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16 July 2019

Foodbank Fund Raiser at Brookwater Golf & Country Club


Our Annual Golf Day is a great day out for friends and supporters of Foodbank

It’s a day on the green with plenty of stiff competition on the course, an opportunity to beat the pro and bid for some fantastic auction items.

This year we will be playing at Brookwater Golf and Country Club on Tuesday 30 July 2019. 

Get in touch today to find out more or register via the form below to continue our fight against hunger.

Join us at Brookwater Golf & Country Club on Tuesday 30 July 2019. 

Event Details:
Where: Brookwater Golf Club, 1 Tournament Dr, Brookwater QLD 4300
When: Tuesday 30 July 2019 from 10:00 - 17:30.

USQ Springfield offers local schools a radio opportunity


Lunchbox is a one hour radio show that is all about your school and your wider local community, provided by the University of Southern Queensland, Springfield Campus.

MONDAY TO THURSDAY ONLINE / FRIDAY - USQ SPRINGFIELD

Lunchbox provides a platform for schools and students to present a lunchtime radio show:-


The program is provided and designed to:

Engage primary or high school students to present a 60 minute radio program at lunch time, streamed live and podcast for alternative listening.

Share what is happening at your school. Some of the history, features and future via the program.

Engage stakeholders of the school to be interviewed and provide the listeners information about your school, the place and the people who make it a community.

Lunchbox provides a rich experience for students to present content, conduct interviews, present and to bring their personality to the airwaves. It is delivered through Phoenix Radio – 1197am, DAB + and online. Each show will be podcast, so students can share the content or listen to again and again.

Dates for Lunchbox

Dates Record time between Broadcast live on-air

22 July - 20 September 2019 9:00 am - 11:00 am 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 
 
14 October - 15 November 2019 9:00 am - 11:00 am 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Monday to Thursday: Schools would be offered to link with USQ Springfield studio from their school.

Friday: Local schools or schools who would like to make the trip, would be offered the opportunity to come on campus and record from the USQ studio.

Schools, teachers and students will be given guidelines about Lunchbox. During the broadcast your students can tell the listeners about your school, your community through segments such as where my school is located, my school and my town and the important events that are coming up.

The program will be structured and a template provided to each participating school. The format is as follows:

Show opener
Student introduction to the school and local area
Song 1 (student choice)
The story of my School (key information about the school, what it is known for, number of students, etc.)
Song 2 (student choice)
About my town segment (aimed at giving a general overview historically and generally)
Song 3 (student choice)
Meet the people 1 (guest interview) Meet the people 1 (guest interview)
Song 4 (student choice)
Meet the people 2 (guest interview)
Song 5 or live performance / school band or vocalist (student choice)
Meet the people 3 / Health - What’s in your lunchbox segment (guest interview)
Major events or coming event to promote - live
Song 6 or live performance / school band or vocalist (student choice)
Thank you and Good-bye

Each school will have four to six people directly involved in producing and presenting the show. The students will need to research and write up scripts for each segment and can be creative in how the show is presented. (USQ will provide some guidance around process). 

If they can record some location pieces, files can be sent to the studio for inclusion. These can be captured on a Smart phone or other recording device. Students will be ideally given access to Skype or a hands-free telephone at the school and dial into the studio.

USQ will ensure guests are booked and briefed for their registered allocated date and time and will panel the show from the USQ Springfield studio.

Please contact David Silk on (07) 3470 4154 or email faculty.marketing@usq.edu.au

St Augustine’s College Augustine Heights Twilight Tour:

St Augustine's College, Augustine Heights
St Augustine’s College, St Augustine's Dr, Augustine Heights Twilight Tour:

​​​“The next Twilight Tour is on Tuesday 13 August​​ 2019.

Please arrive at 4:50pm for a 5:00pm start with tours taking approximately 90 minutes.

Looking to join the StAC community? 

At St Au​gustine's College, we offer Twilight Tours in lieu of an Open Day. 

These tours offer a unique opportunity to explore our campus and facilities. 

No bookings are necessary and all are welcome.​​​​​

For any queries​, please do not hesitate to contact our office staff on (07) ​3814 8300.​
You can also like on Facebook to stay up-to-date with​ news & events.

