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IpswichLife Issue 18 | 21 September 2015 | find us on Facebook | readership 70,000

a survey of recent works by artists of the south east region


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As a kid, Justine Ford would run around her neighbourhood with a magnifying glass. Inspired by her collection of ‘Junior Detective’ books Justine Ford never imagined that one day she would get to play the role for real. Justine has appeared on several TV shows such as ‘Australia’s Most Wanted’ and ‘Missing Persons Australia’, plus has written several books about the darker side of our society. Her new book, ‘Unsolved Australia’ takes a look at 18 of the nation’s most puzzling, sometimes horrific crimes, that to this day remain unsolved, including a case of a body tied to a bed frame found in the Hawkesbury River in 1994 that to this day has everyone involved mystified. For every high profile case, there are hundreds of others that don’t get the same publicity, something that drives Justine on. “There are some good reasons and worrying reasons why some cases get coverage and others don’t” Justine said. “The Daniel Morecombe case for example, his parents made sure that the search for Daniel got attention. I think that’s so important, and sometimes families have to go to that extent. “Unfortunately sometimes cases with for

School holidays are back and we’ve got a ton of ideas for you and the family to make the most out of events in Ipswich The Ipswich Fashion Festival is almost upon us too, so check out our great feature on what is set to be a great event, topped off with the Kitsch in the Swich event on September 26. Ipswich Art Gallery have a great new exhibition on called ‘Local Now’, and you can read all about it here in Ipswich Life. There’s a call out for Tradies to help Blaise Wyatt this week, check out the story and lend a hand to a great cause. Also in this issue we have mega giveaways including tickets to the Harry Potter II Marathon at Limelight Cinemas, tickets to Legend with Tom Hardy, plus theatre tickets up for grabs. PLUS we have FIFTY double passes to see Miss You Already which looks like a fantastic flick on October 7, so get your entries in FAST. Remember IpswichLife is FREE thanks to our advertisers so please show them your support and shop local!

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elp solve the most baffling crimes in Australian history? Justine Ford hopes you can. example, beautiful women, interest the public more than others, but they are ALL worthy. Everybody…every victim is important. “I was always interested in solving crimes, and as a kid I would run around with a magnifying glass in my hand looking for clues which was pretty silly. When I was older I worked on ‘Australia’s Most Wanted’, and I saw the role the media could play in helping police solve crimes. “Then I was a producer on ‘Missing Persons Unit’ and it highlighted for me, that I had to actively do something to help other people. “When I was researching this book I went straight to the police. I’m fortunate in that I’ve built strong relationships with investigators into missing persons or unsolved murders, so I went to them and asked what cases they thought I could put out there, then ask for information. “Often I get asked if I can put cases in a book by the families. Sometimes it starts with the families, and I talk to them first to make sure that I have the facts from them…often without doing any research, as I want to get the story from them first.” With so many crime shows on TV the question has to be asked why are people so

fascinated with murder and crime? “I think its so many things. The drama of it, and I guess people want to know why others behave in such extreme ways. It’s so far removed from how most of us think. “The ‘body on the frame’ is one such fascinating murder. In this case they don’t know who he he is, as nobody was reported missing. His fingerprints were washed away and there was a poor DNA sample. They did a facial reconstruction and put it on TV, yet so far no match. He could be from overseas, and this one is particularly mysterious because its such an old case and nothing the police have done has resulted in an identity. With no identity you don’t have much to go on. “Every year in Australia we have about 300 homicides, but I also look at missing persons cases. We have about 35,000 people go missing every year. That’s one person every 15 minutes. Australian Federal Police figures say 1.7 people per thousand a year in Australia go missing, and as a comparison in the UK that number is 3.6 per thousand, so that puts it in perspective. “I do think it is much harder to get away with crime now, especially with the advances in technology. Sometimes peoples ask me ‘is

there such a thing as a perfect murder?’ and the answer is no, because of the technology. “Murderers for example will have a much harder time getting away with it now and in the future. I thought about being a cop for years, but I thought no, get real you don’t want to get up that early in the morning…. but I’m doing it anyway! “A book like this has to be run past the police and I allow them to read it, just to make sure its factual and safe legally, plus also the lawyer at the publishers reads it to make sure it is okay to go ahead. You want to do your utmost best to make sure its right.” So what are the chances of falling victim to a crime like murder? Justine puts it in perspective. “Sadly the truth is most victims are known to their killers. In many cases it’s where things have simply got out of control in the home, and I’m not diminishing that in any way. But we do have to mindful that not around every corner lies a serial killer!” ‘Unsolved Australia: Terrible Crimes. Incredible Stories’ is out now through Pan MacMillan Photo courtesy of Sally Flegg

We’ve got FIVE copies of ‘Unsolved Autralia’ to be won thanks to our friends at Pan MacMillan. To win simply email your details to au with the word “UNSOLVED” in the subject line. Or post entries to Unsolved Comp, PO Box 124, Ipswich Q 4305. Winners drawn on October 6th. Prizes can be picked up from our office in the CBD and cannot be posted.

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a survey of recent works by artists of the south east region

The exhibition is a survey of eight local artists work and captures the depth and diversity of artists working in the region. Arts, Community and Cultural Services Committee Chairperson Councillor Charlie Pisasale said Local Now raises awareness of the numerous talented artists creating work across Ipswich and surrounding areas of Somerset and the Scenic Rim. “These are eight prominent artists that live and work right here in our community. Local Now is an opportunity to celebrate the creative talent in our region. “Artists that are making interesting work deserve this recognition in our community and beyond. “This is not the first time the Ipswich Art Gallery has shown local artists, but this is the first group exhibition surveying practice across the region. The plan is to be able to showcase local talent through Local Now every two years, and this is a fantastic start.” Some artists have always lived in and around Ipswich, some were attracted to the beautiful natural environment, and others because it is an affordable place to live. Local Now gives them the opportunity to show their work in the largest and most visited regional gallery in Australia and to highlight the diversity and innovation that can happen outside of the major cities. The exhibition will feature paintings by Gary

