Author: Brenton Waters

Free workshop to help businesses embrace digital technology

IPSWICH businesses can learn how to get the most out of digital technology at a free workshop at Studio 188 in March. The Digital Business Workshop is being delivered by the Queensland Government with the support of Ipswich City Council. Economic Development and Digital City spokesman Cr Paul Tully said at the workshop, participants would create a digital action plan for their business. “Businesses destined to thrive in today’s global marketplace are those which have a good understanding of how to make digital technology work for them,” Cr Tully said. “This workshop will help with understanding digital trends, how...

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Ipswich Quiz: Week 19 brain busters

Wrap your head around our weekly quiz about Ipswich. There’s no phone a friend, and we didn’t survey an audience of 100 people. There are 10 questions, with bragging rights at stake … until next week when we bring you 10 more brain busters. Don't miss your weekly brain bender. Get it sent free to your email address Now you've got me...

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Puppy love helps those having a ruff time

Jen Higgins and Naomi Blake with border collie x dalmatian Freya. A counsellor and a dog trainer, together with canine friends, have joined forces to help some of Ipswich’s most vulnerable people tackle life’s toughest challenges. Naomi Blake and Jen Higgins operate community group PAATS – People and Animal Assisted Therapy Services. While small in size, the group is having a big impact on the lives of those it helps. “The work we have been doing has predominantly been with young people, particularly children in care and children with autism,” Ms Blake said. “Children in care have often had a...

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Nothing small about progress on creek rejuvenation

The impressive transformation of Small Creek from a concrete drain back to a natural waterway is continuing with several project milestones being marked. On-site works began late last year after extensive stakeholder consultation which included a unique opportunity for the community to help design the creek. Ipswich City Council Conservation and Environment spokeswoman Cr Kerry Silver said it was exciting to see the community’s vision for Small Creek, between Whitehill and Warwick Roads, take shape. “The first ponded area has been completed along with the rock ramps to help regulate the flow of water in the creek,” she said....

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Ipswich traffic continues to grow with speed

Ipswich City Council is proactively monitoring traffic volumes and trends to ensure investments in infrastructure and planning decisions are made wisely and where most appropriate to cater for the city’s growing population. Council’s 2017 Strategic Traffic Count Program showed the southern suburbs (including Ripley, Raceview, Flinders View) had the highest one year growth rate of 14 per cent. The outer eastern suburbs (including Springfield, Bellbird Park, Brookwater, Augustine Heights) maintained the highest five year growth at 31 per cent. Overall, Ipswich recorded a traffic increase of 4 per cent over the past year and a 17 per cent increase...

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How you can get ready for the Queen’s Baton Relay

The countdown is on to the arrival of the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) in Ipswich and CBD businesses and residents are being encouraged to think ahead about how it may impact them. The relay will visit Ipswich on 29 March on its way to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. It is scheduled to leave from Hunter Street, Brassall about 2.30pm and make its way along Pine Mountain Road, over the David Trumpy Bridge and into the CBD. From here it will head toward St Mary’s Church and Ipswich Grammar School before travelling along Brisbane Street on its way...

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Science whiz kid has the Wright stuff

Meet one of Ipswich’s smartest science students, and try your hand at some challenging Year 11 test questions in the process. Most of us do not realise until later in life how formative and precious our schooling years were. However, spend some time with James Wright and it quickly becomes clear he is unlikely to suffer that fate with the Westside Christian College captain seemingly possessing wisdom beyond his years. He is not only wise, but smart too. James, 16, recently aced a national science competition run by the University of New South Wales, ranking as Queensland’s highest placed...

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Community gives Oscar a birthday he won’t soon forget

There are no easy days for Ipswich youngster Oscar Hoving and his family, only days that are not quite as challenging as others. Oscar struggles with ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, autism and anxiety. As his mother Steph explains, the result is a life with no shortage of disruption. “Oscar is a very loving kid but he just doesn’t see the world around him,” she said. “We don’t go out much. He is a real home body, if he doesn’t have his iPad nearby he will have a real meltdown. “His Oppositional Defiant Disorder makes things quite...

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Why a Goodna school has embraced worms

Goodna State School students Reearn, Jennifer and Jordis with principal Daniel Dempsey and Division 2 Cr Paul Tully check out the school’s worm farm. Worms are spreading at Goodna State School but it’s nothing to be alarmed about – in  fact it’s all in the name of science. Students at Goodna State School are learning valuable lessons about sustainability and entrepreneurship following the installation of a new worm farm. It is the latest addition to the school’s award-winning science program and was made possible by divisional funding from Cr Paul Tully and Ipswich City Council’s Community Development Grant program....

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Ipswich Quiz: Week 18 brain busters

Wrap your head around our weekly quiz about Ipswich. There’s no phone a friend, and we didn’t survey an audience of 100 people. There are 10 questions, with bragging rights at stake … until next week when we bring you 10 more brain busters. Don't miss your weekly brain bender. Get it sent free to your email address Now you've got me...

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