Andrew's big test as planning chief
HE has been earmarked as a possible future mayor, which is why Cr Andrew Antoniolli has been given a huge responsibility as the city's planning chair.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale has unveiled his new standing committees with Cr Antoniolli now the chair of planning, development and heritage.
"The role of planning is a hard one to fill and this is an ideal opportunity for Andrew to step up to the mark if he wants to be a future mayor," Cr Pisasale said.
"He does have mayoral aspirations and I am banking on him to lead the way in one of the most important roles in council.
"Cr Tully, my deputy mayor, has done a great job as planning chair over the years and he will mentor Andrew.
"But I expect Andrew to do a very good job."
The Mayor will look after the economic development, tourism and digital city committee. The other standing committee chairs are: city management, finance and community engagement (Cr Paul Tully), city infrastructure and emergency management (Cr Cheryl Bromage), health and community safety (Cr Sheila Ireland), city works, parks, sport and environment (Cr David Morrison), library and youth and seniors (Cr David Pahlke) and art and social development (Cr Charlie Pisasale).
"The new committees have been streamlined and are in line with the council's operational plan and community expectations," Cr Pisasale said.
"Cheryl Bromage will be looking at the forward vision of city infrastructure. At the same time, with emergency management, she will make sure every person in the city is prepared for disasters."
Cr Pisasale said Cr Ireland had the temperament to look after the health and community safety. He also joked that she was the right person to "straighten out the barking dogs".