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It was the TV event that had the entire nation talking last year, and in this issue it was great to once again talk with Matthew Le Nevez about the death of his character Patrick in Offspring, and about shootinf scenes for one last time as the show returns on May 14. Also in this issue we spoke with Kylie Kwong, a chef who is renowned all over the country for her skills, about her role in the new series of MasterChef. We have a great feature for Mother’s Day featuring some great gift ideas, and also a special on Education Week, with many schools open for enrolments as the 2105 deadline approaches...can you believe its already May? We have our usual Defence News stories, giveaways, motoring and so much more. Every few days someone comes into the Ipswich Life and tells us how much they love the mag, so if there is something you want to see, let us know. Ipswich Life is FREE to you thanks to our advertisers, so let them know you saw them in Ipswich Life and show your support for local business. Till next time... E:


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Keep calm and cook Back on TV screens this week is the most popular and successful cooking show in Australian history, as MasterChef sets out to once again find the best home cook in the nation. A new addition to the show this year is Kylie Kwong, one of most recognisable and best loved chefs in the nation. With pressure on the producers to return to the ratings of previous years, a focus on the ‘best home cook’ format is a step in the right direction for the show which has revolutionised our attitude to dining. “I will be on the show regularly over about 12 to 14 episodes and it’s my role to nurture contestants, bring my food knowledge to the table and share my restaurant experience,” Kylie told Ipswich Life from the show’s set. “It’s really about encouraging them to bring out the best in themselves especially when they are under such intense pressure. One of my main roles is to keep them calm, and ­I love being a bit mother to everybody. I’m enjoying it so much, it’s such a positive environment. “I’ve always loved the show, and even when people are eliminated it’s done in a gentle way, and they walk out of there with tools for their life, with that experience under their belt.” Kylie has been a fan of the show since day one, and knows what it can be like working under such pressure, something that only gets easier with experience. “Chaos reigns in the Masterchef kitchen, and

quite often there is just food everywhere. I take their hands, look into their eyes and remind them to keep breathing, remember what’s on the line and to keep going. I try to stay calm myself and hope it rubs off on them during challenges. “I also get flustered in the kitchen, it’s such high pressure, but I’ve learnt that such frustration causes panic and I’ve used different skills to recentre myself, and to feel my feet on the ground. If you get into a panicked state you lose control and I try to get them to focus, take a deep breath and keep going. “I like that role as a mentor, I’m there to help them through. It’s a very complimentary role to the three guys (Matt, Gary and George) on the show, who all have such an amazing food knowledge.” In recent years the show has had finales which have commanded viewers in the millions, and has produced household names like Julie Goodwin, Adam Liaw, and others who didn’t win, but have flourished, like Marion Grasby, Justine Schofield and Callum Hann. Kylie knows what it will take for someone to step up and win the title of Australia’s next MasterChef.

“Apart from having a good knowledge of food and techniques, and remember they learn so much of that on the show….it takes inner fortitude and belief in yourself. . “It takes confidence that you can do it, and move to the next challenge. This year is really challenging, each year the entrants get better and better, so the producers of the show have to keep raising the bar to keep pushing themselves, and produce such amazing food.” As a chef in the public eye, Kylie feels that her role is to share her knowledge with Australia. “Its not an obligation at all, its how I wish to conduct my life, all part of my values. It only makes me happy to share knowledge. It comes down to a bit of ‘duty of care’, in some ways. For me it is all about serving the community, how I can serve it better, and being on Masterchef gives me that chance. I want to be part of projects that are uplifting and engaging. “I don’t want to be this untouchable person on TV, it’s the reason why the show is screened in 95 countries and has inspired people to cook amazing food. It’s such a positive thing.

“Of course I’ve seen dishes that even I thought I can’t cook. You’ll see so many styles of cooking in this series. There is such a wide range of cooking skills and backgrounds in this series, I’m learning so much, I feel so envigorated at the moment because I’m surrounded with such passion for food!” We couldn’t resist asking if Brit chef MarcoPierre White is as scary in real life as on TV. “On no! Marco is absolutely gorgeous. I’ve cooked for him at a friends home in London… he is simply wonderful and charming. But wait till you see the contestant’s faces when he walks on set, it was gold.” With the show’s return to the ‘home cook search’ format, Kylie is glad the show is getting back to basics. “I think that’s what we all want, to go back to finding the nation’s best home cook… people who love beautiful home cooking. Great flavours, tastes and passion…that’s what MasterChef is all about.” MasterChef is back for 2014 this week on Network Ten or on



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The Ipswich Show Society is proud to present the 141st annual Ipswich Show held on 16th-18th May 2014 at the Ipswich Showgrounds (81 Warwick Road, Ipswich). With so much family entertainment prepared this year, there will be something for everyone. Wednesday 14th May will kick off the Ipswich Show this year with the Dog Competition being run in the Battery World Ipswich Main Arena followed by the Horse Jumping Program on the Thursday (15th May)… plus its free entry, so come along to the Ipswich Showgrounds before the Show officially starts. Friday will be the official opening followed by an array of entertainment including a one show only by Justice Crew (Friday only), spectacular FMX Kaos Motor Cross demonstrations, Furniture Court Ipswich Jet Car, Zanow’s Sand Gravel & Concrete Camel Races and Fireworks. With plenty of roving acts, rides, showbags and entertainment galore it wouldn’t matter where you were on the showgrounds, you wouldn’t miss a thing.



