Rainbow Beach Community News March 2023

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Open 7am-5pm | 6 Rainbow Beach Road | 07 54 863 227 www.rainbowbeachinfo.com.au CleanUp Australia Day BreastScreen Are Back Evacuation Centre Training Council Rolling Grant Round 3 5 6 21 Volume 26 | Issue 3 MARch 2023 Celebrate our wonderful women of all generations this month. See details of local events throughout this issue.

The year Marches forward...

WELCOME TO the March issue. Plenty happening in our beautiful region this month as always.

Make sure you book your BreastScreen appointment while they are here this month. I can’t think of anyone I know that hasn’t either experienced breast cancer themselves or is closely connected to someone who has. So please make use of this free service while it is on our doorsteps.

March is all about celebrating women the world over, with International Women’s Day on 8 March. There are a couple of events happening locally throughout the month to focus on this wonderful day. See details in this issue or keep an eye on our Facebook page.

We are all lucky to know so many incredible women. As I’ve mentioned previously, my 102 (and a half!)-yearold Nana served in the WAAF in England

crocheted enough blankets to cover half of the state, and still remembers all seven great-grandchildren’s birthdays.

But we don’t need to live to 102 to make an impact. Take inspiration from all of the loving, giving, caring, clever, resourceful, amazing women all around you. I can think of plenty in our town alone but won’t embarrass them by mentioning them publicly...but hopefully they know who they are!

Have a happy, safe, productive (or not - rest is important too!) month.

Til next time.

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Clean Up Australia

ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES, grab some gloves and take part in Australia’s largest community-based environmental event over the first weekend in March.

Time to clean up the nation!

Cooloola Coast Events

Inskip Point Recreational Area

Sat 4 Mar 8.30am-4.30pm

Sun 5 Mar 8.30-12pm

Meeting Point: MV Natone campground

Site Supervisor: Peter White

Freshwater Track, Great Sandy National Park

Sun 5 Mar 8am-12pm

Meeting Point: Cnr of Rainbow Beach Rd and Great Sandy Nat Park turn off

Site Supervisor: Cooloola 4WD Club

Rainbow Beach - Gympie & District

Landcare Group

Sun 5 Mar 8.30am-2pm

Meeting Point: Park opposite The Deck@Sea Salt, Kirchner Rd

Site Supervisor: Selina Toohey

Tin Can Bay - Lions Club of Tin Can Bay

Sun 5 Mar 8am-11am

Meeting Point: Wes Mitchell Park, near playground/car park

Site Supervisor: Jess Milne

Want to register online?

Go to www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au and click JOIN A CLEAN UP then search by postcode to find the event you wish to join.

Did you know that Clean Up Australia Day is over 30 years old?!

Majestic but Unpredictable

HOPEFULLY YOU HAVE noticed the orange flashing warning signs on Tin Can Bay Road on the approaches to the Coondoo Creek area. These are in place to alert residents and visitors of the risk of horses crossing the road, as HQPlantations continues to take the lead to address the safety risk to road users from feral horse movement in close proximity to major public thoroughfares.

An exclusion fence can be seen on the eastern side of the Maryborough Cooloola Road in an attempt to limit horse movement and road crossings in this area. Research indicates that a feral horse population of between 2,000 and 3,000 horses is present in Tuan, Toolara, and adjacent state forests.

Another method of mitigation is to remove feral horse families along the roadside buffer zone using a passive trapping method. The process involves using dormant electric fencing on the ground to familiarise the horses to the fence before raising it in a very large area and making it live. After the horses are within the enclosed area the electric fence is slowly reduced until they are in a small area then yarded.

In February six feral horses were captured near Coondoo Creek using this method and have been relocated for rehoming. These horses were crossing the road on a regular basis and were a real risk to road users – and the road users were a risk to the horses!

While the sight of wild horses grazing along the roadside can appear majestic, they are unpredictable. HQPlantations urge drivers to navigate the Tin Can Bay and Maryborough Cooloola roads with caution, especially at night as they are often can’t be seen until it’s almost too late.

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Yarded and ready for rehoming away from busy roads.
Can you spot the horses beside the road?
Photos supplied by HQPlantations.

BreastScreen mobile service to visit Tin Can Bay

BREASTSCREEN QUEENSLAND mobile service will be at the Lions Park, Tin Can Bay from 20 March to 6 April offering free breast cancer screening for women 40 years and over.

BreastScreen Queensland Health Promotion Officer, Gillian Duffy, said ‘You don’t need a doctor’s referral for a breast screen and your appointment takes less than 30 minutes.’

Women aged 50 – 74 are encouraged to have a breast screen every two years, as studies show that this age group benefits the most from regular screening. Finding breast cancer early can increase treatment options and save lives.

‘We are taking bookings now for our Tin Can Bay visit.’ Ms Duffy said. ‘So call us today and don’t miss the bus.’

BreastScreen Queensland also has permanent services at Goldfields Plaza, Gympie, Nambour Hospital and Goodchap St, Noosaville. For more information, to update contact details, or to make an appointment call 13 20 50 or visit breastscreen.qld.gov.au


• 75% of women diagnosed with breast cancer are over 50. Younger women do get breast cancer, but the risk of breast cancer increases dramatically after the age of 50.

• 9 out of 10 women diagnosed with breast cancer have NO family history of the disease. While women with a family history of breast cancer are more at risk, most

Above: Don’t miss the bus! Book your BreastScreen appointment now.

Right: To watch a video explaining what to expect at a breast screen appointment scan the QR code.

women diagnosed have no family history of the disease at all.

• A breast screen every two years is the best way to detect breast cancer early, well before you or your doctor can feel anything.

Toolara Trees Safe With Leisa

THE DAYS OF A forester being the stereotypical lumberjack are over, as proves nursery manager Leisa Overs – a woman working at the forefront of sustainable forest management with Queensland’s largest plantation forest grower, HQPlantations (HQP).

Leisa is responsible for the health and growth of 10 million Southern Pine and Araucaria seedlings a year at HQP’s Toolara accredited nursery to support HQP’s annual planting program and is leading a $20 million

facility improvement program.

When Leisa finished high school, she was considering nursing or accounting and it was only a lastminute decision to switch to a Bachelor of Applied Science in Forestry at Southern Cross University, one she’s glad she made.

‘I was interested in geography but didn’t think back then I’d be working with beneficial bacteria to help pine trees grow better,’ said Leisa.

‘The trees that get their start here as seedlings supply almost all the

structural timber to Queensland, building sustainable local homes and communities, so it is important they grow to be healthy and strong,’ she said.

Did you know that more than 25,000 houses a year are built using timber from HQP’s Southern Pine plantations instead of extractive resources? That’s a lot of wood!

Leisa Overs of HQPlantations disproves the image of foresters needing to be burly lumberjacks!

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Keep Campfires Safe for Kids

AS THE EASTER break and school holidays are rapidly approaching, hopefully with some cooler weather, many families will be planning a camping trip. It is timely therefore to warn parents of the dangers for young children around campfires.

Apart from the obvious need to always supervise children near a fire, parents should be aware of the correct way to extinguish a campfire. Sand or dirt should not be used, as heat up to 100 degrees Celsius can remain for over eight hours and children have been burnt stepping on the site of a campfire.

A fire put out with a bucket of water will retain little or no heat after a period of 10 minutes.

If burns occur, they should be treated with cold running water and medical assistance sought immediately.

Ambulance Officers have reported some difficulties in locating patients at camp sites when 000 (triple zero) has been called. If assistance is required at a site at Inskip Point or Teewah Beach, it would be helpful if your vehicle hazard lights could be turned on. This will help the Officers to quickly identify the correct location of the emergency either in the daytime or at night.

Evacuation Centre Training at Rainbow Beach Hall

WITH ONE ROAD in and one road out, many Rainbow Beach locals have often joked about how easy it would be to keep out the undesirable element – just build a drawbridge!

As comical as the idea is, it also illustrates our vulnerability in the opposite scenario: if the road was cut – we similarly may not be able to get back out in times of an emergency.

Indeed, in late 2022, some of you will recall that flash flooding at Carland Creek led to exactly that scenario – cutting off Rainbow Beach Road for several hours. Some eastbound travellers even found themselves beneficiaries of a charitable charter boat operator (who literally ferried them from the Tin Can Bay ‘side’ around to Rainbow Beach. Necessity is the mother of invention, as they say).

Whether it’s flash-flooding, or possibly a bushfire scenario cutting the road – it’s not hard to see that being stranded in Rainbow Beach is indeed a possibility, however slim. Now of course there’s worse places to be stranded, providing there is plenty of accommodation. But if it was peak holiday season, compounded by campers leaving Fraser Island, we might need to start looking for alternative places to accommodate people.

One such scenario that has been considered by the Local Disaster Management Group, involves the opening of a dedicated Evacuation Centre at the Rainbow Beach Hall. Although the hall would only be used as a ‘last resort’, such an undertaking would require volunteer support from the community, to ensure the welfare of those who essentially found themselves ‘homeless’ for a short time.

Scan to register for the one-day Evacuation Centre Training session.

Calling all volunteers

To prepare and plan for such an undertaking (opening the hall as an Evacuation Centre), Gympie Regional Council is offering one day of Evacuation Centre Training on Friday 5 May 2023 to residents of Rainbow Beach, Tin Can Bay, and Cooloola Cove. The training is run by Red Cross, and lunch and training materials will be provided.

Registration must be received by three weeks prior, and numbers are limited. Registrations can be made by scanning the QR code, or emailing your name and contact number to disaster@ gympie.qld.gov.au


Our ANZACs and the role of the Maheno

AS WE APPROACH ANZAC Day, one of the major commemorative events for the Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach RSL Sub Branches, it is appropriate that we look backwards and learn more about our ANZACs and their links to our own community.

A couple of weeks ago my wife and I were lucky enough to be in Wellington where we visited the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

One of the main exhibitions was Gallipoli: The Scale of our War, an exhibition like no other that tells the story of the Gallipoli through the eyes and words of eight ordinary New Zealanders who were involved in the Gallipoli campaign.

Each is captured frozen in a moment of time on a monumental scale –2.4 times human size. The exhibition was created under the oversight of Sir Peter Jackson, director of Lord of the Rings movies and a New Zealand legend.

Linked to this magnificent and heart-rending exhibition was the story of the Maheno, the New Zealand Hospital ship that treated wounded

soldiers from the trenches of Gallipoli. As described by nurses on board the ship ‘… many a poor man will sink into those beds after weeks in the trenches feeling he has found heaven on earth.’

And yes, this is the same Maheno whose wreckage has lain for decades on the surf beach of K’gari (Fraser Island).

Built in 1905, the SS Maheno was one of the first turbinedriven steamers. She plied a regular route between Sydney and Auckland until she was commissioned as a hospital ship in Europe during World War One.

