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.
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 liveatthecentre.com.au
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.
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 www.liveatthecentre.com.au 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: email@example.com 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 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 sea. 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 continued. 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 Road). 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 followed. 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 clinometer. 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 way.