Beechmont Area Progress Association Inc, also known as BAPA, had an amicable General Meeting last night at the Beechmont Community Centre.To some of us better known as the “Old School Beechmont” on the roundabout.Some 21 people attended.Draft minutes will be available within short on the BAPA website http://bapa.beechmont.org.au/bapa
The next General Meeting has been set for Monday 8 October 2018 commencing 7pm at the Old School Beechmont (Beechmont Community Centre).
The Scenic Rim Regional Council’s Cultural Services team is hitting the road in August to meet artists, young creatives and community members with a view on how they see the development of the Scenic Rim’s cultural landscape, in a project offering a new perspective of the region’s creative future.
The team is visiting Canungra, Tamborine Mountain, Beaudesert and Boonah to meet community members from across the creative spectrum, from accomplished artists to budding creatives and those who may not know a lot about art but know what they like.
Scenic Rim Arts Reference Group Chair Cr Nadia O’Carroll said Council also wanted community members to share their ideas for projects that could be assisted by the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) ahead of the September closing date for the next funding round.
Strategic themes for RADF projects in 2018-19 are centred on children and families, place-making, professional development and artists-in-residence.
“We are keen to talk to young people interested in kick-starting a career in the arts and applying for our new ‘launch pad’ young creatives small arts grants, members of our community with a story to tell, artists of all genres wanting to expand or extend their practice and anyone wanting to develop a creative or heritage project,” Cr O’Carroll said.
“Members of the community have the opportunity to be part of a group discussion or speak one-on-one in a 10-minute session with Council’s Heritage and Public Art Officer.”
The Cultural Mapping project is focused on exploring the region’s creative strengths and what makes it unique.
“Cultural Mapping of the Scenic Rim is an interactive process to identify the resources – tangible and intangible – the people, places, events, organisations, stories and values that make up our cultural identity,” she said.
Community members are invited to be a part of interactive workshop-style events which will run from 6pm to 8pm, with a 6.30pm start and light super provided, on:
Monday 6 August at Moriarty Park, Canungra
Tuesday 7th August at the Vonda Youngman Community Centre, Tamborine Mountain
Wednesday 8 August at The Centre Beaudesert, and
Thursday 9 August at the Boonah Cultural Centre
For catering purposes, participants are asked to RSVP by close of business Monday 6 August and also advise of any food intolerances. RSVP 5540 5050 or email@example.com Notes from the sessions will also be made available via email for all those wishing to register.
For further information visit www.liveatthecentre.com.au or contact Council’s RADF, Heritage and Public Art Officer via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Attached image: Local creatives Janene Gardner, Jaap Vogel and Bec Anderson who are interested in shaping the vision for the Scenic Rim through the Cultural Mapping project.
We are looking forward to running great workshops at Art Zest on 28th October
Jane Milburn Mindful Mending
Cindy Wood Basket Weaving
Shannon Hunter Felted Flowers
Paula Peeters Nature Journaling Nature to name a few …
We are still looking for Stall Holders and Food Vans so spread the word ….. apply for the application to email@example.com
The Old School on the Beechmont roundabout is due for a bit of new signage. The site is well known as both the “Beechmont Community Centre” and The “Old School” with the Headmasters Cafe as a prominent landmark now. Home of the monthly Beechmont market, the OpShop and a host of community activities. An artist impression looks like this:
The Beechmont Area Progress Association is having a working bee at the old school site on Sunday 24th June. We will be cleaning up the area below the tennis courts by removing all unwanted plants and making the area more mowable and easier to maintain.
We will also be weeding gardens along the fence line and tiding gardens up throughout the site as well as the old sandpit area.
We are looking for volunteers to help, we will need people to weed, whipper snip, blow leaves, de-nail the old decking. We also need bodies to water blast the pathways and the shelter shed.
There will be some equipment there but if you have any of the above you are willing to bring please feel free.
Morning tea will be provided and the café will be open.
Looking forward to seeing many members there.
The continued renewal and restoration of the region’s road and bridge network is a key focus of Scenic Rim Regional Council’s $112 million Budget for 2018-19.
Mayor Greg Christensen said Council’s Budget included $26 million for capital improvements to roads, bridges, footpaths and drainage across the Scenic Rim to meet the growing needs of a growing region.
“Structured under our Corporate Plan, Scenic Rim 2023, this year’s Budget reflects Council’s mission to enable a sustainable future for our region that enhances our unique rural communities and environments,” he said.
In 2018-19, Council is planning to complete $25 million of flood restoration, as well as Betterment works to improve the resilience of local infrastructure to damage from future flooding. The total flood restoration and Betterment works being delivered across the 2017-18 and 2018-19 financial years will account for more than $55 million when completed.
“Our financial settings for the year ahead are geared to sustainable economic development and growth which relies heavily on infrastructure and services.
“Roads and bridges not only connect the communities of our region but are key drivers of our regional economy and our investment in infrastructure aligns with the vision we share with the community for the Scenic Rim as a sustainable and prosperous economy.”
Ongoing works to repair $38 million in damage to roads and bridges from ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie in 2017 are to be completed by the end of the 2018-19 year, with 75 per cent of the funding from the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements from the Australian Government and 25 per cent from the Queensland Government.
Council continues to supplement more than $8 million of Betterment funding from the Australian and Queensland Governments to ensure key roads and bridges will be more resilient to damage from future flooding during extreme weather events.
“Through sound asset management practices, we are ensuring the best value to ratepayers for our investment in infrastructure that provides the impetus to the ongoing growth and economic development of our region,” Cr Christensen said.
Total capital and operational expenditure for Council in 2018-19 includes:
Roads and Bridges $34.22 million
Disaster Restoration $15 million
Vibrant and Active Towns and Villages $1.30 million
Community buildings and facilities $7.38 million
Parks and Gardens $3.22 million
Community and Cultural programs $5.82 million
Waste Operations $8.60 million
Planning $2.87 million
Health, Building and Environment $5.22 million
Cr Christensen said the Budget balanced community needs and the Queensland Government’s legislative criteria which requires councils to generate revenue through rates linked to property valuations.
Individual rating outcomes will vary in 2018-19 following the State Government’s land valuations of 2018, the first in three years.
“With valuation increases of up to 80 per cent in some areas, we recognise the valid concerns of residents in relation to the potential impact of significant increases in parts of our region,” Cr Christensen said.
“These were taken into account in developing this year’s ratings outcomes.
“After considering a range of options, we have adopted a model of three-year land valuation averaging, coupled with rate capping, to lessen the effect on rates outcomes resulting from the valuations volatility.
“This means a 2.1 per cent increase in the minimum rate for residential and rural principal places of residence. A capped nine per cent increase has been applied for rates on rural and residential properties that are a principal place of residence.”
Seventy-five per cent of principal place of residence ratepayers will have an increase of less than 2.5 per cent, while half of those will experience no rate increase.
“In simple terms, for an owner-occupied residence on the minimum general rate of $1,203, an increase of 2.1 per cent represents a difference of $25 a year or 48 cents per week,” Cr Christensen said.
The full text of the Community Budget Report, with additional media releases, is availablehere