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All aboard the Peace Train The music of Cat Stevens remains as popular today as it was in the 1970s, and when the man himself walked away from the industry, it just made the songs of that magical era even more precious. Daren Coggan is bringing his show ‘Peace Train – The Cat Stevens Story’ to Ipswich this month, the final show in a tour that has taken him around the country since early February. Since its debut in 2009 the show has played to audiences nationwide, something that Darren never expected when he came up with the idea for telling the Cat Stevens story. “The idea for the show came from something as simple as people telling me all the time I sounded like Cat Stevens. I’m a big fan of his and often would sing his songs, usually ‘Moon Shadow’ or ‘Wild World’. I would perform them in my own show, and people were always commenting on those songs, often asking me about him,” Darren said. Darren has toured with stage shows ‘Grease’, and ‘Shout’ to name a few, and has won two Golden Guitar awards at the CMAA Country Music Awards in 2001 and 2008. Playing the guitar since he was a child, Darren is enjoying what is a very popular show. “It’s been a really long tour, we actually began the whole tour in August last year and finishing it in Ipswich is going to be great. “That whole genre of music was always on high rotation in my house growing up. My parents loved Cat Stevens. I’ve always been

heavily influenced by singers like him, and I clearly remember playing ‘Moon Shadow’ at age ten when I was learning the guitar. It’s uncanny I ended up doing a show about him. “This show is not an impersonation, I simply narrate his story around the songs,” Darren said. “We have dressed up the show to try and recreate what it might have been like to see or hear Cat Stevens at his peak. The show is very much about treating his music and his story with great respect. I find his story so positive and the songs so beautiful, its all so relevant today. Its me, as me, telling his story.” Cat Stevens shocked the music industry when in December 1977, after selling 60 million albums, he walked away from it all, and after changing his name to Yusuf Islam, dedicated his life to the Muslim community. “Many people don’t know why he left the industry, and I didn’t know, so out of curiosity I looked into it, and as I dug the more interested I got. I looked into his story and found what was essentially, a journey of personal discovery, and I realised it would make a fascinating show tied in with some of the best songs of all time. “I got a writer, and a director plus my sister as musical director so I surrounded myself with

good people to help me put it all together. “I think at the peak of his career being a global star, with all the trappings of wealth and fame…..he reached a point when he said ‘is this it’? Artistically he was fulfilled but not spiritually. At the age of 36, he ultimately found fulfilment, as he was introduced to the Koran and the Islamic faith, because it was something he’d been looking for his entire life. “He said to his audience that he was walking away, and his fans were devastated, but he’d become disillusioned with the lifestyle in the 60’s and 70’s. In my opinion I don’t think he could separate the music from the lifestyle. “The only way he felt he could escape that life was to completely remove himself from the whole thing. He’s a man of his word, and that’s the theme of the show I suppose: you can change your life if you’re not satisfied with it. He really did something about it and turned his back on it for over 30 years, and it’s only in the last couple of years he’s involved again in music. He’s now in the position where he can separate the good from the bad.” Does Darren have a theory as to the music and the never-ending popularity? “I personally think the music is so popular still due to the timeless messages in the songs, of peace, tolerance and understanding. They are still relevant today, maybe even moreso? “The show surprises me all the time as I thought the audiences were all going to be the original fans, but there are so many people coming now who are under 40…we get teens, twenty-somethings...there’s a whole generation that knows the music.

“It evokes an emotion in people, and these songs do that at every turn. “We’ve done hundreds of these shows, and each night I relish doing them, I never tire of them. Tthat’s the sign of a good song. They are really poetry set to music, and for me it’s an incredible experience for me and the audience. It’s an incredible body of work and to write it at such a young age like he did, in his 20’s and 30’s…its quite amazing.” Peace Train: The Cat Stevens Story ends its national tour in Ipswich on Sunday June 29. Tickets from



Commando drops in to keep Ipswich ‘HAPI’ Rotary Club recognises ‘Pride of Work’ Over the years the ‘Commando’ character has become an icon in the world of personal fitness. For Steve ‘The Commando’ Willis, it was a case of ‘drop and give me fifty’ when he dropped into Ipswich as part of the ‘Healthy Active People in Ipswich’ (HAPI) program. Kitted out in his trademark outfit, the star of TV’s ‘The Biggest Loser’ took over 30 participants through a workout which left many, including Councillors Andrew Antoniolli and David Morrison in a sweat by the end. HAPI was created to get more people in the community to get involved in exercise and improve healthy eating habits, and since it began has had a hand in the obesity levels of the city drop. Steve said that he loved doing events like this as it gives him a chance to do what he does best, and that’s make a difference in people’s lives. Ipswich Life asked what he thinks about people who watch The Biggest Loser and say ‘it’s easy for them to lose weight, they are in a ‘fat camp… its different in real life’. “To make a change it has to come from within… you have to take action and do it for yourself. It’s not easy, in any arena. It’s hard work, it’s a slog and its self discipline. It’s just about replacing excuses, making choices and habits that reinforce a positive lifestyle,” Steve said. “Start moving more and eating better, that’s the best advice I can give not just the people of Ipswich but the whole nation. “Eat protein, good fats and nutrients, and just remove the processed foods

from your diet because you WILL lose weight. Once that happens your self-esteem will lift and you will do things you didn’t think you could do.” Steve also agreed to settle an argument in the Ipswich Life office, and that is ‘is it better to train early in the morning, or at night?’ “I don’t believe that training at night or morning is any better than the other, it’s all about consistency. Simply get up and do more than what you’re doing now!” For information about other Ipswich health programs available in Ipswich visit ipswich.qld. Right: Mayor Paul Pisasale checks out the ‘Commando’s’ strength during Steve Willis’ visit to Ipswich. Below: Volunteers for a workout with ‘Commando’ feel the pain of hard exercise.

The Rotary Club of Ipswich City’s ‘Pride of Work Award’s attracted a full house of 130 guests at Ipswich Girl’s Grammar School. The PoW awards are founded on Rotary International’s philosophy of “service above self”, and a commitment to Vocational Service in recognising people who go above and beyond for their community. This year, the Club’s theme focused on the valuable role of our education sector, with a keynote speaker address by Queensland’s Minister for Minister for Education, Training and Employment, the Honourable JohnPaul Langbroek.  Organiser, Jan Gadsden said “Our POW awards have become a gala event in the region. We were really excited to showcase the vital role of education this year.  Our Club presented awards to a cross-section

of dedicated professionals across public and private schools, TAFE and university sectors, the Department of Education, Training and Employment and private RTOS. We recognized 16 remarkable people and teams in our region, for outstanding contributions to their profession.  Many of our recipients have made education their life’s work.  The support we received from the community was fantastic, with employers and business leaders coming on board to acknowledge the contributions of their people”. All nominees received formal recognition, through a summary of their achievements and award presentations.