In 1935, she and her sister ship the Oonah were sold to Japan for scrap. They were being towed to Japan when a cyclone snapped the tow chain and the Maheno drifted helplessly onto K’gari’s ocean beach.

I happened to wear one of my RSL shirts to the exhibition that day and was stopped for a chat by many locals who commented on the ANZAC tradition and what it means to both our countries.

Exhibitions like this one bring to life the pain and hardships suffered by our armed forces during Gallipoli and other historical conflicts.

All we can say to all our armed forces is ‘Thank you for your Service’.

Above: Your scribe admiring a model of the Maheno in its role as a hospital ship at Gallipoli. Left: Article author Ross next to one of the exhibits (an ANZAC nurse) to show their monumental scale.


Markets Update

OUR MONTHLY MARKETS just get bigger and better! Every month we have new stallholders coming from far and wide.

From 7am to midday on the second Saturday each month, you can find market stalls inside the Rainbow Beach Community Centre Hall and outside on the green space in the middle of town.

Browse for fabulous clothing, handmade jewellery, authentic leatherwork, semi-precious gems, hats and accessories. Feast on delicious cakes and pastries with coffee. Grab a sausage sizzle and cold drink.

Pick up farm fresh fruit and veges, sourdough bread, stuffed olives and smoked mushrooms.

You’ll also find natural health products and treatments.

Plus we have live music. This month we will have Andrew Copland creating that laid-back village vibe that people love about Rainbow Beach.

Rainbow Beach Markets are organised by Community Information and Resource Service Association Inc (CIRS) and run by volunteers. To book a market stall, please call 0457 908 805 or email rainbowbeachmarkets@gmail.com. All proceeds go to CIRS programs and maintaining the Rainbow Beach Community Centre Hall.

Like to join us? To volunteer, call 54867 3355, email cirssecretary@gmail.com or drop into our office and meet the crew.

Easter Book Sale

LOOKING FOR THAT elusive final book in your favourite detective series? Hoping to find an out-of-print classic? Or just want an easy read for the beach? You never know what you might find at the CIRS book sale.

WE ALWAYS WELCOME donations of books. If you have been thinking about clearing your shelves to make room for your new hardcovers, now is the time to drop your old books into our CIRS office.

You’ll find us in the Rainbow Beach Community Centre from 8.30am to 4pm Monday to Friday. Weekend drop-offs can be organised by prior appointment.

If you would like to be a volunteer bookseller on the Easter market day book stall (or any day in our office) please call us on 5486 3355 or email cirssecretary@gmail.com.

Locals already know what treasures can be found for a dollar or two on the outside trolleys and the shelves inside our office. We have so many donated books that people often mistake us for the Library next door.

This year we will be selling books from our stall at Rainbow Beach Markets from 7am to midday on Easter Saturday (April 8). So bring a backpack and stock up for the holidays.

All proceeds go to CIRS programs and maintaining the Rainbow Beach Community Centre Hall.

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CIRS volunteer Denise Orr with donated books for sale. Photo credit: Fiona Hawthorne.
Catch musician Andrew Copland performing live at the March markets. Photo credit: Andrew Copland Music.

Red Cross Evacuation Centre Training Day

DID YOU REALISE that Rainbow Beach Community Centre Hall is the designated evacuation centre for the Cooloola Coast?

This means that, in the event of natural disaster, the hall will become the temporary shelter for residents and visitors who have had to evacuate their homes, holiday units or campsites.

Understanding what volunteer roles might be needed and how they work together is important to know before an event.

Gympie Regional Council and Red Cross Australia are running an Evacuation Centre Training Day on

Rainbow Beach Water Tower Mural

Friday 5 May in the hall.

Cooloola Coast residents are invited to attend to find out what roles they could be asked to do in an evacuation centre situation. We never know what is around the corner or when a natural disaster is going to happen, but we can be aware of what we need to do when it does.

Lunch and training materials will be provided. Registration is essential – see article on page 6 of this issue for details.

If you need assistance to register, please call in and ask our CIRS office volunteers.

The journey continues…

THE ONGOING SAGA of the erection of the trial artwork panels onto the rear wall of the community hall hit a bit of a roadblock recently, with key volunteer personnel away interstate and overseas for a period.

To the rescue has come ‘Built By Blokes’, a new startup business venture servicing the local custom timberwork and steel fabrication industries, with not only their resources and wisdom, but also their knowledge of the local conditions.

The exponents of this exciting new joint venture project are Aaron Posadowsky and Chibi Spanton, who are keen to assist with their highly skilled team from the building, carpenter/chippy, and furniture manufacturing industries.

Bringing experience to the fore in all types of construction and fabrication, the Built By Blokes team were the perfect solution to meet the requirements to ensure a stable and strong artwork to be installed for a long life.

All at the Community Centre are very grateful for the kind support of these eager, enthusiastic, and talented local men who are such great examples of the spirit and enthusiasm of the local Rainbow Beach community.

We will be following the progress of

the Blokes over the coming days and weeks, and I will be bringing you news of another exciting enterprise they have going called RODGOD in next month’s issue.

Not to lose sight of the original purpose of the trial artwork, which is the Water Tower Mural, we must acknowledge that with a project that requires such rigid adherence to rules and regulations from many bodies, including council, gathering together an increasing band of invested local residents encourages a positive and determined forward momentum to keep us focused on the main prize.

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Rainbow Beach Community Hall is a designated evacuation centre. Photo credit: RBCC. Built By Blokes to the rescue! Aaron and Chibi have joined the project to assist with securing the trial artwork to the rear wall of the Rainbow Beach Community Hall.

New Shed New Beginnings!

2023 promises good things with new members and a new shed to boot! On Saturday 11 March, Tony Perrett will ‘cut the tape’ at the official opening ceremony before we launch into our AGM and afternoon festivities.

Our Sale Day in February was well attended and bargains were walking out the door. Come along to our next Sale Day on 18 March to buy that elusive, special gift from our upmarket Shed Shop where quality, handcrafted items are on offer.

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– join them

Or, for the sailors, check out this 5 metre Clipper trailer sailer yacht for sale. It comes complete with all sails and a galvanised tilt trailer, registered to August 2023. Priced at $5,000 ONO (Note: price has dropped to $5,000), it’s a great looking yacht and ready to sail!! Please call Paul Boulton on 0437 007 911 for details or to arrange an inspection.

As usual, we’ll be sausage sizzling at the Amity Place Twilight Markets on Friday 10 March, with our next Shed Shop Sale Day on Saturday 18 March.

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Heart Walkers feel the Heat


LAST MONTH IT WAS so hot on some Wednesdays and Saturdays that both the early and late groups set off together from the Tin Can Bay Bakery at 6am. The later group now has reverted to their 6.30am start time.

Next month, from Saturday the 1st (no April fool), both groups will leave half an hour later: 6.30am early group, while the later group sets off at 7am.

Congratulations to Chris, Hilda, and Lorraine on achieving your first 25

recorded walks. Big congratulations to Gwenda and Robyn for reaching your second Heart Foundation Walking goal of 50 walks, and to Noela for being awarded your first pin badge after completing 100 walks.

Huge congratulations to Albert and Alan for achieving your 200th walk, thereby receiving your second badge to pin onto your red caps.

Many of the ‘One Step at a Time Tin Can Bay’ HF Walking group

later TCB Walking groups set off together in hot humid February.

participated in the inaugural International Women’s Day Twilight Walk a couple of years ago, and again last year, on 8 March. They are enthusiastic about continuing this event, as are the wonderful QCWA ladies who provide welcome refreshments at the end of the Twilight Walk.

Every person is welcome (but prefer no dogs, as they could be a trip

hazard in the dark!). We shall all meet at the Norman Point Rotunda by 6pm on Wednesday 8 March, ready to set off at 6.12pm; the official sunset time. This year we are delighted to be able to walk, and wheelie walk on the Tin Can Bay Foreshore Boardwalk. Contact Judy on 5486 2181 re ‘Cooloola Cove Wheelie Walkers’ who meet 7.30am Mondays and Fridays at the Nautilus Drive bus shelter outside the Cooloola Cove Shopping Centre, or myself on Maggie1Travers@gmail. com or 0400 756 615.

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Above: Val congratulates husband Albert McAlister on his 200th Heart Foundation Walk, with Scruffy hiding under the wheelie walker. Right: Cooloola Cove Wheelie Walkers celebrate Walk Organiser Judy Kiddle’s birthday.
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Catch QCWA at March markets

local services and support to assist you in the role as a Carer.

WE WILL BE holding an Information Booth for QCWA and Country Kitchens at the Tin Can Bay Markets on 18 March, there will also be craft Items for sale.

Come along for a chat, sample some foods and learn a bit about what we do. We are a lot more than just scones and jam, we are a network of dedicated volunteers which has supported our communities for over 100 years.

Branch Member Diana made and donated 27 handmade bags to the children of Grades 1 and 2 at the Tin Can Bay P-10 State School.

Diana’s daughter, Sandra, is their teacher and the individually patterned bags are in keeping with the indigenous theme in Sandra’s classroom. Well done Diana.

At the February Craft and Coffee morning nineteen Branch members and friends listened to a talk presented by Sue from Carers Gateway Australia, it was very interesting to find out what support services are available for carers.

Carer Gateway, is a new Australiawide network which is made up of Carer Gateway service providers. Carers Gateway will talk you through what is needed and help you to find

Carer Gateway contact information:

1800 422 737 www.carergateway.gov.au

Long time member Elwyn received a lovely corsage for her 80th Birthday, Happy Birthday Elwyn.

There will be Craft Teaching Classes held over the two Craft and Coffee mornings in March, anyone is most welcome to attend. We will be making lace covered coat hangers, with the Tin Can Bay Branch of the QCWA supplying all the items needed.


1st and 2nd Wednesday of the month, 10am to Noon at 18 Whiting Street, Tin Can Bay.


3rd Wednesday of the month, 9:30am for a 10am start. Clubhouse, Cooloola Waters Retirement Village, 34 Toolara Road, Tin Can Bay.


2nd Monday of the month, 9:30 am at 18 Whiting Street, Tin Can Bay. All Enquiries: Wendy - 0412 547 043 or Judy - 0402 769 392.

Banana and Pumpkin Loaf

Serves: 8

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 50-60 minutes

1 serve per portion


2 bananas, mashed

2 eggs, beaten

1/3 cup light olive oil

1 & 1/3 cups pumpkin, steamed, cooled, mashed

1/3 cup sweet potato, steamed, cooled, mashed

1/3 cup honey

2 cups plain flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger


PREHEAT oven to 180°C.

MIX all ingredients in a large bowl until combined.

POUR mixture into loaf tin lined with baking paper.

BAKE for 50-60 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

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a short road trip for some free live music?
RECIPE COURTESY OF THE COUNTRY KITCHENS TEAM Gabriella Field QCWA members enjoying our very informative February talk by Sue from Carer Gateway Services.

