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 as a QUU board member was due to expire on 1 January 2018.

He currently serves as Deputy Board Chairman, Chair of the People and Safety Committee and is also a member of both the Audit and Risk Committee and Strategic Asset Management Committee.

Cr Paul Tully

3. Mining tenures go to ground

A significant reduction in mining tenures across Ipswich over the past six years points to little new mining in the region in the future.

All remaining Exploration Permits for coal have now been surrendered within the Ipswich Local Government Area.

While existing mining tenures may continue in accordance with the relevant terms and conditions issued by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines, the surrender of the permits will reduce the potential for further conflict between mining activities and the increasing residential population of Ipswich.

Cr Andrew Antoniolli

4. More money for Ipswich arts

Two Ipswich community groups will benefit after being awarded funding from the Cultural Grants Program.

Glebe Road Uniting Church has received $500 towards the annual Silkstone Eisteddfod, which will be held from 7 October to 4 November.

Beauty and the Beast will come to Ipswich Civic Centre with Ipswich Orpheus Chorale presenting a full-scale production with the support of a $1,000 grant.

Cr Charlie Pisasale

5. Girl Guides get formal land lease

Girl Guides Queensland, which celebrates its centenary in two years, will maintain its strong links with Ipswich after the renewal of leased land.

There are currently two guide huts in Ipswich on council owned/managed land. The hut at Morgan Park in Smith Street, North Ipswich was originally constructed and funded by the guides.

Council has agreed to a formal 10-year lease. The guides also have a lease until 2031 on land at Cameron Park in Wellington Rise, Willowbank for a second hut.

Cr Paul Tully

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