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Abkin, Merton Chambers and Sharon HarperGreentree, Mieke Den Otter’s textile art, Alinta Krauth multimedia installations, Kate Roberts’ jewellery, Christopher Trotter’s sculpture and photo-based artwork by LeAnne Vincent. The people and places around artists always influence what they produce. For some artists, their work in Local Now will give an insight into how they think about the place where they live. Making work about the places you know best is what Ipswich artist LeAnne Vincent promotes to other artists, and is the starting point for much of her work. “I often look to the local community when creating a new body of work. While for this exhibition I’ve highlighted the diversity of birds in Queensland, and how they’ve been affected by urban development, by using many images captured in the Ipswich region,” she says. “I exhibit widely and like to take my work outside of the Ipswich region. I often promote Ipswich when I travel and my work helps to do that. “It’s very important to be exhibiting this work locally. It’s a great opportunity for emerging and established local artists to gain access to a wider audience at the Ipswich Art Gallery and for Ipswich to promote the talent that we have here.” Artist Sharon Harper-Greentree says her work is very much focused on her local area near Marburg, “Black Snake Creek in the area near

where I live is a fairly major part of the visual aspect of the town. Depending on the season, the creek is just a few billabongs and at other times it can be a raging flood. But always it is a focus on the health and condition of the local environment. “My work traces the creek’s pathway from its source to the Brisbane River. It shows the beauty of that environment and addresses some issues of land care. I want get across the idea of the fragility of the creek’s environs along with the power of seasonal changes.” Alinta Krauth’s multimedia work has been specifically created for Local Now. “I’ve lived in and around the scenic rim my entire life and I’m inspired by being around there. The environment and nature is a recurring theme in my work,” she says. “I’m excited about being a part of Local Now and having local people experience my work, which may be a new type of work to them. I’m hoping to show that multimedia art is not outside of the reach of rural artists.” For other artists, the influence of the region is less obvious and more subtle. But all of them are passionate and proud about where they live. Local Now is on at the Ipswich Art Gallery from 19 September to 27 November. The Ipswich Art Gallery is open daily from 10am to 5pm and is located in d’Arcy Doyle Place between Limestone and Brisbane Streets, Ipswich. Entry is free.

19 September to 27 November 2015 Gary Abkin Merton Chambers Mieke Den Otter Sharon Harper-Greentree

Alinta Krauth Kate Roberts Christopher Trotter LeAnne Vincent

Nicholas St, Ipswich CBD OPEN 7 DAYS 10am – 5pm

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A celebration of local artists, Local Now at the Ipswich Art Gallery showcases some of the more interesting work being made in Ipswich and the surrounding regions.

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The fastest growing region in Queensland, Springfield – with it’s population increasing by more than 3000 each year and record investment in recent years – celebrated recently with those who helped make it happen. The list of achievements in recent times is certainly impressive: a $1.2 billion transport corridor with a dual railway line and a doubling of the Centenary highway, Mirvac’s $154 million expansion to Orion Shopping Centre, construction starting on the $550 million Dusit Thani resort, Orion Lagoon now open, and the new Mater Hospital about to open. “Looking at that one window alone that represents close to $2 billion in private and public investment over the past two years,” said Springfield Land Corporation Deputy Chairman Bob Sharpless. “And now we have Mater about to open their $85 million hospital, the $1.2 billion plan to build 2500 apartments for seniors, USQ’s expansion of their campus and the continuing rollout of health and education cities.” The visionary for Springfield is of course, Maha Sinnathamby, who saw something in the area in the early 1990s that others did not see. In 1997 he bought the land on a leap of extreme faith for $7.9 million. His vision for Springfield has always been an architecture for the city based on the interconnected pillars of health, education and information technology. “Health is going to be a principal employer, and we are going to drive that very hard, but you can’t divorce health from education, they go hand in hand,” Mr Sinnathamby said. “You’ve got to train people to work in the health sector right though the trades and administration to the top surgeons. Of course, information technology is also vitally important, and we are creating an IT hub here. These areas are where the jobs of tomorrow will be.” People who visit Springfield are impressed with the quality of this master planned community. According to Maha Sinnathamby quality cannot be compromised. “The minute you compromise on quality you lower the standard, and that’s a slippery slope. Why should we compromise?”

Maha regards developments such as Orion Lagoon, the new cinema complex, and the expansion of Orion Centre as bringing the region together. “People from Ipswich suburbs and surrounding areas will come here and that’s going to bond them because they will meet each other and have fun together. That’s the important thing.” Every entrepreneur and visionary needs a problem-solver and future planner, and that’s a role that Bob Sharpless has made his own. He has been central to arranging funding, negotiating with stakeholders and governments to keep things rolling along. This has been a 30-year partnership that has endured through some torrid and challenging times. “I’m a problem solver by nature so I’ve enjoyed the challenge,” Bob Sharpless said. “Maha is one of those guys who is very infectious and persuasive, and I’ve tended to manage the relationships with some of the more pragmatic people, while Maha’s been more in the creative space. It’s one thing to have the vision but the success is in the execution, so you need both. “We’ve been through some tough times, we’ve had to live on our wits, we’ve had to borrow money on very high interest rates, but we’ve had a very loyal team that has helped along the way.” With all the success to date both men are focused on “what needs to be done rather than what’s been achieved so far.” “While recognising and valuing the past I much prefer talking about the future and that resonates well with people. What’s ahead of us is what keeps us excited and turning up every day.” In one sentence, Bob Sharpless described the evolution of Springfield: “the natural evolution of a project is that in the early days infrastructure money is spent on roads and pipes, then you start creating green spaces, and then down the track you can start spending money on art galleries and culture and a whole lot of other things – it’s all in the plan.” Springfield Land Corporation Deputy Chairman Above: Bob Sharpless, Chairman Maha Sinnathamby and Managing Director Raynuha Sinnathamby celebrate the jobs created in Springfield over the past 20+ years.

