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25 October 2008

Goodna Jacaranda Festival Pics 2008

Pics of the Goodna Jacaranda Festival
Friday 24 October 2008 and
Saturday 25 October 2008

The Goodna Jacaranda Festival is held at the Evan Marginson Park, Woogaroo Street Goodna - just behind the Goodna Railway Station.

Evan Marginson Park is surrounded by beautiful Jacaranda trees on the southern boundary along Woogaroo Street and to the north along Brisbane Terrace, there is an avenue of mature Jacaranda trees planted in 1932 by work gangs in the Great Depression.

Brisbane Terrace Goodna was part of the main highway from Brisbane to Toowoomba until December 1955 until it was replaced by the Cunningham Highway to the south, now known as the Ipswich Motorway.



































































































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23 October 2008

Ipswich council to shut Redbank worksite where truck hit powerlines

video


Video of the moment the truck driver was
freed at Redbank today.



The Courier-Mail reports:

by Anna Caldwell

October 23, 2008 11:49am


The Ipswich Council is moving to shut down an illegal worksite in Redbank where a truck driver hit powerlines today, narrowly avoiding electrocution.

The Ipswich City Council is holding an emergency meeting to consider applying for an injunction against the worksite.

Councillor Paul Tully told The Courier-Mail the worksite didn't have the appropriate town planning approval.

"It needs council approval to fill a site like that and we have never given it to them,'' Cr Tully said.

"Someone could have been killed today. There could be serious workplace health and safety issues at stake.''

The truck driver narrowly escaped electrocution when his truck snagged live powerlines at the Redbank Woollen Mills site at River Rd, Redbank about 9.30am.

It cut power to more than 2000 homes.A police media spokesman said the driver "went too high with his truck and clipped the lines''.

An Energex spokeswoman said the truck became stuck underneath the lines, while Energex cut power to the 11,000 volt lines.

Emergency crews were on site and when the power was cut the truck driver was removed safely from his vehicle.

Power has already been restored to surrounding homes and businesses.


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Live power lines fall on truck at Redbank

The Brisbane Times reports:

Tony Moore October 23, 2008 - 9:57AM

The driver of a tip truck has narrowly escaped electrocution after 33,000-volt power lines fell across his truck at an abandoned mill south of Ipswich this morning.




Driver trapped in his truck after
snagging a high voltage electrical
wire at Redbank this morning.

The driver has been removed safely from the truck by emergency service crews after an excavator, working at the Redbank Woollen Mills site in River Road at Redbank, is believed to have brought down the power lines about 9am.

The tip truck had just dumped a load of soil on the site and was moving forward when the tipper of the truck got caught in the power lines, according to Emergency Management Queensland.

"The driver did the right thing and stayed in the cab," an EMQ spokesman said.

"The power line was not broken, it was just caught by the tipper."

About 2000 homes and businesses in the area have been left without power, however provider Energex expected services to be restored within the hour.

Three emergency vehicles are at the scene, with ambulance crews in attendance.

Local councillor Paul Tully, who arrived at the scene at 9.30am witnessed the driver being safely removed from the tip truck, averting potential tragedy.

"They have just pulled him out of the truck," Cr Tully said.

"There was a big cheer from the driver's fellow workers when he emerged unscathed from the cabin of his truck."




The driver walks free after his
45 minute scare trapped in
the cabin of his truck.



Council is investigating claims the site is being used for illegal dumping, Cr Tully said.


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21 October 2008

Feral pig warning for Augustine Heights and Greater Springfield development


Feral pigs have been reported adjacent to Woogaroo Creek at Augustine Heights, near the Greater Springfield development.

Foxes, dingoes and wild horses have been well-known around the Springfield area for years but the drought has brought wild pigs almost to people's doorsteps at Augustine Heights, opposite Brookwater.

File photo of
a feral pig.


Local Councillor Paul Tully
has issued a warning about the wild animals living along Woogaroo Creek saying they pose a serious danger to children walking along the creek.

Cr Tully said there were hundreds of new families in Augustine Heights with inquisitive children trekking through the local bushland unaware of the dangers posed by fully-grown sows and boars hiding in the undergrowth.

