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23 April 2011

Goodna tragedy: Third victim is farewelled

THE youngest of three victims of a horrific car accident was farewelled in an emotional ceremony at Goodna yesterday.

Tamika Neumann is comforted at the funeral of her boyfriend Nicholas Saxby.


 THE youngest of three victims of a horrific car accident was farewelled in an emotional ceremony at Goodna.

Nick Saxby was only 16 when his life was tragically taken at the intersection of Layard St and Brisbane Rd on April 8.

A gathering of several hundred friends and family crammed into and around the chapel at the Heritage Park Crematorium, to celebrate the life of fun-loving, cheeky but loyal young man.

Nick's younger sister Darrian and older sister Casey-Leigh bravely read poetry and tribute versus for their lost brother, while girlfriend of the last three years Tamika Neumann also spoke of how much she would miss Nick.

"We first met at Bremer High in grade eight," she said after the service.

"My friends introduced him to me and I just really liked him straight away.

"I was lucky enough to get to know him as the caring, loving person he was – he looked after me so well while we were together.

"I just wish there was some way he could come back."

Among those to attend the funeral were former classmates from Nick's last school, Ipswich State High, where a memorial plaque will be placed later this year.

School captain Harley Moretto said Nick was a "great fella" who was well regarded by many students.

Another fellow student, Kymberleigh Dean, wiped away tears while recalling Nick's mischievous side.

"We used to get into paint fights at school," she said.

"He was a sweet, caring person – but there are really no words to describe exactly what he was like, he was just an amazing person."

Nick's family asked for privacy while releasing a bunch of balloons into the air following the service.

Police are still investigating the series of events leading up to the crash which killed Nick and his friends Matt Prior, 18, and Brittany Bramwell, 17.

Their car was hit from the side by a utility which was reported to have gone through a red light.

The driver of the vehicle containing the three teenagers, Alex Mayfield, survived the crash.

More Ipswich News: www.QT.com.au

 

21 April 2011

Red letter day for Goodna Post Office

AUSTRALIA Post is back in action at Goodna, with the flood damaged post office at St Ives Shopping Centre reopened for business this week.

Goodna Post Office staff members Merinda Antcliff,
Annie Roberts, Tim Ford and Sybil Hill in the redeveloped store.


AUSTRALIA Post is back in action at Goodna, with the flood damaged post office at St Ives Shopping Centre reopened for business this week.

The post office, one of dozens of shops and businesses destroyed in January, received a new fit-out and a new suite of private post office boxes for its loyal customers.

Australia Post spokeswoman Melanie Ward said residents would enjoy full postal services after a long wait.

“Our people have gone to an enormous effort to ensure the Goodna community continued to receive their mail whilst we were repairing the post office,” Ms Ward said.

“We would also like to thank Goodna residents for their patience, support and goodwill during this time.”

Goodna residents have been rewarded for a great deal of patience in the last week, with major supermarket Woolworths also reopening its doors after a massive reconstruction effort in the months following the January disaster.

The St Ives Shopping Centre was under about eight metres of water at the height of the floods – on January 12 – turning the once bustling business area into a ghost town.

The good news is that since the floods, more than 75 per cent of the centre’s shops – including the fruit market, butcher’s shop, pet store and Asian grocer – have reopened.

Unfortunately not all the shoppers have returned, with the QT reporting earlier this month that the butcher’s shop had reported a 60 per cent loss in turn-over.

With at least 600 homes destroyed by the floods, many Goodna residents have been left with no money to spend.

The refurbished post office opened on Monday, however immediately following the floods, staff organised a temporary measure to enable residents to continue to pick up their mail locally, with customers allowed to collect mail from the post office foyer in recent weeks.

Post office box holders will need to present their existing mail box keys to staff, who will provide them with new keys.

Call Australia Post’s Customer Contact Centre on 13 13 18 for further information.


Red letter day for post office | Ipswich News | Local News in Ipswich | Ipswich Queensland Times

Flood warnings hard to follow as changes sought to Weather Bureau forecasts

INFORMATION about river flood heights during January’s natural disaster had little relevance to residents in many flood affected suburbs, said one expert.

Residents watched in shock as the Bremer River flooded over the One Mile Bridge.


INFORMATION about river flood heights during January’s natural disaster had little relevance to residents in many flood affected suburbs, according to an expert.

Environmental engineer and James Cook University researcher Ross Kapitzke said while vital data was available on the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) website, many were unsure how to use the information.

In a written submission to the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry, Mr Kapitzke said media reports focused on the Brisbane city gauge on the Brisbane River and the Ipswich gauge on the Bremer River.

He said residents in other suburbs were not presented with information on how the floods affected them.

Mr Kapitzke said one example was that while the Brisbane River gauge in Brisbane predicted a rise there of 2-3 metres, the BOM was predicting rises of between 8 and 10 metres in suburbs like Goodna.

He suggested the situation could be improved in the future if flooding information on the BOM website was made more accessible.

“The shortcomings of this information flow could so easily be improved if only the rain and river data were more readily available for reasoned use by the public,” he said.

Ipswich City Councillor Paul Tully, whose Goodna home was inundated in the floods along with many of his constituents, agreed that the information should be easier to understand and more relevant to particular suburbs.

Goodna is bounded by the Brisbane River, and Cr Tully said it was confusing for residents when media reports used that river’s flood gauge in Brisbane City to warn people.

“That means nothing to the average punter. Whatever height it is there, it means something totally different for Goodna,” Cr Tully said.

In his submission to the flood inquiry, Cr Tully said a system similar to cyclone warning categories should be introduced to make it easier.

“It would be easier for a member of the public to understand Einstein’s Theory of Relativity than to decipher Queensland’s flood alert system,” he said.

His suggestion would have a flood scale numbered one to five, with Category One representing minor flooding, all the way to Category Five representing catastrophic flooding.

A spokesman for the BOM said that because they are one of the agencies assisting the commission, it won’t comment on these and related issues outside of the Commission.

The BOM provided a detailed report to the commission about its flood warning measures in the lead up to January’s flood.


Flood warnings hard to follow | Natural Disasters | Ipswich Queensland Times

Long road to recovery after floods for Ipswich residents from Gailes to Brassall

THE Ipswich Flood Appeal continues to rebuild homes and restore confidence but there is a long road to travel to reach recovery.

Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale consoles Ian Surawski at his Brisbane Terrace home after the flood.

