Month: August 2017

Spring has sprung: 11 Things to Do this weekend

1. Pasifika Spring Festival A showcase of multicultural performances, food stalls, children’s activities, rides and sports clinics. WHEN: Saturday 2 September, 1pm to 6pm WHERE: Evan Marginson Park, Woogaroo Street, Goodna COST: Free 2. First Friday Fun This monthly program fuels the creativity and curiosity of primary school aged children. The September theme is Robots and LEGO. WHEN: Friday 1 September, 3.30pm to 4.45pm WHERE: Ipswich Central Library, South Street, Ipswich COST: Free 3. Rosewood Festival Family Fun Day features a trolley dash, dog jumping, haybale scramble, markets, music and food stalls. Night makes way for Return to Happy Days, a...

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Faster Pastor Phil helps Springfield’s disadvantaged

Pastor Phil Cutcliffe is seeing an interesting juxtaposition in Springfield. This master-planned community goes ahead in leaps and bounds, with new homes, offices and shops popping up every week. The population increases just as quickly as people flock to the new subdivisions and take advantage of the excellent education and health facilities on offer. But in this obviously affluent area there is another side: many families struggling to make ends meet. And Pastor Phil has never been busier. The four campuses of his Springfield Christian Family Church and its Mercy Mission Westside Community Care are seeing and supporting plenty....

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What to plant in Ipswich gardens this Spring

Take your garden from gloomy to glorious and learn the secrets of perfect planting. We’ll even get you started with five plants to fill your trolley at Ipswich City Council nurseries. 1. Red Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis): This shrub has glossy green leaves and thrives in moist, well-drained soil with plenty of sun. It’s ideal for hedges and screens, growing to about 1.5m tall, and blooms with bright red flowers in Spring. 2. African Daisy (Osteospermum): A small perennial shrub with masses of purple, mauve and white flowers, this drought tolerant plant is perfect for pots and small gardens. It grows...

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Five key community outcomes from the August Ipswich City Council meeting

1. More Movies in the Park The successful Movies in the Park program, which attracted almost 3000 people earlier this year, is set to be expanded. The proposed program for the next two years will increase from four to five venues and alternate between the 10 divisions in Ipswich. The venue, date and movie for each division will be selected closer to the time to ensure that we have the most up-to-date list of movies available for film-goers. Cr Paul Tully Economic Development, Tourism and Digital City Committee 2. Funding for school holiday programs Youth activities including a cardboard...

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Ask Andrew: Get in touch with incoming mayor Cr Antoniolli

Meet mayor-elect Cr Andrew Antoniolli. One of his election commitments was to launch an ‘Ask Andrew’ column, so each week we’ll be compiling a list of your questions. There will no doubt be the occasional curve ball thrown Cr Antoniolli’s way, but he says he’s happy to answer all types of thoughts. Each week, we’ll choose about six questions. Please note that some queries might require some research to answer properly, so don’t worry if yours isn’t answered straight away. Rest assured, the incoming mayor will endeavour to answer as many questions as he can. Making history is not...

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Farewell winter with 11 things to do from August 29 to 31

Winter is on the way out and you should be too. We’ve got you covered with events and entertainment from across Ipswich. 1. Anthems Duo The name says it all. This dynamic duo plays nothing but anthems. WHEN: Thursday 31 August, 7pm WHERE: Brothers Leagues Club, Wildey Street, Raceview COST: Free 2. Free pool Join the rest of the sharks for free pool all day then put your skills to the test for the chance to win a $50 venue voucher. WHEN: Thursday 31 August, 10am with a pool comp from 6pm WHERE: Racehorse Hotel, 215 Brisbane Road, Booval COST:...

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How dog owners can save money by shopping locally

It’s possible to find big savings for your pooch in Ipswich, as Jane Pinder discovers.    Around Ipswich there are many ways to save money without compromising on care for the four-legged family member. Here are four to get you started: Ipswich City Council registration rewards program – Registering your dog comes with a booklet with more than $3,000 worth of vouchers for a range of pet products and services including vaccination, desexing, training and dental care. Health and Community Safety Committee Chairperson Councillor Sheila Ireland said this year’s booklet, released this month, has added restaurants, leisure businesses and pet friendly...

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Your chance to explore Ipswich’s great private houses

A rare chance to explore some of Ipswich’s greatest private homes is just around the corner. Jane Pinder was given a sneak peek ahead of open day. Magnificent private homes that we can only admire from the street are throwing open their doors to the public. The popular Great Houses of Ipswich program by The National Trust has scored three iconic properties – Mona Lodge, Toronto and Parkside – for its next open day on September 9. Each property had about 1600 people through the door at the last open home in May, and similar numbers are expected for...

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Rachael puts her stamp on historic event

Designing a stamp to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum and 25 years since the Mabo decision turned out to be so much more than Karalee’s Rachael Sarra expected. Karalee resident and former Ipswich Girls’ Grammar student Rachael Sarra is a graphic designer/artist with Gilimbaa creative agency. “Australia Post approached Gilimbaa and wanted a stamp for the 1967 Referendum, to work in with the Mabo decision as well. We did a few concepts here at Gilimbaa and went back to Australia Post, and they fell in love with this one because it is really simple, but powerful. “The...

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Why the Walkers are looking to national glory

Ipswich Jets coaches Ben and Shane Walker are among the favourites to make the move to the Gold Coast for season 2018. Ipswich First packs down with Jets CEO Jason Cubit for a set of six on why the Walkers should take on the Titans, and Jarryd Hayne. Photo by QRL Media Tackle One: Man management That’s probably their real strength – Ben and Shane don’t do big half time speeches – it’s more targeted and individual to the player. Outside of football they manage large businesses as well, Ben with iThink Property and Shane with First Grade Recruitment....

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