Rainbow Beach Community News January 2020

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January 2020 • Vol 23 • Issue 1




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It’s time to dust off the last decade and start a fresh new one! That means spending time in the great outdoors of the Cooloola Coast! You know we have wonderful surfing beaches, boating inlets, walks and hikes, natural wonders, stunning underwater diving and four wheel driving - well we also have great outdoor dining too - good food, wine, coffee, cakes and beer on tap and if you are sitting outside - it counts as the great outdoors - enjoy our Cooloola Coast! Pictured are Luxie-Leigh, Kasey-Cruze, and Blake Findlater ready for 2020! Photography by Rainbow Beach Wedding Photography.



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Welcome to the new decade


WILL JUST say what everyone else is thinking - where did 2019 go? What a whirlwind year in our little part of the world! Happy new year everyone - I have a feeling THIS year is going to be a beauty, so while you make plans to fulfill dreams and work towards goals - take the pressure off and just enjoy. I went to Fiji a couple of years ago and the stand-out for me was the number of people, kids, families walking and playing in their yards and in the parks and having fun - and it hit me that you don’t see that much anymore. However, I have found in Rainbow Beach people walk and kids play and the children are active and alive - and it is pretty close - and that is a credit to all parents who enjoy this magnificent region to its fullest.

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EFORE HE WAS the number two mechanic on Fabian Coulthard’s car at Mount Panorama last month, Toby Chappill lived in Rainbow Beach and raced go-karts. After graduating from James Nash in 2015, Toby moved to Albury to take up one of only 15 Cert IV spots offered in Motorsport Technology with Motorsport Training Australia. While his passion was go-karts he said he, “considered himself pretty lucky to receive the opportunity”; so jumped in with both feet. Toby said: “I studied for two years and in my second year I was doing placement with different teams including the Dick Johnson Racing Team in 2017 at Winton. The team at the end of the weekend offered for me to go to more rounds. “I kept doing that for a while and at the end of the year they offered me a permanent full-time job as the number three mechanic.” Toby is now living at the Gold Coast full time and is the

How Toby Chappill 29 Satinwood Road – offers over $550K caught his dream number two mechanic for the Shell V-Power Racing Team and works on Fabian Coulthard’s and Scott McLaughlin’s cars. And if you didn’t know, Scott McLaughlin was crowned Bathurst champion for the first time in his career last month and has just become the Drivers Champion for 2019. “It was an honour travelling and working with people you have grown up admiring like Fabian and Scotty and meeting people like Craig Lowndes. “I was a bit out of my comfort zone initially, but it’s such a pleasure to work with a team that has grown to be like a big family. We spend so much time with each other travelling that it’s important we work well together.” And the highlight? “The one thing that stands out, the

biggest achievement was changing the wheels of the winning car at Bathurst. Just being a part of the pit crew at the biggest event of the Australian Racing Year was amazing …....and winning was insane. “After the Gold Coast crash, we spent a huge amount of time preparing an entirely new car for the following round at Sandown.” Toby said his family had been supporting and encouraging him throughout his life and particularly his grandparents. I asked if he was living the dream. He said: “Definitely. I didn’t know too much about the industry but I take every opportunity when it comes. I worked as hard as I could towards it, but I’m so grateful for the ‘luck’ and the people that came my way.”

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Register for the live-in Surf Club Training Camp!

Turtle tracks spotted just south of Mudlow Rocks, Rainbow Beach


HIS MONTH THE Rainbow Beach Surf Club will be holding a Surf Life Saving Bronze/SRC ‘live in’ training camp at the RBSLSC Clubhouse. The aim of the camp is to provide an intensive, structured and fun training program that will allow participants to gain various surf lifesaving and nationally recognised awards. It allows young people to be a member of a community organisation and participate in community service. This is a live-in camp which means for seven days you will sleep in dormitory accommodation at the clubhouse and all meals are included. Awards available from this camp are the Bronze Medallion for 15 years and older; the Certificate 11 in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue) and the Surf Rescue Certificate for 13 years and older. There will be adult supervision at all

Rainbow Beach Surf Club members Alex Brantz and Anton Klekar on patrol

times along with experienced junior helpers. The young people will be given time to go to the shops provided they stay in small groups and a clear curfew will be in place and a high standard of behaviour required. The camp commences at 8.30am on Sunday January 12 and runs until Saturday January 18. The cost of the Bronze camp is $250 which includes training manual, certificate 11 workbook, togs, hi-visibility rash shirt and full patrol uniform, plus food and accommodation. All participants should be registered and fees paid by January 10. For anyone who may be interested please contact Kelly on 07 5486 3249 or surf@rainbowbeachsurf.com.au

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AVE YOU HEARD? The turtles are out in force at Rainbow Beach. Starting last November, 18 turtles have already come ashore to lay their eggs, 18 more than were logged last year. Given the number of recent sightings, people are asking why there are so many more turtles this year. Cooloola Coastcare believe the numbers are likely due to a much greater awareness of the TurtleCare Project. The inaugural years were 2018-2019 for this new program started by Coastcare member Joan Burnett when she joined the organisation a little over a year ago. Funding to get the program started came from an Australian Citizen Science Association grant awarded to Lindy Orwin who donated the funds to Coastcare. Over the last year, Joan has been recruiting and training volunteers to

help with the TurtleCare program. With increased numbers of volunteers there are more people on the beach early in the morning looking for turtle tracks. The more eyes on the beach the greater the chance of spotting tracks. Rainbow Beach is vitally important because sand temperature determines the gender of the hatchlings. Only beaches south of Bundeberg are cool enough to result in male turtles, balancing all of the female hatchlings in the north. Help Coastcare save the turtles by walking the beaches early in the morning looking for tracks. If you find fresh tracks, take a photo with your smartphone, making sure the location setting is turned on (GPS coordinates) and send it to Joan, 0407 810 510 or Randy at 0434 281 352.

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HIS YEAR MARKS the 33rd year of the ‘Rainbow Beach Memorial Surf Comp’ previously named the Robbie Pryde Memorial Classic The event started in 1986 as local friends came together in memory of their good mate and surfer Robbie Pryde. Sadly there were other well loved locals who joined Robbie so the event became a memorial to remember and honour many friends. Jamie ‘Spot’ Stone was the instigator of the first comp as he was such an avid young surfer at the time. Dennis Parton took on the role of organising which was an absolute success due to his experience with sport and wonderful people skills. There was usually a good crowd of spectators on the hill near where the propeller now sits. It was something we looked forward to every year as a chance to get everyone together and spend the day surfing and catching up. Over the years the annual event has seen many changes. With the formation of the Board Riders Club, the competition location changed to ensure better waves, along with the addition of the grommies and ladies divisions. It has seen wonderful contributions from many locals including past presidents Dennis Parton, Smiley Mick, Theresa Dargusch, Joel Mahon, Jake and BJ Parton. Over recent years the event has included camping at Freshwater to work in with the tides, which has been a great addition to the social aspect of the competition. Each year there has been a different coloured shirt for surfers and supporters as a memento of the event, which board riders wear proudly and look forward to adding to their collection each year.

The competition name changed to the Rainbow Beach Memorial Surf Comp in 2002 to reflect the focus of the event being on family, friends and the community getting together, remembering our past and celebrating connections with Rainbow Beach. The next Rainbow Beach Memorial Surf Comp will be held on January 18th. It usually kicks off up on the Teewah side of Double Island Point around 7am and the finals are often not finished until 3-4pm. Entry fee includes a shirt and barbecue lunch. Presentations are held that night at a party for everyone and new President Terry VanOirschot and Vice President Paul Ladas will ensure it’s a wonderful event. The first comp in 1986 had 24 surfers compete but in more recent years, there has been between 60-80 surfers so it is a full day of surfing with eight divisions from grommies through to veterans. Anyone interested in joining the Rainbow Beach Board Riders Club or surfing in the

At the 1989 Memorial Comp - Stretch, Rhombus, Ted Stone, Phil Jones, Robbie’s sisters Sue and Lyn Pryde, Steve McDonald

Memorial Comp should jump on the Rainbow Beach Board Riders Facebook page for all the details. The Memorial Comp is a fantastic day out with friendly competition, some great quality surfing and lots of good chats, laughs and great memories. See you on the 18th!!

Above: Pictured are the winners of the 1987 Robbie Pryde Memorial Classic - Paul Poncini, Spot, Grant Boyce, Cliff Speed Left: Robbie’s father, Alec Pryde with Dennis Parton, Jake Parton and Geoff Brown at the Robbie Pryde Memorial Classic

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Grateful for the opportunities volunteering brings


FTER BREAKING a leg, arm and a few other bits of his body 20 years ago in a hand gliding accident Mark Lawler was at a bit of a loose end. He was walking his dog past the SES in 2002 and thought he would find out what was going on as he was intrigued. This began Mark’s 16 years as a volunteer for the Rainbow Beach SES, 15 years for the Surf Club and filled his spare time when he was not full-time teaching high school students. Mark and wife Janine arrived in Rainbow Beach in 1998 from Mitchell to take up teaching positions in the region and like so many other locals, fell in love with the town and never left. Mark said: “It has given me the chance to help people in a formal manner and to reach a far wider area. “It has had unexpected benefits and along with joining the Surf Club is the best thing I’ve done - I actually wish I’d done it sooner.” He said the SES are always willing to have other volunteers and is urging others to express an interest in volunteering. He said: “Everyone contributes according to their ability and we arevery happy to accept what people can give and the rest we can train them in. “We are there every second Wednesday at 7pm and if interested please call Mark on 0427 033 160.” If you need assistance the number to call is 132 500 and someone will respond to you.

Congratulations Mark Lawler on 16 years of volunteering for the SES

Wind farm win to create new jobs for locals


PROPOSED large-scale wind farm project valued at up to $2 billion, is on course to be built between Maryborough and Gympie. Minister for State Development Cameron Dick said the Forest Wind project is expected to create around 440 construction jobs and boost renewables supply for Queensland’s future energy needs.

“The wind farm would generate approximately 1200 megawatts at capacity, which will power more than 550,000 homes.” Mr Dick said the proposed wind farm would be located within state forest land between Gympie and Maryborough. “It would co-exist with established southern pine timber plantations that support our forestry industry,” he said.

