Author: Simon Holt

Local events get boost from council funding

FOUR organisations have received event support and sponsorship from Ipswich City Council. Economic Development and Digital City Committee chairman Cr Paul Tully said event organisations which qualified could apply for grants through council’s dedicated event sponsorship program. “All events receiving council sponsorship must maximise associated economic and social benefits to the city,” Cr Tully said. “This month council is pleased to support Ipswich Hospice, Ipswich Hospital Foundation, Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation Incorporated and RBL International.” Sponsorship details: Ipswich Hospice Care: $2,000 sponsorship of the Jacaranda fundraising dinner Ipswich Hospital Foundation: $2,500 sponsorship of 2018 Ride On celebration of Cycling...

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RADF delivers circus and museum skills

The skills of young circus performers and local museum curators are both set for a boost with funding from the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF). RADF is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Ipswich City Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland. Arts and Community Development Committee Chairperson Cr Kylie Stoneman said grants under the Regional Arts Development Fund program were awarded to: Circus Ipswich: $7,600 towards the cost of running circus skills workshops for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Circus Ipswich will collaborate with occupational therapists and experts in the field of ASD...

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CMC Rocks secured for another four years

IPSWICH will be home to CMC Rocks QLD until at least 2022. The city has secured the biggest international country music festival for another four years following a deal between Tourism and Events Queensland, Ipswich City Council and CMC Rocks. Acting Mayor Wayne Wendt said since the festival moved to Ipswich in 2015 it had grown in stature to become the biggest country music festival in the southern hemisphere. “The ink is barely dry on the contract, but I can confirm Ipswich will continue be home of CMC Rocks QLD until at least 2022. “This year’s event sold out...

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Mayor announces a blitz on all Ipswich waste industries

Landfill at Swanbank. Ipswich Mayor Andrew Antoniolli today announced a council taskforce will crack down on all local waste industries to ensure they improve operations and comply with council local laws and planning permits. Mayor Antoniolli welcomed state government moves to re-introduce a Queensland waste levy. He again called on the government to now “call in” the application for a facility proposed by waste management company Biorecycle. A strong stance against over-sized dumping grounds would remove the potential for expensive legal disputes through the Planning and Environment Court.  “The levy is a great start,” Mayor Antoniolli said. “Hopefully, this...

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Redbank Plains Community Centre tender to MDA

MULTICULTURAL Development Australia (MDA) has been awarded the contract to run the new Redbank Plains Community Centre. Ipswich City Council will be entering into a lease agreement with MDA for a period of three years with an option for a further three years. City Management, Finance and Community Engagement Committee Chairperson Deputy Mayor Wayne Wendt said the community was looking forward to the completion of the new centre currently under construction at 180 School Road Redbank Plains. “The centre is due to open in April this year, weather permitting. “Council made a commitment to build a new community centre...

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New Ipswich Central to deliver for defence workforce

The influx of workers required to service Rheinmetall’s new defence contract are set to reap the benefits of the $150 million redevelopment of Ipswich’s city heart. Ipswich City Properties (ICP) chair Councillor Paul Tully said the jobs win for the region was perfectly timed for the arrival of Ipswich Central, a new city heart creating a vibrant retail, entertainment and dining hub for the region’s rising workforce. “We are deliberately creating not a new CBD but a new CED – a central entertainment district which will be the perfect mix of business and leisure for Ipswich residents, including the...

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10 things you need to know about the new Cycle Park

One of the most exciting pieces of new infrastructure in Ipswich officially opens on Sunday. The $3.3 million Ipswich Cycle Park at Raceview is available for anyone to use and is free of charge. Council believes it will attract thousands of cyclists from Ipswich, South East Queensland and beyond to a world-class facility. The criterium circuit consists of three track configurations: 1.31km, 1.08km and a 400m internal oval. The smooth asphalt surface will ensure some fast cycling. Everyone will want a ticket to ride this circuit – even the politicians attending Sunday’s launch, including cycling fans Mayor Andrew Antoniolli...

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Ipswich Central to become entertainment hub

Demolition works have begun on Ipswich Central to make way for a redeveloped central district which is forecast to create thousands of jobs, boost the local economy and provide the region with a vibrant, new urban hub. Ipswich Mayor Andrew Antoniolli, Ipswich City Properties (ICP) Chair Councillor Paul Tully and Ipswich City Council Division 7 Councillor David Martin rolled up their sleeves to lend workers a hand, shovelling the first of what will be thousands of tonnes of rubble to be removed from the eight-hectare site. “Ipswich Central is officially underway,” Cr Antoniolli announced. “We are building a brand new city centre with dining...

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Nicholas St a step closer to becoming a road

Restoring vehicle access to Nicholas Street is a step closer to reality this month with the arrival of ground-penetrating radars at the Ipswich Central redevelopment site. “Since the start of 2018, progress to ready the site has been moving quickly as contractor Hutchinson’s Builders undertakes important demolition preparation works,” Ipswich City Properties Chair, Cr Tully said. “We are also now making good progress on our plan to reintroduce the roadway through the existing Ipswich pedestrian mall. People will probably notice a series of spray painted line markings on pavers, grass and concrete areas to mark where we need to...

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April 7: Free plants for Division 9

Ipswich City Council Mobile Nursery Collect your allocation of free plants at this mobile nursery in Division 9. WHEN: 8am to 11am WHERE: Terry Slaughter Park, The Peninsula, Springfield Lakes COST: Annual plant allocations are free with proof of residency as outlined here Pre-loved clothing sale Grab a bargain at Springfield’s first ever pre-loved clothing sale. There will be clothes, shoes and accessories on sale. WHEN: 9am-noon WHERE: Camira Community Centre, 389 Old Logan Road, Camira COST: Gold coin donation, to go to Westside Community Centre Smurfs Live Show Come see Papa Smurf and Smurfette as they put on a fun, family-friendly show...

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