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MORE TO LOVE The editor’s desk It seems a fair call by the Noosa Commercial Boatmans Association for more public consultation on the Draft Noosa River Plan (story page 6). There's a wide range of commercial and recreational users of the river and everyone with a stake in its future is entitled to have their views heard by the council. The Boatmans Association has raised some 'crux issues' about the Noosa River including water quality, public safety and government regulation - and these are worthy of further and detailed consideration. What is not in question is that the Noosa River is a vital lifeline for the community both from a commercial and a community perspective it's vital to achieve the right balance when it comes to its ongoing management planning. - Jeremy Sollars
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SCREEN TIME A CONCERN? Are our kids spending too much time on their devices - or is that a silly question? Push for more time to be spent in the great outdoors - page 9.
YOUR SAY Noosa Today readers have their say on everything from traffic to dirt roads to bushfires - letters, page 14.
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THIS WEEK WE’RE TALKING ABOUT…
The current state of Heritage Park, Tewantin.
NEGLECTED BUSHLAND A RISK BY ROSE ASTLEY Tewantin and Noosaville residents are becoming increasingly concerned as the fire season still looms and, according to residents, the Noosa Shire council disregards the increasing fire risk that lies extremely close to properties. Areas such as Heritage Park in Tewantin are a ticking time bomb due to the amount of dry leaf litter that has built up over years of neglect. Residents who have lived in the area for 12 years have not seen the council do any maintenance work in the bushland except cut the grass in the park. Fears were escalated recently when the surrounding residents were evacuated due to the Cooroibah fires just kilometres away. All it would have taken is an ember to land in the tinder filled bushland and hundreds of homes would have been at risk of being destroyed. Mayoral candidate Tony Wellington said in an unrelated statement that council needs to rethink their approach to fire in the Noosa Shire. “Noosa Council has long carried out controlled burning during the winter months when conditions are appropriate. noosatoday.com.au
Built up leaf litter and dead palm fronds.
Bushland right at the backdoor for this property. “This is done in conjunction with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services as well as Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. “With the fire season beginning earlier in the year, the window of opportunity for such hazard reduction burning is shrinking, which is why we need to rethink our approach,” Mr Wellington said in his statement. Though residents believe it is not a matter of controlled burning in the
area, rather time spent maintaining the bushland and reducing the risk of catastrophic fires. Environmental Services Manager Craig Doolan claim that staff inspect areas across the shire to ensure risks are reduced where possible. “We’ve been reviewing access for emergency services across our network of reserves within the Noosa Bushlands and Parklands estate,” Mr Doolan said. “Many of these areas already
have fire access trails and we have identified the need for further work in some sections of Heritage Park, which would be carried out in due course. “Council managed parklands within the Noosa Bushlands and Parklands Estate offer significant environmental and recreational opportunities, so it’s always a careful balancing act,” Mr Doolan said. Mr Doolan said given last year’s events, increased anxiety within the community is understandable and residents are encouraged to take necessary precautions and develop a bushfire survival plan. “Hazard reduction burns are just one of many factors considered when determining how best to manage the potential risk in certain areas,” Mr Doolan said. ●
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COVER STORY Tourism Noosa CEO Melanie Anderson joins the Team Noosa team to announce generous assistance for bushfire victims.
BACK IN NOOSA...
AND LOVING IT! BY ROSE ASTLEY oosa’s new tourism boss Melanie Anderson has quite a few titles under her belt. Experience in finance took her to London and event management landed her a position at Lake Louise in the beautiful Canadian Rockies. But the breathtaking scenery and ample opportunities that the Noosa region has on offer was enough to bring Melanie home, and to keep her here. Melanie studied a Bachelor of Business and Tourism Management at the University of Queensland and then dabbled in work with the Queensland Government including Aviation and Aerospace Defence and as general manager for Tourism Industry Development, where she was responsible for attracting national and international investments into tourism infrastructure. In October 2019, Melanie landed her current position of chief executive officer for Tourism Noosa, a local body which is responsible for marketing and sustainable tourism growth in the Noosa region, and she is absolutely thriving in her new role. “I’m absolutely loving it, it’s such an amazing opportunity for me,“ she beams. “The product being Noosa and the Hinterland- it’s the most amazing piece of real estate in all of Australia, so it’s an easy job in that regard,” Melanie said. Melanie has hit the ground running with Tourism Noosa. In December Hastings Street welcomed its new and stylish
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Inspiration Centre, which is expected to inject more tourist dollars into Noosa and boost the local economy. In the first few weeks of 2020, Tourism Noosa decided that it was in a position to give a taste of Noosa to those who have so deeply been affected by the recent bushfires, and came up with the Team Noosa Bushfire Appeal, which has already seen over $100,000 in holiday stays and flights donated. The donations will be given to NSW Rural Fire Service, Victorian Country Fire Authority, South Australian Country Fire Service and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and will either be distributed to firefighters, displaced families or auctioned off to raise more funds. “Noosa is a much loved holiday destination for our southern friends and as a community we want to demonstrate our collective community support and offer mini breaks that will give the fire victims and hardworking firefighters a welldeserved break,” Melanie said. “Whilst many individuals are donating to the various appeals, our tourism industry has come together to provide a range of holiday experiences including accommodation, tours and dining experiences. Our Noosa Weddings Organisation have even offered assistance with weddings for those affected by fires. “Together with cash donations which will go towards flights, we are wanting to bring some joy and hope back to these regional communities who have lost so much.”
