Springfield boasts best masterplan

IPSWICH scored another win last Friday night at the Urban Development Institute of Australia Awards for Excellence. Congratulations to Springfield Land Corporation for picking up the top award as Queensland's best masterplanned community.

• The historic Jubilee Building at Ipswich Hospital was severely damaged by fire in 2005. The restoration and extensions to the original 1887 building, which was funded by public donations at the time, was officially opened on Friday. This building is another fine example of living heritage in Ipswich, and the restoration is a credit to everyone involved.

• A new era begins for motorists today as traffic starts using the $366 million Centenary Highway extension linking Springfield Central and Yamanto. Thank you to Main Roads minister Craig Wallace and the state government for this significant investment in infrastructure for the western corridor. Ipswich is playing a vital role in the development of south-east Queensland. This new highway will strengthen our local economy and provide the foundation for the next stage of sustainable development.

• A new office in Ipswich Central for Boystown and Job Services Australia was opened on Monday by the minister for employment participation, Mark Arbib. For nearly 50 years Boystown has proudly provided help and reassurance for young people experiencing the challenges of life. This new service aims to provide training, work experience and other interventions to help young jobseekers, particularly those most disadvantaged in our community. • Ipswich City Rotary past presidents, including 1980 charter president Father Peter Dobson, gathered for the first time in many years last week. The morning was an outstanding success, so it has been suggested it become an annual event for the club, which turns 30 in 2010.

• The last 12 months has been another exciting chapter in the journey of Ipswich. On Tuesday the city budget for 2009-2010 was handed down. It will be a budget which keeps people as the central focus and at the same time will keep our city moving forward on the path of sustainable growth.

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