Rainbow Beach Community News January 2022

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January 2022 • Vol 25 • Issue 1

Kindy comes to Rainbow!

IN THIS ISSUE... • NYE fireworks details • Kindy enrolments now open • Poona Lake responses • Help monitor our wild turtles

Cuddles from the KindyLinQ kids for Mrs Brantz and Ms Chamberlain, with a sad but fond farewell to the much-loved Ms C who is retiring. See story on page 4 of this issue. Photo by Brooke Bignell.

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HOPE YOU all had a truly wonderful Christmas and were able to relax and enjoy yourselves. Life has certainly been keeping us all on our toes this past couple of years so hopefully everyone was able to switch off from the world a bit and experience some fun and some rest. And here is 2022! Can you believe it? Rainbow Beach will be welcoming the new year with fireworks on the beach. After last year’s disappointing cancellation I am certain it is going to be a huge night and a great opportunity for the community to come together and enjoy themselves. Tin Can Bay will have its own fireworks display, organised by Cr Jess Milne and made possible by donations from local businesses. Both lots of fireworks are scheduled for family-friendly times, so there will be plenty of time to party the night away afterwards - or be tucked up in bed before 10pm which personally is my most favoured outcome! 2022 is already set to be a huge year for

the town, with new businesses cropping up, new residents joining us, and our brand new state-delivered kindy starting up at the school. Such fantastic news for our little ones, I can’t wait to see their beaming faces on their first day. Now, as promised, I’m inflicting a wedding photo on you - it is actually our ten year anniversary on 21 January so I suppose it is kind of appropriate. As you may recall, we were married at the marina in Tin Can Bay (after getting engaged at Carlo Point the previous year). It was such a lovely spot for a wedding, very relaxed and with the beautiful backdrop of the boats on the water - but I most certainly do not recommend a January wedding! It was held at 4pm and we gave all of our guests fans but it was still meltingly hot. We even had a storm. Oops. But then we had a rainbow, which felt pretty special I must say. Wishing you all a wonderful start to 2022.

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N FRIDAY 31 December, celebrate New Year’s Eve with your family and friends right here in Rainbow Beach. This year’s celebration will include an epic fireworks display on the beach in front of the Rainbow Beach Surf Club which will start at the family-friendly time of 9pm. Gympie Regional Council Mayor Glen Hartwig says this year’s celebrations will be the perfect way to see in the new year and bring an end to what has been another difficult year for so many residents. “Without question, 2021 has been another challenging year, with COVID-19 restrictions having such a tremendous impact on residents and businesses in Australia and around the world.

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With the new Queensland Health restrictions being updated recently, I am pleased to say that these changes will not affect our ability to celebrate New Year’s Eve this year at Rainbow Beach, with outdoor community events allowed. There were plans to hold this event at Rainbow Beach last year, however as we have seen even the best laid plans are subject to change without notice. We are looking at sharing this event across all of the regional areas in the years to come and I believe having it at Rainbow Beach this year will allow residents and tourists to relax on the beach, kick their feet up and watch the fireworks with the ones they love,” he said.

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Above: The KindyLinQ kids enjoyed a pre-Christmas visit from Santa Left: KindyLinQ gave our kids a lovely opportunity to learn and grow

Farewell from KindyLinQ Brooke Bignell


HE LAST SESSIONS of KindyLinQ were bittersweet. There was a lot of excitement when Santa came to visit, but some tears when saying goodbye to the beloved Ms C. Lynne Chamberlain has been a much loved teacher at Rainbow Beach State School for 13 years and has been paramount in the transition to “big school” for the little ones. On behalf of everyone Ms C’s kindness and care has touched, we would love to send out a very heartfelt “THANK YOU” for

your dedication and love for our children. You will be so missed, but we do hope you enjoy your early retirement! Sarah Brantz and Lynne have delivered a great program with the introduction of KindyLinQ and over the course of this year the children have come out of their shells and are eager for their next years in Kindy (yes! Kindy is coming to Rainbow Beach) and Prep. We hope you had a very Merry Christmas Mrs Brantz and Ms C, enjoy your holidays, you both deserve it!

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EGETATION CLEARING for the Cod Street to Norman Point boardwalk in Tin Can Bay was started just before Christmas in preparation for construction works to begin in the new year. Please be mindful when near the area that it is a worksite and that certain foreshore places are restricted access while the construction is in progress.

Caring Keira collects toys for kids


ARING LOCAL Keira Powers is a student and also arts and cultural captain at Rainbow Beach State School. This year she organised for the school to be a donation site for the Gympie Military Motorcycle Clubs yearly Christmas toy drive. “The students at the school, their families, and the community were very generous with their donations,” said Keira’s proud mother Marissa Paulden. “Keira was able to take a car boot full of toys from the region to donate. It is wonderful to see Keira and the other students donate many of their own toys, and to think of children less fortunate than themselves.”

Club President Stephen ‘Moose’ Ollier, Keira Powers, and Stephen O’Shea with a giant teddy donated by one of the RBSS students

The toys were distributed in the Cooloola Coast and Sunshine Coast area by the bikers in conjunction with St Vinnies. Keira would like to thank her fellow students and the community for supporting such a great cause. She is hoping that it will become an event that the Rainbow Beach community will support each year. Members of the motorcycle club plan to visit the school in the New Year to thank the students. Military Brotherhood MMC CooloolaSunshine Coast said: “This year’s Christmas Toy Run was hailed a success with a collection this year bigger than expected, and with 120 bikes and cars it was a great day with much Christmas spirit and cheer to be had by all who attended. So many thanks to you all for your donations and support throughout the year, we really appreciate it.”

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HIS YEAR WILL feature something new to bring in 2022. The traditional Tin Can Bay fireworks display will be held on Tom Steele Oval near the water tower on New Year’s Eve at the family friendly time of 8:30pm. The Cooloola Coast Youth Activity Project will be hosting some free pre-fireworks activities for the young at heart at the public tennis court from 5pm with a BBQ available. The Sleepy Lagoon Hotel will be hosting a New Year’s Eve dine-in dinner with takeaway meals available as well. The Sleepy Lagoon Hotel has thrown their

support behind the initiative with major sponsorship and local accommodation providers Tin Can Bay Tourist Park, Kingfisher Caravan Park, Sleepy Lagoon Motel, Marina Villas, Dolphin Waters Apartments, and the Sandcastle Motel have also come onboard with funding support. Bring your picnic blanket, torch, and end of year spirit for a community celebration of 2021! Covid safe distancing required. Parking is available around the perimeter as the oval is an exclusion zone. Proudly organised by the Tin Can Bay Chamber of Commerce.

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Rainbow welcomes a special summer visitor Melissa Marie

Above: A barn swallow perched beside the more common welcome swallow Right: Keep an eye out for the visiting barn swallow


AINBOW BEACH has had a very special and unusual visitor arrive recently, one who’s travelled a long way to see us. A little barn swallow, Hirundo rustica, has decided to call our coastal town home for the holidays. It’s very rare for this species of swallow to frequent this area of Australia, and the barn swallow hanging around Rainbow Beach is well south of the range it has been seen in the past, causing a great deal of interest in the birding fraternity. For those with a keen eye, the barn swallow can be told apart from the much more common welcome swallows by its glossy blue-black upper parts, cleaner, whiter underparts and the darker black band across the breast. Those keen to see this long-distance visitor can take a stroll by Spectrum Street, and you may just see the beautiful bird sitting with the welcome swallows or the tree martins that favour the power lines around there. Initially recorded last summer by a birdwatcher, it appears to have returned to holiday again here this summer. It was first noticed again for 2021 in midNovember and is still being regularly sought out and seen by birdwatchers over December. When not resting on the wires, you may catch sight of the barn swallow diving close to the ground seeking out a meal of flies, bees, wasps, and beetles. Let us know if you manage to spot one of these very special guests!

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risk? Horses are given vital healthcare and while it may seem like the horses are free in the wild, they are under constant pressure (from predators etc) so when rehomed are offered safety and love. HQ Plantations are proactive about mitigating risk to drivers and are asking the public to report horse sighting via the online portal at https://hqp.engagementhub.com.au/ feral-horse-public-safety-initiative so a log of horse movements can be recorded.


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Rainbow Beach Police Beat

Road safety is everyone’s responsibility but that starts with you

Sergeant Watson and his colleagues will be out in force this holiday season to keep road users safe

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OLICE ARE URGING all road users to take extra care on the road network with the Christmas period approaching. As the Queensland border has opened to interstate travellers, Queenslanders will see an increase in vehicular traffic on our region’s roads and beaches. Sergeant Chris Watson of Gympie Highway Patrol said officers will be out across the region this holiday season strictly enforcing the Fatal Five. “Motorists planning on heading to the beach are reminded that all road rules apply on beaches and our officers will be patrolling and taking a zero-tolerance approach to any unsafe beach driving and antisocial behaviour observed,” he said. Before setting off, Sergeant Watson is urging drivers to make sure their vehicle is in a roadworthy condition, to plan

ahead, allow for adequate rest breaks and the additional traffic volume on the road network and above all – obey the road rules, especially around drink/drug driving, speed, seatbelts, and the use of mobile phones. If you have information for police, contact Policelink by

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UEENSLANDERS ARE encouraged to follow some simple gas safety checks to ensure portable gas appliances don’t ruin their camping, boating, or caravanning holiday. Minister for Resources Scott Stewart said gas safety checks shouldn’t be overlooked when preparing caravans, boats and portable gas appliances like barbecues ahead of Christmas and the summer holidays. “Gas appliances like barbecues, refrigerators, camp cookers, lanterns, and their connections can be dangerous if they are not regularly checked for damage, used correctly, and transported safely,”

Mr Stewart said. “Take a little time to run through these gas safety checks before heading out on your holiday, and then enjoy whatever you do – safely.” Resources Safety and Health Queensland has prepared some simple gas safety checks to ensure portable gas appliances are safe to use these holidays: • Follow manufacturer’s instructions for safe assembly and use. • Check cylinders for holes, rust, dints, and damage and if it is damaged don’t use it. • Check your cylinder’s test date stamp and if it hasn’t been tested in 10 years,

get a new one. • Check fittings on barbecues, valves, and hoses for any signs of fading, fraying, cracking, or splitting and check for missing ‘O’ ring seals. • Apply soapy water to connections between the appliance and the gas cylinder to check for bubbles, which indicates a dangerous leak. • Secure gas bottles firmly in transit and keep them out of the sun, which can cause gas expansion and leaks. • Always use a licensed gas fitter to fix, test, or install new appliances. You can look up licensed gas fitters on the Gas Safety Queensland site. For more advice on gas safety visit https://www.qld.gov.au/emergency/ safety/home/gas.


