Rainbow Beach Community News June 2020

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June 2020 • Vol 23 • Issue 6

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Owner of ‘Paging Fun Mums’ Jenni Ferguson, brought her children Luke and Amelia to her ‘happy place’ after telling them all about her beautiful memories from her beachy days at Rainbow Beach. “Such a dazzling backdrop! We love you Rainbow Beach.” And we love visitors and will be pleased to welcome you back!

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l • Our tribute to loca erson nd legend, Alain He tions • Surf Club Renova n Bay • Upgrades to Tin Cah ac Be w and Rainbo elcomes • Cooloola Coast w tourists back

Editor’s Note

Moving forward with gratitude


VERY WEEK, as we get closer to the new normal, it brings cheer from our residents and businesses who rely so heavily on our visitors and the tourism market. This highlights an important aspect of how much our region relies on its permanent residents and how much our residents rely on our local businesses - and how Covid has helped us all to discover how very good our backyard is. Charter boats, Wolf Rock Dive, 4WD hire vehicles, RB Horse Rides, tours and accommodation are all coming back to work in various stages and with certain restrictions from June 12, and the longawaited access to Double Island Point and the Cooloola coastline will also be opening. By booking directly with local businesses, you are helping them, and if you can keep sharing their pages that would be much appreciated by them. We even have a few new businesses with the Mad MudCrab at Tin Can Bay opening to great applause, and the ‘name yet to be announced’ new cafe in Rainbow Beach town centre teasing everyone with their renos - they will open in June. The Tin Can Bay dolphin photos have been shared around the world this month showing photos by Bev Lambert of Mystique cleaning up Snapper Creek with his new found treasures.



Our condolences to our website designer Wayne Davy and the family on the recent passing of their father, Selwyn Davy, a very well known businessman from Gympie, who many local residents knew as the owner of Charlie’s Hotels and the creator of Klyx nightclub.

Editor/Manager: Lee McCarthy Owners: Heatley & Michelle Gilmore

If you have any questions about the projects planned for the Cooloola Coast region, there are so many resources available at the council website at gympie.qld.gov.au and type in Our Towns.

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Speaking of tourism, Covid has taught us the need to unite, and if you are in business we would love you to get involved in your Rainbow Beach and Tin Can Bay Chambers. There is a lot of work to be done and it can’t be done with just a few people. Both towns rely on tourism to survive and if you have an ABN you can join and have a voice going forward. Our love and condolences to the family of our friend Alain Henderson. Our much loved friend, neighbour, father, champion of the rodeo and show circuit, and a man who had time and stories for everyone - a great man and one who will be sadly missed. Alain’s tribute is on page 8. Enjoy your month everyone and well done to all on rising to the challenges Covid-19 has presented.

And the whales are back! Wolf Rock Dive have an article about the the Humpback Whales and their northerly migration inside this issue.

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Four generations of hospitality


HE BLACK PLASTIC draped over the windows and doors at the café formerly known as Café Jilarty has sparked some curiosity amongst the Rainbow Beach locals. “Rest assured, we will be reopening, but there are some serious changes afoot,” says new manager, Carly Ladas. Following a change of ownership, the café is in the midst of a rebrand and renovation with the aim to reopen by the end of June. The new café will be all about the locals. Not just local patrons, but also local growers and suppliers. Having grown up on an organic produce farm outside of Gympie, Carly is passionate about supporting local farmers. “We are spoilt for choice in the Gympie Region with primary producers like Cooloola Berries, Cherax Park crayfish farm and Lindols macadamia farm right at our

doorstep. I want to support local farmers and fisherman and offer our patrons a simple, seasonal menu that showcases locally sourced food. ‘We are also really passionate about supporting local artists and artisans and will be showcasing works by local ceramicists, florists, candlemakers, photographers and painters.” The family’s hospitality roots date back to 1975 when Valerie and late husband Ted Albion owned one of the first takeaway shops in Rainbow Beach; Snappy Snacks. Kay-lynn followed in her parents footsteps opening Koko’s café in 1984 and then Lilly’s restaurant in 1992. Still today people ask for Kay-Lynn’s famous pita bread. Carly will become the third generation in the family to realise her hospitality dream in Rainbow Beach,

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but with a whole new vision. “The loss of patronage from international travellers due to COVID-19 has forced us to rethink our business strategy. We have therefore decided to convert part of the café into an organic pantry of sorts. It will offer a limited range of goods to start with but I am really excited to watch this space grow.”

Continuing the tradition - Leigh Tinirau, Amanda Ladas, Paul Ladas, Eden Valerie Ladas, Valerie Albion, Carly Ladas , Frida Ladas, Susan Johnston, Kay-Lynn Ladas, Kostas Ladas about to open the newest Rainbow Beach Cafe

While the new name remains a family secret, Carly said she can reveal that they will be hosting a locals night soon.

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ISTERS LYNDA MORRISON and Jo Kerse, the new owners of the Mad MudCrab Licensed Bistro in Tin Can Bay, decided to open ……. the week before Covid-19 restrictions began. They used the wait for good purpose by renovating and redecorating their new Bistro at 4 Gympie Road, Tin Can Bay and are now enjoying a busy takeaway trade. Jo is an experienced chef with an absolute passion and talent for creating fresh scrumptious food and Lynda has her certification in commercial cookery, but is usually found ‘front of house’. Left: New owners of the Mad MudCrab in Tin Can Bay, Jo Kerse and Lynda Morrison, are so happy to be living and working in Tin Can Bay in their new bistro

We decided from the very beginning to make Mad MudCrab bistro style – a licensed eatery with delicious dishes, locally sourced produce, cooked from scratch, served in a modest, relaxed setting with a changing menu. “We also chose to serve First Batch Coffee, an awardwinning coffee roaster from Noosaville which our regulars already love.” The Mad MudCrab is licensed and open from Tuesday to Saturday from 7am for coffee with the kitchen opening from 7.30am. The bistro has daily specials, a fantastic range of breakfasts in the deli bar and lunch service from 11.30am. The girls are looking forward to being a full bistro down the track, however, for the time being and in true bistro style they have a changing menu, absolutely delicious food, takehome meals for the fridge or freezer and great coffee!

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It’s time ... Ladies and Gentlemen

HE LONG AWAITED surf club extensions are about to become a reality with work finally started on the project. DRM constructions headed by Dean McEwan won the contract for the renovation and the extensions were

designed by BRD group, who designed the Coolum and Mooloolaba clubs. Surf Club Manager, Ray Holland, who has been managing surf clubs for nearly twenty years said: “We got to the stage that for the long term viability of the

surf club, we needed to expand and go forward. “We want to do more for our life savers, they are the fabric of the club, and like all surf clubs it’s hard to keep active members. We are so lucky to have such long serving active members in this club - some have been doing patrols for 40 years! “The whole revamp will streamline the club and the experience for our staff, guests and our members.” The new kitchen will remain where it is but has been gutted, will have all new equipment and will flow easier into a servery on the other side of the upgraded bar. The pokies will move to where the amenities are currently and the extended floor space where the old dormitories were will create more seating and more relaxed dining inside the club. Ray said the club will have a new menu,

Carlie Farlow and Travis Buchanan from DRM constructions working on the Rainbow Beach Surf Club renovations

competitive prices, daily specials, signature dishes, seating for 300 diners….. and table service - no more buzzers! “The new extended deck will be one of the highlights looking out over the stunning beach and Double Island Point and will seat 130 patrons. “With Covid we are not sure when we will be reopening but we are pushing ahead as fast as possible now so we can introduce the new-look club to everyone. Due to the restrictions, if a window of opportunity to open happens we will need to take it and break up the renovations into stages. “We have a great surf club which we are proud of, but the new club will be bigger, better and more in line with the other surf clubs along the Queensland coastline.” Supporters Club President, John Greaney said: “We will have a surf club that will financially provide what is needed on the beach. The reason for the renovation is to ensure the viability of financial stability of the club for the work they do on the beach and the community.”

Investigator Avenue Update H ISTORY IS IN the making with Gympie Regional Council’s (GRC) biggest ‘in house’ infrastructure project well and truly under way in Cooloola Cove. The $3.6 million road widening has been planned, designed, project managed and constructed using council staff. It is being equally funded by GRC and the State Government through the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS) program. Coastal rains created challenging conditions, then Covid-19 added another level of adaptability but crews have soldiered on. The construction is being done in stages and works have started at the Nautilus Drive end of the project working towards the Queen Elizabeth Drive intersection.

Storm water drainage installation, including underground pipes, was the first step and is now being followed by curb and channel in sections required, with concrete flush curb for the remainder. The 10m road widening will be joined by a 1.5m pathway to allow safe pedestrian traffic and create a connection to the shopping district for residents. Street scaping with trees selected after community input will include local native species Blueberry Ash (Elaeocarpus reticulatus) and Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia citriodora.) The usability of the area will be greatly improved and the visual amenity heightened from the works. The project had been scheduled to be completed by the end of June, however this may be extended due to weather

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Rainbow Beach turns on the lights

FTER THE SUCCESSFUL completion of undergrounding the powerlines, removing the power poles, and installing new street lighting along Rainbow Beach’s main street, the community last week enjoyed having the lights turned on. This work was the first stage of the Rainbow Beach ‘Our Towns’ Streetscape Revitalisation Project, a joint initiative of Gympie Regional Council and the Queensland Government, thanks to funding secured under the Works for Queensland Program and an additional contribution from Energex, and commenced in October 2019. The second stage of works involves streetscape improvements at specific locations throughout the precinct and will deliver practical outcomes for key issues like increasing the parking supply and creating a safe and accessible main street for the tourism hot spot. Council’s Manager of Planning Strategy and Major Projects, Chris Engle, said that the undergrounding of power was an important first step for this project. “Beyond making Rainbow Beach’s main street more visually appealing, the improvements meet identified needs and

priorities of the local community from the previous engagement on the overall Concept Master Plan. “The undergrounding of power has already made a huge impact on the look and functionality of the street and enables targeted improvements to be completed,” Mr Engle said. Council is currently working through the preliminary design of the stage two works, with further community engagement to come. The project has a funding deadline for completion of the works by 30 June 2021.