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The Demolition Derby will feature in the Battery World Ipswich Main Arena to take place on Saturday night, the smash up derby is always a crowd pleaser. The Battery World Ipswich Monster Trucks will follow on the Sunday afternoon which is one of the favourites of the Ipswich Show. The traditional three nights of Fabulous Fireworks proudly brought to you by Mayor Paul Pisasale and Sekisui House, the creators of Ecco Ripley Masterplanned Community, the Exhibits Display Pavilion including

wonderful arts, crafts, photography, fruit & Veg, Horticulture and more with the Animal Nursery also free for the kids! There are loads of trade stands and the Lifestyle stage with fashion parades, cooking demonstrations and so much more. Pull up a chair and enjoy an array of food in our food court area and sit back and relax while you enjoy the performances on the New Hope Group Community Stage. The Ipswich Showball Dinner and Dance will be held on Saturday 10th May. Tickets are NOW on sale via the Ipswich Showgrounds office, a great night of entertainment, dancing and raffles. The ticket price of $29 for adults includes a two-course meal and the official crowning of the Ipswich Miss Showgirl. Don’t miss out on this fantastic array of entertainment and activities all for an entry price starting from $7 for Primary School Students through to $14 per adult (pre-sell prices only). Tickets are now available online via www. or at the gate on the day. For more information contact the show office on 3281 1577 or head to the website www.




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Ipswich appoints new ambassador in U.S. Business, educational, cultural, sporting and tourism opportunities in Ipswich are being promoted within America by the city’s newest ambassador. Mayor Paul Pisasale said council had decided to appoint Emily Tanski as an Honorary Business and Cultural Ambassador for the City of Ipswich for promotional activities specific to the United States of America. Cr Pisasale said Ms Tanski was currently a Youth Ambassador for the City of Ipswich and had been successfully fulfilling this role since she was a Rotary exchange student to Ipswich. “Emily is about to turn 30, so we feel it is

appropriate that she is appointed Honorary Business and Cultural Ambassador to promote Ipswich internationally,’ Cr Pisasale said. “The appointment of Ms Tanski is based on building on her role as a youth ambassador and significant experience in international business and exposure to marketing and promotional opportunities in America. “Ms Tanski lives full time in Washington, DC where she works as a physician assistant for a neurosurgical group in Virginia Neurosurgeons Hospital Centre in Arlington. “This gives us the benefit of having someone living in the US who is able to identify

opportunities for Ipswich and who can promote the city’s many opportunities.” Cr Pisasale said Ms Tanski’s appointment was part of the concerted effort to pursue and promote global awareness of Ipswich. “We see appointments such as this as a way in which we can initiate and maintain strong ties with a number of countries. “I look forward to the many positive outcomes it will have for the city and its relationship with the US. I’m sure it will help to continue to strengthen and build on existing business links and cultural relationships between Ipswich and the US.”

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Mayoress Janet Pisasale is holding a Charity Raceday at the Ipswich Turf Club on Friday 16 May 2014 (Ipswich Show Holiday) which will include a delicious luncheon, fashion ‘shoe’ parade, our ever-popular silent auction and raffles. 12 pm–5 pm

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Entry into the grounds and racebook Hot & cold buffet lunch & dessert Beer, wine & soft drink Tea & coffee Get a few friends together and come out for a great day at the races with plenty of fun for everyone. Don’t forget a few extra $’s for our auction and raffles! BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL ! Please RSVP before 5 May 2014 to Di on 3810 6517 or email to arrange your booking and cash/cheque/eft payment.

Event organiser, Jan Gadsden said that Rotary regards recognition of excellence in work as vital to a vibrant community such as Ipswich. “Nominations for this year’s Awards are now open; they recognise those who show a commitment to excellence in their vocation, which is one of the greatest intangible assets in our community,” Jan said. “We embrace the Pride of Work theme of Do it once - do it well.” This year’s awards focus on Pride of Work across all employment categories, along with the Education Award. Each award recognises an individual, or team, who brings passion and dedication to their profession and an ethos of Service above Self, together with exemplary performance and noteworthy excellence within their field of endeavour. Each nominee will be formally acknowledged at a gala awards evening on Thursday, May 29 at Ipswich Girls Grammar School, also attended by the Minister for Education, Training and Employment, John-Paul Langbroek. The nominees will be formally acknowledged and recognised with a Plaque and Certificate on the evening, presented by The Minister for Education along with Ipswich Mayor, Paul Pisasale. Jan Gadsden said the the Awards are capped at one per organisation,

with criteria for nomination based on: High levels of competence, Demonstrated pursuit of excellence, Team skills, Punctuality, Diligence, enthusiasm, professionalism and an ability to go the extra mile. Ipswich business leaders and principals of organisations are invited to join with Rotary in recognising excellence within our city. To nominate someone in your organisation, please email Jan Gadsden ( au) with a concise summary of your nominee, which includes: nominator, award Category (Pride of Work or Education Award), name of nominee, current role and length of service, brief description of the qualities and attributes that the nominee brings to the business and/ or community (maximum 50 words). Also list any accomplishments or additional studies which have contributed to the Nominee’s career success (max. 50 words). Nominations close on 17 May 2014. For more information please contact Jan Gadsden (07) 3812 2920, 0418740066 or jan@





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Busy, busy, busy... The past month has been a busy time in the Ipswich Electorate, with visits from both the Minister for Energy and Water Supply, Mark McArdle and the Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie. We held the first of our series of Community Forums with Minister McArdle talking to residents about the Cost of Living and in particular the costs of power and water. ANZAC Day is a special day for Australians and our New Zealand compatriots and I was delighted to attend five services on ANZAC Day and local state schools in the week preceding ANZAC day. The month of May looks to be another busy month and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to meet as many residents as possible at my mobile office at the Ipswich Show from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 May. I would encourage constituents to come along and have a chat about their issues. No show would be complete without Lamingtons and this year Jacaranda Clubhouse are doing the baking for me and I will be donating the funds raised from our Lamington gold-coin donation to Ipswich Hospice. The Minister for Education, Training and Employment, John-Paul Langbroek, will be hosting a roundtable discussion with Principals of all the schools in the Ipswich and Ipswich West Electorates. These forums let the Government hear the views of our leaders in local education on matters of importance and discuss any concerns they are facing in their schools. And of course, don’t forget to do something special for your Mum on Mother’s Day on Sunday, 11 May…