Probus Members Reunite

MEMBERS ARE VERY happy to be back at meetings although many have had contact during the summer break. We are an older group, being all retirees or semi-retired persons but, as the Welfare Office commented, we are all ticking along.

Plans are being made for activities this coming year, be they nearby or a bit more distant involving a night or two away. In early March the new committee will be elected at the AGM and a changeover luncheon held in late March at the Tin Can Bay Country Club.

Members attended a gathering of the Wide Bay clubs in February and that was another chance to renew

friendships and make new friends.

You may have somewhere you’d like to visit, but want to go with someone. Come along and share your ideas.

Meetings are held on each second Monday of the month at 2pm at the Sandcastle Motel in Tin Can Bay and include a Guest Speaker with a break for afternoon tea and a chat.

For more details contact President Cherryl on 0409 044 100 or Secretary Katrina at cooloolaprobus@gmail. com

Beautiful embroidery by our quilters


meet every Tuesday from 9am to 12noon at the Community Hall, Amity Place, Tin Can Bay.

Some of the quilts that our ladies are working on at the moment are not only sewn but have a lot of hand embroidery as well. Our photo shows a typical example belonging to Robyn Salmon.

There are many different stitches on this panel but what is amazing, are the tiny colonial knots that have been added to complete the picture. They are on flowers, in trees, in window boxes on the house, and completely cover the centre circle. Sadly the photo doesn’t show the intricate work but rest assured it is beautiful.

The large embroidered hexagons shown in the other photo are the work of Sandra Bonell. Sandra has made a large number of these and hopes to make quite a few more which will make a beautiful quilt. Sandra’s work is prizewinning.

Congratulations to both girls.

We welcome visitors to our small but friendly group and any enquiries may be directed to either our President, Louise Hanks on 0488 951 881 or Lesley McCarthy (Secretary) on 0490 012 271.

Rainbow Beach

Drought Runners Report

Stewart - 0408 767 930 rainbowfishing@southernphone.com.au

WELCOME TO ANOTHER update with our flood relief work. This month we have continued to help the Mullumbimby community with another $1000 donation as well as 2x$500 donations to help the Gympie homeless with food supplies.

On travelling to Victoria at Christmas I saw the devastation caused by the November/ December floods in the Forbes area. If you thought Gympie was bad last year, well the area and ferocity of the water columns in and around Forbes was huge, with so many bare & muddy paddocks.

This happened in many other areas of New South Wales with huge sheep losses in many areas, not only from drowning but many from fly strike as the sheep could not be reached by any vehicle.

So we in mid-February we sent $2000 into the Forbes Lions Club for

distribution in that area and also $2500 to Eugowra Progress Association. This is a little town near Forbes which had many houses washed away with a torrent of water with several people drowned. Donations to our cause have dried up considerably so if anyone can even give $5 it would be much appreciated as these areas are really doing it tough and went without Christmas.

We continue to raise funds through 10c container returns, with many thanks to Wayne Kerle and his work. Most donations are coming from Victoria. There are also bins at 10 Tingira Close, Rainbow Beach for collections. Or call 0408 767 930 if you need a pick up.

All our funds go straight to those in need without admin costs. Other donations can be deposited at Bank of QLD, Mary Street, Gympie – BSB 124001, account number 22599186, account name RainbowBeachDroughtRunners.

Above: John and Jo enjoying a chinwag at lunch in Gympie. Right: Delightful Della off to a Probus meeting. Lesley McCarthy Above: Robyn Salmon’s intricately embroidered panel. Left: These beautiful embroidered hexagons are the work of Sandra Bonell.


RAINBOW BEACH and the Cooloola Coast is home of the Coloured Sands, the majestic Carlo Sandblow and gateway to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island.

You can feed wild dolphins in Tin Can Bay, visit a historic lighthouse via the Great Beach Drive or world-class scuba diving.

If you make the most of the outdoorsthen you’ll love our backyard playground. You can choose from extreme adventures and ultimate indulgences - a rejuvenating massage, secluded picnics beside a freshwater lake or delicious seafood and views in our eateries and clubs.

Visitor Guide

Our coast has abundant fishingwhether off a beach, on an estuary or from a deep sea charter, right on our doorstep! Birdwatchers, nature-lovers, bushwalkers, 4x4 enthusiasts and surfers call our corner of the world: ‘paradise’.

Our Great Sandy National Park hosts Queensland’s three most popular beachside campgrounds, and our friendly townships offer caravan parks, apartments

and holiday homes.

So stay with us, watch the sunset from Carlo Sandblow or stroll along Tin Can Bay Esplanade... you

’ll never want to leave!

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Paul Downman will help you on your property journey, Cooloola Coast 0407 181 404 Dolphin Shopping Centre, Tin Can Bay Email: paul.downman@century21.com


Tin Can Bay Tourist Park

New camp kitchen, cabins, pool-side BBQ hut, Family amenities, disability access. 54-74 Trevally St. Ph: 07 5486 4411 tincanbaytouristpark.com.au


Rainbow Beach Auto Electrics

Vehicle Electrical Repairs, Retail Sales, Radios, Batteries, Solar panels, Fridges, UHFs, 7 Karoonda Rd. 0499 144 678 rainbowbeachautoelectrics.com.au


Rainbow Getaway Holiday Apartments

1, 2 & 3 bedroom self contained, air-con apartments, heated pool, central location. 4 Double Island Dr. 07 5486 3500 rainbowgetaway.com.au

Tin Can Bay’s Sleepy Lagoon Motel

24 air conditioned motel rooms, 3 bedroom house, centrally located for dolphins & pub 2 Groper St. 07 5488 0653 sleepylagoonmotel.com

Barnacles Cafe & Dolphin Feeding

Feed wild dolphins from 7am daily, fees apply. Breakfast, lunch, coffee, takeaways 7am-3pm Norman Point, TCB 07 5486 4899 barnaclesdolphins.com.au

Rainbow Beach’s finest Kayak, Surf & SUP 4WD Tour Adventures to Double Island Point info@epicoceanadventures.com.au

Gardiner Fisheries

All your offshore, inshore & beach fishing needs, live local beach & bloodworms daily. Cnr Carlo & Karoonda Rds. 0404 853 232 facebook.com/rainbowbeachbait/

Rainbow Beach Tourist Info Centre

One stop shop for information, bookings, souvenirs, beach gear, surf wear & gifts 6 Rainbow Beach Rd 07 5486 3227 rainbowbeachinfo.com.au

Wolf Rock Dive Centre, Rainbow Beach

World class scuba diving on Fraser Island’s doorstep, Australia’s best shark & ray dive. 2 Goondi St. 07 5486 8004 wolfrockdive.com.au

Rainbow Beach Fishing & Camping

Cheapest prices on the coast, 7 days a week from 6am. 14 Rainbow Beach Road. 07 5486 8100 facebook.com/Rainbow-Beach-Fishing-and-Camping

Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters

Deep sea fishing off Rainbow Beach and Fraser Island at its best on a 38 ft Cougar Cat. 0409 775 070 rainbowbeachfishing.com.au

0408 738 192 epicoceanadventures.com.au Epic Ocean Adventures FISHING & CHARTERS Fishing & camping equipment, key cutting general hardware, open 7 days, 07 5486 3444 38 Rainbow Beach Rd, next to Shell Servo F: Rainbow-Beach-Hardware-Fishing-n-Camping RB Hardware, Fishing & Camping 5,000 copies printed each month The local specialist in holiday rentals & property sales. 07 5486 3900 Shop 4, 12 Rainbow Beach Rd rainbowbeachrealty.com Rainbow Beach Realty EXPERIENCES & TOURS 5,000 copies of the Rainbow Beach Community News are printed each month. Be part of the Visitor Guide by contacting Rhyll on 0407 754 088. World class Scuba Diving Charters and PADI Dive Courses, as well as Snorkelling, Diving & Spearshing Accessories, Books and mor e... Kayak hir e! Ocean -themed Jeweller y Visit us at 339 Carlo Road, Rainbow Beach, Queensland 4581 Wolf Rock Dive Centre 0498 743 795. info@wolfrockdive.com.au PADI dive Courses Australia’s Best Shark and Ray Dive 4 Double Island Drive, Rainbow Beach www.rainbowgetaway.com.au e: bookings@rainbowgetaway.com.au Money Saving Deal for you Money Saving Deal for Stay 4 nights for the price of 3 Chilled bottle of wine on arrival, and FREE Wi Stay 4 nights for the price of 3 Stay a night for FREE! (Valid from February 1st 2023, excluding all public & school holidays) T & C apply Available from our website Or call 07 5486 3500

The Chandlery Bait and Tackle

Best range of fishing tackle, all the big brands! Bait, ice, 24h fuel, massive range of chandlery. For all your boating and fishing needs. TCB Marina, 07 5486 4744 tcbchandlery.com.au


Wood fired pizza, delicious pasta, coffee & cake. BYO, dine in, take away, home delivery 07 5486 8000. In the Post Office Arcade facebook.com/Arco.on.the.beach/

Ed’s Beach Bakery

Bread, cakes, muffins, the BEST pies in town! Open 4am-5pm, 7 days

Shell Servo Complex. 07 5486 3080

Rainbow Beach

IGA Rainbow Beach & Tin Can Bay

Locally owned & operated supermarkets, weekly specials. Rainbow Beach Rd, 6am - 8pm, Ph: 5486 8700; 46-48 Tin Can Bay Rd, 6am - 7pm. 07 5488 0084

Marina Bar and Grill

A la Carte dining, breakfast, lunch, dinner. Fully licensed. Closed Mondays

2 Emperor St, Tin Can Bay 07 5486 4400

Ocean Breeze Seafoods, Rainbow Beach

Fresh & cooked local seafood, fish & chips, burgers, laundromat, at the Big Marlin

Open 8am to 5pm Mon-Thurs & 7pm Fri-Sun 54 Rainbow Beach Rd, opposite QPWS Office

Soul Food, Rainbow Beach

Wraps, juices, smoothies, kebabs, coffee, souvenirs, natural products & cosmetics, clothing, tourist info Shell Servo Complex 0435 085 865 facebook.com/SoulFood

Tin Can Bay Butchers

Friendly team, quality meats, great prices

Weekly deals, freshly made snags & meals

Dolphin Shopping Centre, Tin Can Bay Rd 07 5486 4170 facebook.com/tincanbaybutchers

Remedial Massage, Rainbow Beach

Recovery & lymphatic massage, health cover rebates, 7 Turana St (at the Gym)

Corinna: 0400 613 139 rainbowbeachhealthandfitness.com

Spirit of Rainbow, Rainbow Beach

Massage, Meditation, Mindfulness, Workshops Pamper Packages, Day/Overnight Retreats Self Empowerment Counselling & Coaching 0408 637 639 spiritofrainbow.com.au

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Rainbow Beach Pizza & Grill

Gourmet Signature Pizzas, A’ la Carte Menu, Take Away & Delivery. Unique Coffee blend. Open Wednesday to Sunday. 07 5486 3043 Menu: facebook.com/rainbowbeachpizza/

Tin Can Bay Country Club

Bar, Live Music, Chinese Restaurant 7 days Book: 07 5486 4231 Takeaway: 07 5488 0230

Lawn Bowls, Golf Course & Pro: 0409 727 577 Tin Can Bay Road tcbcc.com.au

“We couldn’t have been happier with the ad we placed with ‘Community News’. The team were great to work with in helping to create an ad that suited our branding and the key message we wanted to convey. Their team turned around artwork really fast and gave us pricing options based on a variety of marketing plans. In the first month we received 4 call backs directly due to the advert and word of mouth is definitely spreading! Highly recommend using Rhyll and her team to promote your business.”

