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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Robbie Williams Adds Extra Shows To Australian Tour

Tickets for Robbie Williams' October tour of Australia are drying up swiftly around the country, resulting in the British crooner adding a further two dates to his impending antipodean sojourn to help meet demand.

Williams will now perform additional shows for his Let Me Entertain You tour in both Adelaide (Wednesday, 14 October, Adelaide Entertainment Centre) and Melbourne (Friday, 23 October, Rod Laver Arena) to complement his existing first shows at the city's respective venues on 13 and 22 October.

Organisers have advised that tickets for further tour stops Perth (9 October), Brisbane (17 October) and Sydney (27 October) are all selling with haste, so you may want to get onto that sooner rather than later, because — as always — there are no guarantees of more shows.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Squadron Set to March into Town in $77m Plan

IPSWICH HQ: Officer Commanding 17th Construction Squadron, 6th
Engineer Support Regiment Major Henry Stimson, leads the squadron on

THE army presence at RAAF Base Amberley is set to grow with plans for another squadron to be relocated to Ipswich under a $77 million project.

A defence spokeswoman confirmed yesterday that 17th Construction Squadron would be relocated from Holsworthy Barracks in Sydney to RAAF Amberley in early 2017.

She said about 140 positions would be transferred to Amberley and construction of new facilities at the base was planned to start in the coming months, subject to parliamentary approval.

The move co-locates the 17th Construction Squadron with its parent unit, the 6th Engineer Support Regiment. The headquarters of the 6 ESR and the 21st Construction Squadron are already at Amberley.

The Department of Defence said the relocation of 17th Construction Squadron would provide opportunities to enhance the command and control of engineer units in south-east Queensland and to improve the overall operational and training effectiveness of 6 ESR.

The project being considered by the Federal Government's Public Works Committee proposes to provide both purpose built and adaptively reused facilities for 17th Construction Squadron.

Construction of the squadron headquarters offices, troop buildings, workshop and vehicle and equipment shelters is expected to be completed by late 2016. A public hearing on the project will be held at Metro Hotel Ipswich International tomorrow at 1pm.

Mayor Paul Pisasale welcomed the $77 million investment in the city and said Defence families were a strong part of the community spirit. "We are a defence city," Cr Pisasale said.

"We want to give a loud and clear message to the people of Australia that we are there to support RAAF Base Amberley. We are here not only to support the base but to support the families."

17 Construction Squadron was originally formed in 1949 and based at Kingsford, New South Wales. Operational achievements include the Vietnam War, Operation Slipper in Afghanistan and peacekeeping operations in Namibia and East Timor.

Squadron personnel are trained as plant operators, carpenters, plumbers and electricians.

With more than 600 regular soldiers, 6 ESR is the largest of the Royal Australian Engineer regiments.

A Defence report into the relocation notes that RAAF Base Amberley is one of the largest Defence sites in Australia and is also home to RAAF's C17 strategic airlift fleet, Army's 9th Force Support Battalion and the Joint Logistics Unit.

"As such, relocating 17 Construction Squadron to RAAF Base Amberley will also enable wider Defence gains in operational effectiveness that involve domestic and regional air and land deployments, and operational efficiencies that involve the reliance on force and national level logistics support and sustainment," the report states.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Blasina Will Help Ipswich People 'Reboot Their Business

Blasina Will Help Ipswich People 'Reboot Their Business

Television's "The Gadget Guy" Peter Blasina will help Ipswich people "reboot their business" at the first Ipswich Region Digital Expo.

The Channel Seven Sunrise Program's regular guest presenter has signed on as guest speaker for the event, held at the Metro Hotel Ipswich International on May 28.

The Ipswich Region Digital Expo will assist small to medium businesses in the region on the benefits of digital technology and 'Cloud' applications for business and technology providers can assist with hands on use of digital devices and technology.

The event will be held on May 28, from 7.30am to 6.30pm. For more details, contact 3810 6938 or ipswichcity@ipswich.qld.gov.au

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Dirty Dancing Hotel Hot Deal Brisbane

Metro Hotel Tower Mill Brisbane is offering a sizzling ‘Hot Deal’ to coincide with the opening of the musical, ‘Dirty Dancing’ at the QPAC on May 27th.

Dirty Dancing is a wonderful Australian success story. The stage musical gives audiences the chance to hear songs from the hit film performed live and to experience the breathtaking dance routines. Around the world people have flocked to this stage show smashing all records for a musical performance.

Metro Hotel Tower Mill has a Show Package Hot Deal with prices from $142 for a twin room, hot buffet breakfast for two, complimentary WiFi and extended check-out at 11am. The hotel is conveniently located close to the City’s CBD, opposite one of Brisbane’s most famous landmarks, the old ‘Tower Mill’.

