Monday, March 30, 2015

Shayne Neumann | Metro Hotels Stand - Regional Showcase Event Ipswich

Shayne Neumann | Metro Hotels Stand - Regional Showcase Event Ipswich

Shane With Gail, Emma and Earl supporting Metro Hotels & CCIQ Bremer Region tonight. Well done sponsors & exhibitors.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Ipswich Festival 2015 Highlights

Ipswich Festival 2015 Highlights

The spectacular Ipswich Festival is back in 2015 bigger than ever! Packed with fantastic shows, events, parades and concerts to suit the whole family.

Fire on the River launches the festivities with a spectacular explosion of colours lighting up the night sky. Join us for an enthralling display of fireworks synchronised to a dedicated soundtrack that is sure to delight the whole family. This spectacular pyrotechnic display has become a festival favourite with a stunning showcase of the very best "feature" fireworks and fire canons.

Best vantage points are at Riverlink Shopping Centre and David Trumpy Bridge.

Date: Thursday April 16th @ 7pm
Location: Riverlink Shopping Centre, Upper Level, Ipswich Central

Parade of Light - Cheer on the cavalcade of our spirited community groups, classic cars, lively marching bands, local businesses, festival characters, schools, and energetic dancers.

For the first time, the Ipswich Festival Parade moves into the night creating high excitement and a colourful carnival atmosphere. Be amazed as giant, magical lanterns journey along Ipswich's inner city streets creating a night of spectacular surprises.

Themed "Our People, Our Culture", the parade celebrates Ipswich's rich history and diverse community and will be an impressive display that is sure to entertain. The annual parade is a must-see highlight of the festival.

Date: Saturday May 2nd
Location: Brisbane St - Between Waghorn and Bell St

Lunchtime Sessions - Revolutionise your lunchtime routine! Festival LunchTime Sessions feature five exciting days of free live entertainment in Ipswich City Mall. This is a FREE event!

Dates: April 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 29th, 30th
Location: Ipswich City Mall, Ipswich Central
Shows: See below

The Magic Parlour
A day of monumental magical mayhem! Two incredible shows so close up and interactive - they will delight and amaze you. The Super Steph Magic Show and Damien the Magician. Plus balloon art, live bunny and magical tricks galore. This one is for the kids as well as the young at heart.
Tuesday April 21st 11am - 1.30pm

The Romance of Strauss, Bach and Bluegrass
Lunch with over 20 musicians from the strings section of Ipswich City Orchestra. Come and be swept away to old Vienna with Strauss Waltzes played by the professional Orchestra's String section. Then get your hands clapping for some good old fashioned bluegrass with the Suzuki Students of Ipswich.
Wednesday April 22nd 11am - 1pm

That's Entertainment!
Let us take you on a journey of timeless music and history, with 'Back to Basics' recreating the era of the Andrew Sisters, followed by a mash of your favourite hit pop rock songs of the 70's, 80's, 90's and beyond with live band Shriners Park. Tea & light refreshments early or BYO lunch.
Thursday April 23rd 11am - 2pm

Big Band Brassy
Swing and sway to the smooth and brassy sounds of the amazing C17's Amberley Brass Band and the gold medal award winning Redbank Plains State High School Marching Band. Sit back and relax or dance to the beat of big band swing, classical, new world symphony, and so much more.
Wednesday April 29th 11am - 2pm

Swing it!
With a double scoop of comedy and a generous serving of musical mayhem the Swingin' Martinis belt out the best of Frank Sinatra/Dean Martin classics through to the Proclaimers via ABBA and Tom Jones - all fused together to bring you some good old high energy and cracking entertainment.
Thursday April 30th 12noon - 1pm

Night Time Sessions:
Latin Dance with Brazilian Soul
Join in the fun or opt in the free dance class when Brazilian Soul perform a variety of Latin dance styles, all authentic from South America.
Wednesday April 22nd 5pm - 6pm

SwingaBilly Ray
It's a revival of the golden age of swing jazz. Kick up you heels doing the lindy hop, the Charleston, St Louis shag, or shim sham and jitterbug - all this to the sounds of your favourite swing tunes from yesteryear. Everybody welcome. Free Swing Dance Class.
Thursday April 30th 5pm - 7.30pm

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

International Rugby League May 1-2 Queensland NRL Representative Round

International Rugby League will return to South-East Queensland this year with Brisbane and the Gold Coast set to host a blockbuster stand-alone weekend of representative rugby league in May.

