30 June 2012

Rail Back on Track calls for off peak fares to be expanded

Media release 30 June 2012

SEQ: Off peak fare discounts

RAIL Back On Track ( a web based community support group for rail and public transport and an advocate for public transport passengers has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Transport and Main Roads that targeting of off peak discounts is to be tried to increase the use of shoulder peak services.

Robert Dow, Spokesman for RAIL Back On Track said:

"In order to improve shoulder peak usage, the duration of the peak should be reduced. Touch ons after 8:30am, before 4pm and after 6pm should be considered as off peak. It is not like a peak intensive service is provided at these times anyway, so charging at an off peak rate is completely fair."

"RAIL Back On Track members believe that the appropriate level of discount is 30%. This is the discount which CityRail in Sydney provides to off peak full fare users.

Adelaide metro provide approximately 45% discount to users during inter-peak times between 9am to 3pm."

"Consideration should also be given to changing the present 2am off peak time limit to a more realistic time, say 7am to further drive shoulder peak usage. This would be best as a touch-off time point but we are unsure as to the capability of the go card system to handle touch-off time points for off peak fare implementation."

"The current fares are reducing off peak usage, as even the previous Transport Minister admitted."

"Off peak services are cheaper to provide so it is reasonable that they have lower fares."

29 June 2012

Australian Cinema Chain founder's Goodna home heritage listed

PIC:  Dot McGreevy, left, Jan Carroll and Cr Paul Tully unveil the heritage
plaque outside the original Carroll family home at Queen St Goodna.
A heritage plaque was unveiled Friday at Goodna to recognise the heritage listing of the former Carroll family home - of Birch Carroll and Coyle fame.

It was the original Ipswich home of Edward (Ted) Carroll (1868 - 1931) - one of the founders of the BCC Cinema Chain - and was built by his parents, schoolteachers from Redbank Plains, in 1906.

His granddaughter Jan Carroll came from Sydney for the event.

Ted Carroll and his brother Daniel were theatrical and cinema mangers and screened silent films in Ipswich, Brisbane and other parts of Queensland in the early 20th century.

Ted later joined G H Birch to form the original Birch Carroll partnership which later became the BCC chain.

The home at 16 Queen St Goodna was one of the entertainment focal points in Queensland with stars from the US glamour set and other Hollywood types visiting for dinners, balls and entertainment.

Scottish entertainer Harry Lauder - described by Sir Winston Churchill as "Scotland's greatest ever ambassador" - once visited the home at Goodna in 1925.

The current owner is Dot McGreevy, a lovely lady who has lived in this home in the main street of Goodna for 61 years.

"The next time you go to a plush Birch Carroll and Coyle cinema - remember it all started in downtown Goodna almost a century ago," Cr Tully said.

"Who would have ever thought that flood-ravaged Goodna was home to the birth of this iconic Australian cinema chain."

Brisbane Courier Monday 27 July 1925: searchTerm=harry

Harry Lauder says: "We had afternoon tea with 'Granny' Carroll at Goodna."

More early history of the Birch Carroll Coyle early days:


Giant rats are back in Goodna

Keiron Butler with his rat bait at his Goodna home.
He spends $12 a week on baits to try and keep the rodents at bay.

Giant rats "the size of bandicoots" are back in Goodna.

After the floods last year a plague of rats engulfed the suburb with the Brisbane City Council sending in fox terriers to eradicate them.

At the time Goodna resident and greyhound trainer Keiron Butler raised the alarm that the oversized rodents were on the rampage.

But they were not given the knock-out blow.

"We've still got a plague of them. They are as big as bandicoots," Mr Butler said.

"They come up from the river. They are looking for warm places and there is no-one living in some of the houses here so rats live there. The landlords should be made to put out baits to solve this problem.

"We are trying our best to bait them. I am going through two packets a week which is eight square blocks. All up, I am going through an average of $12 a week in baits which is a bit of money for a pensioner.

"We used to get bandicoots on the rail line when the old trains were there but now they keep it clean so we don't get them.

"At first I thought the rats were bandicoots, they are that big. We've just got to keep baiting them. I suggest that everyone in the area keeps doing that because they carry a lot of disease and vermin."

Mr Butler showed the QT the large bait blocks he sets in traps. The rats eat them whole and keep coming back for more.

