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30 June 2009

QUEENSLAND FUEL PRICES: Channel 9 reports live on the pending petrol price hike. This is a major ripoff about to happen.

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Ipswich becomes the first City in Queensland to ban circuses with exotic animals

At today's Ipswich City Council meeting, Ipswich became the first Council in Queensland to ban circuses with caged exotic animals.

There are now 43 Councils around Australia which have banned animal circuses.


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29 June 2009

Nando's Restaurant at Riverlink is a top Ipswich food establishment

PIC: Nando's at Riverlink in Ipswich


The Nando's Restaurant at Riverlink in Ipswich is a well-presented food outlet providing good meals at good prices.

The best part is the exceptionally quick service which seems to be a real hallmark of the Nando's experience.

For less than $43, Liza, JP1, JP2 and I dined on a sumptuous Portuguese fare, including drinks.

This place is highly recommended and well worth the drive into Ipswich for residents of the city's eastern suburbs.


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28 June 2009

Premier Anna Bligh attends official opening of Centenary Hwy extension

PIC: Premier Anna Bligh at Springfield today

The Centenary Highway extension from Springfield to Yamanto via the Ripley Valley was officially opened this morning.

It will be open to the public from tomorrow.

This is a tremendous new link in the western corridors.

It will now be possible to travel from the Toowong Roundabout direct to Amberley via Springfield with no traffic lights.


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Centenary Highway extension officially opens at Springfield

The official opening of the Springfield to Yamanto section of the Centenary Highway will occur at Springfield at 10.30am today.

The ceremony will be performed by the Minister for Main Roads Craig Wallace.

The new road which links Springfield and Yamanto via the Ripley Valley will open tomorrow.

It is expected to eventually take up to 30% of the 100,000 vehicles a day on the Ipswich Motorway.

The opening of the new extension will prove the old adage: "Two roads are better than one".

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MEDIA RELEASE: Queensland on Red Alert over possible petrol price profiteering

The abolition of the Queensland fuel subsidy at midnight on 30 June may lead to unlawful profiteering.

The State Government has warned the ACCC to be on red alert across the state to stop motorists from being caught in a gigantic ripoff by oil companies.

Queensland Consumer Watch spokesman Paul Tully said the eyes and ears of Queensland would be on full alert on Wednesday.

"Oil companies have been sucking the motoring public dry for years and it's time they were held accountable for their legalised extortion," Paul Tully said.


Queensland Consumer Watch
Coordinator
Paul Tully LLB JP(Qual)
PO Box 1
18 Queen St
Goodna QLD 4300

Tel:      07 3818 6900
Fax:     07 3818 1099
Email:  QueenslandConsumerWatch@gmail.com
Web:    www.QueenslandConsumerWatch.com

"Queensland Consumer Watch - Advocating for consumers across Queensland."


This is a full copy of a Media Release issued by the State Government:

Joint Statement:
Premier and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Anna Bligh
Minister for Tourism and Fair Trading
The Honourable Peter Lawlor

28/06/2009

Premier puts ACCC on red alert over fuel subsidy 

Premier Anna Bligh has warned the ACCC to be on red alert and said a Queensland team of investigators have been monitoring petrol prices in the run up to the cessation of the fuel subsidy on Wednesday.

The fuel subsidy will cease from midnight 30 June and the price of fuel can be expected to rise on Wednesday 1 July.

Ms Bligh said she had spoken personally to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chairman Graeme Samuel this week.

"I have concerns that the oil companies will seek to profiteer in the wake of the scheme's cessation and have asked Mr Samuel to put his staff on red alert," said the Premier.

Ms Bligh said State Government investigators have been monitoring petrol prices across the state in the lead up to the post-subsidy period.

"We will continue to do that in the coming months as intelligence is gathered from industry and other bodies on any abnormal price rises," she warned.

"I will be making arrangements for this data to be given directly to the ACCC to use in any prosecutions they may launch where inappropriate pricing or illegal activity is identified.

"We will do everything in our power to make sure that the ACCC has the information they need to prevent these companies taking advantage of Queensland families in already difficult economic times.

"The Pincus report into the fuel subsidy last year said that well over $100 million out of the subsidy every year was not going to the benefit of the Queensland consumers," she said.

"What the report showed was that, on average, consumers were only getting 6 cents benefit from the subsidy - any rise above that and companies have got some explaining to do.

"That means the oil companies were effectively pick pocketing money from Queenslanders using the fuel subsidy as their shield.

"I am determined that we are not going to let the big oil companies mug the consumer in broad daylight now that the shield is gone.

