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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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Goodna Hungry Jacks is open for business

Hungry Jacks Goodna is doing a roaring trade after its official opening last Tuesday 22 April 2008.

Friday night was chaos with carloads of parents and children backed around the corner past the Church Street roundabout eagerly awaiting Goodna's new food outlet, next to the Caltex Service Station on Brisbane Road which is the service road which runs parallel to the Ipswich Motorway.

Friendly and alert staff have the Goodna drive-through operation running like clockwork.

The store provides work for many local people including high school students in the local area.


Goodna's Hungry Jacks store which opened this week
on Brisbane Road adjacent to the Ipswich Motorway.


This new outlet will undoubtedly give the nearby McDonalds store a run for its money with what many people regard as a superior product.

Congratulations to the management of the Hungry Jacks Head Office in Brisbane for their foresight in selecting Goodna as the location of their newest store in Queensland and best wishes to the staff of the newest, brightest and friendliest Hungry Jacks store in Australia.



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Collingwood Park mine collapse sparks old memories

Yesterday's collapse of a disused coal mine below a residential area in Duncan Street at Collingwood Park would not surprise old timers in the area.

Last week was the 80th anniversary of a major mine explosion on St Georges Day 23 April 1928 when an early morning mine explosion saw three miners tragically killed beneath what is now Redbank Plaza .

Redbank Plaza is one kilometre northeast of yesterday's subsidence in Duncan Street.


Town Planning map of Collingwood Park
showing a large area of the suburb affected
by former underground coal mining.

MAP LEGEND:

Grey area is the 'mining influence constrained area' which
includes the 'angle of draw' from the actual underground workings.

Purple line denotes the 'area affected by underground workings'
(ie the boundary of the actual workings) .

Green line denotes the 'surface disturbance' which includes open
cut workings and spoil heaps and other surface mining activities.



When the Redbank Plaza opened in September 1985, the $20 million project needed $6 million of foundations to fill the former coal mining void beneath the building.

Shortly after the opening of Redbank Plaza, a major mine collapse in Lawrie Drive Collingwood Park, 800 metres from yesterday's mine cave-in, saw houses evacuated and several of them condemned, with property owners forced out of their homes.

The nearby Westfalen Coal Mine, at the western end of Duncan Street, ceased operations in 1987. The remnants of its operations - and a myriad of earlier mine shafts and tunnels - have created a honeycomb of abandoned tunnels beneath Collingwood Park and Redbank.

The RSPCA, which is planning to relocate from Fairfield to Redbank, has encountered significant old mine workings beneath its preferred new site on the former Redbank Rifle Range.

The Queensland Government's rapid response to the latest mine collapse is commendable.

The Redbank/Collingwood Park area was the site of Queensland's first coal mine in 1843 with all coal mining to cease permanently in Ipswich in 2009.

It is extremely rare for these old mine workings to cause surface subsidence but residents should be aware of the possibility.



Redbank Plaza, Collingwood Drive Redbank -
scene of an horrific coal mine explosion on
St George's Day 23 April 1928
when three miners were killed.


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26 April 2008

Goodna Gladiators take on Wests Bulldogs

The Evan Marginson Oval at Woogaroo Street Goodna - opposite the Goodna RSL - played host to today's junior Rugby Union games between the Goodna Gladiators and Wests Bulldogs headquartered at Toowong.







The weather was absolutely perfect for the matches with the oval in top condition.

Players and parents can recall last year when early winter frosts combined with the on-going drought turned the oval into a dry and dusty pitch.

Goodna's Under 7 and Under 8 teams played exceptionally well with the usual drive and vigour expected from our youngsters.


Goodna Gladiators Under 7 team
takes on Wests Bulldogs



The
senior Goodna Galadiators teams are going well with a major Touch competition kicking off at the Evan Marginson Oval next Saturday afternoon.

Players and spectators are welcome to attend the Touch kickoff at 1.00pm on Saturday 3 May 2008.






The Under 8 Goodna Gladiators
in a mighty battle with
Wests Bulldogs


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25 April 2008

Moonie to Brisbane Oil Pipeline to Close

MEDIA RELEASE FROM IPSWICH CITY COUNCILLOR PAUL TULLY

Thousands of southeast Queensland properties are set to increase dramatically in value following the closure of the Moonie to Brisbane oil pipeline.

Energy giant Santos announced late yesterday the pipeline would close permanently after last year's major oil spill at Algester which forced the evacuation of 500 homes.

Ipswich Councillor Paul Tully - who has fought for the scrapping of the 44-year old pipeline for more than a decade - welcomed the decision saying it was a tremendous relief for thousands of residents living next to the pipeline between Ipswich and Brisbane.



Picture of a Moonie oil pipeline warning sign adjacent
to a residential area on Jones Road at Bellbird Park.


Last July, Cr Tully called for the the 300km pipeline to be closed after a series of oil spills in residential areas.

The pipeline has never been re-opened since the major spill at Algester.

Cr Tully said the pipeline - which was laid in 1964 - should have been shut down years ago as it had become an environmental disaster waiting to happen.

The pipeline runs from Moonie passing south of Toowoomba, through the Lockyer Valley to Ipswich then across the Logan Motorway into Brisbane's southern suburbs terminating at the oil refineries at Lytton.

Cr Tully said the pipeline operator Santos has treated the public very poorly with many residents unable to build pools or house extensions because the pipeline ran within metres of their homes.

He said the Algester disaster had followed a $300,000 fine on the company with estimated cleanup costs of $2 million after the pipeline burst in 2003 adjacent to the Brisbane River at Lytton spilling 1.9 million litres of crude oil into nearby mangroves.

Cr Tully has called on Santos to relinquish their easements along the pipeline route immediately saying it would boost the value of some properties by up to $100,000.

He said hundreds of property owners in Ipswich eastern suburbs particularly around Redbank Plains, Bellbird Park and Camira would benefit from the pipeline closure enabling many existing properties to be subdivided and house owners to expand their homes and construct pools and garden sheds for the first time.


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