31 March 2010

Goodna Rugby League Old Boys Easter Update

Just a reminder about the Easter Hamper draw at the Royal Mail Hotel this Saturday 6/04/2010 at 3.00pm.

Usually develops into an enjoyable session.

Tickets can be obtained at the bar.

This hamper is organised by the publican Andrew and manager Kellie and staff which makes it easy for the Old Boys, especially our hard working president

We have organised the footy club bus to get you home if can get yourself to the Royal Mail.

Puff, former hard man of Goodna Rugby League has offered to drive you home so we expect you all to be on your best behaviour.

We didn't have a Easter Hamper at the Kerwick Hotel this year due to the closeness to last years Christmas Hamper.

This Easter Hamper is a much bigger than the RMs and a lot of our supporters support both Hampers as well as our weekly Friday raffles at the Kerwick. Barry & Jill are good supporters to the Old Boys

Graham Wyeth, who organises a weekly doubles draw for the footy club informs last weeks winner numbers were as per advertised by the Bronco's Leagues Club. ie Home (Broncos)4 Opposition (Warriors )12.

When the Broncos play away they are the opposition side on the double.

Yours in Sport
Tony Caswell

Work progresses on drainage problem hot spot at Goodna

Ipswich City Council has commenced work on a known drainage problem hot spot at the corner of Woogaroo St and Lower James St

Recently, floodwater more than a metre deep has been flowing under the Ipswich Railway line, badly scouring Woogaroo St and narrowing the carriageway.

Hopefully, this project will ensure the street is sufficiently stabilised to withstand future flooding.

Good Friday and Easter Monday rubbish pick-up arrangements

Cr Paul Tully advises that normal rubbish pick-up arrangements by Ipswich City Council will be in place for Good Friday and Easter Monday 2010.

This includes the normal recycling pick-up, if appropriate.

The only change is that being a public holiday, the pick-ups this coming Friday and Monday will commence at 5.00am, not the normal 6.00am.

Ipswich City Council Pool opening hours for Winter 2010

Leichhardt Swim Centre
Leichhardt will open as follows over the Easter Weekend:
• Good Friday - Closed
• Easter Saturday - 7am to noon
• Easter Sunday - 9am to 1pm
• Easter Monday - 9am to 1pm

Winter hours of trade will commence from 5 April 2010 which are:
Monday to Friday

6.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.


7.00 a.m. to noon

Sundays and Public Holidays


Goodna Aquatic Centre
Goodna will open as follows over the Easter Weekend:
• Good Friday - Closed
• Easter Saturday - 9am to 1pm
• Easter Sunday - 9am to 1pm
• Easter Monday - Closed

Winter hours of trade will commence from 5 April 2010 which are:
Monday to Saturday

10 hours minimum per day

(5.30am to 6.00pm)

Sunday and Public Holidays

4 hours minimum per day

(to be confirmed)
Rosewood Swim Centre and Bundamba Swim Centre
Both centres will be closed for winter from 3 April 2010.

New police station opens at Augustine Heights

Queensland's newest police station opened today at Augustine Heights.

The new station, on Augusta Parkway, will serve the growing Springfield population including Augustine Heights and Brookwater.

The Minister for Police, Corrective Services and Emergency Services Neil Roberts performed the official opening ceremony accompanied by the Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson, Ipswich Police Superintendent Garth Pitman and Officer in Charge of the new station Snr Sgt Geoff Noller.

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Media Release: Fire ant prediction comes true after 10 years

Ten years after being condemned as a doomsday prophet that the fire ant menace would never be controlled, Ipswich Councillor Paul Tully may have been vindicated after a fire ant infestation has been discovered near Grandchester 70km west of Brisbane.

At the time, Cr Tully likened fire ants to the rabbit and the cane today saying they would never be stopped in Australia.

In 2001, Cr Tully called for additional state and federal funding to curb the spread of the fire ant.

"Ministers and bureaucrats were quick to claim it was all under control.

"The federal government needs to respond nationally and pump more money into eradicating the fire ant.

"This will soon become a nationwide problem while bureaucrats dither over the issue," Cr Tully said.

30 March 2010

Ipswich mourns death of star Goodna player Junior Alesana


SPRINGFIELD resident Junior Alesana died unexpectedly on Friday night, leaving the Ipswich rugby league and Samoan communities in mourning.

Junior Alesana (right) playing in the A Grade Goodna
versus Brothers rugby league grand final last year.

ON the rugby league field he was known as a being a tough-but-fair forward, always playing hard and by the rules.

Off the field, Junior Alesana will be remembered as the consummate family man, a hard worker who always had a smile on his face.

The 31-year-old Springfield resident died unexpectedly on Friday night, leaving the Ipswich rugby league and Samoan communities in mourning at the loss of the gentle giant.

Friends and family yesterday paid tribute to Mr Alesana, who leaves behind wife Michelle and three-year-old daughter Katie-Scarlett. His brother Frank Pulou said Mr Alesana was a man who made family the number one priority in his life.

"Most people will know him as being quietly spoken, but among family he was the life of the party," Mr Pulou said.

"Junior was the kind of guy where if anyone had a problem at all, he would be the first one to be there and offer support, he just loved being with family.

"He absolutely loved his daughter, Katie-Scarlett was the apple of his eye, and he was devoted to his wife Michelle, who he only married last year."

He said the family was overwhelmed with the support they had received from the Ipswich community in the days since Mr Alesana's death.

While he worked in the construction industry around Ipswich for some time, Mr Alesana was best known in the Ipswich community as a keen league player in a career that spanned many clubs and years.

After playing junior football at Goodna and District Rugby League Club, Mr Alesana played in the Ipswich Rugby League A-Grade competition with the Goodna, West End, Swifts and Brothers, along with a stint with the Ipswich Jets.

Goodna club stalwart Craig Wehrman, who captained and coached Mr Alesana, said his sudden passing had shocked the rugby league community.

"Junior was just a great bloke, a very likeable person that was always smiling and lifting the spirits of others," Mr Wehrman said.

"His family were a big part of his life, and all our thoughts go out to his family at this time."

Brothers captain Tyron Day, who played in last year's premiership winning side with Mr Alesana, said he had a likeably personality that rubbed off on all who knew him.

"I think most people in league will always remember him with a big smile on his face – nothing seemed to faze him at all," Mr Day said.

Mr Alesana died in his sleep on Friday night, and the cause of his death is still being investigated.


29 March 2010

Bellbird Park couple celebrate 50 years of marriage

Bellbird Park couple Alf and Gina Ashbrook receive flowers and a certificate from Mayor Paul Pisasale and Cr Paul Tully today after 50 years of marriage.

Energex lights pathway at Goodna

Following a request from Ipswich City Council, Energex today commenced installing pedestrian lighting on the pathway adjacent to Millwood Village at Goodna which links Alice St to Mill St.

Ipswich City Council is also extending the existing pathway to fully link to Alice St.


