Beechmont, Queensland

Beechmont is a rural town and locality in the Scenic Rim Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2016 census, Beechmont had a population of 842 people.[4]

Beechmont
Queensland
Rosin's Lookout Beechmont Queensland.jpg
Springbrook Plateau, Numinbah Valley, Lamington Plateau and Mount Warning in New South Wales
Beechmont is located in Queensland
Beechmont
Beechmont
Coordinates28°6′S 153°13′E / 28.100°S 153.217°E / -28.100; 153.217Coordinates: 28°6′S 153°13′E / 28.100°S 153.217°E / -28.100; 153.217
Population842 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density24.48/km2 (63.39/sq mi)
EstablishedGazetted on 30 January 2009
Postcode(s)4211
Area34.4 km2 (13.3 sq mi)
LGA(s)Scenic Rim Region
State electorate(s)Scenic Rim
Federal Division(s)Wright
Suburbs around Beechmont:
Witheren Lower Beechmont Advancetown
Flying Fox
Illinbah
Beechmont Numinbah Valley
Illinbah Binna Burra Numinbah Valley

GeographyEdit

Beechmont is positioned on a forested ridge leading from the Lamington Plateau to Tamborine Mountain. Outstanding views in nearly all directions means that on a clear day Cunninghams Gap and other Scenic Rim landforms are visible as well as Flinders Peak, Moogerah Peaks and the D'Aguilar Range to the north west of Brisbane. Lower Beechmont is also on the Beechmont road, but slightly lower down the hill.

Roads in the area are narrow and windy, some are prone to rockfalls and some with very steep slopes. The road to Binna Burra and access to Lamington National Park goes through Beechmont. The Rosins Lookout Conservation Park is a popular launch site for hangliders and paragliders.

HistoryEdit

The Beechmont district was first occupied and managed by the Yugambeh people before the arrival of European timber cutters in the 1880s.[5][6] The district takes its current name from the beech trees in the area.[2]

The Beechmont State School opened on 15 August 1904.[7]

A dairying property located near Beechmont on the Nerang River was advertised to be sold by auction 23 November 1920 by Cameron Brothers auctioneers.[8] The plan shows the land for sale, 858 acres, being subdivision 2 of portion 106, Parish of Gilston, on Beech Mountain, facing the present Binna Burra Road, within 13 miles of Nerang Township.[9]

Attempts to grow fruit in the rich soils of the area were halted due to fruit fly infestations, before the area became to be known as a mountain tourist destination from the 1920s. There are still dairy farms operational in the area,[10][11] but only three remain in operation as the area is experiencing increasing levels of development.[12]

Heritage listingsEdit

Beechmont has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

EducationEdit

Beechmont has a state school, Beechmont State School, which opened in 1904.[7] It covers from preparatory school to year 6.

AmenitiesEdit

The Scenic Rim Regional Council operates a mobile library service which visits Graceleigh Park.[15]

InfrastructureEdit

There is a mobile phone tower near the village.[16] Internet is available with ADSL1 and ADSL2+ over copper lines. The Beechmont exchange is connected via a microwave link to the Telstra National Network. Beechmont is listed on the National Broadband Network (NBN) roll-out plans for Jul-Dec 2019 with a deployment of fixed wireless technology.

Tarred roads are available to Canungra and to Nerang. The roads are narrow and windy and sometimes closed or reduced to one lane passes after landslides and other rain induced incidents.

DemographicsEdit

Beechmont has a population of 842 at the 2016 census. The locality contains 17 households, in which 50.2% of the population are males and 49.8% of the population are females with a median age of 46, 8 above the national average. The average weekly household income is $1,399, $39 below the national average.

1.6% of Beechmont's population is either of Aborigional or Torres Strait Islander descent. 64.6% of the population aged 15 or over is either registered or de facto married, while 35.4% of the population is not married. 25.8% of the population is currently attending some form of a compulsory education. The most common nominated ancestries were English (31.7%), Australian (28.2%) and Scottish (9.4%), while the most common countries of birth are Australia (73.4%), England (5.1%) and New Zealand (5.0%), and the most commonly spoken languages at home are English (90.9%), French (0.5%) and German (0.4%). The most common nominated religions were No religion (44.0%), Anglican (14.5%) and Catholic (14.1%). The most common occupation was a technician/trades worker (18.4%) and the majority/plurality of residents worked 40 or more hours per week (36.8%).[1]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Beechmont". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 September 2019.  
  2. ^ a b "Beechmont - town in Scenic Rim Region (entry 2058)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Beechmont - locality in Scenic Rim Region (entry 45110)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  4. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Beechmont (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018.  
  5. ^ "Lower Beechmont history". www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au. Gold Coast City Council. Archived from the original on 15 August 2018. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  6. ^ Queensland Environmental Protection Agency (2000). Heritage Trails of the Great South East. State of Queensland. p. 19. ISBN 0-7345-1008-X.
  7. ^ a b "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Plan showing position of land for sale : on Beech Mountain". rosettadel.slq.qld.gov.au. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Advertising". Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933). 20 November 1920. p. 8. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  10. ^ "Genetics Australia: Queensland trials test controlled breeding using CIDRs". Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Beechmont State School: Community". Archived from the original on 5 March 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Beechmount Mountain Sales: About Beechmont Plateau". Archived from the original on 6 January 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Binna Burra Cultural Landscape (entry 601899)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  14. ^ "Local Heritage Register" (PDF). Scenic Rim Regional Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  15. ^ "Mobile Library" (PDF). Scenic Rim Regional Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  16. ^ "Optus Tower Locations". Whirlpool.net.au. Archived from the original on 6 December 2018. Retrieved 19 April 2019.

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