September 25, 2013 – South-West and Springfield News

Below is a collection of stories written by James Drew and published in South-West News and Springfield News on September 25.

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Bold plan to install an all-abilities play area at Robelle in Springfield gathers support

A COALITION of support is forming around a Springfield Lakes girl’s dream to install an all-abilities play area at Robelle Domain Parklands.

Eleven-year-old Georgia Payne hopes to install a specialised wheelchair swing at the parkland along with play equipment designed for children with a motor skills disorder.

She has already begun gathering support for the plan, which could cost upwards of $15,000.

The Greater Springfield Youth Forum has pledged to donate profits from its October Halloween party to the cause.

Georgia also pitched the idea to Division 1 Councillor David Morrison and the Rotary Club of Greater ­Springfield.

The plan was inspired by the plight of Miss Payne’s young cousin William, who was unable to play on the equipment because of a ­disability.

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Halloween party venue changed after furore over its ghoulish promo

Springfield Youth Forum members Lewis Stiglmayer, Liam Chalmers, Dakotah Smith and Claudia Stiglmayer will be at the Halloween Party the forum is organising. Source: News Limited


A Springfield Lollipop’s Playland has come to the aid of a youth Halloween ball after its former host venue told it to “tone down” its advertising.

The operator of the Camira Springfield Community Centre said it could not “in good conscience” be associated with the ball because of its macabre advertising.

The advertising material included up to 2000 flyers promoting a “fang-tastic evening” at the Ball of the Living Dead and a YouTube video of teens dancing around a graveyard.


The Greater Springfield Youth Forum’s Ball of the living dead. Supplied. Source: Supplied


Despite Westside Community Care (WCC) saying it would willingly host a more family-friendly version of the ball, organisers decided to take the ball elsewhere.

It will now be held at Lollipop’s Playland’s indoor facility at Commercial Dr, Springfield, on October 26 and will have a capacity for up to 500 youths aged 11-17.

The decision to move the event came after a meeting between WCC board’s Pastor Phil Cutcliffe, Ipswich City Councillor David Morrison and youth forum convener ­Naren Sinnathamby last week.

Following the meeting, Mr Sinnathamby posted his frustration on Facebook by asking the Greater Springfield page’s 2800 followers if it was fair for a council-owned ­facility back out of hosting a ­Halloween event because it “promotes magic, mystical creatures, horror and death”.

The post attracted hundreds of impassioned comments and resulted in administrators taking the page offline.

Last Friday, Mr Cutcliffe said WCC was still willing to host a “toned-down” version of the event.

“We said we would be willing to hold it but that they had to tone down the type of promotion,” he said. “The promotion was the living dead with vampires and people holding skulls and axes but it was promoted as a children’s event for ages 11-17.

“We feel in good conscience that we could not be associated with that so we encouraged them to consider changing the promotion of the event.”

Profits from Halloween ball will support the construction of an all-abilities play area at Robelle Domain Parklands.






WHERE: Lollipop’s Playland and Cafe, 10 Commercial Drive, Springfield

WHEN: Saturday, October 26, from 6-11pm with rides and games in the carpark for all ages from 5pm

COST: Rides are a gold coin donation and entry to the indoor dance party is $10 per person. Partygoers should also bring money for food at the cafe. Tickets will be on sale at from Orion Springfield Central on select dates, online and at the door

AGES: 11-17 years. Pre-teens and their families are welcome at the outdoor rides and games which will run until 11pm

A message from administrators of the defunct Greater Springfield Facebook page:

Dear Facebook followers

Springfield Land Corporation’s Greater Springfield Facebook page has recently been used for discussions concerning community events.

The purpose of the Springfield Land Corporation’s Greater Springfield Facebook page is to promote developments and share news of the Greater Springfield project.

The page was not intended to initiate debate and going forward the page will be managed by Springfield Land Corporation to convey news and other information relevant to the Greater Springfield project.

Discussion with respect to issues and other community concerns would be best directed to other community pages run by members of the community.


Sue Bellaby: “You can censor your pages, however you cannot censor the community, and the community is very angry that a community event has been stopped because of a religious organisation. I too will be contacting the Mayor, and also the media, as the way this was handled was pathetic. The swing was for disabled kids. It was a charity event. Disgusted.”

Hamish Harvey: “Whoa, hang on, YOU’ve been promoting this for weeks now. This “community event” is primarily associated with YOU. Don’t begin supporting things you won’t follow through on when it gets rough. If anything, at least the “youth forum” participants will learn an important lesson regarding trust, and SLC is about learn a lesson in how not to use social media. It may be an idea to read up on the Streisand effect before you go any further here Poor form, very poor.”

Do you think of the promotion material went too far? Comment below or tweet @JamesDrewQLD @SpringfieldQLD

Full story at Quest News.

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“Oyez” to Goodna smokers: quit breaking the law

Ipswich City Council officers will cracking down on smoking offences in the Goodna area today following a visit from the Town Crier last week.

With his signature “oyez, oyez, oyez”, town crier Mark Overell roamed St Ives Shopping Centre to remind the public about Council’s smoking laws, which took effect in ­February.

He warned that council officers would now be on the lookout for anyone breaking local bylaws, especially smoking ­restrictions, after grace period.

Councillor Paul Tully, Division 2, helped draft the laws which prohibit smoking within four metres of a bus stop, taxi rank or shop front in Ipswich.

