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31 October 2011

Halloween hits Ipswich: This group is currently knocking on doors at Augustine Heights with the familiar "Trick or Treat" chant

27 October 2011

Brookwater Golf Course comes alive

Brookwater Golf & Country Club News - Thursday October 27th
Play Brookwater for as low as $69

This is a great opportunity for you and your friends to experience Queensland's No.1 Golf Course.*

Go to our website for daily specials http://www.brookwatergolf.com.au/social-golf.php.
Introducing Our New Brookwater Annual Pass
Brookwater Just Keeps Getting Better....

Brookwater Annual Pass includes a range of benefits and privileges not only for golf....

For further details go to our website http://www.brookwatergolf.com.au/annual-pass-membership.php or contact Peter Hourigan, General Manager on 07 3814 5500 or peterhourigan@brookwatergolf.com.
Pink Charity Golf Day
Raising Funds for Mater Foundation Breast & Ovarian Cancer Research

REGISTER TODAY!
Get your team together and register to play in the Pink Charity Golf Day at Brookwater Golf & Country Club.

Enjoy 18 holes of golf, followed by a delicious BBQ buffet lunch.

Ladies and men will be given their 'chicks in pink' Polo shirts on arrival and there are great prizes up for offer.

Book your team today and help raise valuable funds for Breast and Ovarian Cancer Research.

When: Friday 25th November, 2011
Where: Brookwater Golf & Country Club
Format: 4 Person Ambrose
Registration: 7:00am - 7:45am
Tee Time: 8:00am Shotgun
Cost: $130 per person
         $75 per person - Brookwater Golf & Country Club Members

For further information on the Pink Charity Golf Day please contact Shahaad Suleman on 07 3814 5500 or email ssuleman@brookwatergolf.com.
From the Heart Golf Day with Mayor Paul Pisasale
Profits From the Heart Golf Day will benefit Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital HeartKids - 4KQ Variety Special Children's Christmas Party.

Event Details
When: Wednesday 14 December 2011
Where: Brookwater Golf & Country Club
Cost: Team of 4 players - $500
         Individual entries - $125 (Includes donation)
Event Format: 4 Person Ambrose
Entries close: Wednesday 7 December 2011

Inclusions
Pre-Golf Sausage Sizzle
18 holes of Championship Golf including cart
Post golf canapes, drinks and presentations

For further details of the event contact Legends Group, Att: Chris Rose, Phone 07 5432 4737 Email: chris@entertainmentqld.com.
Monthly Pro Shop Specials
Footjoy Shoe Sale
ALL 2010 Men's and Ladies Footjoy shoes up to 40% off!
Limited sizes and styles available!

New Arrivals
New season Mens and Ladies Adidas apparel
New Mens Oakley apparel
New 2011/2012 Footjoy men's and ladies shoes

Callaway Demo clubs on sale

20% off all Callaway Balls

Visit the Golf Shop to view all the latest styles and colours.
Ian Triggs Golf at Brookwater
Take advantage of having one of the worlds famous Professional Golf
Coaches in your backyard, providing clinics and lessons to with Ian
Triggs and his team providing clinics and lessons to golfers of all ages
and experience. This includes Ian Triggs Golf at Brookwater overseeing
our junior program "Kookaburra Club" run by our resident Pro Trainee Jay Simpson.

Professional golfer and coach, Ian Triggs has coached some of
Australia's best elite golfers, including Karrie Webb and John Senden
for more than 20 years.

For further information and bookings for private coaching tuition, half
day group tuition and junior programs, please call the golf shop on 3814 5500 or email iantriggs@brookwatergolf.com or for junior program
information jsimpson@pgamember.org.au.
Halloween Dance Party
Drift wants to invite you and your friends to our fabulously devilish Halloween party.

When: Saturday 29th of October - 8pm
Dress: Halloween fancy dress (optional)
Food: light supper buffet served at 10pm
Beverage: cash bar with a complimentary cocktail on arrival
Melbourne Cup Luncheon
Don't forget to book your Melbourne Cup Table.

3-course lunch w selected wines & beer
Italian and French Champagne tasting on arrival
Fashion parade and the not to be missed live entertainment
(imagine Pricilla Queen of the Desert meets Melbourne Cup)
The fun begins at 11.30am

Bookings & prepayment must be made in advance
Limited seating - make sure to book ASAP

Weekly Dining Specials at Drift
Tuesday Night - Steak & Peroni - $25

Wednesday Night - Sandcrab & Sauvignon - $25

Early Bird Dining
Dine before 7:00pm and kids eat free
Tuesday - Thursday for kids 12 years and under

Lunch Special - 2-Course Lunch - $35

Sundays @ Drift
2-Course Lunch Special 12pm - 3pm
Church Service drinks & nibbles 4pm - 7pm

For further Drift Brookwater events and specials, visit http://www.driftbrookwater.com.au/
Upcoming Events at Drift Brookwater
Christmas Day 3-Course Lunch - Sunday, 25 December
Christmas Parties & Functions -
Christmas parties starting from $49pp
New Years Eve Dinner & Dance - Saturday, 31 December 7pm

For more specific details and information go to www.driftbrookwater.com.au/events

Bookings are essential - 3814 6100

Goodna Jacaranda Festival Fun Run this Sunday

GOODNA JACARANDA FESTIVAL

Fun Run 10km and 5km Walk

Where:

Evan Marginson Park, Woogaroo Street, Goodna

When:

Sunday 30th October 2011

Sign On

: 6:00am – 6.55am

Start:

7:00am

Entry Fee:

$5.00 per person

Over $,1000 in cash and prizes to be won!

