27 February 2012

Wivenhoe Dam releases to cause minor flooding in the Brisbane River

SEQWater have advised that they will be increasing releases from Wivenhoe Dam later this evening. 

This will result in the closure of Colleges Crossing from approximately mid morning tomorrow until Saturday at this stage. 

Line dancers share the fun at Goodna's Shiloh Church each week

Heather Lutvey organises a line dancing group every Thursday at the Shiloh church in Goodna.
The calmly choreographed steps of line dancing seem hardly comparable to intense magnitude of Olympic competition - yet the two could share the same stage at this year's London games.

Line dancing has been put forward as a demonstration sport for the summer games, the first time a demonstration sport has been included since the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.

As far as sports go, the average sports watcher may be scratching their head right now and asking "line dancing is a sport?"

But when compared to some other demonstration sports, line dancing doesn't seem like such a stretch.

In Melbourne 1956 Aussie Rules made an appearance as did roller hockey at Barcelona 1992 and fire fighting in Paris 1900.

Heather Lutvey runs line dancing classes at the Shiloh Christian Church in Goodna and says at an Olympic level line dancing is very technical.

She said the judges would watch each step for the slightest mistake.

"It's all about dressing up and looking the part if you are going to take it on as a sport. Their feet and hands have to be in a certain position. It's very technical," she said.

Ms Lutvey said the exposure line dancing would get during the Olympics would give average punters some insight into the sport's finer details.

Each week up to 40 people join her class, using the dance as a way to exercise their bodies and mind.
Ms Lutvey has seen line dancing help with people's balance, memory and mobility.
"It's a great way to exercise. It can be pretty intense at times and it's easy to learn and then you can move up a grade. Once you get the basic steps you are ready to go."
Despite the older demographic which make up her classes, the music genres vary greatly from the traditional country and western.
"I listen to what's on the radio. I have used quite a lot. It's just that you want to make them get moving. It's still the same steps."
If you are interested in learning line dancing contact Ms Lutvey on