“A lot of people say they weren’t aware of the smoking laws,” Cr Tully said. “There’s going to be a serious enforcement starting this week so we’re saying to people ‘be warned’.”

Cr Tully said ignorance was not a legal excuse to disobey the law.

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September 18, 2013 – South-West and Springfield News

Below is a collection of stories written by James Drew and published in South-West News and Springfield News on September 18.

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Springfield teens set for a Halloween scream

GRIZZLY ghouls are rising from every tomb and they are closing in to seal Springfield’s doom.

In what is set to be a thriller night, hundreds of ghastly teens are set to take part in the Springfield region’s first youth-run Halloween dance party on October 26.

The dance is the Greater Springfield Youth Forum’s first major project and its members are calling everyone in the community to take part through sponsorship and promotion.

The dance is tipped to be the ultimate fright night, with the capacity for up to 500 youths aged between 11 and 17.

Springfield Central teens Dakotah Smith, Liam Chalmers as well as Lewis and Claudia Stiglmayer have prepared a “viral promotional video” to lure teens to the dance.

See the full story at Quest News.


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Health authorities warn of a measles outbreak in the Ipswich and Springfield areas

HEALTH authorities have warned of a potential measles outbreak in the Ipswich and Springfield areas after several cases of the infectious disease were reported to West Moreton Hospital and Health Service.

On Tuesday the service warned people who voted at a Leichhardt school on September 7 or visited Aldi in Springfield on September 8 may have come into contact with the disease.

The announcement was in addition to last Friday’s health alert release which said a man presented to Ipswich Hospital with the disease between September 6-11 and an infected woman attended a Leichhardt pharmacy on September 7.

Public health physician Dr Heidi Carroll said people who were near these locations should be alert for symptoms.

“Measles is one of the most infectious of all communicable diseases and is spread by tiny droplets through coughing and sneezing,” Dr Carroll said in a statement.

“True measles is a serious viral infection that causes fever, cough, runny nose, then a red spotty rash and sore eyes a few days later.

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Up to 5000 people attended the revived Queensland Open PGA golf tournament at Brookwater

SUNNY skies, a solid spectator turnout and even a hole in one topped off a spectacular Isuzu Queensland Open golf tournament at Brookwater last week.

The four-day tournament saw plenty of birdies and a course record smashed but by the fourth round on Sunday a clear winner emerged, South Australian Nick Cullen.

Topping off spectacular play in the earlier rounds, Cullen pulled far enough ahead in the fourth with a score of 6-under par to claim the Open with a total of 9-under 279.

He even set a new course record on the Saturday with 7-under par.

Coming in close second was three time European Tour winner Peter O’Malley who finished five shots back at 4-under the card while Victorian PGA Champion David McKenzie finished outright third on 2-under 286.

Mr Cullen’s name was engraved on the coveted TB Hunter Cup above Ryan Haller who won the Open in 2007.

See the full story at Quest News.

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Springfield residents are calling for a big screen cinema to be built in their sprawling suburb

Cinema operators have doused hopes of Springfield getting a big screen soon despite calls of support from some of the satellite city’s 23,000 residents.

Cineplex, Event Cinemas and Hoyts all say they have no plans to open a new cinema complex at Springfield Central.

A post on Greater Springfield’s Facebook page gauging support for the idea went wild, attracting more than 80 comments and 150 likes.

Most commenters supported the idea although some suggested people visit Redbank’s Reading Cinemas 15km away and others preferred a library.

Brookwater teens Kelsey Imber, 15, and Abbie Shortman, 16, threw their support behind a Springfield cinema, saying there was not enough activities for youth in the region.

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Youth Forum sparks ideas arms race in Springfield

IF teenagers built Greater Springfield the region would almost certainly include a games arcade, bowling alley and ice skating rink and there would be youth dance parties scheduled for most weekends.

And all that may some day come true, with up to 20 youth already hatching these types of plans for their Springfield.

The group, known as the Greater Springfield Youth Forum, met at Springfield Tower last Thursday to continue work on a ghoulish Halloween party they plan to hold at Robelle Domain Parklands in October.

Established by Springfield Land Corporation director Naren Sinnathamby, the forum has become a self-perpetuating snowball of ideas, plans and creativity.

The forum came about after Mr Sinnathamby used Facebook to call on teenagers to email him their thoughts and ideas for the Springfield suburbs.

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September 11, 2013 – South-West and Springfield News

Below is a collection of stories written by James Drew and published in South-West News and Springfield News on September 11.

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Find My iPhone helps Forest Lake police track a stolen iPod across the ditch

DUMB criminals are falling into iTraps by stealing smartphone and tablet devices.

Forest Lake police have helped nab several suspected thieves including one from New Zealand by using apps such a Find My iPhone to track their location and obtain warrants to search dwellings.

Most recently the app was used to help police track a stolen iPod from Auckland Airport to a house in Forest Lake.

Senior Constable Amanda Mitchell said the operation helped a New Zealand police unit solve a violent break-and-enter offence.

“It was a modern (iPod) which was Wi-Fi enabled and the person who had the stolen property had taken a number of photos on it, so that was good intelligence for New Zealand police when I sent it back,” she said.

See the full story at Quest News.

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September 4, 2013 – South-West and Springfield News

Below is a collection of stories written by James Drew and published in South-West News and Springfield News on September 4.

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