"As well as carrying diseases such as tuberculosis, these animals are capable of inflicting serious injury or causing death."

Cr Tully has inspected recent evidence of the pigs trampling undergrowth adjacent to Woogaroo Creek as they move along the watercourse in the vicinity of Brittains Road and Santa Monica Drive.

Local residents have reported that the pigs lie in the thick bush during the day coming out at night to feed.

Cr Tully said the pigs were camouflaged in the dense undergrowth and could attack adults and children walking by and disturbing their habitat.

Cr Paul Tully warns of the dangers
of feral pigs along Woogaroo Creek,
near Santa Monica Drive at
Augustine Heights.

He said two fully grown adult pigs and at least four piglets have been sighted recently along Woogaroo Creek.

"Feral pigs will reproduce quickly under the right conditions.

"Over the years, is hasn't been a problem but with a 16-week breeding cycle they can easily get out of control."

Locals say the feral pigs constantly move along the gully lines between Ripley and Springfield.

"They haven't posed a danger in the past in the Bellbird Park and Redbank Plains area but are now moving increasingly closer to homes in the new residential estates around Augustine Heights."

Cr Tully said the pigs' habitat had probably been disturbed with the construction of the nearby Centenary Highway forcing them closer to suburban areas such as Augustine Heights, Bellbird Park and Redbank Plains.

Cr Tully has made arrangements for council officers to set traps for the feral pigs to ensure they are kept away from local residential areas.

Residents who sight any feral pigs should contact Cr Tully's office on 3818 6900.


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20 October 2008

New bus shelters around Division 2

New bus shelters are going up around Division 2.

Recent locations for the modern, clean-cut shelters include:

- Redbank Plains Road, Bellbird Park;
- Smiths Road, Goodna; and

- Alice Street, Goodna.




New bus shelter being built
at Alice Street Goodna.



More shelters are planned in the near future for Ipswich's eastern suburbs.

The new shelters give significant protection for commuters from wind, rain and sun and - with the use of glass panels - provide significantly-increased visibility for waiting passengers.

The shelters have been installed by Adshel, in partnership with the Ipswich City Council and Translink.


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14 October 2008

Dolphin watch in the upper Brisbane River -
Goodna to College's Crossing

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Video of dolphins in the Brisbane River in
2006 near the William Jolly Bridge.
(Courtesy of YouTube)

A pair of dolphins nicknamed Anna and Bligh has been reported in the past few days in the upper reaches of the Brisbane River between Goodna and Barellan Point, near Karalee.

In an amazing display, the dolphins glided gracefully upstream past the junction of the Brisbane and Bremer Rivers - near the Moggill Ferry - heading towards the fresh water just below College's Crossing.

Anna and Bligh are named after a prominent Queenslander who is committed to the environment and who regularly swims upstream without turning back, sometimes through slightly troubled political waters like the Indooroopilly reach of the Brisbane River.

The amazing thing about the appearance of this pair of healthy mammals is that they were 75km upstream from the mouth of the Brisbane River - a whopping distance from the open sea and possibly the longest upstream journey ever made by dolphins in Australia.

In 2007, a pair of dolphins was sighted between Jindalee and Goodna but this week's sighting in the furthest upstream run made by dolphins which locals can recall.

THE BRISBANE RIVER DOLPHIN WATCH HAS BEGUN.

Brisbane and Ipswich residents are being asked to keep an eye out for Anna and Bligh.

If you see any dolphins in the Brisbane River, especially upstream from the Jindalee or Goodna reaches of the river, call Cr Paul Tully on 3818 6900 or email as soon as possible to: paul@tully.org.au

Your still or video pictures would be most appreciated as these marvellous mammals venture upstream such an extraordinary distance. All pictures and videos will be uploaded to this site as a pictorial record of this important dolphin adventure.

They are possibly the same pair of dolphins making their way up the Brisbane River on their annual marathon swim from Brisbane to Ipswich.



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12 October 2008

Chat Time - Councillors coming to Goodna

Residents of Divisions 1, 2 and 3 are invited to a Chat Time session with Mayor Paul Pisasale and Councillors Paul Tully, David Morrison and Victor Attwood at Goodna RSL Services Club, 32 Woogaroo Street, Goodna on Saturday 18 October 2008 from 9.00 am to 11.00 am.

