Scenic Rim Business and Industry News

NEW WYARALONG ROWING FACILITY JUST WEEKS AWAY

WORK is about to begin on the new Olympic-standard rowing facility on the Wyaralong Dam. Rowing Queensland CEO, Murray Stewart, says Rowing Queensland expect to take delivery of about 3000 specialised European buoys and lanyards in the first week of December. The 10-lane, 2000m rowing course will be installed on the dam, close to the access road and recreational area prior to Christmas,...

AVIATION VETERAN IS FLYING HIGH IN BOONAH

BOONAH’S rolling green hills and spectacular mountain range make it an aviator’s dream. Pilots and flying enthusiasts have long been drawn to the town’s rural airfield. Now there’s another drawcard that’s attracting aviators from around the world to Boonah and the Scenic Rim. Nigel Arnot is a former Australian Aerobatics Champion, a pilot and a man who has...

UNIQUE BEAUDESERT LIFESTYLE ATTRACTS BIG-THINKING JAMES

James Robinson is a man with a big vision and that vision is focused on Beaudesert. The young builder and developer is behind Oakland Estate, a 339ha master planned community that will double the size of Beaudesert. Scenic Rim Regional Council approved the first 28ha stage in July and civil works are now underway. For James, the development makes sense on many levels and he believes...

CRACKING A NEW MARKET

Macadamia farmer, Robyn Lee, believes diversification is the key to operating a robust business. It’s with this in mind that she and husband Paul have embarked on a plan to crack into a new market – accommodation. Scenic Rim Regional Council recently approved the couple’s plans to construct four cottages on their Greenlee Farm on Rymera Rd at Sarabah. Robyn says the cabins...

CUTTING EDGE DESIGN FROM RURAL TOWN

Industrial designer, Matt Bird of Zaeya Design , works for some of the world’s leading companies. Xbox, Microsoft, Pilatus, Caterpillar and Boeing, Halfbrick Studios and Lockheed Martin are just some of his clients. Matt has been working with some clients for over a decade, designing eye-catching displays for tradeshows, showrooms, commercial interiors and retail environments. ...

FRENCH FLAVOUR FOR SCENIC RIM CITRUS

When they planted 4000 fingerlime trees on their Rathdowney property Ian and Margie Douglas knew little about the native Australian citrus fruit. Now they are one of Australia’s largest fingerlime producers and have successfully introduced this unique product to high-end restaurants in Australia, Asia and most recently Europe. ...

BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD - 2014 BUSINESSPERSON OF THE YEAR

When Greg Dennis convinced his family to invest more than $1 million in a milk processing and bottling factory, his focus was simply on survival of the family business. But in the year since the factory opened Mr Dennis and his family’s Scenic Rim 4Real Milk has won a slew of industry accolades, including Australian Dairy Farmer of the Year. ...

BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD - YOUNG BUSINESSPERSON OF THE YEAR

Asta Brent believes having youth on her side makes her a better businessperson. She runs Asta’s Hair Boutique in Boonah and recently added a second shop at Kalbar to her name.  Asta says what she lacks in age she makes up for in determination and her willingness to have a go.  She was Young Businessperson of the Year at the Scenic Rim Business Excellence Awards. ...

BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD - CUSTOMER SERVICE

Brian and Jane Parker from Beaudesert Exhaust have proven that location is no barrier to running a great business. The couple manufacture specialty 4WD exhaust systems from their Beaudesert factory and ship them around Australia and overseas. The couple won the Customer Service Award at last week’s Scenic Rim Business Excellence Awards. ...

BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD - CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP

Research indicates that the earlier children and families access education programs and support the better the long-term outcomes. That’s why the services offered at the Beaudesert Early Years Centre & Kindergarten are so vital to the community. Since opening two years ago the centre has become an important and cherished part of the local community.  ...

BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD - EMPLOYER OF CHOICE

Lisa Ferguson was born and bred in Beaudesert. So when the time came to open her own health and fitness business she knew where it should be based. Over the past two years Lisa and her partner Paul Wilson have helped hundreds of clients on their journey towards health. Lisa’s Freedom Health & Fitness was named Scenic Rim Employer of Choice at the Business Excellence Awards. ...

BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD - YOUNG EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

Learra Radke may only be 20-years-old, but what she lacks in years she makes up for in maturity, work ethic and practicality. It’s why her employers, Dr David Bartholomeusz and his wife Kelly, have no qualms leaving her in charge of their Gleneagle-based vet business. Last week she was named Young Apprentice/Employee of the Year at the Scenic Rim Business Excellence Awards. ...

BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD - BUSINESS AND INDIVIDUAL ENCOURAGEMENT

Two Scenic Rim residents were presented with Encouragement Awards at the Scenic Rim Business Excellence Awards. Apprentice electrician, Adam Stumer of DeMain Electrical, and Glenda Eaves the founder and operator of Mountain Minerals Makeup were recognised during the awards ceremony. ...

BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD - ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

Guilt-free beer. It’s the holy grail of beer lovers everywhere. Scenic Rim craft brewers Chris Herring and Tanya Harlow say they have the answer, but it’s not your waistline that will benefit. The couple and their Beard & Brau Brewery won the award for Environmental Sustainability at last week’s Scenic Rim Business Excellence Awards. ...

BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD - INNOVATION

The QLD Moto Park at Coulson has smashed all expectations, welcoming 90,000 riders since opening three years ago. About 30,000 riders a year using the facilities, which include a peewee track, two motocross tracks and 50km of trail riding. The QLD Moto Park won the Business Innovation Award at last week’s Scenic Rim Business Excellence Awards. ...

BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD - MARKETING

What started as a one-person business on Tamborine Mountain has grown into leading national mobile day-spa business servicing 19 regions around Australia. Ali Shaw started Ripple Massage & Beauty ten years ago, expecting to service the local market on Tamborine Mountain. She put her previous marketing experience to work and the results have been incredible. ...