Lions facility gains extension Ipswich City Council will continue to work with the Brisbane Lions and the Springfield Land Corporation to establish a new high performance training and administration facility at Springfield. Deputy Mayor Victor Attwood said the Lions hoped to establish the new elite training and administration facility adjacent to the new Springfield Central train station. Under original plans, an existing Heads of Agreement pledged that the group would work together to secure funding sources for the project by the end of June this year. He said the challenge with a project such as this was securing the required funding in a timely manner. “The parties have a funding advocacy strategy in place but more time is required to achieve the desired outcome” he said. “The parties have been advised that new government funding programs will be available in early 2015. “An extension to the timeframe to secure funding from June 30 this year to June 30, 2015 will allow these programs to be accessed. Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said Council was looking forward to welcoming the Brisbane Lions’ training centre to Ipswich. “Council is doing everything in its power to


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Take to the skies! In 1991, ‘Boeing Boeing’ was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the most performed French language play throughout the world, and we have a double pass to be won for the latest production, thanks to the Centenary Theatre Group. It’s the 1960s, and swinging bachelor Bernard couldn’t be happier… a flat in Paris and three gorgeous stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other. But Bernard’s perfect life gets bumpy when his friend Robert comes to stay and a new and speedier Boeing jet throws off all of his careful planning. Soon all three stewardesses are in town simultaneously, timid Robert is forgetting which lies to tell to whom, and catastrophe looms. A riotous farce that won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Revival of a play, ‘Boeing Boeing’ has recently enjoyed hit revivals in London and New York. The show is set to arrive in the west, so fasten your seat belts! Contains sexually suggestive content. The play runs from the 10th to the 31st May at the Chelmer Community Centre, Cnr. Queenscroft & Halsbury Streets, Chelmer, right next to the railway station, plenty of parking. For more information and bookings visit Below: Carri-Ann Smith, Kaitlyn Woods, Cathy Bull and Leanne Shellshear star in ‘Boeing, Boeing’.

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Is Patrick back in ‘Offspring’? The death of Patrick on ‘Offspring’ (right) was an amazing part of TV history, drawing comparisons to the death of ‘Molly’ on ‘A Country Practice’… a moment that thousands will never forget, and caused a social media meltdown. So what now for the actor, and the character? really rare for an actor to do and it made me realise how special it all is. “Being involved in something, being fully aware at that time of how special something is…is quite rare for me. Normally you do a job and wait a year for it to come out, but with this I knew all along it wasn’t going to happen again, so in many ways it was sad, especially being amongst so many good friends. “The new series picks up six months later, and it was great to play a character that exists between fantasies and memories. It honestly was a joy to do. Offspring has such a unique energy. It’s light, its fun, and I know there aren’t too many shows that can make you laugh and cry in the space of ten minutes. I guess that’s why people love the show so much.” Le Nevez was in Ipswich late last year filming the telemovie ‘Parer’s War’ which featured our city throughout. After getting the role on that movie, Le Nevez decided to do something to get him ready, and that came in the shape of Kokoda. “I did Kokoda after I got the role, as I was keen to do it. It was amazing, it’s such a spiritual experience. You don’t realise the effect it has on you. I came away with such a kinship with the PNG locals. People I did it with have become dear friends, and there is such a bond between our two countries. Once you hit the track you’re off the grid. No phone, no electricity….its a great way to spend a week I’d recommend it to anyone.” A cricket tragic, Matthew spent a lot of the American winter at his LA home watching the cricket online. “There’s a YouTube channel that streams games to the US, and I watched every session of the Ashes. My mate Brad Hadden organised tickets for me but I just couldn’t get there. I even watched the tests in South Africa, the end of the last test was something special. It’s a lot of hours online, but I hooked up the pc to the plasma so that made it easier. “I’m banging on doors in L.A. and getting close to jobs, but it looks like I’ll be back home in mid-year, its something exciting I’m looking forward to announcing.“ Offspring Season 5 returns May 14 on Ten


The death of Matthew Le Nevez’s character caused such a reaction that it was the number one topic on social media and in every café, office and home around the country. It was a reaction that blew away the actor, and left an entire nation to ask the question ‘Why Patrick...why?’ “I don’t think anyone on the show expected such a reaction to Patrick’s death,” Matthew said. “Nobody at all expected that… it was quite surreal. I was on the Gold Coast in the last week of filming the finale of ‘Parer’s War’ (see last issue of Ipswich Life) at the time. “To be an actor and experience that… it doesn’t happen very often, it was very humbling. In this industry things don’t always work out the way you want them to, but to be on this show and share the public outcry over his death with the cast and crew… sharing that… it was something we were all very proud of. It meant so much to the fans, it makes you feel very lucky. “I often watch it with my mum and dad, but I watched that particular episode with Lachy Hulme (the Logie winning actor from ‘Offspring’ and ‘Howzat!’) and we all had kept it secret for so long. “Everyone worked really hard on that, I was really pleased with how it turned out.” Matthew will return to the show this year, as the lead character Nina (Asher Keddie) will conjure up Patrick through her dreams. “The whole season is finished filming, we began in November and finished in February. I am in quite a part of it, as there was always an opportunity for me to stay in the show. There was such a chance to explore my character in this series, with Nina’s memories and fantasies, whether it was plot driven or something offbeat. “I know when we started to plot Patrick’s passing two years ago there was always going to be a possibility of her remembering him in this way. “I will miss the fun and the family atmosphere the most. We laugh so much on the set. I got really sentimental towards the end of it because suddenly with the reaction to Patrick’s passing and then having the opportunity to go back to do it again, was