Click 'interested' on the Twilight Tour Facebook Event -
to get a reminder closer to the date.”

14 July 2019

School Watch - Augusta State School, Augustine Heights


"We need everyone to look out for after-hours crime in our school. 

If you see anything suspicious, please don't attempt to intervene. 

Call the School Watch number - 13 17 88. 

The School Watch Program is a partnership between Education Queensland, the Queensland Police Service and the State Government Protective Security Service. 

It aims to reduce vandalism, theft and arson in Queensland schools. 

Let's work together to help create a safer school community."


Augusta State School: https://augustass.eq.edu.au
60 - 100 Brittains Rd
Augustine Heights QLD 4300

Festival of Astronomy 16-20 July 2019 to coincide with the Moon Landing 50 years ago in July 1969

Join USQ at the Festival of Astronomy, taking place over 16, 18, 19 and 20 July 2019. 

In 2019 this event coincides with the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Apollo 11 Moon landing (20/21 July 1969).


16 - 20 July 2019





LOCATIONS

  • SIR THOMAS BRISBANE PLANETARIUM, TOOWONG, BRISBANE
  • USQ SPRINGFIELD, AUDITORIUM, ROOM D101, D BLOCK
  • USQ TOOWOOMBA, ALLISON DICKSON LECTURE THEATRE, ROOM H102
  • USQ TOOWOOMBA, H102, ALLISON DICKSON LECTURE THEATRE
  • USQ TOOWOOMBA, ROOM T125, T BLOCK

St Augustine's College Augustine Heights Twilight Tour

St Augustine's College
Augustine Heights
St Augustine's College Update:

​​​"The next Twilight Tour is on Tuesday 13 August​​ 2019.

Please arrive at 4:50pm for a 5:00pm start with tours taking approximately 90 minutes.

Looking to join the StAC community? 

At St Au​gustine's College, we offer Twilight Tours in lieu of an Open Day. 

These tours offer a unique ​opportunity to explore our campus and facilities. 

No bookings are necessary and all are welcome.​​​​​

For any queries​, please do not hesitate to contact our office staff on (07) ​3814 8300.​​

You can also like on Facebook to stay up-to-date with​ news and events.

Click 'interested' on the Twilight Tour Facebook Event here to get a reminder closer to the date."

St Augustine College, Augustine Heights: http://www.stac.qld.edu.au/Pages/default.aspx

USQ Open Days 2019 - Starting 27 July

Find out how you can Become More with your local university at a 2019 USQ Open Day.

Whether you’re looking to be more employable, more inspired, more experienced, more knowledgeable, more prepared or more connected, we have the people, the facilities and the industry connections to help you Become More of what you want to be.

27 July - 24 August 2019

LOCATIONS:

09 July 2019

Ash Barty Burger on sale in the Ipswich suburb of Augustine Heights

It had to happen.

The only place in the world where you can buy the Ash Barty Burger is in her home suburb of Augustine Heights in Ipswich.
The now-famous Ash Barty Burger

Paul Tully likes the Ash Barty
 Burger available at
Augustine Heights

It's available at the Brookwater Barista situated at the corner of Augusta Pwy and Leon Capra Dr.


At $16 a burger, Ash will be able to buy a few of her burgers when she arrives back from overseas.










New Ipswich Divisional Electoral Boundaries announced for March 2020

The State Government has announced new Divisional electoral boundaries for the City of Ipswich for next year's March local government election.

David Morrison
The 10 electoral divisions, which have existed since 1979, have been scrapped and replaced by 4 Divisions, each with 2 councillors.

In the eastern suburbs, Division 1 previously held by David Morrison, has been combined with Division 2 previously held by Paul Tully into a new, super large Division 2. 

The new Division 2 also includes several suburbs from the former Division 9 held by Sheila Ireland.

Paul Tully
The new Division 2 will comprise:

  • Most of the former Division 1 (Brookwater, Camira, Carole Park, Springfield, Springfield Central and Springfield Lakes);
  • Most of the former Division 2 (Augustine Heights, Bellbird Park, Gailes and Goodna - but not Redbank; and
  • Most of the former Division 9 (Springfield Central, Springfield Lakes and the new suburb of Spring Mountain).
Sheila Ireland
The most-unusual new boundary is the proposed Division 1 which will run from Redbank Plains in the east, out to Grandchester and Mt Mort in the far west of the City, adjoining the Lockyer Valley - a distance of 48km.