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Goodna and Swifts have big wins

Goodna in full swing against Norths in a
massive boilover at Richardson Park

ROUND two of the Ipswich Rugby League was a lopsided affair with heavyweights Swifts and Goodna racking up big wins.

Swifts thrashed South Burnett 70-30 at Llewellyn Motors Field.

The salvaging coming after Swifts trailed 20-10 at one stage and led just 22-20 at half-time.

"In the first 20 minutes we coughed up the pill a bit and gave away a few penalties," Swifts halfback Joel Lennon said.

"We just had to put our heads down a bit and do a bit of hard work. Our forwards were really good in the second half.

"It is just a matter of playing a few games together and getting a few combinations going."

Lennox gave credit to South Burnett, despite the final score.

"They put it to us," he said.

"We just came home over the top of them."

In the weekend's other game, Goodna overpowered Northern Suburbs at Richardson Park.

The Eagles, missing playmaker Craig Wehrman, won 58-0 after leading 42-0 at the break.

Wehrman was forced from the field early after copping a stray elbow in the mouth and losing several teeth.

"In the second half we sort of fell into a bit of touch footy but you can't really blame the boys," Goodna lock Corey Kirk said.

"The first half was good.

"We completed close to 90 percent of our sets.

"If we complete our sets the rest of our game will come together."

Kirk rated second-rower Frank Matiu and five-eighth Andrew Walker as his team's best, the former dominated the ruck area in attack and defence.

With Wehrman off the field Walker and Kirk had to take responsibility for leading the Goodna attack.

"Andrew came into his own," Kirk said.

"He's magic to play footy with."

Bellbird Park woman on life support after plane crashes at Regency Downs

A FEMALE pilot was placed on life support after being cut from the wreckage of her crashed light plane yesterday.

The Bellbird Park woman, 58, suffered a serious head injury, fractured lower right leg and a suspected left lower leg fracture.

The plane she was flying crashed into a paddock off Gehrke Road at Regency Downs 40km west of Ipswich about 11.45am.

The impact of the severed the wings, engine and control panel from the fuselage of the Scratch Built 10KT aircraft.

Nearby residents who rushed to the woman's aid found her trapped inside and bleeding profusely.

The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service special rescue crew and the Queensland Ambulance Service trauma response unit worked together for more than an hour to free her.

She was airlifted by the RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopter in a serious but stable condition to the Royal Brisbane Hospital.

She was admitted to the hospital's Intensive Care Unit for further tests to determine the severity of the head injury.

"When our helicopter arrived at the scene, the woman had a deteriorating level of consciousness and it was clear she had sustained a head injury. We incubated and ventilated the patients, placing her on life support," RACQ CareFlight Rescue Doctor Mark Walker said.

It is unknown what caused the crash, however it is believed that no distress call was made to air traffic control in the lead up to the incident.

Nearby residents Heather and Max Mulhall had been on their way out when they "heard this huge bang".

"I said to my husband: 'What the hell was that?'," Mrs Mulhall said.

"He said: 'A plane has just landed in the backyard'."

Mr Mulhall said he had jumped the back fence to check on the pilot.

"At first she didn't move," he said.

"I put my arm in to try to feel for her hand. After two to three minutes she started moving and I saw she was still alive."

Sam Stapleton watched in disbelief as she saw the plane come down over trees into the paddock.

"It came back around and than just nosedived into the ground," she said. "I didn't hear an engine."

Gatton police Sergeant Tony Harm said witnesses saw the plane bank to the left before coming down.

"The plane came in from a north-westerly direction, then the engine cut out," Sgt Harm said.

"We are not sure at this stage what caused the crash, whether it was aircraft or human error."

Sgt Harm said the woman drifted in and out of consciousness as firefighters battled to cut her out.

"Certainly it is a very light aircraft and there is not a lot of room inside," he said.

"From the witnesses we have spoken to she landed with a huge thud. Certainly she is very lucky to be alive."

He said witnesses also reported the plane had been with another aircraft, with the second plane still circling when emergency personnel arrived.

The crash is being investigated by the Recreational Aviation Authority and the police Forensic Crash Unit.

28 March 2010

Rugby League Update: Goodna v Norths results Sunday 28 March 2010

PICS: Goodna thrash Norths as Norths
supporter Cr Cheryl Bromage looks on
at Richardson
Park Goodna today

Reserve Grade:

Goodna 70 defeated Norths 4

A Grade:

Goodna 58 defeated Norths 0.

 - The Mighty Eagles Soar Again -

Swimming presentations at Goodna

The Woogaroo Swimming Club presentations were held at the Goodna Aquatic Centre this afternoon.

Congratulations to all involved.


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26 March 2010

PPQ upsets more punters over failed Queensland Personalised Plates auction

By Shawki Kaddour

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I entered both my plates for last night's auction but they did't let me enter them, one of them being I PRINT and MACHINE - one 6 and one 7 letter.

I couldn't believe the plates that they did pick:


Plus many others.

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Councils buck State Government on new voting system

QUEENSLAND councils are bracing themselves for another fight after the State Government yesterday directed a parliamentary committee to investigate introducing a Senate-style voting system into local government.

Under the proportional representation system, the number of formal votes is divided by the number of available seats plus one vote.

Political scientist Dr Paul Williams said if this system was introduced into local government, it could spell the end of popular mayors unless a separate voting system was used to elect them.

Yesterday Leader of the House Judy Spence moved a motion in State Parliament directing the Law, Justice and Safety Committee to review the local government electoral process, including investigating the feasibility of proportional representation.

Sources say the State Government is pursuing the move because of pressure from the Greens, who stand to benefit from its introduction.

It has outraged southeast Queensland councils, who have called on the State Government to scrap the review.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale yesterday led a chorus of unrest over the decision to investigate the option, which he said would fragment councils and leave communities exposed to councillors who were interested only in furthering their political careers.

"It's absolutely rubbish. I would fight to my last ounce of breath if they try to change a fantastic model," he said.

Fellow Ipswich councillor Paul Tully said the proportional voting system would allow "River" community groups to gain a seat on council based on a single issue rather than on their ability to represent their community as a whole.

"It would be the worst thing to happen to local government in Queensland," Cr Tully said.

Logan Mayor Cr Pam Parker said she would be making a submission against the proposal as it would open the door to party politics.

Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland said his council also opposed the PR system.

Currently about 30 per cent of councillors in Queensland are politically aligned.

Local Government Association of Queensland executive director Greg Hallam said proportional representation was considered the most democratic system but he was concerned that it could lead to instability within councils. 

Mr Hallam said currently there were no other councils that used the system in Australia.

Flash - No retrial for Stafford

Graham Stuart Stafford, accused of the 1991 murder of Goodna schoolgirl Leanne Holland will not be re-tried.

25 March 2010

Goodna Bypass "dead and buried" as Member for Moggill stirs issue

Westside News

A WESTSIDE MP believes the State Government should offer to buy residential land inside the Goodna bypass if the controversial project goes ahead.

But the Government said the $2.3 billion project was dead and buried, despite preserving the bypass corridor for future use.

