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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