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May 2013 Vol 15 Issue 5

Rainbow Beach Ph:5486 3561


Ashton Purnell listens to the choir

Cody Hethorn and Emily Brantz lead the March to the Cenotaph story & more photos on pg 6

Rainbow Beach State School Choir perform “Lest We Forget”


Happy Mother’s Day! K

aren Robertson will be after a wellearned Sunday off this Mother’s Day. Karen and her family have clocked up 10 years involvement with Rainbow Beach Surf Club with the last 7 years patrolling on the

beach. “My husband Dan and Dean did their SRC first, then I did my Bronze in the same season.”

continued on pg 4


In this issue

• Walk for cancer this Mother’s Day • Junior bowlers compete at State • Events, fundraisers, workshops and grants

On a Patrol: Mum Karen with children Dean and Miranda.


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Beach Community News

is published monthly by Yarabee Pty Ltd T/a Rainbow Beach Community News P.O. Box 204, Rainbow Beach, Qld, 4581 Editors & Advertising Enquiries Heatley and Michelle Gilmore Ph: 5486 3561, Mobile: 0407 660 198 Fax: 5486 3050


Web: Contributions are welcomed from individuals and community groups by the 18th of each month. Issues are delivered on the 1st of the month. A total of 4000 copies are delivered to Cooloola Cove, Rainbow Beach & Tin Can Bay at selected drop off points including all shopping centers, newsagents, tourist hot spots, caravan parks, motels, real estate agents and more. Whilst great care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the contents of the publications, the Rainbow Beach Cooloola Coast Community News accepts no responsibility for any inaccuracies. The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily represent the views held by the Rainbow Beach Cooloola Coast Community News. All content is copywrite and may not be reproduced without permission.

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t last we are well and truly online. Go find us on facebook and please give us some feedback, your photos and some history of the area. Check out articles and even more photos of our community on our website. Spot yourself in the Anzac Day images or see the Cross Country action. Council have assured Rainbow Beach Community News that any flood mitigation plans are for the whole region, including Coondoo Creek. We’ll have more on that in future editions. The Progress Association meeting with David Gibson was enlightening, and another will be planned for later this year. We heard all about the beach fees, “the sticks”, bus flood policies, Coondoo Creek and much more. Do read their report in this issue. Council’s New Tourism network is another way to stay informed about the industry, there are six days left for the industry representatives to apply – see their advertisement inside. It seems this is the month for grants and fundraising – at least $15 000 will go to three sporting teams in Tin Can Bay. Another grant is funding an artist workshop in Rainbow. Congratulations to those organisations and your diligent grant writers. The Beach Rake still needs your support and this month you can read about fundraisers planned : Walk for Cancer, Community Hall Country Music Evening, Coast Guard Golf and Bowls Day and a Melanoma Family Day. Did you know Maryborough (an easy day trip for our visitors) has the oldest and most complete example of an 1800’s style grocery store known in Australia? Maryborough also has a Museum that currently represents more soldiers for gallantry at Gallipoli and represents more Australian officers who lost their lives at Gallipoli than any other museum in the world. The National Trust are promoting events all over Queensland this month, they would be well worth a visit. And lastly to our Mums, Pat and Judy, a big thank you for all you do and to all the Mums out there - we wish you the best Mother’s Day with lots of hugs and (hint, hint Mrs Dargusch) jewellery from school! Until next month, Heatley and Michelle Gilmore


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Editor’s Note

ESSENTIAL SERVICES EMERGENCY - AMBULANCE.............000 EMERGENCY - POLICE......................000 EMERGENCY - FIRE...........................000 Ambulance - Tin Can Bay.......................13 12 33 Community Centre Rainbow Beach.......5486 3355 Gympie Regional Council......................5486 0800 Dentist - Tin Can Bay.............................5486 4800 Doctor - Rainbow Beach........................5486 3078 Doctor - Tin Can Bay.............................5486 4600 Doctor - Cooloola Cove........................5486 4600 ENERGEX..............................................13 62 62 EPA........................................................1300 130 372 FIRE & RESCUE - Rainbow Beach..........5486 3169

HOSPITAL - Gympie (ind. Community & Mental Health Services)..................................5489 8444 Library - Rainbow Beach.....................5486 3705 Pharmacy - Rainbow Beach................5486 3070 Police - Rainbow Beach.......................5486 8765 Police - Tin Can Bay............................5486 2426 POISONS Information Centre...........13 11 26 RACQ - Rainbow Beach......................5486 8555 School - Rainbow Beach.....................5486 9333 SES - Rainbow Beach..........................5486 3314 Coastguard Tin Cay Bay - VMR 417........5486 4290 Wildcare - Violet Hopkinson...............0407 574 321 TAXI - Rainbow Beach.........................13TAXI

Warren Truss MP (Federal Member for Wide Bay)..........1 300 301 968 David Gibson MLA (State Member for Gympie).............5486 3651 JUSTICE OF THE PEACE COTTAM, Mary................................5486 8607 or 0403 006 758 DEACON, Arthur.............................0419 624 208 HOLT, Neville...................................5486 3250 HUXLEY, Anthony Lewis..................0418 715 065 MISSEN, John Joseph......................5486 8153 SYSTSMA, Sandra Evelyn................5486 8343 (Please phone to make appointment for JP services)

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You’re invited – Mother’s Day Walk for Cancer by Shirley Wilson


he local committee of the Mother’s Day Walk for Breast Cancer is seeking individuals and organisations to participate in raising funds for Cancer research by bringing your group to Norman Point at Tin Can Bay to support and have fun. Many cities and small towns across Australia have done so in the past and now we in the Cooloola Region have the opportunity to support this worthy cause.

Each organisation can nominate and promote their own group and all you have to do is come along at 9.00am on Mother’s Day (12th May) to register with a card placed on the “Promotions Tree” and with a pink ribbon personally displayed. You can walk one metre or a whole kilometre or join the crowd and do the circuit of the Flower Walk which is approximately five kilometres. You will be guided through the vantage points by the SES volunteers throughout the walk. There is continuous wheelchair access but unfortunately dogs are not permitted due to the crowds expected. As an added attraction for participants in the up-coming Mother’s Day Classic raising funds for Cancer Research  in the spirit of community involvement the committee of the Dragon Boaters have offered a free “paddle” for anyone interested in further exercise and fun on the morning following the Walk and the Sausage Sizzle. It is suggested that you wear PINK as this is the promotional colour for the cause. Bring sun protection, hats and comfortable shoes along with your bottle of water. The Tin Can Bay IGA will be supplying bottled water at the SES vantage points for your

by Steven Campbell

he Bay to Bay Yacht Race starts at Tin Can Bay, from the mouth of Snapper Creek and finishes up at Urangan Harbour in Harvey Bay with a stopover at Bribie Island. The race is held on the 4th and 5th of May with 150 to 170 crews attending the race. The race start will be watched by around 200 spectators who will view the race from Norman Point rocks. The race starts at 11am with the division five

All kids meal include soft drink and ice cream

comfort and the local Ambulance and Police will be assisting on the day (time permitting and perhaps also in pink??)


So get your pink gear out of the cupboard and join the crowd of like-minded people and WALK for Cancer Research. Contact Shirley Wilson on 54864142 for further enquiries on behalf of the committee Sue Bennett and Helen Window.

catamarans starting first and the more traditional division one trailer sailors starting last. The race is fifty nautical miles long with a 40 minute delay starting time between each class. The winds at this time of year are expected to be Southeast trade winds. The Bay to Bay Yacht Race is the second largest race for catamarans in Queensland dating back to 1982. With the number of crews and spectators increasing each year it is well worth the visit over and great to see the bay full of yachts.

including a pot of Beer, House Wine or Soft Drink


For those of us who prefer a fruit breakfast the Tin Can Bay Fruit Shop is providing a selection of delicious varieties to tempt you. Many businesses have donated gifts and we will offer a Raffle to recognize their generosity and this will be drawn during breakfast/following the walk. All Sponsors will be recognized officially on the day thanks to the generosity of the local RSL, which has kindly donated the use of their microphone for announcements. Registration may be made online at or register locally with us for the small sum of $5.00 (or perhaps a larger donation) on the morning.


Lunch Specials Daily

Because we will also be celebrating Mother’s Day it is hoped you will encourage all female members and friends to share this important morning culminating with a Sausage Sizzle with the added attraction of a Mobile Coffee outlet.

Bay To Bay Yacht Race Still Going Strong After 33 Years T

Kids Meal

Join Shirley Wilson, Sue Bennett and Helen Window as they go pink and walk for cancer, this Mother’s Day May 12.

PARMANIGHT Chicken Parmigiana including

Pot of Beer, House Wine or Soft Drink




PIZZA PASTA Night Your choice of any one of our special Pizzas or Pastas including

Pot of Beer, House Wine or Soft Drink



Local’s Night Selection of mains including

Pot of Beer, House Wine or Soft Drink



“Now including 10 Big Raffles for the Coast Guard”

Bay to Bay Fleet at South White Cliffs Photo by Julie Hartwig


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Rainbow’s Four Tough Mudders by Michelle Gilmore

hese four Mums join six other fit Rainbow individuals to compete in the T worldwide Tough Mudder event. Personal trainer and mother of four, Ann Moroney, says they are training as a team every week, as well as their own individual sessions. “Some of us train 8 sessions each week,” says Ann. It sounds like they’ll need it. Founded in 2010, Tough Mudder is the fastest growing and most recognized endurance series. Unlike other traditional endurance events or mud runs, Tough Mudder events are constructed by British Special Forces to offer a 16+ kilometre trail running experience like no other. The 25+ obstacles may include the artic enema, boa constrictor, dirty ballerina, electric eel, Everest, Kiss of Mud and firewalker. Sounds daunting? Ann says she has done nothing like it before. Rebecca heard about it from a friend

and it wasn’t long after that they all signed up. “The obstacle course is the main appeal” says Ann, “it is such a hard, long endurance event challenge.” The team focus was also attractive. “It will take a couple of hours depending on fitness levels. You stick with your team and help each other through to the finish together.” It sounds like there will be a lot of other Tough Mudders attending. Normally women make up 24% of the participants, but Ann tells us this event will host around 50% women, “The biggest entry in any of these kind of events.” “It’s good to have that goal to work towards, and put our hard work to the test. Some of the other members actually seeing the results, some are telling me ‘Look I’ve got a bicep!’ Tough Mudder is something for us to strive for.” And on Mother’s Day? Ann says she’ll enjoy brekky in bed and “whatever the kids bring home from school”. With eleven chil-

dren between them, these four “Tough Mudders” should rake in the goods. These ladies are joined by locals Andy White, Andrew Kingsley, Tiana Elms, Nigel Worthington, Kirsten Porter and Kosta Ladas, (more team members and their kids are pictured on our Rainbow Beach Community News website). Tough Mudder Facts : • 78%: Average percentage of participants who finish a Tough Mudder A Gympie mum of three, Karen’s planning a trip to Brisbane catch continued from pg 1 up with the kids - Dean is studying engineering at UQ and Courtney is a registered nurse at Royal Brisbane Hospital. Miranda is in Year 12 at St Pats. All their Mum is hoping for Mother’s Day for is “big hugs”.


Karen loves her weekends here, and says, “Rainbow Beach has got to one of the best beaches in the world – the ocean and scenery –it’s just so beautiful, without being too touristy.” Rainbow Beach is also a great place to treat Mum, there really is something for every mum’s interest or wish. Often it is a last minute scramble for kids and partners to wrangle together a “thoughtful” present, here’s a list to help you: Relax – whisk her away for the weekend or even midweek. If you know she is busy buy her an accommodation voucher, ready for when Mum chooses. Why not get a few generations together – it is so easy here to cater for family reunions.

Tough Mudders: Marni Robertson, Rebecca Duggan, Dee White and Ann Moroney

Pamper – Massages, facials, hot rocks, hair and beauty treatments, manicures…. again – book her in or purchase a voucher from Rainbow Beach Massage, Rainbow Hair and Beauty or Serenity Beauty. No Cooking Tonight – Choose one of the family friendly options from a club meal to

• • • • •

80%: Percentage of participants who do Tough Mudder as part of a team 1,000 +: Number of people who have the Tough Mudder logo permanently tattooed on their body 3.5 Hours: Average time it takes to finish a Tough Mudder course 11,000 people registered for Sunshine Coast event expecting 20,000 Mudders over the weekend 10 to 12 Miles + 25 to 30 Obstacles

a sumptious spread with water views. Or tuck into fresh local seafood or fish and chips on the beach. Best of all – there’s no washing up! Handmade treasures – from Bessie’s fabric handbags to gorgeous jewellery crafted by local artists, all made right here in Rainbow. Extreme Mums – hangliding, skydiving, surfing, kitesurfing – Mother’s Day is a great time to try something new. Or book the whole family on a Surf and Sand Safari, a beach horseride or a kayak with the dolphins. Take her to the Straits – Hire a boat or kayak and head out fishing. What a fun family way to spend the day. Active – personal training, Zumba, gym vouchers, yoga – all are available in Rainbow Beach. Gifts galore will be found in all the shops – from fruit baskets or a favourite tipple to the latest fashion and accessories. You’ll be sure to find something for Mum or grab a gift voucher from the Shell Tourist Centre, Rainbow Clobber, Rainbow Beach Trading Co., 7th Wave Surf Shop, Rainbow Beach Pharmacy or Bitchy Chix. Walk for Breast Cancer – Head to Tin Can Bay Esplanade 9am on Sunday 12th May and join lots of other mums and families to raise money to help save mums, grandmas, aunts and daughters.



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ANZAC Day from pg 1

Rainbow Beach

ANZAC Day 2013

by Michelle Gilmore


t was Ray Cowley’s first Anzac Day service as the new President of Rainbow Beach RSL, approximately 300 people assembled at the Cenotaph, followed by a very busy Gunfire Breakfast at the Rainbow Beach Surf Club. Ten o’clock saw more action as the traditional March progressed from the Rainbow Beach Hall to the cenotaph. Led by school leaders Emily Brantz and Cody Hethorn – the streets was lined with onlookers and kids waving Aussie flags.

Chaplain Bruce Dorman and President of the Rainbow Beach RSL sub branch, Ray Cowley

Scenes from the March

Chaplain Bruce Dorman gave blessing and prayers for peace and for those who

Amy Pinkerton recites her winning essay

“waited in vain” for loved ones to return. Guest Speaker Flight Lieutenant Westphal, No. 1 Squadron, reminded us that “Freedom only survives as long as we defend it” and that we are here “not to glorify war, but to remember who we are and the freedom we possess”.

say and gave a polished recitation of her well written piece. Just as the Laying of the Wreaths began, all were treated with the F/A-18F Super Hornet flypast. Before the dismissal, Rainbow Beach spectators were fortunate to hear the stirring Last Post by Bugler Jamie Lee Griffiths.

It was such a beautiful morning, shade was sought by spectators as they watched the service. Once again, the crowd enjoyed the School Choir performance, led by Mrs Cherie Mason. Amy Pinkerton won the Rainbow Beach State School Anzac es-

Refreshments were provided by the Surf Club for veterans and invited guests. A Legacy Lunch was held for Veterans, Wives and War Widows at Rainbow Beach Sports Recreation and Memorial Club.

