Rainbow Beach Community News September 2020

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September 2020 • Vol 23 • Issue 9

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Spring In this issue... • Nippers sign on

Lifeguard, Liam Toohey, showing his Jetski technique during patrol on the beach at Rainbow. Photo taken by lifeguard Rory Sanders. Both lifeguards are farewelling Rainbow Beach this month and we wish them every success….but will miss them!

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Editor’s Note

Bring on the School Holidays!




ELL, THAT ONE DAY of winter was truly terrible this year! What a painless winter it has been with people still enjoying a daily swim in the ocean.

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

We are looking forward to the school holidays starting on the 19th and the coast will once again be full of happy holiday makers.

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Don’t forget Father’s Day on Sunday September 6! Happy Father’s Day to all our awesome dads - check out the gift ideas on page 3.

Phone: 07 5486 3561 Mobile: 0407 159 178 Address: PO Box 204, Rainbow Beach QLD 4581 Email: info@rbcn.com.au

Welcome to new businesses, Captain’s on Carlo, who opens on September 18 at Carlo Point and are searching for staff; Natasha Leigh Properties owned by Natasha Dimmock, the daughter of Sam and Maureen Mitchell from the Tourist Info Centre, and Samantha Sullivan who has the mobile barber shop called Gypsy Barberess and will come to you - she has a great Father’s Day Special so check out her ad in this issue.

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HILE DADS JUST love to spend time with their children on Father’s Day, they also love a little treat and a day away from those neverending odd jobs around the house.

The Gypsy Barberess have a Father’s Day special of a 30 minute traditional cut throat shave with beard design, massage and hot towels only $20! If they haven’t tried this - it’s a real treat!


To give him a break and put a smile on his dial, here are ten ways to treat your dad this year!

Cooloola Mitre 10 has so many gift ideas - what about a beer kit?


How about a day fishing? Gardiners Fisheries in Rainbow and The Chandlery at the Bay are both incredible sources of information and fishing gear.


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Pick up a card and gift from the Rainbow Beach Pharmacy - maybe a Maroons shirt?


Grab a cake from Ed’s Bakery, pack a picnic rug and a thermos and head to the Blow for a picnic amongst nature.


Take Dad and the family to the Tin Can Bay Country Club for a round of golf and a meal at the Chinese restaurant - or just skip the golf and enjoy the cold beers.


Pick up a bottle of Dad’s favourite from the Rainbow Beach Hotel Bottle Shop.


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Grab a gift from the Rainbow Beach Pharmacy for Dad this year he would love this maroons shirt modelled by Pharmacist Richard


A Father’s Love

E ASKED DENTIST and father of two daughters, Mark Cull of Channon and Lawrence Dental, his thoughts on being a dad: “‘Wow, where do the years go?’ I know this is a clichéd saying however I’m using it because it is so true. “Children suddenly become teenagers and then young adults. But what a joy to watch them grow and walk independently through our ever-changing world. Being a father in our environment is about balancing time and energy between financial and emotional support. “As a dad you can never be sure if you managed to get it right, however, as a dad, I do know that I am very proud of my girls. They choose to show up in the world as happy, positive, grateful and dedicated young women and therefore are contributing to society in a


or the Marina Bar and Grill. Or check out the Father’s Day specials at the Rainbow Beach Surf Club - Surf n Turf with Chips and Salad $28.00 or QLD Parmigiana with chips and salad $23.00 - both come with a complimentary pot of Mid Beer! 10. For those dads who just love gardening, head over to Cooloola Cove Landscape and Garden Supplies and surprise him with the gear for a new garden.

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meaningful way. “Now they are busy forging their own lives. I treasure the times we connect whether through a text, phone call or a visit. Children learn through observation, so I strive to be the best version of myself I can be in all aspects of my life, displaying resilience when times are tough and celebrating through the fun times. “A word for the younger dad’s out there, from a quote I have seen- “they might not remember what you said, but they will remember how you made them feel”. Whatever you decide to do and however you decide to celebrate this special day, make sure Dad has a Happy Father’s Day!



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OLLOWING COMMUNITY input and lots of involvement from our principal, Steve Bennett, there is some good news about road safety on Carlo Road and Kurrawa Drive. Plans have been approved for a path to run along Kurrawa Drive, and an island to be placed at the children’s crossing on Carlo Road. Funding is still being

negotiated, so there is no set time frame yet. When we have more information we will let you know. Below are the preliminary plans, but until funding is finalised, this is still subject to change. Thanks to Gympie Regional Council and all those who have made children’s road safety a priority!


HE COTTON TREES which are blocking the views from the viewing platform have been on Rainbow locals’ radar for months. We have received this comment from Gympie Regional Council (GRC) to address the issue. “GRC knows that Rainbow Beach has some of the best coastline views in Australia. So these views are maintained for both locals and tourists, Council crews have now commenced cotton tree pruning at the viewing platforms. “This work will open up view lines from the platform at Phil Rogers and Lawrie Hanson Park. While Council understands the importance of the ocean views from these locations, the health and welfare of the trees is a priority. “The work will be carried out in stages so Council staff can monitor how the trees are responding. “Cotton trees also play a vital role in protecting the steep sand dunes and adjacent areas from erosion, which is one of the reasons Council need to keep them healthy and robust. “It is anticipated this work will be rolled out over the next two weeks.”

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Great news about the school crossing being approved - just waiting for funding

Council works


ORK AT THE COAST this month has involved the hand weeding and mulching of the gardens in the town centre of Rainbow Beach opposite Lawrie Hanson Park, as well as mowing and brush cutting operations. The Rainbow Beach Library and its surrounding open spaces have also been mown and trimmed. Phil Rogers Park also received some very special attention by the Parks crew in preparation for a wedding ceremony. Eighty cubic metres of engineered soft fall has been installed at the Wes Mitchell Playground on the Tin Can Bay Foreshore to ensure our playgrounds are safe for our community and compliant with Australian Standards.

Council crews at the Rainbow Beach playground are doing a great job keeping it looking fresh

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UR TWO OUTSTANDING lifeguards, Liam Toohey and Rory Sanders, have been based in Rainbow Beach for five years. Sadly for us, they have just learned they are moving on. Liam will move to Peregian in mid September with his wife and three children and, though he will miss everything about Rainbow, he is looking forward to rejoining his extended family back on the Sunshine Coast. Rory is taking up an eight-month stint at Agnew Waters and we have lost not only a talented lifeguard, but an exceptional photographer. Rory took the photo for our cover this month. He has a flair for the water and the stars and spent many months in Scandinavia on photographic assignments over the past two years. Here is Liam’s last report. He will be replaced by accomplished lifeguard Jake McKellan from Noosa and we wish Liam and Rory all the best and welcome Jake to our community. Rainbow Beach and Double Island Point is now approaching the “busy” season with September and summer school holidays just around the corner. However, reflecting on the statistics, incidents, and rescues in our region over the “off season” it is noted that numbers are trending at capacity, especially on the weekends. These trends, mixed with our expansive area and “high risk activity” leaves all our emergency services stretched and on a high level of anticipation. We are trained and prepared to respond

Lifeguard Liam Toohey and his family will be leaving us to take up a position in Peregian we wish him all the best!

to incidents, but please remember it is every individual’s responsibility to do your best to avoid creating unnecessary pressure on our local emergency services, simply by making good choices. Some of these poor choices I have witnessed recently, which have made me cringe include, but are not limited to…. An AWD car doing doughnuts right at the cutting, ruining the tracks, while two people are hanging out either side of the windows with their selfie sticks filming. A recipe for a roll over and entrapment. Jet skis jumping waves in the flags around swimmers. Cars speeding through the beach car park. A large group of drunk incompetent swimmers outside the flags throwing their bottles into the ocean. This sort of behaviour is not okay and not welcomed to our beautiful region. We welcome positive behaviour which encourages a safe environment in our community. Please take the time to know the rules, to make good decisions and to enjoy, protect and respect our region for all it has to offer. The Lifeguard and Volunteer patrols look forward to welcoming everyone onto the beach this “busy” season, please stop for a chat if you have any questions and as always, “swim between the red and yellow flags”.

ACH TIME YOU head up the beach to Double Island Teewah, you not only need a valid vehicle access permit, but also a Covid-19 restricted access area authority pass. There are only two places in Queensland that require this covid pass - Cooloola and Bribie Island recreation areas, as they have been designated Restricted Access Areas. Government claims it is to assist with managing visitor numbers and community safety as part of the government’s Covid-19 response. It is in place to “support Queensland Health directives to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and keep our visitors safe.” It absolutely makes sense that if you have been to a declared Covid-19 Hotspot in the previous 14 days or have been in contact with a known Covid-19 case, or have symptoms related to Covid-19, you are not welcome here….or anywhere. And like all cafes, bars and restaurants, leaving contact details is essential and that is noted on the vehicle permit. However, if 25,000 spectators are considered Covid safe at a major indoor or outdoor sporting facility so you can “get out and support your local team”, surely it makes sense to enable people to drive with their family in a 4WD up the beach to lie in the sun or fish?

