Scenic Rim community news | April 8-14

BEAUDESERT

By Joy Drescher, joydrescher@bigpond.com, 0447 364 378

BEAUDESERT SENIORS

Only 25 members attended Beaudesert Seniors with eight apologies at the last meeting on St Patrick's Day. The band consisted of June Farmers and Terry and Gary Moloney. Terry and Gary played It Happened in Monteray, Smile and On the Sunny Side of the Street. Community singing had an Irish flavour to it.

Upcoming birthdays were Lois Chalmers 27/3, Jennifer Seddon 28/3, Lloyd Taylor 31/3, Fay Wilkinson 11/4 and Lynette Kenny 2/4. Raffles were won by Cecil Strow, Beryl Blakcklery and Fay Wilkinson. Euchre winner was Cecil Strow. Indoor bowls was won by Jennifer Seddon and Barry Dunn.

It is hoped the next meeting will be held on April 28, 2020 at Beaudesert Golf Club, Kerry Road, Beaudesert offering friendship and more starting between 9 and 9.30am. A full program of cards, indoor bowls, band, singing both solo and community, joke telling and poetry. Lunch and morning tea are provided along with a lucky door prize. There is a raffle. Visitors and new members are most welcome. Cost is $12 a head. Phone Sylvia on 0400 540 071 for more.

SCENIC RIM WRITERS GROUP

The SRWG leader has spoken with Marisa Parker from the Centre and Marissa advised that group meetings have been cancelled for now with the group informed when arrangements change.

Marisa mentioned that SRWG could possibly meet online on skype and is willing to set a few questions or readings for the group provided enough members were interested. Members, let Ailsa know what you think about that. You might like a rest for a few months.

No decision has been made yet on the RADF applications for grants.

Ailsa also said "All the arrangements in deciding on a cover design, fonts, introduction, back cover blurb need to be decided upon and could be done online if necessary. Does everyone want a say on all these questions. I gathered last time that some of you were frustrated being asked to decide on this, or that, and you just wished someone else would decide and just do it. Do you all want a say in everything to do with the book or do you want to leave these final details to a core groups who are willing to do that? Let's know" Members please let Ailsa know.

With or without a grant, members stories still need to be finished because the council is paying Qld Writers to edit the final combined document ready to be sent to the printer

When you are happy with your document please send it to Robyn Dodds by the April 30 deadline. Then the final copy will be sent to Qld Writers

Ailsa finishes off "I'll miss you all as I look forward to seeing you each month. We'll be at the other side of all this eventually so keep well and safe." It is probably true to say all members miss each other and the camaraderie of the group. I certainly do.

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT

Every day when I look at the papers, I see subtle differences in the rules of engagement with our fellow human beings. Everyone seems to be flying by the seat of their pants. People on TV endlessly rabbit on about what we can and cannot do and conclusions vary. The message is not entirely clear except for about three rules: 1. Wash your hands every time you think about it 2. Stay at home as much as possible. 3. Don't touch your face.

I saw in the Courier Mail last Saturday that as of midnight last Saturday anyone coming in by plane would be quarantined in hotels for 14 days before going home. Next day people who arrived on Friday or earlier Saturday were accused of going straight home for 14 days home isolation when the rule had not yet been implemented. We do need guidelines that are truthful and not subject to the whim of whatever public servant happens to be on the spot. The old adage "Good fences made good neighbours" should be amended to "Good rules make contented people travelling and contented people enforcing the rules". If a deadline is set it should be adhered to.

PERSONAL

On Wednesday and Thursday I have appointments at Princess Alexandra Hospital for a bone scan to ensure no nasties have gone there and a breast mapping with associated tiny tattoos to direct the radiation beams. On that day I will also have an ultrasound. After these tests and radiation there will be the removal of the Portacath and continued supervision for the next few years by the PA oncology team. And in October 2024 (yes, that's correct!) I have an appointment with Breastscreen at their caravan at Beaudesert Hospital!

BAD SIGNAGE AT JIMBOOMBA

I had an appointment in Brisbane last Wednesday. Coming home I found the very worst case of sign blundering.

Has anyone seen that terrifying huge Main Roads sign coming out of Jimboomba with a trident-shaped set of arrows on saying straight ahead up Mt Lindsay Highway is SOUTH not Beaudesert, Rathdowney, NSW ... just South?

