29 May 2011

Robelle Domain opens today

The new $30 million Robelle Domain at Springfield Parklands opened today.

It is located behind the Orion Town Centre at Springfield Central.

It is one of the most spectacular parks in the City of Ipswich.

21 May 2011

MP backs Springfield hospital idea

A STATE MP has called on her own government to fund a unique
public/private hospital in Springfield so residents no longer have to
travel to Brisbane for private treatment.

Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller said funding must be approved to build
public day beds in the Mater Health Services-backed private hospital
it is hoped will be built in Springfield soon.

The call came after Springfield Land Corporation announced anchor
tenants for Health City, the large medical precinct the private/public
hospital would be the centrepiece of.

It is envisioned that dozens of niche medical practices, such as GPs
and chiropractors, and a hotel would surround the hospital.

"I am strongly in support of the hospital as a private and public
facility for the Springfield region," Ms Miller said.

Springfield Land Corporation has been trying to get the unique
hospital off the ground for years.

The first real step came this week when MyLife Medical Group was
announced as the GP tenant in Health City, while negotiations with a
supermarket for the precinct were also advanced.

"Commitment from anchor tenants allows the Health City project to now
go to market to find someone capable of tackling a project that is
sure to result in a highly visible and highly recognisable
development," Springfield Land Corporation chairman Maha Sinnathamby

Talks with the State Government about the possibility of public beds
being included in the project started last year.

But the State Government had always insisted the Ipswich Hospital was
their number one focus for the region, and a Queensland Health
spokesman said they were still in negotiations.

"Queensland Health is continuing to participate in discussions about
public and private health sector service provision at Springfield," a
spokesperson said in a statement.

ABC News Online: Flood warning system under the spotlight

Flooded houses and swamped caravans at the Ipswich suburb of Goodna, west of Brisbane

More than 8,500 properties in the region were inundated when the Bremer River peaked. (User submitted - Geoff Swift)

The Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry is questioning the warnings given to Ipswich residents before the region was swamped in January.

More than 8,500 properties in the region were inundated when the Bremer River peaked at 19 metres - the third largest flood in the city's history and only marginally lower than that reached in 1974.

Councillor Paul Tully has told today's Ipswich sitting of the inquiry that there were problems with evacuation warnings and the community was not kept informed of the developing situation.

The inquiry heard the council received more than 5,000 calls - four times the usual number.

The head of Ipswich Council's local disaster coordination centre, Anthony Trace, told the hearing an SMS warning was delayed, partly because of the time it took to get official approval.

Radio announcer David Greenwood told the hearing his station River 94.9 was bombarded with calls as the disaster unfolded from people who could not get through to the council's emergency call centre.

Cr Tully has called for the introduction of a special flood warning system in Queensland, similar to that used for cyclones or bushfires.

He told the inquiry many people do not understand flood warnings and a new alert system should be introduced.

He said, for example, the community seems to know what a category five cyclone is and suggested a similar scale should be introduced for floods.

Councillor Tully also called for police to be given jet skis or boats during floods to prevent looting in evacuated areas.

Police, local councillors and disaster victims were among those who gave evidence at today's hearing, with evacuation centres and road safety also coming under the spotlight.

03 May 2011

Youths arrested at St Ives Shopping Centre at Goodna

3rd May 2011

POLICE arrested four juveniles at Goodna's St Ives Shopping Centre after members of the public complained of being harassed by the group.

A shopkeeper first called police about 10.20am telling them the boys, aged 10 to 15, had been hanging around his shop calling him names.

Further calls came later on, complaining of four kids "behaving like idiots" at St Ives - harassing elderly women and abusing customers outside the Woolworths supermarket.

Police transported four boys back to Goodna station about 11.10am.

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