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Scenic Rim Regional Council

About the area

Name origin

The Scenic Rim Regional Council is named after the Scenic Rim, which was named to describe the chain of mountains which wrap around the valleys between Brisbane and Tamborine Mountain.

Location and boundaries

The Scenic Rim Regional Council area is located in south-east Queensland, about 70-100 kilometres south of the Brisbane CBD. The Scenic Rim Regional Council area is bounded by the City of Ipswich and Logan City in the north, Gold Coast City in the east, the New South Wales border, the Kyogle Council area and Tenterfield Shire in the south, and the Southern Downs Regional Council area and the Lockyer Valley Regional Council area in the west.

Included areas

The Scenic Rim Regional Council area includes the localities of Allandale, Allenview, Anthony, Aratula, Barney View, Beaudesert, Beechmont, Benobble, Biddaddaba, Binna Burra, Birnam, Blantyre, Boonah, Boyland, Bromelton, Bunburra, Bunjurgen, Burnett Creek, Cainbable, Cannon Creek, Canungra, Carneys Creek, Charlwood, Chinghee Creek, Christmas Creek, Clumber, Coleyville, Coochin, Coulson, Croftby, Cryna, Darlington, Dugandan, Fassifern, Fassifern Valley, Ferny Glen, Flying Fox, Frazerview, Frenches Creek, Gleneagle, Harrisville, Hillview, Hoya, Illinbah, Innisplain, Josephville, Kagaru (part), Kalbar, Kents Lagoon, Kents Pocket, Kerry, Knapp Creek, Kooralbyn, Kulgun, Lamington, Laravale, Limestone Ridges, Lower Mount Walker (part), Maroon, Merryvale, Milbong, Milford, Milora, Moogerah, Moorang, Morwincha, Mount Alford, Mount Barney, Mount Edwards, Mount Forbes (part), Mount French, Mount Gipps, Mount Lindesay, Mount Walker, Mount Walker West (part), Munbilla, Mutdapilly (part), Nindooinbah, Oaky Creek, Obum Obum, O'Reilly, Palen Creek, Peak Crossing (part), Radford, Rathdowney, Roadvale, Rosevale, Running Creek, Sarabah, Silverdale, Southern Lamington, Tabooba, Tabragalba, Tamborine (part), Tamborine Mountain, Tamrookum, Tamrookum Creek, Tarome, Templin, Teviotville, Undullah (part), Veresdale (part), Veresdale Scrub (part), Wallaces Creek, Warrill View, Washpool, Wilsons Plains, Witheren, Wonglepong, Woolooman and Wyaralong.

Economic region
Scenic Rim Regional Council

Land use

The Scenic Rim Regional Council area is predominantly rural, with most of the population living in the townships and villages of Aratula, Beaudesert, Beechmont, Boonah, Canungra, Harrisville, Kalbar, Kooralbyn, Peak Crossing, Rathdowney and Tamborine Mountain (including Eagle Heights and Mount Tamborine). The largest towns are Beaudesert and Boonah. Rural land is used largely for agriculture (particularly beef and dairy cattle and grain growing) and horticulture, with equine activities and tourism also being important industries. The Council area encompasses a total land area of about 4,250 square kilometres.

Transport

The Scenic Rim Regional Council area is served by the Cunningham Highway and the Mount Lindesay Highway.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from the 1840s, following exploration in the 1820s. Land was used mainly for timber-getting, sheep and cattle grazing, and crop and vegetable growing. Growth took place from the late 1800s into the early 1900s, aided by the opening of the railway line from Brisbane in the 1880s and the establishment of many small townships. Land was declared for various National Parks from 1909. Tourism became an important industry from the 1920s, particularly around Lamington National Park. Population growth occurred from the post-war years, particularly in and around the townships of Boonah and Beaudesert. From the 1960s beef cattle became a more predominant industry than dairy farming. Growth continued from the 1980s, with the population of the Council area rising from about 23,000 in 1986 to about 28,000 in 1996. The population then continued to rise, reaching nearly 41,000 in 2016. Much of the recent growth has been in Beaudesert, Gleneagle and Tamborine Mountain.

Indigenous background

The original inhabitants of the Scenic Rim Regional Council area were the Mununjali, Yugambeh and Ugarapul Aboriginal people.

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