"Minister for Fair Trading Peter Lawlor also said fuel companies and service stations should be warned that profiteering removal of the fuel subsidy on 1 July will not be tolerated.

"I'm taking this opportunity to place service station operators on notice that they should not try and use the abolition of the fuel subsidy to jack up prices," Mr Lawlor said.

"Unfortunately the rise will occur about the same time within the normal weekly price cycle that service station operators tend to raise the price of fuel anyway.

"However, I am warning operators that I will not hesitate to name and shame any operator who takes advantage of the abolition to try and make further profit, particularly in these tough economic times.

"I urge consumers to shop around for the best prices, take advantage of the weekly price cycle where it operates, and buy fuel early in the week when prices tend to be lowest.

"Mr Lawlor said he urged any consumer who believed service stations operators were inappropriately increasing the price of fuel to lodge a complaint with the Office of Fair Trading.

"While I appreciate there are a large number of factors which can influence the price of fuel, including the price of crude oil and exchange rates, service station operators need to be fair in their dealings with the public," he said.

If consumers believe fuel operators are ripping them off they can lodge a complaint by calling the Office of Fair Trading hotline number (07) 3115 1783 or by logging on to www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au


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Online search of real estate agents and other key professions launched in Queensland

The Queensland Government is launching a major initiative on 1 July with an online search facility of registered real estate agents, pawnbrokers, debt collectors, travel agents and other key service providers.

Queensland Consumer Watch spokesman Paul Tully described the initiative as a tremendous advance for consumers.

"This will go a long way to weeding out shonky, unregistered agents who continue to fleece the community across the state."

This is a full copy of the Ministerial Media Release issued by the Minister for Tourism and Fair Trading Peter Lawlor:


Minister for Tourism and Fair Trading

The Honourable Peter Lawlor

28/06/2009

Online licence search launched

In the past year more than 40 people in Queensland have been disciplined or prosecuted by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for failing to be properly licensed.

OFT investigators have taken action against eight security providers, 20 real estate agents and 14 motor dealers who have been operating in Queensland without the relevant licence.

Minister for Fair Trading Peter Lawlor said dealing with unlicensed operators such as motor dealers, security providers and real estate agents placed consumers and businesses at risk.

"Licensing ensures operators meet minimum standards of competency for those industries regulated by OFT," he said.

"There are several occupations regulated by OFT and by law they are required to be licensed before they can work in Queensland," Mr Lawlor said.

Occupations regulated by OFT include real estate, motor dealing, auctioneers, second-hand dealers, pawnbrokers as well as security providers, travel agents and debt collectors.

"These licences are a safeguard for consumers and businesses and ensure that those people working in the industries are reputable and operate with a high level of professionalism," he said.

Consumers and businesses will soon be able to search an online register to check if the people or firms they are dealing with are licensed, which is important for consumer confidence.

"From 1 July an online search facility of licence holders will be available on the OFT website," Mr Lawlor said.

"The register will be a free online service and will list all licence holders under the:

• Introduction Agents Act 2001
• Property Agents and Motor Dealers Act 2000
• Second-hand Dealers and Pawnbrokers Act 2003
• Security Providers Act 1993
• Tourism Services Act 2003
• Travel Agents Act 1988

Consumers and businesses will be able to search for a licence holder's name or their licence number to check if they hold the appropriate licence.

The online search facility will be available at www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au


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27 June 2009

Domino's Pizza at Goodna breaching workplace health and safety and forcing workers to break the law by dressing in gorilla suits


Domino's Pizza at Goodna is showing an appalling lack of commonsense by breaching basic workplace health and safety rules in forcing staff to break the law by standing in gorilla suits near a busy roundabout to advertise the store's pizza products.

How many of the staff have been told that it is an offence to stand on a footpath (which is legally defined as part of a road) waving a business placard and that the staff members are personally liable to a fine of $2000 for each offence.

That's about 6 months' pay for some of the junior workers.

This has been illegal in Queensland since 1967.  The relevant provisions of the Queensland Traffic Regulation are set out below.

Has Domino's offered to pay any fines which might be imposed on staff by the police.

Whoever is managing the Goodna Store needs an immediate refresher course in what is illegal for staff to be asked to do.

For months, staff have been illegally standing on the footpath at the corner of Queen and Church Streets Goodna, 24km west of Brisbane, waving placards and distracting drivers at this very, very busy roundabout.

Today, they went totally over the top with one clown on the corner of Mill and Church Streets and another in a gorilla outfit on the footpath outside Red Rooster, running up and down with placards, both performing gymnastics and distracting drivers trying to negotiate this difficult 6-way roundabout.

