Cooloola Coast Heritage & Historical Society Moving Forward

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It’s all systems go for the Cooloola Coast Heritage & Historical Society (CCH&HS). The committee and volunteers have been out and about raising much needed funds to boost the coffers and make the 2025 Festival of the Cooloola Coast (a celebration of history) a huge event.

Secretary Kerry Bale and other committee members attended the inaugural Wellness Expo and provided lunch to the patrons with funds going to the CCH&HS.

A recent meeting with Gympie Mayor Glen Hartwig was positive with the promise from the council to assist in a number of matters regarding the land allocated for the proposed future historical village.

In other news the CCH&HS have been registered with Centrelink as an organisation who can offer work to registered job seekers. Kerry says that there is plenty to do as the committee are already deep into the planning process for the festival along with selling raffle tickets and helping out to maintain the land.

“After a recent hiccup with regard to having our prawn rolls at the Tin Can Bay Market, the good news is that thanks to the help from the Mayor, this issue is now sorted and we will have the rolls as from the July market” said Kerry excitedly.

The group will also be offering yummy roast beef and gravy rolls on occasion as a change from the seafood.

The committee would also like to thank everyone who took the time to enter our festival naming competition.

“We had some great ideas” said Kerry. “The choice was difficult. Some of our favourites were The Wood and Hook Festival that came from Linda Cooper, of Tree & Sea, a suggestion by Gary Parker and the Tuncunba Kauri Festival, which was submitted by Christine Keys”

After much deliberation the Committee decided to go with “The Festival of the Cooloola Coast” which encompasses our whole region. There will be more competitions available to enter over the coming months as the Committee would like the community to have a say in their festival.

In the meantime, if you would like to find out more about becoming a member or volunteering, please contact Kerry Bale on 0414 444 719.

Jenni Jackson

CCH&HS committee members (l-r) Hilary Smerdon, Darryl Lee & Kerry Bale with Mayor Glen Hartwig (2nd from right).