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Monday, May 25, 2015

Squadron Set to March into Town in $77m Plan

IPSWICH HQ: Officer Commanding 17th Construction Squadron, 6th
Engineer Support Regiment Major Henry Stimson, leads the squadron on

THE army presence at RAAF Base Amberley is set to grow with plans for another squadron to be relocated to Ipswich under a $77 million project.

A defence spokeswoman confirmed yesterday that 17th Construction Squadron would be relocated from Holsworthy Barracks in Sydney to RAAF Amberley in early 2017.

She said about 140 positions would be transferred to Amberley and construction of new facilities at the base was planned to start in the coming months, subject to parliamentary approval.

The move co-locates the 17th Construction Squadron with its parent unit, the 6th Engineer Support Regiment. The headquarters of the 6 ESR and the 21st Construction Squadron are already at Amberley.

The Department of Defence said the relocation of 17th Construction Squadron would provide opportunities to enhance the command and control of engineer units in south-east Queensland and to improve the overall operational and training effectiveness of 6 ESR.

The project being considered by the Federal Government's Public Works Committee proposes to provide both purpose built and adaptively reused facilities for 17th Construction Squadron.

Construction of the squadron headquarters offices, troop buildings, workshop and vehicle and equipment shelters is expected to be completed by late 2016. A public hearing on the project will be held at Metro Hotel Ipswich International tomorrow at 1pm.

Mayor Paul Pisasale welcomed the $77 million investment in the city and said Defence families were a strong part of the community spirit. "We are a defence city," Cr Pisasale said.

"We want to give a loud and clear message to the people of Australia that we are there to support RAAF Base Amberley. We are here not only to support the base but to support the families."

17 Construction Squadron was originally formed in 1949 and based at Kingsford, New South Wales. Operational achievements include the Vietnam War, Operation Slipper in Afghanistan and peacekeeping operations in Namibia and East Timor.

Squadron personnel are trained as plant operators, carpenters, plumbers and electricians.

With more than 600 regular soldiers, 6 ESR is the largest of the Royal Australian Engineer regiments.

A Defence report into the relocation notes that RAAF Base Amberley is one of the largest Defence sites in Australia and is also home to RAAF's C17 strategic airlift fleet, Army's 9th Force Support Battalion and the Joint Logistics Unit.

"As such, relocating 17 Construction Squadron to RAAF Base Amberley will also enable wider Defence gains in operational effectiveness that involve domestic and regional air and land deployments, and operational efficiencies that involve the reliance on force and national level logistics support and sustainment," the report states.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Blasina Will Help Ipswich People 'Reboot Their Business

Blasina Will Help Ipswich People 'Reboot Their Business

Television's "The Gadget Guy" Peter Blasina will help Ipswich people "reboot their business" at the first Ipswich Region Digital Expo.

The Channel Seven Sunrise Program's regular guest presenter has signed on as guest speaker for the event, held at the Metro Hotel Ipswich International on May 28.

The Ipswich Region Digital Expo will assist small to medium businesses in the region on the benefits of digital technology and 'Cloud' applications for business and technology providers can assist with hands on use of digital devices and technology.

The event will be held on May 28, from 7.30am to 6.30pm. For more details, contact 3810 6938 or
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Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Official Blues Brother's Review Ipswich

A reverent replication of the musical, comedic and cinematic legends - The Blue Brothers'

The Official Blues Brother's Review Ipswich

The Blues Brothers are what can only be described as the stuff of
musical, comedic and cinematic legend. They have become an inextricable
thread woven into the fabric of our culture and the images of Jake and
Elwood are universally and instantaneously recognisable throughout this,
and quite possibly, other solar systems.

Featuring Wayne Catania as Jake and Kieron Lafferty as Elwood, The Official Blues Brothers™ Revue and
their eight‐piece intercontinental rhythm and blues revue band pay
homage to the humour, music and mayhem of the Blues Brothers and to
Chicago’s rich musical history of blues, gospel and soul music.

by Dan Aykroyd, Judith Belushi and original Blues Brothers musical director Paul Shaffer, The Official Blues Brothers™ Revue features all the Blues Brothers classics including Soul Man, Rubber Biscuit, Sweet Home Chicago, Rawhide and Gimme Some Lovin’ among many others.

Event Details:

Sunday 17th of May 2015 at 6.00 PM

Adult $55.00

Concession/Student $49.00

Group 6+ $49.00

Group 10+ $45.00


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Monday, April 20, 2015

Metro Hotel Ipswich International Helps Make Your Big Event Memorable

GREAT LOCATION: Metro Hotel Ipswich International general manager Earl Muir

ON SATURDAY, May 2, the Ipswich CBD will be alive with the action, colour and entertainment of the annual Ipswich Festival.

Part of the activities will be the showcase of events presented by the Metro Hotel Ipswich International, service sponsor of this year's Ipswich Festival.

General manager Earl Muir said the hotel could assist customers looking for a great location in Ipswich for their special event.

"We proudly support the Ipswich Festival and we are taking this opportunity while people are in town to remind people we are here," Mr Muir said.

Amidst the array of things to do, pop into the hotel at 43 South St, Ipswich and meet with the experienced events team to talk to them about your upcoming event, be it a wedding, gala dinner, formal or special birthday party.

"Our team will be able to give you many ideas from themed rooms, menus, entertainment and everything that will make your event an experience to remember. And while you are there, enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly and tease your tastebuds with a selection of canap├ęs," he said.

By simply having a chat about a future event and checking out the venue, you could win one night's accommodation, full buffet breakfast and dinner for two and a sunset flight with Pterodactyl Helicopters worth $980, so make sure you fill in the entry form.

The hotel's events showcase is being held from 11am-4pm, leaving time for visitors to stroll around the corner to take up position for the Ipswich Festival Parade at 6pm.

"We offer a complete package for weddings, the only hotel in the city that does so, including accommodation, venue, food and beverage package it means that the couple have a flat, per head cost and room for them to add their own personal touches to their special day," he said.

When it comes to conferences, the variety of rooms available is sure to please. Each room has high speed data connectivity, data projector and standard resources, Metro offers conference packages.

Mr Muir is no stranger to hospitality, starting out with the hotel scene around backpackers in Europe, working in resorts in far North Queensland and with Rick Stein, Alistair McLeod and other well-known chefs.

"I have been here for a year now and it is a very rewarding opportunity," he said.

Metro Hotels is the public face of Transmetro Corporation, an Australian owned public company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. The group currently provides a national accommodation network of properties, with more than 1000 rooms in key locations and major cities across Australia.

Visit Metro Hotel Ipswich International during the festival celebrations on May 2. 

For more details phone 3812 8077

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Metro Hotel Ipswich International showcase for weddings, parties, gala dinners and formals

Metro Hotel Ipswich International showcase for weddings, parties, gala dinners and formals

Metro Hotel Ipswich International functions showcase for weddings, parties, gala dinners and formals! 

When: 2nd May 2015 from 11am to 4pm
Where: 43 South Street, Ipswich QLD

Enjoy a FREE glass of bubbly and a selection of canapes from our Head Chef Guy Farrow!

Experience a selection of themed room perfect for your next event. Come and enjoy how we can enhance your next special occasion or even and meet our experienced event team at Metro Hotel Ipswich International.

Go in the draw for your chance to win the Sunset Flight Overnight Experience for two people valued at $980! To enter, fill in your entry form at Metro Hotel Ipswich International.


Metro Hotel Ipswich International showcase for weddings, parties, gala dinners and formals

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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