29 November 2010

Media Release: Local Government Act Review welcomed

Changes to the Queensland Local Government Act to allow mayors and councillors to stand for state parliament without having to resign to contest the election have been welcomed by local government.
State Parliament's Law, Justice and Safety Committee has released its report with 33 key recommendations on the running of future council elections.
Other recommendations include a cap on election expenditure, the introduction of divisions for all local councils with a populations exceeding 30,000 and a ban on radio and television advertising for local government elections in the three days prior to an election.
Ipswich Councillor Paul Tully, Queensland's longest-serving city councillor,  said the proposal to allow mayors and councillors to nominate for state parliament without first resigning from council overturned the "unfair and undemocratic laws" introduced by Peter Beattie in 2001. 

Cr Tully said Mr Beattie had a "love-hate" relationship with local government, forcing through unpopular amalgamations and preventing most councillors seeking higher political office.
"The Committee Chair Barbara Stone and the other members ought to be congratulated in standing up for the democratic rights of all Queenslanders including the 73 mayors and other councillors across the state.
"If the Bligh government accepts these recommendations, it will be a giant step forward for democracy in Queensland and will be the first major policy decision of the Beattie era overturned by the Bligh government."
In another recommendation, the Committee rejected plans to introduce a property franchise in Queensland which would have allowed non-residents to vote in council elections.
Cr Tully said this would have been the "thin edge of the wedge" allowing cashed-up property owners who live interstate to influence local council elections in Queensland.
In a blow to the Greens, the Committee decided against recommending the introducing of a senate-style proportional representation voting system for Queensland local government elections.
The committee noted the "harmonisation of voting systems across all levels of government may go a long way towards reducing the level of informal voting by Queensland voters".
Cr Tully called on the state government to retain optional preferential voting for local government.
"It is fair, democratic and easily understood by voters and has lead to a dramatic reduction in the level of informal votes at council elections in Queensland."
Other key recommendations are:
• Retaining the last Saturday in March as the quadrennial council election date
• Retention of compulsory voting for Queensland council elections
• Mayors to continue to be elected by the people
• Simplified procedures for absentee voting in council elections.

Itchy times are ahead

Ipswich City Council warns that this summer may be shaping as a peak mosquito season.

Division 2 Councillor Paul Tully said the warm, wet weather would give the perfect environment for mosquitoes to breed.

He said residents could check their properties for any containers which hold water, the preferred breeding ground for mosquitoes.

"Items such as buckets, tubs, wheel barrows and tyres should be emptied or removed.

"If you have pot-plant bases, it is a good idea to fill them with sand. Swimming pools should be regularly treated," Cr Tully said.

The Courier-Mail Brisbane: Tuesday 3 April 1934

This is an amazing newspaper article about Goodna from 76 years ago.
And to think that the motion was only narrowly passed!
The Courier-Mail
Tuesday 3 April 1934
At the fortnightly meeting
of the Goodna and District
Literary and Debating Society
a debate took place on "That
Goodna should have a water
supply ".
The affirmative side was given
297 points and the negative
side 292 points.

28 November 2010

Tiger Tennis celebration at Redbank

Tiger Tennis celebrated the end of the year today at the Redbank Collingwood Park Sports Centre.

Dozens of budding Australian players under the watchful eye of Mitch Garen took part in games between themselves and their parents.

Congratulations to Mitch for the day and his commitment to the players during the year.

27 November 2010

Residents get their annual supply of free trees at Goodna this morning

The residents of Brisbane River Terraces at Goodna received their annual allocation of free trees courtesy of Ipswich City Council this morning.

All residents of Ipswich are entitled to 8 free trees per property each year.

Local Councillor Paul Tully was on hand to make today's event a success.

Each year Cr Tully brings the Council to the people with the residents of Brisbane River Terraces at Brisbane Terrace the first to receive their free trees on site.

26 November 2010

Big night in Redbank tonight

The Redbank State School Christmas Carols are in full swing at the school on Brisbane Road.
It's a great night for the students and their families.

Congratulations to the Principal Colleen Engel and her enthusiastic teachers for a top evening.