Categories (10km Fun Run)

Ages based on age at the 31

st December 2011.
A. Open male
 
B. Open Female
 
C. U/18yrs Male
 
D. U/18yrs Female
 
E. Over 50yrs Male
 
F. Over 50yrs Female

G. Walk (No Trophy or prizemoney for walkers.

Contact: Viviene or Daniel on 3818 2949 or email:
daniel@yoursecure.com.au
 
 

Goodna's Jacarandas are looking even better with a layer of purple petals beneath the trees - just in time for the Jacaranda Festival starting this Friday

26 October 2011

Pizza Hut coming to Augustine Heights

A Pizza Hut store is planned for Augustine Heights at the corner of Augusta Parkway and Mt Juillerat Drive.

It will located next to Subway and be very convenient for residents of Augustine Heights, Brookwater, Bellbird Park and Redbank Plains.

There is no date available as to the official opening.

23 October 2011

Train on the way to Springfield

Premier and Minister for Reconstruction

The Honourable Anna Bligh

Transport and Multicultural Affairs

The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

23/10/2011

WORK UNDERWAY ON SPRINGFIELD RAIL LINK

Premier Anna Bligh today turned the first sod on a new 9.5 km rail line that will link Brisbane with one of the fastest growing regions in Australia.
The $475 million Richlands to Springfield project officially starts construction this week. 

The Premier said that through a competitive tendering process for the delivery of the project the taxpayer gained $171 million in cost savings and a new station at Springfield near the Springfield Link Bridge.

"We fast tracked this project and it is great to see work underway on another vital piece of rail infrastructure for South East Queensland," said the Premier.

"This is a major transport initiative of the Queensland Government to support one of the fastest growing areas in Australia, with more than 21,000 people currently living in greater Springfield.

"The area's population is expected to reach 105,000 during the next twenty years, and we're building the transport infrastructure to meet this growing region's needs."

The Government opened Richlands station, which was part of the $800 million stage one of the Darra to Springfield project, early to help after the floods and already 2,500 trips are made every weekday on the line. 

"The new 9.5km rail line is expected to take two million work hours and will create about 3,200 jobs during construction," said the Premier.

"This investment will provide residents with a clean, green alternative to car travel.

"It'll encourage people to use public transport as their preferred way to travel, ultimately reducing reliance on local roads.

"During morning peak the new rail line could potentially take up to 2,500 cars off the Centenary Highway, with the train trip from Springfield Central to Brisbane expected to take about 40 minutes."

Transport Minister Ms Palaszczuk said the Springfield community would benefit from the two new stations being built as part of the project - Springfield Central Station near the Orion Shopping Centre and Springfield Station near Woodcrest College.

"By the time the project is finished in 2013, two years ahead of our original estimates, this will be part of an integrated public transport alternative," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"Both new stations will link with buses and the South East Queensland cycle path network."

Ms Palaszczuk said a new interim bus service - Route 535 (from Orion Springfield to Richlands train station) - would start in February next year.

Ms Palaszczuk said the $850,000 a year bus service, delivered by Westside, would run half-hourly every morning and afternoon, Monday-Friday, between 5.08am-8.20am and 4.33pm-7.05pm.

"The interim buses will run 145 times a week and offering 6800 weekly seats.

'This is about giving people options and delivering an effective public transport alternative," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"It will serve emerging developments in Springfield Lakes including Education City and gives residents another option to the park 'n' rides at Goodna and Richlands train stations.

"Sixteen bus stops will be installed for the new bus route and four new buses added to the network."

"As part of the project, we're also building a 5.1km cycle path connecting Springfield Central and Springfield to Richlands Station and the South East Queensland cycle network as part of the project.

"There will also be about 2.1km of shared-use pedestrian and cycle paths around the stations at Springfield Central and Springfield and both stations will have secure bike storage facilities."

Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller said local people would benefit from two new stations being built as part of the project.

"We'll be getting two stations, Springfield Central Station near the Orion Shopping Centre and Springfield Station near Woodcrest College," she said.

"It's great that work is now underway on this vital piece of infrastructure for local area."

Springfield Land Corporation Chairman Maha Sinnathamby said this is a great announcement for the entire Western Corridor.

"This is long term planning at its best. These twin rail stations will open up new opportunities for Australia's fastest growing area," Mr Sinnathamby said.

"I know the people of Greater Springfield will support and use this vital piece of infrastructure."

22 October 2011

Goodna's famous Jacarandas are in full bloom on Brisbane Tce in time for next week's Jacaranda Festival.

The trees on Brisbane Tce were planted by work gangs during the Great Depression in 1932.

The purple blooms are looking better than ever.

All looks good for the last weekend in October.

Goodna State School is top of the class

Minister for Education and Industrial Relations

The Honourable Cameron Dick

21/10/2011

Goodna State School is top of the class

Education Minister Cameron Dick congratulated Goodna State School on its success in the 2011 Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools tonight.

"The Showcase Awards for Excellence are Education Queensland's premier event celebrating excellence in state schools," Mr Dick said.

Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller said Goodna State School was raising the bar in education standards.

"Goodna State School's program Moving on up - nothing's going to stop us now! received the Queensland University of Technology Showcase Award for Excellence in Leadership at the gala dinner," Ms Miller said.

"Goodna State School identified a need to change the culture within their school to focus on excellence and academic performance.

"In order to achieve improved learning outcomes, the program increased the capacity of all members of the school community, including staff and parents, to deliver their goal."

Mr Dick said winners of the Showcase Awards were recognised for programs that significantly improved student learning outcomes.

The 24 state finalists were announced this evening at the Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools Gala Dinner at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The eight state winners each receive another $20,000 in development grants to add to the $5000 for being a finalist.

A full list of winners is available on the Showcase Awards website at
http://education.qld.gov.au/community/events/showcase/2011/index.html

21 October 2011

B-double "ripped to pieces" at notorious Goodna underpass

PIC: B-double smashed to pieces at Goodna as driver flees the scene.