Cooloola Cove The Cooloola Cove ANZAC Day service was held at the Memorial, at the Vietnam Veterans’ Hall, led by Cooloola Cove RSL President Terry Murphy. The Dawn Service had a 5.30am start followed by a Gunfire Breakfast. The service was well represented with representatives from Cooloola Coast Vietnam Veterans, Coastguard and neighbouring schools. Federal Member for Wide Bay, Mr Warren Truss and local councillor, Mark McDonald was also in attendance.

story & more photos on pg 7

Pavilions in May

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ If you are booked in at the Pavilion Restaurant and Bar for dinner and seated before 6.30pm, children under 12 eat FREE!*


Phone 5486 3777 (Bookings Essential)

Opening times: Kitchen: 5:30pm to 8pm Tuesday to Saturday Bar: 10.00am till late Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am till 5pm Sunday & Monday

Stuffed Chicken Chicken thigh stuffed with feta and sun dried tomatoes, Served with a herb cream sauce, crushed potatoes and a wild mushroom risotto

Pan Fried Snapper Served with Tian potato, seasonal vegetables and topped with prawns In a mango chilli lime butter Please be advised that due to a private function Pavilion Restaurant and Bar will be closed to the public from 3pm on the following dates 19th May.


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Open to the public Bookings Recommended *(Bookings are essential prior to 4pm on the day, children’s meals must be ordered off the Kid’s Menu each child must be accompanied by a paying adult, valid Tuesday-Saturday only) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


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ANZAC Day from pg 6

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Amanda Simpson from the Yandina Cadets 128 at Cooloola Cove’s Dawn Service

Photo contributed

Tin Can Bay by Steven Campbell


he Anzac name came from the First World War, from Major General William Birdwood’s staff and then was used by signal men who refer to the Australian New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC). Anzac day is a National day to remember the men and women who served in services around the world. The men and women of Tin Can Bay marched as one, as they did when they first started their military services for their country. The Tin Can Bay dawn service was held on Thursday 25 April 2013 and took place overlooking the foreshore of Tin Can Bay. It has been 26 years since the first wreath was laid in honour of the fallen. Over 200 people attended the services - people of all ages and Nationalities. Tin Can Bay was represented by the three armed services

Army, Navy and Air Force and the day was filled with food, song and remembrance of past mates and loved ones. The Tin Can Bay church choir did their rendition of Abide With Me as well as Banner of the Cross. All who attended did their own rendition of the Australian and New Zealand national anthems. The school choir were in fine voice as well as giving voice to the grade 5 poems. The dignitaries who attended the services were Warren Truss MP, Captain Paul Smedley, Corporal Blame Askew and RSL President Maureen Costello. David Grice who had served three tours of Vietnam on HAMS Sydney air craft carrier said “Anzac day is the one day I like to spare a thought for those men and women who fought in the first and second world wars”. For more photos of the Anzac Day events, including the Legacy lunch please visit the website and facebook page.

Tin Can Bay Dawn Service

Mrs Maureen Costello and MP Mr Warren Truss

Scenes from Tin Can Bay



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Alien Sighted in Rainbow Beach by Kerry Leyland


met with Pat Murphy of Alien Productions and more locally known as the owner of the BIG gold and black bus “Ultimus Prime”. Pat thinks Rainbow Beach is great, and has been here on and off since September out at the airstrip. He recently relocated to a fenced area in the industrial estate with his three month old Russian wolf hound “Reno” (a horse sized dog that sat at our feet whilst we were talking). Talking with Pat, I found he has led a most interesting life and has a number of

projects on the go. Born in Ohio, USA, Pat trained as a ballet dancer and actor before the lure of driving and filming racing cars took over. Pat discovered his main passion was aviation so he left America in 1989 to travel the globe in search of wrecked planes, recovering them and documenting their recovery in films. In 1996 Pat arrived in our country and is now an Australian citizen. Calling Australia his home he only occasionally returns to Hollywood for work. He is very passionate about all of his projects and when you talk to him you find out how hectic his schedule seems. Currently filming a promotional video for a local business in Rainbow Beach (you may have seen him flying in the skies over Easter), he is also putting the finishing touches on his second novel that will be available soon for Kindle on Amazon. If that wasn’t enough Pat is using his talents to write a screen play for the US. He purchased a bus in 2009 and in 18 months transformed it into “Ultimus Prime”. Inside Pat has all the comforts of home including an office to run his projects. “It’s just my home” says Pat. Outside he has a balcony and a custom trailer that he built to house his helicopter (yes helicopter), car (Ultimus Prime Junior) and a motorbike. The bus is fully self-sufficient, so Pat has no need to plug into mains power. It really is an amazing sight. He has also made a video that will be available soon on how to build your very own home on wheels. One thing Pat says Rainbow Beach lacks is an area for large recreational vehicles to park. Pat laments, “As you can imagine it’s

Pat, Reno and the Ultimus Prime

a bit tricky to manoeuvre a bus this big and, with a height of 4.297metres, low hanging branches can be an issue”. He said, “These buses are generally all self-sufficient so they don’t need much, just a few facilities and the space. The big rigs are becoming more popular these days and there are more and more people choosing to sell up their homes and buy one on wheels. Can you imagine how cool an area would look full of these big buses, more money for the town that may not be as seasonal (sic)?” he adds. Pat is in Maryborough to attend the CMCA (Campervan & Motorhome Club of Australia) 27th Anniversary Rally, held at the Maryborough show grounds from 29th

April - 5th May. Motorhomes come from far and wide to these events and Pat reckons, “It’s a sight to see”. Australian Events have asked Pat to show “Ultimus Prime” at several events and he travels to different towns and cities for them. He is generally a big draw card and people are now getting to know him and his bus. “It’s just me and the dog, and the occasional lady,” he says with a cheeky wink and a smile. As I leave Pat and Reno I can’t help but wonder what adventures they will be up to next. If you see Pat say hi as he is becoming a bit of a local around here and is as interesting as his bus.

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he sky over Tin Can Bay will reverberate to the roar of powerful miniature engines on May 4 and 5, when the annual Warbirds model aeroplane weekend will take place. This very popular gathering of enthusiasts attracts visitors from all over Queensland, as the facilities at Tin Can Bay are second to none in the State. Flightline controller, Dave Carkeek said: “Last year we had in excess of 105 aircraft operating over the two days. My role is to ensure that the aircraft operate in a safe manner and to ensure that we have no midair incidents.” “This requires me to manage the number of aircraft that are in the air at any one time and to ensure that only similar performance aircraft take to the skies at once. The last thing we need is a turbine powered jet colliding with a World War I biplane.” To ensure the safety of the spectators,

the club has erected a new safety fence between the pits and the public area. Members have been busy for the past few weeks tidying up the grounds and surrounds, and these are in the best condition they have ever been.

240 volt power.

Steve Thomas from Toowoomba will be here with his very large models, including “Lady in the Dark” a twin-engined P-38 Black Widow. The craft won a world building championship about 10 years ago, and is always very popular with the public, as the detail has to be seen to be believed.

As usual, there will be a canteen operated by members and their wives, who always put in a big effort in support of their husbands on this weekend. Lunch will be served on both days, and breakfast on the Sunday for the Steve Thomas from Toowoomba with his P-38 Lightning Black Widow, “Lady in the Dark”. flyers, as well as food for there will be plenty of parking spaces availthe public all day Saturday and Sunday. able. This is the club’s only fund-raising On the Saturday night, the aeromodellers function each year, and the participation and their wives dine out at the Country by out-of-town fliers is much appreciated. Club restaurant, and there are usually a So don’t miss out on this once-a-year opporfew “late starters” on the Sunday morning. tunity to see these great models operated Admission is by gold coin donation, and by expert pilots. Everyone is welcome.

Hopefully, we will have one or two jet models present. There will also be Spitfires, Hurricanes, Spads, Tiger Moths, Mustangs, as well as others from the various theatres of war. Most of the visitors, who last year came from as far north as Bundaberg, will camp at the grounds for the two nights, as the club has a gas-operated hot shower and

The Gympie Classic Car Club will have 20 vehicles present and on display for the public as an added attraction.

Already raked in $20,000 by Ruth Modin


lmost $20,000 is the latest tally in the Beach Rake Collection. Leanne has sourced a brand new rake from Arizona, after much searching for a suitable Australian product. With shipping and spare parts, we would be looking at $22,000. Local business have been very generous with $2000-00 donations from Sam & Maureen Mitchell - 7th Wave and Ruth Modin & Family - Rainbow Beach Foodworks. Ruth rallies more support for the beach rake

Donations of $1000-00 have kindly been given from Rod & Sharon Parker - Ed’s Beach

Bakery, R/B Progress Association, R/B Lions Club, Jay & Leoni - Jilarty Café, Bruce & Terri - R/B Hardware In Loving Memory of their daughter Kelly and Lonken Pty Ltd - BP Service Station and Holiday Park. Other donations have been welcome: the owner of the Shell Service Station Building and Mr & Mrs Metcalfe($500-00), Cooloola Realty (Dee & Andy White) and Mr & Mrs Brice ($300-00), Rainbow Water Holiday Park $250-00,Rodney Gray, Mr & Mrs Dunbar, Mr & Mrs Campbell and Mr O’Halloran ($200-00), with many other smaller donations made by way of the tin in Ruth’s shop or just popping in and giving like Pat Nayler did when he generously gave $50-00. Any

amount helps to get us to the total that we will need. Raffles and Money boards run over the Easter Break at the Sports Club raised well over $1000-00 and the wheel barrow raffle raised just short of $1600-00. Keep up the donating and we will keep you informed on how we are going. Let’s hope we own our rake soon so that we can keep our beach pristine... Bank Details to Direct Debit to account of The Rainbow Beach Progress Association are BSB 084-691 Account # 165282229 Please mark Rake and your name when you do the deposit.

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e started the month with some W good diving on Easter Monday where we had loads of action under the wa-

ter and good visibility despite the water colour still a bit green. With more bad weather since then we haven’t dived a lot but we are looking forward to some good weather over ANZAC Day and beyond. Our last dive yesterday before this report was due was a good one however! The amount of marine life was astounding with a lot of baitfish around the rock hence attracting loads of hunters such as mackerel, bonito, kingfish, giant trevally and little whalers. On the surface it continued so we motored over for a closer look and found a few big bull whalers around 2 -3 metres long also amongst the action.

The grey nurse sharks are gestating and yesterday we found about 2 dozen sitting just off the main formation in mid water. Visibility was a bit limited however we got too see a lot of detail and quite of few of the sharks have some distinguishing features this year. A lot of them look to be pregnant with maybe a third of them not showing any signs of pregnancy. It takes around 12 years for the female grey nurse shark to reach maturity before they are able to reproduce and then only every couple of years of so. They will give birth to 2 live young after about a 9 – 12 month gestation. The babies will be around 1 metre long but no-one knows where they go to give birth. We have never seen a baby grey nurse shark at Wolf Rock. Find attached some photos of some pregnant sharks in comparison to a non-pregnant shark. Visibility has averaged 5 – 10 metres and water temperature is now 23 degrees.

Pregnant grey nurse at Wolf Rock

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Newlyweds by Cherie Mason


wedding of significant importance was celebrated on the 16th March, 2013 at St. Peter The Fisherman’s Catholic Church in Rainbow Beach. Samuel Mason, youngest son of local couple Ron and Cherie Mason, married Rachel Jeffery, youngest daughter of Phil and Selena Jeffery of Mountain Creek. Many in Rainbow Beach will recall the stages of Sam’s life, from childhood, through Primary school, boarding school, University, his many sporting achievements and jobs held along the way. Sam and Rachel met at University and are both registered nurses working on the Sunshine Coast. Guests travelled from New Zealand, Toowoomba, Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Rainbow Beach to attend this wonderful sunny day, including both grandmothers; Rachel’s grandmother, Dot, 82 from Mooloolaba, and Sam’s grandmother Gay, 87 from Toowoomba.

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n the weekend of the 13 – 14 July, four local blokes will be trekking in Australia’s toughest team endurance event – The Kokoda Challenge. Marty Baldry and local coppers, Al Gerrard and Rob Martin will be joining me to take on the challenge and raise money for the Kokoda Challenge Youth Program. The Kokoda Challenge on the Gold Coast is hailed as Australia’s toughest endurance event. Participants trek a 96km course that leads along fire trails, crosses 12 creeks and summits 5,000 metres of vertical elevation. Trekkers face an overnight, mid-winter slog through rugged terrain, battling the cold, blisters, fatigue and sleep deprivation. The goal is to finish as a complete team of four, within a 39 hour time limit, in honour of the spirit forged on the Kokoda Track in 1942: mateship, endurance, courage and sacrifice. On average only half of the teams entered make it to the finish line as a complete team,

Marty Baldry, Al Gerrard, Michael Brantz, Rob Martin

despite this we hope to get there within 24 hours. Why are we doing this? It’s not only a great personal challenge, but also a way to make a difference to wayward Australian teenagers with all proceeds of the event going directly to the Kokoda Challenge Youth Program – a unique experiential learning program that helps young people to develop the skills and qualities that matter in life: discipline, tolerance, self worth, team work, purpose and leadership. Kokoda Challenge chairman Doug Henderson, a Vietnam veteran, established the organisation eight years ago and since its inception the Kokoda Challenge Youth Program has made a difference in the lives of 242 young people. Of those that have completed the youth program, 95% of them said the program was a turning point in their lives. Al and I have recently experienced firsthand the trouble a wayward teenager can create, especially in a small community like Rainbow Beach. The skills and qualities that the program seeks to instill in its participants are exactly the attributes that this young man was lacking. As a result, we have made a commitment to raise $1500 towards the Kokoda Challenge Youth Program, prior to the commencement of the event in July. To help us towards this goal we will be raffling a wheelbarrow (kindly donated by the Rainbow Beach Hardware) full of goodies over the coming months. It would be great if you could support our team by either making a donation of goods to help fill the wheelbarrow, buying raffle tickets or by making a tax deductable donation to our team.

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Locals enter the Kokoda Challenge


Sam and Rachel spent their honeymoon in Thailand and have moved into their own home on the Sunshine Coast. They are wished much love and future happiness from their families and friends.

Josh, Rachel, Samuel, Cherie and Ron Mason celebrate

Schnitzel Night $11.95


Sam’s older brother Josh, a detective in Rockhampton, was his best man, and Megan, Rachel’s older sister, a teacher in Blackbutt, was her maid of honour. The reception was held at the Rainbow Beach Sports and Recreation Club, and a wonderful night of great food, dancing, and amazing speeches was enjoyed by the 80 guests who attended.



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Dolphin Ferry to Operate from Repaired Coastguard Dock for viability of their service, the Tin Can Bay structure was not deemed urgent. Flotilla Administration Officer for Tin Can Bay Coastguard, Julie M. Hartwig told the Community News “I have been advised that due to the sheer volume of insurance claims currently being processed by all insurance companies, claims are being prioritised on an “urgency” basis.”

Dock during the storm - Photo by Julie Hartwig

by Michelle Gilmore


he best news is that the Coastguard have finally been advised their insurance claim has been approved. Unfortunately the Coastguard’s Jetty was damaged with the Australia Day weather. Despite the dock’s use with rescues, with providing access for Sailability (often for people with disabilities) and the Dolphin Ferry’s dependence on the jetty

“Because QF17 is still able to operate - albeit with delayed response times of up to 30 minutes for our primary rescue vessel, Cooloola Rescue II - our case is not considered “urgent”; being unable to operate from our base is merely inconvenient.”

“We are aware of the impact this “inconvenience” has had on Sailability Tin Can Bay, which previously operated every Friday from the Coast Guard dock and has since been forced to suspend operations for all but “walk-on” participants.” Since then Gympie Regional Council offered to provide representation and Mayor Ron Dyne has been working to expedite the matter.

