National recycling week will be celebrated in boonah on saturday 13 november between 9am and 12 noon at the council forecourt.

Come along and get the lowdown on recycling and composting from madame mulch and join in with the junk orchestra.

Bring along any old mobiles, spectacles, corks, 2 litre coke bottles for recycling or reusing.

Food and plants will also be on offer for sale, and loads of information on recycling for our region.

COMPOST BIN REBATE PROGRAM

Sunday, 26 September 2010 12:35
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SCENIC Rim Regional Council has confirmed support for a Compost Bin Rebate Program by providing funding for a 50% rebate of the total price of select compost bins from your local ‘Mitre 10’ retailer.

The Compost Bin Rebate Program will commence on 1 October 2010 and conclude as rebate funds are exhausted. The rebate will consist of 50% off the total price of a Gardenwise compost bin which is valued at $50, saving individual residents $25 per purchase.

Deputy Mayor Cr Dave Cockburn said Council’s Compost Bin Rebate Program is a chance for Scenic Rim residents to take a constructive role in sustainable living.
“I encourage residents of the Scenic Rim community to buy a compost bin and get involved in limiting the amount of biodegradable materials ending up in landfill as almost half of all rubbish to Council’s landfill consists of organic material.”

The rebate opportunity is available to residents of the region (limited one per property) for the Gardenwise compost bin from ‘Mitre 10’ stores located in Beaudesert, Boonah and Mt Tamborine.
To ensure your eligible for the 50% rebate please contact Council to receive a voucher in the mail. Vouchers must be presented and surrendered upon purchase of the compost bin in order to obtain the discount.

Remember to get in quick as the rebate is limited to funding availability. Also note that compost bin stocks will vary from store to store so please be considerate of waiting time for orders.
For more information or to obtain a compost bin voucher please contact Council’s Environment Department on (07) 5540 5437.

The Story
Have you ever stopped to think where the food you buy every day comes from? Who produced it and how? How it was transported to the place where you bought it? How many hands were involved in getting your food from the farm gate to your plate?

As South East Queensland continues to grow, consideration is being given to where our food comes from now and where it will come from into the future. While the Scenic Rim region has rich resources and the ability to produce food, how much of that food produced in our local area makes it to local tables?

The Research
Scenic Rim Regional Council is thinking beyond today and considering how it might support innovation and diversification in the food production area. To help achieve this goal, Southern Cross University has been commissioned to undertake research that will help understand the regular food buying habits of the local community, the food service sector and food retailers as well as what farmers are producing now and potentially could produce into the future. Needless to say that Scenic Rim is looking to improve the way local food is used/accessed in the local area.

The information when collated will inform the development of a local food strategy that will support the production, distribution and sale of local food for local consumption and therefore help support our local farmers, provide healthy, fresh, seasonal, regional food to our local community and create authentic local tourism experiences that will have visitors raving about the amazing food offering experienced in Scenic Rim. To do this we need your help.

How you can help
If you are a local resident of the Scenic Rim region and you buy food for home or eat out in local venues/restaurants and cafes please click on the following link and fill out the local consumer survey http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Scenic_Rim_Resident_Survey

If you can’t access the survey please phone Southern Cross University on (02) 6626 9431 and they will post a survey to you.

Living in the Scenic Rim: Your Guide to Sustainable Property Management

Scenic Rim Region Council partnered with South East Queensland Catchments to launch the ‘Living in the Scenic Rim: Your Guide to Sustainable Property Management’ publication at the recent Beaudesert Show.

The guide has been developed to increase landholders’ knowledge and uptake of sustainable land management practices.

Mayor John Brent said the guide aims to assist Scenic Rim landholders to manage their rural property with a focus on sustainability.

“‘Living in the Scenic Rim: Your Guide to Sustainable Property Management’ provides information on the natural resources within the Scenic Rim and how they can be managed at a property level”.

Simon Warner, CEO of SEQ Catchments said the brochure highlights a range of resources to assist landholders.

“’Living in the Scenic Rim’ is an excellent first point of call for landholders looking for information on land management, be they commercial farmers, hobby farmers, or lifestylers”.

“Sustainable management starts at the property level, and SEQ Catchments has a range of programs, practical tools and incentives which can further assist landholders”.

The publication was launched at the Beaudesert Show on 3 and 4 September and copies are now available from the Beaudesert Library.

The Queensland Museum has focussed its magnifying glass on the unique heritage, history, people, plants, animals and landscape of Queensland’s Scenic Rim region to produce two new publications in partnership with the Scenic Rim Regional Council.

