Pirates & Mermaids in the Bay

We’ve been enjoying the sight of a magnificent pirate ship anchored off our island this month, as well as a visit from mermaids on their stand up paddleboards! A lovely diversion for commuting island residents crossing the bay!

Your April issue of the Coochie Island News is now available to view and download:


The print version is at Curlew CafeCoochiemudlo Island Beach Bar and Seminara Apartments and will be at our Gym and Men’s Shed and all mainland outlets later today. Apologies for being 1 day late – the recent storm cut power to the publishing house on the day we normally finalise the issue for printing.

So much talent on such a tiny isle! Thanks to our fabulous contributors who shared their news, views, and writing talents! Please support our sponsor Bay Island Transport for their magnificent longstanding support of this newspaper. Darren & Louise Gearing, we love your community spirit! We particularly love our front colour page which pops! Thank you for your support.

Thank you to each of our advertisers for your community focus. We grow businesses and we love having you on board.  Huge thanks to our growing band of community-focused advertisers booking and paying for ads 12 months advance – THANK YOU Andrew Courtney (Plenitude Wealth), Angela Hoskin(Site Content), Craig Carter (Coochie Contractors), Kerry Burton (Team Solomon Estate Agents), Matt Bufalino (Bufalino Builders)Ian and Christine Hart (Coochiemudlo Island Beach Bar), and Steven Shelley, Shelley Contracting! Awesome support!

Thanks to each and every advertiser in CIN, and the businesses allowing us to distribute CIN on their premises. We love you!  And thank you dear readers – without you there would be no reason to have a paper.

LOTS of news this month! CIN has launched an online Bookshop and an online Island Produce Marketplace, our Native Nursery celebrates its first birthday, Coastcare celebrates International Women’s Day, our art groups have a lot of exciting events coming up, Heritage reports on its art exhibition and raffle, and Featured Creative Deirdre Moran shares her techniques and thoughts about art. Please do not forget our Anzac Day service on Monday 25th April (info on pages 3 & 11).

And do enjoy all your favourites: Michael des David’s fishing tipsAdaire’s with another houseboat adventureChristo’s tips on being your best self by finding the light within, Helen Symes health tips, a lovely On the Deck interviewa film review, a review of island poet Kate Barker’s new book, and Golf Club’s events and news, another great Meet Our Volunteers interview, all your community organisation news and events and lots more … whew! I think that’s it for another month!

Thanks for supporting Coochie Island News. It means a lot to this community.

Have a lovely weekend!

Rachael xx