Residents were trapped in their homes as ex Cyclone Debbie crossed over the Beechmont range on Thursday night 30 March 2017, dumping 500 millimetres of rain, causing landslides, flooding, and road closures.
By the following morning; Beechmont-Nerang road was washed out in multiple sections and Beechmont-Canungra road was flooded.
With no power, phone lines or way out, people were forced to survive on what food stores they had in their homes for up to four days.
Upper Beechmont resident Mr Jason Gardiner said, “I’ve never seen rain like this, It filled two of our 20,000 litre water tanks overnight, two trees crashed in our yard, It felt like the end of the world.”  Mr Gardiner was unable to access Nerang for four days due to road collapse and landslides. He said, “Nerang shops were all shutting at midday on the Thursday in preparation; we only just made it up the range. The whole side of the mountain was a waterfall, overnight we were cut off from civilisation.”
Lower Beechmont land owner, Mr Greg Bible Woke up on Friday to a damaged main road above their property. It still has a lane closed for repair. He said, “Despite the main road incident, our property held up well. Over a ten year period we have strategically planted rainforest and native trees along our slopes, in preparation for such events. It worked perfectly.
Chief Scout of “Better Roads for Beechmont” Lobby group Mr Greg McKenzie said, “We have been lobbying the government for ten years in regards to Beechmont road. It has a diverse unrestricted traffic flow and is registered as a main road, we would like to see it treated as one.”
Mr McKenzie believes the road would have held up had the State Government continued regular annual upgrades. He said, “We are an ethical and compassionate lobby group that understands the costs associated with road maintenance. However we draw the line when it involves the safety of our community and the road users.”
Written by – Stephen Lindfield

Beechmont Easter Market – Sunday 16 April 2017 – 8am~12pm – On the roundabout 1835 Beechmont Road

Beechmont Easter Market – Sunday 16 April 2017 – 8am~12pm – on the roundabout – 1835 Beechmont Road, Beechmont, Queensland – Want to catch up with the locals? The Headmasters Cafe is open. The Op Shop is open. The Beechmont Community Garden is open. There are now 4 bars of Telstra 4G high speed mobile coverage just in case you want to send pictures home. And the views are just fabulous.

Beechmont Easter Market – 16 April 2017

The brand new Bromelton terminal received its very first freight train on 21 January 2017

Bromelton had its first freight train arriving on 21 January 2017 at the SCT terminal. After many years of planning, building and organising this anchor tenant of the brand new Bromelton logistics and transport estate near Beaudesert has pulled it off and made it happen.

This company appears to thrive on a pioneering spirit. They run freight train services between Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and now Bromelton as ther main Brisbane termnal. And not little dinky-toy trains. They’re running freight-only trains of 1.5 km in length with their own rolling stock on standard gauge rail. This company owns and operates 25 locomotives and 600 pieces of rolling stock. Have a look at this movie on the very first freigh train arrival in Bromelton:

The Scenic Rim Regional Council and the Queensland Transport and Logistics Council held their Bromelton Regional Transport Forum on 28 March 2017 in The Centre, Beaudesert. Well attended by the logistics fraternity and neighbouring municipal/ regional council representatives. Quite an enlightening event that drives home the importance of having a new hive of economic activity in your town.

The numbers on freight carried with container trains and B-doubles are just massive. The anchor tenant SCT has commenced freight train operations on Bromelton during January 2017 and are pretty much connecting all of South-East Queensland and the Port of Brisbane with standard gauge rail to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. In this scheme, the upgrade of the Mount Lindesay Highway and the Bromelton by-pass will be a welcome development. SRRC Mayor Cr Christensen told the meeting that the Bromelton development would provide something like 1500 jobs and the economic offspring of that for Beaudesert will be a tremendous boost.

And what does that mean for Beechmont. Well, if you ever lived in the big smoke then spending an hour to get to work and another hour to get back home is nothing new to big city dwellers. It’s nothing out of the ordinary for the towns people. But when you live in Beechmont you’ll get spoiled with the country style of living. And even if you can drive to Beaudesert well within the hour without breaking the speed limits, it sounds for the locals like going to another planet. It is not. The road via Canungra and Mundoolin junction is actually quite good and an easy stretch. Industrial hives like Bromelton tend to generate a lot of business for all sorts of smaller operations nearby and that is precisely what it is meant to do. People working and earning their money on Bromelton or by servicing businesses related to Bromelton will bring their family to live nearby, spend money to eat, send their kids to the local schools, join the local clubs and all of that is good news for the regio.

With SCT now having started operations it looks like there will be a rapid development for Bromelton as a major regional Transport and Logistics hub. Well done SRRC.

Beechmont Landcare and the Fifth Dimension

The Beechmont District Landcare Association (BDLA) together with a bit of help from the Scenic Rim Regional Council (SRRC) have excelled in putting a nice booklet together called “Living in Beechmont”. Believed to be distributed earlier this week to every home in Beechmont. Created by a band of enthusiastic volunteers, with much love for the environment on the Beechmont Plateau. If you haven’t seen it as yet, get your hands on a copy from a nearby info centre. Lots of useful reading and beautiful pictures. A big hurrah for the people who have put this together!

And if you fancy the good work of Beechmont Landcare, join their next meeting on Thursday evening 6 April 2017 – Commencing 7:30pm at the Hall on Graceleigh. There will be some interesting stuff coming over the floor.

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