first nations

Bellbird Park's "Didge Boys" have come into their stride recently with spellbinding performances of traditional Australian didgeridoo music.

Didge-ya hear that thunder?

Daniel Bouwmeester December 8, 2023 2 min read

A group of local secondary students has come into its stride in recent years with some spellbinding performances of traditional Australian didgeridoo music. The “Didge Boys” – a talented septet of seniors at Bellbird Park State Secondary College – has been growing up over the years along with their school. They formed in the school’s…

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Nayda Hernandez celebrates her 2023 monthly "community champions": local heroes who work so hard to better the lives of those around us.

‘Community Hero’ Celebration: 2023

Daniel Bouwmeester December 6, 2023 8 min read

by Nayda Hernandez I would like to begin by saying thank you to every single reader who has read and been inspired by my community spotlight monthly articles. It is hard not to shed a tear or two when reflecting on what these articles mean to me and all who have been part of this…

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“Art speaks where words are unable to explain”

Daniel Bouwmeester December 1, 2023 5 min read

Local First Nations community champion and artist Jessica Skeen (Widi, Biri, and Kuku Thaypan) is changing the face of the art world – in the Greater Springfield area and across Queensland. Jessica is also known as “Muralappi”, meaning “youngest of my generation”, a name proudly given to her by her father – respected elder and…

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From the shelves of Springfield Central Library…

Daniel Bouwmeester March 10, 2023 3 min read

Top shelf Springfield Central Library was the most popular Ipswich City Council library in 2022, according to recently released statistics. It welcomed a total of 208,989 visitors, a 17 per cent jump year-on-year. It also topped the region’s libraries for total book loans and new memberships. That means in all three categories it beat out…

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