Marburg is located between the cities of Ipswich and Toowoomba in rural south-east Queensland. If you head due west out of Brisbane on the Ipswich Motorway and then on the Warrego Highway, you will come to Marburg after about 50 kilometres.
Marburg is a rural township in the Ipswich City Council local government area. Along with towns like Rosewood, Minden, Glamorgan Vale, Walloon and several others, it maintains an identity distinct from that of Ipswich. People still talk of “going to town” and few residents would describe themselves as residents of Ipswich. We are very proud of our town, its history and continuing existence.
In 2008 Marburg won an award for Queensland’s Friendliest Town. It is still a very friendly place.
The Marburg and Districts Residents’ Association (MDRA) was established in 1974 to provide a forum for local issues. Many years later, after ups and downs that aretypical of most community groups, it is now a vibrant organization. Through partnerships with local businesses, other community groups, individuals and government entities, it provides a voice for local concerns as well as driving many local initiatives. In 2006 and 2007 the MDRA received awards from the Ipswich City Council for the most active community group in Division 10.
Highlights of MDRA initiatives include:
Band in the Park – free monthly concerts under the trees and bandstand in the
park showcasing local talent.
The Black Snake Creek Festival – featuring a parade, art competition, music,
children’s activities, good food and market stalls.
Annual Christmas Party and Lights Competition.
The Marburg Community Plan – a process facilitated by the MDRA by which the
preferred future for Marburg was identified in a comprehensive plan that was
presented to the Ipswich City Council.
Restoring ANZAC services to Marburg – ANZAC Day commemorations have been
held in 1957, 1990 and every year since 2008.
Environmental projects – through the work of dedicated volunteers, various
projects are in progress including the revegetation and redevelopment of the town
section of Black Snake Creek. Stage One involves the area around the Dr. Sirois
Bridge near the town centre. Other plantings are near the wall of the detention
basin beyond the showground towards Rosewood.
Website – through the work of a small group of volunteers and funding by the ICC
and the MDRA, this site was developed to meet a community need for information
Support in hardship and success – Funds have been raised to assist families facing
life-threatening illness and financial hardship as well as supporting young members
of the community in sporting activities.
The MDRA can be contacted through this website.
Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30 pm in the Marburg Community Hall, corner of Edmond and Queen Streets, Marburg. All are welcome.
Current office bearers are:
President: Greg Farr (5464 4309)
Vice-President: Brian Kickbusch
Treasurer: Bob Hampson (5464 4824)
Secretary: Wendye Gratton (5464 4624)