CAN I start off my first column back with Local Ipswich News by saying its great to return to the pages of a paper that is now the biggest in the region with 15,000 weekly copies and one that has revealed its commitment to positive news.
We hear too many negatives about our region and the many positives about living in Ipswich rarely get the attention they deserve.
Many may not know it but I have been teaching at the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre now for 10 years.
Unlike most of my teaching colleagues, we work a 48 week year at the centre and this will be my second week back teaching young people carpentry basics, working toward a Cert 2 in Construction Pathways.
I enjoy the challenges of my job, and the opportunities it provides me to potentially change and shape some of our most broken and vulnerable youth.
I love our community and city of Ipswich, and it’s a pleasure to be able to share some of the amazing characters, triumphs and highlights of events and happenings that I see every day.
It was sad to hear of the passing of John Whitehead (main picture) last week. John was the grandson of FA Whitehead Photography, and anyone over the age of 30 would be familiar with Whiteheads.
Back in the day their Brisbane Street Studio (insert) was the Facebook of its day with family portraits and wedding snaps on display and displays changed each week.
Our thoughts are with John’s family and friends, and thank you John for your legacy, capturing so many memories.
100 NOT OUT
A big birthday for Riverview Gardens resident Myrtle Green (pictured above) who is our city’s latest centenarian.
Myrtle served for many years in our community as a Major with the Salvation Army and we wish her a happy birthday.
PASTOR FRED CELEBRATES
Best wishes to Pastor Fred and Christine Muys (photo above) who have just celebrated 50 years of
They’ve pastored in our city for more than 35 years and established many ministries from their premises at the Tivoli Drive in.
LOCALS NEED SUPPORT
Our hospitality industry is doing it tough at the moment, and it was disappointing to hear that Mikes Pizzeria has closed on the back of the Dovetails restaurant shutting late last year.
Please remember to support local as often as you can, they employ thousands of Ipswich residents and the money they make goes back directly into the Ipswich economy which is a win for all of us..
BIG LOTTERY WIN
Well done to the Goodna family that won $909 090.91 in a recent lottery draw.
They bought their ticket at the Goodna Newsagency in Goodna Marketplace.
Cheryl the agency owner and Lily (pictured above) were thrilled for the family.