Scenic Rim Community News

Joy Drescher
Joy Drescher


By Joy Drescher,, or phone 0447 346 378, or 5541 2378.


BBB will have a poetry meeting and BYO picnic on the Albert River,Darlington Park, Lost World Valley on Friday June 16.

Members can meet to car-pool at the regular venue, Arts and Info Centre, Enterprize Drive,Beaudesert at 9.30am or just go directly to Darlington Park. After this exciting day, the subject matter for the next meeting will be The River, possibly inspired by the picnic. All are welcome. However you do need to bring your own picnic both food and eating/cooking utensils [BBQ is available in the park], the poems you intend to perform, folding chair,your partner and friends. There is some fixed seating with roofs over park furniture, fire sites, toilets and it is 30km out along the Kerry Road from Beaudesert. From the main traffic lights intersection in the centre of Beaudesert CBD, proceed on the Kerry Road past Kerry (do NOT turn off) and continue on the same road past picturesque Darlington School towards Lost World. At 30km from Beaudesert you will cross a large new concrete bridge over the Albert River. Turn left immediately after the bridge into Darlington Park (the park extended both sides of the road). Look for the BBB flag. Brochures on Darlington Park are available at major tourist venues and Information Centres in the Scenic Rim

 An excursion is planned for 15 September, 2017 at the Historical Museum 9 for 9.30am. As this is a free event do come along and join in the fun. Ring Ian 5463 4360 or Pamela 5541 2662 for more details.


Rick Enright is the guest speaker at the Historical Society meeting on Friday 16 June. He is talking about the town's first water supply which was laid by Enrights to their store, and other businesses hooked on as well. The meeting will begin at 1.30pm at the Museum, 54 Brisbane St, Beaudesert and members are asked to bring a plate to share for afternoon tea. There will also be a run-down on the Open Studios weekend and arrangements for the Shepherd’s Walk on Saturday 15 July.  David Mason will give a run-down as Librarian and book sales. Dave’s book,Artists in Iron, the Blacksmiths of the Scenic Rim is available at the Beaudesert Museum from 10am to 2pm daily.For information contact the author David Mason on 0419 664 364.  Palen Creek painters have finished replacing rotted woodwork and painting the Old Council building and Tramway office. Some inmates are re-doing artwork on Historical Society signs in-house.The Museum opens 10am-2pm daily at 54 Brisbane St, Beaudesert,phone 5541 3740 or President Doug Drescher on 0412 757 645 or 5541  2378.


At 2pm on 18 June St Mary’s Church will ring with the music of the Chamber Orchestra Cologne Concerts with tickets on sale at Desert Oasis Coffee Lounge Beaudesert Fair phone 5541 0142 or St Mary’s Parish Centre, Bromelton St,Beaudesert 55411068.   There will be a second concert at Tamborine Mountain St John The Baptist Churchat 7pm Saturday 17 June with tickets on sale at The Cuckoo’s nest 5545 1334 or john reedy  on 5545 2486.


The Caring for Country exhibition goes from 16 June to 30 August with the official opening at 6 for 6.30pm at The Centre Friday 16 June. Local   Artists chosen for this exhibition include Boonah State High School Yr 9 students, Susie Cunningham, Therese Flynn-Clarke, Alinta Krauth, Cal MacKinnon, Elizabeth Poole, Linsey Pollack, Rob Packer, Ailsa Rolley, Christopher Trotter, Kim Williams. RSVP for the Official  Opening on 554 05050, at 82 Brisbane St, Beaudesert.


This weekend on Friday there is a dance at Peak Crossing with Mike Woollett playing starting at 7.30pm plus teaching of the Peak Crossing ChaCha from 6.30-7.30pm.  On Saturday there is a dance at Tamrookum at 8pm with TechnicTone playing and on Sunday there is a dance at Kalbar from 1-5pm with taped music –all are welcome with $10 entry, novelty prizes,raffle, supper, and varied programs.


The cool morning kept many of Probus members away from the meeting on Wednesday 7 June, but those who attended were treated to a great talk by amateur vulcanologist David Wilson.  His enthusiasm for his subject was contagious and members enjoyed hearing how different types of volcanoes are formed, and how they behave.  The Probians were both informed and entertained.  David illustrated his talk with a PowerPoint presentation displaying volcanoes around the world and the aftermath of eruptions. Guest speaker next month will be Dr Michael Cavenor from Bribie Island Probus Club, who will speak on nuclear power. There are still seats available for day tours and longer trips.Contact Nev Creen on 0404 956 878 for more information.The next meeting will be at the Beaudesert Golf Club on Wednesday 5 July. Members, guests and visitors are welcome.

