07 September 2015

Cr Paul Tully to recontest next local election for 12th time running

Cr Paul Tully - Division 2, City of Ipswich
The magnificent St George Dragons famously won 11 first grade rugby league premierships in a row.

But Cr Paul Tully is preparing to go one better as he aims to win a 12th consecutive council election on the trot.

The political dragon slayer is the first sitting councillor to formally announce he will recontest his seat at the local government election in March.

The secret to his success is not rocket science. It is basically '"meet the people, help the people".

"I enjoy working with people and helping residents, especially the battlers who sometimes have nowhere else to turn," he said.

"It can be very rewarding. Each day is different and every day is a different challenge."

This year, Cr Tully chalked up 36 years on council to become the longest-serving councillor in the city's 155-year history.

He was the youngest person ever elected to the Ipswich City Council at the age of 27 and is currently Queensland's longest-serving city councillor.

Cr Tully, who represents Division 2 which includes Goodna and surrounding suburbs, was elected unopposed in 2012 after securing a record 87% of the vote in 2008.

Between them Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale and Cr Tully have 60 years of service to Ipswich in local government.

Cr Pisasale said he was looking forward to continuing the partnership.

"I've known Paul for 25 years and everything he does is for the benefit of this city," Cr Pisasale said.

"He is a Goodna boy. They say Goodna boys don't cry, but if he does he does it quietly because he is always fighting for his area.

"He is an intelligent person and while he always shows a brave front he does have a sensitive side.

"His knowledge in planning is unbelievable and he cares deeply about Goodna and the surrounding suburbs he represents.

"If there is an issue out there, Paul will fight for the community."

Cr Tully said his major successes over the past four decades were the completion of the sewering of Division 2, major park, road and community upgrades, implementation of the Safe City security camera network and stopping a state government radioactive waste dump coming to Redbank.

"My ongoing commitment to the residents of Division 2 has always been simple - to work hard for the 20,000 people in my division and provide honest, grassroots representation to everyone," he said.

Eclectic in his interests, Cr Tully is working on a book which is set to unveil the true identity of Jack the Ripper - a 127-year-old murder mystery which has never been solved.

He has also been a beekeeper for more than 50 years.

Cr Tully lives in Division 2 with his wife Liza and their two boys, John Paul and James.

He has been the chair of the council's powerful Planning and Development committee since 1995 and is chair of the council's Audit committee, a member of the Local Government Association's Audit and Compliance committee and member of the Ipswich Rivers Improvement Trust.

Cr Tully has a law degree from the University of Queensland and is a registered Commonwealth migration agent and national convenor of Australian Republicans for an Elected President.

02 September 2015

Ipswich is facing a serious bushfire threat this summer

Media Release - Ipswich City Councillor Paul Tully

The Southern Australia Bushfire Outlook for 2015-16 released this week shows an above normal risk for southeast Queensland.

Ipswich Councillor Paul Tully (Division 2) said the major bushfire risk areas in Ipswich were around Spring Mountain, White Rock and Pine Mountain.

Cr Tully said adjoining residential areas from Springfield to Redbank Plains were at increased risk this summer. 

"Most homes are safe but the recent bushfire tragedies around the Blue Mountains, Adelaide Hills and regional Victoria show the need for local residents to be vigilant. 

"In 2012 a series of fires burnt through the environmental parks south of Springfield towards Redbank Plains."

Cr Tully said schools were evacuated as a precautionary measure. 

"The main problem was the pall of smoke which hung around Ipswich's eastern suburbs for over a week causing serious health issues for those with respiratory ailments."

Cr Tully urged locals to clear their gutters and unwanted vegetation before summer and to be on alert during this year's bushfire season. 

"We don't want any tragedies to happen in our local area," Cr Tully said. 


24 March 2015

Ipswich's top cop from Goodna Lisa Hillary puts her people first

Senior Constable Lisa Hilllary from
 the Goodna  Police Beat has won 
Rotary Police Officer of the 
Year award. Photo: Kate 
Czerny / The Queensland

Goodna and Ipswich's Top Cop of the Year deserves congratulations for her genuine commitment to community policing.

She is a credit to her profession.

The Queensland Times reports: IPSWICH'S newly crowned Police Officer of the Year may not have been looking her most photogenic when she accepted the award, but it was just further proof of her commitment to the Goodna community.

Sporting a freshly shaved head, Senior Constable Lisa Hillary shed a tear or two as she appeared at the third annual Rotary Police Officer of the Year Awards at the Ipswich Civic Centre.

The Goodna Police Beat officer was rewarded for her ongoing efforts to work alongside her community. Her efforts have included becoming the Adopt-A-Cop at Goodna State School and launching the "Connect to Culture" program for indigenous children.

The mum also spearheaded a campaign to clean up a Goodna skate park in July and August last year, after it became overrun with hobos and drug dealers.

