Wednesday, March 4, 2015

What's On Ipswich: Ladies on Show in Top Racing Ipswich

It is all about the girls at Ipswich over the next three weeks.

The Ipswich Turf Club hosts heats of the Girls on Track series tomorrow and on March 18, as well as the sold out Swichettes Ladies Day on March 13.

The "Girls on Track" series is an initiative of Racing Queensland to celebrate the contribution of women across the state in both harness and thoroughbred racing.

There is a series of heats, including the two at Ipswich, which lead to the $100,000 final for fillies and mares at Doomben on March 28. There are also bonuses for the leading female trainer and jockey during the series.

Gold Coast trainer Gillian Heinrich will be a highlight of the Swichettes Ladies Day on March 13 as the near to sold out event will be hosted during the ITC Friday race meeting.

The bubbly is sure to be flowing along with fashion and fun galore as the Swichettes group enjoy a day trackside.

Females Sand Tall

IT is fitting for current Ipswich premier trainer Gillian Heinrich to be the guest speaker after becoming the first female in 155 years of racing in Ipswich to achieve that honour.

One would expect the female jockeys to come in for more betting support than normal.

The likes of Tegan Harrison, who became the first female to ride an Ipswich Cup winner on Brave Ali last year, and current Premier Ipswich Apprentice Cassandra Schmidt, mix it up with their male counterparts.

Fittingly in Ipswich

THERE was a big day of racing at Ipswich last Wednesday as nine races were contested, including the $65,000 QTIS three-year old, which had been transferred from a waterlogged Doomben.

On a soft track, the big money race provided a great spectacle as runners were forced 14 horses wide on the home turn ruining the chances of many including top weight and widest runner Punta Norte.

Roughie Seashells snuck along the rails under the urgings of apprentice Beau Appo to get the win in a blanket finish fitting of a race of such value.

Benico's Prince was second just in front of the favourite Polynikes resulting in a trifecta pay of $5500 and first four of $30,000.

If that wasn't enough, another huge highlight was delivered in the next, the ninth and final race.

Former champion jockey Chris Munce collected his first win as a trainer.

Munce was visibly thrilled as Specific Choice put him on the board as a trainer with an easy win under apprentice Matt McGillivray.

Munce is a dual Ipswich premier jockey. He's also one of a handful of jockeys to win the four major races in Australia - the Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate, and Golden Slipper.

After doing it all in the saddle he has now turned to training.

He noted after the race that it was fitting that his first training win was in Ipswich.

Group 1 favourites fold

WHILE Contributor won the NSW Chipping Norton at Warwick Farm as a $2.50 favourite, it was a blowout for favourites in Melbourne.

Suavito, at $11, defeated Smokin Joey and long odds-on favourite Dissident in the Futurity Stakes.

Next up was the Oakleigh Plate where another to pay $11 and win was Shamal Wind, which defeated Under the Louvre and Fast 'N' Rocking resulting in a big trifecta over $3000.

The final Group 1 for the day was the Blue Diamond which was won by Pride of Dubai over Reemah and Lake Geneva, returning a trifecta of more than $6000. Favourite Fontiton missed a place.

This weekend the Group 1 races include competing 3yo mile races as the Australian Guineas at Flemington are contested at the same time as the Randwick Guineas in Sydney. The Weight for age Canterbury Stakes are also contested over 1300 metres at Randwick.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Katie Noonan in Concert - Ipswich Qld

Katie Noonan in Concert - Ipswich Qld

Four time ARIA Award winner Katie Noonan is back in 2015 with a brand new band and a new album.

As Katie’s first band project since 2010′s acclaimed Emperor’s Box (with The Captains), the new album shows a richer and fuller sound than Katie’s more recent intimate and acoustic sojourns.

Premiering material from the new album as well as some of her favourite songs, this show marks the beginning of Katie’s exciting new musical chapter.