How can Domino's justify placing young lives at risk by making them stand right next to a busy carriageway frantically waving signs for cheap pizzas, distracting drivers and potentially causing serious accidents.

This illegal practice must stop.

The Police need to crack down on this sort of unlawful stupidity.

The Police should take immediate action under section 7 of the Criminal Code against the store manager and Domino's itself if necessary for aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring the commission of an offence which renders such person liable to the same penalty ($2000) as if he or she had personally committed the offence.

Domino's will plead "harmless fun" but when you are breaking the law, endangering staff and endangering motorists, that's not fun - that just bloody hopeless.

Consumer Watch spokesman Paul Tully said: "This dangerous and idiotic practice is outlawed in Queensland and police should act decisively before a tragedy occurs".

Traffic Regulation 1962

126 Advertising, placards, handbills etc.

 (1) A person shall not—

 (a) upon any road for the purpose of business advertising—

 (i) carry any advertisement, placard, board, notice or sign;

unless the person is the holder of a permit issued by the chief executive or commissioner authorising the person so to do and unless the person complies in every respect with the terms and conditions of such permit.

Maximum penalty—20 penalty units.



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WARNING: eBay ripoff by 14 year old girl exposed in Ipswich District Court

A sophisticated $44,000 eBay scam by a 14 year old teenager from Crescent Head in New South Wales had its sequel in the Ipswich District Court when the girl, now 16, was found guilty and placed on probation for two years.

The Brisbane Courier-Mail gives a full account of the case at http://tinyurl.com/ebayripoff

eBay spokesman on the case Daniel Feiler provides no real satisfaction for consumers that there interests will be protected by the online superstore.

What is really disturbing is the claim by one victim that eBay unlawfully gave the fraudster the mobile number of the victim who then received up to 21 calls a day from the fraudster.

Consumer Watch spokesman Paul Tully said it's time for eBay to ramp up its initial identification and consumer protection policies.

"eBay is a giant money-making machine for some unscrupulous operators and eBay should be doing everything it can to eliminate this online fraud."


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25 June 2009

7-Eleven Store at Redbank Plains fined for consumer ripoff

The Minister for Fair Trading Peter Lawlor has commented on the $4000 fine in the Ipswich Magistrates Court against the 7-Eleven Store at Redbank Plains.

This is another pro-active move by the State Government to help Queensland consumers.

This is the text of the Minister's Media Release:

Minister for Tourism and Fair Trading

The Honourable Peter Lawlor

24/06/2009

7-Eleven store fined for false price scans

The operator of a 7-Eleven convenience store at Redbank Plains has been fined $4000 in the Ipswich Magistrates Court for overcharging on products.

Minister for Fair Trading Peter Lawlor said the store, managed by Shree Salasar Balaji Pty Ltd, was charging more for products than their listed shelf price.

"Fair Trading officers conducted a random spot-check on the store in 2008 and discovered a number of products being overcharged," Mr Lawlor said.

"A follow-up visit later last year revealed that despite the original problems being rectified, further products were being overcharged relative to their shelf price.

"The substantial punishment underlines to retailers the importance of ensuring their scanning systems are accurate.

"Consumers need to feel comfortable when making purchasing decisions that they are being treated fairly."

Mr Lawlor encouraged consumers to watch carefully when their items were scanned at the checkout and question any prices that appeared to be incorrect.

"Keep your eyes on the scanner, check your dockets and if you think there's a problem, talk to the attendant or manager," he said.

"If the store operates under the voluntary Code of Practice for Computerised Systems in Supermarkets, you may even be entitled to receive an incorrectly scanned product for free."

Mr Lawlor said the prosecution comes as the Office of Fair Trading hosted a recent forum on price scanning with 25 retail industry representatives.

"The forum provided an opportunity to discuss price scanning issues and identify solutions to any problems retailers are experiencing," he said.

"Fair Trading is committed to working with retailers on these issues however it will pursue enforcement action when consumers are misled.

"Maximum penalties for breaching the Queensland Fair Trading Act 1989 range from $54,000 for an individual to $270,000 for corporations.

Mr Lawlor urged consumers who were unable to resolve a problem with a store to contact the Office of Fair Trading on 13 13 04 or visit its website at www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au for more information.

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Redbank KFC service condemned

The following letter to the editor appeared in today's Queensland Times:

"WHY is the service at Redbank KFC still so slack? We want back after five years and they still got our order wrong. Will try again in 2014!

