29 April 2013

Ipswich homes flooded for second time in 10 days: QUU told to lift their game

Water rushes towards properties at
Bellbird Park after the second water
main break in 10 days at
the same location.

Homes in the Ipswich suburb of Bellbird Park have been flooded for the second time in ten days after another major water main failure caused tonnes of mud and water to flow into the houses.

Two homes in Nimerette St which flooded late today (Sunday) were the scene of a similar disaster on April 17.

A two-storey home owned by Karen Prestidge was damaged by mud and water entering both levels.

The latest break occurred about five metres from the scene of the first water main collapse.

The 450mm main has burst four times in the past five years flooding homes and yards.

Queensland Urban Utilities (QUU) who are responsible for maintaining the water mains bought pizzas for the affected families and offered them free accommodation for the night.

Security guards were brought in to protect the homes.

Local councillor Paul Tully who was at the scene late last night described it as one of utter devastation.

"It was like a huge avalanche of water bearing down on the properties running through the top floor of a two-storey home.

"These families are totally overwhelmed by this second incident."

Cr Tully said QUU was not putting enough money into maintaining water mains around Ipswich.

He said there would be more of these major failures "until QUU gets back to the basics of water supply".

"It beggars belief that all they offered the families last night were a dozen luke-warm pizzas and a 2-star motel room."

Cr Tully said the families wanted compensation direct from QUU rather than having to deal with their own insurance companies for a second time.

"I would hope that major law firms such as Maurice Blackburn would consider a class action against QUU for the second-rate water supply network they are operating across a major part of southeast Queensland."

"QUU needs to lift its game and the fat cats running the organisation should be forced to shape up or ship out."

Cr Tully said QUU had sent a junior PR officer to the scene of the disaster when the CEO should have been on the spot to apologise and listen to the distraught residents.

"QUU has really let local residnets down this time."

Cr Tully said the broken water main which links Goodna to Bellbird Park should be replaced in its entirety or decommissioned.

QUU was established by the state government in 2010 to take over water supply and sewerage services in Brisbane, Ipswich, Scenic Rim, Lockyer and Somerset.
Graphic YouTube footage:

Houses flooded by burst water main at Bellbird Park. Graphic video:

24 April 2013

Compensation call for Goodna after NBN fiasco

IPSWICH Councillor Paul Tully has called on NBN Co to negotiate compensation for Goodna businesses affected by loss of internet and phone services.

A 2400-line cable that serviced 650 homes and businesses was severed while a contractor was laying the National Broadband Network (NBN) on Tuesday.

These businesses have been struggling since the 2011 flood and this has been a real kick in the guts,'' Cr Tully said.

It's not good enough for NBN to leave town with businesses still suffering financially because of NBN's incompetence.

Q u e e n s l a n d N B N Co spokesperson Ryan Williams said business owners seeking compensation should contact their service provider who will assess each claim.

As is always the case, all the parties involved need to assess the situation and where the issue has arisen,'' Mr Williams issue has arisen,'' Mr Williams said.

In the meantime, if people have particular concerns they should speak to their phone or internet provider, who will assess each case.''

Telstra's Jane de Gault said the company was working to find how the cable was damaged.

South-West News


New link road to open options for Springfield Central rail commuters

A MAJOR new road linking Angnsta Parkway to the Springfield Greenbank Arterial road will be built as part of council's partnership with the State Government to provide extra car parking spaces adjacent to the new Springfield Central train station.

Ipswich City Council Planning and Development chairman Paul Tully said the currently unnamed road was identified under the Ipswich planning scheme as a key piece of local transport infrastructure.

The new road will link Augusta Parkway to the Springfield Greenbank Arterial near the Springfield Anglican College.

"This is a rapidly developing part of Ipswich so it is essential the development of transport infrastructure keeps pace," Cr Tully said.

"When completed later this year Springfield Central Train Station will be very welcome for residents and opens up new options for commuters travelling between Springfield and Brisbane. Council is committed to ensuring that residents can make full use of this new train service.

"This road will open up access to more than 400 car parking spaces for use by commuters and ensure the usefulness of this station for the community. This road is part of development proposals contained in the forthcoming 2014 budget."


23 April 2013

The Faces of Ipswich Exhibition by Rob Williams was launched tonight at the Ipswich Art Gallery. Lord Lamington (aka Ian Berry) and Cr Paul Tully attended the exhibition.

The Faces of Ipswich Exhibition by Rob Williams is launched at the Ipswich Art Gallery tonight. Ipswich's famous redhead Pauline Hanson and Lord Lamington (aka Ian Berry and Cr Paul Tully are part of the exhibition.

Emu on the loose at Redbank

A ROGUE emu was on the loose in Redbank last night with residents and motorists warned to be on the lookout for the disoriented flightless bird.

Police were called to Kruger Pde yesterday after a sighting of the emu but it disappeared into nearby bushland and has not been seen since.

"If anyone has a missing emu they should start searching around Kruger Pde," Cr Paul Tully said.

"They have very powerful legs so people shouldn't try to capture it. I've lived in the area for 40 years and I have not seen an emu on the loose previously."

19 April 2013

Goodna phone fiasco update: Telstra has confirmed they are on target to reconnect all 2400 lines by 7 o'clock tonight after being cut by NBN on Tuesday.

Goodna phone outage update: All services to be restored by 7pm

Media Release - Ipswich City Councillor Paul Tully 
Telstra has reconnected half of the 2400 telephone lines at Goodna which were cut by NBN contractors on Tuesday. 

All services are expected to be restored by 7 o'clock tonight. 

Telstra has been working around the clock to restore telephone and internet services to homes and businesses. 

Local councillor Paul Tully said the cable was cut outside the Goodna telephone exchange by NBN contractors who "ignored maps of the Telstra cable network". 

"This outage is now into its fourth day and is an indictment of NBN and its cowboy work practices."

Cr Tully called on NBN to negotiate compensation for all Goodna businesses affected by the outage. 

"These businesses have been struggling since the 2011flood and this has been a real kick in the guts. 

"It's not good enough for NBN to ng leave town with businesses still suffering financially because of NBN's total incompetence," Cr Tully said. 

Goodna NBN phone outage update: Half of the services have been restored. All should be restored by 7 o'clock tonight.

08 April 2013

Burst water main, Katandra Crescent, Bellbird Park: Water is now restored.

Burst water main Bellbird Park

Queensland Urban Utilities is currently attending a burst water main in Bellbird Park, affecting approx 40 homes in Katandra Crescent and nearby Marlene, Annabelle and Beryl Sts.


A water tanker and bottled water is available on the corner of Katandra Crescent and Marlene Street.


The burst was communicated at approx 3am and work to restore is expected to continue for a few more hours.

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