Ipswich Today

Ipswich Today

An independent production featuring local voices, news and community information for residents and business in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia. The show also features news about Ipswich City Council, its mayor and councillors. Originally launched as Ipswich Election Watch on 27 February 2020, the series was renamed Ipswich Today from 23 April 2020.

Episodes

October 25, 2021 20 min
Over The Back Fence: Walter Williams and Ashleigh Mac join the show for another chat about all things Ipswich. We discuss the state government councillor watchdog – the Office of Independent Assessor, the CCC, council’s new planning review panel including a proposed child care centre at Karalee, doggy-do, Australia Day awards, Ipswich First and local media. Recorded: 25 October 2021. Published: 26 October 2021. Music: www.purple-pl...
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Is the Office of Independent Assessor working in the best interests of democracy, why do councillors need to take a company directors course, a new tenant confirmed for Ipswich CBD redevelopment, Independent Decision Review Panel in the spotlight and is council’s own branding on the right track? These issues and more with mayor Teresa Harding who joins the show following the October meeting of Ipswich City Council. Published: 21 Oc...
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Covid vaccinations available almost everywhere, Ipswich City Council claims cutting red tape is working for local businesses, help needed to count birds, flying foxes force changes at Queens Park and Karalee Tornadoes home ground to score major upgrade. Published: 14 October 2021. Music: www.purple-planet.com Image: supplied Queensland Health Covid info and bookings: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronaviru...
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From the October round of Ipswich City Council committee meetings it must feel like Groundhog Day for the Ipswich Central Redevelopment Committee, councillors splash cash for a company directors course, an overhaul of policies relating to council staff and council delays appointing a new CEO after a special meeting scheduled for councillors was cancelled at the 11th hour. All committee recommendations from the October round, includ...
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We’ve been hearing a lot about mental health and well-being since Covid-19 hit our shores last year. In Ipswich a new project aims to talk with residents about their mental health and to help link people with local services. Joining the show to talk about assisting communities through direct connection – or ACDC - is Tristan Brownson, the project manager. Published: 5 October 2021. Music: www.purple-planet.com Image: ACDC Project m...
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Ipswich Enviroplan marks 25 years in 2021. When established its aim was to acquire key bushland within the Ipswich City Council area to create conservation estates purchased with funding from a green levy. It wasn't introduced without some controversy at the time. On the show my special guest is former Ipswich councillor and chairperson of the committee responsible for parks in 1996, Gerard Pender. Published: 30 September 2021....
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Over The Back Fence: On the show Walter Williams and Ashleigh Mac join me to talk about development applications going for external review, in particular the childcare centre proposed opposite Karalee State School, council's Independent Decision Review Panel, Ipswich real estate prices going through the roof and will Brisbane Jets become the seventeenth team in the NRL? Published: 27 September 2021. Music: www.purple-planet.co...
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Ipswich City Council gives the green light for glass to go back in yellow-lid recycle bins, 2021 Ipswich Sports Awards finalists, have your say about council-owned facilities and the environment gets stronger support from a new council policy. Published: 23 September 2021. Music: www.purple-planet.com Image: Mayor Teresa Harding putting glass back into the yellow lid recycling bin at Riverview Recycling and Refuse Centre (supplied)...
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From September’s council meeting - decision day on the Wanless development application for a recycling and landfill operation at Ebenezer, first steps taken to review multi member council divisions, still no word on a CBD cinema operator and a temporary vaccination hub opens in Ipswich. Published: 17 September 2021. Music: www.purple-planet.com Image: Development application recommendation report to council dated 31 August 2021 Cou...
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The ICON building sale this week sets the pace for likely increases to commercial property values in Ipswich CBD. It changed hands for a premium of $144.9 million. Sold for the second time in fewer than 10 years – it begs the question – what if council’s former property arm, Ipswich City Properties, hadn’t been wound up under political pressure and ICON hadn’t been sold first time round before completion? Published: 11 September 20...