Metroplex wins second round planning appeal over Wacol development

A controversial $1.5 billion commercial development at Wacol three times the size of Indooroopilly Shopping Centre has been given new hope today by the Court of Appeal.
A 3-year legal saga over the proposed Metroplex on Westgate development ended with the court overturning the decision of the Planning and Environment Court in November 2009 to refuse the application.
The developer Metroplex Management had taken the Brisbane City Council to court in 2007 over its failure to approve the 44ha development at the former Wacol Army Barracks near the Ipswich Motorway - Centenary highway interchange comprising warehouses, industrial development and 98,000 square metres of office space.
The proposal was vigorously opposed by Ipswich City Council, Springfield Land Corporation and nearby major shopping centres who voiced fears it was contrary to the Southeast Queensland Regional Plan and would draw people away from 10 other major centres in the region and exacerbate traffic problems on the Ipswich Motorway.
The case will now be referred back to the Planning and Environment Court for a final decision.

Ipswich City Council Planning spokesman Paul Tully welcomed today's decision saying the first court hearing had strongly suggested the 98,000 square metres component of office space should not be approved.

He said the development originally proposed would have destroyed the town centres of Goodna, Redbank and Springfield.
Cr Tully said he was confident the Planning and Environment Court would approve the 435,000 square metres industrial component which was acceptable to Ipswich City Council.
Cr Tully said he was encouraged by Justice Atkinson's decision who said: "This decision should not, of course, be seen as suggesting any preference for the outcome of the appeal before the Planning and Environment Court".

Cr Tully said Ipswich City Council also had no objection to a scaled down version of the development which was currently being considered by Brisbane City Council.
Metroplex has previously developed the "Metroplex on Gateway" precinct at Murrarie comprising an industrial and office business park.

23 November 2010

Great night tonight at St Augustine's College Augustine Heights

The Christmas Carols Night is underway at St Augustine's College at Augustine Heights.

It features an impressive array of song, dance and music.

Congratulations to all involved.

New Redbank rail bridge under construction

A new rail bridge is under construction at Redbank.

It will link from Monash Road to the new service road adjacent to the Ipswich Motorway upgrade.

This will take a lot of pressure off Brisbane Road through the Redbank township.

19 November 2010

St Augustine's College Year 12 Graduation a great event

PIC: St Augustine's Principal Leon Capra receives a presentation from Year 12 students.

82 students from St Augustine's College at Augustine Heights received their Year 12 Graduation Certificates last night.

It was a tremendous - and somewhat emotional night - for the students, parents and teachers.

It was held at the Ipswich Region Community Church at Flinders View.

17 November 2010

City of Ipswich Gold Cup about to race

James Tully leads No. 4 Night Shivers onto the track tonight.

Tip for tonight's Ipswich Greyhounds

Tonight is the running of the City of Ipswich Gold Cup at the Ipswich Showgrounds at 8.35pm.

At 6.34pm, the Councillor Paul Tully Grade 5 / Maiden will be run.

The tip is Dog 1 - Auriga Tegimi.

16 November 2010

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14 November 2010

Plaque recognises 1943 Goodna schoolboy bomb tragedy

A plaque was unveiled at St Francis Xavier School at Goodna today to honour schoolboy John Watson who died in the grounds of the school on 23 February 1943.

He had brought a US military ordnance to the school which he had found nearby and which exploded killing him and injuring seven of his school friends from the Scholarship Class.

The blessing of the memorial garden was performed by Bishop Brian Finnigan and attended by several of the survivors and their families.

At the time, the Catholic school in Church Street was known as St Patrick's.

Despite years of legal claims, the United States government has consistently refused to pay compensation to any of the victims.

100 years of Catholic education in Goodna celebrated

PIC: Former Principal Paul McCann

Dr Paul McCann, now based in Wollongong, addresses a large gathering at Goodna today to celebrate 100 years of Catholic schooling in the town.

Paul McCann was Principal from 1984 to 1993.

In attendance were Bishop Brian Finnigan, Father Peter Casey - Dean of South Country - and Goodna Parish Priest Father Roger Burns.

A fantastic celebration.