THE Ipswich Flood Appeal continues to rebuild homes and restore confidence but there is a long road to travel to reach recovery.

Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale said yesterday that to date the Ipswich Flood Appeal had banked $1,232,353.

He said 1103 flood-affected families had so far registered with the council through the Help Us Help You forms.

“Council continues to co-ordinate additional help for flood victims like provision of and erection of wall sheeting, donated labour and other goods and services from a range of support organisations working in partnership with the appeal,” Cr Pisasale said.

“Four hundred and eighty-one vouchers funded from the flood appeal have been issued to Ipswich residents so far.”

He said the vouchers were redeemable for household items including new fridges, new furniture, or cash vouchers to spend at Ipswich stores.

The distribution centre in the old Coles store was also helping families with second-hand items donated from all over Australia.”

“Our appeal is a local appeal and it’s not based on assets; it’s about helping everyone, Cr Pisasale said.

“The key issue is getting people back in their homes.

“There’s a company going to Karalee tomorrow to donate enough building products to rebuild 400 houses.

“If anyone out there has a trade and they want to help someone, get in contact with us.

“My personal commitment is to get every resident back in their home. I’m going to keep going, no matter how long it takes. I know what people are going through; I’ve felt the depression as well.”

This week, the Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) donated several pallets of gyprock to help the building recovery effort across Ipswich.

Cr Pisasale said enough gyprock to repair 50-60 flood damaged homes would soon make its way to property owners considered the most in need.

“Flood-affected owners who registered with council through the Help Us Help You form are being assessed,” he said.

Long road to recovery after floods | Ipswich News | Local News in Ipswich | Ipswich Queensland Times

Car jackers barged police car


A REDBANK couple will appear in court this morning charged over a car-jacking and dramatic police pursuit.

The pair is accused of pulling over a man in a brand new Toyota Prado, which was driving south along Ipswich-Boonah Road at Coulson – about 40km south of Ipswich, at 11am yesterday.

The male offender allegedly produced a screwdriver and threatened the Prado's owner before he and his female partner took off in the four-wheel-drive.

Police will allege the car-jackers kept heading south until they got to Aratula, where they refuelled at the BP service station and took off again without paying.

They were spotted a short time later at the top of Cunningham's Gap, where a police officer parked his car directly behind the Prado to block its exit.

However the offenders allegedly barged the police vehicle out of the way and took off down the Range towards Warwick.

They were apprehended a short time later after dumping the stolen Prado in a campsite and attempting to break into a ranger's vehicle.

The man and woman were held in the Ipswich watchhouse overnight and will face Ipswich Magistrates Court today.


Car jackers barged police car | Ipswich News | Local News in Ipswich | Ipswich Queensland Times

20 April 2011

Free Chocolate Easter Bunny give-away at Goodna Thursday morning

From 7.00 tomorrow morning (Thursday), Cr Paul Tully will be
at his office at 18 Queen St Goodna (4 doors down from the
Irish Heart) giving away 1500 chocolate Easter Bunnies to the
good people of Goodna as a special treat for the kids and parents
who have suffered so much over the past 3 months.

They are top quality Red Tulip chocolates donated by IGA.
 
First in, best dressed.  See you there.
 

19 April 2011

Three people are killed every year due to collisiions in motorway emergency lanes - Courier Mail

Three people are killed every year due to collisiions in motorway emergency lanes - Courier Mail: "


Three people are killed every year due to collisiions in motorway emergency lanes
Courier Mail
The findings come just three weeks after a man was killed at Rocklea, as he waited next to his car in an emergency lane on the Ipswich Motorway. National Coronial Information System released the results of the study today, warning people to stay away ...

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Final farewell to teenagers - Quest News

Final farewell to teenagers - Quest News: "

Quest News

Final farewell to teenagers
Quest News
Frank Prior sobbed as he recalled his son's life after Matthew David Prior, 18, Brittany Ann Bramwell, 17, of Raceview, and Brassall's Nicholas Saxby, 16, were killed in a crash at Goodna on their way home from Dreamworld. Their friend Alex Mayfield, ...
Brittany farewelled by matesIpswich Queensland Times
Teen crash victim Brittany Ann Bramwell farewelledCourier Mail

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Family hit hard by floods will get free family portraits - Brisbane Northern Times

Family hit hard by floods will get free family portraits - Brisbane Northern Times: "

Brisbane Northern Times

Family hit hard by floods will get free family portraits
Brisbane Northern Times
Goodna's Mujawar family is still battling to bring life back to normal after half their house was flooded in January. They still don't have a kitchen and they are still waiting to hear from their insurers. So while they pick up the pieces, ...

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Easter joy for Spirit coachs


WESTERN Spirit coach Nev O'Sullivan has plenty to celebrate over Easter after a winning trifecta at Saturday night's local derby.

Ipswich City Bulls Reserve grade player Justin Gordon finds room to move on his way to scoring three goals in his team’s 7-1 trouncing of Western Spirit.



WESTERN Spirit coach Nev O'Sullivan has plenty to celebrate over Easter after a winning trifecta at Saturday night's local derby.

For the first time in more than two years, Western Spirit beat cross-town rivals Ipswich City 2-1 in a hard-fought Division 1 duel at Brassall.

A relieved O'Sullivan praised his team for getting the job done against their bogey side.

He left Sutton Park with two more reasons for some long weekend cheer – O'Sullivan won the Easter hamper drawn at the game and he collected a six-pack of Jim Bean, courtesy of a bet with opposing coach Trent Abel.

“I'm quite happy with that,” O'Sullivan said of his winning hat-trick.

However, most important for the coach and his team was Spirit's third victory from six games, keeping them in touch with the top four.

“We've got more wins than losses. That's a good thing,” O'Sullivan said.

“It's just our confidence building.

“We take this and we just keep building. We can lift the bar a little bit higher next time.”

On a wet Sutton Park field, either team could have won until Luke Haydon slammed home an emotion-charged goal in the second half.

Spirit goalkeeper Chris Morrall denied the resurgent Bulls a number of times, including two great close-range saves just after halftime.

Rob Palmer was the only Bulls player able to pass Morrall – heading in a first-half goal to level the scores at 1-1.

Dangerous striker Phil Randal netted the first goal.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game,” O'Sullivan said.

“We stuck to our guns and worked really hard and got what we wanted.

“It didn't have to be pretty.

“The last few years we've been on the wrong end of the scoreline.

