Archive for March, 2012

5 Things to do in the Scenic Rim in March

Monday, March 5th, 2012

There’s lots happening in the Scenic Rim this month. Here’s just some of the events that are on offer.
1. Boonah Quilt & Craft Show
March 9 to 11, Boonah Cultural Centre
Don’t miss the 10th biennial Quilt Art & Craft Show. It’s organised by the Boonah Girl Guides and features beautifully-made and designed quilts.
Entry costs $5 and the quilts are on display from Friday March 9 to Sunday March 11.
www.liveatthecentre.com.au
2. Boondocs
March 20 – 24, Boonah Cultural Centre
Boondocs, a festival of thought-provoking documentaries returns for its second year.
This year organisers have scheduled the films across five nights in a row.
Go to www.boondocs.com.au for the full schedule.
3. Shaolin Kung Fu
March 24, Boonah Cultural Centre
Direct from China, Shaolin Kung Fu will have you on the edge of your seat. See this high-octane kung fu mastery up close. Shaolin Kung Fu dates back 1500 years and has been seen in movies like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.
Show starts at 7pm. Tickets are $48 for adults, $39 for seniors and $25 for students. Family passes are $115.
Watch a video of the kung fu masters in action at www.liveatthecentre.com.au
4. Morning Melodies – The Italian Songbook
30 March, The Centre, Beaudesert
The gorgeous Liza Beamish returns to the Scenic Rim with her singing partner Lachlan Baker in a thrilling programme of Italian favourites. From the pops to opera and operetta, this show includes favourites such as Unchained Melody, Granada, I’ll Walk with God and O Sole Mio.
Tickets are $16, or $14.40 for members. Groups of 10+ $12.50.
Show starts at 11am and there’s a complimentary morning tea after the show.
www.liveatthecentre.com.au
5. Open Doors Exhibition
Until March 24, The Centre Beaudesert
An exhibition of artwork by Scenic Rim artists, celebrating the 5th birthday of The Centre at Beaudesert. The exhibition showcases small scale works by the 2012 Studios of the Scenic Rim artists, including paintings, works on paper, studio glass, fibre, textiles, sculpture, printmaking, millinery and photography.

The Centre at Beaudesert turns five

Monday, March 5th, 2012

The Centre at Beaudesert turned five last month and the celebrations will continue all year long.
The celebrations began when QLD Governor, Her Excellency Penelope Wensley launched the new Studios of the Scenic Rim booklet on February 28.
In her forward in the booklet Ms Wensley encourages Queenslanders to visit the Scenic Rim to visit the artist studios.
“The 2012 Studios and Cultural Trails of the Scenic Rim is also a reflection of who we Queenslanders are in the 21st Century – a thriving cultural community that is keen to encourage the widest possible audience to share and experience its creativity,” she wrote.
With these words Ms Wensley has summed up the charter of the Scenic Rim’s Cultural Centres so concisely.
The region is very fortunate to boast a range of high-quality cultural facilities, designed to showcase the talents of our local creative artists and performers, as well as a range of touring theatrical performances, exhibitions, film screenings, concerts and other events.
Next year the Boonah Cultural Centre will celebrate its 10th year and over the past decade the centre has welcomed a veritable who’s who of Australian and international performers … everyone from Kamahl to Kitty Flanagan and many in between.
Both the Beaudesert and Boonah Cultural Centres contribute significantly to the delivery of cultural tourism in the Scenic Rim.
The Scenic Rim is a community that welcomes visitors, and is willing to share stories about the distinctive features of the region. The experiences that are offered showcase our sense of place and community. While not everyone would directly associate this with tourism, it is very much consistent with the type of authentic experience the modern tourist is looking for … and our two major Cultural Centres are providing these cultural tourism opportunities every day.
Over coming months there is plenty of new and exciting experiences on offer at the Boonah and Beaudesert Centres, including: (more…)

New Tourism Development Officer for Council

Monday, March 5th, 2012

The Scenic Rim Regional Council has appointed a new Tourism Development Officer who will begin on March 26.
Brent Randall joins the Council with a wealth of experience in the tourism industry.
Most recently he has worked in a leisure tourism role with the City of Newcastle. Prior to that he worked in destination marketing and development in Townsville, Gladstone, the Burdekin and Hervey Bay.
One of Brent’s first jobs in the Scenic Rim will be to meet tourism operators from throughout the region.
Council’s Co-ordinator Economic Development and Tourism, Nick McGuire, says Mr Randall comes to Council with a wealth of experience working directly with operators and also in developing and implementing strategic tourism activities.
“When Brent starts with us on March 26 there will be plenty to keep him busy, as we will provide plenty of opportunities for him to meet operators, as well as getting into the range of projects we are currently developing with industry and through the Tourism Advisory Committee, such as the Events Strategy, Signage, our marketing program, Australia’s Green Cauldron … to name a few.”
Mr Randall replaces Cathie Johnston who joined Brisbane Marketing to manage the new Brisbane Greeters project.

