Scenic Rim Community News for Beaudesert, Boonah and Rathdowney

Dangerous: The stretch of road on the Mount Lindesay Highway near Hardgrave Road which is concerning to residents of Rathdowney.

Dangerous: The stretch of road on the Mount Lindesay Highway near Hardgrave Road which is concerning to residents of Rathdowney.


Joy Drescher - Beaudesert.

Joy Drescher - Beaudesert.

By Joy Drescher, phone 5541 2378.

A new children’s TV series “Grace Beside Me’ will be filmed around Beaudesert and Boonah over the coming months. Local community Members are invited by the producers to come and find out all about the Children's TV series to be filmed around Beaudesert and Boonah from July. The information session will be followed by time for you to ask questions and afternoon tea. It will surely be something good for the district. So do come along and find out more at 5.15 pm (1715) on Wednesday 21 June at the Anglican Church Hall, 7 Albert Street, Beaudesert.   Next day,Thursday, at 5.15pm (1715) on 22 June – Anglican Church: 10 Church Street, Boonah. All welcome. For more information contact or call: 0447 722 526


Rhiannon Davies, a Tamborine Mountain local, is currently looking for extras on a voluntary basis for a Children's Television show filming in the scenic rim. She is currently  looking for adults of all ages for a number of scenes and would love to get in contact with anyone that would be suitable or  would enjoy or benefit from the experience of being on set.

There may be a few paid roles for a couple of people but mostly Rhiannon is looking for background actors on a voluntary basis. Excellent opportunity for anyone who wishes to have some awesome on set experience close to home. It would all be filming in the Scenic Rim so wouldn't be too far out for locals. Those interested should apply to for application forms. These Extras must be available from July 3 to September 15.


There were 54 at the last Roadvale dance with The Coachman ,Malcolm Rouse,playing  great music. Following a delicious supper, the lucky door and raffle tickets were drawn presided over by Hall President Dawson Hahn.  Lucky door prize was won by Jane Hawkins. Raffle prizes were won by Janice Cruice and Jo Kruger. The Monte Carlo Gypsy Tap was won by Noela Parsons and Gary Wormington and the runners up were Terry and Colleen Moloney. The next Roadvale dance will be at 7.30pm on Friday 14 July – all welcome.


Last Hillview Hall dance had a Black and White theme and everybody in the hall actually went with the theme thought a couple of people went with navy or dark blue. The appearance on the dance floor and stage of 49 different  varieties on the Black and White theme  was quite spectacular as even Road Waters of TechniTone  sported black and white with an iconic tie of piano ivories. The Lucky Spot prizes in the Progressive Barn Dance were won by Jo Kruger and Allan Durre. Lucky door prizes were won by Rigil Surma-Hawes and Peter Park. Raffle prizes were won by Lyn Ryan, Joan Henderson, Diane Hoyle, Lois Muller, Janet Dennis, Allan Dennis, Jo Kruger, Toliman Surma-Hawes, Heather Banditt, Mary Rassmussen, Vicki Bird, Joan Edmunds, Mark McCabe, Tony Surma-Hawes, Ken Meggs and Desie Grace. The Monte Carlo Gypsy Tap winners were Jane Hawkins and Vincent Kruger and the runners-up were Ann-Louise and Hadar Surma-Hawes. The next Hillview Hall dance will be on Saturday 8 July will have a Winter Woolies Theme,Technic Tone playing, all are welcome.


At the recent Annual General meeting of the Hillview Hall Committee Janet Dennis was voted in as the President, Laurie Herbert Vice President, Rod Waters Secretary, Jane Hawkins Treasurer with Kath Cahill and Joy Drescher as committee members. Doug Drescher chaired the AGM.


