Editorial

No more excuses for lack of action?

2nd May 2012
No more excuses for lack of action?

Whilst I am sure most people are over elections, I think it important to keep all politicians on notice that we expect better things and improvements in our local area. For years the excuse for lack of action, particularly in the Moggill electorate was that a Labor government would not invest in an area where the local MP was from a different party. If there was any truth to this, it is no longer the case. So lets hope Dr Bruce Flegg MP does something about the High School, Public transport, Colleges Crossing and other issues he himself raised when he was in opposition.



Make Your Vote Count

15th Feb 2012
Make Your Vote Count

With Local Council and State elections just round the corner, it is important to take stock of State and Local issues and assess whether you believe the current government has performed well. If not vote them out and try somebody new.

Particularly in our area there have been numerous issues that continue to come up at every election:

Local State High School, Colleges Crossing and alternative routing during floods, Public Transport, Disaster Planning…



Reflection on 2011

23rd Dec 2011
Reflection on 2011

As the year comes to an end it is always a good time to take a break from the rigours of daily life, and reflect on the past year’s events. 2011 will no doubt be remembered as the year Queensland flooded again. Many of us were lucky enough to have suffered only minor inconvenience by being isolated from the rest of Brisbane/Ipswich. Others, however, were not so lucky with numerous families losing their property. Residents of the Karalee and Barellan Point Areas were particularly effected.



Thank You Jessie, You Will be Missed!

3rd Oct 2011
Thank You Jessie, You Will be Missed!

Jessie Barker, better known as Mrs Barker, is retiring after over 20 years of teaching at the C & K Mt Crosby Community Kindergarten. During this time Jessie has taught hundreds of young inquisitive minds and prepared them for formal education. Jessie’s unique caring and engaging teaching methods have been instrumental in developing and nurturing those children lucky enough to have attended the Mt Crosby Centre. When it first started the Kindergarten was a mobile kindy with Jessie operating from the back of a van. After major refurbishment to the Mt Crosby hall in 2002 the community kindergarten had more permanent premises and facilities.



Carbon Tax or No Carbon Tax

15th Jul 2011
Carbon Tax or No Carbon Tax

Unless you have been hiding under a rock lately, you couldn’t help but notice the raging Carbon Tax debate. At the heart of it is whether the introduction of a Carbon Tax will have the desired effect of reducing pollution and stimulating the creation of viable, alternative, cleaner energy sources.

The motives of introducing the Carbon Tax can be viewed from two perspectives:….



Tragic Accident Takes the Life of Local Resident

14th Jun 2011
Tragic Accident Takes the Life of Local Resident

On Sunday 5th June 2011 we received the tragic news that a local resident and friend had been killed in a horiffic accident on the Warrego Highway. Malcolm Kamp, age 52 was riding his bicycle as usual and was hit by a semi-trailer close to the Kholo Road exit. Our thoughts are with his wife Merrilyn and sons Josh and Andrew during this difficult time. It was a privilege to have known Malcolm and his positive attitude was always infectious. He will be greatly missed.



Floods – A Distant Memory?

24th Apr 2011
Floods – A Distant Memory?

It’s been a few months since the floods and for most people it is a distant memory. For others they continue to struggle due to the loss of homes, businesses and property.

Driving past Colleges Crossing every day is a stark reminder of the strength of the flood. Slowly the Park is being brought back to its former glory (hopefully!). But the question though remains: Can the flood happen again? What measures will the authorities take to prevent it happening? if another flood is inevitable what can be done to reduce its impact? Will anything be done to improve the roads in and out of our area? If so when?



New Advertising Rates

16th Feb 2011
New Advertising Rates

It is almost a year since the Western Informer was launched and to celebrate we are introducing new cheaper rates for business advertising:

Yearly: $110.00 (inc GST), Half yearly: $66.00 (inc GST), Quaterly: $44.00(inc GST)

Colleges Update/ I have lost count of the number of times Colleges Crossing has been closed/opened in the last 4 months. The latest news is that it will close shortly for around 9 days due to the impending release of water from the Wivenhoe Dam…



Colleges Crossing Opens Just in Time for Start of School Year

24th Jan 2011
Colleges Crossing Opens Just in Time for Start of School Year

Much to the relief of many parents, whose children were facing long treks to school via the Centenary Highway, Colleges Crossing Re-opened Sunday, 23rd Jan 2011.

For many commuters this will also be a huge relief after weeks of initially travelling on an inferior road via Mt Crosby Weir,and subsequent to the closure of that road, having to travel via Centenary Highway.



The Clean Up Begins

15th Jan 2011
The Clean Up Begins

With the floods receeding a massive recovery operation is underway in both the Ipswich and Brisbane regions. Councils are coordinating volunteers to assist home owners and businesses in the clean-up.

If you are contemplating working as a volunteer it is imperative that you take appropriate precautions and wear protective clothing. ie. boots, gloves, long pants. There is a real risk of infection from disease and also skin irritation from potential toxic chemicals that are in the flood water.