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and Entertainment One we’ve got an EXCLUSIVE movie preview for Ipswich Life readers on October 7! Miss You Already follows two best friends, Milly (Toni Collette) and Jess (Drew Barrymore), as they navigate life’s highs and lows. Inseparable since they were young girls, they can’t remember a time they didn’t share everything...secrets, clothes, even boyfriends. But nothing prepares them for the day Milly is hit with life-altering news. WE’VE GOT FIFTY DOUBLE PASSES TO BE WON TO THIS FANTASTIC MOVIE!

If you love your sport then Tap’d has you covered as well. Tap’d has over 20 TV screens plus 2 massive projector screens which play 11 different sports and entertainment channels. One unique entertainment offering at Tap’d are their ‘TV Tables’, where a 42 inch touch screen is build into the table surface. On these TV Tables you can watch all the different channels on offer, plus you’re not limited to just one channel, the screen can divide into 4 different screens displaying 4 different channels at the same time. And if there’s nothing on TV that interests you then you can play arcade games on them too. Simply amazing! Tap’d is now open at the Prince Alfred Hotel, Booval. The opening hours are from 10am to late everyday so pop in and experience the newest and best bar and dining revolution to hit Ipswich. See you there! Cheers, Tim


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Over the last few weeks and months you probably would have seen ‘Tap’d Coming Soon’ in the newspapers and magazines around Ipswich. Well I am most happy to say that Tap’d is now officially open - yay! But what is Tap’d all about I hear you ask? Tap’d is bringing the best parts of a bar/ restaurant experience and putting them in one place. Firstly, and most spectacularly, Tap’d features 72 different beers and ciders on tap. Yes that’s right, 72 different taps which is the most beer taps in any bar in Australia. The taps cover a range of beer styles from your favourite thirst quenching lagers to bold, robust stouts and everything in between. If you can’t find something you like on their list then your not trying hard enough. Next up, Tap’d showcases a food menu which compliments the long list of beer offerings. The menu includes smaller bites like Salt & Szechuan Pepper Calamari to more substantial meals like the Tap’d ‘Stacked’ Burger which is made of 9 different layers and is a sight to behold. They also offer a wide variety of pizzas, share plates and desserts as well. Just ask the staff which beer compliments your meal and they’ll be happy to help.


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It’s hard to find the time to search, read reviews and book online. Your helloworld Ipswich City Mall Travel consultant can save you so much time. Simply call and talk about your holiday plans and then leave it in our hands. We will update you along the way, and before you know it, you’ll be ready to go! The good news is that your helloworld Ipswich City mall travel consultant works for you, not the travel companies. This is important, because they will not try to sell you anything you don’t need for your trip away. You’re the boss! We are here to be helpful, friendly, and

supportive and guide your travel decisions so you have a better trip. After all, a happy customer is a repeat customer! If you want to get the best value, together with peace of mind, your helloworld Ipswich city mall travel consultant is your best bet. We will research and work within your budget , on the lookout for last minute deals and specials. Ask us when you should book your holiday to coincide with the best deals on travel! Next time you think of a holiday think of helloworld Ipswich City Mall next to Bendigo Bank or call us on 3202 3355.

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CEO Believes Ipswich Is On The Up The new CEO of the Ipswich Chamber of Commerce believes that there is only one way for the city’s small businesses to go, and that’s up. The newly appointed CEO of the Ipswich Chamber of Commerce sees Ipswich as a business that is staring down the face of huge potential, and it’s her goal to help business owners capitalise on the expected population and business explosion. Malini Saba is originally from Perth, where after finishing school studied Psychology. But the lure of overseas work enticed her to the US, where she set up home in San Francisco in the 1990’s during the boom period where Silicon Valley was the hub of business worldwide. She has run her own business for over 25 years, invested in 22 other businesses, travelled the world and has only ever worked for herself. Describing herself as a ‘Venture Capitalist’, Malini is up for a new challenge, and the role of CEO attracted her on several fronts. “I’ve only ever worked for myself,” Malini said. “My skill set comes from working in the US, where I learnt how to build companies. I love that start up period, bringing ideas to life and sticking through tough times because when times are tough, the only way is up! “I decided to return to Australia as I have a young daughter, and when she turned six.

I needed to decide how and where I want to live my life? My family is in Brisbane, so thought it was time to come home. “I’ve only been back a few months, and while I’m still chairperson of my own business, I wanted a new challenge. The Chamber role seemed like something I could use all my skills. I want the Chamber to be a hub of information, to help people grow their businesses. We have to remember every single big business was once a small business. “My own experience with Ipswich was very limited but what I have discovered while doing my research was that there is so much potential for and in this city. Yes there is growth in Springfield and Ripley, but I see the CBD on the cusp of growth too. I’ve been in so many countries where there was no foundation for such growth and Ipswich has that. It’s inevitable that the growth will happen, and RAAF Amberley in Ipswich’s backyard is proof of that, it is such a vital community to the Ipswich economy.” Malini comes to Ipswich as an outsider, but sees that as her big advantage in the role. “One of my advantages coming to Ipswich is that I see the city as an outsider, with no history, no preconceived ideas and with a

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completely clean slate,” Malini said. “It’s about all of us working together to make this place grow. I see Ipswich as a big start-up company, and I’m ready to see it reach full potential. “Three weeks into the job my goal still is to meet people and to understand what they want, and what they need. Then I really will know what has to happen. It’s important for me to understand the culture of Ipswich before I move ahead.” Malini has seen business in tough times, and good times. The world was a very different place in the 1990’s and again in the 2000’s, but she thinks Ipswich needs to look ahead, and not back. “For every bad year in business, it means there is five good years ahead of it. We have to have that attitude. Nothing can stay down forever, business can only go up. Take the attitude that ‘tomorrow is going to be a better day’. “Ipswich is a diamond…it’s time to start polishing it. Seeing it as an outsider, I wouldn’t say that if I honestly didn’t believe it. I love challenges and if I didn’t think it was possible I wouldn’t have taken on the role. “No matter what the hurdles are we’ll make it. We’re all in this together.”

