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St Augustine’s student continues youth advocacy

Guy Hazlewood February 21, 2024 2 min read

Now in his final year of high school, St Augustine’s College student Louie Galman has a determined mindset and ambitious goals. Louie won the Young Citizen of the Year award at the 2024 Ipswich Australia Day Awards in January. His continuous involvement in various organisations and initiatives such as the Ipswich Youth Advisory Council and…

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Springfield pastor honoured for outstanding community service

Guy Hazlewood February 16, 2024 2 min read

Springfield Pastor Philip Cutcliffe has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his exceptional contributions to the community, particularly through his dedicated service within the church. Pastor Phil, as he is fondly known, has been an integral figure in the Springfield community for many years. Since 1996, he has been the…

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Varnam Cultural Society hosts first Australia Day citizenship ceremony

Guy Hazlewood February 16, 2024 2 min read

January 26th, Australia Day, holds a special place in the hearts of Australians as it is celebrated with citizenship ceremonies across the nation. Among the organisations contributing to the festivities was the Varnam Cultural Society (QLD), renowned for the many successful and popular multicultural events it organises. This year, they proudly hosted a Citizenship Ceremony on…

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Springfield’s Hero of the Year to champion the voice of displaced people

Guy Hazlewood February 15, 2024 2 min read

International humanitarian agency, Act for Peace, has appointed Springfield resident and 2019 Australian of Year QLD Hero Award winner Elijah Buol OAM to the role of Chief Executive Officer. As a former refugee with extensive experience in human services, advocacy, people management and not-for-profit leadership, and a member of the Anglican Church, Mr Buol is…

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Springfield charity Westside Community Care has received a $35,000 grant as part of the state government's Gambling Community Benefit Fund.

Charity a lot cooler with grant funding

Daniel Bouwmeester February 8, 2024 2 min read

Springfield based not-for-profit charity Westside Community Care has received a grant valued at $35,000 as part of the state government’s Gambling Community Benefit Fund. The community outreach organisation, which runs a food bank at the Camira Springfield Community Centre, will use the funds to purchase a refrigerated vehicle. The Gambling Community Benefit Fund, a state…

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Greater Springfield 2024 Kite Festival Soars High

Guy Hazlewood February 7, 2024 2 min read

The Greater Springfield Indian Association (GSIA) held its second annual kite festival in late January. The Greater Springfield Kite Festival 2024 took place in the afternoon of January 26, coinciding with both Australia Day and India’s Republic Day. The free event took place on the college oval at Woodcrest State College, in Springfield. Despite dark…

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Police are seeking assistance from Springfield Lakes residents regarding an investigation of a homicide that took place on February 3.

Police seek assistance from Springfield Lakes residents

Daniel Bouwmeester February 4, 2024 2 min read

Queensland Police are calling for the assistance of Springfield Lakes residents regarding their investigation of a homicide that took place on Saturday, February 3. Detectives from the Ipswich Homicide Investigation Unit, who are investigating the homicide of a 70-year-old woman at Redbank Plains, have established four persons of interest in relation to the case. The…

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St Augustine's College senior student Louie Galman won Young Citizen of the Year at the 2024 Ipswich Australia Day Awards last week.

St Augustine’s student wins Young Citizen of the Year award

Daniel Bouwmeester January 29, 2024 5 min read

Louie Galman, a Year 12 student at St Augustine’s College, won the prestigious Young Citizen of the Year award at the 2024 Ipswich Australia Day Awards last week. Louie, 17, was recognised for his many achievements last year, particularly his participation in the 2023 Ipswich Youth Advisory Council (IYAC) and role as Youth Member for…

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Women Empowerment & Leadership is a Springfield-based non-profit association committed to advocating for women's rights locally and globally.

Women Empowerment & Leadership: Community update, February 2024

Daniel Bouwmeester January 28, 2024 3 min read

Women Empowerment & Leadership (WEL) is a Springfield-based non-profit association committed to advocating for women’s rights globally and helping empower women to become leaders in society. We have helped evacuate around 600 Afghan refugees to Australia through Australia’s emergency evacuation process. WEL is led by founder and president Rita Anwari and vice president Pushpa Vaghela,…

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The Greater Springfield Rotary stepped up to assist families grappling with escalating costs of education at a recent back-to-school event.

Rotary helps ease back-to-school burden

Daniel Bouwmeester January 26, 2024 2 min read

In a display of community spirit, the Rotary Club is stepping up to assist local families grappling with escalating costs of education. The Greater Springfield Rotary Club teamed up to assist Westside Community Care with its “Back to School Pop-up Shop”, hosted on January 19 at the Camira Springfield Community Centre. The Pop-up Shop offered…

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