Bank cops flak from Ipswich mayor after historic club closure

PSWICH Mayor Paul Pisasale has labelled a decision to close the 116-year-old Ipswich Golf Club last Friday “absolutely disgusting”.

IGC directors appointed administrators P A Lucas & Co to take charge of the financially-troubled club in April but on Friday it was put into liquidation.

“It broke my heart,” Cr Pisasale said. “ I couldn’t believe it. The administrators had confidence the club could trade out of this.”

Cr Pisasale took a swipe at the club’s secured creditor Bank of Queensland, saying it had turned its back on the Ipswich community.

“I feel the Bank of Queensland has misjudged the spirit of blanking,” he said. “What’s needed is a helping hand to get the club operational.”

A Bank of Queensland spokesman rejected Cr Pisasale’s assertions and said the decision to close was made by the administrators.

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Threats take over the airwaves on CB radio emergency channels

CABOOLTURE’S citizens’ band (CB) radio emergency channels have turned into a war zone filled with foul language, bullying and even threats of violence and rape.

The harassing nature of the conversations has become so bad that members of Morayfield’s South East Queensland UHF Emergency Service Team installed security cameras around their homes.

Shane Barnes, the group’s founder, has lodged complaints with police and the Australian Communications and Media Authority after a man directed threats towards his partner.

Some CB radio users have even announced his Morayfield address and partner’s car registration number over the UHF emergency channels.

“They make threats they’re going to come here and kick our door in,” he said.

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– James Drew

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Queensland police warn of online property mule scam

THE Caboolture Police District’s head of crime prevention has warned our friendly and generous nature makes us soft targets for fraudsters.

Sergeant Marjan Borosak said residents must be more suspicious of people they meet online after the state’s Fraud and Corporate Crime Group (FCCG) raised alarm on a new type of “international property mule” scam.

The scam involves someone overseas befriending an Australian online and convincing them to allow their home address to be used as a halfway point for illicit goods.

FCCG’s Detective Superintendent Brian Hay said the fraudsters convinced Australians to send on the goods overseas, often to west Africa.

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– James Drew

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