals at The Deck@ SeaSalt, Drinks and Fish Filleting courtesy Simmo’s Fish Filleting. Winner: Jeff Darcy Second Prize – Gift Voucher valued at $500– Gardiner Fisheries. Best little bait Shop on the Coast Winner: Cory Alexander Third Prize – Gift Voucher valued at $300 – Rainbow Beach Sports Club. Entertainment at every corner. Winner: Sandra Goldsworthy I would like to thank the prize providers for their continued support of the Club, all those who purchased tickets, and all the members who assisted by selling tickets.

2024 Competition Trip List The Club has released our 2024 Competition Trip List, we are looking forward to a successful and exciting 2024.

2024 Sponsors It is great to see that the majority of the club’s sponsors have re-signed for 2024 and we welcome to two new Gold Sponsors for 2024, Double Island Point Fishing Charters and the Rainbow Beach Sports, Recreation and Memorial Club. As this will be the last communication from me for 2023, from the Management Team of RBAA we hope you had a Merry Christmas and we wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year!! Tight Lines.


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New Year!


F YOUR NEW YEAR’S resolution includes trying something a little different then check out what is on offer on the Cooloola Coast!

Get In The Water Take up surfing! We have one of the best beaches in the world right on our doorstep - get out there and make the most of it! Get in touch with one of the local surf schools or find a patient mate to show you the (leg) ropes.

Build a Boat to Row The Tin Can Bay Coastal Rowing Club is starting to build a St Ayles Skiff to then crew with rowers and attend events out on the water. Are you interested in either building or rowing? Call Chris Thomson on 0410 618 227 or Angie McNamara on 0400 510 993.

Aim in at SSAA The Tin Can Bay Branch of the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia hosts various firearm disciplines including rimfire, centrefire, shotgun, air rifle and pistol. There are also monthly archery sessions on offer.

Take to the Sky There’s big ones, small ones, fast ones and classic designs but there’s nothing but aerial fun with planes at the Tin Can Bay Model Flying Club.

Bowl Away the Day With three venues on the coast to wear your whites and go lawn bowling there’s always an opportunity to roll the bowl to the jack! Check out the Rainbow Beach Sports Club, Tin Can Bay Country Club, and Cooloola Coast Bowls Club.

Be a Dragon Paddling on the water to the beat of a drum is a lot of fun with many friends to be made along the way with the Cooloola Dragon Boat Club. Contact 0402 352 756.

Wage War on Weeds The Friends of the Cooloola Foreshore keep invasive species at bay giving the native vegetation room to breathe along the Tin Can Bay foreshore. For days, times and locations contact 0403 568 566.

Brain Train Give your mind a workout with QWCA HOY or the various bingo games held around the coast.

Walk or Run Get moving in the morning by strolling with the Heart Foundation Walking Group or at the Wes Mitchell Park Parkrun.

Let Creativity Flow Art groups, card making, singing, sewing, painting, dancing, there’s endless ways across the coast to let your inner creativity shine or just laugh and smile having a go. Check out the What’s On page (p34).

Give Back There are many service groups that provide valuable support to the community whether it be providing meals, transport, safety on the water, environmental preservation or assistance during times of need. Volunteering is a great way to boost skills while knowing you are making a difference to the life of another. SHINING A LIGHT ON THE COOLOOLA COAST


library happenings

Library Activities Fun for Kids New Years Eve Pyjama Party Tin Can Bay Library – Thursday 28 December 10am-10.30am

Join us for a New Year’s Eve pyjama party! Play games, read stories and celebrate. Suitable for ages 5-12 yrs. Bookings essential: 5486 4355.

Make and Create

Rainbow Beach Library – During opening hours in January Tin Can Bay Library – Monday - Friday 11am–12noon Stop by the children’s area at your local library branch for some free craft activities between Tuesday 2 to Friday 19 January. Suitable for children aged 3-12 yrs and their carers.

Get Into Games

Rainbow Beach Library – During opening hours between Wednesday 3 – Monday 15 Jan Join in outdoor and indoor games throughout the month of January. Bring your water bottles and team spirit! Suitable for all ages.

Bee Bots

Rainbow Beach Library – During opening hours between Wednesday 3 – Monday 15 Jan Can you help Bee Bot navigate his way through the maze and back to his hive? Come along and try this fun, interactive activity designed to teach children the basics of coding. Suitable for children aged 5-12 years.

Make Your Own Pencil case Tin Can Bay Library – Thursday 4 January 10am-10.30am

Get ready for school and make and decorate your perfectly personalised pencil case. Come along to any session in the holidays to continue your projects. Suitable for ages 5-12 years. Bookings essential: 5486 4355.