It’s ripper to be a Nipper!


IPPERS IS A program designed to teach kids surf safety and awareness through traditional surf sports, games, activities and an age award system. As your child gets older, they are taught valuable life skills such as CPR, First Aid and Surf Rescues. The season this year starts on Sunday October 4 and parents are encouraged to become involved. Membership fees: Nipper $55; Associate $75; Family $170. For any Nipper sign-on it

is a requirement that one parent joins as an associate. For any information please contact Junior Activities Coordinator, Natasha Leigh Dimmock, on 0444 579 887 or surf club administration on 07 5486 3249 or email surf@rainbowbeachsurf.com.au Joining a surf club is the most rewarding decision you can make for your child who will experience fitness, life skills and mateship, which will set the foundation for the rest of their lives.

Nippers is starting again and they encourage you to come and see what all the fun is about!

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Rainbow Beach Police Beat by Senior Constable Mick Emery

Teewah – we have a problem


EGULAR READERS of this column would recall numerous police articles over the years in which we have lamented the ongoing issue of hoons on Teewah Beach. For years, local police have literally been called out at all hours of the night to respond to rollovers, drink drivers and dangerous driving incidents. Despite regular police patrols, random breath testing, enforcement and even arrests, every weekend sees the trend continue: a steady stream of inconsiderate motorists from the big smoke, who rip up the beach seemingly hell-bent on having the beach closed to all of us. I recall one particular callout, in relation to a hoon doing ‘doughnuts’ around a group of pedestrians playing touch footy on the beach – only to strike one of them with the tray of his ute, knocking the victim unconscious. The victim in that case now has permanent injuries, and will likely never be capable of a day’s work in his life. When I interviewed the driver, I took the time to ask: “What do we as police have to do differently to stop people like you driving so recklessly?” In a telling moment of honesty he admitted: “There’s nothing you can do – I’d literally just seen a police car…and yet I still drove like an idiot…” His answer gives an insight into the attitude, and it suggests that ‘more police’ is not going to solve anything. Meanwhile, the rangers are having to deal with the environmental degradation of this beautiful area – as many of those same motorists simply leave their rubbish and human waste for ‘someone else’ to clean up. It begs the question: how much longer

Police in despair after an 18 year old was killed last month at Teewah Beach after he was thrown from his 4WD

should we put up with it? At what stage do we make a hard decision in the interests of safety – and to the benefit of the natural environment – and close camping on Teewah Beach altogether? At some point there has to be an analysis to work out the risk-benefit ratio: what are the risks of ongoing weekends full of

hoons – versus the potential benefits of it remaining open? Are the benefits really worth it? I am aware that many people (including some of you local readers) have taken the time to write to their local member of parliament about the issue, highlighting the ongoing risks – which are and only Come


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exacerbated by the lack of mobile phone reception, and an inability for emergency services to traverse the beaches at high tide. And yet still nothing changes. It has left Teewah Beach with a reputation as ‘the wild west’ – where good people are having their camping experience ruined by an increasing number of idiots. I concede that we cannot guarantee your safety down there…in many cases we can’t even get to you at all. I know of long-time Teewah campers who will no longer visit there, essentially out of fear. For years, I’ve heard people ask the question: ‘Does someone have to die before we take this issue seriously?’ And now - sadly - that is exactly what has just happened. In the middle of the night in late August, an 18-year-old man was killed during yet another moment of beach driving stupidity, when he was thrown from the vehicle he was travelling in, and then crushed as it rolled on top of him. Is this the one? Is this finally the incident that will lead to things changing on Teewah Beach? What should that change look like? It’s your National Park, so why not have a say via your local member? I know I won’t be popular for this article in some sectors, but – let’s be honest – Teewah Beach camping is a problem. Of course there are good folk down there who never cause an issue – and they will be adversely affected by their irresponsible counterparts. But we no longer have the luxury of asking, ‘Does someone have to die before we take this issue seriously? The dreadful and urgent question we now face ‘How many more have to...?’ see ouris:new warehouse

4WD training at Rainbow in brief Wind Farm Approval As per previous articles in this newspaper, Forest Wind Holdings is proposing a large-scale wind farm project be built on state forest land between Maryborough and Gympie. This joint venture between Queenslandbased renewables firm CleanSight and Siemens Financial Services Forest Wind was passed in State parliament last month. CleanSight Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Jane Daniels, will be joining the next Rainbow Beach Chamber of Commerce meeting. The Chamber meets on the third Tuesday of each month so it will be September 15 at 5pm for a 5.30pm start at the surf club.

Doggie Bag Locations For those who own a dog, there are doggy bags at these locations so please ensure you use them, They are checked weekly. • RB Beachfront near lifesavers • Lawrie Hanson park near the lookout • Phil Rogers park (opposite caravan park) • RBB cricket oval • Crab creek between boat ramp and picnic tables TCB • Kindy beach TCB • Wes Mitchell park TCB • Tom Impey park TCB • Les Lee park TCB • Norman Point TCB


OU MIGHT HAVE noticed a large contingent of ambulance officers at Rainbow Beach recently doing 4WD training. I caught up with Jeremy Taylor, Assistant Superintendent of the Queensland Ambulance Service Education Centre(QAS) to see why they train at Rainbow Beach. “Because Roadcraft Gympie is one of the contracted providers for 4WD training by the QAS we try to train in areas that closely replicate the environments that we operationally respond to. “Rainbow Beach is such a good environment as it offers a diversity of environments especially the cuttings which you don’t get in other areas.” Jeremy said they train ten people every four-to-six weeks and said It’s a rolling course for existing staff or and for staff who have recently joined QAS that are being assigned to regions where they will be operationally driving 4WD’s. “It is important for us to try and simulate the environment in which the ambulances will be used if a situation occurs which requires us to access the beach. “Sand driving is the most difficult on vehicles and in Rainbow

we have a great place for day and night, soft and hard sand and it is quite diverse with the bush, sand and water crossings.” He said that given Roadcraft’s location, Rainbow Beach was a perfect fit geographically and that the paramedics who train come from all corners of the state to undertake the training. “QAS have had 757 staff undertake the specialised 4WD training to date and the course is for staff from all stations which require 4WDs to serve our community. “It is definitely a highly sought after opportunity and lots of paramedics enjoy the training and seek out the course. He said the feedback from the staff was overwhelmingly positive and the drivers take their new knowledge back to their stations,especially winching, safe use of a 4WD, tyres and safe water crossing.” “Rainbow always provides us with a great environment and the locals have always welcomed us and we find it’s a perfect community to undertake the training we need to do.” And before you ask…..they love the Toyota Landcruiser Troopy on the beach as “it’s a short wheel base and lighter on the beach”.

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HETHER YOU ARE here camping or staying in fivestar luxury, you have equal access to the natural beauty of the area. Here are a few ideas on how you might like to enjoy the Cooloola Coast - and you don’t have to spend a cent to enjoy a lot of them. On the opposite page we have three of our top experiences while you are here, feed the dolphins, ride a horse and learn to dive - they all provide memorable holiday fun. Maybe you would like to join the Rainbow Beach locals for tennis on Thursday mornings or table tennis on Wednesdays, or try Dragon Boating at Tin Can Bay on Thursday and Sunday (What’s On page 34). On pages 24 and 25 we have dozens of free things to do, from walking through national parks or visiting the Double Island Point lighthouse to walking up to the Carlo Sand Blow and swimming in icy cold Series Creek. Why not use the time to try your hand at surfing, fishing, paddle boarding, boating, or sailing. Estuary fishing in the Tin Can Bay Inlet

Above: Go on your own or take the family on a beach horse ride with Rainbow Beach Horse Rides. No experience necessary!

