Beaudesert, Boonah and Rathdowney community news

BOONAH NEWS: Kalfresh is hosting its Eat Local Carrot Day on June 26. Seen here Hannah Armstrong and Adrienne Stacey at the 2019 event. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
BOONAH NEWS: Kalfresh is hosting its Eat Local Carrot Day on June 26. Seen here Hannah Armstrong and Adrienne Stacey at the 2019 event. Photo: Larraine Sathicq


by Joy Drescher


Members had a wonderful morning of poems and friendship and love. More poets would be welcome. Norma Jean read three wonderful word picture poems by Raymond Curtis. Ian had poems on Open Fires, Bats and Pigging In on his feeding frenzy of writing. Barry spoke of old bullockies and the stories they hide, Three coins in the fountain and Willoona which caused him and Elva to break into song. Elva had everyone in stitches with The great Bogroll Pack Stampede, the frailties of occupational therapists and other odds and sods that afflict the elderly. Joy rehearsed a poem for the Launch of Mystery, Murder and Mayhem as well as a recap of the poems that launched her into poetry writing as well as prose. There was discussion on the possibility of an open air picnic in Jubillee Park on 13 August. The word or phrase for poems at the July 9 BBB Meeting are My Aged Care and associated oddities and a dose of Pigging In till you are all pigged out. Next meeting 9am at The Arts and Info Centre, Enterprise Drive, Beaudesert , on 9 July.


Great news for political freedoms after all the shutdowns of the last year will see three different branches of the LNP meet at 100 Brisbane St, Beaudesert. First freedom to meet in a year - maybe we are not a Communist country after all. But with no meetings in over a year come and enjoy discussion at The Scenic Rim SEC warmly invites you to join other LNP members and supporters at Stationmaster's House, 100 Brisbane Street, Beaudesert for a short meeting to confirm SEC nominations for Convention on Sunday 20 June at 2.30pm between the Beaudesert Women's AGM which starts at 1.30pm and the Beaudesert Branch AGM at 3pm. The event is free but beware Beaudesert Women will hold a raffle with three tickets for $5 and the ticket sellers are legendary. RSVP/apologies: Mary Crabb, Secretary 0402 602 029 or Coffee and tea will be available.


About 20 people patronised the Hillview dance last Saturday. Rod Waters of TechnicTone played beautiful music. The lucky spot was won by Phil and Dianne Connors. Delma Day and Carolyn Willey won the lucky door prizes. Raffle winners were Jane Kruger, Janet Dennis, Vincent Kruger, Rachel Waters, Arthur Day and Joy Drescher. The Monte Carlo winners were Noel and Carolyn Willey with Jock Baldock and Jane Kruger the runners-up. The next Hillview Hall dance is Saturday 10 July, the Annual Winter Woolies Dance. All welcome 7.30pm till late.


Tamrookum hall dance starts 7pm 19 June. Live band. All welcome.


Breast Cancer Ladies Support group meet at Wyaralong Dam at the picnic tables at 11am on Monday 21 June at Wyaralong where the BADCAP sponsored Sculpture Park is. Please bring your own drinks and morning tea and meet with other breast cancer survivors. Anyone with breast cancer or survivors are most welcome as are support persons if needed. Please phone Irene on 55412035 if you need more information on the group or directions to the venue or other queries.


The Beaudesert Historical Society presents Miracle on The Mountain on Saturday 26 June at 2.30pm and again at 5.30pm. Please phone 044728 111 3 to book. The cost is $6 and includes afternoon tea at the Beaudesert Historical Society, 54 Brisbane Street, Beaudesert. Members of the O'Reilly and Buchanan families will be there to answer questions after each showing. The film is about the saving of several men from a plane crash in Lamington National Park - the Stinson plane which was found by Bernard O'Reilly.


