Clock commemorates natural disasters

Article image - Clock commemorates natural disasters (from left) Lisa Newman, Queensland Premier Campbell Newman, Scenic Rim Mayor John Brent Scenic Rim Regional Council has unveiled a new landmark in Boonah’s High Street with the launch of the Blumbergville Clock.

Mayor John Brent and Member for Beaudesert Jon Krause officially flicked the switch to illuminate the eye-catching sculptural timepiece for the first time at sunset during a community celebration.

Those present were among the first to see the animations of the new clock which occur on the quarter hour.

Standing at more than five metres tall, the clock was commissioned by Council in 2012 to create a lasting memorial to the spirit of resilience in the Scenic Rim community, particularly the farming sector facing natural disasters.

Its name is a historical reference to an early name for what is now Boonah Township.

Councillor Brent said the clock is a permanent reminder of the Scenic Rim community’s ability to overcome adversity.

“It is a testament to the Australian rural character: resilient in the face of the harshest challenges, equally prepared to lend a hand to a mate or random passerby, putting in the hard yards to provide for our families, and delivering a positive legacy for future generations by leaving things better than we found them.

“All represent the characteristics that helped build this great region from the pioneering days of the Blumberg family through to today.”

Renowned artist Christopher Trotter, who lives in Boonah, and clockmaker David Bland, created the piece of installation art.

“Christopher Trotter’s impressive design also incorporates pieces of vintage equipment donated by businesses and residents or sourced from around the district during its construction.

“He has crafted a magnificent piece of installation art of which this community can be proud.

“And while Christopher’s portfolio of public art is well-known throughout South East Queensland and beyond, I don’t think I’m biased when I say he has saved his best for Boonah and Scenic Rim.”

The project was funded by a Community Development and Recovery Package through the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA), an initiative of the State and Federal Governments, together with funds from the Boonah and District Cultural Foundation and Council.

An additional contribution by the State funded the installation of custom lighting and an interpretive plaque.