There were four people at the last Monday Book Club including a new lady who has become a member. One foundation member, Dulcie Grogan , had to apologise after sustaining a knee injury. Members are looking forward to having her back at the meeting on Monday 3 July at 1pm at Beaudesert Library , Brisbane St, Beaudesert  in Jubilee Park between a flower shop and Beaudesert Pool. The book discussed was Listening to Country by Ros Moriarty and was generally enjoyed by all especially because it threw so much light on the horrendous actions and conditions generally suffered by the aboriginal race and equally evil conditions suffered by half-caste children who were forcefully removed from loving parents through evil Federal Government policies. Thank God for the changes, all members said...almost in unison. The book to be read and then discussed at the 3 July meeting at the Library is The Unknown Terrorist by Richard Flanagan. Heather McLean will be Chair the meeting an lead the discussion as well as get the room ready and bring along something for afternoon tea. New and prospective members are welcome. Queries to Joy Drescher on 0447 346 378 or 55412378. 


The Historical Society of Beaudesert is looking for family contributions for the book in progress 'The Movers and Shakers: The Families of the Beaudesert District'. The size of stories should be four to 10 A4 pages, and include photos where possible. For information contact the Editor David Mason on 0419664364 or the Beaudesert Museum on 55413740.


When the Writers Group met at The Centre, 82 Brisbane St, Beaudesert there were nine present including Katie Woods from Queensland Writers Centre. She said Tristram’s health has not allowed him to continue and suggested that we could choose Helen Chryssides as she is available and willing to become the group’s editor. Group member Di Morris got all present to do an exercise and write about ‘ A Snapshot in your Eye’  and some excellent short stories were read by members. 


The playwrights group was delighted to hear from Kellie Eatlock who recently had her play Writers Block performed on the Gold Coast. She said playwrights to be prepared to make changes, send plays to the appropriate theatre, enter competitions for both One Act Plays and Festivals like the Short and Sweet festival of One Act Plays . Some one act plays are 10-15 minutes, others 5-20 minutes. If you are the playwright, you can also be the director! It can be difficult to get a director to direct a play by a  new playwright. Warwick Bailey, Director of Zamia Theatre, was the next speaker. He started in theatre as a four-year-old with his brother as a fellow actor and his mum was the Director. He directed his wife Janis’s play Hearts A-Blaze about Judith Wright’s years on Tamborine Mountain. He told of the worries and ploys that Directors are subjected to. Discussion was held on the playwright’s getting together  once a month. It was suggested that The Zamia Theatre be approached with a view to meeting on the fourth Saturday of the month from 2-4pm on 22 July if that date is free and acceptable to the Zamia Theatre committee. Janis Bailey will remain the convenor and the group will remain under the auspices of Tamborine Mountain Little Theatre.


BADCAP had planned to clean and maintain the Wyaralong Dam Sculptures that they had produced in the  two Sculpture symposiums but the wet weather put a stop to that. BADCAP members were delighted to hear that an even better result occurred at The Arts In The Olives than had been apparent at the last BADCAP meeting. The next meeting will be at 5pm at the Beaudesert Hotel and the Sculpture maintence working bee will be rescheduled for a date yet to be decided. Many of the BADCAP members were going to the Arts Dinner on Tuesday 20 June to discuss and dissect the good, the bad and the ugly aspects of the Open Studios month and is it Good Value for the Artists and Artisans of Scenic Rim Shire? Is it good for the Shire as a whole in such areas as Tourism, the Arts and Cultural Aspects, the buy-in to other businesses who benefit from the many people who came specifically to enjoy May, Scenic Rim’s month of Showcasing the entire area via the Open Studios.


