Headmaster's Cottage Deck

Headmaster's Cottage Deck, built by BAPA volunteers

Headmaster's Cottage Deck

This deck was made possible by a grant of $35,000 from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund and a community grant of $10,000 from the Scenic Rim Regional Council.

Hundreds of hours have been donated by a small team of volunteers; headed by Tom Blake, assisted by Ron Doonan the builder (alias Ken as per the Hinterlander).

Local Businesses

  • Alf Finch from Eden Seeds gave us a good deal on good quality second-hand timber

  • Tradelink (Nerang) gave us a fantastic deal on the disabled toilet fittings

  • Neil Connolly, a local electrician provided his electrical talents for free


  • Tom Blake started the project as then President of BAPA. He procured a $35,000 grant from the Gambling Fund and there still was a $10,000 grant from the days that Maurice was President.

  • Tom Blake then spent six weeks on instigating, managing, designing and building the deck and had to liaise with the architect and SRRC during the process. Tom organised Ron Doonan (a local builder) to get involved

  • Tom was a bit of everything and anything; including procurement of refreshments

  • Maurice Hansell did most of the work on professionally renovating the disabled toilet, as well as many hours on the deck

  • Wal Cattermole was there most days with the sander and paintbrush. Great Tenacity

  • Janis Rossiter, great with the paintbrush and spray gun

  • Alison Johnson, handy on the paint brush

  • Martin O’Donnell, hard yakka with the concreting

  • Michael Vanadzins, local concreting expert

  • Alan Barker from Community Gardening did the plumbing fitting

The verandah is now in good use by the Headmasters Cafe, providing a popular place in the centre of Beechmont where locals can meet for a coffee or a meal. See the Headmasters Cafe page for the details on https://www.facebook.com/beechmontcoffee