Author: Brad Weier

Dollars and sense: Ipswich financial advisor bringing currency to kids

Money matters. That’s the message from an Ipswich financial advisor who is taking currency to kids as part of new wealth workshops. Melissa Cadell is on a mission to educate Ipswich children about all things money. The Woodend resident has launched workshops to help shape the city’s next generation of savers and hopes to inspire a financial revolution. “It’s alarming that one in six children live below the poverty line in Australia, yet we live in a first world country,” the licensed financial advisor said. “There is plenty to be shared around, something has fundamentally gone wrong. “I believe...

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Crustaceans, community and comradery earn Ipswich man international honour

Crustaceans, community and comradery have kept Daryl Taylor in Ipswich Rotary for “eight years or maybe a bit more”. Now he’s been honoured with one of the international group’s highest honours, a Paul Harris Fellow. When Daryl Taylor was “roped into” Rotary by friend and former Ipswich club president Phil Gray he didn’t think he’d stay long enough to earn a Paul Harris Fellow. “I got roped into going. I went once with Phil and I’ve been there ever since – for eight years or maybe a bit more – maybe it’s 10,” Mr Taylor said. “I totally didn’t expect...

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An open letter from the Mayor of Ipswich

We need to be clear that Ipswich City Council’s temporary stop on recycling has been as unavoidable as it has disappointing for us all. It is also important to know that we’re hearing you loud and clear, and we know you want a clean and green future. In the past 24 hours, we are utilising a provision in the Local Government Act to employ a short-term contractor to process recycling. And that we will do. But we need your help. As a city, we need to reduce contamination levels as a matter of absolute urgency. That means the amount...

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Jets aren’t screaming, but the band is warming up

The InTrust Super Cup is on the main stage across Queensland and PNG and while the hometown Jets aren’t quite screaming, the band is warming into action. Jets CEO Jason Cubit spoke to Ipswich First ahead of round seven action against the Sunshine Coast Falcons. What are you most proud of so far this season? We’ve shown we can beat some of the best teams in the competition. Obviously last week against the Cutters was disappointing but we’ve beaten the Blackhawks and the Tigers and they’re two of the benchmarks in our competition year in, year out. As I...

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Tiny town: Your chance to see Ipswich like never before

Vanessa Williams and Sally Hetherington from Ipswich Mini Crafters. Mini models of iconic Ipswich buildings show a smaller side of the city at Ipswich Antique Centre. The 1:12 scale models have been created by members of Ipswich Mini Crafters. You can have your King Kong moment – minus the destruction – at this week’s exhibition of hand-made models of past and present buildings from inner-city Ipswich. Presented by Ipswich Mini Crafters, Ipswich in Miniature features iconic buildings as they appear in the 1910 book Jubilee History of Ipswich. The display at Ipswich Antique Centre includes scale models of Saba’s...

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Ipswich students, scouts clean up and collect prizes

An Ipswich school and a Redbank Plains youth organisation have won prizes as part of council’s recent Clean Up Australia Day activities. Ipswich State High School and Redbank Plains Scout Group won $200 vouchers from The Source Bulk Foods at Springfield by photographing and sharing their clean up success stories. Ipswich City Council Health, Security and Regulatory Services Committee Chairwoman Councillor Sheila Ireland said the council competition rewarded schools and community groups that went above and beyond as part of the national day. “These two groups, along with many more across the city, did their bit for a cleaner...

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Ask Andrew: Waste, road upgrades and driverless cars

Ipswich Mayor Andrew Antoniolli is back to answer your questions, and he’ll be doing it once a month for the rest of the year. To ask a question of him or one of the councillors, go to the form at the bottom of the page and we’ll pass it on. Saria Gibb: Can you please put in traffic lights at the end of Sealy Street, Silkstone? It is very hard to drive to school in the morning and we have to wait for a long time. Mum nearly crashed. Hi Saria, I’m happy to hear your mother did not crash...

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WATCH: Winning entries from the Ipswich Film Festival for Youth

A Melbourne university student has taken top honours at the 2018 Ipswich Film Festival for Youth (IFFY). Jenae Hall was crowned the overall winner for her three-minute stop-motion film Remaining Grandad. “It was inspired by the feelings of visiting my own grandad in a nursing home,” the 23-year-old Victorian College of the Arts student said. “In all it took a whole year to bring together, the first half scripting and storyboarding and the other half building sets, looking for props and filming.” Hall has written, directed and animated six short films and her work has been screened at film festivals across the...

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Olympian backs Aussie team culture as Commonwealth Games gold rush continues

Athens Olympics dual gold medalist Ryan Bayley brings the Queens Baton into Limestone Park. Ryan Bayley is a former world champion cyclist who now calls Ipswich home. He took time out from the Commonwealth Games to talk about athletes, atmosphere and the Aussie team’s culture. Ryan Bayley burst onto the cycling scene with gold medals in the sprint and keirin at the 2004 Athens Olympics. He also struck gold twice each at the 2002 Manchester and 2006 Melbourne games, retiring with five commonwealth medals, and was inducted into the Cycling Australia Hall of Fame in 2016. Once famously dubbed...

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Warehouse to become Ipswich’s newest church

An application to launch Ipswich’s newest church in an industrial area in the city’s eastern suburbs has been approved by council. The proposal by Breakthrough Church includes the use of an existing 895 square metre warehouse at 72 Mica Street, Carole Park for Sunday services, business administration, ministry meetings and training sessions. Council planning and development spokesman Councillor David Morrison said approval was also granted to host markets and movie nights at the site twice a year. “Breakthrough Church already has a strong presence in Ipswich, particularly the Springfield area, and I welcome the group’s continued commitment to our...

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