State Member for Moggill, Dr Bruce Flag, said documents obtained under Freedom of Information last month proved the Government intend to build the bypass, which would run from Dinmore through Moggill to Gailes.

Dr Flegg said the documents show the bypass, championed by the Howard government in 2007, was a road option the Bligh Government could consider once public opinion against the project subsided.

"People who live on or adjacent to that corridor will find that their properties can't be sold or can't be used for anything," he said. "It will have a severe impact on property values.

"With any property in that corridor there should be the option for that land to be acquired."

Dr Flegg said the bypass was an expensive and impractical option to ease southeast Queensland's traffic problems.

Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said the bypass had been scrapped.

"Dr Flegg shouldn't stir up the community with his hypothetical questions because the bypass is dead and buried," he said.

22 March 2010

Springfield Lakes talent quest this weekend


IPSWICH instrumentalists will go head to head next weekend in a talent quest with a twist.

Organiser Phil Cutcliffe of Springfield Christian Family said the Psalm 150 Talent Quest was a unique competition designed exclusively for instrumental players.

He said the inspiration for the competition had come after the success of similar competitions last year, such as Make No Idol, which aimed to give people an opportunity to share their gifts with the community, and Battle of the Bands.

“Most talent quests are aimed at singers and bands and instrumentalists are often not considered,” Pastor Cutcliffe said.

“Those who play any unusual instruments, like banjo, drums, bagpipes, didgeridoo, along with those who play a more conventional instrument, are all encouraged to apply.”

The night also coincides with Springfield Christian Family City Campus’ fourth birthday.

The event on Sunday, March 28 will include a free sausage sizzle, birthday cake and the talent quest for 10 instrumentalists.

It will be held from 5pm outdoors at Spring Lake, Springfield Lakes.

Anyone wanting to enter the instrumental competition can contact Pastor Cutcliffe on 0423 458 656.

Telstra moves to install extra cabling at Goodna

After the recent debacle at the new commercial development at 12 Queen Street Goodna, Telstra has now moved to install a major cable in the town centre.

Developer Manos Saridakis ordered 200 telephone lines for the development and was given ten.

With Manos' tenants on standby and adverse publicity haunting the communications giant, Telstra has finally decided to install the cables which were ordered months ago.

Goodna Eagles soar in season opener

Brothers lost playmaking five-eighth Fili Notoa on the morning of the game to an ankle injury, leaving them short of attacking firepower and it showed.

"We started like that last time I was here," Brothers captain Matt Cameron said.

"We were rusty. There's plenty to work on but they were good."

Cameron acknowledged his team was on the back foot after conceding too many early penalties, including three in two minutes following the kick-off.

"Discipline to start with then they got a roll on and that was it," he said of the difference between the teams. "And then we got caught in the niggle too."

There is always niggle between the two teams but Eagles forward Sione Piutau may find himself with something more to answer for.

With 10 minutes remaining, Piutau rushed out of the defensive line and tackled Brothers forward Matt Hamill, even though he was nowhere near the ball.

Hamill objected and Piutau responded with a flurry of punches.

Despite the loss, Cameron was impressed with the performance of lock Beau Yates and knows Brothers will be stronger when the likes of front rowers Tyrone Day (injured) and Thomas Ufi (Reserve grade) and Notoa are back to full fitness.

Goodna five-eighth Andrew Walker looked immediately at home in his first game in the IRL.

Even at halftime, with Goodna ahead 12-6, the former Australia representative was confident the game was in the bag.

"If we just rolled our sleeves up and completed the sets, I knew we'd come home the victors," he said. So it proved.

With Goodna's forwards asserting their dominance, it allowed Walker time and space to put runners away.

"When the forwards are going forward you can take it to the line," he said. "We've got to work on a lot of things.

"But I think we'll be really dangerous."

The first half was close with Goodna's lead coming from tries to hooker Damon Viellaris, following a Corey Kirk break, and Roger Eliu out of dummy half.

Brothers were kept in the contest with Clint Hennelly's try, which came from a remarkable flick pass out of a tackle by centre Brook Alofipo.

However, the second half was virtually no contest from the moment Piutau scored two minutes in.

Further tries to Andrew Petaia, Eliu and Max Seumanutafa made it a rout.

21 March 2010

Warning on latest email scam to hit Australia

This is the latest email scam to hit Australia overnight:

National Lottery, UK

Your email id has won £1,532.720.00GBP in the UK Electronics Award

The Commonwealth Government has forced Internet Service Providers (ISP's) to block porn sites coming into Australia.

ISP's should be forced to stop these fraudulent emails over million of dollars to unsuspecting internet users.

And the sooner the better.

Chess Club planned for Goodna: Call for players

A new Chess Club is planned for Goodna with a proposed mid-April opening.

It is proposed to meet at the Goodna RSL.

The RSL has offered to provide the boards and pieces.

Interested chess players should contact


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20 March 2010

Springfield Lakers line up for slick debut


AS another Ipswich hockey season hits off on Friday, keep an eye on a new club already planning to make an impact from 2011.

The recently-formed Springfield Lakers Hockey Club is committed to fielding junior teams in each division next season.

“We’ll have every grade covered from C, D and E, boys and girls. I can’t see a problem,” club development co-ordinator Peter Maslowskyj said.

The Lakers founder is also hopeful Springfield will next year have senior teams in the men’s A2 and women’s R2 competitions.

“That will give us some form of senior base,” Maslowskyj said, delighted with the rapid progress in recent weeks.

“It (interest in the club) has definitely exceeded expectations.”

However, like another booming club Bellbowrie, Maslowskyj is keen for the Lakers to work with the Ipswich Hockey Association in developing new talent, rather than poaching existing players.

Bellbowrie is fielding 16 teams in this year’s competition, mainly through building a base outside of Ipswich.

“Bellbowrie are very professional, they’ve done it all perfect,” the Lakers mastermind said.

“We’re going to be the next step ahead.

“The club is going to be run a like a business, right from day one.”

Maslowskyj has been working closely with Ipswich regional coaching director Alan Sinclair in charting the club’s direction.

“Alan is doing an excellent job,” the import company manager and former business development manager said.

“He’s done a lot of work, not just for me, but for Ipswich hockey.

“Every time I push Springfield Lakers, I’m always plugging IH (Ipswich Hockey) because it’s important.”

The Lakers club has become affiliated with the Ipswich Hockey Association.

The club’s new playing strip will feature the colours purple, white and gold.

Maslowskyj said Lakers coaches would be announced in coming months.

The former Brisbane player said all the Lakers juniors would start their careers on synthetic fields because of modern new facilities being constructed at Springfield and with Ipswich’s $1.5 million upgrade at Raceview.

“I’ve had humungous interest from Brisbane,” he said.

“Geographically, we (Springfield) are in that beautiful spot.

“Ipswich had nothing to offer in the past. But now they have Olympic-standard fields.

“If Ipswich puts it right together the next three to five years, Ipswich hockey is going to do exceptionally well.”

Maslowskyj said the formation of a Springfield club would provide exciting new hockey opportunities.

