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:

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:

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.

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:

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:

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:

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


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
“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!

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


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. 


24 March 2015

Ipswich's top cop from Goodna Lisa Hillary puts her people first

Senior Constable Lisa Hilllary from
 the Goodna  Police Beat has won 
Rotary Police Officer of the 
Year award. Photo: Kate 
Czerny / The Queensland

Goodna and Ipswich's Top Cop of the Year deserves congratulations for her genuine commitment to community policing.

She is a credit to her profession.

The Queensland Times reports: IPSWICH'S newly crowned Police Officer of the Year may not have been looking her most photogenic when she accepted the award, but it was just further proof of her commitment to the Goodna community.

Sporting a freshly shaved head, Senior Constable Lisa Hillary shed a tear or two as she appeared at the third annual Rotary Police Officer of the Year Awards at the Ipswich Civic Centre.

The Goodna Police Beat officer was rewarded for her ongoing efforts to work alongside her community. Her efforts have included becoming the Adopt-A-Cop at Goodna State School and launching the "Connect to Culture" program for indigenous children.

The mum also spearheaded a campaign to clean up a Goodna skate park in July and August last year, after it became overrun with hobos and drug dealers.

"I had my hand over my chest because I was so shocked," Snr Const Hillary said.

"I thought I might have been in the running for Community Police Officer of the Year, so when they announced that Matt Thomson won that, I relaxed and thought I would be able to kick back and enjoy the rest of the night."

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart was there to congratulate the winner - who only three days earlier had subjected herself to a two blade shaver to help raise funds for leukaemia research - and the work of the winner's hairdresser.

Harrisville officer in charge Sergeant Matt Thomson and Sergeant Leith Marshall from the education and training office picked up the other major awards on the night - the Community Officer and Peer Officer of the Year awards respectively.

A further 10 Ipswich officers received commendations.

Ipswich North Rotary member Michael Byrne said the awards were growing in stature each year.

"We had about 15 nominations the first year and 24 this year," Mr Byrne said.

"It really is the community of Ipswich saying thank you to the police for making us the safest town in Australia."

Ipswich's concept for the awards has actually been adopted in Dorset, England, after the father of last year's winner, Detective Sergeant David Hunter of the CPIU, attended the 2014 ceremony.

Sgt Hunter's father was so impressed with what he saw, that he lobbied authorities back home to do the same thing.

Mr Byrne said Ipswich North Rotary was already considering extending future awards to include firefighters and paramedics.

Snr Const Hillary said it felt great to be recognised.

"It's especially nice when the nominations come from your peers," she said.


  • Inspector Michelle Stenner
  • Senior Sergeant Brett Wendt
  • Sergeant Ian Stephens
  • Senior Constable Timothy Walker
  • Constable Steve Cullen
  • Constable Peter Lambert
  • Detective Senior Constable Dan Cunningham
  • Detective Senior Constable Michael Kitching
  • Plain Clothes Senior Constable Blaise Cooper
  • Plain Clothes Senior Constable Aaron Ferguson

12 March 2015

Search for new Ipswich Town Crier

Cr Heather Morrow, Mayor Paul Pisasale
and Cr Paul Tully try their hand at being
town crier during the auditions held
 on Wednesday morning.
Photo: Rob Williams
The QT reports: IT'S a job that requires a love of costume, a dramatic flair and a big pair of lungs.

Ipswich is on the hunt for a new 'loud mouth' to fill the role of town crier.

The position became available after our last official town crier, Mark Overell, hung up his hat and bell last year.

Mr Overell held the job for 25 years and said there was more to the role than making proclamations on ceremonial occasions.

"As well as a loud, clear voice, a good town crier should also have a love for the city and know a bit about its history," he said.

"As town crier, you are essentially a tourism ambassador for Ipswich and represent the city and its people."

Mr Overell was also president of the Town Criers Association and even took part in international town crier competitions.

The search for the next town crier kicked off yesterday, with auditions held outside the River 949 studios in North Ipswich.

The judging panel was made up of Ipswich councillors Paul Tully, Heather Morrow and mayor Paul Pisasale. Cr Pisasale said he felt it was important to keep the tradition going.

He said the role wasn't limited to men and invited women to apply for the job as well.

"Having a strong passion for Ipswich is just as important as having a strong voice," he said.

Cr Pisasale said the crier would play a key role in a number of high profile Ipswich events during the year.