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The plantations are owned and managed by HQPlantations on land under licence from the state. Forest Wind Holdings, a joint venture between Queensland-based renewables firm CleanSight and Siemens Financial Services, has proposed to locate up to 226 wind turbines across the sites. They have confirmed that subject to receiving all relevant approvals,

construction of the wind farm could commence as early as fourth-quarter 2020. HQPlantations CEO Jeremy Callachor said: “We will work closely with Forest Wind Holdings to leverage complementary opportunities for improvements in fire protection and road access in the estate, and to ensure there is minimal impact on timber production,”

Learn to dive while on holidays


OLF ROCK DIVE has recently played host to many students and divers who call Rainbow Beach ‘home’, ‘next door’ or their ‘home away from home’. From beginner divers learning the ropes to experienced divers wanting to become diving professionals, we’re enjoying an influx of local talent. Working hard and training hard, Epic Ocean’s Lukey Pettigrew has commenced his Divemaster internship here; the big step into a rewarding career in the dive tour industry. Meanwhile, young Nick Walter took his first steps into diving and fit his PADI Open Water Diver Course into a jammed packed work schedule. Becoming a dive professional opens up amazing avenues for work, career succession and travel. Learning at Wolf Rock gives you the upper hand in the diving profession, being

The first step to learning to dive is time spent getting comfortable in the pool

a small business, you get one-on-one time with experienced instructors and dive shop owners. This gives you access to all aspects of the dive industry. As well as these familiar faces, several regional divers are completing advanced courses with Wolf Rock and enjoying all the perks that Rainbow Beach provides, and the diving is rewarding them. The sharks are in full mating mode, with males on the prowl, they are getting up close and personal with the divers with round ribbontail ray numbers growing and the giant Queensland Grouper getting in on the action. If you’re interested in a diving adventure at Wolf Rock, give us a call on 5486 8004. Come and see what else this amazing beach has to offer.

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January means Holiday Fun on the Cooloola Free fun at your local Library

Get on board The Rattler this January for special holiday trips


INOSAUR ROAR! At Tin Can Bay everyone is invited to share in some roarsome activities and craft inspired by our favourite prehistoric creatures. Bookings essential through Eventbrite. Friday 10 January, Tin Can Bay Library, 10 – 11am, ages 5-8, free. Thumbprint Tales at Rainbow Beach. Inspired by the picture book I Am Henry Finch by Alexis Deacon, create your own mini book filled with adventure, excitement and thumbprint illustrations. Bookings essential through Eventbrite. Friday 10 January, Rainbow Beach Library, 2 – 3pm, ages 5-8, free. Calling all superheroes! Build your strength and knowledge of the Marvel universe with fun games, trivia and craft. Costumes welcome and bookings essential through Eventbrite. Tuesday 14 January, Tin Can Bay Library, 2.30 – 3.30pm, ages 8-12, free. Build a Bug Hotel at Rainbow Beach. Delve into the world of bugs and insect identification. Children will get to make and

Holiday Fun on the Mary Valley Rattler Craft, reading, superheroes, a teddy bears’ picnic and a paper plane race are all happening at your local library - and all free!

take home their very own bug hotel made out of a combination of recycled materials and natural items. Bookings essential through Eventbrite. Friday 17 January, Rainbow Beach Library, 2 – 3pm, ages 5-12, free. Teddy Bears’ Picnic Storytime at Tin Can Bay. Bring your favourite teddy and enjoy some fun stories, songs and craft to celebrate Winnie-thePooh and Paddington Bear. Bookings essential through Eventbrite. Friday 24 January, Tin Can Bay Library, 10am – 11am, ages 5-8, free. Great Paper Plane Race! @ Rainbow Beach Can you design and build a winning plane? Learn the history of human flight and participate in a paper plane race. Bookings essential through Eventbrite. Friday 24 January, Rainbow Beach Library, 2pm – 3pm, ages 5-12, free.

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HE SUMMER IS well and truly here and with that comes the old question - what activities can we do with the kids? “Here at the Mary Valley Rattler, we love kids and kids love trains!” General Manager Mike Green said. “Our holiday periods are an exciting time for our team as we welcome families from all over Australia and overseas to get on board our trains. Our volunteers love the special event trains where we get dressed up and theme our trains.” The January holidays are a great time to reconnect with family and explore the beautiful Gympie region. In addition to the regular service schedule which sees trains depart the historic Gympie Station

six days a week, there are special holiday trains scheduled as well. New Years Day kicks off 2020 with a holiday express train departing at 10am. Later in the month, the popular Aussie Express Train rolls out of Gympie on Monday January 27 with a BBQ at Amamoor, family games and a best dressed competition. With adults travelling at kids’ prices this is an Australia Day event not to be missed! “We find that extended families are all enjoying their day out on the Rattler. It’s a great nostalgic experience that grandparents can share with their grandchildren who love the toot and whistle of the half day train trip through the picturesque Mary Valley.” Mike said.

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You know there is so much to do at the Cooloola Coast - just have a look at our two page visitors guide - whether you like surfing, sailing, riding, diving, walking, swimming, shopping, eating or drinking - the Cooloola Coast has it all. Enjoy our region!

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HIS SUMMER, the Rainbow Beach ‘Centre Block’ will be transformed into an outdoor cinema! Council is partnering with the Community Centre to host this free activity. Bring a chair or rug and enjoy a movie under the stars with friends and family on Friday, January 10 at 7pm. All movies are rated G or PG to ensure they are suitable for all ages. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from the local not-for-profit community organisation co-hosting the movie. If the weather is unsuitable - the event will be screened in the Community Hall. Movies in the Park is an unsupervised event.

HE TIN CAN BAY Yacht Club have their next ‘Learn the basics of sailing’ course at the Tin Can Bay Yacht Club for sevento-16-year-olds on January 13, 14 and 15. Everyone who has attended this course has loved it - parents and students alike. The cost is $200, and includes the Yachting Australia fee (insurance) and membership to the TCB Yacht Club until the end of June 2020. Vouchers for $150 are available to cover the cost (conditions apply) from: qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/ getinthegame/getstarted For further information go to the Tin Can Bay Yacht Club website or facebook page or phone Kay 0447 631 479 or Russell 0405 063 894 or email: karinya.one@ gmail.com

Learn the basics of sailing in this supervised sailing course over the holidays

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HAT COULD BE more Australian than a swim at the beach, and some snags on the barbie wrapped in bread and smothered in sauce. So many of our visitors bring their own gear and take it up the beach for a day out with the family and friends but there are lots of free barbeques in the area in the parks around town and a great butcher or IGA. After you leave the beach there is another big Australia Day celebration at the Rainbow Beach Sports Club with The Hooligans performing from 12 - 4pm, Destiny’s Plan from 4 - 8pm and the legendary Austen Tayshus from 8pm. The club will have huge

Celebrate Australia Day like the Dragons

Australia Day celebrations with the Biggest Oz BBQ, raffles, games and prizes so head to your favourite club after the beach!

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Minister Hinchliffe visits Rainbow Beach


OCAL GOVERNMENT Minister, Stirling Hinchliffe, was in the Gympie region last month to inspect Works for Queensland projects, including the beach viewing platform and the Rainbow Beach Our Towns Streetscape. Mr Hinchcliffe took a tour of Rainbow Beach and was accompanied by Gympie Regional Council Mayor Mick Curran, Deputy Mayor Bob Leitch, Cr Mark McDonald, Cr Daryl Dodt and was joined by the Rainbow Beach Chamber of Commerce and Tourism (RBCT) committee. Mr Hinchliffe said: “I’ve seen the fantastic new Rainbow Beach beach viewing platform, which was funded with $235,000 from the 2017-19 Works for Queensland program and supported several jobs.” Gympie Regional Council was allocated $6.08 million in the 2017-19 Works for Queensland program, which created or supported 104 jobs. Mayor Curran thanked the Government for the ongoing support through the Works for Queensland Program and the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program (LGGSP).

“It is fair to say these projects would not be possible without this funding,” he said. “It shows what is possible when our two levels of government work well together. “I am looking forward to inviting the Minister back to the region to see these

projects when they are completed – both projects will make a dramatic improvement.” Across the three rounds of Works for Queensland, Gympie has been allocated $18.14 million, which has created or supported 483 jobs.

RBCT President Matt O’Connell, Gympie Mayor Mick Curran, Fiona Worthington, Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe, RBCT Committee Member Heatley Gilmore, Cr Mark McDonald, RBCT Treasurer Nigel Worthington at the Rainbow Beach Surf Club

Welcome to the New Year!

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HE COMMITTEE of Tin Can Bay RSL hope that everyone had a great Christmas and is looking forward to the new year. New Year’s Day is a Wednesday, so there will be no trading on that day. Australia Day falls on a Sunday this year - a time to put on your red, white and blue, or green and gold on and come along to our BBQ to celebrate. Most of our regular programs will not resume until February, so keep an eye out for our calendar. Don’t forget that on Friday our Member’s Draw is still operating along with the BBQ and raffles on Sundays.

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On behalf of the 2019 Class of RBSS, I am sure that we could all agree that our last year at primary school was the bomb!

By Max Klekar


S THE YEAR HAS ended, the school says goodbye to some of the most epic year sixes (probably the most epic students this school has seen in at least a decade). As that era in our lives has ended, a new era has begun. An era of new friends, higher education and the inevitable sound of puberty’s breaking voice. The graduation of primary school was

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awesome. It was held at the local Rainbow Beach Sports and Recreation Club and the food was nothing short of amazing. We all sat at our allocated seats and I ate my chicken parmigiana, while others enjoyed their dish of choice, whether that be lasagne or battered fish with chips. While some elected to hit the dance floor for a much needed chicken dance, others inhaled helium from the decorative balloons and sung Dance Monkey, a much preferred Aussie favourite by Tones And I. Surely this is EVERYONE’S favourite song??

My time at Rainbow Beach State School has come to an end. The enjoyment from these past seven years of schooling is much appreciated and something that I will take with me forever. I have made some of the best friends that anyone could ever meet and I look forward to keeping in contact with them throughout the transition to high school. I was also taught by the coolest teachers, teacher-aides and supply teachers ever. So I would like to give a special thanks to them. Rainbow Beach is also sadly saying

goodbye to the greatest principal this school has ever seen; the one and only Mr Danny Stanieg needs a very special mention in this article in the way of three of our loudest cheers - HIP HIP HOORAY! HIP HIP HOORAY! HIP HIP HOORAY! My former partner in school captaincy, Meckenzie Stanieg, will be passing on our positions as school leaders of RBSS to the next children who the school elects as being worthy of the job. Whoever that may be, the pool to choose from is full of loyalty and positive energy towards their peers.

