Scenic Rim community news | December 4


By Joy Drescher,, 0447 346 378.


Rotary Christmas Carols, Jubilee Park is on today, Wednesday, December 4 with carols, food, drinks and Santa. With all Beaudesert service clubs, BAMS, A-Choired Taste. Come enjoy music, friendship, night sky.


On Friday, December 6 from 10-11am on Beaudesert Library Deck, Scenic Rim Council will provide morning tea for volunteers in the shire. RSVP 5540 5014 or


Beaudesert markets are on Saturday, December 7 at Dick Westerman Park by the Arts and Information Centre from 7am to noon. With Jenny and Mick Young in charge, they do a mighty job and have done so for several decades.


Kooralbyn Valley Christmas Markets Sunday, December 8, 8am-1pm, near the hub around Billabong Park opposite Billabong Village, Salisbury Avenue. Last market for 2019. See Santa, live entertainment, stalls. Fun morning for the family! Contact Lynn Turgeon on 0400 610 055 or email:


Beaudesert Rotary had a working bee to organise the Stationmaster House, 100 Brisbane St, Beaudesert, to look like a permanent Rotary Club House. Extraneous items were stored, Club memorabilia was hung around Stationmaster House. Great to see the Charter and other items displayed! Joy Drescher and Exchangee Lea Kamph won Lucky Door Prizes. Fish and Chips, salad and dessert were on the menu, Ray Arthy was a visitor. Greg Weller proposed the International Toast to Norfolk Island. Mark McCabe and Lesley Turton won lucky doors. December 9 is the AGM at the RSL and December 16 is the Christmas break-up at 100 Brisbane St HQ.


The 33 seniors enjoyed the band of June Farmers on piano; Terry Moloney, electric guitar and Gary Moloney on flute playing Sunnyside of the Street, The Godfather theme, Until there was You. Community singing included Away in a Manger, The First Noel, Jingle Bells. Helen Scroggie told jokes.

Raffle winners were Sylvia Hickey, Barry Dunn. Euchre winners Maureen Johnson and Dawn Schmidt. Bowls winners were Irene Haack and Barry Dunn, Paul Seddon and Marie Taylor. Hoy winners were legion! Next meeting on Tuesday, December 10 is the Christmas Break-up.


About 60 attended, with Phil Connors and Bev Stephan winning lucky spots in a progressive barn dance. Arthur and Delma Day won Lucky Spot prizes. Bevan Heeb won the lucky door prize.

Raffle winners included Jane Kruger, Vincent Kruger, Marie Blackall, Annette Shirley, Larry Fish, Lyn Durre, Bill Nason, Shirley Schwarz, Lorri Wild, Monty Brider, Phyl Hyde, Suzanne Dunn, Tiff Chase, Joan Edmunds, Pauline Rogers, Albert Schwarz, Laurie Herbert, Jock Baldock, Charlie Freeman.

Monte Carlo winners and runners-up were Bevan and Lyn Heeb and Arthur and Delma Day. Next Kerry dance is Saturday, December 28 with The Coachman playing.


On the 7/8 weekend Masses at St Mary's, Sister Catharina will be selling her jams, relishes and pickles. The Monster raffle will be drawn on December 8 after Mass. First prize is a $300 Woolies voucher and a $100 fuel voucher, second prize is $200 Woolies Voucher and third prize is a $100 fuel voucher. Tickets available around town, at the parish office, the school and Sylvia Hickey.


Beaudesert Bush Bards final meeting/Christmas party at The Beaudesert Arts and Information Centre from 10-2pm on Friday, December Black Friday is the poetry theme. Everyone please bring a plate to share - celebrate Christmas luncheon.


The well attended sixth and final 2019 Arts Dinner at The Centre saw Cr Michael Enright read Bronwyn Davies' report.

The Oscars for local Cultural Champions in 2019 were Brendan Knight, emerging director of local aboriginal dance troupe, the BADCAP group, Jeremy Ring who is Manager of Kooralbyn Ramada Resort for all his help and cooperation before, during and after the Arts Ablaze Festival.