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Fantastic news for our littlest locals with kindy starting at Rainbow school in 2022

ANTASTIC NEWS for some of our youngest residents, with enrolments now open for State Delivered Kindergarten at Rainbow Beach State School in 2022. The plan has been in the works for quite some time, with a community meeting to discuss the possibility of a formal kindy in Rainbow Beach being held all the way back in June. At the time, the P&C stated: “The Queensland Government is committed to giving all our children a great start. This includes supporting all kindergarten aged children to have access to an approved quality early childhood education program in the year before fulltime school. “Currently, many children in our community do not attend a kindergarten program. “Access to high quality kindergarten program is one of the few proven strategies for lifting outcomes for children in their education, health and life. Kindergarten programs not only provide children with a solid foundation for their future social, emotional and academic development, but play a key role in supporting children’s successful transition to school. “Children participating in a State Delivered Kindergarten program will enjoy learning in an active, play-based way. “Kindergarten programs help children to: • develop confidence as a learner; • learn alongside others; • be comfortable with the routines of school;

• use their imagination and play with ideas; and • develop skills that provide a solid foundation for their future.” While the amazing KindyLinQ program helped fulfil a lot of these roles, having a formal kindergarten program will only further benefit our little ones in the long term by giving them the opportunity to attend kindy in their local community at their local school. Approved kindergarten programs such as what will now be offered at Rainbow help to prepare children for the Prep year. Children must be at least 4 by 30 June in the year they attend the program. This only relates to enrolment in approved kindergarten programs—those meeting strict guidelines around teacher qualifications, the number of hours offered, and the actual learning program itself. Note that kindergarten programs are not compulsory. Principal Steve Bennett held a meeting in December with some of the local parents to discuss the new program and to give information on eligibility and age requirements. The school plans to hold another meeting for any caregivers who were unable to attend - keep an eye out for notifications or contact the school directly for details. Children born between 1/7/17 and 30/6/18 should be eligible for enrolment for 2022 - call 5486 9333 when the school office opens to discuss requirements.

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Right: Santa and his elf arriving in their very special sleigh. Below: Willow telling Santa all her Christmas wishes. Photos by Rainbow Beach Wedding Photography

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OR THE THIRD year, Santa and his elf descended from the skies courtesy of Rainbow Beach Helicopters, much to the delight of every child (and adult) present. Boardies and sunnies clad Santa met with over 100 families and was photographed by Jess McKenzie from Rainbow Beach Wedding Photography, in front of a beach-themed backdrop designed by Jess and Jenna from Events in Bell Tents. The beautiful “Boomerang Bags” ladies handed out Christmas themed Boomerang Bags filled with gifts and activities to the children as they left Santa’s lap! Local artists Aido Van Der Vorst, Joel Mak, and Ethan from Aspy Jones graced the stage for a fabulous afternoon of entertainment and relaxation, with yummy food and drinks from market vendors and BBQ and bar volunteers. Four very happy individuals took home some epic raffle prize packs, thanks to the incredible support and donations from local businesses. The night ended with a spectacular fire show led by Tina Van Der Vorst from Van Clan Entertainment. Her troupe of kids aged between 3 and 15 (or 40ish…haha) wowed the audience with their brazen fire skills and glo performance. Santa Comes to Rainbow wouldn’t be possible without dedicated and passionate volunteers, specifically Elisa Seul, president of the Community Hall. Her team of volunteers wow the community at each event, and it’s super special to have these sorts of events put on so regularly. A big THANK YOU to everyone that came and supported this beautiful event, and donated their time, expertise, and products!

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Right: Santa’s chauffeurs: Di and Glenn from Rainbow Beach Helicopters Below: A beautiful afternoon full of community spirit Photos by Brooke Bignell

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Community Centre continues its success Elisa Seul


WAS A VERY successful year for the Rainbow Beach Community

Current management committee: Secretary - Marnie Kropp, President - Elisa Seul, and Treasurer - Kelly Smith at the recent Christmas Lunch for our active volunteers

Centre. We started the year with only three volunteers rotating to keep the office open, and finished the year with seven rostered volunteers. The monthly markets are constantly growing and are very popular. We have launched the Rainbow Beach Spring Fest, hosted the Festival of Small Halls for the fifth year, Santa Comes to Rainbow third edition, hosted the Live & Local Music project and of course the Friday Catch Ups have been a wonderful resilient ongoing rendez-vous. The Committee has worked passionately to create and coordinate more events for people of all ages, this came after the collection of community feedback through the survey we did in early 2020. A few members have also undertaken training

on procedures on how to stand up in case of a declared natural disaster as the hall is classified as an Evacuation Centre for the area. The Rainbow Beach Community Centre has an enormous potential to be the hub for all residents and locals - the Association not only facilitates the access to the building, it also encourages community participation and inclusion through activities offered at the Centre and by linking community members to resources and support. We aim to grow, become stronger and more representative of the wider community needs to preserve wellbeing and belonging. Memberships are now open for 2022, the support of each of you means a lot to the Association, it still costs only $5. Let us know you care about the Community too. Community Information Resource Services Inc Association T/A Rainbow Beach Community Centre 07 5486 3355 rainbowcommunitycirs@gmail.com

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AST MONTH I thanked so many people that donated and made our big delivery of hampers and presents to Winton a huge success. A big thank you to Trevor Tramacchi and his co-pilot Ken Warne (I think) who delivered the three pallets and other items to Winton for us. With the floods the only way out was via Rockhampton

to Longreach for the night, where they delivered $1000 to the principal of the School of Distance Education. Next morning they unloaded in Winton coordinated by council family support and also left $3000 in Visa cards. They came back via Miles but had to detour a few times before arriving home at midnight. The country to Winton from Longreach is terrible and much of the district is still a dustbowl missing all the rain so far. This

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delivery coincided with the Winton street parade on 10 December making distribution of supplies easier. Our load was topped with further donations from Lexie Hanson and Gavin Freeman, Jim Snee, Tin Can Bay Bakery, and Mary of Rainbow so a big thanks to you all. Also I must thank Al at Ace Wholesalers for loading the pallets late in the evening and Wayne Kerle for sorting all of our can and bottle collections at Bay Auto Tin Can Bay.

A big thankyou to the Breeze Holiday Park who have made mesh baskets to make our bottle and can sorting much easier at Carlo Point. Thank you all for your continued help over the last six years. In that time we have helped a lot of farmers and businesses including Drought Angels, Fencing for Fires, Blaze-Aid, and feeding homeless in Gympie where we are supplying hams this year. Wishing you all a safe and happy new year.

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Heart Foundation Walkers Maggie Travers

Kiddle (phone: 5486 2181) and Barbara McKenzie live in Cooloola Cove, use their walkers/rollators, and are Walk Organisers. • Cooloola Coast Seniors Month Expo brought Emily Guinane back in October, enthusing more people to walk/roll to better physical and mental health, while having fun socialising. • One Step at a Time in Tin Can Bay: Wednesdays and Sundays - two start times, 6am led by Denise McKean and Kate Gregory; and 6.30am led by Maggie T and Kristine Pack during summer. Half an hour later during spring and autumn, and another half hour later in winter. Sometimes these two groups will walk in a different direction, or take a shorter route. Cooloola Cove Wheelie Walkers meet Mondays and Fridays at 8am at the Cooloola

OUR HIGHLIGHTS OF 2021: • Nearly ninety people participated in the International Women’s Day Twilight Walk along our beautiful Tin Can Bay foreshore, including most of the Heart Foundation Walking group. We expect to do it again on 8 March 2022. • Great to have the Queensland HFW Project Manager, Emily Guinane, join us for coffee before the Cooloola Coast Volunteers Expo in May 2021 and manning our stall decked with the red Heart Foundation tablecloth, giveaways, pamphlets, and Emily’s enthusiastic vitality. • Thirty-three walkers and a dozen dogs celebrated our fourth birthday, with two founding members cutting the decorated cake at the bakery. • Formation of a new group, the Cooloola Cove Wheelie Walkers. Both Judy

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Heart Foundation Walkers on a recent walk along the foreshore towards Crab Creek

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Happy members Marie, Della, and Roma enjoying the Probus Christmas luncheon

KITS, VERSE, JOKES, and songs were all part of the programme when the Cooloola Coast Probus Club celebrated Christmas with a luncheon at the Rainbow Beach Sports Club in mid-December. With eighteen members in attendance, Cherryl Mossman was the chief organizer, but Judy Kiddle had Jo, Glenda, Val, Barbara and Maggie assisting her with various entertaining items. Bruce is always good as a joke teller, and Dianne also rose to the occasion. With good food, lots of laughter and clapping, everyone was obviously having a good time. Our President, Daryl Christie, distributed Secret Santa gifts to all, and there were five lucky door prizes - with three of them won by Graham, Maggie and Jo who were all sitting together!

A card was read, received from our Life Members John and Kay Olson who were unfortunately unable to join us for the occasion.The staff of the establishment were very helpful and efficient. In February we will join with other Probus Clubs from our area for the annual Ecumenical Service and Blessing of the Collars in Gympie before resuming our normal meetings in Tin Can Bay in March. Usually meetings are held on each second Monday of the month at 2.00pm at the Sandcastle Motel in Tin Can Bay and include a break for afternoon tea and a chat. For more details please contact our President Daryl on M: 0416 739 324 or Secretary Katrina at cooloolaprobus@ gmail.com

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Massive Year for Tin Can Bay RSL Ross Carruthers


HAS BEEN a massive year for the Tin Can Bay RSL. The commemorations where we remember those who served our nation - Anzac Day, Vietnam Veterans Day, and Remembrance Day were very well attended and keep going from strength to strength. Who could forget this year’s Anzac Day dawn service held on the foreshore of Tin Can Bay with the sun rising like a beacon from the eastern sky? There were also record attendances at the monthly Drop-In Sausage Sizzle and the

Veterans and Community Morning Tea. It’s great to see these monthly free community service events being appreciated and so well supported by Cooloola Coast locals. The Sunday BBQ and Friday night members draw also continued to be popular. Events organized by RSL volunteers during the year included Trivia with Tezza and team, bus trips to Gympie Races, Social Bowls and a winery, St Patrick’s Day, Mother’s Day, War Widows lunch, Melbourne Cup extravaganza, and more recently a great Christmas celebration.