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Rainbow Beach Police Beat by Senior Constable Mike Brantz

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WAS WATCHING the local weather forecast on a nightly news bulletin early last month, hoping for some good news in the form of rain or cooler temperatures. Unfortunately, the next words I heard come out of my TV were ‘there is no rain expected and the next few days will be as hot as Hades’. A pretty blunt assessment I thought to myself, but it proved to be close to the mark as we sweltered through the first weeks of summer with very little rain falling to dampen the worsening fire danger. Regrettably our workload here at the police beat has also ‘heated up’, with a variety of jobs keeping us busy. Most concerning was the drug overdose of a young, local man who found himself spending time in hospital after taking a cocktail of illicit substances. Illegal drug use continues to be an issue in our small town, but the types of drugs surfacing recently are a cause for real concern. Every year drug use in Queensland accounts for an estimated 4,300 deaths and over 65,000 hospital admissions. While these numbers include legal drugs (such as alcohol), illicit drug use is an issue that affects us all in some way, and we need to make a clear statement to those lowlifes pedalling this stuff that they are not welcome in our town. Mick and I are committed to eradicating the problem but we need quality information to make it happen. If you see or hear anything, please let us know. If you don’t feel comfortable telling us in person you can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report it online at police.qld.gov.au. In other news, a dry thunderstorm sparked a bushfire near Cooloola Cove in early December, triggering an impressive response from a number of different agencies. As I stood on Rainbow Beach Road (near Mullins Creek) assisting with

After the impressive response from a number of different agencies it’s comforting to know there are these dedicated groups around to keep us safe when bad things happen.

traffic control, I watched water bombing helicopters and planes dump load after load of water on the blaze, as firefighters from National Parks, various Rural Fires Services and the QFES worked tirelessly on containment at ground level.

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It’s comforting to know there are these dedicated groups around to keep us safe when bad things happen. Finally this month I would like to offer a big ‘Thank You’ to the Year 6 students of Rainbow Beach State School who - under

the expert supervision of their teacher Ms McColl - braved the hot weather and painted the annual mural on our police beat fence. It’s a bright, colourful scene - with a great message - that we will enjoy all through 2020.

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Creative Cuts Deb Webber at the RB Community Hall

Cool Lula playing at the TCB Country Club Cool Lula are a group of experienced musicians based in South East Queensland. Weddings, parties, concerts and lazy Sunday afternoons are the order of the day for this eclectic, flexible group. This group can accommodate as a 2-piece, 3-piece or 5-piece band and the musicians are Michael Stevenson on vocals and keyboards, Helen McGreevy on vocals and guitar and Juanita Kelly on vocals, guitar and percussion. Cool Lula have a large pool of local and interstate musicians they often call on to cater to gigs that require full band sounds ie: concerts, outdoor shows, corporate events or just really big parties. This format performs a vast repertoire

of music that ranges from the 60s to the 90s classics, R&B, Soul and Rock to current day popular cover. Enjoy Cool Lula at the Tin Can Bay Country Club on Friday January 10 at 7pm.

Music Plus wishes everyone a happy 2020! Deb Webber, psychic medium and spiritual mentor will bring her live show to the Rainbow Beach Community Hall on January 16. Experience an evening with spirit where you will connect with your past loved ones with Australia’s most loved psychic medium. The doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 7.30pm. Then Deb Webber will walk through the audience, giving spontaneous readings and connecting those chosen audience members with their loved ones in spirit. Sometimes the souls are cheeky, sometimes sad, sometimes humorous, but they are always inspiring for those chosen and for those who witness the extraordinary detail that Deb can bring through from spirit. There will be time for your spiritual questions and answers. Then Deb will guide you through a Gold Light protection meditation using her Tibetan Singing Bowls, to close the beautiful evening. Tickets are $58 or $48 for age pensioners and are available from http:// debwebber.com.au or trybooking.com

At the end of the year we had another successful evening and it was such a pleasure to hear a singing voice with such maturity and panache, thank you Robert. The ukulele players go from strength to strength and Marilyn and Frank gave good strong performances. It is always a privilege to see and hear Neil on guitar and singing with his special style and voice and this time it was John Williamson’s music. Debbie, Len and Pam put together the famous love song from the film Titanic, My Heart Will Go On with flute, tenor recorder and piano. We are always keen to hear Rob (pictured) with his own compositions and news about the Youth Activity Group. Ron and Irene gave their inimitable opening set with everyone ready to sing along with them. Our duelling pianos played The Prince and Princess from Scheherazade and finished with Le Bal. Pam and Joyce have been having a lot of fun working these pieces to a performance standard. Thanks to everyone for supporting our Music Plus Nights. Contact Pam Graham if you would like to take part: 0427 180 649 or kcisf327@gmail.com


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All positive comments from our Dolphin Visitors by Norma Sanderson


HE BEST PLACE to be is at the Dolphin Centre during the hot weather. Don’t forget to bring down your grandchildren or relatives to visit. Local residents do not pay for entry, just for feeding if that is what you want to do. We had overseas exchange students visit in December. They were so appreciative of what we do and to actually see wild dolphins. Those memories will be with them forever. Listed are some of the latest comments in our visitors book: Christine from Maroochydore. Working

in the Resort Tourist Industry. “I will highly recommend this wonderful experience of seeing and feeding the dolphins. All staff and helpers are fantastic too! I have some lovely photos and videos to share on Facebook.” “It was always a dream!! Best way to see a dolphin.” Robin and Natasha, Germany “We did a bypass from Monkey Mia to Tin Can Bay to see dolphins. We were told that it was a much better experience. Too true.” “Wonderful experience. Bye bye Ella and Joe.” Linda from Pennsylvania USA Come on down to the Centre.

Bev from the Gold Coast visiting the Tin Can Bay dolphins

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Rachel McFarlane Graduates C

ONGRATULATIONS TO Rachel McFarlane who has graduated with a Bachelor of Psychological Science and a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Rachel said she worked really hard for four years to achieve her degrees and hopes to continue to advance her professional career within the Youth Justice Department, and even plans to return to university in the future to complete a Masters degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She said: “There were a lot of hours spent staring at my computer, reading journal articles, and entering data. But the skills and knowledge I have acquired through my studies are so incredibly valuable. I couldn’t have done it without the ongoing support of my parents, they instilled in me ambition and strength, and have never doubted my ability to achieve anything I set my mind to. “My passion for criminology and justice has developed through the years, and ultimately has influenced my career path. I initially enrolled to study with the intention of continuing to become a psychologist. However, once I began my studies, I realised how much I loved criminology. I have always been interested in true crime and the psychology of offending, and my degrees allowed me the opportunity to embrace this and achieve highly. “With time, I began to narrow my focus to study crime prevention, rehabilitation, and youth justice, and it was my high achievement in these areas which I believe lead to my employment with a Queensland Youth Justice Service Centre. “My psychological science degree equipped me with comprehensive knowledge of the cognitive, social, and biological influences of behaviour and counselling skills, and my criminology and criminal justice degree has focused on theories of crime and crime prevention. “As a caseworker my focus is on helping young people between 10 and 17 years of age who are involved with the justice system. My role ensures these young people comply with the court’s requirements and are held accountable, but more importantly, assesses which areas in their lives may have led to their offences, with the intention of improving these domains and improving their lives and futures.” Good luck Rachel! Rachel with her parents, Grant and Kathy McFarlane, at Rachel’s recent graduation

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The Country Club continue their support of community A

T THE END OF last year the Tin Can Bay Country Club held a successful golf and bowls day with raffles to help support prostate cancer. Club Manager Brad Robb said: “We had 110 golfers, 22 bowlers and they were all supplied a lovely lunch. “All the food was donated and we held more raffles throughout the month to increase the amount we were able to donate. “In the end we managed to raise $3500 for prostate cancer which is so prevalent in our lifetime - everyone knows someone who has or is suffering from this disease.” According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia: “Every year, 1.3 million men worldwide are diagnosed with prostate cancer. Notably, Australia

has one of the highest incidence rates internationally, with one in every seven Australian men likely to be diagnosed during their lifetime.” CEO of Prostate Cancer Foundation Professor Jeff Dunn AO says an estimated 20,000 Australian men will be diagnosed with the disease this year. “While survival rates for prostate cancer are high, with over 95 per cent of men likely to survive at least five years, the diagnosis of prostate cancer is a major life stress that is often followed by challenging treatment-related symptoms and heightened distress,” he says. It’s important you are checked regularly especially if there is a family history. Further information at: prostate.org.au/

Chinese New Year celebrations at the Country Club

The Chinese New Year is part of the Spring Festival and is a time of change and new beginnings.

The Country Club are holding Chinese New Year celebrations in January and every diner will receive free dumplings and dim sims to celebrate! Chinese New Year officially begins on January 25 and ends on February 4 however the club will be holding their event early on Wednesday 22 from 7pm. There will be a Lion Dance which is a form of traditional Chinese dance performed at festivals such as the Chinese New Year for good luck. If you want to get in the spirit, wear new clothes because traditionally everyone would show off their new clothing as they visited friends during the celebrations. Beautiful new clothes were worn as the youth paid their respects to the elders.

The Ultimate Christmas Toy Raffle

Left: Graeme Wigley, Bob Huckle, Warren Morris and Henry Reynolds at the country club Below: Fifty prizes were on offer at the Ultimate Christmas Toy Raffle

The Country Club held another successful Ultimate Christmas Toy Raffle last month with all the money raised donated to Community Action. Club Manager, Brad Robb said: “We held a toy raffle in 2018 and because it was such a great success, we ran another one last month - with 50 prizes. “As a community club our role is to bring people together for a good cause and support the community and this year we felt Community Action was an important charity to help.” The Charity supplied details of those who would benefit from a Christmas gift and Brad and wife Heather went shopping and purchased a special gift for each person. Brad said: “The club donated $2,300 worth of presents and gift cards to 38 children ranging from nine months to 15 years old. “Each present was picked specifically for that person and gift wrapped, with the balance of the funds donated as gift cards.” Community Action is a registered community housing provider with a mission to provide housing and support services in response to the needs of the community. Visit: communityactiongympie.com.au They have had a huge number of people seeking support and are struggling to meet the demand.





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ONGRATULATIONS TO Kroppy and the team from the Rainbow Beach Sports Club and all the volunteers for another fantastic Country at the Beach. The event was sold out three weeks prior and the numbers were perfect - not too busy but plenty of atmosphere. The quality of the entertainment was outstanding with The Wolfe Brothers, Travis Collins, The Viper Creek Band, Baylou, Mickey Pye, Brooke Schubert, Leigha Moore, Jake Davey and Dee Jaye Bux in the line up.

