Full ahead

We're only into February and it's already been a big year in the Scenic Rim, with plenty more on the horizon pointing to a bumper 2017 for the region.

In recent weeks we've seen two long term plans for Beaudesert, which will have spin-off benefits for the wider Scenic Rim region and south-east Queensland, come to fruition – the arrival of the first train at the Bromelton freight hub and the opening of McAuley College.

A fortnight earlier I had the privilege of joiningActing Premier Jackie Trad in turning the first sod at the commencement of works on the Beaudesert Bypass. This is a significant project which will not only support the $30 million SCT Logistics terminal at Bromelton but also help drive further development in the region. Construction of the bypass will also play a key role in council's progression of the master plan to revitalise the Beaudesert town centre which will act as the catalyst for further growth and development.

There is also excitement in Beaudesert around the redevelopment of the former butter factory site on Brisbane Street. The construction of a retail/commercial precinct at the northern gateway to the town is another sign that Beaudesert is on the up. This level of investment reflects the confidence of many in the future growth and development of Beaudesert and the Scenic Rim region.

Elsewhere, civil works have begun at The Outlook Estate, opposite the Scenic Rise development, at Gleneagle. This will comprise 64 lots for up to 70 dwellings, including duplex homes with views of the Macpherson Range. The growth in residential development is hardly surprising given the Scenic Rim's spectacular scenery and healthy environment, combined with its relaxed living and rural lifestyle.

The new Oakland Estate will also welcome its first residents and to support that growth we will see the opening of a shopping centre and a service station. The opening of a tyre store in Beaudesert is another indication of confidence in the retail sector.

As the year unfolds, we have a golden opportunity to unlock the full potential of the economic uplift that's on the way. Hopefully you are excited as I am.

- Cr Greg Christensen, mayor