Rainbow Beach Sports Club

Bistro 7 days, Bowls, Bottleshop & Bingo. 10am - 10pm Sun - Thurs & midnight Fri - Sat. Turana St. 07 5486 3191 rainbowsportsclub.com.au

SAY NO to private development in our National Parks

Claire and Geoff Clark Clarks’ Cleaning, Laundry and Maintenance

National Parks are what they are, BECAUSE they exclude commercial and urban development.

Corporate business and State Govt. want to end this exclusion, and exploit Parks to sell high priced accommodation products.

Allowing this is reckless. It would degrade Parks’ capacity to protect nature and serve public needs.

Only 5% of Qld. is National Park.

Nature needs them, we need them, without commercial development.

The Queensland Government is acting to create commercial development leases inside Cooloola National Park and inside other National Parks across the State.

These private leases are to develop and operate private luxury accommodation.

The sites are located on fragile and significant sites within Cooloola including Double Island Point, Poona Lake, and Upper Noosa River.

10 large, 38sq. mtr. luxury cabins plus extra facilities would be built at DI Point and also at Poona Lake - a pavilion-style resort.

Calling it ‘Eco-tourism’ is a trick. The Government refuses to consult properly on this major change to our National Parks. It deals only with select insider groups, excluding all others. It refuses to answer crucial public interest questions. The secrecy employed in this process would continue for any future expansion.


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Patrolled Beach

Must See and Dos

Middle Rock

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

Coloured Sands

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

Carlo Sand Blow

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

Poona Lake

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

Searys Creek

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

Rainbow Beach Headland

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

Double Island Point

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

Mudlo Rocks

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

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

Inskip Point

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

Freshwater Picnic Area

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

Tin Can Bay Foreshore

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

Tin Can Bay Wildflower Walk

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

Boat Ramps

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

Feed Wild Dolphins at Norman Point

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

Carlo Point

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

Rainbow Steps

Reputably Rainbow Beach’s most

Ÿ Specialising in Herbal Tinctures & Flower Essences

Ÿ Practitioners only quality nutritional & herbal supplements.

Ÿ Wide range of natural skin care & beauty products.

‘Instaworthy’ location - check out our colourful stairs and share a photo on our socials.

Great Sandy Strait

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

Fraser and Cooloola Great Walks

A 90 km trail showcases natural

and cultural features of the world’s largest sand island between Dilli Village and Happy Valley. Or trek 102 km from Noosa to Rainbow Beach through sandblows, past lakes and spectacular views.

Fraser Island K’gari

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

‘How’s the serenity?’ Head to Carlo Point for some peace –and to perhaps spot a pelican. Submit your Cooloola Coast images to: info@rbcn.com.au
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Private appointments, Friday mornings & markets at the Rainbow Beach Community Centre.

Women’s Gathering at Inskip Point

THANKS TO THE 30+ women who joined together at Inskip Point in early February to share and affirm our common care for our land, and especially for the protection of sacred womens’ places like Poona Lake where First Nation women used to birth their babies.

With nature as our workspace we expressed our common spirit with stories, singing, painting, swimming, and walking together. Sharing our common spirit of care for each other and for the land makes that spirit real. Its presence and effect is made more permanent the more often we share it. We need to do this again.

Do you want to put Rainbow Beach on the map?

Meanwhile please express your care for Poona Lake and for Cooloola by submitting your objection to its degradation with commercial development. It takes only a few minutes using this easy guide: https://www. protectparks.net/email-theministers

Do you want to put Rainbow Beach on the map?

Want a piece of the Sunshine Coast tourism pie?

Interested in free exposure for your business?

THE AUSTRALIAN TOURISM Data Warehouse (ATDW) is a central database that contains information about tourism-related businesses and attractions across Australia. By registering your business with the ATDW, you’ll be making sure that your business is included in Visit Sunshine Coast’s promotional materials, such as website, brochures, and social media channels.

Visit Sunshine Coast is the Gympie Region’s Regional Tourism Organisation (RTO) and the Rainbow Beach Commerce and Tourism (RBCT) is encouraging all operators to register their business (if you haven’t already) with the ATDW in order to assist Visit Sunshine Coast in promoting our region to visitors.

RBCT secretary Diana explained that ‘not only does this help to promote your business to potential visitors, but it also helps to promote our entire region as a top tourist destination and by working together to promote our region, we can all benefit from increased tourism and economic growth.’

Categories include accommodation, attractions, food and drink, events, tours, hire, transport, and general services. To get involved simply register your tourism business on ATDW then once registered you can set up your profile.

Tourism and Events Queensland, in partnership with Queensland’s regional tourism organisations, is currently offering ATDW membership with no annual fee, saving $150. This offer is available to all tourism and events operators in Queensland. Operators looking to take up this offer should visit www.atdw-online.com.au and click ‘Register Now’ in the top right corner to create an ATDW listing.

If you would like to know more or join the Rainbow Beach Commerce and Tourism, contact on rbct.secretary@gmail.com or come along to the next meeting on 21 March at Rainbow Beach Sports Club beginning at 5.30pm.

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Women joined together to show their care for the land and to try to protect it for the future. “When the grandmothers are heard the land will be healed.” Lyn Morrison

GOLF IS UP AND running for the new season with ladies having completed their first monthly medal. Qualifying for 4B Agg. Stroke Matchplay is scheduled for 8 March.

The men have their 4B Agg. Stroke set down for Saturday 18 March. The first round of Vet’s fifty-four hole Stroke Championship will start on Tuesday 21 March.

New members are welcome to join our club. Staff at the Country Club will assist with the type of membership which suits individual needs.

Dragons Keep Busy

AS 2023 GETS FULLY into swing, the Cooloola Dragon Boat Club is beginning to work out details of its upcoming 20th anniversary celebrations. One of the main events will be held on Saturday 1 July. We will provide more information on this event as we get nearer to July.

In the meantime, the club competed at the Queensland Regatta held at Lake Kawana on Sunday 27 January. This was the club’s first competitive outing for the new year. The regatta encompassed 200m, 500m, and the gruelling 2000m races.

As is often the case, the Cooloola Dragons joined forces with the Hervey Bay Dragon Club to compete as the Wide Bay Warriors. The great news is that the Warriors won one of the women’s 20s races and came in 5th place overall in the finals. It is good to see our local teams doing well in sharply contested events.

In other news, the club was visited by Central Queensland Region Team Coach Gayle Mayes who took charge of one of the training sessions.

The main reason for Coach Gayle’s visit was to teach club members a new paddling technique. The new stroke is designed to get maximum power into the water helping to increase boat speed. The new stroke technique is being adopted by several teams around Australia in preparation for the National Titles in April.

Club Member Profile:

Elaine is one of those club members who could be described either as the ‘backbone’ or ‘musculature’ of the Cooloola Dragon Boat Club; such is her input and participation in club events and activities.

Elaine joined the Club in 2008 following the passing of her husband Don. From the start, Elaine settled right into Club life and became deeply involved with the Dragon family. After a time, Elaine became the Club Secretary in 2013 and has remained so for 10 years up to the present.

As might be imagined, the position of Club Secretary demands a person who is conscientious, efficient, and a great communicator. Elaine is all three and a lot more besides.

She has undertaken many tasks over the years including updating the Club Constitution and writing a history of the Club for Dragon Boat Queensland records. The results are a great credit to Elaine’s professionalism and personal drive.

During the difficult times of the Covid pandemic, Elaine was the conduit between Dragon Boat Queensland and our club. She kept the necessary information flowing both ways, so everyone was kept up to date.

As well as administrative duties, Elaine has an incredible commitment to active paddling. Over the years she has achieved an almost 100%

Golf Professional James has been busy with lessons for new players and also other players wishing to finetune their games. Call in and see him in the air-conditioned Pro Shop where he has equipment and clothing for sale. James will regrip clubs at reasonable prices.

Bookings for social or competition games can be made at the Pro Shop on 0409 727 577.

The Country Club has recently purchased a fleet of new electric golf carts for hire to players. These carts are not noisy like the old petrol ones were.

Greens staff have renovated the putting greens and they are settling nicely.

Until next month.

record of attendance at training and competitive events. She generally takes the lead in the warm-up sessions before each outing. She hates to miss a training session or regatta when her other commitments get in the way.

Over the years, she has represented Queensland in the National Dragon Boat Titles on four occasions: at Adelaide in 2010 (the first Great Grand Masters competition), Canberra in 2011, Melbourne in 2012, and at Lake Kawana in 2014.

She has supported many CDBC group trips including one to Tasmania, one to China in 2019, and one to Carnarvon Gorge in 2021.

As if all this were not enough, Elaine has also volunteered as part of the team that runs the Dragon’s Lair café — always in the kitchen — on Tin Can Bay market days. She also facilitates

Central Queensland Team Coach Gayle Mayes made a recent visit to teach the Dragons a new stroke.

the car-pooling for the team members who travel from Gympie.

Finally, she is one of the mainstays of the club’s social events and aftertraining get-togethers. It might be noted that she must always have a water view.

If the Club Person Award could be given to a single person every year, Elaine would be one of those at the top of the coach’s list.

As mentioned before, Elaine hates the mention of her age and has possibly become a ‘birthday-free zone’ or one of those people who get to a certain age and then start counting backwards. However, if many of us were as active and vital as Elaine, we probably would be proud to boast of our age.

Well done Elaine and keep up the good work. Long may we continue to work, paddle, and socialise with you!

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Irene Brogden receiving her Division 1 first monthly medal. Club Secretary Elaine Dimock could be considered the backbone of the club.

GRC Rolling Grants are Still Open!

IF YOUR COMMUNITY GROUP has a project in mind but is not sure how to fund it, then check out these minor grants from Gympie Regional Council. The rolling grant round is open until 31 May 2023.


Maximum grant amount: $1,500 (no applicant co-contribution is required)

To support communities impacted by the effects of COVID-19 and natural disaster to deliver activities and events that enable social connectedness and recovery.