The trainer is concerned for his dogs, which chase the rats but he is worried if they catch them the baits will harm them.

Councillor Paul Tully has fielded calls from residents concerned about the ravenous rodents and said they were "a health issue".

"With the colder weather they are seeking refuge in and around people's houses," he said.

"We still have overgrown properties with absentee landlords. We've also got the river bank, the creek bank and the railway through the middle of Goodna.

"There are a lot of vegetation areas where these bloody rats can live... and the big bastards are back. Brisbane (City Council) lent us their rat-catching dogs last year which put a dent in the population, but they are just very hard to eradicate."


16 June 2012

Springfield's future vision

An artist’s impression of the completed
 Gateway CBD at Springfield Central.

THIS could be the future of Springfield.

The Springfield Land Corporation's vision of what the Springfield CBD could one day look like as been released.

While there is no application for the development of the tower, the artist's impression shows what the corporation is hoping Springfield will be as development continues.

With Springfield celebrating two decades since its foundation, the Springfield Land Corporation has moved to fast-track its ongoing development with the appointment of independent financial advisers Rothschild.

Earlier this month plans were announced to see a South Bank-styled park built as part of the second stage of the Robelle Domain Parklands.

The Orion Shopping Centre has also announced an expansion and the much-anticipated Springfield Central train station is set to be completed next year.

Springfield Land Corporation chairman Maha Sinnathamby said Rothschild will look at ways to keep development moving.

"A lot has changed since we started turning this timber plantation into an internationally award-winning master planned community and the time is right to plan for the next 20 years," he said.

"Rothschild has been engaged to look at a full range of options to ensure the vision of a world-class city built with health, education and IT as its cornerstones is maintained.

"Sound financial management, and the flexibility that comes from having maintained low levels of gearing, has contributed to both local and global development partners demonstrating interest in working with SLC to progress the project and build on its existing strengths.

"Choosing the right options for Greater Springfield, its residents, tenants and business partners is very important to this project, which has been unanimously approved by an Act of Queensland Parliament."

Mr Sinnathamby said the development of Springfield was in a good position to capitalise on the booming population of the south-east.

"We want to build on the momentum created over the past 20 years and develop the city to reach a population of 105,000 well before 2030," he said.

"According to SEQ's Regional Plan, by 2031, an extra 754,000 dwellings will be required in south-east Queensland, as Queensland's population is forecast to increase from 2.8 million to 4.4 million."


Fire ants put a stop to building at Augustine Heights in Greater Springfield

The dreaded fire ant has halted building
development at Augustine Heights.
A FRESH fire ant outbreak halted construction on an Augustine Heights housing development last week after several mounds were detected.

BioSecurity Queensland ordered development group Citimark Properties to temporarily stop working on the site to prevent the outbreak spreading.

The mounds were detected during a routine inspection and the area has since been handed back to Citimark.

Construction is expected to resume on Monday.

Biosecurity Queensland Control Centre director spokesperson Neil O'Brien said a risk mitigation strategy was put in place to allow work to begin again quickly.

"Biosecurity Queensland is working closely with construction and development companies who adhere to strict movement controls to address the risk of fire ant spread," he said.

Ipswich City councillor Paul Tully said it was concerning fire ants kept appearing within Ipswich.

"It is concerning that the fire ants continue to invade new areas of Ipswich. Residents should be vigilant and report any findings," he said.

In March 2012, single fire ant mounds were detected at Brookwater and Goodna, the first in these areas since 2010.

Mr O'Brien said the 38ha of land within the Springfield area, Augustine Heights and Redbank Plains are hot spots for fire ant infestation.

"These suburbs are areas with a high proportion of land development."

Contact Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 to report fire ant findings.


15 June 2012

Western Spirit vs Ipswich Knights at Kippen Park Goodna tonight

BP to finally fix their Goodna servo

BP has confirmed this afternoon that the rebuilding of their flood damaged servo at Brisbane Rd Goodna, at the corner of Bertha St, will commence at the end of July.

The rebuilding project will take just over 3 months.

The restoration of this building - which is the first property in Goodna for drivers coming from Brisbane - has taken far too long.

At least BP has now provided a firm commencing date for this project.

Local Councillor Paul Tully said: "Better late than never".


Goodna Rugby League legend Ray Jorgensen a huge loss

Ray Jorgensen accepts the 1969 IRL premiership trophy,
Goodna’s first, following the grand final win against RAAF.