The power poles along the main street of Rainbow Beach were removed last month to make way for underground power, with much cheering from locals

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HE DEPARTMENT of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME) will soon commence works to further remediate the former mineral sands site at Rainbow Beach. These works come on the back of those completed prior to Christmas last year. Works to safely contain asbestos-contaminated soil into an on-site cell are scheduled to start in early June and should be completed within a couple weeks.

A specialist contractor has been engaged to undertake the work in line with Queensland’s Environmental Protection Act 1994 and the ‘How to Safely Remove Asbestos Code of Practice 2011’. This will ensure the contamination is properly and permanently secured. On-site dust levels will be monitored on a daily basis, and water trucks and misters used to minimise dust levels.

Safety is paramount and the area remains closed to the public. DNRME will continue to engage with Council, other state departments and relevant stakeholders, should any further works be required. If you have questions about the works, please contact Damian Lewis on 0429 480 361 or email: abandonedmines@dnrme.qld.gov.au

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S WE GENTLY PEEK our head out into the world again it is important to remember that while some have enjoyed the peace and quiet of this most surreal time, some of our business owners have been hanging on by a thread and others are choosing not to reopen.


HILE WE NEED our visitors here, now, we also need to acknowledge how this time has affected others. Sam and Maureen Mitchell from the Rainbow Beach Tourist Information Centre and 7th Wave Surf Shop said: “We’re not going to lie, Covid-19 has been the most devastating thing to have happened to our business in 35 years. Simply overnight, and right before Easter, one of our busiest periods, our daily revenue fell by 90%. “Yet the stock keeps coming in and the bills need to be paid. A tough time indeed and so unexpected. “We’ve pivoted as best we could, quickly

putting an online store in place, however, all businesses, even online businesses, take time to grow and you need to invest in marketing to make them successful. “It’s not all doom and gloom though, we believe we can see light at the end of the tunnel with visitors slowly being allowed to return to visit us and we still have our health and each other so in many cases we are doing well!” Kerry and Linda Gash from Tin Can Bay Marine on Snapper Creek Road said: “We have had a rise in business as people were fishing, repairing boats and trailers and using outdoor power equipment in their yards.”

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Rainbow Beach Service Centre said: “Sometimes living in Rainbow Beach is a bit like a bubble and while we knew Covid was real and out there, it didn’t really hit home until it’s impact came to our town. “We’ve had two of our business forced to shut and the other two have suffered significantly. While the decrease of sales is obviously a negative, our businesses have found a few positives in all this. “Number one being locals! We cannot get over the support we have received from Rainbow Beach locals and their loyalty to our service centre – you guys truly keep us going! “Number two is our staff. Our strong core group of staff have been amazing, facing these difficult times. We are all working together to put ourselves back together and be ready for when Rainbow Beach and Fraser Island reopen. Happy adventuring!” Dee and Andy White own Cooloola Coast


Realty and said: “The travel restrictions put in place by the Queensland Government on March 23 meant that all our holiday accommodation bookings had to be postponed or cancelled. “This situation impacted hundreds of bookings and the whole town lost the Easter holiday income we would normally make. The team then spent a lot of time refunding guests or changing their holiday dates. “Our office remained operational throughout Covid-19 restrictions although we implemented some changes to keep our staff and customers safe. Our office front door was closed but we remained contactable via phone and email. “Some of our permanent tenants needed rental relief as they had lost work or had reduced hours. We are very much looking forward to restrictions easing and welcoming visitors back to town.”

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Kroppy from the Rainbow Beach Sports Club said: “This has definitely been the worst time of my business life. I’m just speechless about it. To lay 32 people off and tell them they have no more work whether they were work colleagues, friends, or whatever, it stops you in your day. Completely stops you. “But what helped us through was the support of other small business owners - it’s not weak to speak. Nobody has ever been through this before - the GRC has nothing on this. “But we are still here - it’s hard when you are letting people down but once I cleared my head and renovated, the positivity came back and we are already booking artists for the Country to the Beach and our Big Summer Blow Out and guess what - it will be bigger and better than ever.” Member for Gympie, Tony Perrett, said “struggling Cooloola Coast businesses received little relief from eased restrictions on travel

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distances, camping, and access to National Parks. “They’ve been hit hard, and it will be a long road to recovery. Residents have been terrific at adhering to rules; however, businesses are severely stressed. “Rainbow Beach businesses tell me they’ve experienced more than 90% decline in revenue, one reported a 97% decline. Those that completely closed would have received no income, a 100% decline. “Its tourist-based economy which relies totally on the drive tourist market, missed the most rewarding Easter and long weekend periods. “The only people who could go to Rainbow Beach, Tin Can Bay, Cooloola Cove were those who already live there. The closure of camping and visits to the Great Sandy National Park and Cooloola Recreation Area reduces income sources for local businesses.

“Instead of waiting until the middle of June it makes sense to lift camping restrictions, which can be closely monitored by QPWS officers.” A well written verse circulating says it best:

As businesses start to reopen, please understand that they have just survived one of the hardest professional and personal challenges they’ve ever faced. While they are excited to open, the owners and employees are still stressed. They are doing everything they can to adapt to the situation but everything is different for them - as a customer you’ll likely never understand what happened behind the scenes. Be kind, be compassionate and have patience. They are still trying to recover from battle number one, and their next battle of rebuilding has just begun. Support local.

Sam and Maureen from the Rainbow Beach Tourist Info Centre

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Alain Henderson T

Thank You

HERE ARE ENOUGH stories in the life of Alain Henderson to fill this newspaper. His funeral service was live-streamed by his family who were kind enough to recognise the high esteem in which he was held. The family eulogy will be shared on our website for everyone to read. Alain was born in Cooroy Hospital on April 20, 1932 and spent his young life at 21 Wickham Street in Gympie. He had two sisters and two brothers. He married Barbara Jean Austin in 1954. Barbara’s grandfather was Matthew Mellor, the first Mayor of Gympie from 1880-1882. The Henderson family owned a sawmill where the Memorial Gardens now sit, milling solid red cedar and donated the land and the war memorial gates to the council. Alain and Barbara had four children, Gai, Jeffrey, Julie and David who were all born and raised at 13 O’Connell Street, Gympie. Barbara loved Rainbow Beach and the family claims, while he would have loved a property at Goomboorian, her love of fishing and the beach won and they settled here in the early ‘80s. From the age of 12, Alain worked for Wallace Logan, droving from Rockhampton down the old drovers route through Bam Bam springs and onto Gympie. After he married he started working at Big Bargain Furnishers; then Gerard and Sullivan where he began his career as an auctioneer in his early thirties. The business name changed to Tatnel and Graham to McTaggarts to Primary McTaggarts to Primac, then Henderson and Pederson, where he partnered with Ian Pederson, and they moved their offices to the corner of Mary and Monkland Streets, Gympie. After retirement he still auctionioned property around Gympie, and auctioned at the Gympie Horse Sales as recently as two years ago. He was most famous as a ring announcer for country shows, events, pony club, show jumping,

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camp drafts and his big love was the rodeos. He had an encyclopedic memory of every competitor and animal and if he didn’t…..the story goes, he sometimes even made up a story which was so good even the competitor believed it. Someone once said: “does he know all this or is he making it up?” He knew it all. He travelled the circuit from Gympie to Nambour, Maleny, Noosa, Mary Valley, Maryborough, Mt Larcom, Proston, Maryborough and Hervey Bay, Glastonbury and everywhere in between and ‘Hendy’ announced at every Gympie Show from 1964. His accolades were many and he was proud to be registered in the Honour Roll of Unsung Heroes at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame, of becoming the 2018 Gympie Senior Citizen of the Year and having the Gympie Show Ring entrance named in his honour. He was a lifetime member of the Sunshine Coast Show Jumping and Equestrian club, Patron of the Kia Ora pony club, a 50-year veteran of the Mary Valley Show Society and proudly led the ANZAC Day march in Rainbow Beach in his Light Horse uniform. He announced at the Maryborough and Hervey Bay Show Society for 27 years and the wording on his certificate sums up his work with so many clubs, charities and the cattle and horse industry: “An astute judge of livestock with an encyclopedic memory, a genuine appreciation of animals and those who work with them, and an extraordinary ability to generate enthusiasm among spectators. “Hendy” has been in the forefront of Show Commentators over many, many years and an integral part of the success of our Maryborough Shows. It has been a pleasure for all of us to have worked with Alain.” So while you won’t be stuck behind Hendy doing his 20km an hour ‘recce’ each morning in his Rodeo or catch him collecting his mail, he has left his mark on all of us and we thank him for sharing his wonderful life. Rest in Peace Hendy

Alain Henderson was a man of extraordinary ability with an encyclopedic memory and an astute judge of livestock and will be missed by all who knew him. RIP Alain

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We are Open for Business T Fresh prawn catch by Scott Reibel on local trawler Reward 11 working off Fraser Island last week


ESPITE REPEATED requests by the Queensland Fishing Industry to the government to ban imported prawns, still this week imported green prawns were being sold in supermarkets. Imported prawns carry the threat of disease and if they infect our local product with contagious whitespot it will decimate the local seafood industry - we are saying this again - don’t buy imported prawns ever. Commercial fisherman and member of the QSIA Board of Directors, Kevin Reibel said: “The government is not really taking much notice. The Federal and State Government need to be stood up and told to listen. “Industry has been telling the government for 20 years not to allow this stuff to be imported but under the free

trade agreement, it is still being allowed. Once somebody buys that prawn from the supermarket, there is no control where it goes from there and just because it says ‘dont use for bait’ it doesn’t mean people won’t. “The prawns have been coming out of Vietnam for years and the industry has been saying it needs to stop. “The trawlers cannot sell green prawns out of Moreton Bay due to restrictions on movement due to white spot fears. A lot of Moreton Bay prawn is suitable for the bait market but the movement restrictions have killed their market, yet we import 70% of the seafood we eat. “It’s just wrong, - don’t touch imported seafood, always support local products and produce.”