A driver of a B-double at Goodna has disappeared from the scene of an accident when his truck smashed under a notorious railway underpass this afternoon.

The Layard St underpass has claimed dozens of trucks in recent years attempting to cross from the Ipswich Motorway to the northern side of the railway line.

Today's accident saw the truck smash through an Armco barrier, rip the underside of the rail overpass and rip the top of the semi-trailer apart from the front to the back.

The driver, who is believed to have arrived from New Zealand only two weeks ago, disappeared from the scene of the accident and abandoned the vehicle in Woogaroo St.

Police and state transport officers are at the accident scene attempting to locate the driver.

Workers are attempting to repair the underpass.

Local Councillor Paul Tully has previously called for warning "dangles" to be erected to warn oncoming drivers of the 3.8 metre underpass ahead.

He said the driver faces charges of using an unapproved B-double route ignoring official traffic signs as well as fleeing the scene of an accident.

"The police should throw the book at him," Cr Tully said.

20 October 2011

Levee bank and gates being examined to minimise Ipswich CBD flooding

PIC: Marsden Parade Ipswich where a flood proof gate is being considered.

Ipswich City Council is examining a proposal to flood proof the Ipswich CBD.

A technical and financial feasibility is underway to examine the plan.

Ipswich Planning and Development Chair Cr Paul Tully said the plan would flood proof the Ipswich CBD from most but not all floods.

"The proposal could see a floodgate at the Marsden Parade railway underpass and a levee bank on top of the existing outer edge of the railway reserve.

"The current study is examining the engineering feasibility of this concept," Cr Tully said.

Work starts on the new commercial development at Brisbane Rd Redbank

The new 2-storey complex opposite the Commercial Hotel will be the new location for the Redbank Cafe and Redbank News and other local businesses.

It will give a great boost to the suburb.

State Government warns time running out to register pools

Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State

The Honourable Paul Lucas

20/10/2011

Time running out to register pools

Homeowners have just over two weeks to register their pool to avoid a fine of up to $2000.

Minister for Local Government Paul Lucas said the crackdown on pool registration is the latest in a long line of State Government reforms aimed at preventing drowning tragedies.

"The loss of any child is unimaginable, but the loss of a young child through circumstances that are entirely preventable is heartbreaking," Mr Lucas said.

"That is why the State Government is committed to protecting our most vulnerable Queenslanders by ensuring all pools are registered and meet safety standards.

"Taking just a couple of minutes to fill out a simple online form could help save a child's life.

"The vast majority of pool owners have registered with 283,066 out of an estimated 320,000 registered.

"Pool owners who fail to register their pool by November 4 face on-the-spot fines of $200 or a maximum court penalty of $2000.

"Some people in the community have questioned why the government has taken a tough stance in relation to pool registrations and fencing.

"But the simple fact is that pool drowning remains one of the leading causes of death for Queensland toddlers aged one to four and the leading cause of accidental death nationally for children under five years of age."

Between January 1, 2004 and June 30, 2010, 37 children aged four and under drowned in residential swimming pools, and every year there are about 50 incidences of non-fatal immersions, which often result in permanent brain damage.

In 2009 the State Government's independent pool safety review noted Queensland didn't have an accurate figure of its swimming pool numbers and recommended a pool register be established.

Mr Lucas said the State Government register is just one of a range of measures introduced to help save children's lives by making Queensland pools the safest in the country.

"New laws around pools a nd pool fencing have been in place since December 2009 and were strengthened again in December 2010," Mr Lucas said.

"This latest measure will provide statistical information enabling us to undertake future reviews, better promote pool safety awareness and support a pool safety inspection system.

"Previously we have had no way of knowing exactly how many pools there are in Queensland or where they are located."

Established on December 1, 2010, the register provides residents, local governments, pool safety inspectors, and the Pool Safety Council with a central source of information about regulated pools.

Mr Lucas said local governments had already been helping to populate the register from their own records.

"While many councils have records on pools that go back for decades this data may be out of date," Mr Lucas said.

"In most cases pools will already have been registered by local governments, but to help ensure the register is as comprehensive as possible we need pool owners to check if their pool is registered and their details are correct."

Initially the deadline to register was May 4, but following the devastation of the January floods and Cyclone Yasi the State Government gave Queenslanders a reprieve, pushing the deadline to November 4.

"The State Government has invested $800,000 in a public awareness radio and print campaign and granted an amnesty period of six months," Mr Lucas said.

"We want to ensure there is no excuse for people who don't have their pools registered by the deadline."

Pool owners need to ensure their pool has been registered at www.dlgp.qld.gov.au/poolsafety or by calling 1800 340 634.

Pool Safety Timeline

December 1, 2009 Stage one of the State Government's new pool laws implemented:

- Pool fencing laws simplified to best safety standard

- Standards for temporary fencing for pools under construction

- All new swimming pools to undergo mandatory final inspections

- Mandatory CPR signage

- Pool register developed

- Method of reporting immersion incidents from Queensland police improved

December 1, 2010 Stage two of the State Government's new pool laws implemented:

- Pool register established and homeowners required to register their pool by May 4, 2011

- All owners of regulated swimming required to upgrade their pool to the new pool safety standard by 30 November 2015

- Mandatory pool safety certificates and inspections

- Mandatory local governments inspections for immersion incidents of children under five in swimming pools

- Voluntary reporting of immersion incidents by doctors and mandatory reporting by hospitals and Queensland Ambulance Service

- Child resistant doors that form part of the pool barrier must be replaced with a fence

- Councils can no longer ap ply local pool safety laws

- Pool safety laws amended to include indoor pools and pools associated with hotels, motels, caretaker residences, caravan parks, backpackers, hostels, mobile home parks and homestays

- Fencing for all portable pools and spas to be deeper than 300 millimetres.