Breastfeeding Group

The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) Logan South/Scenic Rim group meets regularly on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at Jimboomba Library at 9.30am.The next topic is ‘Breastfeeding and weight gains. What’s normal? ’ on Monday 19th June.All mothers, babies, children and mothers-to-be are welcome to attend the group’s gatherings.Come along and enjoy the company of other mums, learn from experienced mothers and share your ideas about breastfeeding and mothering. For more information email the group at anytime or phone Maria on 3297 0518 after hours or on weekends, or Mary on 38020612. For urgent help with breastfeeding please contact the Breastfeeding Helpline on 1800 686 268 or check out for more information.

Yak and Yarn

It’s getting more wintry by the day. Those keen Yack and Yarners who meet every Tuesday morning at the library are working hard to increase their stock of warm scarves and beanies for the homeless.They especially need dark coloured wools (although any colour is welcome), so if you have some spare yarn at home, you’ll find a good new home for it simply by delivering to the front counter at the Beaudesert library in Jubillee Park on  the Brisbane Street side. Yack & Yarn spokesman, Helen Page, said the group of about 10 regular members made a wide range of items which are delivered through two outlets, one to FSG (Freedom, Social Justice, Growth) in Brisbane street, and the other to Beenleigh for distribution further afield “Anyone who wants to join us doesn’t have to be good at knitting or crochet, as we have members who are very good teachers,” she said.  “We are also more than happy to accept donations of finished items from community members who prefer to work at home.”  Helen said it had been fascinating to watch the progress of beanies or scarves made on a “loom” – a plastic device used by some members.“It’s much quicker, amazing how these articles actually take shape,” she said.  Helen said the group would also be grateful for small toiletry items, such as those from hotels or sample packs, which can be packed into toiletry bags and made available to people who need them.


THE annual Beaudesert Hospital Auxiliary with guest speaker Jacquie Smith Nursing and Midwifery Manager at Beaudesert Hospital is at 10.30am after morning tea at 10am on Wednesday  26 July at St Thomas ‘ Church Hall, Albert St, Beaudesert.  RSVP 0417 614 591.


An entertaining program of orchestral music from Mozart to Strauss, Bizet's 'Carmen' to Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" played by the Devonski Concert Orchestra from the Sunshine Coast will be held on Saturday, 22 July at 2pm in the Harvest Point Church, 25 Walker Road, Gleneagle.  Admission $ 20 (children under 12 free).  Afternoon tea is included and there will be the opportunity to chat with musicians.This event is supporting the efforts of ADORE (Australians Defending Orphans Rights Everywhere) and the children affected by the HIV & AIDS virus in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.  Tickets available at the door or from David and Norma Ironside. Ph.  0427 002 950  or  5541 1961

Allons enfants de la patrie! 

Seeking talent (with a French twist) Yes, that's the first line of the Marseillaise, the French national anthem. To tune you in to the fact that Hilltop Cafe (on the road down to Oxenford) is seeking entertainers who can provide some 'French entertainment' for a Bastille Day event (Fri July 14).  15 mins or so of music/singing/dancing/sketches (doesn't have to be in French, of course; just pay tribute to French culture).  Contact proprietor Eeva on 5545 1424 if you might be able to help.


Play cards on Friday 23 June. St Mary’s Cards,first and third Fridays of the month,is at St Mary’s Mercy Hall, Bromelton St, Beaudesert from 9am-11.30am mainly Euchre and Five Hundred. Enquiries to Sylvia on 0400 054 071.


There's more to staging a successful performance than combining talent and a venue, as performance professional, Jimmy Keane, will show participants in his Stagecraft Workshop this month.

Focusing on stagecraft for small halls and other small spaces, the workshop at the Zamia Theatre, Tamborine Mountain, on Saturday 24 June will provide a curtain-raiser for participants preparing for the Cabaret Showcase in August at the Boonah Cultural Centre. The In Cabaret segment of this year's Life in Landscape cultural program covers the entire performance process, with industry professional, Jimmy Keane showing participants how sound, lighting, lighting plots, props, stage and safety management are just as important as the performers and their talent. The Cabaret Intensive workshops are well underway preparing participants for their Cabaret Showcase on Friday 25 August at the Boonah Cultural Centre.

The Stagecraft Workshop at the Zamia Theatre on Tamborine Mountain on Saturday 24 June runs from 1pm to 5pm and costs just $20. It is suitable for anyone over 14 years. Bookings are essential and can be made online at , by phoning 5540 5050 or by visiting a Cultural Centre box office.