12 November 2010

Goodna murder sequel: Graham Stafford meets wrongly convicted IRA operatives

Graham Stafford with Gerry Conlon and Paddy Hill, who were wrongly
convicted of IRA bombings in Britain in the 1970s. Photo: Supplied
When Graham Stafford met Gerry Conlon and Paddy Hill in a Brisbane
hotel room, he was a bit tongue-tied.

But, as they "compared ordeals", Stafford began to realise he had a
lot in common with the famous pair - both wrongly convicted over IRA
pub bombings in Britain in the 1970s.

"Their ordeal was far worse," says Stafford. "But as [a convicted
child killer], I guess I was the lowest of the low on the prison

Now 47, Stafford served 15 years in Queensland jails over the murder
of Goodna 12-year-old Leanne Holland before his conviction was quashed
late last year. A special cold case unit is now reviewing the flawed
police investigation that led to his conviction on circumstantial
evidence in 1992.

Conlon (one of the so-called Guildford Four) and Hill (the Birmingham
Six) met with Stafford after hearing of his case during a visit to
Australia on behalf of the Glasgow-based Miscarriages of Justice
Organisation (MOJO) in June.

Holed up in one of their hotel rooms, Stafford listened to Conlon and
Hill's jail experiences (immortalised by In the Name of the Father, in
which Daniel Day-Lewis played Gerry Conlon), and told of his own
torments. They included bashings ignored by prison staff, food
contaminated by glass splinters and filth, and being woken hourly by
guards during the early part of his incarceration.

"Anyone accused of murdering a child cops it from both sides,
prisoners and guards," says Stafford, whose conviction has been
described by criminologist Paul Wilson as being based on evidence
"even more flimsy and misleading than [that which] convicted Lindy

Also present at the hotel room meeting was Stafford's mother, Jean,
who pleaded unsuccessfully for an independent (non-police)
investigation of her son's case before the current police review -
supervised by a senior Sydney homicide detective - was announced by
Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson in May.

Mrs Stafford told Conlon and Hill Australia urgently needed a body
akin to Britain's Independent Police Complaints Commission to
investigate blatant miscarriages of justice.

"They agreed 100 per cent," she says.

"They also described their own emotional and mental anguish after
getting out of jail, and warned me that Graham would take time to get
over his ordeals and adjust to the world."

Don't miss Frank Robson's in-depth interview with Graham Stafford
about the horrors of life on the inside on on

Goodna Rugby League Club furious over $12,000 break-in

COMMUNITY sporting clubs do it tough at the best of times, and theGoodna Eagles Rugby League Club is no exception.

So up to $12,000 in theft and damage inflicted on the club in a Tuesday night break-in is going to hurt, according to club president Gary Parker.

The damage includes smashed doors and walls in the club dressing rooms, smashed storage
cabinets and equipment, stolen alcohol and food and an ultrasound machine to treat
injuries worth about $4000.

The canteen and bar were broken into and about $2000 worth of food and spirits stolen.

Parker believes the value of the theft and damage total $12,000.

"Some stuff probably won't get replaced until we've got the money to do so," Parker said.

"It's just another kick in the guts for the club."

The club has recently undergone extensive renovations with demountable change rooms, bar, toilet blocks and spectator seating installed.

They have been partly funded by the club and Ipswich City Council to the tune of $150,000.

Police are investigating the break-and-enter.

Local Councillor Paul Tully said the Ipswich City Council was offering a reward up to $2000 for information leading to the conviction of the person or persons responsible.

"Anyone with information can contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000," Cr Tully said.

11 November 2010

Driver dies in Redbank rail overpass crash

A man has died after a collision between two trucks and a bus at a rail overpass in Brisbane's southwest.

The collision occurred on Bridge Street, near the Redbank railway station, about 9.45am, police said.

The person who died was believed to be a male driver of one of the dump trucks, a police spokeswoman said. U

Early information suggested a dump truck had travelled east over the bridge, collided with another truck, then a bus, before hitting a power pole, she said.

Two passengers were on the bus at the time but no one else was injured. Police officers are at the scene.

The overpass is expected to be closed for some time while police investigate. Diversions are in place but motorists are urged to avoid the area.