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CEO Noosa Tourism, Melanie Anderson. With the school holidays in full swing, Melanie has noticed the tension between tourists and Noosa residents with the amplified amount of people flocking to the beaches and the National Park. “It’s an issue that a lot of different destinations have, it’s not just unique to here, definitely along the coast of Australia, and it’s the same with all regional towns having a huge population influx at certain periods of the year. “I think it is a bit of a balance, it’s also an educational process too, and it’s working with the community and working with the council. “ An idea which has seemingly worked well this year is the free Loop Buses that run from various different destinations to help ease the traffic congestion in Hasting Street and surrounds. “The free buses this year worked amazing, I’ve had so much feedback from tourists and operators saying that it helped so much and that there was a great vibe in town. “There was a little bit of agro I saw on Facebook about driving, but for a couple of weeks a year that’s going to be our reality.“ The tourism industry brings over a billion dollars into the Noosa economy every year, and Melanie believes it’s important for residents to understand that price that comes with living in a place that is like tourism gold. “We’ve got the stats to prove it, noosatoday.com.au
they bring in over a billion dollars of revenue to this region and that then is extrapolated out to all the businesses here and not just the tourist businesses. “It goes on to the laundries that do the sheets and towels, it goes into
the petrol stations and the cafes and restaurants, but also into the grocery shops, it’s a long arm that reaches out across the community. “It employs people, and with all regional towns across Australia, in particular Queensland, keeping
young people here in jobs is incredibly important because when young people leave townships they become ghost town, so we’re lucky that we have a tourism diamond here that will hopefully keep lots of people in employment and a great economy in Noosa.“ Melanie is excited to continue to create a sustainable and eco-friendly tourism experience in Noosa and will continue to stand by her passion of living an environmentally friendly lifestyle that everyone can enjoy. “We’re excited to take on 2020 with some gusto, we’re going to really get our house in order and we’ve got a brand refresh coming out this year. “We are obviously sensitive to the bushfires and we’re praying for Australia at the moment, our focus at the moment is our bushfire appeal and getting behind Australia. “I think maintaining the integrity of our environment is absolutely critical, we need to keep this precious gift well and alive, so it’s looked after well into the future. “Working with the Kubi Kubi people, to tell the story of the indigenous from this area is really critical as well, so they are the two things I’m going to focus on this year and we’re leading the way in tourism in Australia, with tourism and the environment hand in hand, and that is really what underpins my whole role.” ●
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ALARM OVER DRAFT RIVER REPORT BY ROSE ASTLEY The Noosa Commercial Boatmans Association has called on Noosa Council to commit to further community consultation over its Draft Noosa River Plan, claiming the council "rushed" the process over the "peak school holiday period". In a statement released last week the Association - which represents charter boat, jetty and boat hire operators and other tourism and related businesses and recreational river users - said the "second" Draft Noosa River Plan was "a missed opportunity" and questioned Noosa Council's "commitment to safeguarding the long term future of the Noosa River". "The Noosa Council committed to update the Noosa River Plan in its Corporate Plan nearly four years ago," the statement said. "It took two and a half years to prepare a first draft and another one and a half year's editing before rushing the second draft out for a few weeks of public consultation over the peak school holiday period." David Stielow of the Noosa Ferry said the association "is committed to the development of a Noosa River Plan but very disappointed that the revised draft still only aspires to be a compliance program, and not the comprehensive strategy the river needs". Greg P atrick, co-owner of T-Boats for more than 20 years said the group "calls on the Noosa Council to commit to a comprehensive plan that is aligned to Federal and State legislation along with international marine regulations". "The latest draft is another attempt by Council to 'take control of the river', rather than focus on what really needs to be done to protect the river and its users," he said. "The Association's response to Council summarises some of the major flaws that still exist in the second draft despite four years of internal work by Council. "This includes no infrastructure assessments or plans, no reference to leakage from Council's own sewerage infrastructure, no reference to flooding impacts and mitigation strategies, an exceptionally large focus on (ocean) turtles living outside the river compared to any other species in ocean or river, misinformation about the availability of pump-out stations for vessels, and disregard for State and Federal legislation and international marine regulations. "The plan also recommends a range of actions that are not linked to any identified issues, which 6 NOOSA TODAY
More input needed on river plan: Tyson Bose and Lance Webster from Flite School Noosa, Michael Wallent and Craig McGovern. appear to be political ambitions unrelated to river health and safety." Craig McGovern of Pelican Boat Hire said the report "should be ringing alarm bells for river users". "The plan lacks detail on things like a 'multi-use marine protected area to be established in the Noosa Area', and suggests recreational and commercial boat use is excessive and needs to be capped or subject to fees and permits to reduce usage to Council's assessment of the river's ideal carrying capacity," Craig said. "Mayor Tony Wellington recently announced his delight that Marine Safety Queensland were positioning a full-time officer in Noosa, however this river plan does not refer to the initiative and still proposes Council take over enforcement and compliance. "As a result, the plan needs significant changes and will need to be re-circulated to the community for comment in accordance with the Local Government Act. "One of the scary things in their plan is that the staff had a vision - community and environmental wellbeing. "By definition that's economic, social, political, cultural - the community has struck out community wellbeing from their vision, so now it's just about the environment. "So if it gets approved they're going to have this trump card that can go, 'bad luck if that's your business, the environment is all that matters'. "No councillor should make a decision only based on the environment, it should consider all factors to form a balanced view. "You won't find any operator on the river who doesn't agree with the healthy, safe and clean river, so it's really important we don't get portrayed as the bad guys because we've got more invested in this river than anyone. "All of us are in the water almost every day getting wet - we don't want to be in water that has sewage in it. "So what we want council to do is talk to people. "It's been locked away in council for a year and a half and they've never convened a meeting with any business operator on the river - we were never sat down around a round
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table and asked 'How can you help'? "There's huge risks in the river that aren't even making the plan there's two fuel stations that don't even get referred to in the plan as infrastructure, let alone the risk of them blowing up - if they blow up it ruins the river for everybody. "The plan doesn't mention the council sewerage infrastructure, yet just around Christmas Lions Park near Hastings Street was closed because of sewerage leaks. "That doesn't get mentioned in the plan - all of the attention is on house boats, yet there are huge hotels and all their sewage gets pumped into the river. "We need council to go, 'yeah this plan is flawed, lets form a working group', and we recommend some kind of river management group that involves environmental groups, businesses and some community involved to actually do it properly. "We don't want to be seen as opposing the idea, but we are opposing a bad plan. "It's not an accident the plan got released at the start of the school holidays for five weeks, popped on the website with no major releases until a week ago, most of the community wouldn't even know. "No one even knew this was coming out, I was reading the council agenda for something else and I thought, 'Why is that there?' "It would be great if we could encourage council to at least extend the consultation. "I don't think you'll find anybody in town who speaks against a river plan, just not a self-serving one with holes." MORE NEXT WEEK, INCLUDING THE COUNCIL'S RESPONSE - IN THE MEANTIME HAVE YOUR SAY ON NOOSA TODAY ON FACEBOOK...
WHAT THEY WANT... The Noosa Commercial Boatmans Association is calling on the council to: 1. Commit to delivering a comprehensive river plan 2. Establish a river management committee or trust to ensure the Council and community work in a cooperative partnership to complete the plan, resolve the second draft
shortfalls and strive to support a healthy river 3. Ensure the draft plan: a. Is aligned to State and Federal legislation and international regulations; b. Reinstates community well-being in its Vision (a change to the staff recommendation made at the last minute by Councillors) so it is consistent with the new draft Noosa Plan, Noosa Council's Corporate Plan, Noosa's Local Economic Plan, Noosa's Social Strategy and its Environment Strategy as well as Council's own Fishing Futures report which all highlight the need to consider economic, social, cultural, political and environmental factors in decisions. c. Responds to industry and community feedback; d. Ensures the plan's targets and outcomes are clearly defined and measurable 4. Extend public consultation - the deadline was Monday of this week - to allow proper community input and allow the next Council to lead the implementation as the current Council has wasted four more years of report writing.