Decorate Your Own Journal Tin Can Bay Library – Thursday 11 January 10am-10.30am

Decorate a journal or diary, just for your eyes only, ready to write your thoughts, deepest secrets or any story you like. Come along to any session in the holidays to continue your projects. Suitable for ages 5-17 yrs. Bookings essential: 5486 4355.

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Monday & Thursday 9.30am – 12.30pm Wednesday & Friday 2pm – 5pm Saturday 9am – 12 noon

Monday & Wednesday 9am – 12.30pm Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9am – 5pm Saturday 8.30am – 11.30am

Please note that Rainbow Beach and Tin Can Bay libraries will be closed for the New Year’s Day public holiday on Monday 1 January 2024. Sphero

Rainbow Beach Library – During opening hours between Monday 15 – Monday 29 Jan Come along and try out Sphero, one of our favourite robots. Robotics can assist in improving different skills, including critical thinking, logic, reasoning, maths, physics, and programming. Suitable for children aged 8 and up.

Make Your Own Pencil Topper Tin Can Bay Library – Thursday 18 Jan 10am-10.30am

Make a little friend to put atop your pencil, to keep you company at school. Come along to any session in the holidays to continue your projects. Suitable for ages 5-12 years. Bookings essential: 5486 4355.

Aussie Feud

Tin Can Bay Library – Thursday 18 January 3pm-4pm Team up with your friends and family and go head-to-head in a fun and energetic feud. Which team will claim victory in answering questions about all things Australian? Suitable for all ages. Bookings essential: 5486 4355.

Teen Activities Cool Chemistry Concoctions

Tin Can Bay Library – Thursday 11 January 2.30pm-3.30pm You’ll say it looks like a trick or magic, but science is at work. Learn some fun experiments you can do at home! Suitable for ages 12-17 years. Bookings essential: 5486 4355.

Mad Hatter Escape Room

Tin Can Bay Library – Friday 12 January 3pm-4pm You are invited to the Mad Hatter’s tea party, but something feels terribly off. Help Alice escape, using riddles and clues left by the Mad Hatter. Suitable for ages 12-17 years. Bookings essential: 5486 4355. 26

Talks and Workshops Cover Letters and Resumes

Tin Can Bay Library – Wednesday 17 Jan 10am-11am This session covers how to write a cover letter and resume, but with a digital edge. It provides best practice tips for writing when applying for jobs and gives participants a sense of the digital tools they can use to stand out from the crowd. This is part of the Digital Springboard program. Bookings essential: 5486 4355.

Introduction to Buying and Selling Online

Rainbow Beach Library – Thursday 18 Jan 10am-12noon Learn how to stay safer when you buy and sell online from traditional retailers and online marketplaces, such as eBay. We also show you how to set up a PayPal account to pay for things online securely and how to protect your personal information and details while shopping online. Bookings essential: 5486 3705.

Connect with Technology Book a Librarian

Rainbow Beach Library – Mondays 10.30am-12noon Tin Can Bay Library – Tuesdays and Fridays 2.30pm-4pm Do you need a hand to get started online? Do you have a question about something that you have recently learned? Book in for a oneon-one half hour session where our library staff will help answer your questions and provide tips and strategies to point you in the right direction for your future learning.

Be Connected Drop-in Help

Rainbow Beach Library - Monday and Thursday from 9.30am–12.30pm, Wednesday and Friday from 2pm-5pm Do you need a hand to get started online? Do you have a question about something that you have recently learned? Drop in to your local library branch during opening hours for some free one on one help.


Corner Summer Safety

The Queensland summer is associated with sunshine, holidays, swimming, and sharing time with family and friends. It is also an important time to consider Summer Safety and the simple steps we can take to prepare for the possibility of extreme weather events, storms, floods, or bushfires. Summer Safety is an initiative by Gympie Regional Council that aims to help keep our local community safe, with tips to plan and prepare for the summer season. Safety is a shared responsibility, and we want to ensure residents and visitors to the Gympie region have a safe and enjoyable summer. For more information on preparing yourself, your family, home, property, and business, explore the website links at www.gympie.qld.gov. au/summersafety

Publications Scheme Did you know that on the website council there is a vast publication scheme that presents an overview of the council organisation and provides public access to council’s administrative and political processes? Two of the most recent updated/introduced documents are the Customer Service Charter which explains how council staff will respond to customer enquiries and the Caretaker Period Policy which provides guidance to Councillors and council staff of appropriate standards and restrictions, and their responsibilities, during the Caretaker Period prior to the quadrennial Queensland Local Government Elections.

Gympie Regional Council is pleased to present the region’s Annual Report. The compilation and presentation of this yearly report is required under Local Government Act 2009, but also provides an opportunity to highlight the achievements and progress made over the previous year. Progress in this report is measured in line with our Corporate Plan and Operational Plan. The 2022/2023 Annual Report was adopted by Gympie Regional Council on 19 December 2023 and can be found on the GRC website under Corporate Reports.