The must-see exhibition Belonging by Indigenous artists Kim Williams and Kim Walmsley is at The Centre Beaudesert now. It showcases the breadth of recent work and talent to communicate personal stories through art. The public are welcome to view the exhibition at The Centre Beaudesert 10am-4pm, Tuesday to Friday. Belonging will run until 14 July and is part of Scenic Rim Regional Council's NAIDOC Week celebrations which run between 4-11 July. One half of Belonging, Artist Kim Williams, will be displaying her paintings, weavings and installations as part of her personal exhibition Stolen. The work that makes up Stolen will take the audience on a 50-year journey inside Australia's history of Stolen Generations and how one young girl, Kim Williams found where she belonged. Alongside William's work, Visual Artist Kim Walmsley's exhibition Corroborate shows watercolour works created by members of the Scenic Rim community. Corroborate is the result of a community public art project which ran through September to October 2020 in Beaudesert and Tamborine Village. The 72 pieces of artwork were completed by locals, Mununjali elders, artists and the wider community who the audience will meet through the sharing of their personal stories as part of the exhibition. Kim Walmsley said during the process of meeting, making, and talking, they completed the concept of Corroborate together, as it morphed from its beginning and purpose to what you see now.


Beaudesert Rotary members are kept busy with great successful events like Cars'n'Coffee, PCYC member participation. Meeting every week, monthly social nights with the Thai Restaurant due for a visit on Monday. Some members put together some tables that came in flatpacks. On the first, third, fourth and fifth Mondays of the month, Rotary meets at 6 for 6.30pm for a meeting and meal at 100 Brisbane Street, Beaudesert. All visiting Rotarians welcome.


by Natalie McDonald


Our report from Templin is written by Iris Skinner: Visitors to Templin delight us with information that they share. Last Sunday a resident visited the museum. She was intrigued with an old memorial plaque. It had been donated to the former Boonah Shire by a D. Jolly. Many years ago, her family had the services of D. Jolly, accountant. Could this be the same person?

A quick search revealed that this gentleman was Douglas Jolly. An accountant and philanthropist. He donated memorial plaques to various Queensland centres. Further reading revealed that he was the son of William Jolly, the first Lord Mayor of Brisbane. The William Jolly Bridge in Brisbane honours this man. Templin Museum is proud to display this memorial plaque.


Members of Boonah and District Senior Citizens Welfare Club will meet for their last seniors' morning on Wednesday June 16. Declining numbers attending the meetings on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month have seen the closing of the club after 58 years

The decision was taken at a special general meeting on May 19 when the decision to close was taken unanimously. On Wednesday June 23 invited guests will join members for morning tea and members then will join for lunch to mark the closure of the club.


The exhibition at Boonah is "State of the Art '21" - an annual juried and judged exhibition of art quilts by members of Queensland Quilters. The exhibition opened on June 9 and continues until July 3. The Boonah Art Gallery is open from 9am to 2pm Wednesday to Sunday each week during exhibitions with the exception of public holidays.


The next Friday Flick at Boonah Cultural Centre on Friday June 18 at 10am, 1pm and 7pm, will be Wild Mountain Thyme (PG). This is a Romance/Comedy. Headstrong farmer, Rosemary Muldoon, has her heart set on winning her neighbour, Anthony Reilly's love. The problem is that Anthony seems to have inherited a family curse, and remains oblivious to his beautiful admirer. Running time: 102 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 No trailers; movies start at the advertised screening time.


After a year off due to you know what, Kalfresh Carrot Day will return for 2021 on Saturday June 26 at 1.30pm as part of the Eat Local Week. With the motto "Keep Calm and Carrot On" visitors will be able to meet the carrot farmers, get muddy picking carrots, check out the tractors, enjoy carroty art and craft, try and buy veggies, cake, juice and coffee; enter the crazy carrot comp.

Due to COVID restrictions there will be paddock activities only with no factory tours this year, sorry. Remember you will be entering a working farm. You must wear enclosed shoes with good grip. You will get muddy, please do not wear your best shoes or clothes (gumboots are a great idea).

No animals will be allowed on the farm. You will need to bring cash for BBQ, drinks, cake and produce stall as there is no EFTPOS facility available. Bookings are essential. For tickets and information visit


The next Boonah Country Music Club Social will be held at Boonah Golf Club on Saturday June 26 starting at 7pm. Guest will be Lindsay Waddington. Come along and enjoy a night of Country Music with "Waddo" and the Boonah Country Music Club Members. Admission adults $7/school children free. Meals are available and bookings are essential. For more information and to book phone Robyn on 5463 1920.


New fire ant nests have been found and destroyed in Coulson. The nests were discovered and reported by a member of the public and the nests have been treated and additional surveillance activities are now underway. The program urges all residents and business operators in Coulson and surrounding areas, to check their properties, gardens and work sites for signs of the pest, and report any suspect looking ants online at or call 13 25 23.