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Open Day 22 May a Ipswich Grammar School (IGS) has been dedicated to boys’ education for more than 150 years. As Queensland’s first secondary school and Australia’s second grammar school, IGS is a non-denominational day and boarding school for students from Prep to Year 12. An Ipswich Grammar School education focuses on academic, cultural and sporting success to develop a set of core values within young men. These core values of Excellence, Leadership, Integrity and Community help to develop students who are responsible, effective, creative, enterprising, happy and healthy members of society. Ipswich Grammar School Headmaster/CEO Mr Robert Henderson said single sex schooling from Prep to Year 12 helped to ensure a complete education for all students. “We’re very proud to offer a full learning experience on one campus,” he said. “We have a dedicated Junior School, Middle School and Senior School, so students can remain settled at one location for the full 12 years of their education.” IGS will host its first Open Day of the year on Thursday, 22nd May from 9am to 12pm. Prospective students and their families are invited to tour the historic Woodend campus. Senior academic, arts and sports staff will be on hand to answer questions and meet the next generation of IGS students. “Our Open Day is the best way to experience life at Ipswich Grammar School,” Mr Henderson said. “The school will be fully operational, so

future students and their parents will have the opportunity to view working classrooms across the Junior, Middle and Senior schools. Our students also take an active role in Open Day – meeting and greeting visitors and conducting tours.” Ipswich Grammar School now offers GPS sports and activities for students in years 5 to 12, further enhancing one of Queensland’s most respected extra-curricular programs. GPS sports include football, rugby, cricket, basketball, swimming, chess, cross country, debating, tennis, track and field and volleyball. Other activities include Duke of Edinburgh, equestrian, mooting, Tournament of Minds and Human Powered Vehicles. Junior School students also enjoy AFL, rugby league and fencing. “Our extra-curricular programs let boys be boys,” Mr Henderson said. “It’s very important to recognise that boys thrive on activity and movement. We encourage that, and we love to see our young men representing the school. IGS has produced a number of talented sportsmen over the years. More recently we have seen rugby player Berrick Barnes and cricketer Shane Watson reach the top of their respective sports.”

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Mr Henderson said Ipswich Grammar School graduates had a lifelong desire for learning, moral reasoning and action. “Participation and interaction in and out of the classroom is very important. It develops well-rounded young men who are leaders, teammates and friends,” he said. “This is the tradition that IGS has become known for, and it is a tradition that we will continue for many years to come.” The Ipswich Grammar School Open Day will be held on Thursday, 22 May from 9am to 12pm. For more information, visit www. or phone 3813 9600.



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education week Middle School comes to life at BBC Brisbane Boys’ College (BBC) continues to be the leaders in educational innovation with the completion of their multi-million Middle School Precinct. The precinct, opened at the beginning of 2014 for the start of the new school year, will place BBC on the map for innovative educational facilities. Headmaster, Graeme McDonald says the precinct encourages flexibility for both teachers and students. “Our five-level precinct includes thirty-five contemporary spaces, a purpose built library for Junior School students, Years 5 and 6 classrooms and a stateof-the art science laboratory.”

“The spaces are designed to embrace learning and pastoral care for our students.” “It really is about flexibility, so that every space has more than one use.” “We can turn individual classrooms into one large auditorium and in turn this allows multiple teaching delivery modes.” “This building truly is a 21st century classroom design, with state-of-the-art technologies that allow each student to work in a way that suits their needs.” “Our team of experts travelled and visited educational facilities across the globe to see first hand technologies that had been successfully trialed and used in other schools in countries like the Umited States and the United Kingdom. “We took the best of what we saw and recreated it at the College and I encourage community members to attend our Open Day to see high tech education at its finest,” Mr McDonald said. Brisbane Boys’ College will host their annual Open Day on Sunday, 18 May 2014 from 1pm-4pm. Brisbane Boys’ College is situated on Kensington Terrace, Toowong.

WestMAC Open Day May 24 Aa an independent co-educational school for students in Prep to Year 12, West Moreton Anglican College (WestMAC) offers a unique alternative to families who are seeking a wellrounded education for their children. Set on a beautiful, 38 hectare semi-rural campus, WestMAC has built a proud tradition of providing a holistic education that nurtures each student’s gifts and abilities in the pursuit of individual excellence. Prospective parents and students are encouraged to attend the WestMAC Open Day on Saturday 24 May, from 10.30am to 3pm. It promises to be a fun day out for the whole family, with lots of activities, including sporting matches and performances from Dance and Music students. Guided tours of the campus and College Farm are always a

highlight and will run throughout the day. Principal Geoff McLay extends a warm invitation to all members of the community. “I welcome all visitors, particularly families considering their options at all year levels, to come to our Open Day and experience firsthand the exceptional and unique learning opportunities on offer at WestMAC.” Of particular interest to parents of students in Years 7, 8 and 9 in 2015 is the construction of WestMAC’s new Middle School precinct, which will feature 11 new learning spaces, outdoor learning areas, and other facilities and amenities in a state-of-the-art precinct. This exciting project, due for completion in November 2014, will offer learning environments for Middle School students that are second to none.