May 3, 2011- Pool owners given until November 4 to register their pool due to January floods and Cyclone Yasi recovery efforts

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19 October 2011

Media Release: Call for lawyers to disclose property searches to clients

A call has been made for all Queensland lawyers to be forced by law to hand over council rates and property searches to clients who are purchasing homes or investment properties.

The call follows evidence to the Floods Inquiry that a Goodna woman was not provided with an Ipswich City Council flood search by her solicitor.

Mrs Natalia Ang purchased a property at Mill St Goodna but was never provided a copy of the flood search by her solicitor showing the property was 8 metres under water in 1974.

Ipswich Councillor Paul Tully said most solicitors in Queensland routinely failed to hand over copies of rates and flood searches to their clients.

Cr Tully said clients were paying hundreds of dollars for flood and property searches which are mostly not forwarded on to purchasers.

"The law should be changed to require solicitors to fully disclose all searches to their clients, not just some glib statement that they were satisfactory.

"Any lawyer who doesn't pass on the searches to their client is letting their client down."

Cr Tully said solicitors were "playing god" with their clients by not giving the information about property flood levels.

"This is disgraceful conduct by solicitors who are more interested in pocketing their clients' money than disclosing the results of all searches relating to the property.

"Failing to pass on key searches to clients is professionally negligent and a disgraceful way of treating clients who are paying good money for poor service," Cr Tully said.

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Queen rules out visit to Goodna, Ipswich or Grantham

Flood complaints bloom over Queen's reception snub



THE Queen has ignited controversy even before her arrival in Australia today, with flood victims from the Queensland city of Ipswich not invited to a royal reception in Brisbane next week.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said yesterday he had not been contacted in relation to the visit, and was not aware any members of the public or the emergency services had been invited.

"It's a bit disappointing they haven't contacted people who are at the frontline of the emergency response," Mr Pisasale said.

"Even the Dalai Lama made sure he spread his time evenly between Ipswich and Brisbane."

The Queen will visit Brisbane on Monday, when she will take a river cruise past flood-affected areas of the city and attend a reception for those affected by last summer's natural disasters.

Premier Anna Bligh's department is understood to have drawn up a list of 200 invitations to the event.

A spokeswoman for Ms Bligh said the Queen was in Brisbane for only half a day, and the guest list for the reception was based on advice from the government departments that worked on the ground during the January floods, and included the families of people who died.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will arrive in Canberra today. After meeting Julia Gillard and Governor-General Quentin Bryce, the first function of their 10-day tour will be Canberra's Floriade flower show tomorrow.

A team of gardeners is keeping the festival bright for an extra week ahead of the royal inspection. "By the end of tomorrow, everything is going to look great," said Floriade head gardener Andrew Forster.

www.TheAustralian.com.au

18 October 2011

Bremer State High School hosts the Ipswich City Council Meeting tonight

Students from Bremer State High School Choir open tonight's external Council meeting with the Australian National Anthem.

Karaoke is coming to the Goodna Rugby League Club at the end of October

It should be a great night especially if Billy Bowtell, Keiron Butler and Tony Caswell perform their regular trio routine.

Rush is on for Goodna and Ipswich flood victims

ABOUT six in 10 flood-affected Ipswich residents have still not moved back into their homes after January's flood disaster.

Bert Eleison will finally be moving back into his East Ipswich home after January's flood.

 
 ABOUT six in ten flood-affected Ipswich residents have still not moved back into their homes after January's flood disaster.

But there are hopes many will be back in their houses before Christmas as rebuilding efforts around the city ramp up.

Mayor Paul Pisasale said a building rush was now under way around Ipswich, which would hopefully see the majority of residents back in their homes for Christmas.

The slow rehoming rate was revealed as the city council revealed its new online flooding maps, which will give locals and newcomers detailed information about the 1974 and 2011 floods.

Cr Pisasale said the length of time waiting for insurance claims to be processed and other factors had resulted in the current glut of rebuilding work.

"Everything is in active mode now, people are doing everything they can to get back into their homes," he said.

He said about 40% of flood affected residents were back in their homes, and that Christmas loomed as an important milestone for those waiting for work to be completed

Cr Pisasale said there would be a small number of people who ould never be able to rebuild their homes, such was the extensive damage.

One resident who will be back in his home by year's end is East Ipswich resident Bert Eleison, whose Leslie St home was inundated in January.

Mr Eleison said that after good dealings with his insurer Suncorp, he will move back into his home next week after spending the last nine months with his daughter.

"We didn't think it would take this long, but you can't do anything about it," he said.

Mr Eleison, who was in the same home when it flooded in 1974, said he was looking forward to moving back in, and sympathised with those who could not return home.

"It is tough and you do feel sorry for those who are having problems," he said.

Council planning and development committee chairman Paul Tully said the new flood maps released yesterday were comprehensive and measured the 1974 and 2011 flood levels against every Ipswich home's eaves.

He said since the flood, people had questioned the amount of information previously available.

"What we've done is to prepare the most sophisticated flood modelling and information available to any local government area in Queensland," Cr Tully said.

"What this does is to provide precise data, within 600mm plus or minus, of each property affected in the 2011 and 1974 floods.

"More particularly, it will show the level of flooding for the highest and lowest points on each property which had been affected by those floods, for which we have data - which is the majority of cases. It will also show the height of the flood compared to people's eaves.

"This is a first for Queensland."

The service is free and available on the council website now.

Cr Tully said people could use the maps to help them make informed decisions when buying, renting or renovating homes.

He said officers had made exhaustive surveys of flooded areas immediately after the flood and used a number of sources, which included aerial surveys and interviews with hundreds of residents.