ABOUT THE NOOSA COMMERCIAL BOATMANS ASSOCIATION... · The Noosa Commercial Boatmans Association represents the marine tourism and related industries operating in the Noosa Shire. Association members have operated continuously on the Noosa River for 70 years and are some of Noosa's oldest operating businesses. · We represent charter boat operators, commercial jetty / boat hire operators, tourism companies, transport companies, marine repair and service business, construction businesses, fuel suppliers, retailers and hospitality businesses who work on and around the iconic Noosa River and are its major employer group. · Our members are individuals who use the Noosa River on a daily basis. · In addition to commercial boat operators, we are recreational boaties, paddlers, surfers, environmentalists, sailors and families who get wet in the river more than anyone. We use it, navigate it and live on it giving us intimate knowledge of its workings, its movements and its issues. · Our members service residents, visitors, tourists and businesses. We assist people of every demographic group and nationality who rely on our services, infrastructure and experience to enjoy the Noosa River and Noosa's natural environment in a safe and positive way. ● noosatoday.com.au
THEATRE GOES SOLAR IN 50TH A new solar system is playing a starring role in Noosa Arts Theatre’s 50th Year, generating cash, reducing power bills and helping the group secure a more financially and environmentally responsible future. Theatre president Frank Wilkie said the installation of the 97-panel, 36KW system that has converted roof surface into a cash generator was a great way to open the curtain on the theatre’s 50th Anniversary year. “The installation by local solar firm Home and Energy was seamless and linked with the Federal Government’s rebate scheme which reduced costs by 40 per cent,” Frank said. “Now the theatre’s roof generates income during daylight hours to cover power bills and pay down the system.” The theatre took advantage of a free Eco Biz audit, arranged through Noosa Council, which assesses business and community group’s
energy, water and waste practices and costs. “The Eco Biz audit set Noosa Arts along the path to smarter, cleaner, cooler, low energy LED lighting and appliance use.,” Frank said. “This solar system reduces costs even further and helps the theatre play its part in the global transition to a more financially and environmentally responsible future.” Noosa Shire was the first in Queensland to introduce a Zero Emissions target and involves assisting community groups, businesses and homes share the economic and environmental benefits of being carbon neutral by 2026. Community groups can contact Council on 5329 6500 for further advice on ecoBiz or visit their website https://ecobiz.cciq.com. au Local group Zero Emissions Noosa can also provide advice on solar systems at https://www. zeroemissionsnoosa.com.au ●
A scene from the highly successful Noosa Arts Theatre production of What The Butler Saw in 2018, which had an intricate lighting design drawing on power, which now will be drawn from a renewable energy source.
IGOR A CONTENDER FOR STEP MUM OF THE YEAR Sunshine Butterflies’ signature chicken, Igor has just won the title of Step Mum of the Year after adopting five of their baby orphaned peacocks. Mother Igor, an English game hen, was originally dropped at Sunshine Butterflies as a chick after being dumped in someone’s yard. Igor has so far raised guineafowl, ducklings and the like over the past few years when they’ve been abandoned. She has a lot of love to give and has stepped up once again in the noosatoday.com.au
most heroic way. Sadly, the Sunshine Butterflies’ mother Peacock was taken by a fox two days after Christmas while nesting with her chicks. It was a traumatic time for the Butterflies community who have lost numerous animals to foxes over the past few months. In a tough time, Igor astounded the Butterflies team once again when she instinctively took these five chicks under her wing. She is now
raising these little Peachicks as her own, feeding them, teaching them skills and protecting them. “Our chicken Igor is just amazing. I think she represents everything Sunshine Butterflies stands for. She is about love and inclusion of all, no matter who they are or what they look like.” Said Sally Clay, Sunshine Butterflies Animal Care Worker It’s incredible for the Butterflies community to see such a wonderful thing come from such a sad event. ●
Igor and her new peachicks.
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TEAM NOOSA’S FIRE HELP BY ROSE ASTLEY Noosa tourism operators have put their heads together and come up with a way they can relieve the stress for some firefighters or bushfire victims through their new Team Noosa Bushfire Appeal. Already, the appeal has raised over $100,000 in holiday stays, flights, activities, tours and much more, with 83 businesses in the Noosa Shire getting involved in the last two weeks. The package will then be donated to NSW Rural Fire Service, Victorian Country Fire Authority, South Australian Country Fire Service and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, from there it will be either distrupted among the hard working firefighters, displaced families or auctioned off to raise more funds. Noosa Tourism CEO Melanie Anderson says that it’s important to demonstrate collective community support so that fire victims and firefighters can enjoy a welldeserved break. “Whilst many individuals are donating to the various appeals, our tourism industry has come together to provide a range of holiday experiences including accommodation, tours and dining
Team Noosa Bushfire Appeal. experiences. Our Noosa Weddings Organisation have even offered assistance with weddings for those affected by fires.” “Together with cash donations which will go towards flights, we are wanting to bring some joy and hope back to these regional communities who have lost so much,” Ms Anderson said. “We hope that our packages will give some relief to our southern friends to escape the difficulty of rebuilding in the coming months and for the amazing firefighters who have given so much, it is a small way for our Noosa community to say thank you. “When they arrive in our
paradise we will ensure they have an amazing time and wrap our arms around them,” Ms Anderson said. Some of the Noosa businesses that have donated so far include Culgoa Point Beach Resort with a cash donation of $500, Noosa Springs has donated two nights’ accommodation with two rounds of golf and breakfast, Coral Beach Noosa Resort donated x9 three bedroom townhouses for a week each plus heaps more. The appeal will be kept open for the entire month of January, if anyone is looking to make a contribution they can do so via the Visit Noosa website. ●
NOOSA ECONOMY DEFIES THE TREND Noosa’s regional economy grew by three per cent for the financial year to June 2019 - its second consecutive year of three per cent growth according to Noosa Council, compared to Queensland’s Gross Regional Product declining by 0.3 per cent year-on-year. Council’s Economic Development Manager Anthony Dow said the figures confirm the shire’s “resilience and economic strength”. “Our increasingly diverse economic base has pushed the shire’s gross regional product to $3 billion for the first time, which is testament to the dedication and commitment of the Shire’s 7,000 local businesses and their 25,000 employees,’ he said. “Noosa’s share of the Queensland GRP is at its highest level since 2011.” “This is fantastic news,” Mayor Tony Wellington said. “It’s wonderful to see the local economy bucking the state trend and thus consistently growing,” he said. “This latest result certainly underpins Council’s Local Economic Plan which aims to encourage greater business diversity. “Noosa has recorded continued GRP growth in eight of the last nine years. 8 NOOSA TODAY
Tourism visitor spend a record $1.1 billion, but council says other vital economic sectors in the region are also showing strong growth... “Tourism remains a key industry, with visitor spend now at a record $1.1 billion, but that is only part of the story. “Achieving strong GRP growth and increased employment opportunities is also a product of ongoing investor confidence and a diversifying economy. “Given the state’s negative growth figures, Noosa has a lot to celebrate. “In the past two years, there’s been a 27 per cent growth in the healthcare and associated social assistance sector, food and beverage services were up 23 per cent, while emerging industries such as motion picture production and internet publishing recorded a 50 per cent increase.