A great crowd loved the event and not one problem - thanks everyone! Event staff Yogi and Shane Handy kept the drinks on ice

Always volunteering - Nigel Worthington and Darryl Fitzgerald

Travis Collins and The Wolfe Brothers - just two of the great names who entertained

Couldn’t do it without the volunteers - Andrea Hayes, Marnie Kropp, Kylie Betteridge

The cold drinks, mountains of ice, great food, shade and good vibes all ensured the event was a huge success. Who stole the show? Kroppy said: “The people who bought tickets and supported the event in good spirits

stole the show. Not one problem at the event.” The entertainers said: “The smiles on the fans make it all worthwhile.” See you next year and well done everyone.

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FULL HOUSE, lovely food and great music filled the hall for the Festival of Small Halls at Rainbow Beach. Tina Louise kicked off the show with her original, acoustic melodies and was followed by English singer/ songwriter/guitarist, Blair Dunlop and Australian husband and wife duo, Hat Fitz and Cara. Another terrific event from the Festival of Small Halls Australia and we are so pleased to be included in their travels.

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HRISTMAS CAME early for Cooloola Coast Medical Transport with the granting of a couple of key funds and the winning of a category award from Healthy Towns which acknowledges Community Contributions from organisations. There was a wide range of recipients at the Healthy Towns Awards and we were very pleased to be included in the awards along with other very worthy winners. It is amazing and encouraging to see just how much volunteers are contributing to meeting the shortfall in government services to regional areas; and we look forward to being a part of it for many years to come. We were also blessed with a grant from the Gympie Regional Council’s Community Partnerships Program, which has allowed us to improve the efficiency, safety and

security of our filing systems in the office and this should also improve the speed that we can handle client’s enquiries when booking drives. Sometimes it’s those smaller investments that can make the job so much easier for our volunteers, so we take this opportunity to thank the Council for recognising our efforts and the contribution we make. Our local Federal Government member, Llew O’Brien, has carried on the support that we have enjoyed over the years from his office and was instrumental in helping to obtain a significant grant of $22,000 under the Stronger Communities Programme, which will assist us in changing three of our vehicles due for replacement under our current operational strategies in the January-to-March time frame.

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QCWA members celebrated Christmas with a sumptuous luncheon held at the Marina, TCB


O FINALISE OUR very busy year at QCWA we celebrated with a sumptuous Christmas luncheon held at the Marina everybody enjoyed their meal, thanks to Richard and Fiona. Thanks to all that supported our Christmas Raffle which was drawn in December. The winners have been notified. A special thank you for your kind donations and the purchases of our popular cook books. In 2020 we are aiming to have a second craft morning. All are welcome to bring your own craft along or join in QCWA projects, e.g. Kits for Kids, Domestic Violence Kits, Birthing Kits, Trauma Teddies, Penguin Coats and Lamb Coats, to name a few. We thank the public for their kind donations of materials, wool, etc. - all donations very welcome. Just a reminder that State Photography Competition entries are due by March 9;

now would be a good time to be taking photos. There are 12 categories in the competition. Photos must be rectangular in shape up to the maximum size of 12.7cm x 17.8cm, mounted on A5 size black cardboard (which is half of an A4 sheet size). Special category photographs are judged by coin donation. A 50¢ entry fee per photo still applies. For further information please contact our Photography Convenor Lorraine on 5486 2226. Important dates for 2020: Craft first Wednesday of the month, 10am Hoy third Wednesday of the month 10am, $7 entry Cottage enquiries, Cottage Convenor: 0490 670 518 All other enquiries to Dawn: 0434 518 836

Contact us today for all your property needs: Rainbow Beach Sales : Dee and Andy White on 0411 093 389 Cooloola Cove/Tin Can Bay Sales : Janet Stadegaard on 0403 586 453 Holiday Letting : Katie Winzar on 5486 3411 Permanent Rentals : Kim McIlroy on 5486 3411 and Debra Mason 0409 764 879 Drop in and see us at Shop 2/8 Rainbow Beach Road, Rainbow Beach or Shop 4/46 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Cooloola Cove (Woolworths complex) Online: www.cooloolacoastrealty.com.au

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Thank you!

To all our locals, all our visitors and to all the characters who make our little piece of paradise what it is, thank you. Thank you for being such an amazing town,a wonderful home, a place of fun and a beautiful escape. Here’s to making 2020 an even better year for us all.

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HE COOLOOLA COAST has vast areas of bushland including forestry, national parks, unallocated state land, private property and defence training, making it a hot spot for fire risk. Management of hazards are not the responsibility of just one department or agency but a collaborative network of stakeholder efforts. While fire is still a real risk, preparation efforts have resulted in containment and control of fires being manageable, significantly lowering the risk to people and property.

Be conscious of fire hazards in your own gardens F

IRE MANAGEMENT is something that is close to retiring Tin Can Bay Fire Station Auxillary Captain, Desley Goldsworthy’s heart. “Over my time in the role, development of an interagency communication system with hazard reduction burns would have to be one of the leading successes of fire mitigation minimising risk on the Cooloola Coast,” Desley explained. As part of the Queensland Fire Service for almost 30 years, Desley has attended numerous fire incidents and unfortunately most are ignited by being deliberately lit, lack of understanding or negligence.

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HE AUSTRALIAN Defence Force (ADF) has an ingrained approach to bushfire management with policies that emphasise the priority of protecting human life, protecting Defence and civilian property/assets, supporting ADF training and promoting proaction, environmentally sustainable management of bushfire as outlined in the Manual of Fire Protection Engineering Edition 2 Chapter 6 which is available on the Defence website. The Defence National Guidelines for Bushfire Mitigation and Management has an approach of: • bushfire hazard management and mitigation activities including asset protection zones, fuel reduction activities, fire trail maintenance and maintaining strategic water sources • fire prevention, including activity restriction according to fire danger rating and local fire bans • response capability onsite during training that has a risk of fire ignition • personnel education of actions required during fire danger periods and bushfire, and • monitoring and reporting of bushfires and bushfire management activities. D e fence memor andum of

understanding with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) provides framework for interagency interactions in jointly managing bushfire risk on Defence land, Defence support for QFES bushfire fighting operations and ensuring mutual organisational readiness for emergency bushfire response. However, the ADF is not trained, equipped or certified to undertake ground-based or aerial bush firefighting and does not get involved in the direct act of fighting bushfires outside Defence property. The Wide Bay Training Area (WBTA) has a current Bushfire Management Plan that provides a basis for implantation of mitigation works along with details of matters protected under The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC), fire sensitive species and vegetation communities, heritage values and sites to ensure mitigation and fire suppression activities do not unduly impact these values. Each year, Range Control offer Emergency Services and HQ Plantations personnel to attend site visits prior to fire season, so they are familiar with the geography, track system, gate locations, local conditions, water points, etc. on the WBTA.

“Embers can fly up to 5km from the source which means an ‘innocent’ backyard burn can unbeknownst turn into a bushfire elsewhere.” Desley is also the local fire warden and her vast knowledge of local topographical terrain and understanding of weather conditions is invaluable to the community. Forever an advocate for fire hazard reduction, Desley encourages all home owners to be conscious of hazards such as leaves in gutters and hay mulch in gardens. “That one loose ember can land on your property and ignite a new fire. Anything that is flammable is at risk, I’ve even seen isolated ember arson of a boat bimbi burnt through and outdoor couch destroyed,” said Desley.

Retiring Tin Can Bay Fire Station Auxiliary Captain, Desley Goldsworthy

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HANKS TO THE Community Centre for organising the Disaster Management Meeting at the Community Hall last month to the 200 concerned locals who attended and for your input. Thanks to Julia Bruynius, community engagement officer, Northern Coast region and Mark Long, Area Commander from the Fire Service, Dimitri Scordalides the director of Infrastructure Services for Gympie Regional Council and head of Disaster Management for the region, Terry Steele, the chairman of the Disaster Management Support team based at Cooloola Cove and Division 1 Councillor, Mark McDonald. The take-out from the speakers was Be Disaster Prepared. Make sure you, your family and your home have an evacuation plan in place and tune in to the ABC radio for updates during any emergency.

Whether it is bush fire, cyclone or a flood – have your plan in place. That means have a kit with a USB of important documents; passports, medicines, scripts etc. in one place so you can leave without delay. Ensure all members of your family know the plan – in case you are not home. If an emergency occurs, everyone in the town plus campers who have bought permits, will be notified by the Disaster Management Services and advised on the best course of action at that time and depending on the type of disaster. A lot of concern and frustration was voiced by residents of Rainbow Shores with the amount of combustible debris ‘lying around’ and the locked access to the shores – this is yet to be resolved and Council has indicated they will have a separate meeting with Rainbow Shores residents.

Fire is managed on the Cooloola Coast A

SPOKESPERSON from the Department of Environment and Science explained that the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) works closely with QFES, other agencies and the community to manage fire on the Cooloola Coast, in the national parks and state forests, as well as helping with fires on other agencies’ land. We do regular planned burns in QPWS lands for environmental purposes and to reduce fuel loads. This year, since January, there have been 296 planned burns conducted in protected areas, covering more than one million hectares. This is the most hectares treated by planned burns in six years. As well as providing crews to assist with wildfires, we’re always happy to contribute crews to help other organisations with their planned burns,

for example council and school areas. QPWS supports Natural Resources, Mines and Energy with planned burns on unallocated state land around the Rainbow Beach township. QPWS established the community fire committee at Rainbow Beach about 10 years ago. This committee now has a larger scope, is coordinated by QFES, and meets at Gympie. For times of natural disasters, QPWS has representatives on district and local disaster management groups and also liaises closely with Queensland Police. Information about how QPWS manages fire is at: parks.des.qld.gov.au/ managing/fire_management.html We’re happy to discuss QPWS fire management – please call into the QPWS visitor information centre at Rainbow Beach, or phone us on 5486 9900.

The other major concern was communication ‘blackspots’ – Council need to know what areas of Rainbow Beach have blackspots. They are now aware that in a blackout the town’s phone services ‘go down’ and we are left without communication – they would also like to know what areas of the town have ‘black spots’ during normal times, so that it can be addressed. The Community Centre asks for and welcomes your written feedback rainbowcommunity@cirs.net.au or pop a letter into the Centre.

Concerned Citizens met with Julia Bruynius, Terry Steele, Dimitri Scordalides, Elisa Seul, Cr Mark McDonald and Mark Long at the RB Community Hall

If you have anything at all to add please put it in writing so it can be presented to the Disaster Management Teams, Council and government to address. The next meeting will be held at the Community Hall in January with updates and further information.