Also protect yourself by having repellent on hand, wear long sleeved light colours, and treat window/door screens to keep them away. For more information check out the GRC website.

Watch Us On YouTube We’re on YouTube! Our Council Meetings are live streamed. Search YouTube for the ‘Gympie Regional Council - Official’ page and click subscribe. Click the notification bell on our page to get notified when a Council meeting is live.

Be Mozzie Free The breeding season for mosquitoes is at its peak from September to May, but breeding does happen all year round. The recent rains have brought out that familiar hum with mozzies on the hunt for water to make the next generation so get your routine ready! • Tip It – Tip water from containers.

Annual Report

pets water bowls regularly you can also create a frog friendly garden and keep fountains and ponds stocked with fish for a natural army of defence.

• Store It – Store items away when not in use. • Throw It – Dispose of items you do not use. Householders have a responsibility under the Public Health Regulation to prevent mosquitoes breeding on their property so make it a weekly habit to flush out mosquito breeding grounds as they can carry diseases such as Ross River Virus, Barmah Forest Virus, Dengue Fever, and can also give your dog heartworm. Apart from making sure there are no permanent water sources around the home by emptying containers, filling pot plant saucers with sand, keeping gutter clean, ensuring tank openings are covered, and flushing out bird baths and

Contact Gympie Regional Council Contact Gympie Regional Council including: • using the online requests on the website www.gympie.qld.gov.au (in the Contact Us section on the top right hand corner of the homepage), • emailing council@gympie.qld.gov.au • phoning customer service on 1300 307 800 • using the Snap Send Solve app, or • sending a message via messenger on the Gympie Regional Council Facebook page.

Christmas Closure Council offices, libraries, customer service outlets, and depots will close 12 noon on Friday 22 December 2023 to Tuesday 2 January 2024.

COUNCILLOR CATCH UP Cr Jess Milne invites the community to catch up and chat all things Council on Friday 12 January 2024.

• Tin Can Bay Library 9am to 10am

• Rainbow Beach Community Centre 11am to 12pm Phone: 0436 282 707 Email: jess.milne@gympie.qld.gov.au SHINING A LIGHT ON THE COOLOOLA COAST



Plumed Whistling-Duck Melissa Marie Photo credit - NH


TS CHARACTERISTIC call gives the plumed whistling-duck its name, and it is truly a delight to see at Australian waterholes. Living mainly in the northern and eastern tropics of Australia, they also can be located in New South Wales, and after floods in the 1950s

the species expanded its range to northern and western Victoria as well. They generally lay 10 to 12 eggs per brood. Plumed whistling-ducks usually hang out in large numbers with other waterfowl, on the margins of lagoons, swamps, and mangrove creeks. At night they fly off to feed on grasslands.

– cooloola city farm PLANT OF THE MONTH –

Aotus ericoides


UR PLANT OF THE MONTH is Aotus ericoides, commonly known as Golden Pea or Eggs and Bacon. This plant is a variable shrub that may grow up to 2 metres high with a yellow pea flower that has a red-orange band around a yellow centre and bright yellow wings and keel. Flowering occurs late winter to spring in upper leaf axils. It likes full sun and attracts bees, butterflies, and birds. Volunteers Wanted: If you love plants and would like to learn some propagation techniques, or have experience with plants, we would welcome your help. We at City Farm are Centrelink approved. Please note: WE WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE CHRISTMAS BREAK until 9th January 2024

Cooloola City Farm Nursery is located opposite the Community Centre at 17 Amity Place off Tin Can Bay Road. Opening Hours: Opening hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursdays 8am -3.00pm. Cash or EFTPOS acceptable Phone: 0422 215 953 Email: ccfni09@gmail.com

This business is




TRADING HOURS 7 days a week Mon - Fri 7.30am to 5pm Saturdays 7.30am to 3pm Sundays 7.30am to 1pm

Same Old Familiar Shop Same Old Fair Prices Same Old Super Duper Friendly Service Air Con As Well