“We are about offering our players the very best and in return, our players will feel professional and play on the field that way,” he said.

“When they (Lakers teams) start their first game this time next year, I want everyone going WOW.”

When Maslowskyj answers his phone saying “Springfield Lakers Hockey Club”, you know he means business.

18 March 2010

Media Release: Ipswich City Heart major redvelopment to proceed

A ONCE in a generation opportunity to redevelop the city centre of the Queensland city of Ipswich entered a new phase of planning today following the announcement of the two short-listed submissions for the Ipswich City Heart Project.

A nationwide call for expressions of interest (EOI) from the private sector to redevelop Ipswich City Square shopping complex attracted submissions from four major companies by the closing date for submissions.

The shopping complex was acquired by Ipswich City Properties Pty Ltd (ICP) in March last year for $45 million. ICP is wholly owned by Ipswich City Council.

Chairman of Ipswich City Properties Pty Ltd Paul Tully said two of these major companies had now been selected to enter the next competitive tender stage of the project which had the potential to exceed $1 billion when fully developed.

“Alba Capital Partners Limited and Leighton Properties made very strong submissions and we are now inviting them to submit a more detailed vision for the redevelopment,” he said.

“Both of these companies have a strong track record and we will be asking them to provide further detailed submissions by the end of June this year.

“The ultimate plan is for the entire 3.4 hectares of prime Ipswich Central real estate to be transformed into a world class regional centre.

“The land currently occupied by Ipswich City Square lends itself to apartment buildings, office towers, major retail, restaurant and entertainment precincts.”

Paul Tully said the centre was also perfectly positioned for technology based businesses and was well serviced by current and future high speed broadband from several providers.

“Plans also call for a 21st century approach to the provision of internet and computer networking connectivity,” he said.

The redevelopment would be the biggest single building project in Ipswich city heart since Reids department store was destroyed by fire in 1985.

Ipswich and Logan commuters want local music in Clem 7 Tunnel

LATE NEWS: Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale has discussed this issue today with Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman with a view to resolving this issue as soon as possible.  Thank you Campbell - the picket fence remains down!

Ipswich and Logan City commuters are being forced to listen to Brisbane radio stations in the Clem 7 tunnel after Brisbane City Council stopped transmissions from two local radio stations.

Special transmitters in the tunnel boost the signals of all Brisbane stations but Ipswich's River 949 and Logan City's 101 FM are reduced to heavy static in the 4.8 km tunnel.

In the event of an incident in the tunnel, emergency radio messages are broadcast to vehicles in the tunnel on all local radio frequencies.

Ipswich Councillor Paul Tully has appealed to Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman to re transmit the Ipswich and Logan radio stations in the Clem 7.

"Why should Ipswich and Logan listeners be denied the opportunity of listening to their favourite radio station when they are paying for the privilege of using the tunnel."

Under federal law, any radio station within 50km of the GPO of a capital city has traditionally been regarded as a metropolitan station.

Cr Tully said not everyone wanted to listen to the dulcet tones of 4BC's Jamie Dunn or the elocution of the ABC's Spencer Howson in the mornings.

"I am calling on Campbell Newman to make the Clem 7 a better experience for out-of-town commuters with the country music of Logan City or the provincial sounds of Ipswich piped into the tunnel.

"If Family Radio and Triple ZZZ can get a guernsey in the Clem 7, Ipswich and Logan deserve the opportunity as well.

"Why should commuters be forced to switch stations just to drive through the Clem 7 tunnel," Cr Tully said.

Chamber of Commerce slams Orion Springfield expansion delay as Mirvac refuses to talk to the media


IT WAS supposed to become Australia’s biggest shopping centre, but Orion Springfield is languishing as its much-hyped stage two development continues to be delayed.

Springfield Chamber of Commerce president Brian Hooper said the delays, which have stretched more than 18 months now, were crippling the centre’s retail trade and he was sick of broken promises from centre developer Mirvac.

The $70 million Orion Springfield stage two was scheduled to begin construction in late 2008, but it is unlikely that plans for the next period of development will even be announced this year.

“Orion needs the next stage. It was supposed to begin construction more than a year ago, but we don’t know when it will be built now,” Mr Hooper said.

“There are rumours plans will be announced this year, but I guess we just have to wait like we have been for the past two years.

“Businesses here just want some reassurance that it’s actually going to happen.”

Stage one of Orion Springfield opened in March 2007.

When Orion was first announced it was billed as the southern hemisphere’s biggest shopping centre.

There was even talk of creating an indoor ice-skating rink at Orion in a similar vein to New York’s Rockefeller centre.

Mr Hooper said the managing director of Mirvac was invited to a Chamber breakfast early this year in the hope he would announce when stage two, which was planned for a 65,000sq m area, would begin construction.

“But he was very vague and avoided giving an actual time frame for Stage 2,” Mr Hooper said.

Two major retail stores, Coles and Kmart, were supposed to be built at Orion during the Stage 2 phase. A tavern, club and bowling alley were also planned.

Mr Hooper said the retailers at Orion needed an injection of new stores to complement the three existing majors, Aldi, Big W and Woolworths.

Craig Schmidt, manager of Orion telecommunications store Mo’s Mobile, said retailers in the centre had “given up” on the stage-two development.

“People used to talk about it a lot, but now they’ve just given up on it. If there is an announcement they would get excited again,” Mr Schmidt said.

Manager of Gala Fine Chocolates, Debbi Engler, said Stage 2 was needed now.

“I know the economy has been poor, and that would obviously delay any development, but new life is needed here,” she said.

“They did promise it would begin construction with the first two years of the centre opening.”

Mirvac did not respond to calls made by The Queensland Times.

Workers making Ipswich sign at Gailes less glary - Vandals not to blame

DRIVERS heading from Brisbane into Ipswich along the motorway were greeted by an out-of-sorts sign yesterday.

The recently installed "City of Ipswich" sign over the Ipswich/Logan Motorway interchange had three letters lifted out of place on Tuesday night.

Motorists who were left scratching their heads after passing the sign will be glad to know the jumbled Ipswich was not due to vandals.

Main Roads work crews had raised the letters, and will do more tonight, so they can move the lights under the sign.

A spokesperson for the department said the sign would be better lit at night after all the lights were put into the new alignment.

They said should all go to plan, the newly realigned lights will be ready and the sign back to normal today.

"It didn't come from complaints from the public or anything like that - the workers just thought it would reduce light glare for drivers and better light up the sign," they said.

"The letters were moved so the lights will be shining up more on the sign.

It's only a small job." Ipswich City Council
contributed $31,000 to the sign, which Mayor Paul Pisasale said was a fraction of the cost compared to how much Main Roads contributed.

The sign was erected in late November and was first lit-up about Christmas time last year.

Some facts about the sign:

It is approximately 21m long - nearly half the length of an Olympic pool;
The individual letters are 1.5m high;

The letters are made from an anodised aluminium.

Gunman suicides after Redbank Plains gang shooting

THE gunman suspected of shooting three people in a violent clash between rival car gangs in Ipswich has taken his own life.