Come along to pick up a pride pin and hear about the many exciting things that are happening in our great city.

Event Details
When: 18 October 2008
9.00am - 11.00am

Where: Goodna RSL Services Club
32 Woogaroo Street
Goodna QLD 4300

Contact:
Email: gking@ipswich.qld.gov.au
Phone: (07) 3810 6246
Web: http://www.ipswich.qld.gov.au/


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11 October 2008

Goodna Rugby League hails its greatest team of all time

From The Courier-Mail of 11 October 2008:


Tradition, family rule at Goodna Rugby League Club

Bernie Pramberg


HENRY Jorgensen and his mates used to tie their horses to a hitching rail and then run out for a game of footy for Goodna Rugby League Club.

Henry's son Ray captained the club to its first A grade premiership in the traditionally tough Ipswich competition in 1969.

These days, Ray Jorgensen, 64, delights in turning up to watch his grandsons play junior league in the club colours.



Ray Jorgensen one of Goodna Rugby
League Club's stalwarts.

Since 1912, there's been plenty of blood, sweat and bruises on Goodna's picturesque ground. Backing on to the Brisbane River and surrounded by jacaranda trees which are now in splendid bloom, Goodna is unashamedly a battling, blue-collar club.

If rugby league is the working man's game, then Goodna typifies the game's heartland.

Next Friday, Jorgensen and 200 others will celebrate the naming of the club's greatest team.

One of Goodna's proudest sons, Noel "Ned" Kelly, will be there as captain of the side.

"Ned played his early football here and then went to Ipswich Brothers where he went on to represent Australia," Jorgensen recalled.

"He comes to all our dos and they named a street at the end of the oval after him.

"Just as well Kelly is tough - it's going to be a busy day. After the Goodna lunch, (which usually extends way beyond sunset), he will go to a Brothers function where their "team of the century" will be announced.

Jorgensen is also an ex-Brothers player, winning a premiership in 1967 and representing Ipswich in Bulimba Cup matches.

"I got married and moved to Redbank," he said.

"Once the Goodna blokes found out I was living locally they approached me to come down and help start their first A grade team in '68.

"There were no hard feelings when I left Brothers, and coming here was the best move of my life. I've made lifelong friends. There's a real spirit here.

"This is how it goes at Goodna - if someone's wife gets sick people phone up and send flowers. One of the blokes wants his ashes thrown on the field when he dies, another one has it written in his will that the Goodna song be sung at his funeral.

"On game day there are probably 50 or 60 old Goodna players on the hill having a great afternoon. On Saturday mornings, a lot of us get there to watch our grandsons. It's a real family atmosphere."

Jorgensen said some players signed by the club in the 1970s who had secured employment through officials or supporters were still working in the same jobs and raising families in the district.

Several players from the 1968 inaugural premiership side have been named in Goodna's greatest team.

Jorgensen has vivid memories of that season.

"Goodna had a lot of local talent and got Warren Beck from Brisbane Wests as coach in '69," he said.

"We had the skills, but needed better conditioning and Warren introduced a different attitude to training.

"We played RAAF in the grand final and they flew blokes in from all over Australia to play. They even had jets from Amberley do a flyover just before kick-off. It was a big occasion, but we won the match."

The late Noel "Chips" Harrington, who later became a cult figure in Brisbane club football, played in the premiership side with fullback Max Henderson, who was on $2 a goal, centre Roy Kippen, five-eighth Ken Bretherton, second-rowers Rod Hoffmeister and Ron Daylight, and player-coach Beck - all members of Goodna's greatest team.

Jorgensen coached the team in 1970 when the club lost key players to other clubs.

"We had to rebuild and Eddie Maizey came in as coach and turned the club around," he said.

"Eddie had a lot of new ideas and won premierships in 1973 and '74 as well a losing grand final in '75. He had a brilliant coaching career here."

Although the club started in 1912, the greatest team has been selected from players since World War II because many early records were lost in the 1974 flood.