19 February 2012

How Australian soccer was born in Goodna

ON a winter's afternoon in August 1875, two teams gathered on the lawn of the Woogaroo Lunatic Asylum. This was the birthplace of Australian soccer.
Occupational therapy patients of Wolston Park help to build Ellerton’s cricket ground in 1911. 
ON a winter's afternoon in August 1875, two teams gathered on the lawn of the Woogaroo Lunatic Asylum in Goodna for a game of football. This was the birthplace of Australian soccer.
If you are stunned right now I'm not surprised. So was I.
Each and every football code in Australia has one game, one event or one day that is commonly accepted as the birthplace of the code in this country.
In Australian Rules, it's a match between Scotch College and Melbourne Grammar School in 1858, playing a game conceived by Tom Wills a year earlier.
Australia's first rugby union club was formed at Sydney University in 1864, ahead of the first metropolitan competition a decade later. Rugby league's breakaway from union ranks occurred in 1907/08.
These events are promoted as the genesis of each sport, mainly for the purpose of marketing history to followers of the game.
Many historians will argue evidence to support these claims is often flimsy, and the original version of the sports we know today occurred much later than the dates and times suggested by football administrators.
With that in mind, the Goodna claim may come as a surprise.
It's long been accepted that the first game of soccer in Australia to be played under British Association Rules was in 1880, between the Wanderers and the King's School at Parramatta Common in Sydney.
Football Federation Australia has accepted the date as the first official game played in Australia and even promoted that. However, new evidence uncovered by a team of Australian Football historians proves Goodna is the true home of the Australian round ball game.
An extract from The Queenslander on Monday, August 9, 1875 is the first piece of evidence supporting the claim.
A report of a football game at Goodna described the contest between a visiting football team from Brisbane and a team of inmates and wards men from the Woogaroo Lunatic Asylum. Within that report was clear indication soccer was being played rather than rugby, which was the dominant code of the time.
IN accordance with a challenge issued by the Woogaroo players, eighteen "braves" of the Brisbane Football Club donned their war paint, left Brisbane per rail at 12.5 on Saturday last, and arrived at Woogaroo at 1.15 p.m.. Play commenced at half-past 2, after arranging the rules and appointing umpires; Mr Sheehan acting as such for Brisbane, and Mr Jack for Woogaroo.
One rule provided that the ball should not be handled nor carried, and this condition gave a great advantage to the "bedlam" folks, as the active little Brisbane fellows thereby lost half the benefit of their "lissomeness", nuggets was "bound to cipher up in a muss".
The reference to a rule stating the "ball should not be handled or carried" appears to be a clear reference to the British Association Rules for soccer penned in England in 1863.
A second reference to the same match appearing in the first edition of The Footballer publication in Melbourne in 1875 goes even further; leaving no doubt the match was a game of soccer.
Under a section entitled Football in Queensland, the page lists seven matches played during the 1875 season. A specific reference is made to the Woogaroo game.
• Aug 7 - Fourth Match - Brisbane Club v. Woogaroo Asylum. Drawn - 2 goals for each.
• This match was played without handling the ball under any circumstances whatever (Association Rules). The rest of the matches all under the Rugby Union.
Dr Ian Syson, lecturer at Victoria University and writing a cultural history of Australian football, discovered the game during his research. The Melbourne academic confirmed the Goodna game is the earliest known game of soccer ever played in Australia.
"It's a pretty amazing story," Dr Syson said. "This is the earliest game where you can say for sure they are playing soccer.
"It's a massively complicated argument because when does codified football start? When people are just kicking a ball around, what are they playing when there are no rules?
"This is the earliest example that we found using codified soccer rules."
Most football fans are happy to accept the history of their code as told by the current guardians of the game. The reality of the genesis of the different codes within Australia and in Europe is far more questionable.
"It's the great myth of the evolution of football codes in this country," Dr Syson said of the accepted history of Australian football. They are put forward by contemporary organisations that have a great need to have ownership of the game's history."
The rules section of The Footballer, 1875 seems to back up the claim. Eleven years after the accepted establishment of Rugby Union and 17 years after the "first Australian Rules match", the rulebook seems to suggest football in 1875 remained a melting pot of all codes.
Considerable misunderstanding existed at this time regarding the rule about running with the ball, which was designed absolutely to mean that the ball could not be carried further than was needful for a kick, unless bounced on the ground every five or six yards, but from some ambiguity in the wording several players had adopted the Rugby practice of tucking the ball under the arm and running for goal with it, which led to innumerable scrimmages.
Even this short extract shows the game being played in Victoria at the time contained actions relevant to all three different codes we know today. Specific rule sections speak of four posts being at either end of the field, and marks being awarded to players who caught the ball on the full, a clear comparison to today's Australian Rules.
Codified rules are the key distinction between our great football codes, and with that in mind Goodna is clearly soccer central in Australia.
So if you are a devotee of the beautiful game, a history buff, or a bit of both, take a moment to think of the "eighteen braves of the Brisbane Football Club" and the "bedlam folks" of the politically incorrect Woogaroo Lunatic Asylum. These men were there, front and centre in the heart of Ipswich, on the day football began.


Media Release from Ipswich City Councillor Paul Tully: Flood-ravaged Goodna tops the list in house price rises

Flood-ravaged Goodna has topped the list following a late surge in house prices in Brisbane and Ipswich.

In figures releases today by the REIQ, the average price of a house in Goodna in the December quarter jumped 32.7% to $272,000.

This follows a drop of 13.3% over the previous year.

The nearest increase in the Brisbane region was 24.1% at suburban Coorparoo in Brisbane.

The leafy upmarket Brisbane suburb of Ascot recorded the biggest drop in property values plummeting 33.8% in the December quarter with a 26.6% drop over the preceding 12 months.

Goodna was the hardest hit suburb in southeast Queensland in the flood of January 2011 with 600 homes destroyed.

Property prices in the suburb plummeted immediately with homes being sold for as little as $100,000.

Goodna councillor Paul Tully who lost his own home at Goodna in the flood said the latest price rises were fantastic news for the suburb.

"We are slowly bouncing back from the devastation of 2011.

"Businesses are getting back to normal and ninety percent of homes have been reoccupied.

"There is a new spirit of optimism in Goodna as the latest house prices boosts the momentum of recovery," Cr Tully said.