"I had my hand over my chest because I was so shocked," Snr Const Hillary said.

"I thought I might have been in the running for Community Police Officer of the Year, so when they announced that Matt Thomson won that, I relaxed and thought I would be able to kick back and enjoy the rest of the night."

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart was there to congratulate the winner - who only three days earlier had subjected herself to a two blade shaver to help raise funds for leukaemia research - and the work of the winner's hairdresser.

Harrisville officer in charge Sergeant Matt Thomson and Sergeant Leith Marshall from the education and training office picked up the other major awards on the night - the Community Officer and Peer Officer of the Year awards respectively.

A further 10 Ipswich officers received commendations.

Ipswich North Rotary member Michael Byrne said the awards were growing in stature each year.

"We had about 15 nominations the first year and 24 this year," Mr Byrne said.

"It really is the community of Ipswich saying thank you to the police for making us the safest town in Australia."

Ipswich's concept for the awards has actually been adopted in Dorset, England, after the father of last year's winner, Detective Sergeant David Hunter of the CPIU, attended the 2014 ceremony.

Sgt Hunter's father was so impressed with what he saw, that he lobbied authorities back home to do the same thing.

Mr Byrne said Ipswich North Rotary was already considering extending future awards to include firefighters and paramedics.

Snr Const Hillary said it felt great to be recognised.

"It's especially nice when the nominations come from your peers," she said.


  • Inspector Michelle Stenner
  • Senior Sergeant Brett Wendt
  • Sergeant Ian Stephens
  • Senior Constable Timothy Walker
  • Constable Steve Cullen
  • Constable Peter Lambert
  • Detective Senior Constable Dan Cunningham
  • Detective Senior Constable Michael Kitching
  • Plain Clothes Senior Constable Blaise Cooper
  • Plain Clothes Senior Constable Aaron Ferguson

12 March 2015

Search for new Ipswich Town Crier

Cr Heather Morrow, Mayor Paul Pisasale
and Cr Paul Tully try their hand at being
town crier during the auditions held
 on Wednesday morning.
Photo: Rob Williams
The QT reports: IT'S a job that requires a love of costume, a dramatic flair and a big pair of lungs.

Ipswich is on the hunt for a new 'loud mouth' to fill the role of town crier.

The position became available after our last official town crier, Mark Overell, hung up his hat and bell last year.

Mr Overell held the job for 25 years and said there was more to the role than making proclamations on ceremonial occasions.

"As well as a loud, clear voice, a good town crier should also have a love for the city and know a bit about its history," he said.

"As town crier, you are essentially a tourism ambassador for Ipswich and represent the city and its people."

Mr Overell was also president of the Town Criers Association and even took part in international town crier competitions.

The search for the next town crier kicked off yesterday, with auditions held outside the River 949 studios in North Ipswich.

The judging panel was made up of Ipswich councillors Paul Tully, Heather Morrow and mayor Paul Pisasale. Cr Pisasale said he felt it was important to keep the tradition going.

He said the role wasn't limited to men and invited women to apply for the job as well.

"Having a strong passion for Ipswich is just as important as having a strong voice," he said.

Cr Pisasale said the crier would play a key role in a number of high profile Ipswich events during the year.

He said he hoped to have the position filled in time for a crier to lead the Ipswich Festival Parade in May.

Cr Pisasale said The Council would provide the iconic bell and costume required for the role.

He said anyone interested, should contact their local councillor or email

Town Crier Facts:

The "Oyez, oyez, oyez!" that often introduces announcements is Anglo-Norman for "Listen!".

Each town crier is officially appointed by the mayor.

04 March 2015

New shopping centre with fresh food market approved for Augustine Heights

Cr Paul Tully with Dirk Long, developer
of the new centre at Augustine Heights.

SPRINGFIELD region residents will soon be able to shop, dine and enjoy new local retailers with the approval of a new shopping precinct at the corner of Augusta Parkway and Leon Capra Drive at Augustine Heights

Ipswich Planning and Development Committee Chairman Councillor Paul Tully said council had approved the new local centre, Augusta Village with the main access from Leon Capra Drive.

"The shopping centre's key retailer will be 645m2 fresh food market, which will be surrounded by another nine local retail outlets," Cr Tully said.

"Retailers will vary with suitable shop sizes for a hairdresser, bakery, bottle shop and restaurants, as well as seven outdoor dining areas included in the plans."

Cr Tully said the outdoor dining spaces would be under the main roof of the development.

"Outdoor dining creates such a relaxing atmosphere and I can see people enjoying a Sunday morning breakfast or weekend dinner at Augusta Village," Cr Tully said.

"An acoustic barrier will be constructed on the western and southern building facades with the development incorporating 79 parking spaces.

"Traffic coming into Augusta Village will be from Leon Capra Drive and the road will be widened to incorporate a right turn lane."