Craig Walsh's family interviews were screened. The Inadequates Band played in a very happy frisky way. Their music was surpassed by their outfits - each of the three boys wore a three piece suit comprising trousers, jacket and tie in the same wild bright pattern! The bloke on the Piano accordion squeeze box had a largish pattern on his suit, the guitarist had very bright biggish floral pattern on his gladrags and the banjo player had a smaller but equally brilliant pattern. The boys apparently used to live on Tamborine Mountain.

Mark Paddick talked about RADF grants - grants recently awarded to Ben Almonn (walking around the Scenic Rim interviewing locals he meets en route), ASSI monument of Wayfarer panels is to be finally completed with seating and handprints. Howard and Tania Edmunds from Eagles Nest Opera did a quick tour of South West Queensland as far west as Roma and hence to St George and the Balonne River. There will also be a mural in Jubilee Park and a wonderful Entry Statement on the Brisbane side of Beaudesert to be laser/burnt by Colleen Lavender - now under construction!


By Natalie McDonald, phone 0417 793 872,


Our reports from Templin Historic Museum are written by Gill Wells who volunteers at the Museum each week. This week she writes: I had an interesting phone call yesterday from a gentleman who is researching military history and how this area was settled and by whom. I explained to him that we are lucky insomuch that we have many records that people can use if they come along to see us. We also have a great archivist who is very good at helping people with their research. Also, she has family going back a long way in the area and having grown up here she's the person to ask. We do have people come of course we do; but maybe not all are aware of just how much information we have at our fingertips at Templin. So anything from the past in this area you want to find out about come and see us. Spend the day, bring a picnic and enjoy. Situated at 397 Boonah-Fassifern Road, Boonah. Templin Historic Museum is open from 9.30am until 3.30pm on Sundays and other times by appointment. Entry is by cash only as the museum does not have Eftpos.


The group ends the year with its Christmas lunch at the Sports Club in Boonah on Wednesday, December 4 at 11.30am and will then be in recess until February.


The Country Music Club will be presenting its last social for this year at Boonah Golf Club, on Saturday, December 14 at 7pm. This will be the Christmas social and special guest "Pete Smith" will entertain you with great Bush Ballads as well as his famous bird calls. Also appearing will be Sandy and Co. to help out on the night. Admission adults $7; schoolchildren free - includes free tea/coffee and biscuits and hot meals are available. Line dancers are welcome. Please contact Robyn on 5463 1920 for bookings


Kalbar, Scrabble Group will be holding its Christmas Breakup at the Kalbar Community Centre on Monday, December 16 starting at 9am for a couple of games. They will then have an early break for the Christmas celebration. Members are asked to bring some Christmas fare to share for the lunch. The Christmas cake and Christmas pudding are both taken care of. They will then be in recess until January 13.


The next meeting of the Boonah Writers Group will be held on Wednesday, December 11 in the Boonah Library. Members are advised there will be no meeting in January.


The "Anglican Op Shop" is open every Tuesday and Friday from 9am - 1pm at the Anglican Parish Hall, Church Street, with all sorts of bric-a-brac, furniture, clothing, household goods, children's toys and lots, lots more. Morning tea is available if you need to sit and relax and take a break from shopping. Maybe sit and read a magazine or book or have a chat with friends.


'Life' doesn't seem to quieten much at the garden. On Saturday, the Ipswich Walkers came for a look around during their visit to Boonah and everyone shared a delicious morning tea (provided by them). Club members, Denise and Bill Sembach arranged the visit, and while waiting for the kettle to boil, Bill entertained with a brilliant rendition of the Henry Lawson poem "Outback". Thank you. Rose's recent soap making workshop was very popular and enjoyed by all who attended. Everyone could see her love and knowledge of the art of soap making and many appreciated being able to take home some fragrant samples. Thanks to Deb, Jo and Harriet who manned a table at the recent "Welcome to New Residents" at the library. Those who came seemed impressed with the range of activities keeping members busy in the garden each week. Melissa has built up a thriving edible flower market as a learning project for her boys. They sell the flowers to interested places which teaches them about marketing. The proceeds are for the garden but the boys decide how the cash will be used! Thank you to the businesses supporting us: The Story Tree Café; Kalbar Fruit and Veg; Hummingbirds and the Picnic Parlour. Congratulations to Melissa and the boys on their entrepreneurial skills.