17 February 2012

Caloundra gets new top priest who served at Goodna

THE new parish leader will start work at one of the state's largest Catholic communities on Easter Monday, April 9.

Father Kevin Smith will take the reins of the Caloundra parish from Fr John Dobson, one of the most high-profile priests in Queensland.

Fr Dobson, 66, who only last month was reappointed for five years as University of the Sunshine Coast's Chancellor, announced late last year that he planned to retire early in this year.

Though no official reason has been offered for the delay, Queensland Archbishop John Bathersby retired at the end of last year and a new archbishop has yet to be appointed.

Fr Smith said yesterday he was looking forward to meeting the Caloundra community.

The 50-year-old, who has been parish priest of Tugan-Coolangatta on the Gold Coast for more than 18 years, grew up in Ipswich.

"Our yard backed on to Allan Langer's family's," he said yesterday. "Is he still in Caloundra?"

Fr Smith was schooled at St Edmund's College, and, after being ordained in 1985, served in parishes in Stafford in Brisbane, Goodna and Redcliffe before heading to the Gold Coast.

The people of Goodna, who were hit during last year's floods, still held a special place in his heart.

"There are some real tragedies there, but the sense of community it has and the courage and optimism of its people. I enjoyed being there," he said.

Fr Smith served as a deacon in Caloundra in 1985, before he was ordained a priest.

"Kevin has a rich humanity, a good sense of humour and is a very compassionate man," Fr Dobson told masses on Sunday.

"I look forward to watching Caloundra parish as it advances further in its journey of faith and of life with Kevin as its leader."

Fr Dobson has been at Caloundra for the past 30 years.

He has been involved with the USC for 10 years, and was appointed chancellor in 2007.


16 February 2012

Media Release: Irish conmen target Ipswich suburbs

A notorious gang of Irish conmen has hit Queensland targeting suburbs in Ipswich.

The gang known as the "Irish Gypsies" offers householders cheap asphalt driveways and car parks claiming it is left over from nearby roadworks and construction sites.

Yesterday, the gang struck at Augustine Heights near Greater Springfield promising local residents high quality driveways provided they agreed on the spot.

They were driving a silver Toyota sedan with registration number starting with 313.

Local Ipswich Councillor Paul Tully said the fast-talking gang usually offered to drive the unsuspecting householder to the bank to pay for the job.

Cr Tully said the scammers either disappear with the money or do a rough job which falls apart within days.
He said one of the gang's tricks was to cover their poor work with a thin layer of white sand telling the property owner not to remove it for a 7 days while the bitumen "cured".

"These dodgy operators hit Australia every summer to avoid the overseas winter and rip off hundreds of home owners.

"They deserve to be jailed for their fraudulent scams and not simply face deportation for working on tourist visas if they are caught."

Cr Tully called for the Immigration Department to be more vigilant to stop the bitumen conmen entering Australia.

"These crooks have a free holiday in Australia every year laughing all the way to the bank as they rip off trusting home owners.

"These fraudsters make Al Capone look like an honourable citizen."

Cr Tully said householders with any information about the gang should contact the Office of Fair Trading on 13 74 68 or his office at Goodna on 3818 6900.

The Queensland Office of Fair Trading warns consumers against these itinerant bitumen conmen on their website at

14 February 2012

Floods Inquiry Sensation; New evidence may undermine Seqwater

Brisbane River Flood at Goodna 12 January 2011
 looking east from Barram Street towards
 the Ipswich Motorway.

A sensational development with the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry may emerge in the next 24 hours involving the accuracy and reliability of flood modelling on the Brisbane River.

Serious questions are also likely to be raised regarding the adequacy of the professional qualifications of the Seqwater dam engineers.

It will be difficult for the Inquiry to properly finalise its task without scheduling further hearings to fully test the new claims. 

The proposed release date of the final report of Friday 16 March 2012 - just 8 days before the state election - may be quite problematical. 

09 February 2012

Ipswich Motorway changes st Redbank

Over two weekends (starting this Friday night) the Redbank on-ramp to the Ipswich Mwy westbound will be closed.

Detours in place.

Call 1800465682 for more info.

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