NATURE’S FURY: Phil Warr helps out with the clean-up immediately after a mini-cyclone tears through Fernvale and Fairney View.
NATURE’S FURY: Phil Warr helps out with the clean-up immediately after a mini-cyclone tears through Fernvale and Fairney View. Inga Williams

YEAR IN REVIEW: Developers bring good news after heartbreak

Council shuts gate on shelter - October 30

THE voice of Dinmore residents was heard loud and clear when Council rejected a proposed rehabilitation centre for homeless people in suburban Queen St.

Objections were received from 24 nearby residents who feared the facility would be used for drug rehabilitation.

Council refused the development application saying it would "result in unacceptable impacts" on the residential area and the local road network.

Orphaned at eight months - October 29

Readers were stunned by news of a fifth fatal road accident in weeks.

This accident left eight-month old baby Melody an orphan.

Proud parents Ryan Burwell, 27, of Rosewood and Juanita Kirner, 20, of Laidley, were killed when their Holden Commodore skidded off Toongarra Rd at Leichhardt.

Readers filled the QT Facebook page and website with tributes for the young couple.

Mini cyclone strikes Fernvale - October 28

The tight-knit community of Fernvale was once again rallying together after a "mini-cyclone" tore through the town.

Strong winds gusting at more than 100kmh, accompanied by heavy rain and hail, ripped off roofs and snapped long-established trees like twigs.

More than 80 homes were damaged in the storm with about seven homes declared structurally unsafe and more than 150 calls for assistance were logged during the afternoon and night of the storm.

Mater opens doors early - October 27

The $85 million 80-bed Mater Private Hospital Springfield opened two months ahead of schedule.

The hospital said it could treat at least 4800 public patients each year with its four digitally integrated operating theatres, a day surgery unit, cancer care centre and medical imaging.

City heart get $150m transplant - October 24

CBD businesses received the news they were waiting for - council revealed plans to relocate the city library and council administration to the city centre as part of a $150 million transformation.

Concept plans for Retail Stage One showed a three-level centre with a nine storey council building developed on the western side of the Ipswich mall.

Under the redevelopment the existing Woolworths building would be demolished to open the mall to the Bremer River and River Heart Parklands.

Ipswich bids farewell to 'our Don' - October 22

Several hundred people packed into the North Ipswich Reserve corporate centre to farewell Labor Party stalwart Don Livingstone.

Mr Livingstone passed away peacefully on October 15 after a long battle with cancer. He had recently celebrated his 67th birthday and wedding anniversary with his beloved Cheryl.

Labor Party comrade and friend Robert Schwarten delivered the eulogy and said it was Mr Livingstone's grounding as a working man that set him up to be a voice of the people.

Residents fight halfway home - October 21

Plans to locate a halfway house for offenders near a refuge for abused children come under fire.

More than 100 Churchill residents oppose the application from indigenous support group Five Bridges.

Mine deaths remembered - Oct 19

Retired mine workers finally see the opening of the long-planned monument to those who died in the region's coal mines.

A crowd of 600 attend the opening at Limestone Park in honour of the 186 men and boys who lost their lives in Ipswich and Rosewood mines.

We remembered Don Livingstone who passed away after a battle with cancer.
We remembered Don Livingstone who passed away after a battle with cancer. Queensland Times Archives

No stopping Ripley Town - October 16

Work started on the $1.5 billion Ripley Town Centre at Ecco Ripley.

Anchor tenant Coles and developers Sekisui House turned the first sod on the $40 million stage one works set to open in December 2017.

Redbank Plains gets a facelift - October 10

Construction is underway on a $140 million town square next to the existing Redbank Plains Retail Centre.

It will deliver a new Coles

supermarket, Aldi, Target and 60 specialty stores.

Hail the mighty Jets - October 9

The celebration continued for the Ipswich Jets with hundreds lining the streets for a ticker tape parade for the triumphant team.

A surprise F/A-18F Super Hornet was part of the celebrations with a flyover as confetti cannons and cheerleaders welcomed the team into the mall.

Three fatals over four days - October 6

The month was off to a bad start with the shocking news of one fatal accident after another.

A horrible long-weekend on Ipswich roads ended with Fernvale man killed when his car smashed into a power pole off the Brisbane Valley Highway at Fairney View. The tragedy followed the deaths of a Riverview man and an Ingoldsby man on Ipswich roads in the past four days.

Bruised, battered but not broken - October 1

Ipswich newsagent Teresa Pearce tells her story after a run-in with a drug-addled thief.

A 33-year-old woman had tried to steal more than $280 worth of products and was foiled by Ms Pearce who closed the doors on the thief at a nearby shop and called police. The thief reacted, repeatedly attacking her.

Demolition stirs debate - October 1

Readers react to news from Mayor Paul Pisasale that a Brisbane-based private certifier had approved demolition of the One Mile Hotel.



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