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31 May 2009

Major water main break in Ipswich

Linkwater advised Ipswich Water of a main burst (500mm diameter central main) at 7:23 this morning near 530 Mount Crosby Rd, Brisbane. 

This has resulted in low pressure at Australian Hardboard, residents on Bognuda St and the high level zone of Bundamba. 

Water at Blackstone Reservoir had dropped to as low as 20% early this morning. 

Upon notification from Linkwater, Ipswich Water crew was mobilised immediately and the valves at the northern side of Colleges Crossing have been shut.  

This allowed Ipswich Water to back feed water from the Eastern Main to the Central Main through the Eastern/Central Connection.  

Blackstone Reservoir's level has gone up since then and now it is now 33%.

At the moment there is still some water passing the shut valve and Ipswich Water is still on site trying to isolate a further set of valve on the southern side of the river. 

This will allow a dryer pipe for Linkwater to work on.

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Goodna Skate Park opens with great interest from young locals








































Goodna's long-awaited skate park has been officially opened with over a hundred enthusiasts using the facility with a variety of skateboards, scooters and bikes.

The opening had been delayed because of the floods which hit Ipswich in mid-May. The $180,000 development at Leslie Park opposite the Goodna Railway Station was a joint initiative of the Ipswich City Council and the State Government.

Parents and young children were at the official weekend opening performed by Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale and Goodna Councillor Paul Tully who cut a red ribbon to commemorate the event.
Cr Tully said the skate park was the result of the hard work and persistence of the skateboard enthusiasts around Goodna who had lobbied for an up-market facility.

"This skate park has modern facilities including a BBQ, toilets and a 24-hour shop just across the road for food and refreshments."

Cr Tully said the skate park was located in the heart of Goodna and was easily accessible by train or on foot or bike and was only 200 metres from the suburb of Gailes.

He called on the users to be proud of their park and keep it clean and free of vandalism and graffiti," Cr Tully said.

Challenging each other to a skateboard duel, the two councillors struggled to keep their balance.

"If politics is a balancing act, riding a skateboard is ten times harder," Cr Tully declared.

29 May 2009

Warning over Commonwealth Bank email scam

The following bogus email, purporting to be from the Commonwealth Bank, has hit Australia.

Ignore such emails and warn others of these malicious attempts to gain your financial information and hack your account.

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Dear Client,

As a security measure, we regularly screen Commonwealth Bank activity. Recently, we
noticed a problem with your account.

We have reason to believe that your account was accessed by a third party.

We have limited access to sensitive Commonwealth Bank account features in case your account has been accessed by an unauthorized third party.

We understand that having limited access can be an inconvenience, but protecting your account is our primary concern.

We've limited access to your account temporarily. We'll review the limitation once you respond with the information we've requested.

To respond and remove the limitation, click the link below and follow the instructions:

http://www.commabwealthbank-au.com

Thank you for helping to resolve this problem.

Sincerely,
Commonwealth Bank Account Review Department

Please do not reply to this email. This mailbox is not monitored and you
will not receive a response.
For assistance, log in to your Commonwealth Bank account and click the Help link in the top right corner of any Commonwealth Bank page.

Commonwealth Bank Email ID CC522

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28 May 2009

Gambling control trial is a sensible move by Queensland Government

The Queensland Government has moved to impose limits of gamblers in a trial in southeast Queensland.

This cashless gaming initiative is an excellent means of minimising some of the heartbreak caused to some families because of the ready availability of gambling venues.

The following is a media release issued today by the
Minister for Tourism and Fair Trading The Honourable Peter Lawlor:

28/05/2009

- Bligh Government moves to reduce problem gambling with new technology -

The Queensland Government is leading the way in the prevention of problem gambling in Queensland by completing further trials of 'cashless gaming' technology in two Brisbane venues.

Minister responsible for gaming, Peter Lawlor said the new card-based gaming technology allowed patrons to set limits on the money or time they spend on the pokies.