Coastguard’s insurance broker advised on Monday April 22 that the claim for replacement of the dock has been settled in full and Ms Hartwig is hopeful that Coastguard can place the order for the new dock within the next few weeks. Ms Hartwig says, “This is great news and a great outcome for us.” Tin Can Bay Coastguard Operations Manager, Harley Moss and Dolphin Ferry Owner Paul Ahern has confirmed that the Dolphin Ferry will operate from the dock (ferry services have been suspended since January) resuming when it is repaired. In the meantime, the local Coastguard are extremely appreciative of the assistance they are receiving from marina manager David Brown and the team at

Tin Can Bay Star Marina. “David is allowing us to berth Cooloola Rescue II at the marina free of charge. This is an extremely generous accommodation. We also wish to acknowledge and thank Russell and Lenore from Tin Can Bay Slipway for their assistance in repairing Cooloola Rescue II’s Hydrolift (on-water vessel storage facility), and Margot Keeley from Tin Can Bay Houseboats for allowing us to use the houseboat docks for short-term docking of our vessels on weekends,” Ms Hartwig expounds. “At this stage, I can give no indication of a time frame for the repairs, but I am hopeful that we will hear something in the next few weeks and hopefully before or by May 10.”

What’s On at the Waterview Bistro by Judy Collins


e had a wonderful Easter. It was great to see the town so busy. We had guests from all over the place; Brisbane, Melbourne, Hervey Bay and of course, Rainbow Beach. The Herb and Lemon Crusted Scallops are selling like “hot cakes” and the Slow Cooked Duck Leg with Le Puy Lentils has been getting rave reviews. Also, if you haven’t tried our Seafood Chowder why not treat yourself, or better still, treat your Mum on Mother’s Day (Sunday 12th May)? We are running our normal A La Carte Lunch Menu so make a booking, bring your Mum and make her feel special!

We celebrated Andreas’ birthday at the end of March with Dinner at Jilarty Cafe. We had great pizza, good company and amazing wine! Andreas brought a very special bottle of Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac 1994 and Matt, a bottle of Penfold’s Grange 2003. Probably the two best Red Wines from Australia and France. What a wonderful way to celebrate a Birthday! Let’s hope the weather stays fine for our beautiful town and we get lots of visitors to keep us busy. Don’t forget us up on the hill, drop in even if it’s just for a drink or a snack.

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Enjoy a night of Country Vote for our Surf Girl Ashleigh A Music in Rainbow M

uch organisation is currently going into getting ready for this night on Saturday 1st June. Earlier this year we undertook to manage the Community Hall, and are keen to purchase equipment for the use of the community. Instead of running various raffles and Trash and Treasure stalls throughout the year we decided to put our efforts into one major fundraiser. Dawn and Ray King who have been active volunteers Ray King, Mary Cottam and Dawn King are ready for the Country Music Night at the Community Centre for a number of years suggested the wider community and have invited Trua Country Music evening. Dawn and Ray dy and Ged to entertain us. We will also both talked about their old friends Ged and have some local talent as well. Trudy Hintz. Ray told us,“They are great The concert will be held on: singers and songwriters, who have a good following and would be happy to come Saturday 1st June starting at and put on a concert in Rainbow”. 5pm. Supporting these comments Dawn, proA BBQ tea will be available along vided a copy of one of their CDs which a with a Bar. number of us listened to, and we agreed, Admission $15 per adult and $10 Trudy and Ged are indeed great singfor children under $12. ers. So good in fact that the list of music This should a fun night for the whole famawards they have received is lengthy and ily to enjoy. Please come along and join goes back a number of years. This year at us. Proceeds from the night will go towards Tamworth, Trudy was the winning Female purchasing equipment for the Hall. Vocalist of the “Stan Coster Memorial Bush As we would like some idea of the numBallard Award”. Ged also won the “Songbers we need to cater for we are selling writers Salute Award”. tickets in advance. They are available from On Dawn and Ray’s recommendation the the Community Centre, or bookings can be Community Centre volunteers decided that made with Dawn King on 54868459, or we would host a Country Music Evening for Mary Cottam 0403006758.

shleigh Dodt is the 2012/13 Jupiter’s Summer Surf Girl entrant – our only surf girl in 14 years for Rainbow Beach Surf Life Saving Club. Surf Life Saving Queensland is promoting a people’s choice on Facebook, just for a bit of fun! Voting closes on the 3rd of May, so there’s still time. To vote, go to the Surf Life Saving Queensland page on Facebook and ‘like’ the photo of Ashleigh Dodt in the Vote for your favourite Jupiter’s Summer Surf Girl folder!

The final judging week is at the beginning of May at Jupiter’s Casino on the Gold Coast- Ashleigh, we wish you well!

Annie Bowen and Ashleigh Dodt at the Golf Day Fundraiser

Emillia McAuliffe 0437 117 891 07 5488 0354

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Tin Can Bay Playgroup Award Winning Artist to Goes Blue For Autism present Coast Workshop by Tash Llewellyn,

by Peggy Howe



n Tuesday 2nd April, parents and children at the Little Guppies Playgroup, Tin Can Bay, dressed up in blue to raise funds and celebrate World Autism Awareness Day. Autism now affects approximately one in every 100 children and for the whole month of April iconic buildings across Australia and the world will turn their lights blue to promote Autism awareness. So what is Autism? When someone has Autism, it means that their brains are wired differently to other people and they find it difficult to interact socially and communicate with others. They may be bothered by sudden loud sounds, bright lights or unexpected touch which would not affect others in the same way. Often they have intense interest in particular topics and may be extremely knowledgeable about their special interest areas. They can

Tash Llewellyn with her daughter Tia, who has Autism

also have amazing memory for detail. Although no two people with Autism are the same and symptoms will vary enormously from person to person, they have their own way of seeing the world, making each of them interesting and unique. Event organiser, Tash Llewellyn, would like to thank family and friends for coming along and supporting this Go Blue For Autism fundraising event and helping raise $172.50 towards Autism Queensland.

Little Guppies Playgroup celebrating World Autism Awareness Day

here is a wonderful opportunity for all local artists to participate in two two- day art workshops, June 17 – 20 at the Sports Club. Please book early to avoid disappointment – places are limited. Peggy Howe has obtained a RADF grant to organize a Cooloola Coast workshop for all local artists. The Regional Arts Development Fund is a Queensland Government and Gympie Regional Council partnership to support local arts and culture. There will be a dinner and a display of all artwork on the Friday evening to add a social touch to an enjoyable week.

The visiting Sunshine Coast Artist is Aileen Shaw. She has won many prizes throughout Australia and her paintings hang in many homes and corporations. She was the proud owner of her own art gallery and teaching studio at Glenview and now runs many workshops throughout Queensland. Aileen lived in Rainbow Beach for many years and some of us will remember her lively and enthusiastic classes that she ran for six years. There is a $10 registration fee plus your art requirements (the Sports Club have the list) – call Peggy for details and registration 5486 8064.

Attend the workshop and your painting may be as much admired at the Art Festival as Annette Wiggins’ “Pied Oyster Catcher”

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elebrate Queensland’s unique cultural heritage during the Annual National Trust of Queensland Heritage Festival, held state wide over one month, Thursday 18 April to Saturday 18 May. The Queensland Heritage Festival coincides with National Trust Heritage festivals in other Australian states and is complimented by Australian Heritage Week The Festival Theme for 2013 is “Community Milestones”. The National Trust of Queensland has a good reason to celebrate this theme as 2013 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Trust in Queensland. National Trust of Queensland President Stephen Sheaffe said “I invite everyone to join in by attending an event and taking the opportunity to discover their local history”. In neighbouring Maryborough, you can see:

18/04/2013 to 18/05/2013, Maryborough Shopping 1800s Style by Brennan & Geraghty’s Store Museum. Their grocery items show a typical grocery store and changes in packaging - it is the oldest and most complete example of this type of store known in Australia.

Australian officers who lost their lives at Gallipoli than any other museum in the world. View preliminary displays of medals and memorabilia for the centenary celebrations, pertaining to the Allied countries involvement in World War One from 1914 to 1918.

18/04/2013 to 18/05/2013, Maryborough Historic Hospitals by Wide Bay Hospitals Museum Soc. Inc.

With almost one hundred events to choose from - for a comprehensive list of events across metropolitan and regional Queensland go to au/qld

Queensland’s first hospital outside of Brisbane, situated in an old Queenslander, the museum displays items and documents from the Maryborough Public Hospital which opened in 1854. 01/04/2013 to 31/05/2013, Daily Maryborough WWI Centenary Preliminary Event by Mar yborough Military & Colonial Museum The Museum currently represents more soldiers for gallantry at Gallipoli and represents more

Music + Night In Cooloola Cove by Pam Graham


irst night of the season and we’re off to a great start. The audience sang with such gusto, it felt we’d been away for ever. Joanna Gorka’s piano pupils showed such confidence and Emily sang a purely classical song so beautifully, quite took our breath away. It is very difficult to write about an evening that hasn’t yet happened but we know our April Music Night will be a success, a lot of fun and so very rewarding. There were many good musicians together and everyone intent on giving their best and making the evening a great success. However this has to be written before 18th April and the Music+ night is not until 25th April. So I will write truthfully about it in the next issue and we’ll hope to have some pictures too. Our last Music + Night of this season will be on 30th May and we will have a great line-up for everyone to enjoy as always. We encourage local talent of all ages and music of all genres. We’ll bring a programme of music and mirth for your delectation!!!! No it’s not Music Hall but we

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do have our continuity man, with his vast fund of funny anecdotes and it wouldn’t be the same without our PLUS of funny stories and poems. Come and join our merry throng and add your voice to many others as well as your $2. Yes! $2 for a fabulous evening of music and laughter. Can’t be bad eh? If you would like to take part please call Pam Graham 5488 0110 or 0427 180 649. LAST NIGHT - THURSDAY 30TH MAY 7PM - VETS & COMMUNITY HALL, COOLOOLA COVE

This program of events is the State’s largest annual celebration of Queensland’s heritage; and plays a key role in fostering an appreciation of our history and our cultural identity.

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Cooloola – a fungal hotspot! by Grant Phelan


fter the rain in recent weeks, you may have noticed some unusual and interesting shapes appearing on the ground, on rotting sticks and logs and in your garden. Mushrooms, toadstools, earth tongues, stinkhorns, mould, slime, mildew, rusts and truffles are all types of fungi, and can live in every type of environment. There are approximately 250,000 species of fungi in Australia, of which, only about 5–10 percent have been named. Mycological surveys show the Cooloola sandmass to be both diverse and abundant

in species of fungi. For such tall forests to grow on relatively nutrient-poor sandy soil, we can be assured fungi is playing a major role in providing vital nutrients to plants. Fungi do this by decomposing organic matter and also forming symbiotic or mutually beneficial relationships with plant roots. The highly porous nature of the deep sandy layers of Cooloola makes it an ideal habitat for certain types of fungi.

ly invisible—generally all we see is a fruiting body. The rest of the organism is hidden from view. Vast networks of extremely fine, hair-like filaments called mycelium thread their way through soil, wood and leaf litter, breaking it down and feeding on the nutrients released. This process not only keeps the forest floor clean, but also frees up the nutrients, making it available to other organisms.

Fungi are neither plant nor animal but show characteristics of both. Most fungi make their living by breaking down dead plant and animal material. They are large-

Fungi reproduce by producing spores in vast numbers. A field mushroom may release spores at the rate of 200 million an hour. Puffballs (common ball-shaped fungi) are estimated to produce 15 trillion spores from each fruiting body! These spores are distributed by wind or carried by animals. Being very small and light, they can travel huge distances and colonise large areas. Fungal fruiting bodies are also an important food source for various animals; over 30 Australian mammal species are known to eat them and some, such as

Bymien Fungi Grant Phelan © Queensland Government

bettong and potoroos eat little else. Fungi play a role in our daily life as well. It can rot our homes, spoil our clothes and food, attack our crops and make us ill. But the positives far outweigh the negatives. We eat it in the form of mushrooms, make bread, cheese, soy sauce and tofu from it, derive penicillin from it, and let’s not forget… it is used to make beer and wine! Remember that some fungi are poisonous to humans, so to be safe, only consume mushrooms you buy from a reputable grower or market grocer. Next time you’re out walking, or in your garden, see if how many different fungi you can spot. Take your camera and get up close—you’ll be amazed at the interesting images you can get. Happy fungi hunting!

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e can’t fit everything that comes into our inbox in the paper. For the latest on grants, workshops, tourism and local happenings visit and look in our Public Notices. For this month you’ll get updates on: •

How to have your say on the draft Ecotourism plan for Queensland

Tourism network

Tourism grants close May 3

Public holidays for Gympie

Wellbeing After Cancer seminar May 10

Gympie Gallery artist workshops and exhibitions and lots more as we update through the month!

Club Fungi in the Cooloola Recreation Area Grant Phelan © Queensland Government

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Church Of The Good Shepherd to offer Afternoon Service by Annette Collins

of healing received.

***New*** Sunday Afternoon Service - 4 pm (3rd Sundays Only) 16th June will be the first Focus on Family service at our Church of the Good Shepherd. A Uniting Church initiative each third Sunday, it will focus on family, with children’s songs, story and craft and a guest speaker for adults. Calendar: (all welcome) Anglican Church Ser vices 9 am each Sunday, followed by morning tea (St Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church in Manooka Drive is at 7am) Prayer Group At The Church - 10am Fridays All Welcome Playgroup Mothers’ Day Morning Tea 10.30am Tuesday, 7th May we look forward to providing morning tea and sharing with the young mums (dads and grandparents?) and their children at the Community Hall. Mahjong/Games Mornings are held at 9am each Wednesday Arts & Craft Group meets 9am 2nd and last Tuesdays of each month Date Claimer: 10.30 am Monday, 1st July Fashion Parade (Fishing Comp) Religious Education- please ring Glenys on 5486 3433 to help at school. Your prayers are requested - if you know anyone sick or in need of help and prayer, please contact the church. We pray especially for Fr Andrew Cooper, Pam Lidbetter, Lynn and Peri Sanchez, Audrey Gilbert, baby James Bellette, Barbara McGladrigan, Alex Barritt, Cyndari, Jahli and Seth Parton, Lesley Whackett, and Rika Martin and we give thanks for the blessing

“DE-STRESSING!” Bob Gass “Years ago stress was considered mostly a male problem, but not anymore. Women are experiencing the stress of pursuing perfection, looking a certain way, competing in the workplace, attempting to do it all, never saying no, and having no time for themselves. That’s not how God want you to live! ‘The fruit of righteousness (having a ‘right’ relationship with God) will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.’ (Isaiah 32:17) So, here are two practical suggestions for de-stressing: (1) Allow yourself more time. Whenever you’re under pressure, to help reduce anxiety, a good rule of thumb is to allow 20% more time than you think you’ll need. (2) Be content with less. A recent study found that those households who maintained lifestyles beyond their means were more prone to stress-related illnesses such as heart attack and depression. You say, ‘Does that mean God doesn’t want me to get ahead in life?’ No, He just wants you to keep your priorities straight and to learn to enjoy where you are, on your way to where you’re going. If you’re feeling stressed today, pray: ‘ “Lord I need to be renewed. This business of living has drained me. Thank You for ordaining quiet times and places of rest in the midst of hectic schedules. Help me always to put You first and to find my place of rest in You.” The Church of the Good Shepherd,17 Carlo Road, (first street on the left entering town). Rainbow Beach Christian Radio - Vision Fm 87.6 Famous last words: I’ll get right with God later! God Bless!



