Big send-off for the Ip­swich Mall

QT Magazine - - FOOD, WINE, AND COFFEE -

WITH de­vel­op­ment set to be­gin very soon in the Ip­swich Mall, res­i­dents have one last chance to ex­pe­ri­ence the end of an era with a fundrais­ing event on Sun­day, June 4. ‘An Ital­ian Af­fair’ will be a five-hour lunch set to take din­ers to New York’s ‘Lit­tle Italy’, with Rat Pack-in­spired mu­sic, Ital­ian food and giv­ing din­ers the hon­our of be­ing part of what is go­ing to be last of­fi­cial func­tion in the Ip­swich Mall, rais­ing funds for a lo­cal char­ity, the Red and White Foun­da­tion. Once the ta­bles are loaded, the kitchen packed up and the din­ers sent home, the era of the Ip­swich Mall in its cur­rent form, will end. De­mo­li­tion work prepa­ra­tions on the next phase of re­de­vel­op­ment is an­tic­i­pated to be un­der way when this event is held. Alli Grant, from the Red and White Foun­da­tion, is one per­son who has an as­so­ci­a­tion with the mall, spend­ing many hours there as a teenager. Like many peo­ple who will be there on the day, she’ll be shar­ing her mem­o­ries of the old ‘Ippy Mall’. “The his­tor­i­cal ele­ment (be­ing the last event in the mall) is great for every­one com­ing along,” Alli said. “That’s the only date we can do the event ac­cord­ing to coun­cil reg­u­la­tions, and it’s very ex­cit­ing. “We wanted to do some­thing that’s never been done be­fore. We are shut­ting down the mall for this event, cel­e­brat­ing ev­ery­thing that has hap­pened in the mall while look­ing to the fu­ture of the new CBD. “Con­struc­tion will have be­gun in some form by then at the far end and move up, so it re­ally is the last chance to do some­thing in the mall. “We are aim­ing for 500 peo­ple and we want it to be a com­mu­nity cel­e­bra­tion. “It’s all about Ip­swich com­ing to­gether with friends and hav­ing that beau­ti­ful Ital­ian re­laxed feel, giv­ing the mall the send-off she de­serves. The idea is to trans­port peo­ple back to lit­tle Italy in the 1950s, with ‘Rat Pack’ mu­sic, and a great Ital­ian ban­quet.” Alli, like many peo­ple, has very fond mem­o­ries of the Ip­swich Mall, as she used to hang out and work there when she was at high school. “I re­mem­ber it be­ing a so­cial hub. As a teenager, in Year 11 and 12 we would walk down the mall and meet our friends, have a ‘Mac­cas’ then just hang out,” Alli said. “For me that was my first real job, at the old McDon­ald’s on the cor­ner of Brisbane and Bell streets. “It was where we went to get an out­fit for the school dance, and the mall al­ways rep­re­sented in­de­pen­dence as it was okay for me to walk from school to the mall. “I worked at Sportsco, Cue and Mac­cas, plus when I turned 18 there was Easy Street, where the Motorsport Mu­seum is now. I went there ev­ery week. “It was such a piv­otal point in my life. It sad­dens me to see the mall isn’t what it used to be back then, but we are go­ing to give it a good send-off and look for­ward to the fu­ture.” For more in­for­ma­tion and to get tick­ets visit www.redand­white­foun­da­tion.com.au

PHOTO: DAVID NIELSEN

Left: Alli Grant & Tim Krause, of Red and White Foun­da­tion, with Chris Went, from St An­drews Hospi­tal Ip­swich, launch the event.

PHO­TOS: PIC­TURE IP­SWICH

Above: The old ‘Mac and East’ en­trance plus the grand open­ing of the Ip­swich Mall.

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