Cr Tully said toilet facilities, including facilities for children would also be provided during operating hours of 6am to 10pm seven days a week.

"This development will be a major boost for Ipswich's eastern suburbs with handy access from Redbank Plains, Bellbird Park and the Centenary Highway."

Construction is expected to commence in April, with an estimated completion date before the end of 2015.

3 March 2015

02 March 2015

Family Fun Day at Goodna Services Club this Sunday 8 March 12.00 - 400 pm

The Goodna Services Club is situated at 32 Woogaroo St Goodna, behind the Goodna Railway Station.

Family Fun Day: 12.00 - 4.00 pm

The theme for March is Pirates and Princesses.

Come along for a great afternoon with the kids.

21 February 2015

Australia's most-famous Aboriginal cricketer Eddie Gilbert to be honoured by Queensland government

Eddie Gilbert.
The Queensland Times reports:

Field to be named after cricket legend.

THE late Eddie Gilbert and his family have had a big win.

The QT can reveal that the cricket field near Wolston Park's mental health centre will be renamed after the legendary Aboriginal fast bowler following a two-year campaign by a group of Ipswich citizens.

Gilbert, who took 87 wickets in 23 first-class matches for Queensland at an average of 29.98, died at the old Wolston Park Mental Hospital in 1978 at the age of 72.

Goodna's Keiron Butler has been the prime mover behind the push for the naming of 'Eddie Gilbert Memorial Field' and thanked the Queensland Police Service, which owns the land, for agreeing to the petition by locals.

"A representative of the Queensland Police Service rang me to say it has been officially approved and is definitely a goer," Mr Butler said.

"They have already spoken to Eddie's family up in Cherbourg and they are going to bring them down in buses. The police want to make it pretty big."

"Paul Tully backed us, and the QT and Donald Johannessen on ABC radio have been the main driving forces behind it." Singer/songwriter Dermot Dorgan wrote a moving song about Gilbert and Mr Butler said he had invited the musician to sing it when the official ceremony to honour Gilbert is held.

Mr Butler said honouring Gilbert would unite the community.

"I think it is great. It is finally bringing people together, which is something Australia needs.

"We want to get all the Indigenous and non-Indigenous people there to celebrate a man who was ostracised for so many years. It is a good thing for our relationship with the people that truly own this land." While representing Queensland in a Sheffield Shield match, Gilbert famously knocked the bat out of Don Bradman's hands before dismissing him for a third-ball duck.

Bradman later said of Gilbert's bowling that his deliveries were "faster than anything seen from Harold Larwood or anyone else".

Those who saw both Gilbert and Australian speedster Jeff Thomson bowl, including late ABC commentator Alan McGilvray, say there is no doubt Gilbert was the fastest of the pair.

Author Colin Tatz, who wrote Black Gold and Obstacle Race: Aborigines in Sport, previously told the QT about the hardships Gilbert overcame.

"He was basically locked up, as all Aborigines were on reserves or Christian missions," Mr Tatz said.

"He couldn't vote; he couldn't drink; and he couldn't get married to a non-Aboriginal person or join a trade union. Out of these impossible conditions he learns to play cricket, and in 1930 for Queensland."

15 February 2015

Goodna - Demographics and history back to 1856

Goodna - famous for its Jacarandas.
The ones on 
Brisbane Terrace were
planted by work 
gangs in 1932
 during the 
Great Depression.

Goodna is a suburb on the eastern edge of the City of Ipswich in Queensland, Australia.

It is bounded to the north by the Brisbane River. Founded in 1856 when the area was still part of New South Wales, it celebrated its 150-year anniversary in 2006. 

Its beginnings can be traced back further to 1823 when it was originally visited by an exploration party led by John Oxley

Further still, Goodna sits on Jaggera land, the original Aboriginal grouping being the Yerongpan people who continue their culture today.

Goodna is only 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the Brisbane central business district, being just outside the Brisbane City Council area. 
Goodna's heated public pool on Brisbane Terrace.

Ideally located as a centre point between Brisbane and Ipswich, it was designated by the Queensland Government in the SEQ Plan as a major activity centre, a transport oriented development centre and as an economic activity centre.

Goodna Shopping Centre (also known as St Ives) is a major shopping centre, an easy walk to the Goodna train station (207 metres (679 ft) direct distance).

With the new Goodna Town Plan, released in 2009, it is now possible to build up to 12 stories in the main shopping centre area


The Brisbane River runs to the north of Goodna. Goodna Boat Ramp is one of the only boat ramps on the Brisbane River and is part of the Brisbane River Canoe Trail. There are extensive old Jacaranda, Poinciana, Hoop Pine and Mango trees throughout the area. Parks are widespread with over 14 individual parks to be found and free electric barbecue facilities at the major ones. 