(formally known as Cooloola Coast Clinic and Rainbow Beach Medical)

Right: Maybe a fishing charter is your cup of tea - several great charter boat companies operate out of the Cooloola Coast

and Great Sandy Strait is perfect for those with a boat or who wish to hire one. There are various accessible boat ramps at Carlo Point, Bullock Point, Tin Can Bay and Crab Creek. Check in with Coast Guard QF17 before you leave. There is a free library at Rainbow Beach and Tin Can Bay and the opening hours are: Rainbow Beach: Monday 9.30am-12.30am; Tuesday closed; Wednesday 2-5pm; Thursday 9.30am-12.30pm; Friday 2-5pm and Saturday 9am-12noon. Phone: 5486 3705 Tin Can Bay Library:Monday 9am-12.30pm; Tuesday 9am-5pm; Wednesday 9am-12.30pm; Thursday 9am5pm; Friday 9am-5pm; Saturday 8.30am-11.30am. Phone: 5486 4355 If surfing is your thing but you don’t have the gear or know-how - give Rainbow Beach Learn to Surf a call on 0435 934 087. They can teach you how to surf like a pro! The markets are on the third Saturday of the month at Tin Can Bay at the RSL and the fourth Saturday of the month at the Rainbow Beach Community Hall. What about a fishing charter experience? Contact Ed from Keely Rose Deep Sea Fishing on 0407 146 151 for a great day out, or Mat Cooper from Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters on 0439 775 070, who will take you out on Baitrunner. Always wanted to beach drive? Maybe it’s time to hire a 4WD from the team at Rainbow Beach 4 x 4 on (07) 5486 8300 and take a trip up to Double Island Point, Teewah Beach or Inskip Point. If you have a couple of days make sure you take a trip or a 4WD over to Fraser Island. Contact the Rainbow Beach Tourist Information centre for tour details on 5486 3227. And food - the Cooloola Coast has loads of great places to eat, drink coffee, drink wine and take the family out for some downtime. Enjoy all the options and try out a few while you are here. Finally - have fun, stay safe, enjoy our region, tell your friends, drive safely on the beach - it’s a road with road rules, and don’t forget to take your rubbish back home with you. Enjoy!

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OLIDAYING IN YOUR own backyard? Did you know that Rainbow Beach is home to one of the best SCUBA dives in Australia? Wolf Rock amazes even the most experienced divers with its array of marine life. If you have ever considered learning to SCUBA dive, now is the time! Wolf Rock Dive Centre is running PADI Open Water Courses through the September school holidays, as well as on demand year round. This three-day course is your beginner step into the underwater world. Comprising online theory modules, learning the ropes in the swimming pool, and two magical days on our boat, Evolution, you will see the Rainbow coloured sands and Double Island Point from a perspective you have never seen before. Completing two dives a day, Double Island delivers the goods, with amazing encounters with leopard rays, eagle rays, shovelnose sharks, octopus and much, much more. While you are seeing all this wonder, your backing soundtrack is the humpback whale song as you glide through the water. Once you’re certified, join us on our daily trips out to Wolf Rock, the spectacular Grey Nurse Shark aggregation site. Rainbow Getaway has very kindly

Grab Dad a diving gift voucher for Father’s Day and let him explore the magical underwater treasures of the Cooloola Coast

Arrive early to feed the dolphins Norma Sanderson


provided access to their heated pool for winter training and we have recently put through ten Open Water students over two action-packed courses. Ekka weekend saw four new divers enter the underwater

world with their last two dives surrounded by humpback whales. Not sure what to get Dad for Father’s Day? We also do gift vouchers. Give our friendly staff a call on 5486 8004.

OPEFULLY QUEENSLAND will benefit with the closure of the border, however, even when restrictions are lifted, strict hygiene and social distancing has to be adhered to at the Dolphin Centre in case there is an outbreak. We have changed the feeding procedures at the centre to be more Covid safe. We have some large crowds on the weekends and they have been fortunate to see and feed the dolphins as most days we had two, three or four dolphins visit. We are open at 7am and mostly feed at 8am. School holidays are soon upon us so we will be ever diligent. If you have visitors please ask them to come down before 7am. If we have large crowds we could start the feeding earlier than 8am so as to be Covid safe with the number of persons allowed on the premises. Stay safe.

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AINBOW BEACH Horse Rides are very fortunate to enjoy a high reputation within the local community and throughout the equine industry. In 2018, when promoting Australia for the Commonwealth Games, Tourism Australia identified Rainbow Beach Horse Rides as one of only two destinations in Queensland to promote. The other destination was the Great Barrier Reef, in its entirety. Rainbow Beach Horse Rides has hosted thousands of people, including many Australian and international superstars. That reputation led to two legends from the country music industry contacting Andrew last month for a unique riding experience. Tania and Fiona Kernaghan recently spent two days with

Rainbow Beach Horse Rides and were so enthralled with the experience they are already making plans to return with friends and family. One of the sisters said it was one of the best things she had ever done, whilst the other said it was the best horse riding experience she had ever had and plans are already underway for a special collaboration in the future. So if Tania and Fiona loved it, you will too! So many of our riders say they used to ride a lot when they were younger but haven’t been on a horse for 20 years. Don’t leave it that long before you enjoy this bucket list adventure. Contact Andrew and the team at rbhr.com.au or call 0412 174 337 to tick this one off your bucket list this holiday!

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Enjoy Father’s Day at the RSL Don Holland – President Tin Can Bay RSL Sub-branch


CTIVITIES AT THE Tin Can Bay RSL Sub-branch have slowly been getting back to the ‘new normal’, from the groups getting together again in the hall, to the extended opening hours at the RSL bar. A small service was held in commemoration of the Vietnam Veterans last month. Held at the Tin Can Bay RSL Sub-branch, members gathered after the service for refreshments and a sausage sizzle. We resumed our Sunday BBQs to great success, so much so that the live entertainment previously to be heard on a Sunday afternoon is being reinstated. So now a Sunday afternoon (from 12 noon until 4.30pm) can once again be spent on

the deck, enjoying a burger or steak, a drink of choice and some local entertainment. Upcoming events planned: Father’s Day BBQ and raffles on Sunday September 6 – join us, kick back, relax and enjoy the music, a burger and a beverage. Remembrance Day commemorative service on November 11.

Above: At the RB Service were – back row: Greg Walker, Jeff Mulhall, Pat Naylor, Barry Hogan, Dave Henderson Front Row: Ron Organ, John Molkentien, Joe Casey, Reverend Shaji Joseph, Trevor Ansell, Craig Miller, Jeff Sutton

In all our activities, we are aware that the COVID-19 restrictions are still in place in order to keep our members, patrons and the community safe. Please remember to comply with the guidelines and social distancing rules, along with any directions by the staff.

Left: Ray Brown in SASR Beret, Peter Gilfoyle and Tin Can Bay RSL Sub branch President Don Holland at the Vietnam Vietnam’s commemoration service

Cooloola Coastcare goes virtual


OOLOOLA COASTCARE has been offering virtual events using the free Zoom web conferencing, and free training for members who want to learn how to be involved safely online. With many members in the highest risk categories, Coastcare management have taken the risks seriously and adjusted project fieldwork and meetings accordingly to keep everyone safe. However, for National Science Week this year, Coastcare went to a whole new level. The Gympie STEM Hub organised the 2020 STEAMzone Science Festival in a 3D virtual world. Cooloola Coastcare’s Randy Orwin enjoying the 3D virual world during the STEAMzone Science Festival

The 18 guest speakers at the all-day festival included dinosaur scientists from the Queensland Museum and University of Queensland, Science and Technology educators from Melbourne and Caloundra, a forensic scientist extracting DNA, and Gympie botanical artist, Zela Bissett, making paper from her permaculture garden. Fungi, windfarms and desalination were explained using apps, photos and videos. Snakes were another interesting topic of a panel discussion, as were spiders discovered at the Cooloola BioBlitz. But the cutest creature award definitely went to the baby marine turtles from our Australia’s Best Shark own Rainbow Beach. Coastcare President, Randy Orwin, delighted the audiences with the videos and photos of our green

and loggerhead turtles nesting and hatching. The whole event was recorded and the presentations will soon be available online. The Australian audience came from as far north as Cooktown and as far south as Melbourne and there were even participants from the UK and the USA. All attended in the form of an avatar, a cartoon-like character that represents the participant in the digital auditorium in the 3D virtual world. A live concert in the evening with Australian-Fijian singer-songwriter and music producer, Andrea Kirwin, based on the Sunshine Coast completed a wonderful and Ray dive’ day of learning and networking. Andrea even composed an impromptu song for her first all-avatar audience.

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AINBOW BEACH proudly hosted the 2020 Rainbow Beach Triathlon last month in what all athletes have called a relaxed and well organised event. The field was reduced to 200 this year due to Covid restrictions and organiser Phil Hungerford said they had to make a lot of changes to keep the athletes safe. The winner was 26-year-old Simon Hearn from Kawana on the Sunshine Coast, who has been a professional for two years. He said: “I love the beautiful location and the hard honest run course. Thanks for having us and putting on the race.” The women’s winner was Renee Kiley, who entered in the 35-39 year group, and who had a great competition beating out the younger women. Local entrant Ella Crawford, from Kia Ora, competed in the two-day event for the first time and won the bronze for the 12-14 year age group. Ella said: “The course was a challenge but I really enjoyed it. The ocean was rough on the first day and there was a bit of headwind in the bike ride, but once I got familiar with the course it was a good challenge.” Local Ingi Doyle said: “It’s a beautiful race and I had a good ride and the run is one of the toughest run courses in Queensland. “It is one of the most relaxed events on the calendar with great staff and Joel Murray as the race caller is an absolute professional.” Special mention to Warren Kearns who was the winner of the 70 - 74 year age group. Congratulations to all involved!

