Brave new council ushered in
A PACKED to the rafters Ipswich council chambers was on hand for the swearing in of 11 councillors yesterday who are tasked with taking the city into a golden age.
Time will tell how the next four years pans out but the new council projected a united and jovial front at the dawn of their next four years of service, with the family and friends of the councillors all on hand in support.
At 8.47am Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale was sworn in for another four years. After reading the formalities, he unfurled his first quip.
“You’re stuck with me,” he joked.
The rest of the councillors were then sworn in.
Cr Tully walked to the podium and Council CEO Jim Lindsay asked ‘What’s this Paul. (Election) number eight?’
“It’s 12,” Cr Tully grinned
Cr Andrew Antoniolli quipped that he better “check the spelling” of his name on the official documents, although after 16 years it was all hunky dory.
At 9.10 Cr Pisasale moved that Cr Tully be appointed Deputy Mayor.
His election was seamless with all councillors raising their hands in agreement.
Cr Pisasale was in fine form.
He acknowledged his dentist in the crowd.
“He’s the only bloke who keeps me quiet. He always puts his hand in my mouth and asks me what is happening in the city,” he joked.
Cr Pisasale spoke of how the election just gone was marred by the relentless negativity of “keyboard warriors”, but then got down to outlining the responsibility the community had bestowed on all councillors.
“The community has not given us titles or positions, they have given us a huge responsibility,” he said.
“When each councillor gets elected, the vision for that era needs to be achieved.”
Cr Pisasale outlined his own vision for a digital era over the next four years, where digital hub Fire Station 101 will be front and centre, and of his determination that the multi-million dollar redevelopment of the CBD be a success.
“We are working on a fantastic strategy for our CBD that will be second to none in the world, that will embrace the river, have entertainment places and our own admin building in the CBD,” he said.
After unveiling the new council committee and their chairs the new councillors spoke briefly.
New councillor Kerry Silver paid tribute to her mentor, outgoing Deputy Mayor Victor Attwood, who was in the audience.
Cr Kylie Stoneman had her parents, husband and sons in the audience and acknowledged their support throughout her 10-month campaign. Cr Wayne Wendt told the audience of his many and varied roles over the years and how after leaving his post as Ipswich Jets CEO he was “looking forward to a new challenge”.
Cr Tully also spoke about the honour of being made Deputy Mayor.
He said his wife Liza and sons were not aware of his elevation until the day, but joked how “half of the city” seemed to know.
The good humour of the occasion was a highlight.
Cr Pisasale kept referring to his brother as Cr Charlie Pis-asa-le.
He added that “we’ve actually got the same mother…and father”… to much laughter.
Charlie wasn’t so sure.
“We wonder sometimes,” he chuckled.