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Organisers expecting a bumper crowd at Winter Harvest Festival 2022

The Winter Harvest Festival is back, bigger and better than ever, serving up a delicious day of family fun at the Aratula Community Sports Complex on Saturday 2 July.

The long-running festival will cap off a huge Scenic Rim Eat Local Week program for 2022, starring over 125 fun and flavoursome events from 25 June to 3 July.

Division 6 Councillor Duncan McInnes is thrilled to be welcoming revelers to the festival after a two-year hiatus.

“The Winter Harvest Festival will be the cherry on top of this year’s bumper Eat Local Week program, and we are raring to go,” he said.

“The whole Scenic Rim is looking stunning, the weather forecast is looking great, and we have the best-ever line-up of stall-holders and entertainment, ready to host a fantastic day out for the whole family.”

Gates open at 10.00am and visitors will be able to sample the delicious offerings and have a yarn with more than 40 local stallholders including:

  • 2m8’s BBQ
  • Ants Fruit Market
  • Areleah Chocolates
  • Arthur Clives Bakery & Café
  • Bee All Natural Honey
  • Canungra Creek Finger Limes
  • Carabeen Beef
  • Chef Dylan’s Gourmet Food Co
  • Chokola’J
  • Coco & Myrtle
  • Cuppa-licious Mobile Coffee
  • Dewars Honey
  • Fire n Dough
  • Flutterby Gourmet Creations
  • Ginger & Bean
  • Good Times Soda Co
  • Greenlee Farms
  • Heritage Poultry
  • Kalfresh Vegetables
  • Kent’s Produce
  • Lions Club of Boonah
  • Moffatts Fresh Produce
  • Moshki
  • O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard
  • Queensland Police Service Ipswich District Crime Prevention Unit
  • Rani’s Cuisine
  • Rathlogan Olive Grove
  • Scenic Rim Brewery
  • Scenic Rim eXpresso
  • Scenic Rim Farm Box
  • Scenic Rim Lavender
  • Summer Land Camels
  • Tamborine Mountain Distillery
  • The Butcher Co
  • The Overflow Estate 1895
  • The Pickling Project
  • Tracey’s Tucker Bag
  • Truffle Discovery Centre
  • Ungermann Brothers Ice Cream
  • Urban Utilities
  • Valley Pride Produce
  • Wilde Foods
  • Witches Falls Winery

The event attracted over 12,000 enthusiastic attendees the last time it was held in 2019, and with 2020 and 2021 having to be cancelled due to the COVID 19 pandemic, organisers expect to top that number this year, with people keen to get back to what they have missed.

“The Winter Harvest Festival truly has something for everyone,” Cr McInnes said.

“From tasting tables to food trucks, rustic bars overflowing with beer, wine and spirits, a fashion on the field competition, cooking demonstrations, live music, kids’ entertainment, and the always-competitive Bendigo Bank Kalbar & District Community Bank Tractor Pull event testing people-power against a 12-tonne tractor!”

“The Winter Harvest Festival brings the best of the Scenic Rim’s local producers, suppliers, retailers and chefs together for an excellent celebration of our region and I look forward to showcasing Aratula and the Scenic Rim to both locals and visitors next weekend.”

For more information and tickets visit www.eatlocalweek.com.au

Tamborine Mountain awarded Queensland’s Top Tourism Town

Congratulations to Tamborine Mountain businesses and residents for this fantastic award!

 

Tamborine Mountain was awarded top honours at the Queensland Tourism Industry Council’s (QTIC) 2022 Top Tourism Town Awards, held last night in Brisbane.

The Awards recognise towns whose tourism operators, businesses and community groups work together to encourage tourism and offer outstanding experiences for visitors.

Public voters from across Australia and beyond selected Tamborine Mountain as a favourite destination for weddings, honeymoons, special events and extra-long-weekend adventures.

Judi Minnikin from Tamborine Mountain Chamber of Commerce said that Tamborine Mountain has everything visitors could want, and more.

“Having welcomed over 800 wedding bookings during the last 12 months, our tourism operators are continuously evolving to cater to the extended weekender, special events, wedding, and honeymoon markets,” she said.

“We worked in close partnership with Scenic Rim Regional Council and local tourism operators and businesses to showcase Tamborine Mountain’s exquisite wedding and reception venues, five-star dining options, outstanding wineries and breweries, unique shopping, incredible rainforest experiences and luxury accommodation offerings.

“We are thrilled to have Tamborine Mountain recognised as the ultimate Queensland Top Tourism Town.”

The Scenic Rim region was well represented at the awards, with Canungra, Boonah and Kalbar also included among 23 towns that made the shortlist.

Division 1 Councillor Derek Swanborough said this latest accolade is very well deserved.

“I congratulate all local tourism operators and businesses across Tamborine Mountain who have contributed to this award,” he said.

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen also welcomes recognition for Tamborine Mountain.

“We are so proud to have this beautiful part of our region recognised not only for its stunning natural and man-made resources, but also for the collaborative effort of our world-class tourism operators and local businesses, the Tamborine Mountain Chamber of Commerce, Destination Scenic Rim and Scenic Rim Regional Council,” he said.