GOODNA Rugby League's centenary year has brought a concentrated focus on the club's proud history.

Unfortunately, another page of that history turned on Sunday with the passing of club legend Ray Jorgensen.

Jorgensen, who was 67, helped lay the foundations for much of the club's subsequent success.

He captained Goodna to its first IRL A grade premiership in 1969, took over as coach for the following two seasons and was named in the Goodna team of the century in 2008.

Before coming to Goodna as a senior player, Jorgensen played for Brothers, winning the A grade title with them in 1967.

When his playing and coaching days were over, Jorgensen and wife Lorraine continued to support the Goodna club and the Ipswich Rugby League.

Jorgensen took on the IRL presidency between 2001-03 following Mark Boettcher's first stint in the chair and before his second stint.

"He was on the IRL board when I was there and took over from him," Boettcher said.

"He had his heart and soul in rugby league and the Ipswich Rugby League.

"He was a Goodna man and had a lot to do with the club.

"When he and his wife came to the IRL, they put their heart and soul into it."

Goodna Old Boys vice-president John Lowry played under Jorgensen when he coached Goodna and the two were life-long friends.

"He was a no-nonsense sort of player," Lowry said of Jorgensen.

"A raw-boned type front-rower.

"He played a lot of rep footy in the back-row.

"He's certainly one of our favourite sons down our way."

Jorgensen represented Ipswich in the Bulimba Cup and played against the touring Great Britain team one season.

Jorgensen was not far from state selection either, once being chosen on the bench for a state trial, before getting an unexpected promotion.

Back then selection was based on a trial between the incumbent Queensland side and The Rest trying to take their places.

"Ray had made The Rest team as a reserve," Lowry recalled.

"On the morning of the match, one of the Queensland team pulled out so Ray took his spot.

"I went to watch the game and walked through the gate to see him run 50m to score under the posts."

Behind the posts at the clubhouse end of Richardson Park was where Jorgensen would watch the Goodna Eagles go round in recent years.

It was there club president Gary Parker knew he could find him for advice.

"Ray was well respected by all," Parker said.

"If I ever wanted advice about the club, I could go and talk to him. He was ahead of his time recognising some of the issues we have to deal with now."

Ray Jorgensen is survived by daughters Cathy, Raylene and Missy.

Goodna to gain faster fixed-line broadband after Telstra upgrade

Nigel Beaman said Telstra continued to invest in innovative
 communications solutions across the country. 

Goodna and Brassall residents will gain access to fast fixed-line broadband, following Telstra's upgrade of local ADSL2+ infrastructure.

Telstra is integrating four new technology `top hats' into the existing street cabinets that deliver telephone services to local residents and businesses.

Until now the cabinets had not been able to support ADSL2+ technology due to physical constraints.

Telstra Country Wide Area Southern Queensland general manager Nigel Beaman said Telstra continued to invest in innovative communications solutions across the country to bring faster broadband speeds and improved technology where possible.

``The upgrade will support our customers' growing interest in connecting household communication devices to the internet so that they can enjoy information and entertainment on demand,'' Mr Beaman said.

``The extra capacity will make it easier for households to stream video, access their favourite internet sites and work from home.

``In the past, to permanently increase the broadband capacity of a street side cabinet, we had to build another cabinet alongside the existing one. This could take months of planning and network construction activities,'' he said.

Mr Beaman said the top hat was essentially bolting ADSL2+ equipment on top of an existing street side cabinet.

``This means that we are able to quickly and efficiently make ADSL2+ services available to many Goodna and Brassall households and businesses that previously could not access a fixed broadband service,'' he said.

The installation is part of a nationwide infrastructure investment where about 2000 top hats will be installed.

COMMENT: This is great news for Ipswich's eastern suburbs. -


14 June 2012

All residential streets in Augustine Heights now 50kph

PIC: New 50kph sign at Santa Monica
Drive Augustine Heights

The speed limit in Santa Monica Dr and St Augustines Dr at Augustine Heights have been reduced to 50kph.

This follows representations from Augustine Heights Neighourhood Watch.

Part of St Augustines Dr in front of St Augustine's College remains at 40kph immediately before and after school.

Local Councillor Paul Tully said all residential streets in Augustine Heights were now 50kph.