In a huge coup for NRL fans in Queensland, Suncorp Stadium will host the traditional Trans-Tasman Test Match between Australia and New Zealand, supported by Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ), on Friday May 1.

The Test is the only international match between the Kangaroos and the Kiwis in 2015. The Test Match will be a key game in rugby league's program of events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli.

May 1 also sees the Australian Jillaroos take on the NZ Kiwi Ferns at Suncorp Stadium, while Pacific powerhouses Samoa, Fiji, Tonga and Papua New Guinea will be part of a triple-header at Gold Coast's Cbus Super Stadium on Saturday May 2.

The first match on Saturday night (May 2) will feature the Junior Kangaroos against the Junior Kiwis. The PNG Kumuls will then take on Fiji Bati, before Samoa return to the international stage following their successful Four Nations campaign against traditional rivals Tonga.

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Country Superstars Rock Ipswich as CMC Plans to Stay

CMC ROCKS is set to have a home in Ipswich for years to come after a hugely successful three-day international country and roots music festival wrapped up yesterday.

More than 30,000 fans came through the gates during the festival with US international act Big and Rich closing last night's program to great acclaim.

Troy Cassar-Daley backs CMC Rocks' future

The festival has a three-year deal out at Willowbank with Ipswich City Council and the State Government but Matthew Lazarus-Hall, the CEO of co-promoter Chugg Entertainment, said a long-term stay was in the pipeline.

"We want a permanent home here," he said.

"We have moved this festival twice and we'd love to be here as long as people want us to be here."

Mr Lazarus-Hall said Ipswich, and south-east Queensland generally, was a hub for the genre.

"We've moved the festival to where the audience is," he said.

"Everyone who has come to the festival has had a great time."

More than 75% of the suppliers for the festival were from the region, ensuring a massive injection into the local economy.

Mr Lazarus-Hall said the Willowbank site was like "a mini city" with all the facilities available for fans to have a great time.

"We have even got a doctor and pharmacist on site," he said.

"It is very rare you have everyone running in the same direction but everyone from the local suppliers, to the council and State Government has been a dream to deal with.

"Mayor (Paul) Pisasale has been amazing. He has said, 'whatever we need to do to make it work, let's get on with it'.

"We really appreciate the opportunity to bring international acts out but also to promote Australian acts."

Grammy Award winners such as Lady Antebellum, Chris Young and Kacey Musgraves played as did Australian stars.

The Aussie acts proved a big drawcard for Ipswich's Tammy Telford.

"This is the day I wanted to come, to see Adam Harvey, John Williamson and Troy Cassar-Daley," she said yesterday

"I'm from Ipswich, so this is absolutely fantastic that us Queenslanders get to go.

"I'll be coming every year. I'm a huge country fan."

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Ipswich, where the sky’s the limit. Hot-air ballooning over Ipswich.

Ipswich, where the sky’s the limit. Hot-air ballooning over Ipswich.
Hot-air ballooning over Ipswich, Queensland.

