Community news from Beaudesert, Boonah and Rathdowney

MOTHERS DAY: Another twilight markets will be held at Beaudesert on May 7.
MOTHERS DAY: Another twilight markets will be held at Beaudesert on May 7.



Don't forget Cars'n'Coffee at Stationmaster House, 100 Brisbane St, Beaudesert on Sunday 2 May, with great vintage cars. CoffeeLicious coffee to slurp on and hot freshly cooked breakfasts by Beaudesert Rotary Club members. With the plethora of public holidays on Mondays, the next Rotary meeting will be at the Black Dragon Dojo at 6 for 6.30pm Monday 10 May. A High Tea with Fashion Parade and two guest speakers will be run at the Jimboomba Hall, corner Johanna and Honora Streets. It is $35 each and starts at 2pm with 10 people per table. Lucky door prizes and a raffle will be run.


There will be Mother's Day Twilight Markets in the Mitre 10 car park from 5.30pm on Friday 7 May. Rotary will be there selling tasty treats to eat.


Support your Cancer Council 's High Tea at 100 Brisbane St, on Saturday 8 May. There will be a fashion parade featuring Calico Country Fashions as well as jewellery and stalls. It is $25 each.


To celebrate volunteer week we are showing The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel movie at Boonah, Beaudesert and, for the first time, Canungra. This is not just for volunteers but as a celebration for volunteering in our community so everyone is welcome. There will be morning tea and a small giveaway. We would love to see you at Boonah 11, Beaudesert 12 May or Canungra on 13 May.


BAMS upcoming The Outback Debutantes Ball is coming soon to Beaudesert. Performances are on Friday 21 May at 7.30pm, on Saturday 22 May at 2pm and 7.30pm. Book your tickets on 55405050 or go online.


If you would like to feel the health and wellbeing benefits of laughter yoga then why not try the Sunday morning sessions in Jubilee Park at 9am. Qualified leader Nerelie Teese welcomes older teens and other age groups to this fun activity which helps reduce depression and anxiety, and boosts the immune system. One of the things I like best about laughter yoga is that there is no floor or ground exercises, so no-one has to worry about getting down or back up again. Email


Council is running workshops in May that are aimed at supporting and building emotional resilience. More details soon so please save the dates, 10 May in Beaudesert, 17 May in Boonah and 25 May in Tamborine Mountain. They run for just two hours either from 3 - 5pm or 6 - 8pm. The workshops are free, with a cuppa and biscuit. Email me if you are interested.


Pickleball is played every Tuesday night and Saturday morning. There is space for a maximum of 24 players so please get back to me ASAP. Details for Tuesday nights - the venue is Beaudesert Show Grounds, The Teese Pavilion, 63 Albert Street from 6.30pm-8.30pm playing time with a cost of $5 per adult, $2 per child Saturday morning details are again at Beaudesert Show Grounds, The Teese Pavilion from 7.30am-9.30am at $5 per adult and $2 per child.


It's Beaudesert's turn to host this fantastic event on Wednesday from 9am-12 outside the library, we have groups such as the library, EACH and Benevolent with kids fun and games. Headspace will be there for the teenagers, the beautiful Paws for Hope dogs will be there, the Australian Hearing bus if you want your hearing checked, fire ant program, aged care, disability and mental health services.


Expressions of interest for volunteer grants are open till next week 29th April (2pm closing time) - the applications open 20 May - 9 June but for this grant you need to contact Scott Buchholz office to give an EOI ( Grants of between $1000 and $5000 are available to not-for-profit community organisations. This funding is to be used to buy small equipment, contribute to volunteers' fuel costs, contribute to transport costs for volunteers with disability who are unable to drive in association with their volunteering. Assist with the costs of training courses for volunteers, undertake background screening checks for volunteers.


Just a FYI - the announcement for council's last grant round will be on Tuesday. It would be greatly appreciated if some volunteers could come early to help set up and stay back and pack up after games have finished. Happy pickleballing.



The next RMG general meeting will be on Sunday the 23rd of May at 3pm in the covered area at the Memorial Grounds.


