Dan Nancarrow: Thanks for reading Ipswich Live. Be sure to join us again tomorrow for another edition of Brisbane Live.
But in the meantime we'd like to sign off with a song from Ipswich's three favourite sons - Allan Langer, Kerrod Walters and Kevin Walters - who in 1992 combined to form The Ipswich Connection, tearing up the Queensland charts with their take off of Hey, Hey We're the Monkees to celebrate what would be the year of the Broncos first NSWRL premiership:
Dan Nancarrow: The NBN isn't the first time Ipswich has been ahead of the curve with the technology to connect to the internet.
Ipswich City Council established Global Info Links in 1994 - the first Internet Service Provider established by a local government in Australia.
Twenty years might not seem like too long ago, but going by this 90s-era video spruiking the service it may has well have been in another dimension:
Dan Nancarrow: The third annual Sports and Cultural Day for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders will be held at Briggs Road Sporting Complex in October.
Ipswich's best young indigenous rugby league players will face opponents from Logan, Toowoomba, Inala and Stradbroke Island at the event which is being held in the city for the second time having been held in Toowoomba last year.
The carnival is run by council in conjunction with Kambu Medical Centre.
Dan Nancarrow: Here's a quick question that the locals might be able to answer:
Who has right-of-way on this intersection of four stop signs in Booval?
The crossing on the corner of Dudleigh and Clifton Street in Booval. Photo: Dan Nancarrow
And the final question from our readers for Paul Pisasale:
Mick: What's the proudest moment of your time as mayor?
Paul Pisasale: I've achieved a lot in terms of infrastructure but I just think the way the community has come together [is my proudest moment]. The pride in kids saying that they love Ipswich and everyone is proud to say they live in Ipswich is something I have always wanted to achieve. And to see that our average age is 32 when the state average is 37 - when I look at that I know our kids are coming home, our kids are proud and our residents are proud. You can't get anything better than that.
Got a question for Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale? Photo: Harrison Saragossi
Another question for Paul Pisasale:
Victor: What do you think of Tom Tate leaving the Council of Mayors?
Paul Pisasale: He's a fool. All mayors should be working together. This is not about the Gold Coast, this is not about Ipswich. One thing we do need is have all mayors working together. Otherwise people of the Gold Coast will miss out. We can't afford to be divided.
Dan Nancarrow: Local tennis star Ashleigh Barty has been appointed Ipswich's Youth and Sporting Ambassador, officially representing the city's sporting prowess and youth programs.
Mayor Paul Pisasale said Barty got her love for tennis and her start in sports in Ipswich.
"We are thrilled by Ashleigh's achievements and are extremely proud that she is Ipswich born and raised," he said.
This year Barty reached the womens doubles finals of both the Australian Open and Wimbledon with her doubles partner and fellow Australian Casey Dellacqua.
Australia's Ashleigh Barty during the French Open in May. Photo: MIGUEL MEDINA
Another one for the Mayor:
Joe: Why do the people of Ipswich love you so much?
Paul Pisasale: Whether people like me or hate one thing they have come to appreciate is that they respect me. And they know if they give me their vote I will never let them down. They saw that during the floods and they see that during a house fire - I've set up all the mechanisms to make sure the processes in place are there for people to enjoy life and be respected. I think that's what they enjoy. They enjoy that I return phone calls and I am there for them and I am there to fight for the city.
Geoff Egan: Staff at two Ipswich late-night stores were held up by armed robbers in two unrelated raids on Monday night.
A North Ipswich convenience store was held up by a pair of robbers on Monday evening before a machete-wielding man held up a Redbank Plains service station in the early hours of yesterday.
Here's less of a question for Paul Pisasale and more of a plea:
Karen Wolf: Run for the next state election as premier! PLEASE! We desperately need some common bloody sense and humanity in that office!