A Translink spokesman said Redbank railway station was not closed but passengers may be affected by access issues on the southern side.

He said all buses scheduled to travel to Redbank train station were terminating at Redbank Plaza Shopping Centre.

More details were being sought.

05 November 2010

Karaoke commences at the Coffee Club Goodna

Friday night karaoke kicks off tonight at the Coffee Club 12 Queen St Goodna.

Customers were asking for the centre owner Manos Saridakis to get up and sing "I Fought the Law and the Law Won"!

Springfield Health Symposium hears State Government is considering health delivery options in the Western Corridor

The Parliamentary Secretary for Healthy Living Murray Watt MP told today's symposium at the Springfield Central campus of the University of Southern Queensland that the State Government is currently in discussions with Mater Health Services regarding the provision of state funded health services at Health City at Springfield Central.

If this occurs, it will be a fantastic opportunity for the people of Ipswich's eastern suburbs.

04 November 2010

The Whitehead Collection - Images of Ipswich launched today

John Whitehead presents the Whitehead Collection - Images to the City of Ipswich.

Four generations of the Whitehead family have been involved in delivering superb photography to the people of Ipswich since 1883.

The collection includes the floods of 1893 and 1974 as well as the devastating Reid's fire of 1985.

Congratulations and thanks to the Whitehead Family.

ABC host Spencer Howson says Ipswich bridge at Gailes is ugly

TOP-RATING radio host Spencer Howson has told his listeners the bridge over the motorway heading into Ipswich makes him feel like he's driving into a prison.

The contentious caged bridge over the Ipswich
Motorway near Gailes is now at the centre of controversy.

TOP-RATING radio host Spencer Howson has told his listeners the bridge over the motorway heading into Ipswich makes him feel like he's driving into a prison.

Howson, whose ABC show is the highest rating breakfast program in Brisbane, was talking yesterday about Ipswich City Council plans to cage in David Trumpy Bridge.

As The Queensland Times reported on Wednesday, the council said it was forced to cage in the bridge to stop people throwing missiles on to River Heart.

Howson invited his listeners to air their views about cages around bridges and left them in no doubt what his opinion is.

"As you drive down the Ipswich Motorway to Ipswich – I'm sorry Ipswich – but it does feel like you're driving into a prison when you go under that Welcome to Ipswich sign," he said.

"There's a huge bridge there and it looks ugly, grey; a huge caged monstrosity that you drive under."

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale laughed when Howson's comments were passed on to him.

"I've got people saying it looks very modern. It's designed by an architect so maybe it's a bit like art," Cr Pisasale said.

"Poor old Spencer is entitled to his own opinion.

"I'd prefer to have the sign without the cage but Main Roads built it and they have a responsibility to protect people.

"A lot of people don't like the word caged and I agree but people need to be protected from having rocks thrown from bridges."

Howson also invited Paul Turner from the RACQ for his opinion on whether bridges needed cages around them.

"Where are we going to stop?" Howson said. "Are we going to have to cage every bridge in Queensland to stop rock-throwers; to cave in to rock-throwers?

"It's not a good look to have these prison-style cages on bridges."

Mr Turner said that "there are some obvious bridges which would benefit from caging".

"We would primarily look at those over high-speed motorways and freeways," he said.

"That's where the most damage can be done and the most risk to life and limb can be caused by kids or people throwing stuff off the bridge. In residential areas where the speeds are lower it would not be a priority to cage those bridges."

Not wanting to buy into Howson's comments, a Transport and Main Roads Department spokesman said the department "wishes that anti-throw screens weren't necessary anywhere in Queensland".

"We also encourage the community to help out by being our eyes and ears and reporting reckless and illegal behaviour to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000."

03 November 2010

New traffic lights being installed at Smiths Road Goodna

Work has commenced to replace the four stop signs at the corner of Smiths Road and Stuart St Goodna.

This is part of the new Smiths Road extension which will link St Ives Goodna with Redbank Plaza.

The new link should be open early 2011.

Goodna motorists will no longer have to use the Ipswich Motorway when travelling to or from Redbank and Collingwood Park.

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