Goodna Services Club with over 60,000 members.
Names of some of the major parks include: Evan Marginson Sportsground, Richardson Park, Leslie Park, Kippen Park, Norma Mulvihill Park, Baines Meaney and Seymour Park. 

Fifty percent of The Pan Pacific Peace Gardens is also situated within Goodna. Wildlife is restricted with ongoing development, however possums and on a rare occasion koalas have also been spotted.

The Diggers Rest on the corner of Queen and Church Streets is the Goodna War Memorial. This was dedicated in September 1921. Many of the original central street names in Goodna originated from English kings, princes, and queens such as William, Albert, James and George.


In the 2011 Census the population of Goodna is 8,777, 50.2% female and 49.8% male. The median/average age of the Goodna population is 30 years of age, 7 years below the Australian average. 59.4% of people living in Goodna were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 9.1%, Samoa 3.5%, Vietnam 3.1%, England 3%, India 1.8%. 66.5% of people speak English as their first language 7.4% Samoan, 4.9% Vietnamese, 1.5% Spanish, 1% Hindi, 0.9% Tagalog.


"Penhelyg" Queenslander in 
William St Goodna 
built in 1896.
Historically Goodna was a farming community, primarily in sugar, cotton, livestock (sheep and cattle), and also had a large local timber industry. Large amounts of timber were taken by bullock teams to the Goodna wharf and shipped to Ipswich and Brisbane.

Woogaroo (as it was then known) had extensive beds of sandstone. In 1826 Patrick Logan established the Woogaroo Quarry to provide building materials for the Moreton Bay penal colony.

As early as 1841 there was a sheep run called Woogaroo Station, H.S.Russell and Dr. Stephen Simpson (the Grenier family of South Brisbane were still in New Zealand in 1841 and did not reach Brisbane till 1845 and while having the Grenier Inn at South Brisbane farmed land known as "The Willows" where Archerfield airfield stands today). This name, which referred to a waterhole in the creek was superseded from 1865 onwards by the name Goodna.

Apiary at Goodna c 1913.
By the early 1840s Dr Stephen Simpson, the lands commissioner and magistrate for the Moreton Bay district, was living in a slab hut and farming on the riverbank near the mouth of Woogaroo Creek. As the main road intersected with the track fromCoopers Plains and the river, at the time it was a strategic location for Simpson. In 1851–1852 he purchased 2,000 acres (8 km2) of land, including 640 acres (2.6 km2) on Wolston Creek. 

Other well known pioneers settled or purchased land in the Goodna area: James Holmes arrived in 1851 and established himself as a grazier; Charles Pitt married Thomas Grenier's daughter Mary in 1855 and grew cotton and maize at Redbank Plains. According to "Aldines" Charles was the second to grow cotton in that area and received 400 pounds from the Government of the day. He was also a JP and on the Purga Divisional Board and involved in the beginnings of the Redbank School. Harriet Holmes bought 33 acres (130,000 m2) in 1860 and Joshua Jeays, later Mayor of Brisbane, bought 40 acres (160,000 m2) in the next year.

Further settlement took place after Goodna was proclaimed a village in 1856. In the following year Joseph and Ellen (née Thompson) Broad built a store on the site, and sold the store later to Edwin Pitt son of Charles and Mary Pitt. Edwin and his wife Cecilia (née Thompson sister of Ellen Broad) ran the store as a mixed business and Cecilia was the postmistress (see Aldines). They survived the 1893 Brisbane flood but a little later built Pitt's Hotel Cecil on the store site. 

It was later burnt down and the RSL is now on that site. Edwin and Cecilia's daughter Zora Brenda Pitt grew up and learnt to ride in Goodna and she became Royal National Show champion woman rider in the early 1900s, and the cemetery opened in 1859. By 1863 there was a small run to Holmes Inn, where Harriet Holmes was postmistress and the Congregational Church which was also opened in 1863. There was one acting police sergeant and a constable by 1868. W. Law established himself as a blacksmith in 1870, the year in which the Goodna State School opened.

Ready for the foxhunt c.1892
Goodna Royal Mail Hotel 
which still stands today 
on Brisbane Terrace.
On 30 January 1873 the ceremony of "turning the sod" for the first rail link between Ipswich and Brisbane took place at Goodna. Two thousand people attended the event, most arriving by paddle steamer. To officially start the work, the Queensland Governor George Phipps, 2nd Marquess of Normanby, used a solid silver spade to dig a small piece of earth and place it in a wheelbarrow. Cobb and Co coaches stopped at Goodna on their way to and from Brisbane (their only other stops were Oxley and Rocklea). This ended after the railway link was completed in 1875.

