No Kid Misses Out at Christmas in Cooroy

christmas in cooroy ridesChristmas in Cooroy is a children’s wonderland! There is so much packed into this free festival that the young Christmas enthusiasts will be run off their little feet trying to fit everything in!

There are no admission prices, no tickets to be bought, and no parking fees – it is a truly free event which is a rarity these days. This year there is set to be an even more fantastic array of free rides and activities for kids of all ages!

Thanks to Cooroy Rag, and their extraordinarily generous sponsorship the Spinning Teacups, The Giant Slide and a big Jumping Castle are all free! Kids can jump on rides as many times as they like and parents don’t need to worry about the pester factor at all!

Madill Motor Group have sponsored a brand new attraction: The Mini 4X4s! The Mini 4X4s are a great new addition to Christmas in Cooroy so make sure you check them out and maybe even jump in and have a go with the kids!  They also sponsor the Animal Farm which is a firm favourite as everyone loves the chance to cuddle a few furry friends!

There will also be an extra splash of colour to Christmas in Cooroy, thanks to CJ Taxation. Their sponsorship of the Face Painting means that there will be two fantastic face painters on hand to do free face painting.

Even the most important man of the festive season, Santa Claus will be making an appearance; courtesy of Gelignite Jacks who never fail to send him an invitation and help pack his sleigh!  Kids can visit Santa and tell him their Christmas wishes as well as get a sweet or novelty to take away with them.

Also on the entertainment line-up for the kids is the Cooroy Fish’n’Chips sponsored Santa Sack races for the kids which is a never ending source of amusement for all.  Harking back to the old days of sack races at community picnics, this activity is so fun that the whole family can get involved and of course everyone wins a prize!

The Leather Doctor has come on board this year to sponsor a free popcorn stand handing out delightful buttery popcorn to the crowds.   As if all that wasn’t enough, there is loads more on the program that is all free and full of entertainment.  So make sure you put Saturday 3 December in the diary and be in Cooroy for all the madcap FREE fun of Christmas in Cooroy!

For more information about Christmas in Cooroy visit or find the festival on Facebook at

Christmas in Cooroy is proudly organised by the Cooroy Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club of Cooroy and could not be run as a free event without the fantastic support from all its volunteers and funding partners: Ricon Contractors, Noosa Council, Cooroy Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank, Noosa to Hinterland Plumbing Group, Cooroy Rag, Cooroy SUPA IGA, Mower & ATV Solutions, Madills Motor Group, Cooroy Hotel, Hinterland Dental Group, Live Life Pharmacy, CJ Taxation Services, Gelignite Jacks, Club Cooroy RSL, Queensland Media Print, Firefly Solutions, Cooroy Fish ‘n’ Chips, The Leather Doctor, Cooroy Family Practice, Cooroy Pest Control and NoosaCare Inc.

Cooroy Memorial Hall Meeting Update

cooroy memorial hall meeting updateWednesday night’s meeting about the future of the Cooroy Memorial Hall at Cooroy RSL was well attended and it is clear that our community is passionate about our beautiful old lady. Here are the main points that came out of the meeting:
1. The RSL has made the decision to relinquish the custodianship of the Cooroy Memorial Hall at a point in time that a new custodian can take over.
2. For this to be approved, the RSL are applying to the State Government to separate the RSL Club from the Hall so that the original Deed of Grant can be set aside – the State Government who had a representative in attendance have indicated that this would happen.
3. The RSL Club will also write to Noosa Council informing them of their intentions, asking for assistance as required.
4. There were 2 motions put forward – the first of which was amended to include the second motion making a new motion which was then passed by a large majority of attendees. This motion essentially proposed the setting up of a new steering committee for the Memorial Hall, made up from interested parties from the local community and local groups with Noosa Council having overall responsibility, similar to how the Lower Mill Board was originally set up in 2004.
5. Expressions of interest for people to join the steering committee were invited and approximately 30 people have now put their names forward. This committee will meet at a date in the future to form a management committee for the Memorial Hall.
6. Until the original Deed of Grant to the Cooroy RSL is set aside, they are still responsible for the hall however, it is unlikely it will be re-opened in the short term due to ongoing liability issues and the difficulty of obtaining an independent review on the safety issues at this time of year.
7. Once a new deed has been issued to the new custodian body – the Cooroy RSL will transfer funds held in the Cooroy Memorial Hall account to the new custodians.
8. It is unclear at present as to when the Memorial Hall will be in a position to be re-opened. There are a number of health and safety codes which need to be addressed and met including Fire, Electrical Safety, Disability Access, Catering and the Toilets. Until these are met, it would be extremely difficult to get the building and its varied uses insured.
9. This will not be a quick process, everything will take time but it is a step in the right direction and once settled, the Cooroy Memorial Hall should have a bright future but it and the new custodians will still need ongoing community support.
So until the transition is complete, any questions should be directed to the Club Cooroy RSL management. Please don’t ask the staff as they are not in a position to answer these.

