Scenic Rim community news | March 25 to 31


By Joy Drescher,, 0447 346 378

This week's column will not have much content about What's On but it will have a litany of What's Not On items. And some things are still a mystery as to whether you could go to an empty venue or stay at home. I was rather peeved to attempt to attend two gatherings and find they were cancelled and I had failed to find out. Personally, I like to mix with other people. When you look at statistics, those loners and those socially isolated tend to head the depression stakes. God willing, this will not occur here but if the isolation and cancellation of low-key events continues it could well be a contributing factor.

I have a son overseas on a cruise ship somewhere between Chile and The Falklands. The ship has done its 14-day self-imposed isolation. Maybe one day these Australian doctors and dentists may return here for another 14-day self-isolation before helping to save lives in the pandemic.


President Sue Weymouth advises the March meeting of Beaudesert Museum was cancelled because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Normally meetings are held on the third Friday of each month. Queries to Museum on 5541 3740.


There is no Beaudesert Seniors meeting on March 31. This was planned some weeks ago.


The Maroon Hall Trivia night for March 28 is postponed until further notice.


Twenty-five people attended the Tamrookum dance with Rod Waters playing the music. He and Rachel were booked to go on a cruise up the Queensland coast but they boarded the boat a week ago, spent about 6 hours on board, the cruise was cancelled and everyone went home.

Lucky spots went to Tricia Jurd, Terry and Colleen Moloney. Joy Drescher and Ken Meggs won lucky door chocolates. Raffle winners were Rachel Waters, Rita Surowski, Carolyn Willey, Ken Meggs, Doug Drescher, Desie Grace and Tricia Jurd.

Ann Boomer and Allan Dennis won the Monte Carlo and runners-up Rita and Joe Surowski also won chocolates. Next Tamrookum dance starts 7.30pm on Saturday, April 4.


The committees of Woodhill and Hillview dances have not yet made decisions on future dances. At present attendance numbers and the size of the halls would make these dances legal but Government rules keep changing almost daily.


Last Peak Crossing Hall dance was cancelled due to COVID-19 Virus. Monitoring the situation, the committee will let patrons know about April Dance. Kerry Hall committee cancelled the March and April Kerry dances. Pullenvale cancelled St Patrick's day dance and are unsure if whether the April Dance will go ahead.

Marburg Show Society and Dance Committee cancelled all Marburg dances, Marburg Show Ball and Marburg Agricultural Show until further notice.


The QCWA Cent Auction scheduled for March 26 has been cancelled.


Beaudesert Rotary meetings will be held on Zoom with members checking in 5 minutes before the start of the meeting, with everyone staying in their own homes. The International Conference is cancelled.


POWERtalk Australia was to have its annual conference in May at Thurderbird Park. It has now been changed to Friday, Sunday 6-8 November still at Thunderbird Park. The Speech Contest and Cross border meeting in March is cancelled. Fortnightly meetings usually at Garden City Mount Gravatt will now be on Zoom and be for one hour instead of two.


Scenic Rim Regional Council live-streamed the last Arts Dinner and many planned programs will be used via this and other mediums to minimise risk and still deliver the program.


The art show official opening of Therese Flynn-Clarke and Mary Elizabeth Barron has been cancelled. However, the exhibition will still be available for viewing online (27 Mar - 15 July).


The Outback Debutantes Ball due to be performed in May to celebrate BAMS 40th Anniversary has been cancelled and rehearsals stopped.


The BBB April meeting is cancelled. Strategies towards continuing and revitalising this vibrant Bush Poetry Group will be implemented.


As gatherings of over 100 are now banned, LNP meetings are now banned. This applies to all party units, including Branches, SECs, FDCs, Regions, Committees, State Executive, State Council and Convention.


By Natalie McDonald, phone 0417 793 872,


Unfortunately, due to the developing coronavirus situation, Queensland Churches of Christ have decided to cancel the Fassifern Seniors Information Sessions on Tuesday, March 24 and Tuesday, April 21 at the Boonah Church of Christ. If you would like to register your details to be notified when this event will be rescheduled, please contact


The garden looks a treat again! It has been mown (thanks Sonia), whipper-snipped (thanks Craig), weeded, the old compost area is sorted with new compost bays (thanks Melissa, Merv and Rob) and the new wicking bed is finished, ready for planting (thanks Viv). Members of BCG are now revamping the no-dig veggie bed as it has been weeded. The job this week is to add mulch from the dump, locally sourced cow manure (thanks Ann) and garden made compost (thanks team). They now have a shade frame to cover the area (thanks Rob for your find) to give the veggies a good chance at life - though this might wait as the weather is cooling down. The new irrigation system is installed thanks to Larry. Last week, the lucky Thursday workers enjoyed their second firing of the pizza oven, preparing some yummy pizzas and handing them over to the helpful chefs - Rob and Craig. They are learning that the oven needed more heat so will start it earlier in the day. But no one complained and members will force themselves to keep practising! Thank you to Tony for your well-planned and informative workshop on worm farming which was able to run after being your inspiration and is sure others have become keen to try other ways of recycling scraps to benefit worms in our gardens. And then last Thursday Rob gave some very handy tips on sharpening our tools using creative methods which cost little and are fun to use. Members hope everyone is keeping well and still enjoying the garden and this lovely, cooler weather. They are hoping they can still keep meeting at the garden over the next few weeks and enjoying the benefits of the fresh air and companionship.

Members work at the garden in Coronation Drive, Boonah, adjacent to the Church of Christ on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8.30am to noon.


Due to the developing coronavirus situation and the seriousness of this virus to seniors, Boonah and District Senior Citizens Welfare Club has suspended senior mornings until the first Wednesday in May at this time. Members will be informed if a further extension of time is necessary.


