Our National Broadband Network has given up on their original plans to give Beechmont and Lower Beechmont a Fixed Wireless service. It turned out to be all too hard. Instead our residents will be offered a SkyMuster satellite service if they want NBN.
No need to rush. Because of this NBN policy decision the current Telstra provided plain old copper telephone lines and the ADSL Internet services that run over it will remain to be available . If you are lucky enough to live within one or two kilometres from the Beechmont Exchange, the Lower Beechmont Exchange, or the RIM box in Akoonah Drive then at least you can expect that you can watch your Netflix movies and do your web browsing without too much hassle.
If you are hell-bent to get your Gigabit Internet, you’ll have to round up a few neighbours, borrow a tractor and run your own fibre cable. Many municipalities and local clubs have done that before. If you want to know how, download and read the EU broadband handbook with many examples from people who have been there and done that.
The Scenic Rim is set to gain a new luxury retreat neighbouring the World Heritage Listed Lamington National Park.
Hazelwood Estate, a 75-acre polo and Wagyu beef property at Beechmont, will transform into a retreat comprising luxury cabin and glamping accommodation, modern conference facilities, a day spa and a wealth of experiences from its Wagyu Cellar Door to farm-gate workshops.
Tourism Development Minister Kate Jones today announced the State Government will help fund the project, with Hazelwood Estate receiving $1.8 million through the Attracting Tourism Fund.
Hazelwood Estate, which is expected to be open for business in early 2021, is tipped to attract an extra 18,000 tourists annually, pumping an extra $4.5 million into the economy. It will particularly target corporate retreats, events and visitors to the region.
Mayor Greg Christensen said it was a significant step forward for the Scenic Rim, particularly in helping the region recover from the impacts of bushfires and COVID-19.
“Hazelwood Estate will greatly enrich the Scenic Rim’s tourism offering, and give visitors yet another way to enjoy the stunning natural environment of Beechmont and neighbouring Binna Burra,” he said.
“In the Scenic Rim we offer authentic visitor experiences and give people the opportunity to truly connect with each other, with the locals, with nature and with the beautiful land their food comes from. Hazelwood Estate is another rich offering which will bolster our position as The Richest Place on Earth, in Australia.
“This investment demonstrates confidence in our local tourism industry and I thank the State Government for its support.”
Councillor Virginia West said Hazelwood Estate’s focus on paddock-to-plate experiences would serve to bolster the Scenic Rim’s ever-growing local food movement.
“Hazelwood Estate’s commitment to showcasing quality regional produce is very promising for the Scenic Rim as we continue to cement our reputation as the delicious. Produce Awards Most Outstanding Region in Australia,” she said.
“Our region is rich in fresh, quality food grown by fantastic local producers, so we have an abundance to offer Hazelwood Estate in its paddock-to-plate endeavours.”
Hazelwood Estate managing director Claire Burman and her partner, who are Scenic Rim landowners and enthusiasts, said they are incredibly excited to work with the Hazelwood team to bring this unique tourism product to the Scenic Rim.
“Hazelwood will showcase the best regional Queensland has to offer, all in one place, while being so close to the major tourism gateways of Brisbane and the Gold Coast,” she said.
“We are delighted that Hazelwood Estate will be able provide luxury accommodation to support visitation of Lamington National Park, especially while the Beechmont and Binna Burra communities recover and rebuild after the bushfires.
“We look forward to working alongside our neighbours at Binna Burra Lodge to complement our offerings and attract more visitors to the spectacular Scenic Rim.”
Minister for State Development, Tourism and Innovation Kate Jones said Hazelwood was a project like no other.
“The next generation of tourists want an experience they can’t get anywhere else,” Ms Jones said.
“The Scenic Rim is one of the most beautiful places in the world. This project will combine the natural beauty of the Scenic Rim with a unique food experience.”
• 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.
President – BAPA (just!)
On behalf of the Management Committee BAPA and members of BAPA.
Transport and Main Roads has now completed repairs on all 23 landslips along Beechmont Road.
These landslips occurred as a result of Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie in March 2017.
The 23 landslips (10 major and 13 minor) were located in a 16-kilometre section of Beechmont Road between the Nerang-Murwillumbah Road intersection and Lower Beechmont. Although difficult ground conditions delayed the completion of these works, the project’s engineers and onsite team have successfully constructed the new pile and capping beam wall, secured with more than 20 ground anchors which extend 24m into hard rock.
The installation of guard rails, demobilisation of the site office on Bottletree Lane and the removal of traffic control will be completed in early March. We thank the local community for their patience and understanding during these important restoration works.
Some interesting project statistics include:
• Construction ran from April 2018 to March 2019
• More than 700 soil nails were installed
• The total drilling length of all soil nails was almost 5km
• 85 staff worked on the project throughout construction.