About a dozen pop-up artists were invited to Canungra to demonstrate and show their artwork in various business premises in Canungra as Erica Bates was the only Open Studio there. Beaudesert Artists include Jennifer Buchard in the Canungra Hotel with a light display, Doug and Joy Drescher in The Shoe Vault and David Sheil and Jess Guy in the Canungra Hairdresser both in Christie Street.

Natalie McDonald

Natalie McDonald


By Natalie McDonald, or phone 5463 8285.


Our reports from Templin Historic Museum are written by Gill Wells who volunteers at the Museum each week. This week she writes: We wondered if we would be rather quiet after the Open Day last week but we had a steady stream of visitors. Some of them had come back after the Open Day which was very good and great to see them especially as they're so enthusiastic. We also had a visitor who was looking at donating some family heirlooms which is also very good. This month is exceedingly busy as we have some large groups booked in and The Heavy Horse Spectacular in which we have a stand as we usually do so if you haven't seen us lately come and see us at then. Our next very big thing will be the e-enactment of the school breakup party which was held 100 years ago to celebrate the 25 years since Templin School opened. It will be fun so please remember it.   I will tell you the date as soon as I have it.  The museum is open from 9.30am until 3.30pm on Sundays and other times by appointment.  For bookings phone 5463 1970


The 88th Annual Kalbar Show will be held at the Kalbar Showground on Friday June 23rd and Saturday June 24th. Friday is mainly judging day and Saturday is the main show day. There will be lots of food stalls, sweets nuts and show bags, games and rides, and the Professor Wallace Puppets. Fireworks will begin at 6.30pm on Saturday. The night program will entertain you. Come and see what the amazing Freestyle Moto X riders can do.   If you don’t want to walk you can catch the train.  The bar is open both days and the band “She Said” will be playing on Saturday night   Admission Friday: Adults $5: Concession Card $4, High School Students $2:50, Primary School Students Free. Admission Saturday: Adults $10; Concession Card $8; High School Students $5; Primary School Students Free


The next event that the Foundation is supporting is “Bon Appétit – A Feast Of Music” on Saturday 24 June at 7.30pm and Sunday 25 at 2pm when the Fassifern Voices present two concerts to mark the beginning of “Eat Local Week”. The Voices present 28 songs about food and drink that includes, of course, “Food, Glorious Food” from Oliver, and such songs as The Peppermint Twist, Banana Boat Song, Cockles & Mussels, A Taste of Honey and lots, lots more. Bookings are now open at the Cultural Centre or There will be nibbles provided at tables for the cabaret style concerts

Pamela Hardgrave.

Pamela Hardgrave.


By Pam Hardgrave, or phone 55443174

The BlazeAid volunteers who had been using the Memorial Grounds as a base for their group while helping out around the district have quietly folded up their vans and moved on.   The area around the canteen looks quite forlorn and empty now that they are no longer there.   The RMG Committee members are grateful that they left the facilities sparking clean and tidy.  Some have gone home while others will once again become ‘Grey Nomads’ and continue to wander.

Congratulations to Len Bischoff of Tamrookum who has just had a booklet of his bush poems self -published. Len came to prominence as a Bush Poet when he won the poetry section in the first Beaudesert Country Horse Festival. The booklet contains 54 poems with subjects ranging from his childhood memories, his love of our country, a disastrous Aussie BBQ, and deregulation of the dairy industry. The book is available at the Rathdowney Information Centre and proceeds have been directed to BlazeAid. Once again congratulations Len and we hope that you pen many more of your delightful poems for all to enjoy.

David Mason, who does such a lot of wonderful work for the Rathdowney Historical Association has produced yet another of his very informative and well researched, books. This book  deals with the skills of the blacksmith – his tools of trade and the things that he made. Rathdowney, over the years has had two blacksmiths. Mr Norrup who had his forge in Collins Street between the police station and the hall and Mr Henricks who was a very talented man who had his business just south of Mary Ann’s Gully.  Mr Henricks built windmills, wagons and farm equipment under the trade name of ‘Eclipse’.

School P&C members recently held a disco for students in the school hall and last Sunday provided morning tea for the Brishogs Bikers’.  This has been a fund raiser for the school for several years now and the Hogs are always very appreciative for the goodies served up for them.    Parent/ Teacher Interviews is always a big day at the school for both parents and students who love to have their Mum or Dad or both come to the school.  The next day the junior students their teachers and probably lots of parents will head off on their three day excursion to Brisbane.    On the last day of the semester the whole school along with many parents and friends accompanied by the local policeman, in the paddy wagon, will walk to Bigriggen raising money for the Queensland Cancer Fund.  The walk will be followed by a barbeque at Bigriggen Park.

Events: June 14-16 Junior School excursion, June 23 - Annual Walk-a-thon to Bigriggen.