Author: Jodie Richter

Community Kitchen – Danish

Sitting around the kitchen table at Collingwood Park, Andy and Aase Brodersen must feel like worlds away from where they were married in 1962 in Copenhagan. Aase’s mother was one of 10 siblings and two of her brothers were freedom fighters. She remembers the German soldiers going through her parents’ apartment looking for her uncles. Similarly, Andy leans back in his chair and recalls the war years. He was 9 when the war finished. “You couldn’t buy anything. For five years we never tasted chicken, milk, oranges, eggs, meat,” he says. “Everything that was grown in Denmark was taken by the...

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What on earth is that thing on the Centenary Highway?

What on earth is that giant white ball on top of the hill you can see from the Centenary Highway as you go between Springfield Lakes and Ipswich? What you might know is that it’s got something to do with the weather. It is in fact the Redbank Plains CP2 Research Radar. What you might not know is that the Bureau of Meteorology has decommissioned the radar, having declared “mission accomplished” last year. “It’s completed its mission to deliver valuable research data to the Bureau,” a spokesperson for BoM said. There have been plenty of local conspiracy theories over...

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Internet sensation: An Ipswich bird the world paid $3000 to save

Could Roku be Ipswich’s most famous pet? He doesn’t surf or ride a skateboard or need any other gimmicky tricks to get followers, but he does like to fly around like a regular bird. Roku, 4, is a Blue and Gold Macaw who lives with his human Brody Murray at Karana Downs. Roku likes to spend his day flying around Colleges Crossing, eating and making videos for YouTube. He has a younger sister Korra, 2, who is a Green winged Macaw and a baby brother Pabu, 1, who is a Major Mitchell Cockatoo. Together they star in the ‘Adventures of...

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Community Kitchen – Armenian

Welcome to our first Community Kitchen. We want to bring you some of the hidden recipes that reside in the kitchens of Ipswich. We have a vibrant multicultural community who have stories and recipes to share. So pour a cup of tea, and enjoy a slice of ethnic delicacy. Then, give it a try. What do Kim Kardashian, Andre Agassi, Cher, Principal Skinner and Ipswich’s Hedy Keogh have in common? They are all Armenian. Hedy’s Armenian name is Arathoonian. Her parents were both Armenian, as were their parents Leo and Nancy, but Hedy’s journey to Ipswich was not so...

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What would you do with an old woollen mill?

If you had a massive bag of cash, what would you do with the old Woollen Mills? I’m talking serious cash – millions of dollars. A grungy nightclub? Opera perhaps? A wedding and reception venue? Indoor laser tag anyone? Tell us your ideas. Ipswich City Council bought the old Woollen Mills in North Ipswich in 2015, and wants to restore the structure – for the most part – to its original architectural form. The intention is that they will be re-used. But for what? That’s the multi-million-dollar question which is expected to be answered through a combined vision. In...

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