“Now we've got to string two or three together.”

Among Spirit's best were defenders Joel Hancock and Richie Armstrong, who stabilises the backline.

Josh Walton played well out wide.

The Bulls dominated the midfield for much of the game, setting up some dangerous attack, especially through Norbert Duga and Shaun Kitching.

Kitching was one of the best, playing on in the second half despite copping a knock to his right ankle.

Comeback winger Zygan Condie was also dangerous, threatening to score an equaliser.

“We need to score goals, that's what it comes down to,” Abel said.

“We're creating good chances. We're just not taking them.”

While happy to see his team's fluent play improving, Abel was concerned the wins weren't coming.

“On the first half performance, we probably should have been 3-1 up. They just had the one chance,” he said.

“The second half, fair enough, they got a few more than us.”

The Bulls Reserves continued their steady progress, winning the earlier local derby 7-1.

In-form goalscorer Justin Gordon netted a hat-trick in City's second win after a series of draws.

“It was a fantastic result,” Bulls Reserve grade coach Dan Burnell said.

“We did ourselves a few favours last week up in Toowoomba. We put six away.”

Burnell said his team was keen to capitalise on its winning platform.

“We turned up today, our preparation was good during the week and the boys did everything I asked of them,” he said.

With the club for six years, Burnell is coaching the Bulls Reserve grade side full-time for the first time.

Easter joy for Spirit coach | Ipswich Sport | Local Sports in Ipswich | Ipswich Queensland Times

Brittany farewelled by mates | Ipswich News | Local News in Ipswich | Ipswich Queensland Times

GREG Bramwell will forever treasure the last moments he spent with his only daughter Brittany Ann.

Brittany Ann Bramwell.


GREG Bramwell will forever treasure the last moments he spent with his only daughter Brittany Ann.

It was a little kiss on the cheek to say goodbye before Brittany and three of her friends set off on a trip to Screamworld.

The four teens were on their way back home from the Gold Coast theme park when they were involved in a horrific traffic crash, which killed Brittany, 17, plus her friends Matthew Prior, 18 and Nick Saxby, 16.

Reading the eulogy for his lost daughter yesterday, Mr Bramwell said he'd grown even closer to Brittany since the death of her mother, Karen, in 2003.

“I became mum and dad to Brittany after that,” Mr Bramwell told the gathering of a few hundred friends and family.

“She had lots of friends and she introduced me to every one of them – she would always tell me where she was going.

“We had a special bond.”

Brittany's boyfriend and the driver of the vehicle, Alex Mayfield, survived and was able to attend the funeral at the Centenary Memorial Gardens crematorium chapel.

He'd met Brittany at Bremer High – where they both attended school – and said he had to be persistent with her before she would agree to go out with him.

While too upset to talk at length, Mr Mayfield said he would remember Brittany's smile the most. Long-time friend Peter Wiedemann said Brittany's infectious laugh was something that would continue to bring a smile to her friend's faces.

“She loved adventure and would be wherever there was adventure or fun,” Mr Wiedemann said as he officiated over the ceremony.

“She had a way of righting your day with that smile of hers – we are all going to miss that.”

The large gathering heard Brittany – like her father – had a strong faith in God.

Family and friends – who wore green ribbons and clothing in honour of Brittany – released bunches of green helium balloons into the air after the ceremony.

The funeral for Nick Saxby will be held at Goodna on Thursday.


Brittany farewelled by mates | Ipswich News | Local News in Ipswich | Ipswich Queensland Times

Woolies back after Goodna floods

IT HAS been a long time coming but the rebuild of the flood-ravaged Woolworths supermarket at Goodna was no mean feat.

Cashier Jessica Pyle at work at the Woolworths Goodna store that reopened yesterday.


IT HAS been a long time coming but the rebuild of the flood-ravaged Woolworths supermarket at Goodna was no mean feat.

With the clean up beginning pretty much as soon as the muddy waters subsided, the $5.5 million transformation has taken all of the last three months to accomplish, at a massive cost to the company.

The store celebrated its opening yesterday, with hundreds of loyal customers returning to a new and improved shop layout.

Store manager Mark Bettess said money was no object as the public was overwhelmingly in favour of getting the local supermarket back on its feet as quickly as possible.

“This store is very important to people around here who rely on its proximity to public transport and other shops,” Mr Bettes said.

“They started rebuilding this store within a week of the floods – as soon as the water subsided there were people in here looking at how the devastation had affected the store.”

Meanwhile, about 90 staff from the Goodna store were given jobs at other Woolworths outlets around south-east Queensland.

Mr Bettess said the majority of the staff had been retained and had now returned to a new and improved Goodna supermarket.

The new layout was a refreshing sight to those who have relied on the Goodna store for years.

It included new self-serve checkouts, a bigger butcher's area with extra staff and – for something different – a dedicated English food section including imported confectionary and Yorkshire puddings.

Long-time customer Jeanette Vo said she had to go to Inala or Redbank Plains since the floods.

“With petrol prices the way they are we found ourselves having to save a bit of extra money just to do the shopping,” Mrs Vo said.

“I used to come here every couple of days so it has been a long wait for me, but the new set-up is impressive.”

Redbank Plains resident Kim Pardy, who quit her job to volunteer more of her time with the SES during the floods, said she missed the store while it was gone.

“When I found out it was reopening today I just knew I had to come in and support them,” she said.

At a Glance

At least 600 Goodna homes were severely affected by the floods, with all but about five per cent of those remaining vacant

About 75% of businesses at St Ives Shopping Centre have since reopened

Woolies back after Goodna floods | Ipswich News | Local News in Ipswich | Ipswich Queensland Times

18 April 2011

Rebuilt Goodna Woolworths opens | Ipswich News | Local News in Ipswich | Ipswich Queensland Times

WOOLWORTHS' Goodna store reopened this morning after a three-month, $5.5 million rebuild.

The store, located at St Ives Shopping Centre, was one of dozens destroyed when flood water devastated the suburb in January.

As part of the rebuild, the supermarket layout has been given a significant upgrade, with new self-serve checkouts and an improved delicatessen and butcher's.

The majority of the staff who worked there before the floods have retained their positions.


