28 June 2011

Cash Converters reopens in Goodna

It's been a long haul since the floods of 11 January but the revamped Cash Converters store at Brisbane Rd Goodna looks great.

Celebrations are continuing all week to celebrate the bigger and brighter store adjacent to McDonald's.

This is one more step towards the full flood recovery of Goodna as the key centre in Ipswich's eastern suburbs.

Ipswich Motorway partial closure tomorrow night at Gailes

The Department of Transport and Main Roads advises the Logan Mwy exit from the Ipswich Mwy will close from 8pm Wednesday 29 June to 5am Thursday 30 June 2011.

Detour via Progress Rd.

Call 1800465682 for more information.

25 June 2011

Morning Tea Fund Raiser for the Cancer Council at Goodna Coffee Club

Melissa Morey hosted a fabulous fundraiser at the Goodna Coffee Club in Queen Street this morning.

The girls - and one boy - from the Shiloh Line Dancers entertained everyone with a great performance.

Thanks go the Coffee Club owner Sia Mavris for helping today's fundraiser to be a reality.
Ipswich City Council donated $500 towards the successful event which was presented by local Councillor Paul Tully.

22 June 2011

Fire Ants on the march around Ipswich

Media Release from Ipswich City Councillor Paul Tully

42 new fire ant infestations have been officially declared around southeast Queensland.

The new sites are listed in newspaper advertisements today in Brisbane and Ipswich.

Eighteen of the newly identified fire ant infestations are in the Ipswich area with new sites discovered at Redbank Plains, North Ipswich, North Booval and Leichhardt.

Ipswich Councillor Paul Tully warned 10 years ago when the fire ants were first discovered in Australia they would never be stopped.

Cr Tully said the latest spread of the deadly fire ant was very disturbing with almost half of the new sites located around Ipswich.

"The new sites around Ipswich are all close to residential areas.

"Unfortunately, a degree of complacency has crept into the community who have forgotten about the serious dangers posed by fire ants.

Cr Tully called on an urgent increase in federal and state government funding to stop the spread of fire ants.

"If they are not stopped now, they will cross the New South Wales border in a few years.

"Imported species such as rabbits, cane toads and foxes have never been stopped and the march of the fire ants will not be halted unless a new major effort starts now."

Cr Tully said residents were invited to his Goodna electorate office where a collection of dead fire ants of various ages and sizes were on display to help members of the public identify possible infestations.

20 June 2011

Father Mauro Conte becomes Parish Priest of the new Springfield Parish

A major celebration took place yesterday at Robelle Domain Springfield Central when a thousand people welcomed Fr Mauro Conte as the first parish priest of the new Springfield Parish.

He accepted his appointment from the Archbishop of Brisbane Archbishop Bathersby.

It was a moving experience being the first new parish in Queensland in 15 years.

Also in attendance were Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Federal Member for Oxley Bernie Ripoll, local Councillor for Greater Springfield Paul Tully and co-founder of the Springfield Land Corporation Maha Sinnathamby.

18 June 2011

Brookwater Golf Club is an Australian icon

Elizabeth Meryment

The Australian ⁠ ⁠⁠

June 18, 2011⁠ ⁠

I AM in Queensland after Christmas to catch up with relatives and friends, and to do some digging for this report about Brisbane's lesser-known attractions. Only it is raining. And not just raining but pouring relentlessly.

We make the slow drive down to Brisbane from the (ironically named this January) Sunshine Coast in the teeming rain.

In the night, the downpour is so heavy the tin roof of the Queenslander in which we are staying sounds like it's being sprayed by bullets.

We all know what happens next. Shortly after we leave Brisbane, the flood crisis strikes with a vengeance. The houses of friends and family are inundated, possessions and memories washed away.

Back in Sydney, we watch the television transfixed as floodwaters creep high in streets where we used to live. Nobody we know is hurt, but plenty suffer.

The stylish 1889 Enoteca, opposite the Gabba, has been praised for its outstanding menu and wine list.

Months later, with reconstruction under way, friends in the Queensland travel industry have started ringing.

"Can you get something in the paper about how the Sunshine Coast hasn't been destroyed by flood or cyclone?" begs one friend.

"We need people coming back to Brisbane," laments another.

It is definitely time to consider another practical means of helping our Queensland kin: by visiting.

While many of its big-ticket attractions, including the Gallery of Modern Art and Southbank, are perpetually popular, Brisbane is quietly developing into a rich and multi-layered city.

Brookwater Golf Club, Brookwater:

This Greg Norman-designed club is one of Brisbane's true gems, secreted in dense bushland a 30-minute drive west of the CBD.

Despite its setting, this immaculately groomed championship course with glistening white bunkers and glassy greens is described by aficionados as the state's most spectacular course, comparable to Australia's best.

Open to the public, the course is said to be challenging even to professionals, so be prepared.