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There were also a number of private functions with the Tin Can Bay RSL starting to be recognized as a venue of choice for special occasions. Who could forget the Tin Can Bay “wedding of the decade” that saw Peter and Bobby united for life in front of the sparkling waters of Tin Can Bay? As Club President Don Holland said, “It’s great to see the tremendous facilities of the RSL being used for private functions. As well as making good use of a top community venue, these functions help maintain the RSL and its services for veterans, social

Recent celebrations being enjoyed by a colourful crowd at the Tin Can Bay RSL

members, and the community in general. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers for their work and support in 2021. Without them we wouldn’t have a Tin Can Bay RSL Sub Branch.” Back at you Don – thank you for your service! Happy New Year from the Tin Can Bay RSL.


Express yourself with Cooloola Coast Art Group

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“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent van Gogh


LENTY OF ART will be happening this year, with a number of watercolour, pastel, oil, drawing workshops, and excursions planned for 2022, so come and join us. Our annual Art Show will also again be held in July. Our fortnightly Life Drawing and weekly Drawing & Painting groups offer artists of all levels the opportunity to develop and share their skills.

Commencing February, our group will meet at the Tuncunba Hall, 20 Gympie Rd, Tin Can Bay, every 2nd Monday 1.303.30pm for Life Drawing and every Monday for painting class, and every Tuesday for drawing & painting from 9.00am. Beginners are most welcome and tutoring is available. Enquiries Kerri - 0438 803 990.

A section of our group celebrating at our end of year Christmas celebrations at Quay Carlo. We wish all a Happy New Year and a safe and healthy 2022.

2022 set to be a huge year for QCWA Mrs Wendy Ritchie

Cooloola Coast Art Group went on a recent excursion to view the amazing Van Gogh Alive exhibition

Great things in store for The Community Shed! Carole Lehmann


HE TIN CAN BAY Community & Men’s Shed has been bursting at the seams but, thanks to the successful outcome of two grants in the later part of 2021, construction of multiple storage sheds on our site is becoming a reality. Drafted plans include a 4 x 12 lockable wood storage shed, an 8 x 6 multi-purpose shed, a smaller 3 x 3 shed to house our Containers For Change needs, and a further

12 x 4 awning for drying timber. Earthworks have already begun to ready the site and construction is anticipated to start March/April after Council signs off on the Development Application. So, physically, our site will take on a bigger, better, and more organised atmosphere which will provide more flexibility in courses and activities. If you’re new to the area and would like to meet new friends or if you have projects that you need help with, we’re here to help. From Monday 10 January 2022 we’ll be open every weekday (9am – 1pm) with some regular classes occurring some afternoons. You can find us at ‘The Shed, Amity Place, Tin Can Bay or contact us by phone on 0491 175 038. We hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas and are looking forward to a safe, happy, and healthy 2022.

Happy Santas made by Christine for craft morning tea


UR BRANCH has had a great year with our events being fully supported by our community. Thanks to everyone for your donations and let’s all hope and wish 2022 will be a better year for all. QCWA will be celebrating 100 years as an organization and we hope that you will join us throughout the year. August is the official birthday for Queensland, a huge day is being planned for celebration with members and the local community. Thank you for your support for our recent Diamond Painting Expo with

funds going towards our bursaries for the Tin Can Bay P-10 School, much appreciated. Thank you for your support in 2021, come and join us in 2022 - all welcome. Dates: Craft group - back from Wednesday 2 February and 9 February 9.30am Hoy morning - back from 16 February 9.30 for 10am start. Merry Christmas from all the members of QCWA Tin Can Bay

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Be kind at Check In time SHOW YO UR PR OO F OF VACCI N AT I O N

From 17 December, staff in pubs, clubs, restaurants and other entertainment venues will ask you for proof of vaccination before you enter. Let’s respect them as they do their job and keep us all safe.

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YMPIE REGIONAL COUNCIL is in the last stages of finalising a strategy for Recreational Vehicles (RV) using CouncilOwned or Controlled Land. The Strategy outlines previous stakeholder and community engagement, dump and water points, wastewater, long vehicle parking, unauthorised camping, local and regional site desired levels of service, plus existing and planned site locations. The draft RV Strategy is available to view on Council’s website, just follow the link in the Have Your Say section under Residents.

Feedback is welcomed and the Have Your Say will be open until Monday 31 January 2022. Comments on the RV Strategy can be submitted in the following ways: • By post at PO Box 155, Gympie Qld 4570 or • By email at planningprojects@gympie. qld.gov.au You can play an important part to help realise the opportunities for RV tourism in the region. Your views will help shape Council’s for the benefit of the local community, business owners, and visitors alike.

Help develop the K’gari Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy


RASER COAST REGIONAL Council is developing a Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy for K’gari (Fraser Island), which aspires to protect and conserve the world-heritage and cultural values of the island, through sustainable waste practices. Although K’gari waste management is managed by FCRC, since Rainbow is the “gateway to Fraser Island” it is relevant to our readers. “The strategy will guide the allocation of funds and the timing of projects to improve waste management and resource recovery from the island. It’s about providing clear direction to ensure waste is managed to minimise environmental impact, and to protect the island,” Councillor David Lee said. “The island is a major tourism and recreation hotspot and we don’t want it smothered under a layer of rubbish. “Waste services for the residents in the villages are coordinated by Council while the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service looks after services for the thousands of tourists who flock to the island each year. “The new strategy aspires to achieve a fit

for purpose waste and resource recovery service that will improve on current practices and align with both Butchulla lore (what is good for the land comes first) and the Fraser Coast Waste Strategy 2019-2029.” This project received funding from the Australian Government under the Australian Heritage Grants Program 2020-21. A consultation group, which includes representatives from the Butchulla people, residents, the tourism industry, groups providing services, operations, or maintenance of the island has been formed and met for the first time in mid-December. Council is also calling for feedback from visitors and nearby residents through a survey that can be found on Council’s Engagement Hub https://frasercoast. engagementhub.com.au/kgari-wastestrategy. The survey closes on 25 January 2022. Signs have been placed at the barge ramps to let residents and visitors know the survey is underway and to provide a quick link to the online survey. It is anticipated that the final strategy will be presented to Council for adoption in August 2022.


T WAS WITH much sadness that I said farewell to the staff, parents, and students of Rainbow Beach State School during the last week of term as I will be unable to continue my role this year due to the Government’s mandate that all people working or volunteering on school grounds must be vaccinated. I loved being back at the school last year and thank everyone for making me feel so welcome, and for the many friendships that were renewed and new ones made. It is so disappointing that our government has chosen to force everyone to be vaccinated and I am desperately hoping and praying that this will not extend to children. It has been a tough few weeks since then, knowing that I will not be at the school this year, however opportunities are opening up whereby I can still be involved in supporting the Rainbow Beach community. This includes continuing to open the Community Pantry at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Carlo Road on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 2pm, starting again on Tuesday 3 January. We opened the pantry in the two weeks prior to Christmas and a family from as far away as Maryborough heard about what we were doing and rang to seek assistance. We helped several families in Rainbow Beach and Cooloola Cove and locals also dropped off items to pass on to others. Items such as precooked meals, fruit, vegetables, canned goods and hygiene items are available at no cost to individuals

and families in need. A generous local lady is supporting us financially on a monthly basis and if you would like to do the same, please contact me on 0413 135 867 and I will give you our bank details. I have been given permission from the Gympie Anglican Diocese to open the hall where the pantry is situated as a meeting place this year for parent groups and activities for students such as music, sewing, photography, computers, and art/ craft. Tea and coffee are available so please call in for a cuppa if you are passing. I will continue to be a listening ear and a caring heart in the community, even if I can’t be at the school. The timeless story of Christmas was remembered at a Community Carols Night at the Church on Sunday 19 December that commenced with a BBQ at 5.30pm and carols starting at 6.30pm. Carols and items were led by Pam Graham from Cooloola Cove and the Cooloola Coast Ukulele Group with the talented Gympie singing group ‘Rhythm ‘n’ Class’ also helping to lead the singing. Thanks to Ray Bray for a great job of providing sound, Father Shaji from the Gympie Anglican Church for his devotion, members of the Good Shepherd Church especially Annette and Doug Collins and Lyn Bleakley for helping to organise the evening and my family for their willingness to help out with the BBQ.

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Volunteer to care for our turtles


ANTA HAS NOT been the only visitor bringing gifts to Rainbow Beach this season - from now until the end of March 2022 wild turtles bestow us with the honour of witnessing their nesting season on our local beaches. But the turtles need our help to keep them safe and to ensure their population is thriving. Wonderful local volunteer group Cooloola Coastcare monitors local marine turtle activity in a project called TurtleCare. Volunteers monitor turtles nesting on the beaches north and south of Rainbow Beach and assist with rescuing stranded and injured turtles. This project was started during the 20182019 turtle season by Joan Burnett. Do you walk along Rainbow Beach in the mornings on a regular basis? Cooloola Coastcare is always looking for volunteers for TurtleCare on Rainbow Beach and Teewah Beach from October to March. Training is provided at no cost. While you are walking in the early morning, you can be looking for turtle

tracks or hatchlings and reporting them to the project leader. Even sightings of dead turtles or egg shells are useful data for their research. Spotted a turtle or some tracks? Phone or text Joan Burnett 0407 810 510 or Lindy Orwin 0478 039 322 for urgent notifications. Or email turtlecare@cooloolacoastcare. org.au for any queries or if you can join in local turtle monitoring. There are three ways to participate in TurtleCare: Fully Trained Turtle Permit Holder: To qualify, you must participate in free training for seven days at Mon Repos Turtle Research Centre between December and March. It is an amazing experience. You’ll spend time on the beach each night watching turtles laying eggs, relocating nests, tagging turtles, observing hatchings and collecting data. Camping is free onsite with a small contribution for meals prepared in the

Marine turtles hatching on the beach

group kitchen. Coastcare is always looking for more volunteers who would like to attend training and help look after the Cooloola turtles.

when briefing sessions are being held.