Right next door to the Shell Servo




Ronnie Timperon


HIS YEAR IT HAS become abundantly clear to me that God is always in control behind the scenes and when one door closes, another opens, even though it may be painful at the time! At the end of 2021 I was devastated to realise that I could no longer continue in my 8-year role as a school chaplain but felt convicted to continue to work towards a dream of starting a Community Pantry by offering free food and toys donated by local individuals and organisations, a cuppa, and a chat in the hall at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Carlo Road in the weeks leading up to Christmas that year. Many friendships were formed and contacts made and we were able to reopen the pantry in January to the delight of many locals. At the close of 2021 a number of Cooloola Coast families made the decision to take their children out of mainstream schooling and at the end of January, the Rainbow Beach Learning Community opened its doors to around 25 children, offering art, craft, sewing, basic computers, photography, bush walks, and trips to the beach. During February it became necessary to change our venue to the Community Centre who welcomed us with open arms and have been wonderfully supportive ever since! Thank you to Elisa, Fiona, and all of the amazing volunteers who continue to provide encouragement and admin support when needed. The Community Pantry also needed a new venue and became an outdoor pop-up shop under a marquee in the Community Centre car park for several months until we were invited to make use of the foyer to distribute the weekly hampers which has been a huge blessing for volunteers and recipients to be out of the weather. To date we have distributed over 3,000 hampers that now include staple pantry items from Foodbank Brisbane that are transported to Rainbow Beach by McClintock’s Transport and Rainbow Beach Transport. We also receive donations of food and end-of-line items from Woolies

Cooloola, Rainbow Beach & Tin Can Bay IGAs, and Ed’s Beach Bakery which ensure our hampers are truly great value at $10. A new addition to the hampers are frozen FareShare meals which are transported to Rainbow Beach by Gympie Refrigerated Transport free of charge. These meals can be either single or family-sized meat and veggies or whole cooked chickens. We have a wonderful team of pantry volunteers who work behind the scenes setting up the area in readiness for the Foodbank pallets to be delivered, unpack boxes of food, make up hampers, pick up donated items from local supermarkets and businesses, pack everything away at the end and deliver hampers to clients who have no transport. A thank you afternoon tea was held at Little Parliament just before Christmas where volunteers were acknowledged and given a certificate of appreciation. In a Volunteering Australia report, 80% of respondents said that ‘knowing that my contribution would make a difference’ was the most important factor in their decision to volunteer. The next most popular reason was ‘personal belief for a cause.’ Nationally, volunteering has an estimated annual economic and social contribution of $290 billion. Where would Australia be without them? Our second distribution point at the rear of the Cooloola Cove Vet’s Hall has opened and hampers and frozen meals will be available on a fortnightly basis from Thursday 4 January. Calendars with 2024 dates of when hampers will be available from either Cooloola Cove or Rainbow Beach are now available – text Ronnie on 0413 135 867 if you would like a copy to stick on the fridge. To order a hamper for yourself or someone who needs a helping hand, you can text to 0413 135 867 or hop onto the Rainbow Beach Community Pantry Facebook page and send a message. Pindari Life Ltd, a local charity based in Gympie, provides the pantry with governance and support. The Learning Community finished the year in early December with an Amazing Race in the main street of Rainbow Beach where groups of children under the watchful eye of

parents had to make their way through a list of questions or items to find. Their competitiveness was quite something! Later that morning Jan from TurtleCare and Linda from Coastcare brought along a poster to present to the children showing photos of turtles that have been saved through money raised through the Topsy the Turtle recycling bins on the foreshore. Topsy was created last year from recycled materials under the leadership of local artist Mo Riggs and has been in place since April. A grand total of $675.10 has been donated to TurtleCare to help protect local turtle hatchings and sick or old turtles that are washed ashore or caught in the rocks, which are then transported to Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital to be nursed back to health. Attendance certificates were given to each child and a family photo book as a record of activities throughout the year. Certificates of appreciation were given to all of the leaders, helpers, and visiting speakers who have made 2023 another wonderful year for homeschooling families.

Our wonderful Pantry volunteers enjoying their recent afternoon tea held to show our appreciation for their incredible efforts.

The Learning Community will be continuing on Tuesdays and every second Thursday next year under the leadership of Kerry Sleath and Ronnie Timperon. If you would like more information, email ronnie.timperon@ gmail.com or phone 0413 135 867. I know many people have had a negative experience of God through church involvement in their past, but this Christmas can I encourage you to look beyond that and find the God who is the author of the best-selling book in the world, the Bible. From my experience of becoming a follower of Jesus when I was 15, it is the best way to live. He says ‘I came that you may have life, and may have it abundantly’ which is so much better than merely existing without knowing what your purpose is or just trying to get by. May you all have had a wonderful Christmas!

