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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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2008 Goodna Jacaranda Festival.
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23 October 2008

Ipswich council to shut Redbank worksite where truck hit powerlines


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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