RADIO, COONDOO AND THE SCHOOL BUS

I am just off the phone to ABC Sunshine Coast Radio.

Every couple of months we’ll be interviewed about what’s happening at Rainbow Beach. I kept the focus on tourism, our foreshore, new horserides (Welcome back, Andrew, Kirsty and family!) and why our coast is the best holiday choice.

Of course, there were questions on the floods – it is the third time in the last month that high schoolers (and tourists and business deliveries) can’t reach Gympie. We queried Transport and Main Roads (TMR) this week about plans for raising Coondoo Creek Bridge on Tin Can Bay Road. A spokesperson said “TMR has no plans to further upgrade Coondoo Creek Bridge at this time”.

Is that really OK? If there was only one flood a year –it would be no problem. All too often lately we’ve had to watch that road and wait for holiday cancellations.

Another gripe regards a change to school buses –we found out yesterday they will not run earlier than their allotted time (in the event of Coondoo or other creeks fl ooding). It says on their website that TMR and Education Qld must authorise any changes to operate at different times. This is something we’ll seek clarifi cation on, because ultimately it means more days off school or students left stranded in Gympie.

In this edition, our Progress Association tell us of their meeting with the Premier. Council share plans for the stairs, and the community spirit of the coast is evident with beach clean up and backpacker stories.

Remember to help out Clean Up Australia Day 8am March 3 and at a Beach Working Bee 2pm March 24.

Until next month,

Heatley and Michelle Gilmore

PS Thumbs up to the new Sport Club play room