Above: Poster showing the turtles that have been saved through money raised by the children’s Topsy the Turtle recycling project. Left: Grab a copy of our Community Pantry calendar to keep track of hamper collection dates. SHINING A LIGHT ON THE COOLOOLA COAST


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


Kennels and Catteries

Brad’s Refrigeration & Air Conditioning

5486 2781

Smiley Mick Electrical

0448 955 768

Bull Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

0421 245 260

Climate Control Air Conditioning

5486 4362

Earth First Electrical

0448 195 070

Cooloola Coast Air Conditioning

5486 4499 0418 724 814

HM Coastal Electrical

0439 688 710

Sub- Cooled Air Con/Refrigeration

0436 338 631

Auto Electrics Rainbow Beach Auto Electrics

0499 144 678

Building & Excavations

Mini Backhoe Hire

0418 184 966

Cherry Picker

0418 820 892

Fencing T&S Fencing

Bob the Builder

0417 728 510

Hall Homes

0438 864 152

KJ Homes

0427 136 571

Killer Excavations

0417 192 651

5488 0443

Flooring Floorzone

5482 6500

John Madill Toyota

5480 5555

Car Parts (Classic British Cars) The Frog Pond

0409 342 423

Cleaning Clarks’ Cleaning, Laundry and Maintenance

Rainbow Beach Community Centre

5486 3355

Concreter Scott Sandilands

0418 793 256

Courier Followmont

0427 585 663

Curtains and Blinds & Security Classique Blinds Screens & Awnings

5481 2846

Health Providers Rainbow Beach General Practice

5353 1000

Channon and Lawrence Dental

5482 7688

Rainbow Beach Chiropractic

0447 275 673

Rainbow Naturals

0473 408 359

In-Home Care

Cooloola Coast Bedding & Furniture

5371 5689

Cooloola Cove Landscape & Garden Supplies

5301 9340

Rainbow Beach and Fraser Island Gas Supplies

5488 0222

Lighthouse Glass and Aluminium

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


0418 729 474

Slater + Gordon Lawyers

1800 555 777

Mechanical Rainbow Beach Rustproofing and Mechanical

5486 3228

Rainbow Beach Service Centre and Towing

5486 8555

Op Shop Vinnies

5482 2737

Pest Control Beach to Bay Pest Management

5486 8686


0409 86 86 86

Cooloola Coast Realty

5486 3411

Creek to Coast Real Estate

0403 423 124

Rainbow Beach Realty

5486 3900

Raine & Horne Tin Can Bay

5486 2066

Safety Supplies Rainbow Beach Safety Supplies

5488 0601

0439 089 238

Handyman Handiest Handyman

0407 828 881

Looney’s Labour

0412 641 743

5486 2887

Storage 4rent4sale Storage Sheds

5486 4577

Cooloola Tin Can Mini Storage

1300 727 025

Taxi Taxi Service


0492 045 405

Signs Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach Signs

Graphic Design

Mitre 10 Cooloola

5486 2000

Rainbow Beach Hardware, Fishing & Camping


5486 3444

All States Training

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

0400 657 797

Glass and Aluminium

SAJE Graphics

Legal Services/ Solicitor

Real Estate

Garden Supplies

Gas Supplies 0456 783 023

5483 5364

Tin Can Bay Community Church Op Shop 5486 2055


Car Dealers


0434 532 148

Functions & Hall Hire

Cabinet Makers Cooloola Coast Cabinets

Equipment Hire

Gympie Cooloola Pet Resort

0411 072 349

07 4123 0415

EMERGENCY - AMBULANCE / POLICE / FIRE ����������������������� 000

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

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





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• AIR CONDITONING REPAIRS • REFRIGERATION REPAIRS • AIR CONDITIONING INSTALLATION • REFRIGERATION INSTALLATION Could you add the • 24/7 SERVICE mobile number under • FREE QUOTES the landline for Cooloola Coast Refrigeration and Cooloola Ph Greg: 0436 338Coast 631Air Conditioning please.


Need a reliiaable





0436 338 631

Local Builder that offers a Customised & Personalised Service www.kjhomes.com.au Call Shane on 0427 136 571 or Jason on 0484 189 642 QBCC - 1137981

E: subcooledliquid@gmail.com

It's a business card size in the trades section.

ABN: 12541924379, ARCtick: L152481, Restr Elec Cont: 154267, *t's and c's apply


Est. 1985

0418 724 814



ABN 31 162 894 852 ARCtick: AU38354 QBCC: 1317172 Restr. Elect. Cont: 79750

• Air Conditioner Sales, Install, Servicing, Repairs • Air Conditioning Cleaning & Mould Removal • Heat Pump HWS Servicing & Repairs • Commercial Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, Pool Heat Pumps & Ice Machines

Phone: 5486 4362

or 0427 150 080



0499 144 678


www.rainbowbeachautoelectrics.com.au RTA: AU45220




Bob the Builder Builder

Servicing the Cooloola and Gympie areas

Fully qualified air-conditioning and refrigeration technician

5486 2781

bradsrefrigeration@outlook.com ABN: 89 531 660 913

Rest. Elec. Lic. 161 935

ArcTick: Au30331

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Air-conditioning installations services and repairs Refrigeration installations services and repairs Obligation free quotes


Extensions Home Improvements Decks Patios General Household Maintenance

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


More great images and daily updates on: www.facebook.com/RainbowBeachCommunityNews/

0417 728 510 today






Scott Sandilands Scott Sandilands

L & T Fear MINI Backhoe Hire

Q.B.C.C licence: 68065

For all your concreting needs with reliable prompt service, please call or email Scott.