1. Increase community connection, sense of belonging and community wellbeing through the delivery of a range of small-scale community events and activities;

2. Activate public and community spaces (e.g. halls, parks, community facilities);

3. Provide free or low cost events and activities for the community to participate in;

4. Support local musicians and entertainers;

5. Where practical, stimulate the local economy through use of local contractors and/or suppliers.

Project examples:

• A community carnival

• A club open day

• Free concert in the park/hall promoting local musicians

• Neighbour Day events


Maximum grant amount: $1,500 (no applicant co-contribution required)

To improve environmental outcomes in the region through the delivery of small-scale community events and activities that align with priorities in Council’s Environment Strategy.


1. Biodiversity and habitat protection

2. Adapting to a changing climate and natural hazard management

3. Improving land management practices that influence water quality and waterway health

4. Energy efficiency and the addition of renewable energy

Project examples:

• Environmental education and awareness programs, including signage

• Native plant revegetation

International Women’s Day

HELD ON 8 MARCH, International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.

The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality and is an opportunity to acknowledge the compounded challenges faced by women of colour, women with disabilities, and queer or trans women, and stand in partnership with them.

IWD is a day to recognise how far we’ve come towards gender equality – but also how far we have left to go. On International Women’s Day we remember that as long as one woman faces discrimination, harassment, inequality or oppression, we all do.

47,000 women and girls were killed by their male partners or family members in 2020 – and those are only the deaths we know about 47 countries still have no repercussions for husbands who rape their wife

2.7 billion women are legally restricted from having the same choice of jobs as men

14.2% is the size of Australia’s gender pay gap

45 countries do not have specific laws against domestic violence

30% of women globally have experienced sexual or physical violence in their lifetime

And yes, don’t worry, there is an International Men’s Day too – it is held on 19 November.

Why does International Women’s Day matter?

Back in 1911 when the first International Women’s Day was held, only eight countries allowed women to vote, equal pay for equal work was unheard of – if women were allowed to work at all – and reproductive rights were non-existent.

We have come a long way. Whereas once women couldn’t vote, we’re now leading countries. While we once faced restrictions on where we worked, we’re now running corporations. In countries such as Australia we have rights our

• Bird and butterfly attracting gardens

• Habitat enhancement

• Worm farm and composting education

• Reduce, Re-use, Recycle education

• Weed control or rubbish collection on Council owned or managed properties

For more information on the Get Local or Micro Environment grant guidelines or how to apply contact the Community Development Team by phone 1300 307 800 or by email grantsadmin@ council.qld.gov.au


The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Gympie Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland. The grant can cover up to 60% of the total project costs. RADF supports projects that respond to one or more of the Strategic Themes as set out in Council’s Arts and Cultural Plan 2025-2025 of People, Place, Past and Possibility. Applicants must also respond to all of the Art’s Queensland criteria of quality, reach, impact and viability.

For more information contact Council’s RADF Liaison Officer by phone on 5481 0774 or by email radf@gympie.qld.gov.au

grandmothers could only have dreamed about, but we still don’t have complete equality. And the majority of the world’s women aren’t anywhere near as close to that goal as we are.


WE’VE GOT BACK into the swing of things and are now holding regular fishing and social events. In addition we continue to hold our monthly presentation/training/social days on the first Saturday of the month – this is where the winner of the monthly competition winner is announced.

Members have been seeing good catches of whiting both in size as well as numbers; club member Barry Nalder fished The Oaks bagging out on whiting with half of them around the 34cm mark.

On our boat trips in the bay there have been some good catches but on one particular trip the majority of the fleet spent their time feeding the sharks, with only Mal and Noela Kay doing any good.

Keep your eyes out for the odd barramundi or two – they’re out there.


Above: Nice sized whiting caught by Barry Nalder at The Oaks.

Left: Barry Nalder with a nice golden trevally.

Below: Noela & Mal Kay’s mixed bag.

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TCB Fishing
LONG 153° 21ʼ E High and Low Waters Time Zone –1000 2023 Bureau of Meteorology Tide Full Moon Last Quarter First Quarter Time m 0447 1.90 1138 0.85 1641 1.30 2232 0.66 0540 2.05 1228 0.71 1747 1.36 2336 0.55 0629 2.20 1312 0.58 1843 1.45 0030 0.44 0716 2.31 1353 0.48 1932 1.56 0118 0.36 0802 2.36 1433 0.43 2020 1.65 0206 0.35 0848 2.33 1514 0.43 2107 1.71 0252 0.42 0933 2.22 1554 0.48 2154 1.74 0338 0.57 1016 2.05 1635 0.56 2242 1.75 0428 0.75 1056 1.86 1714 0.65 2333 1.74 0528 0.93 1137 1.66 1755 0.74 0031 1.73 0650 1.08 1222 1.49 1841 0.82 0144 1.73 0834 1.14 1321 1.35 1937 0.89 0304 1.76 1033 1.10 1445 1.25 2043 0.92 1 WE MARCH Time m 0413 1.80 1142 1.02 1625 1.23 2150 0.92 2 TH 0507 1.84 1216 0.94 1739 1.27 2248 0.87 3 FR 0550 1.89 1242 0.86 1821 1.34 2336 0.78 4 SA 0627 1.94 1308 0.77 1856 1.41 5 SU 0017 0.69 0702 1.98 1335 0.70 1928 1.48 6 MO 0055 0.61 0734 1.99 1401 0.64 1958 1.55 7 TU 0130 0.56 0803 1.98 1426 0.61 2027 1.60 8 WE 0204 0.56 0832 1.95 1451 0.59 2057 1.66 9 TH 0238 0.60 0901 1.90 1516 0.58 2130 1.71 10 FR 0313 0.67 0933 1.83 1542 0.58 2207 1.75 11 SA 0352 0.77 1008 1.74 1610 0.61 2248 1.76 12 SU 0437 0.87 1045 1.63 1642 0.66 2333 1.77 13 MO 0536 0.97 1125 1.51 1720 0.72 14 TU 0029 1.76 0658 1.04 1215 1.39 1810 0.79 15 WE 0149 1.78 0858 1.02 1345 1.29 1921 0.84 16 TH Time m 0312 1.85 1023 0.90 1532 1.29 2053 0.84 17 FR 0421 1.96 1120 0.76 1650 1.36 2228 0.75 18 SA 0518 2.07 1206 0.63 1751 1.47 2330 0.62 19 SU 0609 2.17 1245 0.53 1838 1.59 20 MO 0019 0.50 0654 2.21 1322 0.46 1920 1.71 21 TU 0104 0.44 0736 2.20 1356 0.42 2001 1.82 22 WE 0149 0.44 0817 2.13 1432 0.44 2044 1.90 23 TH 0233 0.53 0858 2.00 1506 0.49 2127 1.95 24 FR 0319 0.67 0937 1.83 1540 0.58 2211 1.96 25 SA 0412 0.82 1016 1.67 1611 0.68 2256 1.95 26 SU 0517 0.97 1056 1.51 1644 0.78 2345 1.91 27 MO 0638 1.06 1145 1.38 1725 0.88 28 TU 0043 1.86 0810 1.09 1250 1.28 1824 0.97 29 WE 0153 1.81 0951 1.05 1428 1.23 1942 1.03 30 TH 0308 1.79 1053 0.98 1616 1.25 2105 1.02 31 FR 0412 1.80 1129 0.90 1713 1.33 2216 0.95 1 SA APRIL Time m 0503 1.82 1158 0.81 1751 1.41 2309 0.84 2 SU 0543 1.86 1224 0.72 1825 1.51 2351 0.73 3 MO 0618 1.89 1247 0.63 1856 1.61 4 TU 0030 0.64 0650 1.90 1311 0.55 1927 1.70 5 WE 0106 0.60 0721 1.89 1335 0.50 1957 1.79 6 TH 0142 0.60 0751 1.86 1401 0.47 2030 1.88 7 FR 0220 0.63 0825 1.80 1427 0.47 2105 1.95 8 SA 0300 0.69 0902 1.72 1456 0.50 2144 1.99 9 SU 0345 0.78 0942 1.61 1527 0.57 2225 2.00 10 MO 0439 0.87 1024 1.50 1601 0.66 2311 1.97 11 TU 0547 0.94 1112 1.38 1641 0.76 12 WE 0008 1.93 0715 0.96 1221 1.29 1737 0.86 13 TH 0127 1.90 0850 0.92 1411 1.27 1902 0.92 14 FR 0247 1.92 0959 0.81 1538 1.34 2045 0.90 15 SA 0355 1.98 1053 0.70 1647 1.46 2216 0.80 16 SU Time m 0454 2.03 1136 0.59 1740 1.60 2316 0.69 17 MO 0544 2.05 1213 0.51 1824 1.73 18 TU 0005 0.60 0628 2.03 1246 0.46 1904 1.86 19 WE 0050 0.57 0709 1.96 1318 0.45 1943 1.97 20 TH 0135 0.60 0747 1.87 1349 0.47 2023 2.06 21 FR 0220 0.67 0826 1.74 1420 0.52 2103 2.10 22 SA 0309 0.77 0905 1.62 1448 0.60 2143 2.11 23 SU 0404 0.87 0944 1.50 1517 0.70 2224 2.08 24 MO 0506 0.95 1026 1.40 1551 0.80 2307 2.02 25 TU 0612 1.00 1115 1.32 1632 0.90 2356 1.94 26 WE 0723 1.02 1220 1.26 1729 0.99 27 TH 0056 1.85 0844 1.01 1401 1.24 1850 1.05 28 FR 0208 1.78 0954 0.96 1537 1.28 2015 1.05 29 SA 0317 1.75 1039 0.88 1636 1.36 2134 0.99 30 SU 0412 1.75 1110 0.78 1718 1.46 2235 0.89 16

Fun Days of march

Popcorn Lover’s Day – 9 March

If you love a healthy, gluten-free and GMO-free snack that contains some protein then this day held on the second Thursday in March is for you! Eating popcorn probably dates back thousands of years when cobs of corn were cooked over an open fire. This snack is classically known for being consumed in movie theatres as far back as the early 1900s but did you know at one point it was temporarily banned because it made too much noise when eating it!

How to Celebrate

• It’s simple – enjoy a healthy snack by popping up some delicious popcorn and enjoy eating it! Whether it is made on top of the stove, in an air popper or in the microwave, this is the day to add a little butter, sprinkle a little salt, and celebrate the simplicity of this ancient food.

International Day of Happiness – 20 March

Celebrate happiness all over the world, inspire people to spread positivity, whether big or small, with others and encourage each nation to prioritise the happiness of its people.

Happiness can be a difficult concept to define, but broadly it covers two key areas – how we feel in the present moment and how satisfied we are with our lives overall and can therefore range from a sudden rush of intense emotion such as joy or euphoria to a much calmer and steadier sense of contentment.

How to Celebrate

• Take the time to notice and appreciate everything you have to be grateful for, even the little things as it can lift our mood and help us feel more content with life. Think about making this a regular habit by starting a gratitude journal.

• A tip for an improved quality of life is to get more sleep, so why not treat yourself to an early night and wake up feeling rejuvenated!