Cr Pisasale said council figures showed that of the 473 Ipswich businesses affected by the floods, 397 were already back in business, with 34 not set to reopen.

He said 15 are in the process of reopening.

MAP POINTS

  • To access the new flood maps, visit ipswich.qld.gov.au and follow the links.
  • Enter a street address to find information on flood levels for that particular site.
  • Maps of the areas surrounding a chosen building are also shown.
 
More Ipswich News: www.QT.com.au

17 October 2011

Ipswich releases new flood maps for all on its website

Ipswich

SOAKED: Up to 3000 properties in Ipswich were flooded in January, including large parts of the CBD.
Picture: Bruce Long
Source: The Courier-Mail

IPSWICH residents can now obtain detailed information on just how their property was affected by the January flood.

Council Planning and Development Committee chairman Paul Tully said the updated maps reflected the most accurate recording of flood levels in the history of the city.

"All property owners in Ipswich can now access this free service online," Cr Tully said.

"In what we believe to be a Queensland first, Ipswich City Council has introduced a comprehensive package which includes an easy to read description of the property, the height of both the 1974 and 2011 floods measured against the highest and lowest points on the property and the building eave height."

Cr Tully said enhancements to the service allowed access to a property's flood history and gave people the tools to make informed decisions about buying, renting, building or renovating.

"The maps are available in colour to easily distinguish between 1974 and 2011 flood levels," he said.

"Residents are also urged to go online and check flood levels well before any threat of flooding."

Cr Tully said officers has made exhaustive surveys of flooded areas immediately after the flood and used a number of sources which included aerial surveys and conducted interviews with hundreds of residents.

"We are also encouraging feedback from residents to help us further refine the information so it can be as accurate as possible."

The Council's web site host is currently completing upgrades to their systems which will boost capacity to around 600 hits per second and offer improved download speeds.

Check the maps here.

www.CourierMail.com.au 


Thieves target fencing in bizarre haul at Greater Springfield

PIC: One if the most-bizarre thefts ever seen in Ipswich.


One of the best tree-lined streets in Ipswich's eastern suburbs has had a facelift courtesy of brazen fly-by-night thieves who have stolen entire rows of fencing panels.

The 8 year old fences belong to St Augustine's Catholic College and developers of the new Parkway Green estate at Santa Monica Drive Augustine Heights.

Fifty-one panels of high quality fencing have disappeared down both sides of Santa Monica Drive in a theft which has left local residents baffled.

Local Division 2 Councillor Paul Tully said the theft of the fence panels appeared to be a highly-sophisticated operation.

"Santa Monica Drive is the main entry into Augustine Heights and the thieves would have needed a large truck and plenty of luck to steal the fence panels.

"This was not a five minute job."

Cr Tully said it was one of the most-bizarre thefts he had ever come across.
"Anyone who has witnessed a neighbour's new fence go up with second hand materials which might be related to this robbery should contact the police."

Cr Tully called on residents with any information to contact Springfield Police on 3814 8999.

Unaccompanied learner drivers to lose licence under new rules

Transport and Multicultural Affairs

The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

17/10/2011

Unaccompanied learner drivers to lose licence under new rules

Learner drivers who drive unaccompanied would lose their licence under proposed tough new road safety rules.

Between May 2010 and May 2011, a total of 13,824 infringements were issued to unaccompanied learner drivers and riders.

Transport Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said State Cabinet had agreed to increase the penalty for learners driving unaccompanied from one demerit point to four demerit points.

Currently learner drivers risk having their licence suspended if they accumulate four or more demerit points in a 12 month period.

"Let's be clear - under these new rules, if you're a learner driver and you choose to drive unaccompanied then you're choosing to lose your learner licence," Ms Palaszczuk said

"If your licence is suspended then you have waived your right to drive and you could delay the date that you can apply for a provisional licence.

"Three months can seem like an eternity for a young person but that's how long you may have to put your learner licence on hold if you rack up four demerit points.

The current penalty for learners who drive unaccompanied is a $160 fine and one demerit point.

Ms Palaszczuk said most of these infringements were not for the youngest of learners on our roads but for learners aged 20 and over.

"The proposed changes will apply to learners of all ages driving any type of motor vehicle," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"We've already done the hard yards on improving training and licensing for young drivers, and we're seeing the results.

"And this is an important next step.

"My message to learner drivers is simple: think long and hard before driving unaccompanied.

"Ultimately, this is about protecting other road users and saving lives.

"Learner drivers have a much higher risk of being involved in an accident if they don't have an experienced driver in the vehicle.

"When they drive unaccompanied they put themselves and other road users at risk, and that's simply not acceptable."

Ms Palaszczuk said the proposed changes would come into effect by early next year.

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COMMENT: Congratulations to Annastacia Palaszczuk who is the first Transport Minister to recognise that Queensland drivers have the "right" drive - subject to compliance with all rules and regulations - and that it is not merely a "privilege" handed out by autocratic bureaucrats.

16 October 2011

Proposed amendments to Queensland dog laws

Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State

The Honourable Paul Lucas

16/10/2011

Proposed amendments to Queensland dog laws

The Queensland Government has released a draft amendment to the Queensland Criminal Code with the intention of having a specific provision dealing with serious injury or death caused by a dangerous dog.

Attorney General Paul Lucas said the recent tragic case of the death of Ayen Choi in Victoria had led to debate about Queensland's dangerous dog laws. 

Mr Lucas said the proposed amendment to introduce an offence of Dangerous Management of a Dog to the Criminal Code would make it clear that owners of dangerous dogs who attack or kill someone could be criminally liable and face up to ten years in jail.

"This is about making sure that the message to dog owners is loud and clear," Mr Lucas said.

"If they're not properly controlling their pet and it maims or kills a child or an adult, then they could be criminally liable for their action.