He said he hoped to have the position filled in time for a crier to lead the Ipswich Festival Parade in May.

Cr Pisasale said The Council would provide the iconic bell and costume required for the role.

He said anyone interested, should contact their local councillor or email

Town Crier Facts:

The "Oyez, oyez, oyez!" that often introduces announcements is Anglo-Norman for "Listen!".

Each town crier is officially appointed by the mayor.

04 March 2015

New shopping centre with fresh food market approved for Augustine Heights

Cr Paul Tully with Dirk Long, developer
of the new centre at Augustine Heights.

SPRINGFIELD region residents will soon be able to shop, dine and enjoy new local retailers with the approval of a new shopping precinct at the corner of Augusta Parkway and Leon Capra Drive at Augustine Heights

Ipswich Planning and Development Committee Chairman Councillor Paul Tully said council had approved the new local centre, Augusta Village with the main access from Leon Capra Drive.

"The shopping centre's key retailer will be 645m2 fresh food market, which will be surrounded by another nine local retail outlets," Cr Tully said.

"Retailers will vary with suitable shop sizes for a hairdresser, bakery, bottle shop and restaurants, as well as seven outdoor dining areas included in the plans."

Cr Tully said the outdoor dining spaces would be under the main roof of the development.

"Outdoor dining creates such a relaxing atmosphere and I can see people enjoying a Sunday morning breakfast or weekend dinner at Augusta Village," Cr Tully said.

"An acoustic barrier will be constructed on the western and southern building facades with the development incorporating 79 parking spaces.

"Traffic coming into Augusta Village will be from Leon Capra Drive and the road will be widened to incorporate a right turn lane."

Cr Tully said toilet facilities, including facilities for children would also be provided during operating hours of 6am to 10pm seven days a week.

"This development will be a major boost for Ipswich's eastern suburbs with handy access from Redbank Plains, Bellbird Park and the Centenary Highway."

Construction is expected to commence in April, with an estimated completion date before the end of 2015.

3 March 2015

02 March 2015

Family Fun Day at Goodna Services Club this Sunday 8 March 12.00 - 400 pm

The Goodna Services Club is situated at 32 Woogaroo St Goodna, behind the Goodna Railway Station.

Family Fun Day: 12.00 - 4.00 pm

The theme for March is Pirates and Princesses.

Come along for a great afternoon with the kids.

21 February 2015

Australia's most-famous Aboriginal cricketer Eddie Gilbert to be honoured by Queensland government

Eddie Gilbert.
The Queensland Times reports:

Field to be named after cricket legend.

THE late Eddie Gilbert and his family have had a big win.

The QT can reveal that the cricket field near Wolston Park's mental health centre will be renamed after the legendary Aboriginal fast bowler following a two-year campaign by a group of Ipswich citizens.

Gilbert, who took 87 wickets in 23 first-class matches for Queensland at an average of 29.98, died at the old Wolston Park Mental Hospital in 1978 at the age of 72.

Goodna's Keiron Butler has been the prime mover behind the push for the naming of 'Eddie Gilbert Memorial Field' and thanked the Queensland Police Service, which owns the land, for agreeing to the petition by locals.

"A representative of the Queensland Police Service rang me to say it has been officially approved and is definitely a goer," Mr Butler said.

"They have already spoken to Eddie's family up in Cherbourg and they are going to bring them down in buses. The police want to make it pretty big."

"Paul Tully backed us, and the QT and Donald Johannessen on ABC radio have been the main driving forces behind it." Singer/songwriter Dermot Dorgan wrote a moving song about Gilbert and Mr Butler said he had invited the musician to sing it when the official ceremony to honour Gilbert is held.

Mr Butler said honouring Gilbert would unite the community.

"I think it is great. It is finally bringing people together, which is something Australia needs.

"We want to get all the Indigenous and non-Indigenous people there to celebrate a man who was ostracised for so many years. It is a good thing for our relationship with the people that truly own this land." While representing Queensland in a Sheffield Shield match, Gilbert famously knocked the bat out of Don Bradman's hands before dismissing him for a third-ball duck.

Bradman later said of Gilbert's bowling that his deliveries were "faster than anything seen from Harold Larwood or anyone else".

Those who saw both Gilbert and Australian speedster Jeff Thomson bowl, including late ABC commentator Alan McGilvray, say there is no doubt Gilbert was the fastest of the pair.

