Volunteers clean up Arts in the Olive venue

BEAUDESERT volunteers have been busy, helping to clean up some of the mud, dirt and gravel the floods left at the Arts in the Olives venue.

Beaudesert and District Community Arts Projects (BADCAP) members have spent the past two weeks clearing the mess at the Lost World Valley property on Kerry Road.

BADCAP secretary Chris Grimmett said she was surprised to see the extent of the debris.

“We saw the beautiful little stream, that flows through the property, turn into a raging torrent of water causing destruction on its way,” she said.

“The bridge that normally spans the two sides of the creek enabling visitors to pass from one side to the other, was washed downstream.”

Ms Grimmett said she found large rocks spread over the eastern side of the creek where many of the workshops would be held.

She said the clean up was not over yet and there would still be many more hours of work to be done before the Arts in the Olives festival in May.

“The area where we have the festival was flooded badly two weeks ago so there is a lot of mud to be removed before it can go ahead,” she said.

BADCAP will continue clearing the mud and dirt in preparations for the festival.