• Maintain good quality relationships so spend time with loved ones.

• Happiness also comes from our contributions to the groups and societies in which we live, so why not share positivity and mindfulness with your friends, family, colleagues, and community?


What’s Irish and sits outside all day and night?

Patty O’Furniture

What do Irish ghosts drink on Halloween?


What do you call a bulletproof Irishman?

Rick O’Shea

How come you can never borrow a few quid from a leprechaun? Because they’re always a little short

What do you call a huge Irish spider?

A Paddy-long-legs

17 March is St Patrick’s Day!

Source: www.theirishroadtrip.com (these jokes are Irish-approved!)

An Australian lawyer was with his Irish client. ‘Marty’ he sighed, ‘Why is it that whenever you ask an Irishman a question, he always replies with another question?’

‘Rubbish. Who told you that?’ asked Marty.

‘Sorry, love, can I have a pint of Guinness and a packet of crisps when you’re ready there’.

‘Oh. You must be Irish’, she replied. The man was evidently offended and responded, ‘The cheek, just because I order a pint of Guinness you assume I’m Irish. If I ordered a bowl of pasta would that make me Italian?!’ ‘No’ she replied. ‘But this is a newsagency.’

Did you know there’s a day to celebrate just about everything?

Here’s a few for March:

World Puppetry Day – 21 March

Puppetry involves creating animation from inanimate objects, with the purpose of telling a story. Puppetry has been used for thousands of years to communicate ideas theatrically, whether in a comedic, dramatic, political or tragic fashion. Puppetry can find its roots as far back as 500 BC when Ancient Greeks would use a form of puppetry, but some historians believe it might date even further back – to 2000 BC or longer. Take time to show appreciation for the art of puppetry, as well as the storytellers, puppeteers, script writers, and puppet makers behind this style of theater.

How to Celebrate

• Make a puppet show with kids by creating a couple of simple sock puppets, writing a short script and getting an audience for your show!

• Learn how to be a puppeteer with either a basic puppet or delve into string or mechanical puppets

• Watch puppets on film such as the Muppet Movie (1979) created by Jim Henson and are a combination of ‘marionettes’ and ‘puppets’.

• Attend a puppet show and sit back and be entertained by this ancient entertainment. Unless you suffer pupaphobia of course – the fear of puppets!

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Councillor Catch Up

Tin Can Bay Library Meeting Room

9am to 10am

Rainbow Beach Community Centre Foyer 11am to 12pm

Contact Cr Jess Milne

Phone: 0436 282 707

Email: jess.milne@gympie.qld.gov.au

WILD DOGS (dingo, dingo-hybrid) are a regular feature of our coastal region and they will be seen from time-to-time.

As iconic as they are, they are declared pest species under legislation (Biosecurity Act 2014) with an obligation placed on landowners to manage the risks associated with them.

Council and the Department of Resources are aware of the behaviour of wild dogs in the Cooloola Coast area and have actively been monitoring these animals and their movements for some time, hoping they would move away.

This has not occurred. Their concerning behaviour has escalated and a number of domestic dogs have been attacked. These behaviours don’t tend to go away and are likely to get worse without intervention.

Gympie Regional Council is undertaking a wild dog management program that covers residential areas and adjacent land in Tin Can Bay and Cooloola Cove. Council has engaged an experienced animal control contractor as part of the program, to monitor the area and identify wild dogs that display behaviours that are currently or are likely to escalate into more aggressive types of behaviour.

Council asks the community to continue to be alert to the presence of wild dogs and act accordingly, and to keep safe.

Practise wild dog safety:

• If you have pets or young children, a well-fenced house yard provides a safe space.

• DO NOT allow young children to wander unsupervised, especially if accompanied by a domestic dog.

A ‘wild dog’ is a dingo or dingohybrid and not a domestic dog dumped or left to roam - this would be termed a ‘stray dog’. If a ‘stray dog’ is sighted, this should be reported to Council so appropriate actions can be taken.

• DO NOT leave food outside for your own dog, especially if your yard is not well fenced.

• Adhere to all signage and do not enter cordoned off control areas or move past signage.

• Ensure all children in your care and visitors are aware of the program and the restrictions.

If you encounter a wild dog:

• DO NOT approach the animal, keep your distance, stand tall and do not turn your back to it.

• DO NOT run away – move away slowly in a backwards motion or stand your ground.

• DO NOT feed or leave food for these animals – this will adversely alter their behaviour.

• You can attempt to scare it away with loud noises, but without erratic movement.

• Call for help from someone closeby, if you feel threatened.

Please report any incidents of wild dogs that display concerning behaviour (i.e. dogs that don’t run away, dogs stopping and watching or approaching humans/pets, or trying to interact) to Council and if safe to do so, take a photo and email it to council@gympie.qld.gov.au with the location/incident details.

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Cr Jess Milne invites members of the community to catch up and chat all things Council on Friday 10 March.

Council Corner

Half Yearly Rates

Rates notices have been issued with full payment due by 9 March. If you are experiencing hardship and unable to pay on time, be sure to contact Council before the due date to apply for a payment plan so you don’t go into arrears that may incur interest.

Council’s Hardship Policy can be found on the Gympie Regional Council website.

Did you know that you can save paper and switch to digital notices? Simply reply to the email you received your rates notice from and request to receive rates notices by email only.

Have Your Say

Help Council in building a stronger and more resilient Gympie Region by taking part in the Community Recovery Survey.

Forming part of Council’s commitment to supporting communities during recovery the survey will assist Council to build and develop plans that accurately reflect the needs of the community.

Find the survey on www.gympie.qld.gov.au under Residents - Major Projects - Building a Resilient Region or use the QR code.

For further information contact Gympie Regional Council’s Community Development Team on 1300 307 800 or email community@gympie.qld. gov.au

Centre Block Storm Water Drain

Aging infrastructure has resulted in safety fencing running across the Centre Block in Rainbow Beach as the storm water drain had collapsed in various places.

Council recognises that this area is a valued community asset, therefore at the February Ordinary Council meeting the second quarter budget review was adopted including a revised capital works program that included allocated funding to commence the design works to rectify the collapsed drain.


INFOsation sessions provide the community with a regular opportunity to enjoy a conversation with Council’s Community Development Team and learn about the services they provide.

Community organisations and volunteers can be connected with funding opportunities, governance advice, event and program support, training and skills building.

On 29 March find the team at the Tin Can Bay Library meeting room from 10am to 12pm then the Rainbow Beach Library meeting room from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.

Drop in or if you are unable to attend during the sessions then contact the Community Development Team on 1300 307 800 or email community@gympie.qld.gov.au to make an appointment.

Watch Us On YouTube

We’re on YouTube! Our Council Meetings are live streamed.

Search YouTube for the ‘Gympie Regional Council - Official’ page and click subscribe. Click the notification bell on our page to get notified when a Council meeting is live.

While you’re there, check out some of our other videos.

Contact Gympie Regional Council

There are several ways to contact Gympie Regional Council including:

• using the online requests portal on the website www.gympie.qld.gov.au (in the Contact Us section on the top right hand corner of the homepage),

• emailing council@gympie.qld.gov.au

• phoning customer service on 1300 307 800

• using the Snap Send Solve app, or

• sending a message via messenger on the Gympie Regional Council Facebook page.


Awareness Month Topics

Pap smear) or occasionally ultrasound and other tests if they are thought to be appropriate. Whilst endometriosis most often affects the reproductive organs it is frequently found in the bowel and bladder and has been found in muscle, joints, the lungs, and the brain.

What kind of symptoms can be present with Endometriosis?

Common symptoms include:

• Fatigue

• Pain that stops you on or around your period

• Pain on or around ovulation

• Pain during or after sex

• Pain with bowel movements

MARCH IS GOING to be a colourful month! Both Endometriosis Australia (yellow) and Epilepsy Australia (purple) hold their awareness campaigns in March. You can support both causes by simply wearing either yellow or purple (or both) and sign up to raise funds that go towards education, research, and awareness.

Firstly, what is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a common disease where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus (womb) occurs outside this layer in other parts of the body. The lining layer is called the endometrium and this is the layer of tissue that is shed each month with menstruation (period) or where a pregnancy settles and grows.

More than 830,000 (over 11%) of Australian women, girls, and those who are gender diverse suffer from endometriosis at some point in their life with the disease often starting in the teenage years.

Two types of problems can occur when endometriosis is present. These are: pain; and infertility (trouble becoming pregnant).

It is possible that you can have endometriosis and not have either of these problems. If endometriosis is present and it is not causing pain or problems with fertility, it does not need to be treated, though your doctor may recommend monitoring with clinical examinations (such as a pelvic examination when you have your routine

March Into Yellow: Endometriosis Awareness Month Make March Purple For Epilepsy: Epilepsy Awareness Month

ALIFE IS TURNED upside down by epilepsy every 33 minutes.

What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a tendency to have recurring seizures that are unprovoked (have no obvious cause).

All seizures are caused by abnormal electrical activity somewhere in the brain and there are many types of seizures. This means epilepsy is a very broad term and seizures can look very different for each person living with epilepsy.

Epilepsy has been mentioned in literature dating back to ancient times where seizures were wrongly attributed to spirits and insanity. Scientific advances mean the causes of epilepsy are now better understood but some misunderstanding and stigma about epilepsy unfortunately persists.

Who can get Epilepsy?

Approximately 3-4% of the population will acquire epilepsy in their lifetime. One in ten people will have a seizure in their lifetime.

Anyone of any age, race, background, or intelligence level can be diagnosed with epilepsy. Diagnosis is often made in people aged under 5 and over 60 years of age as this is when the brain is developing and changing rapidly.

• Pain when you urinate

• Pain in your pelvic region, lower back, or legs Having trouble holding on when you have a full bladder or having to go frequently

• Heavy bleeding or irregular bleeding.

How is Endometriosis diagnosed?

The only way to diagnose endometriosis is to undergo a laparoscopy and have a biopsy (tissue sample) taken. A laparoscopy is a surgical procedure, performed under general anaesthetic where a thin telescope is placed into the umbilicus (belly button). This allows your Doctor to see inside your abdomen and assess the organs of the pelvis and abdomen.

Sometimes the diagnosis is suggested without having a laparoscopy. This may be due to the fact that your Doctor can feel tissues in your pelvis that are affected by endometriosis, can see an endometriosis cyst affecting your ovary or other pelvic organ, or very occasionally see the endometriosis if it has grown through the vagina.

Remember that the only way to be 100% certain of the diagnosis is to have a laparoscopy and/or biopsy.

What is the best treatment for Endometriosis?

There is no ‘best treatment’, since treatments will work differently for everyone but you should be aware of the different kinds of treatments. They are: medication, surgery, and allied treatments

What causes Epilepsy?

For about half of all people diagnosed with epilepsy no specific cause is identified although there is evidence to suggest the cause is either genetic or structural.

