GIVE A SHOUT TO OUR COMMUNITY’S QUIET ACHIEVERS

Council is calling on Scenic Rim residents to give a shout-out to the quiet achievers who help to make the region great by nominating them for an Australia Day Award.

The 2019 Scenic Rim Australia Day Awards are now open across four categories, highlighting the significant contributions of community groups and citizens of all ages across the region.

Mayor Greg Christensen said the awards program was an important opportunity to recognise the many selfless and hardworking community members who make a positive difference in the lives of others throughout the Scenic Rim.

“Our new-look Australia Day Awards celebrate our community champions and the quiet achievers who make the Scenic Rim such a great place to live,” he said.

“I believe it’s really important for us, as a community, to recognise those people who play strong roles in defining the best of our character as a region and to shine a spotlight on those who so often work quietly behind the scenes.”

Cr Christensen said analysis and feedback from the community had helped to refine this year’s nomination process and the selection criteria for the awards.

The 2019 Scenic Rim Australia Day Awards will be presented across four categories:

 Community Event of the Year Award for the individual, group or organisation which has staged the most outstanding community event in the Scenic Rim region between 30 November 2017 and 30 November 2018.

 Citizen of the Year Award, for an exceptional young person who is accomplishing great things in all walks of life and making an outstanding contribution to the Scenic Rim community. Nominees must be between 16 and 30 years of age as at 26 January 2019.

 Citizen of the Year Award, for someone who has been an inspirational role model to the Scenic Rim community over a number of years. Nominees must be between 31 and 65 years of age as at 26 January 2019.

 Citizen of the Year Award for an inspirational person aged 65 and over, who continues to provide outstanding service to the Scenic Rim community and presents a positive image of ageing. Nominees must be 65 years or older as at 26 January 2019.

“I encourage everyone to make the most of this opportunity to nominate a friend, a family member, a work colleague or a community leader worthy of recognition for their contribution to our region,” Cr Christensen said.

Further details are available on Council’s website and nominations can be made online or at any of Council’s Customer Contact Centres or Libraries.

BAPA invites Expressions of Interest for the operation of the Headmasters Café and Gallery

Beechmont Area Progress Association Inc (BAPA) invites Expressions of Interest for the operation of the Headmasters Café and Gallery

The Headmaster’s Cottage, as part of the Old School on the Beechmont roundabout, was established as the local Café and Gallery a few years ago offering great coffee, cake and light meals.  A fabulous meeting place for both locals and tourists.  The availability of strong Telstra 4G mobile service and free Wi-Fi for the Café patrons makes it ideal for accessing the internet on a portable device.

Local artists and artisans have been encouraged to exhibit their work within its walls proving to be a draw card for art lovers and students.

The site boasts an Op-Shop, a Community Garden as well as a separate class room building, which is hired out to local groups for craft groups, yoga and the like.

Expressions of Interest are invited for the operation of the Headmasters Café with its aim to serve the community. Submissions can be emailed to the BAPA Secretary on

secretary@beechmont.org.au

Please consider the following in your submission:

  • What does a Community Café mean to you?
  • Are you a local and do you support community activities?
  • What ideas or concepts do you see improving the growth of the café?
  • How would these ideas involve BAPA and the local community?
  • Why do you think you are a person most suited?

BAPA is an incorporated ‘not-for-profit’ organization and has a number of dedicated volunteers who may be able to assist in various roles.

Closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 19th September, 2018.

Nell Scott Park – Beechmont

Who was Nell Scott?

Ever wondered as you drive by the little park in Beechmont (that is named Nell Scott Park) — who exactly was Nell Scott?

This park is located on the Beechmont & Binna Burra roads between the fire shed and the community centre at the Nerang, Canungra, Binna Burra roundabout.

Nell Scott was a remarkable person, who operated, for 53 years from 1922 to 1975, the “unofficial” Beechmont Post Office (which was located near the park).

Not only did Nell Scott run the Beechmont post office for over 50 years, she was awarded with a Certificate as a ‘Record and in Appreciation of Patriotic Response to the Call of Country by Service with the Volunteer Air Observer Corps’ for her services during World War II, as an official aeroplane “spotter” indentifying any aircraft passing over.

In June 2012 Mrs Iris Rankin (herself from an original Beechmont pioneering family) requested Beechmont Area Progress Association (BAPA) approach Council for permission to place an information plaque, on a rock plinth, detailing Nell Scott’s contribution to Beechmont.

Six years ago BAPA did approach Council and the usual answer from Council was given, “sure if the Community creates it, installs it and & pays for it, there is no Council budgeted money for items such as these at Beechmont”.

At the BAPA meeting on 13 August 2018 this matter was once again discussed and BAPA will now endeavour to gain a community grant to make this happen, however we need some help from you the Beechmont Community because all our information on Nell Scott has been gleamed from the “Taming a Plateau – A history of the Beechmont District” a publication complied and edited by Robert Longhurst, first published in 1992. Please see attached document that was created in June 2012 for Council.

If you know any additional details regarding Nell’s significant pioneering contribution to Beechmont or you can help in anyway please make contact with BAPA, by phone 07 5551 0361, by post or email (info@beechmont.org.au) or personally visit the Beechmont monthly Market (3rd Sunday of each month) at the Community Centre 1835 Beechmont Rd and make yourself known to a BAPA member.

Nell Scott Park BAPA to SRRC June2012.pdf