Out of the Dark...into the Light

HE FIRST MEETING of the Gympie Regional Tourism Task Force took place in Gympie last week with representatives from the four local Chambers and Gympie Regional Council. Members from Gympie, Rainbow Beach, Mary Valley and Tin Can Bay Chambers plus Mayor Glen Hartwig; Gympie Region Councillor for Tourism, Cr Jess Milne; Tourism Development Manager, Andrew Saunders; Manager of Gympie Futures, Lynne Banford; members of the Gympie Regional Council Communications department and the media. The meeting, organised by the Gympie Chamber of Commerce, invited committee members from the region’s Chambers, to form a taskforce to address the need for urgent post-Covid marketing. While a Tourism Strategy and Brand Story have been created by the Futures Team in conjunction with Gympie Tourism, the chamber members voiced their frustration at the lack of apparent action taken to

promote the region. The representatives of each chamber communicated the distress and devastation business owners are experiencing and the need for urgent and effective marketing action to bring tourists back to the Gympie Cooloola Coast Region from June 12, once overnight accommodation opens back up. With other drive destinations already in the marketplace promoting their assets, the mix of 4WD beach driving, surfing, food escapes, access to Fraser Island, diving, whale watching, dolphin feeding, country weekends, Borumba Dam and the abundance of freshly caught seafood is what Queenslanders are craving right now - and we have it all. The outcome of the meeting was more open collaboration, sharing of resources, a need for one message, the commencement of an urgent marketing campaign to the 250 radius drive market, and a unified approach to begin immediately.

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ITH TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS lifting there’s no better way to enjoy a sunny day out than with the family in Tin Can Bay. When the opportunity arose, Vicki Lawler took no time in loading up her two beloved Shetland ponies, Anzac and Digger into the float and heading to the bay for a day out. “Our Neerdie home is a little too hilly as it’s ten acres straight up and the boys wanted to go for a walk,” Vicki explained. Harnessed up to a proportionally sized sulky, the pint-sized ponies were lapping up the coastal sunshine with Anzac leading the way. Shetland ponies were originally bred in the Shetland Isles and were sometimes referred to as pit ponies, as they were used in mining to cart coal to the surface. Their sturdy build, compact size and intelligence make them perfect for carting work and also the show ring. “Anzac is 17 years old and enjoying retirement from the country show circuit” Vicki said. “He always came home with a ribbon.” Digger came up from Victoria two years ago and has since joined Anzac on long-distance journeys of up to ten days in various parts of the country. Vicki has a long local connection previously leasing the Bungawatta Station (the Bungawatta hut was shifted to Tin Can Bay before it’s move to Gympie in 1997) and now makes horse rope gear and leather carving under her business Bungawatta Rope. If you ever see Vicki and the boys ‘sulking’ around the Cooloola Coast stop and say hello and have a chat. You may have seen Vicki Lawler with her Shetland ponies, Anzac and Digger around the coast recently

Mystique and friends await your return Norma Sanderson (volunteer)


T LAST Barnacles Cafe and the Dolphin Centre are open. Visitors are gradually returning to Tin Can Bay and, most importantly, to the Dolphin Centre to see and interact with our beautiful dolphins. Let us hope with stage 2 in June with more restrictions being lifted, we will see many visitors get back on the road and head for Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach to support our local businesses. The Tin Can Bay dolphins are waiting for you to revisit soon! Here with one of the coordinators Lyn McPherson

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Barnacles Cafe is increasing trading hours for dinner options, so check out the menu for their options. Mystique is still cleaning up Snapper Creek with his new found treasures. The calves are growing madly but it will be a while before they feed from the public. Joe (who is three years old) has been offered fish but so far not interested. You all stay safe and do the right thing by social distancing, as we don’t want the virus to take a hold in our area. See you at the Centre.

The Humpback Whales are back!

Save the date

Ollie Pearce and Kasey-Cruz Findlater comparing catches at the Classic

Fishing Comp!


HE SPORTS CLUB has announced that the Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic will be held - all going well - from Thursday November 26 to Sunday November 29, 2020. More details will follow in the lead up to

the event but suffice to say, get yourself, your tinnies and your families and mates ready for the Post Covid Family Fishing Classic at Rainbow Beach! Ripper!

Wildwatch Gympie Nature A

FTER THE LAST couple of months in lockdown it’s a great time to get back outdoors and the Cooloola Coast has plenty of outdoor opportunities! Why not combine this time with a touch of citizen science and help create a data log of the region’s priority and most threatened species. By sharing a sighting of animals, such as koalas, and uploading the information on the Wildwatch Gympie site it will give the council and other government agencies a better understanding on their location, health and movement. Vehicle strikes are also being recorded,

however only pull over and approach the animal if it is safe to do so and call a wildlife rescue group if required. Including these incidents in the Wildwatch Gympie data collection can assist in more informed decisions about ways of preventing or reducing vehicle strikes. If an injured animal is detected call 1300 ANIMAL or ANARRA on 5484 9111. Go to gympie.qld.gov.au/wildwatch to make a sighting log which can be done on a tablet, smartphone or computer and involves uploading a photo, answering a few questions and marking the location on a map.

Home-grown timber Did you know that the mber used to build your house might have been grown right here in your backyard? HQPlanta ons is one of Australia's largest private planta on growers and our Tuan Toolara planta on is the biggest con guous planta on in the country! We directly employ 45 people locally and engage more than 200 contractors across 30 different companies in the Fraser Coast and Gympie Regional Council areas. From the NSW border to Kuranda, we sustainably manage over 200,000 hectares of planta on forests that produce up to 2.5 million tonnes of mber a year, including all the pines you see on the way to Gympie or Maryborough. We have put in place COVID-19 health and safety measures for forest opera ons to ensure we can con nue to grow and deliver renewable mber to support local housing construc on, wooden pallets and landscaping. The planta ons in this area produce over 800,000 tonnes of planta on pine annually, supplying mills and suppor ng local employment in Toolara, Tuan, Maryborough, Gympie and surrounding areas (adding 1000+ jobs). All harvested areas are replanted with the eight million seedlings grown at our Toolara nursery. We manage 5,000km of roads in the region to access the planta on for mber harves ng , management and fire protec on. While these roads are open to the public for walking, horse riding, mountain bike riding, driving and motor bike riding, our worksites are closed to public access for safety. Visit out website for more informa on on responsible recrea on in the planta ons. Demonstra ng our commitment to environmental sustainability, we hold Responsible Wood and Forest Stewardship Council cer fica on and ac vely support important ini a ves by local conserva on organisa ons including Gympie Landcare and the Mary River Catchment Coordina ng Commi ee. The prescribed burning season has recently commenced and is an important part of good forest management. We consider wildfire to be the greatest threat to the planta ons and invest con nuously in forest fuel management to reduce the risk of fires during warmer, drier months. For more informa on about our fire management strategies, please visit www.hqplanta ons.com.a u/fire-management


OLF ROCK DIVE Centre is excited to announce that we will be operating from June 12 onwards! We will be following social distancing measures with reduced numbers, meaning small personal groups and close encounters. June is one of our favourite months to be in the water at Wolf Rock. The Humpback Whale northerly migration is in full swing; these giant mammals leave the icy waters of Antarctica to give birth in the warmer coastal Australian waters. The whales heading the migration are the sub adults, the teenagers who aren’t ready to breed, they are more interested in exploring, having fun and checking out strange things like boats and divers! Our best in-water interactions are generally over the next month. If you aren’t lucky enough to see a whale on your dive you are pretty much guaranteed to hear them. Whilst enjoying

The Humpback Whale northerly migration is in full swing with the giant mammals giving birth in the warmer coastal Australian waters

the wonders of Australia’s Best Shark and Ray Dive, kick back and embrace your inner hippy to the moans, groans and echoes of haunting whale song. Male Humpbacks do the majority of the singing in the hope of attracting a mate, the same songs are repeated by the whales in any one region and slowly evolve to change over time. There is plenty more to look forward to in June: the water is clear, and shark and manta ray numbers are high. We can’t wait to get back to showcasing nature’s wonderland. Call 07 5486 8004 or book online at: wolfrockdive.com.au

b a r C d u M d a M ! n e p o s i o r t s i B Open from 7am for coffee Kitchen open 7.30am - Tuesday to Saturday Ÿ First Batch Coffee!! Ÿ Daily Specials Ÿ Open 7am to 2pm Ÿ Range of breakfast options Ÿ Takeaway meals and Take Me

Home boxes Ÿ Changing menu Ÿ Locally sourced produce Ÿ Open Tuesday to Saturday

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QCWA Cooloola City Farm reopens ELL ANOTHER MONTH of our branch being closed due to the pandemic, but hopefully in June we will have direction on a way to open our branch and return to engaging with our members and the community. I mentioned in last month’s article the upcoming “Biggest Morning Tea” still has no date yet, but will be our first event on our return. It’s exciting the projects our members have been busy creating during our lockdown at home and completing UFO’s (unfinished objects). Thank you for your donations of wool and stationery this month ladies, much appreciated. I mentioned last month a few of the activities that the QCWA are involved in, here are some more. Agriculture and Environment Committee (excerpt from their monthly report): When Captain Arthur Phillips landed in Australia he had on board 28 fattailed sheep which he had purchased in South Africa - they ate 27 and only had one left. Oops! Challenge yourself as we did with this quiz: 1. What is more profitable, sheep for wool or sheep for meat? 2. Can you run sheep and cattle together? 3. Where do our woollen clothes come from, Australia or overseas wool? Country Kitchen put out a ‘Monthly Munch’ promoting and advocating together for better health and wellbeing. The key messages for autumn were to get more fruit and veggies in your meal; aim for five veggie serves each day and two fruits. Enjoy soups, casseroles, stew and pasta dishes and be aware of sugar in your drinks. Juice should be 100% with no added sugar. Water is always a good choice and sit less and move more. Now we are spending more time at home, it is a good time to get on to that gardening - a good physical activity and they say it can reduce stress. Our branch will be holding a Country Kitchen activity later in the year (cancelled due to restrictions). So, stay safe and happy, remember we are all in this together. QCWA enquiries, President 0412 547 043. Cottage Convenor for bookings and enquiries, 0490 670 518, 18 Whiting Street Tin Can Bay. Craft, Biggest Morning Tea and Hoy dates in next month’s edition.


