QCCC and the Queensland floods

The QCCC Mapleton swinging bridge - high above the floods of 11 January 2011

With South East Queensland devastated by heavy rainfall and flooding in recent days we stand in solidarity with the rest of our State and echo the sentiments of our Premier, Anna Bligh, that we will join with our fellow Queenslanders to overcome this adversity. 

We are relieved to say that this extreme weather event has had a minimal impact on our three sites.  In Brisbane QCCC Brookfield is located significantly higher than the flood line.  For a few hours in the heaviest of rain on Tuesday 11th the main road into QCCC Brookfield, Gold Creek Road, was cut by a creek in spate but it quickly subsided.  QCCC Brookfield is accessible even now as flooding rages down the Brisbane River and has suffered no adverse effects.

Some of the heaviest rain fell over the Sunshine Coast Hinterland where QCCC Mapleton is situated.  However Mapleton is high on the Blackall Range and apart from a few hours where water rose above the front gate, the rain water quickly sloughed away down the many creeks that run off the high ground.  At all times the Centre was fully accessible from the Mapleton Town Centre and apart from a few quickly dealt with landslips the roads to and along the Blackall Range remained open.  The waterfall at QCCC Mapleton was a wonderful sight when in full and powerful flow.

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Cruising the Obi

The toughest part of the trip - shooting a farm causeway.

It’s been a huge year across QCCC.  Mapleton alone has hosted nearly 300 different groups of guests through the course of the year.  Brookfield has had its busiest year ever and Tamborine has also hosted hundreds of groups and played a part in some major events on Tamborine Mountain.

As the schools head into their Summer holidays the whole of QCCC gets just a few weeks of hiatus.  Australia’s camping industry is the opposite to the American model, where the prime-time for their camping programs is over the northern hemisphere summer.  In Australia the summer period leading into Christmas is the quietest time of year.  On Boxing Day Mapleton kicks off its Summer Holiday Family Program and shortly after QCCC Tamborine’s accommodation gets used for the Tamborine Summer Convention.  Brookfield has several church, youth group and craft camps in January. 

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Making the news

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Some of the views off the Blackall Range (Image via Wikipedia)

The Hinterland Times is a monthly publication covering the Blackall Range (home of QCCC Mapleton) and the areas immediately inland from the Sunshine Coast (eg the small towns around the Glasshouse Mountains like Beerwah and Landsborough).

Each month the Times has a column called “Tree Changers” featuring people who have recently re-located to the Hinterland from further away, asking them why they have relocated and what they like about living in their new location.

Anyone who has visited QCCC Mapleton would need no convincing that moving to the Blackall Range is not a tough ask.  The rain-forest beauty of the mountains in such close proximity to the large population areas of South East Queensland is exactly what makes Mapleton one of Queensland’s most sought after destinations for camping and conferencing.

The November edition of the Hinterland Times featured our very own Director of Camping, Andrew Grant and wife Anne, talking about their relocation from Dubbo to Mapleton to assume the position.

It can be found online here:  http://www.hinterlandtimes.com.au/2010/11/04/andrew-anne-grant/

QCCC Tamborine hosts first Fathering Adventure

A South East Queensland pilot of the successful Fathering Adventures 2-night Father/Son adventure weekends will be held at QCCC Tamborine in January 2011.  The first pilot is a pre-cursor to this style of weekend become a regular part of QCCC’s services at its three sites. 

Sea kayaking is one of the many adventures to be enjoyed at a Father/son weekend.

Fathering Adventures have been successfully conducting Father/Son weekends and expeditions for several years in North Queensland

QCCC and Fathering Adventures share a similar heart to energise the father/son relationship and have been working together for several months to bring the successful North Queensland Father/Son format closer to the large population base of Brisbane and surrounding Coasts.

The pilot caters to twelve father/son pairs at the modern QCCC accommodation on breathtaking Tamborine Mountain.  The weekend will include a half-day Dolphin and Straddie sea-kayaking expedition to complement the usual well-balanced combination of group activities, and intentional one-on-one time to better explore relationships between father and son.

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Fathering Adventures: Coming Soon

QCCC has been in discussion with Fathering Adventures, about bringing a 2-night Father/Son adventure weekend to South East Queensland

Sea kayak Queensland Father son weekend
Sea kayaking is an integral part of the Father/Son weekend experience

Fathering Adventures have been succesfully conducting Father/Son weekends and expeditions for several years in North Queensland

QCCC and Fathering Adventures share a similar heart to energise the father/son relationship and have been working together for several months to bring the succesful North Queensland Father/Son format closer to the large population base of Brisbane and surrounding Coasts.

We’re currently putting the finishing touches on the first South East Queensland Fathering Adventure, to be staged in 2011. 

We hope to cater to ten father/son pairs at the modern QCCC accommodation on breathtaking Tamborine Mountain.  The weekend will include a half-day Dolphin and Straddie sea-kayaking expedition to complement the usual well-balanced combination of group activities, and intentional one-on-one time to better explore relationships between father and son.

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Our Director

Queensland Conference and Camping Centre’s newly appointed Director of Camping is 39 year-old Andrew Grant.

QCCC's new Director of Camping, Andrew Grant

Andrew was appointed to the position in late 2009 response to the growing success of QCCC’s three main sites.  His role is to oversee operations at its three South East Queensland facilities, ensure that QCCC maintains its high standards and take responsibility for the development of new programs and services.

Andrew and his family, wife Anne and three boys Joseph, Timothy and Elijah moved to Mapleton from Dubbo, NSW, where Andrew was the Director of Business and Finance with Cornerstone Community.  Andrew’s previous role included being a franchisee of two outlets of Domino’s Pizza and provided a thorough grounding in the business and youth work roles essential to a successful camping operation. 

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