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Ipswich leads the world in intelligence




IPSWICH has made history to make the top seven intelligent communities in the world list twice.

At the conclusion of ‘The Internet of Cities Forum’ in Taipei, Taiwan yesterday, the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) announced its list of the Top7 Intelligent Communities of the Year.

The 15th annual Top 7 list includes communities from four nations, with Australia (Ipswich and Melbourne), Canada and Taiwan each contributing two, and Russia contributing a seventh community in a first-time achievement for that nation.

Ipswich is the first Australian city to make the list twice – in 2015 and 2017.

An intelligent community is not about technology, but how people use it to improve their communities.

Ipswich has once again been judged a leader in that regard and is now in the running to be named 2017 Intelligent Community of the Year at the ICF annual summit in New York in June.


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New childcare centre proposed for growing Ipswich suburb




A NEW childcare centre has been proposed for Bellbird Park with six separate playrooms and space for 87 children.

The land on Troost Circuit is owned by developers Pacific Enterprises Group Pty Ltd which first put the proposal to Ipswich City Council in April.

Now the development, which would take up large block of land at the corner of Jones Rd and Alesana Dr, has been put out for public consultation.

Plans show the centre will have 22 parking spots and an outdoor play area.

The council has acknowledged parts of the city desperately need more childcare centres.

Earlier this year Mayor Paul Pisasale revealed he receives at least three complaints and pleas each month from desperate parents in need of childcare.

He said the council works closely with developers to encourage more private companies to open childcare centres in growth areas.

Bellbird Park is one of the Ipswich suburbs experiencing growth.

The proposed development, which has not yet been approved by the council, will be out for public consultation from May 22 to June 6.


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Property demand fuels call for new Ipswich school




TRAFFIC was heavy headed into Ipswich from the Mount Crosby area during peak hour yesterday morning.

It was heavy the day before that and it will be heavy again tomorrow.

Many of the cars along that route are being driven by parents taking their children to school and many are sick of making the trip.

Their calls for a new high school to be built in the area are growing louder, and gaining traction with politicians.

While official figures don’t paint a picture of a major growth area, demand for property in the area surrounding Mount Crosby and Karalee is so high one real estate agent has a long waiting list of would-be buyers.

A different agent, Colliers International, selling land at residential development The Crossing, where 153 new homes will be built, said people were eagerly waiting for their registration to start building – indicating the area was on the cusp of a population boom.

The State Government said existing schools have the capacity to cater for expected growth in the medium to long term.

But the two closest high schools, Kenmore State High and Ipswich State High, are already approaching 2000 students.

Chuwar parents Micheal and Amy Huckle have already had a rough start to the morning.

While three of their children are yet to start school, two are at different high schools and one is in grade six this year.

Next year the family will have three children at three different high schools.

“There is no option for us,” Amy said.

“We’re in Ipswich State High’s catchment so that’s the only choice but we think that school already has too many children.”

Ipswich State School has more than 1500 students, according to the 2016 enrolment numbers listed on the My School website.


Kenmore State High School has more than 1800 students.

Palace Property agent Clare Cantwell says there is “significant demand” in the area.

“As soon as land is released people are pouncing on it,” Ms Cantwell said.

“We’ve got a list of buyers on our data base that want land now.”


The latest enrolment figures will be released within the next month after the LNP Opposition demanded up-to-date statistics via a question to the Education Minister during parliament this week.

An offical parliamentary petition, sponsored by Moggill MP Christian Rowan, will also be released soon.


LNP questions schools planning

PARENTS campaigning for a new high school at Mount Crosby will soon have some answers.

The State Government has been given 30 days to respond to a question posed by LNP Moggill MP Dr Christian Rowan in parliament about future plans for education in the area.

The community driven campaign for a new high school has been raging for at least 10 years.

Dr Rowan has this week called on the Education Minister to explain what analysis has been carried out regarding the need for a new high school in either the Ipswich West or Moggill electorates and for specific, up-to-date enrolment numbers.


“It’s important we get some of the data and information around the issue and talk about forward planning for the future,” Dr Rowan said.

“There are community concerns about the infrastructure at our current state high schools.

“How many students can the current infrastructure support and what is the plan for the future?”


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USQ strengthens partnership with Ipswich City Council




USQ Chancellor John Dornbusch (second right), Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale and Ipswich City Council CEO Jim Lindsay.

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has strengthened its partnership with the Ipswich City Council with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at USQ Springfield yesterday (September 5).

The MOU will help drive greater collaboration and cooperation between the University and Ipswich City Council.

USQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Jan Thomas said under the terms of the agreement, USQ and Ipswich City Council will work together to attract new business and industry to Ipswich and the surrounding region.

“Our partnership with Ipswich City Council continues to grow and is indicative of the hard work being done to identify and develop opportunities around infrastructure, education and research,” Professor Thomas said.

“This agreement will provide many exciting possibilities for students by helping them develop a broad cross-section of experiences with one of Australia’s most recognised local government councils.”

Professor Thomas said the MOU outlines a three year plan which identifies several areas of possible future opportunities and collaboration between USQ and Ipswich City Council.

“At a time when south-east Queensland’s Western Corridor is experiencing significant growth, this agreement will strengthen our role in helping to meet the existing and future needs of the region,” Professor Thomas said.

“USQ will work with Council on developing mutually beneficial projects such as community education and business training programs, as well as strategies to attract and pursue third party funding, including development of infrastructure.

“We also want to develop student scholarships and research grants in areas of relevance to USQ that support the needs and aspirations of rural communities.”

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said the signing of the MOU reconfirms the Council’s commitment to working with USQ and bringing even greater opportunities for expansion and development across the Ipswich region.

“Ipswich City Council has been working for a number of years now with USQ across many areas of expertise and the MOU will formalise what is certainly a collaborative and supportive partnership,” Cr Pisasale said.

“We are very fortunate to have one of Queensland’s fastest growing universities have two campuses in our city, offering internationally-recognised on-campus and online learning opportunities for students.”

Original article published at 06/9/16

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