The new exhibition which opens on Wednesday, March 25 at Boonah Art Gallery in High Street Boonah is by Charles Morgan Paintings from Far North and Beyond and continues until Saturday, May 2. The Gallery is open from Wednesday to Sunday during exhibitions from 10am to 4pm excluding public holidays and admission is free. To find out more email


Beaudesert and District Community Arts Projects members are pleased to announce they have two good news stories to share - and both have come out of the devastation caused by the recent fires in the region. Now with a home of their own at the Stationmaster House, 100 Brisbane Street, Beaudesert, the members of BADCAP plan to run workshops on a regular basis. Their second workshop this year was a Raku-firing and tutor and BADCAP member, Claudje Lecompte, kindly offered the income from the day to be given to a Scenic Rim artist who was badly affected by the fires. It was decided that the $400 raised be given to a Beechmont artist who lost her studio in the blaze. The artist was thrilled to hear she was chosen and said it will go towards buying something special for her arts practice. Workshops at The Stationmaster House are planned for the first Saturday of the month and April will see a free workshop run by another BADCAP member, Erica Bates, called Softie Sew-In for Wildlife to which everyone is invited. Erica has been busy teaching people how to make cute stuffed animals and will run this workshop on April 4. These animals have been selling like hot cakes with all the profits going towards rehabilitating the native wildlife in the region affected by the fires. Habitat has been destroyed across the country with countless loss of animal life and injuries. Groups are rallying to plant trees for habitat and to care for and support injured and threatened wildlife. Profits from this workshop will benefit the local wildlife care group Scenic Rim Wildlife Rescue INC. On April 4, participants are encouraged to bring their own sewing machines if they have them. If not there will be plenty to do - cutting out patterns, choosing fabric combinations, pinning, stuffing the toys, sewing on buttons, embroidering etc. Instruction will be provided. A fun time is guaranteed but more importantly, the good work produced will be going towards such a good cause. The day will get underway at 9am but everyone is free to pop in any time up to 3pm. BADCAP will supply morning tea but participants are asked to bring their own lunches. As numbers are limited, to attend for all or part of this FREE event go to website - workshops 2020 - April 4 and register.


Scenic Rim Regional Council's response to COVID-19 has resulted in the postponement and cancellation of community events. Council is currently still going through a process of assessing Council-run events at The Centre Beaudesert, Boonah Cultural Centre and the Vonda Youngman Community Centre, the Be Healthy and Active programs as well as Library programs and activities.

Council is postponing the community events below that are scheduled for the remainder of March and April. This is in addition to the Get Savvy and Planning Scheme events, which have been communicated on Facebook. SRRC understands how important these events are to people across our communities and will advise the new dates as soon as possible.

Movies in the Park; Extreme Ninja Warrior Challenge; Owl Whisperer Workshop; Native Bee Workshop.

For up-to-date information about council facilities and services and events during this time visit Council's website. The website will be updated if changes are made to Council's service delivery as a result of COVID-19 and will include information on how to contact. Visit:

Anyone with concerns directly related to COVID-19 can call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) and find up-to-date information on the Queensland Health website at if you have facebook access has regular updates. Most importantly we need to support each other, stay positive and keep in touch with any vulnerable members of the community.


By Pam Hardgrave,


At this point in time the Easter Markers at the Information Centre will still be going ahead. If you wish to book a site to hold a stall please contact the Information Centre either by phone 55441222 or email at . A good number of residents went to the Bowls Club last Sunday to meet candidates for Division 5 and the candidates for the Mayoral position. After all candidates had the opportunity to put their case they were able to mingle with those there and have informal chats and a cup of tea. Unfortunately, the Mayoral candidates had to rush off to Tamborine to attend a similar function there. Don't forget to cast your vote on Saturday.


Because of the Coronavirus scare, the Australian Camp draft Association has put a stop to all campdrafts for the time being and the situation will be revised in early May.


Country markets are held on the 3rd Sunday of the months at the Memorial Grounds canteen. However, as RADHA holds markets on Easter Sunday in April there will not be markets at the canteen during April.


Anzac Day gatherings have been abandoned this year. However, if people wish to visit the flagpole in the Memorial Grounds, lay a wreath and pause for a few moments of reflection they are most welcome to do so.


The Pony Club Rally Day last Sunday was well attended .and many patronised the canteen where they were very busy cooking burgers and making mugs of coffee.


The workshop will be held in the hall of Wednesday the 22nd of April from 9.30 until 11.30am. These workshops are sponsored by The Scenic Rim Regional Council.


Pilates, Yoga and Fitness, Fun and Friends sessions will continue to be held in the hall on Tuesday afternoon (5.30), Wednesday morning (11.00)and Saturday morning ( 9.15) respectively. There is a small charge on each of these activities that are formulated to be suitable for all standards of fitness.


As usual there was a big roll up of Bowlers to take part in the Pub Fours Day Comp. The weather for this very popular competition was perfect. Rowan Stuhmcke, Vic Judd, Emmanuel Magro and Errol Binstead won the day and Peter Brand, Shane Stevenson, Wayne Reiser and Val Reiser were Runners Up. Winners of the Jackpot Bowls played on the 13th of March were Brian O'Reilly, Ellaine Taylor and Rudi Amrien and Runners-up were Doug Hardgrave and John Yates. The next Jackpot Game will be played on the 10th of April.


Last week the Preps were learning about the letters 'm' and 'd' and the sounds that they make. They are getting to be very good at recognising their letters. They are sounding out simple words. They made Milo milkshakes (the 'm' letter) which were delicious and then played Duck, Duck Goose (the 'd" letter). In Geography, they are looking at maps and learning about special places that they have a connection to.