Location and Perception

The Real Estate people tell us that the three most important aspects of a property in order of priority are; location, location and location.

I have enjoyed living on acreage in Beaudesert Shire,a beautiful rural area of South-East Queensland. I can take a twenty minute drive in one direction and I am on top of the mountain at North Tamborine, with fantastic views and great rain forest walks. Or, in about the same time I could be in Canungra which is the gateway to O’Reiley’s on Green Mountain, or Bina Burra, both places on the scenic Lamington Plateau. Or I could drive through Beaudesert on the Kerry Road and I will get to the “Lost World”, the head waters of the Albert River, a not so well known place, but another beautiful part of the Lamington Plateau.

I could drive through Darlington and finish up at Christmas Creek, where after a couple of hours walk through the rain forest I could finish up at the site of the aeroplane wreck discovered by Bernard O’Reily and discussed in his book “Green Mountain”. I have fond memories of Christmas Creek. Back in the 1970’s for a while, I was Principal of the camp school there run by the Education Department. Kids from city schools in Brisbane and their teachers would come out and stay in the camp school for a week. I reckon those kids learned far more important stuff in that week than they could possibly learn back in their city classrooms.

But, I don’t have to go anywhere to feel the peace and quiet of country living. Just looking out of my window from where I am right now at my computer, I often will see kangaroos grazing just a few meters away. Or, maybe a family of eight baby ducklings on an excursion with their Mum and Dad.

All of us have certain perceptions or feelings about different locations. And, I believe that many people’s perception of Beaudesert Shire would be similar to mine: “A beautiful rural location in South-East Queensland, close to both Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

As I have said already, I have enjoyed living in Beaudesert Shire.

But, I don’t live there anymore.

I now live in Logan city.

No, I have not relocated. I live in the same house in the same part of the world.

You see, as from the middle of March 2008, Beaudesert Shire no longer existed. And, I along with many others find that a bit sad. I am quite sure that there are people down Redcliffe way, or the Sunshine Coast or in fact many other parts of Queensland who have similar feelings.

This has resulted from the plan of the former Premier of Queensland to amalgamate councils throughout the state.

Location and Perception

Ian McKenzie

Jimboomba, Australia

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