Scenic Rim community news | February 19


By Joy Drescher,, 0447 346 378


Carinity Communities - Illoura is running a Parenting Course for parents with children from 0-18 years with an information and registration morning from 10am-noon on Thursday, February 20, at Carinity Communities Illoura, 31 Duckett St, Beaudesert. The course is every Thursday from 27 February to 9 April 2020. The cost per person for the entire course is $25. To book ring June on 07 5541 1955.


About 40 people attended the last Hillview dance with a Black and White theme and every single one there, including TechnicTone's Rod Waters, wore black and white! Secret judges selected Heather Barnes (lady) and Vincent Kruger (man) as the best dressed.

Diane Connors and Coral Millar won lucky spot prizes in the progressive barn dance. Lucky door prize went to Coral Millar. Raffle winners were Allan Dennis, Vincent Kruger, Pauline Rogers, Lani Deeran, Heather Banditt, Delma Day, Ken Meggs, Paul Deeran, Desie Grace, Heather Barnes, Jane Kruger. Marilyn and Noel Vogel won the Monte Carlo Gypsy Tap and runners-up Matt Stephan and Theresa Arnold also got prizes. Next Hillview Dance starts 7.30pm March 14, with The Chatanooga band playing.


Enjoy dancing at Peak Crossing hall on Friday, February 21, with The Coachman playing.


Kerry dance has Mike Woollett playing from 7.30pm on Saturday, February 22. Always a good night.


St Mary's Deb Ball will be held on 22 May. Rehearsals are at 7pm. Girls in year 11 or 12 are invited to make inquiries. Further inquiries to Caitlin: 0439742126.


There is a Golden Staircase Hike starting February 22 at 1pm, 1093 Upper Logan Road, Mt Barney, for a guided tour of one of the more spectacular waterfalls in the region towering an awesome 50 metres above the ground below. The walk is relatively flat with a creek crossing, before one sharp hill that reaches the top of the Golden Staircase waterfall. For ages of 10 or more and moderate fitness is required. Contact Tracey Larkin on 5544 3233.


A hands-on Nutrition workshop from 10am-2pm on Sunday, February 23 at the QCWA hall, 2779 Beaudesert-Nerang Road, Wonglepong. The cost is $5. Contact Lindsay Nash on 0415 159 085 to register. Cook a series of meals as a group and learn how to modify recipes to reduce discretionary food ingredients. Workshops will explore a variety of different nutritional topics.


Mosaics classes from 1.30-3.30pm every Monday at the Arts and Information Centre, $3 each, using tiles, glass, imagination. Material purchases at additional cost.


Doug LaversMcBain chaired the last Rotary meeting with Warren Eyers as Sargeant. Warren Eyers gave a quick run-down on the van and its potential for Rotary advertising.

Ray Arthy proposed the International Toast to Rarotonga Rotary Club in the Cook Islands (the Dreschers even have relatives there!) The Cook Islands are a part of Rotary District 9920, a geographical area covering a half of Auckland, New Zealand and the seven Pacific nations of American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribata, Samoa and Tonga. This is the largest maritime district in Rotary. There are 53 Rotary clubs in this area with two thirds in Pacific countries.

Jon Forbes Smith spoke about his old hometown of Port Adelaide, South Australia, which was written up in the latest Rotary Downunder magazine who took three initiatives to update their club numbers. Doug LaversMcBain chaired a club forum to discuss a number of topics to make the club a more united cohesive unit with members input being sought at regular intervals.


Eighteen attended the last LNP meeting at Beaudesert Golf Club with Matt Enright in the chair. As usual a raffle was run for future election costs with prizes all donated by members. Winners were Sheila Venz, Helen Chisholm, Susan Shay, Rod Venz, Vivienne Ouerkirk and Tim Andrews. Next meeting April 8, starting 6.30 for 7pm at Beaudesert Golf Club.


The first Arts Classes were held by BADCAP at Stationmaster House, Beaudesert, on Saturday, February 15 making Pinchpots. The Raku Firing of the pots will be held at the same venue on February 29. Claudje Lecompte is the artist doing these workshops.


