Month: October 2017

How to make the right fashion statement this Melbourne Cup

Ipswich’s Maree Horseman knows the best way to make a fashion statement at the races. In recent years she has become a regular in Fashions on the Field competitions. Earlier this year she won Fashions on the Field at Ladies’ Oaks Day as part of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival and last year she was a preliminary finalist on all three days of the prestigious Melbourne Cup at Flemington. “I’ve always been interested in fashion and I enjoy entering Fashions on the Field because it’s both a creative outlet and a chance to dress beautifully and wear millinery,” she...

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River 94.9 tops first Ipswich radio survey results

The first Ipswich radio survey has seen River 94.9 dominate the ratings. The survey, conducted by Xtra Insights, a company which is doing regional surveys throughout the country, showed 26.4% of all listeners in the greater Ipswich region listened to River 94.9 from Monday to Sunday. The only demographics who seemed to be turned off by the local commercial station were at the two ends of the demographic spectrum – losing out to Hit105 in the 18-24 age bracket (31.1% for Hit105 against 19.7% for River) and to ABC Radio Brisbane in the 65-plus crowd of whom 20% tuned...

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How Ipswich is rewriting the book on libraries

Ipswich Central Library has taken a page out of the retail book with its latest initiative setting the shelves alight with activity. The sleek and stylish Market Place collection features a face-out presentation that replaces the traditional spine-out display found in most libraries. The collection includes the top 10 books from retail stores, trending titles, staff selections, kids’ classics and popular fiction genres like paranormal romance, thrillers and sci-fi. The best and brightest in gardening, cooking, health, money, memoirs, war, history and design are also featured. Library Business Services Manager Matt Pascoe said customers had welcomed the changes, with stats showing a considerable boost in borrowings. “Your...

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11 things to do: Special Melbourne Cup Edition

1. Ipswich Jets Grab your friends and head to Ipswich Jets RLFC. From 11.30am, there will be a hold and cold buffet, including dessert. Sparkling on arrival. Sweeps and raffles, prizes for best dressed and best hat. Cocktails available. Books essential, 3202 1887. WHERE: 15 Downs St, North Ipswich COST: $59.90 (members) 2. Falvey's Grand Hotel Enjoy a champagne buffet lunch in the bistro from 11.30m. It’s a hot and cold buffet with a selection of meats, seafood, sushi, salad, sweets and savory. A glass of champagne is also included. The race will be shown live in the bistro and sports bar. WHERE: 406 Warwick Rd, Yamanto COST: $26.95 per person  3. Char'd Dining at The Prince Alfred Hotel Celebrate the race that stops the nation at Queensland’s Hotel of the Year 2016. Char’D at the Prince Alfred Hotel is offering a three-course lunch including a complimentary glass of sparkling wine on arrival. The race will be shown on the big screen and there will be sweeps and best dressed prizes. For every ticket sold $5 will be donated to the Leukaemia Foundation. Bookings Essential. Call 3282-1577 to book now. WHERE: 170 Brisbane Rd, Booval COST: $49.90 4. Ipswich Country Club Enjoy a two-course set menu (entree and main). A complimentary pot of beer, wine, sparkling or soft drink on arrival is included. Prizes will be given for best dressed, and...

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Ipswich Quiz: Week 5 brain busters

Wrap your head around our weekly quiz about Ipswich. There’s no phone a friend, and we didn’t survey an audience of 100 people. There are 10 questions, with bragging rights at stake … until next week when we bring you 10 more brain busters. Don't miss your weekly brain bender. get it sent free to your email address Now you've got me...

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One man’s mission to make a difference

The turning point for John Siaki happened a few years ago when he was making a delivery, just like any other day. How John witnessed domestic violence I went to a customer’s house to deliver a lounge suite. I asked him politely “where do you want the lounge to be assembled?” The lady tells me, “over there.” The husband turned around and started yelling at the wife. “It better not take too long, he better put it in the right place, I don’t want to have to move it after.” The wife said “don’t worry honey, it will be....

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The lengths pet owners will go to on Halloween

Want to see what happens when you cross cute dogs and Halloween? Ipswich First went along to the Bad Wolf Boutique in Orion Springfield for a Hooowl-oween Party. The results are adorable. Camilla Fowler-Lock is the owner of Bad Wolf Boutique, which she only started this year in June. “The original idea was to have a dog shop for big dogs because most people have big dogs,” she says. “My dog Buddy is a Malamute who is also a resuce. We have had him for almost two years. He inspired me to start the business. “I paid $280 for a...

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How an Ipswich man lost 72kg and changed his life

Ipswich truck driver Paul Nugent used to scoff down burgers, fries, pizza, kebabs and soft drink for morning tea. And lunch. And dinner. With plenty of beer. At aged 51, he weighed in at 168kg. He was a heart attack waiting to happen. That was then. A year later, Paul is about to catch his first flight out of Australia, heading to the United Kingdom as a finalist in the International Slimmer of the Year competition in November. Paul has lost an amazing 72kg in 12 months. “I’m 95 kilos ringing wet now,” he said. There was no Biggest...

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Five top parenting tips

There is no such thing as a perfect parent. Even the ones who look like they have it all together probably find themselves, on occasion, in the broom cupboard either counting to ten or having a cry. Well help is here. Professor Matt Sanders founded the Triple P Positive Parenting Program and believes being a parent is the most important job in the world. “You’re raising the next generation,” he says. “That takes a lot of dedication, persistence, patience, understanding, love and sleepless nights. “But raising kids doesn’t have to be overwhelming.” He shared his Top 5 tips with...

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11 things to do: October 30-November 2

1. Great Barrier Reef Photographic Display Great Barrier Reef features 20 stunning images of the reef and its inhabitants. Its images are by award-winning Queensland Museum photographer Gary Cranitch, taken over a four-year period in which he logged more than 500 reef dives. The images featured in the exhibition are highlights from The Great Barrier Reef book published by Queensland Museum that comprise of more than 1000 full colour images and illustrations curated by Queensland Museum scientists. Photography by Gary Cranitch, Queensland Museum. WHEN: Open daily 9:30am to 4pm WHERE: The Workshops Rail Museum, North Street, North Ipswich COST:...

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