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The Ipswich school with heart Immaculate Heart School caters for students from prep to year seven. From 2015, we will be catering for prep to year six, following the historic move of Year 7 to high school for the 2015 school year. At Immaculate Heart Catholic Primary School, we are a nurturing community with a distinct Catholic Ethos which is at the core of every decision and practice. We have high expectations and hopes for the future for our students. This means that we believe in and value: having a safe and caring environment; purposeful learning; having a connected community and contemporary resourcing. Immaculate Heart Primary School has a

long and proud tradition of the provision of quality Catholic education in the Leichhardt/ One Mile area. We are a learning community where all learners are valued and can achieve success. We value working in partnerships and using the wisdom of the members of our community in offering our students the best possible environment and conditions for learning. Our staff are dedicated, friendly and approachable and work hard together as a team to give our students a range and balance of opportunities and the experience of success. For more information visit


Good Shepherd continues to grow Good Shepherd commenced in January 2013 and is growing in size as an inclusive, caring community. Eight new classrooms are among the Stage two constructions to commence at Good Shepherd in May 2014. The school is looking forward to the additional classrooms in order to cater for the increase in enrolments. The senior students are excited as they will occupy the new classrooms in Term 4. The new building will be built below the Mackillop building which will include a walkway connecting the new building (Ignatius Designing Place) to the Catherine McAuley Boulevard. The Stage two works also include extensions to the undercover area with additional offices to be converted within the existing Year 4/5 classroom which is situated within the Administration building. Good Shepherd frequently welcomes state, interstate and overseas visitors to the

school who are interested in contemporary learning with a focus on the concept that educating is more than teaching people to think, it is also teaching people things that are worth learning. This week, approximately twenty teachers from several schools around the Brisbane Archdiocese and staff from Brisbane Catholic Education will visit the school focusing on Design Thinking Coaching. Teachers will visit the classrooms and spend time with staff and students exploring, discovering and the various learnings. Good Shepherd is now accepting applications for enrolments for Prep to Year 6 for 2015.



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education week St Mary’s - educating for 150 years St Mary’s College has continued to provide a quality, holistic education to young women in the Mercy Tradition for over 150 years. The College prides itself on providing a platform for girls to be active contributors to the world in which they live and work. Our priority is to offer a holistic education that is values based and life-giving, to ensure that each student has the opportunity to achieve to her potential and be a woman of integrity. An education at St Mary’s College prepares young women to be active global citizens with the skills, confidence and resilience to live life to the full and make a difference in an ever changing world. St Mary’s College provides a comprehensive curriculum that caters for all pathways from strongly academic to vocational education studies. An extensive co-curricular program enables the girls to actively participate in cultural and sporting activities. St Mary’s College is well regarded for its unique caring and supporting environment. Our community focus and size, coupled with our Pastoral Care Program, provides greater opportunity to respond to the


needs of each individual. St Mary’s College is proud of our rich history and strong traditions. We celebrate over 150 years of Mercy Education and the contribution of St Mary’s College to education in the Ipswich area.

Double Bill set to please audiences Ipswich Audiences are in for a treat throughout May when two absorbing and entertaining plays under the title “Double Bill” take to The Incinerator stage. “A New York Minute” is directed by Phil McCormack and features Julie- Ann Wright and Tony Erhardt. Melisa and Harry have been best friends since college days. When Harry dies and Melissa is packing up his apartment she makes an important discovery about her own life. This acclaimed play is an intense mix of comedy and drama. “A Day to Remember”, written and directed by Ian and Helen Pullar, is set in a small Queensland town in 1954 (below). The four members of a rural family share their innermost feelings about the major events in their lives. Their stories are funny, poignant, sad and inspiring and will reveal to audiences why, for each of them, Anzac Day has such significance. An accomplished cast of Charles Costello, Jane Sheppard, Renee England and Amy Brody-Provost has been assembled by Ipswich Little Theatre to bring to life the truths and secrets of this family and the close-knit community in which they live. In 2013 “A Day to Remember” was a major prize winner in the Toowoomba Repertory Company One Act Play Script competition.

Performances for Double Bill are on May 16th, 17th,23rd and 24th with a Sunday matinee on May 18th. Tickets can be purchased online at www. or at the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre 3281 0555. Book early to avoid missing out.


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To begin their Royal Tour of Queensland, their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge touched down at RAAF Amberley, and won over Defence personnel and families alike with their charm and caring attention, expecially the families of those who have served in the Middle East area of operations.

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The Duchess of Cambridge receives a posy of flowers from nine year old Ashleigh Kearnan.


Duchess of Cambridge speaks with Vice Chief of the Defence Force Air Marshal Mark Binskin.

His Royal Highness, the Duke of Cambridge reviews the Royal Guard at RAAF Base Amberley.


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Super Hornets show capability with ‘Harpoon’ missile

F/A-18F Super Hornet crews at 1 Squadron have confirmed the aircraft’s capability to carry the AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missile, used in the maritime strike role. “Maritime Strike using the sea-skimming Harpoon missile is one of the Super Hornet’s many capabiliities as a multi-role fighter attack aircraft,” said Officer Commanding 82 Wing, Group Captain ‘Micka’ Gray. “The flight was a ‘load and carry‘ exercise rather than specific training for missions that the Super Hornet may be tasked to do. “It was a confirmation flight that we could carry the missile and integrate it with the onboard weapon delivery systems,” GPCAPT Gray said.

“At this stage we don’t intend to conduct live firings of the missile, but on the major exercises the Super Hornets could be part of maritime strike packages.” Harpoon has been an important part maritime operations for many years. In various configurations the missile can be launched from fixed-wing aircraft such as AP3C Orion and the two fighter variants. Using a sold-fuel rocket booster, the missile can be launched off surface ships and underwater from submarines. Photo: An F/A-18F Super Hornet takes off from RAAF Amberley carrying two AGM-84 Harpoon missiles. (Defence Photo)

ANZAC DAY MARCHES Men and women of RAAF Base Amberley turned out in style, to march in parades on ANZAC Day 2014. Here are some of those fine people.

