27 October 2012

Nomad bikie gang members intercepted, drug tested and breathalysed at Goodna clubhouse during national run

Police stop a group of Nomads bikies at Goodna near their headquarters.

Police stop a group of Nomads bikies at Goodna near their headquarters.

POLICE have set up road blocks and intercepted bikies at a clubhouse in Goodna as gang members meet for their national run.

Members of the Nomads leaving the Goodna headquarters were drug tested and breathalysed by police this morning.

Two people were charged with drug driving.

More than 20 police were part of the operation including State Crime Operations Command's Task Force Hydra.

Police declined to comment today but on Friday issued a public notice advising the three-day national run could cause traffic delays on the M1 and Logan Motorway as riders travelled from the New South Wales border to Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Police stop a group of Nomads bikies at Goodna near their headquarter

Police stop a group of Nomads bikies at Goodna near their headquarters.

Competition Bowls at Goodna: They will be running for cover within 15 minutes.

The Jacaranda Festival parade is about to start along Queen St Goodna to Evan Marginson Park.

Major police operation underway at Mill St Goodna where Nomads outlaw motorcycle gang have set up club headquarters.

23 October 2012

Congratulations to all fire fighters, teachers & parents involved the evacuation of Staines Memorial College at School Rd Redbank Plains this afternoon.

School fire evacuation possible at Redbank Plains

Council has been contacted by QFRS to advise that they are preparing for the possibility of evacuating the staff and children from Staines Memorial College at Redbank Plains due to the fire in area. QFRS are the lead agent who will determine if the evacuation is necessary.

If the evacuation occurs, the staff and children will be evacuated to the Redbank Plains Library to enable them to be safely picked up by their parents.

22 October 2012

Thieves steal gifts from a baby's grave at Goodna Cemetery

HEARTBROKEN: Salu "Sharon" Faatuli and
Ian Broadbent are angered and upset that people
have stolen toys placed on their child’s grave as
gifts from loved ones. Their cherished baby Urban
was stillborn and his funeral was only last week.

A COUPLE who lost their first child at birth was dealt another cruel blow when someone stole gifts from the baby's grave.

Ian Broadbent and his partner Salu "Sharon" Faatuli buried their son, Urban at the Goodna Cemetery following a memorial service at Heritage Park Chapel on October 12.

The grieving couple returned to the grave the following Saturday and Sunday, but were unable to go back on Monday.

It was on Tuesday this week that they discovered the theft of several stuffed toys that had been given as gifts to the baby from loved ones.

Mr Broadbent said he failed to understand why anyone would want to steal from a grave site, let alone that of a child.

"I was that angry when I found out about this last Tuesday," he said.

"We just think that our child deserves better than this. You just don't take things from a grave - especially an infant's grave - it is disrespectful."

Little Urban passed away shortly before his birth on September 30 due to a knot that formed in his umbilical cord.

It was heartbreak for his parents, who were looking forward to welcoming the new addition to the family after battling hard through 2011, when their home was destroyed by the floods.

Ms Faatuli went to nearby second hand stores in the hope that someone might have pawned the items, but there was no sign of them.

The couple said all of the stolen items had been pegged down so they couldn't blow away in the wind.

Goodna Cemetery Trust secretary Paul Tully said he was disgusted by the theft.

While there had been cases of vandalism over the years, Cr Tully said he could not recall a previous instance of toys being stolen from a child's grave.

"This is a bloody disgraceful act," Cr Tully said.

"What has society come to when a person has got to take treasured items off a child's grave? It doesn't get much lower than that."


18 October 2012

Spring Mountain Fire Update: Proposed back burn at 8.00pm tonight from the north western corner of the Woogaroo Trail within the Conservation Estate for the back burn to head in a southerly direction. No current threat to people in Springfield or Redbank Plains area.

Spring Mountain Fire Update

The fire is travelling in a North West Direction (Northern Ipswich and Logan City Boundary). Workers are currently on the ground clearing vegetation to reduce the risk of the fire burning under the power lines.


Ipswich City Council has deployed a front end loader to clear thick vegetation on the Woogaroo Creek Track and Yaddian Trail to reduce the risk of the fire jumping the containment line if/when it approaches those tracks.


Logan City Council is working at their end to clear tracks at the Northern end boundary.


Rural Fire Service will not be conducting any back burning at this stage, however this will be reassessed this afternoon. 


Location of Command Centre: Greenbank Rural Fire Station


Spring Mountain bushfire may cause respiratory problems for the next week.

The Department of Community Safety advises: 


Multiple Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS), Logan and Ipswich City Council crews are currently monitoring a large grass fire burning in the Spring Mountain Conservation Reserve, between Spring Mountain and Greenbank.
The fire has been burning in inaccessible country for several days and is currently posing no threat to property.
Residents in nearby areas will notice a large smoke haze. Motorists are urged to drive with caution and to conditions.
Residents are advised to keep their doors and windows closed and if they suffer from respiratory illness, keep medication close by.
The fire is expected to burn within inaccessible country for the next week, if residents believe the situation has changed, and their home is under threat, they should ring Triple Zero (000) immediately.

The heavy pall of smoke this morning across Springfield, Brookwater, Augustine Heights, Bellbird Park & Redbank Plains is from the bushfire near Spring Mountain slowly burning towards Sinnathamby Bvd at Springfield Central.

The large white dome on top of Mt Juillerat at Redbank Plains has disappeared over the past week. Does anyone know what's happened to this landmark?

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