Katie Noonan announces new band, single and EP
‘Peace Is My Drug’
Support Act Sahara Beck
Katie Noonan returns to the spotlight in 2015 with the launch of a heartfelt new single and EP, ‘Peace Is My Drug’. This release will be accompanied by tour dates across SA, VIC, NSW and QLD from March 12 to March 28 and will be available exclusively via audience fundraising site PledgeMusic, or as a limited edition CD on the tour itself.
Following on from a number of years of unique and highly-acclaimed projects – Songs That Made Me, Love Song Circus, Songbook and Songs of the Southern Skies with Karin Schaupp – this celebrated singer songwriter is ready to share her new original material. The EP will feature two new tracks – ‘Peace Is My Drug’ and ‘Cloud of Home’ – with additional remixes to tantalise the senses. ‘Peace Is My Drug’ is based around the Michael Leunig poem ‘Peace’, with Leunig creating a second verse to the poem exclusively for this song.
Katie is thrilled to work with a band again, returning to her first love and harking back to the days of George after several solo, duo, ensemble and cross platform collaborations in recent years. This new band line-up includes two members of The Captains – Stu Hunter and Declan Kelly, as well as outstanding Melbourne guitarist Ben Edgar (Angus & Julia Stone). The tour will see the band premiering new material from the ‘Peace Is My Drug’ EP and forthcoming album, as well as songs from The Katie Noonan and The Captains project and one or two Noonan favourites.
As a proudly independent artist, Katie is launching a PledgeMusic campaign, an undertaking that will enable her to finish and release an album of new material. Katie discussed the campaign today, saying, ‘I have been hesitant to do so for many years, as I figure it’s enough to ask people to come to my gigs and buy my albums. But having produced six independent albums in close to five years, I am in a position now where I would love to invite my wonderful audience and supporters to be part of the journey for my next album.
My next album feels like a return to me. This is the first truly Katie album with all new material in a long time. All in all, I’m really proud of these songs and so excited to be able to share them.’

When: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 @ 7.30pm

  • Adult $48.00
  • Adult Early Bird $42.00
  • Concession/Student $42.00
  • Concession/Student Early Bird $36.00
  • Group10+ $38.00
  • Group 10+ Early Bird $32.00

FREE Program included plus ‘Meet and Greet’ the musicians after the show.


  • Performance Duration 2 Hours
  • 20 Minute Interval
  • No Photography/Flash Photography or video allowed


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Show is gold for Ipswich ABBA fans

Show is gold for Ipswich ABBA fans
SWEDISH SENSATION: The Ultimate ABBA Show will hit Ipswich Civic Centre on March 6.
MAMMA Mia - ABBA is back.
Fans of the 70s Swedish pop sensation will be given the opportunity to brush the dust off of those platform shoes, short skirts and ridiculously tight white flares when GOLD: The Ultimate ABBA Show hits Ipswich on March 6.
Kathleen Malony, who performs as blonde bombshell Agnetha Fältskog, said The New Arrival Tour would celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of the 1975 album, ABBA.
"It's as close as you can get to how ABBA performed in the 70s," she said.
"After the show last year we had people telling us that they felt just like they did when they saw the real band live, which is very flattering.
"There are a lot of die-hard ABBA fans out there and we want to make sure they get the real experience."
The show will feature internationally recognised ABBA performers who have rehearsed singing, talking, dressing and performing exactly like the band for months.
"I've really done my research," Ms Malony said.
"We've watched old videos and have been rehearsing for months.
"People can expect amazing musicians, intricate costumes, live singing and even Swedish accents."
Ms Malony said that the group always made a point of getting out into the audience and chatting to the crowd after each and every show.
"We're always trying to improve and get as close to the original as we can," she said.
"I've been doing this for three years now and this year we will be really taking it to the next level.
"We're excited, I just can't wait to take this on the road."
To book tickets for the show or for more information visit or phone 3810 6100.