TurtleCare Turtle Track Spotter: After a short briefing, you’ll be all set to identify turtle tracks on the beach and identify the turtle from those tracks while you get your daily exercise walking on the beach early in the morning. If you regularly walk on the beach, drive on the beach, say as a tour guide, or work on the beach catching bait worms or such, get in touch with TurtleCare to check

Interested Bystander: Follow TurtleCare Rainbow Beach on Facebook. They post regular updates and announce any special events like a daylight hatching, so you can see the little turtles make their way to the water. Contact coordinator@cooloolacoastcare. org.au or call Lindy on 0478 039 322 to register your interest.

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Dolphin News! Norma Sanderson Dolphin Volunteer Coordinator


CHOOL HOLIDAYS combined with the extended Christmas break resulted in a busy time at the Dolphin Centre lately. Patch is wanting to be noticed by bringing in his gifts (sponges, rocks, bottles). Looks like he is taking over from the

missing Mystique. I don’t think any dolphin could replicate Mystique’s feats though, especially the sunglasses saga. Remember if you are a resident of the area you are welcome to the Centre and have free admission, only paying for feeding if you wish to participate. Please indicate to the gate person that you are local and can produce some form of identification.

Photo courtesy of Tin Can Bay Tourist Park

We open at 7am and have viewing of the Dolphins until around 7.45am. Of course this depends on how many dolphins we have and how many visitors are lining up to be admitted. On really busy days we start feeding around 7.30. See you there.

Information on Dolphin visits

With the influx of visitors from outside the region at the moment, here is some more information about our beautiful local dolphins: Our dolphin visitors Snapper Creek - Tin Can Bay is home to the Australian Humpback Dolphin. We have a resident pod of nine humpbacks led by the alpha male, Mystique - the rest of his pod consists of Patch, Ella, Squirt, Harmony, Aussie, Valentine, Chompy, and White Fin. The Humpback is a river and estuarine dolphin requiring 18-20 metres of water to fish, and shallow tidal creek areas where you see them basking in the sun. Their diet consists of squid, fish, and crustaceans. Caring for the dolphins There are some rules and regulations we ask our visitors to abide by to ensure our dolphins stay healthy and remain wild: • Only fish purchased at the site can be fed (a maximum quota of 3kg of fish per dolphin is fed each day) • Please ensure the flash on your camera is switched off to avoid potential injury to the dolphins eyes • Swimming with, or touching the dolphins is prohibited by law with penalties of up to $8,000 applying. • Do not enter the water unless 18 – Rainbow Beach Cooloola Coast Community News – January 2022

accompanied by a volunteer • Dogs are not permitted • If using a mobile phone for photos please switch it to silent mode. The dolphin feeding is regulated and closely monitored by the Queensland Government with a group of volunteers on site to ensure it is an enjoyable experience for both humans and dolphins. What to expect The centre opens at 7.00am with viewing time until approximately 7:45am. On busy days feeding may start at around 7:30am. There is only one feeding session per day. On arrival visitors are welcome to join the volunteers in the water and get to know these beautiful mammals with a small group of people in the water at any one time. FFish for the feeding is available on site. We have a feeding fee of $10 per person to cover the cost of each fish purchased and our other costs. Dolphin feeding does mean getting wet, at least up to your knees ... so come prepared! Once the dolphins are fed they generally return straight to the wild to get on with their day so be sure to be there early enough to give yourself the best chance of enjoying this wonderful experience. Of course, these animals are wild so we cannot guarantee their arrival time or on any given day. However, patience is often rewarded when they are late so order some refreshments from the cafe, sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery. It is rare for no dolphins to visit but as with all wildlife experiences it can happen. Most of all enjoy yourselves and don’t forget to tell your friends and family about our beautiful dolphins and the spectacular Cooloola region.

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Patrolled Beach Swim in the flags in front of the Surf Lifesaving tower. Walk via the steps or walkway near the lookout and surf club, or drive onto Griffin Esplanade. 4WD beach access begins here.

Coloured Sands Visit the patrolled beach, near the surf tower or the lookout to see the 70 plus colours in our cliffs. From town, walk south 1km along the beach - for best colours 4WD or tour a further 9km. Remember it is a gazetted road.

Carlo Sand Blow Park at the top of Cooloola Drive, and walk 600m up from the car park or bushwalk about 2km from the National Parks Office for spectacular views of the Coloured Sands, Double Island Point, Tin Can Bay Inlet and hang gliders.

Poona Lake Drive to Bymien Picnic Area (2WD) via 3km gravel on the Freshwater Road, (off Rainbow Beach Road). It’s a 40 minute walk to reach the cool waters of Lake Poona through beautiful rainforest and carrol (grey myrtle) scrub.

Searys Creek Only 7km from town towards Gympie, with 2 waterholes, boardwalks, bridges and history – do read the sign and spot the creatures. Always cool on the hottest of days.

Rainbow Beach Headland A look out, a viewing platform, 2 playgrounds, a skatepark, BBQs and picnic facilities. See the whales from here in season and watch the surfers out the front. Take a photo at the Cherry Venture propeller.

Double Island Point Access via the 4WD only Great Beach Drive or Freshwater Track. See dolphins, whales (seasonal), manta rays, turtles and walk up to our historic lighthouse. It has the longest break in Australia -when the swell lines up.

Mudlo Rocks Wander here at low tide, play in rock pools and watch 4WDs navigate any exposed rocks. ALWAYS check conditions and ask locals before you 4WD - it is not always safe, even close to low tide.

Middle Rock When tides and conditions allow, the walk to Middle Rock and back is a beautiful way to check out the Coloured Sands. From here, vehicle permits are required and dogs are prohibited.

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Tin Can Bay Wildflower Walk Known for spectacular wildflower species, access this trail from the corner of Emperor St and Oyster Parade. Best in late winter and early spring.

Boat Ramps

This peninsula is the gateway to Fraser Island, a favourite fishing spot and pet friendly camping grounds for generations. Only 15 minutes drive (2WD) from Rainbow Beach.

You can launch your boat at Norman Point and Crab Creek in Tin Can Bay or Carlo Point and Bullock Point near Rainbow Beach. All except Bullock Point offer toilet and scenic picnic facilities.

Freshwater Picnic Area

Feed Wild Dolphins at Norman Point

Walk to and swim in nearby Freshwater Lake, picnic or BBQ at the beautiful shady day-use area, found before Freshwater Road reaches Teewah Beach. 4WD only.

Tin Can Bay Foreshore Walk 4km from Crab Creek to Norman Point, over picturesque bridges, signage of flora and fauna, through mangroves, playgrounds and outdoor gyms. It is mostly flat and very safe for children on wheels. Look out for 137 species of birds.


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Arrive from 7am, after feeding (fees apply), the dolphins leave for another day. A picturesque peninsula with public pool, playground, sailing, boat ramp and pontoon and picnic facilities.

Carlo Point For spectacular sunsets over the water, take a cheese platter or fish and chips and watch the day’s end. This favourite fishing spot is only 3 km from Rainbow Beach.

Rainbow Steps “How good is living?” Reputably Rainbow Beach’s most ‘Instaworthy’ location - check out our colourful stairs and share a photo on our socials.

Great Sandy Strait If you love the wonderful peace and relaxation of sailing or cruising, the sheltered waters around Tin Can Bay are for you. You may see dugong, turtles, dolphins and more in this section of the Great Sandy Marine Park.

Fraser and Cooloola Great Walks A 90 km trail showcases natural and cultural features of the world’s largest sand island between Dilli Village and Happy Valley. Or trek 102 km from Noosa to Rainbow Beach through sandblows, past lakes and spectacular views.

Fraser Island K’gari World heritage listed, K’gari has over 40 lakes, rainforests, sand dunes, wildlife, four wheel driving and fishing! Take a 1 or 2 day tour, hire a 4WD or take your own. Cross the barge at Inskip Point, permits are online or at the Parks Office.

News from

Cooloola Coastcare www.cooloolacoastcare.org.au


OOLOOLA COASTCARE recently held their AGM at the Rainbow Beach Community Centre. The elected Management Team is now: President: Linda Tabe, Vice President: Tony Galea, Treasurer: Nancy Haire, and Secretary: Sue Riddett. We are saddened that Coordinator Lindy Orwin is stepping down, due to family responsibilities. She has been an

inspirational leader, and will continue to coordinate certain projects. All members are invited to initiate/lead any local environmental projects they see a need for. We are continuing to pursue signs of seagrass in Tin Can Bay Inlet. There will be a Cooloola Bioblitz in the area around Rainbow Beach the weekend of March 25-27, with naturalists and scientists keen to return and lead groups into nature.

Waterwatch Program


E ARE EXCITED to start off the new year with a boost to our program to monitor water quality in our local creeks. Coastcare began the Waterwatch program here in 2014. Volunteers have committed to having a creek site or two of their own to visit and sample every two months. Our last program review was five years ago. With a grant from Gympie Regional Council, we can offer all this during the next few months for all members of the Cooloola community: • Training in learning how to take samples and test the water • Training in how to calibrate the equipment periodically • An opportunity to visit the sites in person, and with photographs taken by drone, around Tin Can Bay, Cooloola Cove, and Rainbow Beach • An opportunity to review the sites: do we need to discontinue any that are inaccessible, or add any to be able to pinpoint problem areas? • A session with Eva Ford (MRCCC) during February to teach us about frog identification doing frog surveys to assess riparian zone biodiversity

• Training in assessing further indicators of water quality: looking at the tiny insects (aquatic macroinvertebrates) with Jess Dean (MRCCC) • On-country visit with Kabi Kabi representative Kerry Jones to learn about traditional land and water use • Using an underwater drone for further monitoring of plant life in flowing creeks Book now for Friday 7 January when Jess Dean, (Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee) will lead us for calibration and Waterwatch training. You can choose one or both sessions. 9:00 – 11:00: Calibration of the Horiba water monitoring instrument at the Coastcare shed (between City Farm and the TCB Community and Men’s Shed) 11:15 – 12:30: Lunch in Tin Can Bay 12:30 – 2:00: Waterwatch training and refresher course at the public jetty next to the Coast Guard Email: treasurer@cooloolacoastcare.org.au or text Nancy: 0417 624 870

Double Island Point lagoon area – What do you want?


