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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Orion Lagoon Opening - Robelle Domain at Springfield Central Ipswich 5th September 2015

Orion Lagoon Opening - Robelle Domain at Springfield Central Ipswich 5th September 2015

A NEW world class lagoon swimming pool has been completed and ready for launch at Robelle Domain. It will be one of the biggest public lagoon-style swimming pools in Australia.

The exciting new lagoon at Robelle Domain at Springfield Central is nearing completion so what better way to celebrate the start of Spring and the warmer days with a splash around the new lagoon!

There will be lots of fun happening at the opening event including roving performers, entertainment, and of course the lagoon will be open for swimmers!

Springfield Markets in the park area of Robelle Domain will also be in full swing with entertainment, inflatable rides and fireworks at 7.30 pm!

Saturday, 5 September 2015
12.00 pm – 3.00 pm: Lagoon Opening Activities
12.00 pm – 8.00 pm: Springfield Markets

Access via Sinnathamby Boulevard, Springfield Central:

  • FREE entry (food and beverages available for purchase)
  • Alcohol free event
  • Limited free parking will be available from 8.00 am – 8.00 pm.

Orion Lagoon Opening - Robelle Domain at Springfield Central Ipswich 5th September 2015

The new swimming lagoon will be a much-desired attraction in Robelle Domain, and along with other water bodies cover a total area of 2,500 square metres.

This makes it one of Australia's largest outdoor recreation facilities of its kind.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said a review of the original plans and budget enabled council to include a zero to over a metre depth swimming lagoon equal in size to Southbank's famous beach pool.

The lagoon will cater for the local community and families right across the western corridor.
"We are committed to a city that is happy, lively and a place where people can't wait to bring their kids.

"Whether that's to have an ice cream and a splash in the lagoon on the weekend, or to make a permanent home for the family, everyone is welcome in Ipswich and we can't wait to see you.

"This is a decision by all councillors, and I want to thank them for their strategic vision and their dedication to the Ipswich of tomorrow.

"This lagoon also takes pressure off the capital and provides an ideal recreational destination for residents of all cities along the western corridor.

"Enhanced lighting, landscaping, seating, bbqs and water fountains will also be installed to make this a true recreation destination.

"Installation of Safe City CCTV cameras is planned as a future enhancement.

"These works will be a boost for the local economy with a number of jobs created during the construction phase of the project and an additional 15 full time jobs per annum for the city once the lagoon is in full operation," Cr Pisasale said.

Parks, Sport and Recreation Committee Chairperson and Division 1 Cr David Morrison said this decision will be welcomed by all local residents and families.

"The 3.74 hectare development that includes the lagoon, new green space and walking tracks brings together Robelle Domain, Orion Town Centre, Springfield Central train station, Education City and the Parklands Business District into a single unified hub.

"Being able to do some shopping at Orion, enjoy a gourmet al fresco lunch and then stroll through beautiful parklands to take the kids for a dip is in the immediate future for local residents.

"It's going to be great and as the local Councillor I am thrilled.

Springfield Land Corporation deputy chairman Bob Sharpless welcomed the commencing of works and confirmation of the lagoon pool.

"This is another significant milestone in the history of the Springfield Central town centre," Mr Sharpless said.

"Just as South Bank has done, this South Bank at Springfield will become a tourism destination for tens of thousands of visitors with major economic flow-ons also to be  expected across the Ipswich region."

The new South Bank size lagoon parkland is expected to attract 100,000 visitors a year.

Sources: http://www.ipswich.qld.gov.au/about_council/media/article-archive/2014/green-light-for-swimming-lagoon-at-robelle-domain

Monday, August 3, 2015

Shatner Show Coming To Australia - Shatner's World

William Shatner has announced that his Broadway show, Shatner’s World…We Just Live In It, is coming to Australia.

The first show will begin Sunday, October 11, in Brisbane.

“I’ve done this one-man show on Broadway and in many cities across the United States,” said Shatner. “At the curtain call, the audiences’ reaction, their love and appreciation, moved me to tears. This show has been one of the highlights of my life.”

Other cities where Shatner’s World will be performed include Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, and Melbourne.

Tickets go on sale July 27 (pre-sale) and August 3 (general public). 