KT, Redbank Plains"

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Layard St Goodna closed to through traffic

Layard St is Goodna is closed i as a through road in both directions as work on the new roundabout continues.

A detour northbound via Woogaroo St and Lowe St is available for motorists travelling to Brisbane Tce.

Work is expected to take about a month.

When the new roundabout is completed, it will link Layard St under the railway line and the Ipswich Motorway to Bertha St near the BP Service Station.

This new link will open when the Ipswich Motorway upgrade is completed.


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24 June 2009

Go the Mighty Maroons tonight!

A special mention of Israel Folau playing his 5th State of Origin. Israel is the 2nd Rugby League International to come out of Goodna. Noel Kelly was the first 50 years ago.


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23 June 2009

Moon Lee Tae Kwon Do gradings tonight

PIC: Sunnybank SHS in full swing tonight.

Gradings are taking place tonight for students who attend at Augustine Heights, Redbank and other centres.

It was a great performance by more than 70 students.


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22 June 2009

Is this new MP for Beaudesert fair dinkum?

PIC: Aidon Mclindon LNP Member for Beaudesert

Having served as a Logan City Councillor for 4 years, Aidon Mclindon is now a fresh-faced state MP and is calling for the abolition of local government.

He has been disowned by his own leader today over this crazy plan.

New Zealand has 2 levels of government. The UK has 2 levels of government.

Guess what Aidon? There is no state government in those 2 countries - a model which many Queenslanders support.

You cannot abolish local government without abolishing true grass roots representation.

You're backing the wrong horse young fella!


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Flash flooding in Goodna this afternoon

PICS:
- Channel 10 reports live from Goodna

- Albert St Goodna where 3 cars were flooded

- Smiths Road Goodna - a notorious trouble spot

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Steady rainfall at Goodna in the past 24 hours

29mm of rain has fallen at Goodna between 10am Sunday and 7am this morning.

A very welcome winter relief.


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21 June 2009

CONSUMER WARNING: Another Hong Kong email scam threatens Aussie internet users

Another internet email scam has hit Australia with the promise of untold riches.

Please warn everyone you know of this scam, especially people who are new to the internet and unfamiliar with email scams who may be tempted by this fraudulent offer of $AU18.6 million.

It really is time for the Australian Government to use its legislative powers to force ISPs to block this sort of online fraud which ends up stripping the bank accounts of unsuspecting internet users.

If the Government can stop illegal internet pornography, it can stop this sort of fraudulent activity which financially destroys untold numbers of individual Australians and their families.

This is a copy of the latest phoney email scam:

From: chaowei barryk.cj@bellnet.ca

Subject: HELLO

I am MR CHAOWEI,bank of china {hongkong},I have a business proposal of (us$18,600.000.00) for you in my bank.

for more information email
chao.wei1@btinternet.com


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BLOODY HOPELESS

Iran is arguing over an election, America is arguing with North Korea over nuclear weapons while Australia argues over a rusty old ute.


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CONSUMER WATCH: New email scam warning.

A new internet email scam has hit Australia overnight with a bogus cash prize of more than £1.86 million.

It's time for the Australian Government to use its legislative powers to force ISPs to block this sort of online fraud which ends up stripping the bank accounts of unsuspecting internet users.

If the Government can stop illegal internet pornography, it can stop this sort of fraudulent activity which financially destroys untold numbers of individual Australians and their families.

This is a copy of the latest phoney email scam:

From: Su.Fahy@wlv.ac.uk

Subject: Cash on file: £1,856,652

Dear Email owner,

Your email address on SERIAL No:472-9768-79 has won a total cash prize of £1,856,652 Great British Pounds in our New Email random selection.

Please contact the claims officer for more information,

Also provide listed information,
Names___________
Address___________
Age___________
Occupation________
Phone no____________
Country__________

Claims Officer: Mr. Michael Brown

Email:uknl_claimsunit@administrativos

comphone: +44 703 190 5559

Mr fahy Su

THE PROMOTION COORDINATOR


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20 June 2009

St Francis Xavier Goodna - new school building

PIC: The new school wing in Church St Goodna

The new building is looking great.

Congratulations to St Francis Xavier for this tremendous addition to the school and the local community.


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Congratulations to the Goodna Emergency Services Cadets

"Well done and congratulations to the Goodna Cadets," - Cr Paul Tully.

This is the text of a media release issued today by the Queensland Minister for Police, Corrective Services and Emergency Services

EMERGENCY SERVICES CADETS RECOGNISED AT YOUTH PROGRAM AWARDS

Minister for Police, Corrective Services and Emergency Services

The Honourable Neil Roberts

20/06/2009

EMERGENCY SERVICES CADETS RECOGNISED AT YOUTH PROGRAM AWARDS

A selection of young people and adults who have gone the extra mile in their involvement with the state's Emergency Services Cadet Program were recognised at a Kedron awards ceremony today.