Sergeant Tracy Seears and LACW Samantha Clark with retired Air Commodore Robert Chestermaster OAM

Members of 1 Squadron with OC 82 Wing, GPCAPT ‘Micka’ Grey (right) and FLTLT Glynn Williams (RAF)

Members of RAAF Security & Fire School march through Ipswich.

Ray Thomas and mascot Radah with CPL Patrick Yates and LACW Hayley Pearce, with ‘Pilot’ and ‘Piper’.

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A Million Ways To Die In The West


a pass IN CINEMAS EVERYWHERE FROM MAY 29 Seth MacFarlane (Ted) directs, produces, cowrites and plays the role of the cowardly sheep farmer Albert in ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’. After Albert backs out of a gunfight, his fickle girlfriend leaves him for another man. When a mysterious and beautiful woman rides into town, she helps him find his courage and they begin to fall in love. But when her husband, a notorious outlaw arrives seeking revenge, the farmer must put his newfound courage to the test. Also stars Liam Neeson, Charleze Theron and Amanda Seyfried.



By Mark Aitken His war is over and former special a book forces captain Gerry Gallen is enjoying the relative peace of running a cattle ranch in Wyoming. But when he’s asked to lead a team to Jordan to retrieve his war-time sergeant, he agrees. Landing in Amman, Gallen re-enters a world of Arab gangsters, American mercenaries and the constantly shifting loyalties of the CIA. (Allen & Unwin) CODE WORD: ‘STRIKE’

Snake Bite


By Christie Thompson The funny and shocking cominga book of-age story of a wild teenager in a Canberra you never dreamed existed! Jez is 17 and lives with her alcoholic single mum in Canberra, with little money or future prospects. As well as suffering from terminal boredom, Jez has got epic First World Problems: where is her next pill coming from, what will her first tattoo be, and will she ever lose her virginity? (Allen & Unwin) CODE WORD: ‘BITE’



IN SELECTED CINEMAS FROM MAY 22 a pass Home is where the heart is in this tale of one tight-knit family and the three couples bound to it. Set in Leith, just outside Edinburgh, there’s brother and sister Davy and Liz, each kindling a romance, one old, one new. Their parents Rab and Jean are busy planning their 25th wedding anniversary. Everything’s going swimmingly, until a revelation from Rab’s past threatens to tear the family apart. Hearts are broken and mended, children lost and found. A jubilant, heartfelt musical that the Daily Mail called “The feel-fabulous hit of 2014.”


Stubborn Buggers


By Tim Bowden There was a place far worse than a book! Changi — Singapore’s Outram Road Gaol. For the POWs who endured it, deprivation here was so extreme that there really was a fate worse than death. ‘Stubborn Buggers’ is the little known story of twelve Australian POWs who fought and survived the action in Malaya before the fall of Singapore and endured captivity and slave labour, then the unimaginable hardships of Outram Road Gaol. It is a story of how they dealt with the brutality of the Japanese military police, the feared Kempeitai. And it is the story of how they found a way to go on living even when facing a future of no hope and slow death. (Allen & Unwin) CODE WORD: ‘STUBBORN’

Taking to the Skies


by Clive Cussler with Jack Du Brul October 1943. A US Navy warship a book vanishes at sea off the coast of Philadelphia. Its disappearance was rumoured to have been a result of a classified military experiment into the effects of electromagnetic radiation. But Juan Cabrillo and his colleagues aboard the topsecret spy ship Oregon aren’t convinced. Now, a powerful new weapon is for sale. (Penguin) CODE WORD: ‘MIRAGE’

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By Joanne Van Os a book In 1916, twin brothers Denny and Connor Ronan are eager to get to the war before it’s all over. Bridie O’Malley, their childhood friend and the woman they both love, watches them leave, understanding too late that war is about more than heroes and handsoe boys in uniform. Then, over 100 years later, history begins to unravel. (Pan MacMillan) CODE WORD: ‘RONAN’

Paris letters


By Janice MacLeod Disillusioned with corporate life a book and on the verge of burnout, Janice MacLeod is surprised when the answer isn’t as daunting as she expected. With a little maths and a lot of determination, Janice cuts back, saves up and buys herself two years of freedom in Europe. This is the inspiring story of a woman who dared to break out and discover a way of living that was richer, more fulfilling and full of love. (Pan Macmillan) CODE WORD: ‘PARIS’

Lost City of the Templars


Written by Jim Eames So how do you test drive a a book! Jumbo? And why did a future civil aviation director once taxi a plane down Perth’s main street to attend a ball? From the ridiculous to the downright dangerous, the story of Australian aviation is full of tales of adventure and nation building. It is also a story about tragedy and eccentric characters with wild larrikin spirits. In this surprising, fascinating and sometimes very funny collection, Jim Eames brings together the great forgotten and untold tales of Australian aviation. There are heaps of fascinating stories. (Allen & Unwin) CODE WORD: ‘SKIES’



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By Lt. Col Mark M. Weber a book! At just 38 and at the height of his military career, highly decorated US soldier Lieutenant Colonel Mark Weber was diagnosed with deadly Stage IV gastro-intestinal cancer. Given just four months to live, he began to write a letter to his three young sons so that as they grew up without him they would have the lessons that living — and dying ­— had taught him about courage, fear, pride and humility. (Random House) CODE WORD: ‘SONS’