In SHATNER'S WORLD…a one man force of nature delivers a larger than life performance complete with his laugh-out-loud humor, signature storytelling and select musical selections in his inimitable style.

Through anecdotes, songs, jokes and even some poignant moments, you will experience William Shatner 's phenomenal path from classically trained Shakespearean actor to cultural icon, brilliantly creating the larger-than-life and most important character he has ever played, William Shatner.
Who Am I, Really? 

I haven’t saved the universe countless times (or even once), but a part of me is Captain Kirk. 

I’m not a hard-bitten, L.A. cop, but a part of me is T.J. Hooker. 

I’m not an addled (well, maybe), high-powered attorney, but a part of me is Denny Crane. 

I’ve had many other roles, on-screen and off… 

Husband, father, friend. Horseman, Singer, Philanthropist, NEGOTIATOR. 

All of the parts contribute to the whole, 


I’ve been kissed hundreds (maybe thousands) of times on screen, yet only loved a few. 

And perhaps most importantly, I’ve been killed 19 times, and yet I am still standing here in front of you ready to go another 80 years.

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Ten Reasons Why You Should Check Out the Gladstone Show

THE Gladstone Show kicks off tomorrow, so we've put together a list of ten things on offer not to be missed.

Ten Reasons Why You Should Check Out the Gladstone Show 

1. First trucks: The monster trucks are here and ready to cause some mayhem. Gladstone will get to see a brand new monster truck never seen before in Australia. The performance will begin from 6pm Wednesday and consist of car crushing and other tricks. 

2. Motor cross: Zac Mckenzie and Jake May will perform their latest tricks including back flips at the free style motor cross event on their motorbikes. The performance will begin after the monster trucks (which start at 6pm) as part of the night performances in the show ring. 

3. Wedding cakes: Wedding cakes on display! Some cake entries have been reported to be up to 1m high in this competition. Anyone can enter, as long as they have a killer cake recipe. 

4. Syco Sam: Rolling completely on its roof with flashing lights underneath, the Syco Sam bus is one of the all day rides available at the show. It is a kid's favourite Australia-wide. 

5. Horticulture: The show will include a horticulture tent holding some of Gladstone's rarest and finest plants on display all day. In previous years organisers have had to re-arrange the tent to make room for all the entries. 

6. Bar: Adults can head to the bar throughout the day if they are feeling a bit thirsty after an action packed ride with the kids, or just want to relax and have a drink and watch the performances. 

7. Arts and crafts: The arts and crafts tent will be open all day; with award-winning art and needle work and photography on display. Anyone can enter their own exhibits for all of Gladstone to see. 

8. Food: Dagwood dogs and hot chips; what better way to celebrate Show day than by indulging in some of the great show foods on offer all over the showgrounds from the moment the gates open to the finish. 

9. Show bags: Everybody loves a show bag, and the Gladstone show promises to have hundreds of different show bags, from Spiderman to Dora the Explorer. 

10. Fireworks: If you love fireworks, the Gladstone Show is the place for you. To finish off the night there will be a firework show. Stay until 8.30 pm to watch.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

An Evening With Oprah - 2015 Australia Tour

Oprah Winfrey comes to Australia this December 2015 to headline a multi-city arena tour "An Evening With Oprah", presented by Swisse. Oprah will take to the stage, bringing her personal story and insights to life in a one-of-a-kind intimate evening.

"I can't wait to see everyone again in Australia," said Oprah Winfrey. "It is hard to believe it has been five years since I was there, and I look forward to being reconnected, rejuvenated and reinspired about what is possible for our lives. I am also excited to visit New Zealand for the very first time!"


  • Wed 2 Dec Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne VIC 
  • Fri 4 Dec Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, SA 
  • Mon 7 Dec Perth Arena, Perth, WA 
  • Thu 10 Dec  Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, QLD 
  • Sat 12 Dec Allphones Arena, Sydney, NSW
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Oprah Winfrey fans will have the chance to watch the talk show mogul dish out self-help advice in the flesh when tickets to her Australian arena tour go on sale at 1pm today. But it won't come cheap.
The 61-year-old last month announced she would return to Australia after a five year absence for her headline show An Evening With Oprah, which is due to tour the country in December.