ITY FARM HAS been closed, but we plan to re-open on June 2, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am - 2.30pm, unless governmental restrictions are re-imposed. In recent articles, we have discussed attracting native animals into your garden. This month, we discuss lizards. Why would you want lizards in your garden? Well, they eat insects such as cockroaches, moths, flies and beetles and spread the seeds of native plants and may pollinate flowers. They are a sign of a healthy native garden. As with other native animals, lizards need an environment that allows for their special needs and provides food and protection. Lizards require places to hide as they are vulnerable to predators such as birds, dogs and cats. They love logs, mulch, leaf litter and twigs. Logs provide snug holes, mulch creates a humid environment that attracts insects and leaf litter and twigs give protection. Lizards also appreciate stone walls or rocks in sunny, protected places for basking and the sanctuary provided by crevices or spaces underneath. Lizards rely on insects for food, but will also eat fruit, so plants that produce small fruit and berries will help them survive in your garden. Grow vines up trees so lizards

Photograph: Queensland Museum



can scale them while remaining hidden from predators. Groundcovers will enhance survival chances too. As with other native animals, lizards will not survive where they don’t have food sources and protection from predators, so consider providing for lizards in your

garden, as it would be a pity to miss out on these helpful creatures. City Farm is opposite the Community Centre, on Tin Can Bay Road 07 5486 2304 – ccfni09@gmail.com website: cooloolacityfarm.org

Take your kids to their hAPPy place in nature

Lindy Orwin, Cooloola Coastcare



MAGINE FACEBOOK ‘follow, share, comment, married’ or Instagram photo collections, but instead the subjects of the posts aren’t people or politics or viruses or any other downers, but nature. Bees and bugs and birds and koalas and turtles and beautiful wildflowers or stunning trees or anything at all in the wild in nature...wonderful, captivating nature. That’s the free app called iNaturalist. Now that restrictions are lifting and parks are opening, what better way to de-stress, experience joy and involve the whole family from grandparents to toddlers than to get hAPPy taking photos in nature. You don’t even need to be an expert at anything as the community has already got millions of users and many of them are enthusiasts who’ll help identify your creatures and plants. All you have to do is take a photo and

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give a basic description, like ‘moth’ or ‘tree’. There is also built in Artificial Intelligence to make suggestions to help you ID your photographs. iNaturalist is a citizen science project and online social network for anyone who loves nature, including you and your kids. It started with naturalists, citizen scientists and biologists who built an online community of people who love nature or just want to learn about it. The App involves you mapping and sharing observations of nature...plants, insects, birds, animals to build an understanding of biodiversity across the globe. So download iNaturalist today onto your phone and start snapping. You’ll be helping document our wonderful world. More information on their website at inaturalist.org

Rainbow Beach Police Beat by Senior Constable Mike Brantz

Make yourself a hard target


UST OVER three years ago a couple of young crooks made their way from Hervey Bay to Rainbow Beach on a working holiday – and by ‘working holiday’, I mean they came here to steal stuff. When they left town a couple of days later, two houses had been broken into and heaps of property - including a local’s car – had been stolen. “That was three years ago. What’s the point of this story?” I can hear you ask. The point is, last month one of these crooks (who I shall call ‘Felon’ for the purpose of this article) came back to town, and he arrived the same way he left three years ago – in a stolen car. Now I can only guess at his reason for coming back to Rainbow Beach, as it appears he was heading much further

south. But my theory goes something like this…

Felon and his mate are in Hervey Bay and want to go to Brisbane - but have no transport. They decide to steal a car and can’t believe their luck when they find one with the keys inside… They head off, taking the back road down the coast to avoid unnecessary attention on the highway (after all they are breaching the CHO’s nonessential travel directive). Along the Maryborough Cooloola Road they see a road sign advertising Rainbow Beach and Felon says to his mate “Bro, let’s go to Rainbow Beach, I’ve been there. We’ll be able to get a nicer car and other stuff, cause people there are too trusting and don’t lock up their houses”.

While this does sound a bit like a fairytale, I’m willing to bet there’s an element of truth in there too. Felon certainly didn’t have too much trouble getting into houses in Rainbow three years ago, and the car he stole back then had the keys in the ignition! Places can get a reputation for being easy targets, and this is not a reputation that we want here on the coast – let’s instead make ourselves ‘hard targets’. ‘Target hardening’ is a term often associated with business security – but can easily be adapted to home security as well. It simply means taking measures to strengthen the security of your building to reduce the risk of theft. As Mick stated in last month’s article ‘Now is the time to take a few extra security precautions: lock your cars and homes and

secure the keys. Don’t be alarmed – but do be alert.’ Simple, great advice… To wrap up the story of Felon, and his recent visit to Rainbow Beach - let’s just say it didn’t go exactly as he planned. He and his mate left empty handed, thanks to some ‘alert’ locals who thwarted his two attempts to steal a car. In fact, Felon’s second attempt ended with an irate local jumping on the bonnet of his car, ripping off his windscreen wiper. While we can’t condone this course of action (your personal safety is way more important than any property), I’m sure Felon will think twice before considering another ‘working holiday’ in Rainbow. Target hardened…

Bushfire Appeal Ann Olive


UST A FOLLOW UP on the Bushfire appeal organised by Ann Olive. The $200 proceeds of the Bushfire Appeal Artwork are being graciously accepted by Wildlife Rescue Fraser Coast. The Rural Fire Brigade and the SES of Rainbow Beach have welcomed the artwork in their new premises, when built late 2020 or early 2021. In the meantime, the Rainbow Beach Community Hall is looking to hang the artwork, until the new premises is built. Thanking everyone in the Cooloola Coast Community, who contributed financially and artistically. Organiser Ann Olive is thrilled with the way the local community enjoyed the project

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ORLD SEA TURTLE DAY is celebrated on June 16. But with 8 million tonnes of plastic dumped in our oceans every year, these amazing creatures are under threat. In fact, six out of seven species of marine turtle are threatened with extinction. Here, we share 10 facts from the World Wild Fund (previously World Wildlife Fund) that show just how amazing these creatures are, how lucky Rainbow Beach is to have such creatives in our midst, and highlight why we must fight back against the plastic pollution choking our oceans. 1. Turtles don’t have teeth. Instead, their upper and lower jaws have sheaths made of keratin (the same stuff your fingernails are made of) that fit onto the skull like a pair of false teeth


Sea Turtle Day 2. Turtle shells are made of over 50 bones fused together - so they’re literally wearing their bones on the outside.

in weight whilst the leatherback can reach up to 180cm and 500kg in weight. That’s over 10 times heavier!

3. The first few years of a marine turtle’s life are often referred to as the ‘lost years’. That’s because the time between when the hatchlings emerge until they return to coastal shallow waters to forage is incredibly difficult to study. The lost years they spend at sea – which can be up to 20 years – largely remain a mystery to humans.

5. It’s estimated that as few as 1 in 1,000 marine turtle eggs will survive to adulthood. And if beaches are strewn with litter, it can prevent hatchlings reaching the sea.

4. Marine turtle species vary greatly in size. The smallest, Kemp’s ridley, are around 70cm long and up to 40kg

6. Female leatherbacks make some interesting noises when they are nesting – some of which sound similar to a human belch. 7. Turtles seem to prefer red, orange and yellow coloured food. They appear to

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investigate these colours more than others when looking for a meal. 8. Marine turtles can migrate long distances – the record is for a female leatherback that swam nearly 13,000 miles over 647 days from Indonesia to the west coast of America! 9. Female marine turtles return to the same beach they hatched on to nest. Marine turtles’ amazing ability to navigate comes from their sensitivity to the Earth’s magnetic fields. 10. Even with all these amazing features and adaptations, six out of the seven species of marine turtle are

On their way to freedom, the little turtles make their way to the sea Photo: Rainbow Beach Wedding Photography

threatened with extinction, and the seventh is listed as data deficient. Plastic pollution is one major threat to sea turtles. In fact, one sea turtle out of two has ingested plastic - often mistaking it for food such as jellyfish. Cooloola Coastcare will be hosting an online World Sea Turtle Day Watch Party with special guests and a video about our sea turtles from 6.30 pm to 8pm on June 16, 2020. Vsit their website or Facebook page for details on how to join the event. cooloolacoastcare.org.au/facebook.com/ CooloolaCoastcare

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Such generous donations for our farmers! Tony Stewart – 0408 767 930 Rainbow Beach Droughtrunners


The Men’s Shed and grounds have been lovingly maintained by members over the previous months and it is looking great!

