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Springfield Times

APRIL 2014 - ISSUE 204

Distributed free to homes and businesses in Augustine Heights, Brookwater, Camira, Gailes, Springfield and Springfield Lakes

Students Make a Stand

Westside Christian College students (left to right): Jaymarin Steele, Tayla Newman, Charlotte Friis, Emma Jesberg, Emily Dorney, Hannah Sison and Kirsty Johnson raised funds for Destiny Rescue by making a stand against human trafficking.


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Plenty on offer at the Ipswich Show Get ready to have fun at the 141st Ipswich Show to be held on 16th, 17th and 18th May at the Ipswich Showgrounds, 81 Warwick Road, Ipswich. There will be something for everyone with free events on the Wednesday and Thursday in a warm up to the Show. Wednesday 14th May - Dog Competition – Battery World Ipswich Main Arena. No entry fee and free parking on-site. Thursday 15th May - Horse Jumping Competition – Battery World Ipswich Main Arena. No entry fee and free parking on-site. Special events will be on the following days: Friday 16th May - Official Opening; live musical performances (main arena); spectacular FMX Kaos Motocross demonstrations; camel racing; The Bushwacker Bonanza Lumberjack Show; Ipswich Furniture Court Jet Car; fireworks. Saturday 17th May - Demolition Derby; Ipswich Furniture Court Jet Car; camel racing; The Bushwacker Bonanza Lumberjack Show; fireworks. Sunday 18th May - Battery World Ipswich Monster Trucks; fireworks; camel racing; Woodchop Competition. All day, every day events at the Show: • Animal Nursery & Farmyard Friends; • Young Talent on Show; • Dreamtime Reptiles & Wild Rangers Wildlife Encounters; • Roving Entertainment such as Memphis Moovers, Cleo the Clown and Fiesta Tropicale Trio; • New Hope Group Community Stage includes live music performances;

• Lifestyle Stage in the Exhibits Pavilion which includes fashion parades, Meat Magic demonstrations and more. • Trade Stands; • Exhibits Pavilion includes art, craft, photography, horticulture, farm produce, pigeons, poultry, caged birds, schoolwork and much more. • Food Court with an array of food from all over the globe; • Showbags and Sideshow Alley. So why would you miss this fantastic array of entertainment and activities all for an entry price starting from $7 for Primary School Students through to $14 per adult (pre-sell prices only). Tickets are now available online* via (*small booking fee applies) or tickets will also be available at the gate on the day ($9 for Primary School Students through to $17 for adults). For more information contact the show office on 3281 1577 or head to the website


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Personally Speaking

By Susannah Friis with Susannah Friis

If you read my last editorial, you would have noticed there was a rather glaring mistake. This is what happens when you cut and paste and don’t read over things before they go to print. Frankly, with four publications, I’m surprised I haven’t made this mistake numerous times! Making mistakes seems to come pretty naturally to the majority of us, doesn’t it? I come from a long line of people who ‘need’ to be right and who have trouble admitting their mistakes. Fortunately for me, I seem to make so many that I’ve had to get used to it and don’t tend to have quite so much of a problem with it as others! One thing I’ve noticed about us humans is that we are quick to point out another’s mistake but slow to forgive it; and we are slow to recognise when we make a mistake but quick to forgive ourselves and expect others to do so with the same speed. Most of us are full of double standards. One only needs to drive on the road for multiple examples of this. We cut across someone because it was ‘necessary’; when others cut across us, it’s because they are an idiot who can’t drive. Realising that we all make mistakes, and that we are included in the ‘all’, is part of maturing. It’s freeing to finally come to the point of truly accepting that we and those around us will make mistakes. The problems arise because we don’t all mature at the same rate. There are children who have grasped the fact of their own fallibility, and many, many adults who are yet to come to terms with it. So what we need more of when dealing with our own and others’ mistakes, is grace. Whether seeking pardon (like me right now!) or granting forgiveness, grace is what is required of us. We will ask others to overlook our mistakes, and if they are not yet in the place where they recognise their own humanness, we will need to extend grace when they show their displeasure at our mistake. When another comes to us after they have made a mistake, we can be gracious in our response because we understand our own need for forgiveness and grace for our mistakes. In all our dealings with people, we are going to be both the perpetrator and the recipient of mistakes; there is simply no way to avoid it. The question then remains: how will we respond? Imagine a world, a community, or a family, where mistakes are graciously accepted as a normal part of life. What a wonderful thing that would be.

