29 May 2012

How one local store in Greater Goodna deals with recalcitrants:

27 May 2012

Break and enter at Springfield hotel

POLICE are investigating the break and enter of a Springfield hotel this morning and a subsequent traffic crash involving a stolen vehicle.

Around 4.25am the vehicle was one of two sighted at the break and enter of a Springfield Parkway hotel bottleshop.

Police witnessed two vehicles driving at high speed on Alice St around 4.35am.

One of the vehicles was located by police a short time later after crashing on Old Logan Rd.

A male juvenile passenger was arrested but the driver fled the scene, and the other vehicle left the scene.

A quantity of alcohol from the bottleshop was recovered from the vehicle, which had been reported stolen from Coorparoo on May 23.

A 16-year-old male is assisting police with enquiries.

It is believed the boy may be able to assist with Taskforce Perpetual related investigations.

Anyone with information which could assist police should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or


26 May 2012

The fete at St Augustine's College at Augustine Heights is underway until 7pm tonight.

May they Rest in Paradise

A memorial was unveiled at Leslie Park at Goodna this morning for Brittany Bramwell, 17, from Raceview, Matthew Prior, 18, from Redbank Plains and Nicholas Saxby, 16, from Brassall who died tragically in a road accident at the corner of Brisbane Rd & Bertha St Goodna on 8 April 2011.

26 May 2012

25 May 2012

Reminder: St Augustine's College Fete tomorrow 2pm - 7pm.

Saturday 26 May 2012.

St Augustine's Dr, Augustine Heights, opposite Brookwater.

Turn off Augusta Pwy onto Santa Monica Dr, then left into St Augustine's Drive.

24 May 2012

Suspicious black hatchback, no number plates, seen yesterday around Enid & Mill Sts Goodna where there has been a spate of robberies.

Black hatchback seen on Enid St Goodna close to
where there has been a spate of daylight robberies.

Please call the police if you have any information on this vehicle.  

There are 2 young males who have been seen in the vehicle by local residents.

23 May 2012

The largest Australian Flag in Goodna - at the Services Club which is due to re-open in July

The Australian flag has been painted on the front side of the building facing Woogaroo Street and will become a major icon in the suburb.

Congratulations to the Goodna Services Club.

18 May 2012

Rejuvenation of Ipswich CBD begins

The rejuvenation of the Ipswich CBD has begun with the ICON 1 Tower at the corner of Brisbane and Bell Streets.

It is due to open late 2013.

It will house offices and retail.

Ipswich Motorway speed limit to increase to 100kph

The Department of Main Roads advises the speed limit on the Ipswich Motorway will increase to 100km/h and the Brisbane bound on-ramp bypass lane at Goodna will open on Monday night 21 May 2012.

17 May 2012

New Catholic Archbishop Mark Coleridge blesses the site of the new Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School at Springfield Lakes this afternoon.

Pic: New Catholic Archbishop of Brisbane Mark Coleridge at Springfield Lakes.

The new school with Principal Judith Seery is due to open in January 2013.

It is located at the cnr of Grande Ave and Springfield Central Bvd at Springfield Lakes.

This is a great educational initiative by Springfield Land Corporation's Maha Sinnathamby and the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane.

15 May 2012

St Augustine's Fete - Saturday 26 May 2012 - Augustine Heights


Saturday, 26 May 2012

The 2012 St Augustine's "Worlds of Fun" Fete will be held on Saturday 26 May from 2.00pm to 7.00pm at the College grounds - St Augustines Dr, Augustine Heights.

A fun-filled family event, the fete will feature radical rides, fabulous food, live entertainment, spectacular stalls, creative performances, music, Laser Light Show and more.

Entry is free, so bring along your friends, and have a wonderful day of fun.

Full speed ahead: Member for Oxley Bernie Ripoll, Transport and
Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese, and Member for Blair
Shayne Neumann are impressed with the new Ipswich Motorway.

Under budget and ahead of schedule. Those are words not often savoured by Transport Ministers, but on Tuesday Anthony Albanese was able to do just that when he officially opened the Dinmore to Goodna Ipswich Motorway Upgrade project at Redbank.

The Federal Minister for infrastructure and Transport fronted hundreds of the project's Origin Alliance workers, state, federal and local politicians and officers from the Ipswich Police to announce the practical completion of the 8km project, six months ahead of schedule.

"I know this is a project which was fought for long and hard by the Ipswich community," Mr Albanese told the gathering.

"This is the single largest federally-funded project in Queensland's history, $1.76 billion. And I don't often get to say this, but it was brought in under budget and under time."

Construction on the upgrade started in January 2009 and took more than 1000 workers 8 million man hours to complete.

According to statistics by the Department of Transport and Main Roads, the project required about 1.67 million cubic metres of earthworks, 500,000 tonnes of asphalt, more concrete than Wembley Stadium in London, and more reinforcing materials than used in Eiffel Tower.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale described the project as opening a gateway to Ipswich City, since it will be used by more than 90,000 motorists daily.

"It's the proper link which connects our capital with our city," Cr Pisasale said.

"This infrastructure is not a gift, it's something that is terribly needed for the growth in our in the west here. This money is not a hand out, it's an investment in growth."

With Dinmore to Goodna complete, attention has turned to funding the Darra to Rocklea Ipswich Motorway upgrade, which has been in the pipeline since 2003.

