Pisasale on Monday: Holiday cheer is everywhere
THANKS to everyone who supported the Hampers of Hope campaign. A partnership between Ipswich City Rotary Club, City Hope Church and IGA Ipswich stores, the food drive will support local families with the distribution of more than 500 Christmas hampers. Ipswich is a community that cares. We share our successes and help those in need, particularly at Christmas.
The leading lights of Ipswich were announced at Saturday's Christmas competition awards.
Redbank Plains couple Bruce and Alison Geatches claimed top spot for their tremendous display at Tindle St. Ipswich's best street can be found at Normanton Close, Rose- wood, and the people's choice winner was 9 Black- wood Ave, North Ipswich.
Queensland's longest fish ladder at Yamanto is helping to boost numbers of the critically endangered Mary River Cod.
Retail investment in Ipswich continued with the launch of Coles at Town Square Redbank Plains and Aldi at Brassall Shopping Centre last week. The stores opened just in time for the Christmas rush, employing plenty of local people and serving suburbs that continue to grow and play home to new residents.
The former site of Bremer State High School has been transformed by a $1.7 million wetland at Jim Donald Parklands. This is another environmental asset for Ipswich with the wetland system set to collect about eight Olympic-sized swimming pools worth of water each year. This will save ratepayers about $70,000 a year in operational water costs while also providing flood mitigation for surrounding residents and businesses while helping to protect downstream waterways.
Bremer St business icon Bob Gartside celebrated his 70th birthday last week. The Ipswich mower man started his business under a house and has been operating in the shadows of the David Trumpy Bridge for decades. Birthday wishes are also in order for Kathleen Vida Smith who turned 97 last month.
Community groups and volunteers continued to celebrate the festive season last week. From the Salvation Army and Giving with Love to the Alchemy Choir and Swich On, parties and celebrations were held across the city. It's great to see everyone kicking back after a busy and rewarding 2016.