Month: November 2017

Ask Andrew: Traffic lights, noisy bikes and street parking

Each week, Mayor Andrew Antoniolli will answer your questions. He’ll tackle about 10 each week, so if your question isn’t answered here, please be patient. He’ll get to most of them soon. Some questions will require research, so they might take a little more time. To ask a question, fill out the form at the bottom of the page. Jade Millar: The main set of lights on the River Rd, Brisbane Rd intersection currently has a set up that causes motorists exiting the highway from Brisbane Rd, right on to River Rd, to be stuck for two traffic light changes. Is it possible to change the light set up so that people going straight go at the same time and people turning at the same time or extend the turning lane? This intersection is owned and operated by the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads. Therefore, Council is unable to make any amendments to the operation of these traffic signals. I suggest your concerns are best addressed with the local State Government Member for further investigation and implementation of any identified improvements. Jane Trainer: I live at Bognuda St, Bundamba, and it when we moved here two years ago it was a quiet street but now it is so noisy. There are various people using ATVS and dirt bikes at the old cricket ground and the large vacant...

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University boss says campuses will keep best and brightest in Ipswich

Three months into her role as University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Vice-Chancellor, Professor Geraldine Mackenzie (above) says the two Ipswich campuses are well placed to support the city’s population growth. The foundation head of the USQ Springfield School of Law returned to the university in September after serving in senior positions at Bond and Southern Cross. Prof Mackenzie said she was committed to shaping a university that responded to community needs. “I’m a really strong believer in giving back to the community – it’s one of the best things you can do in life – and that extends to...

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Find the best way to shape up for summer, and join our team to train Ipswich

Personal trainers, coaches, sports clubs and wellness experts are needed to take Ipswich into an active and healthy future. Next year’s Active and Healthy Ipswich Guide will feature free and low-cost classes run by qualified trainers. Activities will include boot camp, circuit and interval training, yoga, dance classes and sessions for mums and bubs. Trainers can register here by Tuesday, 5 December. Part of this year’s guide, Shea Carney from Gym and Tonic Movement shares her top tips to find the perfect exercise session for you. Remember, everyone is different Finding a new style of training can be a challenge,...

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The Silvery Sounds of Christmas

Santa Claus is coming … to town. All over town to be fair. And no gig is bigger for the big man than at North Ipswich Reserve this Saturday night. Mayor Andrew Antoniolli can confirm that Santa has been invited. “I sent a letter to Santa and followed it up with an email,” he said. “He has said production of toys is on track so he will be able to duck away from the North Pole for the night. “He hopes to arrive in time to hear his favourite song, Jingle Bells.” There is going to be a concert...

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Deck the halls, there’s Christmas everywhere: 11 things to do December 1-3

1. Mayor's Carols By Candlelight Help Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer guide Santa Down Under and find out more at, and make sure you’re a part of the fun. WHEN: 5.30pm – 9pm. Saturday, 2nd of December. WHERE: North Ipswich Reserve COST: Free 2. Christmas Twilight Markets Christmas Twilight Markets offer an exciting outdoor family experience. Packed full with handmade art/craft, fashion and gift stalls just in time for Christmas. There will be an array of food trucks that the whole family will enjoy. Enjoy live entertainment, a kids craft station, face painting and a petting zoo, as well...

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Ipswich voted, now hear from your elected MPs

Ipswich voters returned Jennifer Howard, Jim Madden and Jo-Ann Miller to power on Saturday while electing Charis Mullen to the new seat of Jordan. Ipswich First asked the MPs five questions following the state election results. Jennifer Howard (Ipswich) What are your immediate plans for your electorate? I think we’ve got to continue getting our unemployment down in the area. General unemployment is now 5.9 per cent and reducing the youth unemployment rate of 12.4 per cent will continue to be a major focus. During the election campaign we announced that Skilling Queenslanders for Work will be extended so an additional 20,000...

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Barking dogs: Ipswich goes high tech to find new solutions for old problem

It’s one of the most common complaints facing local governments across Australia – barking dogs. Now Ipswich City Council has partnered with innovation hub Fire Station 101 to find new solutions for an old problem. This weekend’s Barkathon2017 will bring together teams of tech entrepreneurs, developers and environmentalists to investigate: Are there new ways to capture complaints? What tools can we put in the hands of our residents? What technologies, platforms or apps will improve the customer experience? What can we do to make people’s lives more connected and enriched? Barkathon2017 is open to anyone who has a great...

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Weather bureau: This Summer has a 2010 feel about it

A very hot, then wet spring, followed by a rather cold start to summer … it has a familiar feel to 2010-11 in South East Queensland. That was the summer of the most serious weather event in recent memory in South East Queensland. Of further concern, the Bureau of Meteorology warned last week that a La Nina is almost certain to develop in the Pacific this summer. BOM said that during La Nina years, Australia’s eastern seaboard tends to have wetter than usual summers. The cyclone season can also be more active than usual. Eight climate models used by...

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“Dad never lost his courage”: Daughters dedicate race day to a cancer free future

Sisters Becky Gifford and Holly Stower lost their father Glen to lung cancer in May 2015. The much-loved poppy, partner, brother, uncle and mate will be remembered at a fundraising day next month as Becky (above left) and Holly continue their race for a cancer free future. Holly Stower remembers July 2014 like it was yesterday. Her father Glen went to the doctor to have some sunspots removed and told the GP about a cough he’d had for as long as he could remember. “The GP ordered an MRI, which revealed a 4cm mass in dad’s right lung,” Holly said. “A few days...

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Helping Those Helping Others

“It gets you down in the dumps. I can understand why people are struggling because it is getting harder and harder every day when you don’t have a job that you are secure in.”  Raceview local Simone Lowe has started a Facebook page and a GoFundMe page to help the Ipswich Food Barn raise funds to get Christmas Blessing Packs started at the Ipswich Food Barn. The Christmas Blessing Packs will contain personal items such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash, long life food and thongs. The Ipswich Food Barn and The Lion and Lamb Community Centre is a not...

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