ONE of the nice things about living in Ipswich is, even during the cooler months of the year, it is still a great time to get out and about.
While the mornings can be a little chilly, winter days in Ipswich are often filled with glorious sunshine.
If that is not incentive enough to get out and about, perhaps the chance to share in $3000 in cash and prizes will help. The Ipswich City Council Enviroplan Photographic Competition is on again and we're asking people to get out there and capture the magic of Ipswich's natural areas and native inhabitants with a camera. You don't have to be a pro to enter; we're keen for photographers of all skill levels to get involved.
This year we have even included a new category for Instagram photos. Entries are due by August 21 so get snapping. More info at https://enviroplanphotocomp.com.au
The major events keep coming for Ipswich. June was all about the 50th running of the Winternationals and the iconic Ipswich Cup race day.
This month the high-speed action continues with Supercars to roll into town for the Ipswich SuperSprint from July 28-30.
Council, through Ipswich Motorsport Park Pty Ltd, is continuing to progress plans for a major redevelopment of the Willowbank precinct.
This will eventually include changes to the Queensland Raceway track which will lead to not only improved facilities for race drivers but also an improved experienced for motorsport fans.
For more information on the many fun activities on offer this winter check out the 2017 Ipswich in Winter guide at www.ipswich.qld.gov.au
The results are in from the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) summit in New York. Unfortunately Ipswich was pipped at the post, with Melbourne taking out this year's top honour. It's an incredible achievement for Ipswich to be recognised among the top seven most intelligent communities in the world and, in particular, to be the only Australian city to make the top seven list twice. We recently launched the Ipswich Smart City Program which sets a course for our city's future liveability and prosperity.
Connectivity and collaboration are at the core of the plan which is all about creating jobs and embracing new ways of living, learning and working.
Community collaboration is crucial to the plan's success and I encourage you to check it out in more detail at ipswichsmartcity.com.au