It is believed the wanted man committed suicide within 24 hours of the shooting incident which erupted in Redbank Plains in the early hours of Sunday.

One man required surgery for bullet wounds after the confrontation in Highbury Drive.

Two others suffered minor wounds.

During a hearing in Ipswich Magistrates Court it was revealed that the man who police believe pulled the trigger is now dead.

Up to 50 people were believed to have been at the scene of the shooting, but so far only one person has been charged.

James Edward Rawes, 20, is accused of taking a German Mauser rifle to Highbury Drive and firing into the air.

The court heard members of car clubs, the Southside Ridaz and the Pure Kaos Car Club, had exchanged heated phone and text messages on the night of the shooting before converging on Redbank Plains.

Prosecutor Senior Constable Brad Dick said Rawes allegedly handed the rifle to the suspected gunman, who had since committed suicide. It is believed he hanged himself at his Logan home.

Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said Rawes, who lives in Crestmead, Logan, took the rifle to the street because he was "concerned about the welfare of others".

"He's charged as a party to the offence with the now-deceased co-accused," Mr Fairclough said.

"He acquired the rifle to shoot kangaroos."

Mr Fairclough said Rawes, who works for a car-dismantling company, was a former member of the Southside Ridaz and had previously been assaulted by members of the Redbank Plains-based Pure Kaos Car Club.

Snr Cnst Dick said the location of the rifle used in the shooting was still unknown but Mr Fairclough said the now deceased man had possession of the rifle after the incident.

Ipswich Criminal Investigation Branch Acting Senior Sergeant Gary Dixon said police were still interviewing witnesses to the incident.

Acting Senior Sergeant Dixon said detectives were yet to ascertain how many car club members had gathered in Highbury Drive.

"The matter is still being investigated and there is still the possibility of further charges being laid," he said.

"The Queensland Police Service takes a very serious view to this type of incident, where groups of people get together in a suburban street to fight amongst themselves."

Rawes faces charges of affray, assault occasioning bodily harm while armed, unlawful possession of a weapon, three counts of acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm and two counts of grievous bodily harm.

Magistrate Donna MacCallum refused bail and said Rawes had put himself in an "impossible situation" by taking a rifle to the street.

Rawes, who appeared in court wearing a brown T-shirt and pants, cried and waved to his partner as he was led away.

He is next expected to appear in court for mention on April 28.

17 March 2010

Bellbird Park teen running on Olympic dream

IPSWICH athletics coach Vic Pascoe has known Larissa Chambers is 
an Olympic prospect for some time.
Even in the rain, Ipswich athlete Larissa Chambers has little
trouble concentrating.

IPSWICH athletics coach Vic Pascoe has known Larissa Chambers is an Olympic prospect for some time.

A number of recent successes reinforced Pascoe’s high opinion of the exciting teenage sprinter.

Larissa, 14, completed winning 100-200m doubles in New Zealand (January) and at the under-16 state titles last month.

She also won the 100m representing the Queensland Little Athletics team at the Australia Cup meeting in Canberra in late January.

With marked similiarities to her distant cousin Cathy Freeman, Larissa was invited to attend a live-in training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra last weekend.

Apart from gaining access to elite training, physio and bio- mechanical sessions, she impressed again in competition.

However, it was back in Ipswich  that Larissa showed perhaps her best quality.

With all the rain, Larissa was forced indoors for gym training instead of her regular session with Pascoe on Bill Paterson Oval.

Pascoe said Larissa’s tremendous work ethic in the gym matched her commitment on the track.

“She’s got great concentration,” said Pascoe, who has worked with many elite athletes over several years.

“When she was doing some of the exercises and drills we do inside, she just focused on them.

“She’s got that determination.

“I’ve seen her come from behind and grab them on the line.

“It’s amazing. She’s got that quality about her.”

Bellbird Park-based Larissa is a member of the Ipswich and Goodna athletics clubs. She has spent the past four years working with Pascoe.

“Just to be selected (for the AIS camp) is a jump-start to London (2012 Olympics),” said Pascoe, a respected Level 4 sprint coach.

“It’s pretty damn good I think.

“Somebody must be looking at her results and her chance of making it in 2012.”

At the AIS camp, Larissa ran a slick 25.99 seconds, finishing second in the open 200m.

Larissa’s next mission is the Australian Junior and Youth Championships in Sydney, from March 11-14.

Pascoe said while Larissa was focusing on 100m and 200m, she had ability in other events like 400m, long jump and triple jump.

“This season, we haven’t concentrated on it (400m),” said Pascoe, a former 400m national competitor.

“We’re looking at that maybe two years down the track when she can step up and be stronger.

“She can run 60 seconds for a 400m, no trouble.”

Larissa is well supported in her athletic pursuits by parents Wendy and Charlie.

Springfield fire ant alert after big wet

The Courier-Mail

WET weather has caused a large outbreak of stinging fire ants in southeast Queensland, with colonies found in the Logan, Ipswich, Springfield, Larapinta, Underwood and Rochedale areas.

Fire ants were poisoned at the Park Ridge State Primary School yesterday after they were found by an alert groundsman.

About 65,000 colonies were found when the outbreak was first detected in 2001 and last year this was down to about 500 but wiping out the world's worst pest invader is proving difficult.

Biosecurity Queensland fire ant control centre director Neil O'Brien said yesterday no children were stung at the school, and the nests had been poisoned and cordoned off.

It follows a colony being found a month ago outside the Park Ridge State High School and a Brisbane Division 1 soccer game being stopped on Saturday after mounds were found on a field at Daisy Hill.

Eight colonies had been found in the suburb, with each having multiple nests or mounds.
Mr O'Brien said sniffer dogs were being used in the Park Ridge area.

"It shows that this infestation is still bubbling along," he said.

"We have a lot more to do to ensure they don't become established here."

BQ has been struggling for four years to eliminate colonies in the hot spot south of Brisbane.

The US has given up trying to eradicate the ant but is spending $US6.4 billion trying to control its impact.

Ants could spread up to 600,000sq km in 30 years, arriving in the backyards of Sydney and Melbourne and major agricultural centres, dwarfing Queensland's cane toad invasion. They bite people, pets, domestic stock and wildlife.

Primary Industries Minister Tim Mulherin said fire ants were so serious they threatened Australia's way of life.
"If they take hold in Queensland it is only a matter of time until they are in all states," he said.

Mr O'Brien said the outbreaks confirmed the belief that prolonged drought had slowed their spread.

"We've had the wettest summer since eradication started in 2001," Mr O'Neill said.

"We're finding the ground incredibly soft and it's creating the perfect habitat for them to establish and (expand their range).

"We put on 64 additional staff in February but we need everyone to keep an eye out.

Ten years on, we feel a problem with complacency is developing."

Goodna Mortgage Broker makes finals


Loan Market Goodna mortgage broker Mark Winter was one of three finalists in the 'Mortgage Broker of the Year' category at the Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia (MIA) Excellence Awards in Sydney on Friday night.