Below: Mayor Paul Pisasale and the Honourable John-Paul Langbroek with some of the ‘Pride of Work’ nominees.






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Staff from across the GE company descended on Springfield recently for a special working bee, to make the place greener. Ipswich City Council Division 9 Councillor Sheila Ireland said the 125 employees had visited ‘The Cascades’ at Springfield Lakes and assisted council officers with tree planting in bio retention basins within the area. “This work will help to further improve the water quality of this area,” Cr Ireland said. “Council welcomes GE to our city and we look forward to working together on future environmental projects. The participating GE employees are all Brisbane based and work in different areas of the company such as health care, power and water and GE Capital.” Cr Ireland said the day was part of the company’s regular work it undertook in the community. “Each year the company’s employees take part together in an event and every GE employee also receives a paid day annually to allow them to undertake some sort of charitable works. “Last year the staff donated 41,000 hours to the community. “This year for their group effort the company chose to come to Ipswich because it is about to move its Queensland headquarters here. “Construction is currently




taking place on GE’s new headquarters near Robelle Domain which will become home to the company in 2015.” Cr Ireland said the company was currently based at Buranda, Mansfield and Northgate.


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TAX TIME Tax Time at G.J. Walsh & Co With the 2015 financial year on our doorstep, the team at G J Walsh & Co are preparing themselves for change. Whilst there are limited changes to tax compliance, G J Walsh & Co are preparing to open the doors on two new exciting office locations — Orion Shopping Centre at Springfield and High Street in Boonah. For over 20 years, we have serviced our clients from our central Ipswich location — now we are diversifying the way we provide our advice and expanding into two growth areas. Our services will be more widely accessible than ever before. Our dedicated team of professionals remain committed to being informed of all legislative changes so that we can provide the most relevant service and advice for the 2014 tax season. There are some minor changes individuals should contemplate when preparing their 2014 income tax returns. The Medicare Levy rises to 2% so there will be adjustments to pay packets from 1 July 2014. There will be a sweetener for employees as the superannuation guarantee increases from 9.25% to 9.5%.

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Creative Arts enabling smarter students The Creative Arts programme at The Springfield Anglican College forms an important and highly valued part of the College’s holistic approach to education, with students of all ages offered opportunities to participate in Music, Dance, Drama, Visual Art and Music. Head of Creative Arts, Dr Philippa Robinson, said the programmes delivered at the College supported students to develop critical and abstract thinking as well as personal attributes including confidence and commitment. “Research shows that students involved in the Creative Arts have stronger social skills and values and achieve higher academic results,” she said. “Involvement in the Creative Arts areas also helps develop important life skills including teamwork, self-discipline, and resilience, all of which are important attributes not only whilst at College but also for life beyond school, irrespective of their chosen career path. “Research also strongly supports engagement in the Creative Arts, with a positive correlation between such involvement and academic achievement. “This is particularly true in the case of talented musicians who generally score very well in OP results.” The College offers a range of Creative Arts


programmes to suit students’ needs, including a music programme designed to find the most suitable instrument for all students, an area Dr Robinson has completed considerable research in. The College also supports involvement in public performances to further assist in developing student’s self-confidence. That’s why, outside of the classroom, students at the College have the opportunity to be involved in a large range of ensembles, bands and choirs. In 2014, there are more than forty Creative Arts groupings available for students to participate in, which not only provides great choice across the breadth of Creative Arts but also, importantly, many of these groupings are across cohorts, enabling young students to work with, and be mentored by, older students. Each year, students also have the opportunity to participate in a vast range of performances across the Creative Arts spectrum, ranging from the Ipswich, Beenleigh

and Brisbane Eisteddfods and the Queensland Youth Theatresports Festival to community functions such as the National Seniors Association Luncheon. In addition, the College provides in-house opportunities for students to showcase their artistic talents throughout the year, with a number of performances, music nights and art shows highlighting the diverse talents of students. The College is extremely proud of its highly successful Inter Clan Creative Arts Festival, which enables all students from across the College to participate in this in-house festival

spanning Music, Dance, Drama, Visual Art and Bible Verse reading. Further, this year the College has also introduced several other opportunities for students to showcase their creative talents including vocal competition ‘Singing with the Stars’, an Instrumental Solo and Concerto Competition and a Dance Competition. The College also produces a major musical production every second year, providing an opportunity for students to perform on stage or behind-the-scenes as part of stage crew. The King and I in 2013 was the College’s best production to date, with students now looking forward to the 2015 musical. As a reflection of the commitment to support the growing interest of students in the Creative Arts, this year the College will begin construction on a Creative Arts Precinct. This purpose-built facility will provide flexible learning spaces for each of the subject areas within the Creative Arts and will also integrate a strong technology emphasis to the learning opportunities provided. It will also include an outdoor performance space and an outdoor Visual Art courtyard as well as various spaces to showcase student artwork. The Springfield Anglican College’s Creative Arts Precinct is scheduled for completion in time for the 2015 school year, ensuring that the Creative Arts will continue to be a vibrant and highly active programme for years to come. To book a tour of our campuses with the Head of College or Head of Primary, please contact us on 07 3818 5777 or visit www.tsac.

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In partnership with the London College of Music and the Registry of Guitar Tutors, Jasper Smith is bringing the chance to gain formal qualifications to the guitarists of Queensland. With 25 years experience as a professional musician in the UK and Europe, Jasper has opened up a new teaching studio in Ipswich. Since 1995 he has been an examiner for the LCM and the RGT who co-developed the first internationally recognized electric guitar exams. Jasper is the only LCM/RGT examiner permanently situated outside the UK. He is a Fellow of the London College of Music (FLCM), their highest qualification and also holds a licentiate teachers diploma and Honours degree in music. As well as offering individual private lessons in all styles to students of all levels, Jasper is running 10 week courses for those interested in preparing for early grade exams. For more information phone Jasper on 0418 295 614.

