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30 December 2009

5:00am rubbish pickup on New Year's Day

For residents of Ipswich's eastern suburbs whose normal pickup day is Friday, remember that because New Year's Day is a public holiday, collections start at 5:00am and not the usual 6:00am.

Play safe - leave your bin out on Thursday night.


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Emergency beacon sparks alert at Goodna

This story appears in today's edition of the Northern Star daily newspaper at Lismore:


Emergency beacon found in Qld tip

Dominic Feain

30 December 2009

AN ACTIVE emergency beacon dumped at a rubbish tip sent Northern NSW and South-East Queensland emergency services scrambling earlier this month, fearing an aircraft had crashed.

Lismore's Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter crew eventually found the beacon buried at a tip at Goodna, between Brisbane and Ipswich, after two CareFlight aircraft failed to locate the signal before being diverted to other jobs.

Mission pilot Marty Hanna said the distress signal was probably picked up originally by commercial jetliners and relayed through to the Australian Search and Rescue (AusSAR) rescue co-ordination centre in Canberra via Air Traffic Control in Brisbane.

"Once we got the call from AusSAR, we launched with two paramedics, prepared for the worst," he said.

"Initially we had trouble finding the signal and had to go up as high as 6000 feet to pick it up.

"By then we were almost as far north as Amberley and had to stop to refuel at Archerfield."

Thirty minutes later the crew located the signal at the Goodna tip.

"It took another three or four trips to locate as it was an old unit with a weak signal," Mr Hanna said.

Relieved it wasn't a crash site, the crew notified AusSAR, confirming the location of the tip and set about retrieving the beacon.

"AusSAR needed us to retrieve the unit to prevent more false alarms," he said.

"We landed and used our hand-held homer to pinpoint the beacon.

"It was buried in there pretty deep and had probably been activated by the tip's earthmoving equipment."

Crew member Mark Sewell and paramedic Michael Smith got stuck in determined not to return empty-handed.

"Michael and Mark rummaged through the rubbish for an hour before they finally found it. Just before we were called back to base," Mr Hanna said.

"They are pretty committed guys. I wasn't going in there.

"They had re-tasked us to another job and just as we were getting ready to launch Michael got it. He heard it clicking."

Mr Hanna reminded anyone disposing of emergency beacons to properly deactivate them first to avoid a false alarm.


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17 December 2009

Vandals smash 19 tombstones at historic Goodna Cemetery

PIC: Vandalised statue of an angel erected in 1922


Vandals have damaged 19 tombstones at Goodna's historic, 150-year old cemetery in Stuart Street Goodna, causing an estimated $100,000 damage overnight.

Police are investigating the incident.

One of the damaged graves dates back more than 110 years.

The Goodna Cemetery was established by the New South Wales government in 1859 before Queensland became a separate colony.

Local Councillor and Cemetery Trustee Paul Tully described the vandalism as "a senseless destruction of family graves".

"Whoever is responsible should face the full consequences of the law for this appalling desecration," Cr Tully said.

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13 December 2009

Irish Gypsies back in Queensland with old consumer ripoff

The Irish Gypsies are back ripping off individuals and businesses with their well-practised bitumen scam.

They have targeted Ipswich in the past and were last reported on Brisbane's southside.

Ipswich residents - particularly those in the eastern suburbs - should be on the lookout for these swindlers.

Last time, one businessman at Lower Cross Street Goodna was swindled out of thousands of dollars over a dodgy bitumen job.

The Irish Gypsies laid white sand over the top of their sub-standard work, telling the small business owner the sand was needed to "cure" the bitumen.

Only when the sand washed away a few days later, did the extent of the wafer thin coating of bitumen become obvious.

The Minister for Tourism and Fair Trading has issued the following warning against these dodgy characters:


Minister for Tourism and Fair Trading

The Honourable Peter Lawlor

13/12/2009

Dodgy bitumen trader alert for Brisbane southside area

Fair Trading Minister Peter Lawlor today warned residents around Eight Mile Plains and Acacia Ridge to beware of dodgy bitumen traders targeting the area.

Mr Lawlor said the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) had received information of residents being approached by a group of men offering to lay hot mix driveways.

"The group consists of a male with a strong Irish accent and four or five males who are the labourers," Mr Lawlor said.

"They have approached people saying they have left over bitumen from their last job.

"They do the driveway job and give a price on completion. The work is sub-standard and cash is usually always demanded."

Mr Lawlor said one Acacia Ridge resident who agreed to the work was sprung with a $5,000 bill.

"No upfront quote was given so the resident was alarmed at the cost and also intimidated by the group of men, who demanded their money," he said.

"Another resident in Eight Mile Plains paid $9,000."

Mr Lawlor said anyone approached by the men should try and get their vehicle registration details and advise the OFT immediately on 13 13 04.

He said these particular traders had been previously spotted in the Bayside area and that they may be operating in surrounding suburbs or regions now.

Under the Fair Trading Act 1989, door-to-door sales of any goods or service of more than $75 must come with a 10 day cooling off period and payment cannot be made until after then.

Buyers should get two forms - one explaining the cooling off period and one which can be used to cancel the contract if so desired.

"Door-to-door traders must produce an identity card with the dealer's full name and address," Mr Lawlor said.

"They are only allowed to contact customers between 9am and 6pm from Monday to Friday, and 9am and 5pm on Saturdays.

"Fines of up to $54,000 apply to individuals and $270,000 to companies for breaches of the Fair Trading Act."

Report any scams or suspicious offers to the Office of Fair Trading at www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au or call 13 13 04


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04 December 2009

Drive to name southwest rise Dingo Hill



SPRINGFIELD NEWS REPORTS

3 December 2009

by Belinda Berry




CAMPAIGNER: Cr Paul Tully on a 10-year mission.

Ipswich residents can have their say on a proposal to officially name a hill in Gailes and Camira, Dingo Hill.

This follows a 10-year mission by Ipswich City Councillor Paul Tully (Division 2) to reinstate the name Dingo Hill, which was previously the name given to the Gailes area.

“In 1925, the small railway siding of Dingo Hill, 22km west of Brisbane was renamed Gailes after the famous golf course in Scotland,” Cr Tully said.

“The area had been discovered in 1823 by the explorer John Oxley who came up the Brisbane River on his famous voyage of discovery, stopping at Woogaroo Creek.

His diary recorded he walked two or three miles to the south east to survey the surrounding countryside from what is Old Logan Rd at Gailes.

“Oxley reportedly saw a dingo in bushland, which ultimately led to the naming of the suburb.”

In the latest naming proposal, the suburb of Gailes will remain unchanged.

The actual hill on which it stands will be officially named Dingo Hill. A copy of the proposal is also available at http://www.derm.qld. gov.au and browse to Public Notices.

Submissions can be sent to the Regional Services Director, South East Region, Department of Environment and Resource Management, PO Box 573, Nambour, Qld 4560.

William Street on-ramp opens early at Goodna

The Department of Main Roads has advised that the William St Goodna on ramp work has proceeded very well enabling the ramp to be opened this afternoon onto the Ipswich Motorway.

This is the short section of William St between McDonald's and Centrelink which from this afternoon becomes a permanent two-way link.

This will enable drivers heading from Goodna to Ipswich or Toowoomba to use William St to get onto the Ipswich Motorway.

Congratulations to the Origin Alliance workers for being ahead of schedule.

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