Narrowed down from a field of hundreds, Mark's finalist standing is testament to his spectacular achievements throughout the last 12 months, even though he did not win the major prize.

Loan Market's Senior State Manager for NSW/ACT, Brett Pilgrim, was also present on the night as a finalist in the 'Business Development Manager of the Year' category.

Well done Mark - a true industry professional.


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16 March 2010

Truckies concerned about Brisbane's left-hand lane rule

ABC News

Trucks are being forced to stay to the left lane of a Brisbane road in a trial to reduce congestion.
The trucking industry has raised a number of concerns about keeping trucks in the left-hand lane of one of Brisbane's busiest road corridors.

A six-month trial of the regulation started yesterday on an eight-kilometre stretch of the Brisbane Urban Corridor on the southside, linking the Ipswich Motorway at Rocklea with the Gateway Motorway at Wishart.

Queensland Trucking Association (QTA) spokesman Peter Garske says there could be safety issues if cars need to turn left into a lane full of heavy vehicles.

He says he also has other concerns.

"The number of trucks that fail to adhere to the signage, the effect on traffic turning left - I've mentioned that - queuing length at intersections - there are a whole range of issues that will need to be monitored closely to evaluate whether this trial is likely to succeed," he said.

15 March 2010

Violent gang shooting at Redbank Plains

QT -

POLICE were last night still trying to unravel the details of a wild street confrontation in Ipswich early yesterday morning that ended with a man being shot.

Two gangs clashed on Highbury Drive in Redbank Plains about 3am yesterday in a violent sequel to an earlier incident at Logan.

Goodna CIB Detective Senior Sergeant Tom Armitt said the confrontation culminated in a firearm being produced and discharged.

Three men were injured, one seriously, after a bullet ripped through his upper legs.

"About 3am this morning two rival gangs converged on a house over assaults earlier in the night in the Logan area," Snr Sgt Armitt said.

"As the two groups met in the street, a number of shots were fired and as a result two men have undergone surgery for bullet injuries and another with grazing injuries.

"One man was shot in the buttocks and the bullet went through and caused severe damage to his upper legs."

The 22-year-old man was transported to the Princess Alexandra Hospital but the injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Police spent most of yesterday interviewing people thought to be connected to the confrontation.

Snr Sgt Armitt said the two opponents were car-related gangs with one of them based in Redbank Plains.

"It is believed there was a large number of people present and police are sifting through a large number of witness statements," he said.

"Forensic examiners have also been examining the scene for evidence."

The Goodna CIB officer-in-charge declined to comment on what type of firearm was used.

Highbury Drive remained closed until late yesterday with residents still trying to come to terms with what happened.

Police said anyone with information about the incident should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Information can be provided anonymously and a reward may apply.

14 March 2010

Media Release: Ipswich City Council to make submission on new environmental law

Media Release

Ipswich City Council to put forward local views for state planning policy on air, noise and hazardous materials

IPSWICH City Council plans to lodge a public submission on the draft State Planning Policy for Air, Noise and Hazardous Materials.

Planning and Development Committee Chairperson Councillor Paul Tully said council had considered the possible implications of the draft policy on planning and development functions in the Ipswich local government area.

Cr Tully said the policy was designed to ensure that emissions generated by industrial and intensive animal husbandry activities did not adversely affect the health and well-being of individuals and the community.

"We do not want to see these activities impact on facilities such as child care centres, units, houses, educational establishments, health care services, hospitals, hostels, local offices, relocatable home parks, residential care facilities, retirement facilities, short-term accommodation and tourist parks," he said.

"Council now plan to put forward its observations and suggestions about the policy on behalf of the Ipswich community.

"This policy will impact on council as once it is adopted we will be required to take into account the policy when council makes changes or amendments to the city's planning scheme."

Cr Tully said council believed that there were some shortcomings with the draft policy which needed to be addressed and this would form the basis of its submission on the policy.

"Of particular concern is the fact that the policy places the responsibility for managing air, noise and hazardous materials on property owners surrounding industrial areas and uses. 

"Business operators who have activities which create air and noise nuisance or have hazardous materials on their premises should be required, as much as possible, to manage these nuisances and materials on-site.

"Also the policy does not recognise that many low impact industrial activities are an integral part of the city that we live in. 

"There are many areas in Ipswich where industrial uses are located side by side with residential areas and no issues arise.
"It comes down to good management practices by operators and good regulatory practice by council and the State Government when operators do not do the right thing."

Cr Tully said council also felt that the Queensland Odour Impact Assessment Guidelines needed to be included to ensure nuisance odour impacts associated with industrial activities other than intensive animal industries were adequately addressed.

He said intensive animal husbandry was also not clearly mentioned throughout the draft policy and council believed additional references to the inclusion of an agricultural use should be incorporated.

"We also want clarification from the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) as to whether declared master plan areas are exempt from the application of the draft policy."

Cr Tully said council hoped that DERM would consider council's comments on the policy which drew on its knowledge of the local area and community.

"We believe we have some valid suggestions and comments to make and look forward to seeing them incorporated in the final version of this policy."

13 March 2010

Valium cocktail nearly a killer in wild drive between Augustine Heights and Springfield Central

 The Queensland Times
An Ipswich man narrowly missed crashing into a vehicle outside a school before flipping his car while affected by Valium and alcohol.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard Edward Francis Lee had swerved across the road in Springfield Lakes and side-swiped a car before almost crashing into another vehicle parked outside St Augustine’s College.

Prosecutor Sergeant Mathew Donnolly said parents were picking up children from the school just before 2.50pm on February 3 when the 55-year-old driver almost smashed into a car.

A short time later Lee rolled his white Ford Falcon on Southern Cross Circuit and the vehicle began leaking petrol.

Sgt Donnolly said ambulance officers and police had arrived on the scene to find Lee trapped in the car.

Despite police telling him to climb out the window because of the leaking fuel, Lee simply waved and was incoherent.

Officers dragged Lee out of the car and took him to hospital.

Lee told police he had taken an unknown amount of Valium and drunk two or three glasses of liquor, but could not remember getting in his car or driving.

“The last thing he could remember was watching the midday movie,” Sgt Donnolly said.

Lee pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of liquor or drugs and dangerous operation of a vehicle while adversely affected.

He was sentenced to 18 months probation and his licence was disqualified for nineteen months.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess said it was disappointing to see Lee in court twice – he had a drink-driving conviction last year – after having an unblemished traffic record for 38 years.

Ms Sturgess told Lee it was extremely concerning he could not remember driving or the crash.

“If you had no recollection of driving you would’ve had no idea what you were doing,” she said.

“Luckily the only person who was hurt was you.”

Defence lawyer Danny Booth said his client had been made redundant from his job in the steel industry due to the global financial crisis and had been prescribed Valium for his arm after undergoing an operation.

Mr Booth said the behaviour was not “typical form” for his client, who volunteers for home-building charity Habitat for Humanity.

Drug lab blast blows home apart at Springfield

Time bombs in our suburbs.

One home drug lab a day is being found in Queensland.


