Author: Jodie Richter

Top tips for awesome autumn gardening

Autumn in Ipswich provides some welcome relief from the hot, humid summer. It is a pleasant time of year and the perfect time to get out into the garden. Ipswich First spoke to Council’s resident green thumb, Mick Jordan, about what residents should be pruning, planting and preparing in the yard. You might think it’s too late to plant anything at this time of year with winter around the corner, but you would be wrong. Ipswich City Council acting coordinator of strategic parks Mick Jordan explains why there is no time like the present. “The soil is still warm enough...

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May 3: Learn how to manage Anxiety and Depression

Learn for Life - Hope for the Future Managing Anxiety and Depression – Join Dr Nathan Pasieczny, is a clinical psychologist from the University of Queensland and discover self-care strategies, professional treatment options and the role of family, friends and carers in the management of anxiety and depression. You can call 3810 6515 to book or click here. WHEN: 10am – 11.30am WHERE: Ipswich Central Library, Barry Jones Auditorium, 40 South Street, Ipswich COST: Free, bookings essential. First 5 Forever - Booval Pop-up Booval Pop-Up Fun for little Ones. Bringing fun and interactive children’s programs to you. Spark your child’s creativity with...

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May 2: Triple P Positive Parenting Program begins

Triple P Positive Parenting Program Come along to a relaxed small Group Triple P session with other parents, and find out why kids misbehave and what you can do to turn things around. Practical tips and strategies for cooperative kids, calm parents and a happier family life – what’s not to love? Group sessions run for four weeks every Wednesday until 23th May 2018. WHEN: 6pm – 8pm WHERE: the Poppy Centre, 1/26 East Street, Ipswich COST: Free Tech Time: Finding Family A hands-on training session for those who are beginning the family history research. This session will provide information...

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Seniors Concert: Come along for the singalong

It’s that time of year again. The Ipswich City Council Seniors are putting on a show at the Civic Centre. This original musical is written by Ipswich’s Jan White. Ipswich First sat down with Mrs White to find out how she went about writing Happy Aussie Nomads. The story is based on an adventurous couple who like to travel around Australia in their caravan and taking the odd trip overseas. The scene is set when they are having a barbeque in their sister’s backyard. What they don’t know is that their sister has also invited other family and friends...

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May 1: Happy Aussie Nomads

Happy Aussie Nomads   Please join us for the Ipswich City Council Seniors’ presentation of Happy Aussie Nomads as we enjoy reliving the fun & humorous stories of our iconic Ipswich lovable family and celebrate 50 golden years with close family and dear friends. This celebration will take us back in time as we catch up with many of the characters who through the years have played important roles in the lives of our adventurous couple. WHEN: Today only. Two shows only. 10am and 1.30pm WHERE: Ipswich Civic Centre, Corner of Limestone and Nicholas Streets, Ipswich COST: $8 Reading Circle...

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Military Collection Brings Personal Stories To Life

This private Ipswich collection includes historical items dating back to the Spanish-American War of 1898. Memorabilia, documents, photographs, uniforms, badges and equipment all commemorating soldiers, their stories and the various wars we have been involved in. Bernie Kington’s military collection is so large it has spilled into every room of his Ipswich house. “My father and two uncles served in WW2 in England, North Africa and New Guinea. I collected a few badges when I was a kid and it just started from there,” Mr Kington said. “My first set of medals, a mate of mine found them at the Caloundra...

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New and Old: A Celebration of Cycling

2017 Ipswich Festival Criterium. Image courtesy of Bicycing Australia Ipswich’s world-class bike racing facility will host the return of the Ipswich Festival Criterium. 2oo years ago, on 12 June 1817, the first bicycle was invented in Germany. While the bikes you will see in action today at the Ipswich Cycle Park look a lot different and go much faster, you will also get a taste of yesteryear with the Queensland Penny Farthing and Historical Cycle Club peddling the new track for display rides throughout the day. The 126-year-old Ipswich Cycling Club will celebrate the Ipswich Festival with some fast-paced...

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The Odd Couple

Rosewood housemates Ted Smith and Thelma Moore share meals, a roof over their heads and a mutual understanding of each other’s needs as they inch closer to their final dance. They are quick to point out that they are not married. Although watching the banter between the two you won’t know it. Ms Moore whispers: “I’m not his wife, I would have killed him ages ago.” When Mr Smith’s age is enquired upon he replies “too bloody old these days”, to which Ms Moore playfully smacks him on the shoulder and says “don’t be rude.” “I’m only 96, she is...

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Hear about our heritage and the future of Ipswich

It’s a juggling act you don’t go to circus school for. In his left hand, Planning, Development and Heritage Committee chairman Councillor David Morrison is holding 159 years of Ipswich history that need to be preserved. In his right hand, Cr Morrison ushers in new growth through master-planned communities and development on a massive scale. Ipswich is going through the most dramatic changes in its history, right now. Cr Morrison explains, that is what is great about living in our city in 2018 and beyond. “We are in the unique situation of mixing Queensland’s oldest provincial city with the surge...

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What do you get when you combine a concert and a party?

Sisters Kath Hogan and Gabrielle Dempster have been in the Concert Party since it began 20 years ago. The sisters attend the Ipswich 60 and Better Program Concert Party twice a week, once to perform and once to practice and catch up for afternoon tea. Mrs Hogan and Mrs Dempster have been in the Concert Party since its inception 20 years ago. “The group was started for people to come and enjoy singing,” Mrs Dempster said. “We sing together on Fridays and have afternoon tea, then each Wednesday we visit a different nursing home to perform.” Mrs Dempster, 80,...

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