Rebuilt Goodna Woolworths opens | Ipswich News | Local News in Ipswich | Ipswich Queensland Times

UQ Boilerhouse shows support for flood relief - UQ News

UQ Boilerhouse shows support for flood relief - UQ News: "


UQ Boilerhouse shows support for flood relief
UQ News
Goodna residents affected by the January floods are one step closer to moving back into their homes thanks to staff at The University of Queensland's Boilerhouse. Employees at the UQ Boilerhouse Community Engagement Centre at the Ipswich Campus ...

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Normal Ipswich rubbish and recycling collections over Easter

Residents in Ipswich's eastern suburbs should leave their rubbish and recycling bins out on their normal pickup day over Easter.

Local Councillor Paul Tully said Ipswich Waste would be working on Good Friday, Anzac Day and the extra Easter Holiday next Tuesday.

Cr Tully said the normal pickup would occur on Good Friday around Springfield, Brookwater, Augustine Heights, Goodna, Gailes, Camira and Redbank.

"Recycling bins will be collected on the normal fortnightly cycle with the Springfield, Brookwater, Augustine Heights area pickup this Friday."

Bellbird Park and Redbank Plains residents will also have their normal rubbish and recycling collection day this Thursday.

Cr Tully said if residents experienced any pickup problems they should call Ipswich Waste on 3810 6666.

Goodna Woolworths re-opens today

Congratulations on the better, brighter Goodna store.

Club farewells popular member duo | Ipswich News | Local News in Ipswich | Ipswich Queensland Times

HUNDREDS of bikies have taken to the road to farewell two of their Goodna mates who were tragically killed during a club ride.

Much-loved members of the Lockyer Valley Ulysses Motorcycle Club, John and Jo Walsh, were farewelled at a moving ceremony at the Gold Coast on Friday.

Club president Adrian Pamenter said members of the Mt Lindsay and Gatton branches had also attended the service.

He said the pair, known affectionately by their nicknames of Bear and Gypsy, was much-loved and highly respected in their club circles.

Mr Pamenter said they were some of most wonderful and caring people you could ever meet.

“She was a lovely lady who just enjoyed life,” he said.

“He would give you the shirt off your back.”

Bear, 62, first joined the Lockyer Valley Ulysses Club about three years ago, with his 55-year-old wife joining a little over a year ago.

The couple met through the internet and married two years ago.

Mr Pamenter said life for Bear revolved around Jo.

“The club was his life and so was Jo,” he said.

“He had such a hard life when he was younger – Jo made it her mission to show him there were better things in life.”

He said each of the club's members had their own fond memories of Bear and Gypsy.

“They will be remembered as a pigeon pair,” Mr Pamenter said.

“She was the apple of his eye, he couldn't do enough for her. He always wanted to please her.

“She was just the nicest of people and a real lady.

“Jo was a girlfriend to all the girls in the branch and was just so lovely.”

Wife Amanda agreed.

“She was like a big sister to everyone in the club,” she said.

“She was so loved by her family and members of the Ulysses Club.

“That's what the club is, an extended family of people.”

The couple died after a head-on collision between a truck and their motorcycle on the Rosewood-Warrill View Rd at Coleyville last Sunday.

Members of the Ulysses Club who witnessed the crash have been offered grief counselling.

Mr Pamenter said what had started as a beautiful day had abruptly ended in tragedy.

“There were a lot of other people on the ride and I just think, ‘why Bear?'.” he said.

“Jo told us that morning that if it was raining she wouldn't go, but it was just a sky-blue day.”

He said club members knew in the back of their minds that anytime they climbed on a bike something could go wrong.

“We try and minimise the risk, but the risk was always there,” Mr Pamenter said.

Mrs Pamenter said the couple would be remembered when the club joined others from across south-east Queensland on their yearly memorial ride to Somerset Dam in September.

That's when the lives of members who have “ridden on” are celebrated.


Club farewells popular member duo | Ipswich News | Local News in Ipswich | Ipswich Queensland Times

Rangers win derby | Ipswich Sport | Local Sports in Ipswich | Ipswich Queensland Times

AT the end of the Barber Cup clash between Rangers and Goodna at Woodend on Saturday, one team remained undefeated this year, the other winless.

Ipswich Rangers claimed local bragging rights after defeating Goodna 16-12 in their rain affected Barber Cup clash at Woodend. Photo: Rob Williams

AT the end of the Barber Cup clash between Rangers and Goodna at Woodend on Saturday, one team remained undefeated this year, the other winless.

However, the match, won 16-12 by Rangers in dreadful conditions, proved the gap between the two teams is a lot narrower than the ladder suggests.

Although Goodna outscored the home team two tries to one, Rangers never surrendered the lead they established early on through winger Isaac Creedy's try.

Rangers' five-eighth Stuart Banks proved the difference, slotting all four shots at goal, despite coming in for some special attention from the Goodna defence.

“They knocked us off our axis a bit,” Rangers coach Mike McLean said.

“They play a pretty aggressive brand of football.

“They had our blokes double-guessing a bit.

“There were a few sore bodies at the end of it.”

The weather played into Goodna's hands, as they tried to bash their way through, while hindering Rangers' attempts to throw the ball about.

“We coughed up a lot of ball,” McLean said.

“They played better in the conditions.

“We're a pretty good dry weather team.”

While Banks kicked Rangers home after they led 7-5 at halftime, it was some resolute defence that kept a late Goodna charge from coming to fruition.

“We hung on late,” McLean said. “They were throwing the kitchen sink at us.”

McLean was far from happy with the overall performance but took solace knowing his team has the character to win in unfavourable conditions.

“It was a pretty ugly win but we'll take it,” he said.

“We haven't really had the opportunity to play the style of footy we want to play.

“We have pace to burn but can't get them the footy.”

In similar circumstances, McLean wants to see his team play more for field position, instead of putting themselves under pressure by trying to play the game from their own half.

It was only asking for trouble against a physical defence like that of the Gladiators.

“We didn't adjust our game plan to be forward-oriented because we knew that would play into their hands,” McLean said.

“It was about field position.

“We needed to kick to the corners. But to Goodna's credit, they put a lot of pressure on us.”

Banks and Rangers' other main kicker in general play, Tom Dwyer, came in for plenty of attention.

Goodna knew precisely who to target as five-eighth Miller Lemalu is a former Rangers player.

McLean paid tribute to his battered five-eighth Banks.

“He copped a couple of really decent whacks,” the coach said.

“They rattled his cage a bit but he stood up to it well and kicked for goal beautifully.”

Others to earn the coach's praise were openside flanker Jake Creedy and inside centre Vili Koori.