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Child Protection Awards 2015 The Ipswich District Child Protection Week Committee held their Child Protection Week Gala Dinner and Awards presentation recently (with AGRO), which aims to raise awareness and highlight the importance of child protection in our community.





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Members of Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services The Winner of the Youth Engagement Award was Young Families Connect. Winner of the Government Organisation Award was a Highly Commended awarded to Vicky Patterson (Ipswich South Child Safety) and the winner was Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Williams Queensland Police Service. The winner of the Community Volunteer Award was Aunty Narella Simpson. Members of Queensland Police Service’s Band of Blue Members.

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Brassall Shopping Centre Holiday Fun! There’s some great activities these school holidays at Brassall Shopping Centre, so make sure you bring the kids for some school holiday fun! In the first week of the holidays kids will love our ‘Crazy Candles Workshop’ where you can create and take home your own crazy candle. Running from 10am to 3pm in the first week of the holidays bookings are essential so don’t miss out! In week two it’s the ‘Pot a Plant Workshop’ where kids can decorate a pot, plant a seedling or seed then take it home and watch it grow. Running at 10am to 2pm Monday 28th September to Friday October 2nd bookings are not required, just turn up and get planting! Brassall Shopping Centre has something for everyone these school holidays! For more information visit www. and to book for the Crazy Candles Workshops please call 3201 4255.

Get ready for Summer! The Heath Ramsay Swim Centre is very excited to announce an expansion to include an additional venue to facility their Learn to Swim and Squad Programs! As of the 2nd week of the September School Holidays, Heath Ramsay Swim Centre will be operating from the heated Silkstone State School pool, in addition to their venue at West Moreton Anglican College. Vacancies in these programs are limited so bookings are essential. Book your children into the Holiday Boost Lessons, Monday 28th September - Friday 2nd October, 2015; at both venues - West Moreton Anglican College AND Silkstone State School for just $75. Holiday Boost Swimming blocks are a fantastic way to build your child’s confidence and improve their skills as they learn. For more information call Bek Ramsay on 0452 579 852 or email info@

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Ipswich families and children will b events from coloured fireb Owing to the popularity of Street Science in previous years they had been invited back to present three more shows for the September school holidays. The show times are from 10.30am to 11.30am and from 1.30pm to 2.30pm on September 30 at Ipswich Central Library and from 1.30pm to 2.30pm on October 1 at Orion Springfield Central. THE SCIENCE OF SWEETS Cr David Pahlke said the school holiday program would also feature a workshop titled The Science of Sweets. “Aimed at children six years and over participants will be able to explore some sweet chemistry and make edible wacky worms, fish eggs and fizzy and foaming sherbet.” The sessions will be held at the following times: • Redbank Plaza Library from 10.30am on Sept 29 • Ipswich Central Library from 2pm on Sept 29 • Redbank Plains Library from 10.30am on Oct 1 THE PAPER TOWER CHALLENGE Cr Pahlke said Ipswich Libraries would be continuing their Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) theme with their MakerSpace activities for young people these holidays. The Paper Tower Challenge would be held for children aged from five years. “Work as a team with friends or family to design and build a fort, tower or skyscraper from rolls of newspaper.” The sessions include: • Redbank Plaza Library from 10.30am Sept 22 • Orion Springfield Central from 1.30pm Sept 24 • Ipswich Central Library from 10am and from 2pm Sept 25 • Redbank Plains Library from 9.30am Sept 29

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be able to discover the theory behind all sorts of scientific reactions and balls to massive clouds at Ipswich Libraries these school holidays. MINECRAFT 3D ARCHITECT WORKSHOP Cr Pahlke said children aged from 10 years would be able to take part in a Minecraft 3D Architect workshop. “Design a building in 3D in Minecraft then print using our new Makerbot Replicator 3D printers.” The workshop sessions will be held at: • Ipswich Central Library from 9.30am to 11.30am and 1.30pm to 3.30 pm on Sept 22 and from 9.30am to 11.30am and 1.30pm to 3.30pm on Sept 28 BRIDGE IN A BAG Cr Pahlke said as part of the MakerSpace program young people could also collect a Bridge in a Bag. “At any time during opening hours families are invited to drop in to discover, build and create. Simply collect a construction kit to build your bridge in the library or at home. “Suitable for children aged five years and over the kits will be available at all branches of Ipswich Libraries during library opening hours between September 21 and October 2.”

KIDS MOVIE Cr Pahlke said the holiday program would conclude with a screening of the movie Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. The PG movie is the Disney adaption of the picture story book first published in 1972. The screening will be held in the Barry Jones Auditorium in the Ipswich Central Library building from 10am on October 2. Tickets are only $1.20 per ticket and this is payable at the time of booking. Cr Pahlke said apart from the movie session all activities were free for library members. Bookings are essential for all other activities as spaces are limited. They can be made by calling Ipswich Central Library on 3810 6815, Redbank Plaza Library on 3810 6177 or Redbank Plains Library on 3810 6887 or online at library.ipswich.qld.

Call to tradies to help Blaise The call has gone out to the ‘Tradies of Ipswich’ to help Swich On on September 26 as they plan to change the life of the Wyatt family. Fundraising has been underway for quite a while now to help Blaise Wyatt who suffers a severe form of spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and is in constant need of funds to help his rehabilitation. He needs treatment that is only offered in the US, with a rehabilitation device called the ‘Therasuit’. Late last year Swich ON ran a fundraising golf day at the Gailes Golf club along with sponsor McNamara & Associates and over $10,000 was raised. Simon’s Home Timber and Hardware heard about the cause and they too decided to jump on board. The objective is to contribute towards Blaise’s treatment room downstairs at his family home, however after inspecting the house there is a lot of work that needs to be done, so September 26 is the day. Can you help? Blaise’s uncle (Andrew) is a builder and has already been chipping away at this place for a couple of years but he needs to find people willing to help him out and get a lot of the external work completed in one day. Andrew will have most of the preliminary work completed before the day and will have the site ready to go. NEEDED FOR THE DAY: • Carpenters / Apprentices. • Anyone that can use a saw and cut chamfer board up. • Anyone who can help.