Member for Broadwater and Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Services Peta-Kaye Croft acknowledged the winners of the inaugural Department of Community Safety's Youth Program Awards for their contribution to youth development in Queensland.

The Emergency Services Cadet Program supports 49 cadet groups across the state, with 654 cadets and 284 adult volunteers in contention for the coveted Youth Program awards.

Ms Croft congratulated the winners and said that the Emergency Services Cadet Program delivered practical training opportunities and positive results for participants of all ages.

"The Youth Program gives young people the opportunity to learn invaluable life skills, including leadership, initiative and teamwork," Ms Croft said.

"For adult volunteers, it's an opportunity to contribute to the personal development of local youth, and to make a difference in the community by volunteering their time."

Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) Executive Director Frank Pagano said cadets were trained in many of the key operations of emergency services, including SES, ambulance and fire and rescue operations.

"There are currently 49 Emergency Services Cadet groups across the State, with cadets offered the opportunity to access nationally-accredited training through the Public Safety Training Package," Mr Pagano said.

Ms Croft said that as part of the Towards Q2 initiative, the Bligh Government aimed by 2020 to increase the proportion of Queenslanders involved as volunteers by 50%.

"To meet this goal we will need a new generation of volunteers for Queensland, which means that participants in the Emergency Services Cadet Program will play a key part in shaping the future of volunteering ac ross the state," Ms Croft said.

The following awards were presented this morning:

• H.S. Christie Award for Excellence: Goodna Emergency Services Cadet Group.

• Adult Member Awards: Julie Palmer (Yeppoon); Dawn McMullin (Ipswich); Aaron Cornish (South West Brisbane); Ronald Dawson (Cooroora); Fred Reuter (Maroochydore); and Jan Mann (Maroochydore).

• Cadet Inspiration Achievement Awards: Sarah Mulholland (South West Brisbane); Amy Whittet (Ipswich); Kristy-Lea Davis (Maroochydore); and Crystal Reuter (Maroochydore).

• Cadet Community Safety Achievement Award: Corey Armstrong (South West Brisbane).

• Cadet Community Service Achievement Award: Sean Haste (South West Brisbane).

• Cadet Leadership Achievement Awards: Rachel Dunphy (Yeppoon) and Andrew Driver(Yeppoon).

• Certificates of Recognition: Aaron Cornish (South West Brisbane); Anthony Fenner (Clifton); and Jacqu eline Hancock (Goodna).


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Goodna vs Wests at Toowong today

PIC: The Goodna Rugby Union Gladiators played Wests under 8s at Toowong this morning.

The final score was Goodna 10, Wests 15 in a close game.


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19 June 2009

St Augustine's Touch of Country at Augustine Heights

PIC: The bush dance in full swing

The big Friday night fundraiser of the year is on tonight.

Bernie Ripoll is back from Canberra and he and Paul Tully have become one-night cowboys!

Ride 'em cowboys!

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River 949s Dave and Ruby talk sweet nothings over a Queensland Blue pumpkin!

The Great Race Goodna to Brisbane

Ruby wins. Dave loses.

Ruby from River 949 sits tight at Wacol in the Great Goodna to Brisbane Race.

The River 949 Boat arrives at Goodna

The Great Race starts at 7am.

Dave is in the boat and Paul and Ruby are on the train.

Great Goodna to Brisbane Boat and Rail Race about to start

PIC: Nev Byers inspects the start of the race on the Brisbane River at Goodna

Follow the race on River 949 from 7am.

Which is faster rail or river?

18 June 2009

Centenary Highway extension opens from Springfield to Yamanto on 29 June

PIC: Channel 7 reports on the Centenary Highway extension


The Centenary Highway extension will open from Springfield to Yamanto via the Ripley Valley on Monday 29 June.

It has been predicted that the new road will take up to 30% of the existing traffic on the Ipswich Motorway which carries 100,000 vehicles a day.

The Centenary Highway is the new gateway to the western corridor and a tremendous boost for the City of Ipswich by the Queensland Government.


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The Great Race from Goodna to Southbank. Which is faster - the boat or train?

The Great Race from Goodna to Southbank.

Which is faster  - the boat or the train?

The race starts at 7.00am on Friday 19 June 2009 from Goodna Boat Ramp at Noel Kelly Drive Goodna.

