Author: Jane Pinder

Snap-happy participants wanted for Redbank Plains project

Residents who live, work or play in Redbank Plains are able to register for a new project called Photovoice – My Culture through My Lens. Division 9 Councillor Sheila Ireland said Photovoice would allow participants to learn more about their community through the use of cameras. “The photos will raise awareness about people’s experiences and create a talking point for the community,” she said. “Redbank Plains is a diverse community, and Photovoice will allow residents to showcase their experiences, whether as a young person, a parent, as a family member or as an individual in our community.” Division 3...

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Taking a spin in a self-driving car and other futuristic adventures at North Ipswich Reserve

Ipswich’s Smart City pilot technology is speeding towards real-world benefits. There’s only about 1000 of these Tesla Model S 90D vehicles in Australia – and we are passengers in one of these sleek, futuristic cars as it drives itself at speed along Pine Street, North Ipswich. The owner is in the driver’s seat, his hands at the wheel and feet near the pedals, but he happily informs us the car is in control. There’s a surge of adrenalin as the smooth and near-silent car steers itself while GPS and sensors guide it without human intervention. And a brief moment of fear as traffiic brakes ahead – the $180,000...

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Ipswich Libraries look to reinvigorate volunteer opportunities

Modern libraries are changing rapidly – and so too the roles of volunteers. Ipswich Libraries is reviewing the Volunteer Program with a view to providing opportunities for community members with diverse skills and abilities. There has been considerable change over the past two years, and a recent review identified the library’s existing volunteer program model was no longer adequate to meet the library’s business needs. Currently the program offers 15 volunteer roles across five areas: Client services/general library Content creation and discovery Public programming (First 5 Forever) Home library service Picture Ipswich Ipswich City Council will review and update...

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Inside word on Ipswich’s back to school traffic blitz

The school zones to be targeted for traffic offences this week are top secret. Police and Council officers could be anywhere, anytime. So here’s the lowdown on the devices that will be watching drivers’ behaviour. Static traffic enforcement cameras: These Council cameras take a still image when something enters its field.  So for instance, if a camera is pointed at a bus stop zone it will take a picture of any vehicle that enters that zone. A Council officer will review the images, which are used as evidence of an offence and may lead to an infringement.   ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) vehicle: This Council vehicle has...

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Swimming lessons for those from a land with little water

Hundreds of Ipswich adults and children – with little or no swimming experience – now have potentially life-saving skills thanks to an intensive summer program. Ipswich City Council funded the program to provide free swimming lessons for the culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community in collaboration with Just Sports N Fitness at the Goodna Aquatic Centre and Community Hubs Ipswich. Many members of the CALD community cannot swim, a vital skill in Queensland’s lifestyle. It was local mothers who raised the issue and asked for the lessons for both adults and children. Fernbrooke Community Hub leader Priscilla Deng said swimming was...

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What happens after you dump

Dropping a load off at the Riverview Recycling and Refuse Centre is just the beginning of the journey. This is a C-17A Globemaster III. Now picture 27 of these. Take a moment. That’s how much general waste, recycling and green waste goes through the Riverview Recycling and Refuse Centre in a month. Yes, a month. And that’s not counting the scrap metal, vehicle batteries and tyres, cardboard, E Waste, motor oil and more that is also dealt with onsite. This is the busiest time of year – as soon as it’s school holidays, Christmas or public holidays – when...

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Koala’s secret nightlife caught on camera

The nocturnal habits of notoriously shy wildlife gives an insight to the transformation of this cattle property into a slice of paradise. A year of labour has gone into creating a natural balance at Shane and Sam’s Purga property. Hard manual work cutting and poisoning the cats claw creeper smothering the blue gums, fencing off the creek and making off-stream watering points for the cattle, planting more than 300 native species, de-silting the dam and putting in frog-friendly grasses – the work is intense, and ongoing. The owners could see flora improvements starting to take shape along the riparian corridor...

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The champions of Redbank Plains put community in the Centre

Ipswich’s first new community centre in 30 years has a cheer squad of champions who will be just as vital as steel and concrete to the long-term success of the building. The Redbank Plains Community Centre on School Road is under construction. The carpark is complete, and the prefabricated building is being manufactured offsite, with the project expected to be completed in late March 2018. Features include rooms for health clinics, large deck with kitchen facilities, large hall that can be divided, toilets and parents’ room and grassed areas. Running parallel to the design and construction of the facility...

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This beaut’ ute is still turning heads after 90 years

The adventures of this character-filled car have taken it everywhere – even underwater The Chevy 26 rattles into life and starts rolling down the road with a “parp parp!” on the horn. It’s not one for the vintage car purists – it’s a ‘bit of a bitsa’ with different bonnet and guards. Originally it would have been a sedan, and custom modified into a ute. But this nonagenarian still has plenty of spark, running well with almost all parts original, including engine, gearbox, running gear – even a bellows fuel pump. People stop and stare when Old 26 goes past.  It...

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Back to where it all began as Jets fullback’s career takes flight

This was a special lunch time game of touch footy for Silkstone students. It’s not every day you get an Ipswich Jet passing you the ball, especially one who was just like you. This was the uniform he wore, these were the fields he ran around on. That was the bell calling him to class that he desperately wanted to ignore, he was having so much fun with his friends. Now Wes Conlon is someone that kids look up to, a role model for the next generation of Silkstone students. A fullback for the Ipswich Jets and as of this month,...

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