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Your destination for F.U.N. Limelight Cinemas has got you covered these school holidays with something for everyone including discount movies, special events, the biggest screens in Ipswich and even an allnight movie marathon! FAMILY FUN • It’s a great time of year for family fun with Adam Sandler in ‘Pixels’, Hugh Jackman in ‘Pan’, the animated ‘Blinky Bill: The Movie’ and Shane Jacobsen in ‘Oddball’. Not only are these guaranteed to please, but with tickets for kids at just $6 it will please mum and dad’s budget too. FOR THE HARRY POTTER FANS • You asked for it, and now you’ve got it! Harry Potter fans won’t want to miss the Harry Potter Marathon II, featuring the last 4 Harry Potter movies on the big screen for one night only. Tickets for all 4 movies are just $25 and the show begins at 9pm on October 3 till the early hours of the morning! FOR THE BIGGER KIDS • Check out ‘The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials’ now screening. BY HUGE POPULAR DEMAND • On Sunday October 4th Limelight sees the return of ‘Frozen: Sing-a-long’ at 12.30, where all tickets are just $7.50 and you’re allowed to sing as loud as you like! Limelight has the biggest screens in Ippy, with two XD screens giving unmatched big screen action and surround sound, plus don’t forget The Lounge, where you can enjoy luxury movies, food and refreshments at a non-luxurious price!

MUST SEE MOVIES • Other must-sees in the next few weeks in XD include ‘Everest’, ‘The Martian’, and the incredible heights of ‘The Walk’. Plus don’t forget the action packed ‘Sicario’, Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore in ‘Miss You Already’ and Anne Hathaway in the hilarious ‘The Intern’. For session times, and bookings online visit

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Ipswich City Orchestra, joined by world renowned opera stars and ballet dancers, will breathe new life into some fairy tale favourites at The Fairy Tale Gala on Saturday 3 October. Ipswich Orpheus Choral returns to the Civic Centre stage with a spectacular new production of the perennial Rodgers and Hammerstein favourite, South Pacific from Friday 9 October to Sunday 11 October. Camerata of St John’s presents a spooky special event in the tradition of American Halloween concerts; Things That Go Bump In The Night is an eerie-themed orchestral concert on Saturday 24 October.

All My Love brings to the stage for the first time the forbidden love story of well-known writer and poet Henry Lawson and his lost love Mary Gilmore on Thursday 29 October. The hilarious Women In Voice cabaret show returns to the Civic Centre on Friday 30 October. Grab your girlfriends and come along for a great night out, full of music and plenty of laughs. Affordable school holiday entertainment at Studio 188; FIZZ! (pictured) is a fresh and imaginative production popping the big issues facing youth today; self-confidence, bullying, honesty and friendship. Bring your family along on Thursday 1 or Friday 2 October. Saturday Night Live on 10 October will see Caroline Taylor return to Studio 188 with friends to perform jazz, pop and musical theatre hits that you can sing along to. Don’t miss a Cinema 188! special screening of Half The Sky on Sunday 18 October, a powerful documentary from the USA portraying the plight of women worldwide. Visit or or call (07) 3810 6100 to purchase tickets for any of these and many other shows. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out what’s coming to Ipswich and to go in the draw for exclusive deals and giveaways!

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School holiday activities Some great events are on these school holidays so book in early for these boredom-busters organised by Ipswich City Council…and they’re FREE! Ipswich City Council Youth and Seniors Committee Chairperson Councillor Sheila Ireland said Ipswich young people had no reason to be bored during the upcoming school holidays with a wide range of activities to keep them entertained. “Council and its community partners are running a school holiday program for the city which gives all Ipswich young people the opportunity to participate in meaningful activities,” Cr Ireland said. “I want to encourage young people from all across Ipswich to become involved in the exciting program of events on offer.” The planned program (with many FREE activities) includes: LEICHHARDT ONE MILE COMMUNITY CENTRE • Activities over this period will include an excursion to Acacia Ridge Ice Skating rink, karaoke fun, a science show including both slime and snow making workshops and

arts, crafts and sporting activities. For further information and to book in please call LOMCC directly on 3812 1270. RIVERVIEW NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE (RNH) • Activities to be offered include a hip hop dance session, arts and crafts, sports fun day and cooking skills. Cooking activities will also provide kitchen safety tips for budding young chefs. For further information and to book into program please call RNH directly on 3816 2111 or email IPSWICH CBD POP UP CRAFT ACTIVITIES FREE CRAFT ACTIVITIES • September 30 and October 1 at Bob Gamble Park. Both sessions will commence at 9.30am and run until 11am and there is no need to book into these sessions simply show up! For further information email youth@ipswich. This school holiday program is open to children aged from six to 13 years. Parents/carers are required to complete registration forms. For further details call Nicole Preston at council on 3810 6671.

Learn to swim with McMahon’s! McMahon’s Swim Factory is a name well known to everyone in Ipswich, with many generations of locals learning to swim thanks to the help of McMahon’s. McMahon’s Swim Factories are now in two locations, in Ipswich and at Orion Springfield, offering lessons for all ages and abilities including babies, children, adults and squad. They also offer pool parties, aqua aerobics, intensive swimming lessons (in school holidays), lap swimming and general swimming. With summer just ten weeks away, September school holidays are a great time to get the kids into an intensive swim class so they are ready to


