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30 September 2009

Channel 9 annoys and deceives viewers across Australia

Channel 9 advertised all night a special 10.00pm Late News edition on today's devastating Samoan tsunami.

With Samoans, Tongans and other Pacific Islanders around Australia waiting on news of their loved ones, what did Channel 9 do?

It allowed the idiotic escapades of PluckA Duck and other clueless imbeciles to run over by a disgraceful 25 minutes.

This is an appalling gaffe by Channel 9 which has lost the goodwill of thousands of Australian viewers with relatives in the South Pacific.

These people deserve a massive apology from the Nine Network of Australia.

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New traffic lights now operating at Jones Road Bellbird Park

New traffic lights, replacing the temporary roundabout, commenced yesterday at the corner of Jones Road, Augusta Parkway and Lorrikeet Lane at Bellbird Park.

Traffic is still single lane each way until the works are finalised.

Jones Road and Augusta Parkway are now almost fully completed with the Keidges Road and Jones Road intersection also nearing completion.

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New traffic lights almost completed in Smiths Road Goodna

PIC: Smiths Road Goodna westbound at the corner of Albert Street.


The new traffic lights at the corner of Smiths Road and Albert Street Goodna should be operational by mid-October.

An additional set of traffic lights has been approved for the corner of Smiths Road and William Street.

Both sets of lights have been funded under the Commonwealth Blackspot Funding Program.

Thanks to the Federal Member for Oxley Bernie Ripoll for his valuable assistance in these projects.

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29 September 2009

RIVERVIEW: Pedestrian changes happening in October

Closure of the Endeavour Road pedestrian footbridge at Riverview


The Endeavour Road pedestrian footbridge over the Ipswich Motorway at Riverview will close permanently from mid October 2009.

DMR advises the closure, demolition and removal of the footbridge is essential for construction of the new Endeavour Road connection.

A comprehensive communication plan to advertise the closure will include print advertising, radio advertising, posters erected on the footbridge, Riverview Train Station and Riverview shopping centre.  

A works notification flyer will be distributed to all residents of Riverview on the 30 September 2009.

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IPSWICH FIRE UPDATE: Parks and walking trails closed

Owing to the persistent very high fire danger rating for today, 29 September 2009 the walking tracks and horse trails within the Flinders Goolman Conservation Estate and White Rock Spring Mountain Conservation Estate are remaining closed to the public.  

The day use areas (Flinders Plum Picnic Area, Hardings Paddock and Paperbark Flats Picnic Area) are open for use by the public. 

The present forecast is for the fire warning to drop from very high to high tomorrow.  

It is anticipated that the walking tracks and horse trails within these estates will therefore be opened tomorrow, 30 September 2009, if all goes according to plan with the forecast.

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28 September 2009

Armed robbery at Bellbird Park - Do you know this robber? 

PIC: 7-Eleven robber entering the store at Bellbird Park last night.


A man armed with a syringe filled with a red liquid robbed a convenience store on Redbank Plains Road at Bellbird Park last night.

Around 9.30pm, the man entered the store and approached the male attendant who was restacking magazines and demanded cash.

The employee went behind the counter and gave the offender a sum of cash before locking the doors and running to the back of the store.

After realising the doors were locked, the offender kicked at the glass doors until he created a gap to get away.

He is described as being Caucasian, around 175cm tall with a thin build and between 20 to 25-years-old.

He was wearing a grey shirt, jeans and white shoes.

He also had a white mask covering his face.

Anyone with information is asked to call Goodna Police on 3436 2977 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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27 September 2009

Ipswich Police Operation Tutorial helps keep local schools safe

Congratulations to the Queensland Police Service for its current Operation Tutorial across the city.

Operation Tutorial involves police undertaking foot patrols through local schools at random times.

This is a much-needed initiative to reduce vandalism, graffiti and arson attacks in our schools.

The sight of a police uniform is usually enough to make these gutless wonders scram.

And 40 years ago, a boot up the bum from the local police sergeant would make sure you didn't come back.


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25 September 2009

Toowong to Everton Park tunnel is fine but what about eliminating the historic Moggill Ferry

The State Government's announcement of a planned tunnel from Toowong to Everton Park is great news for the people of the inner western suburbs.

