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.

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