"This harm minimisation concept offers gaming patrons more control over their spending and could potentially be rolled out throughout the state.

"While less than half a percent of the Queensland population can be identified as a problem gambler, one problem gambler is a one problem gambler too many for the Bligh Government.

"The impact problem gambling has on families and communities makes it an important area for the Government to address," Minister Lawlor said.

The trials provided the Queensland Government with the opportunity to investigate pre-commitment card-based machine gaming using two different systems.

In March 2008 the Sandgate RSL Memorial Club became the hub for one of two trials into this important harm minimisation measure.

A second trial was conducted at Redcliffe RSL Club.

"The trials showed promising results, with some patrons reporting a spend reduction of up to $25 per day," said Minister Lawlor.

The wider investigation into card-based gaming is one of a many harm minimisation initiatives announced by Premier Anna Bligh last year, which forms a part of the Queensland Government's Responsible Gambling Strategy.

Member for Sandgate Vicky Darling said the Queensland Government recognises raising awareness of gambling harm is a collaborative effort involving community, industry and government.

"I am happy to report the evaluation of the card-based gaming trials demonstrated an overall support from both players and industry alike," said Ms Darling.

"The Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing has approved both systems for implementation in gaming venues on a voluntary basis.

"The Queensland Government intends to continue to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the card-based gaming systems as a larger number of venues take up the technology.

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Telstra hopes to fix major line break at Redbank today

Telstra is likely to fix a major 600 pair phone cable break at Brisbane Road Redbank today.

Services have been out since last week.

Most of the township of Redbank including commercial services to the local newsagent and the pawnbroker lost their phone and data connections during last week's local flash flooding.

Nigel Beaman, Telstra's General Manager South East Queensland, has now pulled out all stops to fix this problem.

Telstra advises that the planned completion date is today.

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27 May 2009

Flood pictures tell the story on Smiths Road Goodna

PIC: Smiths Road Goodna between Albert St and Stuart at the height of the flash flood on Wednesday 20 May 2009.


This graphic picture was taken by local Goodna resident Denis Manning.

This swift flowing stream of water is usually a tiny trickle but at the height of last week's storm, it turned into a raging torrent which could have swept cars off the road.
Flood markers show the depth of the water over the road but new residents to the area may be unaware of local flooding hot spots around Greater Goodna.

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26 May 2009

Water main break at Bellbird Park

BELLBIRD PARK: Ipswich Water has just advised there is a broken water main at Jones Rd & Brennan St, Bellbird Park.

Repairs are estimated to take 3 hours.

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25 May 2009

Warning on idiots on Cunningham Highway at Ipswich!

The Division 2 Electorate at Goodna has received the following information from a distraught Eastern Heights resident:


An Eastern Heights resident entered the Cunningham Highway from Redbank Plains Road heading towards Brisbane on Friday night at 10.45pm.

He unexpectedly came upon someone or something in the middle of the road ( either a Mannequin or a person) dressed in a black dress with a blonde wig standing in the middle of the highway.

He had to swerve at the last minute to avoid hitting this person or thing but it gave him quite a start.


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24 May 2009

Cr Paul Tully is recognised for his 30 years in Local Government



PIC: Cr Paul Tully receives his 30-year award in Bundaberg


The President of the Urban Local Government Association of Queensland (ULGA) Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale has presented Ipswich Councillor Paul Tully a special certificate commemorating his 30 years in local government.

Cr Tully was first elected to the Ipswich City Council in 1979 and has served as an alderman and councillor for 30 consecutive years.

The ULGA held its annual conference in Bundaberg which was attended by the Minister for Local Government Desley Boyle.

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Ipswich Motorway Upgrade Diversion 12-15 June 2009

On the weekend of 12-15 June 2009, the Ipswich Motorway Upgrade: Wacol to Darra, will be replacing the current signalised roundabout at the Centenary Highway/Ipswich Motorway interchange with a temporary free-flowing system.