Bronze winner in the 12 - 14 age group was local Ella Crawford, who completed the two-day event for the first time

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LAST MONTH’S Rainbow Beach Chamber of Commerce was again well attended with many current issues discussed. The campaign to promote Rainbow Beach has begun with some footage already shot of our remarkable town and coastline to be shown off to the rest of Queensland. Gympie Regional Council CEO, Shane Gray, attended the meeting and has organised engineers and parks and garden staff to do a full inspection of the viewing platforms, parks, gardens, industrial estates, streets and potential signage to direct visitors to the industrial estate. He informed the chamber of a meeting he attended in Brisbane with Mayor Glen Hartwig to meet Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk and members of both sides of government last month. He said they had a very frank discussion regarding Gympie, the council, the challenges faced and the positive plans in place for the region. The water and dump station is also being reviewed, with funding being sought

Natasha Dimmock of Natasha Leigh Properties and Stay Rainbow Beach, with Samantha Sullivan from mobile hair salon Gypsy Barberess, enjoying the meeting

to upgrade the area which the Chamber hopes Council will endorse. The opportunity to place an RV park in Rainbow Beach received strong arguments for and against. The need for sufficient rubbish bins at Bullock and Inskip Point is obvious and requires urgent action. The tyre air issue was discussed in depth and suitable locations for a free air station were raised. Another hot topic was the increase in vans camping overnight which has been an issue for many years and several options were raised. If you want to have your say on the future of Rainbow Beach, the Chamber meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 5 o’clock for a 5.30pm start. Join today and have your say.

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Creative Cuts ENJOY THE MARKETS! The Rainbow Beach and Tin Can Bay markets are getting better each month and spring is the perfect time to enjoy them. Although Covid puts a bit of a spanner in the works, as long as you follow the rules we can all stay safe and enjoy events such as these.

Come and enjoy WriteFest! Gympie Regional Libraries are hosting WriteFest 2020 this September 4 to 6. The online event is designed for anyone who loves Australian literature and wants to learn more about what inspires our nation’s authors. The weekend is packed with online workshops and a wide variety of activities including writing, author talks and learning tools to unlock your creative potential. To reserve your place at WriteFest 2020, book online at: eventbrite.com.au For more information, visit:gympie.qld.gov.au/ web/library/home or call 1300 307 800. Writefest 2020 is proudly brought to you by Gympie Regional Libraries and the Bendigo Bank of Gympie.

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ORE THAN 1,400 petitioners have called on the State Parliament to deliver a 24-hour tyre inflation facility at Rainbow Beach. Member for Gympie, Tony Perrett, said the petition was in response to the State Government’s enforced closure of a free service in July. The petition from 1,451 petitioners was tabled in State Parliament last week. * “It requested the House to build and administer a free 24-hour Tyre Inflation Facility at Rainbow Beach to service Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service customer requirements,” Mr Perrett said. “The petition said that for 40 years Rainbow Beach businesses have carried the burden of filling approximately 800,000 tyres per year on 4WD vehicles that travel to the area to drive on the beaches at Cooloola and Fraser and National Parks. “It also advised the parliament that the State Government, through Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services receive permit fees from each and every vehicle and advise those vehicles to lower their tyre pressures. “It said in an egregious failure of duty of care the State does not supply a free facility to reinflate those tyres to ensure the safety of those travellers once they return to our roads. “The closure of the free services is already causing major problems in the region with cars banking up and clogging State and local roads. “Locals have told me that it’s now a daily problem and last weekend’s triathlon was a nightmare. It is causing mayhem. “The State Government ordered the withdrawal of the

free service because tenure of the empty block of land it was occurring was impacted by native title issues. ** “I asked the Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, Anthony Lynham, to help find a workable and satisfactory solution in the interest of common sense. “The government’s solution is that there are already other businesses providing tyre inflation facilities. “The Shell station has withdrawn its air hoses leaving the BP station to carry the load of thousands of cars pumping their tyres. It’s unreasonable. “The region relies on family-friendly adventure-based tourism and beach driving. Whether you are camping or stopping in accommodation houses most people drive on the beach. “Even if visitors bring their own compressors there are limited places to actually stop and inflate their tyres. “No one in Brisbane seems to understand or know what happens on the Cooloola Coast. We’ve had one illogical decision after another which lacks common sense and is unworkable. “It’s been a bureaucratic nightmare designed by bureaucrats with Brisbane centric solutions. It’s a mess,” he said.

State Member, Tony Perrett, hopes to find a solution for 4WD owners to reinflate their tyres after enjoying our region’s beaches

*No 1282 – e-petition from 831 petitioners https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/petitiondetails?id=3359 No 1283 - paper petition from 620 petitioners https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/petitiondetails?id=3390 **The Minister advised that on 13 December last year the Federal Court recognised the Butchulla People Native Title rights and interest in relation to the Butchulla Land and Sea #2 Claim.

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E HAVE been playing and training for a couple of weeks now and everyone at the Rainbow Beach State School Rugby Club is enjoying themselves. It is a great opportunity for our youth to play a team sport and learn the skills and the associated benefits of fitness and teamwork. It also serves as a great transition strategy for our students to meet and recognise more children when the time comes to progress to high school. The fact that they are playing a great game like Rugby League, that provides opportunity for children to learn lifelong attributes such as selfconfidence, respect and humility in a safe and managed way, will only benefit our young people into their future. We have been fortunate to be supported by the Gympie Devils Junior Rugby League to be able to join their competition. The Gympie Devils are to be congratulated for their efforts in providing an opportunity for young people to participate in junior sport this year, given the impact of COVID-19. We certainly appreciate all of the work they have had to do in order for this to occur. It has not been easy! We hope that in the future we can continue to grow our participation rates across other age groups. Training in Rainbow Beach has been a welcomed opportunity by parents as often, to enable children to participate, it

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HERE WAS AN unusually lively vibe to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Cooloola Coast Local Ambulance Committee (LAC) last month. The Ukulele Group, who normally attend our annual Flower Show which was cancelled this year due to COVID-19, offered to come along to the Tin Can Bay Ambulance Station and provide some welcome entertainment. The group has been unable to perform in front of an audience for quite a while and was excited to be able to play some live music once again. They provided a medley of Country and Western music dressed in appropriate country style clothing and had their audience singing along to plenty of familiar tunes. It was a great way to liven up an AGM and many thanks to them for attending. Also in attendance was Assistant

Commissioner Professor Stephen Gough, who is in charge of the Sunshine Coast Local Ambulance Service Network (LASN) which includes the Gympie region. Professor Gough expressed his great appreciation of the LAC and the work they do to support the Ambulance Service in the Cooloola area. Professor Gough had the pleasant duty of presenting a plaque to our recently retired President, Lillian Clark, who has notched up 44 years of service in various LACs. Lillian’s record is quite impressive and she has helped raise many tens of thousands of dollars for the QAS over the years. We wish Lillian all the best in her ‘retirement’.

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UR MEMBERS ARE getting excited, we have had direction from the State Office with guidelines to see how we can engage with the community in the future. QCWA duty of care is paramount to all locals in this Covid-19 pandemic. We had a fantastic morning tea for Scone Day at Norman Point - it was great to catch up and chat. Congratulations to our winners of the scone competition: Best Scone – Brenda most surprised, the first time she ever made them. Well done. Most Unusual Scone – Dawn A. Two smiley faces scones, cheeky looking. Our QCWA Queensland Conference in October in Cairns has been cancelled, so no competition entries will be going

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on to state judging. Competitions have finished for this year and winners are: Japanese Tea Towel: Painted tea towel -Lorraine 1st Place Creative Tea Towel – Dianna 1st Place The good news is craft will be back in September on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 10am to 12 noon but still no “Hoy” date as yet, but will be back when restrictions allow. We ask you to bring your own cup, coffee, tea, sugar and milk and morning tea will be supplied by the branch or if you wish you can bring your own morning tea for yourself if you fancy something different.

Social distancing will be in place but we are still able to chat and have a coffee with $2 entry and a raffle. All welcome. Dates to remember: Craft - September 2 and 16, October 7 and 21. Dates to be advised – Hoy, Biggest Morning Tea, Country Kitchen. Reminder, we still need and would appreciate donations of wool. Cottage bookings and enquiries, Cottage Convenor 0490 670 518; President – 0412 547 043 for all other enquiries. Address: 18 Whiting Street, Tin Can Bay. Stay safe, remember to social distance and keep enjoying this lovely weather.