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Make great things happen at TAFE TAFE Queensland South West’s Bundamba location will be a hive of activity this June and July. A significant number of short-courses and licences across a range of industries are being offered, allowing participants to ‘dip their toe in the water’ to try out a possible new career, or, upgrade their current skill set. A sample of the upcoming short-courses include: • Working at Heights — Bundamba location, June 23-24, 8.00-4.30pm, no cost (funded by Construction Skills Queensland, conditions apply) • Clinical Skills (IPHC) Refresher Course (non-accredited) – Bundamba location, June 25th, 8.30-3.00pm ($250.00) • Responsible Gaming Service — Bundamba location, June 24th, 10.00am-2.30pm ($75) • Enter and Work in Confined Spaces — Bundamba location, July 15th, 8.00-4.00pm ($295) TAFE Queensland South West also delivers certificate to advanced diploma-level qualifications, both in the workplace, and at Bundamba and Springfield locations (and other South West Queensland locations), across a wide range of industries — from automotive to hairdressing, horticulture to nursing. With Term 3 set to start from July 14, and with Certificate III Guarantee (selected study costs waived) and VET FEE-HELP (study

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Core values at Ipswich Grammar School An Ipswich Grammar School (IGS) 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. “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 13 years of their education.” 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. “Boys thrive on activity

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Geoff celebrates 30 years ‘on the road’ Up to three generations of students and parents at Ipswich Central State School have Geoff Watson to thank for their safety, as he recently clocked up 30 years on the job. There are only 14 people who are still doing the job since the program began, with 2000 people now involved across the state. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson, Minister for Education, Training and Employment John Paul Langbroek and Member for Ipswich Ian Berry celebrated the milestone with Queensland’s longest serving supervisor in Ipswich. “It was great to congratulate Geoffrey Watson. Since 1984 Mr Watson has played a crucial role in protecting children as they travel to and from school.” Mr Emerson said. “Since the scheme has been operating, not a single fatality has occurred at a supervised crossing. Making the journey to school as safe as possible is part of our strong plan for a brighter future for Queensland kids.” Geoff was thanked by the entire school with a special assembly to show their appreciation. “My daughter was going to this school back in 1984 and the principal said that if I wanted the job it was mine,” Geoff said. “I never imagined thirty years later I’d still be doing it.” That’s thirty years, and more importantly, thirty Ipswich winters Geoff has been there at the crossing in all kinds of weather. “It’s hard to get up some days, especially when its raining, but it keeps me busy, plus I’ve met so many beautiful kids and parents. “I’d recommend this job to anyone, its so rewarding working with young children.”


Mr Langbroek said safety in and out of the classroom was a top priority for schools. “At the start and end of the day, when there is often a lot of excitement, school crossing supervisors play an important role in keeping students safe,” Mr Langbroek said. “I would like to thank and congratulate the many school crossing supervisors who have dedicated their time to keep our children safe.” A total of 255 schools have adopted the School Crossing Supervisor program and there are now 1,210 crossings, staffed by over 1,900 supervisors at 652 Queensland schools. Below: Clockwise from centre: School Crossing Supervisor Geoff Watson, Local MP Ian Berry, Minister for Education, Training and Employment John Paul Langbroek, Councillor Victor Attwood, Minister for Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson and Ipswich Central State School Principal Damian Johnson.

Ipswich State High School ready for 2015 While Year 7 students may not turn up on the doorstep of Ipswich SHS until 2015 there has already been a significant amount of planning taking place for their much-anticipated arrival. To ensure a successful transition for all students there has been significant redesign and renovation of learning environments across the school. One building has been specifically designated as a Year 7 Centre where specialist junior secondary teaching staff and resources have been located. An innovative curriculum has been developed toencompass a range of learning opportunities and caters for individual learner needs. Our Year 8 and 9 students are already engaging with our distinct junior secondary curriculum, and comprehensive co-curricula and extra-curricula activities including leadership roles in the Student Representative Council, camps, excursions, sporting and cultural events. Students are further supported by being given an opportunity to be a part of high performance programs such as ACE (Accelerated Curriculum Enhancement), STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths Excellence program), Japanese language extension, Football,

Dance, Volleyball amongst others. Teaching staff are excited to be able to expand opportunities further to our 2015 Year 7 cohort through existing strong connections with local primary schools and teachers who are being maintained and enhanced. Throughout 2014 and beyond many professional development opportunities are being provided to our staff to further develop their knowledge, skills and understandings of the needs of junior secondary students and how best we at The Ipswich State High School can meet the educational requirements of young people, transitioning them to a successful future. Below: Ipswich State High School students practice their dance routine.



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The Ipswich State High School 2015 ENROLMENT INFORMATION SESSIONS — YEARS 7 AND 8 Our Junior Secondary curriculum offers variety and choice. We have excellence programs in Academic, Sporting and The Arts pathways. We specialise in creating individualised learning programs for all students, including gifted and talented, special needs and cultural diversity. Our Junior Secondary model positively supports students in all areas of academic and social development as they transition from primary to high school. RESOURCE CENTRE FIRST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH 3.30PM TO 4.30PM PLEASE PHONE 3813 4488 TO REGISTER


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St Mary’s - educating for over 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.

Local educators fly the flag at World Forum Four educators, including one from Springfield represented Queensland and Australia at the World Forum for Early Care and Education recently. Trisha Dean, Kristy-Lee, Elaine Drewett and Sharon Kneen joined 841 early childhood leaders and practitioners from 81 nations at the 10th World Forum on Early Care and Education held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The focus of the event was to discuss the delivery of quality services to young children globally and to develop action plans for achieving quality in diverse settings. Kristy-Lee Hudspith from Springfield Child Care and Early Education Centre said that going to the conference and representing the area was a fantastic experience. “The people there were so outgoing, it is a place with a wonderful vibe. I met people from all over the world all who work in childcare. I thought my geography was quite good, but it was a real eye-opener, you don’t think of childcare in a global scale until you meet someone from Columbia or Afghanistan and hear what childcare is like in their country. “Everyone shared the same concerns about everyone being so busy, being time-poor and it seems that childhoods are being forgotten. It was for me wonderful to hear how people are trying to reverse that,” Kristy-Lee said. “I saw so many wonderful ideas of how to make play for kids, and meeting people from poorer countries where many families live in shelters. I’ve taken on board about giving children a voice, no matter how young they are they want to be heard.”

