The brand new Bromelton terminal received its very first freight train on 21 January 2017

Bromelton had its first freight train arriving on 21 January 2017 at the SCT terminal. After many years of planning, building and organising this anchor tenant of the brand new Bromelton logistics and transport estate near Beaudesert has pulled it off and made it happen.

This company appears to thrive on a pioneering spirit. They run freight train services between Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and now Bromelton as ther main Brisbane termnal. And not little dinky-toy trains. They’re running freight-only trains of 1.5 km in length with their own rolling stock on standard gauge rail. This company owns and operates 25 locomotives and 600 pieces of rolling stock. Have a look at this movie on the very first freigh train arrival in Bromelton:

The Scenic Rim Regional Council and the Queensland Transport and Logistics Council held their Bromelton Regional Transport Forum on 28 March 2017 in The Centre, Beaudesert. Well attended by the logistics fraternity and neighbouring municipal/ regional council representatives. Quite an enlightening event that drives home the importance of having a new hive of economic activity in your town.

The numbers on freight carried with container trains and B-doubles are just massive. The anchor tenant SCT has commenced freight train operations on Bromelton during January 2017 and are pretty much connecting all of South-East Queensland and the Port of Brisbane with standard gauge rail to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. In this scheme, the upgrade of the Mount Lindesay Highway and the Bromelton by-pass will be a welcome development. SRRC Mayor Cr Christensen told the meeting that the Bromelton development would provide something like 1500 jobs and the economic offspring of that for Beaudesert will be a tremendous boost.

And what does that mean for Beechmont. Well, if you ever lived in the big smoke then spending an hour to get to work and another hour to get back home is nothing new to big city dwellers. It’s nothing out of the ordinary for the towns people. But when you live in Beechmont you’ll get spoiled with the country style of living. And even if you can drive to Beaudesert well within the hour without breaking the speed limits, it sounds for the locals like going to another planet. It is not. The road via Canungra and Mundoolin junction is actually quite good and an easy stretch. Industrial hives like Bromelton tend to generate a lot of business for all sorts of smaller operations nearby and that is precisely what it is meant to do. People working and earning their money on Bromelton or by servicing businesses related to Bromelton will bring their family to live nearby, spend money to eat, send their kids to the local schools, join the local clubs and all of that is good news for the regio.

With SCT now having started operations it looks like there will be a rapid development for Bromelton as a major regional Transport and Logistics hub. Well done SRRC.

Beechmont Landcare and the Fifth Dimension

The Beechmont District Landcare Association (BDLA) together with a bit of help from the Scenic Rim Regional Council (SRRC) have excelled in putting a nice booklet together called “Living in Beechmont”. Believed to be distributed earlier this week to every home in Beechmont. Created by a band of enthusiastic volunteers, with much love for the environment on the Beechmont Plateau. If you haven’t seen it as yet, get your hands on a copy from a nearby info centre. Lots of useful reading and beautiful pictures. A big hurrah for the people who have put this together!

And if you fancy the good work of Beechmont Landcare, join their next meeting on Thursday evening 6 April 2017 – Commencing 7:30pm at the Hall on Graceleigh. There will be some interesting stuff coming over the floor.

Get details on http://landcare.beechmont.org.au

Cultural Trails of the Scenic Rim – 2017

Our very own Scenic Rim Regional Council has published a sweet little booklet featuring Open Studios and Events during 2017, called “Cultural Trails of the Scenic Rim”.  No, no walking trails or bike trails but rather a collection of local artists presenting their work for our viewing pleasure. You can pick up your copy from the libraries, Council Offices, Tourist info centres and of course the Beechmont Coffeeshop.

Beechmont and Canungra come out in 2017 with three entries and open studios on 3 & 4 June 2017:

Canungra – Erica Bates
Beechmont – Dave Groom
Beechmont – Wendy Trulson