Julie Ferguson is a generous woman with a passion for the community she calls home.
Personality Profile

Julie Ferguson

There is a twinkle in Julie Ferguson’s eye that radiates her deep gratitude and vigour for life. And she wears her determined heart on her sleeve with the words ‘Kokoda. I can, I will, I did’ permanently etched on the skin of her forearm. Julie, 66, lives to show kindness […]

Adam Dorricott (Scenic Rim SES Unit), Chris Thompson and Rob Richardson (Beaudesert Fire and Rescue)and Trevor Erasmus (Birnam Rural Fire Service)

Beauy Bands Together

Locals have pulled together through the 2022 floods which devastated south-east Queensland and New South Wales. Beaudesert was cut off as the Logan and Albert rivers rose and flash flooding swallowed up key roads and made a mess of local properties. However, evacuations and rescues around Beaudesert were minimal, there […]

Doctors Brendon Evans and David Barker arrive at Beaudesert Hospital by helicopter. Image supplied.

Doctors Flown in to Help

A helicopter of doctors brought relief to staff and patients at Beaudesert Hospital when the town was cut off by floodwaters. Doctors Brendon Evans and David Barker arrived at Beaudesert Hospital by helicopter on Monday, 28 February. Their mode of transport was a Spicers Retreats helicopter, demonstrating the spirit of […]

Newlyweds Erin and Scott Keys celebrate their rainy wedding at Kerry. Photo by Gemma Nevin Photography.

Kerry Wedding Stays Afloat

If rain on your wedding day is meant to mean good luck, newlyweds Erin and Scott Keys are one of the luckiest couples around. The Northern Territory couple were set to be married at the property of family friend Lynn Porter on Kerry Road on 26 February before heavy rains […]

Cheryl Ardrey in front of the old Veresdale Scrub school.

Push to save original Veresdale Scrub School

When Veresdale Scrub opened a provisional school on 25 April 1899, it came after a hard-fought community battle to secure an education and a future for their children. Now, 123 years later, the community is fighting to save the original school building which still stands front and centre at Veresdale […]

Susie Riach and Ross Barber with their daughters Addy and Georgie.
Becoming Family

Susie, Ross and co

Susie Riach and Ross Barber treasure their little girls more than anything else in the world. Susie and Ross, both 38, are parents to Addy, 3, and Georgie, 1. They’ve built a beautiful life in Beaudesert with their daughters and their pets Bella the kelpie, 7, Teddy the British shorthair […]

Now is the time for winter crops such as brassicas.
Grow Your Own

Grown Your Own

Summer is over and we are now planting out all our winter crops – potatoes, onions and garlic plus all the brassicas.  We grow such a wide variety of fruit and vegetables that I spend a lot of time on the computer researching and improving my growing skills.  I particularly […]

Sophie with Jasper and Cheddar
People and their Pets

Sophie, Jasper and Cheddar

Jasper and Cheddar are some of the best four-legged friends Sophie could ask for. Both dogs have been in the family since they were puppies. Jasper the Labrador is now 9 years old, and Cheddar is five months old. Here’s what Sophie has to say about Jasper and Cheddar: “Jasper […]

Ladybrook Farm is open as part of the Farm Gate Trail on 13 March.

Farm Gate Trail Is ON!

The Scenic Rim Farm Gate Trail will be held on Sunday, 13 March after it was postponed due to major flooding. The event was to be held on 6 March, however organisers Destination Scenic Rim decided to push it back one week later so local farms would have a chance […]

Tyler Dimmick in the Beaudesert Little As long jump landing pit, which is usually full of sand.

Wet End to Little As Season

Local athletes have swapped running shoes and shotputs for work boots and shovels after floodwaters swamped their training grounds for the fourth time this season. The Beaudesert and District Little Athletics community had a muddy mess to clean up in the wake of the February 2022 floods, which drew their […]