MOOTH WATERS sheltered from the south-easterly wind, where yachts anchor and children play in the shallow water. Kayakers dip their paddles, looking out for the dolphins feeding and the young turtles cavorting. OR Jet skis and powerful Thundercats launch from the beach, up to 30 a day, roaring through the bay, rocking boats and scaring wildlife away. Some turtles are not so lucky, with carcasses showing evidence of boat strikes. This is a Marine Park. A Go Slow Area (stay off a plane) applies around the Point. Maritime Safety Queensland law stipulates a speed limit of 6 knots within 30m of anchored boats and 60m from people in the water.

“When navigating near, in or through a mooring area, drive slowly and keep wash to a minimum.” But where are the signs? Who is enforcing safety in this popular area? Hervey Bay Water Police were contacted, but made just a brief uniformed visit. What can we do? • Take photos of “incidents”, with GPS enabled on the phone/camera. Vessel rego numbers are helpful. • Ask for Marine Park signage on the beach, giving rules and contact information. • Ask for more frequent patrolling. • Ask for a total ban of jet skis in this area to protect wildlife and people. • Report to: Sgt Paul Bacon, Hervey Bay Water Police: bacon.paulG@police.qld.

Friendly Service -

Central Location

Purchase your Cooloola Wildflowers and Walks booklet from any of the local retailers listed

gov.au; 4125 3900 or PoliceLink 131 444 • Contact Marine Parks QLD as they review speed limits in the Double Island Point area: sunshinecoast.maritime@ msq.qld.gov.au

Books for sale Cooloola Wildflowers and Walks booklets have been very popular guides to our local plants since we published it in August.

They are available for $5 at the following supportive sites: • Tin Can Bay Post Office • Tin Can Bay Newsagent • Rainbow Beach Post Office • Rainbow Beach Community Centre • Rainbow Beach QPWS • City Farm • Gympie Landcare • MRCCC, Gympie • Gympie Gallery

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Creative Cuts Uncle Bob’s Jug Band is not to be missed!

Established over 32 years ago and still going stronger than ever. Uncle Bob’s Jug Band is (according to them) the world’s most amazing, unpredictable, band of misfits that has been around since the dawn of time and has so many different members the band forgets who is who. The jug band’s diet consists of beer, grass clippings, and moonshine, they

Code3Eleven hit the Country Club

have played all over the country and some members even claim they have been to other planets. So if you haven’t seen the jug band before...YOU SHOULD! Their explosive performance is not to be missed...with humour, fun, and drinking....oh and music so go check them out. Friday 7 January 7pm at the Country Club.

Marble Art at Gympie Library

Code3Eleven will be rocking the Tin Can Bay Country Club on Friday 14 January from 7pm - meet them there for some great music, food, and drink. These fellas are a local Gympie rock covers band consisting of four members:

David Wight on lead vocals and rhythm guitar; Peter Fenu on lead guitar and backup vocals; Ben Wight on bass, and Shannon Pettit on drums. Make sure you check them out.


7.30pm 7pm

January: Sat 1 Fri 7 Fri 7 Sat 8 Fri 14 Fri 14 Sat 15 Fri 21 Fri 21 Sat 22 Wed 26 Fri 28 Fri 28

6pm TCB Country Club Chris Webbe 7.30pm RB Sports Club Maria Whittaker 7pm TCB Country Club Uncle Bob’s Jug Band 6pm TCB Country Club Phoebe Jay 7.30pm RB Sports Club Cool Lula All clothing, 7pm TCB CountryShoes Club & Accessories Code3Eleven piety goods) 6pm (excluding TCBJewellery Countryand Club Brad Sorensen 7pm TCB Country Club Cool Lula 7.30pm RB Sports Club Graeme Jensen 6pm TCB Country Club Junction Road 1pm RB Sports Club Just Jen 7.30pm RB Sports Club Joel Mak 7pm TCB Country Club 2EZ Duo We

RB Sports Club TCB Country Club


So Fresh Vibes with DJ Roly Crossroads


Wednesday 1st January 2019

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Come along and create some wonderful works of marble art. Cost: Free. Suitable for children aged 5-8 years. Monday 17 January at Gympie Library,

8-14 Mellor St, Gympie. Bookings essential: phone 5481 0859 or visit library.gympie.qld.gov.au




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Cracker of a Christmas in the Cove T

HE COOLOOLA COAST Residents and Friends association topped off 2021 with the fantastic Christmas in the Cove event. With free activities, free games, free entertainment, free slushies, and fairy floss it was a hive of activity thanks to a grant from Gympie Regional Council. There were hyped up kids bouncing out the energy on the jumping castle, obstacle course races (did anyone see Cr Milne’s run?), cornhole challenges, big Connect 4, colouring in, Christmas tree craft, fabulous face painting by Daisy, killer karaoke with Jen, stalls in the hall, art and craft comp, a beaut uke performance, big ball soccer, and a special visit from Santa in the fire truck. The weather held out this year for the Christmas carols to remain outside so as the sun went down the big screen lit up with words of all the favourites. Gary from the Cooloola Wesleyan Methodist Church led the carols with live music and the audience belting out the words. Cooloola Cove Residents and Friends would like to thank the Cooloola Wesleyan Methodist Church, Cooloola Coast Youth Activity Project, Cooloola Ukulele Group, and all the wonderful volunteers that make these events possible. The event was proudly sponsored by Gympie Regional Council as part of the Community Development Grants Program Round 1.

Above: The cornhole competition was hugely popular Left: Keenan weaves a Christmas tree Far left: The big Connect 4 game got a good workout Below: Santa’s sleigh was the Tin Can Bay fire truck

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Fishing, Boating & the Great Outdoors

Tin Can Bay Fishing Club News Alan Rippon – President


tea at the Bay Art Gallery, breakfast at Temptations by the Water, and our Christmas party at the Cooloola Bowls Club – all excellent venues. We were also very active in fundraising running our Chocolate Wheel at the Tin Can Bay Markets as well as selling snags at Bunnings.

time of late, what with the rain. Even the hardiest of our club members have found getting onto the water a bit difficult lately. To say the weather has been challenging is a bit of an understatement!! The club held a couple of social events during the last month including its Christmas and Annual Awards presentation, all of which were well attended – morning

K, WHO SPOTTED the “deliberate” mistake in my last report? The fish that was shown being held by Chris Rippon was in fact a moses perch or fingermark – we had a couple of concerned fishermen/ women phone our secretary – sorry Debbie. One call was direct to me by my son Chris, so that was a bit embarrassing. Club members have had a bit of a lean



LAT 24° 58’ LAT S24° 58’ LONG S 153° LONG 21’ E 153° 21’ E Times and Times Heights andofHeights High and of High Low Waters and Low Waters JANUARY JANUARY FEBRUARY FEBRUARY MARCH MARCH m Time Time m

0640 1308 SA 1834

2.18 0640 0014 2.18 0.59 1308 0718 0.59 1.48 1.48 SA 1834 SU 1354 1923

0028 0727 SU 1402 1930

0.29 0028 2.33 0727 0.51 SU 1402 MO 1.48 1930

1428 0.51 1958 1.48

0118 0817 MO 1455 2027

0.29 0118 2.41 0817 0.47 MO 1455 TU 1.48 2027

1501 0.47 2031 1.48

1 2

Time m

m Time

0116 0.57 0014 0.57 0808 2.01 0718 2.01 1441 0.77 SU 1354TU0.77 2022 1.30 1923 1.30

m Time Time m

0.38 0116 2.36 0808 0.50 TU 1441 WE 1.54 2022

0.38 0119 2.36 0803 0.50 1434 1.54 2020

Time m

m Time

0021 0.53 0119 0.53 0706 2.05 0803 2.05 1337 0.62 WE 1434TU0.62 1927 1.47 2020 1.47

m Time Time m

0.54 0021 2.22 0706 0.56 TU 1337 WE 1.58 1927

0.54 0021 2.22 0652 0.56 1323 1.58 1923

Time m

m Time

0133 0.61 0021 0.61 0758 1.99 0652 1.99 1408 0.58 WE 1323FR0.58 2025 1.56 1923 1.56

On the fishing front all but 1 out of 5 trips had to be cancelled due to the weather. A few of our more dedicated members have been out and about. Derek Andrews has had a bit of luck collecting a few mangrove jack on live bait and squid, and in one case he caught one jack on yabbies

2022 2022

Time Zone Time –1000 Zone –1000 APRIL APRIL m Time Time m

0.58 0133 1.97 0758 0.54 FR 1408 SA 1.86 2025

0.58 0114 1.97 0721 0.54 1335 1.86 2003

m Time


0.54 0114 1.94 0721 0.36 SA 1335 1.96 2003

0.54 1.94 0.36 1.96

0.29 0.54 0051 0.54 0204 0.38 0204 0155 0.38 0.51 0155 0.51 0107 0.47 0107 0100 0.47 0.54 0100 0.54 0211 0.63 0211 0156 0.63 0.55 0156 2 17 0051 2 0855 17 0834 2 0749 17 0725 2 0832 17 0801 0751 2.33 17 2.05 0751 22.05 0855 2.35 2.35 17 2.06 0834 22.06 0749 2.23 2.23 17 2.02 0725 22.02 0832 1.87 1.87 17 1.89 0801

0.55 1.89 0.35 2.06

1 16



0.72 1526 MO 1428 WE0.72 1.32 1958 1.32 2111

1 16

0.50 0.50 WE 1526 TH 1504 1.57 2111 2052 1.57



0.59 1414 TH 1504 WE0.59 1.52 2052 1.52 2009

1 16

0.52 0.52 WE 1414 TH 1352 1.66 2009 1955 1.66



0.51 1436 TH 1352SA0.51 1.65 1955 1.65 2100

1 16

0.58 0.58 SA 1436 SU 1405 1.90 2100 2043 1.90


0.35 SU 1405 2.06 2043

0.29 0.53 0128 0.53 0251 0.44 0251 0230 0.44 0.52 0230 0.52 0151 0.46 0151 0137 0.46 0.51 0137 0.51 0249 0.72 0249 0241 0.72 0.59 0241 3 18 0128 3 0941 18 0907 3 0831 18 0758 3 0905 18 0843 0824 2.41 18 2.06 0824 32.06 0941 2.26 2.26 18 2.05 0907 32.05 0831 2.19 2.19 18 2.03 0758 32.03 0905 1.75 1.75 18 1.80 0843