This futuristic plan would link the Western Freeway with the Bruce Highway.

But what really needs to happen is the scrapping of the Moggill Ferry linking the Brisbane suburb of Moggill with the Ipswich suburb of Riverview.

This 1878 relic of our past originally linked the two fledgling suburbs on either side of the Brisbane River in bygone days when Cobb & Co coaches plied the route from Brisbane to Ipswich.

The Moggill Ferry is currently out of operation for its biennial servicing.

The extra 32km round trip this is causing for motorists shows how important this link is.

A bridge needs to be constructed across the Brisbane River as part of a major western ring road.

The most-sensible place would be at Gailes as a northerly extension of the Logan Motorway across the Brisbane River to Priors Pocket and then through Moggill and the north-western suburbs of Brisbane to link with the Bruce Highway.

The key advantage of a cross-river bridge at Gailes is that is would serve the people of Ipswich and Logan City as well as the western suburbs of Brisbane.

The western suburbs silver-tails might object to this new road through the rarefied atmosphere of Moggill Heights but planning for a major western Brisbane ring road is imperative with the population explosion set for southeast Queensland in the next 20 years.

The Moggill Ferry might be a quaint historic addition to the landscape of Greater Brisbane but a 131 year old vehicular cable ferry is hardly a modern means of transport between the state capital and Queensland's first provincial city.

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TRAFFIC UPDATE: Ipswich Motorway off-ramps to change at Riverview this Sunday

The Department of Main Roads advises that the Warrego and Cunningham Hwy off-ramps at Riverview from the Ipswich Motorway (westbound) will reduce temporarily to one lane from Sunday September 27.

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IPSWICH: Parks closed because of high fire danger

Owing to the very high fire danger rating, the trail network at Flinders Goolman Conservation Estate and White Rock Conservation Estate will remain closed until further notice.  

The Amenity areas will remain open as the fire hazard rating is not expected to reach extreme.  

The current closures will be revised Tuesday, 29 September 2009.


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24 September 2009

Office of Fair Trading secures $23,000 fine against unlicensed motor dealer Michael James Harradine

The Queensland Office of Fair Trading has successfully prosecuted Doolandella man Michael James Harradine for selling motor vehicles without a licence.

Mr Harradine's licence was cancelled 4 years ago.

Members of the public are being warned by the Minister for Tourism and Fair Trading Peter Lawlor about this character.

Hopefully, Harradine has learnt his well-deserved lesson the hard way.

This is the full text of today's media release by the Minister:


Minister for Tourism and Fair Trading

The Honourable Peter Lawlor

24/09/2009

Doolandella man fined $23,000

A Doolandella man has been fined a total of $23,000 after pleading guilty to selling motor vehicles without a licence.

Michael James Harradine appeared in the Richlands Magistrates Court on the 14th September and pleaded guilty to one charge of unlicensed motor dealing and five charges of making false and misleading representations from an address at Doolandella and one charge of unlicensed motor dealing from an address in Toowoomba.

Minister for Fair Trading Peter Lawlor said the charges were a result of an investigation by Office of Fair Trading officers.

"Mr Harradine's motor dealers' licence had been cancelled in 2005," Mr Lawlor said.

"However, when OFT officers attended his home in Doolandella they found he had several vehicles at his residence for sale," he said.

"These vehicles were advertised in newspapers and on the internet as being for sale.

"In addition, Mr Harradine gave false information to the purchasers about the background of the vehicles he was selling.

"The misleading information included that the vehicles had been owned by various relatives of Mr Harradine and that he had personally worked on one of the vehicles as a mechanic.

"Mr Harradine told investigators he told fibs or stretched the truth when telling people details about the vehicles.

"OFT officers also identified that Mr Harradine was operating out of business address in Toowoomba dealing in used motorcycles.

"The Property Agents and Motor Dealers Act is in place to protect consumers against unscrupulous people who operate outside the law.

"Mr Harradine received a significant fine for these offences which is indicative of how seriously these types of offences are viewed.

"Consumers should be able to have confidence that they are working with a licensed motor dealer and that details about the vehicle they are interested in purchasing are correct."


