31 March 2012
It was a tremendous first-up return for the Goodna Club.
The Goodna Gladiators fell out of the local Rugby Union competition after the devastating 2011 flood.
Congratulations Goodna on a thoroughly deserved win.
David Morrison (Division 1), Cheryl Bromage (6), Charlie Pisasale (8), Sheila Ireland (9) and Paul Tully (2) have all been re-elected unopposed.
But the Electoral Commission wants to remind voters in those uncontested divisions they still must show up to vote for mayor.
Mayor Paul Pisasale is being challenged by Peter Luxton.
The electoral commission this week warned Ipswich residents they will be fined $100 if they don't vote, unless they have a reasonable excuse.
The $100 fine is reducible to $50 for early payment.
Other divisions and the candidates starting with the incumbent are:
3: Victor Attwood, Daniel Donohue, Jim Dodrill.
4: (Vacant). Bruce Casos, Grant Vandersee, Shawn Ingle.
5: Heather Morrow, Vicki Ash, Michael Melling, Brian Scott.
7: Andrew Antoniolli, Nicholas White.
10: David Pahlke, John Byrne.
It should be a good game.
It will be played at Evan Marginson Park, Woogaroo St Goodna, behind the Goodna Railway Station.
6pm for 6.15pm.
"Night at the Museum - Battle of the Smithsonian" - A really great movie.
Presented by Ipswich City Council at Shiloh Church, 72 Redbank Plains Rd Goodna.
This is a smoke-free and alcohol-free event.
Come along, bring the kids and grandkids.
Food, drinks and coffee will be on sale. Bring a rug and maybe a jumper.
It will be held between William St & Church St which includes the businesses fronting Brisbane Rd adjacent to the Ipswich Motorway.
Businesses involved include McDonald's, Cash Converters, Repco, Goodna Car Wash, Caltex & Hungry Jacks.
There will be plenty of fun for the kids and adults.
See you there.
30 March 2012
|The Goodna Gladiators return to Evan Marginson Oval|
in a significant match against rivals Springfield.
IT WILL be a happy homecoming whatever the result when Goodna takes on Springfield at Evan Marginson Oval in the opening round of the Barber Cup tomorrow.
The match marks a return to the ground for the first time since the January 2011 floods, which resulted in Goodna dropping out of last season's competition.
If Goodna can beat its close neighbour it will be even sweeter, particularly for the Pamatatau clan.
Heta Pamatatau has returned to the club he coached to the 2008 title, following two seasons at Springfield, along with sons David, George and Nathan.
For the youngest of the three, Nathan, it marks his senior debut for the club he played his junior rugby with.
"It's good trying to rebuild something here," the 18-year-old blindside flanker said.
"Trying to get all the boys back.
"We're pretty happy about it.
"Especially with the boys starting to look good."
The fact the opening game is against his former club has Nathan even more excited to start the season.
There has been plenty of banter between players from the two clubs this week, though all good natured.
"I'm psyched about it," Nathan said.
"I can't wait.
"It's our chance to put all that talk out on the field."
Nathan expects a tight battle between two clubs renowned for their aggressive forward- orientated approach.
It is no surprise that the common influence in both clubs' recent history is Pamatatau senior.
"It should be pretty even," Nathan said.
"We don't know who's going to win until game day.
"I hope we win.
"We just need to stick to the game plan."
For a change that doesn't just revolve around winning the forward battle, with Nathan expecting Goodna's backs to be a major weapon.
"We want to play our running game," he said.
"We want to use the ball with our backs.
"We've got some good skills in our backline, so we've got to feed them."
While a first-up win would be a big boost for the Gladiators, Nathan said results were of secondary importance to re-establishing the club.
"We're just trying to get the club back together," he said.
|Donna Black has been issued with three parking fines near|
Goodna Railway Station because there is not enough
room for daily commuters in the undersized car park.
A LACK of parking at Goodna Railway Station has outraged commuter Donna Black after she was issued with three parking tickets within the space of three weeks.
Ms Black's concerns have been backed by local councillor Paul Tully who has challenged Translink and the incoming LNP government to do something about the lack of car parks.
There are 154 car park spaces at the station, of which 153 were in use when the QT visited this week.
"There is a lack of parking available for commuters at Goodna Railway Station and many of us have had no alternative but to park adjacent to Evan Marginson Park," she said.
Until recently these parking spaces were a quarter of an hour parking from 6am to 9am and then free parking for the rest of the day.
Cr Tully said these signs were recently removed to improve the parking situation.
Before the signs were removed Ms Black copped three $50 parking fines from Ipswich City Council within the space of three weeks.
She said that was "unfair" because she had "only parked there because of a need to access Goodna Railway Station to utilise public transport into Brisbane".
Cr Tully has waived 35 fines for people unfairly fined after the signs had come down. It appears Ms Black's fines were issued before that, but he has encouraged her to write to the CEO of the council explaining the situation and asking for her tickets to be reviewed. He backed Ms Black's concerns about car park spaces and said they were "woefully inadequate" at Goodna.
"Commuters' cars are spilling out onto local streets and Translink have let the people of Goodna down," he said.
"They don't seem to have any plans to expand the car park. There are properties adjoining the car park that could be acquired for more commuter rail car parks.
"People drive to the train station because the bus system is absolutely hopeless. To have 154 car park spaces for the thousands of rail commuters in the eastern suburbs of Ipswich is hopeless."
Translink CEO Neil Scales said 650 additional car park spaces at Richlands train station and 230 additional spaces at Dinmore had taken pressure off Goodna Railway Station's car park.
"The feeder route 535 (Richlands train station to Springfield Orion) was introduced in February and already carries more than 200 people every morning peak, reducing the need for additional car parks at local stations," he said.
28 March 2012
|Cr Paul Tully|
21 March 2012
Closure would be sometime Thursday at the earliest.
Seqwater has advised DTMR who will manage the closure.
19 March 2012
When completed, it will be moved a short distance to Woogaroo Creek to replace the existing, narrow footway on the E A Richardson Bridge.
It will provide a continuous pedestrian and bike link from Gailes to Riverview.
|Flood gates open on Wivenhoe Dam.|
17 March 2012
of Rosemary St.
A new concrete footpath is being built by Ipswich City Council from the corner of Rosemary St at Bellbird Park south along Jones Rd.
It is approximately 350 metres long.
Ultimately, it will connect with a new concrete footpath to be built north along Jones Rd by the developer of the Brentwood estate.
15 March 2012
NEXT MONDAY 19 MARCH 2012
7PM GOODNA STATE SCHOOL COMMUNITY HALL