One of the legal requirements for new boundaries is to ensure that "communities of interest" are identified and protected. 

It is hard to see what possible common community of interest the people of Grandchester and Calvert are likely to have with the voters of Redbank Plains.

It is even worse for the other half of the western sector of the city which is serviced by the town of Rosewood.

Rosewood, Tallegalla and Marburg are now included with Chuwar and Karalee in the new Division 4 - a total distance of 37km.

David Pahlke
The western, rural sector of the city is one large community of interest previously serviced by David Pahlke in Division 10 since 1995 but has now been completely broken up.

The other bizarre proposed boundary is the new Division 4 which will stretch from Redbank and Collingwood Park in the east to Leichhardt and One Mile in Ipswich's western suburbs.

Whatever bureaucrat dreamed up these boundaries has no understanding of the City of Ipswich or the clear communities of interest which have been the mainstay and fabric of our city for decades.

Maps of the proposed new Ipswich Council Divisions for March 2020:






28 June 2019

Warning to bush walkers after World War II UXO found west of Brisbane

by PAUL TULLY


                                                       Warning to parents, bush walkers and children.

A live WWII 81mm mortar (pictured) has been discovered near the headwaters of Six Mile Creek between Spring Mountain and Ripley in the City of Ipswich.

It was about 500m from the White Rock car park.

Police called in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) who removed and detonated the live and potentially dangerous mortar.

The mortar was found by Matthew Draper of Camira who alerted local police who then alerted the ADF.

The images show what the mortar looked like before it was retrieved and detonated by the ADF.

Dozens of live mortar have been discovered in the past 75 years in the Goodna, Redbank and Redbank Plains areas.

Redbank was a major Australian and American training camp during World War II.

Military manoeuvres were undertaken in nearby bushland which is now surrounded by modern Ipswich suburbs.


Parents are reminded to warn their children of the danger and bush walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders should be on alert.

In 1943, a 12-year-old schoolboy John Watson died after a US explosive shell exploded at St Patrick’s School at Goodna (now St Francis Xavier School).

He had found it in bushland between Goodna and Redbank.

A report from The Courier-Mail of 24 February 1943 recounts the horror.








Barista coffees becoming more creative in Ipswich and hopefully the rest of Australia

by PAUL TULLY

Creative coffees being served at the Leaf Cafe Goodna
The Leaf Cafe at Queen St Goodna is home to the latest creative Australian art in the form of meticulously prepared fresh barista-made coffee images.

Forget your boring, standard squiggles on coffees around Australia as the Leaf Cafe becomes even more creative with its coffee image designs.


This week, the Leaf Cafe served me a very creative Panda Bear image - at least it looked like that to me - with liberal lashings of fresh cocoa.


One wag, Brian Algeo from Bellbird Park suggested it was a good likeness!


Under the ownership of Fiona (pictured), this new form of modern Australian art at the Leaf Cafe in downtown Goodna brings even greater pleasure for coffee aficionados across the nation.


Paul Tully and Leaf Cafe owner Fiona
Let's hope all baristas around Australia, from the upmarket coffee shops in Hamilton and Ascot in Brisbane to the alleyways of the Melbourne City Centre join the bandwagon of creative coffee presentation.


From the boardrooms of Telstra, BHP and even the  7, 9 and 10 networks - and maybe even the ABC under the stewardship of Ita Buttrose - all Aussie coffee drinkers should rise as one, to demand truly creative coffees - nothing more, nothing less!


The Leaf Cafe:
12 Queen St Goodna Queensland

27 June 2019

St Ives Shopping Centre in the Ipswich suburb of Goodna set to undergo a multi-million-dollar transformation

A Queensland suburban shopping centre that dates back to the 1970s will undergo a dramatic transformation to take advantage of strong population growth in the City of Ipswich.
An artist's impression of the soon to be revamped site of
St Ives Shopping Centre at Goodna.