Model A Ford Rally coming to Boonah

Monday, March 5th, 2012

The National Model A Ford Rally is headed for Boonah this month, when 170 of the vintage cars will fill the High St.
On the afternoon of March 29, Boonah’s High St will be closed to traffic to make way for the vintage convoy. The rally is held every two years and won’t return to Queensland for another 10 years.
National Rally Director, Les Dunstan, says it’s a fantastic opportunity for car lovers to see one of Australia’s oldest cars.
The cars replaced Henry Ford’s original Model T and were made between 1928 and 1930.
The rally will feature cars from around Australia and some enthusiasts are even expected from America.
The Rally will be based in Ipswich from March 26 but the drive through Boonah is the only day all 170 cars will travel in convoy together. (more…)

Binna Burra Sky Lodges offer new level of luxury

Monday, March 5th, 2012

The new luxury Binna Burra Sky Lodges are now complete and taking guests.
The 20 self-contained luxury units have been built alongside the Binna Burra Mountain Lodge in the Lamington National Park.
They offer views north over the Coomera and Numinbah Valleys and can be rented as one, two and three-bedroom apartments.
Project Manager Tim Medhurst says the project has been built on the only available pocket of freehold land in the 20,600ha World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park.
“We knew we would only get one chance at this,” says Mr Medhurst.
“Binna Burra Mountain Lodge is a tourism icon, it’s been operating for 75 years. We wanted the new Sky Lodges to retain the look and feel of the Binna Burra Lodge, while offering modern day comforts and conveniences.
“We wanted to build something that suited both the weekend holiday and family market and the mid-week corporate, group market.”
The 20 new Sky Lodges feature timber milled from trees which stood on the building site, stone from a local quarry and natural earthy tones. The design by Brisbane firm dm2architecture, captures the stunning views over the Coomera and Numinbah Valleys. The design is both environmentally-sensitive and energy efficient.
Solar panels generate electricity for the property and a large underground water tank catches the roofwater which is diverted back for use in the toilets and gardens.
The Sky Lodges are located just metres from the original heritage Mountain Lodge and will be managed by BBL.
The Sky Lodges opened to the public on February 1 and bookings since then have been strong.
Binna Burra Mountain Lodge was first developed by tourism pioneers Arthur Groom and Romeo Lahey in the early 1930s, when they offered month-long holiday camps to city residents keen to enjoy the natural wonders of the National Park. Relatives of the men remain involved in BBL today.

www.skylodges.com.au
www.binnaburralodge.com.au

High tea and high notes

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Visitors to Zengarra Country House near Boonah can now enjoy a private recital of light classical and romantic music while they enjoy a homemade afternoon High Tea.
Zengarra owners, Christine and Mike Leah, are renowned for providing visitors with experiences to remember.
Christine is a classically-trained musician who has played at international venues in Hong Kong, Australia and Europe, including The Royal Albert Hall.
Their newest promotion will see you relaxing on their decks overlooking the Scenic Rim, while Christine plays the Korogi Concert Marimba.
It’s an ideal outing for small clubs and interest groups, birthdays and family gatherings.
A homemade afternoon High Tea will be served, featuring traditional English delights such as beribboned cucumber sandwiches, Fortnum & Mason teas and delicious savouries and small cakes, all produced from the finest ingredients at Zengarra. (more…)

Plans underway for CMCA Rally in Boonah

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Planning is well underway for the National Campervan and Motor home Rally, which is heading to Boonah in October.
Next month a Council delegation will travel south to Sale in Victoria to represent the Scenic Rim at the Caravan and Mortohome Club of Australia’s (CMCA) 26th Anniversary Rally.
Council representatives will give a detailed presentation about the Scenic Rim region and encourage the campervan and motor home enthusiasts to make the trip to Queensland in October.
It is expected more than 1000 campervans and motor homes will converge on Boonah later this year.
In the lead-up to the National Rally in Boonah, the CMCA’s magazine, The Wanderer, will run a monthly story about the Scenic Rim and its many attractions.
Council’s Co-ordinator Tourism and Economic Development, Nick McGuire, says the Council is working with organisers to provide opportunities for local tourism operators to promote their businesses to CMCA members via the magazine and through other outlets.

Time’s up for Boonah Clock

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Boonah’s town clock is about to undergo a transformation – at the hands of a local artist and a horologist.
Internationally-renowned sculptor, Christopher Trotter (pictured right) and Boonah clockmaker David Bland will transform the utilitarian clock which sits outside the Boonah Council building, into a piece of public artwork, titled the Blumbergville Clock.
The pair approached the Council with a proposal to upgrade the clock as part of a major public art project.
Discarded farming materials will be recycled to create an art installation that highlights the Boonah community’s close ties to the agriculture sector.
Corporate and Community Services Committee Chairperson, Councillor Heather
Wehl says the innovative project would breathe new life into a significant piece of
community infrastructure. (more…)