Here is your Friday Top Five, with editor Andrew Korner
THERE were still some things to smile about in a week marred by massive job losses at one of Ipswich’s biggest employers.
News that JBS Dinmore was shedding 600 staff came as a shock, despite the fact we knew shifts had been dramatically reduced for workers already this year.
This is an issue we will continue to follow closely in the coming weeks.
Speaking of things to smile about amid the chaos of COVID, Ipswich singer Tim McCallum, who has already made headlines for his inspirational story in overcoming a life-changing accident, has been announced as the man to sing the national anthem at the AFL Grand Final.
There’s no doubt Tim will have the home crowd behind him when he belts out Advance Australia Fair on October 24.
The proposed waste to energy plant at Swanbank has been shrouded in controversy from the moment it was first made public.
A strong protest movement against the proposal has been mobilised and is putting pressure on the State Government to intervene in its approval, and just this week, we reported on four local State MPs who have now officially voiced their opposition to the Remondis proposal.
A big question mark remains over what effect, if any, the opinions of our four MPs will have on the result at the end of the day.
The proposal is now deemed a co-ordinated project, which means the State Government has effectively wiped its hands of this political football.
The brother of Ipswich man Matthew O’Brien was furious outside court after charges against the director of a southeast Queensland waste liquid recycling company were dropped.
Mr O’Brien was killed in an explosion at Oil Tech International Pty Ltd at Sandy Creek Rd Yatala, about 8am on November 5, 2015.
Oil Tech and its sole director Michael Joseph Reid were charged in October 2017 with reckless conduct by the Office of the Workplace Health and Safety Prosecutor. The charge against Mr Reid was this week dropped.
Oil Tech pleaded guilty to the single charge of reckless conduct and was fined $800,000, with a conviction recorded.
Mr O’Brien’s brother Dale reacted angrily outside court, saying it showed Matthew’s life was worth little.
Child care centres have been popping up everywhere lately, with the latest one to go near the popular Costco supermarket at Bundamba.
An application has been submitted to Ipswich City Council on behalf of Ink Developments Pty Ltd and if approved, the one-storey centre will be built on land on Bognuda St, a now busy thoroughfare linking Bundamba to the Warrego Highway.
Plans show the centre would have 922sqm of indoor space and 2991sqm of outdoor play space with 38 carparking spaces, catering for 150 kids.