Month: September 2017

Protecting flying foxes can be a tricky challenge

The Ipswich City Council is currently monitoring the flying fox colony that has congregated within the Ipswich Nature Centre at Queens Park.  Ipswich City Council is working with an ecologist to find out how to best deal with a flying fox colony which has developed at Ipswich Nature Centre in Queens Park. But first, the ecologist needs to assess how many there are, which species they are, and their condition and breeding status. What we do know is that the roost includes about 850 black and grey-headed flying foxes and a high number of pregnant females. The grey-headed variety...

Read More

What are these ‘nuclear free zone’ signs?

Thousands of motorists speed past them daily, but what exactly do the “nuclear free zone” signs across Ipswich mean and why are they there? Ipswich First spoke to Division 2 Councillor Paul Tully, who is also national secretary of the Australian Nuclear Free Zones and Toxic Industries Secretariat, to find out. How did they come about? “It dates back to 16 December 1982 when Ipswich City Council became the first Queensland city to declare itself a nuclear free zone,” Cr Paul Tully said. “At the time there was an Australia-wide and international trend, particularly in England, of local governments...

Read More

Ipswich Libraries get smart, and more news from the September council meeting

1. eSmart honour for Ipswich Libraries Ipswich Libraries has joined only nine other library services in Queensland to become eSmart. eSmart Libraries is a national community cyber safety initiative designed to fully equip libraries and their staff and users with the skills needed for smart, safe and responsible use of technology. The journey toward achieving this status involved the development and implementation of a range of programs, strategies and supporting documentation. Cr David Pahlke 2. Water board member reappointed Council has agreed to the reappointment of John Cotter to the Queensland Urban Utilities Board. Mr Cotter’s initial four-year term...

Read More

A full view of the updated CBD Master Plan

The release of the updated CBD Master Plan this week shows us how it will look when completed. Click on each photo to see a bigger view. Previously issued concept plans have been refined and enhanced so it is now possible to see more detailed images of how the Nicholas Street mall, the amazing new civic square and the new city administration building will look when completed. This project is unlike other straight forward demolitions and rebuilds. Many additional factors come into play, not least of which is the fact that the existing multi-level car park remains as the...

Read More

Fairy Godmother, tick: Now I’m learning to weld

  Redbank mother Sam Harrison (above) is the founder of The Fairy Godmother Project. Dresses for Cinderellas and suits for Cinderfellas are provided free of charge to anyone in need, who may be struggling to afford the costs associated with a school formal. Everyone remembers the iconic scene in the movie Pretty Woman. One of the most famous scenes from the 90s classic, is the shopping scene where Vivian (Julia Roberts) goes into a high end store and is refused service because of the way she looks. It was a moment like that, which stayed with Sam, sparking the idea...

Read More