During the weekend, diversions for the interchange's right-hand movements will be in place so the new temporary ramps can be constructed and subsequently opened to traffic on Monday 15 June 2009 (by 5am).

Weekend diversions:

(a) Motorists travelling from the Centenary Highway southbound (from Brisbane) to the Ipswich Motorway westbound (towards Ipswich) will be diverted via Progress Road.

To ensure efficient traffic flow police control will be place on the intersection of Garden Road/Progress Road and Boundary Road/Progress Road.

Also, there will be two right-turn lanes in place for the traffic turning onto Progress Road (currently there is only one right-turn lane).

(b) Motorists travelling from Centenary Highway northbound (from Springfield) to the Ipswich Motorway eastbound (towards Brisbane) will be diverted via Sumners Road, Westcombe Street, Ashridge Road, Harcourt Road, then onto the Ipswich Motorway.

Motorists travelling on the Ipswich Motorway east to west (Brisbane to Ipswich) and west to east (Ipswich to Brisbane) and the Centenary Highway north to south (Brisbane to Springfield) and south to north (Springfield to Brisbane), will do so as usual.

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Traffic light upgrade at major Goodna intersection

PIC: New green turning arrow cnr Alice and Queen Streets Goodna


A new green turning arrow was installed this weekend at the corner of Alice and Queen Streets Goodna.

The right hand turn from Alice St into Queen St will now be much safer.

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23 May 2009

Warren Park upgrade almost completed at Goodna

Work is almost completed by Ipswich City Council on the upgrading of Warren Park.

Warren Park is located at the corner of Church and Alice Streets just up from the Goodna Police Station.

Sandstone walls and improvements to the playground including shade sails are the major additions to this leafy park near the Goodna Town Centre.

This is not a busy park and parents are encouraged to bring their small children to this great environment.

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Work scheduled for tomorrow on traffic lights Queen Street Goodna

Work is scheduled for tomorrow Sunday 24 May 2009 on the traffic lights at the corner of Queen and Alice Streets Goodna.

A green, right-hand turning arrow will be installed in Alice Street for traffic coming from the direction of Gailes, turning right into Queen Street.

This will increase safety at this intersection for drivers and pedestrians.

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Invitation to Ipswich City Council Meeting

The next Ordinary Meeting of the Ipswich City Council will be held at the Council Administration Building.

The meeting commences at 9:00am.

The address is 45 Roderick Street Ipswich.

All members of the public are invited to attend.

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Goodna Skate Park Opening Saturday 30 May.

The delayed official opening of the Goodna Skate Park will be held on Saturday 30 May 2009 between 10.30am and 12.30pm.

The Skate Park is located at Leslie Park at the corner of Bertha Street and Mill Street Goodna.

The Skate Park has been financed as a joint project between the Ipswich City Council and the State Government.

Local Councillor Paul Tully and the State Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller will be in attendance at the official opening.

All welcome.

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Final approval for unit development at 77 Alice St Goodna

Final development approval has been given by Ipswich City Council for a 2 into 2 lot subdivision at 77 Alice St Goodna which will involve 4 units.

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22 May 2009

Goodna skate park opening postponed

The official opening tomorrow of the Goodna Skate Park at Leslie Park in Bertha Street has been delayed.

It is now scheduled for next Saturday.

All skate boarders - young and old - are invited.

There will be more details on this site in the next few days.

Ipswich to be key beneficiary of State Government's anti-rock throwing legislation

PICS: Pedestrian bridge across the Ipswich Motorway at Goodna


Media Release from Ipswich City Councillor Paul Tully

Ipswich City Council has welcomed the State Government's new anti-rock throwing legislation.

It says it could save lives on the notorious stretch of the Ipswich Motorway between Gailes and Riverview with 7 pedestrian bridges and flyovers which are used as vantage points to project dangerous missiles onto fast-moving vehicles.