edical Transport is a door to door service available to residents of Tin Can Bay, Cooloola Cove, Rainbow Beach and surrounding areas. We travel as far as Brisbane to the south and Hervey Bay to the north. Once you have your medical ap-

pointment we recommend you book early with us to avoid disappointment, fees apply. Please be aware personal shopping is not permitted. Our organisation has no government funding and is run solely by volunteers Fund raising events for the calendar. BINGO every Sunday at Cooloola Coast Bowls Club eyes down 1.30 pm [2 Jackpot games every week and afternoon tea included] TRIVIA NIGHT Saturday 25th May 6.30 pm at the RSL Hall Tin Can Bay. [$10 per head supper included] Bookings essential for catering purposes, please ring our office to book.] Drinks available from the bar. GARAGE SALE on Saturday 15th June from 7.00am at Scullett Drive [Any donations will be gladly accepted during office hours or by appointment.] Cooloola Coast Art Group are holding an Art Exhibition on Saturday15th and Sunday 16th June at Tuncunba Hall Tin Can Bay with opening night on Friday 14th June with Cheese and Wine to be served at $5 per person. Please contact Neita Lindfield 5486 2835 for more information. All monies raised will be kindly donated to Cooloola Coast Medical Transport. Volunteers always wanted, if you can spare just a few hours each week to help your community please give us a call. Office hours [8.30am - 12.30pm Monday - Friday 5/6 Scullett Drive Cooloola Cove Phone 5486 2488

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Tempt yourself to a Bike Ride at Tin Can Bay by Steven Campbell


emptations Cafe and Gallery on Toolara Road Tin Can Bay first opened its doors in 2010. The cafe is about promoting local artists and a family atmosphere, friendly services as well as fresh food and coffee. The latest offering from Temptations, which started on the 18th April 2013, is hiring out push bikes. There are 6 bikes in total, three for men and three for women. Elise Henderson, owner of the Cafe said, “there is a great need for bikes in the Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach area; they have become a draw card for the bay”. Not everyone can walk the 9km from Crab Creek to Snapper Creek. You can have a ride, stop and eat a bit of breakfast or lunch and watch the

dolphins feeding. If you would like to order a breakfast or lunch hamper you need to pre book the bikes and hamper 24 hours in advance. However, if you like to have a great cardio workout you can just hire and ride the bikes from Crab Creek to Rainbow Beach and back again. The bikes cost $14.90 for 90 minutes and $25 dollars for 24 hours, and there is an additional $2 dollar hire fee for a lock and helmet if you need them. You can get a 10% discount on breakfast, lunch or drinks, for half day and full day hire. A special offer for the readers of this newspaper Temptations Cafe and Gallery is offering a 20% discount on the hiring of their bikes. All you need to do is mention this article.



ne of the many services we offer is “Telstra Vouchers”. If you are having difficulty in paying your current bill, we may be able to assist with a partial payment in the form of a voucher to reduce the total amount. Only current not overdue accounts can be considered. You need to be registered with Centrelink and bring an “Income Statement” and your current Telstra account in on a Monday or Thursday only between 9.00am and 11.45am. If you need any information why not drop in and see the friendly staff at Tin Can Bay Resource & Referral.

We can also help with Community Service Referrals, Justice of the Peace (Monday & Thursday only), Telstra Assistance, Vouchers, Employment Services, Internet Training, Basic Computer Training, Tax Returns, Emergency, Relief (voucher only), Free Legal advice, Internet access or you can just drop in and buy a secondhand book.We have a reasonable library for you to choose from and it helps us raise funds to provide a service for you.

Brittany Johns, Cameron Henderson and Aleisha Campbell show off the new bikes


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Your Computer - General Tips By Andy Feldmann from Andy’s Mobile PC Services


ello all and welcome back to another month of tips and tricks. This month I would like to present a few mixed tips and guidelines when buying new equipment and maintaining your computer: •

When buying laptops always aim for something of quality, try to never buy the cheapest. Many buy the cheapest and then have to sink in money to make them perform because what they have indeed bought is the bare minimum. If only the minimum is affordable at the time, try to get extended warranty. I cannot stress this enough the amount of people’s laptops that I have seen die after the covered 12 months is amazing, extended warranty is a good thing when it comes to laptops. When buying computers, don’t worry too much about brand, in many cases the parts all come from the same factory. If you are worried about quality in your products then it’s a good idea to get them custom made, that way you can discuss items with your sales person making sure you get only the best. Virus scanners, none of them are 100% they all have flaws try to aim for a good value package rather than the most popular one, and remember that all virus scanners need to be somewhat manually maintained, even if yours says it’s does everything automatically, check it once in a while. Anti - Spyware programs are a must if you want a clean computer. Many virus scanners include this protection but it’s never enough if you want proper protection - you many need to purchase a good program separately. There are many fake ones out there so it’s a good idea to consult your IT Technician before buying anything. Get your computer serviced once in a while, even if it’s only every 2 years. Many computers can last so much longer if this it carried out. Get rid of that 8 year old box and buy a new one, don’t hang on to it too long and if for any reason you need to, make sure you back it up on a regular basis. This is important because it will die eventually, so make sure your data is safe if it does. If you do replace your computer, don’t take the old one to the dump. Get it professionally wiped and disposed of, in many case it costs only a small fee and it will stop prying eyes from looking around any data you many have left on the computer. If you’re savvy enough at least take out the HDD and put a drill through it. Unfortunately we live in a throwaway society; this has changed greatly from when I first started working with computers. In many cases it’s cheaper to replace then repair, always remember this; if something is costing you money again and again it’s probably cheaper to replace it. Printers are a perfect example of this, in many cases where you can buy a new printer for the cost of replacement cartridges.



his year’s event will be held at the Tin Can Bay Country Club on Sunday 26 May.

by a monster auction, raffles and prize presentation at the Tin Can Bay Country Club afterwards.

Golf Comp gets underway at 10.30 am with a “Shotgun Start”. Format is a 3-man Ambrose. Cost is $10.00 pp. To nominate, contact the Tin Can Bay Country Club on 5486 4231.

All welcome - no experience of either game is required, so form your team and register today.

Bowls gets underway at 1.00pm and will consist of 13 ends. Cost is $8.00 pp. To nominate, contact Steve Garbutt on 0429 861 825. There will be an all-day BBQ and drinks carts on the course, followed

Sponsorship packages are available for golf holes. If you’d like to sponsor a hole or donate a prize for the auction or raffles, please contact Julie Hartwig on 5486 4014 All proceeds to Coast Guard Tin Can Bay - help us float our boats!

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RAINBOW BEACH PROGRESS ASSOCIATION INC. by Sandy Brosnan, President (0427-863007)



ith over 4 million hits per month on the BOM website and a constant stream of beach condition reports with a negative focus, there seems no end to the adverse effect this has on Tourism. What happened to the good old days when a family packed up their kids and camping gear, with a big tarp, and headed to the beach for the school holidays? Are those days gone because of technology and a bombardment of information, good or bad, because of “liability”? The Easter weekend started off as a “cracker”, bursting at the seams with happy tourists ready to enjoy a long awaited break in the weather, that is until the weather bureau predicted that rain was on its way for Sunday. Many holiday makers left, and guess what, the bureau was wrong! Hopefully next holidays will be beautiful clear skies, albeit a little colder, but perfect for sitting around the warmth of a campfire, cooking your catch and enjoying a beer or two! ‘THE BEACH RAKE’ Ruth, the greatest “chook raffle fundraiser queen”, has nearly reached target. Over

$20,000 so far and rising, but still in need of a few more thousand to seal the deal. Come on everyone, just drop your donation into Ruth, no matter how big or small, to ensure that our beach is rubbish free, safe and looking great all year round. ‘AN EVENING WITH DAVID GIBSON’: Good news! Bad news!

Let’s do good first. Following our meeting with the Premier in February, and a subsequent meeting with National Parks, we have been assured that both the Freshwater and Leisha Tracks are to be significantly upgraded and maintained. I believe some of this work is now in progress, or will be as weather permits {forgive me because I haven’t been down there since the introduction of beach fees}. The best news is that “The Sticks” this side of Double Island will be removed or pushed away to finally allow free traffic to and from Rainbow! One of our favourite spots, Honeymoon Bay, will again be accessible, so get the surf boards out and waxed! Now for the bad news. After over 4 years of meetings and letters, begging and pleading for the removal of the Vehicle Access Permits, or beach driving fees as they are known, the Premier has, in his letter dated 10th April, made it very clear that due to the high costs associated with park man-

Houses to be Numbered Local Ambulance Committee Report


s mentioned in the last Committee report, there will be activity in the near future on the house numbering project, which includes all residential and commercial properties in Rainbow Beach. The kerbs fronting the homes and business houses will be adorned with a reflective number in white on a blue background, which is easily sighted and identified by emergency services both during the day and more so, at night under torch or spotlight. There are over 900 residential homes and over 200 commercial and industrial blocks, so this numbering is not going to happen overnight, but hopefully it will be completed within the next twelve months. The numbers to go on the kerb are the house numbers issued by the Council, not the Lot numbers of the block. These numbers rarely coincide so don’t be concerned if they don’t concur. The introduction of these street numbers will greatly assist emergency services to locate the correct address and more importantly, avoid potential delays in treatment at a most important time. Many thanks go to the local P&C at Rainbow Beach Primary School and the local Chapter of the Lions Club for their assistance in providing this necessary service. Don’t forget, early notice, the Flower Show is to be held in October this year. Once again there will be a few small changes to the categories in the show. In later reports there will also be a few hints, kindly passed on by the judges last year, to

help you with your entries.

Bingo is on at the Country Club every Thursday at 9.30am. Morning tea and great fun, with the added bonus sometimes of a win!! Good luck.

agement, these fees will not be removed as promised, but streamlined to remove some of the red tape. My frustration and disappointment with this decision is unparalleled, but I am still determined to write another letter. David Gibson has stood by our side every step of the way and still maintains his opposition to VAP’s. This decision makes no sense financially or otherwise. The economics just don’t add up. We were made a promise, but there still maybe a few bargaining chips left to negotiate for a better outcome. Our beach should be free!

Sandy Brosnan, Chris Martin, David Gibson, Jennifer Parkhurst, Darryl Winkler and Gordon Eckle check out the rake progress

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Library Happenings OPENING HOURS Monday & Thursday 9.30am – 12.30pm, Wednesday & Friday 2pm – 5pm, Saturday 8.30am – 11.30am, 5486 3705 www.gympie.qld.

tion about starting your own book club or to express your interest in joining a current book club, please contact Tin Can Bay Library on 5486 4355, or the main library at Gympie on: 5481 0859.

MEMBERSHIP Gympie Regional Libraries welcome new members, including visitors to the region. To join, bring along a form of identification with your current residential address, fill out a membership form, and you’re ready to borrow. Membership cards are required each time you visit the library.

GYMPIE REGIONAL LIBRARIES “GREAT READS” If you haven’t collected your copy of “Great Reads” from the front desk, now is the time to do this, especially if you are looking for inspiration and new choices when selecting something to read or watch. Every title mentioned in “Great Reads” is held by the Gympie Regional Libraries and if we don’t have it here at Rainbow Beach, we can reserve it for you. Contributions are welcomed, so if you would like to write a review (good or bad) about any item you have borrowed, please drop it off at the library or email it to: library@gympie.qld.

BOOK CLUBS Gympie Regional Libraries now offers you the opportunity to join or start you own book club. The library service holds over 100 book club sets. Each set contains 8 books, to be shared amongst members of your club. For more informa-

Editor’s Note: More photos of our Children’s Grassy Heads Activity and Ambulance- visit .

Book Review CRIMINAL Karin Slaughter AF SLAU 2012

Regular visitors to Rainbow Isabel, mum Trinket and Harry Anderson say the library activities are always popular



Karen Slaughter has done it again, with her 2012 novel Criminal. In 1974 in the middle of the blistering heat of an Atlanta summer, a killer prowls the street, searching for the weak, the vulnerable and the


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lost. Nearly 40 years later, a young woman is found brutally murdered in a sordid high-rise apartment. The specifics of her death are detailed and macabre, but for Special Agent Will Trent they are startlingly familiar, and can only mean one thing. Desperate to deny this might be happening to him, he is forced to return to the home he grew up in, to the grimy crime-ridden streets, to a childhood he has spent the best part of his adult life trying to avoid. As the body count rises, and the tension on the inner-city streets starts to simmer, Will becomes convinced that the clue to the killings now, and in 1974, may lie in his own past; a past that he hates yet feels responsible for.

Ambulance Officer Robin Taylor visits the library and has Jake Lattanzi on the stretcher while the other children ask loads of questions

Karin Slaughter is the no.1 internationally bestselling author of several novels, including the Grant County series. Slaughter proves once again how skillful a writer she is by creating a complex series of twists and turns that will leave you guessing until the very end. Belle, Milly and Gus Anderssen from Noosa show off their grassy heads at Rainbow’s Library holiday activity, April 10 Her characters are rich and complex and will keep Criminal is a fantastic read and highly readers engaged throughout the novel. recommended to those who love crime/  An interesting side point is the additionthriller fiction. It will be interesting to see al information found on the books website how Karen Slaughter tops this effort in her next book Unseen, which is due to come This site has additional information notes and out in July this year. even a 1970 mix tape of songs that inspired Felicia  the author while she was writing Criminal.

Community Groups

Brenda’s black and white quilt

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Tin Can Bay Quilters by Mary Boyce


ay is a busy month for the members of the Tin Can Bay Quilters. The 2nd May is our Mystery Bus trip, third time lucky. Let us hope for some fine weather… On the 7th May, the Annual general meeting is to be held. Please come along and support your group and help elect our office bearers.

Birds Around The Bay by Dorothy Pashniak


hat a strange summer it has been. There has not been nearly enough good weather when I could either get out on the kayak to watch the birds or walk out with the camera and not run the risk of getting wet from a passing shower. Now all those places I wanted to visit and the shorebirds I wanted to see will have to wait until next spring when the shorebirds return. Winter is a good time to get out and watch more bush birds. Over the next few months many of them will be nesting and raising young ones. The other day I watched Sulphur-crested Cockatoos and Rainbow Lorikeets checking out nesting holes high up in a scribbly gum. They were making a lot of noise as they let everyone know that they weren’t quite satisfied with any of the holes. There are, of course, still some shorebirds left to watch. Juveniles don’t migrate and there are always numbers of them around. Some shorebirds think the Queensland winter is perfect for a holiday. Double-banded Plovers have already arrived from New Zealand to spend the winter here. Although these birds can be found in a number of different places in New Zealand, the ones we see here have come from places where cold snowy weather make it impossible for them to stay for the winter over there. Most of them have bred on the braided river channels in South New Zealand. When the weather gets too bad they fly here for our winter. They are small shorebirds – 17.519cms. They are buff-brown above and white below. You will often see them roosting and feeding close to other small shorebirds such as Red-capped Plovers. They look slightly taller than Red-capped Plovers and quite a bit heavier. They have no large white patch on the forehead and this again helps to distinguish them from other small shorebirds. If you want to join us for a shorebird count then phone Dorothy Pashniak – 54880057. There is a count toward the end of May and then we take a break in June.

Our bi-annual event of a Friendship Day/Quilt Show & Tell is on the 14th May. Groups from other areas have been invited and there is always a good crowd at this event. Morning tea and Lunch is provided, and everyone will win something hand made by the members. There are some great prizes. Raffle tickets are for sale now, and the prizes include a Quilt, made by our members and a Sewing Machine, kindly donated by Phil of Ron Morgan Sewing Centre in Hervey Bay. Anyone who would like to see what our members do with their time, do join us. You may be tempted to have a go. For further information Contact Val. on 54880226. On the 21st May we shall be working on UFOs, Quilts that have been left untouched while there has been so much sewing of prizes for Friendship Day.

