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.

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November 30, 2021 32 min
Who would have thought the pandemic would contribute to the current boom in property prices across Australia. What is the situation in Ipswich? To take the pulse of Ipswich property prices I’m joined by a panel of experts. Neil Coupland is the principal of First National Real Estate in Springfield Central and has been selling property for more than 35 years. Neil is also Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce president. June Frank...
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In a first for Ipswich Today three local state MPs who represent the major population centres of the Springfield area, Ripley Valley, Ipswich Central and the city's eastern suburbs join the show. We catch-up on the year that was and what might be on the horizon in 2022. You'll hear from Jennifer Howard, Charis Mullen and Lance McCallum. We discuss how the role of a local member has changed with Covid, achievements, wish lis...
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Over The Back Fence: Walter Williams and Ashleigh Mac join Ipswich Today for our regular monthly catch-up. This month how is it possible that businesses can be locked out of their own shops without notice (Cr Marnie Doyle explains), Ipswich council CEO makes history, the city’s population boom shows no sign of easing anytime soon, are E-scooters right for Ipswich, Christmas lights and more. Published: 22 November 2021. Music: www.p...
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Ipswich City Council finally settles on a new CEO, what to do about the increasing amount of waste generated by a growing population, hear about a TLPI and why Ipswich needs at least one, more love on the way for Redbank Plains Road and a national park proposed for Ipswich. Mayor Teresa Harding joins the show with highlights from the 18 November 2021 ordinary meeting of council. Published: 19 November 2021. Music: www.purple-planet...
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Andrew Korner was born in Ipswich and joins the show for the 150th episode to talk about growing up in Ipswich, his pathway to journalism, local characters, mentors, local politicians and working at the Queensland Times during what was arguably the most turbulent period in the history of the paper. Published: 17 November 2021. Music: www.purple-planet.com Image: Andrew Korner at the Queensland Times in 2013 (photographer Rob Willia...
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In this Ipswich Today exclusive Top Office Group's Jan Gadsden joins the show with results of Executive Outlook 2021. In its thirteenth year Executive Outlook is a survey of local businesses with a uniquely Ipswich and western corridor perspective. In 2021 it reveals business confidence is heading in the right direction, house prices continue to surge, cybersecurity challenges for all businesses, and how Covid continues to shap...
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From November's Growth, Infrastructure and Waste Committee: The option to sell Ipswich City Council property to Swifts returns to the council agenda, an e-scooter trial proposed for Ipswich based around Springfield Central and fairy lights set for Augusta Parkway. Published: 6 November 2021. Music: www.purple-planet.com Image: Swifts Leagues Club indicative lease plans (supplied) Council meeting agendas and minutes: bit.ly/2Jlr...
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Ipswich council inched closer to appointing a new CEO following a special meeting of council held 2 November 2021. Hear the arduous process to get to this stage and what's next before a successful candidate is known. The position of Ipswich City Council CEO attracted a strong field of 84 applicants in addition to those approached to consider applying. This contract position pays handsomely in the range of $450,000 - $550,000 pe...
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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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