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I am proud to be a part of the medical imaging team in this region and we are set for the long awaited MRI to go live at Ipswich hospital this week!

This is part of stage 1A of a 15 year master plan for the hospital and part of $125.4millon investment.
The long term goal is to see this hospital progress to tertiary level care and reduce the need for residents travel to other hospitals for treatment.

Investment in this region’s health care is vital. Ipswich hospital and our region’s health network is acknowledged as having the fastest growth in Queensland. Yet it is acknowledged that there is a 'constrained financial environment' in the year ahead.

It has been a long and noisy installation- however, the benefits will ensure that the community shall have the latest technology to provide first class diagnostic medical imaging in the region.

Well done to all involved in bringing this project to fruition.
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There are new confirmed cases of Measles in the Ipswich area. This is highly contagious.

Please follow the link below as these people attended several locations in Ipswich while unknowingly infectious.

Members of the public who were in these locations during these times should ensure they are protected against measles and seek medical advice if they develop symptoms.

Phone 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84) for advice any time, any day. As measles is highly contagious, this may be the best way to get advice without running the risk of spreading measles in public waiting rooms at Ipswich Hospital or at your GP clinic. Describe your symptoms to the 13HEALTH nurse, and they will tell you what to do next.

www.health.qld.gov.au/news-events/health-alerts/measlesMeasles alert

There are now several confirmed cases of measles in the West Moreton Health region.

If you think you have measles, you can phone 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) any time, any day. As measles is contagious, this may be the best way to get advice without running the risk of spreading measles in public waiting rooms or at your GP clinic.

For West Moreton Health region measles updates visit bit.ly/2RAaoAW.

#measles
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Announcement of the SEQ Koala Conservation Strategy today. Reports state up to 80% of the population has been lost over the last 20 years.

The draft strategy proposes new ways to protect koalas through strategic coordination, habitat restoration, threat mitigation and community action.

These are pictures of some of the areas that are considered of high value bushland and regeneration areas within the electorate.

There are drop in information sessions at North Ipswich Reserve Corporate Centre from 9am to 5pm Wednesday 22 January 2020 and Thursday 23 January 2020.
You are invited to have your day on this draft.

environment.des.qld.gov.au/wildlife/animals/living-with/koalas/conservation/draft-seq-koala-strategy
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International Volunteers Day....

Thank you to our emergency service volunteers - your efforts are so very appreciated.
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Another aspect of the drought and bushfires that many would not think of....
Bees are an essential part of our ecology and there have been significant impacts of late.
Donations are tax deductible.Queensland, we need your help. Please share this post as far and wide as possible. #Hiveaid 🐝🇦🇺

As we mentioned in a post a few weeks ago, our professional beekeepers are often the forgotten primary producers in times of drought and natural disasters.

But all that is set to change today, as we are overwhelmed with excitement about an announcement made today by Rural Aid that will directly provide financial assistance to our beekeepers who are struggling to keep beehives alive during these tough times.

Rural Aid in partnership with our national industry body AHBIC, today announced an initiative by our great friends at Capilano Honey, together they’ve launched Hive Aid, an independent initiative of Rural Aid offering drought and bushfire assistance to our professional beekeepers who urgently need your help.

Currently we’re experiencing some of the worst conditions in memory. The drought has ravaged the majority of Queensland’s native forests resources and the recent fires across the state have left many traditional areas of seasonal forage destroyed and sadly it appears it will be decades before the forests can regenerate.

Beekeepers are travelling distances of over 2,000 kms a week just to keep bee colonies alive and rescue bee colonies in the path of devastating fires.

So here it is Queensland, here’s your opportunity to support our beekeepers in their hour of need. Donations of more than $2.00 are tax deductible and every cent will go to where it is needed the most.

There’s now time like the present, you can do your bit to help our beekeeping families get through their toughest battle yet. Help us to sustain our colonies through this drought and deliver strong healthy hives for next years crop pollination. Healthy bees means healthy humans. 🐝🇦🇺❤️

Please use the link below to donate.

www.ruralaid.org.au/donate/?supporter_id=14254

#ruralaid #supportaussiebeekeepers #qba #queenslandbeekeepers
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In today's QT...
The inefficiencies in the new Redbank parcel facility is not the only issue-

What is needed is recognition of the metropolitan areas and rezoning as such and implementation and review of postcodes so that they reflect the geographical areas that they cover...

Not the current 39 localities of 4306 that includes areas of Ipswich, Brisbane, Somerset and Scenic rim council areas.
AP's reply demonstrates the lack of effort and initiative by AP to genuinely address resolution of this postcode drama that is ongoing despite their commitment in November 2017.

This hampers the region's economic growth.

It is long past time to rectify the discrimination that residents and businesses suffer at the hands of a government corporation.

Enough is enough….It's time to act...In today's QT...
The inefficiencies in the new Redbank parcel facility is not the only issue-

What is needed is recognition of the metropolitan areas and rezoning as such and implementation and review of postcodes so that they reflect the geographical areas that they cover...

Not the current 39 localities of 4306 that includes areas of Ipswich, Brisbane, Somerset and Scenic rim council areas.
AP's reply demonstrates the lack of effort and initiative by AP to genuinely address resolution of this postcode drama that is ongoing despite their commitment in November 2017.

This hampers the region's economic growth.

It is long past time to rectify the discrimination that residents and businesses suffer at the hands of a government corporation.

Enough is enough....It's time to act...
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Thanks Women for Election Australia for a great line up of speakers for EQUIP Canberra 2019.

