Rainbow Beach link a pot of gold to discover
RAINBOW Beach launched itself on a journey of self-discovery on Wednesday night as town's people of all persuasions united in optimism and good will.
In a positive display of community not often seen anywhere, business people joined retirees, visitors and conservation activists to nut out what they want for their town.
"I think from the success of the meeting last night we can show government that there is strong community support for a master plan for Rainbow Beach and it is definitely open for business," Member for Gympie David Gibson said.
Businesswoman Ruth Modin thanked Mayor Ron Dyne for attending, along with Cr Rae Gate, and was effusive in her praise of the meeting convenor.
"What a positive, healing and inspirational public meeting David Gibson chaired!" she said yesterday.
A new push for a bridge across Tin Can Inlet from Tin Can Bay to Rainbow Beach was the most expensive and enthusiastically supported proposal at the meeting, along with a flood free Coondoo Creek crossing, more boat ramps and positive press.
Mr Gibson and The Gympie Times copped some flak; Mr Gibson on his failure to deliver a promised removal of beach vehicle access fees and the paper for negative publicity, particularly on recent campsite robberies and a negative response to the Environment Court's Rainbow Shores Stage Two development rejection.
Mr Gibson told the meeting he had been initially apprehensive, "like a Christian asking how the lions were at the Colosseum".
"The aim of the meeting was to gather information regarding the needs and wants of the Rainbow Beach community, business owners, community organisations and local leaders," he said.
He said the meeting was structured to ensure everyone was given the opportunity to be heard.
"While each of us has our own vision (for) Rainbow Beach, it was clear there were common themes."