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incorporates Seligman’s identified five essential well-being elements - Positive Emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishments - with appropriate resources and tools to support and build the necessary skills and habits for success. At The Springfield Anglican College, a clear focus across both the Primary and Secondary campuses is the provision of a safe, caring, positive and engaging learning environment. Such a learning environment is central to student achievement and success. While the College has a very good reputation for the delivery of such an environment, as validated by current parents and prospective parents seeking enrolment, this year the College has embarked on a College-wide desire to take the level of pastoral care afforded to students to a new level. Pastoral care programmes underpin and shape the breadth of the learning environment in place at any school. Traditionally, such programmes have a strong focus on assisting students who experience personal challenges and, while this is extremely important, the College’s newly introduced Positive Education Framework ‘Learn and Flourish’ seeks to enhance the lives of all our students. The College’s Positive Education Framework embeds the research and work of renowned psychologist, educator and author, Professor Martin Seligman’s, positive well-being theory into our daily practice. The College-wide framework

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The College’s Positive Education Framework has been developed with both students and staff in mind, as our goal is to build upon the already strong foundation of positivity and optimism that supports engagement, enjoyment, relationships and social connectedness, all of which enhance academic and professional achievement and personal well-being. There is substantial evidence from empirical studies that indicates that the explicit focus, teaching and modelling of skills to increase resilience, positive emotions, engagement and meaning greatly supports the development of emotional intelligence which, according to Seligman’s research, allows people to flourish. This is an exciting initiative for the College. Quality pastoral care forms a key element of the College’s holistic approach to education. During the year, the feedback from students, parents and staff will be instrumental in gauging the effectiveness and benefit of this concerted approach to providing students with every opportunity to flourish. Steve Croft Head of College

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Public interest in the Creative Hub Greater Springfield is growing quickly since its first official meeting early this year. A public call to commence the design work on the initiative’s visual identity brought local experts in communication, graphic design and branding out and into the open. The local team rolled their sleeves up and came up with the visual identity that will be used by the group from this point onward. “The concept of creative heART and hub captures the essence of community and its rich creative and cultural diversity,” said Jolanta Szymczyk, the driver behind the vision. THE CREATIVE heART aims to bring people together, enabling them to create their own creative and innovative community experiences and define their own creative voices in the Greater Springfield community. It has certainly been the case for Gemma Randles, Founder and Director of an Award winning Marketing and Design agency in Ireland, who has recently relocated back to her native Australia and Greater Springfield. Gemma, accompanied by the youngest The Creative heART’s member, her little daughter Annabelle, said, “It has been highly stimulating to be part of the branding activity as it encompasses our vision of bringing a heART to the Greater Springfield Community.” This notion has certainly been reflected in the design itself. The design, shaped up by Suzie Porter of Big Hello Designs, Springfield Lakes, will give the group identity and a recognisable name in the community. “It’s been a fun process trying to focus our concept and ideals into a clear and distinct visual message. I’m really happy with the outcome,” said Suzie. The Creative heART is shaping up to be the learning, sharing, meeting and networking platform in the area. It will not only strengthen the community, but also will offer a sense of belonging and contribute to health and well-being of the community. If you missed the initial meetings, are creative yourself or are part of an existing group, involved in creative industries as part of your business or personal interest or a hobby and would like to be part of this creative journey – lets us know about yourselves and become involved. For updates, follow ups and meeting details check the facebook, or contact Jolanta Szymczyk at, or phone 0405 336 240.

