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Christine Hatchman, the wife of 23
Squadron historian, George Hatchman
will farewell her workmates and friends
around Ipswich as she gets set to retire
Christine is best known from her time
at the Harrisville Police Station for the
past 13 years and is still well known
at RAAF Amberley where she worked
as a sales representative for City West
News, which was known at the time as
Prior to working on the base Christine
spent six years in the RAAF, then a
further six years as a member of the
Christine has had four children with
George, three of which currently serve
in the ADF. Son Jaimie is stationed
at RAAF Richmond, son Grant is a
technician in the Navy and daughter
Christie is a FLT LT with 23 Squadron.
After 25 years of service to the
community, Christine plans to spend
her retirement travelling around
Australia with her husband, George.
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3D TV generates massive interest
While 3D TV's have only been on the
market for just a few months, the 3D
format has literally exploded, leaving
many people wondering whether to
bite the bullet and upgrade their TV to
capitalise on the new technology.
The interest in 3D, spurred on by the
success of 'Avatar', has seen TV stations
and game developers in a mad rush
to be the rst to satisfy the thirst for
In recent 3D developments over just
the last few weeks:
• This year's AFL Grand Final will be
broadcast in 3D
• 15 FIFA World Cup games broadcast
• State of Origin is broadcast on
Channel 9 in 3D
• Foxtel broadcasts 3D content to
• Sony release several 3D games for
their Playstation 3 console,
• Sony also announce they will have
twenty 3D games out by April 2011,
including blockbuster titles Killzone 3
and Gran Turismo 5.
• Nintendo announce a new DS, called
the '3DS' will have dual 3D screens and
be available by March 2011
• Rumours of manufacturers working
on 3D TVs that do not require glasses
While many people have splashed
out their hard earned dollars for a big
screen plasma or LCD TV in the last
2 years, the question remains about
whether the upgrade to 3D is worth the
While 3D TVs currently start at around
the $2600 mark, it wasn't too long ago
that plasma TV's were selling for over
$20,000 before they became popular.
To date, only Samsung have released
their TV's to the Australian market, with
other brands like Sony and Panasonic
set to get their product on the shelves
in time for Christmas, many people are
sitting back to see what happens with
prices, new models and bonus o ers to
entice consumers to make the switch.
Long gone are the days of cardboard
glasses with a red and blue piece of lm
as lenses. Samsung's TV's work together
with the supplied glasses in sync, as the
battery powered active glasses icker
to give your eyes a right and left image
using the infra-red signal from the TV,
creating a 3D image.
Andrew Stevens from RTEdwards
says the interest has been massive in
the TV's. "The TV's in question are forty
inch upwards, and all have LED backlit
screens, which give a better image
than LCD, so the price is re ected in the
quality...they are top of the range TV's,
with a great energy rating that have the
bonus of 3D.
"There's also the fact that you'll need a
3D blu-ray capable player, as not all blu-
ray players can be updated via software
to produce 3D images, so you need to
take that into account too," he said.
THE VERDICT: 3D TV is truly amazing,
you'll be the envy of your friends,
especially come Footy Finals time...
but is it worth ditching your current big
screen TV? Perhaps renting or buying
on interest free for 12 months while
the market calms down will allow you
to get into it, without spending all your
cash. By Christmas, many brands &
retailers will be competing for your 3D
dollar, so expect hot deals.
Above: Paul Dryden and Andrew Stevens from
RTEdwards at Booval get into the 3D spirit.
It's the question haunting sports nuts and gamers alike: 'Should I upgrade?'
Big welcome to Ipswich planned for students
International, interstate and regional
students attending educational
institutions across Ipswich will be
welcomed to the city at an Ipswich Civic
Centre ceremony on July 27.
Mayor Paul Pisasale said Council
would partner with Bremer Institute
of TAFE, the University of Southern
Queensland (Spring eld campus)
and other Ipswich based education
providers to provide a welcome event.
"The City of Ipswich enjoys a rich
history of di erent cultures, with
residents from over 115 countries,
speaking over 80 di erent languages.
This diversity has strengthened our
community and enriched our lifestyle.
"Each year, we welcome an increasing
number of students from around the
world to our schools, colleges, TAFE
and universities and enjoy the unique
cultures they bring to the region.
"The International Students' Civic
Welcome celebrates this diversity
while celebrating our cultural mix as a
Cr Pisasale said the event was planned
for Tuesday July 27, 2010 in the Ipswich
Civic Centre Auditorium from 3.30 to
"The welcoming event will assist
international students in the Ipswich
region to build connections with other
students and other members of the
local community and assist the students
to settle into our community. This can
enhance their work, study and living
experience while they are in Australia
and working in our community."
By Darren Hallesy
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