April 2016 Newsletter

April 2016 Newsletter

It’s hard to believe we’re doing our April 2016 Newsletter.

Autumn is well and truly underway. Mushrooms and fungi are popping up in gardens and parks. Particularly large ones are growing under casuarina trees.

March was busy in Mooloolaba with the Mooloolaba Triathlon, a visit from the cruise ship Pacific Jewel, and Easter weekend. As always it was good to see so many familiar faces.

The Unity Water tower on Point Cartwright is  part of the view from Mooloolaba. A competition was held to choose an art work for the large tank. We have been watching as the artwork “Subsurface” by Joel Fergie has been appearing. The 26 year old street artist is also known as The Zookeeper. His work features a humpback whale, a turtle and fish swimming beneath the sea. The work references the iconic marine life around Point Cartwright. A Richmond birdwing butterfly, an osprey and the yachts of Mooloolaba also feature.

Situated in the Point Cartwright Reserve it is worth taking the time to walk through the reserve to really appreciate the work. Take the time to enjoy the view down the coast towards Caloundra when you get to the reserve.

Angry Frog Photography is a creative group based here Mooloolaba. They cater for everyone: family groups, weddings, model portfolio shots, studio or location based. They can organised glamour shots with expert hair and make-up. They have a special offer for those staying at Northwind.

Last week we attended a function at Sea Life Underwater World.. While there we were able to have a close look at some flat back turtle hatchlings. They all came from one clutch of eggs and will be kept at Sea Life until they are at least 15 cm long. They will then be released back into the ocean.

The staff at Sea Life  returned an Olive Ridley turtle to sea in March.

Ruby had been found on Sunshine Beach on the 6th December, 2015. Coolum District Coast Care volunteers got her to Sea Life where she was looked after and nursed back to health. Ruby was equipped with a satellite tracker before release. The juvenile flat back turtles will also be equipped with satellite tracking devices when released.

We were delighted to be among the first to see wee Moana the seal make her first appearance in a seal show. She enchanted everyone.

Pita Pit Mooloolaba

Kerry and Shane at the Pita Pit on Brisbane Road have smoothies,  salads and cookies as well as the signature freshly made pitas on plain, whole meal or gluten free bread. They have a kids’ menu, combos,  all day breakfast, and vegetarian options. They can also cater for large orders. It’s great for those wanting to be sure they are eating healthy, fresh food. The store is on Brisbane Road just opposite the car park. It is open from 10.00am until 8.00pm.

Diamond Festival of Orchids.

The Nambour Orchid Society will host the Diamond Festival of Orchids at the Lake Kawana Community Centre on the 11th and 12th of June. This festival is for those who are enchanted and intrigued by the beauty and variety of orchids. It will be the biggest orchid event in Australia for 2016.

There will be 15 vendors selling orchids and supplies, guest speakers, potting demonstrations, art, craft, and photography displays.