McLean expects Goodna to end its losing streak soon and would not be surprised to see the Gladiators in the semi-finals. “They'll be thereabouts if they continue to play like that,” he said.

All Brisbane subdistricts rugby competitions take a break for Easter this weekend.

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17 April 2011

300 unite to farewell mate | Ipswich News | Local News in Ipswich | Ipswich Queensland Times

FRIENDS and family bid an emotional farewell to their blue-eyed, fun loving and sometimes mischievous mate yesterday.

The parents of Matthew Prior leave Centenary Memorial Gardens Chapel after the funeral of their teenage son who died in a crash last Friday.


FRIENDS and family bid an emotional farewell to their blue-eyed, fun loving and sometimes mischievous mate yesterday.

More than 300 people crowded the crematorium chapel at Centenary Memorial Gardens, to reflect on the life of Matthew Prior.

Matthew, 18, was one of three teenage friends killed when their vehicle collided with a ute at Goodna last week.

His sudden death has clearly left a gaping hole in the lives of many – with several of his friends taking the opportunity to speak about his antics while out driving in the car, “going down to Maccas” or just talking on the phone.

Some arrived with the words “RIP” written on their vehicles, while others allowed blue balloons to fly out the windows.

Matthew’s pride and joy – his bright yellow Mazda 3 hatchback and his recently acquired 1970 Volkswagen Beetle – were appropriately parked out the front of the chapel.

Funeral celebrant Ron Oostenbroek encouraged Matty’s loved ones to think about the good times.

“Matty has not stopped bringing smiles to your faces – don’t think he has – he hasn’t,” Mr Oostenbroek said.

“He was one of a kind – there was truly nobody else like him.”

Matty’s father Frank spoke of his son’s passion for motor cars, which started from an early age.

“Pretty soon came the cars – he had so many they blocked the yard,” Mr Prior said as he fought back tears.

“He would park everywhere I wanted to.”

Despite his love of cars, Matty followed one of his other loves and tried to be a chef when he left school.

But as his father explained, the job stopped him from enjoying the most important part of his life – his friends – and he soon took a job as an apprentice mechanic.

“Matty would have been so impressed to see how many people turned up today,” Mr Prior said.

Waves of friends approached the microphone to speak about the memories of Matty, including friend of 13 years, Tamika Weller.

“He touched the hearts of many,” she said.

“He wanted nothing more than to live life. He loved everyone who is here today. We’ll never forget you Matthew.”

Childhood friend Brittnay Robinson said Matty was her “primary school crush.”

“There’s too much to say about him – he had a smile that would light up your world and the nicest eyes,” Ms Robinson said.

“He was a good kid – loved by everyone.”

Matthew’s older brother Andrew released a bunch of blue balloons following the ceremony.

His friends drove in a convoy around Ipswich last night in his honour.


Ipswich City Council - Media Release

Ipswich City Council - Media Release

Tenders being called for Bell Street re-development

15 April 2011

BELL STREET will soon undergo a multi-million dollar re-development after tenders are called early next month.

City Works Committee Chairperson Councillor Trevor Nardi said the tender process would start in mid May.

"Tenders for the construction of the Bell Street re-development will include work such as replacing the existing footpath with coloured concrete, replacing the existing kerb and channel, increasing the number of bus stops, improving the safety and amenity of the precinct through improved lighting and increased security cameras," he said.

"The estimated cost of the project is $2.1 million, with joint funding between council and the Federal and State Governments.

"This work will improve the accessibility to the central business district shopping precinct not only for vehicles but for buses carrying passengers into the city.

"They also will make the Bell Street transit vicinity a safer place for all commuters, with improved facilities, lighting and shelter.

"Tenders will close in early June with the work expected to be completed in 2011-2012," Cr Nardi said.

16 April 2011

Breaking News: Earthquake hits North Queensland, south of Townsville

A powerful 5.4 magnitude earthquake has hit North Queensland.
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Ipswich creates temporary new flood lines

Ipswich City Council Media Release

15 April 2011

In a move designed to provide a range of alternatives to residential development in flood-prone areas, Ipswich City Council intends to suspend existing flood regulations for up to 12 months while a detailed review is conducted.

Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale said the interim move would improve flood regulations to control development in flood-affected areas.

"The new flood line will be based on a combination of the 1 in 100 line, the 1974 flood, and new data provided by the Department of Environment and Resource Management from the January 2011 flood.

"Areas of Ipswich in close proximity to the Bremer and Brisbane rivers, and adjacent creeks will come under the new regulations."

Cr Pisasale said the changes would be facilitated under a Temporary Local Planning Instrument (TLPI).

"The TLPI is only a temporary measure. It gives us time to carry out our own studies and work with the Flood Commission to make sure we get planning right for the future. More importantly, it must be beneficial for the whole community," he said.

"The new proposals will give consideration to allowing low impact non-residential uses in some areas most affected by the 2011 flood.

"This will provide flexibility and alternatives to residential use which will allow for a gradual transition from solely residential use.

"These moves give property owners a number of options for the future use of their property while safeguarding the amenity of the area.

"Ipswich City Council is taking a lead role by proposing these changes and once they are approved by the state government, will move quickly to adopt the TLPI," Cr Pisasale said.

Ipswich CEO granted special powers to speed up flood recovery process

Ipswich City Council Media Release

15 April 2011

IPSWICH City Council's chief executive officer will be able to approve flood recovery works up to $5 million (excluding GST), speeding up processing and approval times.

All flood recovery works need to be completed by 30 June 2013 to be eligible for funding from the State and Federal Governments through the National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

City Management and Finance Committee Chairperson Mayor Paul Pisasale said the special powers of delegation mean the CEO will be able to approve works eligible under the NDRRA program. The CEO will work with the Flood Recovery Working Group to decide individual contracts.

Currently all contracts greater that $1.5 million require approval by council, which can take between 80-120 days for a signed contract to be completed. The new delegation powers will mean the CEO can approve flood recovery works contracts up to $5 million, excluding GST, and will cut the time taken to between one and seven weeks.

Cr Pisasale said speeding up the flood recovery process was essential and the new powers granted to the CEO would help expedite approvals and fix public infrastructure sooner.

"Repairs to public infrastructure started at the same time as the flood clean-up, and while major repairs have been completed in the worst hit areas, more repairs are needed," Cr Pisasale said.