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“This clearly shows the importance of different areas contributing to strong economic output. “Noosa is not relying on population growth to deliver economic results. “Rather, we keep investing in the intrinsic elements that define Noosa, underpin the Noosa brand, and which make our shire so attractive to business owners. “Noosa is renowned as an environmentally-aware, sustainable, progressive shire offering an enviable lifestyle. “It’s not only a great place to do business, but also a wonderful place to live. That is our winning formula.” ●
COUNCIL A CLEAR WINNER Noosa Council has won a court battle to prevent significant vegetation clearing on sensitive coastal dunes at Castaways Beach. In a statement released this week the council said the Planning and Environment Court of Queensland “backed Council’s stance on a six-lot subdivision proposed for the site at 2 David Low Way”. Council refused the application in January 2018 as the proposal was contrary to the Noosa Plan. Acting Planning Director Kerri Coyle said the court verdict “spares significant vegetation on the coastal side of the road”. “Development of the scale proposed would have seen the loss of significant sensitive vegetation, which plays an important role protecting the dunes from erosion,” Ms Coyle said. “The proposal also stood to erode the character of the area, by replacing the view - from the road of vegetation and the ocean beyond, with a view of rooftops. “Council was also concerned by the amount of clearing needed to provide a safe line of sight for motorists entering and exiting the subdivision.” Ms Coyle said Noosa’s planning scheme included protections for native vegetation, as well as the vegetated character of the area and the views from David Low Way. “There is already a smaller twoblock sub-division approved for the site,” she said. “The existing approval permits development of a smaller scale and substantially less clearing than the applicant was seeking with the later application. “Our consistent approach to enforcing and defending our planning scheme has helped shape Noosa’s look and feel so it’s great to see the courts again back our position.” ●
KIDS URGED TO DROP PHONES BY ROSE ASTLEY
playing outdoors without their
A local optometrist is campaigning for children to spend more time
phone screens, as new research shows the amount of Sunshine Coast
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children are spending nearly double the amount of time indoors than what the World Health Organisation recommends. Research shows that Queensland children are spending on average over two and a half hours a day on their screens, and 16 per cent spending more than four hours. Their research determined that this works out to 8,541 children on the Sunshine Coast, spending more than four hours a day on their screens, when the World Health Organisation suggests one hour per day for children. The research, taken by Specsaver optometrists, revealed that children are spending roughly 73 per cent of their screen time at home in the lounge room, and 48 per cent is spent in their bedrooms. This research is part of an initiative to investigate children’s use of technology and to show parents how detrimental it can be to their eye health. Specsavers Noosa optometrist David Sutton says he understands how addictive the use of digital screen can be to children, and that the use of technology for learning and playing is “drastically” changing as it becomes more incorporated into everyday life. “It’s no surprise that 90% of Queensland parents say digital screen time is top of the list for their children’s health concerns. “But what is surprising for many is that when it comes to eye health, the biggest problem with screen time is nothing to do with the actual screens.
“It’s simply the fact that normally when kids are on screens like phones and computers, there is a lot of near vision work that is often indoors without natural light. “That’s the part that’s bad for your eyes. “So other near vision, inside work like homework and reading can have a similar negative effect on the eye,” Mr Sutton said. The Australian Bureau of Statistics said in a statement early last year that 90.3 per cent of children aged between five and 14 spent a majority of their time on screen when not at school, and 56.8 per cent of those children spent 10 or more hours on their screen per week. Mr Sutton said that staring at screens can increase the risk of myopia, which is short sightedness. “This means the eyes focus well only on close objects, while more distant objects appear blurred. “Children are more at risk of this, as their eyes are still developing. “The biggest message I would like to get across to parents is to make sure their children spend time outside playing and if parents are worried about the impacts of screen time on their child’s eye health, the best thing to do is to book in to see an optometrist for an eye test. “The school holidays are the perfect opportunity to encourage healthy eye habits - anything from running around the garden to helping mum and dad with errands could have a huge benefit for the eyes,” Mr Sutton said. ●
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ON TRACK FOR LOVE The Mary Valley Rattler is offering a special Love Train service for this year’s Valentine’s Day, with a sunset journey that couples the romance of the rails with great food, entertainment and scenery. Organisers of the inaugural Valentine’s Day service are looking for new, emerging and longer-term couples wanting to celebrate their relationships in style. The Rattler Love Train will depart historic Gympie Station at 5pm, 14 February, taking a leisurely scenic sunset ride through the spectacular Mary Valley with on-board entertainment. On arrival at Amamoor Station at 6pm, couples will enjoy canapes and bubbles on the platform as they watch the train turn on the heritage turntable before they return to Gympie for a cocktail style evening of canapes and live entertainment and dancing with the Doo Wop Girls till 9pm. Tickets are $99 per person for Rattler Love Train and Gympie Station dine option, with the ticket including the train journey, on board entertainment, canapes and bubbles
at Amamoor Station and cocktail style canapes at Gympie Station. For those who want to enjoy the evening at Gympie Station, without taking the train ride, a two hour entertainment package is available from 7pm to 9pm, including a welcome drink, cocktail style
“The return of the Rattler has been very special for the Mary Valley and Gympie communities, and we’d like to see couples from the local area and all over Queensland jump onboard for what will be a truly romantic and memorable experience,” said Mr Green. “For anyone considering proposing, what better way to get their relationship off on the right track than on board the Rattler? They can bring the ring, and we’ll provide the bubbles, entertainment and dancing.” Bookings can be made on the Mary Valley Rattler’s website. ●
canapes, live music and dancing for just $59 per person. General Manager of the Mary Valley Rattler, Michael Green, said that steam trains and romance had forever been coupled together, so introducing the Rattler Love Train for Valentine’s Day was a ‘natural’ for the historic railway.
PUZZLES Quick Clues
SUDOKU How to solve Sudoku!
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LIVE ISLAND FASHION TOUR
Jack and Paris Smith will be a part of the fundraising action at the Imperial Hotel Eumundi.
BIG WEEK FOR FIRE APPEAL The crew at The Imperial Hotel and Eumundi Brewery are spearheading a week of fundraising efforts to raise much-needed funds for wildlife rescue and fire services. Hotel Manager Paul Thomas says monies raised over Eumundi Community Fire Appeal from Saturday 18 January to Sunday 26 January will be shared with RSPCA Wildlife Rehabilitation Centres, Rural Fire Services and The Australian Red Cross. "We've come up with various opportunities to get involved, and we'd be thrilled if people can help spread the word about the fundraising events - so we can raise as much as possible for services in need following the recent fires," he says. "As we're a Hotel and Brewery, we figured a graphic 'Beerometer' was a good way of watching the donations rise and we look forward to filling the glass for a good cause," Mr Thomas says. "We're thrilled to announce that the fundraising has been kicked off with a $10,000 donation from The Eumundi Brewery Community Fund - set up in 2016 to take a portion of Eumundi beer sales made throughout Australia for the benefit of Sunshine Coast community organisations. noosatoday.com.au
"Every customer visiting the hotel throughout the appeal can help. "Every time you buy any of the five Eumundi beers on tap or selected wines, you'll be donating $4 to the fundraising efforts. "We'll also have donation tins on hand and raffle tickets sold throughout the week," he says. Eumundi Community Fire Appeal events will include: Eumundi Appeal Kick Off, Saturday January 18 with free live entertainment including The Brown Trouts, Zac Gunthorpe, Tobias an the Vinyl DJ's in the Imperial Beer Garden. Park Sounds, Sunday January 19, an afternoon of free live music in Dick Caplick Park from 2pm - 5pm, the line-up includes Jack and Paris Smith, the Marshall Boys and Joe Man Murphy. Australia Day Appeal Event, Sunday January 26 will be a big day of fundraising with free live entertainment in the Imperial Beer Garden from 12 noon with a line up that includes Renny Field, Benny O, Forrest Run and Vinyl DJ's, as well are proceeds from the beer, every dollar raised from the purchase of their chicken wings will be donated. ●
The Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre is delighted to present ‘Island Fashion on Tour’, a Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) regional touring project for children and families. Opening from 2 January, ‘Island Fashion on Tour’ features a range of free, hands-on art making activities created by QAGOMA in collaboration with Australian and Pacific artists Grace Lillian Lee, Maryann Talia Pau and Ranu James and Letila Mitchell. Grace Lillian Lee’s activity Get Your Weave On 2019 encourages audiences to use simple folding techniques with strips of brightly coloured paper to create wearable accessories such as paper bracelets, neckpieces and head-pieces. While Maryann Talia Pau and Ranu James’ activity Ula Taim 2019 encourages the creation of elaborate neckpieces, wristbands and anklets using hand-drawn patterns and weaving with paper. Letila Mitchell’s activity Sasi, Pera, Lagu - Of The Ocean, Land and Sky invites children to create their own textile design using patterns created by the artist. ●
PLAY NOOSA AND TEE UP A $13 LUNCH SPECIAL.
