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 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

 

Beechmont Area Progress Association Inc (BAPA)

Beechmont, Tuesday 14 August 2018

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).