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Great movies at bargain prices! It’s a great time of year to be a movie fan, and these school holidays BCC Ipswich Cinemas have all your entertainment needs covered. Save with the family pass at $26 for 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children when you see Adam Sandler in ‘Pixels’ (PG), Hugh Jackman in ‘Pan’ (PG), Blinky Bill: The Movie (ctc) or the movie every Aussie is talking about, ‘Oddball’ (G) with Shane Jacobsen. PLUS enjoy a FREE 3D upgrade for ‘Pan’ and ‘Pixels’ on the family pass and pay only $1 for your 3D glasses! There are movies for everyone these school holidays with ‘Maze Runner: Scorch Trials’, ‘Everest’ and heaps more to please every

movie lover. Plus don’t forget two other great movies out on October 1st with Matt Damon in ‘The Martian’ and Robert De Niro joins Anne Hathaway in the hilarious ‘The Intern’. For year-round bargain movies, if you are looking to save all year long then the BCC Ipswich Cinemas book of 5 vouchers at $20 for children and seniors or $30 for adults will be perfect. That’s movies from only $4! You can’t beat that for value. These vouchers can be redeemed at BCC Ipswich Cinemas for any film, any day for a whole year, plus makes the perfect birthday or Christmas gift! Drop into BCC Ipswich Cinemas and grab your vouchers today! For full terms and conditions visit www.

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Pia Du Pradal The iconic Brisbane designer says the Ipswich Fashion Festival is an important event for young designers




WIN TICKETS! IpswichLife has six tickets to the Gala Fashion Evening on Friday September 25 to give away. Three lucky winners will receive two tickets each to the fashion event of the year at the Ipswich Civic Centre! To win, email your details (inc. daytime phone number) to with the code word ‘FASHION’ in the subject line. Or post entries to PO Box 124, Ipswich, Qld 4305. Entries close September 23rd. Only one entry per household accepted. Prize can be picked up from our office in the Ipswich Mall and cannot be posted.

With two boutiques in the heart of Brisbane’s retail mecca, Pia Du Pradal has built a name for herself designing and making outfits that are perfect for the Queensland climate. Outfits from her collection will be on display at the Ipswich Fashion Festival Gala this month, and with stores in the iconic Brisbane Arcade and Milton’s Park Road, Pia is excited to bring her collection to Ipswich. Her collections of smart casual, corporate, evening and formal wear are all made in Brisbane, and she has a loyal clientele including former Governor-General Quentin Bryce. Suits and dresses use natural fibres, especially cotton as well as silk and wool, making it a trademark of her work. “Our first shop was in Park Road, and at that stage it was a very trendy area, in fact the beginning of the ‘café society’ in Brisbane. I’ve never been a fan of shopping centres to be honest, so this gives me freedom.” Originally from South Africa, Pia arrived in 1986 with her husband and settled in Brisbane, after travelling to Europe and several areas of Africa before settling down under. “My parents were Danish, and I was educated in both Denmark and Cape Town in South Africa. I also lived in Botswana for eight years, and my actual background is in Social Anthropology. “Politically things got hot in South Africa and we had to decide to stay there for the rest of our lives or move. We didn’t have Google maps back then, but we’d heard that Brisbane was near the Barrier Reef, so after deciding to migrate, when we got here we got the shock of our lives. The people were so lovely though we

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decided to stay, and I’ve been here ever since! “I didn’t plan to start a business, but as my qualifications weren’t recognised here I, like most migrants, just did what I had to do. “So I started making clothes in my garage, and I employed out workers…one of those people still works for me! Pretty soon I learnt that if I wanted to control the product and the quality I would have to make them myself and I’ve always stuck to that. “It’s an ongoing evolution when you decide to design and make an outfit. We work

Quality clothes at Mikkie Finn’s Mikkie Finn’s was born from the desire to help locals buy affordable quality clothing. I have over 100 Bridal Gowns in stock. Ranging from size 4 to 22.  Some are brand new - ex shop stock, others have only been worn once. Then there’s the ex-hire gowns that sell pretty well because they are still in great shape and only cost from $80! Thats my favourite part - selling a bride a beautiful gown that is within her budget.

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extremely hard on fitting and tailoring, from pattern to pattern and season to season. If you see our catalogue you might think that a jacket was similar to one from five years ago, but it’s not at all. Detailing, sleeves and shoulder lines have all changed, but it will still retain that classic simple line. Pia’s most famous customer is former Governor General Quentin Bryce, who has changed the way the brand is viewed. “It’s been wonderful working with Quentin Bryce. She’s a very good person, and it has been a tremendous honour, plus she’s wonderful with our staff. “My advice to young designers is to get plenty of work in the industry before going out on their own. It’s vital to know how to sew, and to be able to make a pattern. Many designers think its about drawing a sketch then someone else does all the work, but if you can sew you can get a better idea about bringing it all together. “I can’t stress enough that our product is really a result of teamwork. Anyone can have an idea, but having a good machinist is something special, along with a good cutter who understands the fabric…that’s priceless. It’s not just a matter of coming up with a jacket in a trendy colour. “In many respects I wish I hadn’t given the brand my name, as everything we do is a team effort!” Pia Du Pradal will be represented by a collection of her work at the Ipswich Fashion Festival Gala on Friday September 25th. Tickets are on sale now for the fashion event of 2015 at www.

IpswichLife is proud to be the Presenting Partner for this year’s Gala Fashion Evening to be held at the Ipswich Civic Centre next Friday, September 25. Now in its third year the Ipswich Fashion Festival brings fashion, entertainment and style in an event that IpswichLife is pleased to support, as it represents the best of Ipswich.