Daniel Jones built the first sawmill in 1884, which was located below the Catholic Church/School grounds in the paddock that reached from Mill Street to Alice Street (known by locals as 'the mill paddock'). In the smaller paddock immediately behind the Presbyterian Church and Manse stood the wooden 'Honey Shed' used by Daniel's brother Harry in conjunction with his apiary. By the Second World War this use had been discontinued and the site was used by a group of CWA ladies who made camouflage nets for the war effort. The site was also used at one time by the Goodna Scout Group.

By 1888 the population of Goodna was 500 and there were three friendly societies, the Oddfellows, Loyal Rose of Denmark and Good Templars. The foundation stone of St Francis Xavier Catholic Church (formerly St Patrick's) had been laid in 1880 by Bishop James Quinn and opened in the following year. 

The Catholic school was opened in 1910 and the Sisters of Mercy Convent in 1911. Goodna today retains significant elements of its heritage.,_Queensland

14 February 2015

Local News on this site now in 91 languages

Councillor Paul Tully's Greater Goodna News website is now available in 91 languages.

A translation facility at the top of the Home Page enables local residents to read the website in their own language.

With one click, users can select the language they wish to read the website in.

By default, English is the main language of the site.

The available languages include:

  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • Albanian
  • Arabic
  • Armenian
  • Bosnian
  • Bulgarian
  • Cebuano
  • Chinese
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish

  • Dutch
  • Filipino (Tagalog)
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Javanese
  • Korean
  • Lao
  • Malay
  • Maltese
  • Maori
  • Myanmar (Burmese)
  • Nepali
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese 
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Serbian
  • Slovak
  • Slovenian
  • Spanish 
  • Sudanese
  • Swedish
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Ukraine
  • Vietnamese
  • Welsh
and 43 other languages.

Cr Paul Tully.
Cr Tully said he hoped the translation facility helped local residents to stay in touch with what's happening in the local area, particularly around Ipswich's eastern suburbs.

"This initiative will keep people better informed about community issues and events.

"Further languages will be installed on my website as they become available."

Cr Tully said the last national census revealed there were almost 120 different nationalities in the City of Ipswich with some 90 nationalities in Division 2 based on Goodna.

Rocking blues band stomps into Goodna at the Royal Mail Hotel

The Swamp Stompers will be performing at
the Royal Mail Hotel in Goodna this Saturday.
ALTHOUGH they were still in kindergarten when John Butler released his first album, three piece band The Swamp Stompers said he was a key inspiration when they put together their six-track rock and blues EP, Stepping Stones.

The Lismore-based trio of Corey Legge, Luke Ligtenberg and Mitch Broadhead got their start in 2012 while studying music together at Lismore's Southern Cross University, which has produced many other successful Aussie artists including popular band, Grinspoon.

Guitarist Corey said The Swamp Stompers were ready to deliver a high energy show The Royal Mail Hotel in Goodna when they performed at the iconic blues venue on Saturday.

"The album is mostly full of upbeat party blues, rock and funk, there are a few slower tunes on there too but mostly it's very upbeat," he said.

"We got a lot of inspiration from living in Byron Bay with the reggae and funk influences there.

"People can expect a really high energy show, lots of jumping around and we always get the crowd involved."

The young musician said the band had been honing their skills playing major Australian festivals up and down Australia's east coast such as Byron Bay Bluesfest, Sydney Blues and Roots Festival and The Blues at Bridgetown Festival.

"We have played at the Royal Mail three times before and it's one of our favourite venues so far," Corey said.

"We'll be really pushing our six songs from the EP, we'll do a few of our classics too and some covers to pay homage to our idols."

The Swamp Stompers will be performing at The Royal Mail from 1pm on Saturday. Entry is free.

Traffic lights being installed at Goodna to improve road safety

Lights to be installed at the intersection of Church and Alice Streets Goodna.

Traffic lights coming to the corner of Church
and Alice Streets Goodna.
An undertaking in the 2014-15 Ipswich City Council Budget will come to fruition in the the next few weeks with the installation of traffic lights at the corner of Church and Alice Streets Goodna.

Cr Paul Tully - Got the
money for Goodna in
 the 2014-15 Ipswich
 City Council Budget.
The $1.34 million project is due to commence in mid-April and will take several months to complete.

Work is planned to commence on time, weather permitting.

The intersection will have separate turning lanes from both Church St and Alice St.

Local Goodna Councillor Paul Tully said the lights would have pedestrian crossings for students walking to and from the nearby St Francis Xavier School in Church St.

Cr Tully said the work was expected to be undertaken to keep traffic flowing during peak school times, with some Saturday work possibly being required.

"These lights will ensure a smoother flow of traffic for local Goodna residents as well as drivers coming from Gailes, Camira, Bellbird Park, Brookwater and Augustine Heights."

Cr Tully said motorists could expect minor disruptions during the installation of the traffic lights and should use Bertha St, Mill St and Queen St as alternatives routes during the construction phase.