The St Ives Shopping Centre Goodna is located at the corner of Queen St and Smiths Rd in the heart of the suburb and adjacent to the 100,000 vehicles a day Ipswich Motorway.

The new-look St Ives planned for Goodna.
Today's announcement will be a real boost for Goodna and surrounding suburbs.

Other shopping centres such as Redbank Plaza, Town Square Redbank Plains and Orion Springfield Central have expanded and been refurbished. 

This will boost both commercial and community confidence in Goodna.

The site has been flooded twice in the past 63 years but better management of the Wivenhoe Dam and Somerset Dam by Seqwater should lessen the effect of future floods on the Brisbane River compared with 1974 and 2011.
St Ives after the disastrous Brisbane River
 flood in January 2011.

Goodna is just 24km from the Brisbane GPO and 16 km to the Ipswich CBD and this redevelopment by Sydney-based Mintus Pty Ltd is both welcome and timely.

08 March 2017

Augustine Heights tops Ipswich urban land values

Augustine Heights: Highest urban
land valuation across Ipswich,
 reflecting major growth across
the suburb.
Ipswich non-rural land values have increased by 13.06% during the past 2 years, according to official figures released by the Queensland Valuer-General.

Augustine Heights now has the highest average urban land valuation of $285,669 across the city’s 82 suburbs, reflecting major development in the suburb since 2015, just outstripping Ripley’s average valuation of $279,712.

The city’s average non-rural land valuation is $205,171.

South Ripley recorded the highest percentage increase of 29.31% followed by Ripley 29.2%, Camira 24.98%, Deebing Heights 23.76% and Springfield 23.53%.

Ipswich’s eastern suburbs scored increases of 20.24% at Augustine Heights, 19.98% at Bellbird Park, 19.41% at Springfield Lakes and 18.83% at Brookwater.

Blacksoil went backwards by minus 3.6% compared with the 2015 valuation.

The top 10 increases for urban land across Ipswich showing the average land value in those suburbs:

South Ripley              29.31%            $269,167
Ripley                          29.20%            $279,712
Camira                         24.98%            $240,430
Deebing Heights        23.76%            $237,510
Springfield                   23.53%            $250,247
Augustine Heights      20.24%            $285,669
Bellbird Park               19.98%             $210,117
Springfield Lakes       19.41%             $222,143
Brookwater                  18.83%             No individual valuations
West Ipswich               17.72%             $273,268

20 February 2017

Augustine Heights scores highest increase in Ipswich home prices


The Ipswich suburb of Augustine Heights has recorded the highest increase in house and land prices in the past year. 

According to the latest data by CoreLogic, prices in Augustine Heights increased 11.3% with a median house price at a record high of $540,000.

Karalee had the second highest percentage boost in the past 12 months of 9.9%  with median sale prices of $549,500.

These suburbs just eclipsed increases of 9.4% in Eastern Heights and 8.5% in Camira.

Pine Mountain scored the highest median sale price across Ipswich of $570,000 with a 6% boost in the past year.

The booming residential suburbs of Springfield and Ripley had increases of 6.1% and 5.8% respectively.

Goodna, the most-seriously flood affected suburb in southeast Queensland in 2011, continued its recovery with a 6.7% increase in median house prices of $309,500.

The prestigious suburb of Brookwater was not included in the data as there were fewer than 20 house and land sales in the past year.

Ipswich Deputy Mayor Paul Tully said the latest data was good news for Ipswich.

Cr Tully said the city's population had hit 200,000 last month and the economic strength of the western corridor was confirmed by the new house and land figures.

"These latest increases in the past year represent a significant boost for Ipswich residents and ratepayers.

"Ipswich has the highest growth rate of any city in Queensland and we are on the threshold of major development and residential activity over the next 20 years," Cr Tully said.

09 February 2017

Goodna property sale for $4.15 million brings renewed confidence

The property at Brisbane Rd Goodna 
which sold for $4.15 million. 
Property prices in Goodna are rapidly bouncing back following the disastrous 2011 Brisbane River flood. 

A major commercial sale announced this week in the heart of Goodna has shown renewed investor confidence in the suburb. 