I also stock formal gowns, evening wear, Corporate and Office wear, and a huge range of ladies 16+ clothing! Opening Hours are Monday & Wednesday 9am-4pm, Thursday 9am-5pm and 9am-1pm Saturdays. Any consignment, or queries please pop in or give me a call on 0400 691 592 or email Michelle – Owner, Mikkie Finns

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In 2015 we are no longer strangers to the online shopping experience. Shop Ipswich is making a huge difference by boosting the online presence of local businesses. Every dollar spent within Ipswich helps our local economy. Every dollar helps create job opportunities for locals and makes Ipswich an attractive place to do business. The Shop Ipswich initiative by Ipswich Chamber of Commerce is actively assisting local businesses large and small to improve their online presence to make it easy to connect with customers. These same customers now expect retailers to offer the convenience of secure online shopping. The chamber is working hard for their members and showcasing our city’s innovative approach to business. Let’s continue to encourage this community spirit and support Ipswich businesses. I urge all residents to shop locally and prove we’re a city that means business. Mayor Paul Pisasale City of Ipswich


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Helping people reach their financial goals, Dianne Charman from Jade Financial Group is in an unusual position, as she goes to work every day with people she loves dearly, and she really puts the ‘family’ in ‘Family Business’. “My husband works with me in the business, along with my niece, and my sister,” Dianne told Ipswich Life. “I’m in charge (apparently), and I come to work every day and spend it with people I love. We are building something together here…it’s a different type of leadership, but they are all here because they are really good at what they do. “The business has been around for over 20 years and we provide financial advice for people, approaching it in a collaborative manner with our clients, to help them achieve what they want. We work well because we are a small business, and I find that people like to deal with someone who owns the business, as it means we aren’t going anyway. “In my opinion it’s essential to be part of the Chamber of Commerce. I joined the Chamber because I needed to know who is in business in Ipswich,” Dianne said. “How do they run their business? What can I learn from them, and how can I contribute to the community. I knew if I did that I’d get support, and that’s what the chamber’s been to me.

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“People get to know you too, and if you’re not a member of the chamber you’re missing out on the chance to get to know people. We’re all in this together, and we need more business leaders who get together and talk about what’s working. “After the floods 5 years ago we had to work from my kitchen, as the office was flooded. Being in the chamber was fantastic, as we had so much support. So in good times and bad, I find it’s as simple as good people trying to do

good things. “I love the fact we are a unique growing community, but everyone still knows each other. I like that. My family could have gone anywhere but we chose Ipswich, especially with the schools we have here. I want to grow with Ipswich, as I see this city as a huge growth opportunity.” Above: Dianne with her 2014 Chamber Award in front of her ‘Bucket List’ wall where clients put their financial goals on display.


For one night only- October 3 You’ve asked for it and now you’ve got it! Join Limelight for a special Harry Potter Marathon. Catch the last 4 Harry Potter movies: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and the epic conclusion in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Dress ups are highly encouraged and prizes will be won on the night! Tickets are on sale now at Limelight Cinemas for this special event. THANKS TO LIMELIGHT CINEMAS WE HAVE FIVE DOUBLE PASSES TO BE WON! CODE WORD: ‘POTTER’ Note: Comp closes Oct 1st


In cinemas October 15 Legend is based on the true story of the rise and fall of the notorious Kray twins, Ronnie and Reggie (both played by Tom Hardy) two gangsters who ruled the London crime scene in the swinging sixties. With their gang, “The Firm”, the Krays imposed a reign of intimidation upon the city. But as their empire expanded, power struggles, madness, dangerous feuds and a woman weakened their bond. Told through the eyes of Frances (Emily Browning), this sees Tom Hardy deliver a dual performance, perfectly capturing the nuances of two legendary brothers. THANKS TO STUDIOCANAL WE HAVE 10 DOUBLE PASSES! CODE WORD: ‘LEGEND’

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Before going away these school holidays here are a few safety checks you can carry out at home. Check: • that all lights (headlights, brake lights and indicators) are in working order • that wipers, washers and horn operate properly • the fan belt condition and tension • the brake and clutch fluid levels and battery water level • the cooling system and hoses • the oil levels (and check for leaks) • that your tyres (including your spare) are inflated to the pressure specified for your vehicle. It is ideal to have a safety inspection carried out by your local mechanic. Mas Automotive Centres offer a FREE Safety check with every Service. TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN If you have children, it’s a good idea to pack some ‘boredom busters’ for the trip. That way you’ll avoid that familiar ‘are we there yet?’ • Music – play some fun music the kids can sing along to • movies – bring a portable DVD player with a couple of DVDs to choose from • car-friendly games, puzzles and drawing books • car games like ‘I-spy’ • Carry some snacks and water ALWAYS REMEMBER THE FATAL 5 Distraction , Speeding, Drink & Drug Driving, Failure to wear a seat belt, & Driving Fatigue   Drive safely these school holidays, from the staff at Mas Automotive Service Centres in Sumner Park, West Ipswich and Redbank Plaza.


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At Ipswich Incinerator Theatre Two hilarious Australian plays will provide a great night out at the Incinerator Theatre. Love and Other Flushes tells the story of a young couple, desperately in need of emergency marriage counselling, and a knockabout, wise-cracking plumber. Love or Nearest Offer is set in the office of the ‘Love of Your Life’ introduction agency. Bev has successfully run the agency for 20 years when her silent partner dies. Her new partner is a used car dealer with his own ideas on how to move the merchandise. Shows are on October 2, 3, 9, 10 at 8pm and October 4 at 2pm. THANKS TO IPSWICH LITTLE THEATRE WE HAVE A DOUBLE PASS TO BE WON! CODE WORD: ‘THEATRE’

In selected cinemas from October 1 Stars: Michael Fassbender &Marion Cotillard. The story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader brought low by ambition and desire. A thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a truthful reimagining of what wartime must have really been like for one of Shakespeare’s most famous and compelling characters, a story of allconsuming passion and ambition set in war-torn 11th Century Scotland. THANKS TO TRANSMISSION FILMS WE HAVE TEN DOUBLE PASSES! CODE WORD: ‘SCOTTISH PLAY’

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Australian Hornets fly strike mission into Syria Two RAAF F/A-18A Hornets have for the first time crossed the Syrian border on an air strike mission described as “on-call interdiction and dynamic targeting support.” The Hornets returned to home base without being called upon to deliver weapons on target. ‘On-call interdiction’ requires that attacking aircraft be armed and ready to attack a target of opportunity, with tasking and targeting information passed to aircrews while airborne, while ‘dynamic targeting’ is the active process of identifying, prosecuting and engaging emerging targets – targets that may not be identified before the mission. The RAAF Hornets and coalition fighters were supported by air refuellers and surveillance aircraft such as RAAF KC-30A MRTT and E-7A Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft. ATG Commander, Air Commodore Stu Bellingham said the Hornets searched points of interest for enemy activity in eastern Syria, reporting to the coalition’s Combined Air Operations Centre through the E-7A aircraft.