Paul Pisasale: What I am trying to do is convince all politicians is to stop being a politician. When you get elected you are elected to serve people, but sometimes people get elected and they think they are better than everybody else. The other thing is I don't care who is going to be the premier - I will work with them. What we have gotta do is make sure that the right standards are in place. The sad part about it is the politicians who want to do the right thing get destroyed in the long run. I want to finish the job I started in Ipswich because I think that's more important because by chopping and changing all people care about is their own career. I could run for premier, I could run for prime minister, I could run for the senate, all those offices - but the most important I think is for me to be the person I am, finish the job I started, look after the city and the rest will follow.
Dan Nancarrow: Liza is looking forward to Pacifika:
@brisbanetimes yesss! am off on that Saturday...I could go to Pacifica festival and sample the food!!!! :-D...My fave is Queens Park— Liza Brown (@MrsBrownNo3) August 21, 2013
Dan Nancarrow: The Ipswich Council tells us Goodna Bowls Club is still recovering following the 2011 flood but the new clubhouse is complete and fully operational in Brisbane Terrace.
Yesterday the club was presented with a community donation of $6500 from Mayor Paul Pisasale, local councillor Paul Tully and Deputy Mayor Victor Attwood. This money will assist the club purchase a new roller for the greens.
The club is keen to promote the venue as a ideal location for weddings and private functions to get it back on its feet financially.
Cr Paul Tully, Goodna Bowls Club president Mal Levarre-Waters and Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale.
Here's the first of two questions from Country to the Mayor:
Can you please tell us when you will be holding the open day for the public servants that will be relocating to Ipswich?
Paul Pisasale: In regards to that I've offered that to the state government but it is up to them to tell me which public servants. The last thing I want anyone to do is force public servants [to relocate]. It they had an open day for public servants to come out and enjoy Ipswich - the rail museum and everything we've got to offer, I can tell what's going to happen is they would have to hold it back, because they will see the quality of life we've got here. You shouldn't force people. Let them see what we've got and they'll come. But I am waiting on the government to let me know when I can do that.
And a follow-up question:
As the state government hasn't even put it to the public servants about relocating, do you think the government will try to get out of decentralising and instead just try to lease out the building?
Paul Pisasale: I hope that is not the case because the most important thing - not just for Ipswich but for the state - is that regionalisation. If you don't regionalise Queen Street the congestion in Brisbane is going to hurt Brisbane more so than Ipswich. The most important thing is to be focused and work with the regionalisation plan. I hope that everybody honours their commitment. The one thing about Brisbane it is only developed to the north and the south. The western corridor now is prepared to play its role in handling growth and regionalisation is important and it'll be a dumb decision not to go through with it. One of the big problems was public servants found about this happening in the newspaper before they'd been told about it. That's not the way to let these things happen.
Dan Nancarrow: According to Ipswich City Council the Ipswich Art Gallery is Queensland's most popular regional gallery, bringing in 116,525 visitors in the 2012-13 financial year.
That's the highest annual attendance in the gallery's history, with 61 per cent of visitors locals and 29 per cent drawn from the state capital.
Another question for Mayor Paul Pisasale:
Arjun Swaminathan: What are your plans for growing the local economy and attracting investment?
Paul Pisasale: We're doing that already. Yesterday you saw a significant announcement with GE making Springfield their Queensland headquarters. That's 1200 jobs and $75 million into the local economy. We've got 14 industrial parks and we've got virtually 40 per cent of all the industrial land in south east Queensland. We've done all the work over the last 20 years and you'll start seeing it happen. We're below the state average unemployment it's been a long haul. My passion has always been economic growth because there's nothing better than giving someone a job.
The Queensland Times: A couple found guilty of taking a female neighbour into the Redbank Plains scrub then assaulting and robbing her will be sentenced in Ipswich District Court on Thursday.
A jury found Andrew Keith Eyles, 33, and Eliza Dee Pearson, 34, guilty of unlawful assault, robbery while armed and deprivation of liberty for taking Sarah Jane Van Donkelaar to a dirt section of Keidges Rd at the southern end of Redbank Plains.
When they stopped in the bush Eyles stood over her with a knife before assaulting her while Pearson took her purse and handbag.
Another question for the Mayor:
Curious: Can you tell me when the One Mile Bridge repairs are starting?