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AY 2020 BE a great year for all at the coast from ‘The Shed’. This 2019 was a difficult year, but all the hard work by the team has got us very close to completing the shed, hopefully becoming operational in early 2020. An important part of The Shed’s fundraising is our efforts for the ‘Container For Change’ program. Your support would be greatly appreciated by dropping off bagged eligible containers at the front of The Shed (near sign). As The Shed approaches being

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Congratulations to Glenda Mick from Cooloola Cove who was the winner of our Christmas Hamper....enjoy Glenda! Thank you so much to our supporters IGA Tin Can Bay, Gary’s Got it! Top to Toe, Tin Can Bay Fruit and Vegetables, Barnacles, Jilly’s, Cooloola Coast Air Conditioning, Tim Shead, Lee Fishing Co, Guardian Pharmacy, Mitre 10, Tin Can Bay Yacht Club, The Chandlery, The Snack Shack.

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operational, an additional management position is being sought. A position of Welfare Officer (Health and Wellbeing Manager), is needed to manage The Shed’s planning for men’s health and wellbeing programs/presentations. For details regarding this position please call Paul Boulton on 0437 007 911 or Graham Langdown on 0433 062 906. The next General Meeting is on Saturday February 8, 9am at The Shed. All welcome. Contact Bryan Phillips on 0420 299 651 for general shed matters.

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S ALL ARE AWARE, weproducts have been experiencing unprecedented weather Ÿ Blinds conditions for several weeks with no Ÿ Venetians real relief in sight. The Local Ambulance Committee is keen to ensure that Ÿ Drapes members of our community keep as safe as possible throughout the especially Ÿ year, Doors during periods of hot weather. Ÿ Screens The committee has therefore arranged for the distribution of Heat Stress Flyers to Ÿ Shutters some outlets in Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Ÿ Awnings Beach, as well as both libraries. The flyers are free and offer some very helpful hints on how to prevent heatrelated illness for seniors, babies and children in particular. Practical measures such as drinking small amounts of water


every 15-20 minutes, wearing lightweight clothing and avoiding strenuous activity are some of the suggestions for avoiding heat stress. There is also advice on the early signs of heat stress such as loss of appetite, dizziness, nausea and loss of concentration. If the condition progresses to heat stroke where there is high body temperature and no sweat or fast and shallow breathing among other signs, it is a medical emergency and you need to call triple zero (000). So please take the time to pick up a Heat Stress Flyer and stay safe this summer.

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The winners have been crowned!

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UDOS TO THE TEAM from the Rainbow Beach Fitness Centre on creating such an all-inclusive event called the Battle of the Business Fitness Challenge.

While the challenge was initially created to generate weight loss and reduce body fat, it turned into such a wonderful show of camaraderie and teamwork that it was a runaway success. A huge congratulations to Team Awesome who are now crowned as the winners of the 2019 Battle of the Businesses Challenge.

keep up the good work because this is the first step. The journey starts here. “A big congratulations to everyone who participated in the challenge. The challenges were fun, some were hard but everyone did really well. It was great to see the community come together and do something as a team. “I found it really inspiring to watch all the teams cheer each other. The viking challenge was amazing. Team spirit was alive as everyone dressed up and made a grand entrance to the challenge.

The team lost a whopping 46.7 kg lost and 121.1cm and were coached by Bec Arthur, the Fitness Centre Manager.

“A special thanks to BJ for all your hard work and being here with me 100% of the way, Mat for your brilliant mind and Chloe for your support.”

In second place was ‘Just Fast Not Furious’ with a loss of 26.2kg and 93cm and ‘Arm Busters’ were the winners of the weekly challenges.

Team ‘Arm Busters’ entered the arena for the final challenge with their whole family playing the drums and shell horn and wearing sheepskin accessories.

Manager of the fitness centre and organiser of the Challenge, Bec Arthur said: It’s been so inspiring to see everyone’s journey of change. I hope you

Each member of the winning team won a one-year gym membership and a two person two-night stay on Fraser Island complete with barge fare.

Far left: Arm Busters - Winners of the weekly challenges - Paul, Dave, Suzzie, Tina, Tony, Carla Left: Team Awesome - The Winners! The team lost 46.7kg and 121.1cm - congratulations! Sylvia, Sally, Wendy, Tina, Lauren and Malcolm!

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It’s the beginning of a new decade…wow. We’ve all Come and join us on this high energy day on been going through huge transformations in the last January 11, for The Rainbow Beach Sacred Energy three years where everything started to speed up. Meditation at 5.30pm at the Community Centre. $10 Life became hectic, family and career changes, koha/donation at the door. Please keep an eye out financial, political, climate were huge in 2019. Guess on Facebook if dates or times change. I’m on what - it will keep carrying on till we get it! YouTube now and will make time Can you make some changes to Jillys Gifts please. These changes were, or are, to help us transmute old enhancing/helping you on your spiritual journey. out-dated thought patterns, upgrading and Can you keepoursome of towards the pics butandmake smaller this22,use Thethem next meditation will be and on February 2020. improving evolution peace this one attached as the main pic. Maybe get rid of the dolls and just harmony. A better understanding of your spiritual keep the dress blue dress off - orandwhichever Take care everyone please respect ourone wildlife, healthpink only brings growthand to theleave inner soulthe and thus our beaches, our bush, our paradise. becoming magnets to universal wealth. you think looks best. Namaste. I feel many emotional feelings of hesitation before Phyllis Peakman x this new year arrives. But all you can do is nurture New Heading: the self which is actually nurturing the world. Take time out to love the self, especially the dudes this 2020. And keep the 'spruce up your house with flowers and new decor' in. It’s all about balance, and who knows as a collective we may bring peace and healing to Mother Earth. She isThanks suchagain a nice lady - just do what for the community support, blowing a you think looks good - she loves this too. kiss tophoto you all. I will be changing a few things this year, I have now become the teacher and I’ so excited to start workshops, travel, seminars, group sessions and inspiring others. I will still be doing massage, readings and everything else. Many blessings to you and your whanau/family. Journey well.

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Good luck to our Year 10 students!

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The Class of 2019 - Year 10 Students heading off to other schools

End of Year Celebrations

2019 Christmas Celebration

Tin Can Bay students celebrated a wonderful year of learning in their final week of school in 2019 with the Year 4 to 9 students spending the day at Norman Park and the Tin Can Bay Pool, while the Prep to Year 3s took over the playground and foreshore. Students ran between the water, games and the playground, loving the cool escape, enjoying a sweet morning tea of fruit donated by Woolworths Cooloola Cave, including mangoes, blueberries, strawberries and watermelon – YUM! The day was topped off with a sausage sizzle prepared by our wonderful teachers and teacher aides.

The end of year ‘Around the World Christmas Concert’ was overflowing with happiness as students and staff sang and danced through the morning, appreciated by an enthusiastic audience. Much to the delight of students, Santa also made an appearance with lots of candy canes! Thank you to the many families who came along to watch and support our creative performers!

Year 10 Graduation Our 2019 Year 10 students participated in their last whole school parade in the last week of school.

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Tin Can Bay students enjoying the water at the foreshore

The whole school community came together with the students and their families, sharing in the celebration. Year 10 students reminisced about their time at Tin Can Bay School and the strong

bonds they have formed with their peers. While sad to leave our tight-knit school community where everyone knows each other, they are also excited for their next adventure.


Thank you Rainbow Beach!

Dan Stanieg, Principal


HANK YOU FOR another fantastic year. It was filled with lots of hard work and also lots of fun, culminating in our Christmas concert and our Beach Gala Day. Every student at our school got the opportunity to ‘Hang Ten’ and learn to surf as a reward for their excellent behaviour. It was great to see all the students having so much fun. I quite often become emotional when talking about our beautiful school and students, so I have been keeping to the script but now I have the opportunity to say a few words in written form.

Congratulations Class of 2019! All the best in your chosen secondary schools!

Keira Powers winning the girls Murray Johnson Bursary Award for dedication and attitude to school work, with Principal Dan Stanieg

Murphy Lunney wins the boys Murray Johnson Bursary award for dedication and attitude to school work with Principal Dan Stanieg

As most people are aware, I am taking up a principal’s position at Amamoor State School for 2020. As well as developing my leadership skills, it allows me to be home with my family on the Sunshine Coast, as my daughters take their first steps into high school. Steve Bennett will start the 2020 school year at Rainbow Beach SS as principal. Steve has taught at Rainbow before and is an experienced principal. Steve, his wife and their two children will travel from Miles in the new year to set up house in Rainbow Beach. Thank you for making 2020 so memorable and I wish you and your family a safe and happy Christmas.

the School Choir were fantastic with teacher Miss Erin

The preps and grade ones were full of energy and won over the crowd

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

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

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

Coloured Sands Starting below the lookout, walk along the beach towards Double Island Point for a kilometre or so to these amazing Coloured sand cliffs, with the best colours around 9 to 10 kilometres along the beach (accessible with a 4wd or Surf and Sand Safari tour) 5486 3131. Carlo Sand Blow A bush walk up to Carlo Sand Blow is a must for every visitor. Drive to the reservoir at the top of Cooloola Drive. The Blow is an easy 600m walk from the car park or take the longer walk from the National Parks Office. Spectacular views of the Coloured Sands, Double Island Point and Tin Can Bay Inlet are the bonus for your efforts. When the thermals are right, you will often see Hang Gliders taking off and landing at this beautiful piece of Nature’s Sculpture. Fraser Island Great Walk A 90 km trail which showcases natural and cultural features of the world’s largest sand island as it meanders between Dilli Village and Happy Valley www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/ parks/great - walks-fraser-island/about. html Cooloola Great Walk A 102 km trail which passes through a rich diversity of vegetation types with spectacular views, connecting Rainbow Beach with Noosa North Shore. www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/ greatwalkscooloola/ index.html Rainforest Walk / Bymien Picnic Area A few kilometres from town, on the Gympie Road, take the Freshwater Road to the left. 3km on a good gravel surface will bring you to Bymien, which is the limit for conventional vehicles. Lake Poona After morning tea or lunch in the picnic area you can venture on some wonderful walks to Lake Poona or through some spectacular Rainforest. Allow 40 minutes to reach Lake Poona. Lake Freshwater Only accessible by 4WD, Tour or Walking. Walking tracks starts at the Bymien picnic area. The round trip from Rainbow Beach will take a full day and requires fitness. Foreshore Tin Can Bay You can walk 4km from Crabs Creek to Norman Point, over picturesque bridges, signage of flora and fauna, through mangroves, playgrounds and outdoor gyms. It is mostly flat – very safe for children on wheels. Start at the playground opposite the library, cycle to Crabs Creek and stop for a coffee, then return to opposite the library. Enjoy the views out to the inlet while the kids enjoy the playground and skatepark. Rainbow Beach 10,000 steps walk – from the headland behind the Surf Tower and Playground to Carlo Road. Paths are perfect for bicycles, scooters and skateboards.