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HIS MONTH City Farm has “Melaleuca Salicina” going on sale with two native tubes for the price of one. City Farm Nursery is located opposite the Community Centre on Tin Can Bay Road and is open to the public on a continual trial basis for this month of September, for plant sales on Tuesdays and Thursdays 8am-2.30pm, until we know COVID-19 is not going to be ever present in our lives. Now that spring has sprung, our plant of the month is “Dianella Caerulea”, commonly known as Blue Flax Lily. This plant has dainty blue flowers from

spring to summer followed by edible bright blue fruit. It is a hardy and very easy core clumping perennial plant growing up to a metre high and wide. It grows from an underground rhizome, so it can be cut back to tidy up if needed, and it will resprout. A good plant for stabilising sand and frost and drought tolerant, this plant grows in sun to shady spots. Also, we would like to reiterate that we are a cash only organisation. Our contact number is (07) 5486 2304. Email address: ccfni09@gmail.com and website address:cooloolacityfarm.org

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UST A VERY QUICK report for this month! Over the past month the Rainbow Beach Droughtrunners have been reasonably quiet, although we are now starting to build supplies for a big run to Longreach in early December. In the past month we have sent $500 to the group Fencing for Fires in Albury and another $2000 in vouchers to CentaCare Longreach. Our collection tins are out again and it soon adds up, as shown by Tin Can Bay Bakeries which collected $130 this month. Another huge thank you to M Watts who donated a very substantial amount into the Bank of Qld Gympie to help out. Wayne Kerle was heading to Longreach early last month and he took a pallet and a half of hampers plus two bags of Pumpkins and 30 dozen eggs for us. Ruth Tramacchi headed to the Gin Gin area with a lot of water and Hampers for three families up there which was much appreciated as people there were

drinking dam water. The Fencing for Fires Group continues to replace fencing from Corryong to Cobargo working in rain and darkness with helmet lights, as many people still have no houses or fences. Many families are living in shipping containers donated by Andrew (Twiggy) Forest and many with burnt houses have only received $2000 (TRUE).Thank God for volunteers. We will keep donating to them. Big W Gympie are coming on board again this year with their donation point at Gympie Central for Christmas presents, which kicks off at the start of November. The Longreach area and the north is not in a good way, so our drop point will be at the School of Distance Education in Longreach. It’s 1250 kms from here, so if you can help it would be much appreciated as we need to take big ute and trailer loads that distance. Donations can be left at BOQ, Gympie or BSB 124047 A/C 22599186.

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XPERIENCED AND talented local artist, Keith Gall, has been having a whale of a time carving out his unique pieces from locally sourced timber. Keith, an Australian chainsaw champion, has been busy at the Tin Can Bay Community and Men’s Shed, bringing his sculptures to life and sharing his knowledge and expertise with shed members. Cute mushrooms, dolphins, whales, horses and other pieces are then offered for sale at the local market, whilst others find their way to boutique shops on the Sunshine Coast. Keith now calls ‘The Shed’ his home and envisages teaching his craft in the near future. A very talented man producing quality pieces that will be the talking point in any home! The Shed has been quite busy this month hosting the local beer brewing meeting and holding IT/Computer/Phone and macramé classes. Our Phoenix Program (Health and WellBeing) was well attended in August. September’s guest speaker on Monday 21 will provide insight and information relating to Aged Care Assessments, which is a topic of high importance to the local community. Places are limited and bookings are now open. Please call Joy on 0455 629 232 to reserve your place. And, if you’re interested in learning the basic moves of chess, why not come


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Don’t forget, we are a collection point for recycling bottles and cans and we’re open every weekday between 9am – 12 noon.

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• Ensure adequate access around your home for fire trucks. • Remove excess ground fuels and combustible materials from around your home.

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App’s for creative photography - Snapseed Julie Hartwig, Tin Can Bay Camera Club


AST MONTH WE looked at Topaz Studio, creative photography software for use on desktop/laptop computers. This month, we’re looking at Snapseed, a creative photography app for mobile devices. Snapseed allows the user to save and share your favourite photos and edit photos using the 29 inbuilt photo tuning tools and filters including Healing, Brushes, Structure, High Dynamic Range filters and many more. You can also crop and rotate photos and straighten crooked horizons. For the more advanced photographers, Snapseed also features pro-level editing tools such as Curves and White Balance. Unlike many other apps, Snapseed opens JPG and The Camera Clubs photo of the month by Julie Hartwig titled Snapper Creek Sunset using Snapseed

RAW files (some late model digital cameras now take photos in the RAW format). You can save your favourite effects to apply to other photos and all filter styles can be adjusted with precise yet easy to use slider controls. For those who need a bit of help with your editing, Snapseed comes with built-in tutorial cards to help you use the app and get more out of your photography. Installed on your smartphone or Android tablet, Snapseed allows you to edit and share your photos on the go and is one of the best mobile photo editing apps around. It is available to download for devices on both IOS (App Store) and Android (Google Play) and best of all, it’s FREE! The Tin Can Bay Camera Club’s next meeting: All club meetings suspended for the rest of 2020. Visit the Club website:.tincanbaycameraclub.wix.com/ tcb-camera-club

Centre bringing community together


VER 20 PEOPLE attended the Rainbow Beach Community Hall and Centre (CIRS) AGM last month to vote on the committee for the next 12 months. The positions of President, Secretary and Treasurer were called with Elisa Seul president, Rose Mayes secretary and Jed Elmer has taken on the position of treasurer. These three well known community members are all volunteers and have the community’s best interests at heart to help and bring people together. President Elisa Seul thanked volunteers Maree, Pete, Zlata, Rose, Darlene and Val for their time and help at the centre. Elisa particularly acknowledged the commitment and vital role of Maree Heron whose help and knowledge has been invaluable for keeping the Centre open when they struggled with numbers. The highlights of 2019 were the successful Festival of Small Halls, Ladies Day, Santa comes to Rainbow, monthly craft markets, weddings, table tennis, pilates and meditation.

CIRS is now on social media platforms and is active on Facebook, Instagram, Google, and has a new Wordpress site. The team is preparing the 2020/2021 calendar of events including school concerts, table tennis, trivia, markets and more music and fun events. Sadly the Wellness Expo planned for September 20 has been postponed due to covid. The famous Friday morning get-togethers have become a favourite hang-out for locals. Having the opportunity to meet people and get to know your neighbours, borrow a book, have a coffee and a sweet, grab your weekly supply of flowers and candles is a gift to the community. Well done to Elisa, Rose and the team for this initiative and if you can volunteer even a few hours a week, male or female, the Centre will welcome you! Email rainbowcommunitycirs@gmail.com or drop in.

2020/21 office bearers President Elisa Seul, Secretary Rose Mayes and Treasurer Jed Elmer


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An important day for remembering our veterans of the Vietnam war held in Rainbow Beach and Tin Can Bay as per story on page 10. Here are some more photos of this special day.

Pam Dorman with son Martin Dorman. The Rev’d Bruce Dorman conducted services in Rainbow Beach for 17 years until he passed in August 2019

President Don Holland laying a wreath at the Tin Can Bay Veterans service

Returned servicemen Herb Dittmen and Tassie Holloway at the Tin Can Bay RSL after the Vets service

Peter Gilfoyle and Monti Avotins at the RSL Tin Can Bay


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O YOUR KIDS tend to want to eat more during the cooler months? Are they more reluctant to go outside and play due to shorter daylight hours and the cold?

unwanted winter weight gain,” she said. “We are lucky to have some beautiful mild sunny days, look at how you can adjust exercise routines to reflect the change in season. “For example, make the most of the weekends and get active as a family, head to the beach or explore the national parks.

What can we do to make them feel fuller for longer and keep active? With the public being encouraged to spend more time at home, and many sporting activities cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions, it is important we encourage our children to stay active and healthy. Tanzia Butterfield, Paediatric Dietician from the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (SCHHS) Child Healthy Lifestyle Team, says there are many reasons why a child’s weight may move into the unhealthy weight range, especially during the cooler months. “There are plenty of straightforward tips that may help kids ward off

“Diet is also critical to keeping our kids healthy. Include a good quality lean protein or reduced fat dairy with each meal. A homemade chicken pizza on a wholemeal pita pocket with cheese and veggies is a quick and filling family favourite,” she said. “To save time in the busy evenings, pop on the slow cooker earlier in the day. It’s a delicious way to get a variety of nutritious vegetables and legumes on their plates”. If you are concerned about your child’s weight being above the healthy range for their age the Child Healthy Lifestyle Team can help. The team consists of

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If you are worried your child is carrying too much winter weight, simple things like walking as a family can help and increasing raw food into the diet

Each situation is unique, so they’ll tailor to the needs of each individual family. To make an appointment, contact Child Health Access on 5319 4824.