"These priority works include repairs to community facilities, which are heavily relied upon by sporting, cultural and community groups. Fixing the city's damaged infrastructure will go a long way towards getting life back to normal and lessening the grief and visual reminded of the flood."

Cr Pisasale said the CEO would be granted these approval powers until 30 June 2013 or until all flood recovery works have been completed.

Roads and drainage repairs are estimated to total $54 million, while the final damage bill to public infrastructure could reach $120 million. NDRRA works are being administered locally by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.

Busy time for shops at Easter - Ipswich Queensland Times

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Busy time for shops at Easter
Ipswich Queensland Times
Redbank Plaza Shopping Centre marketing manager Keryn Lovatt said the upcoming holiday period would be a hectic time. “Easter is always a busy time especially for fresh food and last-minute Easter egg shopping,” she said. “Plus with the school holidays ...

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Campbell Newman has Ipswich in his sights

CAMPBELL Newman has slammed the Premier's Disaster Relief Fund and signalled his clear intention to win Labor heartland seats in Ipswich at the next election.

Former Brisbane lord mayor Campbell Newman will urge LNP ministers to endorse him as party leader.

 
          
LIBERAL National Party leader Campbell Newman has slammed the performance of the Premier's Disaster Relief Fund and signalled his clear intention to win Labor heartland seats in Ipswich at the next election.

Labor holds the seats of Ipswich and Bundamba comfortably while the LNP is safe in Lockyer. But Ipswich West, held by Labor's Wayne Wendt, is a seat the LNP believes it can give a real shake with Sean Choat as their candidate.

Mr Choat won 37.85% of the vote at the last election.

With the recent landslide win for the Liberal party in NSW as a backdrop, Mr Newman said it was time for the LNP to return to power in Queensland.

"I'd love the opportunity to have my team represent the people of Ipswich," he said.

"I am simply appealing to them in this election to have a good look at us – and if they like what they see, and I think they will, to give us a go.

"Sean Choat out at Ipswich West is a great bloke. He's a local and people should have a good look at him. I'd love him on my team.

"I have asked Sean and all candidates to compile a wish list of projects and initiatives that they'd like to see in their electorate."

Mr Newman said the main issues in the next election would revolve around the huge increases in cost of living and the "under-investment in rail services and under-investment in the roads".

He received plenty of feedback from residents about the failings of the Premier's Disaster Relief Fund, including pensioners who had been knocked back.

He pointed to the Brisbane City Council's performance in dealing with 90,000 applications for a water tank rebate scheme as an example of the way it should be done.

"We geared up and put the resources in place because we knew that people desperately wanted to get their water tanks in," he said.

"We showed some leadership and made it happen and focused on customer service. That is what should happen here. They should put the resources in, expedite the thing and help these poor suffering people.

"The criteria is very hard. I've had a lady come to me in tears. Her family had no insurance and they weren't wealthy people. That is what upsets me about it all...the unrealistic income thresholds that are excluding people."

Mr Newman said the turnaround time for people receiving help was "far too slow."

"People needed help weeks ago to rebuild their homes and their lives," he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Wendt said he had done "a good job over the past five years".

"And I intend to keep doing that," he said.

He said the three rounds of the Premier's Disaster Relief Fund had been well received by the public.

"We are less than three months since the event and I think we've done a great job so far to try and do what we can," he said.

"The electorate of Ipswich West has been flood damaged in every corner with hundreds of people affected. There is no doubt that some people would have liked things to be done quicker, but I believe the scale of the event meant that it had to be done the way it has."

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Dam manual a mess: Flood Commissioner

THE head of the Queensland floods inquiry has described a crucial part of the operations manual for Brisbane's Wivenhoe Dam as a mess.

Questions about Wivenhoe Dam releases continue.

 
               

THE head of the Queensland floods inquiry has described a crucial part of the operations manual for Brisbane's Wivenhoe Dam as a mess.

It comes a day after a lawyer representing Ipswich City Council grilled the Bureau of Meteorology's Queensland chief on warnings issued ahead of January's floods.

The Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry yesterday heard from a third engineer, Terry Malone, who directed releases from the dam in January's floods.

Engineers have told the inquiry how they used models that didn't factor in forecast rain when moving to operating phase W4, which allowed them to make large releases from the dam in order to save it from collapse, even if that meant flooding properties.

More than 14,000 Brisbane homes were flooded on January 13, the day after more than 3000 homes were flooded in Ipswich.

Yesterday, Mr Malone was questioned over the manual and how engineers took into account models with and without forecast rain, as well as the height of the Wivenhoe Dam lake when making their decisions.

Commissioner Justice Catherine Holmes said that part of the manual was a mess.

"This really is a bit of a mess, isn't it?" she said.

Mr Malone replied: "It's a very difficult concept, yeah."

Justice Holmes disagreed, saying, "It's not the concept, there are three different ways in which it's expressed in the manual."

On Thursday, Peter Flanagan, for Ipswich City Council, asked BoM regional chief Jim Davidson why the BoM's flood warnings for the Bremer River changed dramatically during January 11.

"In the course of seven-and-a-half hours the prediction from the bureau in fact increased from 12.7 metres through to 22 metres," he said.

Mr Davidson referred questions about modelling to his chief hydrologist, saying he took part in teleconferences about the floods but he didn't communicate directly with the dam engineers.

"I was certainly aware of the significance of the releases that were being discussed at the time," he said.

The Bremer River peaked at 19.4 metres on January 12, lower than the 22 metre warning of January 11.

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15 April 2011

Vigil's glow for Goodna car crash victims

Goodna crash vigil

FRIENDS REMEMBERED: Candles at a community Vigil for Goodna crash victims Brittany Bramwell, 17,
Nicholas Saxby, 16, and Matthew Prior, 18 at Queens Park Ipswich.

 

THEY died in the most tragic circumstances, but last night the lives of three teenagers lost in a Goodna car crash were celebrated with a moving candlelight vigil.

Friends and family of Nicholas Saxby, 16, Brittany Bramwell, 17, and Matthew Prior, 18, gathered at Queens Park, Ipswich to remember and farewell the young trio.

They were only minutes from home after a day trip to Dreamworld on the Gold Coast last Friday when a ute collided with their sedan.

Brittany's boyfriend Alex Mayfield was driving, but survived the horrendous crash.

Nicholas's girlfriend Tamika Neumann, 15, last night remained strong as she spoke of their shattered dreams.