This is the plan ... all going well for the Men’s Shed F

IRST OFF, WE’D like to thank all Men’s Shed members for maintaining the shed and grounds, as well as the wider community for safeguarding the Shed during the current health crisis. Secondly, we’d like to announce that future activities at the Shed will be conducted in accordance with all current COVID-19 restrictions and regulations in respect social distancing, provision of hand sanitisers and limiting participation numbers. Thirdly, we’re on the hunt!! We’re looking for the following: 1) Articles to restore – bikes, toys (like the Model T car jack we salvaged) 2) Recyclable bottles and cans 3) To borrow or hire a long bladed (45cm) chainsaw. Fourthly, our first offering to the community (subject to relaxation of restrictions announced on June 12) is a

Knot Tying and Rope Splicing course to be held over two weeks from 9am-12 noon on Tuesday June 16 and 23 and Thursday, June 18 and 25. Teacher Mick Allman (a retired seaman) will provide the instruction and all materials will be supplied. Cost is $5 per session with a gold coin donation for tea/coffee. The course is limited to ten participants. If you have any of the above items available, would like to register for the course or have any queries, please contact Shed Manager, Bryan Phillips on 0420 299 651. Don’t forget, new members are always welcome so drop in to see what has been achieved and what’s on offer any weekday morning between 9am-12noon. The Tin Can Bay Community and Men’s Shed can be found behind Cityfarm, Tin Can Bay.

ELLO ALL FROM Rainbow Beach Droughtrunners. This is a fairly short report as like most businesses we are just crawling along. Most areas of NSW and Victoria look magnificent with just a follow up rain needed over the next few weeks. Most of Queensland is still okay, but those that have planted crops into sub soil moisture will probably need rain by mid June to help finish a good season before there are too many frosts. The Longreach area is pretty dry again as they missed a lot of the good falls in January. Unfortunately the season didn’t kick in and it is dusty again. Another $3000 in vouchers was donated into Centa-Care Longreach this month to hopefully help with Mental-Health on the land. Fancy now dealing with Covid-19 as well as all their other worries!

Many thanks to those that have continued to donate by leaving collections at Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach IGA, Bank of Queensland, Drakes Gympie, Wayne Kerle, Mitchells Gympie and the wonderful couple from Tin Can Bay that dropped off at our place. I now have nearly enough supplies for another trip out West. Thank you all that dropped more jars for chutney at Cathy House and those I collected. Thank you Mavis at Tin Can Bay for your very generous donation. Finally a BIG thanks to Jenny and Brice at Tin Can Bay for your wonderful donation of a Camper Trailer which is going into the Fire Area at Corryong for very much needed accommodation. Thank you also to Steve at Wide Bay Caravans at Tinana for your generous support. For anyone forgotten, please check our Rainbow Beach Droughtrunners Facebook page. Many thanks and stay safe

Tony Stewart from Rainbow Beach Droughtrunners at Coonabarabran delivering to the CWA for distribution to farmers

ExprEssions of intErEst

Are you A locAl business thAt wAnts to supply Forest wind, the proposed wind FArm in the toolArA, tuAn And neerdie stAte Forests?

Expressions of Interests are now open! local businesses are invited to lodge an expression of interest to supply the project via the Forest wind project page on the icn Gateway.

Please support local businesses on the coast. For all updates go to www.tonyperrett.com.au or Tony's facebook page Tony Perrett.

A wide range of opportunities are available from accommodation providers, logistics and transport, quarry and cement products, security services, water haulage, to electrical and civil works. Visit https://www.forestwind.com.au/local-business-opportunities for more information. local and traditional owner participation is an important objective for Forest wind. butchulla and Kabi Kabi businesses are encouraged to lodge an expression of interest.

Forest wind community consultative committee Forest wind is calling for nominations to become a member of the Forest wind community consultative committee. the committee will provide a forum for discussion between the Forest wind project team and representatives of the community, stakeholder groups such as local businesses, resident groups and associations, environment groups and the local councils on issues directly relating to the project. if you are interested in representing your community or local organisation on the committee, please complete a nomination form and email it to info@forestwind.com.au terms of reference and nomination forms are available on our website at https://www.forestwind.com.au/community-consultative-committee

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Creative Cuts Music Plus

Click and Collect at the Library Gympie Regional Libraries, which includes Rainbow Beach and Tin Can Bay, have launched a free click and collect service that allows residents to reserve library materials online or by phone, then organise a time to collect the earmarked items. Access to computers, meeting rooms, the local history room and the Gympie Library Makerspace will not be available, however Wi-Fi access outside of all libraries and online programming will continue. Social distancing and hygiene guidelines

will be enforced, including limiting the number of customers in the library at any one time when the branches reopen. Although there is no on-site access to our smaller branch libraries, the click and collect service will have collection points at the Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach, Return chutes will be open to return all library materials. For more information or to start using click and collect, visit gympie.qld.gov.au/ library or call our friendly team at the library on Rainbow Beach 5486 3705 and Tin Can Bay 5486 4355.

Len on harmonica and Kay on guitar and vocals at Music Plus pre Covid

Sadly we will not be able to organise our enjoyable evenings of music whilst life is still in lockdown. Even though some rules are being relaxed there will still be social distancing for a while yet. As May would have been our last concert of this season we will have to write this season off! Come September, as long as social distancing is behind us and we can truly enter into the activities of the evening without a worry, you will all be welcome,

musicians, audience and all the more the merrier! Being optimistic we hope that no-one has been ill, everyone is the better for the rest and that listening and happily singing together will be a breath of fresh air....... as long as we haven’t lost our voices or forgotten how to use them! Ha ha! So we look forward to meeting everyone again on Thursday September 24 at 7pm. Further information call Pam: 0427 180 649 or email: kcisf327@gmail.com

Coolabay Choir As of this week there is no good news of us getting together, but we look forward to numbers increasing for us to meet without social distancing making our musical occupation more difficult. Meanwhile follow the prompts that Nancy has found for us and join in any way you can to continue to use your voice. Keep singing... in the bath? .... in the shower? ....on your way to the shops, anywhere and everywhere you feel like it! We’ll look forward to our first meeting and you’ll hear through our e-mail messages from Maggie. For those of you who would like to join us and are not included in her list please call Pam 0427 180 649 or email: kcisf327@gmail.com

Still Op e n Rainbow Beach Hotel Bottleshops remain OPEN!

IGA bottle shop is open Monday to Sunday 9am to 7pm Castaway Cellars is open Mon - Wed 2.30pm - 7pm; Thur 10am - 10pm; Fri - Sat - Sun 10.30am - 10pm

See you soon!

Don't go dry - it's not July! Castaway Cellars 1 Rainbow Beach Road, Rainbow Beach Qld 4581 P: (07) 5486 8589

IGA Cellars Shop 3/48 Rainbow Beach Road, Rainbow Beach Qld 4581 P: (07) 5486 8265


PHONE: 0428 353 164

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ACE WHOLESALERS Phone: 0411 033 872 Email: acewholesalersgympie@gympie OPEN

COOLOOLA CURTAINS & BLINDS Phone: 0436 394 347 Email: craig@ccandb.com.au OPEN


COOLOOLA MITRE 10 Phone: 5486 2000 Locals suppor ng locals OPEN

BEACH TO BAY PEST MANAGEMENT Phone: 5486 4505 Email: ben@beachtobaypest.com OPEN BUSINESS LEAP Phone: 1300 249 482 Email: gympieoffice@businessleap.org.au OPEN

DAVIES FURNITURE COURT, GYM Phone: 5482 1848 Email: store2@daviesfurnitureco www.daviesfurniturecourt.com OPEN

CHANNON LAWRENCE DENTAL Phone: 1800 162 836 Email: admin@channonlawrencedental.com.au OPEN

EDS BEACH BAKERY Phone: 5486 3080 OPEN

CLASSIQUE BLINDS, SCREENS, AWNINGS Phone: 5481 2846 Email: classiqueblindsandscreens@gmail.com OPEN CLIMATE CONTROL REFRIGERATION Phone: 5486 4362 OPEN COLOURED SANDS CLINIC Phone: 07 5488 0271 Email: recep oncolouredsandsclinic@gmail.com OPEN

COOLOOLA COAST PILATES AND HEALTH Phone: 0432 690 194 Open with restric ons COOLOOLA COVE LANDSCAPE & GARDEN SUPPLIES Phone: 5488 0222 198 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Cooloola Cove OPEN COOLOOLA COAST REALTY Phone: 07 5486 3411 Business email: rainbowbeach@ccrealty.tv Monday - Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm; OPEN COOLOOLA COAST CLINIC Phone: 5486 4600 Open Mon to Fri 8am - 5pm; Sat 8am - 11am OPEN COOLOOLA COVE SMILES Phone: 5486 4800 Loca on: Dolphin Shopping Centre OPEN

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DOLPHIN FERRY CRUISES Phone: 0428 838 836 Stay tuned!

