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31 December 2011

Emerging talent Goodna's Lama Tasi in QAS squad


IF YOU want to know why Lama Tasi has been named in the QAS Emerging Origin squad after only nine games of top grade football, you may want to ask Greg Bird.

Rising Roosters enforcer Lama Tasi takes a break at his family home in Goodna.


IF YOU want to know why Lama Tasi has been named in the QAS Emerging Origin squad after only nine games of top grade football, you may want to ask Greg Bird.

In his first top grade NRL match, the new Sydney Roosters enforcer delivered a bone-crunching shoulder charge to the Gold Coast Titans lock that had left Bird seeing stars and Roosters fans screaming for more.

So despite an injury-interrupted first season where he missed as many games as he played, Tasi has made enough of an impression to secure a place at the Emerging Origin camp in Brisbane from January 20-22.

No one was more surprised at his selection than the softly spoken-footballer himself.

"I was shocked more than anything, I really didn't expect it," Tasi said of his reaction when told he was in the squad.

Tasi's selection may be as much about securing the 104kg prop as a future Queensland and Australian player as rewarding his debut season.

Having already played for the New Zealand under-20 team, Tasi, like many other NRL stars with family ties to New Zealand, found himself having to decide where his representative future lay.

Would he commit to a representative career for the Kiwis, where he lived until the age of four, or take his chances on a future with Queensland and Australia?

The former Goodna player said, in the end, the choice wasn't really a choice at all.

"In the last off-season, I had a talk to my family and close friends and everything just started to make sense," he said.

"I've played all my junior footy in Queensland.

"This is where I developed as a player.

"This is where I've been brought up my whole life."

After spending nearly his entire childhood in Queensland, Tasi said there was one reason above all that confirmed his representative future.

"Internationals are good but at the end of the day the pinnacle of rugby league is State of Origin," he said. "Everyone around the world no matter who you are ... everyone watches Origin."

If toughness is the key ingredient to a successful transition to Origin football, then Tasi may have already shown Maroons powerbrokers he has what it takes.

The 190cm (6ft 3in) forward's pain threshold was on display during the Roosters match against the Newcastle Knights in May when he returned to the field in the second half despite suffering a fractured ankle.

The decision proved the 21-year-old was willing to put his team ahead of himself, a key ingredient to Origin success.

"We were running low on troops so I got an injection and kept playing," he said

"I probably shouldn't have."

The injury kept Tasi on the sidelines for six weeks but he returned late in the season and rubber stamped his talent with a series of strong performances.

Tasi will join Roosters team-mate and former Ipswich player Martin Kennedy at the January camp which will be overseen by QAS head coach Wayne Bennett and Maroons mentor Mal Meninga. 

More Ipswich News: www.QT.com.au


30 December 2011

A star of a house at Goodna to be heritage listed

THE childhood home of cinema mogul Edward Carroll has been identified as a place of historical significance to Ipswich.
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Goodna resident Dot McGreevy and Ipswich Councillor Paul Tully admire the historic home at Queen St Goodna which once hosted Hollywood entertainers. 


THE childhood home of cinema mogul Edward Carroll has been identified as a place of historical significance to Ipswich.

The Queenslander, built in 1906 at 16 Queen St, Goodna, will be marked with an Ipswich City Council historical plaque to encourage its conservation.

Carroll, of Birch Carroll and Coyle cinema fame, lived in the Goodna home with his brother Dan and teacher parents.

The boys grew up to co-own local theatres and screened silent films in Brisbane and Ipswich in the early 20th century.

Carroll achieved fame when he partnered with Birch and Coyle to build some of Queensland's first cinemas in the 1920s.

They built the first cinemas in Ipswich and Rockhampton before expanding across Queensland.

Over the years, the family hosted many famous entertainers at their Goodna home, and became well-known for their large parties and dances.

Current owner Dot McGreevy said she was surprised to learn that Scottish entertainer Harry Lauder had visited the house.

"They always had famous violinists, singers and pianists over, but to hear Harry Lauder stayed here was very exciting," Ms McGreevy said.

"We bought the house not knowing anything about its past, and the neighbours used to tell us all these amazing stories.

"Apparently Harry Lauder came to a party here one night and burst out in song.

"It's a very nice, ordinary home, so you wouldn't suspect a thing about all those ballroom parties and big, glamorous events."

Planning and Development Committee chairman Paul Tully said council launched the historical marker project in 1999 to promote public awareness of historic sites.

"Through these markers we are providing a permanent and enduring way for the memories of the past to be kept alive," he said.

OTHER MARKERS

Former Blackstone Congregational Church, 14 Mary St, Blackstone. Built in 1879.

Rhossilli, 4 Glebe Road, Newtown. Originally a dairy farm, now a family residence.