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Heartworm has long been recognised as a potentially deadly disease in dogs but did you know that your cat is also susceptible to this disease? Mosquitos are responsible for the spread of heartworm to both cats and dogs. There is a common misconception that dogs that do not leave their house or yard are safe from heartworm. This is not true, unless of course you are 100% certain that the house and yard are free from mosquitos at all times. The number of dogs in Brisbane that are not on prevention and are carrying the disease is increasing all the time. If one of these infected dogs lives in your neighbourhood, and your dog or cat is not protected, there is a very high chance that your pet will also develop the disease. Heartworm is a long thin roundworm which makes its home on the right chamber of the heart and surrounding blood vessels. Not long after infection, the adult worms begin causing damage to the lining of the blood vessels and also the lung tissue. If there is enough of them, they can actually block the overflow of blood from the heart, or wrap themselves around a valve. Needless to say this can have disastrous consequences! Unfortunately for cats, as few as two heartworms can create enough damage to internal organs for death to occur. Clinical signs that may be seen in both dogs and cats include coughing, tiredness, difficulty breathing, fatigue and collapse. In dogs, the disease can be diagnosed with a blood test and, depending on the result, prevention or treatment is administered. This is not to say that the treatment of heartworm disease is not without its perils. A much simpler way is to prevent this disease in the first place. The oldest preventative treatment was in the form of daily tablets but is now superseded with monthly tablets that may also treat your pets for intestinal worms and control fleas as well. The yearly heartworm injection is the most reliable and convenient way of prevention for dogs. If your dog has missed any heartworm medication, a heartworm blood test may need to be performed before starting a new cycle. Heartworm infection in cats is harder to diagnose than it is in dogs and it is easy to overlook. Diagnostic tests have limitations, so negative test results do not necessarily rule out an infection. For cats, the most convenient way of prevention is to use medication in liquid form applied on the skin once a month. If you would like some more information on heartworm disease prevention, please contact your nearest Greencross Vet for advice prior to starting any medication.

Suburbs join forces to help those in need They say good news spreads and bad news spreads even faster, but for one community group committed to helping those in need, the good news about what they are doing has spread beyond their wildest imaginings. Forest Lake resident, Sue Gibbon began a crochet group in August and since then the group has grown from a handful of interested ladies to over 35 active members. Meeting weekly at Settlers Retirement Village, members swap knowledge, chat over a cuppa and, of course, crochet, with nearly a hundred blankets being donated to various charities since the groups inception. With such an industrious attitude, the group is always in need of wool to create the crocheted items. A representative from Excellence in Care Family Daycare approached Sue, offering to assist in gathering wool for the group, as part of their ongoing commitment to contribute to community charitable events. Placing a donation box outside the Forest Lake Woolworths store and a box outside Spotlight at Orion Springfield, has resulted in much more than donations of wool. The group were given a table and chairs at Spotlight’s Yarn Fair, held on Saturday March 22 and seven members from the crochet group were on hand at the entrance of the store to show the completed blankets and offer tutorials on various crochet techniques. Due to an overwhelming response, the group has been asked to have a presence at the store every second Saturday beginning in May, from 11am - 1pm. Donations were also given on the day with the group taking away two large garbage bags of wool, one of which was tangled wool, donated by Spotlight. Staff and customers alike bought wool and added balls and balls to the growing pile in the box. Some customers decided to join the friendly group that meets in Forest Lake every Thursday at 10.30am at Settlers Retirement Village. If you would like to donate some wool, or are interested in joining the crochet group, phone Sue on 3279 9561 for more details.


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Finding inspiration at Soroptimist Conference

Ralda Forzin, President of SISQ, Sue Whitehead, Victoria; Annette Korzeba, South Australia; and Kathy Ballantyne, Springfield. Ladies from all over Australia travelled to the South Queensland Soroptimist (SISQ) Conference held at the Metro International Hotel Ipswich recently. The conference featured guest speakers from Ipswich and Springfield and members from the new clubs being formed in Springfield and Ipswich. Ralda Forzin, President of the Soroptimist clubs of South Queensland (SISQ) said, “It was exciting to have such a wonderful conference at the Metro Hotel in Ipswich. “We chose to extend into the Ipswich area because of its strong sense of community and rapid growth – a strong foundation for a community service organisation like ours. “It was wonderful to have six women local to the Ipswich area join us from the two new clubs. Once we decided to begin forming new clubs we felt it would be a boost to have our conference here in Ipswich where it would be easy for new members to attend.” The new clubs in Ipswich and Springfield are beginning projects although they need many more members to be chartered. Karen Murray from East Ipswich is organizing a Five Senses, Health and Wellbeing Day at the Ipswich Girl’s Grammar School on 25 May. Included on the day will be a delicious lunch using raw food prepared by Liz Gilbert Grant; Andrea Forrest will develop Voice Empowerment and Gong Bath; Sheena Hughes will demonstrate Healing Aromatherapy and Trudy Vesotsky will instruct in Truthful whispers. This will be followed by Creative Visualisation with Natasha Howie and last but not least Frocklicy Fun with Foxxy. The cost is $95. The Ipswich Soroptimists are grateful to the generous support given by the Ipswich Councillors which is making this day possible. For more information about the Five Senses, Health and Wellbeing Day phone Karen 0419 640 629. The focus of Soroptimists is to help women and girls through Education Empowerment and Enabling in local and international projects, and at the same time have lots of fun and develop new friendships. The Springfield meetings are in the Orion Shopping Centre, Community Room, first floor, on the first and third Mondays of every month. Phone Shelley 0419 546 013 for more information. The Ipswich meetings are held at the Humanities Building, 56 South Street, on the first and third Thursdays of every month. Phone Bev if interested on 0414 340 216.