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“Daesh controls a large amount of territory in eastern Syria that serves as a source of recruitment and oil revenues, and as a base from which it continues to launch attacks into Iraq”, he said. “The Hornets were also prepared for any short notice high priority tasking which could include surveillance and weapons release.” The Australian Task Group is part of Operation OKRA, Australia’s contribution to the international effort to combat the Daesh terrorist threat in Iraq and Syria. Defence says the Australian ATG will continue to plan and conduct air strikes against Daesh in Iraq and Syria as part of coalition strike operations aimed at disrupting and degrading Daesh strongholds. Right: RAAF Hornets armed with bombs and missiles fly a combat mission.


Defence members issue challenge Australian Defence Force personnel are bleeding example in the nation’s largest blood challenge. The annual Defence Blood Challenge, now in its seventh year, challenges Navy, Army, Air Force and Defence civilians to compete from now up until December 8th to make the greatest number of blood donations. Last year, Defence force personnel gave more than 5,400 blood donations, enough to potentially save 16,200 lives. This year, they are hoping to save the lives of more than 18,000 Australians through blood donations. Blood Service spokesperson, Amy McDowell said that Ipswich Defence personnel were already booked in to make their lifesaving donations. “Each year, the Challenge grows and sees more lives saved” she said. “Given their already outstanding contribution to the nation, it is wonderful to see our Defence personnel find the time to donate blood. “Every donation helps to save three

lives, including the treatment of cancer patients, people with blood disorders, unborn babies, mothers during childbirth, trauma victims and even military members.” The Challenge is a key part of the Blood Service’s Red25 program, a unique movement in which groups and organisations around Australia unite to save lives through blood donations. Red25 has a clear and concise mission – to achieve 25 per cent of Australia’s blood donations. The challenge is out to all ADF and Defence Civilians. At the time of press, the Queensland tally stands at: Air Force 30 Navy 13 Army 132 Defence Civilian 4 To make an appointment to give blood call 13 14 95 or visit www.donateblood. Above: FL Sgt Nicola O’Brien and the Blood Bank’s Ella Skipper assist FLTLT Pamela Wittman who gave blood as part of the ADF Challenge.


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RAAF trains RAF loadmasters Training foreign aircrew members is not usually assigned to an Australian Defence group but that is now the case with two Royal Air Force crewmen undergoing C-17A loadmaster training at RAAF Amberley. The main reason is that the base has the only C-17A Cargo Compartment Trainer system installed outside the United States. The CCT replicates the cargo compartment of the C-17, enabling realistic practical training without having to use an actual aircraft. The CCT is more than a fuselage shell, it is a fully functional system that can realistically simulate both day and night operating and loading conditions for loadmaster, aeromedical evacuation and aeromedical specialist training. The facility includes classrooms, loading vehicles, simulated cargo and other training assets.

of Defence to provide training at the CCT facility. On completion of their training, MAcr Brompton and FSGT Bryson will return to their squadron, which operates eight C-17As. Below Left: Flight Sergeant Dave Bryson from RAF Brize Norton operates the C-17A loading panel during training at RAAF Amberley. Left: C-17 loadmaster instructors Derek Long and Denis Matthews with Master Aircrew Russ Brompton and Flight Sergeant Dave Bryson. Below: The C-17 Cargo Compartment Trainer installed at RAAF Amberley.

Master Aircrew (MAcr) Russ Brompton and Flight Sergeant (FSGT) Dave Bryson from No 99 Squadron at RAF Brize Norton in the UK are undergoing training at present, which includes a mix of classroom, training device

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More than 300 families now call the Honeywood Estate home and it is easy to see why. The Honeywood estate features large traditional sized blocks with peaceful views of the mountain ranges and surrounding rural landscapes. Set in the beautiful Brisbane Valley township of Fernvale you will never want to leave with number of shopping outlets and a vibrant café scene with Brisbane and Ipswich only a short distance away. 
Honeywood is one of the rare modern estates that offers traditional sized (600m2 plus) building blocks enabling families to grow and accommodate other things on the property such as sheds, pools and the like. Most blocks also have beautiful scenic views of the mountain ranges and surrounding countryside. 
“Buyers at Honeywood do not want to settle for a small block and they don’t need to. Honeywood has large traditional blocks with big back yards on offer while being close to all the benefits of an established community. Honeywood is on the doorstep of a new shopping precinct and centre of town. With its picturesque surroundings and views you almost can’t believe you are only 20 minutes from Ipswich CBD and the Amberley Air Base. Why settle for a small block,” said Honeywood Estate Manager Jarod Herden.

Honeywood’s latest release features only 28 elevated homesites with stunning mountain views and rural vistas that are now ready to build on. This boutique stage is already over 50 per cent sold with the remaining blocks ranging in size from 600 to 829sqm. “One of the most popular attributes of the estate are its elevated natural contours providing most blocks with unique views without the maintenance requirements of acreage lots,” said Mr Herden. The Honeywood estate has always been affordable and continues to be with homesites from a low $139,000, and with help from some of Queensland’s leading builders, there are a number of house and land packages available to suit all buyers starting from only $295,000. 
“I’m unaware of any other residential estates in South East Queensland that can offer a new 4 bedroom, 2 bathrooms and 2 car garage home on a 600sqm block for that kind of value,” said Mr Herden. You can find out more about Honeywood at Fernvale by visiting the sales and information centre in the heart of Fernvale located along the Brisbane Valley Highway, or contact the sales office on 5427 0511.

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Ipswich Life Magazine - 21 September 2015  
Ipswich Life Magazine - 21 September 2015  

Lifestyle magazine for Ipswich in Queensland plus Defence Force activities.