Goodna was the worst-affected suburb in southeast Queensland in 2011 with 600 residential and commercial properties destroyed in the second highest flood in 118 years. 

Confirmation of the bounce back has come with the sale of the Cash Coverters and Repco outlets for $4.15 million. 

The property is adjacent to McDonald's at 179 Brisbane Rd and adjoins the Ipswich Mwy. 

It last sold in 2006 for $3.1 million.

The development has been bought by a Melbourne investor from its current New Zealand based owner. 
The Goodna property under water at
the height of the January 2011 flood. 

Richard Blanch of Colliers International said there were a number of challenges with attracting offers of an acceptable level for the vendor, particularly the stigma around the 2011 flood.

“Everyone is acutely aware of the effect the flood had on Goodna, but what a cursory glance doesn’t show is the faith both tenants have in the location," he said.

“The Goodna store is one of Cash Converters’ strongest performers and both tenants re-signed long term leases post the flood.

“Few sites in Goodna offer the same sort of branding exposure to the Ipswich Motorway. This along with the tenants’ faith in the catchment, it gave the purchaser comfort to transact."

Ipswich Deputy Mayor, Goodna-based Councillor Paul Tully described the sale as "phenomenal" and said the suburb's bounce back was a strong indication of a bright future. 

Cr Tully said house prices in Goodna were continuing to rise six years after the flood. 

"Goodna is identified a major activity centre under the state government's SEQ regional plan and this latest commercial sale is the best indicator of the ongoing resurgence since 2011."

Cr Tully predicted Goodna property prices would double in the next 10 years as investor confidence in the suburb continued. 

Original story: http://www.propertyobserver.com.au/finding/commercial-investment/65028-retail-centre-in-melbourne-s-goodna-sold.html

07 February 2017

Major parkland improvements at Bellbird Park lead to better environment


Cr Paul Tully at Annaballe Park and
Moodai Reserve at Bellbird Park
Media Release: Park upgrade at Bellbird Park

Work has commenced on major enhancements to Annabelle Park and Moodai Reserve in Jones Road Bellbird Park.

Two new footbridges and a network of pathways are included in the $300,000 project at the adjoining bushland reserves.

Deputy Mayor and Division 2 Councillor Paul Tully said the adjacent parks were in a prime location for local residents to enjoy and the improvements would secure the environmental reserves for future generations.

“The combined 6.2 hectares were originally set aside for recreation use by the former Moreton Shire Council over 40 years ago and remained largely unchanged except for embellishments of park equipment and walkways to Annabelle Park."

Cr Tully said these significant works would give the local community the opportunity to own it and use it.

“Nearby residential development in Bellbird Park make it the right time to provide new and enhanced facilities within the park and reserve and improve the visual safety and amenity of the area."

Also included in the project is a multi-purpose half court with basketball backboard and hoop.

“A BMX pump track, concrete paths and a series of gravel walking tracks will round out stage one with thick undergrowth and weed infestation being removed."

Cr Tully said Moodai Reserve had become a dumping ground in years gone by with regular bushfires.

It was estimated work would be completed by mid-2017 and he thanked residents for their patience during construction.

For more news about Division 2 and Ipswich's eastern suburbs, go to: www.facebook.com/PaulTully



17 January 2017

Shark warning sign erected at Goodna Boat Ramp

Media Release: It’s no bull, beware of sharks in Brisbane River

Media Release - Ipswich City Councillor Paul Tully

A NEW sign warning of the danger of sharks in the Brisbane River has been erected at the Goodna Boat ramp off Brisbane Terrace.

Deputy Mayor and Division 2 Councillor Paul Tully said the sign reminded river users of the presence of sharks in the river.

“A lot of people may be unaware that in fact there is a proliferation of bull sharks in this reach of Brisbane River,” Cr Tully said.

“I have had reports of people being nipped by bull sharks as far up as Colleges Crossing.

“Bull sharks are aggressive and prefer murky and shallow waters, so it is particularly important for people to take extra care when using the boat ramp.

“Bull sharks are particularly active in the summer months, mostly around dawn and dusk, so I encourage people to heed the warning by being careful when using the boat ramp and not swimming in the river.”

