Latest News & Updates

New: Scenic Rim What’s On Website

Council has launched a new What’s On Scenic Rim website, which provides a one-stop-shop of events right across the Scenic Rim –

The previous What’s On page on Council’s website has been made redundant, with the navigation now linking to the new site, which shows events across the region in various categories. This includes community and family, arts and culture, lifestyle and education, music and drink, sports and more.

The website automatically gathers event information from major ticketing and event websites such as Eventbrite, ATDW, Trybooking, Ticketmaster, Humanitix, Ticketek, Songkick and from social media.  If your event isn’t picked up automatically through these sites, you can submit your own event listing on What’s On Scenic Rim for free.

The Submit an Event page will guide you through the listing process. As the website is a highly visual platform, you will be asked to add at least one high-resolution image for your event.

If users have a particular category or type of event they are interested in, they can sign up and save their favourite search and then receive notifications if a new event is posted in this category.  We hope you enjoy using the site and that you will be able to attract more community members to your events through this platform.

Community Drought Support Program 2020-21



In 2020-21, a total of $5 million (excluding GST) has been made available through the Community Drought Support Program grants.

The grants aim to strengthen the resilience of drought-affected Queenslanders through the delivery of:

  • Flexible Financial Hardship payments to alleviate hardship and cost of living pressures for individuals, households and communities impacted by the drought; and
  • Community events and activities that contribute to connectedness and social well-being.

Applications are invited from eligible organisations to deliver between $12,000 and $200,000 in one-off funding in the 45 fully and partially drought-declared local government areas.

Community groups, not-for-profit organisations, local councils, neighbourhood and community centres, emergency relief providers, and school P&Cs are the types of organisations that are encouraged to apply.

Organisations are encouraged to deliver the funds in ways that meet the specific needs of their communities.

Applications close 2:00pm Friday 26 February 2021

A separate application is required for each drought-declared local government area you wish to apply in. To access the application form for the Scenic Rim Region, click here.

For more information, including how to make a funding submission, please refer to the Grant Program or email

* As declared by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries at at 1 December 2020.

Submission information

For more information


Rural Support Training – TAFE QLD South West

TAFE Qld South West has scheduled two of the Community Developments Programs in Boonah, delivered at no cost to eligible participants.

The eligibility for these programs is:

  • age – minimum age 15 years
  • citizenship – Australian or New Zealand citizen or  Australian Permanent Resident or Temporary Resident on the pathway to permanent residency
  • place of residence or work – must be a Queensland resident and reside or work in a drought declared council area or on an independent drought declared property

There are currently places available, places are allocated once application paperwork has been received and reviewed.  To apply for a place in this program please complete and return to

  • Eligibility Form and supporting documents (e.g. driver’s licence – front and back and colour copy of green Medicare card)
  • Student Personal Details form (must have a USI number)

World of Work – Business and Careers Expo

Scenic Rim Regional Council with the support from the Department of Employment Small Business and Training South East Region will be delivering two events to showcase local businesses in the region  with the focus on stimulating business confidence within the community. The outcome of this will create opportunities for employment and training for members of the broader community and all BDCC members are invited to these events.

The following events are scheduled for the 18th March 2021:

The Scenic Rim Business Breakfast which will be held at the Centre Beaudesert with at starting time of 6.30am for registration for a 7.00am start. Robert Gerrish, a motivational speaker, will focus on ways to create opportunities for growth within your business with the outcome to support employment and training of new and existing workers.


 Learn more about Robert Gerrish and  to register for the event:

The second event is the World of Work Business and Careers expo which will be held at the Beaudesert Show grounds with a commencement time of 10.30am and will conclude at 2.30pm .

This event is again designed to showcase businesses across the region with a focus of skills development and employment opportunities for members of the community.

For applications, please email –


Building Business Confidence in 2021

Join CCIQ’s economist Jack Baxter for insights into the current business environment in the Gold Coast region.

16th February – 6:45am to 9am

Austinvilla Estate, Mudgeeraba.


Tickets –


Inland Rail Information Session – Peak Crossing

The Calvert to Kagaru draft EIS has been released by the Queensland Coordinator-General for public comment. Please register your attendance via telephone 1800 732 761 or email or with this form.

Event overview

The EIS information session will be held (with social distancing measures in place) to help you navigate the draft EIS documents.


Thursday 11 February 2021

9:30am – 12:30pm

Peak Crossing Hall


We request that you please register your attendance for this EIS session by using this form, or getting in touch via telephone 1800 732 761 or email


Get Savvy Healthy and Wellbeing Expo – Date Claimer

Get ready for Get Savvy Expo 2021! If you would like to have a free stall at any of these events this is a really great opportunity to promote your services. Please get in touch with Lacey Sawtell from the Scenic Rim Regional Council.

The Expo runs from 9am – 12noon on the following days;

  • Tues 20 April – Tamborine Mountain Library (outside Library under overhang)
  • Wednesday 21 April – Boonah Cultural Centre,
  • Wednesday 28 April – Beaudesert Library (deck and in the park/playground area),

Scenic Rim Grants

Council’s Community Grants

Round 2 of the Scenic Rim Community Grants Minor (only)  will be accepted from 1 February until the close of business on 26 February 2021.  These grants are for projects up to $5,000.

Grant Workshops for this round will be held between 2.00pm – 3.00pm and 6.00pm – 7.00pm on;

  • Tuesday 2 February, Boonah Cultural Centre
  • Wednesday 3 February, Vonda Youngman, Tamborine Mountain
  • Thursday 4, The Centre Beaudesert

However you are welcome to attend the workshops and discuss any other grant funding applications or random questions for Lisa and myself, even if it is just to say hello. We will have the Smarty grants system up so if you need help in navigating or have any questions we can walk you through.  To access the Smarty Grants application online go to  NB the link will not appear until the 1 Feb.


Queensland Bushfires — Round Two funding grants are now open – close 11 Feb

Scenic Rim is eligible to apply for this funding which is a non-recurrent (one-off) grant funding between:

  • $2,500 – $50,000 (small grant)
  • $50,001 – $100,000 (large grant)

Successful applicants will need to have projects aimed at driving recovery, and building awareness and resilience. Projects should preferably involve partnerships with local government, and other organisations and/or groups.

Please contact Lacey Sawtell at Scenic Rim Regional Council for more information.

December Quarter 2020 Pulse Survey

The CCIQ Pulse Survey of business conditions for the December 2020 quarter is now open. They need your feedback about what’s impacting your business today, and what will influence your decision-making over the next three months.

While the festive season has seen the resurgence of consumer confidence and business activity, businesses remain cautious about what the New Year has in store. The hot topic questions throughout the survey aim to understand your recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, and what more needs to be done throughout 2021.

Most people take less than 10 minutes to complete the survey. Your valuable time will allow them to lobby for a better operating environment for your business.

All data is used for research purposes only and will be kept in the strictest confidence. They do not give away or sell your personal details.

The survey will close at 5 pm, Friday 22nd January.