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What a brilliant idea - U.S. Police send crime reports to local residents via email and SMS

The American periodical Popular Communications reports that police in Lower Paxton Township in Pennsylvania are giving residents the opportunity to sign up to receive up-to-the-minute crime reports.

It's a free service via email and SMS with information about local crime incidents.

The updates include information on things like a spate of car break-ins or suspects on the loose.

The townsfolk love the service which helps keep down the level of crime in this American hamlet.

This seems like a great idea for Australia's eight Police Services to take on board.

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12 March 2010

New traffic lights at Goodna now operating

The new traffic lights at the corner of Smiths Road and William Street Goodna have commenced operating today.

Cr Paul Tully said his next mission was to secure funding to replace the 4 stop signs at the corner of Smiths Road and Stuart Street Goodna with traffic lights, as well as traffic lights for the corner of Alice Street and Church Street Goodna.

Traffic signals will soon be installed by Ipswich City Council at the corner of Alice Street and Newman Street at Gailes and at the corner of Old Logan Road and Formation Street at Camira.


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85 year-old Pacific Islander graduates at Goodna

Today's computer course graduates

The secret wonders of our education system.

Fourteen Pacific Islands students aged from 50 to 85 graduated today in their Certificate 1 Computer Skills course at Pacific Skills Queen Street Goodna.

The course was funded by Ipswich City Council.

Congratulations everyone.

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Telstra passes the buck over phone line fiasco at Goodna

Developer Manos Saradakis
speaks to the media over
the Telstra bungle which
is costing him almost
$40,000 a month

Telstra has excelled again with its "blame game" propaganda.

Telstra Countrywide Manager in Toowoomba has now stepped in to resolve the issue at 12 Queen Street Goodna.

Telstra is now apparently conceding they do not have the 200 cable pairs in Queen Street.

Telstra should stop the blame game and get the problem fixed.


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BREAKING NEWS: Ipswich developer to sue Telstra over 6 month phone delay

Ipswich developer Manos Saridakis is planning to sue Telstra as part of a massive class action against the communications giant.

Mr Saridakis has been waiting six months for Telstra to connect telephones lines to his new commercial development at 12 Queen Street Goodna.

Telstra's spin doctors have gone into overdrive in the past 18 hours with spurious claims they have been unable to connect the lines because the developer had not installed the necessary conduits on the street.

Local Goodna Councillor Paul Tully, whose electorate office is two doors from the development, confirmed the conduit had been installed last August on the day the project commenced.

"I personally witnessed the conduit going into the ground," Cr Tully said.

Mr Saridakis is briefing lawyers this afternoon with plans to sue Telstra as part of a wider class action against the company.

"How much longer do businesses have to put up with this sort of incompetence?

"This is costing me $30,000 a month. I am calling on businesses across Australia who are on the receiving end of Telstra's poor service to join me in my action against Telstra.

He said Telstra has had six months to get the installation sorted out.

"I have three tenants ready to move in but without any phone connections they cannot take up their new tenancies.

"This is costing me a small fortune with my tenants very angry."

He said he should not be out of pocket because of Telstra's failures.

Mr Saridakis said he rang Telstra on Wednesday of this week to find out what was happening but was put through to a call centre in Asia where the operator couldn't understand him and hung up on him.

He said if Telstra was going to use Asian call centres, they should at least ensure the staff understood basic English.
Cr Tully said Ipswich was the fastest-developing city in Australia but Telstra was "behind the eight ball" in keeping up with the pace of development in the city.

"No wonder their shares have dropped almost 25 percent in the past year."

Cr Tully said Telstra was one of the worst companies in Australia when it came to customer relations and they used a "mixture of spin, bravado and lies" to try to get out of embarrassing media publicity.

"The problem is that Ipswich is managed out of Toowoomba by Telstra bosses 100km away from the city who have probably never heard of the Ipswich or the western corridor."


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11 March 2010

Telstra screws Goodna developer

PIC: Manos Saridakis has been waiting 6 months for
Telstra to provide telephone lines to his new, multi-
multi-million dollar development in Goodna.

Manos Saridakis is a hard-working developer who has contributed a lot to the Ipswich economy.

He has already developed two commercial properties in Queen Street Goodna, a third in William Street and a double child care centre in Alice Street.

He also has plans to redevelop the Redbank Shopping Village in Brisbane Road Redbank.

But his latest multi-million dollar investment is a two-storey office block and commercial premises at 12 Queen Street Goodna.

The development is substantially complete with tenants ready to move in - except, surprise surprise, Telstra has failed to deliver.

This development includes government offices, private suites, financial service providers and the latest up-market Coffee Club.

Six months ago, Telstra was asked to install 200 telephone cable pairs to service the 8 tenants at 12 Queen Street.

In December, they turned up to install 10 pairs - barely enough for one tenant, let alone eight.

Now, tenants cannot move in because at this time there are no telephone connections to the site.

The tenants are very upset and Manos is feeling like the meat in the sandwich.

Telstra is again treating the people of Ipswich and Goodna as second class citizens.

Telstra has had six months to get this right but they have still failed to deliver at every milestone.

They are real shockers.

Telstra's customer service in Ipswich is generously rated as somewhere between Buckley's and none.

The local Telstra Countrywide Manager for Ipswich Nigel Beaman is based in his ivory tower in

Toowoomba almost 100km away and has probably never heard of Goodna.

Telstra doesn't care what standard of service it provides.

It treats residential and business customers with utter contempt.

It's surprising Telstra shares are not languishing around the 1 cent mark rather than their inflated $3 figure which is unsustainable in the long-term, given Telstra's anti-customer attitude which is hardening by the day.
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Telstra fiasco at Goodna: They can't supply badly-needed telephone lines to a new building

This is another Telstra fiasco.

With the new building about to open with A1 tenants such as The Coffee Club, Telstra cannot supply telephone lines to the complex in the main street of Goodna.

The owner Manos Saridakis is extremely disappointed at Telstra's un-business-like approach to the community.

Full details later.

10 March 2010

New valuation laws a kick in the teeth for Property Council of Australia

Steve Greenwood -
a three time loser
in his stoush with
the State Government

Despite his political posturings and awkward attempts to save face, the Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia Steve Greenwood has suffered three big losses in one day.

The State Government has legislated to maintain existing property valuations as well as the legality of individual Council rates plus it will abandon the current valuation methodology on which the Property Council based its entire ill-fated campaign.

Poor old Steve Greenwood - he couldn't get up even one leg of the Brisbane trifecta.

Moving from un improved capital value to site value in Queensland will ensure a much better and more equitable regime for the calculation of land tax and local government rates.

Meanwhile, Steve Greenwood can chalk up another loss in his expensive, failed campaign to be the king-pin of Queensland politics!

08 March 2010

Property Council made to look like dunces thanks to Steve Greenwood

Steve Greenwood - a friend of local
government for many years and now
its arch rival!

The Property Council of Australia continues its political campaign against the Bligh Government in Queensland with another full page advertisement in today's Courier-Mail.

