Author: Brad Weier

Green ideas: Can tech take Ipswich to a sustainable future?

An eco-tourism plan that would position Ipswich as a sustainable destination for visitors and a ‘green lab’ for businesses and consumers took top honours at Ipswich City Council’s Sustainable Future Forum. The event encouraged innovative ideas to help protect and enhance the Ipswich environment and the city’s liveability. Held at Fire Station 101, it attracted eight teams with winners taking home part-time memberships from the Limestone Street innovation hub. Ipswich Mayor Andrew Antoniolli said council would work with two winning teams while another would meet with council and Queensland Government representatives to discuss future options. “Natasha Montesalio and Justin...

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Toad traps locked and loaded as Ipswich suburb boosts busting mission

Toads are copping a caning in Springfield Lakes and now traps have been set to poison the pests before they mature. Springfield Lakes Nature Care Group (SLNC) installed the traps at Spring and Regatta lakes as part of The University of Queensland Cane Toad Challenge. The traps are an extension of the group’s highly-successful toad busting nights, which this month took out 294 adult toads. SLNC president Luise Manning said the traps were already reaping rewards with more than 75 toad tadpoles removed from the local waterways. “Toad tadpoles swim into the traps, attracted by the bait that is...

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The Ipswich website that will change how you learn

Knowledge is power. The power to write a resume, maintain a mower or sew a seam. Kate Perry is sharing that knowledge with Wiserr, an online platform that connects people through group workshops, Skype mentoring calls, one-on-one tutorials and odd jobs that really aren’t so odd after all. The idea was born over a quiet beer in December 2015 and the Wiserr community now includes experts in woodwork, design, ceramics, business development, branding, resume writing and interview preparation. “Dad (Mike Perry) was a ‘67 premiership player for Richmond and had a buzzing photography studio at the height of the...

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World leader in hologram tech sets up shop in Ipswich CBD

They’ve designed the world’s first interactive hologram. They’ve worked at the cutting edge of scientific discovery. They’re teaching travellers the ins and outs of border control. Now, they’re continuing to conquer the world of holograms at Ipswich’s innovation hub, Fire Station 101. A world leader in hologram technology with clients including Toyota, Bacardi and New Zealand Rugby has established its Australian base in the Ipswich CBD. Owned by 25-year-old Chris Mather, HoloSpace combines the power of 3D visuals with interactive technology to engage audiences and deliver key messages for clients. “We create a transparent 3D image and use reflection...

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We need you to help Ipswich reach a world record

You can make history as part of a world record attempt at Bundamba Swim Centre later this month. Ipswich Hospital Foundation (IHF) will host the Guinness world record attempt for the largest aqua fitness class from 9am to 11am on Sunday, 18 February. More than 320 people are needed to write the city’s name in the record books, and IHF events manager Ashton Greaves remains confident in the community. “Aqua fitness is consistently the most popular class that we offer as part of the Fit4Life program – it’s perfect for a wide range of ages, it’s low impact and...

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Learn how a North Ipswich mum went from Pumpyard pitch to leading lady in London

It started with a presentation from the screen of a borrowed iPad at Pumpyard Bar & Brewery in December 2015. Two years later, Anne-Marie Walton was in London for the inaugural Startup Catalyst Female Founders Mission. The North Ipswich entrepreneur and CEO of the Kids Wantu app was one of five attendees supported by the State Government’s Advance Queensland innovation program. It capped a busy 2017 that included speaking and research trips to Tokyo, Austin Texas and Hong Kong. “When I stop and think about it, what I’ve achieved to this point is quite extraordinary,” Mrs Walton, 54, told...

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Fantastic four on board to help power Ipswich Jets to a super season

A fantastic four of super signings will help power the Ipswich Jets premiership hopes in season 2018. Favourite son Marmin Barba returns to North Ipswich Reserve after a year playing in the Mackay competition. Barba set the Intrust Super Cup alight in 2015 before a horror ankle injury sidelined him for most of 2016. The electrifying outside back will be joined in Ipswich by veteran prop and Queensland Residents representative Ben Shea, who spent last season with the Wynnum Manly Seagulls. Premiership winning coaches Ben (above) and Shane Walker will once again pilot the Jets from the sideline, with...

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Say goodbye to 2017: 11 Things to Do December 29 to January 5

1. Agent 77 Live and direct from the Gold Coast, Agent 77 takes the stage playing everything from rock to reggae, pop to punk and grunge to funk. WHEN: Saturday 30 December, 9.30pm WHERE: Brothers Leagues Club, Wildey Street, Raceview COST: Free 2. 19th & 20th Century Works View some of the finest pieces from the Ipswich Art Gallery collection of fine and folk art, as well as contemporary works showcasing the city’s heritage. WHEN: Until 14 October WHERE: Ipswich Art Gallery, d’Arcy Doyle Place, Ipswich COST: Free 3. Summer Days at the Museum Make tracks to The Workshops Rail Museum and discover mammals large and...

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11 things to do: Special New Year’s Eve edition

1. New Year's Eve Celebration Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style with free children’s rides, roving entertainment, food stalls, live music with the Radio Club Band and a brilliant fireworks finale at North Ipswich Reserve. Join in the fun as the main stage erupts into a fantastic, larger-than-life, action-packed evening featuring the Smurfette’s Journey stage show, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Larrikin Puppets and Stuntman Jim. WHEN: 5pm-9.30pm, 31 December WHERE: North Ipswich Reserve, 43 The Terrace, North Ipswich 2. Brothers Leagues Club New Year at Brothers will be huge with a full day of promotions, entertainment and giveaways lined...

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Your guide to Christmas Day church services in Ipswich

Central Church Ipswich WHEN: 8am WHERE: Corner of Limestone and Gordon Streets, Ipswich The Salvation Army Bundamba Corps WHEN: 9.30am WHERE: Corner of Brisbane Road and Coal Street, Bundamba Centro Church Ipswich WHEN: 9am WHERE: 5 Pring Street, Ipswich Centro Church Collingwood Park WHEN: 9am WHERE: Woodlinks Way, Collingwood Park St Thomas’ Anglican Church WHEN: 8.30am WHERE: 15 Lawrence Street, North Ipswich Glebe Road Uniting Church WHEN: 8am WHERE: Corner of Eileen Street and Glebe Road, Booval All Saints' Anglican Church Booval WHEN: 8.30am WHERE: 115 Brisbane Road, Booval Leichhardt Baptist Church WHEN: 8am WHERE: 59-61 Toongarra Road, Leichhardt Vision Christian Family WHEN: 9am WHERE: 58 Gledson Street, North Booval Rosewood Uniting Church WHEN: 8am WHERE: 21 John Street,...

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