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20 September 2009

IPSWICH: First pic of today's Silkstone State School Fire

PIC: Courtesy TVQ Channel 10

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Media Release: Call for compulsory sprinkler systems following today's Silkstone State School fire

Media Release from Ipswich City Councillor Paul Tully

Silkstone State School Fire - Call for sprinkler systems in all schools

A call has been made for all Queensland schools to be fitted with sprinkler systems in the wake of today's disastrous Silkstone State School fire.

Ipswich Councillor Paul Tully said barely a school holiday went by without a school fire somewhere in Queensland.

Cr Tully said it was only the second day of the school holidays and one of Ipswich's major state schools had been burnt to the ground.

"This is unlikely to be the last school fire in Queensland this year.

"I am calling for the compulsory introduction of sprinkler systems in all schools across the state.

"The cost of fitting sprinkler systems would be far less in the long run than the ongoing cost of rebuilding burnt schools."

Cr Tully said an arson attack at the Goodna State School could have been averted three years ago if a sprinkler system had been installed.


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16 September 2009

James Hardie declared Australia's most disgraceful company

Media Release from Ipswich City Councillor Paul Tully

- James Hardie declared Australia's most disgraceful company after revealing plans to sue Queensland Council -


James Hardie has been declared Australia's most-disgraceful company after it was revealed it is suing Ipswich City Council to recover $195,000 the company paid to a former worker who was exposed to asbestos from the company's products.

In a bizarre twist to last year's successful legal claim against the company by a former council worker for exposure to asbestos, the company is now suing to recover the money from the Ipswich Council.

The worker - Anthony Cannon - was employed by Ipswich City Council for six weeks in 1976.

James Hardie settled the action but is now attempting to recover its payout to the worker.

Ipswich City Councillor Paul Tully, a 30-year veteran of local government, has blasted James Hardie claiming it is the "most-disgraceful, penny-pinching company in Australia".

Cr Tully said the company's latest tactic of trying to shift the legal blame from themselves to individual users of their asbestos products was a "national disgrace".

"This company has destroyed workers' lives across Australia and is now trying to find a scapegoat for the numerous legal actions which it has unsuccessfully defended.

"This company has been proven to have been grossly negligent with its asbestos products and is now attempting to pass the buck.

"Why should ratepayers have to fork out their money to pay for James Hardie's negligence.

"Local government will stand up to this company and fight these absurd claims."

Cr Tully called on the new directors of James Hardie to drop its legal action in the Queensland District Court as a sign of good faith that it finally accepts its responsibility to Australia's asbestosis sufferers.


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14 September 2009

Minister Annastacia Palasczuk unveils historic plaque at Wacol

PIC: Minister the Hon Annastcia Palasczuk, Member for Inala is joined today by Cr Milton Dick and (left) Dr Noel Wallis for the official plaque unveiling to recognise Dr Stephen Simpson MD, MLC (1792 - 1869).


The Richlands, Inala and suburbs History Group Inc. was responsible for today's event commemorating Dr Simpson who, at various times between 1842 and 1859, was the Commissioner for Crown Lands at Moreton Bay, Protector of Aborigines, foundation member of the Royal Brisbane Hospital Board and the Queensland Legislative Council.

He was one of the most-respected persons in the colony.

In 1843, he moved to Woogaroo - the area now in the suburb of Wacol, part of The Park with former names of the Woogaroo Lunatic Asylum, Goodna Mental Asylum and Wolston Park.
He lived adjacent to the current site of the Wolston Park Golf Club from 1843 to 1853.

Today's ceremony included the planting of several endangered Willem Pines.

Ipswich City Councillor Paul Tully, representing the adjoining suburb of Goodna, attended today's unveiling.


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Goodna Anglican Welfare Ministries celebrates 20 years

PIC: The Goodna Anglican Welfare Ministries celebrating 20 years of welfare work Thanksgiving Service.


The service was held at St Luke's Anglican Church at Collingwood Park.

Congratulations to Rev Valerie Hoare and the team on 20 years continuous service to the local community.


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13 September 2009

Don Lowry celebrates his 70th birthday at Goodna

PIC: Don Lowry blows out the candles
for his 70th birthday.

