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

 

EXPLORE THE CULTURAL LANDSCAPE FROM A NEW PERSPECTIVE

The Scenic Rim Regional Council’s Cultural Services team is hitting the road in August to meet artists, young creatives and community members with a view on how they see the development of the Scenic Rim’s cultural landscape, in a project offering a new perspective of the region’s creative future.

The team is visiting Canungra, Tamborine Mountain, Beaudesert and Boonah to meet community members from across the creative spectrum, from accomplished artists to budding creatives and those who may not know a lot about art but know what they like.

Scenic Rim Arts Reference Group Chair Cr Nadia O’Carroll said Council also wanted community members to share their ideas for projects that could be assisted by the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) ahead of the September closing date for the next funding round.

Strategic themes for RADF projects in 2018-19 are centred on children and families, place-making, professional development and artists-in-residence.

“We are keen to talk to young people interested in kick-starting a career in the arts and applying for our new ‘launch pad’ young creatives small arts grants, members of our community with a story to tell, artists of all genres wanting to expand or extend their practice and anyone wanting to develop a creative or heritage project,” Cr O’Carroll said.

“Members of the community have the opportunity to be part of a group discussion or speak one-on-one in a 10-minute session with Council’s Heritage and Public Art Officer.”

The Cultural Mapping project is focused on exploring the region’s creative strengths and what makes it unique.

“Cultural Mapping of the Scenic Rim is an interactive process to identify the resources – tangible and intangible – the people, places, events, organisations, stories and values that make up our cultural identity,” she said.

Community members are invited to be a part of interactive workshop-style events which will run from 6pm to 8pm, with a 6.30pm start and light super provided, on:

 Monday 6 August at Moriarty Park, Canungra

 Tuesday 7th August at the Vonda Youngman Community Centre, Tamborine Mountain

 Wednesday 8 August at The Centre Beaudesert, and

 Thursday 9 August at the Boonah Cultural Centre

 

For catering purposes, participants are asked to RSVP by close of business Monday 6 August and also advise of any food intolerances. RSVP 5540 5050 or thecentre@scenicrim.qld.gov.au Notes from the sessions will also be made available via email for all those wishing to register.

For further information visit www.liveatthecentre.com.au or contact Council’s RADF, Heritage and Public Art Officer via email at mark.pa@scenicrim.qld.gov.au

Attached image: Local creatives Janene Gardner, Jaap Vogel and Bec Anderson who are interested in shaping the vision for the Scenic Rim through the Cultural Mapping project.

 

Beechmont Art Zest Fest – 28 October 2018

We are looking forward to running great workshops at Art Zest on 28th October
Jane Milburn Mindful Mending
Cindy Wood Basket Weaving
Shannon Hunter Felted Flowers
Paula Peeters Nature Journaling Nature to name a few …

We are still looking for Stall Holders and Food Vans so spread the word ….. apply for the application to artzest4211@gmail.com

“Old School Beechmont” – also known as “Beechmont Community Centre”

The Old School on the Beechmont roundabout is due for a bit of new signage.   The site is well known as both the “Beechmont Community Centre” and The “Old School” with the Headmasters Cafe as a prominent landmark now.  Home of the monthly Beechmont market, the OpShop and a host of community activities. An artist impression looks like this: