29 March 2013

Former NZ International joins Goodna Rugby League for 2013

David Solomona has signed to play for the mighty Goodna Eagles in 2013.

David is a very experienced well respected second row forward and will assist the cause greatly as the Club seeks the holy grail.

His signing as well as Alby Talipeau and David Heketoa will work well for the Club.

David's career spanned 13 internationals for Samoa, 13 internationals for New Zealand, 78 NRL games for Roosters and Parramatta, and 204 games in the English Super League for various clubs.

He retired last year from Warrington in the super league.

At 35 years young he has still got a lot to give to himself, his family, the community and the Mighty Eagles.

17 March 2013

Goodna Lads Toowoomba Newtown Park 1918 - World War 1

Goodna Lads at Toowoomba Newtown Park 1918

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12 March 2013

Tully joins irate critics of ‘shoddy’ tree gang

RESIDENTS MIFFED: Energex contractors
upset residents while cutting down trees
in Goodna and Bellbird Park.

RESIDENTS of Goodna and Bellbird Park are fuming over the actions of Energex tree loppers who have been accused of destroying trees and illegally entering people's yards.
Cr Paul Tully said Ipswich City Council was "investigating reports the Energex contractor using Victorian vehicles is dumping branches on footpaths forcing children and residents onto busy roads".

He described the contractors as "cowboys who seem to be breaking every rule in the book".

Cr Tully's Facebook page was inundated with complaints.

One resident named Katrina said the contractors "did Rosemary St recently and damaged the letterbox and walkway. Their trucks almost cut my driveway off. Made it quite unsafe to enter and exit our driveway".

Another, Mandy, said she "saw a small boy ... have to walk out onto the road" because of the contractors' actions. Cr Tully said council was investigating possible offences by the contractors with fines up to $110,000.

"A schoolchild could be killed as a result of these haphazard works," he said.

Cr Tully said the Energex contractors had blocked one footpath in Goodna's Queen St after NBN had blocked the other, forcing pedestrians onto a road that carries 20,000 vehicles a day.

"These cowboys should go back to Victoria before someone is killed or seriously injured," he said.

An Energex spokesman said the company had "an overriding commitment to provide a safe and reliable electricity supply for south-east Queensland".

This included "clearing tree branches growing near overhead powerlines, which can be a risk for children climbing unknowingly into danger, or in areas where tree branches can get blown onto lines, causing lines to fall and subsequent power interruptions".

"The council and Energex have in recent years undertaken jointly funded programs regarding overhead powerlines," the spokesman said.

"While around 25% of power in Ipswich is via underground cables there is still a requirement to carry out regular safety and reliability work around the existing overhead lines."


03 March 2013

More rain coming

The Sunday Mail reports:

DRENCHING rains since the start of the year have seen Brisbane receive more than half its annual average rainfall.

Thanks to the rain associated with ex-Cyclone Oswald, a wet February and a soggy start to March, more than 600mm has fallen on Brisbane, where the annual mean rainfall is 1149mm.

The bucketing is just a snapshot of a wild start to 2013 in Queensland - with more to come.

The weather bureau is watching a monsoon trough in the north that could turn into a cyclone, bringing more rain to drench Queensland.

Brisbane will today exceed its March average rainfall in the wettest weekend since the Australia Day holiday deluge.

From late Friday night to yesterday evening, between 100 and 120mm had fallen, with another 50 to 70mm expected before noon today, as a result of an upper air system fuelled by moist east-northeasterlies.

02 March 2013

Most of the water is gone from Smiths Rd Goodna but there's some still across Albert Street.

They're reelin' in the catfish at the Goodna Boat Ramp this afternoon.

Now 3 fishermen at Goodna. Those catfish must be mighty tasty!

This is amazing. Even the rain can't keep a good fisherman away from the Brisbane River at Goodna. Good luck!

The Brisbane River has risen only slightly at the Goodna Boat Ramp in the past couple of hours.

Smiths Rd Goodna in the dip between Albert St & Stuart St is down to one lane with extreme caution.

Albert Street Goodna - Don't even think about it!

The Brisbane River at the Goodna Boat Ramp is about 1.5 metres above normal. Nothing to worry about.

River 949 will have flood & rain updates during the afternoon.

Pedestrian walkway Lower Albert St Goodna is impassable.

Water across Smiths Rd Goodna between Albert Street & Stuart Street.

One driver braves Albert Street Goodna. Alice Street is a better bet.

Water across Leslie Park Goodna this morning - off Bertha Street opposite the BP servo. The ground is supersaturated at the moment causing higher-than-normal runoff.

Gailes Tru Value Hardware Store celebrates 40 years of serving the local community at a big celebration this morning. Congratulations.

Cut price dog & cat microchipping today 9am to 12pm at Evan Marginson Park Goodna behind Railway Station. Free chipping for animals being registered for the first time today.

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