Wild Guide to the Scenic Rim and Heritage Guide to the Scenic Rim were officially launched by Scenic Rim Councillor Dave Cockburn on Saturday 15 May at The Centre, Beaudesert. Author of the two new pocket guides, Queensland Museum Senior Information Officer Greg Czechura describes the Scenic Rim as a ‘storehouse’ of unique plants and animals, distinctive vegetation types and a landscape of outstanding beauty.

“The two new books are pocket-sized guides that take the reader on a journey of discovery from lush forests and high peaks between Mt Tamborine, the Lamington Plateau and Main Range to the rolling landscape and waterways at the foot of the mountains,” Mr Czechura said.

“The books give visitors and residents alike a taste of what makes this region of Queensland such an extraordinary place.

“Queensland’s first national park was declared in the Scenic Rim region and the area is home to one of Australia’s two species of lyrebird and many other rare and restricted plants and animals. You can even find places that are remnants of Australia’s ancient, wet and temperate past,” he said.

The rich cultural landscape of the region unfolds in the Heritage Guide to the Scenic Rim, which weaves a path through the stories of the original inhabitants, the first European explorers and settlers to the changing face of the region’s industries and towns. The book also includes incidents like the Stinson plane crash in 1937 and the amazing rescue of the two survivors.

“Many prominent identities are associated with the region: film-makers, war heroes, artists, naturalists and the first person to coin the phrase ‘Scenic Rim’, Arthur Groom,” Mr Czechura said.

“A noted photographer, writer and naturalist, Arthur Groom was also one of the Scenic Rim’s early tourism pioneers who helped form Queensland Holiday Resorts in 1933 and subsequently managed Binna Burra Mountain Lodge.”

A feature of the guides is the stunning photography of the region captured by Queensland Museum photographers Gary Cranitch and Jeff Wright.

Both Wild Guides are now available from tourism information centres through the Scenic Rim, from Scenic Rim Regional Council and from the Queensland Museum.

Ronda Green of Araucaria Ecotours has been invited to represent Australia at a German Summer School for Sustainable Tourism in Lombok in December.

Ronda will be delivering a presentation about the development of sustainable tourism in Australia over the past 50 years, with particular emphasis on wildlife tourism, as well as hosting some workshops.

Professor Jolanta Slowik, one of the organisers, was one of the guests on a 3-day wildlife tour with Araucaria Ecotours last year run as a post-conference tour for Intecol (International Ecology Congress).

The summer school is to be held in Lombok due to a desire for Lombok to develop a more sustainable form of tourism than the kind that has developed in parts of neighbouring Bali. Representatives from around the world are gathering for a week of presentations and discussions.

Drain is Just for Rain Events – Clean Creeks Start Here

As part of Scenic Rim Regional Council’s Rivers Management Program, Council in collaboration with SEQ Catchments will be undertaking a number of Drain is Just for Rain stencilling activity days over the next three months.

You are invited to join us in the activities and to learn more about community water quality monitoring, your catchment and local water ways.

To become involved please contact Council’s Environment Section on ph: (07) 5540 5437. Each day will finish with a free barbeque and refreshments.


Activity dates are:

  • Beaudesert, Davidson Park, 10am Sunday September 26
  • Boonah, Tiny Tots Park, 10am Sunday October 24
  • Mt Tamborine, Doughty Park, 10am Thursday November 25

After the successful cockatoo birding day held on the Gold Coast in 2009, this year’s survey aims to assess the Glossy Black-Cockatoo population across South East Queensland and Northern NSW.

The survey will be held on Sunday October 31 and conducted in bushland, she-oak habitats and protected areas within the Scenic Rim.

Workshops on Glossy Black-Cockatoo identification will be held at Mt Barney Lodge on Saturday September 11 and Beaudesert on Wednesday October 13.

For more information on the event and the glossies visit: www.glossyblack.org.au

To register your interest in participating contact Mt Barney Lodge on ph: (07) 5544 3233 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Birdweek is held during National Threatened Species Week and it is the ideal time to reflect on and appreciate bird biodiversity. The threatened Glossy Black Cockatoo and endangered Eastern Bristlebird are both local inhabitants of the Mt Barney Area. Mt Barney Lodge has an onsite conservation project for the Glossy Black Cockatoo, is a partner of the Glossy Black Conservancy, and supports Eastern Bristlebird surveys in the area.

Over one exciting week, Mount Barney Lodge will be hosting bird experts who will conduct guided tours, slideshows and structured workshops to extend your birding knowledge. This program is suitable for amateur or intermediate birders.