Sharon Kneen from Eskay kids agreed. “For children of the world to have promising futures early childhood programs must meet their needs for optimal growth and development,” Sharon said. “By attending the World Forum, I had the unique opportunity to network with early childhood leaders from six continents and share ideas about what quality really means. “This topic is near and dear to my heart,” Sharon said “because every child, regardless of their physical or intellectual challenges, deserves all the help they need to meet their full potential.” Presentations were made at the World Forum by more than 250 early childhood professionals from all over the world, including Australia, Afghanistan, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iraq, Myanmar, Pakistan, Peru, Qatar, and Zimbabwe. “It was very humbling that Australia had the 3rd largest contingency per capita”, Mrs Kneen said. Below: (from left) Elaine Drewett, Trisha Dean, KristyLee Hudspith, and Sharon Kneen


SCHOOL HOLiDAY FUN ! School holiday fun at Riverlink If you’ve ever fancied yourself as a supermodel, now’s your chance, with Riverlink celebrating the school holidays with ‘The Tamblyn Young Model Discovery’, now in its 26th year. In that time the model search has become a fabulous icon and has propelled Young hopeful models into become top international models gracing the covers and runways of New York, Paris, London and Milan. The Young Model Discovery is a charity event, over the years it has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to chosen charities.
 Over the past few years, after seeing a great need for help, we began raising much needed funds for the Chilhood Cancer Support inc. The organisation began in 1975 when a group of parents with children undergoing treatment for leukaemia & cancer, at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, and decided to meet formally to discuss ways in which they could help each other and their children. The Young Model Discovery is held in participating shopping centers throughout Queensland over a 5 month period open to

age groups 5 – 19 years. In early July two heats and a semi-final will be held at Riverlink Shopping Centre. • Heat One: Thursday 3rd July Registration: 10.30am Start: 11.00am • Heat Two: Friday 4th July - Registration: 10.30am Start: 11.00am • Semi Final: Saturday 5th July Registration: 10.30am Start: 11.00am • Open to both male and females. • Juniors 5 – 11 years. 
Intermediates 12 – 14 years
. Seniors 15 – 19 years. A $10.00 Registration fee along with the entry form is required at the time of Registration. Proceeds are in aid of the Childhood Cancer Support Inc. A select amount of entrants will be chosen from the heats to continue onto the semi final.
Four Grand Finalists from each division of the Semi Final event will then be chosen to continue onto the Grand Final event, held at the Pullman Brisbane, King George Square, on Sunday 28th September 2014.


Ipswich Libraries holiday program


can do. * Scratch Programming (8+ years) Connect the blocks online to create your own simple animations * Stop Motion Animation (10+ years) Create a mini movie using our iPads and your ideas * Maker Space activities would be held at all branches. “Drop into any branch of Ipswich Libraries between 10am and 2pm on any weekday during the school holidays to explore the Seeing is Believing Science Space,” said Cr David Pahlke. “Explore the collection of intriguing images, create your own illusion and complete our What is it? challenge to go in the draw for a prize.” Cr Pahlke said children could also collect a ‘Science-in-a-Bag Kit’ at any time from the mobile library. The school holiday activities are all free to library members (apart from the Movie Mania tickets). Booking are recommended but dropins are welcome on the day if spaces are available. For more information, times and locations visit

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Ipswich Libraries have a range of activities on offer these school holidays. One of the highlights will be a screening of the Disney hit ‘Frozen’. Attendees will be able to meet, or revisit this cast of unforgettable characters and sing along to their favourite songs. Come in costume (or borrow theirs) and have your photo taken with the Olaf lookalike. The cost is $1.40 per ticket which is payable at time of booking and it screens on July 4th. Library patrons aged over 10-years-old could attend a workshop themed around Frozen. This activity will require intricate cutting and some sewing and so is ideal for upper primary and secondary aged students. The workshop will be held from 10.30am to noon on July 4 in the Youth Space on level one of the Ipswich Central Library. The holiday program also includes: *Dazzling Science - workshops and performances on a science theme including ‘Super Science Shows’ for all ages. Join Street Science Steve as he dazzles the audience with his dry ice creations and more. * Bits and Bytes: Science Fun for kids 5+. Make your own slime, crystals and exploding fun! * Create a Kaleidoscope Workshop for kids 5+. Build, point and twist to create an endless array of patterns * Crazy Slime and Instant Snow (7+years) - Mix chemicals like a real scientist in this workshop presented by Street Science. * Dazzling Animation: hands-on workshops exploring programming, simple circuits and animation * Bee-Bots (5+ years) - Discover what this programmable little floor robot • p 3294 5500 Corner Downs Street and The Terrace, North Ipswich

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‘Wind Tubes’ fun at Ipswich Art Gallery Child creativity is soaring to exciting new heights at the Ipswich Art Gallery’s latest exhibition ‘Wind Tubes’, set to be a big hit these school holidays. Arts, Community and Cultural Services Committee Chairperson Councillor Charlie Pisasale said the free exhibition featured specially-designed exhibits where children could creatively explore the power of air pressure. “Wind Tubes celebrates aerodynamics, invention and experimentation in an engaging way and encourages children to use everyday materials to design original creations for launch inside columns of moving air,” Cr Pisasale said. “The challenge is to devise an object that can float within the wind tubes and for kids to experience the fun of undertaking a design project from start to finish and seeing their inventions take flight. “The exhibition also includes a fantastic Wind Wall where kids will love watching objects as they’re propelled through a labyrinth of clear plastic tubes at different speeds.” Bookings are also open for the Gallery’s Wind Tubes toddler program, with special sessions planned throughout May and June. “Tickets are on sale now through the Gallery

website for these 45-minute sessions which are led by an experienced early learning educator and incorporate music, movement and play. “Every session is tailored to meet the unique learning and developmental needs of toddlers and offers a great introduction to concepts such as flying, floating and falling. Wind Tubes is on now at the Ipswich Art Gallery and runs until September 7. Entry is free and all ages are welcome. The Wind Tubes toddler program is recommended for children aged two to four years and tickets cost $5 per child. Sessions are free for accompanying adults and children under 12 months of age. Bookings for the Wind Tubes toddler program are essential via the Ipswich Art Gallery website The Art Gallery is open daily from 10am to 5pm and is located in d’Arcy Doyle Place between Limestone and Brisbane Streets, Ipswich.