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Sound Feast is a fantastic opportunity for the Noosa Community to come together and enjoy free, top quality live entertainment at Noosa Councils’ entertainment and community venue, The J at Noosa Junction. Event organiser and local muso, Jay Bishoff co-ordinates the performers and MC's the evening, leading the audience through a great line-up of acts that he has thoughtfully curated. This month’s line-up includes Noosa’s own amazing magician, Sean Tretheway. Sean has been entertaining audiences with his own special sleight of hand for thirty years in Noosa and all over Australia. Sean puts on an amazing show that the whole family will love. Brisbane-based band Fat Picnic, who recently performed at Woodford Folk Festival are returning to the Coast with their soul-ska explosion that preaches punchy horn lines and banging reggae beats. Fat Picnic’s music ranges across dub, funk, soul and ska. David Flower (playing guitar, harmonica and ukulele) has teamed
Brisbane-based band Fat Picnic. up with Caroline Trengove (violin, flute and clarinet) to play as Tango Rose, a compelling and fiery duo playing a combination of funk, swing, boogie blues with vocal harmonies. A fourth act is yet to be announced. The friendly crew at The J have everything covered for a fun night out. There is hot food for sale and a full bar is available. All ages are welcome. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Everyone is welcome! What: Sound Feast Free Live Entertainment Where: The J, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Junction When: Friday 24 January from 6pm ●
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Noosa Arts and Crafts Annual Fantastic Artastic sale is once again the art bargain experience. Our award winning and enthusiastic artists are emptying out their studios to make way for new work in 2020. The sale will include large and small paintings, prints, wall hangings, cards and other hanging works which will fill the galleries at Wallace House. This popular sale will see paintings occupying every available space, on the walls, on easels, on tables and even on the floor. Paintings come in all sizes with a large variety of subject matter;
prices have been lowered for the sale and there are cards to suit every occasion. Meet and talk with the artists at this ideal venue for the discerning buyers and art lovers to brighten their homes with a new look for a new decade. While there sit down in the midst of the art for a delightful and delicious morning or afternoon tea or lunch at our pop up cafe. Saturday and Sunday, 18th and 19th January, 9.30am to 3.30pm at Wallace House, 1 Wallace Drive, Noosaville. Inquires 07 5447 5007. ● noosatoday.com.au
COMMUNITY UPDATES FOLK DANCERS Is 2020 the year you have resolved to try something new? Something that you have thought about but not got around to doing? Well, it’s never too late to join Noosa Folk Dancers, especially if you like music, dancing and meeting new people. It is a friendly, welcoming group who meet every Friday at the Uniting Church Hall, 9 Werin St Tewantin 9.30am to 11.30am to learn traditional folk dances from around the world. Everyone is welcome, including people with ‘2 left feet’. No prior experience or partners needed, just a willingness to join in, enjoy yourself and above all have fun. Cost is $8 per week. Classes resume 7 February. Inquiries to Philippa on 0417780016.
ORCHID AND FOLIAGE Come along each month and enjoy the friendship between like-minded people interested in learning how to grow and care for their orchids. On display are members Orchids and Foliage plants that are entered into a mini show and judged on the day. All in attendance are also given the opportunity to vote for their favourite plant and the winners receive points
toward an Annual Award and there are plants for sale and members to consult on any growing issues you may want to know about. After our guest speaker, enjoy afternoon tea and then winners are drawn for the many fabulous raffle plants. The Noosa District Orchid and Foliage Society next monthly meeting is 1 February at 1pm in the Tinbeerwah Hall. Visitors more than welcome. For further information please contact Valerie 0419 202 867.
NOOSAVILLE VIEW CLUB The next Luncheon Meeting of the Noosaville View Club is on 23 January 2020 at Tewantin RSL Club, 11am for 11.30am, cost $23 for two courses. Visitors are welcome, but bookings are essential. Phone Nanette on 0428 635 126.
NOOSA TOASTMASTERS Would public speaking and leadership skills help you with your 2020 goals? Noosa Toastmasters is a fun loving, supportive group of people who are all learning together. The next meeting is Monday 27 January 6.30-
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PICKLEBALL COME PLAY Pickleball is a fun mix of tennis, badminton and table tennis, whether you’re looking to learn pickleball for fun or competition, play Thursday 6pm-8pm at Noosa Leisure Centre, Wallace Drive Noosaville. All welcome. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
BOOKFEST POMONA Cooroy-Pomona Lions are holding their next Bookfest at the Lion’s Den, Mountain Street, Pomona on Friday and Saturday 7-8 February - open 8am to 2pm both days. Thousands of good books, of all kinds will be on sale. For more information phone 5485 3236.
SOCIAL BALLROOM DANCING Every Tuesday evening from 7 pm to 9.30 pm Pat and Norm Young orga-
nise a Social evening at the Pomona Memorial School of Arts Hall. The cost is $4, which includes supper. It is a very enjoyable evening as Pat and Norm provide New Vogue as well as Old Time Dancing. Come and be a spectator, and see if you will enjoy it. Everyone is welcome. Phone 0407 456 939 for more information, or come and visit.
FIND A FROG Find a Frog in February with Eva Ford, Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee. Become a Citizen Scientist and learn how to contribute to the knowledge and future of our species fauna group - amphibians. Join us to learn about the peculiar habits and different types of frogs we have in the Noosa area. Eva will also tell us about the ’Find a Frog in February’ program. When: Thursday 23 January 2020 5-7pm. Where: Rural Futures Centre, 65 Pavilion Street, Pomona. Cost: Free to Noosa Landcare members and Bush Carers. $10 for all other attendees. Bookings: https:// noosaanddistrictlandcaregroupinc. wildapricot.org/event-3646418
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A HUMBLING GESTURE A short note of thanks to the Noosa Shire community from your local firefighters. Since the bushfire season has started our community has been very kind to us and have shown appreciation for our efforts. Noosa Fire station has had many visitors saying thanks and giving donations. We really appreciate it. We tip our hat back at you our great community for taking advice and stepping up during some busy times. On Friday 10 January, we had a visit from six-year-old Cody and seven-year-old Tom with mum Melanie from Noosaville, who gave us hand painted drawings and money the boys raised in their street for the firefighters. A very humbling gesture. We will pass on the donation of $30 to the Rural Fire Service of Queensland volunteers and proudly show off your drawings in the fire station. Rob Frey, Station Officer, Noosa Heads Fire Rescue Station. ●
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Dragon boat training. way (car, walk and bike only) during peak hours could limit the size of the roundabout. Congratulations Nathanael Ford brilliant - you have my support. Bob Jarvis, Ex-councillor, Tewantin.