Cooroy Lower Mill Site Restoration Work Begins

cooroy lower mill siteWork to repair part of heritage-listed Cooroy Lower Mill Site began this week.

Council is overseeing the repairs in cooperation with the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. The project will concentrate on the old boiler house and kiln.

Contractors will remove asbestos, repair termite-damaged timber and replace weathered chamfer boards, plus remediate the chimney and reinforce the roof and walls.

“This work will make the building safe so we can re-open it to the public. It will also ensure its long-term preservation,” said Heritage Levy Advisory Committee Chair, Cr Jess Glasgow.

The Queensland Government transferred the site to Noosa Council in 2002 after the mill closed in 2000 as a result of the Regional Forestry Agreement.

The boiler house, kiln and associated buildings were added to the State’s heritage register in 2008.

Cr Glasgow said the Mill was an important part of Cooroy’s history, with the timber industry being one of Noosa’s earliest industries.

“The kiln was the first drying kiln to be built in the region and it’s the only known remaining example of a timber drying kiln in the Sunshine Coast region,” he said.

Built in 1956, the kiln paved the way for the sale of timber to markets that demanded lower moisture content than could be achieved by air-drying.

“This project, funded from Council’s heritage levy, will bring the facility back up to a safe standard so we can reopen it to the community and ensure its preservation,” he said.

Council has appointed Cooran-based Marbelle Pty Ltd as primary contractor.

Work is expected to take three months.

Once the boiler house has been refurbished parts of it will again reopen to the public so they can learn about the former mill operation.

“The site will be fenced off and we’ll need to reclaim some car parking spaces adjacent to the Cooroy Woodworkers Club Inc. and Cooroy Camphor Laurel Inc. buildings to house machinery. Council appreciates the community’s patience while the work is completed.”

Cooroy RV Stopover Becomes Reality

Cooroy RV stopover MapAfter Nearly 20 Years it’s Finally Arrived!

The Cooroy RV Stopover off of Mary River Road will open this weekend Saturday 12th December 2015.

Full details will be updated on the Noosa Council website Tomorrow – Cooroy RV Stopover Webpage

This will provide relevant information and a link to an online booking and payment capability.

Once the site is operational, fully self-contained motorhomes and caravans will be permitted to use the site for a maximum of four nights.

A low fee will apply.

A caretaker will also move on site from Thursday. This person will change from time to time. There may be times no one will be there but the site will be visited every day.

The contact details of the site manager will be on the web site when it goes live this Friday.

Directional signage on the main access roads is still being designed and yet to be installed – but most RV owners use Apps such as WikiCamps and Camps Australia Wide, CMCA memberships sites and the like these days – so hopefully it will not be too hard to the find the site in the interim.

However, if you see RV owners looking lost over the next few weeks, please point them in the right direction and give them a friendly Cooroy welcome!

Excitement Building for Cooroy Farmers & Artisans Market

The first Cooroy Farmers and Artisans Market on Saturday 7 October is looking to be a success with more than 45 stalls booked, some great entertainment and a special guest appearance from popular Australian chef Matt Golinski.

The markets will run from 6am to noon and Matt Golinski, will be cooking up a storm with local produce from 9.30am to 10.30am.

“I’m passionate about supporting primary producers and food artisans and a great way to do that is to visit your local Farmers Market.  I’m looking forward to the first Cooroy Farmers & Artisans Market and excited to see what local products are on offer,” said Matt.