Birdweek Leader Barry Davies from Gondwana Guides (Winner of the 2005 and 2009 Australian Eco Guide of the Year) will be the lead guide for the field trips, and will conduct early morning, day and evening guided birdwalks. Barry also lives within the Scenic Rim, and is well known nationally and internationally for his birding expertise. Other leaders will also be on hand to ensure that the leader to participant ratio is personal.

Birdweek  “Picnic Under the Stars” is a free outdoor event on Friday September 10 from 4pm. It is a great opportunity for everyone to be involved in a family-friendly event that appreciates the unique biodiversity and conservation value of local birds. There will be a kids bird twitch (speed birdwatching), lantern making and a night fire event.

Further Enquiries: 07 5544 3233 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it www.mtbarneylodge.com.au/bird_week.htm

Scenic Rim Escape's Green Team

Thursday, 09 September 2010 20:32
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Scenic Rim Escapes is one of the region’s key tourism industry associations and in 2010 spearheaded the Biggest CARBONLOSER Challenge with 60 local tourism businesses.

At its recent AGM, a new executive – now dubbed the Green Team – was appointed to govern the association for 2010-11.

Incoming President is Lisa Groom from interNATIONALPARKtours at Binna Burra. Lisa is a member of the legendary Groom family who helped establish Lamington National Park, co-founded Binna Burra Lodge and for the last 30 years has run the eco-tour enterprise interNATIONAL PARK tours. Lisa represents the Canungra/Beechmont Precinct.

Incoming Vice President (Sustainability and Membership) is Tracey Larkin from Mt Barney Lodge. Tracey and her husband Innes are the second generation of the Larkin family to operate the Eco-Accredited Lodge. Tracey was the driving force behind the recent industry-based Biggest CARBONLOSER Challenge and is a member of the Scenic Rim ClimateSmart Business Cluster. Tracey represents the Mt Barney Precinct.

Incoming Vice President (Meetings and Guest Speaker Organiser) is Lorna Butler who with husband John, operates Clandulla Cottages at Boyland. Over the past two years Lorna has participated in the Building Sustainable Small Business program, been a finalist in the Biggest CARBONLOSER Challenge and is now a member of the ClimateSmart Business Cluster. Lorna represents the Canungra/Beechmont Precinct.

Incoming Treasurer is Desley Agnoletto who with husband Pietro operates 'Classi di Cucina Italiana' an outstanding Italian cooking school at Rathdowney. Desley and Pietro established the renowned Schonell Pizza Caffe at the University of Qld 15 years ago and now operate their cooking school with a focus on renewable energy and regional produce. They are also active supporters of the Scenic Rim’s creative arts community. Desley represents the Mt Barney Precinct.

Congratulations to Scenic Rim Escapes for their commitment to triple bottom line sustainability within their industry.

In early 2010, Scenic Rim Escapes - one of the Rim region's tourism industry associations - coordinated the Biggest CARBONLOSER Challenge with 60 of the region's tourism operators.

This Qld Government funded program challenged participants to lose 2,000kg CO2 from their business or household carbon budget through simple actions including energy efficient behaviours, reducing waste to landfill, reducing food miles by sourcing local food, reducing waste to landfill, increasing composting and soil improvement through worm farming, and installing energy efficient and renewable energy technology for example.

The Challenge was such a success that a 'Menu for Change' has been created by compiling finalists' stories about the actions that they took to slash their carbon footprint. Bon appétit!

Between July 2010 and March 2011, the Ethos Foundation is facilitating the Scenic Rim’s first ClimateSmart Business Cluster with the help of a Queensland Government grant.

With a focus on tracking and reducing food miles by using more local, regional and even homegrown food, 17 accommodation businesses are working with Ethos to reduce their carbon footprints and support the regional food economy.

The Cluster was formed as a result of the Biggest CARBONLOSER Challenge tourism industry program, hosted by industry association Scenic Rim Escapes and facilitated by Ethos early in 2010. Many participating businesses expressed a high interest in local food and began to focus on increasing their use of local food and shortening their food supply chains.

Ethos is working in partnership with Scenic Rim Escapes and Scenic Rim Regional Council to coordinate the ClimateSmart Business Cluster which was launched on August 10.

The program continues the great sustainability work small to medium enterprises in the Scenic Rim have been undertaking since early 2008. Many of the cluster members participated in the Ethos Foundation’s Building Sustainable Small Business program in 2008-09 and in the Biggest CARBONLOSER Challenge in early 2010.

Cluster members include Mt Barney Lodge, Barney Creek Vineyard and Cottages, Binna Burra Lodge and Teahouse, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Eagle Heights Resort Hotel Motel, Clandulla Cottages, Wallaby Ridge Retreat, Worendo Cottages, Thistledown Country Retreat, Tambaridge B&B, Tamborine Mountain B&B, Villa Della Rosa, Black Cockatoo Cabin, International Park Tours and Araucaria Ecotours.