Kathy’s Stars over the Garden Path

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The Tin Can Bay Camera Club ANZAC Day Legacy Lunch by Cathy Reed


he Tin Can Bay Camera Club held it’s latest monthly meeting on April 17th at the TCB Library. The judge and speaker for the night was Gary Guest from Gympie. Gary was very helpful with his comments on our ‘People’ images and we enjoyed his lively judging. He then showed us some of his favourite images which were very impressive and inspiring. We hope to get him to come back to present a workshop in the near future. There were many images which achieved honours and merits this month and congratulations go to Diann Bourke and Ron Johnson for A Grade Honours, Diann Bourke, Kerry Leyland, Louise Smith, and Cathy Reed for A Grade Merits. Julie Hartwig and Kerri Southern received B Grade Honours, and Jennifer Gamble, Mary Boyce, and Lynn Milnes B Grade Merits. Congratulations to all.

on May 15th at 7 pm in the Tin Can Bay Library, or email Cathy at cathy@spiderweb.

Warren O’Rourke, Andy and Coral Welham, Rita Mancktelow, Bev O’Rourke, Yvonne Winsor and Bob Durey support the Legacy Fundraiser

Dream Girl  

by Julie Hartwig    

Our topic next month is ‘Shadows’. If you would like to join the Camera Club or just see what it is all about, come to the meeting Dean, Caitlyn and Andrea Hayes were lucky with the raffle

Kerry   by Cathy Reed

Just Thinking

by Julie Hartwig    

Mavis McGinn and Margaret Mackay congratulate Buddy Modin on selling over $1000 raffle tickets at the Legacy Lunch

Matt McConnell with wife Burnie and her sister Trish McGrath

Georgia Modin entertained with “I was only 19”

Cooloola Coast Property Guide

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CHOICE calls on four big banks to walk the talk on interest cuts Big four banks major beneficiaries of increased mortgage debt in Australia and have room to move (April 2013) With mortgage debt at a historic high, CHOICE is challenging Australia’s major banks to use their record profitability to pass on an out-of-cycle interest rate cut to consumers. The consumer group’s call comes

ahead of the monthly interest rate meeting for ANZ, which in December 2011, became the first of the big four to try and evade the Reserve Bank’s official monthly interest rate announcement by ‘decoupling’ its rates. “Since ANZ launched their ‘decoupling’ strategy, it has been a one-way street for consumers, bringing interest rate rises out of cycle with the RBA, and clipping the ticket on rate cuts,”

says CHOICE CEO Alan Kirkland. “ANZ and the other big banks have been the major beneficiaries of our record mortgage debt, and it is no coincidence that their record profits have come at this time.” For our full investigation on Australian mortgage debt visit www.

Save hundreds of dollars by switching banks CHOICE says that by switching accounts from the big four banks to other providers, mortgage holders can save up to $2,500 a year, credit card holders up to $440 and those with standard savings accounts up to $330.* The Compare, Ditch and Switch initiative, part of CHOICE’s Better Banking campaign, encourages Australians

to size up their banking options with the help of CHOICE’s new, no-cost, independent online tool, powered by money experts Mozo. “You don’t have to wait for banking reform to get a better deal. People who are proactive and can spare a few minutes might be surprised at how much they can save,” says Better Banking campaign director, Richard Lloyd. “Too many people are staying in cards, loans and accounts which are costing them too much - switching makes real sense,” says Richard Lloyd. “More mobile and discriminating

bank customers help make a more competitive banking system for everyone.” The Compare, Ditch and Switch price comparison tool can be found at It’s part of the CHOICE Better Banking campaign to ensure consumers have a voice in banking reform. The new service, powered by Mozo, enables consumers to objectively compare credit cards, home loans, savings products and transaction accounts from 89 banks, credit unions, building societies and non-bank lenders.

CHOICE’s banking tips:

Ask your lender to match the best deal you can find. A 2010 CHOICE banking survey revealed about 60% of people who asked for a better deal on their home loan got it. If your interest rate falls, leave your repayments unchanged and reduce your loan with no extra effort. Move to fortnightly mortgage repayments. Visit for more mortgage tips.

A 2010 CHOICE banking survey revealed about 60% of people who asked for a better deal on their home loan got it.

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“It’s not a retirement village!” “I

t is a small block housing development. The homes are freehold, the body corp fees are only $16 per week and prices start at $295,000.” shouted Tuncunba Developer, Peter Todd. Truly, the number of owners of homes in Tuncunba Estate who said to me, “no we’re not interested in living in a retirement village”, you just wouldn’t believe. So we have twisted arms and dragged them in screaming, for them to be absolutely ‘gobsmacked’ by what they see. Everybody we show through our homes is impressed, they are impressed with the facilities (pool, BBQ area, facilities building), the security, the central location, the privacy but above all they are rapt in the inclusions, the designs and the finishes. These are top quality homes with no grass to mow and minimum gardening or no gardening at all if you wish. We finish the outside with mature plantings which looks neat and tidy and takes care of itself, even a letter box and clothes line. But it’s the inside that is truly outstanding; ducted air conditioning and vacuum cleaner, stone bench tops, 2.7m ceilings, hydraulic lift (in the two level) quality taps, door furniture and cabinetry, solar panels and solar hot water, but most of all it’s the style, space and convenient living. “Sick of living with a big yard, miles of lawn, constant gardening and never any time to get away, come and have a look at Tuncunba display homes today.” concluded Peter. Image Pilates is held weekly at Tuncunba Hall Tuncunba Hall activities include Pilates classes held on Tuesday mornings at

9.15am and 10.15am, Weight Watchers on Wednesdays at 5.30pm and Tribal Dancers on Mondays at 6.30pm. All these are open to the public and the Hall is for hire 0418 749 723 for bookings. Tuncunba residents also enjoy a Board Games afternoon on Thursday and Sunday with afternoon tea.


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Local Groups


Col in the stocks

by Margaret Missen


Marg, Annette, Jenny, John and Don getting aboard the Combivan.

pril saw eighteen Rainbow Beach Over60’s carpooling it to Maryborough to explore the history of this fascinating city. Thanks mainly to the awesome organising skills of Helen and Don, the very full day ran like clockwork. And it was a great day. Some were fortunate enough to

make the journey to Maryborough in Don’s refurbished combivan, reliving memories of the 60’s! We shared Maryborough with the Ulysses Motorcycle Club who were holding their AGM there. But there were also quite a few regular tourists. All the venues were open in spite of the terrible floods that swept the city again in January 2013 when they were still recovering from the floods of 2012. In fact the whole town was looking its best. After morning tea at the Artspace, our day included exploring the gallery and museums, a guided bus tour of the city, and lunch at the Carriers Arms Hotel. We only had the day so,we were able to get only a tantalising glimpse of the many interesting venues around the town, such as Olsen’s Engineering Works, and Brennan and Geraghty’s Store, not to mention Baddow House and the several other historic homes that open to the public at various times. But perhaps another time. We were told that another tall ship is to visit the City in June. That should be a good day. In the meantime the excellent website has very good coverage of all that the city has to offer. It’s a great place to go when you’re looking for something to do with visitors. See you all for a catch-up at the following events: Our coffee morning in May is Tues 7th at the Surf Club at 10.30am MAY Sat 18th 4pm. Italian night at Dot and Don’s place. Byo chair and a pen for trivia. Rsvp by 15th May. Dorothy and Don 54862357 and Gary 54868429 JUNE Tues 4th. Tagalong Hinterland Adventure around the Mary Valley. Graham and Yvonne 54863567 Ray and Lil 54863462 JULY Thur 25th Barefoot Bowls. Margaret C. 0428890448. Neil and Nola . 54868202 AUGUST Tues 6th AGM at the Surf Club with morning tea, followed by lunch after the meeting. Ross and Helen. 54863729 New members are always welcome, so if you would like to join us at any of the events telephone any of the numbers above.

Marg and Del with Mary Heritage

Local Groups

Meet a Local - Rishi R

ishi has been practicing yoga ever since he can remember, learning from his father as a small boy. At the age of twenty he was drawn to India, where he worked and practiced alongside many accomplished Indian Yogis. This has made him a competent teacher of several different styles of yoga; Hatha, Iyengar, Astanga and Sivananda to name a few. After teaching yoga to Western tourist for 14 years in India’s most popular holiday destinations, Rishi fulfilled his dream and opened his own yoga centre in Pokhara, Nepal, in 2009. At the beginning of 2011 a Rainbow Beach local walked into his class and two years later Rishi is calling Rainbow his new home! Rishi’s yoga classes include breathing exercises (pranayama), yoga postures (asanas) and final relaxation (yoga nidra). Rishi approaches his yoga classes in a light-hearted but focused manner. So while he is quite strict and puts a lot of emphasis on correct alignment of the postures, he also likes to have a good chat and a laugh. Held at Breakfree Rainbow Shores Conference Room, Monday, Friday & Saturday 9am to 10:30am / Tuesday 6am to 7.30am / Wednesday & Thursday 5pm to 6.30pm with other times available on request, if you have a group of at least 4 people. There is an opening special (May only): FIRST LESSON FREE FOR LOCALS! Rishi is a fully qualified yoga teacher with over sixteen years of teaching experience and a senior member (level 3) of Yoga Australia. But most importantly, he has a genuine passion for teaching yoga and hopes to be able to share his knowledge of traditional yoga with enthusiastic locals and visitors to Rainbow Beach. For more information, Rishi can be contacted on 0432 952 812 or . As most people already know, yoga has many health benefits. This ancient science perfectly combines strength, stamina and flexibility with a tranquil mind and inner peacefulness. And it’s designed for people of all ages and levels of fitness. Yoga is not competitive; you work at your own pace. But don’t think you won’t get a workout! You will push your limits, but you will do it gently and safely.

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New tourism advisory group to help guide regional development and promotion The wheels are now in motion to establish the Gympie Region Tourism Advisory Committee, which will work with council’s new destination services branch to promote the region locally, nationally and internationally. At its Ordinary Meeting today (Wednesday 27 March), council adopted Terms of Reference for the group, which will be comprised of five industry representatives and two councillors. Tourism and Mary Valley Portfolio Councillor, Cr Julie Walker, said advice and direction from stakeholders was a key pillar of council’s longterm vision to promote the region as a destination of choice. “Visitation, whether it’s for leisure, business or events, is a vital part of our economy and it needs stakeholder input,” Cr Walker said. “We acknowledge that good communication and collaboration is of paramount importance, which is why we’re moving forward our plans for an advisory group sooner rather than later.” Cr Walker said the committee’s role would include reviewing and guiding the strategic plan of Destination Gympie Region, council’s destination services branch, and acting as ambassadors and representatives of both the tourism industry and the region generally. “The ideal committee candidate would be passionate about tourism and the region, and have the willingness and ability to work collaboratively to achieve real results,” she said. Council is calling Expressions of Interest via local media and Destination Gympie Region’s new eNewsletter, closing May 6. To sign-up for the eNewsletter, email Gail at Gympie Regional Council – supporting a strong and vibrant community. For more information about council activities and to have your say, visit

School News

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Rainbow Beach State School Update Welcome back to term 2!!

Cross Country On Friday the 19th of April Rainbow Beach State School held it’s annual Cross Country event. Despite the foggy start, the day was a huge success with all students giving their absolute best. This carnival was the closest cross country in a number of years with the difference in points to determine which house won 2000   2001       2002       2003       2004       2005       2006       2007      2008      

being only one point. Cooloola 191, Fraser 192. Congratulations Fraser. There were a number of sensational performances by students at Rainbow Beach that deserve a mention including; James Worthington, Madison Betteridge and Hugh Gilmore who achieved some great times in their age groups. Also, well done to our Prep students who participated in their first ever cross country.

Lily Goodwin Van de Vorst         Lauren Palmer     Arwen Goodwin Van de Vorst Madison Betteridge        Tilly Duggan                  Hannah Hanson               Luxie-Leigh Duffy  Keira Arthur Chloe Thomson

A big thank you to all the parents who came down to support our students and to all those parents who volunteered to help out on the day. We really appreciate your support!!

Lachlan Julius Zac McCarthy James Worthington Hugh Gilmore Fletcher Ness Archie Gilmore Nathan Kingsley     Ryan Sharman                    Finn Dimmock 

Technology Over the holidays we took delivery of our brand new ipads, which have been setup and are now ready to be used in classrooms. Also over the holidays we

Students born in 2003 and 2004 are off!

Luxie-Leigh Duffy powers to the finish line

had wireless switches installed in every classroom, which means that our whole school is wirelessly enabled. The ipads combined with the wireless in each classroom means that at Rainbow Beach State School we are providing students with the opportunity to engage with cutting edge technology. Each class will have either 6 or 7 ipads to use in class and teachers

Year 7’s help prep race will be using these ipads to engage and enhance our curriculum delivery. We look forward to seeing what new experiences and discoveries we will experience by integrating this technology into our classrooms.

Anzac Day

Our school has a long tradition of strong representation at the Rainbow Beach RSL

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Students born in 2000, 2001 and 2002 line up for their race Anzac Day service. As a school we think it is extremely important that our students understand the significance and importance of such a day as Anzac day, which

is why we strongly encourage student participation in the Rainbow Beach RSL march.

Tin Can Bay State School P-10 News Welcome back to school!!!

It was great to see all the smiley faces at school on the first day back. It looks as if everyone is very refreshed and excited to be back.  I look forward to meeting up with everyone this term.  See you soon! $3000 Grant received Congratulations to Tin Can Bay P-10 State School Volleyball team – they have secured Federal funding to compete at the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup. Bookfest 2013 On 20th May we are holding our annual Bookfest and are asking for volunteers to assist.  This is a weeklong event and will be held in the Library before school and during morning tea and lunch breaks.  Please advise the office if you are able to help.  Primary Cross Country 2013 – What a day! They came, they ran, and they conquered! It was excellent to see each and every student giving their best effort last Thursday during the Primary Cross Country.  From Prep to Year 7, students showed some great school spirit and were able to be proud of their achievements.  Highlights of the day included the army of community members cheering on each race,  the Year 7 leaders and house captains lead-

On our Calendar Some upcoming and important dates on our school calendar include our Athlet-

ics carnival on the 10th of May and Years 3,5,7 NAPLAN testing occurring on the 14th,15th and 16th of May and the Gympie show holiday on the 17th of May.

ing their teams in their war cries and finally seeing Mr Roberts’ and all of our dedicated mothers and fathers running countless 1km laps encouraging and motivating our students. It was awesome to see smiles on faces as students crossed the finish line, with many asking if they could run again!  Thanks must go to everyone who came along to be a part of the day.  Picture shows students from Prep B Class. For the top three 12 year old students, their next run will be during the Secondary Cross Country which is being held on Tuesday 23 April. The zone carnival will then be held on Tuesday 7 May.  Those students (10, 11, 12 years) who are eligible to compete at this carnival will be given information on training and nominations this week. Gympie Zone Representative Sport Congratulations must go to Bodhi Nash in 7A for his selection in the Gympie Zone Soccer team.  Bodhi will now begin training with the team and travel to Hervey Bay in May to compete in the Wide Bay Carnival.  Well done Bodhi!