SEALING DIRT (ROADS)
A SOUND SOLUTION At last a candidate that has the foresight and brave enough to put forward a sound policy solution that would and could solve perhaps Noosa's biggest nightmare traffic-tourist problem - a loop one way bridge from Hasting Street Woods to Noosa Parade. Can you imagine it could be built in such a way to enhance the beauty of the river with a walk-bike one way traffic lane with limited small delivery trucks time, all time car, bike and walk footpaths with over-hanging seating, fishing and garden plots bays strategically set along the length of the bridge. There is already a vacant jetty block on Noosa Parade and with one 14 NOOSA TODAY
Several articles suggest that very careful consideration has to be given to whom to elect at the next election. Regarding the sealing of roads, to quote “The average of eight authorities … was $350,000… none was more than $700,000”. Cr Wellington is quite happy to pay $1 million for one kilometre of road. It appears to me, the current council is not delivering value for money. In the same vein, a new council will probably also cover the Hastings gap for far less than present estimates. J Konrad, Peregian.
MAKE THE RIGHT CALL This summer we are urging men to ‘Make the Right Call’. From 2009 to 2019, 2855 people lost their lives to drowning. An overwhelming 2262 of these people were males. 837 drownings happened in inland waterways and 287 involved alcohol. We want to highlight to readers that everybody needs to be aware alcohol reduces coordination and can impair a person’s judgement and reaction time when they are in, on or around water. It also reduces inhibitions and distorts the perception of risk.
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Picture: LANCE HUNT Wearing a lifejacket can actually increase a person’s chance of survival by 50 per cent. Royal Life Saving maintains the National Drowning Database and our research suggests men recreating in our inland waterways in the summer whilst consuming alcohol is a deadly cocktail. Much more needs to be done to educate men on the risks they may face. We are asking people ‘Make the Right Call’, to avoid alcohol around water, wear a lifejacket when boating or using water crafts and avoid swimming or recreating alone. Too many people think ‘it will not happen to me’. We ask people to look after themselves and their mates. In the past decade, inland waterways have accounted for nearly 40 per cent of all drowning deaths. Over 80 per cent of those drownings were males. That’s why it is vital to ‘make the right call’ this summer. You can get more tips from www. royallifesaving.com.au/maketheright call Justin Scarr, CEO, Royal Life Saving Society Australia.
OUR POMPEII MOMENT The dreadful bushfire scenes coming out of Kangaroo Island, New South Wales and Victoria and the footage of drought stricken Queensland and New South Wales make me think of what it must have been like to have lived ignorantly, if uneasily, in ancient Pompeii. Having somehow becoming used
to the threat from Vesuvius, each Pompeiian must have reached a point in those final days when the rumblings became unbearable, and then terrifying, which is when they finally fled. Australians are fleeing a different kind of Vesuvius. Instead of lava and pumice stone, we are running from climate change. We are not learning invaluable lessons and we keep making the same mistakes, which will be our undoing. Brigid Muir.
NOWHERE LOCAL? How come the former Prime Marketeer of Tourism Australia couldn’t find anywhere in Australia that was suitable for his family’s holiday? Margaret Wilkie, Peregian Beach. ●
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OLD PHIL’S 2020 ALMANAC JANUARY Mayhem is declared all over Noosa as tourists redirect from the fire-ravaged south to holiday in Noosa where it’s perfect one day, even better the next, although you can’t drive or park anywhere near where you want to be. With council elections just a couple of months away, nothing is heard from the Noosa Is Full So Go Away lobby, but tourism terrorist cells, known collectively as Terry-Tourists, take up the cause, letting down southern states tyres in beach car parks, and using their jet skis to ram hire boats in the river and terrorise families of swimmers at Doggie Beach and Munna Point. As tempers fray, the leader of the free world Tweets to his fellow Americans that Australia - and in particular, Noosa - is unsafe to visit.
FEBRUARY Moved forward into February before Trump’s Anti-Australia Bill becomes law so that the large Californian and Hawaiian contingent can come, the Noosa Festival of Surfing is a huge success despite constant Terry-Tourist drone attacks claiming several lives and a fleet of remotecontrolled shark simulators causing havoc amongst competitors at First Point. Fortunately festival militia are able to mount counter sniper attacks from the surf club’s brand new First Point Deck, while lunching surf pioneers nod approvingly. “Wow!” says Silicon Valley trillionaire magnate Larry Lunchalot, here for the dedication of Noosa as the 10th World Surfing Reserve, and dodging mortars without spilling his beer, “you guys really know how to throw a party.”
MARCH Noosa goes to the polls for the local government elections, more in sadness than in anger. Unincarcerated councillors dressed in silly hats and bright aloha shirts try to lift the mood as they give out how to vote apps wrapped in hundred dollar bills, but nothing seems to work. Fortunately for the incumbents, shortly before the final count is announced, a computer virus wipes out the entire vote base, rendering the election illegal. A new election is called for March 2021, by which time, says Mayor Wellington in his weekly address to the shire: “Hastings Street will be underwater and we will be able to look forward to a prosperous and tourist-free future.”
APRIL Tourism Noosa’s livewire new CEO Mel Anderson announces that poor ticket sales have caused a rethink of noosatoday.com.au
Scenes from the first Noosa Gobful Festival, as it begins, and a few hours in (artist's impressions only.) the new name for Noosa’s food and wine festival, Noosa Eat and Drink. “Don’t get me wrong,” says Mel, “it’s a great name and all that, but a bit of the romance of the thing seems to have gone out of it. But at the same time, people seem to not really know what to expect either, so we’ve simplified it to The Noosa Gobful. Our new marketing slogan will be ‘get a gobful and give a gobful in Noosa’. Visitors will be encouraged to evoke the orgies of Olde England as they gorge themselves on overpriced goblets of wine and gum boots of craft beer. It’s so Noosa it’s not funny.”
MAY Riot squads from Cooroy, Gympie and Nambour are forced to raise the drawbridge, seal the Hastings Street moat and use tear gas, tasers and stun guns to quell angry mobs rampaging from the surf club to the Woods and back again, after the Noosa Gobful runs out of wine and beer halfway through the second day due to unprecedented attendance. Unfortunately, after several fatal shootings at the ticket office, most of the revelers avoid paying the entry fee, which organisers had planned to use to restock the bars. Many of the international and interstate partygoers who flock to Noosa for the event are just there to drink a lot and give people a gobful, but others
see the festival as an opportunity to create havoc. Worst offenders are a large group of unruly-haired hooray Henrys calling themselves the “Boris Brigade” who beat people up if they don’t agree that Brexit is good.
JUNE, JULY, AUGUST Noosa is closed for repairs.
SEPTEMBER As spring springs, Noosa comes out of martial law and normal services slowly return. The recovery is helped along when British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the leader of the free world jointly announce that they will hold a trilateral heads of state meeting with Scotty From Marketing in Noosa early in the new year or just before POTUS is impeached, whichever comes first. PM Johnson says in a statement that the inaugural Meeting of Big Swinging Dicks (MOBS) will be held in Noosa because so many of his friends and supporters had raved about the recently-abandoned Noosa Gobful. “Wonderful idea, sadly misunderstood,” he comments. “Bit like Brexit, going to Hawaii to escape the bushfires, and the entire Trump presidency.”
OCTOBER Mayor Wellington and Noosa MP Sandy Bolton say they will boycott the upcoming MOBS round table unless they are invited.
