COOCHIE BEACH COMES ALIVE AGAIN
The tinnies are iced down, (the ones that haven’t got motors that is!), the nibblies are nibbling and Santa is on his way for the annual Christmas Eve gathering on Coochie’s Main Beach! A long standing tradition on the island, Christmas Eve sees hundreds of locals and visitors congregating on Main Beach near the Coochie jetty for a delightful dusk mingling of people with the Christmas spirit Santa arrives by a boat all decked out with lights just on dark to the delight of the hundreds of kids in attendance.
BIG ROLL-UP FOR COOCHIE REMEMBRANCE DAY
Among the usual large crowd assembled for the Remembrance Day ceremony on Coochiemudlo Island were members of the Scott family from the Lifesavers Nippers on the island. The Scott family has a long connection with the services with the youngsters’ Great grandfather a prisoner of way in World War 2.
• L-R Edie (10) Jason and Benjamin (6) Scott lay a wreath at the Coochiemudlo Island cenotaph.
NOODLE NEDDIES FOR COOCHIE CUP DAY!
Due to a distinct shortage of horses on Coochie the Mudlo Cup event at Carolyn Brammer’s home on the island on Melbourne Cup day had to make do with an assortment of nags made from pool noodles! The riotous event drew a large well dressed crowd and the winning horse in a Calcutta racing format was “Minty” which just happened to be green. The impressive MUDLO CUP was presented to the winner Helen Pickford who is seen holding her trophy while restraining “Minty”.. The cup was generously donated by East Coast Engraving of Wynnum. The event raised over $400 for local community groups including the local ambulance First Responders on the day. A large crowd revelled in the festivities and catering in the beautiful gardens of Carolyn’s MUDLO property for the day.
• L-R John Pickford -Carolyn Brammer, Helen Pickford (race winner – with “Minty”) and Colleen Morgan
MENS SHED ON ITS WAY!
At long last the first sod has been turned and foundations are ready for pouring of Coochie’s newest community structure. The new facility will house the Coochie Men’s Shed, the Opportunity Shop and the Jock Allan Gym. The concrete foundations will be laid shortly and the building completed on 20th December 2018.
• Men’s shed members Doug Leaver, Bill Foley, Bob Corpe (President), Ted Dilworth and Mick Lewry cast an approving eye over the construction site.
THE “A-TEAM” OF TRICK OR TREATERS!
Three of Coochie’s favourite little people, sisters Amber, Amy and Ava Carter led the 40 odd trick or treaters on Coochie’s annual Halloween home visiting in search of sweets and other treats. This year Coochie identity Elissa Brooker did her usual stirling job of producing an on-line map of people on the island of people who were prepared to welcome , or maybe trick, the youngsters in their adventure. This service has been greatly appreciated by the kids and parents alike for some years as it pinpoints the appropriate houses and stops unwanted calls to those who do not wish to participate. The advances in technology has become evident from the first year the map was published. As to now, rather than clutching a paper map, the kids mainly rely on their mobile phone editions!
• Amber, Amy and Ava Carter