Well-known local identity Don Lowry celebrated his 70th birthday at the Goodna and Districts Rugby League Football Club today.

Joined by his family and many friends, Don expressed his support to all who attended the gathering.

Division 2 Councillor Paul Tully presented a Certificate to Don recognising his contribution to the community and his 70th birthday.

Don grew up at Gailes and now lives at Redbank.


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12 September 2009

Goodna Rugby Union Club Juniors celebrate end of season

PICS: Goodna Rugby Union Juniors in the traditional tug-of-war followed by the trophy presentation.

The Goodna Junior Rugby Union Juniors celebrate the end of the season at Queens Park in Ipswich today.

It was a great end to the year with all players receiving a trophy for their untiring efforts.

The Club plays at the Evan Marginson Park at Woogaroo Street Goodna, opposite the Goodna RSL.


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Noodle Box opens at Augustine Heights

PIC: The new Noodle Box at Augustine Heights


Queensland's newest Noodle Box opens today at Augustine Heights.

The outlet is situated in the new commercial complex at the corner of Augusta Parkway and Mt Juillerat Drive, opposite the entrance to the Brookwater Golf Club.

It will undoubtedly prove to be a tasty and popular addition to the available cuisine in Ipswich's eastern suburbs.


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New 40kph School Zone signs erected on Augusta Parkway at Augustine Heights

PIC: New speed signs at Augustine Heights
heading towards Springfield

New 40kph school zone signs have been installed on Augusta Parkway at Augustine Heights.

Except for the section near the Centenary Highway, August Parkway is generally a 70kph road except in the area behind St Augustine's College

The 40kph zone operates on school days from 7.30am to 9.00am and 2.30pm to 4.00pm.

Local Councillor Paul Tully said the new speed limit, combined with the existing 24-hour pedestrian-activated traffic light crossing, will make the link much safer for students and other local residents walking between Brookwater and Augustine Heights.


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New Internet scam hits Australia overnight

Another bizarre internet scam has hit Australia overnight.

This one is different from the usual ripoffs in which people are offered untold riches ranging from lottery winnings to deceased estates.

This one demands payment of a non-existent debt from unsuspecting internet users, under threat of legal action.

It even lists PayPal as a means of payment to get the lawyers off your back.
The Australian Government has the legal means to stop these sorts of bogus emails entering Australia.

The government requires ISPs to have filters to stop porn and terrorism but not fraudulent emails which can have a massive financial effect on unsuspecting families.

Be warned - and warn your friends.


This is a copy of the latest scam:

From: rieth, luciano

Subject: Overdue Notice

NDC DEBT COLLECTIONS INC.

ACCT #: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
AMOUNT: 0.00
INTEREST: 0.00
RATE: 0.00
FEES: 0.00
TOTAL DUE: $99.83 (WILL SETTLE FOR THIS AMOUNT)

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT WE HAVE BEEN RETAINED TO COLLECT THIS DEBT FROM OUR CLIENT.

WE HAVE ATTEMPTED TO NOTIFY YOU ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS REGARDING THIS DELINQUENT ACCOUNT.

WE THOUGHT IT BEST TO STATE OUR INTENTIONS AND MAKE IT CLEAR THAT WE INTEND TO COLLECT THIS DEBT USING ALL AVAILABLE MEANS AT OUR DISPOSAL.

UNLESS WE RECEIVE PAYMENT FROM YOU, WE WILL ASSUME THAT YOU HAVE NO INTENTIONS OF LIQUIDATING THIS DEBT VOLUNTARILY.

WE WILL ADVISE OUR CLIENT THAT THEY MAY WISH TO FILE SUIT TO RECOVER THIS DEBT. PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT IF LEGAL ACTION IS UNDERTAKEN, IT COULD BE COSTLY AND TIME CONSUMING.

IF ONE SHOULD LOSE IN SUCH AN ACTION, ONE COULD ALSO BE SUBJECT TO COURT COSTS AND/OR ATTORNEY FEES, IF APPLICABLE.

THERE ARE VARIOUS AVENUES WHICH COULD BE USED TO SATISFY SUCH A JUDGEMENT.