EPIC OCEAN ADVENTURES Phone: 5372 8066 www.epicoceanadventures.com.a OPEN FOODWORKS RAINBOW BEACH Phone: 5486 3629 OPEN GARDINER FISHERIES Phone: 0404 853 232 Email: bigmeshnet@gmail.com Open 6.30am to 5pm - 7 days GONE BONKERS Phone: 5488 0011 OPEN

GYMPIE & DISTRICT LANDCARE G Phone: 07 5483 8866 Email: admin@gympielandcare.or OPEN HALL HOMES & CONSTRUCTION Phone: 0438 864 152 Email: sales@hallhomes.com.au OPEN

IGA RAINBOW BEACH Phone: 5486 8700 Open 6am to 8pm, 7 days a week Offering Grocery Delivery - free o tobacco IGA TIN CAN BAY Phone: 5488 0084 Open 6am - 7pm, 7 days a week JOHN MADILL TOYOTA Phone: 5480 5555 / 5470 0700 Email: johnmadilltoyota.com.au OPEN






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KELLY FREDLINE FLORIST Phone: 0403 975 354 OPEN KIDS BIZZ TIN CAN BAY Phone: 5486 4850 Email: kidsbizz ncanbay@gmail.com Please call for updated informa on MAD MUDCRAB Phone: 0479 104 144 4 Gympie Road, Tin Can Bay Open with restric ons MARY VALLEY RATTLER Business address: 10 Tozer Street, Gympie Phone: 07 5482 2750 Open from June 13 RAINBOW BEACH HOLIDAY VILLAGE Phone: 5486 3222 Email: info@rainbowbeachholidayvillage.com Open June 12 RAINBOW BEACH SURF CLUB Phone: 5486 3249 Email: admin@rainbowbeachsurf.com.au Closed. Building extensions RAINBOW BEACH REALTY Phone: 0408 736 711, 5486 3900 Email: sales@rainbowbeachrealty.com www.rainbowbeachrealty.com OPEN RAINBOW BEACH TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE Phone: 5486 3227 www.howgoodisliving.com OPEN RAINBOW BEACH HOTEL Castaways ph: 5486 8589; IGA ph: 5486 8265 Castaways Cellars: Mon - Wed 2.30pm - 8pm; Thurs 10am - 10pm; FSS 10.30am - 10pm; IGA Cellars: Monday to Sunday 9am - 7pm RAINBOW BEACH MEDICAL Phone: 5486 3078 10 Ilmen ve Avenue, Rainbow Beach Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8am to 4.30pm RAINBOW BEACH SERVICE CENTRE Business phone number: 07 5486 8555 Email: dave@rainbowbeachautomo ve.com.au New trading hours: Monday - Friday 8am 4.30pm; business as normal RAINBOW BEACH PHARMACY Phone: 5486 3070 Email: rainbowbeachpharmacy@gmail.com Opening hours: Weekdays 8.30am - 5pm; Sat 8.30am-12.30

RAINBOW BEACH SPORTS CLUB Phone: 5486 3191 Takeaway meals Wed and Thursday; Wednesday Roast Night; Thursday Ribs Night and new Friday Night Flavours of Asia (takeaway only). Pick up from 5pm – 8pm, check Facebook page for updates; Bo le Shop open Mon – Fri 8am - 5pm, Sat 8am – 2pm

SOUL FOOD Phone: 0423 142 254 Open 7am - 4pm At the Shell Rainbow Beach

RAINBOW BEACH GENERAL PRACTICE Phone: 5353 1000 Open Wednesdays at 1/54 RB Road, RB


RAINBOW BEACH MEATS Phone: 0754 863 230 Email: rainbowbeachmeats@bigpond.com Open, 7am - 5pm Mon -Fri; Saturday 7am – 1pm

THE DECK AT SEA SALT Phone: 0499 008 624 OPEN

RAINBOW BEACH PIZZA & GRILL Phone: 5486 3043 Open 12pm - 8pm; 7 days; Takeaways and deliveries, new menu out soon RAINBOW BEACH FRUIT Phone: 0434 166 934 Open 7am - 2pm; Delivery available Order a mixed family box $45, delivery Fridays RAINBOW BEACH AND FRASER ISLAND DOMESTIC GAS SUPPLIES Phone: 0400 657 797 Email: rainbowbeachgas@gmail.com Business as normal - call today RAINBOW BEACH HARDWARE FISHING N CAMPING Phone: 07 54863444 Email: bruce@hardwarefishingncamping.com.au Open: Monday to Saturday 7.30am - 12noon; closed Sunday Phone if you have an emergency, you think we can help with

SHELL PETROL STATION Phone: 5486 3290 Open 7am - 5pm, 7 days a week

TIN CAN BAY COUNTRY CLUB Phone: 5486 4231 June 12 open for dining and takeaway Golf and Bowls are open TIN CAN BAY MOWER & MARINE Phone: 5486 2285 82 Schnapper Ck Road, TCB OPEN TIN CAN BAY NEWS Phone: 5486 4119 3/69 Gympie Road, Tin Can Bay Hours: M - F 7am - 5pm; Sat 7am - 2pm; Sun 7am - 11am TIN CAN BAY HOLIDAY VILLAGE Phone: 5486 4411 Open from June 12 TERMITES@COOLOOLA Phone: 5486 8686 Call for a termite inspec on or treatment

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A Wonderful Welcome Back!


ERVES AND EXCITEMENT were in equal measure as students in years two-toten returned to school after learning at home for the last five weeks.

Students and families were amazing, accepting and running with new routines in place due to Covid-19. Parents waved goodbye from the gate, and students who were a little nervous enjoyed the company and support of their friends, staff and Ryder (our school support dog) to keep them company on the walk to their classrooms. Our Preps and Year 1 students have been making the most of their time with Ryder in the morning by learning how to lead and walk with him! With these new routines, there are some changes that the community should be aware of: • Parents are asked to drop students off and pick them up from the front gate. • Parents are asked to only enter school grounds when essential, such as collecting a child who is unwell from the office. • Please phone the office with any questions rather than walking in (the office will then let you know if you need to come in).

Above: Class 5A and Ms Price are pleased to be back and settling in to the post-Covid life Right: Ryder has been welcoming students back to Tin Can Bay State School

Letters will continue to be sent home with students with any updates. If you think you may have missed a note, please contact the office for a new one to be sent home, or follow our school Facebook page as notes are posted there also.

Thank you to our students, families and the community for your continuing understanding and support during this time.

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Looking forward to establishing the ‘New Normal’ by Steve Bennett – Rainbow Beach State School Principal


E WILL HAVE by now been able to welcome ALL of our students back to school. The staff have been longing for this moment for us to be able to reconnect with students and their families after this extended home learning and physical isolation time. Which, it is worth noting has been longer than the traditional Christmas holiday break! Our parents have done a truly amazing job delivering the learning materials to their children on top of all of their regular responsibilities. We have been so impressed with the way our families have been able to shine during such a challenging time. We have all learnt so much and often outside our comfort zone. I am sure we are all looking forward to things progressing to the next step towards restrictions being lifted. Students will be catching up with old or new friends. Staff will be focussed on providing a range of coping strategies, including accessing additional support if necessary. We also need parents’ help with

the new processes for drop off and pick-up routines. While we are really conscious of the impact of these changes through the eyes of our children we are also very aware of our responsibility to keep all of us safe. We are all learning as we go and attempting to find a reasonable balance while creating a safe, supportive and inclusive school environment for health, wellbeing and learning. We are busy preparing activities that will include ice breakers, having fun together, and checking in with each other. We will take advantage of any opportunities to reflect on the time away and share our experiences with a focus on the positives. The Premier announced that from May 25 programs such as KindyLinQ and Playgroup that involve parents on school sites may resume on school grounds but should be limited to 10 adults, including our staff. In this case it was decided that local school decisions around these programs are

Although the preppies have been at school for two weeks, they love that their school is now back to ‘normal’ again: Back row; Xavier, Joshi, Abbey, Oscar, Josie then Dakota, Mrs Chamberlain, Skylar, Nikkita, Koa, Xaiya, Elizabeth, Maya, Fletcher; Front row; Max, Marlee, Sophia, Annabella, Liam S, Kaiden, Liam C

best made by the principal on a case-by-case basis to ensure any updates to health and physical distancing requirements are met. As such, we are planning to resume both KindyLinQ and Playgroup sessions starting the week of June 2, 3 and 4! This is great news for our community and I know that both Libby Margett and Sarah Brantz are very excited about the prospect of seeing our families again soon. In the meantime, we would like to encourage families to visit the Playgroup Queensland website and earlylearning@ home for ideas, activities and resources they can use with their children at home.

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SUMMARY of guidelines for a safe reopening of Rainbow Beach KindyLinQ and Playgroup: 1. All parents and children to use hand sanitised on arrival and departure and as required during the morning 2. Parents to use mobile phones only if necessary 3. No food sharing (sad face) 4. Adults to maintain social distancing of 1.5m; children however do not need to 5. Adults and children to remain in the KindyLinQ area only, School Library and the immediate outside area.

Mr Bennett and his grade four class excited to be back to school with friends; Back Row; Lilly, Blake, Sonny, Charlotte, Mr Bennett, Middle: Liam, Dan, Baylen,Front: Keira, Darcy Seb

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Health, Fitness, Beauty & Wellbeing

Maintaining mental health during Covid-19 Suzanne Norman


ELL WHAT AN extraordinary time the world has been through in the last few months! The economic, social and psychological impacts of lockdown due to the Covid-19 Pandemic have been immense. We are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel now, with restrictions easing and life slowly returning to normal, or a ‘new normal’. Making certain we get connected again is critical according to RU OK? CEO Kathleen Newton. “Those who are feeling well can make it their daily routine to reach out to connect with someone who might be struggling.”

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Get informed with the right information

We are ‘hard-wired’ to react to possible threats to ourselves, our families, and our communities. But at times, our reactions may also be excessive and unhelpful, and may cause significant stress and worry. Relying on news from mainstream media or social media, which may sensationalise or exaggerate issues, can further increase our stress and anxiety. Consider only accessing trusted sources of information (e.g., ABC Radio, Australian Government Department of Health website, World Health Organisation website, etc).