After the wonderful talk and slideshow given at the previous meeting by Exchange student Eve from France, it was a big shoes that guest speaker, Luke Haxton from Beaudesert Police, had to fill. Well physically, his feet met the Bill [no pun intended]..after all policeman are notorious for being regarded as having big feet...and the boots would belie small feet in a policeman/woman. But Luke Haxton DID fill the bill. By the time he got through listing the 10k of apparatus he had on his belt, it would be a game or mad person who would contemplate not being cooperative. He gave and extra-good presentation and held everyone’s attention. In answer to questions from those present, he said that Beaudesert Police station is 5542 1155. If this number is engaged you will be put through to Logan but can request a Beaudesert policeman. He said Crimestoppers & Triple 0 were also bound by law to be discreet and not release your name. At the end of his presentation he was presented with a mug made specially for Beaudesert Rotary by Beaudesert Potters.

Because his talk was so popular, most regular assignments were foregone with the agreement of members. David Jones chaired the meeting,Geoff Gillow was on the door and Tamarra helped him collect the fines given by Sergeant Jeff Varnum as well as the crossfines by any member who felt a desire to fine someone. Rotarians sent Corrinne Delahunty flowers and Get Well wishes as she broke her arm while dining with other Rotarians at Kooralbyn. Visiting Rotarian was Estelle McCabe who belongs to e-Rotary, the online Rotary Club for those who cannot commit to a weekly meeting. Other visitors were Zara, Matt and Andrew who came with Lauren Hanser [her fiancé and his brother and his sister]. Lesley Turton’s daughter Eliza was another. Rotary will be catering out at the Real Milk Robotic Dairy on Sunday 25 June. For apologies and enquiries about Beaudesert please phone Secretary Lesley Turton on 0411 226 289. 


After the last two attempts at holding a CAC meeting were aborted due to unforseen circumstances, a meeting took place last Friday with a quorum established. Deputy General Manager Lex Buchanan of Palen Creek Correctional Centre. Presently Palen Creek has 75 prisoners approved for Community sites and 83 prisoners available for the Work Program - there are three regional shires involved in the work camps.

Since the December meeting 3,649 hours of community service in the Scenic Rim Regional Council area has been done with a dollar value of $88,962.62 as well as things like paint and other items needed that the community organisation supplies for the job undertaken. The Charleville and Dirrnbandi  camps were closed so that work could be done after Cyclone Debbie. All such work was done in the SRRC area, a total of 772 hours in three weeks. Palen Creek put 5 head of cattle in the Boonah Show and only got a second in the Prime Cow class – but there are now 5 head to be improved for the Beaudesert Show.

The Cert 3 in rural operations will graduate on 23 June at 10am. After this Cert 2 courses will be concentrated on to allow a more flexible program so prisoners can choose subjects and skills they can use when released. Due to parole releases and transfers it has been hard to keep numbers up for the Cert 3 courses. New jobs and places that have been approved for work include painting of Rathdowney Masonic Lodge, Boonah Cultural Foundation, Maroon Cemetery,hall and Recreation area and possibly Girl Guides.  For the time being, this service provided by Palen Creek prisoners has become so popular that no new community groups can be approved at present. This is a marvellous opportunity that is given to both the community and the prisoners. The community gets a massive amount of community input, upkeep and improvement. The prisoners are able to get some much needed skills they can use to become gainfully employed upon release, they gain some self-worth , some sense of community as they can now point to things and places and say, even if only to themselves, I helped mow,paint, clean, bump-in or bump-out for Shows all over the Scenic Rim, Rodeos, Races, Back to Rathdowney Re-union, camp drafts, pony clubs. It is certainly a win-win situation and the community appreciates and thanks Palen Creek for their input into the betterment of This Shire, our home.


Natalie McDonald - Boonah.

Natalie McDonald - Boonah.