Left is Brisbane when the only way to go there is the flood-free route of South, Church, East, Edelston streets, CampCable Road and left back to Mt Lindsay Highway or right via Yarrabilba.

Right is BEAUDESERT but the options in getting to Beaudesert that way are impossible except via Flagstone going 20-30 k out of your way and heavens knows how you'd ever get home. Is this a ploy to stop visitation?? I heard weird things like this happened in the UK in WW2 but germs can't read. I hope the sign is soon removed

BOONAH

By Natalie McDonald, nataliemcdonald@activ8.net, 0417 793 872

BOONAH COMMUNITY GARDEN

Boonah Community Garden members hope everyone is keeping safe and well and spending lots of time in the garden. Here are some ideas of what to plant this time of year:

Herbs: plant chervil, chicory, coriander, fennel, garlic bulbs, lavender, marjoram, oregano, parsley, rocket, sage, sorrel, rosemary, thyme, winter tarragon and yarrow.

Fruit and Vegetables: plant broad beans, broccoli, lettuce, onion, peas, radish, shallots, spinach, spring onion and turnip.

Due to the new COVID-19 rules restricting only two people together outside, members have to cut back their Tuesday and Thursday gatherings at the garden, but with careful planning (to avoid each other) they should be able to maintain everything and keep the garden going. At least they are well spaced out, with their heads in healthy herbs and veggies most of the time.

COUNCIL COVID-19 UPDATE

The following Council update was issued on March 31.

The grassy area of Council parks remain open to the community and provide a great place for physical exercise. However if you are exercising you will need to follow advice from the Australian and Queensland Governments and be alone, or in the company of one other person - while practising social distancing - or you can be in the company of your family who would usually reside in the same household.

As previously advised, playgrounds, exercise equipment and barbecues within the parks are all closed.

Closure signage is progressively being rolled out across the region. Skate parks are included in this closure. Scenic Rim skate parks are located at the following sites: Vonda Youngman Community Centre, Tamborine Mountain; Moriarty Park, Canungra; Middle Park, Tamborine; Jubilee Park, Beaudesert; Coronation Park, Boonah and Kalbar Showgrounds, Kalbar. In the interests of public safety, all Scenic Rim residents are urged to please comply with these changes and take social distancing seriously by staying 1.5 metres apart. For further information visit Council's website: www.scenicrim.qld.gov.au/covid-19 The site is updated regularly as changes are made to Council's service delivery due to COVID-19

EAT LOCAL WEEK

The Scenic Rim Regional Council has cancelled the 2020 Scenic Rim Eat Local Week, including the Winter Harvest Festival, amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. Following ongoing advice from the Australian and Queensland Government health authorities restricting mass gatherings and non-essential travel, and in consideration of the many stakeholders and partners, the council has made the tough, however necessary, decision to cancel the event, which attracts up to 40,000 people to the Scenic Rim annually.

Eat Local Week was due to celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2020.

The council will publish a full list of participants and sponsors who had committed to be part of 2020 events on the Scenic Rim Eat Local Week website so you can show your support for those businesses affected now, and into the future.

The Scenic Rim as a region looks forward to being able to once again share the sights, sounds and tastes of this unique event when we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Eat Local Week from June 26 to July 4 2021.

BE HEALTHY AND ACTIVE

Be Healthy & Active sessions are now available online and to help Scenic Rim residents get their fix of physical activity through challenging times, some fantastic Be Healthy & Active program providers have come up with creative solutions.

Visit the Scenic Rim Regional Council Facebook events section to find out what Be Healthy & Active sessions are available online or find out more below. The following providers will be running sessions via Zoom video conferencing or Facebook Live:

Fitness for Mums - Every Friday at 9am - Access this Facebook live video stream on the private group page: https://m.facebook.com/groups/3081892251869124/

Meditation - Every Thursday at 9am - For details on the session and how to connect via Zoom contact Frances at divine@ozemail.com.au or 0412 303 841

Vinyasa Flow Yoga - Every Monday at 6.15pm and Tuesday at 9.10am - Contact Lou 0431 193 833 lou@thefuneffect.com.au for details.

