Scenic Rim community news


By Joy Drescher, Phone 0447 346 378

TAMROOKUM DANCE – There is a dance at Tamrookum Hall at 8pm on Saturday August 5 with TechnicTone playing. As an added bonus at 7.30pm Bette and Barry Nasen will be teaching those present a Tango to be called the Tamrookum Tango as Tamrookum’s very own Signature dance the same as Peak Crossing Hall has been teaching their dancers the Peak Crossing Cha Cha. All welcome for a good night out dancing.

MONDAY BOOK CLUB – Monday Book Club will meet on Monday 7 August to discuss Me and Mr Booker . Newest member Bea will be setting up the room, leading the discussion and bringing afternoon tea. New members are welcome. Ring Joan on 0439 53 73 17 or the Library for more details. There is no cost incurred except for supplying afternoon tea on a rotational basis with tea, coffee, milk, hot water all supplied.

WRITERS GROUP – Scenic Rim  Writers group core members have all written stories as the basic backbone for an anthology “The Word on the Street” about place names within the Scenic Rim. Fillers are called for by other writers between 300 and 1000 words to pad out the book and give a wider view of the other street name beginnings or park names – the editors will be in charge of selecting the best entries to be included.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday August 1 at The Centre in the Council building, 82 Brisbane St Beaudesert. At this meeting, the Queensland Writers Centre chosen Editor Helen Chrissides will be giving one on one time to the regular members of the Writers Group to ensure the stories are fine-tuned to be the best they can before publication begins.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY – 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 4 to 10 A4 pages, and include photos where possible. For information contact editor David Mason on 0419664364 or the Beaudesert Museum on 55413740.

ZONTA DATE CLAIMER – Zonta Spring Fashion Parade & High Tea in a country garden. Zonta is combining with Dolly’s Boutique for a Spring Fashion Parade & High Tea in a country garden on Saturday, September 23. Come and support our fundraiser from 2-5pm where $25 includes your first glass of bubbly or punch. Watch this space for more details.

ZONTA’S GUEST SPEAKER​ – Jennifer Sanders is going to be our dinner guest speaker at our next meeting. She has been walking the Camino de Santiago way in Spain and we are eager to hear all about it. Come at 7.15 pm and the cost is $25 for dinner and to hear her tales. Contact Pam Greenway by email if you would like to join us.


By Natalie McDonald, Phone 5463 8285

BOONAH SENIORS – Members and friends of Boonah & District Senior Citizens Welfare Club enjoyed their latest Club Bus Trip to the Australian Wild Camel Corporation (Camel Farm) at Harrisville on Wednesday July 19. It was a very cold and windy day but this didn’t spoil the tour and lovely morning tea afterwards.   It certainly was very interesting indeed. The group then travelled to the Queens Park Café in Ipswich for lunch which was enjoyed by everyone and some members then looked through the Nature Park in Queens Park.  All in all it was a very successful trip.  We hope to run another bus trip before the end of the year.Boonah & District Senior Citizens Welfare Club meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month 8.30am to noon, when members come together to enjoy each other’s company along with Indoor Bowls, Cards and Table games such as Scrabble etc. A buffet lunch is enjoyed after the morning’s activities.  Membership of Boonah & District Senior Citizens Welfare Club is open to all members of the community aged 50 years and over and welcomes new members. Transport can be arranged for those who need help to attend. For more information about the Boonah Senior Citizens Club please contact secretary Natalie on 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: One of our visitors posed a very interesting question today, which was 'would our museum and others like it still be around in 200 years time?’  Well of course like everyone all I could say was who knows. A very interesting question though and it set me thinking. We live in what is essentially a throw-away society so maybe there will not be so much 'stuff' to be preserved. It may also be true that the world as we know it won't exist anymore, highly likely I think. My parents were born in the early 1900's and saw huge changes in their life time as with the invention of electricity everything moved at a greater speed. Not just electricity of course but that is the best example. So, from wood stoves to microwave ovens, from horses to car, to airplanes and space travel. The list is endless and every year new things pop up that not so long ago seemed fantasy, driverless cars for one!    So maybe come and see us soon before we disappear under a massive deluge of articles that society no longer uses.  The museum is open from 9.30am until 3.30pm on Sundays and other times by appointment. For bookings phone 5463 1970                                                          