"We shared so many dreams; one of them was getting married on the beach," she said. "He was a wonderful son, grandson and cousin ... he was the love of my life."

Matthew's father Frank Prior said he was lost for words

The ceremony was organised by two of Brittany's friends, Adam Payne and Rhys Mislop.

Students from Ipswich State High School wore yellow to remember their classmate Nicholas Saxby.

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Goodna Gladiators ready for winning run

LIKE brothers who have grown up, things are much more cordial between Ipswich Rangers and the Goodna Gladiators than they once were.

Ipswich Rangers host Goodna in the Barber Cup at Woodend tomorrow.

LIKE brothers who have grown up, things are much more cordial between Ipswich Rangers and the Goodna Gladiators than they once were.

However their Barber Cup clash at Woodend tomorrow afternoon is still sure to contain plenty of feeling.

Rangers have won both their opening two fixtures.

The Gladiators are without a win, but have lost by just one and two points, so will be desperate to get on the board.

"We're looking forward to the local derby," Goodna coach Mino Tiatia said.

"I'm pretty happy with the way we're going."

Goodna have been behind the pace after the floods destroyed all their equipment and forced them to find a temporary home at Riverview State School.

Tiatia admits their fitness is still not where it needs to be.

For that reason a strong start against Rangers is imperative.

"That's how we do it," Tiatia said.

"We need to come up with a really good start.

"We can't afford to take the foot of or relax against Rangers."

There is no secret where the Gladiators hope to establish dominance.

"While we probably lack a little fitness we need to stick to our game plan to beat them up front," the coach said.

To do that however, they will have to stop conceding points through penalties, which have cost them dearly in their opening two matches.

"Just the discipline as well," Tiatia said.

"We've been giving away silly penalties and we can't afford to do that against Rangers."

When the Gladiators have avoided conceding penalties they have kept their coach happy.

"The most pleasing thing is our defence and attack," he said.

"In two games we've conceded only one try so I'm pretty pleased with that."

Tiatia has played in many a local derby and while the competition remains fierce, the bad feeling that once existed between the clubs is a thing of the past.

"It's better than when I first played 10 years ago," he said.

"Now it is just a hard game.

"I know a lot of players from Rangers and we've become friends after games.

"But it is always more intense inside the field. You don't want to lose the game."

Rangers are equally motivated but remain wary of their neighbours from down the Ipswich motorway.

"You keep hearing they're so dispersed, with players all over the place but they are always going to be big and strong," Rangers fly half Stuart Banks said.

"They'll take us on straight in the forwards, that's their strength."

Banks is confident his team has the ability to counter the onslaught.

"We're very structured now and everyone knows where they need to be on the field," he said.

"We're very fit and have a lot of speed out wide so we'll look to give ourselves a bit of room.

"It is the only way to beat Goodna. You can't take them on one out.

"They'll eat you alive."

Meanwhile Springfield, coming of their first win of the season last start, host Wynnum at Springfield tomorrow afternoon.

In the Pegg Cup, Rangers and Rangers 2 clash at Woodend in the curtain raiser to the Barber Cup clash.

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Goodna Motorcyclists to be farewelled

TWO much-loved Ulysses Motorcycle Club members who were killed at Ipswich during a ride at the weekend will be farewelled on Friday.
 
The service honoring the lives of John (Bear) and Jo (Gypsy) Walsh, of Goodna, will be held at Nerang on the Gold Coast at 10am.
 
The pair were dedicated members of the Lockyer Valley branch of the Ulysses Club.
 
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Flood Inquiry: Bureau of Meteorology grilled by Ipswich City Council

 

A LAWYER representing Ipswich City Council has grilled the Bureau of Meteorology's (BoM) Queensland chief on the warnings issued ahead of January's floods.

A view from North Station Rd, North Booval, shows the impact of floodwaters that hit Ipswich.

 

A LAWYER representing Ipswich City Council has grilled the Bureau of Meteorology's (BoM) Queensland chief on the warnings issued ahead of January's floods.

Peter Flanagan, for Ipswich City Council, asked Mr Davidson why the BoM's flood warnings for the Bremer River changed dramatically during January 11.

BoM regional director Jim Davidson has told the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry his staff worked in a considered, calculated way on January 11, when floodwaters were headed for the cities of Brisbane and Ipswich.

The inquiry has heard how engineers in charge of Wivenhoe Dam were in discussions with the BoM on making huge dam releases under a strategy known as W4, where saving the dam structure took priority over flooding homes.

Mr Flanagan asked whether the BoM was coming under "greater pressure" on January 11 because of the dam releases.

"In the course of seven-and-a-half hours the prediction from the bureau in fact increased from 12.7 metres through to 22 metres," he said.

Mr Davidson referred questions about modelling to his chief hydrologist, saying he took part in teleconferences about the floods but didn't communicate directly with the dam engineers.

"I was certainly aware of the significance of the releases that were being discussed at the time," he said.

The Bremer River peaked at 19.4 metres on January 12, lower than the 22 metre warning of January 11, flooding more than 3000 homes.

Earlier, Mr Davidson told the inquiry that in his 40 years of forecasting, he had never seen an upper low with the magnitude he saw ahead of January's deluge.

By invitation, he gave a first ever briefing to state cabinet in October 2010 on the possible dangers of the season.

"In my time as regional director that is the most explicit we've been in a briefing," Mr Davidson said.

He also explained the BoM did not have the capacity to issue flash flood warnings, after much public criticism was levelled at authorities for the lack of warning before the "inland tsunami" that hit Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley on January 10.

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Flood disrupts Anzac services in Goodna

THIS year's Anzac Day will not be the same in Goodna, with the suburb's popular RSL still in ruins after floodwater swallowed it in January.

Anzac Day commemorations will be moved to the RSL's function centre after the Goodna RSL was swallowed by floods.

   
THIS year's Anzac Day will not be the same in Goodna, with the suburb's popular RSL still in ruins after floodwater swallowed it in January.

Unfortunately, the RSL will not be opening its doors until Christmas this year at the very earliest.

The two-storey site was nearly submerged when the Brisbane River broke its banks three months ago.

A complete refurbishment will now be needed to get the site operational and the beers pouring again.

Thankfully the building's structure remains intact.

Traditional dawn services and other Anzac Day commemorations in Goodna are usually held just outside the RSL.

This year, the events will be moved to the RSL's function centre at the corner of Layard St and Brisbane Tce.

