28 June 2019

Warning to bush walkers after World War II UXO found west of Brisbane


                                                       Warning to parents, bush walkers and children.

A live WWII 81mm mortar (pictured) has been discovered near the headwaters of Six Mile Creek between Spring Mountain and Ripley in the City of Ipswich.

It was about 500m from the White Rock car park.

Police called in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) who removed and detonated the live and potentially dangerous mortar.

The mortar was found by Matthew Draper of Camira who alerted local police who then alerted the ADF.

The images show what the mortar looked like before it was retrieved and detonated by the ADF.

Dozens of live mortar have been discovered in the past 75 years in the Goodna, Redbank and Redbank Plains areas.

Redbank was a major Australian and American training camp during World War II.

Military manoeuvres were undertaken in nearby bushland which is now surrounded by modern Ipswich suburbs.

Parents are reminded to warn their children of the danger and bush walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders should be on alert.

In 1943, a 12-year-old schoolboy John Watson died after a US explosive shell exploded at St Patrick’s School at Goodna (now St Francis Xavier School).

He had found it in bushland between Goodna and Redbank.

A report from The Courier-Mail of 24 February 1943 recounts the horror.

Barista coffees becoming more creative in Ipswich and hopefully the rest of Australia


Creative coffees being served at the Leaf Cafe Goodna
The Leaf Cafe at Queen St Goodna is home to the latest creative Australian art in the form of meticulously prepared fresh barista-made coffee images.

Forget your boring, standard squiggles on coffees around Australia as the Leaf Cafe becomes even more creative with its coffee image designs.

This week, the Leaf Cafe served me a very creative Panda Bear image - at least it looked like that to me - with liberal lashings of fresh cocoa.

One wag, Brian Algeo from Bellbird Park suggested it was a good likeness!

Under the ownership of Fiona (pictured), this new form of modern Australian art at the Leaf Cafe in downtown Goodna brings even greater pleasure for coffee aficionados across the nation.

Paul Tully and Leaf Cafe owner Fiona
Let's hope all baristas around Australia, from the upmarket coffee shops in Hamilton and Ascot in Brisbane to the alleyways of the Melbourne City Centre join the bandwagon of creative coffee presentation.

From the boardrooms of Telstra, BHP and even the  7, 9 and 10 networks - and maybe even the ABC under the stewardship of Ita Buttrose - all Aussie coffee drinkers should rise as one, to demand truly creative coffees - nothing more, nothing less!

The Leaf Cafe:
12 Queen St Goodna Queensland

27 June 2019

St Ives Shopping Centre in the Ipswich suburb of Goodna set to undergo a multi-million-dollar transformation

A Queensland suburban shopping centre that dates back to the 1970s will undergo a dramatic transformation to take advantage of strong population growth in the City of Ipswich.
An artist's impression of the soon to be revamped site of
St Ives Shopping Centre at Goodna.

The St Ives Shopping Centre Goodna is located at the corner of Queen St and Smiths Rd in the heart of the suburb and adjacent to the 100,000 vehicles a day Ipswich Motorway.

The new-look St Ives planned for Goodna.
Today's announcement will be a real boost for Goodna and surrounding suburbs.

Other shopping centres such as Redbank Plaza, Town Square Redbank Plains and Orion Springfield Central have expanded and been refurbished. 

This will boost both commercial and community confidence in Goodna.

The site has been flooded twice in the past 63 years but better management of the Wivenhoe Dam and Somerset Dam by Seqwater should lessen the effect of future floods on the Brisbane River compared with 1974 and 2011.
St Ives after the disastrous Brisbane River
 flood in January 2011.

Goodna is just 24km from the Brisbane GPO and 16 km to the Ipswich CBD and this redevelopment by Sydney-based Mintus Pty Ltd is both welcome and timely.

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