Brisbane show package at Metro Hotel Tower Mill

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 Hotels Hot Deals and bookings phone 1800 004 321 or visit www.metrohotels.com.au/hot-deals/

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Spandau Ballet - Soul Boys of The Western World Australian Tour 2015

Spandau Ballet - Soul Boys of The Western World Australian Tour 2015
Spandau Ballet - Soul Boys of The Western World Australian Tour 2015

One of the most successful and influential British bands of the 1980s, Spandau Ballet, will bring their ‘Soul Boys of the Western World Live’ Tour to Australia in May next year. Kicking off in Brisbane on Wednesday 13 May and playing shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

All five original band members of Spandau Ballet, Tony Hadley, John Keeble, Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp and Steve Norman will come together to perform their smash-hit anthems for Australian audiences for the first time since their 2010 Reformation World Tour which saw the band reunited.

Having sold over 25 million records worldwide, scored numerous multi-platinum albums and amassed 23 hit singles across the globe including Gold and True, which have endured for more than three decades.

Spandau Ballet's debut single "To Cut a Long Story Short", which reached No. 5 in the UK in 1980, was the first of ten UK Top 10 hits, including a No. 1 single in 1983 with the song "True", a No. 2 single "Gold" and a No. 3 single "Only When You Leave". The band has had eight UK Top 10 albums, including three "greatest hits" compilations and an album of re-recorded material.

Tickets and Official VIP Packages on sale: http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/Spandau-Ballet-tickets/artist/1400100

  • Sydney, NSW:
Qantas Credit Union Arena, Haymarket

  • Brisbane, QLD:
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall

  • Melbourne, VIC:
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

  • Perth, WA:
Perth Arena, Perth

Monday, May 4, 2015

Backstreet Boys Australia Tour May 2015

Backstreet Boys Australia Tour May 2015

It's time to clear your schedule for May – Backstreet's back and they're bringing Kevin!

One of the most successful groups of all time - BACKSTREET BOYS - are bringing their ‘In A World Like This Tour' to Australia this autumn.

After reuniting with original member Kevin Richardson in 2013, all five original members recorded a new album, In A World Like This, filmed a revealing documentary ‘Show ‘Em What You're Made Of', while embarking on a sold out tour across Europe and North America to rapt crowds celebrating 20 years making music… and now it's Australia's turn!

Last spotted on our shores in 2012 as a four-piece, this time all of the boys are back live onstage, doing what they do best, entertaining the fans with smash hit after smash hit including ‘Everybody (Backstreet's Back)', ‘Incomplete', ‘I Want It That Way' and ‘Larger Than Life'.

Selling more than 130 million albums worldwide, Backstreet Boys have been dominating the music scene for two decades. True entertainers, masters of some of the greatest pop songs ever recorded, their concerts are not to be missed!

Backstreet Boys - Tour Dates:

- Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Fri 8 May

- Allphones Arena, Sydney Sat 9 May

- Brisbane Entertainment Centre Sun 10 May

- Perth Arena Fri 15 May

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About the Backstreet Boys:

The Backstreet Boys (sometimes referred to as BSB) are an American vocal group, formed in Orlando, Florida in 1993. The group consists of A. J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, and Brian Littrell.

The group rose to fame with their debut international album, Backstreet Boys (1996). In the following year they released their second international album Backstreet's Back (1997), and their U.S. debut album which continued the group's success worldwide. They rose to superstardom with their third studio album Millennium (1999) and its follow-up album, Black & Blue (2000).

After a two-year hiatus, they regrouped and released a comeback album Never Gone (2005). After the conclusion of the Never Gone Tour in 2006, Richardson left the group to pursue other interests. The group then released two albums as a quartet: Unbreakable (2007) and This Is Us (2009).

In 2012, the group announced that Richardson had rejoined them permanently. In the following year they celebrated their 20th anniversary and released their first independent album, In a World Like This (2013). The group also released their first documentary movie, titled Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of in January 2015.

The Backstreet Boys have sold over 130 million records worldwide, making them the best-selling boy band in history, and one of the world's best-selling music artists. They are the first group since Sade to have their first nine albums reach the top 10 on the Billboard 200, and the only boy band to do so. They also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 22, 2013.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Official Blues Brother's Review Ipswich

A reverent replication of the musical, comedic and cinematic legends - The Blue Brothers'

The Official Blues Brother's Review Ipswich

The Blues Brothers are what can only be described as the stuff of
musical, comedic and cinematic legend. They have become an inextricable
thread woven into the fabric of our culture and the images of Jake and
Elwood are universally and instantaneously recognisable throughout this,
and quite possibly, other solar systems.

Featuring Wayne Catania as Jake and Kieron Lafferty as Elwood, The Official Blues Brothers™ Revue and
their eight‐piece intercontinental rhythm and blues revue band pay
homage to the humour, music and mayhem of the Blues Brothers and to
Chicago’s rich musical history of blues, gospel and soul music.

by Dan Aykroyd, Judith Belushi and original Blues Brothers musical director Paul Shaffer, The Official Blues Brothers™ Revue features all the Blues Brothers classics including Soul Man, Rubber Biscuit, Sweet Home Chicago, Rawhide and Gimme Some Lovin’ among many others.

Event Details:

Sunday 17th of May 2015 at 6.00 PM

Adult $55.00

Concession/Student $49.00

Group 6+ $49.00

Group 10+ $45.00


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