Cr Tully said boaties, water skiers and jet ski users needed to be particularly careful.

“I’ve seen young children with water up to their chests helping to launch boats at Goodna.

“Bull sharks are prevalent and can be very aggressive and have been the cause of several fatal attacks in the Brisbane River and in canals on the Gold Coast,” Cr Tully said.


https://youtu.be/OZwIFqU62XU


29 March 2016

New Bellbird Park State High School to open in 300 days

Cr Paul Tully inspects the site of the new Bellbird Park State
High School on Jones Rd which is due to open in January 2017.
In 300 days, the new Bellbird Park State High School will open its doors.

With 10 months to go, the site on Jones Rd is a rush of activity with earthworks well underway and construction of the first building about to commence.

Ipswich City Council has partnered with the adjoining Brentwood residential developer Investa to upgrade 800 metres of Jones Rd including new traffic signals at Harris St, school bus zones and footpath extensions.

Division 2 councillor Paul Tully welcomed the school project saying it would be a major boost for students and parents in the local area and would relieve pressure on nearby Redbank Plains State High School.

Cr Tully said when the footpath missing link was completed later this year it would provide a continuous footpath/bikeway connection from Riverview through Goodna to Springfield Lakes.

Cr Tully recalled the early 1980s when a coal mining company wanted to establish an open cut coal mine at Bellbird Park including the future school site.

"The Prevention of Urban Mining Association (PUMA) was formed and eventually stopped that idiotic plan for a coal mine in a residential area.

"Two of PUMA's leading advocates were local resident Jeff Collins and lawyer David Walker after whom streets were later named in the Brentwood estate," Cr Tully said.

Parents who wish to enquire about the new school including the associated catchment area should call the Department of Education and Training on 3028 8166.

07 March 2016

Pre-Poll voting starts 9am today for Ipswich Council election on Saturday 19 March

If you will be away or working or otherwise not able to vote on election day, you can cast a pre-poll vote in Ipswich, Springfield Central or Brisbane.  Details below:





24 February 2016

Goodna is set to grow under major revitalisation plan announced by Mayor Paul Pisasale and Cr Paul Tully

DEVELOPMENT: Cr Paul Tully and Mayor Paul Pisasale unveil the new
  Welcome to Goodna sign and announce plans to revitalise the
Goodna town centre development.
GOODNA is set to become a thriving commercial centre, after the Ipswich City Council updated the town plan to open the way for significant development opportunities.

Cr Pisasale, along with Goodna-based councillor Paul Tully, unveiled a new 'Welcome to Goodna' sign at the Queen St roundabout to symbolise the suburb's imminent transformation and endorse its location as a gateway to the city.

Automated flood warning signs erected at Goodna

EARLY WARNING: Goodna Councillor Paul Tully
(left) launches the new flood signs at Goodna with
Shane Barnes from SEQ UHF
Emergency Services Team.
TWO of Goodna's most notorious flash-flooding hotspots have been fitted with digital flood detectors and warning signs.


Local area councillor Paul Tully pushed for the installation of the warning signs following countless floods on Smiths Rd and Albert St over the years.




Full details: http://www.qt.com.au/news/sign-of-things-to-come/2915713/

17 February 2016

Cr Paul Tully gets Jones Road upgrade moving at Bellbird Park


Cr Paul Tully
Residents in Division 2 can look forward to an upgraded Jones Rd when the new Bellbird Park High School opens in 2017.

Local Councillor Paul Tully said the arrangements for the new Bellbird Park High School included the upgrade of Jones Rd and were negotiated between the state government, Ipswich City Council and the developer in 2014.


Full details: http://www.qt.com.au/news/in-brief-15022016/2930795/

21 years on: Paul Tully vs the French Government



When Goodna councillor Paul Tully smashed French champagne bottles opposite the Ipswich Turf Club 21 years ago it was a declaration of war.

It was a war then French president Jacques Chirac was to lose and Cr Tully and like-minded people around the world would win.





Full story: http://www.qt.com.au/news/-paul-tully-looks-back-on-france-protest/2930794/

Ralph Breaden honoured

From left, Cr Sheila Ireland, Cr Paul Tully,
Ralph Breaden and Cr David Morrison.
The President of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce has been honoured with a personal park naming at Augustine Heights.

