Kawana Forest: Christmas Rock Drop

Let’s spread some joy this Christmas….

What is the rock drop craze all about?

The idea of a “Rock Drop” is you paint rocks then place them in one of our three Kawana Forest parks (not too hidden) for someone to find. Then you take a photo of your hidden rock and post it online the KaFRA Facebook group (in the comments of the Rock Drop post). Now it’s up to someone else to find your rock! Once found, this person then posts online that they have found the rock and have now hidden it in a new location. This way, the fun keeps going!

To get involved in this rock drop fun, you will need:

Rocks – A flat smooth rock/stone

Paint – Acrylic paints or paint pens (Posca Paints from Officeworks) or permanent markers if you have a base coat painted on first.

Brushes – If you are using paints, you’ll need some small brushes.

Sealant – Use an external weather clear spray or paint on sealers to coat the top so your beautiful artwork does not wash away.

Aldi recently has had some Rock Painting kits in store for $7.99.

Join us for a community all-ages rock painting workshop at Kurrajong park Sunday 13 December 3pm (children must be accompanied by a guardian).  KaFRA will bring everything you need to create your masterpiece.

Note: If you can’t make the workshop and you would like some supplies please let KaFRA know so we can help supply you with what you need. 

Looking for ideas on what to paint:

Pinterest has some great ideas, think Christmas, animals, kindness messages, your favourite cartoon or superheroes, or just wherever your creative mind takes you.

You don’t have to be creative or an artist to get involved.  I’m a stick person kind of girl, but I watched a YouTube and followed along and created this rock it isn’t perfect but I’m sure it will bring joy to someone that finds it and that is the purpose of our Christmas rock drop. We also have some books with ideas and how-to guides.

When will the Kawana Forest Rock drop/hunting start:

  • Start painting your rocks now or RSVP to our park workshop happening Sunday 13 December 3PM at Kurrajong Park, where we will bring everything you need to create your rock
  • Saturday 19 December do your rock drop at any of the three Kawana Forest Parks. Don’t forget to post a pic of the rock you are hiding on our KaFRA Facebook page.
  • Sunday 20 December – Rock hunting to begins. Find a rock and post a photo on our Kafra Facebook page.  You can keep it or rehide it for someone else to find to keep the fun going well into the new year.

If you have any questions send us a PM via FB messenger.

Kawana Forest: Christmas Activities 2020

  1. Best Christmas Lights
  2. Children’s Colouring Competition
  3. Christmas Rock Drop (See new post)
Hey Kids of Kawana Forest:
Have you received our Christmas 🎄 colouring competition newsletter in your letterbox? Some great Timezone vouchers up for grabs for 3 different age groups, sponsored by McGrath Caloundra.  Closes 11 December. #kafra
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Kawana Forest 🌳 Christmas Lights Competition:
Take a picture of your house in Kawana Forest and text or email to McGrath Caloundra to be in the running for first prize $100 Coles/Myer gift card for best display and $50 x2 Coles/Myer gift card for the lucky raffle.
Also, don’t forget to share your pic here and address so residents can enjoy the family Christmas walk together.  Competition closes on 11 December. Thanks, McGrath for supporting our community and the Christmas spirit. 🎅🏾 #kafra

Kawana Forest Community Transport Needs – Survey Results and Next Steps

06 October 2020

Attached is the first email sent to registered Kawana Forest Residents regarding the outcome of our survey.

EMAIL 1 Results of Bus Survey email to residents 061020

2 November 2020 

Meeting with Cr Peter Cox to discuss our survey outcomes and the letter received from Director General of TMR.   With a follow-up email outlining the below comment.

It is important to note that the CAMCOS (heavy rail between Kawana to Beerwah) station is still listed in the master plan to stop on the other side of the entry to our estate. If that was deemed an area suitable for a station in the future, then surely a bus service now would allow decision-makers to understand the patron numbers to justify a station.

4 November 2020 

Attached is the second email sent to registered Kawana Forest Residents regarding the Kawana Forest Community Transport Needs – Survey Results and Next Steps Update.   Including the response from the Director-General in response to our request to meet with TMR to present our survey results and recommendations.

EMAIL 2 Kawana Forest Community Transport Needs – Survey Results and Next Steps email to residents 041120

Letter from Director General of Transport and Main Roads[151623] 151020

4 November 2020

Email MP Jarrod Bliejie a response to the Letter from the Director-General of TMR.

Outlining how disappointed we are that TMR has reiterated points from previous correspondence from up to ten years ago. That the points they raised are mostly outdated and many things have changed in this time.  Plus that decisions have been made without consultation with SCC regarding infrastructure cost or changes.  That we are still requesting a meeting with TMR to take them through our survey results and our unique community needs.   Community consultation is required.

15 December 2020

Letter sent from MP Jarrod Bleijie in response to the Letter from the DG of TMR 15 October 2020.

Letter 2 to Director General TMR 15 Dec 2020

8 January 2021

Response letter from Director-General TMR regarding a bus service into Kawana Forest.

Extracts from the attached document:

“However, I can only continue to advise that the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ TransLink Division (TransLink) is not considering introducing a bus service to Kawana Forest at this stage”.

“Providing a new service with new buses will require significant additional and ongoing financial investment due to the additional time, distance and fleet cost. It is acknowledged that extending
bus route 611 is a solution that will not increase existing customer journey times. However, this
will require the same additional and ongoing financial investment as a new service”.

“I understand that TransLink network planners work closely with Sunshine Coast Council to
prioritise improvements to the public transport network and monitor residential growth”.

02 Feb 2021

TMR are still declining to meet with KAFRA to discuss options.  KaFRA has shared this response with SCC Cr Peter Cox, to see if the third statement above has been previously discussed with SCC Transport team and what solutions SCC can see in assisting us and maybe leveraging off our transport levy from our SCC rates or look at trial service like what have previously been offered in other areas of the Sunshine Coast.

Response Letter from DG TMR 8 January 2021

KaFRA Christmas in the park

Join us for our Annual Christmas Party in the Park. We will have the BBQ fired up and Soft Drinks to purchase. Free Ice Blocks for the kids. Games for the kids and adults (Cricket, Jenga, Bocce, Croquet, Molkky). Bring any other refreshments you like and join in the fun.