There is more entertainment on offer with Cooroy musician, Jamison Kehl performing from 8am.  Sixteen-year-old Jamieson was one of 10 young women from Queensland to take part in the inaugural Big Sky Girl Mentoring Program this year and has since been performing around the Coast, recently releasing her first single, Limerence.

“We are really appreciative of all the support we’ve been given for the markets.  We are getting really fantastic messages on Facebook and emails about how great it is that the Noosa hinterland is going to have its very own Farmers & Artisans Markets.  We are really pleased with the response from stallholders too, with a great selection of produce, food products and artists with artworks that are Made in the Biosphere,” said one of the organisers, Danielle Taylor.

One thing you won’t be seeing at these markets are imported or mass-produced items.  At each market there will also be stall space donated to a community group to utilise as a fundraiser and/or to raise awareness.  At the first market, there will be two community groups, the Cooroy Eumundi Cricket Club doing a sausage sizzle and BFFs, also known as Butter Factory Friends raising awareness about the great work they do.

Markets will be held on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturdays of each month to support local growers and artists and highlight the diversity of produce and talent in our region.

For more information on Cooroy Farmers Market visit or find them on Facebook at @cooroymarket

Hop, Hop, Hop, Merry Christmas!

chrsitmas in cooroy sack racesIntroduced last year, the Cooroy Fish and Chips Santa Sack Races were so popular that it has become a permanent addition to the Christmas in Cooroy program.

Last year, even Councillor Sandy Bolton had a crack and was happily beaten by the entire field of happy hoppers!

This event is reminiscent of community picnics of days gone past and it is just as popular today with the kids!  It’s a great activity for children of all ages and every child that participates receives a small gift but most of all it is lots of fun. If your child wants to participate make sure you’re at the starting line opposite the Library at 4pm at Christmas in Cooroy on Saturday 5 December.

The Santa Sack Race is a part of Christmas in Cooroy which is a fantastic free community event with free rides and entertainment for the entire family as well as the Hinterland Plumbing Group Great Santa Race and the Bendigo Bank Street Parade. Hosted by the Cooroy Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Cooroy this event is a showcase of Christmas spirit for the region.  And everything is FREE including rides thanks to sponsorship of the Cooroy Rag – so you can have a great family day out without breaking the budget!

Christmas in Cooroy could not be run as a free event without the fantastic support from all its volunteers and funding partners: Cooroy Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank, Ricon Contractors, Noosa Council, Cooroy Rag, Cooroy Central Guardian Pharmacy, Noosa to Hinterland Plumbing Group, Cooroy SUPA IGA, Club Cooroy RSL, Masterhire Cooroy Hinterland Dental, Mower & ATV Solutions, Cooroy Hotel, Queensland Media Print, John Madill Toyota, Zinc 96.1 FM, Polaris, Hinternoosa Real Estate, CJ Taxation Services, Cooroy Pest Control, Cooroy Fish & Chips, Gelignite Jacks, Sunshine Mitre 10, Cooroy Family Practice and Sutton’s Cleaning Service.

For more information on Christmas in Cooroy or the Santa Sack Race visit

Cooroy Memorial Hall Meeting – Minutes

Board of Trustees for the Cooroy Memorial Hall

Community Hall Meeting

Held on the 9th NOVEMBER 2015

Cooroy Memorial HallA public community meeting was held in the Cooroy Memorial Hall on the 9th of November 2015 to inform the community of the current state of the hall, and seek community input.

29 members of the community attended this public meeting along with 5 Noosa Shire councilors.

It was the intention of the Board to firstly give a brief history of the hall and how the Trusteeship came to the hands of the Cooroy RSL & Citizens Club back in 1979, to explain the Deed of Grant of Land and the ownership of the hall building belong to the community.

Phil Hutchinson chaired the meeting and gave a detailed explanation of the Hall stakeholders and their roles regarding the Hall. An overview of the visible and underlying structural issues such as functionality of the kitchen and toilets facilities, plumbing, termite damage and electrical report issues was provided.

A financial report was tabled that was relevant to the Cooroy RSL as Trustees along with the RSL’s input of labour and funds. It was explained to the community that the Cooroy RSL does not have sufficient available funds, is not in a position to raise adequate funds and does not achieve sufficient income from the Hall to make continued upkeep or required refurbishment feasible.

