BAPA elects a new management committee

The Beechmont Area Progress Association Inc (BAPA) has held their AGM tonight (23/4/18) at the Beechmont Community Centre. A new management committee was put into place with many functions which had been open for some time now filled with a capable and enthousiastic team. The next General Meeting is planned for Monday 14 May 2018 commencing 7pm at the Beechmont Community Centre.

More detail on the BAPA website

BAPA is looking for a new operator for the Headmasters Cafe in Beechmont

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 president@beechmont.org.au before close of business on Wednesday 28 February 2018.

DEBBIE HOLDS BEECHMONT RESIDENTS HOSTAGE

Residents were trapped in their homes as ex Cyclone Debbie crossed over the Beechmont range on Thursday night 30 March 2017, dumping 500 millimetres of rain, causing landslides, flooding, and road closures.
By the following morning; Beechmont-Nerang road was washed out in multiple sections and Beechmont-Canungra road was flooded.
 
With no power, phone lines or way out, people were forced to survive on what food stores they had in their homes for up to four days.
Upper Beechmont resident Mr Jason Gardiner said, “I’ve never seen rain like this, It filled two of our 20,000 litre water tanks overnight, two trees crashed in our yard, It felt like the end of the world.”  Mr Gardiner was unable to access Nerang for four days due to road collapse and landslides. He said, “Nerang shops were all shutting at midday on the Thursday in preparation; we only just made it up the range. The whole side of the mountain was a waterfall, overnight we were cut off from civilisation.”
Lower Beechmont land owner, Mr Greg Bible Woke up on Friday to a damaged main road above their property. It still has a lane closed for repair. He said, “Despite the main road incident, our property held up well. Over a ten year period we have strategically planted rainforest and native trees along our slopes, in preparation for such events. It worked perfectly.
Chief Scout of “Better Roads for Beechmont” Lobby group Mr Greg McKenzie said, “We have been lobbying the government for ten years in regards to Beechmont road. It has a diverse unrestricted traffic flow and is registered as a main road, we would like to see it treated as one.”
Mr McKenzie believes the road would have held up had the State Government continued regular annual upgrades. He said, “We are an ethical and compassionate lobby group that understands the costs associated with road maintenance. However we draw the line when it involves the safety of our community and the road users.”
Written by – Stephen Lindfield

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