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Fishing and Boating

Rainbow Beach Fishing Report

reef fish were hungry even though the water is still very discoloured in the Bay. Snappery Squire were plentiful and we returned with a full bag. At times Sharks moved in so we moved, found another reef and did the same again. Most Fish were probably caught on the drift as conditions were perfect. Other species brought home included, Pearl Perch, Parrot, Grassy Sweetlip, Moses Perch, School Mackerel, and Gold Spot Cod.

by Tony Stewart


ate March we saw a return to better weather conditions and lot of boats dusted off the cobwebs and ventured offshore. Conditions were perfect with only a slight breeze which helped cool us down. The

The next day didn’t produce as many fish. We had to work a lot harder as the Sharks gave us curry. A couple of bins was still a reasonable catch mainly made up of Squire and Frying Pan Snapper. Other species landed were Sweetlip, Pearl and Moses Perch, Parrot and School Mackerel. We had just the one trip around Easter. Offshore conditions were perfect on the Friday and we travelled East firstly in search of bait. Our bait jigs kept getting stripped

Double Island Point Fishing Charters

with small Squire so we gave that idea away. I wanted to try some ground not fished for a few years. We just got onto a patch of good Squire as we drifted a few miles East of Double. Just then the Authorities arrived (Fisheries) and boarded us. Well that stuffed up a good little hot bite as we drifted away. We decided to move further East to another old mark. We struck pay dirt with a lovely 10kg Gold Band Snapper, a smaller one and a few Parrot. There were plenty of small Squire about stripping baits with ease. Conditions were so calm we drifted most

of the time but found the going a bit tough. Every now and then we would get a few good Squire and Parrot. As we weren’t breaking records, we moved in about 10 miles picking up quite a few Sweetlip, a few more Squire and Pearl Perch. After looking at the weather charts, I couldn’t see much fishing for the next week so we packed the bags and headed off for a while. Let’s hope this weather pattern changes soon and we get a good start to the Winter Fishing. Well that’s it for this month, I wish you good fishing. 54868666 www.rainbowbeachfishing.

Fishing & Boating

Tin Can Bay Fishing Report by Jim Cole, Tin Can Bay Boat Hire


he lead up to Easter was hectic! The week saw some great weather and the conditions on the bay have been postcard perfect. The boat ramps have been busy, so has the bay.  Over the past few days has seen catches of Golden and Giant Trevally coming from Snapper Creek.  Yellowtail Pike have also been around in numbers at Norman Point.  Try fishing small soft plastics approx 50mm or 2 inches long rigged on about a 1/12oz jig head.  These guys provide great entertainment on light gear and the kids will have a ball catching them.  Just be warned they do have a pretty nasty set of teeth so it’s best to leave de-hooking them to the adults.  Pike make great live and dead baits although are also meant to be good eating. The shallow reefs around Tin Can are fired well for small reefies such as Squire, Moses Perch, Blackall and Sweetlip with all species responding well to a well presented pilchard rigged on 3/0 gangs or cut in half on a single 4/0 hook.  Try fishing at dawn and for the proceeding hours just after sunrise.  If you can manage a time when the high tide corresponds with first light or just after then even better.  Early in the month on the fishing front, some quality Squire have been taken around the shallow reefs around Tin Can Bay along with some decent size Blackall and Cod.  The Yakka’s are starting to school up around Big Mick so it is only a matter of time before we should see a couple of Mackerel show up again. Teebar Ledge has been fishing well for Bream and Moses Perch.  Reports are starting to filter through of a few Chopper Tailor in the Bay so give it a few weeks and we should hopefully see them start schooling up in good

numbers. These guys are great fun to target with hard bodied lures. Mid-month we’ve seen a fair bit of rain in the region, however it doesn’t appear to have affected the fishing scene much, as there has still been a few quality fish being caught. Snapper Creek is fishing well for Trevally with one local angler catching and releasing a 80cm golden trevally estimated weight of about 5kg. A few smaller golden and giant trevally have also been coming from the jetty in Snapper Creek and around the back of Lee’s fisheries.Out in the bay a there has been a couple of nice size Squire caught in the 40cm range with soft plastics working well as well as well presented pillies. The rain has stirred up the crabs again and got them moving about so if you are planning a fishing trip be sure to pack a few pots as well. If you’re after Mackerel then Big Mick would be worth a try. Take a live bait jig and see if there are any Yakka’s around if not a pilly rigged on a set of ganged hooks will also work well floated out the back. Tin Can Bay Boat Hire are now stocking a range of quality tackle including Gamakatsu Hooks, Berkley Gulp, Atomic jig heads, Sea Queen Bait and more making us a one stop shop for all your boat hire and fishing needs.  We are also happy to announce both the arrival of our latest vessel the 3.70m Saxon Poly boat powered by a 6hp Yamaha four stroke outboard.  We are happy to announce that Tin Can Bay Boat Hire have just had our first birthday. To check out photos of recent catches in the bay head over to the Fishing Tin Can Bay Facebook page, please feel free to share any of your own pics of fish caught in the area on the page as well or email them to fishingtcb@

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Cooloola City Farm tive, white flowers winter to spring; is a bird attractant. Hovea has about 50 species of small to medium, open, woody shrubs. They require good drainage and part shade. Hovea acutifolia (Purple pea bush) is an upright shrub to 2m; occurs naturally in eucalypt forests; showy purple flowers in clusters in spring; fruit is a hairy pod. Plant of the month is Melaleuca thymifolia (Photo Mary Boyce)


ity Farm, opposite the Community Centre, on Tin Can Bay Road, is open to the public for plant sales on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 am-3pm. Cotact details: 07 54862304, ccfni09@gmail. com , Cheap trees!! If you drop into City Farm and say you have read about cheap trees in this article, you will receive 20% off the cost of your order in the month of May only. Last month I discussed the value of having medium sized shrubs (1-3m) in your garden, so this month, I will simply describe some more shrubs in this category. Grevillea: There are more than 350 species and numerous subspecies of this genus providing some very attractive shrubs. They prefer good drainage and full sun to produce best flowering. Sunny, welldrained positions will produce more flowers. Honeyeaters love them. Grevillea ‘White Wings’ grows to 3m high and up to 10m across so can provide a dense screen; it prefers full sun and adequate drainage. Hakea: This genus has about 150 species, many of which are in south-west Western Australia. Flowers are attractive and, at times, spectacular. All have woody, nut-like fruit. Hakea actites reaches 3m; has delicate white flowers in clusters winter to spring; occurs naturally in wet heath. Hakea florulenta grows to 3m, has perfumed white flowers in clusters in spring; prefers sandy soil but is tolerant of other types; likes full sun; is a bird attractant. Hakea plurinervia reaches 3 m; likes sandy, well-drained soil; has numerous, attrac-

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Leptospermum (Tea trees): There are about 80 species in Australia. The common name originates from the practice of early settlers who used the leaves to make tea. They are generally hardy shrubs.

Is available from all

Leptospermum juniperinum (Prickly tea tree) is a hardy shrub to 3m; has white flowers spring to early summer.


Leptospermum liversidgei (Lemon-scented tea tree/Swamp may) grows to 2m; leaves are lemon-scented when crushed; flowers are small and white and occur in spring; occurs naturally in wet heath and tolerates poorly drained soil. Leptospermum polygalifolium (Wild may) reaches 3m; has a mass of white flowers in spring making it an attractive garden plant.

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Melaleuca (Paperbarks and Honey myrtles): This genus ranges from small shrubs to trees, some are tolerant of wet feet and salty conditions and many, particularly those with red flowers, are attractive to birds. Melaleuca pachyphylla, formerly Callistemon pachyphyllus (Wallum bottlebrush) to 1.5m, occurs naturally in wet heath; red or green flowers spring to autumn; needs full sun; is a bird attractant. Melaleuca thymifolia (Thyme-leaved honey myrtle) grows to 1m; has lacy, mauve flowers from spring to summer; tolerates most soils but prefers moist conditions; likes full sun and is a bird attractant. Westringia: There are about 25 species in this genus. They are small to medium woody shrubs with flowers of white, blue or blue/mauve. Westringia fruticosa (Coast rosemary) reaches 2m and bears white flowers for most of the year; it is very hardy, tolerates salt spray and is a useful screening plant. Westringia ‘Wynyabbie Gem’ grows to 1.5m high and 2m across; blue/mauve flowers appear all year; it tolerates most soils but requires full sun.


Rainbow Beach Community Tai Chi group practising the shoulder pole set

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Sandra Sytsma, Betty Freeman, Annette Collins (front), Bev Yeaman (back), Jenny Pike, Donna Hope, Margaret Missen, Fay Parker.

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Cooloola Coast

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.

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taking you through wallum and paperbarks to the golf club. 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 School & Board Hire Learn to surf with the experts at Rainbow Beach Surf Centre on the best and one of the longest beginner waves in Australia. 0408738192 Sear y’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. Rainbow Beach Aquatic Centre and Tin Can Bay Pool offers squad, learn to swim, water aerobics and more.

4WD walk Coloured Sands Starting from the Surf Club, walk along the beach towards Double Island Point for a kilometre or so to these amazing Coloured sand cliffs. 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 only trail which showcases natural and cultural features of the world’s largest sand island as it meanders between Dilli Village and Happy Valley 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. http://www.nprsr. 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 do some wonderful walks to Lake Poona or through some spectacular Rainforest. Allow 40 minutes to reach Lake Poona. Lake Freshwater Only accessible by 4WD, Tour or Walking. Walking tracks starts at the Bymien picnic area. The round trip from Rainbow Beach will take a full day and requires fitness. Foreshore Tin Can Bay You can walk 4km from Crabs Creek to Norman Point, over picturesque bridges, signage of flora and fauna, through mangroves, playgrounds and outdoor gyms. It is mostly flat – very safe for children on wheels. Start at the playground opposite the library, cycle to Crabs Creek and stop for a coffee, then return to opposite the library. Enjoy the views out to the inlet while the kids enjoy the playground and skatepark. Rainbow Beach 10000 steps walk – from the headland behind the Surf Tower and Playground to Carlo Road. Paths are perfect for bicycles, scooters and skateboards. Rainbow Shores Clarkson Drive has a concrete path for most of the way

Half-day 4WD Tours or hire your own to Cooloola National Park, Coloured Sands, Double Island Point, Lighthouse, Rainforest and Lake Freshwater. Wheelchair accessible10 13TAXI (13 82 94)



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.

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. Rainbow Beach Houseboats 07 5486 3146

national parks fish back to nature Dolphin Viewing At Tin Can Bay just a thirty minute drive to Tin Can Bay through Cooloola Cove and you can see the Dolphins come in at Norman Point out the front of Barnacles Cafe. Have a look around this pretty little town while you are there. Dolphin Ferr y Thirty five minutes by ferry from Carlo Point to view the Dolphins at Tin Can Bay. First ferry departs at 7.00am to hand feed 'Mystique’ a wild dolphin. 0428 838 836 By Canoe Explore the mangrove fringed waters of Carlo Creek, Carlo Island &Tin Can Bay Inlet in a Canoe available for hire from Carlo Point Boat Hire 0427 743 427 Sea Kayaking Dolphin View Sea Kayaking: A unique experience - see dolphins, whales (seasonal), manta rays, turtles and more 0408738192 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.

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. Estuar y 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. Boat Hire Carlo Point Boat Hire 0427 743 427 or Tin Can Bay Boat Hire 0408 329 167 Charter Boats Excellent reef fishing is only a few miles offshore and charter trips can be arranged through Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters on 5486 8666, Double Island Point Fishing Charters on 0417 073 313 or Keely Rose Reef Fishing Charters on 5486 3150. The reefs off Rainbow yield Red Emperor, Sweet lip, Snapper, Pearl Perch, Parrot and Coral Trout.

Tin Can Bay Wildflower Walk spectacular wildflower species, all on the brochure.

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swim, surf and on the water Our safe beach is patrolled between September - March. ALWAYS SWIM BETWEEN THE FLAGS. Surfing The most popular area is near the Surf Club. Note Surfing In Bathing Area Is Prohibited.

Tandem Skydiving Unforgettable aerial scenic views of Rainbow & Fraser and the adrenaline pumping thrill of free fall tandem sky diving. Skydive Rainbow Beach 0418 218 358. Kitesurfing Lessons Learn to kitesurf at the Rainbow Beach Surf Centre with very experienced instructors. 0408738192 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

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. parks/cooloola/index.html 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. http:// 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. http://www.nprsr.qld. html 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. The island is 123 km long and covers an area of 166,038 ha, so you need to allow plenty of time to explore and appreciate it. parks/fraser/index.html Unless you intend holidaying on Fraser

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

family fun Playgrounds North and South of the Surf Club and Rainbow Shores Playrooms at the Pub and Sport Club Family friendly directory

accommodation Cooloola Coast Realty 07 5486 3411 Rainbow Beach Holiday Village 07 5486 3222 Rainbow Beach Realty 07 5486 3900

get active Bowls There is a lawn green at the Rainbow Beach Sports Recreation & Memorial Club where visitors are most welcome. 5486 3191 Tennis Two courts are available at the Sports & Recreation Club. Bookings 5486 3191 Golf A par 3, 9 hole golf course is located at Rainbow Shores Resort. Members of the public are very welcome. Rainbow Shores Social Golf Club stages regular competitions. A picturesque course at Tin Can Bay also attracts all golf addicts from this area. Darts, Pool, Yoga, Tai Chi, Sailing, Pilates, Zumba, Fitness Classes (see What’s On)


Rainbow Getaway Holiday Resort 07 54863500

plus... Heritage Trail Clubs, Restaurants and Eateries (many are Breastfeeding Welcome Here venues)

Rainbow Waters Holiday Park 07 54863200 Sleepy Lagoon Hotel/Motel 07 54864124

Library (Internet and Xbox) Pamper Yourself- Massages, Hair Salon and Beauty Treatments Playgrounds, Skatepark, Bike riding

To list your business here phone 07 5486 3561

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annual events Januar y “Brushes by the Sea” Rainbow Beach Art & Craft Festival Februar y Cooloola Crocs Swimming Carnival April Anzac Day Parade May Bay to Bay Yacht Race June/July Rainbow Beach Fishing Competition June 28-July 6 August Rainbow Beach Triathlon September Tin Can Bay Seafood, Boat and Camping Show October Rainbow Beach Fours Bowls Tournament


October Rainbow Beach Nippers and Masters Carnivals November Rainbow Beach/Trail Runs December Tin Can Bay Foreshore Family Nights See our What’s On page for more on Things to Do. Suggestions, amendments or to add your business to the visitor guide please call 07 5486 3561 or email info@ . Thanks to Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service for their assistance.