Many thanks and compliments were received from competitors after the camp draft last weekend. Of course there were the usual hiccups (how could there be a camp draft without them?) that made both days run late. It was most unfortunate that on Saturday the ambulance was called away to an accident at one of the camping areas (do hope that the little boy is doing well). Late in the afternoon there was a shower that caused another hold-up. The roast dinner was much appreciated and the canteen staff headed by Debbie kept that area running smoothly. The boys on the barbeque had to be pulled into line on occasions but, really, for two old fellows they did a great job. The Calcutta caused a great amount of interest with the BBs (Boonah Boys) horse taking out the main winnings. Many thanks to Jacob Gaske who did the auctioneering in a most professional way which no doubt contributed to the Calcutta being such a success. After the auction Suzie Reiser sang her little heart out until midnight when the bar closed. Sunday morning saw a late start as the ground had to be worked up a little because the showers on Saturday night made it a bit wet. It is always good to be able to say that the Rathdowney Ambulance had a quiet two days. There were no incidents or accidents. Thank you Tom for being there. Many thanks to Pony Club members who rolled up and rolled up their sleeves and worked happily in the canteen and yards. You did a sterling job and so did those other people who came along and lent a hand. Congratulations to the committee.


Every Tuesday evening there is a pilates class in the Rathdowney Hall starting at 5.30. This is a Be Healthy and Active activity. Therefore it costs only $5. Anyone who has not tried pilates is encouraged to come along. The class is for all ages and the exercises are designed to improve strength, flexibility and posture and enhance mental awareness. For information contact Sonya on 0421337117 or just come along.


Ladies of Rathdowney come along to the WOW meal at the hotel tonight. This is always a friendly, relaxed few hours in enjoyable company. This is not a club and is open to anyone (of the female gender) to attend. This dinner is held on the last Wednesday night of the month with meet and greet at 6pm.


Margaret, who knits small pullovers for children living in impoverished countries, is asking for donations of wool for her project. Any quantities, any ply and any colour are acceptable. Margaret has been knitting these pullovers for several years and has kept many a child warm during winters. Wool donations can be left at the Information Centre and it will be passed on to her. On Margaret's behalf thank you for your donation.


The committee of the Heritage Listed School of Arts at Maroon will hold a trivia night on the 8th of May. Time to arrive is 6.30 for a 7pm start. Tickets are $10 per person with tables of eight. You do not have to have a full table of eight as there are sure to be places available. Tickets are to be presold and this can be on line by going to the Maroon School of Arts Facebook page and following the link. The night will be a BYO nibblies and drinks. There will be a multi draw raffle with lots of fantastic prizes. Numbers are limited so get in quick.


Have you ever felt like going for an early morning walk with good company? There are two Heart Foundation walking groups. One is in Rathdowney. It leaves the Bowls Club at 9am on Friday and the other leaves Maroon Dam at 8am on Monday. Both walks are about 3km long and take about 45 minutes to complete (maybe for some). There is no cost. Go to the walking.heart site to register, and get your walking shoes out of the cupboard.


During the fires late last year many people helped in many ways. They made collected and distributed food. They came with their spray tanks on utes and used their machinery to make fire breaks and so on to help stop the fire. As a way of thanks to these people our local policeman organised a small "cup of tea and bikkies" social at which small mementoes of those days were presented. The mementoes had been crafted by members of the Men's Shed at Kooralbyn.

DATES TO REMEMBER: April 28th WOW dinner. Do not forget Mothers' Day in May.



Our report from Templin Historic Museum this week is written by Iris Skinner. Iris writes: On February 21,1880, the first local government was set up in the Fassifern district, the Goolman Board. Descendants of this first council and subsequent councils still live in the district or keep in touch with the Scenic Rim. The board's first meeting place was the Milbong School. The school had opened in 1877. A purpose built chambers was built at Peak Crossing in the Parish of Flinders. In May 1900 a council office and clerk's residence was built in High Street, Boonah. The old Peak Crossing office was sold to F. Surawski for 20 pounds five shillings ($40.50). In the 1930s chambers were built and the name was changed to the Boonah Shire Council in 1937. The Goolman Council Chambers building was moved. The now 121-year-old building is at Templin Museum. Preservation of the building acknowledges the tremendous contribution of the men, and women who supported them, in developing an area. It also acknowledges the men and women who went on to be leaders in the governance of Queensland and Australia. This grand building has a cracked outer wall, caused by movement of stumps that have been affected by weather, but funds to buy materials have been attained. The labor will come from Templin members. Members thank you for your support. Templin Historic Museum is at 397 Boonah/Fassifern Road and is open Sundays only from 9.30am until 3.30pm. Bookings for groups and bus tours are available.