Don't throw out your cans or bottles. Drop them in the Fassifern Community Centre's Recycling Bay near Rim FM at 4 Little High Street Boonah. Containers are worth 10c each. For more information contact Sam at FCC on 5463 2966.


Boonah Podiatry is seeking donations again this year of second hand, enclosed footwear for distribution to homeless people. The shoes will be cleaned, packed and delivered to Goodna Street Life Helping Hands Centre, a not-for-profit charity, who will distribute the shoes to various shelters across the south east. Simply drop your second-hand shoes into the collection tub at the clinic in Highbury Street and they will do the rest.


Gymsticks fitness program is hosted every Tuesday afternoon at Carinity Fassifern Community Centre, 4 Little High Street Boonah throughout the school term. Classes start at 2pm - suitable for mature ages. A gymstick is a fitness tool that has been designed to simplify and effectively combine cardiovascular, muscular endurance and flexibility training. For further information, please contact the instructor Maree Pott on 0416 056 801


by Pamela Hardgrave


On Sunday the 27th of June The Centre will hold its annual Eat Local Day. There will be stalls highlighting local produce and products. A sausage sizzle will provide visitors with locally made sausages to enjoy with a coffee from the coffee van. There will also be great live music by Fiddlesticks from 11am until 2pm. There is no entry fee and the gates will open at 8am. The next RADHA meeting will be Thursday June 10 at 7.30pm.


The next meeting will be held in the amenities block meeting room at 6.30 on the 17th of June. A defibrillator that will be installed in the caravan park has been received. The Country Markets will be held on Sunday the 20th at the Memorial Grounds. There will be lots of stalls and food available so come on down and hopefully enjoy some time in the winter sunshine.


Sunday the 6th of June saw a book launch in the Bowls Club House. Amnesia Road penned by Mr Luke Stegeman of Barney View is classified as literary non-fiction/Australian history/history of memory and trauma. Luke read several descriptive passages from the book that may be bought on line from

A very much appreciated afternoon tea was served by Bowls Committee members. The Beaudesert Writers Group will soon launch its latest book Murder, Mayhem and Mystery, Several members have written short stories for the publication that will be available at the Information Centre shortly after the launch.


Rug up and come along to the Bowls Club on the 3rd of July for the Christmas in July Trivia Night. Funds raised will go towards the purchase of a defibrillator that will be installed at Rathdowney. The theme for the night is Christmas Dress to Impress. Phone Lesley on 0409806688 or 55443140 for particulars and to book a table.


Service times at the Little Blue church have changed. They are now held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 10am. The service on the 1st Sunday is followed by morning tea. These are non -denominational services and all are welcome to join in the congregation.


Pilates and Yoga have finished for the time being but yoga will resume in August and Thai Chi will start then.


The Rathdowney Women of Worth will meet again on the last Wednesday of June the 30th. (Note: The last day of the financial year.). Meet and greet is from 6pm. These ladies are always pleased to welcome new diners. There are no joining fees. It is not a club and there are no meetings, just a friendly group enjoying other female company.


It was very cool in the Barn last Thursday morning so there could be a change of venue to the meeting room in the amenities block at the tennis courts next tomorrow. Once again it is interesting to see what others are working on.

Ann and Dorothy were remodelling a wedding dress for a high school play, Lyndl worked on her Japanese Stitching, Laureen and Billie played cards and another was working on a photo album. However, there was a bit of following the sun, drinking hot cups of tea and coffee and enjoying Billie's delicious slice with passionfruit icing.


The Pony Club will hold a campdraft school at the Memorial Grounds on Saturday the 17th of July starting at 7.30am. Contact the secretary via the face book page if you are interested.


The Regional Council will have two training days (3rd and 10th July, 2021) offering the opportunity for people to become a mental health first aider. To sign up or for information contact Michelle Holweg on 0438631764 or email

These training days will be held at the Beaudesert RSL with no cost. A Disaster-Resilient Community Workshop will be held in the Rathdowney Hall on June 24 from 6pm-8.30pm. This workshop will be delivered by Australian Red Cross. This workshop is based on Red Cross experience in supporting disaster-impacted communities throughout Australia.

This is a free workshop and there will be light refreshments provided. Contact Michelle Holweg for information or for registering by either phoning or emailing as above.

OK! Who did it? The Tin Horse has been defrocked. It is now sporting a maroon XXXX Broncos singlet. Maybe they will do better next game.