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NYONE WHO wants to protect themselves against this year’s influenza strains should talk to their doctor about getting immunised. The flu vaccine changes every year because strains vary each year. The government funds vaccinations for people who are 65 years and over; children under 5 (and older than 6 months); pregnant women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over, and anyone who is considered to have certain medical risk factors (a list your doctor has will let you know if you are eligible). For those not covered by the government funded program, influenza vaccinations are around $20 depending on which clinic you attend. If you haven’t had a vaccination yet, now is the time as the change in season and cooler weather approaches.

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Get organised

Try to maintain a routine, even if a little altered, that includes eating nutritiously, engaging in good sleep, hygiene and exercising.

A good antidote to stress and worry is to get active and organised. If you are worried about something, then do something. Make plans and write your list of what you need to buy, organise, or set-up, and get on with doing it. Tick off each item and turn your ‘To Do’ list into a ‘Ta-Da’ list.


Another key strategy for keeping good mental wellbeing is to stay connected and engaged with people and activities that are meaningful. Reflect on what these are for you and schedule time in your routine to keep doing them.

Whenever you recognise you are getting stressed, ask yourself, ‘What do I need to do to help manage this situation?’


You might have to modify how you stay connected, for example, using Skype or Facetime or Whatsapp instead of face-to-face visits.

Balance your thoughts

When we get stressed about our health or risks of infection our thoughts can become dark, brooding, and pessimistic. Thoughts like, “How will I cope if I get sick?” Negative and dark brooding thoughts will stop you doing things that can help.


Give yourself permission to switch off the ‘noise’ such as social media, news, or even radio for most of each day. Also give yourself permission to excuse yourself from people who are creating stress. Replace the ‘noise’ with things that can help you, and are enjoyable.


Even if we can’t do those things in exactly the same way due to quarantine or isolation, it is essential that we make the time and effort to do things that we find valuable and meaningful and fun.

Shut down the noise

Stress is infectious, and often unhelpful. People tend to talk about things they are worried about, which creates lots of ‘noise’, which can create even more stress.

Remember who you are

10. Keep looking forward Stressful times can make it challenging to act in the way that is aligned with our values. But, even when feeling stressed, remember who you are, and what you believe in. Remember to be gentle, kind, and respectful to yourself and to others; other people are probably as stressed and worried as you are.


Most people are good, kind, and sensible. They care for others and the environment and want to make the world a better place. These reflect important ‘values’.

Do the things that you enjoy and that are good for you

When we are stressed, we tend to avoid doing things that we normally do, including things that are good for our mental health.

Remember, our thoughts are not always true or helpful. Challenge your negative thoughts by balancing them with more realistic thoughts.


Stay engaged

Keep healthy routines

We all have routines in our daily lives. Major events naturally create changes in routines, particularly if we can’t do some of our usual activities.

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Remember the famous saying, ‘this too shall pass’. It may not feel like it, but things will return to normal. In the meantime, it is important to have confidence that things will improve, that people will recover, and things will get back to normal. In addition to maintaining your long-term goals, also think about things that you will do each day and week, which you can and will enjoy. Again, try and bring others into your plans; they might also benefit from thinking about the future.

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Historical Cooloola

More on the shipwreck of the MV Natone


OLLOWING LAST month’s article on the Trish Burgess book ‘Wyatt Earp - the little ship with many names’, I had a chat with local resident Col Mills, who has his own memories to add on the ship locals call the MV Natone. Documented as one of Australia’s most famous ships, the Natone was wrecked here on January 24th 1959 during cyclonic weather. All 18 seamen, six Europeans and twelve Papuan, survived the ordeal and were hurled ashore at Eight Mile Rocks (Mudlo), after a wild ride to the beach using life buoys and hatch covers as surfboards atop mountainous waves. In 1959 there was no settlement here at Rainbow Beach and the city access was via the beach from Tewantin or on foot from Carlo via boat from Tin Can Bay. A rusty old tin shed was situated near where the lifesavers tower is today. Light keepers were stationed at lnskip Point and Double Island Point Col said: “I was working in Brisbane when the Natone went down at Rainbow and it was some years afterwards before I visited Rainbow again and by that time there was no visible evidence of the wreck. “However over the years, usually after an episode of extremely rough weather and the subsequent beach erosion, remains of the wreckage, of what I believe to be part of the Natone, are uncovered. “Some years back there were some doubts as to whether the wreckage is that

of the Natone or another boat that went down off Rainbow some years earlier called the St Magnus. “However when old locals like Gordon Elmer, Harold Simpson and Jim Samon vouch that it is the Natone then that’s good enough evidence for me.” The Natone was built in 1919 in Norway as a fishing vessel, Fv Fanejord. She was purchased by American Lincoln Ellsworth in 1933 for his Antarctic expeditions, who renamed her MV Wyatt Earp. The Australian Government bought her in 1939 and she was renamed HMAS Wongala and served in the Australian Navy until 1947, when she was converted as an Antarctic exploration vessel and was recommissioned as HMAS Wyatt Earp in anticipation of her Antarctic voyage. Finally, in 1951 she was decommissioned and sold to the Ulverston Line, who renamed her MV Natone, to carry cattle from Queensland to New Guinea. It was on a voyage from Cairns to Brisbane in 1959 that she ran aground at Rainbow Beach during wild weather. All on board survived the ordeal. On January 23rd 1959, the old ship, now renamed MV Natone after a large potato growing area near Ulverstone, Tasmania, left Cairns under her Master, Captain PH Gosschalk and that was her last journey. Gary Splatt has immortalised the MV Natone by constructing a truly stunning static model of her which sits at the Rainbow Beach Sports Club and which was

Photos of the MV Natone wreckage taken by Col Mills during one of its rare appearances approximately one mile north of the beach access road north of Rainbow Shores

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Is this seat made from history?

Murray and a group of local men created this seat and from one solid beam of wood, and wonders if it may be from the MV Natone


The amount of erosion needed to expose the MV Natone

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OCAL MAN Murray had seen a piece of solid wood with steel embedded in it washed up on the rocks below the surf club. He wanted to use it but he would never be able to move it. A little while later the log washed ashore further up the beach and he felt it was serendipity. It takes four men to lift and still has the steel and some bolts in it. He and a group of local men decided it would be a great base for a seat overlooking the ocean. They used branches for the uprights and the back of the seat, and it has become a local tradition to enjoy a non-alcoholic bevy of an afternoon. He has been searching for its origins since he found the timber and after seeing the remains of the shipwreck on Col’s photo, wondered if it is part of the MV Natone. What do you think?


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E HAVE GOOD news and bad news well, not-so-bad news really.

The not-so-bad news first. Even with some Covid 19 restrictions lifted, there has not been any organised club racing allowed. But the good news is that the club purchased two new dinghies thanks to a recent grant. The dinghies are two RS Quests and come with asymmetrical spinnakers and a trapeze. Russell, Mike and Bob of the Tin Can Bay Yacht Club wondering which parts are which and where they go on their new RS Quests

They arrived as a ‘flat pack’, a boat shaped flat back and had to be fitted together. This took quite some time but with nothing as good as messing about with boats, the fitting out was eventually completed. At least one Quest was completed. More fun is yet to come fitting out the second boat. Even more fun will be when the boats are taken out on their maiden voyages. The Quests will be used for racing and sail training, without the spinnaker and trapeze initially as soon as the post-Covid era is here.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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to Inskip Point and crossing in the barge. The island is 123Flying km long and covers Rainbow Beach Services offer an a area 166,038toha, so you needbut to allow dailyofservice Fraser Island, prior plenty of time explore and appreciate it. bookings are torequired. Remember that www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/fraser/index going independently, a permit is required and is available fromholidaying the National Parks Unless you intend on Fraser Offi ce. Island, most probably your best way of

Remember that going independently, a permit is required and is available from the National Parks Office.

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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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Fishing, Boating & the Great Outdoors

Fishing Report Rainbow Beach Mat Cooper Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters 0439 775 070


I EVERYONE! As you all know fishing charters are still not allowed to start up again as yet, however with a bit of luck June 12 may see us heading out with smaller groups. We have not been out to report any fishing done by ourselves, however a few local boys have ventured out to gather a feed and have done extremely well.

On a positive note the beaches seem to be firing up well this year, much better than the previous few. Some great size tailor have been coming through which gave me a new PB going 76cm. We have been getting plenty of Jew off the beach also, with six being landed one evening. Well, that’s about all I have for this month unfortunately. We have no recent photos for the month so chucked in a couple from previous trips. Cheers Mat

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HE YEAR IS flowing by quickly and we are now into June when the water temperature is generally lower. The mud crabs obviously can’t read though as there was no “r” in May. For those who don’t know, the myth is that mud crabs are not active in months without the letter “r” in them as these are the cooler months. The mud crabs are also not observing the Coronavirus social distancing rules either as multiple crabs are congregating in the one pot. There are also good numbers of sand crabs around at the moment but the bigger percentage seem to be undersized, so be aware of the size limit and the method of measuring as it is not the same as measuring a mud crab. Sand crabs can be active in daylight hours so it can be worthwhile to set your pots at the start of the run-in tide and check in at high tide. If you want a bit of fun, the tuna species are still actively feeding on bait fish in the main channels and can be caught on small metal lures cast into the feeding fish. The reef areas and ledges in the straights have been producing lately with some good quality cod, slatey bream, sweetlip and blue tusk fish being caught by those targeting them methodically, providing you can get them past the groups of small sharks that are ever present in these areas especially around Inskip. Fishing light gear with a decent leader and a slab of flesh or squid will result in good fun when you connect with one of these very agile little toothy critters. Flathead numbers seem to have

increased recently with a few being caught by those who put in the effort to find where they are on the day. There are a few good-sized summer whiting being caught when the numerous small bream leave the bait alone long enough for the whiting to find it. Good numbers of diver whiting are also being caught in the deeper waters. Squid are being caught in good numbers, with a bit of hunting around to find where they are on the day and what stage of the tide they are most active. There are quite a few large tiger squid also, with only the occasional one being caught while targeting the normal species of

squid as they seem to hunt in a different situation. Tiger squid can be best found at low tide in the shallows adjacent the deeper channels by motoring along in the deeper water and looking carefully to the shallows. They can be very difficult to catch as they spook easily, so an electric motor or drifting is best, but interesting to see how many you can spot. The Club Executive is happy to announce that the monthly and annual competitions were reinstated on May 17 and the club committee is planning to have a meeting within the next few weeks. The bi-monthly club general meetings