The team is: Max Henderson; Frank Castles, Roy Kippen, Barry Rissman, Barry Butler; Ken Bretherton, Craig Wehrman; Noel "Chips" Harrington (dec'd), Noel Kelly, Ray Jorgensen, Rod Hoffmeister, Ron Daylight (dec'd), Harry Naylor.

Reserves: Bill McKee (dec'd), Warren Beck, Steven Pierce, Jeff Johnson.

Coach: Eddie Maizey (dec'd).

Strapper-trainer: Dick Gunthorpe (dec'd).


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18 September 2008

Sunshine Coast Daily backs nationwide recycling scheme

This is today's editorial in The Sunshine Coast Daily - 18 September 2008



IN OUR OPINION

Bring back the bottle deposits


The State Government should heed calls to encourage the recycling of empty bottles through the introduction of a deposit scheme.

South Australia has had compulsory bottle deposits in place since 1977 to encourage recycling and reduce waste.

A deposit system for empty bottles in Queensland was abolished 30 years ago.

Queensland Consumer Watch spokesman Paul Tully said the time had come for a 10 cent mandatory container deposit scheme.

As he points out, it is a tragedy that millions of empty bottles are dumped at land fills around Queensland every year when they could be recycled.

Generations of Queenslanders will no doubt remember the days when they could earn good pocket money by handing in bottles.

Compulsory deposits on all drink containers would be a major boost for the environment as well as performing an educational role by encouraging everyone to recycle their waste containers.

The Queensland opposition has backed the call, with environment spokesman Dave Gibson labelling the Bligh government "lazy" for ignoring community concerns over the issue.

And with South Australia recycling twice as many drink containers, it's clear the deposit scheme is worth implementing.

Let's hope the idea can be implemented nationally.


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Coca-Cola becomes an anti-environment Australian disgrace

Coca-Cola Amatil Australia has been dealt an embarrassing blow to its national credibility by the company's Corporate Affairs Director Alec Wagstaff.

Despite the overwhelming success and community acceptance of the South Australian Container Deposit Legislation (CDL), Mr Wagstaff has highlighted Coca-Cola's anti-environment and anti-Australian stance with a boots and all attack on the system.

In today's
Queensland Times in Ipswich Queensland, this corporate troglodyte is quoted as saying CDL is an outdated and expensive solution.

It has not been tried in Australia outside South Australia, so how can it be outdated? As for being expensive, the consumer pays an extra 10 cents at the point of purchase which is later fully refunded. What could be fairer than that?

Coca-Cola's Corporate Affairs intellectual giant goes onto say:

"It's a very complex system.

"We've got a terrific kerbside recovery that's hassle-free and convenient.

"The challenge is to increase our recycling rate."

Is this guy for real?

Seeing that you claim to be across this complex issue, how do you explain the data from the Total Environment Centre showing that the Australian national drink container recycling rate is about 40% while in South Australia it is as high as 80%. On the latest available annual figures, 420 million drink containers in South Australia were recycled out of a total of 540 million - the highest return rate of any state or territory in Australia.

And now a spokesman for Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett has said container recycling is on the agenda for a future Environment Protection and Heritage Council (EPHC) meeting, comprising state and federal environment ministers in early 2009.

But the pace of change is quickening. Are you listening Mr Wagstaff? Family First senator Steve Fielding introduced a drink container recycling bill into the Senate in March of this year, proposing a system similar to South Australia's. Tasmania, Western Australia and Victoria all have draft legislation prepared.

Coca-Cola is proving itself to be anti-environment and anti-Australian on this issue.

At a time when Australia and the rest of the world are becoming environmentally-conscious, Alec Wagstaff has been let loose on the Australian public telling us that Coca-Cola's current second-rate recycling system - outside South Australia - is better than the high-successful model which has been operating in South Australia since 1977.

Coca-Cola is a multi-national conglomerate whose corporate greed outweighs its ability to join in with a new environmental initiative which would be good for Australia, good for the environment and would be a national model for the rest of the world.

Coca-Cola could do a lot worse than dumping its Corporate Affairs Director as its national spokesman and get someone in his place who is more in tune with our evolving environment and the aspirational hopes of millions of ordinary Australians.