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In a commitment to provide care to people who have suffered the loss of a mother, sister, aunt or daughter, Centenary Memorial Gardens will hold a Mothers Day Remembrance service on Friday May 9. Now in it’s thirteenth year, the special service is open to anyone in the community who has lost a female family member, even people who may have used a different cemetery or crematorium are welcome. This years service will include guest speaker Lisa Grosskopf. Lisa is a popular funeral celebrant who has assisted many of the families who have come to Centenary Memorial Gardens. Lisa will also be singing on the evening and presenting a photo tribute to women. “We can’t change the profound sadness a family feels at the loss of a mother but our services provide an opportunity to remember her and draw close to her in a non- threatening environment surrounded by others experiencing a similar loss,” said Peter Ship, Manager, Centenary Memorial Gardens. “Each year we try and present a service that is different but meaningful, just a casual relaxed atmosphere where people can take the time to remember their loved ones. “One year we planted 150 trees on the evening to create the Garden of Angels, another year we presented everyone with a pack of home-made cupcakes. Sometimes we hand out flowers that the family can place on their loved ones grave. “We have even been known to have spectacular fireworks displays, all as a part of honouring Mothers and celebrating their lives.” The special Mothers Day Remembrance service will be held in the Federation Chapel at Centenary Memorial Gardens on May 9 starting at 6.30pm. Guests are asked to RSVP before May 6 by calling Centenary Memorial Gardens on 3271 1222.


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A new world class lagoon swimming pool received the go-ahead recently as the centrepiece of stage two of Robelle Domain. The revised design was approved by Ipswich City Council and secured for the city one of the biggest public lagoon-style swimming pools in Australia. A review of the original plans and budget enabled council to include a zero to over a metre depth swimming lagoon equal in size to Southbank’s famous beach pool. “This is a tremendous result for the community and followed feedback from businesses, civic groups and residents very keen for stage two to include a pool. “We’ve listened to the community and we’ve acted,” Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said. “This is a decision by all councillors, and I want to thank them for their strategic vision and their dedication to the Ipswich of tomorrow. “Enhanced lighting, landscaping, seating, bbqs and water fountains will also be installed to make this a true recreation destination with the installation of Safe City CCTV cameras planned as a future enhancement. “These works will be a boost for the local economy with a number of jobs created during the construction phase of the project and an additional 15 full time jobs per annum for the city once the lagoon is in full operation,” Cr Pisasale said. Parks, Sport and Recreation Committee Chairperson and Division 1 Cr David Morrison said this decision will be welcomed by all local residents and families. “The 3.74 hectare development that includes the lagoon, new green space and walking tracks brings together Robelle Domain, Orion Town Centre, Springfield Central train station, Education City and the Parklands Business District into a single unified hub. “Being able to do some shopping at Orion, enjoy a gourmet al fresco lunch and then stroll through beautiful parklands to take the kids for a dip is in the immediate future for local residents. “It’s going to be great and as the local Councillor I am thrilled,” said Cr Morrison.



