Spotlight is on the Regional Arts Development Fund at the upcoming Arts Dinner

Spotlight is on the Regional Arts Development Fund at the upcoming Arts Dinner

Creatives needing a leg up with funding for their creative pursuits can find out everything they need to know about the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) at the upcoming Arts Dinner Live and Online on 13 July.

The dinner will be delivered onsite at Boonah Culture Centre, and streamed online, and is a special opportunity for anyone wanting to learn about the RADF from the program experts.

The RADF program is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Scenic Rim Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

Chair of the Arts Reference Group Councillor Michael Enright says the RADF provides an important pathway for learning, to boost creativity, create jobs and lift the Scenic Rim spirit.

“The more people who know about the RADF and understand how they can embrace the opportunity, the better,” he said.

“The Scenic Rim is full of special talent and this program is our way of celebrating that. We wish for this fund to support emerging and established artists, art practitioners, groups and organisations.

“The Arts Dinner is a perfect opportunity for those wanting to understand the RADF in depth and learn from the individuals responsible for running the program.” 

Regional Arts Officer for Regional Arts Service Network South West Queensland Michelle Blair says the RADF program is vital for regional communities to be able to access local funding, for initiatives that have true impact in their regions. 

“I have seen some amazing projects that truly drive community development in regional Queensland,” Ms Blair said.

“This month the panel will look at what the RADF program can offer to regional creatives, how the process of selection works, and what the outcomes can be for applicants.

“The discussion panel will also explore what the grant funding body expectations are, where you can get help, and how it can kickstart your career in the arts.”

The event will be an extra special evening with artist Clea performing on the night. Clea is a resounding success story of the program, having been a RADF recipient who has since won the Queensland Music Awards’ Song of the Year (2019) for her hit single ‘Dreaming’.

Taking part in the panel discussion will be:

• Mark Paddick (Scenic Rim Regional Council Regional Arts Development Fund Liaison Officer)

• Jeremy Ring (Scenic Rim Arts Reference Group) 

• Michelle Blair (Regional Arts Officer – Regional Arts Services Network, South West Queensland)

• Larissa Warren (Potter and Regional Arts Development Fund recipient)

Members of the community can connect with the event via Zoom and are welcome to send questions via the chat box that will be answered during the evening.

Arts Dinners Live and Online are run jointly by Scenic Rim Regional Council and the Regional Arts Service Network for South West Queensland.

For more information about the event, and to purchase tickets please visit

Two major drainage projects underway in Beaudesert

Two major drainage projects underway in Beaudesert

Critical drainage infrastructure will set the foundation for Phase 1 of the Beaudesert Town Centre Revitalisation.

The 2021-2022 Budget provides $1.44 million for capital expenditure on drainage in Beaudesert, with support from the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program. This is in addition to the works being undertaken as part of the Beaudesert Town Centre Revitalisation project.

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said addressing the storm water flooding in the town centre is a staged process and these two projects will be running in tandem in 2021-2022.

“These foundation drainage works will give businesses in our town centre, that have experienced storm water flooding in the past, more confidence going forward; and will provide the critical base before all the aesthetic work gets underway,” he said.

“The revitalisation of Beaudesert’s town centre will make infrastructure and streetscape improvements to the heart of the town bringing both social and economic dividends to the Beaudesert community”. 

The Beaudesert Town Centre Revitalisation project is staged across year-on-year budgets with Phase 1 jointly funded by the Australian Government ($4,190,593), and Queensland Government ($3,750,000) in association with Scenic Rim Regional Council contributing ($460,065).

The 2021-2022 Budget includes funding to support the relocation and enhancement of the Queensland Country Women’s Association (QCWA) building in Beaudesert.  

Beaudesert Town Centre Revitalisation Project:

Phase 1: 2020-2023

  • Beaudesert Gateway Stage 1 – Caravan and car parking.
  • Beaudesert Town Centre Transport Improvements – Selwyn and Brisbane Street traffic and pedestrian improvements.
  • Beaudesert Town Centre Drainage Improvements – Brisbane, Eaglesfield and Short Street drainage upgrades.
  • Beaudesert Gateway Stage 2 – Amphitheatre, shelters, new public toilet and playspace.

Phase 2: 2022-2023

  • Beaudesert’s proposed new Community Hub and Library is planned to occur in 2022-2023, subject to suitable funding being sourced.

More detailed information about the Beaudesert Town Centre Revitalisation is available on Council’s website

A copy of the Scenic Rim Regional Council 2021-2022 Community Budget Report is available for download from Council’s website:

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Mystery, Murder & Mayhem

Mystery, Murder & Mayhem

The Scenic Rim Writers of Beaudesert are launching their new anthology Mystery,
Murder & Mayhem, covering stories of fires, disappearances, ghosts and mayhem of
the Scenic Rim.

