Flav Weller, of Redbank Plains, checks out the time difference between his watch and the Post Office clock tower in Ipswich.
Flav Weller, of Redbank Plains, checks out the time difference between his watch and the Post Office clock tower in Ipswich. Rob Williams

City clock is racing to the future

IPSWICH CBD business owners confused as to why their workers have been arriving at work early need look no further for an answer than the old town clock.

The 110-year-old landmark, which has in the past made headlines for running fast, has been up to its old tricks again this week.

Avid QT readers sent text messages to the editor claiming the clock was running about 12 minutes fast and, depending on whose version of the time you go by, they were pretty much on the money. The current discrepancy between the town clock and the rest of the city is not as bad as it was in March 2007, when the QT reported the clock was about an hour fast.

At the time it was the second glitch since Australia Post replaced the wind-up motor with an electric one in 2006, so that employees wouldn’t have to climb a set of 42 spiral steps twice a week to wind the clock.

The clock tower, which stands proudly over Brisbane Street just down the hill from the mall, is now part of the Tower Central complex, owned by Brisbane-based developer De Martini Fletcher.

Maintenance spokesman Neville Olbitzky said the problem had already been brought to his attention and would be fixed this week.

“It was a month overdue for its regular service, and the person who does the service did not have a contact number for De Martini Fletcher,” Mr Olbitzky said.

“I contacted him this morning regarding the problem and he told me that he will definitely be out to fix it this week.”

Mr Olbitzky said he didn’t know why the clock had a tendency to rush ahead, but that regular servicing should ensure it stayed at the right time.

Ipswich resident Flav Weller said it was important that the town clock was accurate.

“I can’t understand it – how could they let it happen?” he said.

Jenny Ahsam said she was left perplexed.

“I was wondering whether I should change the time on my own watch to reflect what it said on the town clock,” she said.

“It should have the correct time all the time.”



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