"While I've been advised that current provisions in the Queensland Criminal Code such as manslaughter could cover this type of situation, a specific provision would remove any doubt at all.

"This kind of thing is similar to what occurred many years ago when a specific provision for dangerous driving was provided so courts did not need to rely on manslaughter."

Mr Lucas said the draft amendment provided for a person to be criminally liable when reasonable steps are not taken to ensure the dog is safely managed.

"The vast majority of dog owners are responsible," Mr Lucas said.

"The amendment is not intended to cover situations where owners have taken all steps to ensure a dog is secure and safely managed.

"But where a dog is left to roam the streets and an owner has taken no steps to control the animal or ensure it is appropriately enclosed, then, under this amendment, the owner could be criminally liable if the dog attacks or kills someone and face up to ten years in jail."

Mr Lucas said key stakeholders such as Local Gov ernments, the RSPCA, breeders and others would be consulted on the proposed changes before the Government decided if they would be introduced to Parliament.

More information about the draft legislation can be found at:

www.justice.qld.gov.au/corporate/community-consultation/community-consultation-activities/current-activities/amendments-dangerous-dogs-laws

15 October 2011

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for South East Coast Forecast District

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for South East Coast Forecast District 

Bureau of Meteorology

Queensland Regional Office

 
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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING - SOUTHEAST QUEENSLAND for DAMAGING WIND and LARGE HAILSTONES For people in the SCENIC RIM and parts of the LOCKYER VALLEY, IPSWICH CITY, SOUTHERN DOWNS and TOOWOOMBA Council Areas.

Issued at 2:43 pm Saturday, 15 October 2011.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 2:40 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Warwick.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the east.
They are forecast to affect the area northeast of Warwick and Clifton by 3:10 pm and Moogerah Dam and Aratula by 3:40 pm.

Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.

A 79km/hr wind gust was recorded at Warwick at 2:25pm.

Emergency Management Queensland advises that people should:

* Move your car under cover or away from trees.

* Secure loose outdoor items.

* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.

* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.

* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.

* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 3:45 pm.

A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also current for the Northern Tropical Coast and Tablelands and parts of the Herbert and Lower Burdekin, Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast districts.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219.

Dark skies with lightning over Greater Springfield

Southeast QLD Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Large Hail, Damaging Winds

Bureau of Meteorology

For people in the LOCKYER VALLEY, GYMPIE, CHERBOURG SHIRE and parts of the IPSWICH CITY, SOUTHERN DOWNS, SUNSHINE COAST, SCENIC RIM, SOMERSET, SOUTH BURNETT and TOOWOOMBA Council Areas.

Issued at 3:37 am Saturday, 15 October 2011.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 3:35 am, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Toowoomba and the area northeast of Kingaroy.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the east.
They are forecast to affect the area north of Toowoomba, the area southwest of Gympie and the ranges between Gympie and Murgon by 4:05 am and Laidley, Gatton and Gympie by 4:35 am.

Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.

Emergency Management Queensland advises that people should:

* Move your car under cover or away from trees.

* Secure loose outdoor items.

* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.

* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.

* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.

* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500

14 October 2011

House falls off back of truck at Brookwater

House falls off truck

The house sits at the side of the road after falling off the back of a truck at brookwater. Picture: Paul Tully Source: The Courier-Mail

SOMEONE in Ipswich may be missing their house this morning, but locals say the homeowner may have inadvertently stumbled onto the "best address" in Brookwater.

Police said about 3am a home, being transported by semi-trailer along Augusta Parkway in Ipswich, came off its truck, landing squarely in the middle of the road.

Councillor Paul Tully said he was called early this morning by a local who was shocked to find a house in the middle of their street.

He said the home appeared to have fallen off the truck when it attempted to go through a roundabout.

"It's still pretty wet conditions and the house would have been leaning very steeply," Cr Tully said.

"(The house) was originally on Augusta Parkway, which is a main road, but at the moment it's down this little side street Mt Juillerat Drive.

"The way they have it positioned it's not a serious traffic hazard."

The home would be staying put until it could be moved tonight.

"It's a nicely painted house and it looks pretty good," Cr Tully said.

"It's got nice mountain views, it is close to a main road and has handy access to the shops across the road, but I guess the owner was expecting something more."

"There's someone in Ipswich waiting for their house."

Rugby League Great Tommy Raudonikis - who played for Australia for 10 years - talks to supporters at the Goodna Rugby League Club's Annual Sportmans Luncheon this afternoon

11 October 2011

NEWS FROM QUU: WOOGAROO TRUNK SEWER MAIN PROJECT

Update on the Woogaroo Trunk Sewer Main Project, which involves the construction of a 4.7 kilometre gravity trunk sewer main in Goodna, Bellbird Park and Springfield.

Once complete, it will quadruple the capacity of the existing sewer main servicing the area.

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Works for the project reached a milestone last week with all tunnelling along Parker Street at Goodna now completed.

Over the coming months, we will be finishing the works at the three shaft locations on Parker Street. This will include, welding and grouting in the sewer pipes, pipe testing, construction of a maintenance access hole (within each existing shaft), backfilling the shaft to close it, and then road resurfacing prior to opening the road.

The next section of tunnelling will start from an access shaft, which is currently being constructed, on vacant land near the cul-de-sac end of Eugene Street at Bellbird Park.

COMMUNITY IMPACTS

Parker Street, Goodna

It is planned that works at the shafts on Parker Street near Breezeway Court and near Edna Street will be completed by around March 2012, although the project team is working towards an earlier finish date, weather permitting. Once these works are complete, the road will re-open at these locations.

An extension to the current sewer upgrade project beyond Parker Street is currently in the design phase. This will involve extending the new sewer main by around 500 metres, starting from the shaft on Parker Street, near Mill Street. The alignment of this new section of sewer main will travel north across Mill Street, through Leslie Park and across to the opposite side of the Ipswich Motorway, where it will connect to an existing sewerage pumping station.

