In celebration of Queensland Small Business Month 2022, Scenic Rim Regional Council is excited to announce a month-long program of events to help local business connect with industry specialists, government and each other.
More than 15 events will be on offer throughout May, hosted by Council, local Chambers of Commerce, industry specialists, government departments and more, where local businesses can learn new skills, reconnect, and get inspired for the future.
Mayor Greg Christensen said that small businesses are the backbone of the Scenic Rim economy.
“Small businesses account for more than 98.5% of our region’s businesses, so it’s important we provide opportunities for our business owners and their employees to upskill and learn from one another,” he said.
“Besides benefiting individual businesses, this program will also build the strength and resilience of our small business sector and our broader regional economy, which is a win for the whole region.
“Small Business Month in the Scenic Rim will cover a range of topics, from social media to secrets of success, payroll to planning, grant writing to resilience, so there will be something for every type of business.
“We know it is tough for small business owners to take time away from their business, so to give business owners the flexibility they need, there is a mix of in-person and online events, from webinars to a business breakfast, walk-in business hubs and more.
“Queensland’s Small Business Month 2022 will mark the sector’s resurgence after the impacts of COVID-19 and flood events so it is important that, as a region, we take the time to celebrate our small business’ importance in driving our economy, creating local jobs and building strong and rich communities.
“I encourage all Scenic Rim small businesses to check out the calendar of events and get involved in as much as possible — you never know where it could take you and your business.”
View the calendar of events and book your tickets at www.scenicrim.qld.gov.au/QSBM2022
Jim McDonald, Assistant Minister Evans and Scott Buchholz with members of the Lockyer Uplands Catchment
Federal Member for Wright, Scott Buchholz has welcomed the Morrison Government’s
announcement of a $50 million in funding to support Koalas, that will improve the health outcomes
of the species, extend long-term monitoring, and restore and preserve critical habitat.
Mr Buchholzsaid the $50 million package will also provide significant flow on benefits for other native
“These new measures are targeted to ensure long-term recovery and resilience of our beloved Koala
populations through monitoring, training in treatment and care, and on-ground action to protect
critical habitat,” Mr Buchholz said.
“We are working with the local community, with landholders and environment groups on habitat
restoration projects that will target significant koala areas.
“We are also investing in programs to train vets and vet nurses to treat koalas after extreme weather
events and we are funding research to determine the genetic strength of populations and how unique
DNA variants can provide resistance to diseases,” Mr Buchholz said.
Minister Ley said the $50 million package would also provide significant flow on benefits for other
“This new package will take Government spending on koalas to more than $74 million since 2019,
bringing together land managers, researchers, veterinarians and citizen scientists to address a full
range of support strategies,” Minister Ley said.
“The extra funding will build on work already happening across the koalas’ range to restore and
connect important habitat patches, control feral animals and weeds and improve habitat.”
The additional $50 million investment over the next four years includes:
• $20 million for habitat protection projects – grants for large-scale activities run by Natural
Resource Management and non-government organisations, industry, and Indigenous groups
as well as state and territory governments.
• $10 million for community-led initiatives – grants for local habitat protection and
restoration activities, health and care facilities, and citizen science projects
• $10 million to extend the National Koala Monitoring Program – to identify trends over time,
increase the number of sites sampled, and support the participation of citizen scientists
• $2 million to improve Koala health outcomes – grants for applied research activities and
practical application to address health challenges such as retrovirus, herpesviruses, and
• $1 million for Koala care, treatment and triage – expanding and continuing national training
for veterinarians and volunteers to care for and treat koalas.
“I am very happy to see my constant lobbying – for the Beaudesert district and the police who serve it – pay off. The QPS started this project in 2014, under the LNP Government, and has been built with future growth in Beaudesert in mind.”
“Our local police do a good job, often in trying situations, to keep our community safe and now they have a workplace fit for purpose.”
“It has been a long time coming – the old Beaudesert Police Station opened in 1980 and at the time was allocated four officers and two cars. It was 2004 when the old station was anointed ‘dump of the month’ by the QLD Police Union, and over seven years since work began to get a new station.”
“I thank our local police for their commitment to our community and I will keep fighting for our fair share of police resources – a brand new station for our police is a good start,” Mr Krause said.
Council recently hosted two timely disaster preparedness operations, firstly with the Local Disaster Management Group to test preparedness for potential flooding, and secondly with Community Disaster Volunteers from across the Scenic Rim.
Operation Downpour tested the capabilities of the Local Disaster Coordination Centre and involved a desktop discussion between Council employees and emergency services representatives, who are part of the Local Disaster Management Group, to plan ahead for extreme weather conditions forecast this summer.
Operation Vacate brought together Community Disaster Volunteers from across the region to Tamborine Mountain’s Vonda Youngman Community Centre to practice how to operate of a “Place of Refuge” or “Evacuation Centre” supported by Council employees.
Scenic Rim Mayor and Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group Cr Greg Christensen said those involved in the operations were on alert during the recent wet weather and localised flooding.
“Held in late October and early November in the lead up to storm season, Operation Downpour and Operation Vacate provided invaluable learning experiences for Council and members of the wider community ahead of what the Bureau of Meteorology has predicted will be a wetter than average season,” Cr Christensen said.
“Our Community Disaster Volunteers are a great group of people from various backgrounds including former teachers, psychologists and artists, who are well connected in their communities and willing to step up and lend a hand during disasters.
“We still have plenty of Community Disaster Volunteer roles to fill in the areas of Tarome, Mount Alford, Beaudesert and Gleneagle and surrounds, so if you know anyone who fits the bill, please encourage them to contact Council to register their interest.
“We live in place that can be impacted by severe storms, flash flooding and bushfires, so all residents are urged to seriously consider their own disaster preparedness — it’s not a case of ‘if’, but a case of ‘when’.
“The first thing we ask people to do is to understand their specific risks, such as flooding, that may affect your property and local area.
“Particularly if you are new to the area, talk to neighbours and friends about ways to protect your home, understand what to do if you need to evacuate and which roads may be impacted by flash flooding so that you can stay safe on the roads.
“Now is the time to check your insurance is current and sufficient to protect your home, contents or business and that you have a have a household emergency plan in place so that you and your loved ones know where to go and what to do in an emergency.
“It’s also important to have a household emergency kit and checklist so that you can access important items and documents quickly.”
Scenic Rim residents are also advised to prepare for the forecast storm season by:
- trimming and clearing trees and branches away from their homes
- keeping trees that are under or near power lines to a height of less than four metres
- checking that roofing is secure, and
- clearing gutters and downpipes of blockages and debris.
For further information on disaster preparedness, visit Council’s website www.scenicrim.qld.gov.au/council-services/disaster-management
If you’re interested in becoming a Community Disaster Volunteer, please read this Fact Sheet
In the event of a disaster, tune in to local radio station and use the Scenic Rim Regional Council Disaster Dashboard website to stay up-to-date with weather warnings, alerts, road conditions and emergency updates at www.disasterdashboard.scenicrim.qld.gov.au