Holiday turns into life at Springfield

A CHRISTMAS holiday visit to Ipswich turned into a major change of lifestyle and scenery for former Sydney couple Lisa Fenton and Darren McConville. Last week Lisa officially became our city's 160,000th resident. It is wonderful to know that Lisa and Darren enjoyed their holiday so much that they made a quick decision to leave Sydney and set up a new home in Springfield Lakes.

• Also last week four bilbies became the newest attraction at the Ipswich Nature Centre. Some 500 people joined in the official opening celebrations on Friday morning. The bilbies are now settling into their specially-designed home built at a cost of $430,000. The work done by bilby expert Frank Manthey has been all about helping to save the endangered species. I'm sure visitors to the centre will be fascinated by the bilbies and they will become a much-loved addition to the city. Council staff also deserve a great deal of recognition and thanks for their passion and drive in creating a world-class habitat for the bilbies.

• National Indigenous TV will broadcast live from Briggs Road Sporting Complex today to coincide with State of Origin III. The NITV Barefoot Rugby League Show will beam live across Australia on Foxtel and Austar. Gates open at 4.30pm with the live show between 5.30pm and 7.30pm. After the program, anyone can join the Barefoot mob to watch the Origin game on the big screen.

• Ipswich City Rotary Club's annual changeover dinner was held on Saturday night. Congratulations to incoming president Denise Hanly and special thanks to outgoing president Alec Gazsik for a great year.

• I'm looking forward to the “beat the teachers” touch football game at Brassall State School today. It's not often I get to run around a football field. Regardless of which team wins, it will be a lot of fun. I hope many of the mums and dads can also be at the school from 12.30pm.

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