"There are many school children in the local area and the new speed limits will provide increased safety for pedestrians and drivers," Cr Tully said.


13 June 2012

Goodna Services Club: We're Aussie and we're back

Goodna RSL general manager Deb Colbert outside the
building which has been decorated with the Australian flag.

DON'T be surprised if you hear Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi ringing out around Goodna early next month.

That's when the revamped Goodna RSL re-opens nearly a year and a half after the Queensland flood disaster.

The building, which was almost fully submerged during the flood, will reopen to the public on July 5 with a paint job that takes patriotism to a new level.

The building's three road-facing facades are adorned with three huge Australian flags, while a new flagpole will be erected at the rear of the premises to fly an oversized Australian flag that can be seen from the Ipswich Motorway.

General manager Deb Colbert said the paint job would make the RSL a Goodna landmark while respecting the sacrifice made by generations of Australian servicemen.

"Being an RSL we are patriotic," Ms Colbert said.

"Everybody fought under that flag. A lot of people died under that flag.

"So why not put it on there and bring back what RSLs are all about."

The wave-shaped wall above the windows on the front of the club houses the biggest of the three flags more than 20m across.

The front doors of the club will open to the public nearly 18 months after the disaster that consumed much of Goodna.

The club minimised some of the financial loss by trading out of the function centre on Brisbane Tce since May last year but for staff the reopening of the main club can't come soon enough.

"I can't wait to get back into this building," Ms Colbert said.

"It's been a tough time for the staff in general but I've been overwhelmed with interest for new jobs."

More than 25 tradesmen are working on the site each day as they work to prepare the RSL for the long-awaited opening.

The club has a new look both inside and out but the GM was giving little away when questioned about what patrons can expect to find.

"All I can say at this stage is that it will be very special," Ms Colbert said.


Stop sign upgrade for Redbank

Cnr Mine St and Ipswich Motorway off ramp at Redbank

DTMR and Origin Alliance have installed a second stop sign and advance stop sign warning at the corner of Mine St and the Ipswich Motorway service road westbound at Redbank.

An additional stop sign ahead warning will be painted on the carriageway.

The police have been blitzing this intersection with drivers complaining that there was only one stop sign at this location - on the left.

This has been fixed in record time by DTMR and Origin Alliance.

Now, drivers will have only themselves to blame if they get booked.


11 June 2012

Car a write off after collision at Goodna

A CAR has been written off after slamming into a pole at Goodna this morning.

Police said the single-vehicle crash was reported at the corner of Hanley Way and Eagle St about 9.30am.

No injuries have been reported, however there was extensive damage to the car and the pole.

Police have issued a ticket to the driver.


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09 June 2012

New technology hits Ipswich: ADSL 2 coming to parts of Augustine Heights, Redbank Plains and Springfield

PIC: Telstra's new "Top Hat" recently installed at Santa Monica Drive Augustine Heights which will bring ADSL 2 to hundreds of local homes in the next few weeks, according to Telstra.

If you see a new oblong box on top of existing Telstra boxes in your suburb, ADSL 2 internet is only weeks away.

Redbank Plains exchange is scheduled for cutover by Telstra in July.

The new technology turns local hubs on suburban streets into a mini exchange obviating the need for new ports back at the main exchange.

Each new "Top Hat" box will service hundreds of customers in the immediate vicinity but not all customers in a particular suburb.

Telstra tends to keep the exact launch date under wraps for each new "Top Hat" because Federal law requires them to give equal access to their rivals such as Optus.

The new "Top Hats" will also bring ADSL 2 to parts of Springfield Lakes where residents have been screaming for years over their slow dial-up and mobile modem speeds.

This new technology is a totally separate roll-out across Australia by Telstra from the NBN roll-out which is due to start in Ipswich at Goodna soon.

"Top Hat" technology will give ADSL 2 speeds for many residents but will not cover all homes and will not be as fast as the promised NBN broadband which Tony Abbot has promised to scrap if he wins the next election.

"Maybe Mr Abbot will bring back Morse code to show how modern his thinking is," quipped local Ipswich councillor Paul Tully who said any politician who stopped the NBN roll-out belonged in the stone age with Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble.

04 June 2012

Federal Government gives $5 million for Springfield parklands

Simon Crean has just issued a press release advising that Ipswich Council will get $5 million for Springfield Parklands.

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