Kick the Dust, a Community Drought Fundraiser by Fassifern Community Centre will be held at Simon's Tavern Function Room, 88 High Street Boonah on Friday April 30 from 6pm to 9pm. Dust off your dancing shoes and give them a good workout. It's been a tough year and it's important to take time to support each other in a fun way. Enjoy dinner, entertainment and fundraising. Up for grabs will be 100's of stylish designer shoes, men's and women's designer clothing, prizes, and a fashion show. You can break your new shoes in while dancing to local acoustic blues band Nobody's Baby. Book your table of 6-10 people by calling Simon's Tavern on 5463 1007. Contact FCC 5463 2966 or email


Tai Chi, a gentle exercise class for arthritis and general health is held on Mondays 4 - 5pm at the Fassifern Community Centre, 4 Little High Street Boonah. To enrol or for information contact Cathy Cooper at (no classes in school holidays).


The next meeting of The Common Thread - Boonah (The Australian Sewing Guild) will be held on Tuesday May 4. The group meets at the CWA Hall at Templin Historic Village on the first Tuesday of each month at 9.30am and welcomes sewing enthusiasts of all ages, skill levels, interests and backgrounds they even have spare machines. For more information contact Group Coordinator Jacqui Wearmouth by email:; on 5463 5933 or mobile 0427 654167 or Helen Burke on 5463 2798


Boonah/Kalbar Branch of QCWA meetings are held at the CWA Hall in Walter Street, Boonah on the 1st Tuesday of each month, with the next meeting to be held on Tuesday May 4 at 10am. For information please contact Shelley Gumbley on 5463 8323


A Taste of Ireland The Irish Music and Dance sensation comes to Boonah Cultural Centre on Tuesday May 4 from 7.30pm to 9.25pm. A Taste of Ireland features acclaimed Irish dancers, dazzling folk musicians and contemporary vocalists. Tickets from $44.90 (early-bird child) to $89.90 (VIP) Contact phone number: (07) 5463 3068


The U3A Photography Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 10 am to noon, at Fassifern Community Centre, 4 Little High Street and alternating face-to-face meetings with Zoom. The next meeting will be on Wednesday May 5. The group shares knowledge of photography and photo editing. The cost of the face-to-face meeting is $2 to cover room hire. For further details, and venue/Zoom contact Heather on 0418 785 530, or or Barb on


The U3A Book Club meetings are held at Fassifern Community Centre on the first Wednesday of each month at 4pm with the next meeting on Wednesday May 5. Meetings last about an hour and the group reviews a book set one month earlier. Books are from the library at no cost. Phone: Lillian Kerr on 5463 4698 or email


Boonah Seniors meet to play cards, scrabble and other games or just to catch up, chat and enjoy the atmosphere and friendliness on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 9am to 1pm. Indoor bowls is also available. Morning tea is at 10am and lunch is served at 12. It is always nice to get together with other seniors, so if you are 50 or over come along to Boonah Golf Club. The next morning will be on Wednesday May 5. To find out more ring Natalie McDonald on 5463 8285


The next Friday Flick at Boonah Cultural Centre on Friday May 7 at 10am, 1pm and 7pm, will be Penguin Bloom (PG), Starring Naomi Watts, Andrew Lincoln, and Jackie Weaver. A young mother whose world is turned upside down after a near-fatal accident leaves her paralysed. Running 95 minutes. Adults $10; Students and Concession $7.50. Tickets should be pre-bought by phone 5540 5050 during office hours (Tues-Fri, 10am-4pm) or, book online at Movies start at advertised screening time.


The exhibition, Cartoons to Cottages by Barry Gill, at Boonah Art Gallery, opened on Wednesday April 21 and continues until Saturday May 22. The gallery is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm (except public holidays) and it's free. Boonah Regional Art Gallery is on 5463 2999.


To celebrate volunteer week Scenic Rim Regional Council is showing The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel movie at Boonah Cultural Centre at 10am on Tuesday May 11; The Centre Beaudesert at 10am on Wednesday May 12 and for the first time at Canungra at Canungra School of Arts at 10am on Thursday May 13. This is not just for volunteers but as a free celebration for volunteering in our community so everyone is welcome, there will be morning tea and a small giveaway.