Beechmont Community Table

Beechmountain community table and benches
Beechmountain community table and benches

A community project which arose after the Black Summer bush fires has provided a welcoming community table in the Flying Bean Cafe.

In the aftermath of the fires, a group of impacted residents met over coffee around a simple kitchen table to discuss how the community could begin the recovery process. 

As they were creative people, the idea of staging a series of creative events to rally and support the local community was born, and the Regeneration Project came into being.

Over the next couple of years the Regeneration Project has spawned an acclaimed art exhibition held at the Scenic Rim Council Gallery, a beautiful coffee table book, a documentary, a community quilt and a series of murals at various locations around Beechmont. 

It also led to the idea of the Beechmountain Community Table.

The stunning mosaic seats and table top designs were created by artists Deb McLachlan and Claire Beck.

The table frame was made by John McDonald with timber generously donated by the Munster family from their family farm.

Deb said the table and bench seating are a pictorial representation of the area.

“To the east, the beaches, surf and tourist mecca of the coast, to the west the rolling hills, soaring eagles and tranquillity of the Scenic Rim and between them, our beautiful mountain home – Beechmountain.”

The table itself shows the route along the plateau, the animals, birds, reptiles and some of the landmarks are all depicted from Lower Beechmont Village to Grooms Cottage at Binna Burra and down to Canungra.

“In the spirit which brought it into being we ask that anyone sitting at this table share it with whomever else wishes to sit along it – please share the hospitality of our beautiful region.”

The table was installed at the Flying Bean cafe on Thursday 19 October where it can be enjoyed and admired by locals and visitors.