A non-partisan supportive and collaborative event with stories from Senator Jane Hume and Senator Sarah Hanson-Young on their political journeys.

Other political and practical insights from Dr John Hewson, Catherine McGrath and Ruth McGowan amongst others provided detail about party preselections and other processes relating to standing for election and increasing the presence of #womeninpolitics.🔹Alumni Canberra 2019🔹What a day, what a cohort, what a future for our Country and political landscape! Special thanks to our speakers, Board and @anucrawfordschool for their dedication to making this day happen! #womeninthehouse #getelected #womeninpolitics
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Precisely the questions I have asked the MP for Ipswich West over recent weeks…as yet no reply.

Glad to see this formal question on notice by the neighbouring MP for Moggill and look forward to some updates for the communities involved.

#fixthemtcrosbyinterchangePrecisely the questions I have asked the MP for Ipswich West over recent weeks...as yet no reply.

Glad to see this formal question on notice by the neighbouring MP for Moggill and look forward to some updates for the communities involved.

#fixtheMtCrosbyInterchange
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Fire Bans in place from midnight tonight.🚫 FIRE BANS APPLY FROM MIDNIGHT 🚫

Dry winds will raise the fire risk in the next few days so Queensland Fire and Emergency Services - QFES have declared local fire bans for Ipswich, Somerset, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim, Logan and Gold Coast areas.

All permits to light fires have been cancelled from midnight tonight until Sunday morning.

Power tools can be used only if fire extinguishing equipment is nearby.

☎️ If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

ℹ️ Details of the ban: ab.co/2PH359A

🤷 If you're not sure what to do if a bushfire threatens, visit our website for advice: ab.co/2JMlw9f
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The State Government again shows its disregard for the Ipswich region with announcement of a $40million greyhound racing facility to be built at Yamanto.
This is not the infrastructure that is desperately needed in the region.

Instead it embraces revenue from gambling in an industry which still battles with animal cruelty concerns much like the horse racing industry.

Peter Gleeson states in the QT 17/10/19 “… gambling turnover on the dogs is at an all-time high and hundreds of millions of dollars in wagering tax goes into Queensland hospitals, schools and police numbers.”
Where will that revenue end up? Probably a safe bet is not where it’s needed in the greater Ipswich area….

Logan hospital this week started it's $460 million expansion.
The health minister states “The Palaszczuk Government is building and expanding at Logan to ensure that locals receive the best care, and we continue to keep up with demand.”
Yet Ipswich hospital continues to limp along trying to cope with the increased demand. Why?

The lack of interest by state government in infrastructure investment and forward planning in greater Ipswich/Western Brisbane is incomprehensible in a region expected to double its population in 20 years….

There is reluctance in bringing forward railway corridor extension from Springfield to Ipswich, no investment in Cunningham highway upgrades on a roadway that cannot cope with current needs.
Yet both of these will be much needed with the proposed new facility bringing amalgamation of Brisbane and Ipswich racing clubs together. Anyone seeking to travel there might have second thoughts…

So here’s a thought…with the wagering taxes raised from racing being generated in Ipswich - spend them there.
There are schools, hospitals and transport needs screaming for investment…

www.qt.com.au/news/world-first-green-light-40m-greyhound-complex/3857050/
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Considered whether you might like to become a volunteer firefighter?

Come along to the Bushfire Community Safety meeting Thursday 17th October 6-9pm Mt Crosby Bowls Club.

Members of Brookfield Rural Fire shall be there to discuss formation of a new rural brigade for the greater Mt Crosby region or expansion of Brookfield.

Life is busy for everyone and obviously people have concerns of time commitment to this cause.

One of Brookfield RFS members, Andrew Mckenzie, stated that "basic training is a two day course with brigade training 2 sessions per month...(There are) burn offs and fire calls but it’s at your pace and family friendly as we understand that family life and work life are priorities and balance is needed in all things. It costs nothing - all gear is supplied and it can be enjoyable"

Look forward to seeing a supportive attendance by our wonderful community at this much needed and long called for meeting.

Link to a new group calling for a new RFS brigade for the greater Mt Crosby region www.facebook.com/groups/2363225527249552/
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After much follow up there is a Community Meeting arranged for the greater Mt Crosby region.

Have you thought about what you would do in an emergency fire situation?

Find out how to be prepared - how to prepare your home, your evacuation plan including pets and neighbours, your escape route, emergency pack, important documents, medications, where to find emergency information, what do the warnings mean… Prepare.Act.Survive

All are welcome to attend a community engagement session.
There will be time for discussion and questions.After much follow up there is a Community Meeting arranged for the greater Mt Crosby region.

Have you thought about what you would do in an emergency fire situation?

Find out how to be prepared - how to prepare your home, your evacuation plan including pets and neighbours, your escape route, emergency pack, important documents, medications, where to find emergency information, what do the warnings mean... Prepare.Act.Survive

All are welcome to attend a community engagement session.
There will be time for discussion and questions.
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Waste, its disposal, processing and recycling is an issue that should be of concern for all of us.

I attended Willowbank Area Group residents meeting last week to understand community concerns regarding 4 potential waste sites. Jeebropilly mine is only 710m from homes with a proposal to extend dumping to 50 years.

There are currently 8 applications awaiting assessment by ICC across various sites in Ipswich, some new and some amendments to current usage.
Current applications should be assessed on their cumulative impact.

The current state and federal governments have waste policies that place priority on reduction of waste to landfill and this should be a priority.

Investment in a circular recycling industry needs to be far more intensive to cope with increased demands and create employment in the process.
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