Chasely, 51 Salisbury Rd, Eastern Heights. Built in 1908.


29 December 2011

Home is where the heart is for Goodna's ex-Eagle and Roosters' recruit Lama Tasi

TO SAY family is important to Sydney Roosters forward Lama Tasi is possibly the understatement of the year.

Former Goodna Eagle's player Lama Tasi (far left) with his family at their Goodna home.


TO SAY family is important to Sydney Roosters forward Lama Tasi is possibly the understatement of the year.

Anyone who has the opportunity to sit down and chat to the former Goodna Eagles enforcer will quickly find out family comes first, second and last on his list of priorities.

It's not surprising then the Auckland born 21-year-old was smiling from ear to ear this week as he spent Christmas with his family at their Goodna home.

The oldest of seven children, Lama said he was finally getting used to life in Sydney but Goodna is never far from his thoughts.

"It (Sydney) was hard at the start, but at the end of the day you just have to think you're doing it for your family and yourself," Lama said.

"I come home whenever I can.

"Obviously during the off-season, whenever I get a couple of days off or even when we have the bye."

Lama will return to Sydney next week after enjoying a 10-day break with proud dad Faasaai, mum Sialaia and siblings Sia, 19, Tautaltasi, 17, Sani, 15, Faatali, 13, Anne-Marie, 10 and Laki 8.

But he may not be alone at the Roosters for long.

After graduating from Ipswich Grammar School last month, 17-year-old Tautaltasi is also packing his bags for Bondi as he prepares to trial with the Roosters S.G. Ball development side.

With 15-year-old Sani also on the Roosters books, the Tasi family may soon have a home away from home in the New South Wales capital.

Big brother Lama said he was excited about the prospect of having his younger brother at the club.

"It would be exciting - everything would change," he said. "We'd have to get a place together."

For now, Lama will focus on building a name for himself after his breakout season in the NRL this year.

One thing is certain though, this family man's heart will remain in Goodna long after his plane lands back in Sydney.

More Ipswich News: www.QT.com.au

 

26 December 2011

Hit run accident at Augustine Heights

Police search for hit-and-run driver

POLICE are appealing for public assistance to find a driver who ran over a teenager at Augustine Heights this morning.

A 16-year-old girl sustained bruising when she was hit at Trinity Crescent, about 8.10am.

The driver failed to stop at the scene.

Police said they were looking for a man of Indian appearance who was driving a faded maroon sedan.

Witnesses were unable to provide police with a registration number or vehicle make and model.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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15 December 2011

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14 December 2011

Goodna RSL Services Club ready for rebuild

 

Goodna RSL in the 2011 floods

It's been a tough year for Goodna RSL. In January 2011, the Club was one of the worst hit by the floods. Water levels peaked at over the roof of the three level building, destroying equipment, stock and almost closing the Club for good. To make matters worse, the floods all but wiped out the brand new community centre the Club built just a few hundred meters down the road.

The resilience of the Club has prevailed with news this week that work to re-instate the main Club venue will commence early in the New Year. DWS assisted the committee with securing finance and with licensing issues. DWS consultant Danny Hickey has developed in conjunction with the Club, a business continuity plan in the event that a flood re-occurs.

President David Christie said "Losing the main trading club was one thing but the greatest regret for me was losing the community centre. It's the home for a number of ex-service organisations including the Vietnam Veterans Association and the Young Diggers".

"The loss of our staff and loss of jobs is hard to deal with too. You can replace carpets and equipment but some of our staff have worked at the Club for over ten years. They've had to move on and find jobs elsewhere."

The Club acted quickly and created a small temporary venue on Brisbane Terrace to generate some income while approvals for the re-building of the main premises were sought and finance approved.

Westpac has now approved the Club's finance application to proceed to with the re-instatement of the fitout, furniture and equipment at the Club and Ipswich City Council has fast-tracked approvals to get the Club operational. The Club provided over $1,000,000 in donations, grants and in-kind support to the community over the past five years.

 

Goodna RSL and Function Center

Aerial Shot of Goodna to Dinmore

goodna rsl flood

 


12 December 2011

Fire at Riverview Transfer Station


Police and Fire Service are responding to a fire in the transfer station pit.

The fire appears to be a deliberate act of vandalism as it occurred  after staff had secured and left the site at around 6.30 pm.

07 December 2011

The $1 billion ICON redevelopment of the Ipswich CBD kicked off today with (from left) Mark Gray from Leightons, Cr Paul Tully, Hon Rachel Nolan and Hon Simon Finn. The first building, a 9-storey office tower, has already been sold for an Ipswich record $93 million even though construction has not even commenced.

The new service road between Brisbane Road, Redbank, west of the Redbank State School, and McEwan Street, Riverview will open from midday on Friday 9 December 2011. Call 1800465682 for more information.

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