Month: July 2017

White Rock-Spring Mountain from above

Ipswich first takes you on an aerial tour of White Rock-Spring Mountain Conservation Estate, as captured by @Bushies Untamed​. No wonder Ipswich is fast becoming the bushwalking capital of queensland. White Rock covers more than 2,500ha of bushland and is home to an amazing array of plants and animals. Just 20 minutes from the Ipswich CBD, the estate is perfect for hiking, bird-watching, horse riding (BYO horses), mountain biking and nature study. For the bushwalker there’s everything from a leisurely 200m walk to the more challenging 19km round-trip trail. You’ll need to allow about three hours for the 6.5km...

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Why people are coming to Ipswich: Agents share their insights

Want the inside word on the Ipswich property market? Five agents get the ball rolling by telling us why people are making the move to Ipswich. Trent Quinn, ithink Property: “The latest Population Growth and Forecast report from Matuski has identified Ipswich as a leading growth suburb in South-East Queensland. The city is experiencing an influx of new residents looking to take advantage of the benefits of Ipswich – the relaxed town feel balanced against everything a large regional centre has to offer. With this, as well as being strategically located to Brisbane, Toowoomba and the Gold and Sunshine...

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Ipswich on the big (and small) screen

Ipswich’s mix of old and new is a major drawcard for filming. Here are five productions that bring our city to the screen. 1. Inspector Gadget 2 (2003) French Stewart, Elaine Hendrix, Tony Martin Live action comedy that went straight to VHS and DVD. A car chase was filmed at Middle Road near RAAF Base Amberley. Those born after 2000 can learn more about the VHS format.   2. I Love Pop Music (2009) Ben Lee John Street in Rosewood features as the primary location in Ben Lee’s music video. The first single off Lee’s Rebirth of Venus album...

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Amazing animals caught on camera

Some of the coolest captures from the 2016 Enviroplan Photo Competition are inspiring more great shots this year.   The 2017 Ipswich Inviroplan Photo competition offers cash prizes and community recognition to the best photographers as they share the region’s natural beauty. You don’t have to be a pro to enter. Photographers of all skill levels are invited to take part. Entry is quick and easy. This year, there’s a new Instragram category, to go along with popular themes from last year:   Places This category welcomes images that showcase Ipswich’s wonderful natural areas. Landscape photos and images of...

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What’s the mystery, Bill? It’s Murphy’s law

It’s been years since Murphy’s Town Pub was this busy. It’s just gone 11 o’clock on a Wednesday morning. The familiar chime of the nearby Ipswich town clock rings out across the CBD, and already the pub’s bar and dining areas are a hive of activity. Upstairs is busy too. It’s not the regulars in today. They moved on long ago. Today it’s tradies, architects and heritage restoration specialists. They haven’t come for a quick schooner or two. Instead, they’re here for the painstaking job of returning the historic hotel to its former glory. Today we meet two of...

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Competition terms and conditions

IPSWICH FIRST, WEEKLY GIVEAWAY, FRIDAY AUGUST 11-SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 DEFINITIONS Competition Ipswich First Weekly Giveaway Council Ipswich City Council Ipswich First Ipswich First email news alerts published by Council Prizes As set out in clause 10-11   The promoter of the Ipswich First Weekly Giveaway is Ipswich City Council, 50 South Street, Ipswich 4305. Information on how to enter forms part of these Terms & Conditions. By entering or participating in this Competition, each participant fully and unconditionally agrees and acknowledges that these Terms & Conditions of Entry and the decisions of Council on all matters relating to this Competition are final. WHO CAN ENTER Subject to these Terms & Conditions of Entry, entry is open to all Queensland residents over the age of 18. All people who “subscribe” or “opt in” to receive Ipswich First will be automatically entered into the prize draw. RESTRICTIONS ON ENTRY Employees, Directors (and their immediate families) of Council, Council’s related companies, contractors and agencies are ineligible to receive a prize. Entrants must provide an active email address in order to be considered eligible for entry. The Council (or a person nominated by Council) reserves the right, at any time, to verify the validity of entries and entrants (including an entrant’s identity, age and place of residence) and to disqualify any entrant who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these...

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Connecting businesses with the people of Ipswich

Ipswich businesses have the opportunity to share an exclusive deal with the people of Ipswich. The deal can be promoted via a leaderboard advertising panel within one Ipswich First news alert. There is only one position available. News alerts are sent to an opt in database and contain news articles about Ipswich, its people, events and achievements. It is designed to connect the people who are living, working or who are interested in the Ipswich LGA. Eligibility: To participate, businesses must be located within the Ipswich LGA. Each business must have achieved a minimum 4-star or higher rating out of 5 on Trip Advisor, True Local, Google, Yelp or another equivalent and reputable rating service. Businesses must have met all operational legal requirements, including cleanliness and licence obligations. Successful Deals: Advertising will be free of charge. There will only be one position available per Ipswich First alert. Bookings will be issued to businesses who are able to provide a genuine deal (either a discount, or other offer) which is unique to subscribers of Ipswich First. If a deal has been advertised elsewhere, it will be deemed ineligible. If a deal is considered to be of no benefit to subscribers of Ipswich First, it may be deemed ineligible. In the event there are two applications which fit the criteria, advertising space will be allocated to the business deemed to be...

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