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ACCOMMODATION Cooloola Coast Realty Rainbow Getaway Holiday Resort Rainbow Beach Realty

ADVENTURE Skydive Rainbow Beach Rainbow Beach Surf Centre




07 5486 3411 Rainbow Beach Meats 07 5486 3500 CABINET 07 5486 3900 Cooloola Coast Cabinets

07 5486 3230

MAKER 07 5488 0443

0418 218 358 0408 738 192

AIR CONDITIONING Cooloola Coast Refrigeration

07 5486 4499

ANTENNA SALES Saturn Antennas

1800 443 471

BAIT & TACKLE Chilly Bin Rainbow Beach Camping & Disposal

BAKERY Ed’s Beach Bakery Rainbow Beach Pies & Cakes

07 5486 3788 07 5486 8100


07 5486 3080 Whatever Cabinet 07 5486 3454

07 5486 4004

BLINDS Gympie Blinds

07 5482 3166


Café Jillarty Cafe to the Max Coloured Sands Café Temptations By The Water

Ian Postle Marriage Celebrant Nikki Goodwin Celebrant 07 5486 3277 07 5486 4344 07 5486 3143 07 5486 4442

CAMPING SUPPLIES Rainbow Beach Hardware Rainbow Beach Camping Disposal

07 5486 3444 07 5486 8100

CAR CLEANING Cooloola Mobile Car Cleaning

0401 495 473

CARAVAN PARK Rainbow Beach Holiday Village Rainbow Waters Holiday Park Whatever

07 5486 3222 07 5486 3200 07 5486 4004

CARPET CLEANERS BOAT HIRE Carlo Point Boat Hire Tin Can Bay Boat Hire

Benn’ys Carpet Cleaning

0407 764 661


0421 600 148

0427 743 427 0408 329 167


07 5486 4744

BOOKEEPERS All About Bookkeeping

0404 333 882

BUILDERS Kj Homes Mark Daniels Homes

07 5486 2820 07 5486 4853

BUILDING/RENOVATIONS Rainbow Remodeling & Repairs (see page44)

0417 728 510

0439 739 360 0407 583 561

Trades and Services CLEANING Sid Gilmore

Page 41 Owens Handy Man Services

07 5486 3500


CLUBS / RESTAURANTS Black Cockatoo Marina Bar & Grill Rainbow Beach Sports Club Rainbow Beach Surf Club Waterview Restaurant

0427 719 218

07 5486 4222


07 5486 3191 07 5486 3249 07 5486 8344

COMPUTERS Andy Feldman 0437 880 519

CONCRETING Moppz Concrete


0413 060 797


CO MOPPZ Troy Rowley

Concreting Contractor ABN 64-930-176-411

• House Slabs • Garage Slabs • Driveways • Paths

FLOORING Dodt’s Floor Coverings (see page 13)

07 5482 6988 07 5486 3607

FURNITURE Davies Furniture


0417 073 313 HARDWARE 07 5486 3150 Mitre 10 0408 767 930 Rainbow Beach Hardware

FOOD WHOLESALERS Cooloola Wholesale

07 5482 3889

GAS Bob & Chris

07 5486 2000 07 5486 3444

HIRE SERVICES Cooloola Hire (see page 43)

07 5486 2822

HOME LOANS Wide Bay Australia

0408 455 812

HOT WATER Gympie Solar Centre

07 5486 7656

0400 657 797

Rainbow Beach & Fraser Island

Also specialising in; • Stamp • Concrete Stencil • Exposed Seeded Concrete Phone: 5486 3914 Mobile: 0413 060 797 Concrete Edging

Double Island Point Fishing Charters Keely Rose Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters


0421 348 884

Gas Supplies Servicing the Cooloola Coast e:

0400 657 797

HOTEL Rainbow Beach Hotel

07 5486 9090

JUICE BAR Rainbow Juice Bar

0408 738 192

KENNELS Gympie Cooloola Pet Resort

07 5483 5364

GLASS & ALUMINIUM Lighthouse (see page 44)

0459 162 378

GOLF CLUB Rainbow Shores Social Golf Club

0429 668 255

HAIR &BEAUTY Rainbow Beach Hair & Beauty Studio Serenity Beauty

CRAFT AND FASHIONS Cooloola Craft & Fashions


07 5486 4107 Bessie

CURTAINS AND BLINDS Cooloola Curtains & Blinds

07 5486 4030

DENTIST Cooloola Smiles Channon Dental

07 5486 4800 07 5482 7688

DIVING Wolf Rock Dive

0438 740 881

DRIVING SCHOOL Bay & Beach Driving School

0418 743 727

ELECTRICIAN Cookies Electrical & Antenna

0407 022 159

Smiley Mick Electrical

0448 955 768

07 5486 3533 0438 868 116

07 5486 3561


0427 671 074

LANDSCAPING SUPPLIES Cooloola Cove Landscaping

07 5488 0222

Trades and Services

Page 42 LAWYERS Cosgroves Lawyers Power And Cartwright

OUTBOARD SERVICE & REPAIRS 07 3371 9199 07 5482 1077

Pete Walsh Service & Repair

0413 830 690

MASSAGE Rainbow Beach Massage

07 5486 8388

MECHANICAL Bayside Mechanical (see page ??) Rainbow Beach Auto Group Rainbow Beach Rustproofing & Mechanical

07 ???? ???? 07 5486 8555 07 5486 3228

PAINTERS Brad Swan Painters

0413 997 125

Tin Can Bay Painting Services

0438 862 283

Wiggins Painters

0409 986 733

MINI STORAGE Cooloola Tin Can Bay Mini Storage

Rainbow Beach Tyre & Mechanical

1300 727 025

07 5486 3144

Rainbow Beach Tyre & Mechanical -All Mechanical repairs-Free Old Car Removal -All makes & Models -Aluminium Tig Welding & -Second Hand Parts -Metal Fabrication -New & Used Tyres -Clutch & Brake Repairs

MOWING AND MAINTENANCE Tin Can Bay Mowers Hueys Mowing & Maintenance

9 Karoonda Rd Rainbow Beach

Ph: 54863144

METAL CRAFT Cooloola Metal Craft

0437 424 102

07 5486 2285 0418 786 472

Trades and Services Page 43 PANEL BEATER Tin Can Bay Bodyworks

PLUMBERS 07 5486 4233 Rendell Plumbing

0422 456 968

Cooloola Coast Realty Rainbow Beach Cooloola Waters Retiremnt Village Pradella Group Professionals Rainbow Beach Realty Tuncunba Dolphin Waters Resort

0411 093 389 0411 441 706 0428 726 272 07 5488 0734 07 5486 3900 0418 749 723 07 5486 2600

REMOVALS Tin Can Bay Furniture Removals

0437 119 980

RESTAURANT Pavilion Restaurant Royal Palace Indian Restaurant Waterview Black Cockatoo Marina Bar And Grill


PEST CONTROL Beach To Bay Pest Control

07 5486 3777 07 5486 3452 07 5486 8344 07 5486 4222 07 5486 4400

Checkout Charlies Cooloola Cove Shopping Centre Rainbow Clobber Rainbow Beach Tourist Centre Rainbow Beach Trading Company Shell Tourist Centre

0413 524 941

07 5486 8400 07 5486 3333 07 5486 5588 07 5486 6688

SEAFOOD Lees Fishing Ocean Breeze Seafood/Soapy

07 5486 4137 07 5486 3152

SIGNAGE Tin Can Bay Plumbing

0417 074 297

Tin Can Bay Signs

07 5486 2887

POOL SUPPLIES Indoors/Outdoors

07 5486 4352

POST OFFICE Rainbow Beach Post Office Tin Can Bay Post Office

07 5486 3214 07 5486 2279


Rainbow Beach Pharmacy

Gympie Printing

07 5482 6555


07 5486 3070 4Rent4sale Pty Ltd

07 5486 4577

Would you like to access Rainbow Beach Cooloola Cove Community News online? Go ahead and register your name online this month (you’ll be able to add your email address for notifications soon). Visit http://rainbowbeach or email SOLAR Gympie Solar Centre

07 5482 7656


07 5486 3629 07 5486 8700

TATTOO Tattoo & Bodypiercing

0439 825 136

TAXI Rainbow Beach Taxi

0411 072 349

TOURIST INFORMATION Rainbow Beach Tourist Centre

07 5486 3333

TOURS Dolphin Ferry Cruise Surf & Sand Safaris Rainbow Beach Horserides

0428 838 836 07 5486 3131 0412 174 337

VET SERVICES Gympie Vet Services

07 5486 4666

Local Groups

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SOUNDWAVES Jam by Frank Barille


ore than thirty people attended two hours of merriment of playing, dancing and singing at the first Soundwaves Jam on Sunday 14th April. Was that a bus from Tin Can Bay and Cooloola Cove? Consisting of structured songs as per cheat sheets to impromptu jamming the mix of entertainment was wide and varied. From Casey Chambers and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, to the Eagles, CCR, Irish Jigs and stories, to Johnny Cash, Gershwin, Nancy Sinatra the list goes on and on……………..

The musicians were Sarah (Bodikin), Big John (Lagerphone), Dave (Guitar), Lucien (Guitar & Banjo), Isabella (Mandolin), Andy (Guitar), Neil (open backed banjo), Frank (Guitar & Banjo) and Ron (Guitar) & Len on occaisonal harp. The show ended with a breakout of vocalist’ sopranos to Jackson Browne’s “Stay”. The next activity is the second concert “Soundwaves Session 2” on the 5th May at 3pm, the second Sunday being Mother’s day. We have Chrystelle returning to Rainbow with a mix of covers and self compositions. Noel-

Art Festival Benefits Playgroup by Peggy Howe


he Rainbow Beach Arts Festival organisers, Peggy Howe and Bev Starr together with the Rainbow Beach Sports

and Rec. Club manager Rick Modin have presented the proceeds of $ 1447.00 from the recent annual “Brushes by the Sea” to the local playgroup of Rainbow Beach.

Playgroup’s Tina McCall receives Art Festival funds from Bev Starr, Peggy Howe and Rick Modin

The grateful parents will be using the monies to fund a Sing Grow Together; music through the day  therapy program. This is a one hour workshop run by a qualified music therapist and will  start on May 14 from 10 to 11 am. Foldaway chairs and tables for the children to participate in craft activities are also to be purchased from the proceeds.

la Dwyer, Qld Country Singer of 2012 (Masters) will be performing with husband Stan. Two new acts emanating from the Jam will be there, and of

course the old regulars. Be there - 3pm at the Rainbow Beach Community Hall. Enquiries to Frank 0438080950 or the RBCC 54863355.

COOLOOLA COAST GARDEN GROUP We meet on the second Thursday of each month from February to December. Our meetings are at a different garden each month. Every garden is unique... Large...Small... Tropical...Native...Eclectic...Wallum...Cottage. And some with a collection of all of the above. We have a relaxing afternoon... wandering at leisure throughout the garden... Learning …sharing knowledge... swapping plants & cuttings... and we finish with Afternoon Tea and Friendship. On occasions we have bus trips, and we invite speakers and or demonstrators to chat about the various aspects of “All things plants and associates”. Our April meeting was a great success. The weather stayed fine for the whole af-

ternoon and then rained again at 5pm. How lucky we were! Jo and Charlie have done a splendid job of transforming their garden. The photos of the garden when they moved in, is vastly different to today’s garden, which is a credit to them both. Of course Charlie’s “Man Shed” was a great attraction for members both the men and the women, with his motorbikes and all things “mechanical”. So there was something for everyone! Our NEXT MEETING is on Thursday 9th MAY at the private Gardens of: Carole And Irene (2 Gardens To Visit), 4 Olympia Court, Cooloola Cove, 1.30pm Start, BRING A CHAIR and CUP, SWAP TABLE – plants and cuttings, Afternoon Tea – “Bring a Plate”, $2.00 Fee (for Bus Trips) Enquiries: Colleen 5488 0309

Jokes/Kate’s Kid’s Corner A day at the races Two female teachers took a group of students from grades 1, 2 and 3 for a field trip to the Epsom Racecourse. When it was time to take the children to the ‘bathroom’, it was decided that the girls would go with one teacher and the boys would go with the other. The teacher assigned to the boys was waiting outside the men’s toilet when one of the boys came out and told her that none of them could reach the urinal. Having no choice, she went inside, helped the little boys with their pants, and began hoisting them up one by one, holding on to them to direct the flow away from their clothes. As she lifted one boy up, she couldn’t help but notice that he was unusually well endowed. Trying not to show that she was staring the teacher said, ‘You must be in Grade 3?’ ‘No ma’am’, he replied. ‘I’m riding Silver Arrow in the seventh race, but I appreciate your help.’ Help Guy at work receives a text message from his wife: “Windows completely frozen. What do I do?” He texts back: “Pour luke warm water over” A few moments later the wife texts back: “Well, that’s the computer totally ****** now!” Facelift A woman decides to have a facelift for her 50th birthday. She spends $15,000 and feels pretty good about the results. On her way home, she stops at a news stand to buy a newspaper. Before leaving, she says to the clerk, ‘I hope you don’t mind my asking, but how old do you think I am?’ ‘About 32,’ is the reply. ‘Nope! I’m exactly 50,’ the woman says happily. A little while later she goes into McDonald’s and asks the counter girl the very same question. The girl replies, ‘I’d guess about 29.’ The woman replies with a big smile, ‘Nope, I’m 50.’ Now she’s feeling really good about herself. She stops in a drug store on her way down the street. She goes up to the counter to get some mints and asks the clerk this burning question. The clerk responds, ‘Oh, I’d say 30.’ Again she proudly responds, ‘I’m 50, but thank you!’ While waiting for the bus to go home, she asks an old man waiting next to her the same question.

‘I was behind you in McDonald’s.’ Female Pilot

Mine Paddy says to Mick: “I found this pen. Is it your’s?” Mick says: “Don’t know, give it here.” He tries it and says “Yes, it’s mine!” “How did you know”, asks Paddy. “That’s my handwriting, says Mick. Generous My wife and I walked past a swanky restaurant the other night. “Did you smell that food?”, asked my wife, “It was incredible!” Being the nice guy that I am I thought, “What the hell, I’ll treat her.” So we walked past the restaurant again! A Great Weekend A balding, white haired man from Naples, Florida, walked into a jewellery store this past Friday evening with a beautiful much younger gal at his side. He told the jeweller he was looking for a special ring for his girlfriend. The jeweller looked through his stock and brought out a $5,000 ring. The man said, ‘No, I’d like to see something more special.’ At that statement, the jeweller went to his special stock and brought another ring over. ‘Here’s a stunning ring at only $40,000 the jeweller said. The lady’s eyes sparkled and her whole body trembled with excitement. The old man seeing this said, ‘We’ll take it.’

On Monday morning, the jeweller angrily phoned the old man and said ‘There’s no money in that account.’ ‘I know,’ said the old man, ‘But let me tell you about MY GREAT WEEKEND!’ Bee Gee fans Barry Gibb asked the undertakers if Robin could be buried next to his twin brother Maurice, the grave digger said “depends..How deep is your bruv?” Robin gone, Maurice gone, at least Barry’s stayin’ alive.

It sounds very forward, but it requires you to let me put my hands under your bra. Then, and only then can I tell you EXACTLY how old you are.’

Joe was an accomplished golfer, but at 80 years of age he had to face the fact that his playing days were numbered.

After a couple of minutes of this, she says, ‘Okay, okay...How old am I?’ He completes one last squeeze of her breasts, removes his hands, and says, ‘Madam, you are 50.’ Stunned and amazed, the woman says, ‘That was incredible, how could you tell?’ The old man says, ‘Promise you won’t get mad?’ ‘I promise I won’t,’ she says.

Image taken from the Steve Parish Australian Wetlands Colouring Book, supplied courtesy of Pascal Press Pty Ltd.

The jeweller asked how payment would be made and the man stated, ‘by check. I know you need to make sure my check is good, so I’ll write it now and you can call the bank Monday to verify the funds and I’ll pick the ring up Monday afternoon.’

I hate these Robin Gibb jokes. It’s a tragedy...

He slips both of his hands under her blouse and begins to feel around very slowly and carefully. He bounces and weighs each breast and he gently pinches each nipple. He pushes her breasts together and rubs them against each other.

Kate’s Kid’s Corner

I was on a plane the other day and you would NOT believe it. There were two guys in the row in front of me complaining about the pilot being a woman. “Jeez, I thought, you sexist, misoginist pigs - it’s not like she’ll have to reverse the thing is it!”

He replies, I’m 78 and my eyesight is going. Although, when I was young, there was a sure-fire way to tell how old a woman was.