Servicing Cooloola & Surrounds

Mobile: 0418 793 256


Pensioner discount available 9” backhoe bucket - perfect for digging trenches 4 way bucket Spreader bar available 1.3m wide - perfect for smaller areas Not a skid steer

Phone Lyle & Theresa on 0418 184 966

Email: scott.sandilands@gmail.com



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Phone Heath Mick on 0439 688 710

100% Australian Owned

cal Loca rt Lo We Suuppppoort LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED SERVICE is important to us, and we make your business our priority. Ÿ servicing the WHOLE of the Gympie Region! Ÿ offering services to all parts of Queensland & New South Wales

Michelle Barry - phone 0427 585 663 www.followmont.com.au



heathmick@hotmail.com www.facebook.com/hmcoastalelectrical/ ABN - 58 551 708 565 Licence Number - 86230





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


PHONE DAVE: 0418 820 892 Rainbow Beach QLD ABN: 746 461 901 96

Machinery Hire M achinery ffor or H ire Earthmoving & Road Construction

Ÿ Plant Hire

Ÿ Graders

Ÿ Water trucks Ÿ Loaders

Ÿ Excavators

Ÿ Rollers

Ÿ Bobcats

Ÿ Chippers

Call Simon on 0488 154 004 or 0428 218 112 32



More great images and daily updates on: www.facebook.com/RainbowBeachCommunityNews/







Pineapple and Mango Fruitcake


Book in the Covering Gympie, Tin Can Bay, Rainbow Beach & Sandy Strait 35+ years experience

DISCRETIONARY FOOD Serves: 24 Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 90 minutes ½ serve per portion

Last time it ran was Dece



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

Paul Cosgrove B.COM., B.ECON., LL.B., B.C.L.

EMAIL cosgroves@cosgroves.com.au TELEPHONE/MOBILE (24 HRS) 0418 729 474 P.O. Box 1225 TOOWONG Q. 4066


Ingredients 225g crushed pineapple (½ tin) 225g chopped mango 375g mixed dried fruit 1 teaspoon bicarb soda 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon mixed spice 125g butter 1 cup flour, plain 1 cup flour, self raising 2 eggs, beaten

Method PREHEAT oven to 180˚C. Line a 20cm round cake tin with baking paper. PLACE pineapple, mango, dried fruit, bicarb soda, sugar, spice and butter in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, simmer for five minutes, remove from heat and let cool. SIFT flours together, mix into cooled fruit mixture with well beaten eggs. POUR mixture into prepared tin. BAKE in oven for around 1 ½ hours, or until set. RECI PE CO U RTESY O F AN N E WEBSTER , GA R G E T T B R A N C H




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

WEEKLY Many are term time only

8am Social Tennis (1 May-30 Oct) 7am (1 Nov-30 April), $3 RB Sports Club, All welcome. Chris: 0417 605 484 or Pat: 0407 433 602

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

8.30am Playgroup, RB School Library

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Gympie 4pm9.30pm, Nelson Reserve. Live entertainment by Linc Phelps, Aspy Jones, Tennessee Lights, Dan Horne. Info: gympie.qld.gov.au/ newyears



LIVE MUSIC - Uncle Salty & Daisy Faceinator, 7.30pm, TCB Country Club. Info: 5486 4231


LIVE MUSIC - The Whiskey Mountain Boys, 8pm-1am, RB Sports Club. Hillbilly Hoedown! Drinks specials, free entry. Info: 5486 3191

7.30am Heart Foundation Wheelie Walking Group Cooloola Cove, Judy 5486 2181. Meet at bus shelter outside shopping centre on Nautilus Dr.


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New Year’s Eve Fireworks – Tin Can Bay: 8.30pm, Tom Steele Park beside the water tower. Details on page 3. New Year’s Eve Fireworks – Rainbow Beach: 9pm, Rainbow Beach foreshore. Details on page 3.