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The Springfield Anglican College’s new state-of-the-art Multipurpose Centre was officially opened by Mayor Paul Pisasale, City of Ipswich, late last month, marking the completion of the first of four major construction projects for the College this year. Head of College Mr Steve Croft said the $950,000 building, located on the Secondary Campus, was a wonderful addition to the College that would provide students with greater access to large indoor spaces for a range of classroom activities and events. “The centre is a major benefit to the whole school community, with students, staff and parents able to take advantage of the great space,” said Mr Croft. “With an ability to host a range of activities, from classroom lessons and delivery of our Creative Arts programmes including dance, drama and music performances, through to weekly Chapel, Open Day information sessions and Parent Information Evenings, the Centre is a welcome addition to the school community.” The completion of the Multipurpose Centre is one of four major projects to be undertaken by the College this year, with construction of a Creative Arts Precinct, Year Seven and Language Classroom Block and Change Facilities to be completed by the end of 2014. “The opening of the Multipurpose Centre marks the beginning of an exciting phase for the College as we continue to support our growth in enrolments. The construction of these facilities on campus is another example of our commitment to providing our students with opportunities to develop their talents and realise ‘Their Future’,” said Mr Croft. The Multipurpose Centre was partially funded with a grant from the Commonwealth Government of $215,000 and State Government of $215,000 toward a $950,000 project.

Camira Friends and Neighbours update

by Pat Quickfall We had our AGM on 5th March so there was no guest speaker, but the meeting ended with a lovely morning tea. On Wednesday 12th March, members enjoyed wine and gossip while also playing some table games. Wednesday 19th March we celebrated St Patricks Day, including a race track in the hall with horses and jockeys! There was also a prize for the best dressed in green of course. It was a great morning which everyone enjoyed. On Wednesday 26th March, we had to have our thinking caps on for Trivia. There were some good questions and everyone did very well and enjoyed sharing morning tea together afterwards. Our sound system is now finished, so many thanks to Bob Keogh who did a lot of running around to get this system up and running. Thank you Bob. We have three of our members who are sick Harold, Delores, and Murray - we wish you all a speedy recovery. If you’re interested in joining our group, please call me on 3818 9343.

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Mothering is one of the most challenging, uplifting, frustrating, and rewarding experiences of a woman’s life. As the median age for marriage continues to creep upwards, women are typically delaying their child-bearing to between 25 to 34 years of age. A major influence has been women seeking longer education than ever before in Australia’s history, and with it a rapid rise in women’s participation in the workforce. Along with this comes greater financial security and the fringe benefits of a lifestyle to match. All these social influences mean that by the time women start their own families, many have had very little experience of babies, toddlers or young children...and for many it comes as a profound shock! Trying to balance work, family, and personal fulfilment presents a unique challenge to women today. For a large number of women, there are few role models as their own mothers are also often working, and family networks that used to provide support are more fragmented than ever before meaning that the caring for infants largely falls to the parents, often the mother. Women often comment to me that mothering is the most significant ‘job” they will ever undertake, yet there’s no training, no health and safety regulations, no annual leave, and little, if any, recognition of the health problems commonly faced by mothers. Doctors can be too quick to prescribe antidepressants or Valium, without asking about a few basic issues such as sleep habits, social support, even the disparity between their romanticized dreams of motherhood and reality. Several research studies have shown a strong link between shattered expectations of motherhood and various mental health problems like depression and OCD. Addressing wellbeing at the time women become pregnant is as important as teaching them what to expect during childbirth. After birth, giving mothers access to wellness support services has the potential to dramatically decrease medications that simply mask the real problems, and often add to them by implying that struggling mums are failing in some way. For example, a technique known as ‘job crafting’ which is used widely in the corporate sector, coaches those new to a job in the tasks, relationships, and self-motivation relevant to the job demands. Mothering, including the responsibilities of managing a household with significantly less time, lends itself well to this approach. The aim is to foster flourishing women who feel that they are in control of their lives; they feel good and function effectively, and maintain high levels of health (physical, mental and social). This is achieved by boosting self-efficacy, use of signature strengths, a raft of positive emotions such as pleasure and optimism, and they can then approach this role with the same degree of enthusiasm as they would for any new career pathway. Coaching psychology potentially offers to make a huge impact on women’s lives, with good evidence-based interventions that could dramatically reduce the statistics for many mental health problems during this stage of life.