Author Colin Tatz, who wrote Black Gold and Obstacle Race: Aborigines in Sport, previously told the QT about the hardships Gilbert overcame.

"He was basically locked up, as all Aborigines were on reserves or Christian missions," Mr Tatz said.

"He couldn't vote; he couldn't drink; and he couldn't get married to a non-Aboriginal person or join a trade union. Out of these impossible conditions he learns to play cricket, and in 1930 for Queensland."

15 February 2015

Goodna - Demographics and history back to 1856

Goodna - famous for its Jacarandas.
The ones on 
Brisbane Terrace were
planted by work 
gangs in 1932
 during the 
Great Depression.

Goodna is a suburb on the eastern edge of the City of Ipswich in Queensland, Australia.

It is bounded to the north by the Brisbane River. Founded in 1856 when the area was still part of New South Wales, it celebrated its 150-year anniversary in 2006. 

Its beginnings can be traced back further to 1823 when it was originally visited by an exploration party led by John Oxley

Further still, Goodna sits on Jaggera land, the original Aboriginal grouping being the Yerongpan people who continue their culture today.

Goodna is only 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the Brisbane central business district, being just outside the Brisbane City Council area. 
Goodna's heated public pool on Brisbane Terrace.

Ideally located as a centre point between Brisbane and Ipswich, it was designated by the Queensland Government in the SEQ Plan as a major activity centre, a transport oriented development centre and as an economic activity centre.

Goodna Shopping Centre (also known as St Ives) is a major shopping centre, an easy walk to the Goodna train station (207 metres (679 ft) direct distance).

With the new Goodna Town Plan, released in 2009, it is now possible to build up to 12 stories in the main shopping centre area


The Brisbane River runs to the north of Goodna. Goodna Boat Ramp is one of the only boat ramps on the Brisbane River and is part of the Brisbane River Canoe Trail. There are extensive old Jacaranda, Poinciana, Hoop Pine and Mango trees throughout the area. Parks are widespread with over 14 individual parks to be found and free electric barbecue facilities at the major ones. 

Goodna Services Club with over 60,000 members.
Names of some of the major parks include: Evan Marginson Sportsground, Richardson Park, Leslie Park, Kippen Park, Norma Mulvihill Park, Baines Meaney and Seymour Park. 

Fifty percent of The Pan Pacific Peace Gardens is also situated within Goodna. Wildlife is restricted with ongoing development, however possums and on a rare occasion koalas have also been spotted.

The Diggers Rest on the corner of Queen and Church Streets is the Goodna War Memorial. This was dedicated in September 1921. Many of the original central street names in Goodna originated from English kings, princes, and queens such as William, Albert, James and George.


In the 2011 Census the population of Goodna is 8,777, 50.2% female and 49.8% male. The median/average age of the Goodna population is 30 years of age, 7 years below the Australian average. 59.4% of people living in Goodna were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 9.1%, Samoa 3.5%, Vietnam 3.1%, England 3%, India 1.8%. 66.5% of people speak English as their first language 7.4% Samoan, 4.9% Vietnamese, 1.5% Spanish, 1% Hindi, 0.9% Tagalog.


"Penhelyg" Queenslander in 
William St Goodna 
built in 1896.
Historically Goodna was a farming community, primarily in sugar, cotton, livestock (sheep and cattle), and also had a large local timber industry. Large amounts of timber were taken by bullock teams to the Goodna wharf and shipped to Ipswich and Brisbane.

Woogaroo (as it was then known) had extensive beds of sandstone. In 1826 Patrick Logan established the Woogaroo Quarry to provide building materials for the Moreton Bay penal colony.

As early as 1841 there was a sheep run called Woogaroo Station, H.S.Russell and Dr. Stephen Simpson (the Grenier family of South Brisbane were still in New Zealand in 1841 and did not reach Brisbane till 1845 and while having the Grenier Inn at South Brisbane farmed land known as "The Willows" where Archerfield airfield stands today). This name, which referred to a waterhole in the creek was superseded from 1865 onwards by the name Goodna.

Apiary at Goodna c 1913.
By the early 1840s Dr Stephen Simpson, the lands commissioner and magistrate for the Moreton Bay district, was living in a slab hut and farming on the riverbank near the mouth of Woogaroo Creek. As the main road intersected with the track fromCoopers Plains and the river, at the time it was a strategic location for Simpson. In 1851–1852 he purchased 2,000 acres (8 km2) of land, including 640 acres (2.6 km2) on Wolston Creek. 