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In another week when state parliament was dominated by Covid Ipswich MP Jennifer Howard joins the show. Ipswich Central Redevelopment Committee told the hope of a CBD cinema is still alive but details remain confidential, and a report on milestones reached under council’s Indigenous Accord presented to the Community, Culture, Arts and Sport Committee. Published: 4 September 2021. Music: www.purple-planet.com Image: Ipswich City Eme...
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How do you solve the age-old problem of getting children to eat the right food? The Active Children Thrive (ACT) program might be the answer. Ipswich CBD vaccination clinic doubles its capacity, Ipswich SES scores an $811,000 upgrade and the Garage Sale Trail returns in November for two weekends. Published: 2 September 2021. Music: www.purple-planet.com Image: Mission Australia program manager Jenny Chaves, Mission Australia state ...
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The recent tragedy in which an aggressive bird in Brisbane caused a death highlights the need for all of us to be aware of magpies. How best to avoid swooping magpies and is it possible to make friends with an aggressive bird? All your questions answered from wildlife expert Associate Professor Peter Murray from the University of Southern Queensland, plus tips on reducing your chances of encountering snakes around the home, more hi...
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Over The Back Fence: The new Galvanized Festival in Ipswich, the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee (PCCC) inquiry into the CCC’s investigation of former Logan councillors and related matters, what's happening with the Jets’ NRL bid, Ash Barty on fire at the Cincinnati open and West Moreton Health needs your help to name a crane. Published: 25 August 2021. Music: www.purple-planet.com Galvanized: www.ipswichfestival...
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Ipswich City Council in hot water over cool pool temperatures as the first member of the public addresses a council meeting, Studiosity learning tool survives another year in Ipswich Libraries, the pulse survey reveals staff sentiment, FOGO trial ramps up for 1000 households, council pitches for more state government funding for infrastructure around new schools and what's behind Cr Paul Tully's manoeuvre for a broader brie...
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Ipswich City Council's on-going battles with waste companies are costing the city millions of dollars, a fresh warning about bitumen bandits doing the rounds of the region, 75 shopping trolleys cleared from the Bremer River and the city’s population continues to surge. Published: 15 August 2021. Music: www.purple-planet.com Image: Shopping trolleys being cleared from the Bremer River (supplied) Ipswich 2021 Sport and Rec Forum ...
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From the August round of committee meetings: Council misses another deadline to announce a CBD cinema operator and new tenants, the Commonwealth Hotel agreement for leasing has progressed, but again no names have been announced and councillors divided on the cost of renewing a lease for a student study help service from Ipswich Libraries. Meanwhile this month’s Community, Culture, Arts and Sports Committee had no new items to con...
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Hearing daily Covid numbers during a lockdown can certainly be a dippy downer and a challenge to maintain a positive outlook. Recently I was lucky enough to hear a talk from Ipswich-based healthy habit coach and author Loz Antonenko. Her story is one that will make you take stock of your daily routine and hopefully bring about some positive changes to your daily habits. Published: 5 August 2021. Music: www.purple-planet.com Image:...
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The Allison Baden-Clay Foundation encourages everyone to strive to be kind, Ipswich CBD adds more green, Covid vaccination and testing numbers in West Moreton, Ipswich City Council updates the Local Disaster Management Plan and one local primary school could score a visit from Johnathon Thurston. Published: 31 July 2021. Music: www.purple-planet.com Image: Nicholas Street Ipswich (supplied) Allison Baden-Clay Foundation: https://ww...
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Over The Back Fence: This month Walter Williams and Ashleigh Mac give their thoughts on the vote to bring back councillor offices in the suburbs, mowing parks doesn’t come cheap, Safe City costs, did SPARK Ipswich live up to the hype, and big changes coming to how household rubbish is sorted and collected in Ipswich. Published: 26 July 2021. Music: www.purple-planet.com Nicholas Street Precinct: www.nicholasst.com.au/ Council agend...
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