Beaudesert Camera Club Workshop

Beaudesert Camera Club Workshop

The Beaudesert Camera Club will be holding a camera workshop on Saturday 17th April at 11.00 am at the Beaudesert Information Centre. We will be showing people how they can use simple props found in their own home to get effective and interesting images without having to spend a lot of money on expensive equipment.

The club provides an annual social membership to non-club members of $10 so if anyone is interested please let me know – Sue on 0410 688 012.

Shown are a couple of examples of the disciplines we will be trying out:

Hands with flour or Holi powder
Hands with flour or Holi powder and simply clapping gives such a great photo. Using simple lighting and a black backdrop

Dropping a lemon into a small fish tank
This effect is achieved by dropping a lemon into a small fish tank, again with simple lighting and a black backdrop


The strength of women forged in the fire of their children’s uncertain start to life and of female artists working in a man’s world is at the heart of Scenic Rim Regional Council’s new exhibition opening at The Centre Beaudesert this month.

Women’s Work, which runs from Friday 19 February to 26 March, brings together the exhibitions of Early, by Emma Thorp, and Welded Hearts, by Melissa Carey and Colleen Lavender, in a fusion of artistic styles and expressions of emotion that will both strike a chord with and tug at the heartstrings of many in the community.

Early maps artist Emma Thorp’s journey which began with her son’s premature birth through to a diagnosis of autism and ADHD, exposing the emotions experienced by parents and honouring those who work tirelessly with families to ensure the best possible outcomes.

Welded Hearts, by Melissa Carey and Colleen Lavender, shares stories of courage and resilience, also with an underlying message of hope.

A digital and mixed media artist, Emma Thorp has drawn on her life experience, combining sketches, photography and memories to create detailed images that provide a glimpse into a world that can often be very insular and all-consuming.

After her son, Alby, was born 14 weeks early, Emma experienced fear, guilt, regret, frustration and isolation and, juggling her own desires and commitments with those of the hospital, her husband and eldest child, was left feeling inadequate and deficient.

“He was born on 8 October 2010. His full-term due date would have been 9 January 2011,” she said.

“When he was born, Alby weighed 1100 grams (2 lbs 4 oz), fortunately a good weight for his age.

“He had many of the typical setbacks that extremely premature babies have – jaundice, anaemia, eye problems, brain haemorrhage, heart issues and breathing issues – but battled and became stronger and after 78 days between the Mater Mothers’ Brisbane and Toowoomba Base Hospital Special Care, Alby was able to come home.”

Sculptures, art installations and interactive works feature in the Welded Hearts exhibition by Melissa Carey and Colleen Lavender.

“As women, we speak from our heart,” Melissa said.

“In hard times, we gather together in community, we share our stories, and we hold space for others to express emotions.

“Art helps us process our thoughts and emotions, that sometimes we don’t have words for. It gives us a voice, it helps us, as women, speak our truth and show courage.”

Scenic Rim artist Colleen Lavender is renowned for her ability to turn cold scrap metal into beautiful sculptures that radiate warmth.

“By using the technique of welding, which is seen as masculine, we find our own ways to combine our feminine elements and show our resilience through this hard and strong medium,” she said.

“Through our art, we share our stories of courage, bravery and resilience, and spread our message of hope to the community.”

The launch of Women’s Work on Saturday 20 February is open to all members of the Scenic Rim community and is presented in partnership with WOW (Women of the World) Australia, a Queensland initiative aligned with the global WOW Foundation supporting action and change for women and girls.

Hosted by Scenic Rim Councillor Virginia West, the launch opens with a morning tea and exhibition viewing from 10.30am, followed by a panel discussion with the artists and WOW Executive Producer Cathy Hunt, and concluding with guided tours of the exhibition by the artists.

Free tickets to the exhibition launch are available online at or by phoning 5540 5050. As this is a COVID-safe event with limited places, all tickets will be issued as allocated seating.

For groups, please be sure to register all attendees when booking tickets to assist with seat allocation.

2020 Mountain Open Tennis Championships Finals

2020 Mountain Open Tennis Championships Finals

Men’s Champion – Scott Wilbow

On a very hot Sunday at the end of 2020, play in the Tamborine Mountain Open Tennis Championships finals got underway at seven in the morning with the ladies’ singles final.  Julia Cossins won the first set 7-5 and was just two points away from winning the match in the second set tiebreak.  However, Karen Chalmers finally shaded the tiebreak 8-6 and went on to win the third set and the match.

Ladies’ Champion – Karen Chalmers

In the ladies’ doubles, Julia Cossins and Terri Turpie turned the tables on Kathy Day and Jan O’Neill, who had beaten them 6-1 6-0 in last year’s final.  This time, it was one set all, when the players agreed to take a heat break (in the Cedar Creek Winery).  On their return, Julia and Terri needed just five points to close it out 7-6(5) 2-6 6-4. Congratulations to Julia, and to Terri, thrilled to get her name on a trophy for the first time.