There's also a country club equipped with full-sized tennis courts and an expansive clubhouse with a quality restaurant called Magnolia.

Golfers will find it quite a change from Brisbane's older, more established links.


Jobs plan strengthens sport in Ipswich to the tune of $1.5 million

Minister for Child Safety and Sport

The Honourable Phil Reeves


Jobs plan strengthens sport in Ipswich to the tune of $1.5 million

The Bligh Government is kicking goals for the Ipswich sports community thanks to a $1.5 million cash injection as part of the Local Sport and Recreation Jobs Plan program.

State Member for Ipswich West Wayne Wendt said Ipswich City Council will receive the funding over three years to employ ten Local Sport and Recreation Coordinators.

"Once employed, the coordinators will help support 86 clubs across the Council area."

State Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller said the coordinators will help with a range of duties.

"They'll provide assistance with fundraising, promotional activities and sponsorships at the grassroots level."

State Member for Ipswich Rachel Nolan said many officials and volunteers don't have the time to follow up all the governance, fundraising development and marketing duties that clubs need to pursue.

"They're flat out running the club, and the coordinator will be able to give them much-needed support and advice to help strengthen the clubs so they can continue to provide this vital community service."

The Local Sport and Recreation Coordinators will:

• provide advice on governance for a cluster of organisations and source appropriate support avenues;

• develop networks and support collaborative approaches to sport and recreation in local communities;

• support organisations with grant-seeking, sponsorship, fundraising and corporate partnerships; and

• advise on effective marketing strategies and promotional activities for sport and recreation.

Sport Minister Phil Reeves said the Jobs Plan is not only designed to build capacity within local clubs but will improve employment opportunities within the sport and recreation industry.

"The Bligh Government understands local sport and recreation clubs are the lifeblood of communities," Mr Reeves said.

"The Jobs Plan program, through the appointment of a local coordinator, will help grassroots organisations develop and prosper.

"It's great to see local organisations taking advantage of this Bligh Government initiative.

"This is further evidence of the Government's commitment to its

Toward Q2: Tomorrow's Queensland initiative to help Queenslanders become the healthiest people in Australia.

"The Bligh Government has made the tough economic decisions to ensure we can continue to support local sport and recreation."

Ipswich City Council will contribute more than $1.9 million over three years.

06 June 2011

Traffic chaos at Redbank

The Mine St left turn exit from the Ipswich Motorway inbound to Brisbane has been banned.

Motorists are now forced to continue on via Francis St and Kerwick St to access the Redbank township.

Origin Alliance needs to tweak the traffic lights to give more time for vehicles using the Francis St / Mine St intersection.

05 June 2011


The Ray White western corridor auction of 67 properties is underway at Brookwater Golf Club.

03 June 2011

Bligh Government to crack down on retailers dudding customers over gift cards


A CRACKDOWN looms on retailers who dud customers out of left-over cash on gift cards.

They also face bans on demanding people spend more money to redeem their gifts and on setting unreasonable expiry dates.

 The Bligh Government's move comes amid growing concern that some retailers are setting unfair and unspecified rules, then pocketing unredeemed cash.

 A recent survey found more than $1.5 billion was spent annually on gift cards but only about half of people who received them got to spend the full amount.

 Deputy Premier Paul Lucas said he would today pursue nationwide laws to govern gift cards at a meeting of consumer ministers.

 But Mr Lucas has threatened that Queensland will go it alone if there is no agreement.

 "Most of these companies operate across state boundaries and going it alone as a state is not ideal," he told The Courier-Mail yesterday.

 "But neither is the current situation where consumers are being dudded and large retailers are pocketing the gains without supplying anything in return."

 The Office of Fair Trading is investigating best practice for gift card terms and conditions in other jurisdictions.

 The US has set a five-year minimum expiry date on gift cards while some US states have banned expiry periods altogether. Some also have introduced laws banning fees and requiring retailers to offer consumers cash for any unused funds.

 A survey by consumer group CHOICE found expiry dates set by Australian retailers varied between six months and two years. Only hardware chain Bunnings issued gift cards that did not expire.

 It was reported that thousands of people with gift cards from ailing book store chains Borders and Angus and Robertson were unable to use them and were asked to spend more money to redeem any of the gift card value.

 A CHOICE spokeswoman, Ingrid Just, said the group had mounting concerns about the lack of rules surrounding the use of gift cards.

 "Many consumers are not aware that the gift card sitting in their wallets . . . had a three-month usage date on it," she said. "And essentially that money is lost."

 Ms Just backed moves towards a minimum period in which cards must be honoured and rules requiring greater disclosure of conditions.

 Mr Lucas said some retailers were doing the right thing but laws were needed to ensure all consumers got value for money.

 "When you buy a gift card for someone, you expect that you will get value for money and that they will be able to use the gift card's total amount when and on what they like," he said.

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