It was a mystery, which could be murder, the morning young Mark McCabe spotted a
body lying on an Albert Street footpath. Why was the lady clutching a partly eaten
apple – a green Granny Smith, Mark’s favourite?

Where: The Centre, 82 Brisbane Street Beaudesert
When: Saturday 3 July 2021, 10am till 1pm
A free event but registration essential.

Book online at and register through the ONLINE
TICKETS – GO function or call (07) 5540 5050 during office hours Tues – Fri, 10am4pm to register.

Books Available by E-Mailing:
Book Price: $25.00 Postal orders Total: $35.00 (includes postage). Books can also be
purchased from Beaudesert Arts & Information Centre and Beaudesert News.
For Further Information please contact: Ailsa Rolley Ph 07. 5541 1765

The “Do-It-Yourself” Road

The “Do-It-Yourself” Road

The following notes were written by Edmund Curtis in 1966,
concerning the construction of the Do-it-yourself Road.
Oxenford – Tamborine.
The following is a brief outline of an important and very necessary
work done by residents and others at great personal cost in money
and effort, to first show the need for a road to the coast on the east
side of Tamborine Mt and then to actually build it.
The story of it all is in reality many stories within one big story
dating back many years. From the earliest days of pioneering on
Tamborine Mt men have travelled the spur on the east side of the
mountain, this being a way to and from the Coomera valley and the
The Wongawallen range was the most common route as it was the
most direct, but the grades were much too steep for good access.
The St Bernards road was an alternative but it also was too steep.
Flood rains eroded the rough steep grades of both roads and the
pioneers work would always be worked away by the water running
down the wheel tracks.
These roads were traditionally travelled, abandoned, repaired and
in time became impassable again, but always traffic of some sort
The bullock wagon and snigging teams removing cedar and back to
the valley below, before land was selected on top of the mountain,
the pack and saddle horses and the horse drawn vehicles tediously
travelled up and down the mountain.
Then in 1958 the need for a good road to the coast and the
enthusiasm to build it returned and a few enterprising people set
the movement for a road off again, with residents and others
backing them. But now their effort was centred on a new route, now
known as the McDonald Road (a mis-spelling of McDonnell Ridge
This route was firmly established as the best one to accept, mainly
by the finding of a young surveyor Mr. James Blakey, an authorised
surveyor and by W. G. Upton a civil engineer. The best route having
been found the effort to build the road was intensified.
Many meetings were held, unbounded enthusiasm and success
Money was donated, a roadside stall to sell vegetables and Suit or
any of the many things donated, was started. A large sign was
erected, the “Do – it – yourself road” which advertised the effort, the
work continued and the much needed money was found.
B Geissmann grading the “Do-It-Yourself” Road
The bulldozers were provided at below cost. It took over three years
of work by a large organization of men and women to complete the road
and make it safe for traffic. Two bulldozers were used at a below cost price
to do the heavy work of earth removing and tree clearing over a distance of four miles.
Men gave their weekends and frequently during the week to work on the
road. Women worked at the selling stall and others provided and
made articles for sale.
Concrete drains were installed, fences erected, grades were struck,
work was done well and cheerfully.
A two lane bridge was erected with the help from Albert Shire
Council. Assistance from outside for and received, to consolidate
our work this was necessary and we gave our deep thanks, for we
knew that without assistance to have the work secure on land that
would become a gazetted road and even a main road our work
would all be futile indeed and finish in the same way as effort of
years gone by had finished.
Mr. Harrison ML. A.. Mr. M. Hinze chairman of Albert Shire Council,
Mr. J. Blakey surveyor, Mr(G) Upton civil engineer, the land owners,
Mr. F. Holmes, Mr.G.Thwaites, Mr. Currey who gave their land for
the road, all helped to make this enterprise possible.
Today the Main Roads Dept, have taken the road and are making
the “Do – it – yourself road” into a first class mountain road with a
wide bitumen seal surface well marked each side by white posts
with luminous facings.
The reward for the farsighted enthusiasts is truly very great. It is
indeed a pleasure to drive the road which leads to the sea through
beautiful forest country where excellent views are to be seen, and
the builders can feel pride in their effort. I know that their anxiety
and work of some years ago was not in vain.
It is worth recording a few things, of particular interest.
The timber clearing and earth removing was done by capable men
who gave their utmost of themselves and the machines.
The grading levels of the road was done not by engineers but local
people. One cutting, a carpenters level was used in place of a
Necessary equipment was lent and used by its owners to get the
work done.
The Progress Association with its great number of members always
backing the undertaking.
In conclusion it is perhaps much better to write this story without
naming any of the builders personally as without all help received
from so many the road could not have been accomplished — as it
is, we the people did it, and it is hoped it will be accepted in this