By Natalie McDonald, phone 0417 793 872,


The next Boonah Country Market morning will be held on Saturday, February 22 at Springleigh Park, Coronation Drive Boonah, 7am to 12pm. Markets are held on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month weather permitting. Boonah Country Markets have lots to choose from. Specialising in locally-made goods including crafts, jams, plants, paintings, home cooking, fresh produce, market specials, bric-a-brac and much more. Extra parking is available each market morning in Bona Vista Avenue. Free Entry.


The current exhibition at Boonah Art Gallery in High Street, Boonah, is a presentation of works by the RQAS Escape Artists, Gold Coast and continues until Saturday, March 21. The RQAS Escape Artists is a small sub-group of artists from Royal Queensland Art Society, Gold Coast, who regularly paint in outdoor locations, escaping from the four walls of their studios. During September 2018 and October 2019, members of the group stayed in The Outlook retreat in Boonah and travelled around the picturesque local area to capture their own impressions of the Scenic Rim. Some of their art from those visits will be on display and for sale until March 21. Some of the artists participating in this exhibition have indicated their intention to donate up to 50 per cent of the net proceeds from the sale of their paintings during the exhibition for bushfire relief in the Boonah/Scenic Rim area. The gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday during exhibitions, 10am to 4pm excluding public holidays and admission is free. To find out more email


Serenity Space is a 30-40 minute meditational program of beautiful music, prayers and inspirational readings. It is a space offering the participants an opportunity to relax, be inspired, recover from the stress of daily living; a time to refresh and visualise a life of possibilities in a calm and tranquil atmosphere. The next Serenity Space Topic will be The Powers of the Soul on Sunday February 23 at 2.45pm for 3pm start. Serenity Space gatherings are held on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. Everyone is invited to join in and stay for a discussion over a cuppa. For venue and more information phone 5463 2408 or 5463 4357


The next Friday Flick at Boonah Cultural Centre on Friday February 21 at 10am, 1pm and 7pm will be Downtown Abbey (PG). Starring Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery and Hugh Bonneville. The beloved Crawleys and their intrepid staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives: A royal visit from the king and queen of England. Running time: 122 minutes. Admission for Friday Flicks - Adults $10, Concession $7.50. No online bookings are available with tickets to be purchased at the Box Office in person on the day of screening. Doors open at 6pm for the 7pm screening. Please Note: Screenings start sharp at the advertised times - no trailers


The Boonah Garden Club meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month with the next meeting to be held on Wednesday, February 26 at 9.30am. Meetings are held at various venues. At each meeting there is a guest speaker, a competitive plant table for plants and flowers members have grown, morning tea, raffles and a plant trade table. Each meeting also has seasonal garden tips, a sick plant clinic, a plant identification clinic and lots of great information from lifelong gardeners with a passion for gardening. There is a $2 charge for each meeting and an annual subscription fee of $15. For more information contact President Lynne Faux on 5463 8201 or email


Free Breast Screening will be held at Coronation Park Boonah by appointment from February 29 to May 1. Call 13 20 50 or visit to book an appointment. Women 50 - 74 are strongly encouraged to attend every two years. Women are eligible to attend free screening from age 40.


Are you caring for someone with autism or fetal alcohol spectrum disorder? Do you need support? Community Development Coordinator Samantha will facilitate a support group at Carinity Fassifern Community Centre, 4 Little High Street Boonah on Monday March 2 at 9.30am. Please contact 5463 2966 if you'd like to join.