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Tin Can Bay School has a successful month! Gympie Principal and Council Forum Last month the Gympie Regional Council hosted its first School Principals and Gympie Regional Council Forum at the Gympie Civic Centre. The forum provided a great opportunity for principals of local schools to meet and make connections with councillors and other key council staff, and gain an understanding of the various roles and portfolios within Council.

Science – It’s like magic, but real Year 10 Science students have been busy designing and conducting experimental investigations into factors that affect the rate of chemical reactions. Students have examined how surface area, temperature, catalysts and concentration affect how quickly different chemicals react. They have also conducted risk assessments, identified

any sources of uncertainty in the results and related their experimental findings to reallife situations.

Year 10 Science students, Tabitha Pilkington and Kimberly King, conducting their science experiment

Sharing the joy of new instruments In 2020, the Tin Can Bay P-10 State School instrumental music program has been extremely fortunate to have a new fleet of high quality instruments. Our school has invested significant funds to ensure that students have the

Wide Bay volleyball success! Practice and determination are the ingredients for success for Year 9 students Rakeen Masri, Mark McIntosh, Blake Hale and Blayd Watt, who were successful in being chosen to be part of the Wide Bay Boys Volleyball Team in July. With many highly skilled students vying for spots on the Wide Bay Team, the fact that Tin Can Bay State School had four successful students shows the strength of our volleyball program. The boys are now focused on refining their skills ready for their next big competition, the Queensland Volleyball Championships, to be held in Brisbane in October.

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opportunity to participate in one of the most demanding, fulfilling and fun pursuits available to young learners. In instrumental music, students benefit much more than simply playing music and learning performance skills. Students learn: perseverance; teamwork; selfconfidence; responsibility through care and maintenance of equipment; as well as many other skills and qualities. Students can also expect to improve language and mathematical performance, develop neural pathways and brain development and practice social skills, all while getting a full cognitive workout in a safe and fun learning environment. Mr Berry, the Instrumental Music coordinator and teacher, said, “The individual growth and happiness I see in students when playing their instruments throughout the year is heart-warming! The school band really unites them.” All students from Year 4 to Year 10 are welcome to apply to participate in the program.

Wide Bay Volleyball team members Rakeen Masri, Blake Hale and Blayd Watt

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A physical month at Rainbow Beach State School! Athletics Carnival We were very happy with the Athletics Day Carnival as it provided an opportunity to showcase the students’ athletic abilities. Even more impressive was the many examples of great sportsmanship that was on display for all to see. We are all very proud of our students’ individual efforts and feel very fortunate that our children can be so supportive of each other. This is something we work hard to encourage, and recognise that many of these attributes start in the home. It was a very close result for the interhouse competition with only a handful of points separating Cooloola and Fraser this year. Cross Country 2020 A huge thanks to our staff and volunteers for your help in setting up for cross country and assistance in running the event last month. I think we were very fortunate that the weather held out just long enough for us to complete all of the races. The overcast conditions actually were favourable for the running. Congratulations to Cooloola on their winning of the bragging rights for 2020. It

was great to see all of the students trying their best and supporting one another. Special congratulations for our year level champions for such a fantastic effort! Pupil Free Day Friday, September 4, is a state-wide pupil free day. Our staff will be working on this day participating in Regional Pre-moderation of Term 4 English and Maths units. This is one of only a few opportunities we have throughout the year to devote time for all of us to participate in professional development.

The 2020 athletics carnival showcased the students’ athletic ability and sportsmanship

Handball Championships It is time again for the greatest competition on earth, the Rainbow Beach State School Handball Championships. The championships are aimed to promote edge-of-your-seat battles, a give-it-ago attitude and most importantly good sportsmanship.

Hamish Lindenberg and Jahli Parton battle it out at the school cross country

Students in years 2-6 are eligible to play in one of the four divisions. Entry to this event is just $2 and guarantees you a shot at the title, as well as entry in regular raffles held throughout the competition. This year for the first time ever, for those future handball champions from Prep and Year 1 we are introducing the ‘Junior Handball Supporter’. For the value price of 50 cents, Prep and Year 1 will be part of all the daily raffles. So Come On and Get Your Handball On!

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High School Enrolments St Patrick’s College invites you to enrol your child for Year 7 in 2020, if you haven’t

already done so and you are intending to enrol. They have almost filled three of our four available classes and advise that once places are filled, we will move to a Wait List. Visit their website: spcgympie.qld.edu.au and click on the Enrolments tab to bring up our Online Application for Enrolment. Once the form has been submitted and you have sent your child’s Birth Certificate, Baptismal Certificate (if appropriate), Semester 1 2020 Report and Year 5 NAPLAN results to us, we will contact you for an Enrolment Interview. They look forward to meeting you soon!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dolphin Ferry 35 minutes by ferry to view the dolphins at TIn Can Bay 7am daily 0428 838 836 Dolphin Viewing/Feeding at Tin Can Bay just a thirty minute drive to Tin Can Bay through Cooloola Cove and you can see the dolphins at Barnacles Dolphin Centre, Norman Point at around 7 – 7.30am each day, feeding time is 8am, charges apply. Come and have a look around this pretty little town while you are there. 5486 4899 Turtle Tours Paddle in double seated ocean kayaks along the edge of the mangroves at Pelican Bay on this two hour tour, you quietly encounter all types of sea life from turtles to rays to the odd dolphin. 0408 738 192 Sea Kayaking Dolphin View Sea Kayaking: A unique experience - see dolphins, whales (seasonal), manta rays, turtles and more 0408 738 192 Horseride with professional guides on our World Heritage Listed Beach. 04121RIDES Tin Can Bay Foreshore Bird Walk – 137 species with best viewing spots on the brochure. Tin Can Bay Wildflower Walk spectacular wildflower species, all on the brochure.

Our safe beach is patrolled between September - March. ALWAYS SWIM BETWEEN THE FLAGS. Surfing The most popular area is near the surf tower. Note: surfing in the bathing area is prohibited.

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

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

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

seeing all its beauty is to take a 1-day or 2-day tour. Or you can make the trip in your own 4WD, driving up the road or beach to Inskip Point and crossing in the barge. Rainbow Beach Flying Services offer a daily service to Fraser Island, but prior bookings are required. Remember that if going independently, a permit is required and is available from the National Parks Office.

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January “Brushes by the Sea” Rainbow Beach Art & Craft Festival January February Cooloola Crocs Swimming Carnival Australia Day celebrations Boardriders Classic RB April AnzacMemorian Day Parade February May Bay to Bay Yacht Race Big Summer Blow Out June/July Rainbow Beach Family March Fishing Classic July 4-12 Clean Up Australia Day August Rainbow Beach Triathlon International Women’s Day Rainbow Beach Lion’s Club Annual Kite April Festival Anzac Day Parade September Tin Can Bay Seafood May Festival Bay to Bay Yacht Race October Rainbow Beach Invitations Fours Rainbow Bull n Bronc BowlsBeach Tournament June Tin Can Bay Ambulance Flower Show Ocean Roar Rainbow IRB Series Beach Nippers October October Carnival Rainbow Beach Invitations FoursRuns Bowls November Rainbow Beach/Trail Tournament December Tin Can Bay Foreshore Family Rainbow Beach Nippers Carnival Nights November Rainbow Beach Lions Club Twilight Christmas Remembrance RB Markets & TCB ConcertDay andservices Afternoon Festival of Small Halls “The Tents” Rainbow Beach Holiday Program Arty Ball RB FishingOn Classic SeeFamily our What’s page26-29 for more on December Things to Do. Suggestions, amendments or add your Concerts business to the visitor guide toChristmas callBay 07Foreshore 5486 3561 or email info@ please Tin Can Family Nights rbcn.com.au Country at .the Beach

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Puff heads to Cunnamulla!

The Tin Can Bay Dragon Boat Team at the Sleepy Lagoon Regatta, Tin Can Bay


T IS THE END of an era for the Cooloola Dragon Boat Club trusty Dragon boat, Puff. Tin Can Bay has been home for Puff since 2003, when the club was formed and the Gold Coast Chinese Club leased the boat to the fledging club. Apart from training sessions on Snapper Creek, Puff has been instrumental in giving children from the Special School in Gympie and Maryborough the experience of paddling and has also added fun and entertainment to the annual Australia Day challenge. In the early years Puff was taken to regattas and come ‘n try days when Wide Bay Dragon Boat Clubs were being formed, and used in the annual Sleepy Lagoon sponsored Tin Can Bay Regatta. After being contacted, the Cunnamulla Aboriginal Community Health organisation gratefully accepted Puff, and are appreciative of the opportunity to change the lives of children and young adults with the introduction of a

different activity and sport. The adventurous activity will be introduced through the Deadly Choices program, which promotes awareness of choices in regard to healthy life choices. Happily, Puff is now on his way to bring pleasure and fun on the Warrego River, Cunnamulla. A small group of Cooloola Dragons plan a weekend educational safety, technique and paddling protocol workshop in Cunnamulla after the school holidays.