Ralph Breaden was acknowledged this morning at a Chamber Breakfast at Springfield Lakes for the work he and the Chamber of Commerce have done in the Springfield area

Addressing the meeting, Division 2 Councillor Paul Tully congratulated Ralph Breaden on his personal efforts to invigorate the Chamber.

"Ralph is an energetic person who has the local community at heart and this is a fitting tribute to him and his family," Cr Tully said.

The new park is located at Conte Circuit Augustine Heights and is a prominent feature of the new Stockland estate currently being developed.

The higher parts of the development have views of the Brisbane CBD.

11 January 2016

Paul Tully: It's time to settle the Brisbane and Bremer Rivers flood class action out-of-court

MEDIA RELEASE – IPSWICH CITY COUNCILLOR PAUL TULLY 

Lowe Street Goodna
An emotional call has been made on the 5th anniversary of the 2011 flood for the state government, Seqwater and Sunwater to settle the billion dollar flood class action without the need for expensive court hearings “where the only real winners will be the lawyers”.

The class action - the largest ever commenced in Australia - was commenced in the NSW Supreme Court in 2014 by Maurice Blackburn Lawyers on behalf of over 5000 flood victims in southeast Queensland.

In 2012 when the report of the Floods Commission of Inquiry was handed down both the government and opposition said they would act as model litigants in the event of a class action.

Ipswich councillor Paul Tully, a victim of the flood, said the claimants have recently had their case delayed until at least 2017 by a judge in Sydney.

Goodna's Pillar of Courage
Cr Tully said it could be 10 years after the flood before a decision was made with an appeal to the High Court possible by the losing party.

“These are real people still suffering financially and emotionally and any further delays are totally unacceptable.

Yellow is the 2011 flood
level.  The very top, in
purple, was the 1893
flood level at
Goodna.
“Flood victims deserve a prompt settlement of their claims without the need for expensive courtroom litigation where the only real winners will be the lawyers.”

Cr Tully urged the state government and Seqwater to look for a way to settle the class action without any further prevarication or delay.

“The battlers who lost everything in the flood don’t care about self-serving claims of innocence by Seqwater or technical legal defences by their lawyers.

“All they want is a fair go with proper compensation so they can finally move on with their lives,” Cr Tully said.

10 January 2016

Media Release: Online petition launched to force Receivers Ferrier Hodgson to honour Dick Smith Gift Cards


Dick Smith in the glory days!
MEDIA RELEASE - IPSWICH CITY COUNCILLOR PAUL TULLY

An online petition has been launched to force the receivers of Australia and New Zealand's 393 Dick Smith stores to honour all gift cards sold by the chain.

Thousands of angry customers around Australia have vented their anger on social media after the cards were dishonoured when the receivers Ferrier Hodgson took control on January 4.

Petition organiser Ipswich councillor Paul Tully said the actions of Ferrier Hodgson were "totally un-Australian and made Scrooge look like a benevolent Christmas character".

Cr Tully said the decision by the receivers had embarrassed people who had given and received gifts.

"One disabled Ipswich boy was thrilled to receive a $100 gift voucher which is now worthless and he has become very distressed over the ordeal.

"The receivers have acted in a cavalier and unreasonable manner and should hang their heads in shame at what they have done to all the mums and dads, kids and battlers around Australia and New Zealand.

"I challenge them to come down out of their capital city ivory towers and meet the people who have been affected by their unilateral decision six days ago.

"A hundred dollars is a lot of money to many Australian families but to Ferrier Hodgson it might cover half of a senior partner's regular lunch bill.

"It's a pity when corporations make technical legal decisions without any serious regard to the moral rights and wrongs involved."

Cr Tully said Ferrier Hodgson could reverse the decision to dishonour the gift cards with the stroke of a pen.

"They are happy to continue taking money across the counter but won't honour gift cards bought in good faith across the two countries," Cr Tully said.