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17 September 2008

Media Release: Bring back bottle deposits in Queensland

MEDIA RELEASE FROM IPSWICH COUNCILLOR PAUL TULLY

BRING BACK BOTTLE DEPOSITS IN QUEENSLAND


A call has been made for Queensland to follow South Australia with a 10 cent deposit on all plastic and glass bottles sold in the state.


South Australia has had compulsory bottle deposits in place since 1977 to encourage recycling and reduce waste.

Ipswich Councillor Paul Tully said the time had come for mandatory container deposit legislation in this state.

He said consumers would be encouraged to return all bottles as part of a major environmental initiative from Coolangatta to Cape York and west to Mt Isa.

"It is a tragedy that millions of empty bottles are dumped at land fills around Queensland every year when they could be recycled.

"We used to have bottle deposits in Queensland under a scheme managed by soft drink manufacturers.

"Generations of Queenslanders will remember the days when they could earn good pocket money by handing in bottles but that system was abolished thirty years ago."

Cr Tully said compulsory deposits on all drink containers would be a major boost for the environment as well as performing an educational role by encouraging everyone to recycle their waste containers.

He said littering would be reduced because people would have real incentive to cash in their bottles or for collectors to pick them up from the side of the road.

"South Australia's initiative is widely supported by local residents in that state and could be easily extended to the other states and territories."

The only opponents of this measure are the big manufacturers and bottle users who have a vested interest in ignoring the environmental damage they are causing in order to maximise their profits," Cr Tully said.

He called for Queensland to go-it-alone if the Federal Government was not prepared to introduce national container deposit legislation.


LINK TO SOUTH AUSTRALIAN CONTAINER DEPOSIT LEGISLATION SCHEME: www.epa.sa.gov.au/cdl.html


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28 June 2008

Ipswich needs new Honorary Park Rangers

FROM THE DESK OF IPSWICH COUNCILLOR PAUL TULLY

Ipswich City Council is seeking more Honorary Park Rangers.

Expressions of interest early next month will be called next month.

Division 2 Councillor Paul Tully said Council's Honorary Park Ranger Program commenced in August 1997 and had seen a total of 70 honorary park rangers inducted into the program.


Brisbane Terrace Goodna, home to Ipswich's
famous Jacarandas which straddle Richardson
Park to the north and Evan Marginson Park to the
south, where Ipswich City Council's Honorary Park
Rangers are authorised to patrol.


"The program was commenced so that honorary park rangers could patrol Ipswich parks to report vandalism and provide information on hazards and essential maintenance," Cr Tully said.

Over time, the role of the honorary park rangers has expanded and they now assist with duties at council events such as Family Fun Days, Valley Field Days, Enviroplan photographic competition, opening of Nature Centre (stage two), Active Ipswich Week and the Fit and Fuelled Kids Program.

"The rangers have made a tremendous contribution to the city over the past eleven years."

Cr Tully said three resignations in the past twelve months owing to work commitments and health reasons had reduced the number of honorary park rangers to 49.

"In the last year, honorary park rangers have spent over 1,000 hours observing and reporting information to council and assisting at council events.

"We now need more people in the ranks which has prompted the call for expressions of interest commencing 7 July 2008."

Ipswich Council will undertake an information evening on July 24 to inform interested residents of the role of honorary park rangers.

Applications close on August 14 and an induction evening for new members will be held on 11 September 2008.

Cr Tully encouraged people to contact his office at 18 Queen Street Goodna or by phone on 3818 6900 to obtain more information about the honorary park ranger program.


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South East Queensland Regional Plan projects centre on Ipswich

MEDIA RELEASE FROM IPSWICH COUNCILLOR PAUL TULLY

The Ipswich region is currently a hive of activity with a range of infrastructure development projects under way across the city.

Ipswich City Council Planning and Development Committee Chairperson Councillor Paul Tully said one of the key drivers of this activity would be the South East Queensland Infrastructure Plan and Program 2008 - 2026 (SEQIPP) which was released earlier this month.



Construction is continuing on the Centenary Highway
extension from Springfield to Yamanto.


"The SEQIPP outlines the Queensland Government's program of infrastructure and major projects to support the South East Queensland Regional Plan 2005-2026 (SEQRP)," Cr Tully said.