ONGRATULATIONS TO organisers and athletes who took part in last month’s Rainbow Beach Trail Festival. The grueling event, hosted by Run Qld, drew a huge field of competitors vying for placings in the marathon, half marathon and 11km distances. The overall winner of the marathon was RG Sevilleno who was entered in the 30 - 39 men’s category and recorded a time of 3:55:00. Paul Gourlay won the half marathon with a time of 1:30:44 and John Robinson won the 11km run in 51:25. The women’s marathon winner was Ella McCartney in a time of 4:04:22, half marathon winner was Elly Marie in 1:52:31 and the 11km winner was Siobhan Sefton in 54:33. Congratulations to all entrants and a fantastic effort. See you next year! The Rainbow Beach Trail Festival women’s half marathon winners Elly Marie, Michelle Bremer and Lauren Ormsby, who were met after the race by their children

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Due to Covid-19 restrictions, no State, National or International Regattas or Titles are permitted, so it is the perfect time to come and try Dragon Boat paddling. A guaranteed fun and friendly time awaits you! We are a happy social group who enjoy the ecstasy of powering the “Dragon”, through the water, whilst keeping physically fit. A warm welcome is extended to come along to either/or sessions on Thursdays: 2.30pm for 3.30pm on water, Sunday 7.30 for 8am on water. Enquiries Sandra: 0402 352 756.

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AILING HAS RECOMMENCED in accordance with Covid-19 precautions. The first Sunday races of the series were held in light winds which gradually became lighter and petered out to nothing by the end of the afternoon. By then, with an outgoing tide, this left the last two sailors to perform a ‘Cool Runnings’ manoeuvre and walk their boats to the finish. On the second Sunday, the wind looked like it might disappear again but, fortunately for all, it held and no-one had to walk home. Saturday ‘Green Fleet’ and ‘Come and Try’ are also back on the day before race day. Unfortunately, there will not be any junior sailing course held over the September school holidays, thanks to Covid restrictions. Hopefully, January may be a different story. For further information regarding sailing sessions, please call Russell 0405 063 894 or Kay 0447 631479.

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ITH THE CHALLENGING and uncertain times we are living in I think it is important to make the best of the many opportunities that are available for every aspect of our life. On the fishing front there has been plenty of opportunity to get out on the water and catch a goodly feed of sea food or face the challenge of capturing that prize fish. Squid are still in fairly good numbers when their whereabouts are discovered on the day. Flathead are in reasonably good numbers at the moment too, but long casts to the shallows are required as they are easily spooked if the boat gets too close to them. Keep an eye out for the large tiger squid in the shallows while fishing for flathead. The club squid comp is still open with a $50 prize up for grabs. Club members just need to submit a photo on a brag mat or similar clearly showing the tube length. Currently there are still quality mud crabs on the march and sand crabs from the deeper waters. During the last few months there have been some quality fish of varied species caught by our Club members.These include bream, whiting, flathead, trevally, cod, tuskfish, slatey bream and tuna. Unfortunately some of these quality fish were caught during the club comp closures due to the virus shutdown and therefore no points were awarded for the annual and monthly comps for these captures. Not all fish taken are kept for consumption as a majority of the larger specimens are photographed on a Brag Mat and released

back into their environment. Summer whiting and flathead are always worth targeting in the shallows with live yabbies and the diver whiting always an option in the deeper water if nothing else is on the chew on the day. There are quite a few pelagic species around the inside reefs at the moment including tailor, school mackerel, trevally and tuna. These can be caught by trolling or casting a variety of small lures into the schools feeding on the baitfish. Reef fish on the inside reefs are a bit hitand-miss lately, but the reefs are always worth a try, particularly on the neap tides. With no club meetings for the last few months, no monthly comp winners have been announced so here they are: February: Tony Punch with a whiting 37 cm for 173.9 points March: Trevor Ryan with a bream 38 cm for 178.6 points April and part May: Comp closed. May/June: Malcolm Kay with a slatey bream 80 cm for 208 points. July: Ron Cox with a flathead 57 cm for 150.4 points. The club is slowly adjusting to the new normal and we wish to welcome several more new members to our growing ranks. We are having our next Club General Meeting at the Clubhouse at 4pm on

Grandson of club members Jane and Selwyn Potter – first time squid fishing “Just got inked”

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I ALL. Well it’s been nice getting back into full swing again and even though for this time of the year we are still getting unstable weather conditions, we have managed quite a few trips out. Fishing has been extremely good on most occasions, with boxes full of great variety and quality fish. Big Parrot have been thick along with husser and perch and a few nice Red Emperor, trout and wrasse have been

putting some nice colours in the mix. Whales have been putting on some amazing shows this year. I managed to get some excellent footage and posted some clips on our Facebook page, well worth watching. In the straights, flathead have been really firing in areas using plastics on the run out in the mouth of creeks and drains. Some decent catches of whiting have also been coming in. Just a reminder, September is getting pretty booked out, so those wanting to take advantage of the kids deal should get in quickly. Till next month, cheers Mat

Right: Ben with his personal best Red Emperor caught fishing on Baitrunner Left: Mick added this monster sweetlip to his mixed bag while fishing on Baitrunner

September in the Bay The Chandlery Bait and Tackle

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Coast Guard says prepare for Spring

AST MONTH, we wrote about what happens when your boat breaks down, and our Marine Assist Program. Let’s look at some of the issues that cause breakdowns and preparations for getting on the water. By far, most of the rescues we are involved with are due to running out of fuel, and you might agree that this is totally avoidable. Just to put a rule of thumb on it, if you get back to the ramp with less than a third of a tank, you didn’t have enough. The second most common cause of rescues are flat batteries. Boat batteries don’t get the regular use and charging that car batteries do, so check it before you leave with a multimeter of hydrometer. Better still, carry a small LED jump start unit that can get you going in an emergency. They can be bought for around $100 and are just as useful for charging your phone, another piece of vital equipment. Finally, ensure your maintenance is up to date, especially if your pride and joy has been unused all winter, as small maintenance issues cause the third most frequent source of rescues. Sometimes, things just go wrong and you need to call us for help. Knowing exactly where you are is vital, especially at night or in poor visibility. We recently were called out at night to a boat we could not contact because the phone was flat. Not everyone has a chartplotter that can give us a latitude and longitude, but if you have a working phone with a GPS, you may be able


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to get a position from that. There is now a new app for phones that uses a grid of the world drawn up in three metre by three metre squares, where every square is named by just three words. The app is called “What Three Words” and emergency services, including us, are now looking at this to see if we can use it as an alternative to quickly find people in distress. Just last month, some bushwalkers were located with this app in remote Tasmania. Thank you again to those who have helped keep us strong through Covid-19 with support, buying tickets in our raffles. Congratulations to Tony B. who won some kitchen equipment and Pam H. who won a $50 IGA gift card in our recent raffles. We will draw the winner of the BBQ boat experience provided by Coastwide Charters and begin selling tickets in our big Christmas Raffle. Stay safe out on the water this spring and summer.

Above: Will with one of many quality Snapper caught on the Keely Rose Left: The boys having fun getting stuck into big Pearl Perch


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A Little Humour CATCHING THE BUS Two Irish friends leave the pub. One says to the other, ‘I can’t be bothered to walk all the way home.’ “I know, me too, but we’ve no money for a cab and we’ve missed the last bus home.” “We could steal a bus from the depot,” replies his mate. They arrive at the bus depot and one goes in to get a bus while the other keeps a look-out. After shuffling around for ages, the lookout shouts, “What are you doing? Have ye not found one yet?” “I can’t find a No. 91.” “Ye t’ick sod, take the No. 14 and we’ll walk from the roundabout.” GUN GRANDMA A policeman pulled an 87-year-old woman over for speeding. As he looked at her driver’s license he was surprised to notice that attached to it was a concealed weapon permit. Taken aback, he couldn’t help but ask, “Do you have a gun in your possession?” She replied in her crackly voice, “Indeed, I do. Why, I have a 45 automatic in the glove box.” The trooper then asked if she had any other weapons. She replied, “I have a 9 mm Glock in the center console.” The shocked trooper asked, “Is that all the weapons you are transporting?” The little old lady held up her purse and replied, “Well, I do keep a 38 special in my purse.” Finally, the astonished trooper asked, “What are you afraid of?” And the little old lady smiled and replied: “Nothin.” WIFE TALK Told my wife I wanted to be cremated She made an appointment for Tuesday.