Paul Pisasale: We've got the funding now. One thing I wanted to do with the One Mile Bridge, because it kept getting destroyed we're now going to do it in concrete. We're going to do it like a little weir there. We've got the money from David Crisafulli who gave us a couple of million dollars to get the repairs done. The engineers and looking at it and the tenders have gone out. You'll see construction soon.
A Jacaranda tree and its purple flowers. Photo: Quentin Jones
Dan Nancarrow: One month after Pasifika Ipswich will again be in festival mode for the Jacaranda Festival in Goodna.
Running from October 25 to 27, again at Evan Marginson Park, the community festival will feature an extensive entertainment program, a talent quest, the schools program, a 10km fun run, stalls rides and fireworks.
The festival is named after the Jacaranda that bloom along Brisbane Terrace during October.
A sport-related question for the Mayor:
Phil: Any more information on the Ipswich A-league bid and supporting stadium?
Paul Pisasale: I think the most important thing is the city now is getting recognised for its sporting prowess. The Lions have a significant move, the A-League now see it and it is a shame the NRL dropped the ball a little bit because they were here first and they stuffed it up a little bit. With the A-League we're just waiting to see, they just brought it to my attention. We'll be working with them because at the moment the flood recovery has been a higher priority but I'm very keen to work with the A-League to give it the status it deserves.
Dan Nancarrow: Once you've voted you might want to enjoy your Saturday September 7 taking in the entertainment and delicious food at the Pasifika festival.
Held at the Evan Marginson Park at Woogaroo Street, Goodna from 10am to 3pm the festival for Pacific People will be a nice way to chill out following the close of the election cycle.
Another question for Mayor Paul Pisasale:
Jimbo1976: There has been a lot of talk about the Ripley Valley development. Is it going ahead and if so what is happening about it?
Paul Pisasale: It is going ahead. What has happened is we had it nearly improved but it was taken away from us by the previous government through the ULDA. We've now got it back and if you go out to the Ripley Valley now they're building the new road. The infrastructure is being built so you'll start seeing some houses there over the next 12 months.
Dan Nancarrow: As the NBN rolls out in Goodna and the rest of Ipswich the city council has released a promotional video to show local businesses and the community the opportunities opened up by super-fast broadband.
A training centre has also been set up at Redbank Plains library to train users and further explain the benefits of the infrastructure.
Dan Nancarrow: Answering reader questions throughout the day is Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale.
The first is from Scott O'Connell via facebook, who asks "Who does [Cr Pisasale] want to win the Federal election?"
Paul Pisasale: It is up to the Australian people to decide that. What I want to do is convince people that whoever we elect as a Prime Minister let's get behind them and work with them. Because what we do at the moment is we elect a premier and a prime minister and then we spend the next three years trying to get rid of them. The country can't afford that. So whoever the country decides to put there let's all get behind them and try to make it work. And at the next election if you don't like it change your mind then.
Got a question for Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale? Photo: Harrison Saragossi
Stuart Sherwin: Candidates for the seat of Blair faced voters at a QT forum last night with Labor's alleged failures and successes in office firmly in the spotlight.
Six of the eight candidates in the contest took part in the debate at Ipswich Turf Club, held in conjunction with the Ipswich Chamber of Trade and streamed live on the QT's website.
Mr Neumann spruiked the Federal Government's support for Ipswich, highlighting the investment secured for the Ipswich Motorway, Blacksoil interchange, schools and local health services - as well as $15m to support the Brisbane Lions' new training base in Springfield announced last week.
But the LNP's Teresa Harding went on the attack over the government's record, describing Labor as "chaotic, divided and dysfunctional".
The candidates for Blair debate at the Ipswich Turf Club. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times
Dan Nancarrow: Brisbane-based artist Kate O'Brien will not only be presenting her work at the Antipodean Steam Punk Show next month, she'll also be holding workshops on how to create a look of "beautiful decay" with household items such as jewellery boxes, notebooks or picture frames.
Ms O'Brien's work is featured at the Workshops Rail Museum show until October 13, with her workshops to be held from 11am to 2pm on Saturday and Sunday September 7 and 8.