0.59 1.80 0.40 2.13

0.33 0210 0205 0.33 0.52 0205 0.52 0335 0.56 0335 0307 0.56 0.56 0307 0.56 0232 0.52 0232 0213 0.52 0.52 0213 0.52 0331 0.82 0331 0333 0.82 0.67 0333 4 0210 4 0907 19 0857 4 1023 19 0943 4 0909 19 0834 4 0938 19 0930 0907 2.42 2.42 19 2.06 0857 42.06 1023 2.12 2.12 19 2.00 0943 42.00 0909 2.09 2.09 19 2.00 0834 42.00 0938 1.64 1.64 19 1.67 0930

0.67 1.67 0.49 2.15


TU 1548 2122

0.47 0.47 TU 1548 WE 1536 1.47 2122 2104 1.47

0.69 1610 TU 1501TH0.69 1.35 2031 1.35 2157

0.67 1651 WE 1536FR0.67 1.38 2104 1.38 2242

0.54 0.54 TH 1610 FR 1534 1.57 2157 2128 1.57 0.62 0.62 FR 1651 SA 1605 1.55 2242 2209 1.55

0.56 1451 FR 1534TH0.56 1.57 2128 1.57 2050

0.56 1528 SA 1605FR0.56 1.61 2209 1.61 2129

0.52 0.52 TH 1451 FR 1420 1.71 2050 2029 1.71 0.57 0.57 FR 1528 SA 1448 1.73 2129 2107 1.73

0.46 1502 FR 1420SU0.46 1.73 2029 1.73 2137

0.44 1528 SA 1448 MO0.44 1.82 2107 1.82 2214

0.63 0.63 SU 1502 MO 1439 1.92 2137 2126 1.92 0.69 0.69 MO 1528 TU 1515 1.93 2214 2213 1.93

Derek Andrews with a 42cm mangrove jack

0.40 MO 1439 2.13 2126

0.49 TU 1515 2.15 2213

0.42 0300 0241 0.42 0.54 0241 0.54 0418 0.72 0418 0347 0.72 0.65 0347 0.65 0312 0.63 0312 0253 0.63 0.57 0253 0.57 0418 0.92 0418 0436 0.92 0.77 0436 5 0300 5 0959 20 0931 5 1102 20 1021 5 0946 20 0912 5 1015 20 1019 0959 2.35 2.35 20 2.04 0931 52.04 1102 1.95 1.95 20 1.93 1021 51.93 0946 1.95 1.95 20 1.93 0912 51.93 1015 1.53 1.53 20 1.53 1019

WE 1639 2217

0.53 0.53 WE 1639 TH 1611 1.44 2217 2142 1.44

0.65 1732 TH 1611SA0.65 1.40 2142 1.40 2328

0.70 0.70 SA 1732 SU 1638 1.53 2328 2254 1.53

0.57 1602 SU 1638SA0.57 1.64 2254 1.64 2209

0.64 0.64 SA 1602 SU 1519 1.74 2209 2147 1.74

TH 1728 2310

0.61 0.61 TH 1728 FR 1647 1.41 2310 2226 1.41

0.65 1810 FR 1647SU0.65 1.41 2226 1.41

0.76 0.76 SU 1810 MO 1714 2344

0.61 1632 MO 1714SU0.61 1.65 2344 1.65 2249

0.71 0.71 SU 1632 MO 1552 1.73 2249 2232 1.73

0.46 1557 SU 1519TU0.46 1.87 2147 1.87 2255

0.76 0.76 TU 1557 WE 1553 1.91 2255 2305 1.91

0.62 WE 1553 2.12 2305

0.77 1.53 0.62 2.12

0.55 0350 0318 0.55 0.58 0318 0.58 0503 0.88 0503 0433 0.88 0.76 0433 0.76 0352 0.77 0352 0337 0.77 0.66 0337 0.66 0520 1.00 0520 0551 1.00 0.85 0551 0.85 6 0350 6 1049 21 1009 6 1138 21 1102 6 1019 21 0952 6 1056 21 1115 1049 2.21 2.21 21 2.01 1009 62.01 1138 1.78 1.78 21 1.82 1102 61.82 1019 1.80 1.80 21 1.83 0952 61.83 1056 1.42 1.42 21 1.40 1115 ckle1.40shop 0.69 0438 0359 0.69 0.65 0359 0.65 0022 1.53 0022 0530 1.53 0.88 0530 0.88 0437 0.91 0437 0428 0.91 7 0438 7 1136 22 1049 7 0559 22 1144 7 1054 22 1036 1136 2.04 2.04 22 1.95 1049 71.95 0559 1.02 1.02 22 1.68 1144 71.68 1054 1.65 1.65

FR 1816

0.68 0.68 FR 1816 SA 1723 2315

0.64 1217 SA 1723 MO0.64 1.41 2315 1.41 1853

1.62 1.62 MO 1217 TU 1755 0.80 1853 0.80

0.66 1703 TU 1755 MO0.66 2335

0.77 0.77 MO 1703 TU 1628 1.72 2335 2321 1.72

l ta & fishing needs. a c o ating22 22 u 7 r l 7b22 o Yoall your 0.51 1631 MO 1552 WE0.51 1.91 2232 1.91 2341

0.84 0.84 WE 1631 TH 1637 1.87 2341 1.87

0.75 TH 1637


0.78 0428 0.78 0638 1.69 1036 1.69 1145 0.60 1711 TU 1628TH0.60 1.91 2321 1.91

1.06 0638 0007 1.06 1.32 1145 0713 1.32 0.92 0.92 TH 1711 FR 1236 1738

2.06 0007 0.89 0713 1.31 FR 1236 0.87 1738

2.06 0.89 1.31 0.87

1.30 SA 1414 0.95 1905

2.00 0.87 1.30 0.95

1.39 0007 0444 1.39 0.75 0444 0.75 0130 1.55 0130 0045 1.55 1.67 0045 1.67 0538 1.04 0538 0534 1.04 0.89 0534 0034 1.81 0034 0123 1.81 2.00 0123 r 80.89 8 0007 8 0528 23 1131 8 0719 23 0645 8 1132 23 1122 8 0809 23 0839 0528 0.84 0.84 23 1.86 1131 81.86 0719 1.13 1.13 23 0.98 0645 80.98 1132 1.52 1.52 23 1.53 1.53 0809 1.07 1.07 23 0.87 0839 fo1122

SA 1221 1904

1.87 1.87 SA 1221 SU 1803 0.73 1904 0.73

0.64 1303 SU 1803TU0.64 1942

1.48 1.48 TU 1303 WE 1233 0.82 1942 1844 0.82

1.53 1739 WE 1233TU1.53 0.71 1844 0.71

0.83 0.83 TU 1739 WE 1708

0.70 1250 WE 1708FR0.70 1807

1.24 1.24 FR 1250 SA 1414 0.98 1807 1905 0.98

1.40 0115 0012 1.40 1.43 0012 1.43 0247 1.60 0247 0206 1.60 1.72 0206 1.72 0028 1.71 0028 0019 1.71 1.89 0019 1.89 0139 1.76 0139 0238 1.76 1.97 0238 9 0115 9 0627 24 0541 9 0907 9 0702 24 0702 24 0949 24 0830 9 0939 0627 0.97 0.97 24 0.85 0541 90.85 0907 1.16 1.16 24 1.02 0830 91.02 0702 1.12 1.12 24 0.97 0702 90.97 0939 1.03 1.03 24 0.81 0949

1.97 0.81 1.38 0.96

1.45 0235 0121 1.45 1.46 0121 1.46 0358 1.67 0358 0327 1.67 1.81 0327 1.81 0134 1.70 0134 0139 1.70 1.89 0139 1.89 0253 1.74 0253 0346 1.74 1.96 0346 10 0235 25 0652 100.94 25 1017 100.96 25 0849 100.96 25 1043 0744 10 1.07 0744 1.07 25 0.94 0652 1043 10 1.11 1043 1.11 25 0.96 1017 0848 10 1.14 0848 1.14 25 0.96 0849 1035 10 0.95 1035 0.95 25 0.74 1043

1.96 0.74 1.49 0.89

1.55 0351 0242 1.55 1.55 0242 1.55 0454 1.76 0454 0434 1.76 1.93 0434 1.93 0248 1.71 0248 0301 1.71 1.92 0301 1.92 0357 1.77 0357 0446 1.77 1.95 0446 110.99 26 1127 11 0351 26 0819 26 1126 110.84 26 1012 110.88 0926 11 1.10 0926 1.10 26 0.99 0819 1148 11 1.02 1148 1.02 26 0.84 1126 1025 11 1.08 1025 1.08 26 0.88 1012 1110 11 0.84 1110 0.84 26 0.67 1127

1.95 0.67 1.61 0.81

0539 1.84 0539 0531 1.84 2.05 0531 2.05 1.66 0447 0354 1.66 1.69 0354 1.69 0357 1.75 0357 0411 1.75 1.98 0411 1.98 0448 1.82 0448 0536 1.82 1.92 0536 120.97 27 1202 12 0447 27 1000 27 1217 120.73 27 1110 120.77 1231 12 0.92 1231 0.92 27 0.61 1202 1049 12 1.06 1049 1.06 27 0.97 1000 0.73 1217 1121 12 0.99 1121 0.99 27 0.77 1110 1139 12 0.72 1139 0.72 27