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LIVE MUSIC - Rum ‘N’ Roses, 7pm, TCB Country Club


LIVE MUSIC - Phill Skinner, 7.30pm, RB Sports Club


LIVE MUSIC - Billy Guy, 6pm, TCB Country Club


LIVE MUSIC - Simon Meola, RB Sports Club


Barefoot Bowls, TCB Country Club. $5/child $10/adult. Free sausage sizzle. To register call Ann: 0437 529 444


9am Macrame, Men’s Shed, Carole: 0437 880 438 9am Painting for beginners, Tuncunba Hall, Tin Can Bay, Kerri 0438 803 990 Middle Eastern Movement class by Soul from the Belly, Emperor St Community Hall TCB. Early session 1-2pm, evening session 5.30-6.30pm. First class free. Book via Jess on 0411 218 254

10.30-11am First Five Forever Storytime (0-5 yrs) at RB Library. Bookings essential: 5486 3705 11am -12.30pm Book a librarian, RB Library Tuesday 2nd Tuesday - Veterans and Community Morning Tea, Tin Can Bay RSL, from 10am 2nd & 4th Nibbles & Giggles at Goomeri Library, social get together to chat over a cuppa, 10am ph: 4168 4340 9am – 12 Noon, MEN ONLY, TCB Community & Men’s Shed, Paul Boulton 0437 007 911


CIRS Emergency Relief (ER) resumes after holiday break, 1-3pm TCB Library. If you are seeking service prior to this time please call Community Action in Gympie on 5482 8959.

9am TCB Quilters, TCB Community Centre, President Robyn Salmon 0427 356 028


LIVE MUSIC - Merlin, 7.30pm, RB Sports Club


LIVE MUSIC - Phil Skinner, 6pm, TCB Country Club


LIVE MUSIC - Andrew Copland, RB Sports Club


CoolaFlix FREE movie - ‘The Castle’ - hosted by Protect Our Parks at RB Community Centre. Snacks, beer & wine available for purchase. Refreshments available from 5.30pm, film starts at 6.30pm. See page 5 for details.


LIVE MUSIC - Darlington Stripes, 7pm, TCB Country Club


LIVE MUSIC - Doug Edwards, 7.30pm, RB Sports Club


LIVE MUSIC - Mike Gant, 6pm, TCB Country Club


LIVE MUSIC - Aaron Westlake, RB Sports Club


My mum’s birthday - Happy Birthday Mum!


Term 1 commences




LIVE MUSIC - Red Betty, 7pm, TCB Country Club


LIVE MUSIC - Tennessee Lights, 7.30pm11.30pm, RB Sports Club


LIVE MUSIC - Cool Lula, RB Sports Club


3.30pm Robotics for kids, Gympie Library 6pm Open Mic Night, The Snack Shack, 35 The Esplanade TCB Friday

2nd Friday - Twilight Markets, Amity Place TCB 4pm-7pm. Community market with market fee proceeds going to community groups. Contact Jenny Jackson 0424 639 572.

Cooloola City Farm Nursery reopens after holiday break.

LIVE MUSIC - Brad Sorensen, 7pm, TCB Country Club

3.30pm Dragon Boating. Sandra: 0402 352 756

2nd Monday - Probus, 2pm at Sandcastle Motel TCB, new members welcome. Cherryl 0409 044 100 or Katrina cooloolaprobus@gmail.com



9.30am Bingo for Local Ambulance Committee, TCB Country Club

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

CIRS office reopens after holiday break at 8.30am, RB Beach Community Hall.

CIRS Emergency Relief (ER) resumes after holiday break, 1-3pm RB Library. If you are seeking service prior to this time please call Community Action in Gympie on 5482 8959.

9.30am First Five Forever Storytime (0-5 yrs), TCB Library

2nd Monday 1.30 – 3.30pm Life Drawing with model, Tuncunba Hall, TCB, Robyn 0419 663 271



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

8.30am Kindy Linq, RB School Library

9am Drawing & Pastel group all levels, tutoring for beginners, Tuncunba Hall, Tin Can Bay, Kerri 0438 803 990 10am Tin Can Bay Art Group, TCB Library 11am-12pm English Conversation Group, come along to make new friends and improve your English, Gympie Library, bookings not needed 12.30-3.30pm Join in at TCB Library for an afternoon playing Mahjong, an ancient Chinese tile game of strategy, calculation and skill with a measure of chance. Open to everyone 2-4pm Book a librarian, TCB Library Wednesday 6.30am Heart Foundation Walking Group meet at TCB Bakery, (weather permitting), Maggie 0400 756 615 8am Table tennis - singles, 9am doubles, $2 all levels welcome, RB Community Hall, 5486 3355 8.30am Kindy Linq, RB School Library 9.30am Cooloola Card Makers, TCB Library 3-4pm Coolabay Choir, CC Vets’ Hall, Pam: 0427 180 649 3.30-4.45pm Robotics Thursday, Gympie Library, bookings not necessary (but space is limited)

