Opening of the Rainbow Beach Road

The Rainbow Beach Road was officially opened on Saturday 29 March 1966 by the Queensland Premier, the Honourable Sir Frank Nicklin.

The dignitaries that attended included: Alderman Ron Witham (Mayor of Gympie), Councillor W.H. (Bill) Kidd (Chairman, Widgee Shire Council) and Mr A.M. (Max) Hodges, MLA.

The road was built at a cost of $235,000 and the Council surveyed, designed and constructed the road. The cost was divided between Qld Titanium Mines ($130,000), State Government ($81,000) and the Widgee Shire Council ($24,000).

Opening of Rainbow Beach Road, Gympie Times, Tuesday 29 March 1966, page 1

It was a busy day for the Premier and the entourage with a visit to the Queensland Titanium Mines, Tin Can Bay and the Rainbow Beach Surf Life Saver’s Club. A dinner was held at the Sleepy Lagoon Motel in Tin Can Bay.

The official programme from the Widgee Shire Council.

Rainbow Beach – Widgee Shire Council program for Rainbow Beach road opening (page 1) – 26 March 1966
Rainbow Beach – Widgee Shire Council program for Rainbow Beach road opening (page 2) – 26 March 1966