“To be recognised, yet again, as a favourite destination is a fantastic endorsement for our region that the whole region should be proud of.”

Tamborine Mountain will now compete in the National Top Tourism Town Awards to be held later this year.

Council backs the horses, supporting a spectacular Scenic Rim event

Council has backed this weekend’s Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular, providing $10,000 to support the increasingly popular event which brings thousands of visitors and wide-ranging economic benefits to the region. 

Now in its 10th year, the event to be held at Boonah Showgrounds on 11 and 12 June celebrates the history and heritage of the Clydesdale horse, which was used by pioneering Scottish and German families to transform the Scenic Rim’s bushland into a leading agricultural area.

Mayor Greg Christensen said Council’s support of the Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular represented an excellent return on investment for the region, with this year’s event expected to add more than $3.06 million to the local economy.

“This is an event that attracts competitors, participants and spectators from around Australia, as well as overseas, and attendance has grown exponentially since its establishment in 2013,” he said.

“More than 10,000 people are expected to attend this year’s Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular, celebrating our heritage and the magnificent horses which helped build our region.

“The Clydesdales cleared vast tracts of land and were vital to farmers in ploughing, planting and harvesting, playing a pivotal role in the establishment of the region’s agriculture sector.”

When the heavy horses were replaced by machinery, the Clydesdale breed declined in the 1960s but was revived in the Scenic Rim.

In 2012, an enthusiastic group of local breeders keen to preserve the Clydesdale’s 130-year history in the region approached the Boonah Show Society and formed a sub-committee to develop the Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular.

The two-day event showcases the heritage, history and culture of the Clydesdale breed with a range of heavy horse competitions and driving displays as well as rare trades demonstrations by harness makers, blacksmiths and wheelwrights.

It also features workshops, working dog and horse displays, rides, live entertainment, markets, and traditional Scottish food.

The Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular is supported through Council’s Regional Events Program Grants.

Division 5 Councillor, Cr Marshall Chalk said this event celebrates our region’s pride in its rich heritage and builds on the Scenic Rim’s reputation as a vibrant destination offering authentic visitor experiences.

“With an estimated economic benefit to the region of more than $3,064 million, the $10,000 grant represents an excellent return on investment for the Scenic Rim,” he said.

Mr Rick Stanfield, who chairs the Boonah Show Society’s Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular Sub-Committee, said Council’s support of the event was greatly appreciated.

“We are expecting a huge crowd and our ability to host our visitors will be greatly improved,” he said.

“The Clydesdale Spectacular has steadily grown over the past ten years and is a result of the great support shown by our community.”

The Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular runs from 8am to 5pm over the weekend of 11 and 12 June at Boonah Showgrounds, 8 Melbourne Street, Boonah.

Image: The Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular celebrates our pioneering past and the magnificent horses which helped build our region.

Boonah – Finalist in Qld Top Tourism Town Awards

Boonah has been chosen as a finalist in the Queensland Top Tourism Town awards in the Small Town category (population 1,500 to 5,000).

The winning town will be the one which gathers the most votes – SO PLEASE VOTE for BOONAH before MONDAY MAY 23 (next Monday).

Simply follow this link  https://www.qtic.com.au/top-tourism-award/top-town-voting/

You will be asked to vote in each of the three categories (Tamborine Mountain is a finalist in the Top Tourism Town, Boonah is a finalist in the Top Small Tourism Town and Canungra and Kalbar are finalists in the Top Tiny Tourism Town) and you will be asked to write 250
words on why you love the towns you voted for.

Please vote today!

YEP Ipswich: Networking for Business Growth

YEP Ipswich:  Qld Small Business Month is just around the corner and will be full of workshops and meet & greets for business owners. Are you ready to make the most of the content and the people you’ll meet there? 🤝📈

Join Anne-Marie Walton, Entrepreneurship Facilitator, on Thursday 21 April to discover comfortable ways to:
· open a conversation
· make worthwhile connections
· add value to others
· be strategic in building opportunities

You will leave knowing how to embrace networking:
· without hard selling
· that’s more impactful
· with less stress

https://events.humanitix.com/networking-for-business-growth

Scenic Rim Regional Council: Let’s Talk

LET’S TALK SCENIC RIM 📣

Join the Community Panel so you can join the conversations, share your ideas, and have your say on a range of topics, projects and programs of work. This is your opportunity to help shape the future of the Scenic Rim!

📍 Agribusiness and Agritourism Industry Development 10-Year Roadmap
📖 This draft 10-Year Roadmap provides a plan to build on the strengths of these sectors and capitalise on opportunities in the future to drive jobs, innovation and economic growth for the region.
⏰Consultation closes 24 April.

📍 Flying-Fox Management Strategy Review
📖 If you are impacted by a flying-fox roost, we want to hear from you! Please share your experiences with local flying-fox roosts and ideas for creating better cohabitation during a review of the existing Flying-Fox Management Strategy.
⏰ Consultation closes 15 May.