10 February 2015

New highway travel centre for Bundamba

Major traveller facility to be built for trucks and cars at Bundamba.

The first major development of its kind on the Warrego Highway in Ipswich.

By Brian Bennion

New truckstop facility for Bundamba
 - artist's impression
A MULTI-MILLION dollar 24-hour truck stop will form the entrance to the Citiswich Business Park off the Warrego Hwy at Bundamba.

Developed by Synergy Property Partners at the Citiswich Business Park, the Citiswich Travel Centre will be anchored by multinational fuel group Puma Energy and Portuguese style chicken franchise Oporto with a drive-through and another four tenancies ranging in size from 50-140sqm.

While developers would not comment on costings of the project, a development of this size is estimated to be worth $15 million.

Planning and Development Committee chairman Paul Tully said the project, located off Hawkins Cres, had been given the green light and would create more local jobs and facilities for the booming business precinct.

Synergy Property Partners director Edward Masterson said the development would be similar to Plainlands Travel Centre in terms of highway amenity for drivers, food offerings and rest facilities.

Mr Masterson said they were in negotiations with a number of national food retailers and interest from specialty tenants for the remaining shops had been overwhelming.

"The Travel Centre will be the first of its kind for the outbound side of the Warrego Hwy," Mr Masterson said.

Full story:

07 February 2015

Environmental vandalism: Driver caught on camera at Goodna dumping oil at car wash

Illegal dumper tracked to business in south west Brisbane faces severe fine. 

The Queensland Times reports:

Environmental vandalism attack at Goodna Car Wash.
By Brian Bennion

AUTHORITIES are investigating an alarming case of illegal dumping with litres of waste oil allegedly dumped at a Goodna car wash.

It is alleged the driver of a company van displaying the name of a Brisbane-based dealership was captured on security video surveillance appearing to dump drums of oil down the pits and vacuum area of the car wash at 7pm on Thursday.

Operators of Goodna Car Wash made a complaint to council yesterday morning after they discovered oil spilt and dumped into the drains.

It is understood the owner will be seeking restitution from the offender after having to contract a company to remove oil from the car wash pits.

The car wash is 100m from a major detention basin which flows directly to the Brisbane River at Goodna.

Authorities are investigating allegations 
of illegal waste oil dumpingat Goodna Car Wash.
Goodna Car Wash is believed to have installed video surveillance after vandals targeted the business last year.

Goodna-based councillor Paul Tully said the environmental vandals responsible should feel the full force of the law.

"This is one of the most blatant acts of environmental vandalism seen in Ipswich for many years.

"Environmental vandals like this deserve to be jailed because business owners and the community have to pick up the cost." Under council-enforced laws, illegal dumping of environmental waste can attract fines of up to $5500 for individuals and $15,000 for corporations.

Council is liaising with the Department of Environment in relation to investigation of the matter.

Cr Tully said council could take action against the registered owner of the vehicle even if the driver could not be identified.

The manager of Goodna Car Wash declined to comment yesterday. 


01 February 2015

Queensland Election: 400 votes could decide the outcome of the state election

Fewer than 400 votes could determine the outcome of this historic election.

The current state of play is:

ALP   -   43
LNP   -   40
KAP  -     2
IND   -     1 (Peter Wellington in Nicklin)

In Doubt  -    3  (Mansfield, Maryborough, Whitsunday)

The LNP cannot win the election in its own right.

If they win all 3 seats which are in doubt and the Katter Australian Party sided with them (which Bob Katter said on Channel 7 last night that he would not do) this would give the LNP 45 seats on the floor of the House - a real hung parliament.

The Independent Peter Wellington has publicly said he will not support a minority LNP government.

If 2 or 3 of the doubtful seats go to Labor, that would give the ALP a majority government with either 45 or 46 seats.

If Labor wins only 1 of the doubtful seats, it could form government with 44 seats and presumably Peter Wellington as Speaker. (Peter Wellington's handling of upstarts like Jarrod Bleijie would be a delight to behold!)

The latest official 2-candidate preferred margins in the 3 seats according to the ECQ are:

Mansfield 25 (ALP ahead)
Maryborough 685 (ALP ahead)
Whitsunday  84 (LNP ahead)

50 percent of these margins (plus 1) is enough to swing the vote the other way.

Based on the current margins, it would require 13 votes to reverse the current trend in Mansfield, 343 votes in Maryborough and 43 votes in Marborough, a total of 399.

So, just 399 votes could ultimately determine the outcome of the 2015 election when it goes down to the wire with all postal and absentee votes in.

Probably not quite the result Campbell Newman was thinking when he cockily called the snap general election on January 6.

ECQ gaffe: Election count in Lockyer is incorrect, says Tully

Lockyer's election candidates are Clare Rudkin,
 Ian Rickuss, Steve Leese, David Neuendorf a
nd Pauline Hanson.
UPDATE at 11.00am

The ECQ has removed the wrong information from its website.