Rosewood Skate Bowl gets a touch up Rosewood Skate Bowl now has extra protection from unwanted graffiti. Division 10 Councillor David Pahlke said the skate bowl in Tom Lenihan Park had been treated with a special coating to make it more resistant to graffiti. Cr Pahlke said the work had been completed under the GraffitiStop Clean-up Program operated by council under the Parks, Sport and Recreation Department. “This program consists of a number of initiatives designed to deal with and limit graffiti vandalism in Ipswich,” he said. “One of the key projects is the application of a special anti-graffiti coating to all Ipswich skate parks. “It is great that the popular Rosewood Skate Bowl has been able to be the recipient of this special treatment. “This facility is extremely popular with local youth and skating enthusiasts and the new works will help to ensure that it is kept in a tidier condition. “It will also help ensure that any graffiti can be more easily removed without damaging


the surface of the skate bowl.” Cr Pahlke said the Ipswich skate park antigraffiti project had been funded by the State Government and council. “As well as providing funds for the antigraffiti treatment, the State Government also contributed funds towards the purchase of a hot water blaster for use by council in the graffiti removal project.” The Australian Sports Commission’s Future of Australian Sport 2013 report states that there are more than 990 skate parks in Australia today. It also detailed how two new skate parks have been built every week on average in Australia since 2005 in response to the activity’s popularity. There are 11 skate bowls in Ipswich with 10 of them maintained by council and the one in Limestone Park on Griffith Rd operated by the Ipswich Police Citizens Youth Club. Below: Division 10 Councillor David Pahlke watches as Steven Weis from Weis Contractors applies an anti-graffiti treatment to the Rosewood Skate Bowl.

HOLIDAY GIVEAWAYS To win, email your details (including daytime phone number) to with the code word in the subject line. Or post entries to PO Box 124, Ipswich, Qld 4305. Entries close July 1st unless otherwise stated. Only one entry per household. Prizes can be picked up from our offices in Ipswich CBD and cannot be posted.


How to train your Dragon 2

In Cinemas in 2D and 3D from June 19 It has been five years since Hiccup and Toothless a pass! successfully united dragons and Vikings on the island of Berk. While Astrid, Snotlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island’s new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting undiscovered territories and exploring new worlds. At the beginning, Hiccup is pressured by Stoick to become chief, but Hiccup (who isn’t quite ready to become chief) rebels by flying away from Berk and exploring new lands. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider (which turns out to be his mother), then the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle against Eret the Dragonknapper and Drago Bludvist to protect the peace. Now, Hiccup, Toothless and the other dragon riders must unite to stand up for what they believe in! Note: Entries close June 26th THANKS TO 20TH CENTURY FOX FILMS WE HAVE TEN DOUBLE PASSES TO BE WON! CODE WORD: ‘DRAGON’


Jets Rugby League Club combined football with charity on the Queen’s Birthday weekend, teaming with Ulysses Motorcycle Club to gather blankets and food for needy people facing Winter. Major Bruce Dobbie said that there was an urgent need for warmth and food, with most Salvation Army stores low on supply and demand growing. “Ulysses provided a ute-full of blankets and Jets have asks people to bring food items along to the game, which is greatly appreciated,” he said.

Army is presented Major Bruce Dobbie of the Salvation e Wendt. with a signed jersey by Jets CEO Wayn

onto the field, Dillon McAteer leads the Ipswich Jets s. for the clash against the Burleigh Bear


In selected cinemas from July 3 Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan a pass! Gillen, Dylan Moran Calvary’s Priest is a good man, intent on making the world a better place. He is continually shocked and saddened by the spiteful and confrontational inhabitants of his small country town. One day, his life is threatened during confession. He shrugs off the altercation, and continues to perform his pastoral duties, trying as best he can to help his parishioners, despite having a fragile daughter to contend with, and a fellow priest who may as well be an atheist for all the dedication he has to his calling. Soon, however, the sinister and troubling undercurrents he has tried to ignore start to make their presence felt more keenly, and as the forces of darkness close in around him, he begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary. THANKS TO TRANSMISSION, WE HAVE TEN DOUBLE PASSES TO BE WON TO SEE THIS WICKEDLY FUNNY MOVIE! CODE WORD: ‘CALVARY’



Ipswich Jets player Kurt Capewell runs the Burleigh Bears’ defensive line.


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Switch Bricks

On from June 29th - July 6th It’s back for the holidays! LEGO themed fun with a pass! heaps (and heaps) of bricks to play with. LEGO displays to drool over, competitions and plenty more LEGO themed fun to enjoy. Ideal for kids of all ages, each session includes 3 hours of LEGO loveliness in the safety of a giant school hall. Visit or find them on Facebook for more information. WE HAVE THREE PASSES VALID FOR TWO CHILDREN EACH TO ATTEND A SESSION AT SWTCH BRICKS IN BOOVAL THESE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS! Note: Contest closes June 26th CODE WORD: ‘BRICKS’

Ipswich Jets player, Josh Seage takes

the ball forward.

Josh Clelland goes down in a tackle.

FREE school holiday activity TURNING EARTH Ceramic Workshop

Where: Brassall Shopping Centre (Near IGA). Bookings essential, phone Centre Management – 3201 4255

Monday 30th June to Friday 4th July 10am to 3pm. 68 Hunter St, Brassall Qld 4305


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MyTime for Grandparents Support Group Free Support Group for Grandparents and Kinship 
Carers who are the full time carers for children aged up to 18 years. Meet other grandparent and kinship carers in similar circumstances
— Have fun, hear from others and share experiences
. Find out about available community support. Get extra information about your role as a carer. Make time for yourself while children play, supported by a play helper. When: Tues June 17 9.30am-11.30am Where: Humanities Centre 
Conference Room, Cnr South and Nicholas Street Cost: Free More info: Anne 3281 9742 or raywalk@

Healthy Meals On A Budget Prepare and taste test a healthy breakfast, salad and main meal for FREE. Learn practical solutions to shop smarter and modify your favourite recipes. This workshop is being offered free for Ipswich residents. Limited places available. When: Weds June 18 10.30am–12.30pm Where: University of Qld, Ipswich, Building 2 Cost: FREE More info: Phone Cheryl on 0422 168 294 or email


Drug Arm Ipswich Book Affair

The Drug Arm Ipswich Book Affair is taking place again with book bargains galore. The event will be held at the St Pauls Anglican Church Hall in Ipswich and stock a wide range of pre-loved books. Come along to the event and find your favourite reads at affordable prices. The event currently requires assistance from volunteers to sort books, set-up and assist at the event. When: June 19-June 22 9am-5pm Where: St Pauls Anglican Church Hall, 
124 Brisbane St, 
Ipswich Cost: Books from as low as $1 More info:

Watch them Grow plant nursery Purchase plants direct from our Saturday morning stall. Terrific value — colourful annuals, rockeries, house plants, roses and more. Help the Salvation Army support people and the community in your local area When: Sat June 21 8am-Noon Where: Salvation Army, cr Brisbane & Coal Streets, Bundamba More info: 3282 2714

QCM Jazz on a Friday night Jazz and cabaret on a Friday Night

Swing along to the Queensland Conservatorium’s Jazz and Cabaret

Relax, Wine & Dine in 2014


program, being offered from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm on regular Friday evenings, with some of the most talented young jazz and cabaret musicians in the region. When: Fri June 27 6pm-8pm Studio 188, 188 Brisbane Street, Ipswich Cost: $20 includes a Cheese Platter.

Winemaker’s Dinner

The Ipswich Club invites you to attend the Inaugural Winemaker’s Dinner which will feature a 4-course dinner showcasing local produce complimented by a variety of wines from Meera Park, Innovative Winemakers from the Hunter Valley. Garth Eather, Managing Director of Meera Park will be introducing their wines during the night. When: Saturday 28th June 2014 Where: Ipswich Club, 14 Gray Street, Cost: $70 (inc. 4-course dinner & wines) Contact: Carolyn on 0400 478971 or email

2014 Reserve Forces Day

Celebrate 100 Years of Reserve Service to the Nation.

Commemoration Service (RSL Memorial Gardens) at 10.30am When: Sat June 28 10.30am-1pm Where: Cr Limestone and Ellenborough Streets, Ipswich Cost: FREE More info:



With summer gone, everyone is ready for a change. Brookvale Union’s new Alcoholic ginger beer and Apple Cider has proved so popular we now have it on tap in Ale House 24. With the tagline “Quality Nonsense” I wasn’t sure what exactly to expect at first, but the ginger beer obviously hits the spot with an increasing number of our regular customers. The cider is still available in bottles, with what appears to be a cider shack levitating in the clouds. Topped off (no pun intended) by a creative and utterly brilliant designed bottle cap. By the time I had seen the bottles I ‘needed’ to drink them!! The ginger beer is a delightful mix of spicy ginger flavour and a smooth after taste that makes you want more. It’s best served with ice to keep it as cold as possible for those warm summer days. At only 4%abv, this has proved to be a hit. Matched with a Grilled Roo salad on the Yamanto Tavern menu, which shares a touch of

ginger, would make for a nice taste alignment. The cider has a whole different feel to it, crisp but not too sour, with a touch of sweetness, an easy drinking 5.2% abv will please all. Paired with a Crisp Pork Belly, the flavours from Mustard Jus adds to the enjoyment of this “beery” cider. To enjoy at home, both come in 500ml bottles and 12 pack cartons. Possibly the icing on the cake for these two drinks is a toungein-cheek reference which says (possibly produced by 4 Pines Brewing Co.) typically a beer only company, suggesting they had a hand in creating the new Cider and Ginger Beer. So, if you like a draft then come in and give the ginger beer a go, for a refreshing drink with a great taste. Don’t forget to try the cider as well.

The Yamanto Tavern 510 Warwick Road, Yamanto (07) 3294 4400


To win, email your details (including daytime phone number) to with the code word in the subject line. Or post entries to PO Box 124, Ipswich, Qld 4305. Entries close July 1st unless otherwise stated. Only one entry per household. Prizes can be picked up from our offices in Ipswich CBD and cannot be posted.

Truly Tan: SPOOKED!


by Jen Storer Dear Diary, we have BIG a book problems. Stone animals are moving about on their own and there is a thief in Peppercorn Valley! The good part is I have Gloria and Miss Molly B to help me crack the case. The bad part is that we are feeling SPOOKED! Tan Callahan is back and facing her biggest mystery yet. A great read for primary school aged children (Harper Collins) CODE WORD: ‘TAN’

The Ninja Trilogy


by Tiffiny Hall Roxy Ran is an ordinary 13 3 books year old girl who doesn’t know anything about her ninja powers until a confrontation with the school bully unleashes them…and in order to survive, she has to release her inner ninja. WE HAVE TWO SETS OF THE COMPLETE BESTSELLING NINJA TRILOGY TO BE WON! A great read for primary school aged children (Angus & Robertson) CODE WORD: ‘NINJA’

Billy Slater Presents: Try Time/Banana Kick


a book A junior fiction series for boys about a local boys’ rugby league team who get special coaching and advice from star NRL player Billy Slater.
 TWO BOOKS TO BE WON! Two great reads for primary school aged children (Pan MacMillan) CODE WORD: ‘BILLY’


Brotherband 4: Slaves of Socorro


by John Flanagan (author of The a book Ranger’s Apprentice series) When the Heron brotherband become the Skandian duty ship to the Kingdom of Araluen, they’re excited at the challenges ahead. Hal, Stig, Thorn and the Herons eagerly set off for the trip — with an unexpected new crew member aboard. 
But an enemy from their past returns, throwing the Herons into a dangerous quest to free captured Araluans from the slave market in Socorro. Even with the help of an Araluan Ranger, the task may be too much A great read for high school aged children (Random House) CODE WORD: ‘BROTHERBAND’

Brotherhood of Thieves 1: The Wardens

Brothers Gig Guide A couple of weeks ago a legend of the live music scene lost his battle with brain cancer. Bernard ‘Doc’ Neeson was a force of nature, the ultimate front man who could command an audience with his performance and charm them with his personality. Purely by accident there are two upcoming shows at Brothers that become all the more poignant following this sad news. The first, on Saturday 5 July is ‘Face2Face:The Angels Show’. This highly-acclaimed show replicates the over-the-top theatrics and music from Doc and the boys you’ve come to know, love and expect. We booked this ages ago and it’s almost embarrassing that it’s coming


up only a few weeks after Doc’s passing, but it should be a very special tribute to a genuine icon and a great night for all the fans. It’s free and in the Sports Bar from 9.30! The second is a charity night raising money for cancer research. On Friday 18th July some of Brisbane’s great blues musicians are coming together to put on a 3 hour show with all proceeds going to the Queensland Institute of Medical Research. Tickets are only $12 and available now from As always, for the latest info, visit our website See you at Brothers Anthony



by Stuart Daly (author of The a book Witch Hunter Chronicles) Caspan hates life as a thief on the streets, so he leaps at the chance to join a secret order sanctioned by the King.
The Brotherhood seeks the lost magical weapons of an ancient race that will help them fight the Roon, the invading army who creep ever closer. Defeat seems inevitable. Unless Caspan and his fellow recruits — Roland, Lachlan, Sara and Kilt — can set aside their differences and use their new skills to help turn the tide.
With swords strapped to their belts, riding magical beasts called Wardens, they leave the sanctuary of their training ground for their first mission. Will it be their last? A great read for high school aged children (Random House) CODE WORD: ‘WARDENS’