Oxley MP Bernie Ripoll said while there was no funding for it in the recent Federal Budget, the project remained a top priority for the region.

Ipswich Motorway upgrade from Goodna to Dinmore officially opened

PIC: Federal Minister Anthony Albanese opens the upgraded Ipswich Motorway at Redbank.

Federal Transport and Infratructure Minister Anthony Albanese, State Transport Minister Scott Emerson, Member for Blair Shayne Neumann, Member for Oxley Bernie Ripoll, Mayor Paul Pisasale and Cr Paul Tully attended the official opening of the $1.95 billion Ipswich Motorway upgrade at Redbank this morning.

The Darra to Dinmore stretch of the Ipswich Motorway is now a magnificent connection between the cities of Brisbane and Ipswich.

Ipswich Councillor Paul Tully said he was still amazed the former Member for Blair Cameron Thompson had opposed the upgrade of the Ipswich Motorway west of Goodna and had campaigned actively against it.

"His plan was to build a Goodna bypass with multiple bridges across the Brisbane River west of Wacol which would have destroyed the quiet suburb of Moggill and would have meant the Ipswich Motorway west of Gailes would never have been upgraded.

"Prime Minister Kevin Rudd ensured this insanity never prevailed," Cr Tully said.

14 May 2012

Businesses buy Federal Budget

Monday, May 14, 2012 

THE Federal Budget has sparked mixed opinions on its benefit for small business owners across the south-west.

MIXED OPINIONS: Bruce Leslie, Belinda Dare and their children Didi, 17 and Gabriel, 14

THE Federal Budget has sparked mixed opinions on its benefit for small business owners across the south-west.

Last Tuesday treasurer Wayne Swan abandoned the government's promise to reduce the company tax rate from 30% to 29% as a part of the new mining tax scheme.

The broken promise left a bitter taste in some small business owner's mouths, while others have welcomed the new instant tax write-off for each asset purchased under $6,500 and $5,000 spent on new motor vehicles.

A new loss and carry back scheme will also allow businesses to offset a tax loss of up to $1 million and carry back past profits.

Southwest Chamber of Commerce manager Roger Taufel said the budget did not help small businesses "whatsoever".

"It's an issue where the government have given money to families, which is a good thing, but it has really doubled back on small businesses," he said.

"If small business fails, people and families lose their jobs.

"The government said they would bring relief to small business and they haven't.

"Many businesses I have spoken to are doing it really tough.

"It's a worry when the government say they are going to do something and they do not do it."

However, Bruce Leslie and Belinda Dare of Goodna both own small businesses and said they were pleased with the budget announcements.

"As a small business owner nothing has changed," Mr Leslie said.

"The comments being made about small businesses losing out is rubbish.

"Changes that were supposedly meant to come in have not come in, so we're in the same situation we were in to begin with."

Mr Leslie said he was not concerned the government did not fulfil their promise of providing small business owners with a tax break.

"It only matters if you are making a profit," he said

"I go to quite a few networking events and most business owners I speak to are just trying to make some kind of profit.

"Taxes on profits are far less important than making a profit.

"For my business having interest rates go down 0.25% has more of an effect, than the government providing a 1% tax cut sweetener."

The introduction of the carbon tax will put up expenses at Mr Leslie's engineering consultancy firm by less than 1%, but he said an interest rate cut would be enough to compensate for that.

"Anything we can do to even things out is the best," he said.

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea at The Coffee Club 12 Queen St Goodna on Saturday 23 June 2012 at 3pm to raise money for Cancer Council research.

04 May 2012

Ipswich CBD redevelopment reaches for the sky

View press clippingTHE $1 BILLION renewal of the Ipswich city centre has reached another milestone with plans revealed for a second tower. Leighton Properties and Ipswich City Properties have lodged a development application for the tower with Ipswich City Council.

02 May 2012

1888 picture of the Brisbane River bank at Goodna

Do you recognise any family members of the people in this lithograph?

It appears to show the mouth of Woogaroo Creek looking west towards what is now the Goodna Boat Ramp in the foreground. Higher on the hill is Richardson Park where the Goodna Rugby League Club is located, adjacent to Noel Kelly Drive.

01 May 2012

Part of the World Speed Dating record attempt at The Coffee Club at Goodna tonight.

Media Release: Westside Christian College set to expand

FACILITIES at Westside Christian College's primary school campus are poised to expand with several new buildings including nine extra classrooms.

Ipswich City Council Planning and Development Committee Chairperson Councillor Paul Tully said council had approved an application for extensions on the existing Goodna site.

Cr Tully said the extensions would include three classroom blocks accommodating the nine extra classrooms, an administration and staff facilities building, an amenities building, a tuckshop, a staffroom and a storage room.

The new development will cover an area 1,280m2 in size and will be located to the south of the established school buildings and along the Stuart Street frontage of the school site, Cr Tully said.

"The development will extend facilities on site to accommodate a total of 500 students from Prep to Grade 7," Cr Tully said.

"With Westside Christian College growing all the time, these extensions will provide welcome learning and support facilities, as well as shaded areas for student drop off and collection."

The development also includes an additional 67 car parking spaces and a bus set-down area.

Existing footpaths and kerb and channel will be extended to encompass the full Stuart Street frontage of the school site.

26 April 2012

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