Charlie celebrates 21 years in office in grand style
"THIS is one way of finding out who your real friends are."
That is what Cr Charlie Pisasale had to say about elections after romping home in Division 8, and with more than 75% of the vote he certainly has plenty of friends.
Cr Pisasale is celebrating 21 years as a councillor after first being elected in 1995. He had the verve of a 21-year-old when the QT caught up with him at the Ipswich Turf Club. Cr Pisasale had a gold chain swinging from his neck and was taking in all the adulation.
He said he still had youthful energy for the job.
"If I didn't feel that way I wouldn't be here," Cr Pisasale said.
"I often tell school kids you can achieve anything if you're hungry enough. In 1995 I stood against the deputy mayor of Ipswich council and a sitting candidate from Moreton and about five other candidates.
"It was a Melbourne Cup field and it was head down and bum up. I was on a mission, and I still am. I'm very proud of Division 8 and it is all about presentation. That's why I drive around to make sure if anything needs fixing I am on to it."
Cr Pisasale said he would lobby hard in the next term for funding for an Ipswich performing arts centre (IPAC).
"I keep saying we deserve it," he said.
" Every other regional centre has one and so should we.
"We have to keep banging on doors until we get the funding. We are only talking about a lousy $100 million."