Springfield's very own environmental warrior
THINK anything relating to the environment in Springfield and one name in particular comes to mind: Luise Manning.
The Ipswich Citizen of the Year 2017 has rightfully earned herself the reputation as Springfield's very own environmental warrior for her dedication to keeping the area beautiful and for encouraging her fellow residents to clean up litter when out and about in the community.
Mrs Manning and her family first moved to the area in January 2006 and said it was a combination of her husband's work as an environmental scientist, childhood experience and her responsibility as a teacher that spurred her interest in protecting the world around her.
"I come from what was then country Calamvale and as kids we would always get upset when other people would come from outside the community and dump rubbish into the bushland where we lived," Mrs Manning said.
"We kept our community clean, we didn't have wheelie bins or recycling back then, so that's where it came from because we had to do a lot of work to look after our own backyard.
"I guess you could say too that being a teacher I've always been mindful about teaching children how to recycle and that disposing of their rubbish was important.
"We only have this one place we where we live and you need to look after it, so when you make a mess of the environment that's it- somebody has to clean it up."
The mother of one has pioneered several environmental projects for the community such as a Mother's Day tree-planting event, two Springfield Clean Up Australia Day events and most recently set up the Springfield Lakes Nature Care Inc with her husband which aims to hold various workshops to educate the local community about environmental issues affecting Springfield.
Mr and Mrs Manning have also had a park named after them for their contribution towards the community both with regards to the environment and also for their work setting up Springfield's first tennis club.
"When we first came to Springfield we noticed it lacked a lot of sporting clubs and because we came from a big tennis community in Beenleigh, we wanted to make sure Springfield has something similar," Mrs Manning said.
"The tennis club in Beenleigh is actually where my husband and I met and while we felt Springfield had parks and walking tracks, we knew there needed to be more services and that usually only happens when the population expands.
"We were thrilled when Councillor Sheila Ireland called us up to tell us we were having a park named after us in 2015 and as a thanks for our contribution to the community.
"It was nice to be recognised even though we didn't do it to be rewarded."