President of the Goodna RSL Sub Branch Vivienne Stanbury said the many veterans who regularly attended the RSL were desperate for the facility to return to its former glory.

"The veterans keep asking me, 'when is it coming back' but there's not a definite time because so many things need to be sorted before construction begins," Ms Stanbury said."

"It's been very hard for us. It's been awful and everyone wants the site back but it just isn't going to happen any time soon.

"The site won't be demolished thankfully.

"But the inside will be refurbished completely and there may be new additions inside, but the structure of the building won't change."

Ms Stanbury said the Anzac Day service would still be poignant and very popular despite the shift in venues.

"It will still be a good event even though it's been moved and I hope we get excellent crowd there again this year," Ms Stanbury said.

Ms Stanbury said she was not told the January 12 flood would swallow the RSL.

"No one told us we were in danger of losing the RSL," she said.

"We didn't get anything out because we didn't know how bad the flood would be.

"The whole place was practically submerged and everything destroyed."

There were 600 Goodna homes that were severely affected during the flood.

Only five per cent of those homes still have people in them and it's expected to take another 18 months before normalcy returns to Goodna.

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Graffiti vandals at work in Goodna

 

WITH no insurance and no Government charity funds, Goodna couple Colin and Jeanette Hewlett have been left to rebuild their house out of their own pockets.

Colin and Jeanette Hewlett's Goodna investment home was hit by graffiti last week as they are rebuilding the property after it was inundated during the January floods.

          
 WITH no insurance and no help forthcoming from the Government charity funds, Goodna couple Colin and Jeanette Hewlett have been left to rebuild their gutted house out of their own pockets.

So it came as a real kick in the teeth to discover their small timber investment home had been covered in vile graffiti.

Situated at the end of Woogaroo St, which has been almost completely deserted since January, the house was completely submerged when the floods came through.

The Hewletts were forced to tear down every wall and every door, as well as the kitchen and bathroom.

The rebuild – which retiree Colin is doing himself – is expected to cost more than $40,000.

The Ipswich couple has been forced to re-finance their properties as they struggle to cover the huge costs involved.

As well as draining their pockets, the flood has also destroyed the Hewletts' retirement plans.

"It's just a low act which makes more work for people that already have enough to do as it is," Mr Hewlett said.

Although some of it has since been cleaned up by Ipswich City Council, graffiti popped up across a large area of the street, completely covering a fence on the opposite side of the road to the Hewletts.

Mrs Hewlett said she suspected young people were responsible.

"I would like to get a hold of the mums and dads of these kids," she said.

"What sort of kids are they breeding?"

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14 April 2011

Goodna Flood News: Victims feel more pain from thefts

 

FLOOD affected Goodna residents were on the receiving end of another blow yesterday when they discovered thieves had broken into several properties.

Zach McEvoy with the abandoned bolt cutters thought to have been used by thieves in Goodna on Tuesday night.


FLOOD affected Goodna residents were on the receiving end of another blow yesterday when they discovered thieves had broken into several properties in search of valuables.

Zac McEvoy, who is helping his parents repair their home on Lower William St, said he discovered that bolt cutters had been used to open a shipping container which held furniture and other items – many of them donated – intended to help devastated residents get back on their feet.

"As it turns out they didn't steal much – what is there is probably not of great value to them but it is important to the people on this street," he said.

"It's all donations to get us started again."

Noting that a set of hand tools had also been spared, Mr McEvoy said he believed the thieves were looking for electrical goods and other items that would be easy to transport.

Several sheds on the street showed signs of having been broken into, with police confirming they had attended and taken reports in relation to burglaries at three different properties.

"It is really frustrating to find there are people out there who would exploit the needy when given the chance," Mr McEvoy said.

Electrician Nathan Lawley, who was helping rebuild houses in the street, said he thought the thieves had sunk pretty low.

"This will result in more disruption for these flood victims – just a bit more for them to deal with," he said.

"How anyone could be that low I don't understand."

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Goodna shops are back but customers aren't

AFTER three months of furious rebuilding, the majority of flooded stores in Goodna's St Ives Shopping Centre have re-opened.

Co-owners of St Ives Fruit Market, Wissam Habchi and Naji Trad, have re-opened their shop at St Ives Shopping Centre after the January flood.

AFTER three months of furious rebuilding, the majority of flooded stores in Goodna's St Ives Shopping Centre have re-opened.

But the heartache for the centre's devastated shopkeepers continues.

Despite 75 per cent of the centre's shops opening their doors again this month, business is slow at St Ives and the bank accounts of some shopkeepers are racking up debt – fast.

To make matters worse, several shop owners have not even heard from their insurers.

"It's been terrible. Trade is very slow," Dave Rasmussen, owner of Prestige Aquariums and Pets, said.

"It's hard to keep trading with no customers. But hopefully it will pick up."

Mr Rasmussen lost 15 budgerigars, two cockatoos, several fish and hundreds of thousands of dollars when the Brisbane River rushed through his store in January.

"I thought about leaving the centre, but I think we will stay here now and wait it out," he said.

"The insurance companies are still being idiots. I haven't heard a thing from them."

An eight-metre rising wall of water reached the roof of St Ives and caused immense damage on January 12.

At the height of the floods, the centre became an aquarium with all manner of creatures washed through the 25 plus stores.

A bull shark was even spotted swimming through the car park by several locals, including St Ives' butcher Steve Bateman.

Mr Bateman's son Troy said the butchery had been trading at 40 per cent of its usual rate since re-opening in late March.

"We lost probably $200,000 because of the flood and it's been so slow that it's hard trying to make that back," Mr Bateman said.

"Our insurer has not given us anything. We really need the local shoppers to come back."

Soo Park, owner of A1 Factory Furniture, has also yet to hear from his insurer.

"They tell you nothing. They haven't returned my calls," Mr Park said.

The shopkeepers said they hoped the opening of Woolworths supermarket next week would lead to increased foot traffic.

"When Woolworths opens again it will become better," Naji Trad, co-owner of St Ives Fruit Market, said.

"It's quiet, but we hope in the next month people will return and the place will be crowded again like it used to be."

Recovery

Ipswich City Council said of the 257 businesses forced to shut due to the floods, 195, or more than 75 per cent, were back trading.

Ipswich Chamber of Commerce president Michael Munt said it was great to see flooded businesses re-opening but stressed they would need public support to keep going.

"All of us trying to spend locally is important," Mr Munt said.

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