Recently the Scenic Rim Council held a Community meeting in the Graceleigh Hall. This “Feel Good” meeting left many locals feeling not so good. The Mayor spoke for twenty five minutes on his view of what the future of the Scenic Rim would be. This was well read and presented but not once did he mention Beechmont.
After a break for tea and coffee questions were taken from the floor. Most of these concerned the closure of Killarney Glen and Denham Reserve. While I appreciate that Killarney Glen is located on land held by the Commonwealth Government, surely this does not mean that our local council cannot take the initiative and instigate talks between State Government, National Parks, local Indigenous people, the Federal Government and the previous owners and constant caretaker, the Fitzgerald family.
If no one takes the lead nothing will ever happen. Denham Reserve in located in an area that is under Council control. I am aware that local residents have complained about cars clogging up the streets in that area but there is a large grassed area at the entry to the Reserve the could be turned into a suitable car park. This, with an enviro toilet system constructed and suitable garbage collection facilities in place, should fix these problems.
The State Government should be pressured into purchasing the area of private land between Killarney Glen and Denham Reserve which would facilitate access to the three waterfalls for both locals and tourists. This could become one of the most famous walks in Australia. Abseiling Clubs, Bushwalking Clubs and locals have been using these waterholes and falls for generations. I have seen photos of groups enjoying this area in the 1920’s.
The State Government is talking about opening up new areas for tourism. What about giving them a nudge? The Gold Coast City Council could also be included as this walk would benefit both Councils and the State Government. Just throwing your hands in the air and saying it is too expensive and involves too many obstacles to be overcome is short-sighted and does not provide future generations with the opportunity to enjoy this natural wonderland.
The track down to Denham Reserve was built over the years by many local volunteers, of which I was one. The track was inspected by National Parks officers and was given their tick of approval. That is not to say it could not be improved. Never the less it is there and many people have used it without mishap. For everyone’s sake let’s see some action on this matter in the not too distant future.
BAPA held its first General Meeting for 2018 on Monday 19 February 2018 at the Beechmont Community Centre. A well attended and amicable event. At the meeting it was announced that BAPA will be looking for a new management team or an operator to run the Headmasters Cafe on the Beechmont roundabout.
Our Headmasters Cafe subcommittee management team Glyn and Dianne Edwards have done a wonderful job over the last two years in getting the Headmasters Cafe show on the road. They will now go for a long and well earned holiday to the USA by the end of March 2018. BAPA is now actively looking for a new management team to serve on the Headmasters Cafe subcommittee and is inviting expressions of interest to reach BAPA before the end of February 2018 from preferably well experienced hospitality people with a bond or an affinity to Beechmont. It’s not an easy job. Running a busy cafe is hard work. The BAPA Headmasters Cafe has become a real well frequented social hub where locals and tourists can meet and have something to eat and drink in a wonderful country setting. BAPA would love to see that grow into the Beechmont community meeting place of choice.
if you want to be involved, please feel free to talk in confidence with the BAPA President, and talk with the current operators on site.
Expressions of Interest for the new Headmasters Cafe management team are invited to be lodged in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org before close of business on Wednesday 28 February 2018.
BE PART OF THE DIALOGUE AT COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS
Scenic Rim residents are invited to be part of the dialogue when Mayor Greg Christensen presents a series of Community Conversations throughout the region next month.
Beaudesert, Tamborine Mountain, Beechmont, Boonah and Canungra will be venues for the community forums which will run from Tuesday February 6 to Thursday February 15.
Mayor Greg Christensen urges Scenic Rim residents not to miss an important opportunity to learn more about Council’s role in the community and have their say to help guid future planning.
“These Community Conversations aim to provide a clearer picture of how we operate and what informs our decision making,” he said.
“For those who have not already done so, it’s also a great opportunity to meet their local Councillors, as well as to provide feedback on what they see as priorities within the scope of our operations.
“Our constant challenge is to balance financial sustainability against community demand for services as the decisions we make today will have an impact, not only on this year’s Budget or the next, but also will represent a legacy for future generations.”
Also up for discussion is the current review of the Scenic Rim Community Plan 2011-2016, which was developed as a shared vision between Council and residents of the Scenic Rim.
“As we’re now at mid-point in our 15-year journey, it’s worthwhile to pause and reflect on how we are travelling and to update some areas of the plan to take us forward,” Cr Christensen said.
Community Conversations will run from 6pm to 8pm (doors opening at 5:30pm) at the following venues on these dates:
* The Centre, Beaudesert, on Tuesday 6 February
* Vonda Youngman Community Centre, Tamborine Mountain, Thursday 8 February
* Hall on Graceleigh, Beechmont, Monday 12 February
* Boonah Cultural Centre, Tuesday 13 February
* Canungra State School, Canungra, on Thursday 15 February
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service representatives were in town today, meeting with the locals and with SRRC representatives about the waterfall tracks in Killarney Glen and the Denham Park Reserve.
We’ll get to hear more about these new developments within short…….
Beechmont Cricket Club is hosting the inaugural Uppers vs Lowers game. The event will start at 10am on Sunday 19 November 2017 at Graceleigh Park and is the first match of a three match series. Players of all ages, skill level and gender are welcome. Game fees for adults ar $10 and $5 for under 15’s which covers the bbq lunch at the end of the first innings. The ground has been recently top dressed and should be quite a fast wicket. Guys, don’t forget to bring your own PPE. The club has bays and all other protective gear. Bring a comfy chair or picnic rug and cheer on your team!! Cold drinks for sale. I wll set up a slip n slide for the kids if there is enough interest…
Contact Chris Eddie Edmond on 0419 743 053 or Dan Blunt on 0407 757 319 if you have any questions or suggestions.