1st Friday - Drop-in Sausage Sizzle, Tin Can Bay RSL, 11.30am to 1.30pm 3rd Friday - Writing Fridays at Gympie Library - join other writers in practicing and honing your literary skills, 10am-12pm, phone 5481 0859 for more information and to book 4th Friday Community catch up at RB Hall, 8am 7.30am Heart Foundation Wheelie Walking Group Cooloola Cove, Judy 5486 2181. Meet at bus shelter outside shopping centre on Nautilus Dr. 9am-12pm Chess/Rummykub at TCB Community & Men’s Shed, gold coin for morning tea, no need to book 2.30-4pm Book a librarian, TCB Library 3.30-4.30pm Tinker Table STEAM Makerspace, Gympie Library, bookings not necessary 7.30-10.30pm Live music at RB Sports Club. Grab a drink and a feed and enjoy some local talent www.rainbowsportsclub.com.au Saturday 6.30am Heart Foundation Walking Group meet at TCB Bakery (weather permitting), Maggie 0400 756 615 6.45am Wes Mitchell parkrun, TCB (opposite library). Register for free on parkrun website. 2nd Saturday RB Market. Book: 5486 3355 3rd Saturday Tin Can Bay Market. Book: 0418 711 897 2.30pm Little Athletics, TCB School oval, Jess: 0411 218 254 5pm Mass at St John Vianney Catholic Church, Bream St, TCB (week 1, 2, 5) 7.30-10.30pm Live music at RB Sports Club. Grab a drink and a feed and enjoy some local talent. www.rainbowsportsclub.com.au Sunday 7am Mass at St Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, Manooka Dr, RB (week 1, 2, 5) and Tin Can Bay (week 3, 4) 7.30am Dragon Boating, Sandra: 0402 352 756

4-6pm Exploring Drama With Sheryl adult drama classes. RB Hall. Gold coin donation. 0497 542 857

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

3rd Hoy hosted by QCWA, 9.30am for a 10am start, Cooloola Coast Bowls Club, Amity Place TCB. Wendy 0412 547 043 or Judy 0402 769 392

12-3pm Live music at RB Sports Club plus free kids’ bowls and obstacle course. www.rainbowsportsclub.com.au

Thursday 8am (1 May-30 Oct) 7am (1 Nov-30 April), $3 RB Sports Club, All welcome. Chris: 0417 605 484 or Pat: 0407 433 602





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We hope everyone has enjoyed their me off work and has started the new year feeling refreshed and excited for what’s to come!

Pharmacy, and Cooloola Pharmacy for helping to put together the cash giveaway for our annual Christmas event.

Here at the IGA, our team has set some amazing New Year’s resolu ons.

Our team has been working hard to deliver a pleasurable shopping experience all year round.

Ÿ Julie and Kristy are going into the new year with a posi ve mind set and they bid to keep an upli�ed a�tude in their day-to-day life. Ÿ Jus n, Chloe, and Taj are trying to op mise their physical health and have commi�ed to training regularly at Cooloola Strength and Condi oning. Ÿ Sarah is focusing on health and happiness and is walking to work each day with her husband, looking a�er her health whilst spending quality me with her life partner. Ÿ Burnie plans to invite more balance in her life by having some more free me and enjoying the fruits of life. A Special Thanks to all our team members! And to all the staff who were able to work throughout the Christmas period. Without you, we do not exist, so thank you for believing in our mission and sharing the passion of bringing together good food and great people. A Recap Of The Christmas Shenanigans We celebrated the fes ve season together during our staff party. Team members from both Tin Can Bay IGA and Rainbow Beach IGA enjoyed a psy brunch at Sails Tin Can Bay, sharing Secret Santa gi�s and laughter……we won’t talk about the a�er party, let's just say our dance moves were Dancing With The Stars quality.

For many people, the fes ve season is a me for relaxa on, family me, holidays, trips away and so on. However, for many people in the service industry, this is not the case. Instead this is the most stressful, busy, exhaus ng me of the year when days like Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are sacrificed. We understand this is a choice of the individual but we are incredibly apprecia ve that people in the service industry are willing to give up a day of celebra on to service others who are celebra ng. Keeping that in mind, please be nice out there, otherwise you might end up on the naughty list next year! Thank you to everyone who keeps it local! We are looking forward to another great year and are focusing on delivering great customer service with great local foods! Thanks again!

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

We’ve given back to the community through Christmas hampers that went to local businesses and families, including Rainbow Beach Community Centre and Clare Real Estate. We had a dona on cart in store, customers could buy a toy or child’s gi� and donate for local families in need, it was amazing how many amazing humans donated! We celebrated with the community at our annual Christmas party where we had jumping castles, live music, fun games, and a cash give away. The community has supported us by shopping local and trea ng our team with respect and kindness. To us, our local customers are more than a customer, they’re a friend. We appreciate the meaningful conversa on and acts of kindness. We also thank the local businesses that have supported us this Christmas season including Clare Real Estate, The Sands Centre This is a paid adver sement and the views of the writer are not necessarily the views of the Rainbow Beach Community News owners or staff.

A big hello to all our valued customers - both local and visi ng, come and see your friendly staff at your local IGA today

Rainbow Beach: 5486 8700

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