The race is on in earnest to determine which is faster from Ipswich to Brisbane - the Rail line or the Brisbane River.

At 7am tomorrow (Friday), the River 949 Breakfast crew  - Ruby and Dave - along with Goodna Councillor Paul Tully are in the race of their lives, to determine which is faster - the boat or train.

The finish line is the Coffee Shop at the corner of Grey Street and Little Stanley Street Southbank.

Dave is going by speed boat and Ruby and Paul are planning to catch the 7.04am train from Goodna Station about 1km from the Goodna Boat ramp.

They will get off at Roma Street and head to Southbank by foul means or fair! 

The State Government and the Transport Minister Rachel Nolan have been praising the virtues of the SEQ Rail system. 

Now, this is the ultimate test. 

Is rail faster than boat for the 24km journey. 

Paul Tully says: "I'm backing the train by a whisker to settle this long-standing argument between the people of Ipswich." 


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Sophisticated internet scam hits CUA

This would have to be the most-sophisticated internet scam to hit Australia in the past 24 hours.

Tens of thousands of emails have been sent from the authentic-looking email address of cust_serv@cua.com.au

The email reads:


Dear Credit Union Australia member, 

We are sorry to inform you that your account is temporarily suspended due to unusual activity that was noticed in the last few days in your account,you must take action at once, and verify some of your information you have on file with us.

Click here to verify your information.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter!

© 2009 Credit Union Australia


If unsuspecting internet users click on the bogus link, it takes them to what looks exactly like the CUA logon page which enables the perpetrators to access people's accounts, once they get the logon details and password willingly provided by CUA members who don't realise they are being scammed.

Within minutes, they could strip all of the funds out of an account.

Kevin Rudd should exercise his powers under Commonwealth law to shut down websites and ISPs which allow this sort of fraudulent activity to be stopped in its tracks.

If the Federal government can stop internet pornography, it can stop this sort of fraud which hurts hundreds of struggling Australian families every week.


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16 June 2009

Goodna arson attack arrest

Congratulations to the Queensland Police for the swift arrest of a 25-year old man for the arson attack in Woogaroo Street Goodna overnight.

Arsonists are the most gutless, spineless individuals on the earth.

A top investigation by the Goodna Police!


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State Government moves to help residents of Collingwood Park

The following State Government Media Release has been issued today.

Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy and Minister for Trade

The Honourable Stephen Robertson

16/06/2009

Government invests extra $5.6 million to assist Collingwood Park residents

Mines and Energy Minister Stephen Robertson said the Bligh Government is investing a further $5.6 million to assist Collingwood Park residents affected by last year's mine subsidence event.

Mr Robertson said the extra funding would cover the cost of additional home purchases and repairs to properties affected by the April 2008 subsidence event.

The extra money will also fund a drilling program and research into the feasibility of backfilling underground mine voids beneath Collingwood Park to significantly reduce the risk of further subsidence events in the future.

"The Bligh Government is very mindful of the distress being felt by some Collingwood Park residents and is committed to supporting them," Mr Robertson said.

"The extra $5.6 million builds upon the government's existing $10 million financial assistance package to purchase homes considered not economically repairable -- or where owners demonstrate extreme hardship circumstances -- and to repair other properties damaged by the mine subsidence event.

"Mr Robertson said the government was committed to practical long-term solutions to minimise the risk of further subsidence events at Collingwood Park.

"That's why we commissioned a scoping study by Parsons Brinckerhoff to advise us on further action required to determine the extent of subsidence beneath Collingwood Park and identify long-term solutions.

"The report concluded there is a risk of further subsidence events in undermined areas of Collingwood Park, although no timeframes or magnitude were given or predicted.

"It also recommended a geotechnical drilling program be undertaken to establish the extent of the underground void beneath Collingwood Park and to identify potential mitigation strategies.

"The drilling program and research will determine if backfilling the voids with slurry material, such as fly ash, is the best strategy to substantially reduce the risk of any future subsidence events.

"The Government is taking action to implement the report recommendations," Mr Robertson said.

Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller said to date, the government has purchased 17 Collingwood Park homes and are currently negotiating purchase with another property owner.

"The door is not closed on further purchases and each case will be judged on its merits," she said.

"The Government is also fast-tracking the repair process for those properties that can be repaired at this stage.

"Importantly, the Bligh Government has enshrined in legislation its guarantee to repair - or purchase where uneconomical to repair - any existing property in Collingwood Park damaged by mine subsidence for the lifetime of that property," Ms Miller said.