For more information about the Scenic Rim ClimateSmart Business Cluster please contact Sally MacKinnon: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or go to www.ethosfoundation.org

With lots of pressure on our society to eat well, stay healthy and be considerate of our environment, it can become difficult to decide what to eat let alone where the food on our plates is coming from.

Scenic Rim Regional Council is currently working with Southern Cross University and a group of proactive industry representatives to develop a Scenic Rim Food Strategy, which will focus on finding the right way of linking local consumers with local producers to provide a direct connection between those who grow our food with those who enjoy it.

Key elements to the food strategy include research and data collection. This includes investigating what is produced when, where, how and by whom. The research will also include investigating what is known about local food by visitors, locals and commercial users and who, where and why is local food being bought and sold and if not why not? Through these processes we aim to discover what will encourage more food to be produced, bought and sold within the region?

Bringing together key people from different sectors and developing supportive frameworks will assist in establishing some base line data to inform decisions to link regional marketing and branding of food production and tourism to create a local food supply chain.

A key driver in the food strategy will be business and industry development. We hope to identify as many potential new or developing food enterprises to build capacity and collaboration networks to provide support to buying locally.

Recognising that our farmers are the architects of the landscape upon which they farm, Council is working with the Southern Cross University to coordinate a series of information gathering activities which all residents will be invited to participate in.

The major long term goals for the food strategy include the Scenic Rim becoming known as one of Australia’s premiere regional food and Agritourism destinations. The use and purchase of fresh, regional, seasonal produce and value added food will become a mainstream activity for the local community and a normal part of day to day life in this region.

We would love to see that as an outcome, fresh, local and seasonal foods will be the main ingredients on the menus of restaurants and commercial kitchens in Scenic Rim region providing residents and visitors an authentic taste of what is on offer locally. We also have the goal that the region develops a reputation for high quality fresh produce and value added foods, making the regions food a “must see, must do, must taste” experience for all residents and visitors.

By improving the value across the entire length of the regional and local food supply chain  and creating paddock to plate relationships between consumers and producers, the Scenic Rim Food Strategy will form a strong component of a local living economy for not only now but for future generations.

If you are interested in supporting the development of the Food Strategy and are involved in primary production, food value adding, food supply or are a consumer please contact Scenic Rim Regional Council’s Economic Development coordinator Marita Tomlinson on 07 5540 5281.

Local legends and founders of Tamborine Mountain’s weekly farmers market The Green Shed – Geoff and Bev Buckley have made a short 3 minute video about the new Tamborine Mountain  Community Gardens project. It is on Youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9JL_UpZfHg

Congratulations to Geoff, Bev, landowner and supporter Bungunyah Manor and the Tamborine Mountain growers for their wonderful efforts in bringing the community together to share ideas, learnings, good company and good food. Their efforts are now inspiring the communities of Beechmont and Boonah to begin the preliminary work of establishing their own community gardens. For more information about Bev and Geoff Buckley’s local farming and food production go to: http://growinghealthyorganicfood.com/home.html

In early 2010, Scenic Rim Escapes - one of the Rim region's tourism industry associations - coordinated the Biggest CARBONLOSER Challenge with 60 of the region's tourism operators.

This Qld Government funded program challenged participants to lose 2,000kg CO2 from their business or household carbon budget through simple actions includingenergy efficient behaviours, reducing waste to landfill, reducing food miles by sourcing local food, reducing waste to landfill, increasing composting and soil improvement through worm farming, and installing energy efficient and renewable energy technology for example.

The Challenge was such a success that a 'Menu for Change' has been created by compiling finalists' stories about the actions that they took to slash their carbon footprint.
Bon appétit!

Barney Creek Vineyard Cottages, has won the Scenic Rim’s Biggest Carbon Loser Challenge, a Queensland Government-funded initiative encouraging Scenic Rim operators to reduce their long-term carbon footprint.

The Biggest Carbon Loser Challenge was hosted by local tourism organisation Scenic Rim Escapes Inc.

Congratulations to Barry Marshall and Jennifer Seale, owners of Barney Creek Vineyard Cottages, for their enthusiastic participation in the program and their great results in the challenge – they reduced their carbon footprint by 10,250kg.

Southern Cross 4WD Tours came in a close second, helped by making the decision to purchase a more fuel-efficient vehicle which reduced their fuel use by 31 percent and provided more seats, also reducing the need for a second vehicle on future tours.

The 13 finalists had a combined carbon reduction of almost 100,000 tonnes - equivalent to 22 less cars on the road.