It was also made very clear to the community that Bendigo Banks potential past funding was no longer available at this stage and it was re-enforced to the public that the Hall is ‘community owned’ but by no specific entity and that it is located on a combination of titles and that the Cooroy RSL merely act as trustees.

It was hoped that by informing the community of these current issues, members of the community would understand the needs of the hall and come together with possible solutions, such as a steering committee.

It was expressed by the community that it if no incorporated local entity is prepared to take responsibility for the hall and the present trustees relinquish the trusteeship of the hall, an option would be to pass the ownership of the Hall to state government or local council. The local councilors present at the meeting suggested this as an option and requested that Board of Trustees on behalf of the community, write to Council before relinquishing trusteeship of the Hall.

It was noted that at a meeting held with Peter Wellington MP on the 21st of October 2015 that he confirmed by letter his original advice. Mr Wellington suggested that the best way forward would be for the RSL as trustee of the Cooroy Memorial Hall, to transfer its trusteeship of the hall to new trustees, who have no connection with the RSL, and while the trustees may change, there is no intention to change the trust document. He had been informed that this is not a difficult process to have trustees of a trust replaced.

It was decided that another community hall meeting be held 4 weeks’ time and if no steering committee or other Incorporated entity come forward, we the Board of Trustees will have no other choice but to relinquish their trusteeship as outlined in the paragraph above.

In the interim, the Board of Trustees determined that the Hall should be temporarily closed to protect the safety of the community. When the hall is deemed safe, it will be reopened. Note that this does not mean the Hall will be compliant, but will no longer disallow community usage.

Meeting concluded 7.45pm

Special Board Meeting

Held 10th November 2015


Bruce Wilson, Ian Whisker, Ian Wischusen, Bruce Gregory, Angie Cull, Phil Hutchinson and Tina Mayfield

Apologies David Young

Conflict of Interest None declared

After thoughtful consideration and discussion, a motion was put forward by Bruce Gregory:

That the hall be closed until such time that the Board consider that it is stage 2 of the electrical report deemed (safe) and that the kitchen and toilet facilities are considered of a hygienic standard.

As of the 10th November 2015 the Hall will be closed until further notice.

Moved Bruce Gregory                                               Seconded Phil Hutchinson

Carried unanimously by show of hands

The meeting adjourned at 1752hh


Road Closures – Christmas in Cooroy

road closures christmas in cooroyPlease help to share this information about the Road Closures for Christmas in Cooroy.

On Friday 4 December from 6pm to 8pm the roundabout at the RSL (Cnr Emerald / Maple Street) will be closed for the lighting of the tree.

On Saturday 5 December from 4pm until 6pm, Maple Street will be closed from the roundabout near the Cooroy Hotel to Lower Mill Road.

Due to the existing road closures of Garnet St, the alternate route will be via Cooroy Belli Creek Rd & Lawnville Rd during this time.

There will also be limited access via Maple Street between Marara St & Lower Mill Rd from 6pm to 8pm on Saturday 5 December.

Please be aware of these changes, plan your trip accordingly and drive safely.

Thank you for your understanding!

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Cooroy Website Preserved on Pandora

cooroy website pandora archiveThe Cooroy website has just been preserved by the State Library of Queensland on PANDORA, a digital archive dedicated to the preservation of Australian online electronic publications of national significance.

The State Library of Queensland is one of seven co-contributors to PANDORA, which stands for Preserving and Accessing Networked Documentary Resources of Australia.

The Archive contains only a small proportion of the Australian web domains, estimated at less than one per cent and only online publications deemed to be of national significance are chosen.

“This is a huge recognition for Cooroy, that our website is significant enough to preserve.  All of the information on the website is about our town and that will now be in the national archives,” said Cooroy Chamber of Commerce President, Danielle Taylor.

“The Cooroy Chamber of Commerce started the Cooroy website 10 years ago as a community initiative and it has always been very popular.  The site has undergone several transformations over the years to become the fantastic resource that it is today.  To be chosen to be included is an honour and a testament to all the hard work that has gone into this website.”

The Cooroy website gets approximately 10,000 visits per month with the most popular sections being the calendar, business directory and news pages.

Take a few minutes to check out the wealth of information about Cooroy at  There is everything from local news and events to history and business and community directories.

You can check out the archived listing which will be updated every 6-12 months on Pandora Here