STRENGTHENING COMMUNITY LIFE – As a lead-up to the 200th Anniversaries of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the Founder of the Baha’i Faith and the Bab, His Herald, the Bahá’í community of the Scenic Rim hosted an exhibition entitled “Strengthening Communities – A Fresh Perspective by the Australian Baha’is” on July 22 at Boonah Cultural Centre. Visitors came from Boonah and around the Scenic Rim as well as several locations around south-east Queensland. The exhibition inspired by Baha’u’llah’s Teachings, was designed to share with our friends and neighbours the services being made available which seek to foster the spiritual, moral, intellectual and social enhancement of the community through a rich assortment of images, music, writings and documentaries on the essential activities used to strengthen community life. The basic core activities are devotional and meditation gatherings, study circles for youth and adults, the junior youth spiritual empowerment programs and children’s classes. Because the pivotal Teaching of the Baha’i Faith is unity; Baha’is are engaged in a grassroots development process endeavouring to weave a rich tapestry of community life offering these services as their contribution to the betterment of society. It is a heartfelt desire to work with other individuals or groups in our community to further these aims. “Every contribution Baha'is make to the life of their society is aimed at fostering unity; every community-building endeavour is directed towards the same end.”

U3A THEATRE GROUP – If you like concerts, shows and entertainment, this group may interest you.  Depending on numbers interested, travelling to shows will be either by bus or private cars. To show your interest please phone Christianna on 5463 4747

CPR AWARENESS TRAINING – Learn CPR in a friendly, supportive environment.  90 minute training, including symptoms of heart attack and cardiac arrest with demonstration and hands-on practice. The CPR program aims to provide you with the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to assist someone suffering chest pains or cardiac arrest. This training session will be held on Wednesday August 9 from 9.30am to 11am at the Boonah Ambulance Station. Bookings are essential. A donation to the Local Boonah Ambulance Committee would be appreciated. Contact Don on 5463 4851 or email


By Pamela Hardgrave, Phone 55443174

WORKSHOP   The workshop and information session held in the Rathdowney Hall last Wednesday attracted a large number of local primary producers who were interested to hear how the new legislation on biosecurity would affect them and their businesses. The speakers started right on time – 8.30am and finished at 11.30am. There were some questions from the floor but everyone went away with a good idea of what is expected of them by October 1.  The 10 minute tea/coffee and biscuit break was appreciated by everyone as there had been a heavy frost that morning and the hall was a little on the cool side.

SCHOOL NEWS – Rathdowney, Hillview, Tamrookum and Darlington school students took part in the Christmas Creek Athletics Carnival at Hillview last week. Once again Hillview School won the trophy.  Students had a wonderful two days of competition and competed as true sports men and women and all did their school proud. Students from this competition will be selected to participate in the Beaudesert Sports.  Some years ago when Rathdowney had a larger school population the students competed under the banners of either Logan or Cunningham at a carnival held at the school and from this carnival representatives were chosen to compete at the Beaudesert and District School Sports Carnival as Rathdowney.  Funds raised from the canteen this year will go to support the Chaplaincy Program.  On Friday  August 18 students will travel to Hillview to take part in NAIDOC activities.

PICNIC SHELTER – It must be so rewarding to see the picnic shelter in the Mt Barney Reserve being used.   Families with children running around can be seen having lunch in this tiny corner of our region.   It is not so many years ago that the area at the junction of Mt Barney and Barney View Roads was a mess of weeds, bladey grass and rubbish.   It is now a delight to the eye thanks to the hard work of a few locals and the Palen Creek Correctional Centre. Trees, grasses and shrubs have been planted and the lawn is neatly manicured. Truly a lovely spot to stop and watch the world go by.

BOWLS – The Gary Overton Pub Fours Day will be held on August 15.  Scroungers are played every Saturday.   Rathdowney went down three rinks to two to Amberley RAAF in the Snow Currrie Shield. Ellaine Taylor, Ethel Hardgrave and Jim McCartney won the last Lady’s Skip Triples Day. The Lady’s Skip Day is played on the third Friday of the month.

MOBILE LIBRARY – The Scenic Rim Regional Council provides a mobile library bus that comes to Rathdowney on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month. It can be found parked in Collins Street from 10am.

CAR CLUB VISIT – On August 26 the Mini Morris Minor Club will visit Rathdowney from 9.30am. If you are a Mini fan come down to the playground area to have a look at these iconic little cars.

Pass: Beaudesert Warriors under 17s player Bailey Catchpole passes out of a scrum against Sunnybank on the weekend. Photo: Supplied

Pass: Beaudesert Warriors under 17s player Bailey Catchpole passes out of a scrum against Sunnybank on the weekend. Photo: Supplied