Author: Allan Roebuck

A tale of how two dogs miraculously survived the 2011 flood

It was dark. Water was rising and murky. Nestled at the front of a tinnie, Cr Paul Tully had no option. The only way to rescue his two dogs was to dive to the bottom, unsighted, in the hope he could unlock newly-constructed gates. Twice. The daring underwater rescue of Snoopy and Meggsie is still fresh in the mind of Division 2 councillor Paul Tully. On the seventh anniversary of the January 2011 floods he remembered the night the family home in Goodna was completely swallowed by rising floodwaters from the nearby Brisbane River. It was a silent threat...

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Council supports Right to Information review

A REVIEW into Ipswich City Council’s operations under the Right to Information and Information Privacy Acts is being undertaken by the Queensland Government Office of Information Commissioner (OIC). The OIC conducts regular reviews of all local governments to seek feedback from residents on how well councils are processing RTI requests and the general availablity of information. Ipswich Mayor Andrew Antoniolli encouraged residents to provide feedback during the public consultation phase of the review. “The survey asks for views and experiences when seeking information from council,” Cr Antoniolli said. “The recommendations of the independent Governance Review adopted by council last September...

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Mayor supports USQ funding calls

IPSWICH City Council has joined the call for fairer funding to enable future university students to make regional campuses their first choice. The Australian Government plans to cap funding at 2017 levels for the next two years along with other proposals. Mayor Andrew Antoniolli said the city would take a strong stand to support the University of Southern Queensland’s Ipswich and Springfield Central campuses. “We need to encourage students to enrol, not discourage them,” Cr Antoniolli said. “I would hate to think that potential students are now reconsidering their choice of further education. “Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine McKenzie and her...

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Record number of visitors to Ipswich

Discover Ipswich representative Victoria Nugent with Mayor Andrew Antoniolli. A RECORD number of visitors are discovering new and traditional experiences in the southeast Queensland city of Ipswich. Tourism Research Australia’s latest visitor survey released today revealed a total of 524,000 extra visitors to the city taking the total to more than two and a half million visitors in the 12 months to September 2017. Ipswich Mayor Andrew Antoniolli said the increase was reflected in an estimated increase of $65 million in direct economic benefit. “This means more local jobs from the flow on effects of such a significant increase...

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Council reviews sporting event sponsorship program

A REVIEW of Ipswich City Council’s sport event sponsorship program would offer greater assistance to local sport and recreation groups in more practical ways rather than just sponsorship. Relevant organisations will have more options for funding under the new Sport and Recreation Funding Program. Ipswich mayor and Works, Parks and Sport committee chairman Cr Andrew Antoniolli said the change reflected an increase in the amount of requests for help with minor infrastructure such as shade, seating and storage. “The new program will be divided into three streams,” he said. “Categories of event sponsorship, minor facility improvements and participation allow...

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Salvation Army and Brothers Leagues get support

IPSWICH City Council has agreed to support another two significant community events in 2018. The Salvation Army and Brothers Leagues Club will receive council’s support. Economic Development and Digital City committee chairman Cr Paul Tully said both organisations made an on-going and a valuable contribution to the city. “The Salvos deserve our support to assist with their local Red Shield Appeal fundraising launch to be held on 2 May 2018. “Brothers Leagues Club’s Australia Day Celebrations will also be supported in 2018. “Council’s event sponsorship program develops a strong network of community connectedness and identity. “It also provides accessibility...

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Mayor supports Christmas road safety campaign

QUEENSLAND police have launched their annual 50-day road safety campaign to bring a highly visible police presence on roads which will be supported by a series of targeted traffic operations. Ipswich Mayor Andrew Antoniolli strongly supported the campaign and urged Ipswich drivers to remember the fatal five. “Holiday time can bring sudden tragedy to families from a moment of madness or a poor decision made while on the road. “The fatal five are speeding, drunk or drug driving, not wearing seats, fatigue and distractions. “The mobile phone, in car DVDs and GPS systems all can lead to distractions and...

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Tender awarded for Leichhardt and Bundamba pools

AUSTRALIAN Crawl Goodna Pty Ltd has been awarded the tender to manage and operate Ipswich City Council owned Georgie Conway Leichhardt and Bundamba swim centres for a period of 10 years.  Council authorised the Chief Executive Officer to finalise contract negotiations. The contract calls for the on-going successful operation of the swim centres that both council and the swimming community would expect from a well-managed aquatic facility. Ipswich mayor and Works, Parks and Sport Committee chairperson Andrew Antoniolli said council advertised for tenders on 26 August 2017. “Five submissions were lodged and were evaluated under the approved Tender Evaluation...

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Funding extended to rural areas of Ipswich

Transforming John Street Rosewood moved a step closer this week with council applying for $1.8 million in funding from the Australian Government’s Better Regions Program. Previously Ipswich was excluded from applying for funding under this program while the Gold Coast was eligible. Ipswich mayor and Works, Park and Sports Committee chairperson Cr Andrew Antoniolli welcomed the correction of funding inconsistency and said it would mean new projects proposed in Division 10 and rural townships now qualified for funding. “We’re excited to have the opportunity to put forward submissions for the $3.6 million John Street Rosewood transformation project, Ipswich Street...

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Augustine Heights fossil site under Queensland Museum microscope

FOSSILS dating from about 50 million years ago found in the Ipswich suburb of Augustine Heights and which attracted attention of palaeontologists and geologists in 1930s are now the focus of renewed interest from the Queensland Museum. Many fossil sites in the region had been lost to development but the museum expressed its support for Ipswich City Council’s vision some years ago to protect the area as a conservation estate. Environment and Conservation Committee chairperson Cr Kerry Silver said the fossil site was recognised as an important scientific location listed on both the state and federal heritage registers. “Fauna...

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