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Changing season for local emergency services

Daniel Bouwmeester March 8, 2023 6 min read

The Queensland Government recently announced a commitment to investing $400 million into the state’s fire and emergency services capabilities and bureaucratic structure. It comes as Greater Springfield awaits the construction of a new centrally located fire and emergency rescue station in Augustine Heights. The announcement followed the completion of an independent review that recommended “more…

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Hearing the importance of sign language education

Daniel Bouwmeester February 28, 2023 4 min read

A local provider of online sign language courses is planning a new series of videos and an increased focus on community education programs to help dismantle the barrier between Deaf and hearing people. Michaela Reece operates Awesome Auslan, a Camira based education service founded in 2021 that specialises in the teaching of Australian Sign Language,…

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Not forgetting the floods

Daniel Bouwmeester August 31, 2022 6 min read

Half a year has passed since the major flooding that ravaged Ipswich and surrounds. For many residents and workers in the Greater Springfield region who had to deal with its impact, it was yet another burden after years of the ongoing COVID crisis. Mayor Teresa Harding, in the immediate aftermath, captured the sentiment: “After the…

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Baptism of fire for emergency services site

Daniel Bouwmeester August 29, 2022 3 min read

The state government finally reached an agreement with Springfield’s developers in July for a suitable plot of land for construction of the region’s urgently needed new fire and rescue station. It will sit beside the existing ambulance station on Gateway Drive, just off Augusta Parkway – the major thoroughfare connecting the Centenary Highway intersection at…

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