Goodbye, and the importance of waving hello

A very happy new year to you! I wish for you peace, joy and flourishing in 2023. The January 2023 issue is out now. See our story on a key element of island etiquette – the importance of waving hello, on page 1, as well as a surprise On the Deck interview by Greg Mouy, lots of news, our famous Event Guide, and all your regular columns and contributors.

For my own flourishing, if you haven’t already heard, I am stepping down as Publisher of the Coochie Island News, effective 31st January 2023. I would like to thank you for your support of this community newsletter. Please see page 15 for more information about the transition period as there is likely to be a gap before a new publisher emerges and goes to print.

I’d like to thank all of you for your support over the years, but especially those who believed in me and CIN from the start.

To my sponsors, Darren and Louise Gearing of Bay Island Transport, there from the start in February 2019, to today – thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your constant support of CIN gave me wings and helped me deliver a newsletter to Coochiemudlo Island that helped grow businesses, support creatives and get bums on seats for events run by island organisations.

To each of my advertisers, contributors, donors and to the many businesses who are outlets for CIN on the island and mainland – Thank you for your generosity, kindness and support.

To Helen Symes, who served as my sub editor for a long time – thank you for your eagle eyes, and being a good sounding board. And for making me feel I wasn’t doing this alone.

A special thanks to two key advertisers, Carolyn Brammer and Craig Carter. Carolyn and Craig have advertised with CIN from the very start (February 2019) to today (January 2023) including right through the pandemic. Craig particularly deserves enormous thanks for the way he backed me from the start, back in January 2019 when I pitched the idea of CIN. He promptly booked 12 months of ads and paid cash for them 12 months in advance, before I had even produced my first issue. His belief in me, and the cash flow he provided, gave me a real lift.

Finally, you dear reader, thank you for reading CIN and for the feedback you’ve provided. I have loved entertaining and informing you of what’s going on in our island world, and helping to showcase our strengths, our flourishing island businesses, our creatives, and I’ve enjoyed meeting so many interesting people through interviews, that have helped connect people so we understand each other better. Some of you shared very personal stories and poetry, which was also very personal. Thank you for your trust in me, with your stories and poems.

I’m very proud of this last issue with me at the helm of CIN and I hope you enjoy it too. For the first time since deciding to leave, I have tears in my eyes writing this to you 😊But oh! I am looking forward to freedom from the monthly prep of CIN in my tiny non-air conditioned study on weekends and public holidays while the rest of the island is boating or swimming in the sea! 😊

If I’ve forgotten anyone in my thank you’s, I apologise, but I need to get going to deliver this last issue all over the Redlands and into Bulimba and Southbank.

Have a cracker of a year, I intend to! 😊

Rachel xxx