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The Brisbane Street Art Festival is coming to Ipswich this year!  Seven walls will be painted in the CBD from July 27 to August 23.  Public viewing opportunities to meet the artists at their walls will be held between 10am and 2pm on August 8 and 9.  There will also be workshops for budding creators to learn from the nationally recognised artists taking part over August 8 and 9 and a live stream broadcast from Studio 188 on Saturday August 8 from 5pm-8pm featuring live artist interviews, local music performances and a live scribble slam battle!

Three artists have strong local connections Fintan Magee’s dad was head of art and design at the old Bremer TAFE in Ipswich and he has worked with youth/schools in the region previously to paint public murals, Gus Eagleton has lived in Ipswich previously and his works are featured in the Woollen Mills and Rachel Sarra is a local indigenous artist born and raised in Ipswich.

The walls being painted include 15 Bell St (Ipswich Health Plaza), 131 Brisbane St (Limestone St Centre – facing South St), D’Arcy Doyle Place (Ipswich Art Gallery), 164 Brisbane St (CIRCA 160 Dancing Bean), 34 Nicholas St Precinct (Icon Alley), 101 Limestone St (Fire Station 101) and 188 Brisbane St (Studio 188).

Contact Brenton Waters 3810 6784

Sip n Dip holds new Indigenous paint workshops

Thanks to a chance meeting Sip n Dip Ipswich owner Jaana Brown has been able to secure funding for a modern Indigenous artists to run classes and workshops.  The artist Ronald Vieritz has a diploma in Indigenous Art and is skilled in wood turning, carving, lino prints, dot painting and much more and his work will be on display in the Goodna Sip ‘n’ Dip studio.  He’s also running school holidays learn to paint workshops with Sip ‘n’ Dip.

Contact Jaana Brown on 0438 758 269

New Mustang at V8 Race Experience

The brief to design a new car for the V8 Race Experience was to get it as close to a real V8 Supercar as possible, and the new V8 Mustang doesn’t disappoint.  It is a full chassis race car designed so the public can drive the closest thing to a real supercar – Australia’s first real race car experience.  It’s 98% race car with many components used in the real deal, it has Supercar brakes and Supercar Dunlop super soft slick tyres, it has Haltech engine management with over 500HP, Supercar suspension, a 6 speed H pattern manual gearbox and it is available to drive at Queensland Raceway from July 25.  The new V8 race experience car will be based at Queensland Raceway for about half of their drive days every year.

Contact Rod Dawson 0418 741 041

Ipswich Turf Club adds new Markets and racing is back on for spectators

A new fashion, food and farmers markets will start at the turf club on Sunday July 26.  The new market will run from 7am-2pm every Sunday.  Entry is $1 (kids are free).  The markets have a focus on stalls selling pre-loved clothes, shoes and accessories – but they are also adding farmers, artisans, butchers, bakers, food trucks and more!

Saturday July 18 will see racing back on for specators in Ipswich for the first time since October.  Two listed races will be featured including the $85,000 Eye Liner Stakes and the $125,000 Gai Waterhouse Classic.  Spectators can watch for free, but numbers are limited to the first 1500.

Contact Claire Power 3282 1500

Ipswich Nature Centre opening date

The long awaited re-opening of the Ipswich Nature Centre took take place on July 10. While there are still limits on the numbers of people that can be inside at any time, the nature centre will re-open for general admission.

These school holidays Animal Encounters tours were conducted to while the centre remained closed, these tours allowed people the ability to see the animals and enforce limit on the number of people allowed as per the guidelines at the time.

Contact Brenton Waters 3810 6784

Tours start again

This month Japanese Tea Ceremonies at Nerima Gardens return (July 25), as well as the Ghosts of Ipswich Past tours – the next one will be a walking tour of the Goodna Cemetery hosted by Jack Sim!  For more information on the Japanese Tea Ceremony see here:

Ghost tours here:

Contact Carly Morrissey 3810 7712

Guided bush walking

The first guided bush walk at Ivory’s Rock will be held this month.  For the first time walking trails around Ivory’s Rock itself are opening to the general public, with campers, caravanners and day trippers able to explore the private property and take in spectacular views!  In association with Horizon Guides explore the natural wonders of Ivory’s Rock peak with an experienced trail guide.  The first walk is being held on Saturday July 18.  To get involved book your ticket online and meet at reception by 8.30am. The tour is about 8.8km long and takes about 4 hours.  Your guide will take you up to the saddle for BYO morning tea or an early lunch at the lookout and you then return along fire trails.  A moderate level of fitness is required and it is not recommended for children under 10.  The tip is wear good walking shoes, bring a water bottle, hat, sunscreen, snacks food/light lunch. A bush cuppa will be provided.  The cost is $75 per adult, $65 per child (10-15 years), to book your spot phone (07) 3077 9668 or email (prepayment required to confirm booking).

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