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




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

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

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

Dolphin Ferry 35 minutes by ferry to view the dolphins at TIn Can Bay 7am daily 0428 838 836 Dolphin Viewing/Feeding at Tin Can Bay just a thirty minute drive to Tin Can Bay through Cooloola Cove and you can see the Dolphins at Barnacles Dolphin Centre, Norman Point at around 7 – 7.30am each day, feeding time is 8.00am. Charges apply. Come and have a look around this pretty little town while you are there. 5486 4899 Turtle Tours Paddle in double seated ocean kayaks along the edge of the mangroves at Pelican Bay on this two hour tour, you quietly encounter all types of sea life from turtles to rays to the odd dolphin. 0408 738 192 Sea Kayaking Dolphin View Sea Kayaking: A unique experience - see dolphins, whales (seasonal), manta rays, turtles and more 0408 738 192 Horseride with professional guides on our World Heritage Listed Beach. 04121RIDES Tin Can Bay Foreshore Bird Walk – 137 species with best viewing spots on the brochure. Tin Can Bay Wildflower Walk spectacular wildflower species, all on the brochure.

Our safe beach is patrolled between September - March. ALWAYS SWIM BETWEEN THE FLAGS. Surfing The most popular area is near the Surf Tower. Note Surfing In Bathing Area Is Prohibited.

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

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

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seeing all its beauty is to take a 1 day or 2 day tour. Or you can make the trip in your own 4WD, driving up the road or beach . To Inskip Point and crossing in the barge. Rainbow Beach Flying Services offer a daily service to Fraser Island, but prior bookings are required.

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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 March May Bay to Bay Yacht Race Clean Up Australia Day Beach Family June/July Rainbow April Fishing Classic July 4-12 Anzac ParadeBeach Triathlon AugustDay Rainbow May Rainbow Beach Lion’s Club Annual Kite Festival Bay to Bay Yacht Race Rainbow Beach n Bronc September TinBullCan Bay Seafood Festival June Ocean RoarRainbow IRB SeriesBeach Invitations October Fours Bowls Tournament August Tin Can Bay Ambulance Flower Classic Show Rainbow Beach Family Fishing October Rainbow Beach Nippers October Carnival Tin Can Bay Ambulance Flower Show November Rainbow Beach/Trail Rainbow Beach Invitations FoursRuns Bowls December Tin Can Bay Foreshore Tournament Family Nights Rainbow Beach Nippers Carnival Rainbow Beach Lions Club Twilight November Christmas Concert and Afternoon Markets Remembrance Day services RB & TCB “The Tents” Rainbow Beach Holiday Program Festival of Small Halls Arty Ball See our What’s On page for more on December Things to Do. Suggestions, amendments or toChristmas add your Concerts business to the visitor guide callBay 07Foreshore 5486 3561 or email info@ please Tin Can Family Nights rbcn.com.au Country at .the Beach

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I ALL. Well that’s it - another year comes and goes in a blink.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and managed to escape the heat somewhere. Fishing throughout 2019 was exceptional with large catches and some real trophy fish landed. Lots of personal best and many species ticked off the bucket list for many. Currently the northerly winds are forcing us to have to cancel many trips which is a

Above: Plenty of quality Pearl perch also being caught on Baitrunner Left: Shane was happy with his biggest cod landed while fishing on Baitrunner

shame as fishing even with the warmer temperatures has been very good. Some great reports coming from the rivers and creeks with good size jacks a consistent catch. Let’s hope 2020 continues in the same fashion. Happy new year to everyone and catch you all in a month. Cheers Mat

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AST MONTH saw the final weigh-in and close of the first annual Gardiner Fisheries, Alvey whiting championship. The competition drew fishermen and women from the Gold Coast to Hervey Bay with fierce rivalry as anglers fished hard right to the dying hours. It is a testament to Rainbow Beach seeing so many quality fish weighed in over the competition. The beach fisherman outdid the boaties this year. Solid fish in the 400-500g gilled and gutted range were common place with the largest whiting caught by local beach fisherman Cedric Byrne. At 40cm and 540g cleaned, Cedric’s fish took first place and the $600 cash and prizes. Runners up in the adults division were Matthew Gardiner of Bracken Ridge and Gary Enkleman of Gympie with fish of 515g and 485g respectively. Junior Division saw a whiting Queen crowned. Sophie Treloar of Boompa took out the prizes and cash with her 37.5cm, 400g whiting. Second and third place was held by Jye Treloar with 375 and 360g fish. The final weigh-in and BBQ was a great way to meet other competitors, relax and share secrets. Simon Treloar, Cedric Byrne, Sean ‘Skip’ Thompson, Drew Gardiner

For those who didn’t want to give too much of next year’s game plan away, special Guest Sean ‘Skip’ Thompson from Ontour Fishing Australia was on hand to help improve everyone’s techniques for next year. Congratulations to all competitors who entered. It was an awesome first turnout and will go a great way to make next year’s competition even bigger. A massive thanks to our sponsors Alvey Reels Australia, Salty Gear fishing apparel and special guest Skip for all the support.

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CHOOL AND PUBLIC holidays are great carefree days, especially on the water. Remember though, to check not only your safety gear and means of communication, but also your fuel supply. Dirty fuel can ruin a good day out. Even worse, is running out of fuel. Unfortunately, this is becoming a bigger problem recently. In our area, we are also seeing a rise in the number of callouts for fuel shortage. Recently, we were called out to rescue a 37ft Riviera that had run out of fuel mid-crossing of the Wide Bay Bar. It had drifted to within a few metres of running aground off Hook Point before getting the anchor down. The skipper had left Southport believing he had enough fuel by looking at his fuel gauge, not knowing it was faulty. In case you get into trouble, the best way of contacting us is via VHF radio, Channel 80. It has far longer range and fewer blackspots than a mobile.

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War on wrecks update The contractor cleaning up derelict vessels has already removed vessels reachable from the shoreline at Bullock Point, Tin Can Bay Esplanade, Teewah Point, Toolara Drive and Griffin Creek. They will return in January 2020 with specialised equipment such as cranes mounted on a barge to remove a number of submerged vessels. These will then be broken up and dumped. Such vessels will include the exferry “Dreamer”.

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Coastguard Christmas Raffle Mrs A. M. from Tin Can Bay, won the raffle of a wheelbarrow donated by Mitre 10, filled with a selection of alcoholic delights and other treats to suit all tastes. Thank you to all those who purchased tickets for your support.

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TCB Fishing Club says thanks


HE TIN CAN BAY Fishing Club held its Annual Awards Presentation Day and Christmas Party at the Tin Can Bay Country Club on Saturday November 30 and all 65 attendees had a very enjoyable afternoon. Our special thanks for their attendance and ongoing support goes to Mayor Mick Curran and his wife Sue, plus Councillor Mark McDonald and Tony and Dianne Heiduk and to our many supporters and sponsors who assisted with prizes on the day, namely Chandlery Bait and Tackle Tin Can Bay, Harvey Norman Gympie,

BCF Gympie, Cooloola Mitre 10, Bunnings Gympie and Woolworths Cooloola Cove. The hot northerly winds have made life a bit uncomfortable recently but those who have braved the weather and gone out fishing early in the mornings or on dusk have been rewarded with good catches of quality mangrove jack. Fishing the incoming tide seems to be getting the best results using flesh or live baits. There have been a few Grunter caught recently. The numbers seem to be increasing and their places of capture

seem to be widespread, indicating that the numbers in the local area are greater than they have been in recent years. Grunter can be caught on various baits and one of their favourite snacks is large peeled green prawns, plus lure fishing with a variety of soft plastics can be rewarding. The reef areas and the ledges have been producing reasonable numbers of quality fish including Grass sweetlip, Nannygai, Slatey bream and Tusk fish. Fishing these areas on the neap tides seems to be more successful in giving more time to find the

fish, in the time of slack water between the periods of tidal run. The grey overcoats have been taxing a few and there are a few leopard sharks being a bit of a pest but good to have a look at as well as testing your gear. Whiting and flathead seem to have become elusive lately but it could be that other species are being targeted while the opportunity is there. There have been a few mud crabs caught recently but they are a bit hit and miss. Secretary 0437 242 171.

Tin Can Bay Fishing Club Perpetual Trophies 2019

Biggest Of Species Awards 2019

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HAT A GREAT SEASON so far for the Rainbow Beach Nippers. Everyone hit the beach for the pre Christmas Break Up with lots of fun and activity for the nippers led by Don Reid. Deputy Junior Activity Coordinator for the club, Brooke Bignell said: “Our club is certainly a testament to the saying, ‘Many hands make light work’.” Brooke thanked everyone for helping to make Sundays run so smoothly and said: “Thanks everyone for your help and a huge shout out to the Water Safety Teams for showing up every week. We literally could not run Nippers without you. “And thank you so much to our age managers for taking care of our kids every week, with a majority not even having their own kids in Nippers! We really appreciate you all!” She said: “I love being a part of this Nippers family, and I hope you do too!” Some dates to remember for 2020: January 12-18, Bronze/ SRC camp; February 2, first day back at Nippers; February 16, final Age Champs.

Surf Club Nippers Break Up

The Nippers had fun at their break up for 2019


Centurion Simmo By James Worthington


HE RAINBOW BEACH cricket club are heading into the Christmas break off the back of four straight victories and none as impressive as the final match played before the Christmas break against Gympie Valleys. It was a scorching afternoon in Rainbow Beach as Valleys travelled across to Rainbow anticipating a tough match up. Rainbow Captain, Merv O’Neill, unfortunately lost the toss and Rainbow were forced into fielding in the difficult temperatures. Rainbow’s chances of four straight victories quickly turned south as Valleys

put on a great score of 205 runs meaning a record run chase was needed for Rainbow Beach to see victory. Rainbow Beach completed the impossible task thanks to an outstanding knock from Andrew Simpson who became the club’s first centurion of the 2019-2020 season. Rainbow’s record run chase wrapped up a fantastic season for the club as they look to come back even stronger after the Christmas break. For anyone wishing to get involved with the club in any way please contact Merv at mervoneill@hotmail.com. Our home games for this month are on January 4 and 18 at the home of Rainbow Beach cricket, Carlo Road Oval.