Pre-sale tickets sold out within hours last week and fans hoping for cheap tickets will be disappointed to hear the most affordable seats ($99) have already been snapped up.

In Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne the cheapest seats available when general admission tickets go on sale this afternoon will set fans back $264.

If money is no object, then Oprah fans can fork-out a staggering $2499 for the the "'O' VIP Photo + Soundcheck Experience" which includes a seat in the first 10 rows, a group photo with Oprah and a 15-minute group Q&A session.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Brisbane Festival Hot Deal

Brisbane Festival is a world class arts festival with an electrifying line up of music, theatre, dance, comedy, opera, circus and much more.

Stars including Bernard Fanning, Megan Washington, Tim Winton, Martha Wainwright, & Marcia Hines will join exciting emerging talents in Brisbane between 5 and 26 September.

To celebrate, Metro Hotel Tower Mill are offering this Brisbane Festival Hot Deal during September, with rates starting at just $126.00

For more information on Brisbane Festival, click here

Book Now - Brisbane Festival Hot Deal (at Metro Hotel Tower Mill)


About the Brisbane Festival

Brisbane Festival is an annual, international arts festival held in Brisbane, Australia. 

Its presence dominates the city for three weeks in September and its line-up of classical and contemporary music, theatre, dance, comedy, opera, circus and major public events like Sunsuper Riverfire attracts an audience of more than one million people every year.

The combination of local, national and international acts has fostered strong community involvement and publicity for the Queensland city.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Strictly Ballroom Brisbane Show Package at Metro Hotel Tower Mill


Strictly Ballroom The Musical will tango, sashay and bogo pogo its way on to the stage at the QPAC Lyric Theatre in Brisbane on September 9th and Metro Hotel Tower Mill in Brisbane is offering a sizzling ‘Hot Deal’ to coincide with the opening – Brisbane Show Package

Strictly Ballroom is the inspiring story of a championship ballroom dancer who defies all the rules to follow his heart. It has been made into a musical by the original creative team behind the classic 1992 film, including director and co-writer Baz Luhrmann, set and costume designer Catherine Martin, choreographer John ‘Cha Cha’ O’Connell and co-writer Craig Pearce.

Metro Hotel Tower Mill’s Brisbane Show Package Hot Deal has prices starting from $153.00 including accommodation and breakfast for 2 adults, complimentary WiFi and an extended check-out at 11am. Tickets to the show are still available from QPAC Lyric Theatre online or phoning 136246.

All guestrooms in the hotel have a balcony with views and secure keycard access. Roma Street station is a five minute walk from the hotel or there is a free city loop bus to the CBD which departs directly from the front of the hotel.

For further information on Metro Hot Deals and bookings phone central reservations on 1800 004 321 or visit www.metrohotels.com.au/hot-deals/

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

WWE Live 2015 Australian Tour - Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney

WWE Live 2015 Australian Tour - Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney

WWE Live returns to Australia this August. Here's your chance to see your favourite WWE Superstars and Divas Live in action.

Hulkamania will run wild when WWE Hall of Famer HULK HOGAN joins the WWE Live tour in Australia this August for the very first time!*

Hulk will be the acting General Manager of ALL WWE Live events in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney! He will be calling all the shots and will be bringing the following Superstars and Divas down under for shows unlike any other!

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match:

  • Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins

Champion vs Champion Match:

  • John Cena vs Kevin Owens
  • Randy Orton vs Sheamus
Intercontinental Match:
  • Ryback vs Luke Harper
  • Neville vs King Barrett
  • Emma and Natalya vs Brie Bella and Nikki Bella
  • R-Truth and Fandango vs Stardust and Adam Rose w/Rosa
  • Finn Balor vs Bo Dallas

When & Where

  • Thursday 6 August 2015

Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane QLD

  • Friday 7 August 2015

Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC

  • Saturday 8 August 2015 7:30pm – 10:30pm

Qantas Credit Union Arena, 35 Harbour Street, Sydney NSW

Tickets: http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=WWELIVE15&utm_source=ticketek&utm_medium=friendlylink&utm_campaign=WWELIVE