Mr Robertson said the government is also working closely with CSIRO mine subsidence experts to research the technical and economic feasibility of backfilling and stabilising the underground mine voids with fly ash material from Swanbank Power Station.

"If feasible, this potential long-term mitigation strategy would give Collingwood Park residents considerable peace of mind and help restore property values in the area," he said.


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Brodies fixes PA system at Redbank Plains - after 3 years!

PIC: Brodies store at Redbank Plains

It's taken over three years but congratulations to Brodies for finally fixing the PA system in its drive-through at Redbank Plains.

There is nothing worse than having to shout like a town crier at a large metal microphone when the console operator cannot understand you and you cannot understand them.

The worst fast food drive-through PA in Queensland is Hungry Jacks at Helensvale.

That one is a complete shocker.

But Hungry Jacks apparently cannot care less!


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Houses demolished at Collingwood Park

The demolition of 9 houses at Collingwood Park affected by underground mining has commenced this morning.

The houses, all in the vicinity of Duncan Street, have been condemned by the State Government.


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13 June 2009

Warning on door to door hawkers and peddlers in Goodna.

PIC: Have you seen this man?

This door to door seller is upsetting Goodna residents trying to get them to switch electricity suppliers.

Local resident Jiver W Freecloud has reported that this man demanded to see the back of Jiver's electricity account to enable him to claim lost rebates.

Why can't these people just tell the truth - that they are trying to churn them to another electricity company.

They have no legal right to demand to see homeowners' bills or accounts.

I am warning this shyster to get out of Ipswich or you'll end up going down the same lonely, legal track which Love Springs recently did after trying to hoodwink the people of Goodna.

As jiver suggests, is this another Electrick-city Company on the prowl in southeast Queensland?


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Philippine Independence Day Celebration

PIC: Dancing for the Philippines

Philippines Independence Day Celebration was celebrated today at MacKenzie in Brisbane.

Many Ipswich Filipinos and their families were in attendance.

It was held at the Word of Faith International Church in the spacious grounds of the Church and celebrated the very important day on the Philippine calendar.


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Goodna Gladiators take on Ashgrove in Rugby Union Under 8s

PIC: Goodna Gladiators on the run today.

Under 8s in full swing against Ashgrove at the Evan Marginson Park at Goodna this morning.


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11 June 2009

Congratulations to the Goodna RSL Services Club.

Congratulations to the Goodna RSL Services Club on achieving 45,037 members.

The Club is the finest in Ipswich's eastern suburbs and Brisbane's western suburbs.

With a membership fee of $1 for life, this would have to be one of the best Club deals in Australia.

The Club is situated at 32 Woogaroo Street Goodna, behind the Goodna Railway Station.

It is now one of the fastest-growing Clubs in Queensland.


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Footpath upgrade progressing in Gailes

PIC: Newman Street Gailes at the corner of Alice Street


Work is progressing on the new concrete footpath in Newman Street Gailes.

The new 1.5 metre pathway runs on the western side of Newman Street from Alice Street to Iris Street.

A separate footpath will be constructed as part of the same project on the northern side of Iris Street.

Traffic lights are due to be installed next financial year at the corner of Alice Street and Newman Street Gailes under the Federal Blackspot Program.


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04 June 2009

Internet scams just keep on coming! When will the Federal Government stop this blight on the people of Australia?

The scams just keep on coming.

The latest is an email purporting to be from the Commonwealth Bank, seeking personal details via a bogus website link.

Once these are given, the individual's account is stripped of all its money within hours.

Ask your Federal Member today for immediate action by the Rudd Government to stop these bogus emails which are destroying many people financially.

If they can stop pornography, they can stop this!

This is the latest overnight scam:

From: CommonwealthBank

Subject: CommonwealthBank Notification

Dear Valued Customer,

This email is your official notification from Commonwealth Bank.

Your online NetBank has expired on 01-06-2009 ,if you want to continue using our service you have to renew your acount if not your account will be deactivated and deleted

To continue please click the link below:

http://ssl-netbankcommau.com

Many Thanks and Kind Regards - Commonwealth Bank Customer Department

© Commonwealth Bank of Australia 2009 ABN 48 123 123 124


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03 June 2009

Another internet scam hits Australia. It's time for the Federal Government to act.

The international internet email scams continue to hit unsuspecting computer users in Australia.

Another one hit today offering one million British pounds in exchange for personal information.

Of course, the next step is to secure the target's bank details and strip their account or demand a hefty fee to finalise payment of the million pounds.

The scammers then disappear as fast as a beaten politician.

These scams are hitting Australia almost every day.