By Natalie McDonald, 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 had a very busy weekend at Templin this weekend as on Saturday we had a Vintage Car Rally that had been booked in for some time. There were over forty old cars, shiny and pristine they were a joy to behold. Their owners were a great bunch of people too and were very appreciative of the lunch we put on for them. They also enjoyed the museum and all it has to offer. Then we heard lovely stories especially in the school room which always brings the memories flooding back, some good some not so good. It seemed as if there were quite a few of the men folk looking round who had tested the teachers quite a bit while at school and it was great to hear about their misdemeanours. We were of course quieter yesterday but we had quite a few people come round in spite of the weather being rather miserable and two lovely ladies that brought in donations of family heirlooms. Next weekend is the Heavy Horse Show at Boonah and we will be having a display as usual more hard work for some of our intrepid helpers. Come along and see us at the museum or the show. The museum is open from 9.30am until 3.30pm on Sundays and other times by appointment.  For bookings phone 5463 1970

KALBAR POST OFFICE 120 Year Anniversary

Kalbar Post Office will hold a special event to celebrate the 120 year Anniversary on Friday  July 7. Kalbar (then Engelsburg) Post Office opened as an official post office on this same date in 1897 at the current site the Post Office is located today.. A history display and some old time artefacts can be viewed all day from 9am to 5pm, along with the local school children’s “design a stamp/colouring competition” entries. The formal part of the day will be between 11am and 1pm where there will be a sausage sizzle carried out by the Fassifern Lions Club and maybe a few words from councillor Duncan McInnes or Mayor Greg Christensen (to be confirmed). Area manager Shirlene Cook and state manager Pauline Davis will also be in attendance for the occasion. There will be give-aways on the day. Australia Post are organising a commemorative date/franking stamp to mark the day which will be used to create Kalbar Post Office’s own first day covers. This will be also used at the counter on the day for all outward bound mail that passes over the counter.


Pam Hardgrave - Rathdowney.

Pam Hardgrave - Rathdowney.

By Pam Hardgrave, phone 55443174

EAT LOCAL   Don’t forget to come along to the Information Centre on Sunday the 25th to enjoy a visit to the Tasting Table of local products and browse the ‘Make It, Bake It, Grow It, Sew It’ market stalls that will be there.   While you are there pop into the Information Centre where there are lots of Jams, pickles, relishes, honey and oils as well as craft items on the shelves for sale.  Browse  through the  museum where there are so many interesting old items that many of us remember and children just love to discover.

PONY CLUB    Members of the Rathdowney Pony Club will be responsible for providing meals and refreshments for the judges at the State Pony Club Championships at Beaudesert on the 1,2,3 and 4th of July.   They will also be holding a Campdraft School at the Memorial Grounds drafting oval on the week-end of the 29th and 30th of June.   Nicholas Ward will be the instructor.   Rally Days are held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month.

MEMORIAL GROUNDS   The caravan park has now reached the quota of long term residents that it will be accepting.    Over- night and short term visitors (2 weeks) will still be very welcome. Push bike riders like to call into the Memorial Grounds to have a refreshment and pit stop break. There will be one group stopping by late in July and another in October.

School P&C   Members of the P&C were delighted with the results of the BrisHogs’ visit to the school. Not only did the Bikers have a tasty lunch and social stop but the P&C benefitted financially.  If asked by any of the students to sponsor them for the walk-a-thon on the 23rd (Friday) please remember that a donation to the Cancer Fund of Queensland is and has been made by the Students’ Council for many years now – a most worthy charity. The Junior students, parents and staff arrived home on Friday afternoon from their 3 day excursion to Brisbane. They had a wonderful excursion and experienced so many new and exciting venues that they will be talking about them all weekend and reliving them when they return to school on Monday No doubt Mesdames Reilly. McArthur and Scott all enjoyed the experience as well.

MT. LINDESAY HIGHWAY   Good to see that the accident waiting to happen spot at Mt Lindesay has had some work done on it.   (See photo)  This section of the road, on a corner and just a few metres north of Hardgrave Road slipped away after that notorious cyclone ‘Debbie’.   There have been orange plastic bollards in place since then and this week several red poles have been placed at each end of the slip to alert travellers of the danger there.   The bitumen is sagging where it has been  undermined leaving only the north bound lane of the road open.

Events – June 23 - Annual Walk-a-thon to Bigriggen