If a cause is identified as being related to trauma to the brain, there are a number of conditions that may be contributing factors including:

• Acquired brain injury

• Loss of oxygen

• Infections of the brain

• Strokes, tumours or cysts

• Cerebrovascular degeneration

• Genetic causes – these may be familial or they may be caused by a new genetic abnormality that occurs during the earliest stage of foetal development.

How is Epilepsy diagnosed?

Diagnosing epilepsy can be difficult. It is extremely important to get a correct diagnosis and this may require several tests and may take considerable time.

Questions which need to be answered to ensure a correct diagnosis include:

• Is it epilepsy or is it something else?

• If it’s epilepsy, what sort of epilepsy is it?

• Where does it start in the brain?

• Is there any structural abnormality in the brain?

For correct diagnosis a full clinical history and a good description of the seizure/s is taken, and both a physical and neurological examination will be performed.

Investigations may include an Electroencephalogram (EEG), a Computerised Tomography (CT) scan or/and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) brain scan.

involving physiotherapy, psychology, alternate medicine, etc.

Additionally, be aware of their possible side effects and/or complications. A combination of treatments can be used to assist in the relief of symptoms associated with endometriosis.

You should discuss the differences in the treatments with your Doctor before starting. There are advantages and disadvantages to all the types of treatments and you may need to have several treatments of different types before finding the right combination for you.

Currently, there is no cure for endometriosis which is why Endometriosis Australia is asking Australians to March Into Yellow.

How can you make a difference?

Challenge yourself to wear yellow every day in March to raise money towards endometriosis education, research and awareness!

Head to marchintoyellow.org.au to sign up for your fundraiser.

Source: Endometriosis Australia

How is Epilepsy treated?

Modern epilepsy medications aim to control seizures with the least amount of side effects. There are numerous medications available today so it can take time to get the correct medication regime.

The choice of medication will depend on a number of factors, including the type of seizure or syndrome. Good seizure control can be achieved in about 70% of people with epilepsy.

While medication is effective for many people, some seizure disorders are more severe and resistant to medication. Increasingly, brain surgery is an option taken by people with uncontrolled seizures, often with good results. However, surgery is not suitable for all people living with epilepsy.


March Activities

Australian Reading Hour at Tin Can Bay Library

Thursday 9 March 3pm-4:30pm – Tin Can Bay

Come into Tin Can Bay Library and find one of the special reading spaces created for Australian Reading Hour. Bookings not necessary.

Author Talk with Shelley Hansen

Friday 17 March 10am – Gympie

Friday 17 March 2pm – Tin Can Bay

Join us as local author Shelley Hansen talks about her new book and her writing journey.

A fifth-generation resident of the Fraser Coast, Shelley is an award-winning writer. Her traditional Australian poetry and short stories have won numerous prizes both nationally and internationally. She and her husband Rod perform at regional events and feature as regular guests on ABC Local Radio Wide Bay. She has a book of poetry and an audio CD to her credit.

Her debut novel Sonnets from The Sheoaks, published in 2022, has been described as ‘a touching, historically accurate and compelling narrative’.

Bookings are essential: phone 5481 0859 (Gympie) 5486 4355 (Tin Can Bay) or visit library.gympie.qld.gov.au

Dr. Seuss Day Story time

Thursday 2 March 10am-11am – Gympie

Goomeri Library – Thursday 2 March 12noon-1pm – Goomeri

Mondays in March 9.30am-10.30am – Rainbow Beach

Join the celebrations with this fun story time and craft activity inspired by the amazing characters created by Dr. Seuss. Ideal for ages 3 and up. Bookings not necessary.

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Dietary therapies including the Classical and Modified Ketogenic diets may assist in limiting seizure activity. These diets must be undertaken with specialist and dietitian involvement.

What can trigger a seizure in a person with epilepsy?

It’s important to be aware of the common triggers that can cause a seizure. They include:

• Hormonal changes

• Photosensitivity

• Stress


Rainbow Beach

Ph: 5486 3705

Monday & Thursday 9.30am – 12.30pm

Wednesday & Friday 2pm – 5pm

Saturday 9am – 12 noon

Digital Tools for Disasters

Friday 10 March 10am-11am – Gympie

Tin Can Bay

Ph: 5486 4355

Monday & Wednesday 9am – 12.30pm

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

This course aims to help people increase their preparedness for a disaster or emergency by connecting with simple online tools and social media. It covers digital skills to use emergency apps, access current and reliable information online and maintain contact with friends, family and emergency services. The course also introduces simple apps and tools for different parts of Australia.

Bookings are essential: phone 5481 0859 or visit library.gympie.qld.gov.au

Rain & Resilience: Floods that make history

Thursday 2 March 10am-11am – Gympie

A year on from the biggest flood in our living memory, we take a look back on the history of our flooding rains.

From the earliest recorded flood in the Goldfields, to the biggest flood of 1893, we look back on the most significant floods that have impacted our region.

Bookings are essential: phone 5481 0859 or visit library.gympie.qld.gov.au

Build your CV

Thursday 9 March 4pm-5pm – Gympie

Ÿ Is the technician fully qualified & licensed?

Ÿ Has your room been measured & sized correctly?

This course is for people who want to build their CV from scratch or give their existing CV a quick refresh.

Ÿ Have you seen any recent work from the installer?

Ÿ Can the installer provide ongoing support & service?

It will cover the key components of a great CV and share tips for making it stand out from the crowd. Participants will get a better understanding of how to talk about and showcase their strengths, skills and experience. The course also includes tips on digital tools which can help build a CV.

Ÿ Will the installer use premium products, provide quality workmanship & leave the jobsite clean & tidy?

Ÿ Does the installer know the local area & environmental conditions?

Bookings are essential: phone 5481 0859 or visit library.gympie.qld.gov.au

• Extreme changes in temperature, particularly heat

• Fever and illness

• Stopping or changing medications

• Infections, viruses or allergies

During the month of March, Epilepsy Queensland invites you to get involved to Make March Purple for Epilepsy. You can choose to host your own event at home, school or work, or set yourself a personal challenge. Epilepsy Queensland has a bunch of resources to get you on your way to fundraising and raising awareness for Epilepsy this March. Simply head to epilepsyqueensland. com.au to learn more.

• Alcohol or other drugs including caffeine


We no longer provide Auto electrics service so no longer wish to have any in our advertising. Also if you could just remove the recommendation in the advert. Also maybe just try it with a light blue surround. Ÿ

Source: Epilepsy Queensland

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Australian reed warbler

OFTEN ELUSIVE and difficult to spot, the Australian reed warbler may sport understated plumage, but what they lack in vibrancy they make up for with a sweet, delicate song.

The feathers on the crown are often raised to form a crest during singing, and it is believed the melodious call is used as a signal to advertise a male’s fitness to females and other males, as well as asserting and defending territories.

The Australian reed warbler makes its home in an array of wetlands with – as made obvious by their name – a fondness for reeds and rushes.

Their diet of choice is insects and molluscs.

Here on the east coast, breeding season is from October to December, and both mum and dad build the nest, but incubation is taken care of by the female.

Unfortunately there is only a nesting success of 58%, and nest predation is the major cause of nesting losses.

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Photo credit - Scott Humphris

Chappy CHAT

Learning Community

We have had a wonderful start to 2023 with eight new families from Cooloola Cove, Tin Can Bay, Kia Ora, and Goomboorian joining our Rainbow Beach families as part of the Learning Community.

This brings numbers up to around 28 children aged between 5 and 14 getting together on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Rainbow Beach Community Centre for a range of activities including: hula hooping; cooking; researching the history of Rainbow Beach; art with our fabulous tutor Mo Riggs; craft; learning about different cultures of the world through visiting speakers; learning Spanish; and going to the gym and beach with Sarah of Rainbow Beach Learn to Surf.

In February we had another informative visit by Chloe from the Gympie Council who shared lots of practical information about what can and can’t be recycled – did you know that anything smaller than the palm of your hand can’t be recycled? This will be followed up by a visit to the Hervey Bay Recycling Facility in early March to see what happens to our rubbish once it is collected by the Council’s rubbish trucks.

Our group will be participating in Clean Up Australia (which normally happens on Sunday 5 March) with their own cleanup of the area near the SLS tower on Tuesday 7 March.

An exciting addition to our curriculum this year is an invitation given to the Gympie Homeschooling Community to join us twice a term so that local children and parents can expand their circle of friendship and support with other like-minded families.

Our first event took place on Thursday 23 February with some fun get-to-know-you games and also a workshop run by the Gympie Bone Museum that explored bones from a variety of species and how they were different. Children were able to use microscopes to look at the bones in closer detail.

The Gympie Bone Museum is run by local science technicians and educational cadaver suppliers Jaimie and Debra Cook who opened the museum to the public in 2019 and is located at the Gympie Woodwork Museum if you would like to visit. In the afternoon the group headed to our beautiful beach for some water fun.

We are continuing to work with Cooloola Coast TurtleCare, using Topsy the Turtle who was created by our group last year from recycled wire, an old crab pot, and lots of plastic bottle tops as a means to raise funds for this vital work.

Topsy will be the star attraction at a location in Rainbow Beach still to be confirmed where recycling bins will be strategically placed to allow locals and tourists to deposit their bottles and cans to raise money for Turtlecare. So watch this space!

Sandcastle Competition

The date for the annual Rainbow Beach Sandcastle Competition is fast approaching and will be held on Wednesday 5 April on the beach north of the SLS tower. Registration is from 8.30am and teams will have two hours from 9-11am to create their masterpieces.

Aaron from Sandshapers of Noosa will again be present to amaze us with another of his works of art and perform the difficult job of judging the best entry in each of 4 categories which are: most lifelike animal, most lifelike sea creature, a miscellaneous category, and People’s Choice where anyone on the beach during the morning can vote for their favourite sand creation.

In the past local businesses have been very generous in donating prizes for the winning teams and if you are a local business and would like to be involved, please contact me on 0413 135 867.

Mark the date in your diary and even if you don’t want to be part of a team, come down to the beach for a wonderful morning of fun, friendship, and fresh air. BBQ sausages and drinks will be for sale from 10am.

Thank you to Cooloola Coast Realty, Rainbow Beach Realty, Century 21, and Rainbow Beach Community News for supporting us to make this event happen.

Community Pantry

Foodbank Qld knows only too well how many Queenslanld families are doing it tough. They source 14 millions kilograms of food from farmers, manufacturers, and retailers each year and distribute this food to over 300 food relief charities such as our Community Pantry, and 300 School Breakfast Programs statewide from their warehouse in Brisbane. This reduces landfill and CO2 emissions by 26 million kilograms each year.

The number of clients accessing the Community Pantry since we reopened in January on a fortnightly basis at the Community Centre is now almost back to pre-Christmas numbers which is great to see, but we are able to provide more hampers if needed.