SU 1307 1956

MO 1358 2050

TU 1457 2140

1.71 1.71 SU 1307 MO 1214 0.75 1956 1847 0.75

1.57 1.57 MO 1358 TU 1303 0.73 2050 1936 0.73 1.46 1.46 TU 1457 WE 1401 0.71 2140 2031 0.71

1.76 1403 MO 1214 WE1.76 0.64 1847 0.64 2036 1.65 1516 TU 1303TH1.65 0.64 1936 0.64 2132

1.53 1632 WE 1401FR1.53 0.63 2031 0.63 2225

1.36 1.36 WE 1403 TH 1343 0.83 2036 1945 0.83

1.27 1.27 TH 1516 FR 1524 0.82 2132 2102 0.82 1.24 1.24 FR 1632 SA 1645 0.78 2225 2226 0.78

1.39 1218 TH 1343 WE1.39 0.76 1945 0.76 1823

1.32 1320 FR 1524TH1.32 0.78 2102 0.78 1919

1.33 1446 SA 1645FR1.33 0.73 2226 0.73 2028

1.39 1.39 WE 1218 TH 1222 0.89 1823 1800 0.89

1.28 1.28 TH 1320 FR 1403 0.94 1919 1915 0.94 1.22 1.22 FR 1446 SA 1538 0.95 2028 2052 0.95

1.39 1425 TH 1222SA1.39 0.80 1800 0.80 1927 1.30 1606 FR 1403SU1.30 0.88 1915 0.88 2058

1.32 1703 SA 1538 MO1.32 0.90 2052 0.90 2213

1.21 1.21 SA 1425 SU 1537 1.01 1927 2043 1.01

1.25 1.25 SU 1606 MO 1645 0.98 2058 2211 0.98 1.34 1.34 MO 1703 TU 1737 0.88 2213 2313 0.88

1.38 SU 1537 0.96 2043 1.49 MO 1645 0.89 2211

1.61 TU 1737 0.81 2313

WE 1558 2223

1.37 1.37 WE 1558 TH 1518 0.67 2223 2131 0.67

1744 1.43 TH 1518SA1.43 2313 0.61 2131 0.61

1.26 1.26 SA 1744 SU 1751 0.72 2313 2330 0.72

1.39 1621 SU 1751SA1.39 0.64 2330 0.64 2143

1.23 1.23 SA 1621 SU 1655 0.91 2143 2223 0.91

1.40 1743 SU 1655TU1.40 0.83 2223 0.83 2308

1.46 1.46 WE 1819 TU 1743 0.76 2308 0.76

1.71 WE 1819

1.92 0.61 1.71

TH 1658 2301

1.32 1.32 TH 1658 FR 1632 0.64 2301 2232 0.64

1.37 1836 FR 1632SU1.37 0.57 2232 0.57 2358

1.30 1.30 SU 1836 MO 1843 0.65 2358 0.65

1.48 1731 MO 1843SU1.48 2247

1.29 1.29 SU 1731 MO 1751 0.82 2247 2324 0.82

1.50 1819 MO 1751 WE1.50 0.73 2324 0.73 2354

1.58 1.58 WE 1819 TH 1232 0.65 2354 1856 0.65

0.58 TH 1232 1.81 1856

0.58 1.81


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while chasing whiting – he also landed his share of whiting. Other members who ventured out report solid catches of mangrove jack, flathead, whiting, and trevally, with the jacks ranging between 44-48cm. There have also been the odd cod and barramundi being caught in the larger creeks. The increase in fresh water has seen a few crabs on the move, but they are still patchy and the females are far more prolific. Keep an eye out for crabs that are not full, generally you will find that not only do they feel lighter than expected but they will more than likely have a nice shiny new shell that hasn’t had a chance to pick up algae and other growths. If you are interested in joining our club look us up on Facebook or our web page: tincanbayfishingclub.com.au

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Tin Can Depot opens for Tin Can Bay


IN CAN BAY and Cooloola Cove locals can now recycle their eligible beverage containers over summer at a new Container Refund Point located at 3 Scullett Drive. Recently opened in December, the new Containers for Change depot is operated by U Can Recycle who also run depots in Maryborough, Hervey Bay, and Brendale. U Can Recycle have been providing

container refund services to Tin Can Bay locals since October 2019, recently making the decision to expand their offering to include a depot. Drink containers processed through the depot will provide direct refunds to the local public, as well as servicing the existing mobile refund point in Rainbow Beach and bag drops at the IGA

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Tin Can Bay, Glenwood, and Tiaro. The depot will be fully staffed and in operation three days per week. U Can Recycle Operations Manager, Joel Alexander, said he is excited about offering a new location for convenient recycling. “We’re a family-owned business and we’re just thrilled to be able to expand our operations and can’t wait to see even more locals recycling their containers with us,” said Mr Alexander. “We’ve had great feedback in our other

depots, and can’t wait to see people of all ages coming out to recycle and earn back 10 cents for each eligible container – the extra cash really adds up especially around this time of year! “It’s been a great opportunity to create jobs, give back to local charities, and really be able to be a part of the local community.” For more information on the Containers for Change scheme, please visit www. containersforchange.com.au/qld

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Poona Lake Plans Prove Unpopular

Above: Pristine Poona Lake is the site of a proposed luxury development


right), with the following comment: HE ARTICLE on the proposed Poona Lake private development in last month’s “Please find attached pics of holiday Rainbow Beach Community News sparked cabins installed by a private company, at the some heated responses. Goomburra Section of Main Range National Here is a sample of some of the Park (between Brisbane and Warwick). correspondence received: There is a well used vehicle access track used to get food, catering, and cleaning “NO noborder no.This hard is juston notmy on!eyes I thought your font and - it is very staff in and out every day that people are the National Parks belonged to the people! rastingAswith white/red - Ilake wouldusing ask our the cabins. onethe of these peoplewhite/blue who visit the As an few kms walk) something with family, have a swim gner to(acome up with similar but easier onavid the fan of National Parks, I am not in favour of private development in these and enjoy the tranquility, I would find it a parks. total ruination of the area. It is one of the What annoyed me is in addition to a rare areas where one cannot see tar and select few profiteering from the parks, and cement. It is unique in this area. Who gave t you have an image - but youahead?? need to be see able to it thesee additional un-signposted access tracks permission for this to go I can installed, significant water flow changes speeding boats water and peace. ly without words onpolluting it have happened due to installing these Thank you (Greg Wood) for what you have buildings, by providing access, and also done and will do.” handling effluent. ad Hope these can help.” Another email: with a red or a purple? Only one please, NO shadow “I would like to comment oncolour the proposed at Lake Other readers also stated that they had e font,units and only one Poona. ad draftI -am BIGcompletely heading against such a proposal. This is a pristine forwarded copies of the paper highlighting National Park and we should not allow the article to acquaintances that live outside private development in something so the area, who were just as horrified at the beautiful that needs to be protected for plans. future generations. I thought that was what Interestingly there were no submissions a National Park was. received in favour of the proposed I hope you can collect these responses development, which could be possibly be and forward them to the state government perceived as a statement in and of itself. member. I would love to help to fight this What are your thoughts? If you missed awful proposed development. the article last month it is on our website I wonder what they were even thinking.” www.rbcn.com.au. Or go to www.protectparks.net for more detail on the proposal and how to object if Tony Reeves sent in some photos of a you wish to do so. development similar to the proposal (see

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E ARE TRULY blessed to have the sacred kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus) as a resident in our area. Brightening the branches where it perches, its turquoise back shines like a jewel, and its white belly, buff underparts, and black eye-mask complete the outfit. Despite its name, the sacred kingfisher doesn’t actually have much of a taste for the pescatarian lifestyle, preferring instead to feast on bugs and spiders, small crustaceans, frogs, small rodents, and reptiles. As fast as lightning, once they spot their prey they will swoop down from their

perch, collect their meal, and return to their perch to dine. When it comes time to raise their young, the mating pair will build a nest either by burrowing into a termite mound or a river bank, or will use a hollow in a large branch. The female lays a clutch of 3 to 6 eggs and both parents incubate the eggs and care for and feed the young. Living predominantly in our coastal regions of mainland Australia, it is said this kingfisher got the name “sacred” from the Polynesians, whose culture believes this gorgeous bird is holy and has control over the waves, making Rainbow a perfect place for them to call home.

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Our local Dragons at the recent Manly Regatta at Lake Kawana Lizz Donovan


HEN YOUR TEAM comes back from a regatta and a team member tells you “it was one of the hardest but best days I have had, but what a buzz” you know it’s been good! These words were exclaimed by Toni Archer of the Cooloola Coast Dragons after the recent Manly Dragon Boat Regatta at Lake Kawana in November. The Cooloola Coast Dragons entered numerous events and although they did not win they all put in a tremendous effort. Coach Sandy Wooster, recently granted life membership said, “I am very proud of all our paddlers, the new paddlers handled themselves very well, and our 2km time was one of our best ever!” The Christmas and New Year Festive season is upon us and the Dragons will take a break until 9 January 2022 (really already) when they will be back on the water each Thursday from 3.30pm and each Sunday morning from 7.30am. Training will commence almost immediately for the next big event, which is the Redcliffe Regatta at Lake Kawana on 23 January 2022. Additional training is scheduled for those entering into this event.

New members are very welcome, just come along on a Thursday at 3.30pm or Sunday at 7.30am to give it a go and experience paddling. Throughout the year there are numerous events like the Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, 1770 Regattas, and naturally our own two day regatta here in Tin Can Bay on the first weekend in July 2022. Over the last couple of months due to the increase in membership we have often been able to take out two dragon boats, affectionately named Ceratodus and Stamina, and visitors to the Bay have enjoyed watching the camaraderie of the crews as they take to the water. The camaraderie of the members extends beyond the paddling and many are involved with shared activities of kayaking, camping, bushwalking, and other physical activities. Not to forget the Dragon’s Lair Cafe at the Tin Can Bay markets each 3rd Saturday of the month. Staffed by Dragon volunteers, the breakfast menu is extensive and affordable. For more info on Dragon Boating please phone Sandy 0402 352 746. Wishing everyone a safe holiday time and a Happy New Year.

RESENTATION OF Annual Champions for 2021 have been completed and all players are looking forward to having another successful year for 2022. School holidays are in full swing with visitors enjoying Rainbow Beach and Tin Can Bay areas. Visitors are welcome to come and have a social game, or if you have a Golf Australia Handicap, join our competitions which are played on Tuesday (Men’s Vets), Wednesday Ladies, Thursday and Friday (9 Hole competitions), Saturday and Sundays Men and Ladies 18 Hole competitions. For further information ring our resident professional James, or his staff on 0409 727 577 or come to the Pro Shop where staff can attend to your needs. James also has clothing and golf equipment for sale plus cart hire is available. Social play can be arranged to fit in between competition time slots. For new residents of Rainbow Beach and Tin Can Bay, if you wish to join our golf club, our friendly Country Club staff can help you at the front counter. PLEASE NOTE: current Government COVID 19 rules apply on all Country Club property. Until next month, Good Golfing and stay safe.