The Biggest Carbon Loser Challenge initiative involved a series of free specialist workshops hosted by the Ethos Foundation, to educate and challenge operators in the Scenic Rim region to improve their business' sustainability for better efficiency and real dollar savings.

Following the workshops, participants were given the chance to implement sustainable practices into their business, which were analysed by independent judges from companies such as EC3 and Tourism Queensland.

Some of the program’s outcomes included:

  • improved ability to measure carbon consumption;
  • carbon offsetting through tree planting;
  • investing in growing their own fruit and vegetables;
  • reducing car use through carpooling and better trip planning;
  • composting and using worm farms to reduce landfill waste;
  • becoming more aware of food miles - the energy and transportation involved in acquiring food products; and
  • installation of solar energy and heating, rainwater tanks and other appliances to reduce carbon consumption.

Local tourism operators also devised innovative action plans such as installing heat pumps and solar panels, purchasing fuel-efficient vehicles and using more rigorous maintenance programs.

Look out for the Biggest CARBONLOSER Recipe Book which will collate all the finalists’ case studies about their business' sustainability journey. It will be uploaded onto the Sustainable Scenic Rim website shortly.

For more information about The Biggest Carbon Loser Challenge visit www.scenicrimescapes.com.au/scenic-rim-low-carbon-diet.html.


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Bird week is held during National Threatened Species Week, and it is the ideal time to reflect on and appreciate bird biodiversity.

The threatened Glossy Black Cockatoo and endangered Eastern Bristlebird are both local inhabitants of the Mt Barney Area. Mt Barney Lodge has an onsite conservation project for the Glossy Black Cockatoo, is a partner of the Glossy Black Conservancy, and supports Eastern Bristlebird surveys in the area.


Birdweek – “Conservation through Education”
Over one exciting week, Mount Barney Lodge will be hosting bird experts who will conduct guided tours, slideshows and structured workshops to extend your birding knowledge. This program is suitable for amateur or intermediate birders.


Birdweek Leader Barry Davies from Gondwana Guides (Winner of the 2005 and 2009 Australian Eco Guide of the Year) will be the lead guide for the field trips, and will conduct early morning, day and evening guided birdwalks. Barry also lives within the Scenic Rim, and is well known nationally and internationally for his birding expertise. Other leaders will also be on hand to ensure that the leader to participant ratio is personal.
Birdweek Packages
2-day all-inclusive packages (Wed-Fri or Thurs-Sun) start from $395
4-day (Wed-Sun) all-inclusive packages start from $775
A full Birdweek program is available upon request:
07 5544 3233

A full Birdweek program is available upon request:

07 5544 3233

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www.mtbarneylodge.com.au/bird_week.htm

Beechmont Zest Fest June 26

Wednesday, 02 June 2010 14:05
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Come one and all to Beechmont's first ever Zest Fest - A celebration of citrus! Saturday June 26 between 10am and 2pm at 95 Windabout Rd, Beechmont (formerly Fruit Loop Farm).

10.30am  How to care for your fruit trees - workshop with Ken Hartley, Landscaper and Gardener

11.30am  Cooking demonstration - how to use citrus - with Wendi Hartley, Beechmont Foodie

12midday on  Live and local music - Confined Spaces; Will Miller & Friends

All day sausage sizzle, tea/coffee, cold drinks

Local stalls - seeds, beauty, fresh produce, arts & crafts

$10 per adult; kids are free.

Every family gets a sample bag of local, organic citrus to take home (while stocks last)

Contact Wendi Trulson: 5533 3835 or just come along.

Beechmont Business & Enterprise Network fundraising event.

The Ethos Foundation and Scenic Rim Regional Council are pleased to be hosting the Smart Growth Business workshops in June, September and November 2010.

Their focus is beyond sustainability and more about how locally-owned Scenic Rim businesses can successfully anticipate and meet the needs of their customers, communities, local natural environment and government, and at the same time, become more prosperous and resilient.

Ultimately it’s about creating a real balance between building a flourishing business, nourishing a high quality of life, environmental and community responsibility and  fun. Smart Growth Business is about all of these vitally important issues.

Smart Growth Business workshops will be running on:

  • Thursday June 24 at the L&A Hotel Brisbane Rd, Beaudesert – 9.30am-12.30pm
  • Wednesday September 15 at St Bernard’s Hotel, Tamborine Mountain – 9.30am-12.30pm
  • Wednesday November 10 at The Centre, Brisbane Rd, Beaudesert – 9.30am-12.30pm

Cost is only $15 and includes morning tea and workshop notes and weblinks.

For more information or to book your place, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at the Ethos Foundation. Phone: (07) 5533 3646.
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