The count in the seat of Lockyer has been stuffed up by the Electoral Commission Queensland (ECQ) on their website, claims Cr Paul Tully.

This morning the ECQ site has the two-party preferred count as a contest between the LNP's Ian Rickuss and Katter's Australian Party (KAP) candidate David Neuendorf, when it should be between the LNP and One Nation's Pauline Hanson.

Mr Rickuss has polled 33.06% of the primary vote with Ms Hanson in second spot on 27.6% of the primary vote after 71.76% of the count.

Mr Neuendorf has only 7.51% of the primary vote and is well behind.

Cr Paul Tully, Queensland's leading election expert, sent ABC election analyst Antony Green a message to alert him to the error.

"The ECQ has got the two-party preferred figure entirely wrong in Lockyer," Cr Tully said. "They have the final contest as being between the LNP and KAP when it is really between the LNP and One Nation parties.

"To show how stupid their mistake is, in the two party preferred final figure they have got Ian Rickuss on 7130 votes, when he actually received 7809 primary votes."

The ECQ will no doubt fix this in due course today.

31 January 2015

5000 votes across key Queensland seats to determine election outcome

Ipswich Labor councillor Paul Tully - a well known numbers man for the ALP - predicts just 5000 votes across Queensland in key seats could decide the election.

Cr Tully correctly predicted Labor would only win seven seats in the 2012 poll.

Cr Tully said the ALP could win office in a hung parliament with the support of a "block of four" independent and Katter Australia Party MPs, holding the balance of power.

He predicts the LNP will fall one seat short of winning government in their own right.

Cr Paul Tully
Cr Tully, believes Labor has a strong chance of winning four other seats including Pumicestone, which has a margin of 12 per cent, Kallangur, 12.4 per cent and Pine Rivers, 13.7 per cent where the Opposition campaigned on Wednesday.

He predicts the ALP could win 41 seats, the LNP 44 seats and a block of four, including independents Chris Foley (Maryborough) and Peter Wellington (Nicklin) and two Katter's Australian Party MP could be the deciders in a hung parliament.

"It will come down to about 5000 votes in key seats," Cr Tully said.

"And a lot of those seats are going to be won by 100 or 200 votes," he said.

"I think it is going to be very, very close."

Polling booths open at 8am and close at 6pm.

Hung Parliament on the cards in Queensland


Paul Tully is predicting
 a hung parliament.
IPSWICH Labor identity Paul Tully is a psephologist (political number-cruncher) with a canny ability to predict polls more accurately than most. 

I’m afraid he has bad news for the LNP.

He says Annastacia Palaszczuk and the ALP have run a professional grassroots campaign that will “bring home the bacon” in Labor’s must-win seats like Brisbane Central, Mount Coot-tha, Ipswich and Ipswich West.

His tips: “I have the ALP on a reasonably comfortable 37 seats (meaning to win back 28 seats) with a reasonable likelihood of winning another four, for a total of 41.

“The LNP would be left with 44 seats, one seat short of an absolute majority in the parliament. There are likely to be two Katter Party MPs and two independents. As a party must win 45 seats to gain an absolute majority out of 89 seats, I predict the likelihood of a hung parliament.”

30 January 2015

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Insurance pain for friends who lost everything in house fire at Goodna

Crystal, Sophia Ale and Dolores in front of the rental
property that was destroyed in Goodna overnight.
A GROUP of young friends moving into a new home in Goodna has lost all their possessions in a fire that destroyed one third of the house.

The four women were not covered by insurance as they had stored their belongings in the garage, intending to take over the lease from another group of friends and move in next week.

Both groups were caught out as the garage of the O'Dea Crescent home was completely destroyed by the fire that ripped through the home within half an hour from 6.30pm on Wednesday.

A former tenant and two women intending to move in were inspecting the gutted home yesterday.

The garage was full of the blackened remnants of beds, fridges, couches, tables, washing machines and microwave ovens.
House fire on O'Dea Crescent, Goodna
 on Wednesday evening.
Friends Crystal, 21, and Dolores, 19, who asked for their surnames not to be published, said they had lost everything.

"No one was in the house for two days," Crystal said.

"We just stored our things there until we could sign a new lease. We're just lucky no lives were lost, that's the main thing."

Dolores, 19, a tourism student at Griffith University, said she was heartbroken that her keepsakes from motivational speaking she had done for teenagers and her childhood photos were lost.

"All of my memories of where I have spoken is in the house and my dad just came back from Spain and brought back photos of me when I was little, that's all gone. I literally have nothing and I don't have family around here," she said.
The rental property on O'Dea Crescent that
 was destroyed by fire overnight.

Former resident Sophia Ale said the agent had completed an inspection on the day the fire broke out.