Piloxing - Every Tuesday at 4.30pm - For further details and how to connect through Zoom, contact Gayle Baker - kb_gb@bigpond.net.au

Pilates - Every Tuesday at 6.30pm - For details and how to connect through Zoom, contact Gayle Baker - kb_gb@bigpond.net.au

CREATIVE KIDS PROGRAM

Join the Scenic Rim Regional Council and Goat Track Theatre for a great range of free performance-based workshops via ZOOM (online) including live and interactive workshops in Role Play, Improvisation, Puppetry, Magic Tricks, Building Characters, Clowning, Story Telling, Joke Telling, Juggling and other Fun and Games. These workshops are live interactions (not a recording) with an actual teacher, therefore, sessions for kids aged 8-12 years of age will be limited to 20 participants only in the comfort of their own home and registrations are essential. For more information and to book, email thecentre@scenicrim.qld.gov.au or phone 5540 5050 The ZOOMLINK will show on your Print at Home ticket once you have registered. If you register and can't attend please advise.

Crazy Critters - Thursday April 9, 9am to 10am: In this workshop, you'll learn three ways to develop your very own character from scratch, using props and costumes from your house and some fun exercises run by the team at Goat Track Theatre. You'll also get the chance to perform these to an online audience. Be ready for fun and bring your creativity.

Clowning Around - Thursday April 9, 11am to noon: Meet your 'inner clown' as you learn wonderful new skills, make new friends and have lots of laughs. This workshop is going to be loads of fun, so bring a smile and a sense of adventure.

Once Upon a Time - Tuesday April 14 from 9am to 10am: Funny Stories, Sad Stories, maybe even Spooky Stories. If you love telling stories, then this workshop is for you. You will get to hear some stories, create some stories and, even tell some stories based on objects from around your house.

Show of Hands - Tuesday April 14, 11am to noon: This workshop will help you to develop your very own puppets, create a show and perform with a friend, all in the course of an hour, without leaving home.

Abracadabra - Wednesday April 14, 9am to 10am: Join our Game Masters, as they introduce you to some magic tricks that you can share with family and friends. You'll get the chance to learn these, practice them and perform them for the group.

Just Joking - Thursday April 16, 9am to 10am: Join us in a session of joke-telling where you get to be the 'stand-up comedian' everyone says you are. Even if you don't know any jokes yet, here's your chance to learn some so you can share them with your family.

Juggling - Friday April 17, 9am to 10am: For those who wish they could juggle you'll be taken through the basic steps to learn how to do a basic juggle of three balls, or oranges, or limes or any other spherical fruit, for that matter. All you need is some space, three tissues, three balls, or oranges or limes.

RATHDOWNEY

By Pam Hardgrave, pamela.hardgrave@gmail.com

LOCAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS

Council elections are over for another few years and it looks as if Greg Christensen has been returned as Mayor of the Scenic Rim and our representative for Division 5 will be Marshall Chalk. Congratulations to both and we in the Rathdowney area look forward to seeing plenty of you in and around Rathdowney, Marshall.

SOCIAL EVENTS

No social events to report. The Post Office will be open for shorter hours, 8.30am until 2pm Monday to Friday - shut on Saturday. Services provided will be as usual. However, the hotel will be preparing take-away meals from Monday to Saturday nights from 5.30 until 7.30. Sorry no lunch meals. The bar will be open for take-away drinks from 2pm until 7.30pm nightly. The Convenience Store and Garage operate as usual.

RMG and RADHA members have been advised that the monthly meetings have been suspended until further notice.

ANZAC DAY

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

SCHOOL

Schools have broken up for the Easter break that will probably be extended for quite some time. The school staff spent last week, declared pupil-free, preparing packages for parents to help if home schooling is required because of COVID-19. In English the year 1s and 2s have published their work on Microsoft Word and the Preps are doing a wonderful job at writing sentences. There will not be any P&C general meetings until further notice and the annual meeting has been postponed. Work on the refurbishment of C block was scheduled to commence on March 30 and should be completed by July.

COVID-19 Virus

As I write this, further restrictions on people's movement are being announced- parks, public toilets and national parks are now out of bounds. The number of positive tests for the virus in Queensland and Australia continue to rise daily so please take care, stay at home if you can and only go out if you really need to. Cheers for now and look after each other.