Scenic Rim Community News

Go Team Rathdowney: The Rathdowney Senior Women's soccer team has been enjoying their regular games this season. Photo: Supplied by Rebecca Egan.
Go Team Rathdowney: The Rathdowney Senior Women's soccer team has been enjoying their regular games this season. Photo: Supplied by Rebecca Egan.


By Joy Drescher, Phone 0447 346 378

Beaudesert Senior Citizens –  Beaudert Seniors meeting was well attended to help celebrate Edna McDougall’s 103rd Birthday on July 4. There were balloons and a large birthday cake. Edna cut the cake for morning tea and was presented with a pink floral corsage. Several of her extended family also attended. Her grand-daughter Julie Valenzuela and niece Yvonne Haack sang ‘What a wonderful world’.

Beaudesert Seniors – start at 9 for 9.30am and offer friendship and much more including the Seniors band members, singing solo and community, joke telling. There is a choice of cards or indoor bowls. There are lucky door prizes and raffle. Meetings are held fortnightly at Beaudesert Golf Club. Morning tea and lunch are included in the $10 cost. Queries to Sylvia Hickey on 0400 540 071.

Beaudesert Rotary  Doug LaversMcBain chaired the Rotary meeting with Joy Drescher and Susan Page on the door with help from president Shane Page. Kathy Smith proposed the International Toast to Balkan Club in Germany, started in 1990 with 33 members now. John Staib gave the three minute talk on why Dogs are better than cats, did not convince the cat lovers. Sergeant Geoff Gillow fined all and sundry for misdemeanours of extraordinary triviality.  Wouldn’t you know it, but a Jackson won the wine and one of the usual suspects got the chocolates.There were 15 members present what with members in UK, Cambodia, Yamba, collecting kids, and Peter Aldridge is off to The Solomon Islands soon. Beaudesert Rotary is 70 in September. Susan Page became president on July 11. Lesley Turton accepts apologies and enquiries on 0411 226 289.

Book Club – Four members attended the Monday Book Club meeting on 3 July to discuss  The Unknown Terrorist, a  way weird book! One member is still on the sick list. However the book was read and returned via another members and comments noted...not the best book anyone had ever read ...on that there was complete unison. The book to read this month is Me and Mr Booker by Cory Taylor. Newest member Bea will set up the room, bring afternoon tea and lead the discussion on Me and Mr Booker at Beaudesert Library from 1pm on Monday August 7.  Enquiries to Joy on 0447346 378 or the Library  -Membership of a book club is capped at 10.

Writer’s Group – Scenic Rim Writer’s group was spoiled for meetings in July with meetings on July 3 and 4. The meeting on July 3 was specifically to meet the Editor Helen Chryssides who was found for the group by the Queensland Writers Centre to be in charge of the project ‘The Word on the Street’ an anthology of street and place names around Beaudesert and environs. After Helen gave everyone a quick one-on-one of the work submitted, those who had submitted one or more stories found an email of comments overnight as well as a thank you from Helen. Should form a good working relationship here. Tuesday was  a meeting of seven people. There were nine on Monday with a core group of six available both days. Different exercises were done, morning tea and lunch provided talking time to whet the creative juices. Work by writers to be finalised for a half hour session per person tete-a-tete on Tuesday August 1 with Helen. Project looks like it is finally growing legs!

Beaudesert Probus – A happy group of about 60 met at the Beaudesert Golf Club for the July Probus meeting.  President Daryl Gardner announced his resignation due to family responsibilities and inducted vice-president Judy Searle to the position. Daryl's contribution to the Probus Club was acknowledged by acclamation and he was offered best wishes for the future. Following the meeting, Probians were treated to a talk by Dr Michael Cavenor from Bribie Island Probus Club, who gave the case for the introduction of nuclear power, with a quick lesson on physics. His talk was illustrated with a PowerPoint presentation, making the talk both interesting and informative. Beaudesert Probus has been invited to join Rose City Warwick Club for their Jumpers and Jazz meeting and luncheon on July 26. The Five Club Friendship Day will be held at Stanthorpe on Wednesday August 23. It is hoped that at least 30 members will attend each event.  A bus can be organised if enough members register interest. Contact Nev on 0404 956 878 for more information.

Beaudesert Historical Society – Beaudesert Historical Museum is getting some extra land fenced in by the Palen Creek community. There have already been one of the buildings painted and some sign-writing done so every bit of prettying up of the museum makes Beaudesert look more cheery and brighter.