Projects covered include transport, water, energy, health, education, vocational education and training, regional sport and recreation, infrastructure for rural development, justice services, activity centres and transit oriented development, community safety and industry development.

"With a programmed expenditure of $107 billion between 2008 and 2026, the SEQIPP represents the largest infrastructure program in Australia."

Cr Tully said a key feature of the SEQRP was that a significant share of the region's population and employment growth would occur in the western corridor underlining the role Ipswich was playing in South-East Queensland's growth.

He said a number of new projects had been listed under the 2008 SEQIPP including the Ipswich to Springfield rail line, the Warrego Highway's Muirlea Interchange and service roads, the Western Ipswich Bypass and Five Mile Bridge, safety improvements on the Ipswich to Gatton stretch of the Warrego Highway and the development of intelligent transport systems to manage congestion.

"These projects represent millions of dollars of investment in this area by the State Government and this infrastructure program will be backed by other development occurring throughout Ipswich.

"Every where you go in Ipswich there are new businesses being established, older businesses being revitalised and roads being either built from scratch or upgraded.

"Major infrastructure and facilities are being put in place to meet the forecast population growth in Ipswich and the western corridor."

Major SEQIPP projects within or directly serving Ipswich currently under construction include:

$255 million Ipswich Motorway Upgrade: Logan Motorway Upgrade (completion 2010);

$366 million Centenary Highway: two lanes from Springfield to Yamanto (completion 2009);

$55 million Subregional Cycle Network (2008-2026) including Brassall Bikeway Connection (September 2008 completion);

$493 million Ipswich Rail Line: Corinda-Redbank: third track (completion 2025-26);

$872 million Springfield Passenger Rail Line (completion 2018-19);

$110 million Ipswich Court House precinct (2009 completion);

$3.6 million Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (2011-12 completion);

$2.4 million Boonah to Ipswich Trail (2011-12 completion);

$125 million Translink subregional station upgrade program (2025-26 completion);

$2.4 billion Western Corridor Recycled Water Project; and

$900 million Southern Regional Water Pipeline.

Other major SEQIPP projects within or directly serving Ipswich include:

$1,170 million Centenary Highway (4 lanes) Ipswich Motorway to Springfield (2008-09 to 2018-19);

$65 million Southern Infrastructure Corridor Road Study (2009-10 to 2018-19);

$1,400 million Ipswich to Springfield rail line (2012-13 to 2025-26);

Southern rail freight corridor study;

$1,300 million Gowrie to Grandchester rail line (2019-20 to 2025-26);

$80 million Intelligent Transport systems (to manage congestion) (2010-11 to 2018-19);

Three major Powerlink upgrades (2012-13 to 2025-26);

$290 million Ipswich Hospital redevelopment (2008-09 to 2025-26); and

$50 million health precincts x two (Ipswich Area) - (2008-09 to 2025-26).



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Ipswich City Council considers discussion paper on hotel and nightclub amenity issues

MEDIA RELEASE FROM IPSWICH COUNCILLOR PAUL TULLY

Ipswich City Council has developed a discussion paper to highlight amenity issues stemming from hotels and nightclubs in the city.

Planning and Development Committee Chairperson Councillor Paul Tully said the continued growth of Ipswich and an increase in development had led to some late night venues having an adverse impact on local residents.

"Often residential communities near these venues are being impacted by the antisocial behaviour of patrons and noise issues," Cr Tully said.

"This discussion paper has been developed since council last month opposed an application for an extended hours permit for the Hotel Metropole.

"Stratison Group Pty Ltd applied to extend its trading hours for the Hotel Metropole to 10am to 5am, seven days a week.

"Currently the hotel holds a general licence and is permitted to trade between 10am and 3am on Monday to Saturday and between 10am and midnight on Sundays.

"Council does not normally support licensed premises trading until 5am as we want to ensure that residential communities are protected."

Cr Tully said council officers had been asked to put together some more in-depth information on this subject for consideration and the discussion paper was the result.

"Through this paper we have looked more closely at the issue of licensed venues in the city and their impact on the local community.

"It is part of our desire to foster an environment in which our licensed venues and the community can co-exist comfortably together and not impact adversely on each other."

