Mayor on Monday: Country music comes to town

IPSWICH as Australia's new country music capital?  It may not be impossible after a successful prelude to the sold-out CMC Rocks Queensland this weekend at Willowbank Raceway. The Country Comes to the City country music competition was held on Saturday in d'Arcy Doyle Place. It has served as a great warm-up for this weekend. Special thanks to radio legend and KIX Country Radio general manager David Greenwood and Chugg Entertainment's Matthew Lazarus-Hall for judging the more than 10 bands which took part. 

It was great to drop into the Mad Hatters Ball in Rosewood on Saturday night. This event was hosted by the Rosewood Equestrian Group as a fundraiser to establish a world class multi-discipline equestrian centre for south east Queensland in the Ipswich region.

The Tzu Chi Foundation never cease to amaze me with their compassion and enthusiasm for helping those in our community who are in need. They were here to help during the 2011 and 2013 floods and again yesterday with food aid distribution at Brassall. It is always great to see the 'blue angels' in action and the look of appreciation on the faces of those receiving assistance.

Another very special birthday was celebrated yesterday. Many happy returns to Antonious Leenaars of Churchill who marked his 90th birthday with a gathering of family and friends at Brothers. Happy birthday!

Tomorrow a new era commences in Ipswich as we take the city forward into the innovation boom currently sweeping Australia. We are making sure the city is not left behind in the digital economy. Fire Station 101 will be officially opened tomorrow. This tremendous reuse of the old fire station is set to put Ipswich on the innovation map. Even before the doors open 19 very talented people have signed up to base themselves at 101 Limestone Street. This is the city's new innovation hub where invention, entrepreneurship and opportunity will be ignited to take on the world. 

New owners have moved into Tri Roshen House in Court Street. This was the former practice of Dr Hugh Bartholomeusz and is now proudly home to Dr David Sharp and Liz Sharp. The team consists of Ipswich residents. Their vision is to bring the latest advancements in plastic, skin cancer, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery to our city. The practice is very much about preventative medicine, healthy living and wellness that also offers an early intervention mole screening service.



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