NOVEMBER The MOBS meeting in Noosa is called off when both President Trump and PM Johnson announce that their Airbnb reservations have been cancelled under Mayor Wellington’s stringent new “party house” legislation. “Both the Donald and I are extremely disappointed at this outcome,” Boris tweets, “especially with him going to jail very soon, but I am still hopeful that the Noosa Gobful will be resurrected and I will be there as its patron.”
DECEMBER Children weep in the streets when the solar generator powering Noosa’s Christmas tree lights blows up and Hastings Street is plunged into darkness. Fortunately Hey Bill’s mobile genny is seconded and the lights go up while Bill’s near-naked Brazilian girls hand out free slushies. The year ends as it had begun - in chaos. ●
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IRONMAN LAUNCHES FIRE APPEAL The Ironman Foundation has launched a global Humanitarian Relief Campaign to provide support for those affected by the devastating bushfires across Australia. To start off the Humanitarian Relief Campaign, the Foundation has made a $75,000 donation to assist communities in need. Funds raised through the campaign will be directed towards a number of groups and programs in Australia, including the Red Cross, the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital and the Blue Mountains Bushfire Mayoral Relief Fund. “The thoughts of everyone at The Ironman Group are with those who have been impacted by the devastating bushfires across Australia,” said Andrew Messick, president and chief executive officer for The Ironman Group. “Athletes, volunteers, staff and their family and friends have been affected, and so it is important that we band together to make a difference during this difficult time.” Sarah Hartmann, executive director of the Ironman Foundation said: “We’re incredibly grateful that we’re able to launch this global
The iconic Noosa Triathlon is a part of the Ironman series. Humanitarian Relief Campaign through the Ironman Foundation and make a real difference to those communities that are in need. Our Ironman Ohana is incredibly generous, and we look forward to making a difference in Australia thanks to their support.” Dave Beeche, managing director of Oceania for The Ironman Group said: “It is hard to fathom the scale of the tragedy that is taking place and the impacts on people, wildlife and the environment. I am in awe of the extraordinary efforts of the fire service, other emergency services and so many others involved in
trying to control the fires and provide all the necessary help for those impacted. “The Ironman Group is proud that so many of our events take part in regional areas of Australia and this fundraising campaign will allow us to do our part to help these communities rebuild. Your homes are our homes and make our events the experiences they are for our participants and we are committing to supporting you now and into the future,” he said. The IRONMAN Foundation has set up multiple initiatives to support those affected by the
Australian bushfires at www. ironmanfoundation.org/relief: DONATE?- Monetary donations may be made to?the Ironman Foundation’s Australian bushfire campaign. T-SHIRT SALES?-?100 per cent of the proceeds?raised through the sale of a custom t-shirts will go towards the Ironman Foundation’s Australian bushfires fundraising campaign. VOLUNTEER?-?Register to volunteer?and?provide handson?recovery?assistance?at local service projects to be announced alongside upcoming Australian events. The Ironman Foundation creates positive, tangible change in race communities by engaging athletes and volunteers to participate in programs that demonstrate service through sport and commitment to community. Since 2003, over $50 million has been provided through giveback programs led by the Foundation to more than 8300 local, regional, national and global nonprofit initiatives. ●
245 STEP OUT FOR STABLEFORD ROUND AT NOOSA SATURDAY
Beckey 39 C/B, John Bennett 39 C/B, Mathew Leahy 39 C/B, Rex Achurch 39 C/B, Adam Grant 39, Gary Ogg 38 C/B, John Wex 38 C/B, Rob Rossow 38, Chris Misios 37 C/B, Doug Reynolds 37 C/B, Paul Neate 37 C/B, Alan Laird 37 C/B, Tim Mckiernan 37 C/B, Ross Cunningham 37 C/B, Alex Officer 37 C/B Nearest to Pin: A Grade: Colin Myers, Rex Achurch, Michael Munt, John Stephens B Grade: Stephen Curry, Phil
There were 245 players in the Saturday Men’s Single Stableford on 11 January. Scratch rating (M) 70.0. Winners: A. John Mierocha 41 C/B, Ben Meredith 41 C/B, David Anderson 41 B. Peter Bolitho 42, Garry Peters 41 C/B, James Anderson 41 C. Michael Masters 43, Ian Smith 40 C/B, Michael Davenport 40 Placegetters: Joseph Barbaro 40 C/B, Dave Whitehead 39 C/B, Dale Robinson 39 C/B, Mike Quincey 39 C/B, Craig
noosa WeaTher ForeCasT Thursday 16 jan
Thursday 16Th January To Wednesday 22nd January 2020 Light showers. Partly sunny Time
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TUESDAY There were 229 players in the Tuesday Club Monthly Mug on 14 January. Scratch rating (M) 71.0 Winners: A Grade: Bruce Blakemore 42, Derek Connolly 39, Peter Cossins 38 C/B, Chris Wright 38 C/B B Grade: Dave Tebbutt 42, Dean Jeffrey 41, Geoff Cohen 39 C/B, Michael O’Connor 39 C/B C Grade: Dorcen Walters 43, John Loader 41, Les Callaghan 40, Adrian Ward 38 C/B Placegetters: Peter Hartley 39 C/B, Mark Ostwald 39, Adam Grogan 38 C/B, Mervyn Neilson 38 C/B, Robert Hemmings 38 C/B, Terry Fitzgerald 38 C/B, John Hillis 38, Marcus
Edwards 37 C/B, John Favelle 37 C/B, John Purdue 37 C/B, John Curtiss 37 C/B, Pieter Kanters 37 C/B, George Bell 37 C/B, David Abey 37 C/B, Hugh Dolan 37, Peter Telley 36 C/B, Shane Healey 36 C/B, Craig Strudwick 36 C/B, Alec Graham 36 C/B, Bob Muirhead 36 C/B, Bob Cox 36 C/B, Dennis Hildebrandt 36 C/B, Clinton Stjernqvist 36 C/B, Nathan Howie 36 C/B, Neil Cole 36 C/B, Paul Sanderson 36 C/B, Jerome Stuart 36, Ian Burrough 35 C/B, James Anderson 35 C/B, Stephen Monie 35 C/B Nearest to Pin: A Grade: David Mills, Brock Millan, John Mierocha, Colin Kinnaird B Grade: Marcus Edwards, Dallas Furner, Tim Dolan, Bryce Smith C Grade: Mervyn Neilson, Les Callaghan, Phil Grieve, Dorcen Walters ●
a few storms. decreasing cloudiness
saT 18Th jan 2:15 aM 8:16 aM
Griffiths, Dave Whitehead, Mark Trevanion C Grade: Mark Fulton, Roland Dean, Tom Mulligan
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NOOSA PAR 3 GOLF Single Stableford: A Grade Nett 1st Bob Forrest 39, 2nd Mike Boyle 35. B Grade Nett 1st Bert Hofer 41 (two-way countback), 2nd Norm Barnes 41. NTP: Hole 2 Zane Jesberg, Hole 3 Maria Kirikino, Hole 6 nil, Hole 11 Rob Kirikino, Hole 16 Dave
Kalbrunner. Ball Run Down: Ken Chapple, Ron Grady - 39. Russell Miller, Russ Rusan, Anne Gallen - 36. Members Draw - Timo Helenius. Draw for Par - Neil Webb (unsuccessful). ● noosatoday.com.au
HOOK, LINE & SINKER
SUNSHINE BRINGS REWARDS AS THEY CAN’T WAIT TO BITE Sunshine was the place to be from the kayakers to owners of small craft the swell and winds let anyone have a go and most got rewarded. The fish are starting to take a multitude of different presentations from slow trolled garfish on premade troll rigs to hard bodies and gang hooked baits. If trolling take a look at lures in the 120-140mm size range. Before you go offshore pre-rig some slugs and gang hooks with wire so if you get snipped off you are ready to get back into the action straight away. If fishing whole pillies and you see fish busting up on the surface it is always worth casting your bait into the action and let it float down. This has become a very successful method for catching the spotties. You may see mac tuna on the surface but the spotties and Spanish are often just below feeding on the missed baitfish so be sure to work the water fully before moving on. Other big fish in the mix have