Brisbane 2 Ipswich Challenge on again The Brisbane 2 Ipswich (B2I) Bike Challenge is back for its 13th year and is projected to be the biggest and best yet. This year, the ride will be held on the 18th of May with cyclists travelling from Brisbane CBD through Springfield, the Ripley Valley en route to Ipswich. Upon reaching Ipswich, participants are able to relax and enjoy the finishing festival where they will be treated to entertainment and a range of other activities. This is the only mass participation bike ride between Brisbane and Ipswich and is continually growing with the rapid development of the local region. The ride attracts participants from all over South East Queensland who are keen to challenge themselves to ride the distance and also to raise much needed funds for the Ipswich Hospital Foundation and the 24/7 Cycling Safety Fund. Whether you ride a mountain bike, a BMX bike or even a penny farthing, you are encouraged to join in the fun as riders of all levels and ages can participate. The 2014 B2I will take on a new look with the Ipswich Hospital Foundation as the principal organiser and beneficiary. Registration will still be available through the B2I website which will be continually updated leading up to the event. If you would like further information, please contact Bernie Ripoll’s office on 3879 6440 or visit the B2I website,


Goodna/Redbank Branch by Vera

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Welcome to autumn and the promise of cooler days ahead. This month we celebrate Easter but also remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice on ANZAC day. Briefly looking back, thirty-one members from the Goodna/Redbank Branch boarded a Cross Country Tour bus on Tuesday, 25 March and headed to Beenleigh to visit the Historical Village Museum which is most interesting and reminded many of the past. We had lunch at the Beenleigh RSL and lastly, on the way back home, visited the Chocolate shop. On Tuesday, 8 April, twenty members attended Mayor Paul Pisasale and Councillors Senior’s Concert, The Blackstone Bell, at the Ipswich Civic Centre. The Seniors always put on a good concert. A reminder that our guest speaker for the April meeting will be from the Ipswich Men’s Shed. The Coffee Club on the 6th May will be at the Queensland Park Café, Ipswich at 10.00am. Councilor Paul Tully, Division 2 will be guest speaker for 20 May Branch meeting. The National Seniors Goodna/Redbank Branch meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Goodna Leagues Club, Brisbane Terrace at 9.30am for a 10.00am start. We are a small friendly club and we welcome visitors. For further information please contact our secretary Val on 3297 5735.

A message from the Mayor’s Desk BY THE MAYOR - PAUL PISASALE A breakthrough was reached last month to guarantee Ipswich its own Southbank-style lagoon pool as part of stage two of Robelle Domain. Work is already underway on the $10.3 million project which includes $5 million from the Australian Government. The updated design is a tremendous result and followed feedback from community and business groups such as the local chamber of commerce. Ipswich City Council is committed to a city that is happy, lively and a place where people can’t wait to bring their kids. This decision was made possible with the support of all Ipswich councillors and I thank them for their strategic vision and dedication to the Ipswich of tomorrow. Robelle Domain is part of the much larger Springfield Central Parklands and already rivals the great parklands of the world. The new swimming lagoon with further add to its reputation as a park of regional significance drawing locals and visitors to our city. Another exciting event just around the corner is the Ipswich Festival which celebrates everything that is great about our diverse city including the people, arts, tourism, and many cultures. This year the Ipswich Festival will be held from April 24 to May 11 and there are plenty of opportunities for residents to get involved in free entertainment, events and activities. The parade is a great opportunity for different groups, businesses and organisations to put together a float and get involved with the broader Ipswich community. Visit to find out what’s on and how to get involved. The Greater Springfield Times -April 2014 - Page 15


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Probus Club Update by Pat van der Beek Welcome to the monthly column of the Goodna/Springfield Probus Club, how incredible that we are already in the fourth month of the year! If you are going to be driving over Easter, do take extra care on the roads and enjoy a safe and happy break. During March, a group of members took a tour of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research at Herston where we learned about great advances in the treatment of various cancers at the Institute. Our new committee is enthusiastically planning the year ahead with many exciting outings and interesting guest speakers. Our speaker for April was Dr James Lergessner who spoke on ‘Baby Boomers growing up in Brisbane’, quite a nostalgia trip for many of us. May’s speaker will be Club Secretary Vic Wise on ‘Eight Days to Singapore,’ reminiscences of Vic’s days in the air force in the 1960s. April’s activity was a visit to the Old Courthouse Restaurant in Ipswich for a production of ‘Baby Boomers and their Music’ which kept the nostalgia kick going after our April speaker. Also in April, we visited historic Wolston House at Wacol and learned the history of Dr Stephen Simpson and family who settled a large part of the area on the banks of the Brisbane River in the 1850s. In May, we will visit QPAC in Brisbane for a backstage tour of the facility, probably travelling by train. Also this month, we are introducing regular monthly lunches at the Spring Lake Hotel; these will be held on a different day of the week each month so that all members can attend at least some of the outings throughout the year. May’s lunch will be on Tuesday, May 20th. There will be no coffee morning this month as Good Friday and ANZAC Day fall on the last two Fridays of the month. However, regular coffee mornings (third Friday of the month) will resume on 16 May. All members are welcome at all activities and potential members are encouraged to contact Vic on the number below for details. We would like to issue a cordial invitation to all retired and semiretired local people to consider joining our friendly club. There is no charge for your first meeting and you are under no obligation to join. Your first step is to ring Vic on 3271 1096 or join us at 1.30pm on the first Wednesday of each month at the Camira Friends and Neighbours Clubhouse in Bruce Lane (cnr Langley Road), Camira.

