Rural property

Rural buyers take care

Buyers of rural properties need to be careful that they obtain appropriate advice from their accountant or solicitor before determining in what name or names an acquisition will be made. These decisions are crucial in possibly minimising personal liability, to take advantage of different tax treatments, to minimise capital gains […]

Gone Fishing Day

2024 National Gone Fishing Day Announced

Reel in the health benefits of fishing on Sunday 13 October. The Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation, the national peak body for recreational fishing is gearing up to celebrate national Gone Fishing Day on Sunday October 13 this year. This annual event not only celebrates the cherished tradition of fishing but […]

Cr Marshall Chalk, Pam Hardgrave, Virginia West, Catherine Drynan and RADA President Dave Coburn

Rathdowney celebrates Virginia West

Rathdowney residents acknowledged the contribution of former Division Three Councillor Virginia West with an afternoon tea last month. The Councillor, who held her position for 20 years before standing down prior to the last election, had formed close ties with the Rathdowney community which she maintained even after Rathdowney became […]

Robert Thomson

The stakes are high if you lodge in early July

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is warning taxpayers against rushing to lodge their tax returns on 1 July. ATO Assistant Commissioner Rob Thomson said those who lodge in early July are twice as likely to make a mistake in their tax return. ‘Tax time is not a race, and there […]

Fire ant colony

Holiday project can help find Fire Ants

SCENIC RIM families have been asked to take on an important environmental project during the current school holidays. The Invasive Species Council wants them to step up and join the fire ant fight over the break A spokesperson for the council said the project was simple as all they were […]

The butchers tractor pull.

Scenic Rim Eat Local Month’s famous Winter Harvest Festival is now a full weekend!

The Winter Harvest Festival has a new location – the stunning village of Kalbar – and it’s now part of a full weekend of harvest activities from June 28 to 30. The Winter Harvest Festival is the signature event of Scenic Rim Eat Local Month, where Food Ambassador chefs join growers, producers […]

Keer Moriarty.


June is Pride month. When I was growing up, I didn’t know what being gay was. Seriously, it was not something that was talked about, I literally had no clue until I was probably in the last couple of years of high school. Which is kind of weird because now […]

Illbogan Truck rescue. Image supplied.

The ill and broken bridge

Just past the Beaudesert racecourse, stood the old Ilbogan Bridge. The timber bridge built after the devastating flood in the 1950’s took out the previous river crossing.  The Boonah Beaudesert Road, at the time being a quiet link between the two towns and still mostly gravel. The new Ilbogan bridge […]

Carol O’Sullivan with a mandarin tree.
Grow Your Own


Growing mandarins in the Beaudesert region can be pretty rewarding with our local area offering the warm temperatures and the rainfall that mandarins need to thrive.  Several mandarin varieties perform well locally.  Imperial is a popular early-season variety known for its easy-to-peel skin and sweet flavor. Emperor produces larger fruit […]

Lynne Dickman and Jennifer Sanders at the Queensland Day celebrations.
Council Watch

Councillor Comment – Cr Jennifer Sanders

I have been attending various events across the region and recently attended a lovely BBQ at Kooralbyn hitching rail. I wanted to thank everyone who welcomed me.  I saw hundreds of Ducatti motorbikes coming from the Kooralbyn resort where they had been staying.  It was great to see such a […]