"I took my clothes with me but most of the furniture we hadn't moved to our new place, now it's all gone," Ms Ale said.

Camira Station Officer Mark Walker said by the time fire crews arrived, the blaze was well lit. The fire was extinguished about 7pm.

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Mahatma Gandhi honoured in Ipswich today

Official unveiling of the Mahatma Gandhi Inspiration Bridge
 at Robelle Domain Springfield Central.
The Mahatma Gandhi Inspiration Bridge was officially named at Springfield Central today in the presence of the Indian Honorary Consul Archana Singh.

Congratulations to Maha Sinnathamby and James Varghese for bringing this project to fruition.

29 January 2015

Bookmakers have Labor's Jo-Ann Miller at unbackable odds of 100-to-1-on, in Bundamba

Jo-Ann Miller: Long odds-on
 to win again
With only hours to the state election, Labor's long-serving Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller is at unbackable odds to retain her seat of Bundamba.

SportsBet has Jo-Ann Miller at $1.01 and the unseen LNP candidate Stephen Fenton at whopper odds of $12.00.

Jo-Ann Miller's odds are so short that a bet of $100 would return a total of just $101 to a keen punter like her larger-than-life electorate secretary Steve Axe. 

The bookies are also in it to win it - which accounts for the $12 they have on offer for the LNP.

Only a fool or a philanthropist would be backing the LNP at those odds.

By 6.15pm on election night, Jo-Ann Miller will be one of the first ALP members to be returned to Parliament.

Council laws help street preacher spread the word

Preacher Man: Pastor Cameron Guy
preaching his religious beliefs in the Ipswich
 Mall after arriving with a trolley load  of
his display materials.

A SELF-styled pastor and street preacher claims Ipswich City Council is preventing his right to freedom of speech.

Cameron Guy, who once tried to set up his own church, says the council won't let him preach on the street in Ipswich.

Pastor Guy said he had a permit to preach on the streets of the Gold Coast but Ipswich City Council wouldn't give him a permit.

He has recently started living in Brassall and has tried to preach in the Ipswich Mall.

"The council is impinging on my freedom of speech," said Pastor Guy, who has lived in Wacol.

"With the Gold Coast City Council, they have accepted everyone is entitled to have fun.

"There should be more buskers in the mall. There could be more public speakers."

He said when he went to preach in the mall last Thursday, a security guard told him: "It's private property, get out.

"I went up to the top of the mall and two police cars with five officers pulled up. They said: 'We know who you are; the inspector emailed us about you.'

"When I spoke to the sergeant, he said: 'Cameron, you don't need a public assembly permit; you're only one person.' I don't understand passing the buck to the police; it's a waste of their time."

"One of the police said the café was complaining about me. Where's the tolerance? At Surfer's Paradise people are more tolerant. I've got hundreds of people around me. You shouldn't need a licence to preach the word of God. I'm not asking for money."

Pastor Cameron Guy preaching his
religious beliefs in the Ipswich Mall.
Council response

THE official word is Pastor Guy can't preach in the mall because the council regards preaching in the same category as spruiking - and that isn't allowed in the mall.

Ipswich Councillor Paul Tully emailed Pastor Guy, throwing him what appeared to be a lifeline.

"My reading of Section 6 of Ipswich City Council Local Law 7 (in relation to a "permit regulated activity") and the provisions of the Queensland Peaceful Assembly Act 1992 is that no permit is required in the City of Ipswich for a person to speak or preach, in accordance with those provisions," Cr Tully said.

"There is a Pastor in my Division 2 who regularly does this at Queen St Goodna without any complaint. He has been doing this lawfully for a number of years, without a permit, but in accordance with the above local and State laws."

But the Ipswich Mall and surrounding areas are a different matter, as a council spokesman explained to the Queensland Times.

"All forms of spruiking, touting and hawking are prohibited in the Ipswich Mall, Union Place and d'Arcy Doyle Place under council's Local Laws," the spokesman said.

"These laws protect and promote business and commercial activity in the mall and enhance and foster the free access, movement, enjoyment and use of the mall by residents and visitors.

"It is not possible to obtain a permit to engage in spruiking, touting or hawking in the mall. Such activity is a prohibited.

"For the record, preaching is included in the definition of spruiking."

It is possible to apply for and be granted a permit to engage in busking in the mall. This is considered by the council to be a different activity to spruiking, hawking or touting.

"No busking permits are currently in operation or on issue," the spokesman said.

"Alternative sites that do not require a council permit for preaching may include local shopping centres provided the relevant centre owner approves.

"We believe Mr Guy's spruiking locations on the Gold Coast were in privately owned shopping centres."

It is not the first time a council has clamped down on Cameron Guy.

In 2011 Horsham Council in Victoria told him his new church, the Church of Perissos - Faith and Restoration, could not operate without a planning permit.

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