They wait in silence on the empty street until her curiosity gets the best of her. She finally blurts out, ‘What the hell, go ahead.’

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Old Golfers

The chief problem was his eyesight, and after a particularly frustrating round he told his wife he was quitting. “Oh, that’s a shame, darling,” she replied. “Why not take your brother-in-law Ted with you next time. I’m sure he could help.” “No, that wouldn’t do any good, he’s 90 years old, after all.” “Yes, darling, but his eyesight is perfect.” “Oh, that’s true I suppose,” Joe replied and resolved to take Ted with him to the golf course the following day The next day, Joe watched the ball leap from his club after a healthy swing off the 1st tee, but quickly lost sight of it. “Did you see where it went?” he asked his brother-in-law. “Of course I did, I have excellent eyesight” replied Ted. “Well, where did it go then?” “I can’t remember.”

With thanks from Rainbow Beach Library and National Parks and Wildlife.

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Easter Out and About

Annie and Dee White at our gorgeous Double Island Point

Easter weekend saw plenty of people make the most of the brilliant weather

Hunta, Mavrick and Katherine Hammond spent Easter Sunday making sandcastles

Noosa resident, Matthew Bermingham didn’t let the Easter crowds get in the way of his boogie board. Matthew regularly visits his grandmother Annette Collins in Rainbow



Warrior Age Championships

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Tin Can Bay Golf

ongratulations to our 2012/13 Age champions Annalise White, Jorja Duggan, Kyani Parton, Julia Allen Best and Jack Gilmore. There was a lot of Personal Bests, everybody stepped  up for the  occasion.  A special mention,  Julia Allen Best took out the handicapped “Warrior Classic” (only just), over Annalise and Jack for third!  It was another amazing night, some great performances from both club members and friends. There was lots of fun too at our Bring a Friend night. In between the serious age championships, there was time for visitors to have a go and they all enjoyed the friendly rivalry (not quite as much as they enjoyed the relays, Easter Egg Hunt and the yummy Mexican dinner).

Warrior Hannah Hanson welcomed Luxie- Leigh Duffy, Ryan Sharman, Amber and Chloe Daniels to the fun club night

Coach Kirsten Porter presented every member a certificate, with a special individual mention that gave parents insight into how their children performed in training. Julia Allen Best and Kate Gilmore were pronounced Club Captains for 2013/14 and then thanked Kirsten and the whole Aquatic Centre and Sports Club team for the successful season.

Regular training resumed Monday April 8th, after the Swimfit clinic the previous week. Winter is great time to gain a lot of fitness, especially for those close to state qualifying times, it’s an important time to train. There has been some changes to the training timetable for the winter period including designated gym times, so be sure to grab a copy from pool deck. Finally Winter club nights started on the 18th of April and run fortnightly until September which will mark the beginning of our Summer season! (There are lots more photos on the website and the swim club facebook page).

Nicholas White concentrates through the egg and spoon relay

Mykalya Daniels, Sarah Speirs, Zaraya Grosskopf, Keely Falconer had a great time at Swim Club Fun Night

Warrior Age Champions for 2012/13: Jack Gilmore (14&over), Julia Allan-Best (12&13), Jorja Duggan (8&9), Kyani Parton (10&11), Annie White (7&under)

Runners Up and winners (centre) of Wednesday 10th April Ladies 4BBB vs Par as pictures is from left Tina Guy, Helen Joyce, Lyn Wong and Bobbie Watson.

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Crocs receive $9000 to “Get Going” C

lub night has wound up for the summer season but the Club is already preparing for the 2013/2014 season. Many members will continue to compete and train throughout the winter period for all the Short Course Championships and State Championships.

Burnett Fraser Championships Personal Bests were had by all but Hayley Carnellor, Nemani Ranuve and Madalyn Reibel were really showing some impressive pb’s. Our medallists on the day were Nikki Reibel with a silver in the Girl’s 10 years 200m Freestyle; Paige Reibel with three Gold (14 Years 100m Breaststroke & 100m Freestyle, 200m Freestyle) and Silver in 200IM and Kirsten Kenney with five Gold (15 Years & Over 200IM, 100m Butterfly, 100m Backstroke, 100m Breaststroke & 100m Freestyle) and one Silver in 200m Freestyle as well as claiming Girls 15 Years & Over Age Champion of the Meet. Pier to Pub Ocean

Tin Can Bay P-10 State School Volleyball have also received federal funding of $3000 for the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup from the Australian Local Sporting Champions program.

Swim Classic -Kirsten swam 1.6km taking out 3rd place with a Bronze medal. Wide Bay Regional Championships Congratulations to Paige Reibel and Kirsten Kenney on your great swims and personal best times. Kirsten took silver in the Girls 14 years 100m Butterfly and Bronze in both the Women’s Open 100m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly. Funding The Cooloola Coast Crocs have received $9000 through the Queensland Government National Parks, Recreation, Sport & Racing’s ‘Get Going Program’. This will allow the Crocs to purchase new training equipment for in the pool, and equipment for dry land training, close to $4000 worth of equipment. With this new equipment, the Crocs will be hosting a Boot Camp in September to start the swimming season. This awesome boot camp, with our equipment purchase, will be an exciting introduction to swimming for new members & will prove advantageous to the club and our community giving all ages an insight

Thomas & Kirsten Kenney - Region Representatives for QLD Secondary State Swimming Championships

into what is available in our small community. So stay tuned, the ‘Crocs Boot Camp’ will be occurring in September.

Tin Can Bay Juniors

Tackle State Competition

Julia Allan-Best, Shervawn Wilson, Jenny Cochrane, Kain Wallis, Caysee Wilson and Kiara Wilson with coach Kelvin Young

by Steven Campbell


he Tin Can Bay Junior’s Bowl Club entered the Queensland State bowling competition for the second year running. It was held on Bribie Island over three bowls clubs from the second to the tenth of April. Junior’s and adults from all over Queensland entered the competition. With fierce dedication the nine juniors performed well over eight days with varying success. The idea for the team came though dedicated people like Kelvin Young who has been coaching for over twelve years he was quoted as saying “The idea for the juniors bowl club came about to get kids of the streets as Tin Can Bay does not have a lot of activities for the juniors in the area”. The team’s success came through hard work by parents, coaches and staff, not to mention the kids themselves who train twice a week and play on Saturday against all ages. The parents and staff donate their spare time by operating stalls to fund raise money so the kids can compete on the weekends. The eight days cost the junior club six thousand dollars, and now the Federal Government has allocated three thousand dollars towards the running cost of the club. If you can help the Tin Can Bay Juniors please contact Ken Hammond on 0407117752.

Shervawn Wilson on the green


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Rainbow Shores Golf Club News by Mary Cottam


ongratulations to Adam Scott for his big golf win in the US Masters. Loved the course, figured that even I may have a chance of putting on those greens, then again maybe not!!! Jay Kent, Café Hilarity, sponsored the golf major for our club in March, and the prizes all stayed down at the Shores! Congratulations to Rob Young (1st), John Craig (2nd) and Marie Young (3rd). The most recent Fun Day was a ‘String’. This was definitely Trevor Ansell’s day when Trevor collected most of the Balls for being Nearest to the Pin. Trevor and his playing partner Dave were the standout winners on the day, followed by Sandra and Don in second place with Lionel and Mal and Wendy and Alan, tying for third place. Ladies’ Day: recent winners have been Wendy Mc Farlane, Denise Kirwan and

Dawn King. Since the weather has started to be kinder to golfers, i.e. not too hot and not too wet, a good number of ladies have been coming on Tuesday mornings. New people are always welcome. Chook Run: Always great attendance on a Thursday afternoon, Paul Scott and Mal Tolhurst along with myself won recently, and I was just about as excited as Adam Scott. Weekly Comp: Winners during April were Trevor Ansell, Mal Tolhurst and Gil Veitch. Well done guys. There will be two Majors in the next 4 weeks, our sponsors being Bitchy Chix on 21st April and the The Club on 19th May. Many thanks to all of our sponsors who supply some excellent prizes, and welcome to the new members who have joined us recently. Enjoy your golf everyone,

Jay presents John with his prize

Golden ‘Oldies’ Secure Silver Medal Funds available for Youth the last 50 metres of the 200 metre race, and they crossed the line four or five strokes ahead of our crew. A great effort by our paddlers and congratulations on bringing home the silver medal! We only had one other 10’s crew racing at the event, again, a women’s crew. The Grand Masters division (50+ years) was strongly contested, with 9 crews entered and despite paddling a very solid race, we fell short of making it through to the final by just 1.15 seconds, only one stroke!

Go Cooloola! at the Dragon Boat State Titles, Kawana by Sherry Fuller, Cooloola Dragon Boat Club


ay sees the start of the Wide Bay Series kicking off at Hervey Bay on Saturday, 11 May. We are back in training determined to impress this year. This year’s Queensland Dragon Boat Federation Club Crew Championships (aka State Titles) were held over the weekend of March 23rd and 24th at Lake Kawana on the Sunshine Coast. Once again the strongest competition emanated from the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas, with the ‘stand out’ crews this year being from Te Waka Dragon Boat Club

and the Manly Dragon Boat Club. However, our neighbours from the Sunshine Coast Dragon Boat Club proved to be somewhat of a dark horse this year, performing very well in both the standard 20’s and the small 10’s crews. This year’s State Titles saw the inclusion of a Great Grand Dragons age division ( 60+ years) and the local Cooloola Dragon Boat Club had a women’s team entered in the small crew racing (10 paddlers per crew). Our ladies got off to a great start and held their ground against the opposition. However, the very formidable Burleigh Fire Dragons managed to take a good lead over

We are looking forward to ‘recruiting ‘ new paddlers during the ‘off season’ and with competition categories spanning from Juniors right through to 60+ years, dragon boating is for everyone!...... Thanks to the sponsorship from the Sleepy Lagoon Hotel/Motel we have a new boat cover ordered for our older boat Puff who is still a valued part of our club. Thanks also to the Professionals Tin Can Bay, our new sponsor’s, we will be the proud owners of stylish new race shirts. Come try paddling. Thursday 4.00pm, Sunday 8.00am. We meet near the Yacht Club hardstand. Contact Gayle 5486 2929 or Sandra 5486 2695 for more details.

and Children to Sail

P a t r i c k , Vice-President


s I write this, Barry our President is still ‘enjoying’ the delights of the Wesley Hospital but I Our lucky numbers winner was Dianne with am assured that he Marg and Patrick, Tin Can Bay Market will be ‘let out’ very soon. It has been over 2 months that Barry has been under the tender care of the medical profession and I’m sure that he will be very glad to be home. We wish him a very speedy recovery. In conversation with a member of Sailability, the suggestion was made ’What about Sailability operating on a Saturday morning’ this would not replace our normal Friday operational day but would indeed be an extra session, not every week but perhaps once a month. The idea behind the suggestion is that most of our volunteers are retired and if we were to offer a Saturday we may encourage some new members that may be still working but would like to volunteer once a month. More importantly the idea is that we could offer our services for anyone who has a disability/difficulties but are unable to come on a Friday. There is funding available for children and young people to become involved in recreation activities, with the next round of applications open from the 15th July. At Sailability we do offer our sailors the opportunity of being part of a ‘Pathways program’ where they can obtain recognition of their participation and sailing abilities. If you are interested in Sailability operating on Saturday, either as a volunteer or as a sailor, I would be happy to hear from you (5486 2783).

What’s On

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1-18 Maryborough Shopping 1800’s style and Historic Hospitals,National Trust Heritage Festival 1-31 Maryborough WWI CentenaryPreliminary Event, National Trust Heritage Festival 2 Quilter’s Mystery Trip 2



Cooloola Cove Markets

4-5 Bay to Bay Yacht Race 4-5 Warbirds 4-5 2013 Gympie Enduro X and Trail Ride, Kilkivan


Dragonboat – Come and Try


Simply Classical Concert 2pm St Pat’s Catholic Church Gympie


Art and Craft, Good Shepherd Church Hall


Music Plus Cooloola Cove



June 1 Country Music Evening 5pm 54868459 9

Melanoma Fundraiser, Surf Club


Soundwaves 3pm


Queen’s Birthday Weekend

14-16 Cooloola Coast Art Group Art

Exhibition,Tuncunba Hall


Fishing Comp begins

Soundwaves 3pm, Rainbow Beach Hall


Mother’s Day Morning Tea at Playgroup 10.30am


Over 60’s


Zone Cross Country


Quilter AGM


Grade 8,10 Vaccination Program Tin Can Bay


Cooloola Cross Country

Rainbow 1230pm


Garden Group 1.30pm Tin Can Bay School

Zumba 5-6pm Rainbow Beach Hall 0437 117 891


Grant Workshop 6pm – 9pm, Gympie Civic Centre

Rainbow Beach Prayer Group Fridays 10am


Athletics Carnival RBSS

Karate, School


Cooloola Cove Mother’s Day Family Fun Day 9am-noon


Mother’s Day Walk for Cancer




Quilters Friendship Day/Quilt Show & Tell


Art and Craft, Good Shepherd Church Hall


Sing and Grow Together: Music Through the Day, 10-11am, Hall 0428 904 970

14-16 NAPLAN testing 15

Tin Can Bay Library Camera

Club 7pm

16-18 Gympie Show 17 Gympie Show Day Holiday 18 Tin Can Bay Markets 18

Italian Night Over 60’s


Shores Golf Major


Bookfest Tin Can Bay School


Quilters UFO


Trivia Night Cooloola Coast

Medical Transport 6.30pm RSL Hall

Weekly Learn to Swim, Squad, Gym call Rainbow Beach Aquatic Centre 07 5486 3191


Hatha Yoga (Rishi) 9 -10:30am Rainbow Shores 0432 952 812 Library


Tuesday Hatha Yoga (Rishi) 6AM to 7:30AM Rainbow Shores 0432 952 812 Rainbow Beach Playgroup 9.3011am Community Hall Golf – Ladies Day 0429 668 255 Quilters 9-12 Pilates 9.15-10.15am light Pilates 10.15-11am, Tin Can Bay Resistance circuit 4.30 – 5.30 pm, school Circuit 6-7pm Aquatic Centre Gym 07 5486 3191

Wednesday Mahjong/Games Mornings 9am Rainbow Beach Library 2-5pm Karate, School Boxercise 4.30 – 5.15 pm same time as karate, school 5PM to 6:30PM Hatha Yoga (Rishi) 0432 952 812

Thursday Aqua Aerobics, Aquatic Centre 9am Beach


Swim Club 5pm 07 5486 3191 (every second) Hatha Yoga (Rishi) 5PM to 6:30PM Rainbow Shores 0432 952 812

Friday Hatha Yoga (Rishi) 9 -10:30am Rainbow Shores 0432 952 812 10 Prayer Group , Church Good Shepherd Rainbow Beach Library 2-5pm Sailability

Saturday Rainbow Beach Library 8.30-11.30am Hatha Yoga (Rishi) 9 -10:30am Rain-



Cardio Kickbox 4.30 – 5.30pm, school


Coast Guard Tin Can Bay’s

Rainbow 1230pm


Annual Charity Golf & Bowls

Golf Chook Run 3pm

Day 10.30pm Golf, 1pm Bowls

Cooloola Dragon Boat Club 4pm

bow Shores 0432 952 812 Aqua Aerobics, 10.15am



Tai chi 9- 10am, Rainbow Sands Conference Room

Sunday Cooloola Dragon Boat Club 8am Church Services: Catholic 7am, Anglican 9am Kid’s Supervised Play Times, Aquatic Centre 2.30-3.30pm

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

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