Once the design for this section of the project is complete and a construction schedule is known, an update will be provided.

It is anticipated that the Mill Street end of Parker Street will be closed for a few weeks during March 2012 to allow construction of the final section of the project.

Masters Springfield Central - How they stack up with Bunnings

Masters at Springfield Central will bring a whole new world of home and hardware shopping to Queenslanders.

Today marked the opening of the first Masters store in Queensland and the second in Australia.

The store is fully air-conditioned and an absolute delight to shop in.

The place is bright and airy, the aisles are wide and it is very easy to navigate around the store.

The garden section is in tip-top condition and the Trade area will no doubt do a roaring trade.

For the first time, Bunnings will face long and sustained competition from their new rival.  Bunnings is rushing to aircondition all of its stores around Australia but Masters has the jump on them.

The winners are local residents who can now expect on-going competitive prices as Masters (owned by Woolworths) and Bunnings (owned by Coles) fight one of the biggest commercial wars ever seen in Australia to win over the hearts and minds of consumers.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale cuts open the new Masters Store at Springfield Central

Masters Springfield Central

Masters have promised to correct the suburb name.

It is Springfield Central not Springfield.

Masters at Springfield Central is officially open

10 October 2011

Final flood recovery work commences at Goodna

Work has commenced in Mill and Enid Sts at Goodna.

This is part of the flood recovery effort with Federal Government assistance.

These are the last two key streets in Goodna to be rebuilt after this year's flood.

Other major rectification work which is pending is a new Goodna Bowls Club on Brisbane Tce and the Cultural and Arts Centre in Layard St, both of which were badly damaged on 11 January.

Goodna's historic Jacaranda trees start to flower

Goodna's famous Jacarandas on Brisbane Tce have started to bloom.

The trees were planted in 1932 by work gangs during the Great Depression.

They have endured devastating floods in 1955, 1974 and 2011.

The Goodna Jacaranda Festival is 3 weeks away and the purple blooms will ensure a magnificent vista around Evan Marginson Park.

08 October 2011

Major thunderstorm warning 6.48am for Southeast Queensland

Bureau of Meteorology
Queensland Regional Office

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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING - SOUTHEAST QUEENSLAND

for DESTRUCTIVE WIND and LARGE HAILSTONES

For people in the BRISBANE CITY, GOLD COAST CITY, LOCKYER VALLEY, LOGAN CITY, MORETON BAY, IPSWICH CITY, SUNSHINE COAST, SCENIC RIM, SOMERSET, SOUTH BURNETT, TOOWOOMBA, REDLAND, CHERBOURG SHIRE and parts of the GYMPIE, DALBY and SOUTHERN DOWNS Council Areas.

Issued at 6:48 am Saturday, 8 October 2011.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 6:55 am, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Laidley and Esk. These thunderstorms are moving towards the east. Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect Ipswich, Kilcoy and Jimna by 7:25 am, and Brisbane CBD, Beenleigh, Logan City, Strathpine, Redcliffe and Caboolture by 7:55 am.

Other severe thunderstorms were located near the area west of Kingaroy. They are forecast to affect Kingaroy, the area south of Kingaroy and Nanango by 7:25 am and the area northeast of Kingaroy, Elgin Vale and Wondai by 7:55 am.

Destructive winds and large hailstones are possible.

A wind gust of 139 km/hr was observed at Oakey at 5:30am

Emergency Management Queensland advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 7:50 am.

A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also current for the Darling Downs and Granite Belt and parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Wide Bay and Burnett, Maranoa and Warrego and Southeast Coast districts.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219. The Bureau and Emergency Management Queensland would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

Major thundertsorm warning: Latest radar image from Bureau of Meteorology

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING - SOUTHEAST QUEENSLAND

Bureau of Meteorology
Queensland Regional Office

TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING - SOUTHEAST QUEENSLAND
for DAMAGING WIND and LARGE HAILSTONES
For people in the LOCKYER VALLEY, IPSWICH CITY, SCENIC RIM, SOMERSET, SOUTH
BURNETT, TOOWOOMBA, CHERBOURG SHIRE and parts of the BRISBANE CITY, LOGAN CITY,
GYMPIE, MORETON BAY, DALBY and SOUTHERN DOWNS Council Areas.

Issued at 5:59 am Saturday, 8 October 2011.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 6:00 am, very dangerous thunderstorms
were detected on weather radar near Toowoomba and the area north of Toowoomba.

Thunderstorms are moving towards the east.
Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect Laidley, Gatton and the area
west of Esk by 6:30 am and Ipswich, Boonah and Esk by 7:00 am.

They are forecast to affect the ranges north of Jandowae by 6:30 am and Kingaroy, the area northwest of Kingaroy and Lake Boondooma by 7:00 am.

Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.

A wind gust of 139 km/hr was observed at Oakey at 5:30am

Emergency Management Queensland advises that people should:

* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 7:00 am.

A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also current for the Darling Downs
and Granite Belt and parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Wide Bay and
Burnett, Maranoa and Warrego and Southeast Coast districts.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219.

Severe thunderstorm alert

Large Hail, Damaging Winds. Laidley, Ipswich, Esk areas at risk next several hours.

www.ewn.com.au

07 October 2011

Woogaroo Creek cleanup at Goodna nears completion

PIC: Woogaroo Creek Goodna near where it enters the Brisbane River, between Layard St and Noel Kelly Drive.


The cleanup of Woogaroo Creek adjacent to the Goodna Aquatic Centre on Brisbane Terrace is nearing completion.

The work is being undertaken by the Ipswich Rivers Improvement Trust.