Thanks also to Larry, who has been working massive hours in the garden laying irrigation pipes throughout, and which will eventually be incorporated into his other project - solar power - to run on a timer. And thank you so much to all our hard workers! The next workshop at the Community Garden will be Cooking with Herbs and Spices on Thursday, December 12. Learn from Helen as she shares her amazing knowledge of cooking with herbs and spices to make tantalising dishes using herbs from the garden. Bring a spoon and bowl to taste the delicious treats, as well as enjoying a coffee or tea and some baking. We ask for gold coin donations to help with costs. All workshops are held at the Community Garden in Coronation Drive, Boonah, adjacent to the Church of Christ. Members work at the garden on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8.30am to noon and visitors are always welcome. Please park in C of C car park.


By Pam Hardgrave,

A huge thank you from the residents of the Upper Logan and Palen Creek areas to those who volunteered to be where and when they were needed during the recent fire outbreak. Because of their care and concern, there were no real threats to buildings or people. Then of course there were the Fire and Rescue, SES, Urban Fire Brigade, National Parks and the Rural Fire Brigade (who I might add are volunteers). During the past fortnight, they have all done a sterling job. Once the back burning started they were able to redirect the fire to the west so that it did not impact on the more populated area to the north.

Many helpers reported to the canteen at the Memorial Grounds and prepared food and distributed it to those on the ground. This food was very much appreciated and all who were the recipients send their grateful thanks. The canteen at the Memorial Grounds has now closed.and will not be distributing food.

Today (Thursday) has been much better as far as smoke is concerned. This morning we could not see Mt. Barney through the smoke but it has cleared during the course of the day. However, there is still smoke coming up in the Gap. The highway is still closed to through traffic but it was hoped to have it open by Sunday (last Sunday the 1st). It is hard to believe that we are now in December.


Last Wednesday, Jeff took the ladies through some techniques used to get the best results from the sessions. There will be three more sessions before Christmas and then I think a fortnight break. Maybe there will be a few New Year resolutions made and people decide to perhaps get a little more exercise in a fun and friendly way.


Residents of Rathdowney and the surrounding district are invited to come to the Memorial Grounds on Sunday, December 15 for a Community Christmas Party. The Women of Worth from Rathdowney decided some months ago that they would work toward this as a way to bring the community together for an afternoon of good cheer and fellowship. There will be markets on the oval in the morning and from 4.30pm it is hoped that party goers will arrive. Mal our local DJ is planning carols to sing along with and I am told provide a large screen so maybe we will be able to watch the locally made movie 'Bush Christmas'? There will be novelties for the children. So come along and help the Women of Worth celebrate Christmas 2019. There will be no cost for this event.


This year the regular Christmas Carols Service will be held on Sunday, December 22 at 6pm. This was started in 2002 and is well supported by local people. This is a great time of fellowship and is usually followed by a cup of tea and some social chat. The regular Sunday service will be held on the 22nd at 1pm. The Christmas Day Service will be held at 9.30am at the Little Blue Church at 101 Mt Barney Road, Barney View.


The P&C held a very successful sausage sizzle at Bunnings, Browns Plains store on November 17. Students have been having three swimming lessons each week and all have progressed beautifully and are becoming more confident in the water. A highlight of the last week of term, will be the end of year swimming carnival. As students from Maroon school have been coming to Rathdowney for their lessons they have been invited to join the school for this fun filled day. Parent /Teacher interviews are being held at the school today and preparations and rehearsals for the end of year musical are well underway.


The school pool will be opening each day through the summer school holidays from 2-6pm public holidays excepted.


The Pony Club held its last event for the year recently. They had a camp over at the Grounds on the Saturday night and their Ribbon Day on Sunday. This was a marvellous end to their season and the riders (25 of them) showed off their horsemanship to parents and friends. There was a small turnout of market stalls owing to the fires and dust and the RMG canteen was open to provide breakfast for the Club members and eats and drinks for those who came to view the stalls and watch the events in the campdraft oval. It is great to see the Pony Club going from strength to strength.