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By Paul Christopher Army Ranger turned historian a book John Holliday has thwarted the plots of Rex Deus, the twenty-first-century incarnation of the Templars, all over the world. Now, the lost journal of explorer Percy Fawcett leads Holliday deep into the South American jungles on a quest to uncover the greatest mystery of the Middle Ages. Holliday and his crew uncover a 500 year old society hidden in the Amazon. (Penguin) CODE WORD: ‘LOST’

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Take my advice on financial education It’s easy to look at a financial system and ask the government to make it fair. But what if our system was fair? What if the laws and regulations provided for an even playing field so everyone was able to build financial security and create wealth for retirement? I’ve written about the need for financial education in our schools, but we also have to educate ourselves. I’d like to see more people using advisers to make financial decisions. Most working-age Australians do not use advisers, even though they are contributing to a mandatory superannuation system that puts a percentage of earnings into investments. Research over the years shows us that no more than 40 per cent of Australians use financial advisers on more than a one-off basis. This is low when you consider that individuals really should carry the responsibility of funding their own retirements. Advisers usually produce greater wealth for clients. KPMG Econtech’s 2009 survey found that Australians with advisers would save more than $1500 per year more than those without advisers. A person with an adviser, if they started at age 30, would be at least $90,000 better off by age 65 than a person who was not advised. Those with an adviser had more life insurance and Total &

Permanent Disablement insurance than those without an adviser. The Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) goes further. In its 2010 report into financial advisers, ASIC says access to quality financial advice is part of “confident and informed participation by Australians in the financial system.” There have been a few ideas floated on how to lift the use of financial advisers. One could be to make financial adviser fees tax deductible to a certain level. Another allowed advisers to give low-cost, basic advice. As far back as 2009 super fund trustees were allowed to give what they call intra-fund advice – financial advice to their own members. Many fund managers have tried to introduce their members to the concept of advice. My company is going one step further by launching an “Ask My Advice” Day in which our branches will open their doors for the day so anyone can come in and ask their questions and get some advice for free. It’s in response to people telling me that they don’t take advice because of deep-seated concerns about cost, scale, mistrust and access, and the issue that hangs over the entire discussion: the lack of financial literacy. For more information please call Mike at YBR Ipswich on 0434968862 Mark Bouris Executive Chairman- Yellow Brick Road



It has been two and a half years since we expanded our family owned Furniture and Bedding Business in Boonah to our current location in Ipswich. Every day our customer base is growing, but with so many people moving into the Ipswich area, I thought it would be timely to remind people who Furniture Court and Beds R Us are and the services we can offer. Ipswich Furniture Court and Beds R Us is a family owned business where the emphasis is on selling quality furniture and bedding in a helpful, friendly environment based on good old-fashioned service. Happy and satisfied customers are our best advertisement. Established in 1985, the Furniture Court group has grown to 42 locations mostly in Queensland as well as the Northern Territory and northern New South Wales. Each store is independently owned and operated, dedicated to delivering quality furniture at an affordable price. We stock name brands like La-z-boy, Zoletti, and Janda lounges plus a range of imported lines to meet the market. Our modern air-conditioned, well-stocked showroom includes a dedicated Beds R Us Bedding Department showcasing the huge range of Sleepyhead bedding. Our top quality mattresses and ensembles represent

outstanding value and are made exclusively for Beds R Us by Sleepyhead – recognized as world leaders in bedding technology. Beds R Us is the largest independent bedding group in Australasia with buying power that enables us to pass savings on to our customers. Our experienced sales team will help you, the customer, choose the right product to suit your needs. If we don’t have it in stock, we will do our utmost to source it for you from Australian or overseas suppliers. As a further customer service, we employ our own delivery teams to get your purchases safely home to you. We cover the greater Ipswich city and regional areas as well as into metropolitan Brisbane, all at very reasonable rates. Thinking Furniture and Bedding – think Ipswich Furniture Court and Beds R Us at 30 South Street, Ipswich. We’re open ‘7 Days’.

Housing tops $800 billion The value of residential real estate in Queensland is set to break through the $800 billion barrier amid growing investor confidence and buoyant market conditions. Anton Kardash, CEO of the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ), said Queensland now accounted for more than 15 per cent of the nation’s residential housing wealth, estimated at $5.2 trillion.* Brisbane itself is rapidly approaching the $400 billion mark, with regional Queensland accounting for the remainder of the State’s residential real estate wealth. “Queensland residential housing is more popular than ever with investors, who see an enormous upside as confidence rebounds in the local real estate market,” he said. “The State’s real estate renaissance is reflected by a wide range of indicators, from strong price growth and higher sales volumes to more new housing construction and finance approvals. “Nationally, the value of residential housing has grown to be worth more than superannuation, listed stocks and commercial real estate combined.” Mr Kardash said stronger buyer sentiment and sales activity were helping the Gold Coast and Far North Queensland rebound from the GFC. “Confidence is also returning in North and Central Queensland along

with the Southeast, particularly the Sunshine Coast,” he said. Residential housing values by region in Queensland: • Brisbane $393 billion • Gold Coast $123 billion • Sunshine Coast $74 billion • Far North Queensland $36 billion • Wide Bay-Burnett $34 billion • Fitzroy $33 billion • North Queensland $31 billion • Mackay $28 billion • Darling Downs $26 billion • West Moreton $12 billion * Source: RP Data