Local Councillor Paul Tully who is the Deputy Chairman of the Trust said almost 500 metres of creek bank had been cleared of Chinese elms and weed undergrowth.

"Native trees are being planted as a replacement.

"This section of Woogaroo Creek is looking very good since the area was ravaged in the flood of 11 January," Cr Tully said.

Goodna Update: Post Office has just re-opened. Prestige Aquariums & Pet store and Pizza Hut remain closed as Police Scenes of Crime investigate last night's break-in at St Ives, Smiths Rd Goodna

Goodna Triple Break-in Update: Police continue to guard the Post Office, Pet Store & Pizza Hut. They are likely to remain closed for several more hours.

Goodna News: 3 stores looted overnight. Post Office, Prestige Aquariums & Pets, Pizza Hut. As if these businesses have not suffered enough since the flood.

06 October 2011

BP Goodna set to re-open

BP Australia has confirmed that their service station at the corner of Brisbane Rd and Bertha St Goodna will re-open.

It was badly flooded on 11 January.

BP is currently finalising the redesign of the building and work will commence after that is completed.

It is almost 9 months since the flood and the rebuilding of Goodna has been a long process.

Local Goodna Councillor Paul Tully said today's announcement was good news for residents of Goodna and Bellbird Park.

"BP has been slow to react compared with other local businesses but they are now on the way with their rebuilding plans and that is great for the local economy," Cr Tully said.

05 October 2011

New Masters' store at Springfield Central ready to open as two more stores planned for Ipswich




IPSWICH'S do-it-yourself war is intensifying with new home improvement chain Masters lodging a development application for a massive store at Bundamba.

Masters, formed as a venture between Woolworths and US partner Lowes to take on Bunnings, already has an application for a store at Yamanto.

And a Masters Springfield Central store is expected to open for trading in the coming weeks.

The Bundamba store is slated to be a 13,048sqm building on Ashburn Rd in the Citiswich Business Park, but access will be off Hoepner St.

A spokesperson for Masters said if given approval construction would start as soon as possible, with the store taking about a year to build.

It will hire between 130 and 150 staff once completed.

According to documents lodged with the council, about 290 construction jobs would be created if the project was to receive the green light.

The move will put pressure on existing hardware giant Bunnings, which currently has a store at Booval.

Bunnings expects to open a second Ipswich store at West Ipswich in 2012.

If all the proposed stores are approved, Ipswich would have five massive hardware stores in the coming years.

Bunnings chief operating officer Peter Davis said his company would continue to actively look for new store sites as part of an ongoing expansion strategy.

He said Ipswich would see a new store open next year.

"In addition to our Booval warehouse we also have plans to open a new warehouse in West Ipswich by the end of 2012," Mr Davis said.

Ipswich City Council's planning and development chairman Paul Tully said pending approvals, having five large hardware stores in the city would provide for better competition for Ipswich residents.

In regards to the proposed Yamanto sore, Cr Tully said the council had sent Masters an information request and was awaiting a response.

www.QT.com.au

Goodna Jacarandas are blooming



Councillor Paul Tully stands next to one of the 20 new jacaranda trees that have been planted in Goodna.


DOUBTS abounded that Goodna's famous jacarandas would endure the floods but now hopes are high for a purple haze all around.

When water rampaged across Evan Marginson Park in January, many thought the old jacaranda trees would join the list of casualties.

But while the newer trees were destroyed, the well-established trees survived and are now thriving, almost as if nothing happened.

"The jacarandas on Brisbane Terrace were planted in 1932 by work gangs in the Great Depression and they survived," Cr Paul Tully said.

"The ones opposite the RSL on Woogaroo St died in the floods because they were only about 15 years old so they had to be replaced.

"We don't know why they died because the old ones didn't."

He said a thick layer of sludge left behind around the trees after the floods receded was a possible cause of the trees' death.

"The ones that have been replanted are mature trees. There are about 20 of them," he said.

"The trees will be floodlit at night. That has been a wonderful sight when we've done it in the past."

The Goodna councillor said because the new jacarandas were mature specimens they should thrive at their new location.

Cr Tully said the main avenue of jacaranda trees on Brisbane Tce was just starting to bloom and he expected Goodna's Jacaranda Festival at the end of October to be one of the best yet.

The flowering of the jacarandas will be a welcome sight for the flood-hit people of Goodna, especially with the Jacaranda Festival on soon.

With many Goodna people still getting back on their feet the festival will be as much a commemoration as a celebration."The flowers are starting to poke out of the younger ones and aren't too far away in the 1932 ones," Cr Tully said.

At the end of August, the trees were stripped of their new foliage, further raising concerns the festival would be flowerless.

FESTIVAL FUN

The 2011 Jacaranda Festival will be held at Evan Marginson Park, Goodna, from October 28 to 30.

This year's Jacaranda Festival will feature the Goodna RSL Services Club Car Show with more than $7000 of cash and prizes up for grabs.

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03 October 2011

Security camera network expands at Goodna

PIC: The new security camera at Woogaroo St Goodna.


A new security camera has been installed by Ipswich City Council at Goodna on Woogaroo.

The new camera is located at the corner of Woogaroo St and Peel St near the RSL Services Club.

Local Division 2 Councillor said the new camera would complement existing cameras on the Ipswich Motorway, Brisbane Rd, Mill St, Queen St, Church St and Smiths Rd Goodna.

"This latest camera will monitor the area north of the Goodna Railway Station and along Woogaroo St from Layard St to George St."

Cr Tully said the camera overlooked the Evan Marginson Park.

"Live images are sent via a fibre optic cable from Goodna to Ipswich where they are monitored 24 hours a day."

Cr Tully said Goodna became the first place in the world in 2000 when suburban security cameras were remotely monitored for the first time at a central city location via a 16km fibre optic cable.

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