THIS COULD INCLUDE GARNISHMENT OF WAGES, SEIZURE OF BANK ACCOUNTS OR OTHER PERSONAL PROPERTY.

IT IS NOT OUR INTENTION TO THREATEN YOU BUT TO POINT OUT THE PROBLEMS AND COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH REFUSING TO PAY A DEBT.

WE HOPE THAT NO FURTHER ACTION WILL BE NECESSARY AND YOU WILL AGREE TO OUR AMICABLE PAYMENT ARRANGEMENT.

PLEASE: TO ENSURE PROPER CREDIT, REMIT PAYMENT IMMEDIATELY.

FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE WE MAY BE ABLE TO ACCEPT PAYMENT ON THIS ACCOUNT IN THE FOLLOWING METHOD:

PAYPAL(VISA, MASTERCARD, AMERICAN EXPRESS, DISCOVER, OR ECHECK).

PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK TO MAKE YOUR PAYMENT:

https://www.paypal.com/cgi- bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=8140548

THIS COMMUNICATION IS FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR.

UNLESS YOU NOTIFY THIS OFFICE WITHIN 30 DAYS AFTER RECEIVING THIS NOTICE THAT YOU DISPUTE THE VALIDITY OF THE DEBT OR ANY PORTION THEREOF, THIS OFFICE WILL ASSUME THIS DEBT IS VALID.

IF YOU NOTIFY THIS OFFICE IN WRITING WITHIN 30 DAYS FROM RECEIVING THIS NOTICE, THIS OFFICE WILL OBTAIN VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND MAIL A COPY TO YOU OF SUCH VERIFICATION.

IF YOU REQUEST IN WRITING WITHIN 30 DAYS AFTER RECEIVING THIS NOTICE, THIS OFFICE WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH THE NAME AND ADDRESS OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR, IF DIFFERENT FROM THE CURRENT CREDITOR.

THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT.

ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED SOLELY FOR THAT PURPOSE.


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10 September 2009

New Hope Official Opening today

PIC: Managing Director and CEO of New Hope Corporation Limited Robert Neale welcomes guests at the official opening of their new office at Brookwater today.

A tremendous building and great asset for Ipswich's eastern suburbs.


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07 September 2009

GOODNA: Storm is approaching Ipswich's eastern suburbs

IPSWICH: Storm approaching Ipswich western outskirts

IPSWICH: Storm Warning

THUNDERSTORM DETECTED: A Storm is within 70KM of the Ipswich CBD. Issued Mon Sep 07 17:36:57 2009


=============== IPSWICH-CITY.COM THUNDERSTORM NOTIFICATION ===============
Active warnings:
- CLOSE STORM WARNING within 70 km of the Ipswich CBD!

Expanded info:
TRAC ID H-3596
BEARING 188.6 dgr
RANGE 63 km
STRIKE RATE 2/min
PEAK RATE 5/min
CATEGORY WEAK
TREND NO CHANGE

Short info:
ID:H-3596 BNG:189 RNG:63km CAT:WK SR:2 PR:5 TR:NC


Action:
View Live Visuals - http://ipswich-city.com/cams/cam.php?cam=1live
Lightning Tracker - http://ipswich-city.com/weather/image.php
Live Weather Data - http://ipswich-city.com/weather/iqueensl3.php
Bom Radar - http://mirror.bom.gov.au/products/IDR663.loop.shtml

06 September 2009

Ipswich Rugby League Grand Final: Goodna player seriously injured. Game delayed 30 minutes so far. Score - Brothers 30, Goodna 10.

Ipswich Rugby League Grand Final - Goodna takes the field against Brothers.

Ipswich Reserve Grade Rugby League Grand Final in Ipswich - Brothers 36, Goodna 30. Better luck Goodna in the main game at 3.30pm.

Main Roads Minister spot on over speed warning

The Queensland Minister for Main Roads Craig Wallace has issued a timely warning over idiots driving through speed-restricted works zone.

You can see it every day and night on the Ipswich Motorway between Dinmore and Darra with lead foots flashing through roadsworks areas endangering workers lives.

It's next to impossible to catch offenders with radar guns because there is nowhere to pull them over.

Perhaps, the State Government should introduce speed cameras routinely in works zones around the state.

