Centenary Year for Tin Can Bay

On 5 November the Tin Can Bay Chamber of Commerce hosted a small ceremony to mark 100 years since the first sale of land marking the start of an official township.

Attendees enjoyed endless cake from the Tin Can Bay Bakery after the formal ceremony including a few words from State MP Tony Perrett and Mayor Glen Hartwig and the unveiling of a plaque and planting a Kauri Pine to recognise the centenary.

While the weather held the rain off, high winds almost blew the event away so most activities and games were not able to be run but there was some history to read, free face painting for the kids, entertainment, local community group displays, disaster starter kit giveaways, drawing station, and the famous QCWA scones on the veranda.

One game that was able to be played was guessing what was in the unlabelled cans, with a few correct guesses and a few misses. Did you guess correctly? 1. Bean sprouts 2. Condensed tomato soup 3. Yellow jackfruit in syrup 4. Beef goulash 5.Coconut milk

Media coverage of the event extended well beyond the region which was invaluable to local tourism exposure of putting Tin Can Bay in the spotlight on the radio and in print so while the day was a blowout there was a wider economic benefit which will extend the entire Cooloola Coast.

The event would not have been possible without the support from Gympie Region Council as the project received funding assistance from the Gympie Regional Council’s Community Grants Program 2022/2023 as well as graphic design, printing and event management planning.

The Chamber would like to acknowledge major sponsor Lee Fishing Company as well as Peter Lee for providing physical assistance over three days, Sid for his efforts to coordinate stalls, Keith for organising musicians, working endlessly to tidy the yard, making the 100 year carving and bringing ‘Silkie’ the Australiana sculpture to display and stay, the QCWA Tin Can Bay Branch for coordinating cake distribution, Sandy from Brangan Medical for making up the history posters, Daisy for suggesting the Kauri pine as the centenary tree, Lyle and Theresa for donating time and mini backhoe equipment to prep the area and install the rock and tree as well as running the BBQ on the day, Eudlo Natives for sourcing the tree in record time, Cooloola Engraving and Trophies for rushing the plaque through, all of the community groups that turned up to support the event with displays, Terry Steele and the SES for coordinating the disaster kit giveaway, Catch That Photography for grabbing a few snaps, Tin Can Bay P10 State School for the loan of gazebos, Steve Jensen for being generous with his time and equipment, the Chamber executive for bring everything together at short notice, and to everyone else that volunteered at and supported the event.

A big thank you goes to Kevin Steele as he first raised the historical significance of 2022 to Tin Can Bay’s past that led to the marking of the centenary of a township.

How are you going to celebrate over the Tin Can Bay centenary year?

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