Supporting Local Legends New Jeep Wrangler here for Winter A new special edition Jeep Wrangler has been released ahead of the winter season that includes a range of unique features and styling elements inspired by the severe climactic conditions of Antarctica. The Antarctic region, with its hostile routes and severe climate, offers the driving conditions the Jeep Wrangler was designed to conquer. Wrangler Polar is based on the capable and luxuriously appointed Overland model and is available in both two and four door Unlimited variants, with prices starting at $44,000*. All Polar models are fitted exclusively with the award-winning 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine and five-speed automatic transmission for efficient operation on and off road. Exterior upgrades to Overland that are unique to the Polar model include: Exclusive body colour offering, Hydro (blue); also available in Billet Silver and Bright White) A Polar badge, located on the side of the vehicle next to the front fender flares, exhibits the 78° S and 106° E - coordinates that correspond to the location of Vostok in Antarctica: the exact point where the severest temperature in the world was recorded at -89.2° C Wrangler Polar is backed by the off-road abilities of the Overland model, allowing customers to

tackle any conditions with confidence. It has 223mm of ground clearance, 35-degree approach angle, 22-degree breakover angle and 28-degree departure angle in addition to the Command-Trac system, which delivers equal power to all four corners for optimal traction. Other convenience features standard on Overland complement Wrangler Polar’s driving experience, including Uconnect multimedia system with full-feature navigation, sevenspeaker Alpine audio system, auto temperature control air-conditioning, tyre pressure monitoring display, reversing camera, and body colour fender flares and roof. Fiat Chrysler Group President Veronica Johns said Wrangler Polar would allow Australian buyers to stand out from the crowd in all conditions. “The special edition Polar Wrangler provides the opportunity for customers to make a statement with the genuine off-road ability that only a Wrangler can deliver,” Ms Johns said. For more information on this and all things Jeep, contact local dealer Ipswich Jeep on 3280 4222.

Renault Clio GT goes on sale Renault Australia has launched the new Clio GT, the latest model in the award-winning Clio range and aimed at customers who want a sporty look, but who are not in the market for the performance of an R.S. model. Starting at an RRP of $25,290 for the standard model and RRP $28,790 for the Premium, the Clio GT bridges the gap between the highly successful Clio and the range-topping Clio RS. To emphasise its sport exterior, the new Clio GT features a front bumper design incorporating wide-set LED lights, a unique rear bumper design, chrome twin exhaust tailpipes, body-coloured side protective mouldings with satin grey inserts, satin grey

door mirror housings, privacy rear windows and distinctive 17-inch anthracite alloy wheels, and, exclusive GT badging New Clio GT is available in six body colours, including the striking Malta Blue finish — available solely on GT-variants. The sporty styling continues to the interior of the Clio GT with bolstered-sport seats; upholstered in an exclusive GT finish. Dark grey trim highlights adorn the interior and the upper part of the dashboard features a speckled grey finish. The leather-trimmed sports steering wheel carries the iconic GT badging and dark metal gear shift paddles are fixed behind the steering wheel. Against the stopwatch, 0-100km/h is achieved in a swift 9.4 seconds. Justin Hocevar, Managing Director Renault Australia, said; “We are delighted to launch the new Clio GT, the latest addition in the award-winning Clio line-up. The new Clio range, introduced in September 2013, has reignited the light segment thanks to its striking and stylish looks.” Cliio GT went on sale nationally April 30th.

Llewellyn Motors has been helping the local community for over 20 years and are now helping our Local Legends. They call them Llewellyn’s Local Legends because that’s what they are. They are those community members who are out there participating and doing it for our kids and our community. Llewellyn’s goal is to give back $1 million to the Ipswich Community through the local legends program. It is so easy, all you need to do is purchase or service your vehicle at Llewellyn’s and we will make a donation to the organization. The following community organisations / schools are already registered and enjoying the benefits of the Local Legends Program: • Bundamba State Secondary College

• City of Ipswich Pony Club Inc • Childhood Cancer Support Inc • Ipswich Cats Junior AFL Club • Ipswich Grammar School • Ipswich Hockey Association • Ipswich Special School • Rea’s Your Fitness • Riverview Goodnews Church • St Peter Claver College • The Coordinating Organisation for the Disabled in Ipswich Inc If you are affiliated with these organisations / schools you should contact these clubs to find out how you can donate at your next service or purchase. For more information or to register your community organization, visit

Volvo Car tests ‘auto-pilot’ Volvo Car Group’s ground-breaking project ‘Drive Me’ — featuring 100 self-driving Volvos on public roads in everyday driving conditions is moving forward rapidly. The first test cars are already driving around the Swedish city of Gothenburg and the sophisticated Autopilot technology is performing well. “The test cars are now able to handle lane following, speed adaption and merging traffic all by themselves,” says Erik Coelingh, Technical Specialist at Volvo Car Group. “This is an important step towards our aim that the final ‘Drive Me’ cars will be able to drive the whole test route in highly autonomous mode. The technology, which will be called Autopilot, enables the driver to hand over the driving to the vehicle, which takes care of all driving functions.” What makes the ‘Drive Me’ project unique is that it involves all the key players: legislators, transport authorities, a major city, a vehicle manufacturer and real customers. The customers will drive the 100 cars in everyday driving conditions on approximately 50 kilometres of selected roads in and around Gothenburg. These roads are typical commuter arteries, including motorway conditions and frequent queues. ‘Drive Me — Self-driving cars for sustainable

mobility’ is a joint initiative between Volvo Car Group, the Swedish Transport Administration, the Swedish Transport Agency, Lindholmen Science Park and the City of Gothenburg. The Swedish Government is endorsing the project. “This public pilot will provide us with a valuable insight into the societal benefits of making autonomous vehicles a natural part of the traffic environment,” says Erik Coelingh. “Our smart vehicles are a key part of the solution, but a broad societal approach is vital to offer sustainable personal mobility in the future. This unique cross-functional co-operation is the key to a successful implementation of self-driving vehicles.”


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