A nice meal of fresh squid caught locally by a Tin Can Bay Fishing Club member

and social gatherings will recommence as soon as restrictions allow. The latest marine survey has been completed and the new reference points for safely crossing the Wide Bay Bar are now available to anyone by contacting Coast Guard Tin Can Bay and they will text the information to you. For any information in relation to membership or just general information, contact the Secretary on 0437 242 171 or email tcbfishingclub@bigpond.com

ALL INSURANCE REPAIRS 2 LOCATIONS TIN CAN BAY: 5486 4004 SCULLETT DRIVE MARYBOROUGH: 4121 6377 GYMPIE RD, TINANA www.widebaycaravans.com.au 30 – Rainbow Beach Cooloola Coast Community News – June 2020

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JUSTICE OF THE PEACE (Please phone to make appt ) DEACON, Arthur (Cooloola Cove) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0419 624 208 FISHER, Peter (Cooloola Cove) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0407 95 4678 GETT, Kelvin (Rainbow Beach) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5486 3538 MISSEN, John Joseph (Rainbow Beach) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5486 8153 Library - Tin Can Bay Wed, Frid 9am - 12.30am . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5486 4355 Library - Rainbow Beach Thurs, 9.30am - 12.30pm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5486 3705

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EMAIL cosgroves@cosgroves.com.au TELEPHONE (07) 3371 9199 MOBILE (24 HRS) 0418 729 474 P.O. Box 1225 TOOWONG Q. 4066 June 2020 – Rainbow Beach Cooloola Coast Community News – 33

A Little Humour MEMORY Three brothers 92, 94 and 96 live in a house together. One night the 96-year-old draws a bath, puts his foot in and pauses. He yells down the stairs, “Was I getting in or out of the bath?” The 94-year-old yells back: “I don’t know I’ll come up and see. He starts up the stairs and pauses, then he yells: “Was I going up the stairs or coming down?” The 92-year-old was sitting at the kitchen table having coffee listening to his brothers. He shakes his head and says: “I sure hope I never get that forgetful.” He knocks on wood for good luck. He then yells: “I’ll come and help both of you when I see who’s at the door.” A family brings their elderly mother to a nursing home. While sitting in her new room, she starts to slowly lean over sideways in her chair. Two attentive nurses immediately straighten her up. After a while, she starts to tilt to the other side. The nurses rush back to put her upright. This goes on all morning. Later, the family arrives and asks: “Are they treating you alright?” She replies: “It’s pretty nice, except they won’t let you fart.” STARRY NIGHT The Lone Ranger and Tonto went camping in the desert. After they got their tent all set up, both men fell sound asleep. Some hours later, Tonto wakes the Lone Ranger and says, ‘Kemo Sabe, look towards sky, what you see?’ ‘The Lone Ranger replies, ‘I see millions of stars.’ ‘What that tell you?’ asked Tonto. The Lone Ranger ponders for a minute then says, ‘Astronomically speaking, it tells me there are millions of galaxies and

potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, it tells me that Saturn is in Leo. Time wise, it appears to be approximately a quarter past three in the morning. ‘Theologically, the Lord is all-powerful and we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What’s it tell you, Tonto?’ ‘You dumber than buffalo. It means someone stole the tent’ WORD UP I invented a new word Plagiarism

Johnny was astounded and asked Mr. Johnson to prove it. “Well, said Mr. Johnson, I was looking over your test and the question was, ‘Who was our first president?’, and the little girl that sits next to you, Mary, put ‘George Washington,’ and so did you.” “So, everyone knows that he was the first president.” “Well, just wait a minute,” said Mr. Johnson. “The next question was, ‘Who freed the slaves?’ Mary put Abraham Lincoln in and so did you.” “Well, I read the history book last night and I remembered that,” said Johnny. “Wait, wait,” said Mr. Johnson.

Yesterday I saw a guy spill all his scrabble letters on the road. I asked him, “What’s the word on the street?”

The next question was, ‘Who was president during the Louisiana Purchase?’ Mary put ‘I don’t know,’ and you put, ‘Me neither’.”

Hear about the new restaurant called Karma? There’s no menu: You get what you deserve.


A woman in labour suddenly shouted, “Shouldn’t! Wouldn’t! Couldn’t! Didn’t! Can’t!” “Don’t worry,” said the doc. “Those are just contractions.” A priest, a rabbit and a minister walk into a bar. The bartender asks the rabbit “what’ll ya have?” The rabbit says “I dunno. I’m only here because of auto-correct.” TEST In class one day, Mr. Johnson pulled Johnny over to his desk after a test, and said, “Johnny I have a feeling that you have been cheating on your tests.”

34 – Rainbow Beach Cooloola Coast Community News – June 2020

Wife crashed the car again today. She told the police the man she collided with was on his mobile phone and drinking beer! Police said he can do what he likes in his own living room! I’ll never forget the look on the cashier’s face, when she scanned the packet of bird seed, and I asked her how long does it take for the birds to grow once I plant them. 100 years ago everyone owned a horse and only the rich owned cars. Today everyone has cars and only the rich have horses. How the stables have turned. I have a pencil that used to be owned by William Shakespeare. But he chewed it a lot. Now I can’t tell if it’s 2B or not 2B.

I have washed my hands so much I have uncovered a nightclub stamp from 25 years ago. As we walked towards my parent’s front door, my new girlfriend looked petrified after I told her that my dad likes to cross dress. “Err...pleased to meet you, Dave,” she said. “You idiot...... This is my mum Beryl.” MIXED MEANING Hi Max. This is Richard, next door. I’ve been riddled with guilt for a few months and have been trying to get up the courage to tell you face to face. I’ve been sharing your wife, day and night, probably much more than you. I haven’t been getting it at home recently. I know that’s no excuse. The temptation was just too great. I can’t live with the guilt and hope you will accept my sincere apology and forgive me. Please suggest a fee for usage and I’ll pay you. Regards, Richard. Max, feeling enraged and betrayed, grabbed his gun, went next door, and shot Richard dead. He returned home, shot his wife, poured himself a stiff drink, and sat down on the sofa. Max then looked at his phone and discovered a second text message from Richard. SECOND TEXT MESSAGE Hi, Max. Richard here again. Sorry about the typo on my last text. I assume you figured it out and noticed that the darn spell-checker had changed “wi-fi” to “wife”. Technology, huh? It’ll be the death of us all.



BONDI Says it all really. really.

June 2020 – Rainbow Beach Cooloola Coast Community News – 35

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Hello and welcome to all those in beau ful Rainbow Beach land, both locals and, hopefully soon, our travellers. With current restric ons only allowing visitors from the 150klms radius, June 12 cannot come quick enough. I s ll believe 250klms isn’t far enough, but when you live in the city, you’re only city minded. Don’t know how the footy players can travel interstate but we are not allowed? Must have some special superpower? Maybe $$$? It must be hard si�ng in all the ivory towers on full wage, making decisions killing the private sector. Aren’t we all in this together? Should all government funded services take a pay cut to $1500 per fortnight? People’s perspec ves might change very quickly. If you do not want to teach due to fear then take annual unpaid leave. No one is stopping you. I don’t even want to talk about selffunded re rees, that’s if there is even any le�? Now since an administra ve error in the Jobkeeper scheme, there are some spare funds in the approxima on of $60 billion. Maybe the s mulus of “get off your bo�om and get back to work” Free money isn’t going to be there forever, unless you live in a first world economy?

Hopefully common sense prevails and the borders are open sooner rather than later. We do not want the cure worse than the disease. I am all for protec ng the vulnerable, however, we also need to consider the whole of the popula on not just one single sector. A mental health death is just as important as a Covid death. Or is it? Sports report - football in Germany has begun and the whole world is watching on. Only because there is nothing else to view. I almost started be�ng on snails slugging their way up the wall the other day but realised FOOTY is almost upon us. Just like “stealing”a lolly from a kid, the government stole footy from me. I have already got the footy shirt on. Hopefully this is the beginning of the end of Covid; only deaths will tell. One thing Covid has done, it has brought our li�le community together. It is good to see locals suppor ng locals during a me of crisis. If you are suppor ng locals, you are paying the wage of another, who then supports the local tradie and it’s a big circle. Please all remember to stay 1.5 metres apart and stay safe.

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

We haven’t hit the scary sta s cs yet, unemployment of only 10%, are you kidding me? I am no numbers man but to see the amount of people who are unable to afford food in-store hasn’t go�en any be�er, I expect it to get worse. I think it’s a lot higher than 10%. Only if the banks, landlords and electricity companies didn’t care about payment. The empty shops down the main street are an indicator that the homelessness will rise. I have heard of people who have lost their job due to Covid restric ons and are yet to receive any government assistance. Hopefully this comes to an end soon. I cannot wait to see Rainbow flourishing again, people apprecia ng our beau ful environment, camping, 4WDriving and just BCFing. It is no good having everything all locked up if we are not able to appreciate it. I really feel for people who have family members over the border who are currently being told they cannot visit them un l at least September.

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