Mock operations help prepare Council and the community for extreme weather events

Mock operations help prepare Council and the community for extreme weather events

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

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

Resilient Women

Resilient Women

Who: Presented by Scenic Rim Regional Council and the Making Good Alliance

supported by WOW (Women of the World) Australia

What:  a two-day event on Tamborine Mountain celebrating and exploring the things that make and shape us as resilient women and girls.

When: Friday 22nd October and Saturday 23 October 2021

Where: Tamborine Mountain Library, the Vonda Youngman Community Centre and the Centre for Regenerative Arts Tamborine Mountain

Why:  celebrating the lives of achievements of women and girls


Resilient Women is proudly presented by Scenic Rim Regional Council and Making Good Alliance with support from WOW (Women of the World) Australia.  

Resilient Women will be a glorious fusion of conversations, creativity, workshops, performances and shopping!  

From Friday night at the Resilient Women Arts Dinner we will dive in to explore what it is to be a resilient women as we talk to Mununjali/Wiradjuri artist Kim Walmsley, Erica Bartle from Outland Denim, Photographer and accidental adventurer Carin Garland and steel sculptor Colleen Lavender with a performance by Queensland Song of the year winner CLEA.

On Saturday the program continues from 9 am to 9 pm with talks, workshops, free activities for the body mind and soul, night markets and a local performance space.

Start the day with meditation empowering women, story time with first Five forever, craft sessions for kids. 

Swing past the library and spend time with Resilient Women who have been there and done that!

A Chillout zone will be created at the Centre for Regenerative Arts to gather and connect throughout the day. Drop by and meet Kim Walmsley and participate in the Corroborate project, grab something yum to eat from the Wise Wild Spice food van during the day, Falafel Falafel and the Cauldron Gin Bar after 4pm when the site lights up for Resilient Women night markets.

Throughout Saturday join us as we ponder what it takes to be a resilient leader, tackle issues of financial security for women at all ages and stages, participate in workshops from learning how to be good bystander to learning about slow fashion. Join in discussions on what the future holds for women and girls and help shape the Queensland Governments Women’s Strategy.

Explore creativity workshops and demonstrations that will have you leaving your mark, weaving random sculptural forms, turning dirt into compost, up-cycling t-shirts, sculpture with clay and steel, singing acapella, Daggy dancing and Expressive Dance. Check out the full program at

Scenic Rim Business Breakfast

Scenic Rim Business Breakfast

Thanks to everyone who joined us last Tuesday for another Scenic Rim Business Breakfast 🎉

We covered everything you need to know about the 2021 Scenic Rim Business Excellence Awards, including top tips for prepare your nomination, and heard from keynote speaker, founder and Artistic Director of Goat Track Theatre and founder of Artrepreneur, Andrew Wright who shared how to design your business and your life for delight!

Thanks to The Mountain Manor for hosting the event, check out some pictures below 👇

🏆 Nominations for the 2021 Scenic Rim Business Excellence Awards are open until 17 September, don’t miss your chance to nominate your business or outstanding employee! Find out more and submit a nomination at:

Planting Forests, One Tree at a Time

Planting Forests, One Tree at a Time

On the first Sunday in August, hundreds of thousands of ordinary people across Australia come together to celebrate our precious local ecosystems and to plant over a million new trees, shrubs and grasses. Begun in 1996, National Tree Day has now grown into Australia’s largest community tree planting and nature protection event. It’s an invitation for all Australians to put their hands in the earth and give back to their valuable natural environment.

When: Sunday 1st August, 9am-11am 

Where: Rosser Park, Mount Tamborine, just opposite St.Bernards Shopping Centre, Siganto Street, Mt Tamborine

What to bring: covered shoes, hat, drinking water. Tools and morning tea are provided.

The park is suitable for young and old (and everyone in between), and the tree planting work is easy. It’s a great way to mark this important occasion in our ecological calendar, get to know members of our mountain community, and have fun.

National Tree Day