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

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.