Workshop tickets cost $20 each and include entry to the museum and exhibition.
Works from the Antipodean Steam Punk Show will be on display until October 13.
Dan Nancarrow: The City of Ipswich says the town lays claim to a number of noteable "firsts" such as:
- The first racecourse in Queensland was the ‘Grange Racecourse’ situated in Raceview, Ipswich.
- The Salvation Army in Ipswich is the oldest in Queensland.
- Ipswich’s own Hugh Cornish transmitted the first TV news in Queensland on Channel 9 Brisbane on 16 August 1959.
- Australia’s first Aboriginal Senator in Federal Parliament was Ipswich’s Neville Bonner.
- Queensland first school was Ipswich Grammar School (established in 1863) and also was Queensland’s first secondary school.
Dan Nancarrow: Opposition leader Tony Abbott is heading to Wacol today to visit the Volvo factory with local LNP candidate for Oxley Andrew Nguyen.
We'll keep you updated on what the Coalition's candidate for the top job has to say later in the day.
Tony Abbott Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Dan Nancarrow: We've found out what tourist attractions you love on the Sunshine Coast last week, but what about your favourite in Ipswich?
Poll: What is your favourite tourist attraction in Ipswich?
- Willowbank Raceway
- Queensland Raceway
- Workshops Rail Museum
- Ipswich Art Gallery
- Queens Park
- Ipswich Nature Centre
- Swanbank Steam Railway
- Robelle Domain Parklands
- Ipswich Festival
- Floating Images's hot air balloon rides
- Heritage Aviation Museum
- Australian Motorcycle Museum
- Other (please add in the comments below)
Total votes: 62.
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Poll closed 23 Aug, 2013
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Premier Campbell Newman and Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale on Tuesday. Photo: Rob Williams/The Queensland Times
The Queensland Times: Here's a great shot from Rob Williams at The Queensland Times of Premier Campbell Newman and Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale turning the first sod at GE's Springfield headquarters:
Dan Nancarrow: The ALP's member for Blair Shayne Neumann wasn't deterred by this morning's cold weather or a late night at the candidates forum.
He was out and about campaigning early at the Ebbw Vale train station with his mother Joy and her husband, Rob.
Member for Blair Shayne Neumann campaigning at Ebbw Vale station this morning.
Phil Lutton: We've got some big campaign news in Brisbane which will interest Ipswich rugby league fans:
The Broncos have revealed plans for a new $20 million field including sports medicine and training facilities.
Opposition leader Tony Abbott was on hand to pledge five million dollars should his Coalition win government.
Javarn White in action for the Ipswich Jets. Photo: SMP Images
Dan Nancarrow: The Ipswich Jets are rallying their supporters for this weekend's big game against Redcliffe in the Instrust Super Cup.
Supporters will be making their annual pilgrimage to the bay on Sunday, with the Jets hopeful of feasting on the local seafood, namely "a skinned Dlophin".
Proceedings kick off with Colts from 10.30am, FOGS at 12.15pm and the main clash at 2pm.
Dan Nancarrow: We'll have Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale answering your questions later today, but at the moment he is at Brookwater Golf Course for the Queensland Open which begins tomorrow and runs through until Sunday.
Got a question for Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale? Photo: Harrison Saragossi
Joel Gould: There was some huge news in the Ipswich region yesterday with a US multinational bringing 1000 jobs to Springfield:
Global giant GE will base its Queensland headquarters in Springfield in a $72 million office complex housing 1000 staff.
The announcement by the US-based company yesterday comes hot on the heels of the Brisbane Lions' decision to locate their own $60 million-plus training and administration base in Springfield.
GE Australia aims to house the majority of its Queensland office-based employees in the purpose-built 14,000 square metre office building from early 2015.
ABC: Just as Brisbane Live moves down to Ippy for the day the ABC has branched out into the city too:
My first cross to our new Ipswich reporter soon... I love that we have an outpost there now :)— Spencer Howson (@SpencerHowson) August 20, 2013