This discussion paper reviews:

- the level of assessment for business (hotel) and entertainment (nightclub) uses in the Ipswich Planning Scheme;

- the Planning Scheme code provisions relating to hotels and nightclubs;
State Government responsibilities; and

- Special entertainment precincts.

Cr Tully said the development and operation of hotels and nightclubs was controlled by the Ipswich Planning Scheme and the State Government's Liquor Licensing Division.

"The Planning Scheme identifies the land use of ‘hotel' as a Business Use and a ‘nightclub' as an entertainment use.

"The level of assessment and planning requirements for a business or entertainment use is generally dependent on the hours of operation of the use and its zone."



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Ipswich City Council changes house removal process


MEDIA RELEASE FROM IPSWICH COUNCILLOR PAUL TULLY

THE notification process for companies involved in the house removal business within Ipswich has been further refined by Ipswich City Council.

Planning and Development Committee Chairperson Councillor Paul Tully said in response to concerns from local residents council had moved to tighten the conditions applying to these companies.

"We have particularly looked at the process involved in providing notification to local residents of house removals," Cr Tully said.

"Following on from this review council has now recommended a number of changes to improve this process to ensure that the requirements clearly identify which properties and residents are to be notified."

Once council has issued a final letter of approval, the removalist company will be required to:

Contact council to obtain a map of highlighted properties /residents to be notified;

Provide written notification to council in the form of statutory declaration that they have notified the residents in the area as outlined above and provide a copy of the letter.

The letter must comply with the following conditions:

Minimum notice of two clear business days to be given to affected properties and residents;

Letters to be hand delivered;

The letter must be on official company letterhead and contain a contact person for the company and a mobile number that is available for any inquires.

Cr Tully said these steps would help to ensure that residents were made aware of any potential disturbances which could occur from houses arriving in or being removed from the city.

He said further to the new conditions, once the escort arrived within Ipswich a council representative would follow the escort to ensure full compliance with the referral agency response.

"They will also act as a point of contact with members of the public if any complaints arise once the house arrives at its final destination.

"Council's representative will also be on hand to gather evidence if required on any damage that might occur to a council asset such as a footpath."

Cr Tully said this process would apply both to houses being moved into or relocated within Ipswich.



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27 June 2008

Goodna and Springfield attacks may be linked

THE COURIER-MAIL - 26 June 2008

Nazi swastika ring clue to attempted abduction


IPSWICH police have released a sketch of a ring with Nazi swastikas similar to one worn by a man they said tried to abduct a teenage girl last week.

The 14-year-old girl was walking to school up Bridgewater St, Springfield, about 7.50am on June 19 when a man grabbed her from behind and dragged her about 5m up a small path leading to a housing estate.

The girl managed to escape after struggling and kicking the man's shins.

He was wearing a 1cm gold and silver ring with slightly raised Nazi swastikas around the circumference.In another effort to trigger the memory of potential witnesses, police placed a mannequin in the spot on Bridgewater Rd where the assault happened.

The mannequin was dressed in clothing matching that worn by the man.

The assailant is described as Caucasian.

He was wearing a pair of faded and torn jeans, and a dark blue or black long-sleeved shirt.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


THE COURIER-MAIL - 22 June 2008

Abduction attempts could be linked

A TEENAGE girl has been assaulted in the latest of three abduction attempts in the Ipswich region in the past two months.

Police believe at least two are linked.
Ipswich Police District Detective Inspector Michael Niland said the girl, 14, was- walking to school up Bridgewater St in Springfield about 7.50am Thursday when a man grabbed her from behind before dragging her for about 5m up a small path leading to a housing estate.

"She was grabbed in a bear hug by the offender and dragged up the easement," he said.

The girl managed to escape after struggling and kicking the man in his shins.

A teacher driving by stopped to help the girl.Det Insp Niland praised the girl's actions.

"She has been particularly brave, it would have been a very frightening situation," he said.

Police are asking the public for help in finding the man, who was wearing a gold ring of about 1cm wide, with slightly raised Nazi swastikas around the circumference.

The Caucasian man was wearing a pair of faded and torn jeans, and a blue long-sleeved shirt.