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THE SILLY SEASON is coming to an end, leading to a new year and why not even some new year resolutions. A common need to begin the new year with a fresh slate could lead you to consider a good detox. There are different levels of detoxification methods to suit every person’s needs and commitment. Usually a basic detox will take place over four weeks,including an initial preparation and a gut/liver cleanse for two weeks . If you feel you require and/or you would like to commit to a more integrated detox, you can choose, depending on your needs, one of the following categories: gut / parasite cleanse, liver cleanse, or heavy metal cleanse. Rainbow Naturals commits to helping you find the right detox for you and providing you with the best quality products on the market today . Rainbow Naturals Clinic is open on Wednesday by appointment only 32 – Rainbow Beach Cooloola Coast Community News – January 2022

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Forty Year Anniversary of Tin Can Bay Yacht Club Kay Muir


HE 40TH ANNIVERSARY party, the last yacht club event of the year 2021, took off with a bang! 76 guests attended, some dressed as pirates, others in Christmas wear, others in their party outfits and all ready for an evening of nostalgia, reminiscence, and comparative sailing stories. Robbie and Neil Noble (sons of Clarrie and Doris Noble - founders of the yacht club) attended with their families. Very excited feelings ran through the crowd and at six o’clock the Commodore Peter Shaw invited everyone to charge their glasses with bubbly and to contribute

anecdotes, stories, and memories from 1981 onwards. Our restaurant hosts Tony and Tanya came up trumps with the constant flow of food and the music provided by Gary and his vinyls stirred people to dance the night away. Importantly, the main theme of the evening was the story of humble beginnings of the club to where we are today and a pride in belonging to this small club that has grown to host national event and keep sailing well in the forefront of life in Tin Can Bay, in Queensland, and in Australia.

Rob Noble with his family celebrating the club founded by his parents 40 years ago

Robbie and Neil Noble pose with the boat named for their mum

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Call Simon on 0488 154 004 or 0428 218 112 36 – Rainbow Beach Cooloola Coast Community News – January 2022




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

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WHAT’S ON DECEMBER 31 NYE pre-fireworks activities in TCB at the tennis court from 5pm

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

14 Making Your Mark printmaking workshop, teens aged 13+, Gympie Regional Gallery 10am-12pm, $10 each, bookings essential: 5481 0733

8.30am Kindy Linq, RB School Library 9.30am Cooloola Card Makers, TCB Library 3-4pm Coolabay Choir, CC Vets’ Hall, Pam: 0427 180 649

31 NYE fireworks in TCB, Tom Steele Oval near the water tower, 8.30pm

14 Drawing with Texture, teens aged 13+, Gympie Regional Gallery 1-3pm, $10 each, booking essential: 5481 0733

31 NYE fireworks in front of the RB Surf Club - 9pm

14 Code3Eleven, TCB Country Club 7pm - free entry

31 NYE Party with DJ Roly, RB Sports Club, free entry. 90s & 00s theme - prize for best dressed. Ph 5486 3191

15 The Real Selfie - Portraits Up Close and Personal. Spend the day with local artist Joolie Gibbs delving into the intricacies of portraiture, $60, Gympie Regional Gallery 9am-2pm, check with gallery for materials required and for further details 5481 0733


15 Case of the Stolen Book - School Holiday Fun, Gympie Library 10-11am, ages 8-12, bookings essential: 5481 0859

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

19-21 School holiday sailing program - TCB Yacht Club 21 Graeme Jensen, RB Sports Club main bar, 7.30pm

1pm Computer/IT/Phone, The Shed, bookings to Paul: 0437 007 911

WEEKLY (many are term time only)

1-3pm Acrylic Art Free Workshops at TCB Community & Men’s Shed, most materials supplied, Info: Raewyn Oliver, 0412 995 512.

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

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


3.30pm Robotics for kids, Gympie Library

31 Crossroads perform at TCB Country Club from 8.30pm, free entry

JANUARY 4-21 Where in the Library is Carmen Sandiego?, Gympie Regional Library branches 6

Family Fun Morning, RB Library, 10am-12noon. Bookings essential: 5481 0859


Uncle Bob’s Jug Band, TCB Country Club 7pm - free entry

9-16 Intensive Bronze/SRC “live in” camp, $325, for enquiries & registration: 5486 3249 or surf@rainbowbeachsurf.com.au 10 Spy Lab - School Holiday Fun, Gympie Library 2-3pm, ages 8-12, bookings essential: 5481 0859 11 Family Fun Morning, TCB Library, 10am-12noon. Bookings essential: 5481 0859 11 Drawing for Fun, kids aged 5+, Gympie Regional Gallery 10am-12pm, $10 each, bookings essential: 5481 0733 11 Come on a Drawing Trail, kids aged 8+, Gympie Regional Gallery 1-3pm, $10 each, bookings essential: 5481 0733 12 Draw with Stitch, kids aged 8+, Gympie Regional Gallery 10am-12pm, $10 each, bookings essential: 5481 0733 12 Paper Making Workshop, Gympie Library 2-3pm, ages 8+, bookings essential: 5481 0859 12 Patterns and Colour, kids aged 5+, Gympie Regional Gallery 1-3pm, $10 each, bookings essential: 5481 0733 13 Clay Faces, kids aged 5+, Gympie Regional Gallery 10am12pm, $15 each (cost includes professional firing), bookings essential: 5481 0733 13 Exploring Drawing, kids aged 8+, Gympie Regional Gallery 1-3pm, $10 each, bookings essential: 5481 0733 14 Horrible Histories - Groovy Greeks - School Holiday Fun, Gympie Library 10-11am, ages 8-12, bookings essential: 5481 0859

9am Lathe / Scroll Saw, The Shed, 9-12pm, Bryan: 0420 299 651 9am-12pm Macrame class, $5, TCB Community & Men’s Shed, Carole 0437 880 438 for bookings

8am Social tennis, $3, RB Sports Club, all welcome, Chris: 0417 605 484 8.30am Playgroup, RB School Library 9.30am Bingo for Local Ambulance Committee, TCB Country Club

Friday 1st & 3rd Rainbow Beach Art Group, RB Library 10am, phone 5486 3705 for more information 1st Friday - Drop-in Sausage Sizzle, Tin Can Bay RSL, 11.30am to 1.30pm

Monday 8am Heart Foundation Wheelie Walking Group Cooloola Cove, Maggie 0400 756 615 9am Macrame, Men’s Shed, Carole: 0437 880 438 9am Painting for beginners, Tuncunba Hall, Tin Can Bay, Kerri 0438 803 990 2nd Monday - 1.30 – 3.30pm Life Drawing with model,Tuncunba Hall, Tin Can Bay, Robyn 0419 663 271 10-10.30am Baby Bounce (0-2 year olds) at RB Library 11-11.30am First 5 Forever Storytime (2-5 year olds) at RB Library

3rd Friday - Writing Fridays at Gympie Library - join other writers in practicing and honing your literary skills, 10am12pm, phone 5481 0859 for more information and to book 4th Friday Community catch up at RB Hall, 8am 8am Heart Foundation Wheelie Walking Group Cooloola Cove, Maggie 0400 756 615 9am-12pm Chess/Rummykub at TCB Community & Men’s Shed, gold coin for morning tea, no need to book 2.30-4pm Book a librarian, TCB Library

11am -12.30pm Book a librarian, RB Library

3.30-4.30pm Tinker Table STEAM Makerspace, Gympie Library, bookings not necessary



2nd Tuesday - Veterans and Community Morning Tea, Tin Can Bay RSL, from 10am

6.30am Heart Foundation Walking Group TCB Maggie 0400 756 615

DISCOVER SAILING School Holiday Sailing Programme

2nd & 4th Nibbles & Giggles at Goomeri Library, social get together to chat over a cuppa, 10am - ph: 4168 4340 8.30am Kindy Linq, RB School Library 9am TCB Quilters, TCB Community Centre, President Louise Hanks 0488 951 881 9am Drawing & Pastel group all levels, tutoring for beginners, Tuncunba Hall, Tin Can Bay, Kerri 0438 803 990 10am Tin Can Bay Art Group, TCB Library 11am-12pm English Conversation Group, come along to make new friends and improve your English, Gympie Library, bookings not needed

A fun 3 day 'Learn the basics of sailing' course at the Tin Can Bay Yacht Club for 7 - 16 year-olds. Dates: 19th, 20th and 21st January 2022 Fees: $230, includes Yachting Australia fee (insurance) and membership to the TCBYC until end of June 2022. Vouchers for $150 may be available to cover the cost (conditions apply) from: www.ald.aov.au/recreation/soorts/fundina/aetintheaame/aetstarted

For further information: Go to the Tin Can Bay Yacht Club website, facebook page or: Phone Kay 0447 631 479 or Russell 0405 063 894 or email: karinya.one@gmail.com 38 – Rainbow Beach Cooloola Coast Community News – January 2022

3.30-4.45pm Robotics Thursday, Gympie Library, bookings not necessary (but space is limited)

12.30-3.30pm Join in at TCB Library for an afternoon playing Mahjong, an ancient Chinese tile game of strategy, calculation and skill with a measure of chance. This group is open to everyone, young and old 2-4pm Book a librarian, TCB Library

Wednesday 6.30am Heart Foundation Walking Group TCB, Maggie 0400 756 6158am Table Tennis, RB Community Hall, $2, all levels welcome

2nd Saturday Rainbow Beach Market. Book: 5486 3355 3rd Saturday Tin Can Bay Market. Book: 0418 711 897 2.30pm Little Athletics, TCB School oval, Jess: 0411 218 254 5pm Mass at St John Vianney Catholic Church, Bream Street, TCB, (week 1, 2, 5) and St Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church Mass, Manooka Drive, RB (week 3, 4)

Sunday 7am Mass Rainbow Beach (week 1, 2, 5) and Tin Can Bay (week 3, 4) 7.30am Dragon Boating, Sandra: 0402 352 756 9.30am Service at Good Shepherd Church, 17 Carlo Road, RB, followed by morning tea - all denominations most welcome

For a list of local live music see our entertainment guide on p24 of this issue

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