Go slow for those below!


OATING, WATER SKIING and jet-skiing are such a fun way to enjoy your summer holidays on the Cooloola Coast. However, please follow the Go Slow rules and reduce your speed to no more than 6 knots if you are within 60m of people in the water, anchored or moored boats, structures, boat ramps, jetties or pontoons, the boundary of a bathing reserve (check with your local council for locations) and the shore. ‘Go slow for those below’ is a legal requirement in Go Slow designated areas. High boat speeds can cause serious injury or kill marine wildlife and we also want to protect our swimmers and surfers. The whole area from the the Leisha track on the Double Island Point side around to Teewah is a Go Slow area

and the aim is to protect turtles and dugong in critical feeding and resting areas. Please ensure you know the rules before jet-skiing and boating over the holidays. So please Go Slow for those below - and leave only bubbles, take only photos. For more information: https://parks.des. qld.gov.au/parks/great-sandy-marine/pdf/ gsmp-vis-guide.pdf

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Join Social Tennis

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HE LITTLE ATHLETICS annual relays are a unique competition as they are the only time participants are able to compete in a team. Relays are run in a team of four while the selected field events for each age group are either jumped or thrown in pairs. As the Cooloola Coast is classified a small centre, those wanting to compete could combine with other small centres. Logan Smith and Anjelica Geurts qualified for the state level and travelled to the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre in Nathan, Brisbane last month. Anjie was teamed with three other girls

from the Maroochy centre and ironically both dentre uniforms were very similar with blue and white. Unfortunately, the team didn’t place in the relay finals, but the comradery between the girls was fantastic and the experience unforgettable. Logan was teamed with an athlete from Bli Bli for the boys U13 shot put. Both the boys threw their best however the competition was fierce with the team placing 5th overall. Well done for taking the Cooloola Coast Centre to State level and thanks to the families for investing time and effort in taking them along.

Bob and Chris Gudge with Phil Ingram invite you to play social tennis at Rainbow Beach

WHETHER YOU ARE A PRO, a novice or in between,the Rainbow Beach Tennis Courts wait for you! The locals are looking for players to join them and would love you to come along, make friends, have a bash and enjoy a bit of exercise. Just come on down to the Rainbow Beach Sports Club Tennis Courts at 7am on Thursdays, when you can, and all levels of players are welcome.

Another great win for the Cooloola Dragon Boat Club


APPY NEW YEAR! It seems 2019 finished well for the Wide Bay Warriors combined team of Cooloola, Hervey Bay and Bundaberg Dragons. All the training every Thursday afternoon and Sunday morning up and down Snapper Creek paid off when they took out 3rd place on the Open 200-metre race at the Manly Regatta at Lake Kawana - very tight racing with very little between 1st, 2nd and us 3rd. An exciting regatta was topped off by two of our Dragons Jill McDonald and Pam Gorey, bringing home a raffle prize each! Well done team. In December we kicked back and celebrated at our Christmas party at the Silky Oaks Tea Gardens.

paddle around to Norman Point followed by a BBQ breakfast. The Dragon Boat Club will take a wellearned two-week break until January 5. We will then return to training again Thursday afternoons and Sunday mornings - straight into training for the Lakers/Redcliffe Regatta at Lake Kawana on January 12. The Dragon’s Lair Cafe continues each TCB market day, providing hot breakfasts, tea, coffee and homemade slices. Come and visit us in the RSL hall. For further information regarding the Cooloola Dragon Boat Club please phone our coach, Sandy Wooster, on 0402 352 756.

Our final paddle for 2019 was a social

Wide Bay Warriors for taking out third place at the Manly Regatta




IT’S GREAT 40 – Rainbow Beach Cooloola Coast Community News – January 2020



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ROBUS WIDE BAY annual events include the Ecumenical Service in Gympie early in the new year and the combined Christmas lunch, when one club organises the event and invites other clubs to attend. This year our club hosted the Christmas lunch at the Cooloola Coast Bowls Club and it was a great day with delicious food, wine, entertainment by the Ukulele Group and Pam and Len, together with several members of our own club. Of course, Santa also made an appearance with his bag of goodies.

In May, Probus Ambassador, Pam Carlson from Gympie, invited all Wide Bay clubs to attend the ‘Senior Moments’ play at the Brolga Theatre. Hundreds of Probians enjoyed this fantastic show presenting a great array of songs and skits involving seniors, played by well-known entertainers. Some of the other highlights of the year were our 10th Birthday Celebration, attendances at Morning Melodies, Christmas in July, Meg Kiddle’s concert/ dance, the Bone Museum in Gympie, CWA High Tea, Melbourne Cup lunch, as

well as lunches and barbeques, sometimes joining with the Rainbow Beach Over 60s group. If you would like to know more about Probus, please phone Jo on 0428 762 572 or Kaye on 0421 648 129. We meet at the Sandcastle Motel on the second Monday of each month at 2pm. President Jo Said, Judy Kiddle and Jeanette Murray at the Probus Christmas Lunch

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NOTHER MONTH gone and still no break in the weather across NSW and western Queensland. Sporadic storms have been bobbing up, but talking to property owners with 50 to 100,000 acres who have three to four rain gauges. One may have 50mm and the rest zero. Last month we sent two big loads with 65 food hampers and Christmas presents for families and $3000 of hams donated by Woolworths Emerald into the School of Distant Education at Longreach. We also delivered 55 family food hampers with presents into Morven and Mitchell for farming families. The few stock I saw on this trip were in very ordinary condition and only two live kangaroos were sited in 700kms.

If there was a green drought pick beside the road there was roadkill in those places. Another load of hampers, water, presents and hay went to west of Gin Gin. There are so many people to thank for donations it would take up so much space here but they are all mentioned in the Rainbow Beach Droughtrunners Facebook page. Thankyou to everyone who baked Christmas cakes and I think we ended up with about 120 fruit mince pies that I helped do at the Tin Can Bay Bakery with Arthur; very much appreciated. Well, it is now time for a month’s recess but please keep donating to our trolleys in Tin Bay, Drakes in Gympie and IGA Rainbow Beach, as well as our collection tins in Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach. The Bank of Queensland in Mary Street, Gympie are also accepting donations: BSB 124047, A/C 22599186.

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A Little Humour BACKFIRING PRANK A woman, cranky because her husband was late coming home again, decided to leave a note saying, “I’ve had enough and have left you, don’t bother coming after me.” Then she hid under the bed to see his reaction. After a short while the husband comes home and she could hear him in the kitchen before he came into the bedroom, she could see him walking towards the dresser and pick up the note... After a few minutes he wrote something on it before picking up the phone and calling someone; - “She’s finally gone...yeah I know, about bloody time, I’m coming to see you, put on that sexy French nightie. I love you...can’t wait to see you...we’ll do all the naughty things you like”. He hung up, grabbed his keys and left. She heard the car drive off as she came out from under the bed, seething with rage and with tears in her eyes she grabbed the note to see what he wrote; “I can see your feet. We’re out of bread. Back in 5 min.” CROSSED WIRES An elderly Tin Can Bay lady did her shopping and, upon returning to her car, found four males in the act of leaving with her vehicle. She dropped her shopping bags and drew her handgun, proceeding to scream at the top of her lungs, “I have a gun, and I know how to use it! Get out of the car!”. The four men didn’t wait for a second threat. They got out and ran like mad. The lady, somewhat shaken, then proceeded to load her shopping bags into the back of the car and got into the driver’s seat. She was so shaken that she could not get her key into the ignition. She tried and

tried, and then she realised why. It was for the same reason she had wondered why there was a football, a Frisbee and two 12-packs of beer in the front seat. A few minutes later, she found her own car parked four or five spaces farther down. She loaded her bags into the car and drove to the police station to report her mistake. The sergeant to whom she told the story couldn’t stop laughing. He pointed to the other end of the counter, where four pale men were reporting a carjacking by a mad, elderly woman described as white, less than five feet tall, glasses, curly white hair, and carrying a large handgun. No charges were filed. COFFIN HUMOUR A man makes coffins and one day he was about to do a delivery when his vehicle broke down. He didn’t want to be late so he put the coffin on his head and walked. A Rainbow Beach policeman stopped him and asked what he was doing and where he was going. He turned to the police and said: “I don’t like where I was buried so I am relocating.” The policemen fainted. CHILD OF MINE After 10 years a wife starts to think their child looks kind of strange so she does a DNA test and finds out the child is not theirs! She tells her husband what she found out and he replies: “You don’t remember do you? When we were leaving the hospital the baby pooped and you told me to go and change him so I went inside and got a clean one and left the dirty one there…” The wife fainted…

PAYBACK My husband was really annoying me and then the poor soul thought he was just going to watch TV in peace. So I downloaded the Remote App and kept changing channels from the bedroom. He came in and I acted like I was asleep. He now thinks we have ghosts… WIND UP 8yo: I feel like you are always making up rules and stuff. Me: Like what 8yo: Like if we don’t pick up our stuff a portal will open up and take us to another dimension. Me: Well, thats what happened to your older brother. 8yo: What older brother? UH OH A wife comes home late one night and quietly opens the door to her bedroom. From under the blanket, she sees four legs instead of just her husband’s two. She reaches for a baseball bat and starts hitting the blanket as hard as she can. Once she’s done, she goes to the kitchen to have a drink. As she enters, she sees her husband there, reading a magazine. He says, “Hi darling, your parents have come to visit us, so I let them stay in our bedroom. Did you say “hello?” SHORT AND SWEETS I always carry a pebble with me to throw at people who sing Christmas songs in November. I call it my Jingle Bell Rock. If a telemarketer calls, give the telephone to your three-year-old and tell her it’s Santa.

To the woman who stole my antidepressants. Thanks a lot, I hope you’re happy now. A weasel walks into a bar. The Bartender says: “Wow! I’ve never served a weasel before. What can I get you?” “Pop” goes the weasel… Her: “What do you do?” Me: “I race cars.” Her: “Do you win many races.” Me: “No, the cars are much faster.” Daughter: “Can I leave the nightlight on?” Dad: “And provide the monsters with a beacon to your location? Use your head, sweetie.” I got a lift to the 11th floor, and as I got out the operator said: “Have a good day, son.” “Don’t call me son” I said, “You’re not my dad.” He scratched his head: “No, but I brought you up, didn’t I?” CHINESE CHORTLE I ordered a Chinese takeaway from a local place, just been to pick it up and as I was driving home, I heard the bags rustling and moving!! I thought what on Earth is that. Has something got in the bag? I thought I could see a little pair of eyes peering out at me. I was driving so I leaned forward, picked up the bag, put it on the passenger seat and there it was again, more rustling and little eyes looking out from behind the prawn crackers. I thought it’s got to be a rat or a mouse or something, so I carefully pulled the bag down ... And there it was ... A Peking Duck!