THURSDAY JUNE 19 A night of brilliant comedy from Australia’s queen of stand up

THIS THURSDAY NIGHT ONLY LIMITED TICKETS REMAINING SHOW STARTS 8.00PM Tickets available at reception from $25 or BOOK ONLINE AND SAVE! This show will sell out so book your tickets today

For more information, please contact Brothers on 07 3817 2999 Wildey Street, Raceview I Website: Normal club admission rules apply. Terms and conditions available at




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Squadron ready to go anywhere, anytime After three weeks of intensive training, No 381 Squadron at RAAF Amberley is certified as capable and prepared to go anywhere at anytime in support of air operations. As one of three Combat Support Group (CSG) Contingency Response Squadrons (CRS), 381 Squadron was put through its paces at both RAAF Bases Williamtown and Amberley recently. WGCDR Richard Ensor said the Force Concentration Training (FCT) conducted by 295 Squadron (Training and Standards) is designed to prepare the squadron for Very Short Notice to Move (VSNTM), generally within 48 hours, on deployments to an environment where they support air base or non air base operations either within Australia or overseas. “The majority of personnel assigned to the CRS for the period of the online commitment are not posted to the squadron so its a unique situation,” he said. The activities were split into three key activities: Executive Week, FCT and Operational Readiness Exercise (ORX).

The Executive week provided an opportunity for the CO and XO to develop a rapport with the junior officers and WOD attached to 381SQN for the online period. “The Executive week was essential for delivering my intent and enabling an environment were the officers can pressto-test and ask questions before larger collective activities commenced, also begin building effective working relationships,” said WGCDR Ensor. WGCDR Simpson, said even though 295SQN is not scheduled to achieve IOC until July 2014, the squadron has been busy concurrently establishing the squadron and delivering Mission Specific Training (MST) to CSU rotation 11, Kandahar Airfield Flightline security force and Force Concentration Training (FCT) for 381SQN. Right:LACW Elle Taylor and SGT Tammie Miller conduct checks on the equipment for the Readiness Exercise. Left: Air Load team personnel from 381 Squadron practise loading a pallet into the C-17 Cargo Compartment Trainer.

Ipswich turns out to honour its own Defence Force personnel into the city Ipswich has turned out in force to welcome almost 1500 Air Force and Australian Army personnel into the city for the ceremonial Freedom of the City march. The ceremonial occasion, steeped in tradition, allowed Ipswich people to show their appreciation for the contribution of our Armed Forces to the Defence of Australia, and the 75-year bond between Ipswich and RAAF Base Amberley. The day was one of pomp and ceremony, music and colour as Defence Force personnel exercised their right of entry into the city, with the ceremonial challenge by the Senior Police Officer Ipswich. Credentials in order, the soldiers and airmen were allowed to march through the city with swords drawn, bayonets fixed, drums beating, bands playing and colours flying. This is a traditional right of military forces honoured by cities by conferring the ‘Freedom of the City’. Overhead, four F/A-18F Super Hornets flew past at low level followed by C-17A Globemaster III and KC-30A Air Refuelling aircraft. Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said that marching through a city was traditioally how an army would march into battle, so granting such permission was rare and showed the city trusted the visiting military. “Today, Freedom of Entry is less about

granting friendly armies entry into a city and more about an honourable distinction a city may bestow on a contingent of the Australian Defence Force,” Cr Pisasale said. “Originally granted in June 1970, RAAF personnel have exercised their right to Freedom of Entry on four other occasions. As one of Ipswich’s long-standing establishments, RAAF Amberley is Australia’s largest operational base, contributing significantly to the Ipswich economy.” Located on Ipswich’s outskirts, the base commenced operations on June 17, 1940. The name Amberley was given to the area by farmer James Edwin Collet who arrived from Sussex in England in the 1850s to settle on a property at Three Mile Creek west of Ipswich. He called the property Amberley after his home town which is a small village on the River Aron in East Sussex. Senior Air Force Officer Queensland, Air Commodore Tim Innes said he was proud the personnel of the base and the strong relationship with the city of Ipswich. “I am extremely proud of the men and women of RAAF Base Amberley as they exercise their Freedom of Entry right “There are more than 5000 personnel who work at Amberley, more than 4000 of whom are uniformed ADF members.”

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While traditionally an Air Force base, RAAF Base Amberley is also now home to about 1000 Australian Army personnel, making it the largest combined Defence base in Australia. For 75 years Ipswich and the Air Base have enjoyed a bond of friendship and mutual support. It’s no suprise therefore that thousands of Ipswich people gathered in Ipswich streets to welcome the airmen and soldiers from Amberley Air Base as they marched through the city to an enthusiastic welcome from the crowd who applauded our men and women in uniform. Pictured below are some of the scenes on a memorable day.

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Rare lots released at Sovereign Pocket Borrowing tips for self-employed and contractors With interest rates low and house prices taking off in Sydney and Melbourne, commentators have claimed that lending criteria has slackened and borrowers are taking home loans they can’t afford. I don’t agree with this. Lending criteria is as solid as it has been since the Global Financial Crisis and most borrowers are borrowing no more than 80 per cent of the property price. Mortgage defaults dropped throughout 2013 according to the Fitch rating agency, to just 1.25 per cent of mortgages more than 30 days in arrears. Bemused by all of this are the self-employed and contractors, many of whom find it as hard as ever to get a home loan. For these people, the claims about easy mortgages are just fantasyland. The good news is that mortgage lenders do have loans for self-employed people, contractors and business owners so long as you can substantiate your income. Here’s a few tips: *Full doc: Self-employed people don’t always need a ‘low documentation’ loan, with the higher interest rates those mortgages carry. ‘Low doc’ simply means alternative forms of income confirmation (bank statements, financial statements, accountants’ declarations) as opposed to PAYG slips and tax returns. If you have tax returns you should be pursuing a full documentation loan at standard rates. *Have income: showing income to afford the loan is just the start; when you subtract monthly expenses you must have cash left over to service the loan. This is called serviceability. *Work on serviceability: build a history (at least six months) of low expenses and high income. Lenders and brokers are obliged to confirm both, so it is important to establish a solid track record.

