Archive for February, 2012

Hats off for new Boonah Exhibition

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Scenic Rim milliner, Kimberley Sakzewski, has lifted the lid on her fantastical wearable art collection at the Boonah Regional Gallery.
Kimberley’s exhibition, Headlines, features a series of adventurous hats which are as much art piece as they are headpiece.
Kimberley, a journalist and film producer, took to millinery in 2007 and shortly after graduating from her studies won the National Retail Awards Rising Star award.
She says hats have enjoyed a resurgence thanks to hat-wearing celebrities like Lady Gaga and last year’s Royal Wedding.
She strives for each of her hats to become an example of wearable art.
Kimberley finished her millinery studies in 2007 and shortly after won the prestigious Rising Star award at the Channel Nine televised 2008 National Retail Awards for her entry in the race wear category. Around the same time she undertook work making headpieces for the Queensland Ballet and Opera Queensland. It was this work that helped Kimberley realise her own work sat more in the theatrical arena, and she’s keen to keep occupying that space.
She creates hats under the label zoo-ski.
“My pieces no longer really fall in the race wear category – although I have had a number of very daring clients wear hats featuring aviator goggles, bull horns and the like to big race meets – I love that!”, she says. (more…)

Rain transforms Scenic Rim landscape

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

The Scenic Rim’s natural landscape has been splashed with vibrant green, following heavy summer rainfalls.
While the region experienced good rainfall it has not been affected by flooding, like other parts of regional Queensland.
The rain has breathed new life into the region’s parks, walking trails and creeks and there’s never been a better time to visit the Scenic Rim.
Find out more about our National Parks and our top 30 walking trails.

Trail bikers race to new facility near Boonah

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

The Scenic Rim’s new Queensland Moto Park has enjoyed a bumper first month of operation, attracting riders from throughout south east Queensland.
SEQ Councils and the State Government invested more than $2million in the regional trail bike facility, which boasts three motocross tracks designed by international motocross stars Matt Schubring and Steve Sommerfield, a pee wee track and novice area, a freestyle motocross track and up to 40km of recreational trails.
The moto park is located close to the new Wyaralong Dam and is about a 10 minute drive from the township of Boonah.
SEQ Regional Recreational Facilities Chairman, Cr Dave Cockburn, told the company’s AGM that the eight investing Councils were very excited by the Queensland Moto Park’s first month of operation. “This has been a tremendous start and we hope Queensland Moto Park will continue to grow from strength to strength with the support of riders throughout the whole SEQ region,” he said.
Motorcycling Queensland, General Manager, Lindsay Granger said the visitor numbers for the first month at Queensland Moto Park have exceeded his expectations.
“Feedback from riders has been overwhelmingly positive and we hope to see an increase in repeat visitation, as we add new tracks and construct camping facilities over the next few months. (more…)

Governor to launch Studios of the Scenic Rim 2012

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Council’s Arts and Culture team is preparing for another massive year, starting with the launch of the new Studios of the Scenic Rim Booklet this month by Queensland Governor, Her Excellency Penelope Wensley.
The Governor will launch the booklet at an Arts Dinner at The Centre Beaudesert on February 28.
Council’s Arts and Cultural co-ordinator, Bronwyn Davies, says this year the Studios of the Scenic Rim booklet has been expanded to include participating art studios and art events such as Murri Arts and Art in the Olives, Scenic Rim events and cultural trails.
Unlike past years the Studios of the Scenic Rim program will be held just once during 2012, from May 4 to June 3 and will feature 16 studios with 31 artists.
Ms Davies says the decision was made in response to feedback from participating artists and visitors to past events.
The booklet will be available from Visitor Information Centres, Cultural Centres and Art Galleries and tourism operators throughout the region after the February 28 launch. It features beautiful new photography of Scenic Rim artists, collectors and tourism operators, including a powerful cover shot of Boonah-based sculptor Christopher Trotter. (more…)

10 Things to do in the Scenic Rim in February

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Visit a country pub

There’s plenty to do in the Scenic Rim this month.

1. Tamborine Country Markets
February 12, Tamborine Mountain Showgrounds
The Tamborine Country Markets are held on the second Sunday of each month from 8am to 2pm. Stock up on home-grown, handcrafted and home-baked goods. More than 200 stalls and plenty of food on sale.
There’s live music and plenty to keep the kids entertained.
Find out more and get a full list of all of the Scenic Rim’s markets.

2. Romance on a mountain
February 14, Romance in the Rainforest @ O’Reillys
Looking for a Valentine’s experience that’s a little bit different? Why not book O’Reilly’s Romance in the Rainforest package?
For $344 per person you’ll receive two night’s accommodation in a Mountain View Room, a bottle of sparkling wine and strawberries on arrival, breakfast, country-style morning and afternoon tea and a gourmet picnic basket at the O’Reillys Canungra Valley Vineyard.
Sounds lovely.
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