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28 December 2007

Burglar targets Goodna Subway in crime spree

AAP REPORTS TODAY:

A burglar targeting a string of Subway sandwich stores south of Brisbane may be a former employee, police say.

From October 16 to as recently as Tuesday, the man has broken into Subway stores in the Gold Coast, Logan, Ipswich and Goodna areas.

In each case, he entered through the roof and tried to break into the store's safe.

Police would not say how many safes the man had successfully broken into or how much money he had taken.

Detective Senior Sergeant Mick Thiesfield said the man was able to enter and exit the stores discreetly, and had intimate knowledge of the location of security cameras and safes.

"Our opinion is that he may have previously worked at the stores, known someone who worked at the store, or know someone involved in the installation of the security devices," he told AAP.

Snr Sgt Thiesfield said police were liaising with Subway stores in the area, where many franchisees were worried about becoming the next target.

"We have relayed our concerns about the number of offences that are occurring," he said.

During a November 5 break-in at the Loganholme Subway store, the offender was captured on security footage.

He is described as Caucasian, of average build and aged in his early to mid-20s.

He was wearing a dark-hooded jumper and baseball cap, grey tracksuit pants, white running shoes and was carrying a black backpack.

Anyone with information that could assist police with their investigations should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

AAP


Security footage of the offender allegedly involved in the Subway break-in and theft at Loganholme on 5 November 2007:

Security footage of a man and woman allegedly involved in the Subway heist at Mt Ommaney on 4 March 2007:


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26 December 2007

Christmas surprise for Goodna battler

Fifty-three year old Goodna battler Julius Fazekas received the Christmas gift of a lifetime with the surprise presentation of a motorised scooter by Ipswich Councillor Paul Tully, Goodna Rotary represented by John Nugent the former Mayor of Ipswich and Bruce Saville and Yvonne Saville from Ipswich-based "Walk on Wheels".

Mr Fazekas came from Hungary to Australia in 1982 to embark on a new life.

He was a fit and healthy 27 year old who planned a new life in Australia far away from the rigours of Communist Hungary.


From left, Bruce Saville, John Nugent, Julius Fazekas, Yvonne
Saville and Cr Paul Tully

But tragedy struck four years later after he suffered a major stroke following a serious car accident.

Mr Fazekas was paralysed in one arm and his mobility severely affected.

Cr Paul Tully said Julius was well-known around Goodna and the motorised scooter would help him enormously.

“He has no relatives in Australia and this will give him a major boost as he gets around the suburb for his shopping and personal needs.

“Julius had saved $1300 from a recent Gold Lotto win to buy a scooter but he will get to keep that, as well as his new motorised scooter.”

When the scooter arrived at his Smiths Road home, Julius' face lit up like a Christmas tree.

"
Tremendous - I was only dreaming about it," Julius exclaimed as he jumped on board his new scooter and regained the freedom he lost 21 years ago.


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09 December 2007

Work begins on Ipswich Motorway upgrade

Within an hour of Kevin Rudd's new Labor Government being sworn in, contractors moved on site at Redbank to commence exploratory drilling for the promised Ipswich Motorway upgrade.

After more than a decade of bickering and with the new Prime Minister abandoning the Liberals' proposed Goodna Bypass, a drilling rig has commenced sinking five holes at Chalk Street near Goodna Creek to assess the foundations required for the motorway upgrade.

The Ipswich Motorway will be 6-laned from Goodna to Dinmore as part of a $1.1 billion upgrade of the notorious 6km stretch of highway.


Preliminary testing work commences adjacent to the
Ipswich Motorway at Redbank.



In addition to the six lanes, there will be parallel access roads and slip lanes as well as on and off ramps between Dinmore and Goodna.

Local Ipswich Councillor Paul Tully described the start of the drilling as an "historic occasion for 100,000 motorists who use the Ipswich Motorway every day".

Cr Tully has been campaigning since 1985 for a full upgrade of the Ipswich Motorway.


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06 November 2007

Westfalen Community Gardens project surges ahead

The Westfalen Community Gardens project at Dunlop Street Collingwood Park is one of the great community initiatives in Ipswich's eastern suburbs.

The gardens - which are open to all members of the local community - feature an amazing array of fruit and vegetables grown by utilizing modern and traditional horticultural practices, making this a truly thriving oasis.




The launch of the Westfalen Community Gardens Cookbook and inaugural International Food Day.


Fruit and vegetables are bountiful with zucchinis, grapes, beans, peas, pumpkins, cucumbers and marrow the size of a man's forearm - just to name a few of the traditional varieties growing in these spacious gardens.

The Westfalen Gardens are supported by the State Government and the Ipswich City Council and offer free plots to anyone who wants to get involved with this tremendous initiative.

To top off the Gardens, there is a chook run - financed by the State Government - with the most-contented fowls you have ever seen, scratching away to their hearts content in a very modern roost.