Ladies’ doubles finalists (from left) Terri Turpie, Julia Cossins, Jan O’Neill and Kathy Day

Scott Wilbow, became the mountain men’s tennis champion for the first time, beating Hayden Winch.  The first set was level all the way with Scott eventually winning in a tiebreak. Scott went on to win the second set and the match 7-6(2) 6-4.

Men’s doubles finalists (from left) Finlay Weston, Rob Campbell, Ben Torenbeek and Hayden Winch

In the men’s doubles, the depth of local competition was on display with Rob Campbell from Canungra and Finlay Weston from Jimboomba beating Hayden Winch from Tamborine Village and Ben Torenbeek from the mountain in yet another close match, 3-6 6-4 6-3.

Hayden had been rewarded in the cool of the previous evening when he and Karen Chalmers beat Julia Cossins and Dallas Walsh 6-1 6-4 in the mixed doubles final.

Henry Rich

2020 TM Open Tennis Championships Finals Results:


Karen Chalmers beat Julia Cossins 5-7 7-6(6) 6-0


Scott Wilbow beat Hayden Winch 7-6(2) 6-2


Julia Cossins & Terri Turpie beat Kathy Day & Jan O’Neill 7-6(5) 2-6 6-4


Rob Campbell & Finlay Weston beat Ben Torenbeek & Hayden Winch 3-6 6-4 6-3


Karen Chalmers & Hayden Winch beat Julia Cossins & Dallas Walsh 6-1 6-4

Public art and stories at the centrepiece in the revitalisation of Boonah’s town centre

Public art and stories at the centrepiece in the revitalisation of Boonah’s town centre

Boonah’s streetscape comes to life with new public artworks and storyboards as part of the Boonah Town Centre Revitalisation Project capturing the unique stories, history and character of the region.

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said it was a vision of the Boonah Town Centre Revitalisation Project to reinvigorate the space with art and history to help create a strong sense of place for the local community

“It was important to collaborate with the local community to find out the stories that were important to them that could be brought to life through the project,” he said. “Water and the natural environment are running themes for the community and these are reflected in the new public artworks.

“Council worked with local historians, writers, museums, Indigenous elders, artists and environmental groups to gather stories, and create artworks and history storyboards that run across Railway street, Park Street, Church street and High street.
“The seven commissioned public artworks includes intricate bronze artworks of native wildlife, seating designs inspired by local flora, and whimsical chook themed creations using a mix of discarded farm and domestic objects.
“The walkway connecting the forecourt to the rear car park features a 20-metre-long artwo
designed by Ugurapul artists telling the story of the Warrajum.

“Two wayfinding sculptures, inspired by the iconic Blumbergville Clock have also been installed, creating a story trail throughout the High Street precinct.”

Cr Christensen said local heritage and storytelling featured prominently in the new town centre, with interpretive signage and history plaques installed along High Street, all part of the development of a new heritage focused Scenic Rim story trail.

“Storyboards outside the Boonah Cultural Centre talk about the advertising curtain from 1937 which was unearthed in an old works shed in Boonah removed in the town centre upgrade, and the historic advertising curtain can also be viewed along the story trail,” he said. “Council is committed to creating places and spaces that promote the unique character of the Scenic Rim through the Vibrant and Active Towns and Villages initiative.

“Revitalisation of the Boonah Town Centre will promote positive economic and social outcomes and reflects the community’s diverse personality.” The revitalised Boonah Town Centre was officially launched on Tuesday 15 December 2020.

The revitalisation of the town centre was joint initiative and co-funded under the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, Queensland Government’s Building our Regions fund, and Scenic Rim Regional Council.

Public artworks and history storyboards installed as part of the revitalisation of Boonah Town Centre include:

Public Artworks
• Free Range – Chris Trotter
• “Moombul Moombul Warrajum” – John Long, Teenie Wilton, Roberta Coolwell, Racheal Long
• A Callistemon Stood Here – Sally Hart
• Blumbergville Rail Signal – Chris Trotter
• Steaming Noisy Minor Rail – Chris Trotter
• Sharing Space-Fauna of the Scenic Rim – Cathy Anderson

History Storyboards
• Warrayum Stories – John Long Story, Teenie Wilton artwork
• Water Storyboard – Templin Museum Story, Sally Hart illustrations
• Moogerah Peaks and Sharing Space – Miriam Nyrene Stories, Scott Warner

• Boonah Advertising Curtain – Original Artwork Harry Whitman 1934, Significance and
Conservation John Waldron
• Heritage plaques – Wendy Creighton