Other well known pioneers settled or purchased land in the Goodna area: James Holmes arrived in 1851 and established himself as a grazier; Charles Pitt married Thomas Grenier's daughter Mary in 1855 and grew cotton and maize at Redbank Plains. According to "Aldines" Charles was the second to grow cotton in that area and received 400 pounds from the Government of the day. He was also a JP and on the Purga Divisional Board and involved in the beginnings of the Redbank School. Harriet Holmes bought 33 acres (130,000 m2) in 1860 and Joshua Jeays, later Mayor of Brisbane, bought 40 acres (160,000 m2) in the next year.

Further settlement took place after Goodna was proclaimed a village in 1856. In the following year Joseph and Ellen (née Thompson) Broad built a store on the site, and sold the store later to Edwin Pitt son of Charles and Mary Pitt. Edwin and his wife Cecilia (née Thompson sister of Ellen Broad) ran the store as a mixed business and Cecilia was the postmistress (see Aldines). They survived the 1893 Brisbane flood but a little later built Pitt's Hotel Cecil on the store site. 

It was later burnt down and the RSL is now on that site. Edwin and Cecilia's daughter Zora Brenda Pitt grew up and learnt to ride in Goodna and she became Royal National Show champion woman rider in the early 1900s, and the cemetery opened in 1859. By 1863 there was a small run to Holmes Inn, where Harriet Holmes was postmistress and the Congregational Church which was also opened in 1863. There was one acting police sergeant and a constable by 1868. W. Law established himself as a blacksmith in 1870, the year in which the Goodna State School opened.

Ready for the foxhunt c.1892
Goodna Royal Mail Hotel 
which still stands today 
on Brisbane Terrace.
On 30 January 1873 the ceremony of "turning the sod" for the first rail link between Ipswich and Brisbane took place at Goodna. Two thousand people attended the event, most arriving by paddle steamer. To officially start the work, the Queensland Governor George Phipps, 2nd Marquess of Normanby, used a solid silver spade to dig a small piece of earth and place it in a wheelbarrow. Cobb and Co coaches stopped at Goodna on their way to and from Brisbane (their only other stops were Oxley and Rocklea). This ended after the railway link was completed in 1875.

Daniel Jones built the first sawmill in 1884, which was located below the Catholic Church/School grounds in the paddock that reached from Mill Street to Alice Street (known by locals as 'the mill paddock'). In the smaller paddock immediately behind the Presbyterian Church and Manse stood the wooden 'Honey Shed' used by Daniel's brother Harry in conjunction with his apiary. By the Second World War this use had been discontinued and the site was used by a group of CWA ladies who made camouflage nets for the war effort. The site was also used at one time by the Goodna Scout Group.

By 1888 the population of Goodna was 500 and there were three friendly societies, the Oddfellows, Loyal Rose of Denmark and Good Templars. The foundation stone of St Francis Xavier Catholic Church (formerly St Patrick's) had been laid in 1880 by Bishop James Quinn and opened in the following year. 

The Catholic school was opened in 1910 and the Sisters of Mercy Convent in 1911. Goodna today retains significant elements of its heritage.,_Queensland

14 February 2015

Local News on this site now in 91 languages

Councillor Paul Tully's Greater Goodna News website is now available in 91 languages.

A translation facility at the top of the Home Page enables local residents to read the website in their own language.

With one click, users can select the language they wish to read the website in.

By default, English is the main language of the site.

The available languages include:

  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • Albanian
  • Arabic
  • Armenian
  • Bosnian
  • Bulgarian
  • Cebuano
  • Chinese
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish

  • Dutch
  • Filipino (Tagalog)
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Javanese
  • Korean
  • Lao
  • Malay
  • Maltese
  • Maori
  • Myanmar (Burmese)
  • Nepali
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese 
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Serbian
  • Slovak
  • Slovenian
  • Spanish 
  • Sudanese
  • Swedish
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Ukraine
  • Vietnamese
  • Welsh
and 43 other languages.

Cr Paul Tully.
Cr Tully said he hoped the translation facility helped local residents to stay in touch with what's happening in the local area, particularly around Ipswich's eastern suburbs.

"This initiative will keep people better informed about community issues and events.

"Further languages will be installed on my website as they become available."

Cr Tully said the last national census revealed there were almost 120 different nationalities in the City of Ipswich with some 90 nationalities in Division 2 based on Goodna.

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