BANK TALK Filling out my credit card application, my friend came upon this question: “What is your source of income?” She wrote: ATM. ENGINEERING TALK I recently called an old engineering buddy of mine and asked what he was working on these days. He replied that he was working on ‘aqua thermal treatment of ceramics, aluminium and steel under a constrained environment. I was impressed until under further enquiry I learned he was washing dishes with hot water under his wife’s supervision. TRAFFIC CAMERA I was driving when I saw the flash of a traffic camera. I figured that my picture had been taken for exceeding the speed limit even though I knew I was not speeding. Just to be sure I went around the block and passed the same spot, driving even more slowly, but again the camera flashed. ,Now I began to think that this was quite funny, so I drove even slower as I passed the area once more, but the traffic camera again flashed. I tried a fourth and fifth time with the same results and was now laughing as the camera flashed while I rolled past at a snail’s pace. Two weeks later I got five tickets in the mail for not wearing a seatbelt. HI TECH Three men, one German, on Japanese and Van Der Merwe were sitting in a sauna. Suddenly there was a beeping sound. The German pressed his forearm and the beep stopped. The others looked at him puzzled. “That was my pager,” he said, “I have a microchip under the skin of my arm.”

A few minutes later a phone rang. The Japanese fellow lifted his palm to his ear. When he finished he explained, “That was my mobile phone. I have a microchip in my hand.” Van Der Merwe felt decidedly low tech. Not to be outdone, he decided he had to do something just as impressive. He stepped out of the sauna and went to the bathroom. He returned with a piece of toilet paper hanging from his behind. The others raised their eyebrows and stared at him. Ver Der Merwe finally said, “Well, will you look at that, I’m getting a fax!” CRICKET Two 90-year-old men, Max and Joe, have been friends all their lives. When it’s clear that Joe is dying, Max visits him every day. One day Max says, “Joe, we’ve both loved cricket all our lives, and we played district cricket together for so many years. Please do me one favour, when you get to heaven, somehow you must let me know if there’s cricket there.” Joe looks up at Max from his death bed, “Max, you’ve been my best friend for many years. If it’s at all possible, I”ll do this favour for you.” Shortly after that, Joe passes on. At midnight a couple of nights later, Max is awakened from a sound sleep by a blinding flash of white light and a voice calling out to him. “Max - Max.” “Who is it?” asks Max, sitting up suddenly. “Max, it’s me, Joe.” “You’re not Joe. Joe just died.” “I’m telling you, it’s me, Joe,” insists the voice. “Joe, where are you?” “In Heaven,” replies Joe, “I have some really good news and a little bad news.” “Tell me the good news first,” says Max.

“The good news,” Joe says, “is that there’s cricket in Heaven. Better yet, all of our old buddies who died before us are here too. Better than that, we’re all young again. Better still, it’s always spring time and it never rains or snows. And best of all, we can play cricket all we want and we never get tired.” “That’s fantastic” says Max, “It’s beyond my wildest dreams. What’s the bad news?” “You’re fielding on Tuesday!” TIME’S UP A 54-year-old woman had a heart attack and was taken to the hospital. While on the operating table she had a near death experience. Seeing God she asks, “Is my time up?” God said, “No, you have another 43 years, 2 months and 8 days to live.” Upon recovery, the woman decided to stay in the hospital and have a face-lift, liposuction, breast implants and a tummy tuck. She even had someone come in and change her hair colour and brighten her teeth! Since she had so much more time to live, she figured she might as well make the most of it. After her last operation, she was released from hospital. While crossing the street on her way home, she was killed by an ambulance. Arriving in front of God, she demanded, “I thought you said I had another 43 years? Why didn’t you pull me out of the path of the ambulance?” God replied, “I didn’t bloody recognise you.”

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Reach all the locals on the Cooloola Coast advertise in the Trades and Services Pages from $60.00 a month. To find out more, phone: 5486 3561 September 2020 – Rainbow Beach Cooloola Coast Community News – 33


CC Disaster Mgmt Meeting, CC Vets Hall, 9.30am,Terry: 0439 862264


Environment Grant closes


QCWA craft, QCWA, 18 Whiting St TCB, President: 0412 547 043


Dragon Boating, 2.30pm, Sandra: 0402 352 756


Learn chess, Men’s Shed, every Friday, Carole: 0437 880 438

4-6 WriteFest, online, Gympie Library, phone: 1300 307 800 6

Fathers Day


Fathers Day Raffles and BBQ, RSL TCB


Fathers Day special, RB Surf Club, phone: 5486 3249


Dragon Boating, every Sunday 7.30am, Sandra: 0402 352 756


R U OK? Day


Nippers sign on, 9-11.30am, Gympie Aquatic Centre, Natasha: 0444 579 887


RB Chamber of Commerce, RB Surf Club, 5pm for 5.30pm.


Craft, QCWA, 18 Whiting St TCB, President: 0412 547 043


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TCB Markets, TCB RSL, 0418 711897

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WEEKLY Mondays Bingo, RB Sports Club, 9.30 for 10am, 5486 3191 Tuesdays Kindy Linq, Rainbow Beach School Library, 8.30 - 11.30am Wednesday Kindy Linq, Rainbow Beach School Library, 8.30 - 11.30am QCWA craft, QCWA, 18 Whiting St TCB, President: 0412 547 043 Table Tennis, RB Hall

Thursdays Playgroup, Rainbow Beach School Library, 8.30 – 10.30am Dragon Boating every Thursday, 2.30pm Sandra: 0402 352 756 Tennis, RB Courts, 8am $3 Fridays Learn chess, Men’s Shed, every Friday, Carole: 0437 880 438 Saturday Markets 3rd Saturday Tin Can Bay 4th Saturday Rainbow Beach Sunday Dragon Boating, every Sunday 7.30am, Sandra: 0402 352 756

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Hello and welcome to another addi on of the famous Rainbow Beach IGA monthly rant. Hasn’t the weather the past few weeks really turned it on! I am not sure if it is winter or even if we really had a winter? I think there might have been one or two cold days amongst those beau ful cloudless days. It really is a struggle to get out of bed when the temperature gets to 10 degrees. As we are at the beginning of spring, it is going to be another hot summer, like every other year. Must be global warming! And do we also forget, summer is hot, since we are always in our air condi oned occupancies dreading going outside. As Chairman Dan turned Victoria into another dictatorship, with another proposed 12 months of State of Emergency, it is a scary me ahead. I do not know who is running the country at the moment. Prime Minister? Premiers? Chief Medical Officers? Or in Victoria’s case, the CCP? I s ll cannot get my head around how the states cannot be overruled by the Federal Government. More to the point, do we really need state governments?

If you underperform in your normal job you get sacked. Why did they require a payout in this instance? Five years was a long me for an inexperienced coach anyway. Let the cleanout begin. At least the Brisbane Lions are roaring along, joint first. I have never watched so much AFL in my life but winning is in my nature. Other than that, there is not much sport to report on. Hopefully not too far away though. Hasn’t Rainbow been a li�le local tourism hub lately. With all the events we have had on, the Ekka show holiday (not sure why) and the beau ful weather, Rainbow seems to be the place to be. September holidays are only around the corner and who knows what to predict - 2020 seems to feel like a roller coaster ride, you have your ups, downs and I can expect many more to come.

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

Local government I can understand. Maintaining the local area, roads, water, waste etc., however, to me, the state government is like another red tape. I guess we all like to give our taxes away for no apparent reason. Rules, on top of rules, on top of rules. Makes sense? Might be an op on to remove state governments to reduce debt the way we are giving away free money? Imagine being in lockdown for 18 months. Chairman Dan, Ms Palasduck and Mark McCantgovrn; are we forge�ng the fact the people die? Not just from Covid-19 but suicide, heart disease, cancer and the list goes on. Is it only the people that die from Covid who are the ones that really ma�er or is it just the way the media portrays it? Everyday we hear the deaths from Covid. I want to start hearing the total daily deaths, the breakdown of deaths, the births and where our popula on is increasing, excluding immigra on. Why are these sta s cs not displayed? With a whole 11 ac ve cases in Queensland, the dictatorship has again imposed restric ons on people allowed in our houses. Once the free money runs out, the rio ng begins. Hong Kong 2.0 Okay, enough ran ng for me. The Sports Report: The Broncos are finally flying high. They only lost by four points last week. This brings us closer to our next win and I can not wait! Seibold has been finally been shown the door or been politely asked to leave with a huge payout figure.

IGA Rainbow Beach and Tin Can Bay co-owner Bernie �'Conne�� with so�e of the gi�s a�ai�ab�e for Father's Day don't forget Dad!

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

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