���� ����� �� ����� NEW RANGE NOW IN STOCK AT COOLOOLA MITRE 10 I took the shell off my racing snail thinking it would make him faster. If anything, he’s a little more sluggish now.

42 – Rainbow Beach Cooloola Coast Community News – January 2020


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WHAT’S ON DECEMBER 2019 31 New Years Eve 31 NYE RB Sports Club, The Roaring Twenties! Tickets MUST be prepurchased at trybooking.com, 9pm to 1am 31 Summer Carnival, TCB Lions Park, free entry 31 Code 3 Eleven, TCB Country Club, 7pm, free entry JANUARY 2020 1 MV Rattler, Holiday express train,10am, maryvalleyrattler.com.au 2 Social Tennis, 7am RB courts 3 Red Betty, TCB Country Club, 7pm, Professional Rock Trio 3 Linc Phelps – RB Sports Club, 7.3011.30pm 3 CC Bowls Bistro opens 4 The Limeburners, TCB Country Club, 6pm, classic rock n roll 4,18 RB Cricket Club home games, Carlo Road Oval 5 Derek Smith playing, RB Sports Club, 3 7pm 7 CC Bowls, bowling and jackpot day 8 The Mens Shed, General Meeting, Paul Boulton, Ph: 0437 007 911 9 Social Tennis, 7am RB courts 10 Movies in the Park, RB Centre Block, Christopher Robin, 7pm 10 Thumbprint Tales, RB Library, 2 – 3pm, ages 5-8, free 10 Dinosaur Roar, Tin Can Bay Library, 1011am, ages 5-8, free 10 Cool Lulu Trio, TCB Country Club, 7pm, acoustic rock songs 10 Joel Mak, RB Sports Club, 7.30 -11.30pm 11 Brad Sorenson Rockin’ Rythmz’, TCB Country Club, 6pm 11 BareFoot Bowls, 4.30pm, TCB Country Club, $10, Hilly: 0412 134 752 11 TCB RSL, General meeting, 8.30am for a 9am start, Ph: 07 5486 4224 11 RB Sacred Energy Meditation, 5.30pm RB Comm Centre, Phyllis: 0484 846 589 12-18 RB SLSC Bronze/SRC camp live-in camp 12 Cooloola Dragon Boats, Lakers/Redcliffe Regatta, Lake Kawana 13,14,15 TCB Yacht Club Learn the Basics of Sailing course, Kay: 0447 631 479

If you have an event or date you would like to add please email info@rbcn.com.au 14 Superheroes, TCB Library, 2.30 – 3.30pm, ages 8-12, free 16 Deb Webber, Psychic Medium. RB Comm Hall, http://debwebber.com.au 16 Social Tennis, 9am, RB Courts 17 Build a Bug Hotel, RB Library, 2 – 3pm, ages 5-12, free 17 Till Dawn rock band, 7pm, TCB Country Club 18 Memorial Surf Classic, Double Island, 7 - 5pm, rainbowbeachboardriders1986@ gmail.com 18 Junction Road Duo, 6pm, TCB Country Club, old music till today 22 GRC Ordinary meeting,9am, Gympie Town Hall, 2 Caledonian Hill 22 Chinese New Year Celebrations, 7pm TCB CC, Traditional Lion Dance 24 Teddy Bears Picnic, bookings essential, Eventbrite, TCB Library,10-11am, ages 5-8, free 24 Great Paper Plane Race, RB Library, bookings essential, Eventbrite, 2-3pm, ages 5-12, free 24 Annie J & Fusion, 7pm, TCB Country Club, funk rock, R & B Reggae 25 Misleading, 6pm, TCB Country Club, Blues, Funk, Rock and Soul 26 Australia Day, RB Sports Club, The Hooligans 12 - 4pm, Destiny’s Plan 4 - 8pm, Austen Tayshus 8pm 31 Mood Swings Duo,TCB Country Club, 7pm, Vocal and Guitar What’s Closed The “Resource Centre” at Tin Can Bay will be closed until January 7, John: 0468 916 304. City Farm will be closed until Tuesday January 7 FEBRUARY 2 First day back at RB SLSC Nippers 12 GRC Ordinary Meeting, Gympie Town Hall, 2 Caledonian Hill, 9am 16 RB SLSC age championships 29 BIG SUMMER BLOW OUT 2020, RB Sports Club, Darryl Braithwaite, Dragon, Thirsty Merc, Wendy Matthews, Reece Mastin, Caitlyn Shadbolt, Valentina Brave trybooking.com MARCH 1 Clean Up Australia Day

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WEEKLY (many are term time only) See Fitness and Health pages for fitness classes, aqua aerobics, pilates, yoga DAILY SSAA (Sporting Shooters) TCB Branch hold various discipline matches most days 0467 332 303 MONDAY 9 & 10am Pilates Extended, Pangatta Court Studio, Sarah: 0432 690 194 9.30am Senior Citizens indoor bowls, TCB Community Complex David: 0466 848 032 10-11am First 5 Forever Under 5’s, RB Library 12.30-2.30pm CC Art Group, Tuncunba Hall, every 2nd Monday for Life Drawing Kerri 0438 803 990 4.30pm Karate and Jiu-Jitsu, RBSS: 0417 079 579 TUESDAY 8.45am - 10-.15am Pilates Matclass Plus, RB Comm Hall, Sarah: 0432 690 194 9am Arts and Crafts Group, Church of the Good Shepherd Hall 9am, TCB Quilters, Community Complex, please to: Leonie 0432 098 454, Susan 5486 4376 9-10am Cooloola Coast Art Group - beginners drawing class weekly. Drawing and Painting Group all levels weekly, 9 - 12pm, Tuncunba Hall, 0438 803 990 9.30am Little Guppies Playgroup Carmen: 0487 876 559 10am-12noon, Tin Can Bay Art Group TCB Library. Ph: 5486 4355 10.30am-11.30am Senior’s Exercise Class, RB Comm Hall, Sarah: 0432 690 194 7-9pm Alcoholics Anonymous, CC Veteran & Comm Hall. Ph: 5488 0972 WEDNESDAY 6.30am Heart Foundation Walking Group, Maggie 0400 756 615 9am Mahjong and games, Church of the Good Shepherd Hall 9am Table Tennis, RB Community Hall, Bob: 0477 001 912 9-11am Cooloola Card Makers - every second Wednesday TCB Library Ph: 5486 4355

10am Mainly Music, TCB Community Complex 10am Craft – First Wednesday of the month, Dawn: 0434 518 836 10am Hoy – Third Wednesday of the month, $7, Dawn: 0434 518 836 3-4pm Coolabay Choir (from September) CC Vet & Com Hall Ph: Pam Graham 0427 180 649 4.30pm Karate and Jiu-Jitsu, RBSS: 0417 079 579 THURSDAY 7 am Tennis, Social - all levels welcome, RB Sports Club 8.30am Playgroup, RBSS 9am TCB Craft Club Carmel: 5488 0409 9, 10 and 11am and 4.30pm Pilates, Pangatta Court Studio, 0432 690 194 9.30am CCLAC Bingo, TCB Country Club 9.30am First 5 Forever Under 5’s, TCB Library 10am Art Workshop with Jenny, RB Library, every 2nd and 4th Thurs 3.30pm Cooloola Dragon Boat training FRIDAY 9am Sailability, TCB 9.30am Bridge, RB Hall Meeting Room 9.30am Senior Citizens indoor bowls, TCB Community Complex, David: 0466 848 032 SATURDAY 6.30am Heart Foundation Walking Group, Maggie 0400 756 615 6pm Mass at St John Vianney Catholic Church service, Bream St TCB (Week 1, 2, 5) St Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church Service Manooka Dr, RB (Week 3, 4) Markets on almost every Saturday, see the Visitor’s Guide! SUNDAY 7am Mass RB (1, 2, 5) and TCB (wk 3, 4) 7.30am Cooloola Dragon Boat training 9.30am Cooloola Wesleyan Methodist Church, Ph: Pastor Scott Lucas 0427 859 235 9.30am Good Shepherd Anglican Church Service and morning tea (weeks 1, 3, 5) 17 Carlo Rd, RB 5pm Good Shepherd Church (week 2, 4) 17 Carlo Rd, RB

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Extended hours at IGA over the holidays Well here we are again on the cusp of another year finishing and a new one beginning. It seems I only blinked and I was wri ng this last year. Older and wiser? With the dryness in effect I received a text from a friend this morning in regards to having lunch at the Surf Club today. Unfortunately he lives down at the Sunny Coast where all the fires are. So our thoughts go out to all those affected by the

Find your local store at drought, fires and all those doing their best to help. It’s iga.com.au/stores in mes of need that communi es do pull together and

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show the resilience that we have.

On another subject, I watched with interest the Brexit elec on. Obviously the silent majority spoke again. As I have men oned before, my father was a Union organiser and secretary of our local ALP. I spent many Saturdays on the steps outside the Trades and Labor Council (TLC) always declaring in my mind that I didn’t like poli cs. Funny how your ideas change.

2020 With that in mind, we have decided to open earlier (5am) and close later (10pm) most days over the holiday break. So if you’re up early or late we’ll probably be open. To the Sports Report. I could only watch the highlights of the Jeff Horn fight. I’m sure, winner or loser, they would both be sore in the morning - well worth their million dollar payday. I’m not going to say much about the Roar. No-one likes going to see their team lose. Hopefully the Broncos have fixed a spine error by signing Brodie Cro�, but only me will tell! The Big Bash is back, but I can't comment on it as I haven't yet watched a match. To everyone in Rainbow Beach, all from the IGA hope you have a safe and happy holiday season and keep well…. tch, but anyway, Happy New Year! Cheers for now

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

Listening to Tony Blair you realise that their policies will need to change otherwise they will be in opposi on for a long me to come. Dad always said that the ruling party is only as good as the opposi on, strong opposi on, strong government! I was talking to one of the other business owners in town and we were discussing how much me goes into the next couple of weeks, we spend months on planning for a couple of weeks of holiday trading. Shop in air condi oned comfort from 5am un l 10pm over the Summer holidays at Rainbow Beach IGA! Happy New Year!

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

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