The Property Council under Executive Director Steve Greenwood wants to retain the status quo with property valuations set to drop overnight by up to 35%, as a result of a recent court decision.

The corresponding shortfall in rates would have to be made up by ordinary householders, forced to subsidise big business, if Steve Greenwood had his way.

This guy is really a class act - having worked with the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) and now in his new role with the Property Council attempting to smash local government financially.

If fairness and equity were the test on this issue, Steve Greenwood would fail badly.

Today's Courier-Mail also features a full page advertisement from the Queensland Government which puts this whole issue in perspective:

NO CHANGE for family home valuations
NO CHANGE for mums' and dads' investment properties
NO CHANGE for superannuation funds
NO CHANGE for tourism owners and operators
NO CHANGE for local shopping centres
NO CHANGE for farmers
NO CHANGE for renters
NO CHANGE for retail tenants
NO CHANGE for tradies.

LGAQ President Paul Bell is quoted in the State Government advertisement rightly supporting the proposed legislation.

Paul Bell must be acutely embarrassed that a former LGAQ staffer would spearhead such an anti-local government campaign to stop this legislation.

The ONLY CHANGE really needed is for the Property Council to dump Steve Greenwood for wasting its funds on this ill-conceived political campaign which is doomed to fail abysmally.
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07 March 2010

Camira tops the list in Ipswich house and land prices

The Ipswich suburb of Camira has topped the list with average property prices increasing 9.8% over the past quarter.

Flinders View scored a 9.3% increase with Raceview coming in at third spot on 5.5%.

In the past year, the best performing Ipswich suburb was Karalee with a 15.9% increase followed by Flinders View on 12.5%.

Across the city, average house prices experienced a 1.6% increase from $315,000 to $320,000 from December 2008 to December 2009.

Apart from Camira, in Ipswich's eastern suburbs, the best-performing suburbs were Springfield Lakes and Goodna with 4.1% and 1.7% increases respectively.

Ipswich City Council Planning and Development chair Cr Paul Tully said Ipswich had weathered the global financial crisis remarkably well.

"Prices have held up in most suburbs and the developing western corridor remains strong with house and land prices set to increase significantly in future years."

"The development potential between Springfield and the Ripley Valley will ensure Ipswich's population will double from 166,000 to over 320,000 in the next 20 years," Cr Tully said.

06 March 2010

Heavy rain is falling between Somerset and Wivenhoe Dams

Heavy rain is currently falling between Somerset and Wivenhoe Dams.

The attached picture of the Somerset Dam spillway taken at 11:00am today shows the massive amount of water being released from the Dam.

Water is flowing downstream into Wivenhoe Dam at a rapid rate.

05 March 2010

Goodna Scout Group Car Boot Sale

Sunday 7 March 2010

8am - 1pm

Church St Goodna

Enquiries: 3271 3139

A very worthy cause!

04 March 2010

One billion dollar deal for Brookwater

Pic: Artist's impression of the proposed Brookwater Urban Village

The Queensland Times
Chris Garry
4 March 2010

A $1.1 BILLION retail development approved for Brookwater is set to transform the Springfield region.

The Brookwater Urban Village will include a hotel, a child care centre, 514 residential dwellings, 20,000sq m of commercial space, 15,000sq m of retail area, a medical centre and indoor entertainment facilities.

Springfield Land Corporation's Planning and Infrastructure manager Russell Luhrs said development of the vibrant Brookwater Urban Village was an important step forward for the city to attract new business.

"There's a well-known movie line, if you build it... they will come," Mr Luhrs said.

"Development investment in the Urban Village is set to top $1.1 billion over the next 15 years so there's no doubt this will be a high quality precinct giving

residents, visitors and the future 30,000 strong local workforce a place to eat, live, shop and enjoy life."

Construction will begin this year and is scheduled to finish in 2025.

Once completed the Brookwater Urban Village will provide a mix of business and pleasure with the Brookwater Village Hotel, Brookwater Office Park, Brookwater Village Shopping Centre, Main Street and Village Square.

"The hotel complex will allow visitors from around the globe direct access to the Brookwater Golf Course, which has been ranked the number one public golf course in Queensland for the past five years," Mr Luhrs said.

Planning and Development Councillor Paul Tully said the approval of the Brookwater Urban Village Precinct Plan enabled council to consider further development plan applications in the region.

"The Brookwater Urban Village incorporates a number of parcels of land bounded by Augusta Parkway to the west, the Brookwater Golf Course to the north and east and Mirvac's Fairways development on Melaleuca Drive," he said.



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03 March 2010

Ipswich is 150 years old today.

Pic: Channel 7

Mayor Paul Pisasale and Cr Paul Tully have their cake and eat it, in Ipswich today to celebrate the city's sesqui-centenary


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Ipswich's 150 celebrations continue

The Ipswich Town Crier Mark Overell and the Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale swap hats as the city's sesquicentennial celebrations get into full swing.

Ipswich was proclaimed a municipality by the Queensland Government 150 years ago today.

Happy birthday Ipswich!

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'Utegate' car up for auction today

3 March 2010

AUSTRALIA'S most notorious ute will go under the hammer at Brookwater Golf Club today.

The 1996 Mazda Bravo at the centre of last year's so-called 'Utegate' scandal will be auctioned as part of a live broadcast by Channel Seven breakfast show Sunrise.

Owned by Ipswich car dealer John Grant, the ute was used as a campaign office on wheels and became known as the 'Ruddmobile' during Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's 2007 election campaign.

It attracted national headlines in June last year when Treasury official Gorgon Grech told a Senate hearing an email from Mr Rudd's office showed Mr Grant's John Grant Motors would receive preferential treatment in the government's failed $2 billion OzCar program.

Mr Rudd returned the ute to his former neighbour in August last year after the Australian Federal Police ruled the email was a fake.

The scandal ultimately cost former Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull his job and almost cost Mr Grant his marriage and his Brisbane Street business.

Mr Grant did not return calls from The Queensland Times yesterday, but an email from a Channel Seven publicity manager said money raised from the auction would be donated to Meals on Wheels.

The Sunrise team will be at Brookwater from 5am to 8am today, with Channel Nine's Today in d'Arcy Doyle Place from 4.30am.

The breakfast television rivals will visit Ipswich to celebrate the city's 150th birthday and compete for precious ratings points.


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Ipswich celebrates 150 years today

150 years ago today, Ipswich was proclaimed a municipality by the Queensland Government.

It is a great day for Ipswich and Queensland.

The Ipswich celebrations will continue all year.

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02 March 2010

Kmart backs down on move to trade on Anzac Day

Kmart has withdrawn its ill-conceived and idiotic application to trade all day on Anzac Day.

How a major company could display such insensitivity in honour of the almighty dollar on this important national day beggars belief.

Maybe a major donation by Kmart to help needy diggers and their families would be a better gesture than their half-hearted, belated act of contrition to the people of Australia.

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Ipswich flood news update

Fast-flowing water covers the pedestrian walkway at Leslie Park, off Bertha St at Goodna.


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