Det Insp Niland said the attempted abduction was similar to one on Queen St in Goodna on June 5.

He said a 16-year-old girl was walking home from work when she was grabbed from behind opposite the Goodna Special School.

A nearby resident heard the girl screaming and came to her aid, chasing the man away.

That offender is described as between 16 and 19 years old, about 170cm tall with a slim build and dark hair.

He was wearing dark track pants and a dark coloured, short sleeved shirt.

Det Insp Niland stopped short of saying police thought the same offender could be responsible for each assault, but said police "were investigating the similarities".


About two weeks earlier, police said two teenage girls were sexually assaulted by a man near Clancy Reserve Park near the Greenway Arterial roundabout and only about 1km from Bridgewater St.

Police said the man threatened the girls with a knife as they were walking down Springfield Parkway about 8.40pm on May 22.

He then allegedly sexually assaulted both girls before suddenly leaving.

The man was last seen heading towards Springfield Parkway.

He is described as being Caucasian, in his mid-20s, between 170cm to 175cm tall, dark hair and eyes and with a tanned complexion.

The man was last seen wearing a pair of black shorts with a white stripe down each side, a white T-shirt and socks with no shoes.

After the first two assaults, Det Insp Niland said a program had been brought into the six schools in the region to educate children on safety in numbers.

If anyone has any information call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

28 April 2008

What a lovely bunch of coconuts - in downtown Goodna!

The Barrier Reef Islands and the nearby cities of Townsville and Cairns in Far North Queensland are home to some of the most prolific specimens of coconut trees you could find anywhere in the world.

But in beautiful downtown Goodna, 1700 km south of Cairns, there is a thriving 15 metre coconut tree full of large, healthy coconuts.

Goodna often has sub-zero temperatures in winter with frosts covering the lower parts of the suburb, yet somehow this coconut tree has not only managed to survive but has emerged as one of the largest and most-prolific coconut trees you would see anywhere in Australia.

The amazing 15 metre coconut tree in downtown Goodna.

This freak floral specimen is located in Stanley Street Goodna opposite the Goodna State School and despite winter temperatures down to minus 5 degrees, it is currently displaying a magnificent collection of large coconuts.

Around Main Beach on the Gold Coast, scrawny coconut trees are barely surviving - despite the average temperatures being much higher than the daily temperatures in summer and winter in downtown Goodna.

For those who say that Ipswich is a cold place in winter, just remind them of this amazing coconut tree in the middle of Goodna - the geographic centre of southeast Queensland - which thinks it is in Tropical North Queensland!

So whether you are in Goodna, Gailes, Camira, Bellbird Park, Redbank or Augustine Heights, why not plant a coconut tree in your backyard and see if you can beat this remarkable specimen in downtown Goodna.






Close-up of the lovely bunch of coconuts
in Goodna which experiences temperatures
in winter as low as minus 5 degrees.

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27 April 2008

Goodna trounces Laidley in Rugby League boilover

Goodna trounced Laidley 66-24 at Richardson Park Goodna this afternoon in a spectacular win over their Rugby League rivals from the other side of the Little Liverpool Range.

Cheered on by their supporters - with Bay 13 doing its usual roaring trade - Goodna scored a decisive and well-deserved win.

Back for the first time this year, Craig Wehrman played a solid game with a bit of verbal biff from the football veterans in Bay 13 - who became experts the day they retired from the game!

Colonel Keiron Butler had the ground in fine form for today's clash.

With today's performance as any guide, the Goodna Eagles stand an excellent chance of winning this year's Grand Final.




The scoreboard tells its all at Richardson Park
at Goodna for the clash between the Mightly
Eagles and the Laidley Lions who were turned
into pussy cats after 80 minutes.




Otto Simon
, a true stalwart and life member of the Goodna Rugby League Club celebrated his 70th birthday and was overwhelmed as he cut a cake in his honour, with Colonel Butler looking on after staying up all night baking the beautiful Bavarian cheesecake.









Otto Simon was presented with a special certificate by Cr Paul Tully in recognition of his birthday and his contribution to the club.
















Colonel Keiron Butler stayed up all night Saturday baking a Bavarian cheesecake for Otto Simon who celebrated his 70th birthday today.



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