By Natalie McDonald, Phone 5463 8285

Templin Historic Museum – Our reports from Templin Historic Museum are written by Gill Wells who volunteers at the Museum each week. This week she writes:  It makes everybody happy when the sun shines and that was the case on Sunday when we had lots of visitors. Always a good time to visit us and we even had picnickers under the giant Moreton Bay Fig, what tales that could tell no doubt. We had people from as far apart as Bundaberg and Tamworth all being complimentary about the museum. One of our visitors said to me today how lucky to live in this beautiful part of Queensland and I of course agreed; we are lucky to live here and have this great amenity on our doorstep. It still surprises me though how many locals haven't come to see what we have to offer, but then they may be saving us up for a special occasion, I hope so, if you have time do come and see us, it's worth it. The museum is open from 9.30am until 3.30pm on Sundays and other times by appointment.  For bookings phone 5463 1970

Boonah Art Gallery – The current exhibition at the Boonah Art Gallery is Space and Wild Things – acrylic works by Robert Davis and Jack Little.  The exhibition runs until Sunday August 6. The gallery is open during exhibitions from Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free.  The gallery phone number is 5463 2999    

World Environment Day Festival – The World Environment Day Festival will be held at The Outlook, 4001 Boonah Ipswich Road, Boonah on Saturday July 15 from 9am – 4pm. Celebrating all things for a sustainable lifestyle, the festival is jam-packed with innovative artisan stalls, displays and demonstrations; native wildlife and free creative workshops including drumming,  and loads of quality food and local organic produce, plants, a multi prize raffle, live music and practical and fun vintage and upcycled wares. Entry is via a gold coin. More info is available online from organisers, the Boonah Organisation for a Sustainable Shire at or phone 0435 992 798 or look for the event on facebook.

Friday Flicks – The next Friday Flick at Boonah Cultural Centre will be “Inferno” (M) (2016) starring Tom Hanks. It will be screened on Friday July 21 at 10am and 7pm.  Academy award winner Ron Howard directs the latest bestseller in Dan Brown's (Da Vinci Code) billion-dollar Robert Langdon series. Inferno finds the famous symbologist on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman from unleashing a global virus. Tickets $10; Concession $7.50 can be purchased at the Box Office.


By Pam Hardgrave, phone 5544 3174

Information Centre – Good numbers of visitors continue to call into the Information Centre,  many just taking advantage of the school holidays, taking their children for a drive. These families usually find their way into the museum where they and the children find interesting articles and photographs.  Others come seeking information on past family members while others just need a break in the drive and maybe pick up a few brochures. Len Bischoff has topped up supplies of his little book of poems in the Centre so if you would like to ‘Remember When….’ pop in and get a copy. Proceeds to BlazeAid.

Pony Club – Pony Club members supplied breakfasts, morning teas, lunches and afternoon teas for the judges during the state championships at Beaudesert last weekend. It was a big weekend with the dressage, combined training and horse trials championship competitions held. The club really excelled themselves with the fare that they prepared for the judges – café quality slices, savoury mince, pumpkin soup (I wonder if Stuart made this. I remember him making pumpkin soup some years ago for a school function – Delicious) and home made baked beans. Meals during the day were delivered to the rings on a ‘gator that had been supplied by one of the organizing committee. Over 120 riders made a very impressive line up for the dressage competition and one of the Rathdowney members has vowed to try to make the zone team next year. The Zone 2 gymkhana will be held on the 9th at Jimboomba and Rosie Downes is competing. Rosie competed at the Zone 3 gymkhana, riding her new horse for the first time in competition. Rathdowney will hold a camp drafting school at the Memorial Grounds at the end of the month.

School – The Christmas Creek Sports Day will be held at Hillview on July 21. The venue was in doubt for some time but with extensive work done the ravages of the April floods have been repaired and the ground is in good order. Band members and Mrs Wieland are practising diligently to lead the march past at the sports carnival.

Seniors Group – On July 18 the Seniors will visit the Old National Fitness Camp at Lamington where hostess Kathy will prepare lunch. The Fitness Camp, located at Burgess Park, was revived as a delightful spot for functions some years ago and also has accommodation available for those wanting to stay longer. The drive up through Christmas Creek to Lamingtion is quite lovely. Up to a dozen card players continue to gather at Mrs Tilley’s house to play cards on alternate Tuesdays (next day will be July 25). New members to both the Seniors group and the Card group are welcome. Phone Margaret 5544 1150.

Bowls – The first round of the Snow Currie Shield will be held at Rathdowney on July 27 between RAAF Amberley and Rathdowney and the Gary Overton Pub Fours Day will be held on August 15. 

Mobile Library –  Council provides a mobile library that comes to Rathdowney on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month. It can be found in Collins Street from 10am. The bus carries a variety of reading matter as well as videos for young and old. This includes large print books and audio books.