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.
President – BAPA (just!)
On behalf of the Management Committee BAPA and members of BAPA.
More info on: http://bapa.beechmont.org.au/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.
Thank you to everyone who expressed their interest in a Gold Coast Cabs shuttle service for the Beechmont area.
We’re keen to kick off a trial and would like to know the following:
Is Nerang Station through to the Flying Bean Café and return far enough for travellers?
Is $5 a head for this trip reasonable?
At what time of day would this service be most convenient to locals?
If you’d like to be emailed more information and a timetable once commenced, please email us your pick up/drop off address and what time would be most convenient for you to firstname.lastname@example.org
Beechmont Road landslip repairs
- update December 2018
Transport and Main Roads has now completed 22 of the 23 landslips under repair along Beechmont Road.
The one remaining site, the largest of the 23 landslips, located between Mirani Street and Tarlington Road, is still under repair.
Difficult ground conditions at that landslip site have delayed the completion of these works. The project’s engineers and onsite team have been working hard to successfully install 21 anchors through the new pile wall and into hard rock.
The anchors are 21 metres long and extend at an angle 15 metres into the earth under the road and a further 6 metres into rock. This process anchors the pile wall in the opposite direction to the landslip.
With the ground conditions proving difficult, the anchors have had to be drilled and re-drilled until the required seal is achieved.
Based on the current schedule, the final landslip repair is now expected to be complete in February 2019.
The project’s work hours are 6am to 6pm Monday to Saturday. The project will close for the Festive Season at 6pm on Friday 21 December and will return for 2019 at 6am on Monday 7 January.
The remaining site will be tidied as much as possible before the holiday break, however the construction zone will remain in place with mobile traffic signals directing traffic one way at a time past the work area.
Due to the delay with completing this final landslip repair, the project’s site facilities in Bottletree Lane will remain in place until all repairs are complete in 2019.
The project apologises for this unavoidable delay – this is the unpredictable nature of landslip repair works.
We thank the local community for their patience and understanding during these important restoration works.
To receive construction updates, please register:
Phone: 1800 227 561 (during work hours)
and search for South Coast Reconstruction Program