The hip pocket is a powerful tool in traffic enforcement and the only one which seems to work.

Graphic pictures, ministerial pleas and police warnings are routinely ignored by these speedsters.

Most people baulk at so-called revenue raising enforcement where drivers are caught a few clicks over the limit but no one should object to strenuous traffic enforcement aimed at saving road workers from death or serious injury.

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

Minister for Main Roads

The Honourable Craig Wallace

06/09/2009

Slow down and obey the signs, Minister urges

Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace is urging motorists to slow down and keep calm while driving through roadworks, following continued reports of poor driver behaviour across the state.

Mr Wallace said while the department's Safety Around Roadworks campaign had been successful in raising awareness, some motorists were still putting roadworkers' lives at risk by driving aggressively and impatiently through roadwork sites.

"Since the launch of the safety campaign in 2005, there has been increased awareness in the community on safety around roadworks, however we are still hearing about poor driver behaviour resulting in casualties at roadworks," he said.

"Few worksites present as many risks as do roadworks, and drivers have to realise when they ignore reduced speed limits and drive dangerously through these sites, they are endangering the lives of the men and women who are simply trying to do their jobs.

"These workers are helping to deliver a record road construction program to benefit Queenslanders, and while I understand the frustration motorists sometimes feel as a result of roadworks, there is simply no need for drivers to take their frustrations out on workers."

Mr Wallace said statistics show that from 2005 to 2008, there were 71 reported casualties as a result of crashes where roadworks were one contributing factor.

"These statistics do not include the many incidents which are not reported or the types of road user behaviour some roadworkers experience daily.

"The Roadworker Safety Hotline, which is open to Transport and Main Roads employees, has received 82 calls this year, with reports of workers receiving verbal abuse, vehicles weaving into the worksite, and even objects being hurled at workers," he said.

"In June alone there were 12 reported incidents of dangerous driver behaviour.

"Of those, four involved drivers speeding and eight involved motorists failing to stop at either traffic lights or hand-held signage. Several involved drivers ignoring signage and entering closed off lanes, into the path of oncoming traffic.

"In one particular case, a motorist ignored a traffic controller's instructions and proceeded to drive through witches hats and barriers and entered a closed off lane, driving over an island and across southbound lanes."

Mr Wallace said it was disturbing that some of the incidents even involved professional drivers.

"Roadworkers have witnessed truck drivers and bus drivers speeding and ignoring traffic directions," he said.

"And it seems that even children think it's okay to disrespect roadworkers, with one busload of children pelting a work crew with food from a school bus window.

"People have got to get the message that this is kind of behaviour is not okay - it's disrespectful, it's foolish and it's downright dangerous."

Mr Wallace said motorists driving without due care faced fines and demerit points, and the cost of damage to their vehicles.

"The majority of drivers drive sensibly around roadworks, but a minority show either complete disregard or ignorance of the potential risks," he said.

"There is no excuse for some of the appalling driver behaviour roadworkers have to put up with, and the department is working hard to address this and get the message through to motorists.

"It's simple - slow down, drive to changed conditions and obey signage and road traffic controllers' directions."

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05 September 2009

Lloyd Bird passes away this evening

Well-known Ipswich environmentalist Lloyd Bird passed away this evening at St Andrew's Hospital in Ipswich. He was a great and honourable man.

04 September 2009

Ipswich wildlife expert Ric Nattrass passes away

PICS: Ric Nattrass
(Courtesy TVQ Channel 10)


Ipswich wildlife expert and Bellbird Park resident Ric Nattrass has passed away overnight.

Ric was a highly-regarded environmental expert with an unequalled knowledge of Queensland fauna and flora.

He gave many years of his life to the Ipswich Koala Protection Society formerly known as the Woogaroo Koala Protection Society.

In 2006, Ipswich City Council honoured him with the naming of the Ric Nattrass Environmental Park between Bertha Street Goodna and Fiona Street Bellbird Park.

Ric was a wildlife raconteur, writer, and radio presenter on the ABC and 4BC.

Above all, he was a great person with a real love of life who will be very sadly missed by his family and many friends.


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Channel 7 News: James Hardie v Ipswich City Council

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