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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Latest Tripadvisor Reviews on Metro Hotel Ipswich International

“Lovely Stay”
4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago

We stayed one night in this hotel.. The hotel was modern, ultra clean and staff were friendly. Would recommend when coming to Ipswich come and stay. Central to everything, walking distanct to the Civic Centre to catch a show.
Room Tip: We stayed in the Queen size room .. plenty of room for the two of us. Underground free parking, free...
Stayed January 2015, travelled with family

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
This was an unexpected stopover and was booked by phone based on a quick Trip Advisor report. Pretty simple check in and the room was clean and up to scratch. The tariff at $130 was good value and I had a quite acceptable dinner in the restaurant. I would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed January 2015, travelled on business
4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm a doctor and stayed in this hotel for 5 nights before starting my job in Fernvale. Honestly speaking, I didn't find any disappointing point about this hotel. I can recommend it for my colleges who want to stay in this region for a while.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Ipswich Needs a Beating Cultural Heart

Ipswich needs a beating cultural heart

A NEW $90 million Ipswich Performing Arts Centre (IPAC) seating up to 1500 people in the main theatre has been identified as a key driver in revitalising the city in both a cultural and economic way.

The Ipswich Regional Centre Strategy of 2008 identified the IPAC as "a catalytic project to stimulate revitalisation" of the region.

The strategy outlined the need to "develop a multi-purpose performing arts complex incorporating a public square to celebrate significant occasions with usages including conventions, exhibitions and multicultural events".

A subsequent 2011 needs analysis and feasibility study of the IPAC determined the required building size, usage, concept designs and possible sites for the centre.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said council had identified three sites in Ellenborough St, South St and at the Ipswich Railway Workshops as possible locations for the IPAC.

"The key is the positioning of it - to make a strong CBD," he said.

"My preferred location is in Ellenborough St where the old rail yard is because it is close to the CBD.

"Where we are standing (in the council offices in South St) is another preference because we can take the whole of council to the Icon 2 building and the library to the CBD.

"We achieve that and we will have one hell of a vibrant CBD.

"CBDs are all about performing arts and having an entertainment base. Culture is at the heart of a thriving city."

Council is seeking $300,000 from the State Government to fund a feasibility study.

The facility would include multi-purpose performing spaces that are flexible enough to meet a vast array of needs with a main theatre seating 1200 to 1500, a secondary theatre with a capacity of 400 to 600 and a function space to seat 600 diners.

Cr Pisasale has identified Port Macquarie's performance and exhibition arts facility known as The Glasshouse as an example of what he hopes to replicate in Ipswich as it boasts a theatre, performance studio, an international-standard regional gallery, conference facilities, heritage displays and a Tourism Information Centre.

The council's project brochure highlights how the current Ipswich Civic Centre "does not meet the functionality requirements and does not have sufficient capacity to meet current or future demand".

Since the civic centre was built, the population of Ipswich has doubled and is expected to more than double again by 2031.

The civic centre's dated appearance, design limitations and inadequate capacity mean a new facility to cater for the Ipswich region's needs is long overdue.

Cr Pisasale said acts and functions were currently being held in Brisbane and other centres and Ipswich people were missing out on entertainment options.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Prom 15 – Time Warriors | Civic Theatre Ipswich

Ipswich City Orchestra dares to take you from ancient Rome to the world of sci-fi movies.

Be transported for a couple of hours to “galaxies far far away” with music from Starwars, E.T. – The Extra Terrestrial and even 2001 – A Space Odyssey.

Breathtaking music will sit beside the majestic marches you know so well. 

Come and be surprised at the very clever program designed to appeal to all ages!

You can come dressed as your favourite Starwars or sci-fi character, or come as you are and enjoy a unique Prom.

Some works will have images and video footage to add to the presentation.

Witness the BIGGEST Orchestra ever mounted in Ipswich under the baton of Chief Resident Conductor, Patrick Burns.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Platform 9 Ipswich: Taste Testing Some New Dessert & Appetizers for Our New A La Carte Menu at Metro Hotel Ipswich International

Taste Testing Some New Dessert and Appetizer Options for Our New A La Carte Menu at Platform 9 Restaurant and Bar, Metro Hotel Ipswich International

Chocolate Ganache (close up)

Chocolate Ganache

New Dessert

Pork Terrine


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