Mayor on Monday column with Paul Pisasale
Mayor on Monday column with Paul Pisasale Rob Williams

Pisasale on Monday: City buzzing with fun

THE new-look Ipswich City Council was officially unveiled at Friday's post-election meeting. The council structure is now even more efficient with a clear focus on what we want to achieve during the next four years. It's an exciting time as we continue to develop a digital city and revitalise our CBD. For a detailed look at committee structures visit

Community consultation remains a priority for the new council and I was keen to meet with Bundamba residents last week to discuss the flying fox problem that is having a huge impact on their lives. Residents are not imagining these things, and we need the full support of the State Government as we work towards a solution.

It was a great pleasure to launch the new community facilities at Providence estate at South Ripley on Saturday. Amex Corporation has made a significant investment in the Ipswich community, with Providence expected to be home to more than 20,000 people when it is completed.

Congratulations to local artist Andrew Spark on the launch of his new exhibition at Cactus Espresso Bar, Ipswich Pop. Andrew also curated the Ipswich Festival's public art program, which you can see throughout the CBD.

While we're on the subject of the festival, make sure you get out and enjoy the free community events across the region. This huge celebration of the arts includes the Parade of Light through the CBD at 6pm this Saturday, 16 April.

Last week I had the great honour of meeting a living legend, Brassall resident Vernon Hansen. Vernon was flown to Canberra at the weekend to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Siege of Tobruk during the Second World War and is Queensland's last surviving Rat of Tobruk.

The Catalano family has opened Ipswich's newest cinema complex at Redbank Plaza. Cineplex includes a $4 million renovation including new screens, seats and food and beverage options.

Silkstone State School was awash with colour for the Ipswich Orchid Society's Autumn Garden Spectacular. The annual event raised money for Ipswich Meals on Wheels. It's tremendous to see everyone so excited and interested about what we're doing right here in Ipswich.