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Robelle Domain Stage Two Council gave approval for a world class swimming lagoon to be the centrepiece of stage two of Robelle Domain at Springfield Central. Weather permitting, the lagoon is planned to be open by Christmas holidays 2014. What is now a dry gully, will be transformed to a world class piece of public open space. Year Of Construction @ Springfield Central At present, there are two cranes in Springfield Central - one at the GE Headquarters, one at USQ duplication and soon there will be a third one at the Mater Hospital site. In addition to the three cranes on the skyline, Orion Stage Two will become the largest construction site in Ipswich city for awhile. We live in a great city in a very exciting time in its history. School Leaders It was my pleasure to meet with all the school leaders from Division One along with Cr Sheila Ireland with some from Division 9. All the leaders did their schools and their families proud. We spoke of current and future development and issues specifically focused on youth. Niche Hotel The Niche Hotel at Spring Lake Metro is being restored to its former glory and is planned to be open in May with a new name. The hotel will have 23 luxurious rooms, a restaurant, board room and lap pool. ANZAC Day Service The ANZAC dawn service at Robelle Domain will this year include a community march. The march will assemble on the bridge on John Nugent Way, Robelle Domain. This will be the first ever ANZAC community march in the Springfield area. If you want to be part of the march, meet on the John Nugent bridge at 5.30am on Friday 25th April. Library Council has a plan to eventually build a stationary library at Orion Springfield Central. Until a stationary library is constructed, the mobile library comes to Orion Springfield Central each Thursday between 2pm and 7pm. It is also stationed at the Camira Springfield Community Centre every second Wednesday between 2pm and 7pm. You can specifically order library resources online for the mobile library to bring to your specific mobile library location. Remember: Every achievement grows out of the seed of determination.

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Some months ago the members of the new provisional Rotary Club of Greater Springfield challenged themselves to raise the funds to purchase a Shelterbox; this was the new clubs first community service project. Shelterbox is an international Rotary managed disaster relief charity that provides shelter, warmth and dignity to those who have been affected by disasters worldwide. Rotary delivers boxes of aid, each of which provides an extended family with quality survival equipment and shelter to use while they rebuild their homes. The club has received news that their challenge has finally been met with their box number 12265 finally delivered to a family in need in the Philippines. It took Lamberto Humanel and his wife three years to build their home. The earthquake last year destroyed it in 30 seconds. They were living amongst the ruins of their house when Rotary found them. Now Lamberto, his wife and her two sisters, as well as one of their daughters, are living in a Shelterbox tent. Lamberto said, “We want to give a million thanks to all of Shelterbox for this tent. We are much warmer now at night, and I know because of this we will now have a much longer life.” With the help of Rotary clubs like the Rotary Club of Greater Springfield and their kind donations, more families like Lamberto’s are safe and together as they begin to rebuild their homes and their lives. Over two million refugees have now fled the worsening violence in Syria and over four million are still displaced within the country. To find out how you can help, go to The Rotary Club of Greater Springfield will celebrate the official chartering of the club by Rotary International on 12 April at the Brookwater Golf and Country Club. The Rotary Club of Greater Springfield (prov) holds its meetings every Thursday evening at 6.30pm at the Brookwater Golf and Country Club, 1 Tournament Drive Brookwater. For enquiries, contact Club Secretary Lachlan Clarke on 0409 711 199, visit us on Facebook or email us on

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