been some huge wahoo and some big lone yellow fin tuna. Wahoo and tuna will take just about anything but love a high speed jet head, hex head or pusher style lure that creates a solid bubble trail. Elsewhere out wide to North reef the run of cobia, pearlies, tuskies, maori cod and other reefies continues. These fish all take baits dropped down on double hook paternoster rigs. Be aware that currents can become strong during higher spring tides and carry a range of heavy sinkers as you may need up to 16oz of lead or more. Toward DI you can expect to find the previously mentioned fish along with jewies, gold spot cod, scarlet sea perch and snapper. High speed jigging is also claiming smaller longtail tuna and amberjack. Surf fishing has seen some specimen dart and whiting taken on lighter gear off the beaches. Smaller baits including pipis and live worms
have produced the better fish. Go down to your local gutter during the last of the run out tide and enjoy getting out to the deeper holes. The Noosa River has recently seen a rise in mangrove jack captures. These fish have been found from the Noosa River mouth to as high as Lake Cootharabah so they are very spread out. The continued lack of rain and run off sees the river becoming increasingly saltier, especially with the full moon spring tides. Try your luck around the bridges and rock bars, especially the back of Noosa Sound. If you are after flathead and whiting you should look around the frying pan and dog beach sand flats especially during the run out phase of the tides. Both of these fish respond well to lures and baits with live beach worm, peeled prawn and whitebait for bait anglers. For those of you after trevally take a look around Woods bays,
Noosa Sound and Weyba Bridge. These fish will hunt in packs during low light periods and will happily take small poppers, stick baits and small 5-10 gram metals worked or skipped quickly. Freshwater continues to warm up and levels are dropping in all dams and lakes. Borumba is dropping quickly as this water supply is feeding the Mary River. With the warm water the fish will be sitting deep and seeking shelter under sunken trees as the lilies are just about gone. Take suspending jerkbaits, wind these down and twitch them with a long pause. This pause should trigger a strong bite from any bass, yellowbelly and even a saratoga. Don’t forget Borumba is four-wheeldrive access only and as always travel with care. So on behalf of Jack Mangrove, best of luck on your fishing adventures! ●
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Bring the kids to play NoosaÕs only Championship Golf Course set in a nature reserve. For all the details go to noosagolf.com.au or call 5447 1407. We are located at 46 Corooy Noosa Rd,Tewantin.
Stuart Hargraves landed this nice pearl perch. noosatoday.com.au
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Several kilometers from the river mouth at North Shore, two people swimming in a remote area got into difficulties and were save by two jet rescue skis. Pictures: SURF LIFESAVING QUEENSLAND
LUCKY ESCAPE FOR SWIMMERS BY RON LANE For our lifeguards based at Noosa’s Main Beach it has been a busy holiday season, but I am happy to relate the majority of their incidents have been first aid: in particular in the National Park region. A spokesperson for the lifeguards said the number of calls into the park for first aid had been amazing; but luckily no real emergencies occurred. “Probably the worst was a dislocated shoulder,” he said. However, on Monday the one call out that was top priority occurred on North Shore. Several kilometers from the river mouth, two people swimming in a remote area got into difficulties: two jet rescue skis were immediately dispatched. On arrival they were found to be caught in a bad rip; the rescue skis bought them to shore and as paramedics had been called, they were stabilised on the beach and then transported to hospital. “They were extremely lucky. If it had not been for the fast ski patrols (to such a remote area) and the immediate response of the paramedics it would have ended in tragedy. Again we stress when visiting such remote beach areas and there is surf and rips do not swim.” This also emphasis another point for visitors to remember. Had those two ski patrols been attending to a distress call out in the National Park region the two swimmers in trouble 18 NOOSA TODAY
on North Shore would have surely drowned. This again emphasises the golden rule; if you feel like a swim while visiting a remote area and there is a wave and rips, forget it. Also a word of advice from rescue teams: if you are thinking of hiring a jet ski, you are not well experienced and there and there is a wave running ; do yourself, your family and the lifeguards a favor- and don’t. Three times during the holidays lifeguards have been called into the Noosa Bar to rescue ski drivers who have rolled their skis. Lucky they were not seriously injured. However two seasons ago a visitor ignored the above warning rolled his ski and his injuries were everlasting.
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BOAT CREWS SHINE On the weekend Noosa boat crews were busy with two carnivals, the first at Tugun Beach on Gold Coast on Saturday, and Collaroy Sydney on Sunday. At Tugun in Round One of the Queensland Cup, rowing in one metre surf, the Noosa women’s division results were good. In reserve grade their two crews finished second and fifth - U/23 1st, U/19 1st and 3rd. In the mens division U/19 3rd, masters 160+ 1st, 200+ 2nd. That evening three women’s crews flew to Collaroy Sydney to compete in the Collaroy International Young Guns Carnival and despite flight delays, which saw them arriving at midnight, they performed well. In big surf the U/23 finished 4th and in
the U/19 their two crews finished in 4th and 5th place. “Considering the late arrival in Sydney,” said coach/sweep David Tomba, “big surf and the U/23s rowing in a borrowed boat their performance was good. We couldn’t ask for more.” “As a result of overall points from ASRLQ (Australias Surf Rowers League Queensland) carnivals this season, the top three crews from each division are invited to attend the Queensland Selection Carnival at Maroochydore 25 January; the winners will have the right to represent Qld at the upcoming ASRL Open Competition next month. From Noosa three womens crews were invited; Reserve grade, U/23 and U/19s. “Well done to all three.”
TIN SHED EVOLVES It was way back in 1981/82 season when, as District Supervisor for Sunshine Beach Surf Life Saving Club, I would walk into their club house to do a gear inspection; despite a gap of 39 years it still seems like yesterday. Who can ever forget the clubhouse: situated at the very back of the beach it was just a little old tin shed. Now after all those years and a construction period of some nine months, this new clubhouse with views that you l have to see to believe, will on 18 January, be open to the public. Well done to all involved and good luck in the years ahead. ● noosatoday.com.au
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Mini Chef Sessions Join us for mini chef sessions at Noosa Civic these upcoming school holidays. You’ll also get your own mini chef hat and apron to take home as our gift to you! Dates: Monday 23rd September to Friday 4th October daily Times: 9am and 11am Cost: $5 donation to Slow Food Noosa Location: Outside Red Rooster Bookings essential. Visit noosacivic.com.au for details.
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