At the weekend, the Gardens launched the Westfalen Cookbook and inaugural International Food Day with a brilliant array of international cuisine. Delicacies from 15 countries around the world were on offer including Samoan banana and ice cream as well as beans on coconut milk from Tanzania.

The Federal Member for Oxley Bernie Ripoll, along with the State Member Jo-Ann Miller, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale and Councillors Paul Tully and Victor Attwood attended the launch and gave their ongoing commitment to the project.


State Member Jo-Ann Miller
admires the zucchinis at the
the Westfalen Community
Gardens at Collingwood Park.

The Community Garden Co-ordinator is Trevor Gardiner who can be contacted on (07) 3282 4402. Local residents who want their own garden should contact the Co-ordinator to arrange a meeting to discuss a suitably-sized plot.

Plot holders are responsible for growing, watering and maintaining their gardens in good condition.

A tour of the Gardens can be arranged for a nominal fee through Makerita Skidmore on (07) 3389 1031.


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"Remembering Goodna Mental Hospital" Exhibition opens

A special exhibition featuring the 142-year history of the Goodna Mental Asylum has opened in Brisbane.

The Asylum, now known as The Park - Centre for Mental Health, has been home to over 50,000 people since it began in 1865.

When it first opened, it was known as the Woogaroo Mental Asylum and in the 1970s was renamed Wolston Park.

The exhibition is located at the the Museum of Brisbane at the Brisbane City Hall and features photographs and memorabilia of the facility built on the banks of the Brisbane River adjacent to Woogaroo Creek.


A collection of straightjackets and an historic
tombstone on display at the Remembering Goodna
exhibition at Brisbane City Hall.

Two hundred staff and former patients attended the official opening of the exhibition on Friday by the former Governor of Queensland Leneen Forde.

The exhibition features rare photographs and documents, many of which have never been previously publicly exhibited.

In the 1950s, the hospital was the largest mental health facility in Australia.

Many historic buildings remain on the site where the changes in architectural structure demonstrate the differing modes for containment and management of patients.

Ipswich Councillor Paul Tully, Chair of the Heritage Consultative Committee, was an official guest at the launch and described it as "the greatest historical collection put together on one health institution in Queensland".

"This is an important exhibition which depicts both the sad and joyous history of this hospital which has served the state for almost 150 years."

Cr Tully said many existing residents of Goodna and surrounding suburbs had worked at the hospital in the past 70 years and the exhibition would bring back a flood of memories.

He said one interesting photograph was of the "Goodna Bus Service", a long gone bus company which ferried passengers between the nearby railway station and the hospital.

Cr Tully urged local residents to visit the exhibition which is open daily free of charge on the ground floor of the Brisbane City Hall.

The exhibition continues until 23 March 2008.


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14 October 2007

Goodna's 2nd League International in 50 years

The Mighty Goodna Eagles are flying mighty high today with former junior player just 3 years ago, Israel Folau becoming Goodna's second Rugby League International player in 50 years.

Israel Folau made his international debut today with a gutsy game in Wellington.

He is pictured at left after scoring the first of his two tries in the 16th minute of the game.

Folau played brilliantly in Australia's 58-0 whitewash of New Zealand.

After the game, the 18-year old was hailed as the new Mal Meninga.

Folau scored 21 tries for Melbourne Storm in 27 club games this year.

Folau becomes Goodna's second Rugby League International after Noel Kelly played for Australia against New Zealand in 1959.

Ipswich City Council honoured Noel Kelly in 2003 by naming a street in his honour in Goodna.

Noel Kelly (pictured at right with the ball) was known as the "Hard Man" of Rugby League during his playing career.

Goodna Councillor Paul Tully said Israel Folau was an inspiration to all all young kids in the Ipswich area.

"He is Goodna's second Rugby League International in 50 years and we are mighty proud of him today.

"The Goodna Club is almost a hundred years old and we salute Israel Folau who has emerged as the new Mal Meninga of Australian Rugby League."

Cr Tully said plans were underway to recognise Israel Folau with a street to be named in his honour in Goodna.

"This will serve as a permanent reminder to all the kids in the local area of what you can achieve in life with effort and determination," Cr Tully said.


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13 October 2007

Hungry Jack's coming to Goodna

Work has commenced on the new Hungry Jack's restaurant at Goodna.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale (left of picture) and Cr Paul Tully recently inspected the site of the new facility.

It will be located adjacent to the Ipswich Motorway near the traffic lights at the Church Street underpass, in the forecourt of the Caltex Service Station.

The area has been fenced off during the construction of the $1.5 million facility.

The Ipswich City Council recently signed off on the final approval of the new Hungry Jack's at Goodna which will provide part-time employment for hundreds of local young people.

The building is estimated to be completed within 3 - 4 months.

The Goodna Hungry Jack's will complement the existing restaurant in the Ipswich suburb of Booval.


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