Goodna Councillor Paul Tully said he received regular complaints of juveniles throwing rocks at cars and semi-trailers usually at night.
"They smash the windscreens of vehicles travelling at up to 100 kph and it's only sheer luck no one has been killed.

"This has been a serious problem in Ipswich for the past 30 years."

Cr Tully said this section of the Ipswich Motorway is one of the worst stretches of road in Queensland for this sort of offence.

Cr Tully said the new legislation would give the courts the power to jail offenders for up to 2 years.

He said a powerful deterrent was needed to stop what he described as "the brainless lunatics who deserve to be jailed for their actions".

"All we will then need is for the local magistrates to impose stiff prison sentences and not just a slap over the wrist and send the offenders on their way," Cr Tully said.

21 May 2009

Ipswich regional road closures update

The following roads are still closed in the Ipswich area at 5:00pm‬‪ today:

• Keates Road, Tallegalla

• Barrams, Wards and Watsons Rds, Ripley

• Rosewood Warrill View Road

• Mount Crosby Road - Colleges Crossing

• Boyles Road, Pine Mountain

• Strongs Road, Rosewood

• Lobb St, Old 1 Mile Bridge only

• Old Toowoomba Road at 3 Mile Bridge

• Haigslea Amberley Road at 5 Mile Bridge

• Ipswich Rosewood Road at 7 Mile Bridge (water may subside off road later tonight, but will remain closed until assessment is made tomorrow morning)

• Sydney St Brassall, Ironpot Creek (water may subside off road later tonight, but will remain closed until assessment is made tomorrow morning).
The following roads are still closed in the Ipswich area at 5:00pm‬‪ today:

• Keates Road, Tallegalla

• Barrams, Wards and Watsons Rds, Ripley

• Rosewood Warrill View Road

• Mount Crosby Road - Colleges Crossing

• Boyles Road, Pine Mountain

• Strongs Road, Rosewood

• Lobb St, Old 1 Mile Bridge only

• Old Toowoomba Road at 3 Mile Bridge

• Haigslea Amberly Road at 5 Mile Bridge

• Ipswich Rosewood Road at 7 Mile Bridge (water may subside off road later tonight, but will remain closed until assessment is made tomorrow morning)

• Sydney St Brassall, Ironpot Creek (water may subside off road later tonight, but will remain closed until assessment is made tomorrow morning).

A rainbow over Goodna follows the rain

PIC: A rainbow over Goodna at 4:00pm today


The rain is gone and now a beautiful rainbow has emerged over Goodna.

Hopefully the worst is over.

Goodna Aquatic Centre re-opens

The Goodna Aquatic Centre on Brisbane Terrace has re-opened after yesterday's deluge.

Moggill Ferry still out of action

PIC: All stopped at the Moggill Ferry


The Moggill Ferry is still out of action since its forced closure yesterday afternoon.

First opened in 1878 when Cobb and Co plied the route from Brisbane to Ipswich in stage coaches, this historic transportation relic is still an important link from Moggill to Riverview.

Main Roads Department quick to repair Ipswich potholes

PIC: Warrego Highway in the Ipswich suburb of Tivoli


Main Roads workers repairing major potholes on the Warrego Highway at Tivoli near Ipswich caused by the torrential rain.

Bremer River peaks in Ipswich

PIC: The Bremer River floods the lower part of the Riverlink Shopping Centre.

The Bremer River has just peaked at 11.4 metres in the heart of Ipswich.

This is 1.4 metres higher than last November and the highest since 1996.

Flooding hits Redbank property twice in six months

PIC: Nev Byers' property at Brisbane Terrace Redbank. Last November, he lost 6 deer from floods.


Nev Byers lost his boundary fence overnight for the second time in 6 months.

Goodna Creek came up twice in the past 24 hours, cutting Brisbane Terrace.

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