As prices increase and food shortages become more common, our $10 hampers are a great source

of basic pantry items that are good to have on hand. They include a variety of tinned veggies (such as tomatoes, peas, and corn), pasta, rice, stir-fry and pasta sauces, savoury biscuits, and condiments which would cost between $50 and $60 on the supermarket shelves.

Fruit and veggies that do not require refrigeration are also available as our wonderful transport companies McClintock’s Transport and Rainbow Beach Transport do not use refrigerated trucks. Foodbank Brisbane sources these from local farmers who may have a glut or for some reason are having trouble moving their produce, so we never know beforehand what will turn up with our order.

Woolworths Cooloola also provides goods that are nearing their bestbefore date or that are no longer stocked by the store. Again, we never know what will be available, but are happy that these items can be used by our clients and don’t end up in landfill!

If you would like to receive a hamper which cost $10 or know of someone that you could bless with a helping hand, please send a message via the Rainbow Beach Community Pantry Facebook page or send a text to 0413 135 867 to be added to our list of clients.

Ronnie Timperon Our Learning Community art group with their wonderful creations.



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If you have an event or date you would like to add please email


3 World Wildlife Day

3 World Day of Prayer Service, 10am at Cooloola Cove Vets & Community Hall (behind CCove Shopping Centre).

Contact: Lillian 0428 718 786 or Maggie 0400 756 615/Maggie1Travers@gmail.com

3 Live music: Chris Webb Solo, 7pm TCB Country Club

4 Barefoot Bowls, 4.30pm TCB Country Club, adults $10/kids $5, free sausage sizzle. Phone Ann 0437 529 445 to register.

4 Live music: Ricki Wood, 6pm TCB Country Club

5 Clean Up Australia Day: Marine & Litter Debris Clean Up by Gympie Landcare & Cooloola Coastcare, 9am registration at RB SLSC carpark. Register: gympielandcare.org.au or 5483 8866. See www.cleanup.org.au for other local events or to register your own.

8 International Women’s Day

10 Twilight Markets, Amity Place TCB

10 Johnny Cash tribute show by ‘CASH ONLY’, free event, 5.30pm at Federal Memorial Hall, 2 Skyring Creek Rd, Federal (1.25 hours drive from Rainbow)

10 Councillor Catch Up with Cr Jess Milne, 9-10am TCB Library meeting room, 11am-12pm RB Community Centre foyer.

10 Live music: Junction Road, 7pm TCB Country Club

11 Live music: Andrew Copland, RB Markets (7am-12noon)

11 Opening ceremony of TCBCAMS new shed

11 International Women’s Day Twilight Walk, meet at Norman Point Rotunda at 6pm for 6.12pm set off (official sunset time), all welcome.

17 Live music: Echo Echo, 7pm TCB Country Club

18 Shed Shop Sale Day. TCBCAMS, Amity Pl, TCB

20 (to 6 April) BreastScreen QLD mobile service, Lions Park TCB. Info page 5.

21 Rainbow Beach Commerce and Tourism (RBCT) monthly meeting, 5.30pm, RB Sports Club. Info: rbct.secretary@gmail.com

23 Celebrating Women’s Day & Harmony WeekCC Women and Business event, RB Sports Club from 5pm

24 Live Music: 2 EZ Duo, 7pm TCB Country Club

29 INFOsation sessions with GRC’s Community Development Team, 10am-12pm TCB Library & 1.30-3.30pm RB Library. Details on page 25.

25 Drag Queen Bingo, 7.30-10.30pm RB Sports Club. $25 per person (18+ only) & $5 bingo books. Book now at RB Sports Club 5486 3191 or use QR code on page 3.

31 Live music: Just Jen, 7pm TCB Country Club




5 Sandcastle Competition! 9-11am (registration from 8.30am), on the beach north of SLS tower. Hosted by RB Learning Community. Details - page 29.


8 CIRS Easter Book Sale, CIRS stall at RB Markets, 7am-midday



15 Country Hall Dance, Goomboorian Memorial Hall, Ross Rd Goomboorian. Doors open 7pm, dancing 7.30-11.30pm. Live music by Chris Doyle, raffles, lucky door prizes etc. $12 per person. Contact Julie 0428 824 115.


Weekly (many are term time only)


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


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

9am Macrame, Men’s Shed, Carole: 0437 880 438

9am Painting for beginners, Tuncunba Hall, Tin Can Bay, Kerri 0438 803 990

Middle Eastern Movement class by Soul from the Belly, Emperor St Community Hall TCB. Early session 1-2pm, evening session 5.30-6.30pm. First class free. Book by calling Jess on 0411 218 254

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

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

10.30-11am First Five Forever Storytime (0-5 years) at RB Library. Bookings essential: 5486 3705

11am -12.30pm Book a librarian, RB Library


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

2nd & 4th Nibbles & Giggles at Goomeri Library, social get together to chat over a cuppa, 10amph: 4168 4340

8.30am Kindy Linq, RB School Library

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

9am TCB Quilters, TCB Community Centre, President Louise Hanks 0488 951 881

9am Drawing & Pastel group all levels, tutoring for beginners, Tuncunba Hall, Tin Can Bay, Kerri 0438 803 990

10am Tin Can Bay Art Group, TCB Library

11am-12pm English Conversation Group, come along to make new friends and improve your English, Gympie Library, bookings not needed

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

2-4pm Book a librarian, TCB Library


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

8am Table tennis - singles, 9am doubles, $2 all levels welcome, RB Community Hall, 5486 3355

8.30am Kindy Linq, RB School Library

9.30am Cooloola Card Makers, TCB Library

3-4pm Coolabay Choir, CC Vets’ Hall, Pam: 0427 180 649

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

3rd Hoy hosted by QCWA, 9.30am for a 10.00am start, Cooloola Waters Retirement Village Hall, 34 Toolara Rd TCB. Wendy 0412 547 043 or Judy 0402 769 392


7.30am Social tennis, $3, RB Sports Club, All welcome. Chris: 0417 605 484

8.30am Playgroup, RB School Library

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

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

9.30am Bingo for Local Ambulance Committee, TCB Country Club

3.30pm Dragon Boating every Thursday, Sandra: 0402 352 756

3.30pm Robotics for kids, Gympie Library


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

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

1st Friday - Drop-in Sausage Sizzle, Tin Can Bay RSL, 11.30am to 1.30pm

3rd Friday - Writing Fridays at Gympie Library - join other writers in practicing and honing your literary skills, 10am-12pm, phone 5481 0859 for more information and to book

4th Friday Community catch up at RB Hall, 8am

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

9am-12pm Chess/Rummykub at TCB Community & Men’s Shed, gold coin for morning tea, no need to book

2.30-4pm Book a librarian, TCB Library

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

7.30-10.30pm Live music at RB Sports Club. Grab a drink and a feed and enjoy some local talent www.rainbowsportsclub.com.au


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

2nd Saturday RB Market. Book: 5486 3355

3rd Saturday Tin Can Bay Market. Book: 0418 711 897

2.30pm Little Athletics, TCB School oval, Jess: 0411 218 254

5pm Mass at St John Vianney Catholic Church, Bream St, TCB (week 1, 2, 5)

7.30-10.30pm Live music at RB Sports Club. Grab a drink and a feed and enjoy some local talent. www. rainbowsportsclub.com.au


7am Mass at St Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, Manooka Dr, RB (week 1, 2, 5) and Tin Can Bay (week 3, 4)

7.30am Dragon Boating, Sandra: 0402 352 756

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

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

Save the Date:

11 - 17 June 2023

For a list of what’s on at our local libraries

See page 26 of this issue



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Can o belie e it as a ear ago that most of o r region as nder ater? G mpie had its orst flooding since , ith the Mar Ri er hi ng . metres on the last da of Feb. Mar boro gh as nder ater, and Rainbo as c t off from the o tside orld ith the access road flooded.

Cricket- ise, A stralia is c rrentl in India pla ing a test series and at me of ri ng the are do n -nil in the series a�er being belted reso ndingl in the first t o matches. Let ’s hope it doesn’t get an more embarrassing for s.

S ch a sad, scar , and de asta ng me for so man people in o r region. And e en a ear later there are s ll people str ggling to reco er a�er losing their homes and sadl e en orse.

B t as al a s, from darkness comes light - and it is sit a ons like these that make me e en more gratef l to li e in a small, close, caring comm nit like o rs. The n mber of people that leapt in to help in hate er a the co ld as incredible. SPORT TIME!

Thankf ll , e en tho gh there ha e been a fe sho ers aro nd at me of ri ng this, it looks like e are safe and dr this me ro nd so make the most of it and enjo o r bea f l to n.

The ear can officiall start for me no ith the NRL and AFL seasons finall d e to kick off this month. I’ e got big e pecta ons from the Q eensland teams this earespeciall ith the addi on of the Redcliffe-based Dolphins into the NRL. Coached b the mastermind Wa ne Benne it ’ll be interes ng to see ho the go in their first season pla ing ith the big bo s.

The Dolphins are the first team to join the NRL compe on since the Gold Coast Titans in . And hile it is great ne s that Q eensland are finall ge ng more of a foot in the door NRL- ise ith hat is no a fo rth team for the state, it ma be o ld ha e been nice for a regional team to ha e been gi en the golden cket.

There’s no three teams ithin the Brisbane-Gold Coast centre of the ni erse b t Q eensland is a big state ith a lot of r gb leag e fans sca ered aro nd all fo r q arters so let ’s hope the ne t ne team can be one for people more than a thirt min te dri e from the CBD!

In mid-March the AFL season gets re ing as ell. Let ’s hope the Lions can go a step f rther this ear a�er their semifinal appearance in . It ’s been t ent ears since their last premiership so I reckon it ’s abo t me for another Ro nding o t the foot ness of March is the good old S per R gb (that name s ll cracks me p, it feels like the sho ld all be earing capes and s perhero masks), ith the Reds pla ing the H rricanes at home first p.

6AM - 8PM 7 DAYS This is a paid ad er sement and the ie s of the riter are not necessaril the ie s of the Rainbo Beach Comm nit Ne s o ners or staff

I seem to ha e go en into the habit of men oning the S perbo l e en tho gh it is hard to care abo t American sport. B t e en haters ha e to admit it is q ite the spectacle, and a�er hat t rned o t to act all be an e ci ng close game the Kansas Cit Chiefs took o t the in. B t e all kno that the biggest ne s of the da as that Rihanna is pregnant. Reall shaking m head that the most talked abo t thing from a spor ng e ent is a pop star ’s pregnanc anno ncement! That is h it is so hard to take American sport serio sl . B t he , e en bad sport is good sport right?

Sta safe e er one, enjo o r March, and keep shopping local.

Mat t, Bernie, Justin, Liam & ou r friendly st aff at the IGA

Did o kno that o can shop online at Rainbo Beach IGA? J st go to rainbo beachiga.com.a to order then once it ’s read simpl come into the store to collect it from o r friendl front co nter staff.

A big hello to all o r al ed c stomers - both local and isi ng, come and see o r friendl staff at o r local IGA toda

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