NAIDOC celebrations a source of Ipswich pride

CONGRATULATIONS to everyone involved in last week’s NAIDOC celebrations across the city. Events included the annual flag raising ceremony at Yamanto Police Station, a hotly contested NAIDOC Cup cricket game at the Ipswich PCYC, a morning tea at Tursa Employment & Training and a huge family fun day at Briggs Road Sporting Complex. Ipswich is incredibly proud of its multicultural community and I thank everyone for their enthusiasm, acceptance and respect towards our indigenous cultures.

It’s great to see Walk on Wheels Ipswich at its new location at 4/160 Brisbane Rd, Booval. Lauren and the team specialise in living aids and mobility equipment as one of only three independently owned and operated branded stores in Queensland.

Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt was once again in Ipswich for last week’s Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce event. Curtis met with local business and industry representatives and outlined the latest state budget, which includes plenty of welcome funding for our region.

The Rotary Club of Booval inducted new president Graham Keidge at its annual changeover dinner last week. A long-time Ipswich business owner, Graham is joined by secretary Paul Humphreys and treasurer Bob Imhoff.

Today I welcome the Ambassador of Turkey, His Excellency Mr Vakur Gokenizler, for a tour of the city. Mr Vakur is making his first official visit to Queensland and will stop at some of the state’s growth, investment and innovation hot spots.

Hats off to the ladies of Bravehearts, who hosted a fundraiser at Brookwater Golf and Country Club on Saturday. The Hats for High Tea Garden Party raised money for child protection services.

Happy 40th birthday to the Probus Club of Ipswich East. The club will celebrate the big milestone today, continuing a tradition of providing social outings and friendships for retired and semi-retired residents.

Ipswich hosted a Homelessness Solutions Workshop last week, bringing together community groups and support services from across the south-east. This is a cause that is particularly close to my heart after recently taking part in this year’s CEO Sleepout.

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