*Reduce debt: eliminate or reduce your consumer debt. Lenders count the limit on your credit cards as money owed, not the balance. *Show savings: a savings history means you’re serious about the loan and you live within your means. *Be concise: provide the documents the lender or broker asks for. They may include BAS statements, tax returns, bank accounts and perhaps a declaration from your accountant. *Do your taxes: keep your taxes up to date so you can always show your most recent income history. And make sure the tax assessments are paid. Self-employed applicants usually have their tax portals checked for taxes outstanding. *Understand your structure: Understand how your business structure affects your personal income and what happens to your borrowing power if your taxable income is too low. *Have a strategy: consult with a mortgage broker or a loans manager and formulate a plan for buying your property. This allows you to build your serviceability based on expert advice. *Build a good record: once you have a mortgage it can be used to consolidate debt or refinance to a better loan. However, you must have a good record with that loan. Of interest to subsequent lenders will be a history of on-time payment and extra lump sum payments you made. Finally, be open with brokers or lenders. They are required to verify what you say and perform checks on the documents provided. If you don’t tell the truth, you could end up with a loan that you can’t afford or nothing at all. For more information call YBR Ipswich on 07 36084080



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The new release located next to a natural bush land reserve will feature large blocks up to 1354 square metres. Stockland Regional Manager, David Laner, said anyone interested in the home sites should register their interest with Stockland now. “This new land release offers buyers a rare opportunity to purchase the largest lots Sovereign Pocket will ever sell,’’ said Mr Laner. “They have already sparked some interest in the local community so I encourage buyers to get in quick.” Mr Laner said the large lots will be ideal for growing families and upgraders, who will have space to accommodate lots of backyard extras such as pools, playgrounds, caravans, boats and trailers. Sovereign Pocket is located only 6 kilometres from the Ipswich CBD in the western corridor and is close to shopping, schools, health

services and employment opportunities. The community, with its beautiful natural surrounds, wide streets and open space, appeals to a range of buyers and provides a great social scene and traditional sense of community. Chantelle Baguley said she had not looked back since moving into her new home six months ago. “When I came across Sovereign Pocket, I was captivated by the look and feel of the community. I knew immediately this was the place I wanted to build my first home,’’ she said. “It is a wonderful location to live, it has a great sense of community and it is ideally positioned close to shops and facilities and two major highways.” For more information, visit the Sales and Information Centre on Sovereign Drive at Deebing Heights, call 1800 170 192, or go to


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Ford reveals its Celebration FPV GT F and Pursuit models

Ford has officially launched its celebration FPV models, the limited-edition FPV GT F sedan and Pursuit Ute. The most powerful GT sedan ever produced by Ford Australia, the FPV GT F is powered by a 351 kilowatt supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine. The GT F’s output was specifically chosen as a reference to the iconic 351 cubic-inch 5.8 litre V8s that powered the original Falcon GTs. Apart from developing a character-filled 351 kW of power, the V8 engine in the GT F sedan has a transient overboost function in the engine management system that will enable drivers to access 15 per cent more power, if the prevailing conditions are favourable. The GT F 351’s power curve has been calculated to deliver a very noticeable feel to the car’s performance. Developed to celebrate Ford’s performance brand, the new FPV GT F also pays homage to the legendary Falcon GTs of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Each will carry an individual build number, with many specific numbers reserved by collectors and Falcon GT enthusiasts. Customers have rushed dealers Australiawide to secure the celebration run of FPV GT F sedans and Pursuit utes. Very few GT F sedans remain available and there is strong interest in the Pursuit utes. Just 500 of the FPV GT F sedans will be built for the Australian market, with an additional 50 built for New Zealand. Ford will build just 120 Pursuit Utes. Ford also announced that every FPV GT F owner will be able to purchase a tailored car cover in dark grey and with model logo and stripe print. The limited-edition Pursuit ute revealed today will feature a new exterior look incorporating a number of GT F style features and includes the bonnet/ roof/rear deck black-out. This final FPV ute is powered by a 315kW version of the same supercharged 5.0 litre V8 engine in the GT F.

Amarok named best ute of 2014


The Volkswagen Amarok has added another trophy to its collection of local and international awards with the announcement of the Delivery Magazine ‘Best Ute of 2014’. This Australian award specifically recognised the Amarok range equipped with an eightspeed automatic transmission, which was first introduced into the Australian market in 2012; making the Amarok the first ute in Australia with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Amarok’s eight-speed automatic provides a greater spread of transmission ratios than a conventional five or six-speed automatic gearbox, affording very positive effects: the TDI engine is more effective in every rpm range, while being more fuel efficient and agile. The eighth gear is configured for overdrive, reducing engine speed and saving fuel, while the low first gear is designed for off-road use and towing. This versatile set-up means the autoequipped Amarok with permanent four-wheel drive is just as capable in all terrain use as the manual version, without the need for additional reduction gearing. Host and presenter of the awards, Motoring Matters Media Group (MMMG) publisher and managing editor of Delivery Magazine, Chris Mullett said: “It is an honour to recognise technical achievement in the commercial vehicle industry.” For all things VW contact Boettcher motors on 3282 2722,

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Console buttons to be replaced by large tablet-like touch screen Designers and engineers behind Volvo’s All-New XC90, to be revealed later this year, have re-conceived vehicle console arrays, dispensing with buttons and replacing them with a large tablet-like touch screen, head-up display and thumb controls on the steering wheel. The result is the most modern in-car control system on the market, which is crucially easier to use, ensuring drivers will be able to keep their eyes on the road as much as possible while operating or making adjustments to the system. The XC90 also uses the car’s interior space far more efficiently and offers a range of additional benefits such as integrated cloud-based applications for music streaming and other services, such as the world’s first integrated Park and Pay application, and the ability to mirror and use Apple iOS devices in the touch screen display.

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Ipswich life Magazine - 18th June, 2014  
Ipswich life Magazine - 18th June, 2014  

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