FIRE lights the sky in the pre-dawn of a Queensland day. Soon we are floating gently upwards, borne by a hot-air balloon above the heritage city of Ipswich.
Beyond the balloon gondola, the landscape wakes to the sun. The Great Dividing Range, in shades of grey and blue and green, shrouded in mist, rises in front of us and below us the narrow ribbon of the Bremer River cuts its way through the city. Sunlight catches on the brick and stone buildings of Queensland’s oldest provincial city, dotted with parks and gardens.
Before long we are flying over farmland and vineyards, drinking in the landscape from 550m while Floating Images chief pilot Graeme Day tends the burners and the wind takes us where it will.
On a two-day visit to Ipswich, I find myself in the air almost more often than on the ground, as I sample some of the activities that make the region an easy choice for a Brisbane getaway. Only 30 minutes’ drive from the Queensland capital, Ipswich is undergoing a renaissance that is seeing many of its heritage buildings put to modern use, with the undulating countryside of southeast Queensland’s Scenic Rim just minutes out of town.
In the city centre, the modern Metro Hotel International is the pick-up and drop-off point for ballooning and helicopter tours. Balloon rides finish with a champagne breakfast at the hotel’s Platform 9 restaurant.
At Ironbark Ridge vineyard, a mob of kangaroos, more than a dozen strong, stands stock still beside the driveway, alert but immobile as they watch us pass. We’ve arrived in rock-star style … by limousine transfer from Brisbane and then by helicopter, landing in a mown circle of grass on the edge of the vineyard.
“We also occasionally get a couple of koalas wandering through,” says winemaker Barry Hoffensetz, who planted the first vines on his property in 1983.
Ironbark Ridge is the oldest of about a dozen boutique wineries on the regular drop-in list of Captain Mike Jarvis’ Pterodactyl Helicopters tours. Soon we’re heading to the cellar door, a historic miner’s cottage that served as Hoffensetz’s surgery in Ipswich before he retired as a GP.
Tastings are waiting. Ironbark Ridge has 3.4ha under vine with mainly chardonnay, shiraz and grenache grapes, but smaller plantings of boutique varieties such as marsanne, rousanne, viognier, dolcetto, verdelho and nebioli. All the vines are hand-planted and the grapes are hand-picked.
It has not always been easy. “We had 10 to 12 years of drought, then an abundance of rain at the wrong time in the past four years,” says Hoffensetz.
But he and his wife, Jan, and others in the region, have persevered and the heli-tours have helped. Pterodactyl Helicopters is one of several businesses boosting Ipswich’s tourism industry beyond its well-known heritage attractions.
At the second of two vineyards on our combo-tour from Pterodactyl’s wine and pub tours, Normanby Wines owner Mick Hall extends a grape-stained hand in welcome to his “best backyard in the world”.
Hall came to Australia five decades ago, from England, and now declares the nearby village of Harrisville “the hub of the universe”. He and his wife Jenny have lived there since 1972 and planted their first vines in 1999. They have seven varieties of grape on 3ha of their 66ha property. I’m intrigued by wine names I’ve never heard before: veraz (a blend of verdelho and shiraz) and durif. Hall says Normanby Wines is one of the few Queensland vineyards to produce durif, a rich dark red wine.
A few minutes’ flight away — and about 30km from Ipswich by road — is the historic Royal Hotel Harrisville, where we tuck into schnitzel for lunch and down a couple of cold beers. Publicans Steve and Monika Patrick bought the pub three years ago, and will soon open their first accommodation, in a restored railway carriage, to complement the free camping they offer to travellers.
In stark contrast to the Royal’s elegant Queenslander-style verandahs, our next pub stop is the Sundowner Saloon at Haigslea, on the busy Warrego Highway. With a front garden of tall cactus, saloon doors and Clint Eastwood gazing down from the restaurant wall, it’s country and western territory.
We finish our tour in town at Ipswich’s new boutique brewery, the Pumpyard Bar. On the ground floor in the heritage-listed former Ipswich Technical College, where blacksmiths and plumbers once learned their trades, the place is all industrial-chic, with a long wooden bar and shiny stainless steel brewing tanks lining the walls.
Award-winning brewer Wade Curtis and co-owner James Long are hopeful their 4 Hearts Brewing venture will attract not only locals but Brisbane-ites looking for new places to drink and dine.
With 10 taps, the brewhouse is offering its own seven beers (with names such as Coalminers Stout to reflect the city’s heritage), “guest” boutique beers and ciders, and organic soft drinks. The beer-focused menu includes a signature beef cheek dish and even beer ice-cream.
Pumpyard is the first tenant in the redevelopment of the sprawling old Technical College, to be known as 88 Limestone, in Ipswich’s Top of Town district. This takes in Ellenborough, Brisbane and Limestone streets, all bustling with renovation and redevelopment projects. Cafes and restaurants are springing up and there are vintage fashion stores, the Daily Planet comic shop and CJ Volger & Son’s model and hobby store. None of it is far from the Ipswich Art Gallery, which lays claim to being the nation’s most visited regional art gallery, and Jamie Oliver’s first Australian Ministry of Food kitchen.
But it’s the Latin phrase emblazoned on the frieze on the front of the Limestone 88 building that catches my eye. Auspicium Melioris Aevi, it reads. The translation, I’m told, is roughly, “the promise of a better age”. Somehow, it seems appropriate.
Lee Mylne was a guest of the Metro Hotel Ipswich International, Floating Images and Pterodactyl Helicopters.

Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flights runs one-hour balloon flights daily, including a champagne breakfast. More:
Pterodactyl Helicopters has a range of options including wine and pub tours. More:
Metro Hotel Ipswich International has 97 guestrooms and nine one-bedroom apartments. More:

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