Find the projects and have your say here 👉 https://letstalk.scenicrim.qld.gov.au/

Get Savvy 2022

Get savvy and tap into a wealth of information for all ages at our FREE Get Savvy health and wellbeing expo.
Chat with health professionals, dieticians, aged care service providers and representatives of local community organisations, emergency services, disability services and more.
There’ll be loads of free giveaways and information to take away and share with family and friends.
Stallholders at Beaudesert will include the team from Paws for Hope and Understanding, representatives from gambling and drug support services and professionals offering a range of health checks.
There’ll also be a wealth of information at our Get Savvy events at Tamborine Mountain on Thursday 5 May and Boonah on Tuesday 10 May.
For more information, check out the Facebook Event

Are you Bogged, Mate? Down-to-earth advice for rural men mired in tough times

Guest speaker Mary O’Brien knows that many women are concerned by the challenges facing their men in rural communities.

While aimed at men, our FREE Are You Bogged Mate? events at Kerry and Kalbar are also open to women.

Come along and enjoy a free barbecue dinner and music, and hear Are You Bogged Mate? CEO Mary O’Brien talk about the issues facing country blokes and the life-saving services available to help them get back on track.

📆 Friday 22 April, 2022
📍 Kerry Hall, 1488 Kerry Road
⏱ 5:30pm – 7:30pm

📆 Saturday 23 April, 2022
📍 Kalbar School of Arts Memorial Hall, 63 Edward Street
⏱ 5:30pm – 7:30pm

To RSVP, email andrew.ha@scenicrim.qld.gov.au

 

A speaker whose message resonates with rural communities and connects country men with potentially life-saving services will feature in two free evening sessions in the Scenic Rim this month.

Council is proud to host the events where Mary O’Brien, CEO of mental health initiative Are You Bogged Mate?, will share her insights into the issues of depression and suicide among rural men and the support services available to help them get back on track.

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen urged those doing it tough to take the first step in moving forward and register for either of the events at Kerry on Friday 22 April or Kalbar on Saturday 23 April.

“The recent floods have compounded the challenges our community has faced since 2019 alone, from drought and bushfire to COVID-19 and, for many, these are tough times,” he said.

“In rural areas, depression can be like being bogged in the mud.

“Sometimes it’s possible to get yourself out, but when you are really stuck, sunk down to the running boards and sitting on the chassis, it’s time to get some help.

“While some might see it as a weakness, it actually takes courage to admit you can’t go it alone and to reach out for a helping hand.”

Winner of the 2020 Queensland Men’s Health Award, Mary O’Brien is a passionate advocate for the agricultural sector.

Having been raised on the land, she has lived on the Darling Downs since 1992 and understands the challenges faced by the men she has worked alongside.

She founded her Are You Bogged Mate? website and Facebook page in 2018 to support men on the land, who were facing challenges as never before, and to provide a voice for those who were suffering in silence.

“We know there are many men who are not getting the help they need because they are reluctant to see someone or talk about their concerns,” Cr Christensen said.

“While depression and other mental health issues affect men and women equally, the number of deaths by suicide is three times higher among men than women and men are more likely to die as a result of alcohol or drug use than women.

“Country men are even less likely than their city counterparts to seek help, which is why Mary O’Brien’s Are You Bogged Mate? is such a valuable opportunity for those dealing with that black mongrel dog, depression.”

The free Are You Bogged Mate? evenings will include Mary O’Brien’s presentation, a free barbecue dinner and music.

These will be held at the Kerry Hall on Friday 22 April from 5.30pm to 7.30pm and at the Kalbar School of Arts Memorial Hall on Saturday 23 April from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. To register, email Andrew Hayes andrew.ha@scenicrim.qld.gov.au

Funding for these events has been provided through the Category C Bushfire Funds thanks to the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy and the Australian Government.

Clydie Trail Expression of Interest

The Boonah District Chamber of Commerce is excited to support the development of the inaugural Clydie Trail 2022. Member businesses are encouraged to get behind the trail by registering their interest.

The Clydie Trail is a point-by-point adventure across the greater Boonah area, the heritage home of Clydesdales in Queensland, that showcases places to see, moments that matter, natural and built attractions and local businesses, producers, makers, growers and characters. It is a long-term engagement tactic that embeds the Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular into the fabric of the region, establishes the Boonah area as the home of these gentle giants, showcases the beauty of the region, and creates revenue and attendance streams for supporters of the event.

The Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular is the richest Clydesdale Show in the Southern Hemisphere, where the grand champions of the breed are judged and the history of the breed in Australia – and in the Scenic Rim – is celebrated. Over two action-packed days, a full program of Clydesdale competition takes place in the main arena at the Boonah Showground, and a program including demonstrations, performances, food experiences, harness making, blacksmithing, the Queensland Whip Cracking Championships, the World Billy Boiling Championships, wood chopping, working dog displays, Friesian Horse Troupe performances, bush poetry and more takes place.

In 2021 the event attracted 7,300 attendees, 110 onsite caravans, 12 Glampers and over 100 heavy horses.

Find out more about the Clydie Trail 2022 or register your interest by emailing the event organisers at info@clydesdalespectacular.com.au.