The online petition can be accessed at change.org

LINK TO PETITION:
https://www.change.org/p/steve-sherman-fh-com-au-martin-lewis-fh-com-au-will-colwell-fh-com-au-martin-jones-fh-com-au-peter-mccluskey-fh-com-au-brendan-richards-fh-com-au-greg-meredith-fh-com-au-john-melluish-fh-com-fair-go-for-aussies-kiwis-force-dick-smith-receiver-ferrier?recruiter=8340341&utm_source=share_for_starters&utm_medium=copyLink

07 September 2015

Cr Paul Tully to recontest next local election for 12th time running

Cr Paul Tully - Division 2, City of Ipswich
The magnificent St George Dragons famously won 11 first grade rugby league premierships in a row.

But Cr Paul Tully is preparing to go one better as he aims to win a 12th consecutive council election on the trot.

The political dragon slayer is the first sitting councillor to formally announce he will recontest his seat at the local government election in March.

The secret to his success is not rocket science. It is basically '"meet the people, help the people".

"I enjoy working with people and helping residents, especially the battlers who sometimes have nowhere else to turn," he said.

"It can be very rewarding. Each day is different and every day is a different challenge."

This year, Cr Tully chalked up 36 years on council to become the longest-serving councillor in the city's 155-year history.

He was the youngest person ever elected to the Ipswich City Council at the age of 27 and is currently Queensland's longest-serving city councillor.

Cr Tully, who represents Division 2 which includes Goodna and surrounding suburbs, was elected unopposed in 2012 after securing a record 87% of the vote in 2008.

Between them Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale and Cr Tully have 60 years of service to Ipswich in local government.

Cr Pisasale said he was looking forward to continuing the partnership.

"I've known Paul for 25 years and everything he does is for the benefit of this city," Cr Pisasale said.

"He is a Goodna boy. They say Goodna boys don't cry, but if he does he does it quietly because he is always fighting for his area.

"He is an intelligent person and while he always shows a brave front he does have a sensitive side.

"His knowledge in planning is unbelievable and he cares deeply about Goodna and the surrounding suburbs he represents.

"If there is an issue out there, Paul will fight for the community."

Cr Tully said his major successes over the past four decades were the completion of the sewering of Division 2, major park, road and community upgrades, implementation of the Safe City security camera network and stopping a state government radioactive waste dump coming to Redbank.

"My ongoing commitment to the residents of Division 2 has always been simple - to work hard for the 20,000 people in my division and provide honest, grassroots representation to everyone," he said.

Eclectic in his interests, Cr Tully is working on a book which is set to unveil the true identity of Jack the Ripper - a 127-year-old murder mystery which has never been solved.

He has also been a beekeeper for more than 50 years.

Cr Tully lives in Division 2 with his wife Liza and their two boys, John Paul and James.

He has been the chair of the council's powerful Planning and Development committee since 1995 and is chair of the council's Audit committee, a member of the Local Government Association's Audit and Compliance committee and member of the Ipswich Rivers Improvement Trust.

Cr Tully has a law degree from the University of Queensland and is a registered Commonwealth migration agent and national convenor of Australian Republicans for an Elected President.

02 September 2015

Ipswich is facing a serious bushfire threat this summer


Media Release - Ipswich City Councillor Paul Tully


The Southern Australia Bushfire Outlook for 2015-16 released this week shows an above normal risk for southeast Queensland.

Ipswich Councillor Paul Tully (Division 2) said the major bushfire risk areas in Ipswich were around Spring Mountain, White Rock and Pine Mountain.

Cr Tully said adjoining residential areas from Springfield to Redbank Plains were at increased risk this summer. 

"Most homes are safe but the recent bushfire tragedies around the Blue Mountains, Adelaide Hills and regional Victoria show the need for local residents to be vigilant. 

"In 2012 a series of fires burnt through the environmental parks south of Springfield towards Redbank Plains."

Cr Tully said schools were evacuated as a precautionary measure. 

"The main problem was the pall of smoke which hung around Ipswich's eastern suburbs for over a week causing serious health issues for those with respiratory ailments."

Cr Tully urged locals to clear their gutters and unwanted vegetation before summer and to be on alert during this year's bushfire season. 

"We don't want any tragedies to happen in our local area," Cr Tully said. 

LINK TO REPORT: http://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/010

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