Condolence

On behalf of the members of BAPA  the Committee would like to extend its condolences to the family of Iris Rankin who passed away last Sunday. Her funeral will take place at 12.30 this Friday at the Somerville Chapel at Allambe Memorial Park, Nerang.  Iris was a member of one of the pioneer families of the Beechmont Plateau. She will be remembered as the regional district nurse for many years and as a member of BAPA. 

Scenic Rim – Spring Creek

VIBRANT FUTURE FOR SPRING CREEK

The Scenic Rim’s shared vision for a vibrant community has been strengthened through the adoption of a long-term master plan for an active recreational precinct in Beaudesert.

The Scenic Rim Regional Council received funding from the Queensland Government to develop the Spring Creek Precinct Master Plan and Implementation Plan 2019, which it adopted following extensive community consultation.

Corporate and Community Services Committee Chair, Cr Michael Enright said the master plan was about ensuring a well-designed space to meet the needs of the Scenic Rim community for the next 10 to 20 years.

“The Spring Creek precinct, which includes Jubilee Park, Lions Park and a small section of land to the south, is an important place for people from all backgrounds, ages and abilities in our community to connect and find a sense of belonging,” he said.

“It’s a place where people go to exercise, have family gatherings and come together. It is the venue for established community events like Mununjali NAIDOC Day, growing food events like the Beaudesert Gourmet Street Food Festival during Eat Local Week and thriving community events like the highly popular Ninja Warrior Challenge we held in Jubilee Park recently. All of these events and activities contribute strongly to our social fabric and make the Scenic Rim a better place to live.”

Mayor Greg Christensen said the plan provided strong and clear direction to guide the future development of the site.

“Through this visionary plan, we’re ensuring the community can get the maximum benefit out of this site in the long-term, and that improvements made to Spring Creek are part of a strong long-term plan, and not simply works carried out on an ad-hoc basis.

“I thank the Scenic Rim community for being with us on this journey for the future of our region, and for making such valuable contributions during the extensive consultation period.”

Cr Christensen said priorities outlined in the master plan would be considered against others in the 10 year Capital Works Plan.

The Spring Creek Precinct Master Plan and Implementation Plan 2019 will be publicly available at https://www.scenicrim.qld.gov.au/

*Photo attached: Spring Creek precinct artist’s impression

BAPA COMMUNITY UPDATE

BEECHMONT AREA PROGRESS ASSOCIATION INC.

THE OLD SCHOOL, BEECHMONT

COMMUNITY UPDATE 18 APRIL 2019

• At the AGM 8th April 2019, a new management committee was elected.

• BAPA have held a series of management agreements on this site with Scenic Rim Council for over ten years. A new agreement with council is in draft and subject to further negotiation concerning responsibilities. When the new agreement is finalised there will be a public expression of interest process to invite new operators to work with BAPA and Council help manage the day to day community activities over this site and to re-open Headmasters House as a café, gallery, information centre, library/bookshop and ‘eat-local’ larder or food store.

• BAPA acknowledges all previous volunteers and the effort and ideas suggested to improve this site. Out refreshed vision to council will be based on the feedback from the public forum held here on February 12th and the hard work and ideas of previous volunteers going back to 1988. BAPA will be presenting the updated vision to council in the coming weeks. The vision and priorities will be posted on our website and here at the Headmasters House for all to understand and we hope, support.

• We hope to engage with the new Executive Management Team at Scenic Rim Council mid to late May, and soon after finalise the new management agreement or lease. The public EOI for the operation day to day across the site should follow soon after and we are all keen to have this settled by July.

• If you want to learn more, please follow the BAPA website and join BAPA!!

• A management committee meeting less than a week after the AGM last Sunday 14th April discussed priorities for the year ahead including the arrangements to open the Headmaster’s House over Easter 2019.

• A site inspection of the Headmaster’s House followed and the new committee wishes to acknowledge the hard work of BAPA volunteers Maurie, Glyn and Boris who have repainted internally most rooms funded by BAPA, working around the improvement works of new septic tank system, new male and female toilets and alterations to the wheelchair accessible toilet, funded by Scenic Rim Council who own this site.

• However, as you can all see the works are not quite finished and outstanding works include: new wood look cleanable floor laid over the existing (a Council initiative); the plugging of holes in the floors and store rooms to ‘vermin proof’; the reconnection of light circuits (the hallway lights are unconnected); a handrail on the steps to the new male and female toilets.

Please take care walking through or using the seating within the house, open so you can see progress and test out the new facilities.

• Enjoy the markets thanks to the hard work of the market coordinator Di ….please buy lots of bacon and egg rolls or sausages at the BAPA BBQ or support the food outlets around the market. Coffee is organised thanks to ‘Coffee and our thanks to Anabel for stepping in to help at the last minute.

• Have a lovely Easter.

Jonathan Fisher
President – BAPA (just!)
On behalf of the Management Committee BAPA and members of BAPA.

BAPA elected a new management committee

The new elected BAPA management committee as per Monday 8 April 2019. In the picure from left to right:

Karen White – Committee member
Amanda Harrison – Treasurer
Penny Bydlinsky – Secretary
Jonathan Fisher – President
Maurice Hansell – Vice-president
Lisa Groom – Committee member
Monica Graham – Committee member