This year's International Women's Day Breakfast will be held at The Centre Beaudesert on Tuesday, March 10 at 6.45am for 7am start. Dress is smart casual/work attire. This special morning will consist of a complimentary breakfast and two spectacular guest speakers. There are limited numbers and RSVPs are essential by February 25. Due to last year's event being so popular be sure to get your RSVP in as soon as possible to secure your seat. For more information and to RSVP email: or phone 5540 5399


If you are interested in learning to play this traditional Chinese game and make new friends and learn what fascinates so many, Mah-Jong is played on Tuesdays at 9am at the Boonah Golf Club. There is charge of $5 for room hire and morning tea and places are limited. For more information email:


For the Fun of Words. Do you love Scrabble but hate it when someone blocks your word? Why not try Quiddler, the short word game. The game is a delightful challenge for rookies and wordsmiths alike. The challenge is to arrange your entire hand into words. Highest score wins! Quiddler is played on Mondays at 9.30am at Flavours Café. For more information or email or phone Christine on 5463 4747


By Pam Hardgrave,


The RADHA meeting scheduled for last Thursday night was cancelled because of the continuing inclement weather. There will be a RMG meeting Wednesday night in the amenities block near the tennis courts at 7pm


Continues in the school pool until March 3. This is part of the Council's Be Healthy and Active initiative. The cost is only $5 per session. Exercising in the water is low impact and easy on joints. The experienced instructor will make sure all levels are catered for.


Yoga classes have started again in the Rathdowney hall on Saturday morning at 9.15. The class runs for one-and-a-half hours. Yoga helps improve posture, flexibility and strength, through gentle exercises which are suited to all ages and abilities. It would be good to see new faces joining the yoga classes this year, so come along and give it a try. Spare mats are available. The mid-week sessions will start again in February.


The SRRC Mobile Library visits to Rathdowney have recommenced and it will be held in the Tramway building on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month 10am to noon.


Services at St David's Anglican Church are held on the first Sunday of the Month at 10.30am and services are held in the Mt Barney Community Church every Sunday at 10am (new time). Visitors to the area are most welcome to attend services at both churches.


The next Women of Rathdowney get together will be held on Thursday, February 27 from 6pm. The ladies meet at the hotel and enjoy some table activities while waiting for meals to be served. Regular attendees are welcome to bring a friend or two and new ladies are most welcome. This is quite an informal group who just enjoy catching up with neighbours and meeting new residents of the area. There were 13 at the last event let's see if we can get to the 20 mark this month. The night has been set at the fourth Thursday of the month.


Local government elections will be coming up soon. These elections will see Rathdowney because of realignment of boundaries become part of Division 5. It is to be hoped that whoever is elected in Division 5 remembers that Rathdowney is part of his/her electorate. At this time it seems that there are three candidates for division 5 and two candidates for the position of Mayor.


Playgroup has started again on Wednesday morning at the school. All children under school age are invited to attend this morning's activities from 9am until 11.30am. Parents may stay and enjoy either by joining the children or having a tea or coffee with other parents. The kitchen is available. For enquiries please ring the school on 5540 4333. Class swimming has started and will continue three times each week until the Easter holidays when the season finishes. Technology is already being used by the little ones. They used their iPads to navigate spheros balls to paint covers for their science books. What is a speros Ball we older people ask?

It's raining it's pouring, the old man is snoring, he went to bed and bumped his head and couldn't get up in the morning. Who remembers singing this little ditty in younger days. This rain reminds me of this time of the year during the early 50s. The first couple of weeks of the new school year often had weather just like this. Rathdowney would be flood-bound. All of the bridges over the Logan were low over the water. Bev Bell and others from Palen Creek couldn't get in to school, neither could Margaret Dieckmann and siblings and the Moloney Kids from Running Creek. Veronica Salisbury rode her bike over the flat, but there was many a time that she couldn't get to school. The Downes boys lived on the town side of the Downes Bridge and rode their bikes in and sometimes, Mary Ann's Gully went under water and the town kids couldn't get across or had to go home early. In more recent years when it really started to rain the cry would go out. "The Palen Bus has to leave NOW!" And they would be off. Palen Creek would come up quickly and all of the Richards children (and there were a few of them) lived along the Back Creek Road. If they didn't beat the water going over the cause way they had to go further up the road walk through the paddocks and over a log crossing the creek to get home. Bet they had many a tale to tell.