The Federal Government must act immediately to ensure all Australian ISPs and all internet connections into Australia are required to filter these bogus emails and boot them into cyber space oblivion.

How many more families must be hurt financially before the Federal Government acts?

Mr Rudd - please act now before more Australians are hurt.

This is a copy of today's email internet scam:

From: veeti.paaponen@kotinet.com

Subject: Dear Lucky Winner

We are pleased to inform you that you have been Awarded the sum of 1,000,000.00 GBP in the Tobacco 2009 Program.

Please fill the contact form given below.

Contact email: pauladams2009@btinternet.com

Names:............
Address:..............
Country:.................
Age:..........
Sex:..............
Phone/cellphone........


Yours faithfully,
Mr.Veeti Paaponen

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Internet scams hitting Australia are getting worse - Be alert and alarmed!

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Internet scams involving fake emails with offers of millions of dollars to unsuspecting recipients are now hitting Australia in an unprecedented blitz.

The latest comes overnight with a tear-jerking plea from a so-called cancer-ridden Mrs Dorothy Woodhall of London whose fabulously rich husband supposedly died in a plane crash in Salvador a year ago.

From her husband's diamond riches, Mrs Woodhall is now so generous she wants to give away £7.5 million GBP to anyone who applies.

Fair dinkum, you would wonder how these scammers keep going but unfortunately there are enough gullible and naïve citizens around the world to keep these scams alive.

The Australian Government has laws which it can invoke to stop these emails entering Australia. They can serve notices on ISP's which would eliminate almost all of this heinous activity at the stroke of a pen.

These bogus emails with offers of fabulous riches are hurting too many Australian families who cannot afford the money they fork out in these difficult economic times in the vain hope of securing a large pot of gold for their families.

This needs to be stopped.

The Prime Minister Kevin Rudd can stop it today.

Here is a copy of the scam email from Mrs Dorothy Woodhall supposely of 52 Oxford Street London which hit Australia overnight:

From: dorothywoodhall317@msn.com

Subject: DEAR BELOVE BRETHREN

From: Mrs. Dorothy Woodhall,52 Oxford Street,London, SW1Z1BV UK.

Dear Friend,

Here writes Mrs. Dorothy Woodhall suffering from cancerous ailment.

I am married to Mr. Sean Woodhall, an Englishman who died in plane crash, he died in a plane crash when he was going for his business proposal in Ilhéus flew through Salvador on Friday 2nd of May 2008.

Please copy and paste this Internet link for more information on the incident:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/may/05/britons.missing.after.brazil.plane.crash

My late dear husband was into Diamond Business Practice all his life before his death.

Our life together as a man and wife lasted for three decades without child.

My husband and I made a vow to uplift the down-trodden and the less-privileged individuals as he had passion for persons who can not help themselves due to physical disability or financial predicament.

I can adduce this to the fact that he needed a Child from this relationship, which never came.

When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of 7.5 Million(Seven Million, Five hundred thousand Great Britain Pounds) Sterling which were derived from his vast diamond business, real  estates and investment in capital market with his bank here in UK.

Presently, this money is still with the Bank.

Before his death, my Doctor told me that I have limited days to live due to the cancerous problems I am suffering from.

Though what bothers me most is the stroke that I have in addition to the cancer. With this hard eality that has befallen my family, and me I have decided to donate this fund to you and want you to use this gift which comes from my husbands effort to fund the upkeep of less previlege, and the destitutes.

Please contact me to enable me instruct you on how you are to go about distributing these funds on my behalf.

May God Almighty bless you as well as the nurse (Miss Whitney Merck) who helped me to typed this message.

reply to this email,

dorothy.woodhall008@gmail.com

Hope to hear from you soon.

Warmest Regards,

Mrs. Dorothy Woodhall

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02 June 2009

Consumer warning as another internet scam hits Australia

Beware of the latest scam email targetting Australia with the promise of a £1,000,000,00 - an amount which will never be paid by these scammers.

This is a copy of this latest scam:

From: PREMIER LEAGUE GRANT, BARCLAYS

Attention Dear Beneficiary contact(barclaysgrantdpt01@live.com)

BPL:MLC/A12/09
TICKET:DV/01109

We are delighted to inform you of your grant award release on the 22th May
2009 from the Barclays Premier League Grant programme.
You hereby have been approved a sum of £1,000,000,00.GBP in cash credit
for more info contact Mr Alex Gabriel.at Email:barclaysgrantdpt01@live.com
with Your
TICKET Number.
BPL Number.
Your Name.
Telephone Number..
Country.

Sincerely,
Mrs.Elizabeth Martin.

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