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Many parts of Queensland are on flood alert this weekend, as torrential rain from ex-tropical cyclone Oswald drenches much of the state. In Brisbane, water is being released from dams to avoid a repeat of the devastating floods. Yeah the situation’ changing pretty quickly actually. A flooding emergency alert has just been issued because a record amount of water is spilling over the Awoonga Dam, which is to the southwest of Gladstone. That could potentially impact hundreds of homes in the suburbs of Boyne Island and Tannum Sands, they’re two major residential areas along the Gladstone coast. Local disaster management crews have described it as an unprecedented situation. Police and SES volunteers are door-knocking homes at the moment, they’re urging residents to take higher ground.

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Tannum Sands is a great holiday town and well known for excellent fishing with access to the Barrier Reef, fishing on the Boyne River and the nearby Lake Awoonga. The beach lifestyle in Tannum Sands is impeccable with pristine long sandy stretches and beautiful waters. Many tourists and travellers enjoy popular beach activities like kiteboarding, sailing, boating, snorkelling and swimming.

The beaches are particularly wonderful at dawn and dusk for a magical beachside stroll. Recently there have been many developments in the Tannum Sands area with major projects and developments getting the go ahead including the Boyne Tannum Country Club Estate which has a new championship 18 hole Golf Course that makes full use of the Boyne River. Bird and nature lovers will also appreciate the areas many conservations parks and bushwalking trails.

It is a major residential area for the nearby Boyne Island Aluminium Smelter and Gladstone-based industries. Tannum Sands is the surfing beach for the city of Gladstone. Originally it was established as a holiday settlement, mainly occupied by typical holiday ‘shacks’. Expansion of Gladstone in the ‘s saw the sleepy settlement become a beachfront residential area and an increasingly popular holiday destination. There is road access to and good parking right along the beach, together with a caravan park and beachfront camping reserve.

The beaches are located 30 km south-east of Gladstone and 10 km off the Bruce Highway. The settlement has two caravan parks, including a beachfront camping reserve and a small shopping centre. Tannum Sands has a relatively safe beach for swimming, particularly at high tide. However, south-east Trades will generate a sweep up the beach and care must be taken near the mouth of Wild Cattle Creek, especially on a falling tide when strong tidal currents flow seaward.

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Industries of the town and surrounds since that time have included gold mining, beef, timber, and more recently heavy industry Aluminium, Coal, LNG , shipping and tourism. The following year Queensland’s first goldfield was officially proclaimed. Lake Awoonga resulted from the construction of a dam on the Boyne River. Lake Awoonga supplies water to the city of Gladstone, and Calliope and other townships in the region, as well as supplying the major industries for which the Gladstone region is known.

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The team said it extends a welcome to both new and old Cruise Craft boat owners and places a high priority on family fun, boating education and fishing competitions under the Team CruiseCraft banner. Team CruiseCraft said its calendar is full of events with a number of fishing competitions headlining the program, including: Team CruiseCraft said for those wishing to know more, there is a website outlining the advantages of joining up.

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Closer settlement began in the late ‘s when 12 beach front lots were auctioned. The Town received its name when a group of children returned from a Sunday School picnic to the beach quite sunburnt. The comment was made “we can really tan ‘um over there.

With the weather not being as kind as it has been recently the ones chasing the off shore species certainly made things that little more difficult. Those who were keen needed to put their seamanship skills to the test with the results being some wicked fish being weighed in apart from the likes of Spanish Mackerel. I was gutted because it was such a spectacular fish. The skills which this event has uncovered regarding kids, fishing, and returning their catch to the water though is impressive with many times more live fish measured and tagged than gilled and gutted weighed in.

Many were also chatting to me about how the region is actually fishing, and from all accounts the likes of Rock Cod Shoals has never fished better even though it gets a lot of action when the weather is right. Cathy Cornwall, and her lad Joel, ventured out to the Shoals on the Sunday making it out there ok but the trip home was wet and very rough. The lads from the Havta Fish team also experienced the same.

Once all the action happened and boat drawn the Monday saw Dags and Jen plus our friends Anthony and Vicki Buenen buy a beach permit online and slip up the Lillies Beach for lunch and a whiting session. The condition of the beach was horrific to say the least all because of the high tides in the morning while the HookUp was on forcing those utilising this special place to travel in the soft sand above the high tide mark.

Once along further we were able to travel on the harder sand surface and also find a tree to cook up a feed. The whiting fishing was awesome with some solid yellowfin being caught. The wind had dropped down to about 10 knots and it was picture perfect as you can see, with the only thing spoiling it being the odd 4wd maybe breaking the sound barrier at times although the rest were very considerate.

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Javascript is required to view this map. Boyne Island, a residential and industrial town, is 10 km south-east of central Gladstone. It is separated by narrow channels from the mainland and is bordered by the Boyne River to its south-east. It is named after the river, which was charted by John Oxley in Boyne Island was the province of squatters from the s until , when the first pastoral lease was granted.

Government resumptions in the s opened much of the land to selection, and further leasehold. Resumptions in resulted in the establishment of farming and agricultural selections. Included in these early selections was a block taken up by Yorkshire naturalist Charles Hedley in Hedley attempted fruit growing, but sold out to William Wyndham in after an incapacitating accident.

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